May 22nd Fishing Report

The week started slowly but picked up later in the week as the water temp hit the mid 50’s. Wind limited access to some points and made boat control challenging with 20+mph winds. With the fish still in recovery mode a slow presentation was key. Jig and minnow was effective with green being my most successful color. Most of the fish were caught in 9-11ft . Some were taken on the next break line about 12-14ft. When you found fish, anchoring or using spot lock, and then using a slip bobber and leech or pitching a jig and minnow proved effective. The weekend was cold with 10-14mph winds and the water temp fell back to about 50 but those that braved the conditions were rewarded with a solid bite. With no spot tail shiners to be had, rainbows were effective as well as fatheads and half a crawler, all on a jig. I am hoping for a more consistent bite as water temps go back up but until then continue to use a variety of baits and presentations.

Dick Weinberger
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May 15th Fishing Report

A unique spring was followed by a unique opener. With water temps in the 30’s and the spawn done those who went out early (5am) were rewarded for their efforts with a good shallow water bite. The bite shut down as boats began to pile up. Others who found fish away from boats also had good action in the morning until others saw and joined them. Again more boats slowed the bite. Shiners were most effective although in very short supply. Rainbows were a good second option. Saturday evening bite produced nice fish in low boat areas. The wind was a factor both Saturday and Sunday limiting access to some spots. By Sunday shiners were unavailable and rainbows limited. Some had success with half a crawler on a jig. In general most got some nice fish with others limits at specific times and places. Some on Saturday, fishing on the east side in the rocks, got a nice mix of walleyes and small mouth.

Dick Weinberger
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Sept 13th Fishing Report

The walleyes are transitioning to their fall pattern. They have started to move back to their spring spots. They are also responding to a jig and minnow presentation as well as rigging. Although we are marking a lot of fish getting them to bite has been a challenge. Wind sweep points as well an 9-11 foot shorelines have produced really nice fish with most in the 16-22 inch range. So even though the numbers are not in full fall swing the size is. Try deep shoreline edges in Walker Bay with a rig and minnow (Chub) or crawler for a trophy type fish. I have had better success with rainbows vs fatheads. Jigs with blue or orange/yellow are a good place to start. The perch are just showing up in the narrows and should be in their other usual spots later this week as we are looking at some cooler nights. Water temps have now dropped into the upper 50’s and we will soon be in full fall mode.

Dick Weinberger
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August 9th Fishing Report

The walleyes are now in their summer mid lake pattern. This past week during the day I had success pulling Raps in 9-11 feet of water in mid lake flats. When that slowed I also found fish in the 12-14 foot range adjacent to the 9-11 foot areas. For the evening bite Walker bay is a good place to start. I caught walleye with bottom bouncers and leeches with chartreuse being the top producing color. Others in the same area were having success bobber fishing.

Dick Weinberger
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July 19th Fishing Report

The walleyes are getting to their summer mid lake pattern. This past week I split time between bottom bouncers and pulling Raps. We had success with both but with the abundant food supply it is now time to cover more water faster which mean pulling Raps in open water. Most of the walleyes still had crayfish in them so a crayfish color Rap is a great place to start. I also like a silver shad or perch color. Some days it doesn’t matter other days it does. I like to get out several different
colors and change to the hot color if you see a pattern. Muskie action and sightings have been slow but with the warm water temps they should be moving into shallow water. Weeds are a good place to start but rocks and even 5-7 foot sand should not be overlooked.

Dick Weinberger
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