Summer time weather has arrived and with it, summer time water temps.
With lakes all in the low to even high 70’s for surface temps, patterns are stabilizing for some good summer fishing!
Smallmouth Bass: Very Good – Action best on Ned rigs, jigs and creature and tubes. Deep weed edges of contain in 14’ and shallower rock tops of 14-18’.
Largemouth Bass: Very Good – Wacky worming and using Sweet Beavers in cabbage flats of 8-12’. 3” swim baits and ¼ oz spinner baits also accounting for good action on cloudy/windy days.
Bluegill: Very Good – Anglers able to find thunder bugs and smaller leeches are reporting great catches on inside weed edges. Fly anglers using wet flys and poppers also reporting good action on calm evenings.
Northern Pike: Good-Very Good – Spinner baits, chatter baits and shallow jerk baits over weed tops of 6-12’.
Musky: Good – Top water action picking up with warming water. Whopper Ploppers, pacemakers bucktails and spinner baits. Don’t be shy to fish shallow, 3-4’ in early am for best top water action.
Walleye: Good-Fair – Action in windward weeds of 7-14’ using crawlers and X-large leeches. On larger lakes, deep rock humps, topping at 18-22’ with big leeches under slip-floats.
Yellow Perch: Good-Fair – Best over drowned wood, ½ crawlers, thunderbugs and leeches.
Crappie: Fair – Not a lot of reports of late. Some nice slabs being caught, but not in numbers.
With a near week of warm weather, look for some good, normal patterns to occur, giving anglers a better chance to pin-point their targeted species.