Lake Preview for Burt Lake in northern Michigan.
|Indian River Michigan area fishing report||
The walleye are heating up on Burt again. They are being caught between 35-40 feet in the main lake basin with Shad dancers. The easiest way to get them to this depth is with 18-lb suffix performance lead core, 4 color has been ticket. Remember, the suffix dives 7 feet for every color. If you use another brand, start with 5 color and adjust accordingly. Both perch and brown crawdad in the Shad dancer were catching limits.
Burt Lake has slowed down from the spring bite, but walleye and perch can still be fooled into biting a juicy crawler or stinger spoon. Good numbers of walleye can be found in 28-30 feet of water. The active biters were caught with a #5 antifreeze mellon colorado blade and full crawler. When you check your baits and find the ends of the worms nipped off, switch to a slow death hook and you’ll continued to land tasty walleye. The best speed has been a little on the faster side for crawler harnesses at 1.4 mph. If you slow the same rig down to .8-.9 mph some great perch can be had in Maple Bay at depths between 20-24’. If you are in search mode and want to cover some water troll the 30 foot depths with a stinger spoon, @2.2-2.5 mph. An easy way to get the spoons down 18-25’ is with an Offshore Tackle #1 tadpole diver or lead core line, using 175 feet on the shallow runs and 225 feet on the deeper spoons.
The start of a holiday week is upon us which means family and friends will be visiting and increased boat traffic on the lakes. It can be a challenge to troll between the skiers and tubers. But it's also a great time to hit some of those pan fish spots with some of your guests. On Crooked and Pickerel Lakes look for some of the submerged weed beds in 5-8 feet of water. They aren't hard to find in the crystal clear water. Almost all are holding a good size population of bluegill and sunfish. Cast a 2 inch curly tail mister twister on a 1/16 oz jig or half a night crawler on the same size jig. You'll have bites as soon as it hits the water.
Smallmouth bass fishing is in full swing in the shallows up on Burt Lake. Walleye fishing started slowly with cooler temps but some are now being report now especially by the guys fishing the main points at night. This bite is being done with small crankbaits and in line boards right over the 1st main breakline. The perch fishing has also been off but the summer should have it going any day.
If you are planning on really getting into the walleye on Burt then be prepared to battle the odds. I have talked to several very good sticks who I trust and they tell me that the water is still too cold and that the bite is not happening yet. There is some activity in the shallows for smallmouth but even that needs some more temperature. I think that a week of very nice weather will help a ton. Just being honest here.
Crooked and Pickerel lakes are free of ice and launches are open. The docks arent in yet so launching is easier with two people. The smallmouth bite is starting to heat up. Try to locate the weed beds that made it through the winter. An ideal location is a bed in 8-10 feet of water adjacent to a drop off to about 20-25 feet. The bait will be hiding up in the weeds looking for a little safety, and the smallmouth will be right behind them. Swim baits like the Storm 360GT searchbait minnow work really well this time of year. Cast over top of the weeds and retrieve it so you can just feel the tops of the weeds. You will occasionally pick up weeds but you'll also pick up some very nice bronze backs at the same time. Water temps right now are hovering at 40 degrees. If you are out on a sunny day also try some shallow rocks and weeds as well. These will soak up the suns heat and attract bait and smallies.