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Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Hey gang,

Sorry the Friday report didn't post. I did it from my mobile and I didn't check to see if it was up.

Fishing has been fairly slow. It is steady, but with the days getting shorter and the temperatures dropping, I would really expect things to be much better than they have been.

I've been on the water a ton, and I have fished lots of our local lakes, the last two weeks. Fishing tight to cover seems to be the best way to get a bite....and it really doesn't matter what you are fishing for when I say that.

Panfish are tight to the weed-edges, and in the deeper sandgrass. I am catching better sized fish out of 12-18 FOW in the weeds, than out suspended. Tight-line vertical fishing is a great way to target these fish. Still catching a bunch using plastics, but bigger red-worms and leaf worms seem to be the hot ticket right now.

The bass bite has been tough. Not impossible, just tough. You really have to work for consistent fishing. Tight to cover, especially weed breaks or rocks in 8-12FOW is really holding fish, but you have to tick the weed-edge to get bit. Slop fishing is still producing, but I'm catching more fish out of the small patches of slop around docks than the bigger areas.

Pike Fishing has been slow and steady. Spinners, buzzbaits and lipless cranks are working over flat areas with patches of scattered weeds, and dep-diving cranks and swim baits have been catching some fish along the deeper weed edges. Golden Lake has been on fire by most accounts.

Walleye have been biting like the bass...slow and steady. Presentation seems to be the key. Jigging in the weeds, or drifting/trolling lindy rigs along the deeper weed edges has been producing. Some guys are starting to catch some fish around dusk throwing rapalas over the tops of weed clumps in 6-12 FOW.

Musky fishing has been slow, but a few fish are still being caught on jerkbaits, bulldogs and gliders fished over the top of deep weed edges/sharp breaks.

Good Luck

PS...Here's a selection of photos from the last couple of weeks.

NAG 3+ Lbs

Lac Labelle...Walleye #602 This Season and Still No Legals.

One of more than 30 during a morning trip to Silver.

Tough Day On Okauchee was made better by this 4+lb Largemouth.

I Like to Teach Kids to Fish...Out for bluegills with my son and his friends.