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jigglestick

Area lakes are heating up

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I do not usualy concentrate on any one species of fish for too long of a time.

I like them all, with walleyes and crappies being my favorite.

I have allways said, to be a successful fisherman, one can only help him/herself by fishing for what's willing to bite.

this season, it seems like everything is willing to bite.

I have had crappie and sunny success, northerns have bit readily, though I have hooked nothing big, the 2-3 pounders (table fare) have been very easy to catch.

my outings for walleyes have been excitlingly encouraging.

I am finding that not only winnie has turned on to leeches, but other smaller local lakes have as well.

last night I picked an underwater point that leads up to cabbage and then to reeds.

it was dead calm, and I could see the minnows shimmering the surface from fifty yards away.

I allways get excited when I see that.

with clear water, and dead calm, I knew I could not possibly troll over the area with my boat. they spook to easily.

I decided to re rig a rod with a lighted slip bobber.

suspending a yello 1/4 oz jig head below, lets the line slip through the bobber very quickly.

once cast into the area with the swirls, I intermitantly retrieved the rig about 1-2 feet at a time, stopping for a moment to let a nearby walleye spot and take my presentation.

on my first attempt, after my third pull, the bobber dove down and started cruising under the surface.

I tightened up the line and set the hook!

the 22 inch walleye fought all the way into the landing net, and was released back into the water.

my second cast yielded a perch, but my third cast came my nicest fish in a while.

this one was 26-27 inch walleye!

they were just cruising in 8-10 feet of water having their way with the shiners in the weeds.

they cruise like rouges taking advantage of the large schools of bait fish.

funny how readily they bit on my leech presentation.

one thing I would like to note is that the larger fish flies were hatching now. it wont be long and the landing will be covered with them.

you can sit on the lake and watch them rise to the surface and take off in flight. that is the ones who do not end up as fish food right away.

the bite is strong right now. your odds of haveing a good outing depend on two things, the weather you, getting out there.

note to self --- put the second anchor back in the boat grin.gif

good luck all!

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