I've been lucky enough to hit some lakes in NW wisconsin lately. and the results have been great.
Fish targeted: panfish
Fish caught: Crappies, Sunfish, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, LM bass, and one walleye.
Where: mostly clear lakes fishing in 4-8 ft of water, especially that point right where the cabbage gets scarce on the weed edge..
When: all day with crappies coming on strong in late evening
Method: I start with a small plastic octopus under a weighted bobber and switch colors every time the bight gets slow. It seems that every time I switch colors the bight gets hot for about 10 fish then I switch the colors and hit the same spot and they come back alive. Just reel a little, let it sit then jerk it a bit then let it sit and repeat until it catches the eye of some hungry fish. Some I tip with a little piece of worm but it actually attracts lots of the smaller fish so I usually stuck to just plastic. Downsizing whenever the bight gets tough has been the key as well as the color change.
Best color for me has been red when it's cloudy and green with glitter when the suns out. That glitter really shines in the sun light and makes the plastic look like a little minnow flippin around.
Results: Awesome! Tons of crappies with many being large and a lot of sunfish. I've never caught as many large sunfish before. They must be just roaming and eating right now. The fish with big caveman foreheads, you know?. It's been a blast and they have been tasting better than ever too. I would say now is a great time for the big panfish in NW wisconsin so go get some..
I was also lucky enough to have a bear walk about 15 feet from me. Came out of nowhere and didn't notice me as he walked right past. I was in a lawn chair reading crappie magazine. I noticed him from the corner of my eye. He was coming right for me. So I snapped some pics. Will post them when I can.. He ate the eggs out of a birdhouse that I made. And destroyed my birdhouse and then pushed around everything we put in the fire pit! Took him about 40 minutes to leave the yard.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988