Fishing Report:

The transition to summer is starting to take shape. Above the water, trees and grass are growing and in full-green color mode. Below water, vegetation is popping up and will continue to expand into the deeper waters.

Turtles are on the move, so be careful not to run them over on the way to the boat launch.

Fish are completing spring routines and switching to early-summer patterns. This last week did drop water temperatures 7-10 degrees from earlier highs, but fishing has remained fair to good. Temperatures are on the rise again.

Walleyes are still being caught, but it is important to hunt down fish and stay with them. Flats are starting to show signs of vegetation and the walleye will seek the deeper vegetation. Walleyes are being located on mid-lake areas. Trolling spinner rigs tipped with minnow has been good. Jigging with minnow is also turning a few fish. Brightly colored spinner rigs tipped with crawlers have taking a few fish also.

Smallmouth are active and being caught by casting crankbaits at shorelines. Smallmouth are on their spawning beds in some select waters and it is not encouraged to disrupt their spawning activity. Largemouth will be soon to follow in spawning. It is important to think conservation as these fish are very vulnerable.

Panfish are starting to move towards deeper water, with the exception some late spawning fish and should be finishing soon. Anglers are reporting that 5 to 7 water of water is holding fish presently. Crappie minnow on a slip bobber rig will catch these fish. Some anglers are have success using Gulp 1” minnows also.

Northern pike have been going well near shorelines with crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Musky action remains slow. Many anglers are reporting lazy follows, but the fish are not in an aggressive mood. Medium size baits, bucktails, swim baits or crankbaits have produced some action.