Fishing has been picking up with the warmer weather that we've had! Anglers are seeing more aggressive Crappie and Bluegill bites in shallower water than what they have been finding them. Crappies are being found more related to structure in the last week compared to the suspended basin fish we've been seeing most of the winter. Definitely still crappie to be had drifting around out in the deep, but we're starting to see that transition up into shallower water. Bluegill have been finding those taller patches of weeds in 12-16 fow on most of the area lakes, and they are getting more consistent.
Also, the walleye have been hitting a little bit more consistently in the evenings on some of the go to area lakes. The outer weed edge which is typically 18-22 fow is where you want to be unless you can find some sand/weed or rock/weed transitions in shallower water that are holding fish. Rainbows and fatheads have been producing well now with active jigging - deadstick shiners had been the way to go, but we're seeing the more active presentations dialing up the action this week.
As the walleye season winds down here the late ice panfish and perch action should start ramping up. It could be an interesting late ice with the minimal ice we have on most lakes. If the temps get warm fast as we move along the ice could go in a hurry, and the late ice bite might be a short window!