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Hello,

Remember how I mentioned the fish could easily move out or head for the beach after the east winds late last week? They landed in 60 - 80 feet of water and I didn't. It was pretty lonely beyond 200 feet of water and we had to pull and relocate. Plenty of fish were caught in close over the weekend with 40 - 90 feet of water giving up some very good June catches with fair success out as far as 180'. By Monday morning some good reports were coming from the 120 - 150 foot depths. Fish were caught from 20 feet down to the bottom (even out deep) on a variety of spoons with combinations including some orange on them being the favorites. Modified Blue and Green Dolphins did a fair amount of work too. The Mixed Veggies and Jaeger Bomb fished 40 - 50 down were our best. The Dreamweaver Paddle and fly combo was good too with the Pickled Sunshine and Oceana flies working the best. Plenty of baitfish have shown up in the last few days and I saw a number of very dense schools on my graph and multiple year classes of bait in the stomachs of our catch. Large numbers of small, 10 - 14 inch, kings have shown up in the shallower water as well. While there is nothing wrong with taking legal size fish you will want to change locations if you find yourself steadily catching these little guys. Very few big fish have been caught near the schools of younger kings and the mortality rate is high when releasing these fish as they almost always find a way to fit an entire treble hook into their mouths. 

Bluegill fishing is starting to get a little more difficult as the weeds have really taken over in some of shallower spawning areas. Try fishing earlier in the morning around weed lines in deeper water. Wax, leaf  and red worms will all do well and if you want to aim for bigger fish try small minnows or small Beetle Spins or Mepps spinners as they sort out the fish for you. Bass are biting really good right now around the marinas. In less than hour the other afternoon my sons caught 13 and missed a few more. Some nice smallmouth were caught as well.

The perch are in. Or at least one was but I saw a guy catch him Saturday morning so I'm not sure if there are any more around or not. Fishing pressure appears to picking up on the piers and some familiar faces are out there trying. The colder water and arrival of small alewives should help the success rates for perch this week. An occasional steelhead is usually caught prowling around the pier with these conditions so you may want to bring a rod rigged to fish with shrimp. Stop by one of the local bait shops if you have questions as to how to set one up.

Have a great week,

Matt Whitney

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