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Fishing Report
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The walleye bite remains fairly consistent throughout the area. Most of the anglers out are using either crawlers or leeches, whether rigged on a spinner, or jigged around sunken islands or reefs. Most fish are coming from 15 - 22' of water right now, but some folks are picking up some nice catches near shore in 4-10' early and late in the day. Crank baits are also catching some impressive numbers of fish that are down deeper in the water column. Try using Berkley's Flicker Shad, Flicker Minnows or Rapala Deep Tail Dancers and Shad Raps. At times when fish are really running deep, you can either add a bit of weight to your current setup by using split shot or rubber core sinkers, and this will get you down into the zone. Another good option is to spool up a rig with lead core line as this setup works great in depths below twenty-five feet.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass have really turned on with the advent of warmer weather. Some of the largest fish have been smashing the new Whopper Ploppers and frog imitations that are worked around weed beds and shorelines. Throughout the daylight hours, spinner baits have been working very well, but some anglers are getting frustrated over the pike cutting them off. At times, when the action is hot, try using a wire leader.Most of the fish tend to ignore the leader and focus on the commotion of a good topwater bait worked rapidly. There are times of course when they may shy away from a leader, but this is the exception rather that the rule.

As mentioned, northerns will readily smash a surface bait, whether it's a duck, mouse, frog or any other of the variety of surface lures. Most of the action will take place around weed beds, but these are rapidly dissappearing on many lakes due to the proliferation of rusty crawfish,which can decimate the weeds that they use as a food source. In spite of this, the pike are still out there in good numbers and are more than ready to attack anything in their vicinity. Over the last several years pike fishermen are using large spinner baits with great success as well.

Lake trout have been active on Burntside Lake. Folks draging larger crank baits and spoons have been catching them in water depths from twenty-five to forty-five feet of water. Although the fish being caught are not trophy size, many of them are in the five to eight pound range with an occassional fish exceeding ten pounds. The larger fish seem to be holding in depths of sixty to seventy-five feet.