According to Grand Lake Bait and Tackle, the recent heat wave has thrown GLSM into an early summer pattern. A few crappies are being caught during the early morning and evening bites. A serious fishermen are switching to summer tactics which include shooting pontoons and spider rigging, trolling, or drifting in deeper water. Crappie fishing has definitely slowed down. Some keeper bluegills are being caught along the rocks and around lifts and dock posts. Look for deep-water structure. There is still debris that was washed into the lake from earlier flooding. Much has been removed but remaining objects could be waterlogged and suspended below the surface. Boaters should run with caution.
Bank fishermen are generally limited to the popular areas such as Anderson’s, East Bank Marina, Harman’s, and Windy Point. Boat fishermen are fishing rocks and other structure such as dock posts and lifts. Most pan-fishermen are using jigs tipped with small plastic tails. Chartreuse and black is a good starting color. Wax worms and spikes are sometimes added to the combination, especially for bluegills. Minnows can be effective in muddier water.
The June Catmaster tournament produced a winning 6-fish limit of 42 plus pounds. The winning team had to 14 pound fish in their six fish limit. Bass fishermen were having success earlier, and some tournament big fish were in the five-pound range. In general, an unusually wet spring and a late June heat wave has made fishing difficult.