Thanks to an abnormally wet and cool month of June, the prospects for enjoying some excellent fishing well into the normally slow weeks of summer look very good this year. This should prove true in both the still and flowing waters throughout our area. Whether you’re seeking to latch into a few trout, bass, walleye or whatever, the odds of connecting should remain above average for the next few weeks.
Our area rivers and streams have been blessed with plenty of rainfall this month – in fact, maybe too much since the rivers are currently high and roiled. But a few days without rain and they’ll be dropping and clearing, and that’ll be the time to start casting your baits or lures. Trout streams, due to their smaller drainage areas, will lower and clear far quicker, but should still produce some excellent fishing, especially for fly and lure anglers. Anglers using worms will probably be bothered with shiners and chubs gobbling the baits before any trout have an opportunity to get to them.
I’ve often thought of this time of the year as being somewhat of a “pot luck type” of fishing since there are so many different species of fish that you may encounter, especially in the lakes and rivers that contain a large variety of fish, both pan- and game-fish types. You might be casting spinners or spoons for pike or pickerel and end up catching bass or walleye. At other times jigs meant for walleye might end up being gobbled by pike. Of course if you’re fishing with night crawlers or minnows, you can never be certain what may end up on your line. And that’s part of the fun.