Where did the heat and humidity go? It was here earlier this week and then all of the sudden it disappeared!
It sure made fishing comfortable, although even a bit cool early in the a.m. The weather change didn’t hurt the fishing much so there is still ample opportunity to get out on the water.
Largemouth bass remain on the deep weedline in 15-18 ft of water. The best presentation is either swimming black and blue All Terrain Jigs or split shot rigging nightcrawlers. The fish are still very schooled up, so if you catch one, there are likely a few more so fish the spot out before moving. The best location has been west of Willow Point or by the Oriental boat house. One thing I noticed this week is that there are quite a few smaller fish showing up on the deep rock where normally only the big boys hang out.
Bluegills have slowed slightly which is good if you are fishing largemouth bass. I’ve reduced the nightcrawler usage from 12 dozen down to 8 dozen per trip. The best success has been in 12-13 ft of water. Straight lining small leaf worms beneath the boat has been producing most of the action. If you want to get creative a Chartreuse Genz bug is also a good bet. Look for the fish by Assembly Park or in front of Township beach.
Northern pike action has remained a bit slow. There either in 10-12 ft of water or really deep +25 ft. I have been mostly bass fishing so haven’t been concentrating on the Northern pike too much. Most of the action is coming in the deep water on large suckers fished on a lindy rig. The fish have been located just west of the Yacht Club or just west of Willow Point. A good trip this time of year is 4-5 fish. If you want good pike action, Geneva is a better bet.
Walleye pike fishing for me has been pretty much non-existent. It’s basically just the time of year and where I’ve been fishing. The best approach is trolling deep diving crank baits along the weedline in the pre-dawn hours. The best depth is 22 ft. You want to troll your crank baits about 2 ft above the weed edge. Look for the fish by Del Mar or by the concrete point.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050