The first part of the week, we had some very hot temperatures which slowed fishing down for most species.
Northern Pike have been on fire. You should be able to get a bite on every sucker you put down. I usually only bring a dozen. Due to the hot temperatures outside, the bait won’t live too long so you need to be careful. Most of the pike are off the weedline now in 18-24 ft. I’m using lindy rigs fished 2 ft off bottom. The best location is by the gray condos or by Browns channel.
Largemouth bass have started to bite on the deep weedline. They just started to show up on Saturday of last week. This bite should remain constant for most of the summer now. Look for the fish in 15-20 ft of water. The best locations have been by Willow Point or by the Village Supper Club. Some of the bass I caught last week were over 6 lbs.
Most of the bluegills are out of the shallows now. I’m readily catching them now in 15-17 ft of water. Look for the fish by the Yacht Club or over by the island. The best presentation is straight lining the leaf worms underneath an anchored boat. They are about 6 inches to 1 ft off bottom. I caught one bluegill on Sunday that was 11 inches long. My client thought he had a small walleye.
Crappie fishing has been very slow. I haven’t been able to locate any. I fished for about an hour one day last week just outside the weedline in some of my favorite spots and only caught a couple bluegills. In a couple of weeks, the crappies should be on the outside of the weedline and suspended.
Walleye fishing has been all right. I’m catching a few every trip out. The best bait is lindy rigged nightcrawlers fished in about 18-19 ft of water. Chartreuse painted hooks seem to produce more bites for me. The Oriental boat house and Browns channel are always good bets.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050