BISMARCK, N.D. - It's a little more prevalent in saltwater fishing but in today's Pro's Pointer, Johnnie Candle tells us how mother nature could provide an insight into where to start when searching for catchable fish in freshwater.
Johnnie Candle, MWC World Walleye Champion: "One of the first topics I discuss at any of my seminars is that we all need to pay a little more attention to the details when we're fishing and this fish right here is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. Today we came to Lake Sakakawea to film some tips. Lee & I wanted to do a little fishing and a little catching before we started working. As we were casting the shoreline and not catching much I noticed a few pelicans off in the distance cruising a shoreline. They were not out just relaxing. They were actively looking for something to eat and I thought maybe those birds know a little more than I do so we started toward them down the shore. When we got within casting range of where we saw the pelicans, we immediately caught a smallmouth bass and a northern pike. While we were dealing with those fish we notice some carp spawning in the weeds close by. I remembered some old timers telling me as a kid, whenever you see those spawning carp the walleye won't be far behind because the carp are dislodging insects and scattering minnows which creates a feeding opportunity for the walleye. It wasn't three casts later that we caught that fish. Now I realize when you're out there focusing on fishing it's really, really easy to get tunnel vision and miss all of those clues that mother nature is providing us but just remember this. No matter how tough times get we can always afford to pay attention. I'm Johnnie Candle and that's this weeks Pro's Pointer."
Next week, Johnnie will be holding a smallmouth bass to remind anglers of all ages there is more than walleyes in North Dakota.