July 6th, 2016

Hello everyone!

We hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed the 4th! The lake was a busy place over the weekend and through Monday. During all the chaos, Jerry Hanson caught a 29 1/2″ walleye that he weighed in at 9.7 lbs! Congrats to Jerry on winning this weeks walleye contest.

Not much has changed since last week as far as what we’re seeing on the lake. Golden Highway continues to be a hot spinner bite. Pelican is producing larger fish on average, but they take work. Doc Hagens has been a spot where people have been finding walleye fairly consistently in the mornings and evenings. The south side of the main lake down by along the highway in front of Sullys Hill, Lost Jig, and Bird Island have been seeing a few walleye being pulled out.  Walleye are being found and caught on all parts of the lake. Pulling bottom bouncers and spinners anywhere from 10-20 feet of water has and will produce fish. Pitching cranks in the shallows is still working, but the weeds are starting to make it tough. Smaller black jigs with leeches have been working well in areas where you can vertical jig. With the dog days of summer approaching, look for the heat to start pushing these walleyes a little deeper. Trolling crankbaits in the deeper water will either require larger cranks or the use of lead core. I like using lead core to help get Salmo hornets and similar smaller cranks to the bottom. In these deeper waters (20+ feet), bottom bouncers and spinners can still be used. Anything deeper than 18 feet, 2 to 2 1/2 ounce bottom bouncers are needed to ensure your presentation stays on the bottom and has the correct movement and touch to it as it should. Everyone has a different approach when it comes to bottom bouncing but the deeper you go, the heavier you need to be. Slip bobbers in the flooded/submerged timber is producing fish, especially on those calm days when the fish are not exactly stacked up on a wind-blown area. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

Be Safe! Have Fun!

-David