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Fishing Report
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Anglers in the area are still managing some impressive catches these days. Many of the walleyes being caught are still coming from relatively shallow water and this trend may continue for some time. Minnows have taken a back seat to leeches and crawlers, in the realm of live bait preferences, but some anglers are doing well with plastic offerings too. Whether it be crank baits slow trolled, or soft plastics jigged down a rocky point, the results remain the same. There still are a few fish out there willing to be caught.

Another fish of choice right now are smallmouth bass. With the warmer water temps, the fish are responding to most presentations, but the fan favorites are top water baits. When a smallmouth explodes on a surface bait, it really kicks in your adrenaline, and when you feel the drag scream with a five or six pound fish, it's just an awesome feeling. That's why we do it.

Crappie fishermen are having some success right now, but the action seems to be just building. As weed cover becomes more prevalent, schools should begin to congregate, making for hotter action. Some anglers are trolling safety pin type spinners with a jig and soft plastic tail or small crank baits to locate the pods of crappies. You can then work them over till the school moves on.

Lake trout trollers have been scoring as well on Burntside Lake. Some times it's even worth the hassle of the congestion at the landing at Van Vac. Lakers up to ten pounds or better are nailing spoons and crank baits. The lake hasn't heated up yet, so many of the fish are patrolling water in the thirty foot range. Downriggers are nice, but you really aren't out of the game without one. There are many rigging  techniques to get you down "in the zone" such as in-line weights, or Dipsy and Jet divers.