I’ve been zander fishing for as long as I can remember and I have tried an infinite number of techniques. I fish with both live bait and artificial lures.
Let’s start with the artificial lures.
This type of fishing is possible all year round – you just need to adjust your point of view depending on the season.
The first month of the year when the water is cold (below 15C) the zander are in the deep areas or under the thermocline. When the water temperature increases around Easter you can find the zander under the fallen trees, the big stones or the flat hard grounds. All of these covers are perfect for the zander make and protect her nest during spawning. Then, when the water temperatures increase to 20C, the zander search for shadows and dark places. The sunlight and warm water disturb their vision. Then you can find them at 7-10m deep where the water temperature is just right. If you have a fish finder with thermo vision it should be much easier for you to find the thermocline, where the fish are.
That’s the warm season but what happens during the winter?
If you want to have a successful fishing trip in the winter you will need a fish finder. The zander can only be found in very specific places with flat and hard ground. They become very difficult to find without sonar equipment. If you have all the tackle and the technology you can catch a lot of fish in the cold season, as they are usually in big groups at that time. I prefer vertical presentation using lures like Mikado’s Fishunter and Saira. You can just put the lure down in the area where zander are and play with them.
Next, I want to say a little bit about live and dead bait – small white fish such as roach or alborella. With a drachkovitch rig with one cheburashka you can animate the bait to jump on the bottom. You can choose to fish close to the ground or use a flat and a live fish that moves naturally in the water. You can do that from a boat of from the shore. Vertical fishing is also a good method but works only if you are on a boat. Vertical fishing with a live bait is an incredibly effective technique, a real ‘fishing machine’, however it’s not allowed and there are daily controls by the fishing guard.
Cheers and regards from Spain
Mikado Fishing Team