This is the week that the weather finally turned for the better. We have had a little rain here and there but for the most part it has been sunny and warm, we are finally are able to break out the shorts and the suntan lotion on the boat. The water temps have finally gotten into the low 60′s across the lake and that means bug hatch time, which usually indicates the prime time for walleyes is just around the corner. Some of the small mouths have even started to finally spawn as well. We do have a chance for some storms this weekend but for the most part it should be an another busy beautiful weekend for fishing.
Walleyes continue to be very streaky down here in the South east corner of the lake but they are starting to go strong in that last hour of sunlight. Most anglers are finding there fish off of the deep edges of the rock piles in 28-30 feet of water during the day time. Most anglers that are finding fish during the day are lindy rigging leeches at a modest .5-.8 miles per hour, the color of the hook doesn’t seem to matter right now. If you can’t find them in this corner don’t be afraid to go out and try some of the smaller mid lake mud flats off of the edges, doing the same presentation. It seems to be better out on those flats if the wind is calm. During the low light hours anglers are finding their fish in 7-12 fow, using slip bobbers tipped with a leech, again we haven’t found one better color than the other. Setting your bobber rig closer to the bottom seems to be the ticket right now. The evening bite definately has picked up during the last week, we have also started to see more keeper walleyes come in. While your fishing walleyes start to look for the orange reward tags on them, if you get one its worth a free rapala when you turn the tag in. It is okay to cut the orange tag free, if you find a yellow one right down the number and keep that one attached to the fish. The reporting of those tags are very important research for the lake.
Smallmouth continue to impress, they seem to be on every shallow rock pile out there, and if you can’t find some walleyes during the day time hours, these guys will keep you busy until the low light hours. It is still important to stay off the top edge of the rock piles and make long casts because of the ultra clear water. Watermelon color tube jigs continue to put fish in the boat, but don’t be afraid to go out and use flukes, beaver tails or some x-raps to pick up some as well. The good bite should keep getting better as the water warms, so if you are looking for some 18″+ smallies nows the time to come up and fish.
Musky usually wait until the water warms but this year is definately different. There have been lots of accidental catches of 40″+ musky being caught by anglers targeting different species, and numerous reports of follow ups. Most people targeting the fish are seeing a lot of them, and catching their fair share as well. We have had some reports of a couple 50+” being caught in Isle, Wahkon and surrounding areas. They seem to be hungry and willing to snap at multiple presentations although the slower presentations seem to be the safe bet for time. Most of the weeds are starting to grow in around the bays, and this warmer weather should heat up the water as well as the musky.
Its a good time to be a fisherman right now on the lake, nice weather, and plenty of fish to go around. If you can’t get one species to go, try another, also don’t be afraid to try something new. As always be safe on the water and if you have any questions feel free to call, our in house guides Mike and Josh love to talk fishing, and love to give out advice. Good luck and hope to see you on the water.