My theory is that, it isn't that the fishing is getting worse, it's the fishermen are getting lazy. Now, I am not calling everyone that reads this and doesn't catch fish lazy, I am just saying to stop and think... I fish these lakes quite a lot all year long. I have no problem catching fish. In fact, I know that I can go to Camelot and catch a lot of bass in a short amount of time. It is one of my go to spots for largemouth in the area. Arrowhead has a great mix of everything. I prefer it for the ice fishing for walleyes that it offers. The bass fishing is pretty darn good as well. Sherwood is kinda a sleeper lake IMO. I have caught some huge pike (pushing 40 inches) in here. There is a healthy, but sometimes on the small side abundance of panfish to include crappies and perch. But the real gem in this lake that often times gets over looked is the walleye fishing potential. In the spring, fall, and winter I have caught some nice eyes and have seen a lot of fish over 25 inches pulled out and then released. Arrowhead is no different.
I believe people have a hard time fishing these lakes because they are not natural and can't be fished the same as a lot of natural lakes. There bottom composition is different. There is generally deeper water than other area lakes and there is a lack of weed growth and structure that usually makes it easy for people to find fish.
However, if you keep in mind that these lakes are relatively new in age and that there is a channel you may be able to find fish. Arrowhead for example has a very distinct channel that can be fished from the east end of the lake all the way to the dam with good electronics. If you pay attention there is a lot of structure on these channel edges, on all three of the lakes, that holds fish. I know a spot on Arrowhead that has full size trees from when the lake was first created right on the channel edge. It looks like a jungle down there when you drop a camera down. There are also a lot of little points that although don't go far out into the lake, they still have potential. Some of these have good weed structure and then gravel sloping down to a soft mud bottom. AWESOME summer walleye places. Also, once you get away from the shore there are very little transition points that stand out. But they are there! Look for weeds in 8 to ten foot of water that gradually slops deeper toward the channel where there is a distinct weed/sand/mud transition. These are great places to look for just about any game species. A great example of that is on Arrowhead. If you come off the private launch off 14th and head straight west towards the point where the private beach is and get about half way across, start looking around with the locator or just look over the side of the boat. There is a great transition from weeds to deep water and then right into the channel. I have caught some huge perch here over these weeds with minnows and slip bobbers and then move 50 yards further and catch the eyes cruising the weed edge.
Just remember these lakes are fairly "plain jane". Not much to them at first glance. Put in some time and really scout out different areas. Like some of you that have lived here for 60 years, I have been fishing these lakes for a while myself. Getting close to 20 years. It wasn't until I was almost out of high school and started fishing in my own boat that I really realized the potential. My family that had been fishing here for decades always did the same thing expecting different results and most of the time came up empty handed. I just started doing my own thing and wow, what a difference 30 yards further out from your grand daddy's "secret" spot there is an even better spot!
Don't be lazy people! Get out and put some time in and you'll be suprised what you find!