ON THE LINE: Look for cover and structure

Regardless of where you fish, fishing in the deep, open water, in the middle of the body of water, decreases your chances of catching fish. Up in the Northwest Territories, even with no fishing pressure on Duncan Lake and Graham Lake, we stuck to the cover and structure of the lakes.

Cover refers to things like weed beds, docks, fallen trees – anything the fish can use as cover to hide. Structure deals with natural ledges, points and drop offs. If you can find a combination of both structure and cover, you highly increase your chances of catching fish, and that is just where we fished in the Northwest Territories lakes.

On Graham Lake, we found spots with lots of rocks on the bottom. It is important to know your lake before you fish it. It was almost too late before I saw the rocks, but we missed them just in time. The rocks sat just below the surface – we kept the motor unlocked to be sure that if we did hit something, it wouldn’t cause so much damage to the motor. What I did miss was my rig catching on the rocks below. It took some time, but I finally got it out and we continued our fishing.

The fish that we caught at these lakes always seemed to be in the same spot when we got close to the islands on Duncan Lake. There were a few, small, rocky islands that surfaced in the water. When we were making the loop or going from point to point, we never got a fish. It’s a good idea to pay attention to things like this every lake you fish. I keep a tab on where I did catch a fish, not so much on which fly or lure I used, but where the fish like to hide.

Until next time, keep your rod tip up.

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