Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Chautauqua Lake

Smallmouth bass are being caught off Warner’s Bar according to local guide Craig Robbins. Crayfish or 4-inch power worms are working best. Walleye fishing is starting to pick up for jiggers in the deeper holes of Upper Dewittville Bay and Warner’s Bar in 18-to-28 feet of water. Use a black hair jig tipped with a crawler.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Green Bay

Fishing pressure on lower Green Bay remained very high this week because of the outstanding walleye fishing that is going on, with multiple reports of limits being caught in a couple hours of fishing. Anglers were also reporting excellent walleye fishing along the Door County shoreline of Green Bay. Yellow perch fishing still remains good in the Sturgeon Bay area with most success occurring near deep weed lines.
High winds over the previous weekend had slowed the bite and reduced angler pressure across much of the Lake Michigan shoreline. By Sunday morning the bite had picked back up and shore anglers in Ozaukee and Milwaukee County were landing smallmouth, freshwater drum and trout, with those fishing from the boat catching mostly chinook, with occasional laker trout and coho. Mature chinook salmon are beginning to lose their silver coloration as their spawning run nears and they make a physiological transition.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Elephant Butte Lake

 Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, top water lures and curly tail grubs for white bass. Fishing was fair using tubes, senkos, creature baits, crank baits, jerk baits and small plastics on drop shot rigs for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using homemade beef liver balls, chicken liver, crawdads, night crawlers and shrimp for catfish. We had no other reports. The surface water temp was in the low 80s.

Friday, August 19, 2016

East Harbor State Park

Bass fishing remains excellent in the harbors for largemouth and some up to 6lb have been biting along the break walls of either side of East Harbor State Park. Shoreline largemouth also have been biting. Smallmouth bass have started to school around large drop offs near the islands and especially around Pelee Island in Ontario waters. The Bass islands and Kelleys Island have been producing some nice smallmouth too, but recent bass tournament fishermen have been hitting these areas hard and I think the bass have seen a thousand lures in the past month. Soft shelled crawfish have been the best live bait and drop shot techniques with shad tail rubber baits dipped in special fish attractant have been working good for some of the pro anglers. White bass continue to school up around the islands and harbor entrances and the bite has been fast and furious when you get on them. Use a small crank bait or spinner bait and crank as fast as you can while the white bass slam your lure! Great fun!!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pymatuning Reservoir

The Pymatuning Reservoir is offering walleye, largemouth bass, musky and crappies to anglers fishing its waters. Channel catfish are biting more as the temperature rises. Fishermen are reporting that using a nightcrawler under a bobby should be sufficient enough bait for the catfish.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016


 Prefer cooler water but will come shallow in low light and at night. Use night crawlers on bottom bouncers or added to single tail grubs that can be worked slowly along the bottom. Walleye are not a schooling fish but they congregate in the same areas. When one is caught by any means, mark the location and return to capture site to target more. Sometimes a walleye is caught trolling. That catch may mark the spot where many more can be found using many different walleye fishing techniques.