Since every part of the country is most-effectively fished 'just
a little bit different' in the post-spawn period; I checked with
a couple of professional-angler 'clients' of mine, located closer
to your " neck-of-the-woods", just to make sure. Their suggestions
pretty much matched my own past findings. The key to success at
this time of the year, is to SLOW DOWN, and SIZE DOWN for more and
Small topwaters, mini-sized 1/8 oz. spinnerbaits, and 4" dark-colored,
unweighted (Culprit-style) worms, with mini-glass-rattles inserted,
reign supreme during this period, on most lakes in the northern
My favorite trick at this time of the year is to take an inexpensive
'Radio-Shack©' indoor-outdoor remote
digital thermometer with a 3/4 oz. sinker attached closely to
the outdoor temperature-sensor, onboard the boat with me. Find
the highest water temperature in the lake at the 3', 4', & 5'
depths (rather than the highest surface temps. which change with
the wind direction & frontal passages). Use your lake's contour-map;
and locate creek channels, quick-drops, and isolated structure,
to coincide with these highest-temperature areas. Concentrate
your efforts here, (beginning with the highest temperature located
at 5', then 4', and finally at 3') while using the lures mentioned
above in reverse order (the worm beginning at 5', Spinnerbait
at 4' and less, and the topwater at 3' only if the water is muddied).
Increase the depths fished by three feet each, if a springtime
LOW has just passed.
This stunt of mine may put you all alone in some sections of
your lake; but the end-results at the scales, should make up for
any loneliness you may have experienced!