Lindner formula still holds true

Back in the 1970s, the fishing idols of many, including myself, Al and Ron Lindner started The In-Fisherman.
Based out of Brainerd, Mn., it grew to be a media giant in the fishing industry.
The Lindners were—and still are—leaders in television production, magazine content, developing new fishing techniques, and inventing many of the tackle and equipment items anglers use today.
Early on they coined the formula Fish + Location + Presentation = Success. And they have used it to catch fish all over the world.
It is the basis for teaching people how to understand the nature of the fish they target so they are more successful on the water.
Over the upcoming open-water season, we all can use this formula to help increase our odds of catching when we go fishing.
No matter which species you’re after, they all have tendencies that are going to give us insight into where they are living and what they might be eating.
Think about walleyes. They are spawning as we speak across much of Sunset Country in many of the creeks, rivers, and shallow bays on the waters that they live in.
After they spawn, they slowly move out of these locations—making their way to the main lake basin where they will spend much of the summer.
Along the way, they stop at locations to feed and rest, where they can be caught by anglers.
?So, when the walleye season opens in a few weeks, anglers should fish just outside of these shallow spawning areas, with their efforts focused more towards the main basins of the lake where most walleyes will spend the summer.
I like to think shoreline instead of offshore humps early in the year.
It also should be noted that spawned out walleyes usually are a little bit less active and aggressive than they might be for the rest of the season as they recover from their most stressful event of the year.
This can help us choose lures to match their mood. Early in the year, I like to go with light jigs tipped with minnows or half a night crawler.
My favourite is an 1/8 oz. Northland Fire-ball jig that has a short shank that always hooks fish in the upper lip and does not twist your line.
I just hook my minnows through the lips and pitch these jigs around the first weed clusters that are popping up off the bottom of the lake or in shallow sandy areas.
These overlooked spots can produce great action.
Crappies are another spring-spawning fish and this activity brings them into much shallower water than they spend the rest of the year.
Anglers can use this knowledge in the coming weeks to load the boat with slabs.
Crappies move into shallow water and they are attracted to a few specific pieces of cover that they will hang around.
Pencil reeds, and other emergent vegetation that is growing on hard bottom areas, are magnets for spring crappies.
They like weeds, but they like to have some sand and boulders around the weeds. Logs and trees in the water also can attract crappies.
When crappies get into this shallow water, they are active and offer some of the best fishing of the year. A slip bobber rigged about two-three feet above a small tube jig or other type of plastic will get bites.
The bobber allows your bait to hang right in front of crappies, and keeps it from falling into the debris closer to the bottom.
Bass, pike, trout, and all the other sport fish available in our region make seasonal movements to various locations and depths where they target specific forage options.
Use the Lindners’ formula to learn the tendencies of the fish you want to catch, and you will improve your catches this season.

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