The weather continues to cause fishermen trouble!
This past week it was cold and the very high winds that made fishing difficult. Overall, the fishing has been pretty good considering Mother Nature’s challenges. With a few warm days, the fish should really turn on. However, the forecast is for continued cool temperatures.
The best action continues to be the bluegills and crappies. Bluegill fishing has been best in 3-4 feet of water. I’ve been getting all of my fish by the outlet dam, Lake Lawn Harbor and the Viewcrest Channel. I’m still using leaf worms. A few people I’ve spoken with are telling me that hellgrammites are producing larger fish for them. This year I’ve been catching quite a few smaller fish compared to prior years. It’s still relatively easy to catch enough quality fish. Crappie fishing was also good this past week. I caught most of my fish in front of Lake Lawn and in front of Lake Lawn Harbor. The fish are in a pre-spawn pattern. I caught several 13 inchers off of some of the main lake boat docks that I fish consistently all year. Last week, I caught all of my fish on small shiners fished beneath a bobber. I did not boat a fish on the popular plastics. With warming water, the crappies throughout the lake should begin to spawn and become very easy to catch.
The best game fish bite has been the largemouth bass, although this bite is just starting. The best success has been around boat docks and shallow water with sand bottoms. The fish have started to spawn. I prefer using spider grubs or white spinner baits. This past week, the best action was when the winds were calm, making sight fishing possible. The best locations were by the condos near the outlet and by Assembly Park piers.
Walleye fishing continues to be rather slow. Only a few fish are being caught during the day, with no legals reported. The best action has been at night. The fish have been in 6-8 feet of water. The best approach has been a small jig, 1/16 oz with a large fathead minnow. Some warm stable weather will help this bite tremendously. With the water clarity so high, night fishing is the only way to go.
Come on Sun!!! Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063