Fishing Report:

Last week anglers found plenty of fish using a variety of presentations.  I have mentioned  before, the dog days of summer are a myth when it comes to fishing.  Anglers are still able to have very successful days on the water. Early mornings and later evenings continue to be the best times of day to fish, when the water settles from the day’s activity from other boat traffic.  That is when the fish start to feed.  This can especially hold true for bass, walleye and musky who often will move into shallower waters.  Fishing into the twilight hours can be very successful this time of year. 

Area lake has given up some good this week.  Best depths for walleyes and crappies are anywhere from 8-20 feet of water, even deeper on some other lakes.  Trolling has put some fish in the boat, but it has been best casting with soft plastics or live bait.  Anglers should still target the weeds, weed edges and other structures in the lake.  Bass and northern pike have been prowling areas near vegetation and windblown shorelines and points.  Casting jigs and plastics from deeper water toward shallow water has been good.  Do not be in a hurry to retrieve your bait when it gets near the boat as a lot of fish can be caught right underneath the boat. 

Musky action has pick up this week also.  Several nice catches were reported.  Mid-sized bucktails appears to be the bait of choice.  Some anglers have begun dragging a musky sucker while they are casting.  When using suckers you should always retrieve your lure by the sucker in case of a follow and to do the figure 8 at boat side.  This is a sure way of catching following fish.