Larry's Fishing Hole


We talk a lot about recognizing, identifying or understanding patterns in fishing. During some recent talks, I was asked "What is a pattern, and How do we use these patterns?"
First we must understand that fish do not swim carelessly about in a lake but instead, they move around in somewhat predictable ways along predictable routes. This pattern of what fish are doing is determined by factors such as the time of year, time during a day, weather conditions and water conditions. We all know that a major part of a fish´s time is spent finding food, with the exception of during the spawn. Understanding these patterns can help an angler know where fish may be at a given time.
Do not get caught up in just looking for a good spot, but find a good spot and realize why it is good than find other spots like it on the lake. Let´s say you have been fishing awhile and come up on a point and catch a fish, determine what bait, depth, wind direction along with any other feature on that point. Now with this info you have established a pattern that works and you can look for another point in the lake with the same features. Keep in mind that this pattern may not work all day long and if fish quit biting, determine what has changed and adjust your pattern. Many times it is something like the sun has come out or went in, which may require a depth change. Before you move, make these adjustments and you may again start catching fish.
Seasons may dictate patterns, but seasons should be measured in stages, when during spring for instance, there could be 3-4 stages starting with the moving from wintering hole, the pre-spawn, the spawn and post-spawn. A good way to break down the season is by the changing water levels and water temperatures. Weather changes too can make drastic changes in patterns during a season but knowing when to quit fishing on memories and changing your tactics will keep you catching fish throughout the year.
To develop patterns we factor in our fishing-calendar periods, weather conditions, water conditions and with this we can determine the mood of the fish to come up with a lure and presentation to start our fishing.
During a given day, fish may be caught on several different presentations and baits and there is nothing like time on the water under varying conditions to put together a pattern. And one pattern we have been working on is the Catfish on Rend Lake for annual trips in late June or July.
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