Water temps across the area lakes have jumped up a bunch the last couple weeks! Everything has started to settle into the normal patterns for the time of year. Overall fishing has been very good across the area, and bait availability is getting a lot better now.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good overall, and we're seeing a good leech bite taking hold on most lakes with some minnows and crawlers mixed in. Crankbaits have been working pretty well in the evenings and after dark as well. Smaller lakes seem to be holding fish in the 12-18' range during the day, and even shallower at night. Leech Lake has been depending on the wind as usual, but on a good walleye chop the fish have been stacked up in less than 10'.
Panfish have been doing very good. Most smaller lakes are seeing the crappies move into post spawn patterns, while some of the deeper and cooler lakes still have fish up shallow. Bluegills are starting to stack up on the beds as well on these warmer waters, and we should see that spawn happen here.
Smallmouth bass have been spawning on many lakes, and they are cruising all over the shallow cover. As they move into post spawn you'll start finding them in schools off the first edges. Drop shots are killer in these pockets, or smaller finesse plastics can do well too!