June Walleye

Becca Kent catches nice walleye on Grand Rapids area lake

Multi-species fishing is in full swing in the Grand Rapids area. Walleyes continue to be active in both shallow water and deeper humps and bars. A jig and minnow presentation is still a good bet. Newly emerging weeds are hold good forage, but a lighter jig like a 1/16th ounce seems to work better as it stays just above the weeds. On sand and gravel flats rigs with crawlers and leeches have produce good catches as well as on the deeper mud humps. Pokegama Lake is producing some trophy walleyes and the bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, bite has really heated up. A variety of spinner baits and surface lures have been the most productive. Most larger area lakes like Winnie, Bowstring, Splithand and Leech continue to produce not only some great walleye “releasers,” but also many good “eaters.” Casting spoons or trolling crankbaits have been the “go to” method for northern pike and many large pike have been caught lately at any time of day. The crappie and sunfish are still shallow and the best action has been in the evening using small jigs with or without a slip bobber. The slip bobber rig has been the best for younger kids, as they love to see the bobber slide down. Be sure to check with local bait shops and sporting goods dealers and departments for updated information.