As we turn the calendar to July the fishing remains very good! Big Pine, Rush, Little Pine, Star, Ottertail and many other area lakes are producing a very good walleye bite right now. The summer heat has pushed a majority of the walleyes out into the deeper water, and most good reports we are hearing are coming from 17-30 feet of water on mid lake humps,
mid lake points and shoreline breaks. Bottom bouncers with spinners and slow depths have been working extremely well, and will allow you to cover more water to find those fish! Lindy Rigging a leech, crawler or minnow has also been extremely productive when you locate the schools of fish. Casting or vertically jigging a Rapala Jigging Rap or a Shiver Minnow is also producing fish , and this presentation will only continue to get better over the coming weeks! Fisherman are still getting fish in under 10 feet of water pulling crankbaits or using small jigs with a minnow or plastic, and this presentation seems to work best on cloudy/windy days!
Panfish have also moved into a little deeper water then they were a few weeks ago, and the bluegill and crappies are schooling up on the edge of cabbage flats in 10-16 feet of water. Casting a small jig with a plastic or crappie minnow has been producing crappies, and a bobber presentation with a small leech or grub has been producing bluegills. The secret is to find the the tall cabbage weed in deep water and the panfish will be there! Bass and notherns will be in similar areas, but just a bit deeper on the edge of the weeds.
It is hard to believe the 4th of July will be here in a few days, and we hope everyone has a blessed holiday weekend and is able to enjoy time with family, friends, and hopefully able to get out and enjoy some time on the water! We will be open all week and look forward to seeing you!