You can also use a Carolina rig with a heavy sinker to get your bait down deep, or you can try using a spinnerbait or crankbait that will dive down below the surface of the water.
Whatever method you choose, be sure to use enough weight so that your bait reaches the bottom and stays there.
Another technique is to use a Carolina rig, which is a type of fishing rig that consists of a sinker, the main line, and an offset hook.
The main line is tied to the eye of the sinker, and the hook is attached to the end of the main line. The offset hook hangs down from the lead weight, and it’s used to catch fish that like to stay close to the bottom of the river.
If the stream has a softer bottom, you would use a weighted lead head and soft plastic bass lure to crawl over the mud and sand.
Another method is to use a weighted live bait rig with either a worm or a minnow as the bait. The weight of the sinker will depend on how deep you want to fish and how fast the current is flowing.
A third option is to use a heavy jigging spoon like the Kastmaster or Johnson Silver Minnow. This type of lure can be used in both deep and shallow water, and it’s especially effective when fishing for walleye or trout.
Next, attach some type of bait (e.g., worms, salmon eggs, etc.) to the end of your line. Finally, cast your line into the river and wait for a fish to bite. Good luck!
There are also other methods for fishing the bottom of a river, such as using weighted swimbaits or trolling with deep-diving crankbaits. However, jig heads are generally considered to be one of the most effective techniques for this type of fishing.
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