May 17 Fishing Report

Fishing Report

The first 2 weekends of the season are in the books.  The weather for the opener was the big story with snow and cold. However, the water temps were in the high 40’s  and the fish cooperated both early Saturday morning and then again after the snow stopped about 4pm.  A mixture of some nice ones (18-20), a few big ones (24-26) and a lot of smaller walleyes (13-15”) has been my experience these first 9 days.  Although they are done spawning they are near their spawning areas. The entire west shore from the narrows to Big Hardwood, Pine Point (especially in the evening) Stoney Point and down into Traders Bay have all produced at times. Mid week varied by day with a couple of really good days/evenings and a couple of slower days/evenings.  Shinners were tough to come by but rainbows and fatheads worked just fine. This weekend saw warm weather and calm winds and the bite slowed and so should you.  A bobber and a leech or anchor/spot lock and cast and slow retrieve triggered both perch and walleye. Memorial weekend should be the best so far with the water temps in the mid 50’s and rising with warm weather expected all week.

Dick Weinberger