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Summertime has arrived in splendid fashion; although we do remain on the cool side, which suits most outdoor enthusiasts.
Lake winds have been down or very tolerable, allowing anglers to travel by water to enjoy the park, or get to their favorite memorable fishing spots.
Anglers haven’t been disappointed, as the lakes still offer a good bite for a range of species. Especially noted this week was a sharp increase in pike action.
Northern pike are taking all angler offerings, much to the liking or dismay of anglers. Pike have started getting aggressive in shallow waters either amongst the weeds or reef edges.
Walleyes for the most part are stationed on the reefs or near submerged structures as the mayfly hatch is coming to an end.
Saugers and stray walleyes are being caught frequently in depths under 18’; however, the strongest walleye action is around the 24-30’ range.
Bait selection is an angler’s choice; use the bait you are the most proficient with. Reports of consistent catches are being heard about leeches, crawlers and minnows. Note the best sauger action is minnows.
Smallmouth bass are primarily hanging near rock and gravel structures looking for crayfish and baitfish. A footnote to this is don’t forget casting shorelines with surface or semi-surface lures; you’ll be surprised what you catch in addition to smallmouth.
Walleye hunters look for lake bottom structures that have depressions, humps or an outcropping of rock structures with rapid changing depths for best results.