Outdoor Report: Fishing continues to heat up in early summer
The warm weather may have brought swarms of mosquitoes but is also helping heat up the fishing action on area lakes.
Bugs are still a main concern as rains earlier this week continue to provide a wet environment for the pests. Dragonflies are beginning to hatch which should help drive down the mosquito population along with bats who will find plenty to eat at night.
The rains have brought more greenery to the area and along with the rising temperatures it has been a great time to get outside for cyclists, hikers and campers if you can stand the bugs or have good insect repellent.
Sportsmen are also finding it a beautiful time of the year on area lakes as the fish bite is starting to heat up.
Crappies are in the shallows now and should be there for a week or two and anglers are finding a good action. Crappies are biting on minnows but also crawlers. Bluegills are starting to appear in the shallows with some nice catches reported. That should only increase in the next couple of weeks.
Northern fishing is very good with big fish being caught in one to three feet of water and just off the weed edges at eight to 10 feet deep.
Walleyes continue to be a hot catch. Walleyes are found off of weed edges in 10 to 17 feet of water. Anglers have been having good success with jigs and minnows, but crawlers and leeches have been working as well.
Musky action is beginning to improve as the water warms with anglers using bucktail to attract bigger fish.
Large and small mouth bass action continues to be good. Trout fishing is touch and go currently as water levels on area streams remains high and swift.
Overall the fishing is good right now and should continue to improve as the water temperatures continue to rise during the next few weeks.
The Outdoor Report is provided by the staff of Mel’s Trading Post in downtown Rhinelander.