Even in the heat, bass fishing this past week was very good. The Special Olympics tournament out of Theodosia was won with 18.43 pounds. Numerous boats came in with a five-fish limit. Top-water early in the day works well; then it’s time for jigs and plastic worms. Both the creeks and main lake have been producing good fish. If you have any wind, both spinnerbaits and crankbaits can be effective. You may have to move around some, but if you find a school of feeding fish, you can load the boat.
Walleye are deep and are being caught on deep-diving crankbaits and night crawlers trolled 30 to 35 feet along main lake bluffs. This is also a good place to find big bluegills, and night crawlers work well on these tasty fish. If you find one big bluegill others will be in the same area.
Keeping fish alive in your live well is hard to do this time of year. Try filling your live well with cold well water before you leave and take ice to add to the water as you catch fish. Keeping the water on circulation all day also helps.
As most of you know, I am retiring Aug. 31. To help move inventory, we are offering 25 percent off on all soft plastic baits and all top-water baits this week. Now is a good time to stock up and help me reduce inventory. I appreciate your help in this regard.

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