We had a scorcher last week that shot the water temps up fast! Fish have responded very quickly, and we're seeing them move into summer patterns in a big hurry. Leeches and crawlers have been working very well for walleye, and the fish have been spreading out over the flats. Rigs and walleye spinners have been the go to the last few days. 12'-18' is the most consistent depth range to find the walleye at, but when the clouds and wind are rolling they've been shallower.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been fantastic this week. Right now there are fish spawning, there are fish that are already done, and there are fish that haven't even bedded up yet. Some days the action is better of the edges, and some days they're stacked up top. It is hard to go wrong with plastics worked over the bottom, or running crankbaits can be a great way to find fish as well. We'll start to see topwater pick up here as well as the fish finish up spawning.
Largemouth have been very aggressive. Weed cover has been slow to develop around the lakes due to the cold start we've had, but it is changing by the day. With the lack of weed cover, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits have been the way to go. Cruise over the flats that have the weed growth coming and just bomb them. It doesn't get any better than a soon to be lily pad weed bed and just ripping the buzzbaits over the tops while they're still below the surface!
Panfish have been a little bit tougher this week. Most of the crappie are starting to transition into the deeper water and have been a little trickier to find. Trolling around light plastics or a jig with a crappie minnow is probably the best right now. Weed flats or edges with coming cabbage will be the placed to find them. Focus on the evening to catch them while they're feeding more to locate them, and then you can come back during the day and target them down in the weedbeds.