Brian Klawitter

Brian Klawitter is an expert in trophy flathead catfish and sturgeon fishing. He owns and operates BrianK's Trophy Catfishing and Sturgeon Adventures. His guiding and seminars first cover safety, then education on fishing for the "monsters of the rivers."

Posts about Fishing

Underwater Cameras Are Not Just For Ice Fishing

Posted by: Brian Klawitter Updated: October 13, 2009 - 8:46 PM
Leave the fishing pole at home, you won't have time for it!  Grab your underwater camera and your hand held gps then head for your favorite waters! Now is the time to find that piece of structure that holds fish for your early season ice fishing and maybe for late season too.

The first time I use my camera, I was looking for structure on the Mississippi River. That's right..the Mighty Muddy! The structure I was looking for was depressions or what some folks would call "holes" and under water tree snags.  My secondary thought was to look around and see where the fish were. You've heard that saying that 90% of the fish are in 10% of the lake? Well, it's true!

If you haven't check out this YouTube video, you might want to. It's the end result of about 2 hours on the river last January. This same technique can be used right now on your favorite lakes.

The first part shows some sheephead, a crappie if you watch closely and a school of shad. Shad is bait. Almost every very fish in the river loves shad. Mark that spot on the gps and label it SHAD 1.
Next there's walleyes and sauger with one gar mixed in. Finally into a pile for wintering flathead catfish.

Ok, I saw the fish and I know where they are, what else? If you are like me when watching the video for the first time, you were watching the fish and not watching the structure around the fish or the bottom make up. Once I started taking notice, I found other areas that were made the same way. These areas held similar types of fish most of the time.

Speaking of watching the bottom, this is a very good time to keep an eye on your sonar unit. I noticed every time I motored over one area on the St Croix River, there were small black "bumps" on my fish locater. When I used the camera in that area, I found those bumps to be clam shells. Here I've been boating over a very good walleye/sauger spot all of these years!

Use the ice fishing camera to your advantage this year. Find the fish locations now to increase the chances of your winter fishing success. Who knows what else you'll find in the depths of your favorite lake or river! 

I have a couple slightly used anchors for sale! LOL!

Good Fishin'

BrianK@in-depthoutdoors.com

Pool 4 Saugerama

Posted by: Brian Klawitter Updated: October 11, 2009 - 7:59 PM
By the looks of the fish coming into Everts Fishing Resort over the last couple days, this coming weekends Saugerama is looking up to have some heavy weights. Not all anglers came in with large saugers and walleyes but everyone was coming in with fish. A few lucky anglers found the crappie hot spots too.

Mark Rehberg was an avid hunter, fisher and family man who's life ended too early in a hunting accident during the 2006 gun season. The Mississippi River and more specifically Pool 4 near Red Wing was a special place for Mark. He made many many friends because of his personality and his love of the outdoors. This tournament was started so people could gather for a day fishing, laughing, meeting new people and to share fishing stories.

For more information on how to enter the Saugerama and how you can win a free St. Croix rod just by guessing the winning weight, use this link .

With the water rising and the water temps falling, the walleyes and saugers have started the fall migration towards the dam area. It seems like there's many that think spring is the only time to fish the Red Wing area. The folks that vertial jig platics or meat, pitch blade baits and even troll with rapalas in the fall will say differantly. Current bite info can be found by checking in with Dean at Everts Fishing Resort on the WI side of the river.

If you can't make it down for the Saugerama, plan a day and get in on some of the best walleye and sauger fish the upper midwest has to offer!

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