June is starting to heat up and we’re not just talking about the weather!
One could argue this is the best time of the year to get in on some of the hottest fishing of the year. The fishing has been fantastic, and will continue to stay hot. Water temps are 67-72 depending on what area of the lake you are on, and it has effected fishing greatly.
We are finding bass pushing up on their beds, and witnessed 3 beds being made right in front of us on Friday, May 31. We have found a number of fish on beds, but a ton of fish are still in pre-spawn mode chowing. Best depth for Smallmouth have been 4-8 FOW. When searching for these bass we are looking for softball to bowling ball sized rocks scattered on a sandy gravel areas. The fish roaming in these areas are “shopping” for bedding areas The best baits have been the Ned rig, and jerkbaits.
The walleye bite is in a little bit of a transitional phase. We are finding fish in a few different areas. The shallow rock bite has been great, and the deeper gravel/mud is starting to pick up. As the year progresses, I suspect the deep gravel bite to really catch on fire. The walleyes are still loving the shiners (if you can find them), but the deeper eyes are preferring leeches. Another added element has been added to the equation as well; on 6/3 we noticed a rather large bug hatch for this time of the year. The fishing should stay great, as the hatch is not the caliber as the hatches in July-August, but a note worth mentioning.