Warm summer water means a mix of fish catches in most lakes and sometimes a big surprise that can turn out as a disappointment to some and fun for others.
I’m talking about hooking a nice-size freshwater drum or “sheepshead” as many anglers call them. Pat Pagano holds up a chunky drum he caught while jigigng for walleye in 30’+ water in the Detroit River, ON. These fish are plentiful in the Great Great Lakes watershed, they are aggressive feeding fish that will take bait or a lure and they can literally caught fishing near the bottom all summer long. They fight hard and often fool anglers into thinking they have hooked a big bass or walleye. Next time you catch a drum, enjoy the fight and remember that they can be excellent eating!