Fished the 4th of July weekend which is always tough with the boat traffic. It was also very hot, with water temps in the 80s. Before 9am and after 9pm were the best fishing by far. Before 9am i found bass off larger weeds in the river, and in the main channel. After 9pm they were in the lilly pads. Most fish i caught were on spinner baits, and averaged around 15''.
Above 80° F
91° - 95° F
Went trolling around Memorial Day weekend before the weeds got bad with surprising success.
3 hours of trolling I got:
2 walleye, both 19”
floating Rapalas 25ft back at 3mph seems to work the best
Bluegills loved leeches this weekend, nothing else seemed to want them though
Day bite was good, evening bite was ok, but nite bite was terrible
21'' channel cat
24'' channel cat
suckers had moved out of the bay compared to last weekend
midday surface temp in the bays were 60 degrees already
used the side and down scan to try and find some crappie and saw an absolute giant lake sturgeon. Ive heard they were in there but hadnt run into one yet. anyone ever catch a big one in clam?
anything biting right now? heading up this weekend to try
Another weekend of Pike and Largemouth. This time the lake had so many weeds finding green weeds didnt change much. Finding the cleaner water helped a lot though. Down river where there was less boat traffic was the trick to finding the bigger fish. Caught a bunch of nice pike and a handful of 16"+ LMB. Also had a follow of a 3' fish all the way to the boat...really acted like a muskie but i'm guessing it was a nice pike.
Thanks for the report Figureight. Have to get out there yet with the kayak. Last time I was on Clam Lake was about 4 months ago and I drove on! Good Luck!
Tried to get into more LMB then northern over the 4th of July weekend. Switched from spinner baits to more plastics and frogs. Still ended up with the same ratio of northern to LMB though (around 3:1). Green weeds were key to finding more fish, and some of the bass were in really shallow water around pads. Biggest LMB was 17'' and biggest Northern was 28''.
Some new/green weeds were coming up. Most of the fish caught were around them compared to older weeds. Plenty of northern and bass, biggest LMB was 18''. Still havent found a place to catch walleye without trolling, anyone getting any?