|Central Lake rapids|
Fish are still holding shallow, 6 feet or less, windblown shorelines. Both species are beginning to migrate away from rapids to typical summer habitat. With the ample amount of sunshine, weed beds are springing to life and holding toothy pike. All camps I chatted with had huge smiles and plenty of fish stories to tell.
Excellent fishing was reported around the "Bottleneck" NE of camp. Perch Bay, was holding numerous large pike prowling for...well perch. Moose Creek held several large fish, however fish were holding further out from the creek. Walleye were reported "everywhere."
|A Canadian 40" pike released on Central|
The Mroz party boated and released 28 pike over 30" and several over 40". Cocos now leads all Big Hook outposts with the largest pike of 45.5". The doctor spoon was the hot lure for the week. The lower water is allowing motorists easier navigation through the rapids.
Numerous reefs east of camp were holding quality walleye between 22-26". Trolling Walleye Point was probably the most effective fishing technique all week. Johnson's Island held numerous walleye and large pike. The weed growth behind Johnson's Island is excellent and harboring numerous fish. A highlight of the week was a huge pike hammering a fellow 26" northern. Guests estimated the monster to be in the 45-47" range, unfortunately the monster finally released the smaller pike right when the net was placed in the water.
As usual numerous large walleye were reported, topping out at 29.5". A large 44" pike was boated and released while jigging for walleye. Fish were still holding 12 ft or shallower in muddy areas. As the year progresses fish will transition to rocky structure versus the mudflats.
200 fish per boat was the highlight for the week. Between the three boats, guests reported having 6 fish on at the same time. Walleye were holding on shallow rock reefs and mudflats. According to the guests, every lure was a hot lure.
A week of awesome weather led to many fish boated and released. The highlights were a 42.5", 41" and numerous fish over 30" for pike. For walleye a 28.5" was the top fish with several over 25". Wind blown bays in the Fish Bowl were hot.
Pike: Doctor Spoon, Spinner Baits (black with silver blade), bucktails
Walleye: Jig/gulp, Little Ripper Reef Runner (fire tiger), Hot N Tot (pink)
Good luck on the water everyone.
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