FISHING WITH THE GUIDES with George Langley - Week of 7/14 to 7/21

Mid-summer conditions are here, with that great morning and evening fishing that goes along with the comfortable temperatures of those time periods. There is still a lot of boating traffic, and the sun is high, so fish are deep in the weeds or in deep water during the daytime.

Overall, the lake levels are higher than last year, weed growth is good and water temps have been on a bit of a rollercoaster as they shot up into the upper 70’s with the recent hot days we’ve had. But we expect they’ll drop a bit and stick pretty close to those mid-70 degree temps for the duration, as the heat seems to be gone for a while.

Walleye fishing has been pretty good for this time of year. Most fish are being found near the deep edges of the weeds. As we said, mornings and evenings are best, but you can find some fish during the daytime also. Fish close to the bottom wherever you are fishing. The weed edges are roughly 8’ on the darker water lakes and 12’ on the deeper lakes. All live bait is working now. If you are using crawlers, use half crawlers for the best effect.

Bass fishing is at it’s summer best now, with the smallies out on rocks and feeding daily on crayfish. We have been also getting some on Rapalas twitched on calm days over those rocks. Leeches are the best live bait for these guys. Largemouth are definitely in the slop and can be in water as shallow as 3’. Plastics and spinnerbaits are working best for these fish. Crawlers will work, but the bluegills will drive you crazy.

Northerns are in the weeds and hitting well. Look for areas of deeper grass weeds for best production. Chubs are best for these fish, but artificials such as Mepps and Johnson Silver Minnows work well also.

Musky action has been very good, with some nice fish being caught throughout the area. Overall, bucktails are working best, but this is the time of the year when you can throw whatever you want. Night fishing is also fun right now, and if you want to get your heart pumping, throw a surface bait and wait for the explosion.

Panfish action has been great, especially for crappies and bluegills. The ‘gills are in the shallower weeds, and the crappies are in the deeper weeds. Mini Mites are working fantastic right now and both of these fish provide great daily action for anglers of all ages. You’ll also find perch in the deeper weeds acting like small walleye.

The summer is passing fast, the weather is beautiful and now is the time to get out there and enjoy some time on the water.

Good luck and good fishin'!

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