Over the 4th of July holiday, the lake saw extreme boat traffic, both fishing and pleasure boating. Overall the fishing bite has remained very steady. With the warm weather almost all of the fish have moved to the outside weed edges.
Northern pike fishing is starting to heat up with the warm weather. The fish are in 20-21 ft depth range. I’m finding most of the fish just west of the Yacht Club or just west of Willow Point. The best approach is lindy rigging suckers about 1 foot off bottom. I’ve been running a 24 inch leader for the best success.
Largemouth bass have also been very productive. The fish are on the outside of the weed edge in 15-17 ft of water. Over the last few days, the size of the fish have been getting smaller. The best approach is either drop shotting 4 inch finesse worms or nightcrawlers fished on the split shot rig. Also there has been an early morning top water bite using small buzz baits or top water lures in 6-8 ft of water over the shallow weeds.
Walleyes have slowed some. The fish that are being caught are coming off the weed line in 20 ft of water. The fish are on the main lake points. Most of the success has been coming off of large leeches fished on either a lindy rig or a split shot rig with a chartreuse painted hook. The fish are pretty scattered so you need to move around to find the active fish.
The bluegills I’ve been catching are coming out of 13-14 ft of water on the outside edge of the weed line. They can be caught on slip bobbers or small hooks and split shot letting the worm free float in the water column. The best location is just west of Willow Point. For me some days they are stacked in tight and the next day they are scattered.
Some crappies are being caught while trolling small plastics in 12 ft of water. The best location is by Browns Channel. I prefer chartreuse or purple colors for the bait.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063