We had a huge cold front come through the last few days. It seemed to effect most of the fish except the largemouth bass. The largemouth bass bite is the most consistent bite on the lake, followed the bluegills.
The largemouth bass fishing continues to be excellent in the 15-17 ft depth range. The fish are just on the outside edge of the weed lines, focus on the inside and outside of the turns by the main lake points. The bass continue to be in large schools so if you catch one, you’ll catch many. I was able last week to catch 15-20 fish out of one spot. I’ve been using nightcrawlers, drop shotting 4 inch finesse worms or chatter baits. I’ve been averaging one legal fish for every 5 or 6 caught.
The bluegill action remains very steady. The best location is just west of Willow Point or on Assembly Park weed line point. You want to use leaf worms or nightcrawler pieces for the best success. Work a depth between 13 and 15 ft of water.
Northern Pike fishing has been okay in the shallow weed flats. The most action is coming out of 12-13 ft of water casting white spinner baits or medium diving fire tiger crank baits. Look for the fish on the west end, in Viewcrest or the Highlands. The sucker bite for me has been non-existent.
There are a few smallmouth bass that have been intermixed with the largemouth bass. I’ve been unable to find just the smallmouth exclusively. I’ve been able to catch them with the same bait and techniques as the largemouth.
Walleye fishing has been very slow. As the water cools, the walleye action should be improving. The best time to try for them is first light or just after dark. Look for them off the main lake points in 18-20 ft of water.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063