Despite the almost daily weather changes, fishing has been
pretty good overall. Walleye fishing has been good. Obviously some
nights are better than others. Set up by 3 p.m., because on most
afternoons the bite starts by 4 p.m. Very early mornings also have
been good. Be set up before light. Shiners are still the best for
walleyes in 8 to 12 feet of water and cabbage. Choose suckers over
mud and sand grass in 18 to 28 feet of water. Jigging also is
effective. Use Chubby Darters, Rapalas, even Gulp Alive minnows.
Fish to 26 inches were caught last week by jigging. Perch fishing
also is good – not many limits, but anglers are taking home plenty
for a meal. The best bites were weed-related in 7 to 10 feet of
water. Wigglers, waxies, and minnows were working the best. The
bluegill bit has been fair to good, with the best bites on overcast
days. Use mousies or waxies over weeds. Crappie action has been
fair to good. Tip-downs with minnows have been effective on days
above 20 degrees. Use plastics and waxies on No. 10 Moon Glow jigs,
or No. 8 Rockers in 8 to 12 feet of water near cabbage. The pike
run has been fair, with some nice fish caught on large shiners over
6 to 10 feet of water near weeds.
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