I was able to get a Chequamegon Bay smallmouth grabbing a fly fisherwomen's popper off the surface on video the other day. Check out the video, just to the left!
Wow, already the end of July. Summer goes by fast when the fishing is good. Smallmouth fishing has been steady and the fish seem to be settling into their summertime patterns. Our fly fisherman have been having a great time, as we're still finding fish up in the shallows, and the water has been really nice and clear so it's almost all sight fishing. Poppers have been working well, but Wiggle Minnows have taken a lot of fish. When the sun comes out the fish don't seem to want to eat off the top, so smaller baitfish patterns (clousers and gummy minnows) have worked real well. The hex hatch has been coming off and all the fish in the Bay take advantage of these Mayflies.
Lots of guys are switching from artificial baits to live bait rigs out in the deeper holes (rock pile, break wall, structure off Ashland) and there are plenty of fish in those spots.
In other news, Anglers All owner and guide Roger Lapenter will be inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in early August. Congrats Roger!