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home : outdoors : fishing & hunting April 16, 2014


8/7/2013 4:37:00 PM
Weather, fish stable
Editor's note: This is an outdoor report from Rice Lake Tourism with fishing information provided by Jordan Marsh of Marsh Outdoors.

This summer as a whole has had stable weather conditions. Many times we are thrown curve balls in forms of cold fronts, thunderstorms and intense humidity. But this year has been stable, making it easier for anglers because the fish are predictable to where they should be holding day after day.
If you are finding the fish right now, keep going back to those areas because they are still in their summer haunts and will be there for a little while yet.
For the most part, walleyes are off the weeds. With that said, do not venture to far off to find them. They are holding in 16 to 22 feet of water, chasing bait fish that are hatching. Most of the bait they are chasing are small perch, so keep that in mind while choosing bait colors.
Use speed to your advantage while going after these walleyes. There is a pile of natural food for them so you need to troll by them, or snap jig to get their attention to get them to bite.  
The fish on the rocks are a whole different story and can be finessed with a leech or crawler. Dropping slip bobbers, or slowly dragging Lindy rigs in 16 to 26 feet of water is your best bet. Some dandy-sized fish have been caught doing this. Many fish will move out of the deep water to feed quick, then drop back down.
The bluegills are still being caught. Weed beds are the easiest places to target these fish. However, it seems the bigger-sized bluegills are holding deeper just off the weeds or can be found on shallow humps with hard bottom.  
To catch some of the bigger bluegills, ditch the bobber and use just a split shot about a foot to two above a small hook and a worm or leech to top it off. Drag those along the bottom and you will find some active biters.
Bobbers are a great way to detect bites and a great way to suspend a bait if your fish are cruising off the bottom.
Bass are being found on the edges of weed beds and can be pulled out with plastic worms or plastic beaver tails. Use a bullet weight in front of the plastic and bury the hook tip back into the plastic to stay weedless.
Smallmouth bass are on hard-bottom areas. Tube jigs are taking these fish, and brown with red flakes has been a good color. Jig these baits slowly on the rocks and work an area over to find the fish.
Many times you will find an area that is holding several fish, so once you catch one cast back to that spot to find more.
Good luck fishing and remember, introduce someone new into the outdoors, they will appreciate it for a lifetime.

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