Late June

We've kind of been in a June Gloom weather pattern lately with a mix of unsettled weather that doesn't really make it feel like the end of June/Early July.  Hopefully the clouds will leave soon and the sun starts to shine again!  Water temps on the Bay range from the low to mid 60s in most places.  The smallmouth bite has still been strong with a great mix of fish up shallow and a few starting to roam around summer locations.  It pays to keep moving around to find active fish this time of year.  The aggressive post spawners are starting to feed and the fishing can be great when you can find them.  In the shallow water, it's hard to beat a soft plastic fished slow across the bottom, and in the summer spots, soft jerk baits have been picking up fish.  On the fly side, we've been throwing bigger baitfish patterns, but fishing them pretty slow.  We've got a good supply of Murdich Minnows in the shop tied up for us by Solitude Flies, and they've been working great.  

Walleye guys are finding fish at the head of the bay and back in the sloughs pulling harnesses, and a few guys have been picking up some real nice fish pulling stick baits off boards in front of Ashland in the evening and into the night.  

Trolling in the islands has been steady with guys starting to fish deep with spoons and spin n glows for Lake Trout, but there still is a mix of fish hanging up higher in the water column.  We've been out jigging for trout as well, and that's been a fun and easy way to pick up a few fish.  1 oz tube jigs with a white tube, or big white/chart. bucktail jigs have been working well.