Summer Fishing Reports
july 11, 2019
July 4, 2019
june 27, 2019
June 20, 2019
August 3, 2018
We are still catching walleye along with a good number of crappie, sunfish and bass. The walleye bite has been best in the evenings, but the day bite has been very good at times too. The rest of the species are usually willing to bite all day long.
Finding the fish is always the key to a successful day. This time of year I like to use my locator as well as troll a small "search type" bait. By search bait, I mean something I can cover a lot of water with, for example, a small jig and a plastic or crankbait. I will troll these baits at 1-2 mph until I either catch a fish that gives away the location to a larger school or I mark the fish on my locator. Then I can go back to that area and fish a slower presentation that usually yields a better number of fish. This technique allows me to fish where the fish are and not where I think they should be.
We are using leeches and #5 crankbaits for the walleye. I've been having my best luck with leeches in 18-24' of water. Where as the crankbaits have been good trolled over deep water during the day and as shallow as 3-6 feet of water at night.
The sunfish and crappie have both been hitting small jigs pulled slowly over the weeds. You can tip these jigs with either a leech or worm for the sunfish and a small minnow for the crappie.
The bass are not in their prime yet but we are catching a decent number of them. Soon we will be in what I call the prime season, where a trophy bass is always a possibility! The hot bite for trophy smallmouth is generally September into mid-October. It's a favorite time of year for myself as well as many anglers. I start with fast moving baits and as we move into Sept. I will throw larger baits and continue to slow them down as the water temps drop.
If you have any questions about fishing in the Alexandria Lakes Area feel free to shoot me an email and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
- Joe Scegura's Guide Service
July 13, 2018
We are well into the summer patterns at this point and the fish are hungry! Sunfish, crappie, bass and northern have all been fairly aggressive. The walleye fishing also remains good, but the best time to catch them has been during the low light time periods. Early morning and evening have produced a lot of big fish over the past weeks.
With water in the 70's it's hard to believe but the sunfish have just wrapped up spawning. There is a tremendous amount of 8-8.5" blue gills around the area. Catching enough for a meal has not been a difficult task at all. Fishing with a plastic, small leech or worm have all been producing nice sunfish. Look to weeds in 8-16' of water.
The crappie have been aggressive as well hitting small crankbaits and tube jigs trolled 1 - 2 mph. Troll right over the tops of weeds in 12-16' of water. Once you locate them try a slower approach to really put some crappies in the boat.
My best techniques for walleye have been a lindy rig during daylight hours and a small crankbait after dark. Use a lively leech or fresh nightcrawler on a lindy rig pulled at .2-.8 mph along the weeds. This technique has put 100's of walleye in the boat this year already. Concentrate on the outside edge of underwater points and inside turns. These areas are generally where I find the walleye schooled up and active.
As always feel free to email or text me if you have questions. Try to give me a few days to respond and I will do my best to get back to everyone! Good luck fishing!
- Joe Scegura's Guide Service