Fishing Report August 1st, 2013

Anonymous Wed, 07/31/2013 - 10:45

August 1st, 2013 - Lakeland Area Fishing Report

Fishing will gradually get better this week after last weekend’s major cold front. Water temps dropped almost 10 degrees on most lakes and that really slowed the action down. One thing you have to remember is that the majority of the temperature drop is usually within the first 10 feet of water. Fish like panfish, Largemouth Bass, and Muskies feel this change the most, while deeper dwelling fish like Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass, and Perch in 25 to 30 feet of water only experience a slight temperature drop. Target these deeper fish this week while the warmer weather will slowly heat things back up.
One great method to try this week is a slow drift over deep structure. The forecast calls for light winds – perfect for this technique! You are going to key on points, mid-lake humps, sand bars, etc. that are in the 20 to 30 foot range. Even without a depthfinder, many of these are easy to find. If you see a point on the shoreline, many times this extends into the lake. You can also look for light colored areas in the water, which tells you that the water is shallower there – a hump or reef. A lake map works great to get you in the right area. Motor up wind from these areas and use a ¼ oz jig or lindy rig tipped with a Nightcrawler. This will keep you in contact with the bottom, so you can “feel” the rocks, gravel, sand, and hopefully a fish. Let the wind slowly move you up one side, over the top, and back down the structure. Keep taking different paths until you find the fish, and then it’s GAME ON ! A great way to find new honey holes, and find those hard to catch summer Walleyes.

TIP FOR THE WEEK:

Here is a quick recipe that doesn’t take much preparation. A great one when you stay out fishing till dark and have a couple of fresh fish handy. SWEET & SOUR FISH. Any type of fish will work for this – Panfish, Walleye, Bass, Pike. Make a traditional Chinese batter – 4 tsp. Flour – 4 tsp. Cornstarch – ½ cup water – ½ tsp Baking Powder. Mix this up and put your fish that you have cut up into bite size pieces in. Let the fish soak 10 to 15 minutes in the mix while you heat up some oil to fry them in. This batter will give you a crispy shell type coating on the fish but will not add any flavor to it. In another pan make the sauce. I usually stop at the Chinese restaurant and buy a pint of their Sweet & Sour sauce, its only a few bucks and tastes the best, but any grocery store will also have some. Add bite sized chunks of Onion, Green Pepper, Pineapple, and a pinch of Cayenne – heat up. For the noodles you can use either a broad Lo-Mein type noodle or believe it or not Ramen noodles – just don’t use the spice pack. Fish over the noodles – smothered in the Sweet & Sour sauce, and you will have a great new way of eating fish!

Good Luck this week

Pat & Bob
Captain Hooks Guide Service
caphooks.com

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