July is here, the weather is warm and the fishing is fun!
The smallmouth have been happy and there are still good numbers of fish in the shallows, but we're finding them all over the place right now. The rock pile has had fish for a while, as well as the deeper drop offs and weedbeds around the bay. The fish can seem to be scattered, but just keep trying productive areas and you'll find the active fish.
Lots of great sight fishing opportunities right now, too, when the water is clear. Our fly fishermen have been using topwater flies, deer hair divers, and wiggle minnows in the mornings and then again in the evenings for some great topwater action.
Walleyes are being caught in the Kakagon on stickbaits near the drops and then again in the deep channels around Ashland.
Trolling for Trout has been good too. The fish seem to spread throughout the water column, so don't be afraid to run a few lines up higher in the water as well as down deep. Flatlining stickbaits up higher and running spoons in the middle of the water column to the bottom has worked well. The water was 48 degrees off the tip of Long Island just a few days ago!