April is a great time to get'em. Just as the ice is leaving the river and opening into the lake. Either fish the Rainy River or the bay where the river meets LOW. The fish are pretty well schooled up at that time of year and if you land into the right school of fish like we did last year, you can really get into some hot and heavy action on the pigs.
Yes, we fished from a boat last year. The river and current were way down last year. But, we tried to find the deeper holes and the bases of the breaks and stumbled upon the motherload the last 1.5 days. Keep your eyes peeled too. We saw a lot of fish surfacing (big ones...some bigger than what we caught!).
And another thing, be sure to cast your line out away from the boat.....right Kirk?
You'll increase your hooking percentage with those circle hooks. And oh yes, no jerking or laying into a fish with circle hooks. You'll completely miss'em if you try. Just reel up until you feel the fish's weight on the end of your rod, then do a large sweeping hookset if you feel the need to "lay into'em". It aint hook sets like you see with pro bass guys such as Mike Iakonelli (sp?).
And one last thing.....if any of you get a big one on, no need to rush for the net. Just kick back with a cold one until you or your buddy has the fish wore out. Or call all your buddies on the cell phone, eh Kirk?
Or better yet, whomever has the fish on, work around everyones lines and try to double up on a couple 50"+ fish! Kirk and I made that work last year.