Northerns continue their run as the hot bite with a 44 inch 25 lb monster leading the pack. There is a video floating around on facebook of the catch, and the gentleman that caught it was nice enough to release it back into the water. That may be the biggest fish but there have been plenty measuring around that 40″ mark being caught. If you are into northerns now is the time. The perch bite continues much the same. Some guys are getting out in front of the schools and catching a lot of nice perch, and others report not catching a single fish all day. The key is finding where the schools are moving through that day. You can also pick up some in the dredge lines but not in any significant numbers. The bluegills are shallow and deep, but they seem to be more active in the shallower water. The crappie bite has not changed much you need to fish early and late with very few guys catching many during the day.
The Atomic Derby was interesting this year. It seemed like there were less people fishing on the lake then the previous Saturday. I think people who were not in the derby stayed away from the lake, and people in the derby were drawn to pool 8 with the prize tent being at Moxie’s this year. I have heard from people what the big fish were, but not from any official sources so I would rather not post them. Bottom line is no need to worry about post derby fishing being any worse than any other day.
On a side note there is going to be a fish crib building day on Saturday February 24th. If you are willing to volunteer your help is most welcome. Stop down and sign up when you get the chance, they won’t build themselves.