(formly Skube’s Bait and Tackle)
Walleye – Walleye fishing remains good to excellent for many anglers this last week. Anglers having the best luck were fishing between 2-15 feet of water, along shorelines, with minnows, leeches and casting or trolling floating rapala’s. 6 feet of water seemed to be the best depth overall for walleyes. Anglers fishing 6 feet or less are doing best with floating rapalas either casted along the shoreline, near river mouths or trolled shallow in the evening and at night. Anglers fishing deeper then 6 feet of water were catching the bigger walleyes on pike suckers, bigger shiners or big rainbows.
Northern Pike – Pike fishing continues to be excellent for pike anglers. Anglers fishing from shore or just off the dock are catching a lot of nice fish, while just relaxing and enjoying the sun. Heavy or lite suckers under a bobber is the top choice for successful anglers.
Panfish – Panfish are finally starting to slide up shallow. Anglers looking for panfish should keep a eye out for cattails or pencil reeds. Anglers targeting these areas and fishing between 2-5 feet of water, during the evening hours, are catching limits of very respectable crappies and/or bluegills. Small floating rapalas in size 5 or 7, jig and tube or minnow are the top choice.
Smallmouth Bass – Bass fishing has been slow as smallmouth are just starting to slid up shallow looking for warm water. Shallow flats, rocky shorelines on the north side of lakes has been the areas to check for bass. Small tubes, small minnows and small leeches have been catching bass.
Surface water temps are being reported to be between mid-50’s to mid-60’s.