The July Fourth period will bring the maximum number of people to the water this week, so be patient and careful out there. 

Water levels remain high and the water temperatures are getting quite high with all the hot weather. Weeds are finally growing in a more normal fashion after the late and cold spring. 

Walleye fishing is in a midsummer type of pattern, with the fish deeper during the daytime or in the weeds. Morning and evening fishing is best. Minnows are still working, but take some leeches or ’crawlers along as a backup. On the larger lakes, fish the weeds from 8 to 14 feet in depth. These weeds provide both cover and minnows for the fish to feed on. Also try some of the deeper rock bars on these lakes.

Bass fishing has been great throughout the area. Smallies are in the deep rocks and cribs for both cover and feed. Leeches work best as live bait and any crayfish imitation works well as artificial. Largemouths are everywhere in shallower cover. Weeds, lily pads, logs, piers and downed trees make great cover for them. You can fish for them with ’crawlers, but the bluegills and rock bass will take that bait quickly.

Northerns are hitting well, mostly in the weeds — both shallow and deep. Mepps spinners, Daredevils and Silver Minnows (in the weeds) work best for these fish. For live bait, get some sucker minnows and fish them under a bobber in 4 to 8 feet in the weeds.

Muskie action has started to get better as the water has warmed. This is the time for night fishing if you are a serious muskie angler. The night action has been very good until about 11 p.m. Daytime action is better in the weeds and in deeper water.

Panfish action remains good. The crappie bite is best, with crappies staying pretty shallow in most lakes from 3 to 10 feet in the weeds. Shoreline cover like downed trees remain great cover spots.

If you can stand the heat, get out on the water.

Good luck and good fishin’.