With the mayfly hatch over, things are returning to normal on the fishing front. Water temperatures are in the 70s and pretty stable now. Nice cool nights are keeping it from getting into the 80s. Water levels are OK for now and weed growth is good. 

Walleye fishing has improved with that hatch in the rearview mirror. The fish have returned to both the weeds and the deeper water. Minnows and leeches are working best. Slip bobbers also work very well in the weeds. On the deeper lakes, fish the deep weed edges (10 to 13 feet) with any live bait. 

Bass fishing has been very good, with largemouths in the cover and more than willing to hit anything. Lakes having bulrushes can be good. Plastics work very well in this case. In other cover, like weeds or downed trees or piers, both the plastics and surface baits are producing well. Mostly, the smallies have gone deeper, especially in the clear-water lakes. Look for hard-bottom rock areas for these fish. Leeches are the best live baits for them.

Muskie action has been improving slowly this summer. Fish have become significantly more active as the water warms. We hope for some consistent weather now and good fishing with surface baits and mid-sized bucktails. Start in the weeds and gradually move deeper for best action. The Three Lakes Chain has done well in the last week.

Good luck and good fishin’.