The bite improved this week and fish returned to more normal locations and depths, but it still wasn’t a great bite. Volume improved as walleyes were once again found on main lake rock and sand structure in the 20 – 30 ft. zone. Guide reports averaged 40 walleyes per day over 18 in. and the highest daily total was 69. For the week, we caught and released 25 walleyes over 27in., including 5 – 28s, and 1 – 29. Not a week to brag about, but a huge improvement over the previous week.
Bottom Bouncers with spinners and minnows were effective on sand when the bite was strong, but 3/8 oz. jigs and minnows produced the best all around for the week. As quickly as the walleyes invaded the shallows, they retreated even quicker. Overnight, after a big wind and front, the graphs lit back up and we immediately started catching walleyes on the typical summer spots. Key depths were 20 – 30 ft. for volume and just a bit deeper for better size.
Water levels dropped a little this week and it appears that the weed beds are dying quickly this year on our end of the lake. Pike and bass were ignored this week and there was very little incidental catch of better sized fish.