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by Capt. Dan ManyenCapt. Dan Manyan

"Spring Fishing Dynamics"

Did you ever fish in a small, narrow river or stream? It doesn't really matter what specie you were fishing for. It always seemed that no matter what side of the waterway you were on, you'd inevitably end up casting to the opposite side.

This is usually done by novice biginners, young or inexperienced fishermen. It just made sense to be as far away as possible from the bank you yourself were fishing from.

Some fishermen today, young and old, still do the same thing. They blindly stumble out onto the lake or river, maybe with the right equipment, maybe not, looking for the crowd to lead them to fishing success.

They haven't learned the most import key to being successful on any body of water. That important key is dynamics.

Webster describes dynamics as, "That part of physics that deals with force, energy, motion, and the relationship between them". By knowing the dynamics of both the waterways and the species you're fishing for and the effects they have on each other, then equate and apply it to your fishing techniques and equipment, give's you an advantage to figure out that successful fish catching game plan.

This can only be done by people who let themselves get fully involved and aware with what they are doing, seeing and participating in. Then, both apply, equate and understand nature's variables and how it effects her water bound creatures.

I'm not trying to confuse anybody here. I'm only writing this to inform you new walleye chasers that it's not some vast conspiracy, and that getting skunked often doesn't mean that you employed the wrong technique, or had the wrong color, size or type lure on.

Learning and remembering how and where your prey lives, feeds and most importantly reacts to certain climatic variables will do more to make you successful than a lifetime of (how-to) seminars.

With all that said, I'll try and explain the techniques I use on both the Saginaw Bay and the rivers that connect to it during the Spring. Again, the dynamics of what the river is doing always has an impact on what, where and how I approach the fishing day.

"High Spring Water"

walleye picBeing able to read the river and its currents can really help during high water levels.

Nothing beats a jig head tipped with a minnow in high water. Walleye tend to pod-up in swift water and keeping the offering in their faces is easier with a pinpoint weapon like a jig.

After 15 years of Drift Boat guiding and reading Steelhead and Salmon holding water on Michigan's best rivers, along with my walleye charters, spotting a good holding spot for walleye has become second nature.

Precise anchoring and quarter casting while slow hopping a jig behind Points, Wing Dams, Ledges, Brush piles and even flooded flats out of the main current, is a great producer in high water on the Tittabawassee River....continued

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