First of all, congrats to Ron Ellis for winning this weeks contest! Also a congrats to last weeks winner, Les Puppe!
Man has the summer gone fast so far! If you haven’t made your way to the lake yet, it is about time to get out! We are at that time of year where the crops are going to start coming off, geese are starting to fly, and the fish are moving deeper.
With the dog days of summer here, we are seeing water temps around the mid 70s causing a lot of walleyes to move a little deeper. Most of the water being targeted now is 18+ feet. When targeting walleyes, look to pull spinners and bottom bouncers (2 ounce) anywhere from 20-30 foot of water with a half of a crawler moving along at about 0.8-1.1 mph to cover ground. You want to find ledges from old shorelines that are holding fish. With the walleyes moving deeper, vertical jigging becomes a popular and successful technique for catching these fish. Look to target rock piles, brush piles, and mud flat areas between good structure. The towers on the main bay are a spot to start that offers this type of structure. Look to use #9 jigging raps or a lead head jig with a leech when fishing this way. A lot of anglers have had success with this as of late. Another way to target these walleyes, which is one of my favorite, is to troll crank baits in that 20-25 foot range along breaks and weed beds. Lead core with #5 salmo hornets and jointed #5 rapalas are very good for this type of fishing.
With the water temps where they are, the perch are starting to make their way out of the weeds and into deeper water. We have seen perch coming out of these deeper areas as of late by means of vertical jigging and/or bottom bouners with (small) spinners.
Pike have been caught all throughout the lake and in almost every portion of the water column. These pike can be caught using almost any presentation in areas that are holding fish in general.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for Rockin the Cove on August 12th and 13th!
Have Fun! Be Safe!