Fishing has been pretty consistent.
The extremely warm weather has made some fish bite better while others slowed down.
The northern pike fishing has been overall pretty good. The fish are anywhere from 35-45 ft of water. Medium suckers or chubs have been catching the majority of the fish. By the weekend last week the fish were pretty spotty with the severe thunderstorms. I could only scratch out 2 fish on Sunday, which is pretty rare. The best locations have been in Williams Bay, Fontana or by Shorehaven.
Largemouth bass fishing has average. The fish that are being caught are in the 14-18 ft range. Most anglers are Carolina rigging lizards and centipedes, green pumpkin has been the best. Look for locations where there is a hard gravel bottom beneath the weeds for best success. Such locations can be found by Trinkes and Knollwood. Live bait fishermen can have success drifting nightcrawlers on a split shot rig. The average size is quite a bit smaller than the artificial fishermen. Don’t forget the early morning top water bite that is very consistent throughout the summer months.
Lake Trout are still being caught in the main lake basin. Trolling spoons on down riggers is producing all of the action. The best speed seems to be 2 – 2 ½ mph. Look for the fish suspended in 70-90 ft of water.
Walleyes are being caught at night. Some fish have been caught in excess of 10 lbs. Its been hit or miss so perseverance is the key. Some nights you’ll catch them and the next night nothing will have changed but they won’t bite. Look for the fish by Trinkes and by Abbey Springs. The best depth remains 14-16 ft of water. Leeches or large crank baits trolled are producing most of the action.
Pan fish can be caught on the drop offs in 20-25 ft of water. The larger bluegills are 2-3 ft off bottom. Straight lining small leaf worms or red worms are producing most of the action. The best location is Elgin Club or by the Military Academy.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050