June 26, 2008 Update
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Summer finally has arrived! The effects, though, of the late and cool spring are still being felt in all of nature. This has been especially true of the fishing with respect to the smallmouth and the walleye. The walleye have yet to hit their summer peak, which occurs about 3-4 weeks after the conclusion of their spawning period. A few walleyes are being caught, but in strange places with even stranger methods. Most walleyes have been caught recently in very shallow water on Texas rigged Senkos! Although some bass have already spawned, most are doing so at present. This is 3 to 4 weeks later than ordinary. Most bass are being found and caught in shallow areas adjacent to their spawning areas. While most fish have been caught on 4" Senkos (Watermelon and Purple colors), a great number of fish have been caught on various topwater lures. Topwater lure include such items as Tiny Torpedoes, Jitterbugs, Skitter Pops and buzzbaits. A few fish continue to be taken with bottom referenced techniques with jigs and Texas rigged lures such as Bitsy Bugs, 4" lizards, and Smalley Beavers. On a conservation note, with the marginal bass spawning conditions this year, it makes it especially important to do all we can to help the bass who do spawn. We can do this by not fishing for any bass on their spawning beds. so long for now.