The inland lakes in the Hayward area have warmed up a bit and we are finding water temperatures from the low to mid 50s. The post-spawn walleye bite’s been really good. We are still finding walleyes in shallow around that five foot range, but we are also starting a few fish move deeper in to that twelve to fifteen foot range.
Pitching a jig and minnow has been working well. Anglers are also getting fish casting a jig and plastic, especially paddle tails.
The crappies and bluegills have moved shallow into those shallow bays with warm water.
They can be found anywhere from two to ten feet of water. The pre spawn bite is pretty good and fish are being caught on hair jigs, small crappie tubes and crappie minnows.
Smallmouth bass are still pre-spawn and the bite is still going good. We will probably get another couple of weeks out of that before they start showing up on nests. Ned rigs, jerk baits, tubes, and hair jigs are all working.
The bite on Lake Superior is going strong right now. The nice thing about this time of year is that you don’t need a ton of gear to catch fish. Long line trolling crankbaits will produce a nice mixed bag of trout and salmon.
The water in Chequamegon Bay was about at 47 degrees and the trout and salmon bite was good. We were finding those fish in less than 10 feet of water trolling shallow running stick baits and crank baits. Think bright colors when you are out trolling.
Good luck out there out on the water in Northern Wisconsin and Lake Superior!