Brad Laabs: How to fish well in hot weather – Detroit Lakes Tribune

Walleye fishing has remained good on area lakes.

Fish are transitioning from shallow water to deeper weed lines, extending points and bars, and mid lake humps. Cabbage weeds continue to hold fish at times and are always worth checking. Bug hatches have started, and that means leeches and crawlers become good baits for walleyes now, along with the minnows or plastics.

With water temps now at 70 degrees and warming with the hot weather, jig raps and rippin raps will start producing as well.

Northern pike remain active along deep weed beds.

Bass are shallow and docks are in play and holding fish.

Crappie are getting caught trolling jigs/plastics or spinners from 7-14 feet on most lakes with good crappie populations.

Gils are in the weeds and some quality size gils are getting caught while anglers are rigging leeches and crawlers for walleyes in deeper water off the breaks.

The hot weather makes it important to dress appropriately, wear eye protection, use sunscreen, and stay hydrated by drinking more water than you think you need to while fishing.

Lotion skin after coming off the water as the hot sun, hot temperatures, and bright sun will dry you out and rob your body and skin of moisture.

Bait maintenance is important with this weather, and you can refer to last week’s article about taking care of your bait investment. With the warm surface temps it can help to add frozen water jugs, bags of ice, or best yet, blocks of ice, to your live wells to keep your catch alive and fresh until you are ready to filet them.

Cutting the fish’s throats and bleeding them out in your live well before cleaning them will make the filets easy to rinse off, with no blood in the filets.

Your cleaning board or table will not look like a butcher shop or murder scene either as there will be no blood in the fish to add to the mess. Put files in cold water in the fridge with a little salt to keep them fresh. You can keep them in the refrigerator for three days before they either need to be eaten or packaged and frozen.

The best way to freeze fish is by vacuum-packing your fish. The next best to freeze them is in water, in a gallon freezer bag or a frozen container that can withstand being.

The last option is in a freezer bag, and it helps to remove as much air from the freezer bag as you can. This will help stave off freezer-burning your catch.

Always remember to clean, drain, and dry after every trip. Decontamination stations are also available and located at the south access of Big Detroit, The west and east accesses on Pelican, Lake Melissa, and sometime at Lake Sallie access. Decontaminate if coming off an infested lake and launching soon to a non-infested lake.

(Laabs owns Brad Laabs Guide Service in Detroit Lakes)

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