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A look at the Army Corp gauges this morning show our reservoirs on the rise and likely to keep going higher. The Wabash R. reservoirs in the NE corner of the state caught the brunt of the early June rainfall, and their levels are anywhere from 20 to nearly 50 feet above summer pool. Lately, the southern and central parts of the state have been catching major amounts of rain, and that has lakes on the rise. Central Indiana lakes like Raccoon and Cataract are likely to go much higher after receiving nearly 3" of rain just last night and this morning. With all the flooding statewide, you'll notice that most lakes aren't releasing water, meaning the water levels are likely to stay high through at least the early part of the summer. Plan your fishing accordingly.
Just received the results from the Indiana Bass Federation events held this past weekend down on Rocky Point. I've tried to clean up the spreadsheets and sort by weight. If everything is correct, you'll see it was pretty much a struggle down there all weekend. I've attached the files below for each day along with the overall standings through 4 events.
A trick to use in stained or muddy water or at night when bass can’t see as well is to use big lures that displace water and create good vibrations.
Another trick some fishermen use is to put a little more bend in the blade of a spinnerbait to make it throb more intensely and make more noise as it moves through the water.
Maybe the best trick I can give you, though, is to slow down your retrieve. Believe it or not, a slow moving bait will actually send out more heavy vibrations than a fast moving bait will.
The final trick is to use darker colored baits in low visibility situations. When their sight is restricted, dark colors stand out better. Actually, it is not the color that catches bass in these situations anyway; it is the vibration of the bait.
Tips For Bagging Big Cats
Summertime is channel cat time across America. In lakes and reservoirs, fish flat areas in 18 to 25 feet of water using shad, shrimp, dough balls, cheese, prepared baits, nightcrawlers, and even that left over hot dog from lunch.
In rivers, try the same baits around undercut banks, old hollow logs, and even slack water. Ponds are also great places to catch channel cats. Give them some time to mouth the bait and pick it up before setting the hook.
My favorite part of channel cat fishing is eating them. Here’s my special recipe:
Cut filets into bite size pieces
Dunk them in milk
Coat with one of Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck’s fish batters
Drop in 325 degree peanut oil until they’re good and crisp. Dip them in shrimp sauce for some outstanding eating.
Where's Walleye? Tips For Finding Their Summertime Hangouts
A walleye’s metabolism rises with the water temperature in summer and that means they need to eat more, not less.
Most walleye anglers use leeches and minnows on Lindy rigs in deeper water during this time of year. But, also try finding them where they are suspending with baitfish or prowling around on shallow reefs, weedbeds, shorelines, and points. These are all primary locations for catching walleyes in summer.
Using tactics you would use to catch bass will put you on active walleye quicker and help you put more of them in the boat during summer.
A plate full of hot, fried walleye will help make that summer cookout even better.
By Larry Whiteley, Host of the award winning Outdoor World Radio For more tips go to basspro.com and click on 1Source News & Tips