spectacular day on the Red River last week, it wasn't too difficult to convince
fishing partner Jim Price to head out this past Thanksgiving Sunday for round
two. This time when we arrived at Selkirk Park at 7:30 there were already
twenty rigs parked in the lot. I guess the word was out that there was some
green in the river. As we headed up river, we had decided to start with a
trolling run back on the Miracle Mile in order to cover some water. A lot can
be determined by this method, especially with good electronics. One thing that we did discover fairly quickly
that the cold front that had brought snow and plummeting temperatures had also
slowed the bite. This mean the trolling bite was off and the jig bite was on.
There was also almost no current flow with a light southwest wind which just
slows the bite right down. Still if you are willing to put your time in and
look around fish can be caught.
THE JIG BITE:
With the slow flow, there was absolutely no need to anchor. Jim put the
back troll motor down on his boat and we worked outside turns and the edge of
the river channel in ten to sixteen feet of water.
Jim Price likes to use as light a jig as possible,
one just heavy enough that he can feel bottom. This lighter jig will allow fish
in inhale the bait when they flare their gills on the bite. It does pay to experiment with size of the
jig though. For colour either pink, orange or chartreuse are favourites. I like
the jigs that have a large eye on them, which makes it easier for the walleye
The jig bite pays off with some green and bonus crappie!
In colder weather
less movement of the jig is usually better while in warmer water a sharp snap
and drop can be deadly. Both Jim and I love to fish a jig with a double
twitch. By this I mean you let the jig
drop to the bottom, use a sweep of your jigging rod to lift it about three feet
off the bottom, then drop the jig again to the bottom and double twitch When choosing a jigging rod, I like a six and
a half foot mode, with medium light action when fishing with monofilament
line. When I fish deeper water with
heavier current, it is much easier to detect bites with the use of no stretch lines.
I have found the new NanoFil line made by Berkley to be the best of both
worlds. It has absolutely no line memory combined with minimal stretch. These
two qualities make it ideal for cold weather as the line always remains supple
with no line twist! It is the first of the new Uni-Filament lines. Made out of gel-spun
polyethylene, much like a superline, this spinning reel fishing line consists
of hundreds of Dyneema nanofilaments
that are molecularly linked and shaped into a unified filament fishing