|The common mayfly has|
emerged at Central
With the sunshine has come plenty of other influences from Mother Nature. The mayfly of course, is the main concern for most fisherman. Yes the hatch is occurring as we speak; however the mayfly have been few and far between. After filleting several walleye today, very few stomachs had any food within, which means they are still hungry and feeding. Chances are we could experience an extremely mild hatch this year. Another note to be made is, after a wet June the mosquito's and black flies have been rather...feisty, unfortunately. Continued warm and dry weather will diminish their annoyance.
The ample sunshine has caused an explosion in weed bed growth. Empty mudflats have suddenly turned into lush habitat for aquatic species. The water temperature has rapidly sprung from 60 degrees to 70 in shallower bays. The warmer water has
triggered plenty of feeding from both walleye
|A south lake trophy walleye|
After several days of sunshine, the pike really turned on today. Pike were smashing anything that was moving near a weed bed. Smaller baits still were more effective than larger. 3/4 spoons or 4 inch shallow diving cranks were getting the most action. Central boasted two fish in the 40 inch range the past couple days. Both were boated and released on smaller lures, one being a jig and the other a small black cyclops. The top water bite has begun to get exciting and will only get better as the summer progresses. Pack a couple "walk the dog" baits for an evening extravaganza.
|A dandy Central Lake walleye from the|