Water level is holding at about three feet over summer pool. The surface temps took a nosedive with this past weekend’s cold front but it didn’t slow anything down. It will rebound soon and be back to more summer-like weather. The north end has more stain than last week from
all the rain but it is very fish-able.

We are still pulling bottom bouncers and spinners on drop-offs tipped with minnows. I run an ounce or one-and-a-half-ounce bottom bouncer depending on how deep the fish are. I tie my own from 15lb. Fluorocarbon line and only make them about 18in. long. I make them so short so we can pull right through stumps and standing timber. I use either a number four or five blade in chrome, chrome and blue, chartreuse or pink and white. I pull them at about 1.1 to 1.4mph on line counters. This makes it easy for my clients to repeat what we are doing. Just set in a nice seat and once your pole doubles over reel it in. We are catching walleye, sauger, crappie, and white bass doing this.

The crappie have bunched back up on deep structures in places so we are also drifting slip bobbers and minnows across the tops of deep brush and Shelbyville cubes, structure put in by the Corp to attract fish. As we get into July this will be my main way of doing guide trips. Both
ways are a lot of fun and my boat is set up to carry plenty of bait.

Steve Welch
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