The Un-official start of summer is here! Happy Memorial Day!
While this weekend’s weather has been warmer than the recent days, we will need a consistent pattern of warm weather to improve the fishing dramatically.
Largemouth bass have been by the end of this past week. I think most of them are in 2-3 ft of water spawning. I prefer not to sight fish spawning fish. The cruising fish that I’ve been catching the last few weeks appear to be gone. I’m still picking up a few here and there but there is no consistency. Look for the fish near the outlet or by the Highlands or Viewcrest bays right now but please remember to take it easy on the spawning fish.
Crappie fishing continues to be fantastic. Most of the fish I’m catching are in 12-15 ft of water. I’m catching them on small plastics, purple or yellow are the best colors. Willow Point or Browns Channel are good places to start looking for them. The fish are averaging about 9 inches. The biggest I caught last week was around 13 inches but those are few and far between.
Some Northern pike are being caught in the shallow weeds. Township Park and Viewcrest Bay are producing most of the action. White spinner baits or Fire Tiger Husky jerks are both good choices. I’ve been working a depth of 8-10 ft. Live bait fisherman have had success fishing suckers on slip-bobbers.
Walleyes have been very spotty. Some people are getting a few here and there but the real consistent bite won’t happen until the water warms a little.
Bluegill fishing has been all right. Most of the fish are being caught in the 4-6 ft depth range around the piers. Look for the fish by Willow Point or by the old Boy Scout camp on the West end. Small red worms or wax worms are good bets.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050