|Central Lake sunset|
The water temperature has spiked the last couple days with all the sunshine. Yesterday, the surface temperature was almost 70 degrees already in shallow back bays. The fish are enjoying the sudden warmth and have flocked to the shallow mud flats. Both pike and walleye are located in about 2-6 feet of water in muddy bays or areas with current. Weed growth has just begun on the bottom of some shallow bays; only a matter of time before the cabbage weeds start.
The walleye have been slamming small jigs and are very active. 1/8 oz heads, color doesn't seem to matter, with 3 inch twister tails have been the hot combo. White, yellow, pumpkinseed, flouro orange and pink have been great tail colors. Smaller, shallow diving crank baits seem to be more effective lately. The classic three inch Rapala, Shad Rap SR5 or small perch hot N tot are great casting cranks in the shallows for walleye. As mentioned before, focus on the mud flats or locations near rapids for most walleye. If you do find walleye close to the rapids, back away about 100-200 yards. Walleye will hang around on the flats until the May Fly hatch occurs, which I expect to see early this year.
|Sometimes you just have to enjoy the moment.|
The hot still days have caused the big pike to become cautious and many casts result in follows vs strikes. With the high sun and calm water the pike can see us as easy and we can see them. Customers have noticed pike being more aggressive early in the morning or late in the afternoon/evening. Shallow diving stick baits such as a Rapala F18 perch, silver minnows with white twister tails, and shallow or surface twitch baits are great for tossing in areas with little water. Keep your rod tip high to avoid weeds laying on the bottom. Yesterday, I witnessed some pike hanging in as little as 18" of water soaking up the sunshine.
I haven't been able to chat with the customers much this week to obtain a quality fishing report from the outposts. Can't blame the guys for enjoying the weather.
Good luck on the water everyone!