Thunder Lake Fishing Report (7-18-11)

The recent constant heat during the last 2 weeks had surface temps as high as 78 degrees, which really depressed the bite for fishing.  Water temps as of yesterday were down to 75 again, but with this heat spell it will no doubt go up again towards 80 degrees.

Walleye fishing has been very spotty, with only a few people even reporting to have caught a walleye during the last couple weeks.  Because of the warmer water temps, the walleyes are going to deeper water to stay cool, find oxygen and chase the ciscoes and tulibees for food.  The best bet for walleyes right now is the night time crankbait trolling bite.

Crappies have also become tight-lipped and haven’t been easy to catch.  More often than not, you can see a bunch of them, but getting them to actually bite is another story.  This summer has been tougher so far than last year for the crappie bite.  Hopefully the best is still yet to come.

We did have a few big pike caught recently.  Chris Peryam landed 2 big pike, measuring 38″ and 37″, within 24 hours of each other.  He caught and released both fish.  Thanks, Chris!

Smallmouth and largemouth bass, as always, are the go-to bite during tough times.  Both species have consistently been caught all summer long for both numbers and size.  Live bait rigs and soft plastics have both produced a lot of fish.

We hopefully will have a more positive fishing report in the next weeks.  We’ll keep you updated!

“See You At The Lake”

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