Late June Fishing Report

Anonymous Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:55

June 24, 2013 - Lakeland Area Fishing Report

Well it finally seems more like summer in the Northwoods. Water temps have risen 4 to 7 degrees in the past 2 weeks and that has made the fish more active. Smallmouth Bass are making beds on many of the lakes. They can be found along shallow shorelines, rock bars, and sand flats in 3 to 8 feet of water. They are easy to find, just look for the light color circles on the bottom and the fish will be nearby. Crawlers, leeches, or twistertails on a jig, as well as crankbaits are working great. Remember to release the big females so we have good future fishing. The other species that are moving into the shallows are Bluegills. These will spawn in a similar way – look for smaller beds, that are usually up to a foot in diameter. One of the Bluegills favorite foods are small leeches, but they will also hit worms, small plastics, or even Wax Worms when brought close to them.
The Walleye fishing has been great this past week, and will continue to improve if you look in the right places. Try to find deeper weeds and downed wood in 18 to 24 feet of water during the day. Move shallower as it gets near dark into 12 to 16 feet. Nightcrawlers and Jumbo Leeches on a 1/8 ounce jig, or slip-bobbers set within a foot of the bottom. Some Walleyes are also starting to move onto the humps or deeper points in the 20 to 25 foot range.
Within the next week or so you will start to see Mayflies hatching right at dusk. It has always been said by fishermen that this is the worst time to catch Walleye since the fish are all stuffed with the Mayfly larvae and not hungry. NOT TRUE! Try this: find the mud bottomed areas that the Mayflies are hatching near. You will see bubbles and Mayflies on the surface and others starting to fly. They are usually in bays or shorelines in 6 to 15 feet of water. Use a large leech under a slip bobber and set it about 2 feet off the bottom. I think that the Leech resembles a Mayfly Larvae as it is leaving the mud from the bottom and making its way to the surface to sprout wings and take to the skies. Some of the best Walleye fishing I have ever had has been during the peak of a big Mayfly hatch using this technique.


Lots of Bluegills are in the shallows now and can easily be caught off piers where you are staying. Try the Bluegill Taco’s for a different way of eating fish. Take several Bluegill fillets and place them in a baking dish with a stick of butter sliced up. Sprinkle the fillets with taco seasoning,a little black pepper, and cayenne to taste, bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Flip them over and season the other side and finish baking till the edges of the fillets start to curl and flake apart. Now take some softshells and toast them lightly in a frypan with just a little butter – just enough to warm and crisp up the shell. Use shredded Cabbage instead of Lettuce and pile on your favorites like cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, guacamole, etc. These will be the best fish tacos you will ever have.

Good Luck this week

Pat & Bob
Captain Hooks Guide Service

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