If you haven’t been out fishing yet this spring then you better get out there! Reports from all over the area say that fishing is good and it’s only going to get better.
Those of you heading out for the first day of catch-and-keep bass season are in store for a good weekend. Just about any lake you hit will have bass hanging out on their beds. Swim baits, jerkbaits, tubes, and jigs have all proven effective. Gull Lake, Sherman Lake, Portage Lake, Asylum Lake, and Gourdneck Lake have been productive lately.
Bluegills are beginning to spawn here and there. Some reports say that there are plenty of fish hanging out on beds but on other lakes they are suspended just off the break. Flies, poppers, and wax worms under a casting bubble are working well. On calm nights keep an eye out for them feeding on the surface. Get within casting distance and be ready for a good fight because they’re hungry!
Anglers fishing for crappies have been having success on Gun Lake, Gravel Lake, and Bankson Lake. Slider Grubs have been the lure of choice for many anglers but minnows under a slip bobber are also a good bet. Try fishing just of the break line near weed clumps for best results.
Big Lake fishing is just starting to ramp up. Most anglers are reporting good numbers of steelhead and lake trout. Steelies are hanging out fairly high in the water column in 150 – 200 feet of water. Lake trout can be found down around 80 – 110 feet of water. UV and glow spoons are working best right now.
Stream wise – There have been many different bugs hatching recently. Caddis, March Browns, Sulphurs, and a few Gray Drakes are buzzing around. Brown Drakes should be starting soon. Check out our Fly Shop before you hit the stream this weekend.
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