Big Wallyís Fishing Report
July 17, 2013
Everything is now in Summer Patterns.† The lake is full of bait fish, and I mean full of bait fish.† The bait fish consist mostly of this yearís perch fry, but there are schools of smallmouth fry, crappie fry, and walleye fry as well.† For the middle of July, the water temperatures remain quite low as they continue to dump a lot of cool water in from Lake Roosevelt.† Near Electric City yesterday the water temperature was at 60-61 degrees first thing in the morning rising to 63-64 in the afternoon.† Water temperatures are warmer further down the lake as I had 70 degree at Barker Flats yesterday.† Walleye:† With the abundance of fry (food) in the water, the walleye have been suspending in many areas.† Pay close attention to your electronics and if you are marking a lot of suspended fish there is a good chance they are walleye. †Up north a few walleye are being taken at Kruks and Jones Bay as well as around Barker Flats in depths ranging from 15-30 feet.† But again, many of these fish are suspended in these areas.† Donít be afraid to pull crankbaits for walleye.† Iíve had great success this year catching suspending walleye on the Berkley Flicker Shad size #6 or #7.† ChinooK:† Yes, thatís right, Chinook.† As many people now know, the state released something like 100,000 chinook fry around 4 years ago.† These fry have now grown into 4-6 pound feeding machines on Banks Lake.† I have taken 6 this year while fishing for walleye.† If you want to target these Chinook alone, troll using an Apex Lure behind a Seps Dodger.† Hit areas such as Barker Flats, Million Dollar Mile, and all around Steamboat Rock.† Anywhere you are marking balls of bait fish the Chinook will be in close proximity.† Smallmouth:† The smallmouth bite has been a bit tough this past week.† Most smallmouth wrapped up their spawning activities a couple of weeks ago so we have been in a period of transition/post spawn.† The south end of Banks at Coulee City is place to be for smallmouth all through July and August.† Target these fish with topwater baits in the morning (if there is no wind).† Use the Live Target Frog Popper for great success.† If you do have wind, throw spinnerbaits and/or crankbaits in and around shallow flats and rocky areas.† If you have calm conditions, slow down and throw soft plastics such as a Yamamoto Senko, a Texas-rigged Zoom Lizard, or a Texas-rigged Sweet Beaver.
The Kokanee bite at Lake Roosevelt was excellent this past weekend, but it did die down a bit during the past couple of days.† Anglers were finding success for Kokanee by trolling Apex Lures tipped with white shoepeg corn behind a Seps or Dick Nite Dodger.† The smallmouth bass fishing is also very good right now at Lake Roosevelt in areas from Swawilla Basin all the way up to Keller Ferry.†