There are some folks catching some walleyes but you have to put in the time for them. The method I have heard working most recently is trolling Flicker Shads, Bad Shads, and Rapala Shad Raps over 20-25 foot of water with some decent cover on the bottom. The Walleyes seem to be suspended in this deeper water following balls of baitfish. So when you start marking those suspended baitfish, get ready for some strikes. Shallower fishing has not produced as much lately as water temps are still a bit warm, but with a weekend on the horizon with air temps of the mid 60s for highs, expect the water temperature to cool a little bit possibly making shallower evening fishing easier and more productive. I would try 6-12 feet around weed edges that border river channels and river channel bends using nightcrawlers. There are still a few leeches available but not many. This is looking like the very last week for leech availability.
With the water temperature being as high as it has been, Musky fishing has been a little less productive. However, some action has been seen on Bull Dawgs (either Black and Green or Walleye Colors) and various swim baits like the Bucher Swimmin Raider and the Storm Kickin Minnow. This time of year is also better suited for slower surface baits like Hawg Wobblers and Creepers. Remember to stay out deeper and cast into shallower water so you can cover the shallows and the deeper drop offs.
Crappie fishing has been decent. Bogs are still a popular choice of spots this time of year, but also consider trying fishing some cribs and deeper weedier humps around the 14-17 foot mark. Crappie minnows, Mini-Mites. Gulp! Micro Baits, and jigs with jig spinners all seem to be producing some action.
Smallmouth fishing has picked up this week--primarily on the far East side of the flowage. During the day you can find them a little deeper in around 8-11 feet and shallower in the evenings in the stumps and shallow rocks. Nightcrawlers, Lunkerfrogs, Rat-L-Traps, Echos, and spinnerbaits have all been solid choices for Smallmouth fishing this past week.
This weekend looks like we will have highs in the low to mid 60s and lows in the low to mid 50s. Throughout the week it looks like the temps will get progressively warmer. Expect some showers on Saturday and Thursday.
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