What a beautiful morning to be on the lake! Unfortunately, the fishing wasn’t as good as the weather. After drilling 30 or so holes up and down a breakline from 12-30 FOW, we only found a couple of perch. After several moves and dozens of holes later, we decided to call it quits on Big Pine and move to another nearby lake. In 6-8 FOW, we were able to find a few pike and perch on the second lake, but the fishing was still slow. I talked to a conservation officer on the lake who said that most of the anglers she had talked to also reported slow fishing.
Nothing touched suckers or redtail chubs on our tip ups. Small jigs and spoons tipped with fathead minnow heads or wax worms were all that we were able to get fish to bite. In retrospect, my guess is that active fish would have been roaming the flat, deep basins rather than tight to structure or in shallow weeds where we fished. It’s good to always take note of these things and keep learning!