The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!
Yes, it's been a great bite this Spring. Things change. The walleyes and crappies have been enjoying themselves in really shallow water for weeks now but the recent warm temperatures have changed the whole game. Water temperatures were lagging in the low 60's for two weeks but now they have jumped into the 70's and because of this change, the fish change as well.
When this first heat wave of early summer hits, expect to find those same fish in much deeper water. Deeper water, meaning 12 to 22 feet. A lot depends on the exact lake as every lake is different. The very large, deep lakes are a bit behind from the shallow, windswept lakes but the change is inevitable at this time of June.
Minnows have been the best presentation so far with small, 3 inch sucker minnows leading the way. This has been a constant from day one. Now we are looking at leeches and crawlers making their debut, which is very normal for mid-June.
My plan is to look to shoreline structure and areas just off spawning areas for a week or so and then start probing the midlake structure as we head into late June. Bug hatches start in earnest in late June and head into July with vigor. This also changes the game when the insects become a food source.
Here in Lake's Country, the best fishing of the season is now underway. It just gets better and better into the summer months. Just ask any metro angler and they will hang their head as things "go south" for them late June...not here!
Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.