Weather, as usual, has had a lot to do with the fishability of
the lakes, with some high winds and cool nights that slowed some of
the bites. Largemouth bass action has been very good on fish up to
19 inches in the weeds early in the day; work outside edges as the
sun gets high. Use Carolina rigs or wacky-style 5-inch Senkos.
Toward dusk, fish the surface with Torpedos or buzzbaits. Good fish
up to 19 inches were caught this week. Smallmouth fishing is also
very good. Fish weedbeds on the lakes with few largemouths.
Otherwise, target off-shore gravel humps with tube jigs, or
football jigs with spider grubs. Also try large leeches or whole
crawlers on jigs. The best lakes are Plum, Tomahawk, and Katherine.
Walleye action is good to fair, with a small window of opportunity
early and late in the day. Use leeches and slip bobber rigs over
sand grass flats of 14 to 22 feet. Drag a crawler harness on windy
days. The best bets have been Fence and the Willow. Northern pike
action has been good, and muskie fishing has been fair. The best
muskie action has been on bucktails burned over weedbeds.
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