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Fishing Report
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As water temps continue to rise so does the walleye action. Many folks are starting to have more success using leeches and crawlers in addition to minnows. While jig and minnow fishing continues to be productive, keeping leeches and crawlers is much easier especially for back country adventurers. Many fish are still cruising shorelines but as temps equalize a good number of active feeders are scattered throughout the water column. This is a good time to begin slow trolling crank baits and working over reef edges.

Northern pike have become more aggressive and will readily strike spoons and spinner baits worked along weed edges and off rocky points adjacent to deeper water. A sucker suspended under a bobber can be very deadly right now too.

Lake trout are still being caught in relatively shallow water from fifteen to twenty -five feet. Trolled crank baits are accounting for a good number of lakers right now as well as larger spoons in green/silver color. Keep in mind when fishing these gin clear waters to keep baits well behind the boat or use side planers to keep your offering well away from the boat to avoid spooking them.

Bass and most panfish are beginning their spawning ritual and will readily attack a bait placed near their spawning beds. Look for depressions on the bottom that are of a bit different color than surrounding areas. Male fish are on the beds, but the heavier egg-laden females are holding somewhat deeper.