Good morning, cooler temps this week have slowed the bite down a little bit. Still hearing about a good crappie bite, haven’t heard a whole lot on Walleye this week. Shallow weedy bays have been the ticket for catching all species that are open right now.
Walleye–Still hearing reports of Walleye up pretty shallow around and near weedy bays. Jigs tipped with fatheads seems to be the go to approach. Start your approach shallow and work through the weeds to the deep edge.
Northern Pike–Northern have been hitting walleye suckers under floats in and around the weeds. Casting spinnerbaits/crankbaits will also work well for aggressive Northern that are preying on baitfish.
Largemouth Bass–The largemouth bite has been pretty solid with a lot of reports of bass being caught while jigging for walleye and hitting float set ups with fatheads underneath them.
Smallmouth Bass–Nothing noteworthy to report on smallies, but fish should be locating on deeper points/transitions/humps with rocks/sand on them. Jigging with tubes/plastics/fatheads and livebait work well.
Crappie–The crappie bite has been hot up shallow in the weeds. Bare hooks and small jigs underneath floats tipped with crappie minnows/tattle tails/small plastic grubs have all been catching limits of fish. Colors in pink, white and chartreuse all seem to be good as well.
Bluegill–Nightcrawlers and leafworms off of the docks have been catching good bluegill. Shallow sandy shorelines where bluegill are starting to make beds should be the focus if you want to target them.
Perch–Perch are mixing with crappie in the shallow weeds and also off of the docks with the bluegill. Perch are notorious for stealing crappie minnows off of hooks before anglers get a chance to lift their rods. If you are losing minnows to perch it is wise to change it up to a small plastic as it last through a lot more fish, or go up in size to deter smaller fish from stealing your bait.