The Weeds are Always Greener
With the days getting longer, even with cooler air temperatures that we have been experiencing, this is making the lake weeds grow and grow. Water temps are anywhere from mid 60's to low 70's depending on lake size and color clarity. This gives the bait fish a place to hang out and feel safe, but we know better.
Muskie: These fish are using the new weed growth looking for smaller fish to chew on so I would still be throwing small bucktails such as Mepps or Buchertails but nothing larger than 500 series. Maybe small jerkbaits that have a bluegill or crappie profile.
Northern Pike: Keep your arsenal loaded with a lot, small jigs tipped with a minnow, bass style (safety pin style) spinnerbaits, and spoons.
Walleye: Jig and minnow combos on weed edges or a slip bobber rig with minnows or leeches above the weeds will bring in the fish.
Bass: With these fish they will be in pre-spawn, spawning, or post spawn depending on the lake. Jigs or slip bobbers will catch fish. If you are experienced with plastics, then Carolina rigging a lizard is wonderful as they are a natural predator of bass. Remember, Largemouth Bass are open and Smallmouth Bass are only catch and release until June 18th in the northern zone.
Panfish: Bluegills are getting ready for spawn and will be in the shallows on the beds so slip bobber rigs are the way to fish them. Crappies will be in the weeds and a slip bobber rigged with small minnows will bring in these fish. Perch are in the weeds too and using a selection of small leeches, red worms and small minnows on slip bobbers are the ticket for them.
Also, if you're in the area, the Tuesday evening summer sessions of the Phelps Outdoors and Colin Crawford's Guide Service "Fishing Tips & Techniques" will be starting on June 14th and go through August 9th. They begin at 6pm and are held in the Phelps School, lower commons (4451 Old School Rd.). The seminars are free of charge and open to the public for all ages and skill levels. They are a great way to find out what's biting that week and the best way to catch them.
Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford's Guide Service, email@example.com (715)891-2715. Website is www.crawfordfishing.com or you can also find PhelpsOutdoors on Facebook.