Fishing has been phenomenal!!
The warm weather has got two definite bites going. The bluegill fishing on the weedline has been awesome. They are 6-8 ft down in 12-14 ft of water. If you find the weedline, the fish are there. The spawning bluegills are also in 5-6 ft of water on hard sand bottom. Make sure you have enough bait.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good. The best success has come on jigs fished in 15 ft of water with leeches. Look for the fish by the Yacht Club, Willow Point, and by Browns Channel. Most of the fish are 16-17 inches. It’s a bummer that the legal limit is 18 inches, but their growing! Last week I tried trolling crank baits and only caught a couple. I prefer deep diving Bandit Walleye minnows or Bandit 300 series crankbaits. White pearl is my favorite color.
Largemouth bass can be caught in a multitude of ways. The slop bite, the deep weedline bite or the shallow Senko bite have all been producing fish. I haven’t been targeting them due to the fact that most of my clients were interested in northern last week. Sunday afternoon I was using the new Arkie U bolt Finesse jig tipped with the Yum finesse worm, green pumpkin and caught a few fish. All were legal. Had a real problem hooking the fish, I had several that got off. The Senko/All Terrain Stik bite is still very good by Lake Lawn Lodge and by the west end. The best depth was 6-7 ft. The finesse jig bite was in 15-18 ft. and the slop bite is 2-3 ft by the boat launch and by the outlet.
Northern Pike has been really good with the consistent weather. I’ve been fluctuating depth from 17-25 ft. Lindy rigged suckers are the only way to go. The best location is by the gray condos, the Yacht Club Point and by Willow Point. The only problem I’ve had is with the warm water and the cold bait shop suckers is keeping the bait alive. I use the 1/0 hook and a ¾ oz Lindy sinker. I fished about 1 ft off bottom.
Crappies are on the weedline in 12-16 ft of water. I’ve been using the mini mites with a 1/32 oz jig and small 3/0 split shot hooked about 6-8 inches above the lure. Most of the fish I’ve been catching are between 6 and 7 inches. You really need to sort to catch a limit of 10 inch fish. There’s no problem catching a crappie every other cast. Remember, if you want to keep crappies, you should bring some ice since with the warm water temperature they are very soft if you put them in the live well.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050