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Fishing Report
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Bass fishing has gone crazy on most of the areas lakes. Anglers are tossing top water baits and cranks and catching good numbers of bragging size fish for the most part. Early and late in the day the top water baits such as Whopper Ploppers and other poppers and frogs of various styles were putting fish in the boat up to 21" and more. Old favorites such as Hula Poppers and Jitterbugs have shown that these lure are destined to be staples in any bass anglers tackle boxes. The commotion caused by these lures can coax a bass out of the thickest of cover. Calm waters are not the only place that these baits shine as they are still effective when there is a chop on the water. Any disturbance in the waters surface is sure to be investigated by these voracious feeders. One might also try sub-surface cranks and spinner baits to get in on the action. Families with young children are also able to get in on the action by simply setting up a simple hook and bobber set up baited with a leech or a crawler.

Walleyes continue to please many folks as they roam shallower structure in search of food. Many are reporting good action while pulling crank baits and spinner rigs in water from four to ten feet. Some might still believe that you need to go deep in these warmer waters of summer, but this is simply not true. Much of the natural forage for walleyes stay in shallow water near shorelines and submerged reef tops or at the edges of weed beds. Here too is where shallow running crank baits will really put fish inthe boat. Some anglers are staying out after dark and pulling n impressive numbers of walleyes by dragging or casting cranks in water from five to ten feet. The cover of darkness also enables fishermen to get up close and personal with these marauders without being seen, which is not possible during daylight hours. Try to keep from making too much commotion in the boat as this could put some of the fish off when running in the shallows. Live baits are also the go-to bait for many. Crawlers or leeches on a spinner rig have been putting a good number of fish on the stringer during these warm summer days. These baits shine as they are easy to keep in hot weather by just keeping them cool either in the shade under a damp rag, or in the cooler with your refreshments. A few anglers can't be without taking minnows out, and these can be productive as well, but are difficult to keep alive when the surface temperatures near the eighty degree mark. Always temper your minnows by placing the bag directly from the bait shop into the water for ten to fifteen minutes before dumping them into a bait bucket to eliminate the shock of drastic temperature changes, which can be as much as thirty degrees. Another good tip is to place a rock into the minnow bucket to sink it below the surface. Water temps can be nearly ten degrees cooler just three feet below the surface. This is also a good idea when you have your bait bucket tied to the dock.

Northern pike are also smashing top water offerings with gusto. Try using larger profile poppers or buzz baits around any structure or weed edges for some great action. There's a rush when you see one of these torpedos pushing a wake toward your bait as they attempt to grab it. If they miss the bait on the first pass, just keep it moving and more often than not they will str ike again to capture it. Spoons can be very productive as well during the heat of the day when worked deeper in the water column. The flash and vibration given off can draw these fish in from a distance. Don't hesitate to use the largest spoons available as some of these pike will readily attack walleyes when hooked up to three pounds or more, so a six inch spoon is really no challenge for them.

Lake trout are responding to trolled spoons or larger profiled crank baits when worked in water from thirty-five to sixty-five feet deep. Downriggers and Dipsy Divers will work best at these depths, but for many who do not have these tools on board can also get into the action by running an in line sinker ahead of their baits. This can be a great way for those in small boats or canoes to get in on the action. If you have a fish locator on board, it might also be a good idea to vertical jig when you mark a pod of large fish or in the presence of large bait schools. The action that you impart in these scenarios immitate an injured bait fish and ring the dinner bell for the lakers indicating an easy meal.