Think “Shallow Water” right now…
The bite is definitely on and the most active water is 1-5 ft. Seems like working the shorelines with a bit of wind blowing on them are producing the best results. Warm, stained, and wind are important factors to consider when deciding where to fish.
Long shallow bays will produce the best results as they will have the warmest water. Shallow water that is close to deeper water will not be as productive at this time of year as the colder/deeper water will cool quicker as the wind blows it in.
Best times to fish are mid-morning to late afternoon. Seems like as the sun comes out and the water warms, the bite gets better and better. Also, current areas such as the bridges and culverts are still producing some fish. With the best action coming in the evening.
The fish are pretty much spawned out and the “Shallow Water” bite should continue to get better for awhile. Jig/plastic combos have been deadly. Cranks are working as well; however, we have not been pitching as many of late as there are a lot of northern pike biting as well and they are very hard on the cranks.
Please remember to practice “Catch and Release” on the mature fish. Good luck everyone!!
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