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Fishing Report August 2016

August 30-31, 2016

We are catching nice baskets of walleyes in the 15-18" range every day, but no bigger ones (over 21") in the last week.  The largemouth bass bite has been outstanding, and I am not sure why.  We have been catching 10-18 bass regularly each day on traditional walleye locations.  The walleyes are usually still there, but they are staged on the structure about 3-4 feet deeper than the bass.  Lots of fishing action right now as the lake continues to gradually cool down.  The next 30-45 days is typically some of the best walleye fishing of the year.

August 22-28, 2016

Water temperatures have begun their slow decline and now sit in the low 70s.  The walleye bite remains a little spotty, but we are catching walleyes every day, which is typical for August.  The bite should pick up between now and October with the cooler water temperatures.  Big bluegills are still on a rampage and we catch fish in the 9.5+ range regularly, but we are still waiting for an 11 incher.

August 17-20, 2016

The walleye bite was a little spotty this week due to some weather fronts, but the fish we did catch were beauties in the 21-24 inch range.  The bluegills and bass fishing is still an absolute blast on the deeper rockpiles.  When you have a big bull bluegill run hard enough to take the drag out on your reel, you get a new respect for the strength these 10+ inch panfish.  When you hook a nice smally, the drag on your reel will definitely be smoking.

August 8-14, 2016

The big smallmouth bass and big bull bluegills are both very active on the deep rock structures.  The bluegills tend to hang around the top of the rock piles while the big smallys will generally hang out on the break or at the base of the break.  Walleyes have remained active in the flats surrounding these same rock piles, but somewhat deeper now (19-22 feet).  Other than for a big long thunderstorm that passed through a few days ago and shut the walleyes down for a while, the bite has been quite solid all summer.  The water temperatures have peaked in the mid 70s and now will begin to cool off slowly over the next couple months.  The walleye fishing will get even better in September and early October.