Surface temps are still warm and we seem to be quite a ways from turnover. Still some quality fish shallow that we targeted with large walk the dog lures. This tactic seems to select for larger fish with over half being 18 to 19 inches. Twice I had 2 fish on the bait at the same time.
Sylvania Wilderness Area, Gogebic County
MOON PHASE (13%)
Bass are on beds and aggressively defending them in many lakes. Shallower lakes with wood have lots of largemouths using it for cover and they are willing to bite. Lakers have definitely moved out of shallower areas. Big bluegills should be on beds but haven't been finding active spawning colonies. They either came and went already or got picked off as there seem to be empty spawning colonies. Topwater bite should kick into high gear this next week. The only downside is if the mayflies hatch this week, then trying to tempt gorged fish will get tougher. Plastic stick baits and ripping suspending minnow baits are still putting up decent numbers.
esoxal, nice fish! I've caught lakers on Lake Michigan but never inland. Wouldn't mind trying. I'm headed to Sylvania Sunday, would you mind telling me a little about how you caught the fish, what depth, lure, etc? I'll be releasing everything I catch. Hopefully, the bass fishing will be good too.
Usually it's got ice until late may. Have gone on occasion for a week about mid June, still cold and the fish aren't moving a lot, but depends on the day. Sun helps on cold days. Basically it's about the current weather. If it's warm/sunny with a slight breeze the smallies will bite, good small mouth fishing on Whitefish lake, entering the main lake form the canoe spot go immediately left and there's a rocky shore with a few springs that have a lot of small mouth there. Going right out of the canoe bay, there's good walleye fishing and pike between the sunken island and the main island. That right shore is good trolling too. Saw a huge bass on a bed the size of a truck tire one year, wouldn't bite. Might get a few larger fish jigging in the deep middle, but it gets up to 50' and you'd need a long canoe anchor. Wilderness area so barbless and pike is one 30"+ and walleye are one 22" plus to keep. Bass are immediate release. I believe it might also be only one fish in combination of species, as in once you get a 30" pile or 22" walleye you can't keep more.