Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (8-16-09)

I don’t know about you, but my gauge for when the “dog days” of summer officially arrive is not when the weather becomes really hot, humid and sticky.  For me, it’s when the fishing action takes a dive (although I realize they are usually both related).  While the fishing off the docks for the kids has continued to produce lots of fish, general fishing action over the last few weeks has slowed considerably, especially for walleyes.  This has pretty much been the case for all area lakes.  Nothing much to report on that end.  A few little ones have been caught sporadically, but nothing consistent like in the spring and fall.  If anybody really wants to work and catch some walleyes right now on Thunder, I think trolling or casting with crankbaits at night is probably the way to go.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are still being caught along with panfish.  Suspended crappies are being caught on small jigs in 18-30 feet of water.  The bass are biting on soft plastics with slower presentations.  However, certain nights have also produced a topwater bite on poppers and buzz baits.  Bass and all panfish will still hit a live bait bobber rig on any day.

Surprisingly though, northern pike action picked up a little in the last couple weeks as we had a few guests bring in some nice-sized pike.  As many of you know, Thunder Lake is not known for producing a whole lot of northerns, but the ones that are caught are usually big fish.  A 36 inch pike was caught and released by our guests in Cottage #10 two weeks ago.  That was the biggest fish reported this year at the resort.

Stay tuned for the fall fishing reports in September and October when water temps will drop and walleye fishing will be picking back up.  I will be sure to keep everyone posted on how our guests do during that time.  I might even get out a little too.  🙂

“See You At The Lake”

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