Fishing has been very solid over the last couple of weeks! Walleye fishing has been best relatively shallow for the time of year and the air temps we've been getting. Water temps still haven't caught up yet so fish aren't quite in their deeper summer patterns yet, though we are starting to see the transition to summer patterns. Many anglers are using leeches right now, and more and more using crawlers every day. 14-18 FOW has been where most of the action is happening, but on the cloudy/choppy days they're finding them shallower on Leech.
Crappies are finishing up spawning on most lakes and are starting to work the outer edge of the spawning grounds. 4-6 FOW outside of the reed beds and in any developing cabbage you can find. Evening has been best, but we're seeing a lot of fish during the day as well. Birch, Ten Mile, and Stony have all been producing well.
Smallmouth are finishing up spawning as well, and we're seeing them school up off the edges of the spawning flats. Inside corners and big boulders in 4-8 FOW usually collect schools and you can get some fast and furious action if you're ready to take advantage. If you hook one, usually everyone in the boat can pick one up as they sort of frenzy once one is hooked.
A few anglers have been chasing Muskie with some success. Focusing on the warm water and developing cabbage has paid off best. Mostly slower bucktails and spinners have been getting the fish moving, but the right topwater at the right time can work very well. We should see the action heat up with the water temps over the next month.