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The big question everyone is asking, "What's happening with the mayflies?" The answer: the hatch occurred several days after my last post on most lakes. Walleye fishing was slow at the beginning of last week and slowly returned to normal at weeks end. Many fish are traversing into deeper waters and rock piles with the water temperatures on the rise. Trolling Shad Raps, Flicker Shads, and Reef Runners are great ways to cover ground and locate schools. If you are struggling to find fish on rocks, they can still be found on the edges of weeds.
Pike are now primarily stalking in weed beds. I truly enjoy chasing them with top water baits late in the afternoon and early in the evening. The dancing raider is probably my favorite bait to toss. It is a frustrating bait to use as the fish miss A LOT of strikes. Half the enjoyment of top water action though, is just the boil. The sound of the fish smashing the surface gets my heart pumping.
Hot luresWalleye: Shad Rap #7 chartruese/white, jigs with pumkinseed/flouro orange/white tail 3"
Pike: Johnson silver minnow 1 1/4 oz with a white twister trailer, bucktails, top water baits
Good luck on the water everyone!