Even with the hot and humid weather, the fishing remains excellent. On the weekends the boat traffic is excessive in the afternoons, I recommend going early in the day to avoid the traffic.
Northern pike fishing has been the best it’s been in the last few years. The fish are in 20-23 ft of water. I’m finding most of the fish on the main lake points, like the Yacht Club, Willow Point and the entrance to Browns Channel. Lakeside Bait and Tackle has very large medium suckers that have been my go-to bait. I fish them about 1 foot off bottom on a lindy rig. My lindy rig consists of a ¾ oz walking sinker, 24 inch leader and a 1/0 hook. I fish 20 lb monofilament line with a steel leader. To prevent bite offs, you want to set the hook directly above the fish, not pulling the line at an angle.
Bluegill fishing has been a little slow for me. One day I’ll find them in 13-14 ft of water and the next day they’re gone. Most of the success has come off of a single hook split shot rig fished straight beneath the boat, tipped with a leaf worm. The best success I’ve had has been by Assembly Park Point or just west of Willow Point.
Largemouth bass are currently on three patterns. My preferred bite is on the weed line in 15-17 ft of water. The bass can be caught while drop shotting 4 inch Chompers finesse worms or nightcrawlers. The best location for this bite has been by the Village Supper Club, west of the Village or by the Yacht Club. The second pattern is fishing shallow emergent weeds with black or white scum frogs. I fish the scum frogs on braided line. The best location has been by North Shore or in the channel by the boat launch. Sunny days have been the best for this bite. The third approach has been medium suckers fished on a lindy rig in 20 ft of water off of main lake points. Most of the bass caught on suckers have been west of Willow Point.
Walleye fishing has been slow due to the time of year. I’ve been catching one here or there on lindy rigged jumbo leeches. The best success has been coming near the main lake marina on the north shore. First light or the evening is the best time to find them.
Crappie fishing has been good while trolling small plastics in chartreuse or purple on the outside edge of the weed lines in 12-13 ft of water. The best location has been by Browns Channel or by the old Boy Scout Camp on the west end of the lake.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063