We are still dealing with a few bug hatches. That also means, now is the time to start using night crawlers and leeches. With all the rain we are getting, don’t forget to take a look at any neck down areas for eddys forming, giving you a different fishing area.
Panfish: Perch are in the weeds and using a slip bobber tipped with minnows or tossing a 1/8th oz. jig with a small minnow seems to be doing the job. Crappies are in the deeper weeds and around structure. Slip bobber rigs with a hook and minnow or a jig and plastic should do the trick. Bluegills are up in the shallows on the warmer lakes; slip bobber rigs baited with red worms or waxies will catch these. Remember we do have panfish regulations on a few of our lakes in the area.
Bass: Largemouth can be found in the shallow weeds and around docks; they will be caught using top water and spinnerbaits. Smallies are in and around the rocks and can be had by using small crankbaits and jerkbaits.
Northern: Will be found in and around weeds pitching jig and minnows or small spinnerbaits and spoons like the Johnson Silver Minnow will get their attention.
Walleye: We are casting 1/8th oz. jigs tipped with crawlers or slip bobbers just over and around weeds. Try dragging crawlers or a leech on a Lindy rig.
Muskies: Bucktails and jerkbaits are working, along with top water, these are your go to baits for a while now.
Still looking for additional tips and techniques? Come to our Tuesday night seminars. They are held every Tuesday from now through August 8th. Seminars start at 6pm and are free and open to anglers of all skill levels. Held at the Phelps School, lower level commons, 4451 Old School Rd., Phelps, WI.
Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford's Guide Service, firstname.lastname@example.org (715)891-2715. Website is www.crawfordfishing.com or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook. NPAA #94.