I remember joking with a customer earlier in the spring that everything is so far behind this year that we’ll be catching Bluegills on the beds during the 4th of July. Here we are entering the last week of June and anglers are still catching Bluegills on beds some still full of eggs yet. It can’t last much longer before they’re done and move to deeper water where they will get a little harder to get. Still the best way to put them in your bucket is just a basic worm under a bobber. However Fly’s, Spiders and small Poppers also have been working well to seperate the bigger fish.
The Bass seem to finally be done spawning. All the bigger female fish we have been seeing have been on the skinny side, like for an almost 20″ fish weighing only 3.5 pounds. A few of the Bass guys we’ve been talking to said most of their fish came on Spinnerbaits or Chatterbaits and had a hard time getting hits on soft plastics like wacky worms.
We’re seeing more and more nice Perch come out of our lakes. Most being caught by accident by Walleye anglers trolling harnesses or Crappie fishermen using minnows. 11 and 12 inch fish are becoming more of a regular thing, but they never seem to be schooled too densely and most don’t catch more than a half dozen that size per trip.
Crappie have been a tougher bite the last week since the warmer weather arrived. Anglers are marking them suspended in deeper water but are having a hard time getting any of them to take the bait. They’ve been hanging out in 14-20 foot of water about half way to bottom if you want to try your luck with them.
With the warmer weather and water temperatures finally resembling Summer the Walleye have been retreating to deeper water as well. Some anglers have still been picking them up with crankbaits but most of them are being picked up with Crawler harnesses now. Look for them in 7-14 foot of water in the along weedy areas and drop offs.
Some real nice fish have come in during the last week for our 2019 8th Annual Free Summer Fishing Contest. Remember this contest goes until September 10, 2019 so you still have plenty of time to catch that big one.
Current Standing for the 2019 Pilgrim Village Fishing Shop 8th Annual FREE FISHING Contest. 6/23/19
Largemouth Bass- Tad Mellish 19 7/8″, 3.85lb
Smallmouth Bass- Francis Majszak 20 5/8″, 6.10lb
Northern Pike- Larry Afton 33 5/8″, 6.41lb
Walleye- Rex Pratt 28 1/4″, 5.84lb
Bluegill- Johnny Jacobs 9 7/8″, 0.61lb
Sunfish- Thomas Jacobs 9 1/8″, 0.63lb
Perch- Joan Schmidt 11 3/4″, 0.66lb
Crappie- Amy Simonte 13″, 1.14lb
Bullhead- Randy Cornell 15 1/8″, 2.11lb
Dogfish- John Culp 30 1/4″, 8.20lb