Happy Fourth of July week everybody, and what a great time of year to be a fisherman. What makes this time of the year so enjoyable is not only are walleyes, panfish, muskies, bass and northerns ALL biting, but the many different presentations and techniques that can be use to catch them. This time of year the walleyes are spread out throughtout the lake, and weather you like to fish shallow weeds, shoreline breaks and weedlines or mid-lake humps, there are fish there waiting to be caught.
Walleye fishing has been very good as of late, and fish are being caught on Big Pine, Little Pine, Rush, Ottertail, Star, and many other area lakes. Majority of fisherman are having luck either lindy rigging or pulling bottom bouncers and spinners on mid-lake humps or shoreline breaks in 17-25 feet. Leeches, nightcrawlers, and minnows (redtails, suckers, shinners) have been producing well on lindy rigs, and bottom bouncers with a spinner and nightcrawler are also putting walleyes in the boat. Size 7 and 9 Rapala Jigging Raps and Shiver Minnows have also been working well on the same structure being cast or vertically jigged.
Panfish are making their way to cabbage and weedbed edges close to cool, deep water on Star, Marion, Big Pine, Rush, and many other area lakes. Find the tall, standing cabbage and coontail weed on the outside edge and cast either a bobber with a worm or crappie minnow or a small jig and plastic to catch crappies and bluegills. Our favorite way to do this is to have your boat position in deeper water and cast to the weed edge. Bass and northern will be found right in with the panfish on deep weed edges, and are biting really good also.
We hope everbody has a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend, and has some time to sneak out in the boat and do some fishing!