Monday, July 20, 2009

Fishing Report 7-20-09

Water temps are in the low to mid 70's on most lakes.

Bass can be caught in shallow water, around piers and slop, along rock weed transition areas, and along deeper weedlines. Topwater baits will take fish early and late, while plastics and live bait are producing during the day.

Pike are active, but many are using the weedlines in 12-18 feet of water. Rattletraps, slow rolled spinner baits or suckers on a slip-sinker rig are your best options.

Musky are using the weedlines and deeper rock areas to feed. Fish are being caught casting along the weedlines, trolling deeper water, and on topwater baits.

Panfish are biting great. To catch the keepers you'll need to find weed edges in 12-22 feet of water, or look for schools of crappie to be suspended. Bluegills have been pretty tight to the bottom, and drifting while fishing vertically has been red hot the last week to 10 days.

Good Luck,

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