As of this morning, water temps are at 82 degrees at the surface with water levels at normal summer pool, which is great considering it is after the 4th of July and we haven’t seen drastic fluctuations in water levels.
Hot Baits this week:
Crappie/White Bass: Panfish Assassins and 1/16 oz jigs tipped with maggots
Catfish: Nightcrawlers and Chicken Liver
Walleye: Hawg Harness Weight Forward Spinners and Crawler Harnesses
Largemouth: Wacky Rigged Senkos and Berkley Flat Headed Worms for Shaky Headed Jigs
Smallmouth: Jigs and 3″ Twister Tails
“Wipers”: 4″ Gotcha Grubs
Crappie and white bass fishing has been the best from the bridges within the last two weeks. Look for fish at the 14 bridge in the evenings or the 224 bridge throughout the day.
Catfish continue to be very active in all locations. Try chicken liver and nightcrawlers on the bottom for best results. If you are looking for bigger fish, use cut shad or shiners.
Fishing has been “sneaky good” this year for walleye so far but fishing has been slow over the past week as hot temperatures and storms have been slowing bites. The 14 bridge in the evenings and nights has held walleye mixed in with crappie and white bass for those of you fishing from shore.
For those of you with boats, looking for walleye, start by looking deeper. Berlin is one of the deepest lakes in the area and so often we hear people attempting to troll baits that are running 7-9 feet. Look for fish to be 14-20′ deep at this point and may run deeper as the water temps climb. The best way to find them is to identify the thermocline on your fish finder and go about about 5-10′ from there, depending on total depth.