Fishing Report:

Area lakes are still  producing productive days on the water.  It can be puzzling when heading out and deciding what to target.  Water temperatures are hovering in the mid to lower 60’s, which have not effected movement of fish to deeper summer haunts.  

Walleye anglers are continuing to find success using live bait under slip bobbers or slow trolling smaller spinner harnesses.  Angler are fishing in 8 to 12 feet of water and finding fish in the transitions between weeds and drop offs.  The late evening hours into dark have been a most productive times. 

Largemouth bass and northern pike continue to roam the shallows and on weed line transitions.  Spinnerbaits, swimbaits and live bait has taken both species.  Some anglers are using the wacky rigged artificial worms and finding some success.  Bass are still on, or around the spawning beds.  Smallmouth bass have been taken in the areas of rock and gravel.  Crankbaits and artificial creatures have produced.

Musky anglers are now sharing the water as well.  Most can be seen throwing a variety of lures.  All anglers are reporting they are getting follows, but hook ups are few.  Mostly smaller fish have been caught.

 Most anglers are finding great panfish bites in and around the obvious spawning grounds.  Post spawn crappie are still relatively shallow water in 4 to 6 feet of water. Crappie minnow under a bobber is still the best tactic, although fish can be taken on artificial baits also.   Bluegill have begun their spawn and can be found in the shallow weedy and sandy areas.  Remember the importance of these fish when deciding to keep a few for the dinner table.