Depending on the time of year the best baits to use for walleye are minnows in the Spring and Fall and leeches and night crawlers in the summer. Combine these baits with Jigs, which are the most common lure used for walleye and you have a lethal combination that should help you land the trophy fish you’re searching for. The benefit of a jig is that it helps get the bait deeper where many walleyes can be found especially in the warmer summer waters. The best way to work a jig depends on the time of year that you’re fishing. Walleyes are slow and sluggish in cold water. If this is the case, use a slow presentation with a few short gentle taps while retrieving the bait. In the warmer waters of the summer, the fish become increasingly aggressive, thus calling for a faster retrieve. When jigging, cast it out and let it sink to the bottom, then retrieve at various speeds depending on the time of the year. Don’t forget to keep your line fairly taut as your jig sinks back to the bottom. It’s very common for Walleyes to hit while the jig is sinking. It’s important to try to use a fast action sensitive rod so you can feel even the lightest taps, the key to catching these elusive fish!
Pike come in all sizes and for the most part are pretty easy to target if you know what you are doing. Pike come in many sizes including trophy sized fish that can put up an incredible fight. While difficult to fillet, if you know the proper technique you can produce a relatively boneless filet that tastes amazing. You don’t need the most expensive equipment to catch some nice pike and this makes them the most desirable game fish for both experienced and novice anglers alike. Early season tends to be a great time to land some huge pike, but of course these fish can still be found all year. Pike are quite aggressive and will attack anything in sight, making them easy targets. Look for them in waters of 2-15 feet, and close to or in weed beds. Pike move quickly so you can land them when trolling at a slightly faster speed than with other species. When fishing in weed beds and shallow areas, try using floating crank baits and spinners that are just above the weed beds. If possible always try to use a weedless lure such as a floating jointed rapala. With pike, the rule of thumb is the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish. To avoid losing the fish, try using a braided line. With the sharp teeth that pike possess, regular line gets snapped very easily and there’s no bigger disappointment than seeing your trophy fish get away right beside the boat because the line snaps. If you don’t have braided line then for sure use a steel leader to minimize the chances of the fish getting away on you.
The most popular methods of catching Lake Trout are controlled-depth fishing using downriggers or trolling with wire line and planer boards and during the summer months it’s vertical jigging using a four-inch white tube jig, or lipless crankbait. During the early summer lake trout concentrate in and around well-defined locations such as long, protruding underwater points, sunken shoals and large isolated rock piles. By jigging deep near the bottom you’ll have a good opportunity to catch some of these fish in Sturgeon Lake. As summer progresses the Lake Trout move up higher in the water due to the depletion of oxygen in the deeper waters. So if you’re in 80 feet of water, you’ll want to jig in waters that are 35-45 feet deep. This area of the water is known as the thermocline, a plankton-rich area where you’ll find baitfish and the lake trout that are chasing them.