Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mid-June Fishing Report

After the excessive heat for a few days last week and a drop in temperature soon after, we have finally found ourselves in a fairly consistent weather pattern. And a consistent weather pattern means consistent fishing.

The sunfish are easy to find as they are in the shallow waters preparing to spawn. Within the last few days the females have been shallow and are full of eggs. You can also find some big males in shallow ready to take over the beds as soon as the females are spawned out. Areas to find them are along the west and northwest shoreline in and around the pencil reeds and also along the south shoreline. The preferred bait is wax worms, crawlers, or leeches. If live bait isn't your thing then some Berkely Gulp or a beetle spin will work wonders as well. Crappies have moved out deeper but are still catch-able. Try to find a solid weedline on a reef and that is where the crappies will be hanging out.

Walleyes have started to head out to their summer areas now that the water has warmed up. Their preferred meal is a jig and a minnow, jig and a leech, or a Lindy rig with a leech. Low light around dawn and dusk have been the key times in catching walleyes. A lot of the walleye fisherman have been fishing the reefs; including Kegs, North, and Andersons along the weedlines in 14-18 feet of water.

The first two weeks of the muskie season has been a challenge for most anglers. The fish haven't been as active as they usually are this time of year. There have been a few reports of guys catching a muskie or two around the moon phases and low light hours. A bucktail or large plastics have been working the best.

Bass fisherman have been having very good luck catching fish. You can find some up shallow in the pencil reeds and along the docks around Harm's Point. If you like fishing deeper water for them try throwing a jig or a worm along the weeds out on Cemetary, Center, or North Reef.

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