Just heads up, if you haven't already heard. Camp Ripley youth hunt has been cancelled for 2020.
Public hunts will not have a lottery, information and purchase dates will be released in August. This allows for a easier cancelation of the hunts.
Just got back from vacation to the area. Fishing was good. Water temps are higher than I have experienced before in the area upper 70 to low eighty's in the mornings with them rising in the mid heat on the surface.
We fishes mostly smaller bodies of water and I was very surprised at how shallow we found most fish.
The walleye bite was fantastic in 10-16ft of water. Almost all fish were relating to the deep weed edge. Northern milfoil was #1 and cabbage #2 as far as cover preference. Cabbage relating fish were caught with spinners long lined with 1/4oz bullet sinkers pulled at .7 to .9 mph. Milfoil fish were caught with slip bobbers. Another surprise with these fish was that 70% or so we're caught between noon and 5 pm.
Bluegills are located in similar areas. Some what shallower. Leeches under a bobber or Lindy rigs caught most of the gills. Somedays they were more difficult to find then others but when you found them, you caught very nice fish.
Bass fishing usually is low on our target species, however we did find a number of very nice fish relating to offshore bait clusters in deeper water, 20 to 22 ft. These fish were turned by jig worms or drop shot rigs, electronics were key here. Reed beds in shallow is where the bulk of our shallow bass showed.
Northern pike were few this past week, the ones we caught were smaller and bite on crawler harnesses fishing for walleye.