We have had a long spell of really, really hot weather lately. This has made fishing outstanding for some species, but others are not so hot.
Largemouth bass fishing has been phenomenal. I like using a split shot rig with a nightcrawler in about 14-16 ft of water. The fish are positioned on the main lake points outside the weedline. Some of the best locations include: Willow Point, Yacht Club and by Browns Channel. The bass can also be caught by fishing the docks in the shade. The north shore is always a good bet. I had some of the best bass fishing of the year last week.
The Northern Pike bite has been pretty good. The pike always seem to be hungry for suckers. The larger the sucker the larger the fish. Look for them in approx 20 ft of water. I’ve been lindy rigging suckers by the gray condos, Willow Point and by Browns Channel. I caught several legal fish last week. The hardest part of the trip is making sure your bait stays alive with the warm surface temperatures.
Walleye fishing has been a bit slow however last week I finally caught a couple of legal fish and a few numbers. The fish I’ve caught are suspended in 25-30 ft of water about 20 ft down. The best bait has either been deep diving crank baits or leeches. Look for the fish by the gray condos, Assembly Park or by the Oriental Boat house.
Panfish has been fantastic. Limits of fish can be caught in the deep water, 23-24 ft depth works good. Watch your sonar and you will be able to see the schools. The best baits are red worms and green hellgrammites. The best fishing has been to the east of the Yacht Club or by the Village Supper Club.
Perch has been pretty good in the 12-15 ft depth range. They are in the shallow weeds. The best spot on the lake has been the west end near the island. You have to search for them, but with perseverance you will succeed.
Good Luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050