All of the fishing, as well as our reports have slowed with the weather we have experienced over the last week. We have had some very slow days, despite the holiday weekend. Here is the most reliable data we have to pass along for the past week.
Late last week we were getting reports of fish being caught about 17-23 feet near the railroad trestle trolling Flicker Minnow (7s and 9s) while wading through Wipers, crappie, and catfish. Most of the fish ranged from 14-16” but we did see a few fish over 22”. We also heard late last week that there were fish caught across from Les’ suspending near the drop offs and humps that are east of the boat ramp.
One of the biggest mistakes at this time of the year is that angler’s that are trolling, are not down deep enough. Shift your approach to finding the thermocline on your depth finder, looking for structure and deep drop offs, and targeting depths of 17-25’. If you aren’t using leadcore, try Flicker Minnow 7s/9s or Bandit Walleye Deeps as popular baits to target deeper water. Since you are fishing so deep, ensure you are using a bait that is darker colored than what you would normally use as walleye see darker colors as a “true” color in dark water, whereas the brighter colors are a dull gray color.
Crappie have slowed with the heat as well, but there are fish being caught near bridges and other structure during the day and the fishing tends to get much better near sunset. The railroad trestle and 224 bridges have both been consistent producers for anglers targeting fish in the evenings. They have been catching fish on Jigging Raps and jigs tipped with maggots/wax worms. Floating lights have also helped bring some fish in.
The catfish bite is one of those that’s stayed very consistent, despite the heat. Anglers from shore and in boats have caught catfish on a variety of different baits, with nightcrawlers and minnows being the best producers.
We have yet to hear of a great shore bite for wipers this year, but we are seeing fish caught in open water in Berlin and Walborn, by anglers either trolling or casting crankbaits. Most of the fish we have seen have been in the deeper ends of the lakes, closer to the dam, but it varies with the weather pattern