Fishing is really picking up in the lakes area. Walleye are still in the shallows on most bodies of water. Look to the sand to gravel transitions in 8-12 feet of water, as well as new cabbage beds for good numbers of fish. Bobbers and leeches, jerk baits and plastics are all working well, but don’t be afraid to try shallow-diving crank baits behind a planer board. Trolling the flats in depths of 5-10 feet at 1.1- to 1.6-mph has been the best.
Bluegills and crappies are still active and can be caught in various depths. Bluegills have begun their spawning process on smaller lakes, and will soon begin on the larger lakes. Anglers are asked to please use selective harvest and release the large females immediately whenever possible.
Northern pike are still very active and have moved to the deeper edge of the shoreline breaks. For the most action, troll muskie-size jerk baits or suckers.
Most bass have completed their spawn and can be found under the docks and at the weedy inside turns and points.