Tried my luck out here again tonight from 4pm-830pm. Beautiful weather this evening upper 70s-80, sunny, and some wind. Water temps were 73 solid. I fished for bass and gamefish while the lady panfished. I mainly threw a drop shot, swimbait, jig, chatterbait, and a Ned rig. Lady just tossed a slip bobber with a small jig and crawler combo.
I caught 12 or so smallies, 5 or 6 largies, 2 pike, 15-20 rockbass, broke off something big and a few nice smallies came unbuttoned while jumping. Caught a nice 19 1/4 inch smallie, with a few 15-16, and some dinks. Largemouth were all 10-12 with one possibly 14ish. Pike were in the 16 inch range. Rockbass were varied from 4 inches to a couple pushing 10 or so inches. Again, seemed to catch rockbass every spot and constantly harassing my bait.
Lady had caught 25-30 bluegills, every single one was about the size of a potato chip. Unreal. Not a single one over 4 inches. She also caught 4 of the smallest perch I’ve seen all year, 2-3 inches. She did catch 1 largemouth about 5 inches. She tried different depths, didn’t matter. Oddly enough, she didn’t catch a single rockbass.
I did find one spot where I caught 5 smallies on 5 casts, with the 5th one being the largest. A few casts later I had another upper teen smallie on a swimbait that came unbuttoned on a jump. I also had a big smallie do the same thing by the narrows, and that fish might’ve be close to 20 inches.
Throughout the trip we saw several huge schools of baitfish. The schools were easily bigger then the boat, with thousands...if not millions. They were 1-2 inches long. The loons seemed to have fun chasing them.
Beautiful lake, plenty of good spots on the map to check out but somewhat frustrating that it seems most fish are very undersized and behind the regional growth averages
There was a nice lady checking boats when we launched, and a pleasant DNR dude doing creel surveys. Seems if anyone is getting anything nice out here they aren’t saying. Anyone have luck out here for bigger fish of any species?