We certainly had a nice couple of days last weekend, preceded and followed by the staple of this spring weather — rain and cold. It has been a miserable spring for fishing weather.

The water levels are as high as we can remember, and the Wisconsin River has big current from the Chain of Lakes as they try to dump some of this water.

These constant cold fronts are impeding the crappie spawn at this point, and the bass are not appearing on shorelines as usual. We’ll get a few fish up, and then a resumption of the cold front sends them back out to deeper water. Sooner or later, these fish will decide not to spawn this year. What a mess.

Some boat landings are almost underwater, and the water temperatures are much lower than normal for this time of year. Weed growth is slow due to the cold water for the second year in a row. Unless we get a quick turnaround, the weeds will be reduced much like last year.

Walleye fishing has been pretty good on the Chain, with good numbers being caught on a daily basis in the holes. These holes are where the fish went after spawning to recover, and the smaller fish (males) recover faster. There have been a few bigger fish caught, but mostly the 10- to 14-inch fish. As usual, jigs and minnows are the best bait. A few anglers are reporting some action on crawlers. On the larger lakes, the patterns are very similar, but closer to the spawn. Anglers can get some fish nearer to the shoreline in the evenings, but mostly the fish are at 12 feet and deeper.

Bass action has started very slowly this year due to the colder water temps. They just aren’t willing to come to the shallows until the water warms up. There have been some smallmouths caught along shorelines as the females come into the shallows to feed. Largemouths will follow, but a few days later than the smallies.

Northerns are now hitting well in the shallow weeds and sand flats. They are feeding with the usual aggression on minnows. You can find them from 3 to 12 feet at this time, and minnows work best as bait. Mepps spinners are probably the best single bait for them in the No. 3 to No. 4 sizes.

Muskie season opened last Saturday, but as usual the action was somewhat slow. More of the smaller males are caught at this time of year as they recover from the spawn and are more active than the females for the first several weeks of the season. Smaller, slower baits work best at this time, and for bigger fish try some midlevel areas where they have gone to recover.

Panfish action has been slowed, also by the cold. The crappies have been trying to spawn, but have been kicked off the shallows several times by the cold. They are being caught in the 14- to 18-foot areas on the Chain. Small minnows work best, and let’s hope the weather will warm for these fish. Bluegills were starting to appear on the shorelines until that last cold front.They need warm weather also at this point.

Hope for an extended warm front.

Good luck and good fishin’.