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Updated: 11/14/2014 03:18:51PM

Gone Fishin’

Anglers report better bite on area lakes

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Putter Fugate of Fort Ogden shows off the 7-pound lunker he pulled from Lake Istokpoga.


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This week has shown much improvement in reported fish bites on area lakes than over the previous weeks reported. The fishing seems to be on a typical summer pattern now: morning from safe light till about 9 a.m. is the best bite time. After that you will still find scattered fish moving out to either thicker vegetation in the shallows or deeper brush piles depending which lake you are on.

Lake Istokpoga is reporting quality fish flipping a senko or a jig along deeper outside reed lines. Also be careful navigating Lake Istokpoga as water levels are very low and there are reports of folks running aground.

Lakes June and Placid are reporting quality fish in the deeper water to the grassy edges. Lake Clay is producing good catches of quality size fish which is very unusual for that lake. Lake Francis reports numerous numbers of 14- to 16-inch fish. The 3- to 4-pounders are still difficult to find. Lake Huntley is still fairly slow with scattered reports of fish being caught now and then.

Nothing exciting to report on shell cracker catches, though Lake Istokpoga is starting to report some limits.

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