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AnglingBuzz: Fishing the transition from Spring into Summer

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Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic live bait rigging with leeches produces loads of fish. In natural lakes, focus on the 12- to 18-foot levels for shallower fish, perhaps dropping down as deep as 25 to 28 feet. AnglingBuzz.com/BrainerdDispatch.com

Related content The onset of warm summer weather heralds not only comfortable temperatures for boaters and outdoor lovers, but a similar burst of activity beneath the waves as fish of all species begin exhibiting traditional summer behavior in earnest. Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic live bait rigging with leeches produces loads of fish. In natural lakes, focus on the 12- to 18-foot levels for shallower fish, perhaps dropping down as deep as 25 to 28 feet. Where shallow reefs exist, try slip-bobbering with leeches when walleyes move shallow to feed under windy conditions. On reservoirs throughout the plains, troll bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with nightcrawlers along windswept shoreline points and flats. On natural lakes, pike enthusiasts often fish the same deep weed areas as walleye fishermen, but tend to toss or troll hardware in the form of large crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Early- to mid-June is prime time to catch them before warm summer water temperatures drive the largest pike down into deeper water. Largemouth bass tend to dominate the shallow flats in weedy lakes. Versatile largemouths can range anywhere from shallow lily pads and reed beds, to inside weed edges, spread through mid-depth (4- to 12-foot) weed flats, to outer weedlines at the 12- to 18-foot levels. Weedless frogs and spoons haul big bass out of pads, while spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms excel in reeds. Across weed flats, tandem spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or Rattlin' Raps cover water quickly and trigger strikes. Along deep outside weed edges, aggressive bass rise to slow-falling jig-worms, and to crankbaits cast parallel to the weedline. If the fish are a bit fussier, probe the outer edges with Texas-rigged plastic worms or other slow, tempting techniques. In early summer, high water levels draw smallmouth bass in rivers into flooded shoreline wood cover. Spinnerbaits and small crankbaits excel for probing into the cover as you drift downstream. As the water drops in midsummer, bronzebacks shift their focus to current breaks adjoining midriver holes. Rock points, gravel shoals, and large mid-river boulders often host the bulk of the population. Try #2 Blue Fox Spinners, topwaters like Twitchin' Raps, or Rapala DT 4 and DT 6 crankbaits in crawfish imitations. June is prime time to fish outside weedlines for both crappies and big bluegills. For crappies, focus on sharp-breaking points and turns where weed walls meet 20 to 30 feet of water. Cast a 1/16-ounce jig parallel to the deep weedline, experiment by letting it sink to different levels, and then swimming it back with a slow, subtle retrieve. Count one-thousand, two-thousand, etc., letting your jig sink to 5 feet on one retrieve, 10 on another, 15 on the next until you establish their depth preference. Big bluegills often haunt weed edges. Downsize your offerings to a 1/32-ounce jig tipped with a 1 ½- or 2-inch white grub. In June, bluegills often suspend high in the evening, with the tips of their spiny dorsal fins breaking the calm surface as they hunt for insects. If you hear audible "pops" as they suck bugs off the surface, switch to a fly rod and lay out a dry fly. Muskies may strike anything from topwaters to bucktails to trolled crankbaits. Until the weeds come up, fish either very shallow, like along inside weedlines; or out over deep water, trolling a large crankbait 10 feet down over 30 to 40 feet. Anglers think muskie fishing doesn't kick into high gear until the 4th of July, but the fact is, muskies seldom relate well to deep weedlines until the weeds develop into lush jungles. ---   ---   ---  AnglingBuzz Videos to enjoy! [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804913","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]] VIDEO: Spinner trolling Walleye over weeds - click to view Weedless spinner rigs allow anglers to troll softballs above weed tops and along edges, efficiently covering water to locate active biters while using speed, flash, vibration and action to trigger strikes. ---   ---   --- [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804912","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]] VIDEO: Jigging offshore humps for Smallmouth Bass - click to view Casting and swimming jigs tipped with soft baits appeals to the tentative nature of postspawn smallmouth bass. Shallow offshore humps are prime for big fish. ---   ---   --- [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804908","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]] Video: Locating Catfish in rivers - click to view Channel catfish in rivers relate to current breaks and cover associated with deep holes. Anchor just upstream from key fish attractors and use deadbeat rigs to coax fish into biting. ---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1711082","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"129","title":"","width":"800"}}]] The onset of warm summer weather heralds not only comfortable temperatures for boaters and outdoor lovers, but a similar burst of activity beneath the waves as fish of all species begin exhibiting traditional summer behavior in earnest. Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic live bait rigging with leeches produces loads of fish. In natural lakes, focus on the 12- to 18-foot levels for shallower fish, perhaps dropping down as deep as 25 to 28 feet. Where shallow reefs exist, try slip-bobbering with leeches when walleyes move shallow to feed under windy conditions. On reservoirs throughout the plains, troll bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with nightcrawlers along windswept shoreline points and flats. On natural lakes, pike enthusiasts often fish the same deep weed areas as walleye fishermen, but tend to toss or troll hardware in the form of large crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Early- to mid-June is prime time to catch them before warm summer water temperatures drive the largest pike down into deeper water. Largemouth bass tend to dominate the shallow flats in weedy lakes. Versatile largemouths can range anywhere from shallow lily pads and reed beds, to inside weed edges, spread through mid-depth (4- to 12-foot) weed flats, to outer weedlines at the 12- to 18-foot levels. Weedless frogs and spoons haul big bass out of pads, while spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms excel in reeds. Across weed flats, tandem spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or Rattlin' Raps cover water quickly and trigger strikes. Along deep outside weed edges, aggressive bass rise to slow-falling jig-worms, and to crankbaits cast parallel to the weedline. If the fish are a bit fussier, probe the outer edges with Texas-rigged plastic worms or other slow, tempting techniques. In early summer, high water levels draw smallmouth bass in rivers into flooded shoreline wood cover. Spinnerbaits and small crankbaits excel for probing into the cover as you drift downstream. As the water drops in midsummer, bronzebacks shift their focus to current breaks adjoining midriver holes. Rock points, gravel shoals, and large mid-river boulders often host the bulk of the population. Try #2 Blue Fox Spinners, topwaters like Twitchin' Raps, or Rapala DT 4 and DT 6 crankbaits in crawfish imitations. June is prime time to fish outside weedlines for both crappies and big bluegills. For crappies, focus on sharp-breaking points and turns where weed walls meet 20 to 30 feet of water. Cast a 1/16-ounce jig parallel to the deep weedline, experiment by letting it sink to different levels, and then swimming it back with a slow, subtle retrieve. Count one-thousand, two-thousand, etc., letting your jig sink to 5 feet on one retrieve, 10 on another, 15 on the next until you establish their depth preference. Big bluegills often haunt weed edges. Downsize your offerings to a 1/32-ounce jig tipped with a 1 ½- or 2-inch white grub. In June, bluegills often suspend high in the evening, with the tips of their spiny dorsal fins breaking the calm surface as they hunt for insects. If you hear audible "pops" as they suck bugs off the surface, switch to a fly rod and lay out a dry fly. Muskies may strike anything from topwaters to bucktails to trolled crankbaits. Until the weeds come up, fish either very shallow, like along inside weedlines; or out over deep water, trolling a large crankbait 10 feet down over 30 to 40 feet. Anglers think muskie fishing doesn't kick into high gear until the 4th of July, but the fact is, muskies seldom relate well to deep weedlines until the weeds develop into lush jungles. ---   ---   ---  AnglingBuzz Videos to enjoy! Related content VIDEO: Spinner trolling Walleye over weeds - click to view Weedless spinner rigs allow anglers to troll softballs above weed tops and along edges, efficiently covering water to locate active biters while using speed, flash, vibration and action to trigger strikes. ---   ---   --- [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804912","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]] VIDEO: Jigging offshore humps for Smallmouth Bass - click to view Casting and swimming jigs tipped with soft baits appeals to the tentative nature of postspawn smallmouth bass. Shallow offshore humps are prime for big fish. ---   ---   --- [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804908","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]] Video: Locating Catfish in rivers - click to view Channel catfish in rivers relate to current breaks and cover associated with deep holes. Anchor just upstream from key fish attractors and use deadbeat rigs to coax fish into biting. ---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1711082","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"129","title":"","width":"800"}}]] The onset of warm summer weather heralds not only comfortable temperatures for boaters and outdoor lovers, but a similar burst of activity beneath the waves as fish of all species begin exhibiting traditional summer behavior in earnest. Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic live bait rigging with leeches produces loads of fish. In natural lakes, focus on the 12- to 18-foot levels for shallower fish, perhaps dropping down as deep as 25 to 28 feet. Where shallow reefs exist, try slip-bobbering with leeches when walleyes move shallow to feed under windy conditions. On reservoirs throughout the plains, troll bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with nightcrawlers along windswept shoreline points and flats. On natural lakes, pike enthusiasts often fish the same deep weed areas as walleye fishermen, but tend to toss or troll hardware in the form of large crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Early- to mid-June is prime time to catch them before warm summer water temperatures drive the largest pike down into deeper water. Largemouth bass tend to dominate the shallow flats in weedy lakes. Versatile largemouths can range anywhere from shallow lily pads and reed beds, to inside weed edges, spread through mid-depth (4- to 12-foot) weed flats, to outer weedlines at the 12- to 18-foot levels. Weedless frogs and spoons haul big bass out of pads, while spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms excel in reeds. Across weed flats, tandem spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or Rattlin' Raps cover water quickly and trigger strikes. Along deep outside weed edges, aggressive bass rise to slow-falling jig-worms, and to crankbaits cast parallel to the weedline. If the fish are a bit fussier, probe the outer edges with Texas-rigged plastic worms or other slow, tempting techniques. In early summer, high water levels draw smallmouth bass in rivers into flooded shoreline wood cover. Spinnerbaits and small crankbaits excel for probing into the cover as you drift downstream. As the water drops in midsummer, bronzebacks shift their focus to current breaks adjoining midriver holes. Rock points, gravel shoals, and large mid-river boulders often host the bulk of the population. Try #2 Blue Fox Spinners, topwaters like Twitchin' Raps, or Rapala DT 4 and DT 6 crankbaits in crawfish imitations. June is prime time to fish outside weedlines for both crappies and big bluegills. For crappies, focus on sharp-breaking points and turns where weed walls meet 20 to 30 feet of water. Cast a 1/16-ounce jig parallel to the deep weedline, experiment by letting it sink to different levels, and then swimming it back with a slow, subtle retrieve. Count one-thousand, two-thousand, etc., letting your jig sink to 5 feet on one retrieve, 10 on another, 15 on the next until you establish their depth preference. Big bluegills often haunt weed edges. Downsize your offerings to a 1/32-ounce jig tipped with a 1 ½- or 2-inch white grub. In June, bluegills often suspend high in the evening, with the tips of their spiny dorsal fins breaking the calm surface as they hunt for insects. If you hear audible "pops" as they suck bugs off the surface, switch to a fly rod and lay out a dry fly. Muskies may strike anything from topwaters to bucktails to trolled crankbaits. Until the weeds come up, fish either very shallow, like along inside weedlines; or out over deep water, trolling a large crankbait 10 feet down over 30 to 40 feet. Anglers think muskie fishing doesn't kick into high gear until the 4th of July, but the fact is, muskies seldom relate well to deep weedlines until the weeds develop into lush jungles. ---   ---   ---  AnglingBuzz Videos to enjoy! [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804913","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]] VIDEO: Spinner trolling Walleye over weeds - click to view Weedless spinner rigs allow anglers to troll softballs above weed tops and along edges, efficiently covering water to locate active biters while using speed, flash, vibration and action to trigger strikes. ---   ---   --- Related content VIDEO: Jigging offshore humps for Smallmouth Bass - click to view Casting and swimming jigs tipped with soft baits appeals to the tentative nature of postspawn smallmouth bass. Shallow offshore humps are prime for big fish. ---   ---   --- [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804908","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]] Video: Locating Catfish in rivers - click to view Channel catfish in rivers relate to current breaks and cover associated with deep holes. Anchor just upstream from key fish attractors and use deadbeat rigs to coax fish into biting. ---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1711082","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"129","title":"","width":"800"}}]] The onset of warm summer weather heralds not only comfortable temperatures for boaters and outdoor lovers, but a similar burst of activity beneath the waves as fish of all species begin exhibiting traditional summer behavior in earnest. Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic live bait rigging with leeches produces loads of fish. In natural lakes, focus on the 12- to 18-foot levels for shallower fish, perhaps dropping down as deep as 25 to 28 feet. Where shallow reefs exist, try slip-bobbering with leeches when walleyes move shallow to feed under windy conditions. On reservoirs throughout the plains, troll bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with nightcrawlers along windswept shoreline points and flats. On natural lakes, pike enthusiasts often fish the same deep weed areas as walleye fishermen, but tend to toss or troll hardware in the form of large crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Early- to mid-June is prime time to catch them before warm summer water temperatures drive the largest pike down into deeper water. Largemouth bass tend to dominate the shallow flats in weedy lakes. Versatile largemouths can range anywhere from shallow lily pads and reed beds, to inside weed edges, spread through mid-depth (4- to 12-foot) weed flats, to outer weedlines at the 12- to 18-foot levels. Weedless frogs and spoons haul big bass out of pads, while spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms excel in reeds. Across weed flats, tandem spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or Rattlin' Raps cover water quickly and trigger strikes. Along deep outside weed edges, aggressive bass rise to slow-falling jig-worms, and to crankbaits cast parallel to the weedline. If the fish are a bit fussier, probe the outer edges with Texas-rigged plastic worms or other slow, tempting techniques. In early summer, high water levels draw smallmouth bass in rivers into flooded shoreline wood cover. Spinnerbaits and small crankbaits excel for probing into the cover as you drift downstream. As the water drops in midsummer, bronzebacks shift their focus to current breaks adjoining midriver holes. Rock points, gravel shoals, and large mid-river boulders often host the bulk of the population. Try #2 Blue Fox Spinners, topwaters like Twitchin' Raps, or Rapala DT 4 and DT 6 crankbaits in crawfish imitations. June is prime time to fish outside weedlines for both crappies and big bluegills. For crappies, focus on sharp-breaking points and turns where weed walls meet 20 to 30 feet of water. Cast a 1/16-ounce jig parallel to the deep weedline, experiment by letting it sink to different levels, and then swimming it back with a slow, subtle retrieve. Count one-thousand, two-thousand, etc., letting your jig sink to 5 feet on one retrieve, 10 on another, 15 on the next until you establish their depth preference. Big bluegills often haunt weed edges. Downsize your offerings to a 1/32-ounce jig tipped with a 1 ½- or 2-inch white grub. In June, bluegills often suspend high in the evening, with the tips of their spiny dorsal fins breaking the calm surface as they hunt for insects. If you hear audible "pops" as they suck bugs off the surface, switch to a fly rod and lay out a dry fly. Muskies may strike anything from topwaters to bucktails to trolled crankbaits. Until the weeds come up, fish either very shallow, like along inside weedlines; or out over deep water, trolling a large crankbait 10 feet down over 30 to 40 feet. Anglers think muskie fishing doesn't kick into high gear until the 4th of July, but the fact is, muskies seldom relate well to deep weedlines until the weeds develop into lush jungles. ---   ---   ---  AnglingBuzz Videos to enjoy! [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804913","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]] VIDEO: Spinner trolling Walleye over weeds - click to view Weedless spinner rigs allow anglers to troll softballs above weed tops and along edges, efficiently covering water to locate active biters while using speed, flash, vibration and action to trigger strikes. ---   ---   --- [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804912","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]] VIDEO: Jigging offshore humps for Smallmouth Bass - click to view Casting and swimming jigs tipped with soft baits appeals to the tentative nature of postspawn smallmouth bass. Shallow offshore humps are prime for big fish. ---   ---   --- Related content Video: Locating Catfish in rivers - click to view Channel catfish in rivers relate to current breaks and cover associated with deep holes. Anchor just upstream from key fish attractors and use deadbeat rigs to coax fish into biting. ---   ---   --- Related content The onset of warm summer weather heralds not only comfortable temperatures for boaters and outdoor lovers, but a similar burst of activity beneath the waves as fish of all species begin exhibiting traditional summer behavior in earnest.Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic live bait rigging with leeches produces loads of fish. In natural lakes, focus on the 12- to 18-foot levels for shallower fish, perhaps dropping down as deep as 25 to 28 feet. Where shallow reefs exist, try slip-bobbering with leeches when walleyes move shallow to feed under windy conditions. On reservoirs throughout the plains, troll bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with nightcrawlers along windswept shoreline points and flats.On natural lakes, pike enthusiasts often fish the same deep weed areas as walleye fishermen, but tend to toss or troll hardware in the form of large crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Early- to mid-June is prime time to catch them before warm summer water temperatures drive the largest pike down into deeper water.Largemouth bass tend to dominate the shallow flats in weedy lakes. Versatile largemouths can range anywhere from shallow lily pads and reed beds, to inside weed edges, spread through mid-depth (4- to 12-foot) weed flats, to outer weedlines at the 12- to 18-foot levels.Weedless frogs and spoons haul big bass out of pads, while spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms excel in reeds. Across weed flats, tandem spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or Rattlin' Raps cover water quickly and trigger strikes. Along deep outside weed edges, aggressive bass rise to slow-falling jig-worms, and to crankbaits cast parallel to the weedline. If the fish are a bit fussier, probe the outer edges with Texas-rigged plastic worms or other slow, tempting techniques.In early summer, high water levels draw smallmouth bass in rivers into flooded shoreline wood cover. Spinnerbaits and small crankbaits excel for probing into the cover as you drift downstream. As the water drops in midsummer, bronzebacks shift their focus to current breaks adjoining midriver holes. Rock points, gravel shoals, and large mid-river boulders often host the bulk of the population. Try #2 Blue Fox Spinners, topwaters like Twitchin' Raps, or Rapala DT 4 and DT 6 crankbaits in crawfish imitations.June is prime time to fish outside weedlines for both crappies and big bluegills. For crappies, focus on sharp-breaking points and turns where weed walls meet 20 to 30 feet of water. Cast a 1/16-ounce jig parallel to the deep weedline, experiment by letting it sink to different levels, and then swimming it back with a slow, subtle retrieve. Count one-thousand, two-thousand, etc., letting your jig sink to 5 feet on one retrieve, 10 on another, 15 on the next until you establish their depth preference.Big bluegills often haunt weed edges. Downsize your offerings to a 1/32-ounce jig tipped with a 1 ½- or 2-inch white grub. In June, bluegills often suspend high in the evening, with the tips of their spiny dorsal fins breaking the calm surface as they hunt for insects. If you hear audible "pops" as they suck bugs off the surface, switch to a fly rod and lay out a dry fly.Muskies may strike anything from topwaters to bucktails to trolled crankbaits. Until the weeds come up, fish either very shallow, like along inside weedlines; or out over deep water, trolling a large crankbait 10 feet down over 30 to 40 feet. Anglers think muskie fishing doesn't kick into high gear until the 4th of July, but the fact is, muskies seldom relate well to deep weedlines until the weeds develop into lush jungles.---   ---   --- AnglingBuzz Videos to enjoy![[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804913","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]]VIDEO: Spinner trolling Walleye over weeds - click to viewWeedless spinner rigs allow anglers to troll softballs above weed tops and along edges, efficiently covering water to locate active biters while using speed, flash, vibration and action to trigger strikes.---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804912","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]]VIDEO: Jigging offshore humps for Smallmouth Bass - click to viewCasting and swimming jigs tipped with soft baits appeals to the tentative nature of postspawn smallmouth bass. Shallow offshore humps are prime for big fish.---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804908","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]]Video: Locating Catfish in rivers - click to viewChannel catfish in rivers relate to current breaks and cover associated with deep holes. Anchor just upstream from key fish attractors and use deadbeat rigs to coax fish into biting.---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1711082","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"129","title":"","width":"800"}}]]The onset of warm summer weather heralds not only comfortable temperatures for boaters and outdoor lovers, but a similar burst of activity beneath the waves as fish of all species begin exhibiting traditional summer behavior in earnest.Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic live bait rigging with leeches produces loads of fish. In natural lakes, focus on the 12- to 18-foot levels for shallower fish, perhaps dropping down as deep as 25 to 28 feet. Where shallow reefs exist, try slip-bobbering with leeches when walleyes move shallow to feed under windy conditions. On reservoirs throughout the plains, troll bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with nightcrawlers along windswept shoreline points and flats.On natural lakes, pike enthusiasts often fish the same deep weed areas as walleye fishermen, but tend to toss or troll hardware in the form of large crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Early- to mid-June is prime time to catch them before warm summer water temperatures drive the largest pike down into deeper water.Largemouth bass tend to dominate the shallow flats in weedy lakes. Versatile largemouths can range anywhere from shallow lily pads and reed beds, to inside weed edges, spread through mid-depth (4- to 12-foot) weed flats, to outer weedlines at the 12- to 18-foot levels.Weedless frogs and spoons haul big bass out of pads, while spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms excel in reeds. Across weed flats, tandem spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or Rattlin' Raps cover water quickly and trigger strikes. Along deep outside weed edges, aggressive bass rise to slow-falling jig-worms, and to crankbaits cast parallel to the weedline. If the fish are a bit fussier, probe the outer edges with Texas-rigged plastic worms or other slow, tempting techniques.In early summer, high water levels draw smallmouth bass in rivers into flooded shoreline wood cover. Spinnerbaits and small crankbaits excel for probing into the cover as you drift downstream. As the water drops in midsummer, bronzebacks shift their focus to current breaks adjoining midriver holes. Rock points, gravel shoals, and large mid-river boulders often host the bulk of the population. Try #2 Blue Fox Spinners, topwaters like Twitchin' Raps, or Rapala DT 4 and DT 6 crankbaits in crawfish imitations.June is prime time to fish outside weedlines for both crappies and big bluegills. For crappies, focus on sharp-breaking points and turns where weed walls meet 20 to 30 feet of water. Cast a 1/16-ounce jig parallel to the deep weedline, experiment by letting it sink to different levels, and then swimming it back with a slow, subtle retrieve. Count one-thousand, two-thousand, etc., letting your jig sink to 5 feet on one retrieve, 10 on another, 15 on the next until you establish their depth preference.Big bluegills often haunt weed edges. Downsize your offerings to a 1/32-ounce jig tipped with a 1 ½- or 2-inch white grub. In June, bluegills often suspend high in the evening, with the tips of their spiny dorsal fins breaking the calm surface as they hunt for insects. If you hear audible "pops" as they suck bugs off the surface, switch to a fly rod and lay out a dry fly.Muskies may strike anything from topwaters to bucktails to trolled crankbaits. Until the weeds come up, fish either very shallow, like along inside weedlines; or out over deep water, trolling a large crankbait 10 feet down over 30 to 40 feet. Anglers think muskie fishing doesn't kick into high gear until the 4th of July, but the fact is, muskies seldom relate well to deep weedlines until the weeds develop into lush jungles.---   ---   --- AnglingBuzz Videos to enjoy! Related content VIDEO: Spinner trolling Walleye over weeds - click to viewWeedless spinner rigs allow anglers to troll softballs above weed tops and along edges, efficiently covering water to locate active biters while using speed, flash, vibration and action to trigger strikes.---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804912","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]]VIDEO: Jigging offshore humps for Smallmouth Bass - click to viewCasting and swimming jigs tipped with soft baits appeals to the tentative nature of postspawn smallmouth bass. Shallow offshore humps are prime for big fish.---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804908","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]]Video: Locating Catfish in rivers - click to viewChannel catfish in rivers relate to current breaks and cover associated with deep holes. Anchor just upstream from key fish attractors and use deadbeat rigs to coax fish into biting.---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1711082","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"129","title":"","width":"800"}}]]The onset of warm summer weather heralds not only comfortable temperatures for boaters and outdoor lovers, but a similar burst of activity beneath the waves as fish of all species begin exhibiting traditional summer behavior in earnest.Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic live bait rigging with leeches produces loads of fish. In natural lakes, focus on the 12- to 18-foot levels for shallower fish, perhaps dropping down as deep as 25 to 28 feet. Where shallow reefs exist, try slip-bobbering with leeches when walleyes move shallow to feed under windy conditions. On reservoirs throughout the plains, troll bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with nightcrawlers along windswept shoreline points and flats.On natural lakes, pike enthusiasts often fish the same deep weed areas as walleye fishermen, but tend to toss or troll hardware in the form of large crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Early- to mid-June is prime time to catch them before warm summer water temperatures drive the largest pike down into deeper water.Largemouth bass tend to dominate the shallow flats in weedy lakes. Versatile largemouths can range anywhere from shallow lily pads and reed beds, to inside weed edges, spread through mid-depth (4- to 12-foot) weed flats, to outer weedlines at the 12- to 18-foot levels.Weedless frogs and spoons haul big bass out of pads, while spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms excel in reeds. Across weed flats, tandem spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or Rattlin' Raps cover water quickly and trigger strikes. Along deep outside weed edges, aggressive bass rise to slow-falling jig-worms, and to crankbaits cast parallel to the weedline. If the fish are a bit fussier, probe the outer edges with Texas-rigged plastic worms or other slow, tempting techniques.In early summer, high water levels draw smallmouth bass in rivers into flooded shoreline wood cover. Spinnerbaits and small crankbaits excel for probing into the cover as you drift downstream. As the water drops in midsummer, bronzebacks shift their focus to current breaks adjoining midriver holes. Rock points, gravel shoals, and large mid-river boulders often host the bulk of the population. Try #2 Blue Fox Spinners, topwaters like Twitchin' Raps, or Rapala DT 4 and DT 6 crankbaits in crawfish imitations.June is prime time to fish outside weedlines for both crappies and big bluegills. For crappies, focus on sharp-breaking points and turns where weed walls meet 20 to 30 feet of water. Cast a 1/16-ounce jig parallel to the deep weedline, experiment by letting it sink to different levels, and then swimming it back with a slow, subtle retrieve. Count one-thousand, two-thousand, etc., letting your jig sink to 5 feet on one retrieve, 10 on another, 15 on the next until you establish their depth preference.Big bluegills often haunt weed edges. Downsize your offerings to a 1/32-ounce jig tipped with a 1 ½- or 2-inch white grub. In June, bluegills often suspend high in the evening, with the tips of their spiny dorsal fins breaking the calm surface as they hunt for insects. If you hear audible "pops" as they suck bugs off the surface, switch to a fly rod and lay out a dry fly.Muskies may strike anything from topwaters to bucktails to trolled crankbaits. Until the weeds come up, fish either very shallow, like along inside weedlines; or out over deep water, trolling a large crankbait 10 feet down over 30 to 40 feet. Anglers think muskie fishing doesn't kick into high gear until the 4th of July, but the fact is, muskies seldom relate well to deep weedlines until the weeds develop into lush jungles.---   ---   --- AnglingBuzz Videos to enjoy![[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804913","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]]VIDEO: Spinner trolling Walleye over weeds - click to viewWeedless spinner rigs allow anglers to troll softballs above weed tops and along edges, efficiently covering water to locate active biters while using speed, flash, vibration and action to trigger strikes.---   ---   --- Related content VIDEO: Jigging offshore humps for Smallmouth Bass - click to viewCasting and swimming jigs tipped with soft baits appeals to the tentative nature of postspawn smallmouth bass. Shallow offshore humps are prime for big fish.---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804908","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]]Video: Locating Catfish in rivers - click to viewChannel catfish in rivers relate to current breaks and cover associated with deep holes. Anchor just upstream from key fish attractors and use deadbeat rigs to coax fish into biting.---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"1711082","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"129","title":"","width":"800"}}]]The onset of warm summer weather heralds not only comfortable temperatures for boaters and outdoor lovers, but a similar burst of activity beneath the waves as fish of all species begin exhibiting traditional summer behavior in earnest.Walleyes set up on midlake structures, where classic live bait rigging with leeches produces loads of fish. In natural lakes, focus on the 12- to 18-foot levels for shallower fish, perhaps dropping down as deep as 25 to 28 feet. Where shallow reefs exist, try slip-bobbering with leeches when walleyes move shallow to feed under windy conditions. On reservoirs throughout the plains, troll bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with nightcrawlers along windswept shoreline points and flats.On natural lakes, pike enthusiasts often fish the same deep weed areas as walleye fishermen, but tend to toss or troll hardware in the form of large crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Early- to mid-June is prime time to catch them before warm summer water temperatures drive the largest pike down into deeper water.Largemouth bass tend to dominate the shallow flats in weedy lakes. Versatile largemouths can range anywhere from shallow lily pads and reed beds, to inside weed edges, spread through mid-depth (4- to 12-foot) weed flats, to outer weedlines at the 12- to 18-foot levels.Weedless frogs and spoons haul big bass out of pads, while spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged plastic worms excel in reeds. Across weed flats, tandem spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or Rattlin' Raps cover water quickly and trigger strikes. Along deep outside weed edges, aggressive bass rise to slow-falling jig-worms, and to crankbaits cast parallel to the weedline. If the fish are a bit fussier, probe the outer edges with Texas-rigged plastic worms or other slow, tempting techniques.In early summer, high water levels draw smallmouth bass in rivers into flooded shoreline wood cover. Spinnerbaits and small crankbaits excel for probing into the cover as you drift downstream. As the water drops in midsummer, bronzebacks shift their focus to current breaks adjoining midriver holes. Rock points, gravel shoals, and large mid-river boulders often host the bulk of the population. Try #2 Blue Fox Spinners, topwaters like Twitchin' Raps, or Rapala DT 4 and DT 6 crankbaits in crawfish imitations.June is prime time to fish outside weedlines for both crappies and big bluegills. For crappies, focus on sharp-breaking points and turns where weed walls meet 20 to 30 feet of water. Cast a 1/16-ounce jig parallel to the deep weedline, experiment by letting it sink to different levels, and then swimming it back with a slow, subtle retrieve. Count one-thousand, two-thousand, etc., letting your jig sink to 5 feet on one retrieve, 10 on another, 15 on the next until you establish their depth preference.Big bluegills often haunt weed edges. Downsize your offerings to a 1/32-ounce jig tipped with a 1 ½- or 2-inch white grub. In June, bluegills often suspend high in the evening, with the tips of their spiny dorsal fins breaking the calm surface as they hunt for insects. If you hear audible "pops" as they suck bugs off the surface, switch to a fly rod and lay out a dry fly.Muskies may strike anything from topwaters to bucktails to trolled crankbaits. Until the weeds come up, fish either very shallow, like along inside weedlines; or out over deep water, trolling a large crankbait 10 feet down over 30 to 40 feet. Anglers think muskie fishing doesn't kick into high gear until the 4th of July, but the fact is, muskies seldom relate well to deep weedlines until the weeds develop into lush jungles.---   ---   --- AnglingBuzz Videos to enjoy![[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804913","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]]VIDEO: Spinner trolling Walleye over weeds - click to viewWeedless spinner rigs allow anglers to troll softballs above weed tops and along edges, efficiently covering water to locate active biters while using speed, flash, vibration and action to trigger strikes.---   ---   ---[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1804912","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","width":"180"}}]]VIDEO: Jigging offshore humps for Smallmouth Bass - click to viewCasting and swimming jigs tipped with soft baits appeals to the tentative nature of postspawn smallmouth bass. Shallow offshore humps are prime for big fish.---   ---   --- Related content Video: Locating Catfish in rivers - click to viewChannel catfish in rivers relate to current breaks and cover associated with deep holes. Anchor just upstream from key fish attractors and use deadbeat rigs to coax fish into biting.---   ---   ---

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