Well gang, we have some serious fishing going on right now.
The wind made things challenging this week. Lots of people were beating the banks in protected cuts and bays...but the real action was on the middle of main-lake flats. The bite is very good, and the water conditions have stabilized, even if the weather hasn't. If you've been waiting to get on the water, you're missing some solid fishing right now.
The bluegills are spawning on most area lakes. Better panfish are being caught out of the deeper sand and suspended over deeper water. You'll still find some fish up in the shallow to mid depth on the nest. A good starting point is the deeper water adjacent to areas where you see beds in the shallow water. A slip sinker rig with an 1/8oz egg weight or lindy sinker above a short leader with a panfish leach or helgramite spider can put some quality gills in the boat right now.
Bass are starting to work traditional summer patterns, but the weather is making patterning fish a bit of a puzzle from day to day. Docks, rockbars, slop, scattered weeds on flats have all been producing. The best bite for largemouth has been on the flats, but the weather kept lots of folks away this week. Slop bite is picking up steam on many of the smaller lakes. The topwater bite has been steady, but most topwater fish are being caught before 8am on sunny mornings on days when the wind isn't blowing. Pop-R's with an orange or red belly have been producing some nice schooling fish and jointed rapalas and gliders are catching some nice smallies. When on the feed, fish are patrolling shallow flat areas, and covering water on the larger flats can really run up your numbers right now. As the sun gets high, look for fish around (but not necessarily under) docks and in the mid depth water adjacent to longer points. Wacky, Ned Rigs Jigworms, Grubs, Ringworms, Jig/chunk, Skirted grubs, Pre-rigged worms, Texas rigs and Sliders will all catch fish.
Musky fishing continues to be good inconsistent. The most active fish have come on deep divers, gliders and large tubes fished along the deepest weedlines you can find. A few are being caught on topwaters, especially on Okauchee, Fowler and Lac Labelle.
Walleye action has picked back up. Leeches under slip bobbers are catching fish in 12-15 feet, especially around weed/rock transition areas. Suckers fished on a split shot rig have been taking some better fish, especially in the late evenings. Weededges are the areas to key on, especially in 7-12 feet of water.
Pike action was red hot this week, with lots of people fishing for bass catching bonus pike. Fish the weed flats and outside edges with spinners or live bait. Smaller, wide wobbling crankbaits, buzzbaits and lipless crankbaits are really producing for the action seekers. Reapers, inline spinners and large jerkbaits are catching some better fish. Northern pike fishing with live bait is a great way to fish right now. Look for major structure in the early mornings and late evenings and drift with lindy rigged suckers catching the majority of the fish.
If you've got specific questions: Feel free to email me.