In Ontario waters, the main walleye bite continues to be on the reefs both in the islands and Little Traverse areas. Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers, minnows, and plastics are putting nice keeper fish in the boat, as well as fish in the 5# – 10# class. The bigger fish will become even more commonplace as the month wears on.
Muskie anglers continue to report good fishing, with lots of fish sighted and good fish landed daily. Topwaters and the Double Cowgirl-type bucktails seem to be the most productive baits recently. Casting for bass and pike has remained productive, and there have been a recent rash of pike on the 20# class landed by walleye anglers on the reefs.
On the Minnesota side, the bars on the E side of Little Oak, and the reefs around the Four Blocks and McDonell I area are producing fish for anglers using jigs or spinner rigs. Crankbait trollers will find fish in the boulder flats W of Crowduck I.
The walleye bite continues to be productive on the main basin reefs in most areas of Ontario waters. Both jigging and trolling spinners on the reefs are producing good catches of walleye, and fish in the 28″to 31″ range are being caught daily. The mayfly hatch has lingered on this week, but the heat may finally bring it to an end, and kick off the July trophy walleye bite.
The muskies have really started to move with the recent hot weather, and many have moved onto rock structure. Many fish over 50″ have been seen, and a 58.5″ was caught recently. Northern and bass anglers have been doing well casting to rocky points and shorelines, and the clear water this year has aided in locating underwater rocks and weeds to cast to.
In Minnesota waters, jigging leeches and drifting with spinners has resulted in fast action on the E side of Little Oak, and flatline trolling crankbaits on rocky flats near Little Massacre and Crowduck I has produced good catches as well.