As with anything that is new to you it is important that you get familiar with the "action" or movement of your new lure. Take a couple of short casts and retrieve at different speeds noting the different ways the lure responds. Watch the action underwater and get a "feel" of what's happening. The spoon is supposed to mimic a fleeing bait fish. That is the look your trying to imitate. Varying your retrieval speed and giving the rod tip a couple of twitches now and then will give this impression of a panicked bait fish and trigger a strike.
Lure color and shape is another thing to experiment with. Close attention should be paid to match the existing forage fish of the lake. Generally you would use a finish like Nickel on a bright day and Gold or Copper in Lower light conditions like a cloudy day or in the early morning or evening. In clear water you should go with the Nickel for the most flash. While in murky or stained water you should stick with the Gold and Copper spoon.
Where fish are found in a lake varies according to season and other conditions such as light, oxygen, water temperature, and food. You can locate them by "counting down" the lure to different depths. Most lures will sink at a rate of about a foot per second. Start at the top and work down till you find the level that they are holding at. Sometimes you can see fish schooling in a lake, cast into the center of the action.
Water temperature is very important to fish like the Trout Family. They will be found close to the top on Opening Day but will be down 25' by Memorial day. They are seeking their "comfort zone". Trout like their water around 50 while Bass are less fussy and will tolerate temperatures in the 80's
RIVER & STREAM FISHING:
Streams, unlike lakes have current to add action to the lure. It's important to observe what is happening to the lure on the retrieve. Casting across or down stream it's possible to steer the lure through the currents and pockets past the fish. Often holding the lure in the current near a fish will trigger a strike. Fish in rivers and streams are much more opportunistic feeders and not as picky or observant as their lake bound cousins. Deep pools should be handled the same way you would fish a lake. Casting under branches and close to rocks are a few of the places fish will be found.
Good Luck and good fishing. If you have any questions feel free to give us a shout. We are better at answering questions than anticipating them
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