The consistent high pressure system we’ve been experiencing has been slowing the bite significantly as the week progressed. All species were affected to some degree. With a weather pattern change, the fishing should improve and the bite will go back to being outstanding.
Largemouth bass fishing dropped to average this week. The numbers have been cut in half this past week from prior weeks and the size of the fish is also smaller. The fish remain adjacent to the main lake points but the schools are substantially smaller. The depth continues to be consistent at 13-17 ft of water.
Bluegill fishing has been spotty. There have been a few fish caught in Assembly Park, Highlands and Viewcrest Bays. An easy limit has been hard to come by. You want to use Thill slip bobber or straight line a leaf worms beneath the boat. Look for them in 12-13 ft of water.
Northern Pike are being caught in the shallow weed flats in 12-13 ft of water on White spinner baits or Chatter baits. The pike prefer a fast moving bait. The deep water sucker bite has been difficult all summer.
Crappies can be caught suspended on the out edge of the weed lines about 5 feet down in 25 ft of water. Look for the fish by Willow Point or by Browns Channel. The best plastics colors have been chartreuse or purple on a 1/32 oz Arkie jig.
There are a few smallmouth bass showing up on the deep weed lines in 15-18 ft of water. The fish are actively feeding on minnows and lindy rigged nightcrawlers. The fish I’ve been catching have been right off bottom.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063