As the summer rolls on, fishing patterns continue to be about the same from week to week through August and will not really change until it gets cooler in September. 

The water temperatures are in the very high 70s and low 80s throughout the area. Weed growth is at its highest right now. It has been very dry in the immediate Eagle River area, with most thunderstorms avoiding this region. Despite that, the water levels have remained reasonably steady. 

To avoid the high boat traffic this time of year, we are telling people to fish early in the morning and in the evenings. Take some repellent along on the water, as the biting flies can be annoying at times.

Walleye fishing has actually been pretty good on the Eagle River Chain, with walleye locating in deeper water over the mud flats during the daytime, but also a part of the population is in the weeds. The fish in the weeds can be surprisingly shallow at times, and we’ve had reports of anglers getting good numbers in 3 to 5 feet of water. Look for muskie cabbage for the best weeds if you are going to try this pattern. Jigs and half-crawlers are best, or put the crawlers under a slip bobber. On the bigger lakes, we have the usual summer pattern of fishing deeper weeds and the drop-offs right off these weeds. Half-crawlers are reported to be working best on these lakes. Night fishing can be very good on these clear lakes.

Bass fishing has been very good in the area for both largemouths and for smallies.The smallmouths are deeper — in the 10- to 15-foot range on most lakes. They can be caught with relative ease either with leeches as live bait, or plastics fished wacky worm style. Look for hard-bottom areas next to bars. Largemouths have been hitting well on just about anything. Many feel surface baits are the most fun and they can be fished in the lily pads or weeds. Try some plastics under piers or downed trees also for good results.

Northern action has been good, as usual, in the weeds. In a general sense, the deeper the weeds the better, especially for bigger fish. If you want to live bait fish for northerns, use some sucker minnows under a slip bobber.

Muskie fishing has improved into the “normal” range in the last several weeks. Anglers are getting many more fish on, or a least more sightings, than they were earlier in the year. Surface baits and bucktails are working very well in the weedy areas, and large plastics work for those suspended fish in deeper water. As the weed beds have grown to the surface, we are seeing more fish in the weeds.

Panfish action has remained good, with bluegills in the weeds on most lakes. Worms work best for these fish. Crappies are also in the weeds and are hitting well on small plastics. Remember, these fish seem to move from area to area more than the ’gills, so you may have to do some searching. Perch are in the deeper weeds. Try some small leeches for them.

Enjoy this summer weather. 

Good luck and good fishin’.