Summer has finally arrived!!
The warm temperatures and warmer water have made the fishing fantastic. It is great fun when there is action in multiple species. The boat traffic is intense but if you fish early, you should have a lot of fun.
Walleyes have started to bite. The best depth for me has been 18-22 ft. on the outside of the weed edge. My legal fish have been coming off of lindy rigged nightcrawlers. Some fish have also come off of fat head minnows. The best spot has been by Willow Point or by the Island on the west end. Largemouth bass are still in the shallows. Just fish the docks and you’ll catch all the fish you’d care to. Use Senkos or Floating worms for the most action. The color doesn’t matter that much. With the warmer weather the fish should be pulling off the bank in the next week or so. This is when the deep weed line bite should be on. Smallmouth bass are also on the deep weed line in the 20-22 ft range. I haven’t been catching large numbers of them but the certainly have been quality fish (16-19 inches on average). My best bait has been night crawlers fished on a split shot or lindy rig. The best location has been by the Village Supper Club or west of Willow Point.
Crappies continue to bite. The crappies I’ve been catching are off the weed line in 12-14 ft of water. They are suspended right above the weeds. Mini mites have been producing all of the fish for me. The best color is chartreuse or purple. The average size of the fish are about 9 inches. Bluegills are stilling spawning in 3 to 8 feet of water. Trout worms are the answer fished on a small split- shot. Look for the fish at Three Flags or by Delmar subdivision boat launch.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050