Good morning from the Northwoods, it looks to be a nice week on tap with temps in the upper 70s and chances of rain only tomorrow and Wednesday. I was seeing water temps anywhere from 75-80 degrees yesterday so anglers should handle fish with care. Fishing has been good and it seems like all species are active right now.
Musky–The musky continues to be good. Fish are still favoring smaller baits and most are relating to shallow weeds. Some nice fish have been taken on topwater baits as well, so again I would start shallow and work weeds/rocks/timber types of structure for targeting musky.
Northern pike–Pike were active last week as we caught a half dozen out of our boat. Most other anglers I talked to were doing well also. Look for fish in and around weeds in bays or weedy shorelines and use baits such as spinnerbaits, small bucktails, and any kind of crankbait right now.
Walleye–A few anglers are finding some ‘eyes but they are scattered and take some patience. On the lakes around here, most anglers are still using live bait (leeches, suckers) to catch fish. Look for where deep weeds transition off into the basin and get baits close to the bottom. Deep running crankbaits were also working this past week.
LMB–Lots of anglers have been doing well for largemouth on all sorts of topwater baits. Whopper ploppers seem to really be hot right now as are frogs and buzzbaits for a topwater bite. Spinnerbaits and live bait such as crawlers are still catching fish that are suspended in deeper water.
SMB–Deep running cranks seem to be working for smallies right now, look for fish on deep rocky points or hard to soft bottom transitions. We also did well on smallies on jigs tipped with crawlers and jigs/leeches. Fish were pretty much right on the deep weed edge that we found.
Crappie–The crappie bite is very similar to last week. Some anglers are doing well in the cabbage with small jig/spinner combos (think beetle spins) just cast out and retrieved while other anglers are finding suspended fish out over the basins. In the basin scenario anglers were doing well on hooks/jigs rigged under a bobber and tipped with a crappie minnow.
Bluegill/perch–Nothing to really report on the panfish bite. Lots of anglers have been buying leaf worms and crawlers so that should tell you everything you need to know! Plain hooks under a bobber, a split shot and a chunk of worm getting it done!
For the 3-ish days I got out and chased crappie, perch and bluegill the bite was pretty good. We got plenty of fish for a fish fry and all species in the spots you would expect. We didn’t get to chase musky a ton but we saw a fish on about the 10th cast so that’s a good sign and that fish was where we expected it to be so anglers shouldn’t have to get too creative in their approach right now! Have a great weekend and we will have another one next week!
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