Fishing in the shallows is very good. The fish are all pre-spawn. The bluegills and crappies are starting to show up in the shallows. They are starting to be found on hard sand bottoms away from the channels.
Largemouth bass can be caught on in the shallow spawning flats approximately 2-5 ft depth range. Look for the fish by Lake Lawn or by the Highland bay or Viewcrest Bay. I’ve been casting a Texas rigged or Wacky rigged weightless Senko. Green pumpkin is the only color I’ve tied on. For live bait, split shot rigged nightcrawlers have been very effective.
The smallmouth bass are with the largemouth bass in the shallows. The best location has been by Lake Lawn or by Del Mar. Split shot rigged nightcrawlers are working well. They are found in the 4-5 ft depth range until the water warms.
Northern Pike have been kind of slow. The water is still a bit cold for the deep weedline bite. I’ve been dragging suckers around with very limited success.
Crappie fishing has been good and getting better. Most of the fish I’ve been catching are in 6-8 ft of water right on the weedline. I’ve been casting small purple plastics on a 1/32 oz Arkie jig. Look for the fish by Browns Channel or west of Willow Point and by the Village Supper Club
The Bluegills are in the shallows in 2-3 ft of water. The channels are holding a lot of small fish but you need to move around to find the bigger fish. Most of the bigger fish are by Lake Lawn Lodget and by Willow Point. Wax worms or small red worms fished with a bobber are producing most of the action.