Heading in Thursday through Prairie Portage via overnight motor. Where should we start with finding smallies this time of year? We will have the kids and are interested in action over quality. I'm familiar with fishing reefs in July. Will smallies still be on the first break? Rocky drop offs? Any help would be appreciated!
Not sure I would take the time/effort to get into Pipestone. I went on an OM trip to Basswood in early June and Hoist Bay was full of smallmouth. We found a bunch of largemouth and bluegill in back bay, too. I would think between back bay and hoist you would be able to find plenty of willing fish...
Update now as we returned from our trip yesterday. Hoist and Back Bay are full of weeds and water is very low. We portaged the motorboat to Pipestone and Jackfish and fishing was very slow. We portaged again back to the east side and fishing was non existent. Seems like it will be slow until after Labor Day my opinion.