The walleye are post spawn and are in transition from spawning areas to the main lake. Points, sandbars and saddles along mainland shorelines are producing a lot of fish in depths of 10-to -20 feet. Lindy Jigs and X-Change jigs tipped with minnows are all it takes to catch fish. Pitching to shore and vertical jigging are both producing depending on the conditions. One pattern that works well at this time of year is to slide into shallow soft-bottomed bays when the afternoon sun warms up the surface water. This triggers mayfly nymphs to emerge from the bottom and the walleye are right there to gobble them up. Bob, Mike and I really capitalized on this bite one afternoon and caught 60 walleye in about 3-hours from 3-to-8 feet of water. The spot looked more like a pike spot than a walleye spot but the walleye were in there thick. Talk about fun.
I also had the chance to fish with my good buddy and fellow guide Brandon Ouelette last week. We decided a trophy lake trout hunt on Minnitaki was in order. We knew we were only looking for 1-or-2 big fish and that's exactly what we got.
Looking ahead, more walleye and lake trout - plus the smallies should start going good soon and the countdown to muskie season is on.