And just like that it’s the Fourth of July weekend.

Although with all these extremely high temps it already feels like August — and with the heat come high water temps, which brings the closure of walleye season on Mille Lacs Lake and not being able to use live bait.

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Mille Lacs has been on fire this year whether you are targeting walleyes or smallies but for now that will come to an end, at least for walleye anglers.

Most lakes are feeling the effects of high temps and lack of rain but some are getting to the point of unusable accesses. And places like the Rainy River and some of the smaller rivers have so many rocks and other obstacles exposed they are unnavigable, which might give the fish a break but makes it pretty hard on your prop.

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I made a quick trip to Lake of the Woods last week and anglers on the big pond have been having pretty good luck; trolling spinners and crank baits have been the presentations of choice. Hope everyone has a safe Fourth of July, and be extra careful on the water, it’s gonna be a busy one.

JAMIE DIETMAN, What’s Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.