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Fishing Report
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Walleye action remains steady with some exceptional fish up to ten pounds being reported. The shallow flats have been the most consistent with eating size walleyes holding in water from four to twelve feet. Rainbow minnows have been primarily the bait of choice, but leech and crawler sales are steadily rising as water temperatures continue to climb. Jig fishing has been doing the trick for most, but spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have been very effective.

Smallmouth bass and crappies are in a pre-spawn pattern and are beginning to fan nesting sites. This can lead to some interesting fishing as the bass will attack anything that approaches their nest, so slow moving crank baits or soft baits in crawfish patterns will promote a strike. These fish are not necessarily hitting out of hunger, but to move invaders away from the beds.

Some big pike up to twenty pounds have been reported and will readily strike spoons and spinner baits in water down to ten feet. Large suckers suspended under a bobber will draw the interest of cruising pike and is a much more laid back approach as opposed to continuous casting.

Lake trout up to eighteen pounds have been smashing slow trolled crank baits and spoons in water as shallow as fifteen feet. Burntside Lake has led the way in numbers, but several have been reported from Snowbank Lake and Thomas in the Boundary waters. Chrome and silver lures with a touch of green have been working really well.