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        Fishing with Lefebre: Bass Tips for Late June

                                  The later part of June is a transition time
                                  for largemouth and smallmouth bass on many area lakes. There may still
                                  be some late bedding bass, but for the most part, bass will be in post-
                                  spawn/early summer. This is the time when bass will be guarding fry,

                                  and the bite can be aggressive when using the right lure which seems to
                                  threaten the fry. You also have straggler bass just hanging in the shal-
                                  lows before moving into a true summer pattern. Late June through early
                                  July is an excellent time for topwater fishing in very shallow water. You
                                  can get some very explosive strikes. I like the Rapala Skitter Walk – the
                                  5 inch model. First fish it slow and then fish it fast to figure out how the
                                  bass want it. Whether these shallow bass are guarding fry, feeding in
                                  shallow emerging grass or randomly swimming along the shoreline, this

        walk-the-dog presentation will draw strikes on area lakes including Presque Isle Bay, Pymatun-
        ing and Shenango. – Dave Lefebre, BASS Elite Angler

        County by County Reports for June 21, 2017—Starting with CRAWFORD County

        Dave @ Richter’s Tackle Shop; filed 6-19: It was as if a switch had been thrown! Suddenly in

        the last several days, walleyes are biting at Pymatuning in the South End! Every good-looking
        spot (humps and grass beds) you stop to fish, guys are catching keeper walleyes. I’ve heard of
        more limit catches in the last three or four days than I’ve heard of or seen all spring long. And
        most ‘eyes are being caught with the oldest of all walleye baits – a nightcrawler! I went out for
        a couple hours Sunday afternoon with family members, and we managed to catch walleyes at
        every place we stopped – although we had to seek shelter on the shore when one of the big

        rainstorms passed through. What turned the walleye on suddenly? I don’t know. Having doubt-
        ed the fish commission biologist reports that there were good number of legal fish in the lake
        this spring when no one was catching any, I guess I’m eat some of my words along with those
        walleye fillets! In addition to walleyes, the crappie bite has improved, too. Bluegill catches con-
        tinue strong, and there are reports of muskies still being taken. With the big 4  of July Holiday
        week on the horizon, it’s looking like a fish-catching fest for Pymatuning. Get out here and Fish!
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