Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fishing Report 5-30-09

Hey Gang, Sorry I didn't get this up earlier.

The cooler weather and rain has made for some slower fishing the last week. Its hard to assess whether the lower number of people fishing or the weather is responsible.

Musky fishing has been off and on, sometimes even within the same day. Larger fish are starting to move out to the first break, but many can still be found in the shallows. A fair number of fish are patrolling the 6-12 foot depths where the larger panfish are moving up to spawn.

Northern Pike Fishing has been slow, but steady. Spinners, Buzzbaits, small bucktails and crankbaits are catching them, but the best presentation has been live bait in the form of a sucker on a slip slinker or lindy rig. Drifting in the 8-17 foot range around early weeds has been especially effective.

Walleye fishing has been hot. The cooler weather has kept fish shallow for the most part and they'll bite throughout the day. Look for the them on weed edges or points in 5-15 feet of water. Gravel and sand/gravel areas seem to be holding the most fish.

Bass fishing has remained consistent. A fair number of larger fish came in this week, in some cases to my surprise. Shallow water fishing is dominating the presentation, but a few fish were taken a little deeper on mid-depth crankbaits. If you're struggling, try drifting with lindy rigs tipped with small suckers, large shiners or nightcrawlers in 8-12 feet of water.

Panfish are moving up to spawn. Some of the shallow protected bays on area lakes already having fish nesting, but most of the larger fish are just moving up.

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