Fishing Report:

Sunday is the official start of the summer so the calendar tells us.  For most of us here in the north woods, that also means a bigger influx of summer visitors to our area.  So be cautious of the robust road and lake traffic.  

Even though summer is officially starting, it already feels like we have been through some July temperatures for several weeks now.  Warm weather patterns and spiking water temperatures continue to show local waters about 2 to 3 weeks ahead of schedule, meaning we are well into some summer fishing patterns.   Last week we also mentioned the numerous bug and critter hatches that come as summer advances. 

The good news we can all agree on is, summer is finally here.  No need to complain about the hot weather as it never lasts long.  So sit back and enjoy the warm season and the start to summer angling. 

Area lakes are starting to cooperate with some hungry walleyes chasing leeches under bobbers.  Best areas to target have been the mid-lake humps or other structure.  Finding fish on electronics has been important; however, if you find fish and cannot get them to bite it is best to seek out new locations.  As we are now at the longest days of the year, timing windows will become a thing.  Best times to fish are going to be early mornings and later afternoons into dark.  Panfish, especially crappies, are being found in vegetative areas of 5 to 12 feet of water.  Pitch  a small soft plastics or live bait under a bobber.  Colors of tackle should complement water clarity, but do not be afraid to sample other combinations.  Every lake has its own culture and finding the recipe for success can sometimes be quite rewarding.  Largemouth bass and northern pike are also being found in relation to panfish, especially this year’s class. 

Walleyes, northern pike and perch have been a fair when trolling the shallow flats.  Worms or small crankbaits have been best for combing water and covering ground.  Some anglers have found some mature fish on deep drop off edges, but it can be a lot of time in one spot before hooking up with a good fish.  Some anglers continue to chase the musky, but word is the bite is very slow.  Most of the musky caught has been by walleye and panfish anglers.  Most musky anglers feels that catching a musky in this hot weather put too much stress on the fish making it hard to do a successful release, best to leave them be until water temperature cools down.