Mid August, 2014 - Lakeland Area Fishing Report
Water temps are ranging in the mid to upper 70’s, giving Northwoods fishermen some of the best action of the year. Walleyes are being caught at sunrise and sunset on 14 to 18 foot weed edges as well as 20 to 30 foot rock bars. A whole Nightcrawler works great on a 1/8 oz. jig crawled slowly across the bottom. Slip Bobbers and Lindy rigs are also producing with Jumbo Leeches and larger minnows.
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass fishing is reaching its peak right along with the warmer water temps. The Smallmouth relate to many of the rocky points and bars where they feed heavily on Crayfish and minnows. The bigger Largemouth enjoy the shallow areas, setting up ambush points around Lilly Pads, fallen trees, and shallow weed beds. This is a fun time of year to throw surface lures in shallow water. Try using anything with propellers, a rubber frog, or a big popper to entice a hungry Bass up shallow.
Musky fishing has also picked up lately. Work medium sized bucktails and surface lures right near the edge of heavy weeds in 6 to 14 feet of water. Don’t forget to “Figure 8” after every cast, as lazy follows are quite common this time of year. A few suspended fish are also being caught hanging next to structure in the 15 to 25 foot range. Working big rubber lures, and deeper running cranks in a jerkbait fashion 6 to 10 feet down is a great tactic to catch a huge Musky.
Summer Crappies can be tough to find and catch once they move deep this time of year. Many of our area lakes have fish cribs that have been sunk around the shorelines in the 8 to 15 foot range. These are magnets for schools of big Crappies. They like any type of structure that is in deeper water this time of year. A fallen tree on a steep shoreline, deep stumps on flowage river channels, or old boat house, bridge or pier pilings will work also. The key is to find the structure in 10 to 20 feet of water. Use Crappie minnows on slip bobbers fished down 8 to 16 feet. Small 1 inch plastics on 1/32 or 1/16 oz jig heads also work, just let them sink down near the bottom before you begin your retrieve. Try this method of crappie fishing to give you hours of fun and an excellent fish fry!
Come on up – the water is fine!
Pat and Bob
Captain Hooks Guide Service