Week of 8/7/17
Northern pike anglers are finding some great pike fishing and action in the early morning hours and early evening hours of the day. Casting artificial baits or plugs along the weed edges and pockets of the in bays and along shallow main lake shorelines has been the ticket as of late. Spoon baits such as Daredevils, Johnson silver minnows and jaw breakers can work well to entice some great strikes. Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits are also good baits to use this time of year.
Walleye anglers are still finding some nice eater-size walleyes as they troll for them along the drop-offs of the main lake shorelines. They are also catching them along many of the underwater points and gravel bars located around the islands and main lake shorelines of the Chetek Chain of Lakes. Try using shad raps, Husky Jerk baits, Rapalas, Cordell diving crankbaits to entice strikes from the suspending walleyes.
Bass anglers are finding the bass hanging tight to wood and fallen trees along the shorelines of the main lake basins. They are also finding bass along some of the same weed edges and pockets that the northern pike are using. In both areas, anglers will find fish chasing minnows and busting the surface when chasing them. Buzzbaits and small spinners can work well at this time when cast along the weed edges and submerged tree branches near shorelines. Texas-rigged worms and craws or flipping jig and craw combos can also work well when pitched into these areas.
Panfishing continues to stay hot as anglers are finding some very nice bluegills and crappies as they drift the main lakes in 5–8 feet of water. Waxies and worms are working well for bait on simple bobber rigs. Vertical jigging a crappie jig can also work well when tipping the jig with a crappie minnow or a waxie. Be sure to have some extras jigs and hooks along for there is a lot of submerged wood in these areas to get snagged on.
Good luck to all anglers; safe boating while on the lakes and safe travels on the roads to and from your destinations.
Week of 8/7/17