With the warmer waters, the key to finding good numbers of biting fish is to get in the weeds at all depths. Maple Bay has been on fire for those using casting the Hammer, Rotjaw jigging minnows, and number 9’s, 7’s, and 5’s Rapala jigging raps. Fish them near the bottom with slow jigging movements and long pauses when on the bottom. Casting worm harnesses with an in-line weight with a small piece of a crawler is another technique.
Walleye are being taken as shallow as 4 feet out to around 14 feet in Maple Bay, Billington Bay, and Fisher Bay as well as out near the islands and the dumping grounds. Those trolling the deeper water are switching colors frequently to find the right setup. Greens, purples, gold, pink, and orange have been producing all over the lake. The areas around buoys 113, 111, 109, and 107 have all produced fish. If trolling these areas, staying just inside the buoy lines seems to be producing on a fairly regular basis for those who are putting the time in. Trolling speeds are ranging from 1.1 to 1.8 in those areas. We seem to be seeing more than a few perch being taken as well.
A boat caught on fire yesterday, but everyone is okay with the help of a good samaritan and our area’s great first responders. Not a bad reminder to double-check that all of your safety equipment is up to date and in good working order.