Traveling to so many lakes and different areas the last couple weeks, I’m starting to see that it’s that time of year again. The spots that usually pay off most of the time seem like they’re vacant of fish. And lakes that are your go-to you would swear don’t have any fish in them.

Well, they are still there so it’s probably time to switch things up. From targeting fish at different depths to switching to techniques that you normally wouldn’t use. Sometimes just a simple color change or presentation speed is all you need to do to trigger a bite. But the one thing I believe you have to do is trust your electronics. Spend a little time mapping out spots and marking those fish you see, then start going back to them with different techniques.

Of course every day and every lake is different but all you can do is try sometimes. It’s that or wait for the fall bite and you're probably not going to do that.

And don’t forget if you want to start thinking of fall, Game Fair in Anoka starts this weekend and it will also be going on next weekend. It’s been a few years so I might have to sneak down there and see what’s new in the hunting world.

See you on the water.



JAMIE DIETMAN, What’s Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.