Easy, early season Lakers are pretty much done. Bass are shallow and bedding on many lakes. Lots of big LMB early this month with several over 20 inches and up to 22 inches. Plenty of smallies to 20 inches as well. Numbers lakes are cranked when weather trends are favorable. Some big crappies, perch, and gills are showing up as well.
Hi all - planning the trip for next year. I have been going to this area since 2008 and have camped or passed through all the main lakes except whitefish.Does anyone have any information on Marsh or Moss lakes. Of the lakes that are not marked with known trails/portages these two seem to have the most promise based on depth and size. Marsh looks difficult to get to with all the wetlands around it even though the hiking trail is about a 1/2 mile away.
I have found fishing this area is all about timing. If they are on, it is cast and catch. If they are not, it is serious finesse fishing - which this tactic always works. I have used ice fishing jigs and crappie grubs in the clearest lakes.
thanks for any info
Nivek--unless the rules have changed drastically, electric motors are not allowed. Even sailboats are banned. Only human power--oars or paddles, is allowed.
I am interested in fishing this area from a canoe. For those who fish this area from a canoe for smallies, how do you maintain 'canoe control'? Is an electric motor somehow mount to the canoe (assuming electric motors are allowed on these lakes)?
Thanks for any information.....
Heading up there in one week. Staying in the Clark Lake Campground. Plan on fishing Clark, Whiteifsh, Loon, etc. Any recent reports or advice? I've stocked up on ned rigs, hula grubs, shaky heads, senkos, jerkbaits, poppers, probably way more stuff than I actually need. Thanks!
Bass are finally done spawning and the post spawn shallow binge will be over very soon as fish transition deeper. Topwaters have been fun while dead sticking soft plastics and casting Ned rigs are putting numbers in the boat. 170+ fish in 2 trips out this past week with dozens over 18 inches and lots of smaller fish show a healthy and diverse population on the bigger lakes. Weed fishing for largemouths continues to be solid and will continue throughout the summer. A few lake trout continue to show up for those trolling deep diving crank baits.
Bass bite continues to be excellent for both species. Spawn is over on some smaller lakes and will wrap up soon on bigger lakes. Largemouths are weed oriented and Smallmouths are using all kinds of structures near spawning areas. Topwater bite is strong at times and plastics are taking lots of fish. We have been having 50-100+ fish days consistently with lots of fish 18-20 inches.
As someone who enjoys the intermittent blog postings from this page, there's been a lot this spring haha
But yes for the poster about the scented material regulations, it does appear that the verbage for 2019 does not include a ban on scented material. So when you're up there in July catch all the wacky worm virgin fish for me haha
Photo 1 is the 2018 guide, photo 2 is the 2019 guide under Sylvania regulations.
Bass are on beds in all lakes now and the hot pre spawn bite for big females is now long over. Panfish activity is very good on many lakes. This past week produced big perch and plenty of crappies and blugills. Fishermen on Crooked lake are targeting spawning bluegils and have effectively wiped out almost every spawning colony I came across. Removing all those large males will lead to a decline in the quality of the bluegils in the future so please release those 9 inch plus fish and limit your harvest in numbers and to smaller fish.
56° - 60° F
56° - 60° F
Trout are still shallow and providing good action for those targeting them. Most fish have been around 20 inches but one pair of fishermen had a 30 inch fish. Flashy trolling spoons have been consistently producing action. Smallmouths are starting to move shallow into the warmest available water. Suspending minnow baits have been key for getting bit and locating concentrations of fish.