June 28, 2016

The walleye bite throughout June has been good! We have been fishing Gull, Round, and the Whitefish Chain the most and all are producing fish. We are starting to see fish transition into those mid summer areas around mid lake structure, edges of flats extending out into the deep water basins, and thicker cabbage weed areas where they will spend most of their summer. Fishing the wind blown structure has been helpful, as always with walleyes. The bite on Gull and Round has been predominately leeches and night crawlers fished in many different ways. Target the 9-14 foot depths. Start with a live bait rig and a 3-4 foot snell. I like to use a floating jig head or a float on the main line when fishing leeches and crawlers. Don’t be afraid to get in the weeds and pull the rig fast to trigger bites. On the Whitefish Chain we have been fishing a little deeper in the 15-25 foot depths and using a live bait rig with a Redtail minnow, jigging Rapala, or pulling crawlers on a spinner or slow death hook. There was a recent bug hatch and covering water with crawlers sometimes is the best option when this happens.

Bass are biting in the weeds and it’s getting into jig worm time. A 3/32 ounce mushroom head jig with a Berkley 7 inch powerworm fished over the deep weedline will do the trick. If your fishing a little shallower wacky rig a Senko worm.

The panfish bite is going good as well in the 7-12 foot depths around the thicker weeds. Small leeches fished under a float worked well this week on a panfish trip. Keep moving around until you find the fast and furious action.

Good Luck Fishing,

Nick Miltimore
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