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Updated: 05/08/2014 08:00:04AM

Gone Fishin’: Anglers finding success on local waters

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Chris and Carson Caufield with their catch on Lake June from a Sunday fishing trip.


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It’s summertime and the fishing is easy. Fish seem to be biting very well on all of our local waters.

Lake Istokpoga is certainly showing great improvement in the number of bass being caught. Many folks are catching good quality and good numbers of fish lately. Most of the fish are being caught with either a swimming-type bait or flipping using either a black/blue senko or black and blue jig. Because the water is decreasing in depth look for vegetation close to the deeper edges or dropoffs.

Lake Placid still seems to excel in numbers of big fish being caught. Most of these are post-spawn fish in the 12- to 18-feet in depth on large Carolina rigged plastics such as mag trick worms, 10-inch worms, etc.

The bigger fish just don’t seem to be showing up on lakes Francis, Clay, and Huntley for some reason. The better quality bites are much more difficult to find this year on those lakes.

Lake June is certainly showing great improvement in water quality and clarity. As long as the water remains clearer, Lake June should be picking up on quality bass very shortly. Most of the bass are post spawn right now so look for the better quality fish in the 10-foot to 20-foot depth ranges. Try crank and spinner baits, drop shotting, and Carolina rigging. Best colors are green pumpkin, watermelon red, and june bug.

Remember, send us your catch stories and photos at Be sure to tell us “who, what, when, where and why” and we’ll help share your bragging rights.

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