July 29, 2009
Another week of coolness and those water temperatures can find the 70's, making for some non-typical condition for the end of July here in the land of 10,000 lakes when it comes to many of the species including those walleyes.
The young of the year perch have filled the structures located on the main lake of Winnie making for some tougher times from hour to hour. High speed presentation along with mobility are keys to keeping those rods bending as many of the walleyes are filled with perch minnows. The great part about this time of the year is the many different presentations that will catch fish.
We are still finding that the spinner combination in the gold or orange or perch color combination are working best, but the hammered silver in a cotton candy bead combination is still exciting fish. The speed on the spinners is at or around the 1.3-1.5 MPH.
We have found when the spinner bite slows, we can switch to a jig and minnow or a lindy rigged tipped with a crawler or a leech. Again keeping the speed up over the 1.0 MPH will lead to more activity. While pulling a leech or crawler with a lindy rig set up look for a #4 hook in red to work consistently. The snell length can vary day in and out but look for the 4-6 snells to be a good starting point.
We did find a crankbait bite on Winnie over the last week. We did find that area with rocks, whether 6-foot rocks or 20-foot rocks, produced the best bite. The crawfish color baits worked best. We were running the Salmo Perch baits in the crawfish color while working the deeper water and as we moved into the shallower rocks from 6-12 feet we did move back to the #4 and #5 Salmo Hornets. With the hornets we did see the better action on the crawfish or hot perch, with some activity coming from the blue dace.
Glens Army Navy, located in the Heart of Grand Rapids, carries all the baits needed to help make these presentations bring more fish to your boat. If you can't stop by, try them at www.glensarmynavystore.com.
I hope to see the shoreline crankbait bite heat up in the next week, one thing for certain is the August full moon is knocking on the door and look for a good bite starting this weekend. Hopefully, the recent cloudy systems will clear out and allow for a week of bright moonlight.
See you on the water,