Hi Italo,I hope this finds you well. You’ve helped me out once before when I asked for some tips when doing a fly-in trip to Bonar Lake a couple of years ago, and I’m hoping you can help me again. This year, some friends and I are flying out of Hearst, and going to Hillman Lake. We will be going the last week of August, and was wondering if you could offer any tips for the walleye, pike and perch that are reported to be in the lake. Will the fish still be in their summer locations or will they have started to transition since the weather starts to change a little earlier that far north? Any insights you can offer will be much appreciated. Thank you! Rob

Posted on April 8th, 2021

Hi Rob, nice to hear from you. Yes, all three species will still be in their summer pattern and should be easily located and caught fishing fairly shallow water in the 5-10′ range. Make sure to check out the center of bays especially if they are a mud bottom, rocky points that go out from shore, around islands and especially around any weedbeds. I don’t think you need to take a lot of tackle. A good assortment of 1/8-3/8 oz. jigheads, an assortment of 1″-4″ soft-plastics like paddle-tail minnows, curly-tails and the Italo’s Minnow from Fishing Compete should work well there. I would recommend you also take some 3-4″ casting spoons, 3/8 oz. white Colorado & Willow-leaf spinnerbaits, a couple 3/8 oz. black buzz-baits and definitely some Rapala Husky Jerk #14 and X-Rap for Pike. Hope you have an excellent trip…God bless you.

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