Area Report

ISLAND OUTDOORS ON FRENCH ISLAND

Billy Isbell

Well, we can start with the walleye and bass since there are a few tournaments in town and the area.
Walleye have been really shallow on current breaks and rocky bottoms. Dragging minnows has been doing well. Thumper tail plastics have been doing really well also. Willow cats are performing for your usual bigger eyes.
Bass are up hugging the banks with the high water. Anything from swim jigs to crank baits have been catching the hungry fiends.
Northern pike are still doing well in the shallows, using pretty much anything you wanna throw out there, with one report of bluegills giving you the time of your life.
Catfish have been caught as well using bluegills as bait. I haven't heard about anyone catching them on anything else yet. But I did see one on a hair jig by the float that was 42 pounds.
Bluegills so far have been pretty good but a lot of sorting to find a keeper. Night crawlers and red worms are the preferred baits.
Crappies have been scarce as of yet. Those catching them are using minnows and plastics.
White bass are becoming more prevalent as well using minnows and mimic minnow plastics.
Perch are still catchable with a bit more searching, and using crawlers and minnows.
Get out there and you will find something.
Tight Lines!

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