Cold mornings, high winds, and snow – yes snow, on May 16 – sort
of put the brakes on the warm-up we were having this spring. Most
lake surface temps dropped back into the low 50s. Weed development
is behind and the hot post-spawn walleye bite hasn’t happened yet.
Crappies are keeping things interesting, though, with good to very
good action. Cool to cold weather has kept the crappies at a
pre-spawn stage. Check outside typical spawning areas in 6 to 8
feet of water with scattered weeds. On cold mornings minnows are
the best. Walleye action has been fair. Late mornings through dusk
have been the best times. Largemouth action has been good (release
only). Lots of bass are moving into any warm, soft-bottomed bay.
Spinnerbaits are a good choice. Pike action has been fair; use live
bait or a No. 3 Mepps.
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