By Scott Merwin
The dog days of summer definitely push me off the walleye bite and onto bluegills and crappies.
Here’s what I can say about locating bluegills on Alexandria-area lakes. The ‘gills are moving in and out of the weeds. Outside weed edges are a good place to look, but if I can find an isolated pile of weeds somewhere in 8 to 12 feet of water, that is going to generally be a key area to focus. That is where you are going to find most of your fish.
The most important thing right now is to keep your jig – and I like a 1/32-ounce Tungsten jig tipped with Maki plastics – within six inches of the bottom of the lake. Right now, they are staying close to the bottom on most days. Also keep that bait horizontal. Sometimes you have to jig a bit, and sometimes they want that jig sitting still. Experiment with different jigging cadences.
Merwin runs owns and operates Lake Osakis Guide Service (www.lakeosakisguide.com). Reach him at (612) 203-1010.