Well gang, we are in that part of summer. The part where the days are nice, but the fishing can be tough.
Fronts and bluebird skies can make for some challenging fishing. But just slow down and you can connect.
Shallow water Bass have been active early in the morning and in the early evening. Topwaters like poppers, spooks and jointed minnow baits are catching fish as is skirted grubs, shakey head, wacky worms and pre-rigged worms. As the sun comes up the fish are sticking to the piers, slop and weedlines. Wacky worms, tubes or jig/chunk trailers are catching fish around piers, while texas rigged plastics, crankbaits or slow rolled spinnerbaits are catching fish off the weedlines.
Some nice bags of panfish are being caught by anglers targeting the schools in deeper water. Drifting with live bait on split shot rigs is producing duing the day. Fish have been anyhwer from 14-28 feet deep. In the evening, look for the schools at the end of long points in 10-15 feet of water. Panfish plumpers, leeches and plastics tipped with waxworms are catching fish.
Northern Pike fishing remains consistent. Smaller fish can be caught in shallow weedy areas on spinners, buzzbaits or lipless crankbaits. Larger fish are being caught trolling crankbaits or spoons,or on with live bait on slip sinker rigs.
Walleye have been taken by trollers, especially in the evening hours. Minnow baits and spinner harnesses behind bottom bouncers have been productive. Most anglers have been successful fishing near sandgrass in 18-28 feet of water.
I'll be at the shop Saturday Morning. Stop in and say hi!