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Updated: 04/17/2014 08:00:02AM

Gone fishin’:

Bite improves on Istokpoga

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Jerry Coubal caught this 8 pound, 3 ounce beauty while fishing with artificial Yamamoto yum dingers on Lake Josephine.


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Fishing on Lake Istokpoga continues to improve as post-spawn bass are beginning to feed up. Though numbers of fish are still not steadily high, it seems the 4-, 5- and 6-pound fish are being caught frequently. Best bite still is on slower moving bait such as a senko or a bigger jig.

Lakes Dinner, Jackson and Grenada seem to be producing some quality bass as well with some good numbers being reported. Locally, Lake Placid still is the premier lake right now to catch big and multiple numbers of bass. Several 8-, 9- and 10-pounders are being reported on a single fishing trip.

Lake June is also producing some larger fish. An 11.85-pound lunker was caught last week. It was a post spawn bass, as many of the fish are in the post spawn period on Lake June.

Lakes Clay and Francis are reporting smaller fish high numbers. If you want to take the kids fishing, be sure to try these two lakes. Use trick works in watermelon red, June bug or black and fish should be found in the 5- to 9-feet range. A dropshot rig will prevent the frustration of grass accumulating on your bait.

Shell Cracker reports are starting to come in low numbers but it could be just a bit early.

With the winter season ending and many of our fellow fishermen returning home, we wish them safe travels and look forward to seeing them next year.

Remember, send us your catch stories and photos to info@ We want to share your fishing success. For fishing and tournament information contact: Performance Marine Bait & Tackle Shop at 863-465-2814 or visit 1130 U.S. 27 North, Lake Placid.