According to Lakeside Pro Bass, fishing is turning on. However, changeable weather patterns can affect fishing quickly. Fishermen are looking for fish and according to reports are catching nice crappies. Some good catches of crappies running 10-12 inches are being taken off the top of pad beds. As the pads start breaking the surface, work the edge of the beds or work into the beds and jig the open spots. Working a boat in the pads can spook fish. Be patient. Fishermen are using small jigs. Long Island and the Game Reserve see a number of fishermen. Pad areas along the North Fork are also producing fish. All areas of the lake seem to be producing crappies. A recent crappie tournament produced an 8-fish limit weighing over 9 pounds.
The saugeye fishermen are out in full force. Bank and boat fishermen are having success. Weather and wind direction have a major effect on bank fishing for saugeye. Jigging with blade baits like the Vibe E, Slender Spoon, and Swedish Pimple is a popular fishing method. Bank fishermen are catching numbers of keeper saugeye along the south shore. Bass minnows hooked on floating jigs and fished tightline is a popular rig and tactic. A double drop rig with the sinker on the bottom is also effective. Indian Lake has a 15-inch limit on saugeye and walleye. The river has good water below the spillway, and fishermen are taking fish downstream.
Bass fishermen are also starting to catch fish and early tournaments are reflecting a good year. Catfishing has been excellent and some big flatheads are expected to be caught this year.