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Updated: 10/31/2013 08:00:03AM

Gone Fishin’: Lakes Placid, Francis are local hot spots

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Geoff Ballog shows off a 9 1/2-pound bass he pulled from Lake Placid.


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Lake Placid and Lake Francis are two lakes that you want to be fishing right now. Lake Francis is producing 25 to 30 fish per trip with very little difficulty locating them. Fish in 4- to 7-foot water depths anywhere there is a grassy bottom. Use a Junebug trick worm with a 3⁄16 bullet weight and you should light them up.

On Lake Placid the bigger fish are on the tree piles. When fishing these, use a drop shot or Carolina rig with a 10-inch worm — June bug and watermelon red are good colors.

Reports have been coming in that fishing has slowed on Lake June and Lake Huntley. Hopefully the cooler weather will help stimulate the bite on these two lakes. If you do fish these lakes, try fishing the shallower water with a senko or a fluke around the grass.

Crappie fishing has been very good on both Lake Placid and Lake Istokpoga with reports of quality limits coming out of the deeper water on both lakes.

For fishing and tournament information contact Performance Marine Bait & Tackle Shop at 863-465-2814 or visit 1130 U.S. 27 North, Lake Placid.

The weekly Friday Tournament Trail will be on Lake Istokpoga out of Windy Point Ramp from 6:30 a.m.until 1 p.m. Nov. 2. The Summer Team Bass Trail’s 6th tournament is set for Saturday, Nov. 19 from the boat ramps at Windy Point on Lake Istokpoga. Contact Geoff Balog at 863-840-3420 for more information.