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Fishing Report
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Some nice walleyes are still being caught on area lakes. Many anglers have switched their choice of live bait to crawlers these days as the availability of leeches has come to a virtual halt. Crawler harnesses have been the lure to use and the success rate has been very good. Crawlers are much easier to keep as the temperatures continue to hover around the eighty degree mark. Keeping a couple dozen crawlers in a cooler has been much easier for folks and those going into the back country have found that just keeping a wet towel over their bait can maintain the cooling by evaporation.

Trolling larger profile crank baits are becoming very popular as well at this time of year. Trying various color combinations until you achieve the desired action. A good rule is to use neutral colors like silver, gold, or natural bait in clear water lakes, and brighter colors such as orange or fire tiger patterns in stained water.

Crappie action has finally taken hold as these fish are beginning to bunch up once again. The easiest way to locate the schools is to troll tiny crank baits or lures such as Beetle Spins where you mark suspended fish. Quite often, you'll find them suspended around the eight to fifteen foot mark over water that can be up to thirty feet deep. On shallower lakes, look for the fish on the edge of weed beds either early or late in the day.

Smallmouth bass action has been the most consistent of all local species. Top water baits rule here, as the action will continue throughout the day. This can be a very exciting way to fish as these aerial acrobats will readily explode at the surface and summersault their way to the boat or shoreline if fishing from land. Some bragging size largemouth bass have been taken using the same tactics. When there is a heavy chop on the water, make your presentations a bit deeper, using sub-surface crank baits or spinner baits.

Northern pike are still gobbling up sucker minnows, whether fished live under a bobber or dead baits laid right on the bottom in three to ten feet. Larger profile cranks, such as Rapala F-18s have been accounting for some huge pike as are spinner baits or spoons, fished either around weed beds or rocky island points. Color patterns don't appear to be a concern as these fish will grab most anything presented to them when they're in the mood.