Water temps range greatly, and can be in the high 70's to mid 80s.
The other key factor on the water is the low water conditions. While we got some rain later in the week, the majority of local lakes are way down. While you won't notice much a difference on the main lake, areas that are current based, there's not much happening. If you can find some flowing water, it'll have bait and fish in it.
Panfish have moved to mid-summer depths. Look for them suspended off
weed lines and main lake points about 18-22 feet down. Structure at
those depths will hold fish close to the bottom. Drifting with slip
bobbers, tightlining vertically or long-lining split shot rigs tipped
with live bait is the best way to target keepers.
Bass fishing has been surprisingly good given the heat. Some fish are on
the weedlines 12-18 and 18-22 FOW. Crankbaits, slow-rolled spinner
baits, flapper grubs or texas rigs are the best options on the deeper
fish. Live bait in the form of larger shiners or small suckers on a slip
sinker rig with produce. Look for feeding periods from just before sun-up until about 8:30-9, and
then again from about 4pm to just after dark. The fish are actively
chasing bait during these periods, and can be caught on grubs,
ringworms, flapper grubs, and jigworms. Topwater action can be had, but
the bait they are chasing is on the small side, so go with a small
pop-r, skitter pop or something similar. After the initial feeding, look
for fish to get tight to shallow cover, docks or weed edges, and then
chase them down with wacky, tubes, and jig/craw combos. Pay
attention to the shadows, and don't be afraid to make multiple skips or
pitches to fishy looking spots. On the bright sunny/hot
days we had early in the week, the slop bite was producing, but I'm consistently only catching
smaller fish out of the slop right now. Best bite has been on shallow
weedflats with scattered cover, where you can visibly see baitfish
schooled up and swimming around. This week, with the weather the way is was, I caught fish at essentially
every depth between 18 inches and 22 feet.
Smallmouth action has been a little slower by most reports. They are
still biting, but like the largemouths there's periods of time during
the day for active feeding. The crayfish are not in full molt yet, and
when that starts expect the smallie action to go gangbusters for 10
days-2 weeks. Right now you can catch some smallies on the flats and
mainlake structure, especially along the drop-off edges, or suspended
off the breaks in deep water. Tubes, wacky, grubs and soft jerkbaits are
all producing the shallow fish, while suspending jerkbaits and
crankbaits are catching the deeper fish. Docks were holding some fish late last week, and during the hot stretch earlier in the week, and I was catching some decent numbers and sized fish using a downsized presentation...after the fronts went through, the bite dropped off .
The walleye were biting solid, especially just before dawn and around sunset, but after the weather shifted the bite got tough. The fish I was catching (some nice ones) were in the deep weed edges in 14-18 FOW, but I know some guys fishing at night were getting some as shallow as 6 FOW just after dark.
Northern Pike fishing has slowed down with the heat. Deeper pike are
biting good, especially those patrolling deep sand flats. Crankbaits,
live bait or spinner baits will produce.
Musky fishing has been very slow, but a few people are trolling for
them. Look for them to be suspended around schools of cisco over the
deepest water. Please be careful with caught muskies this time of year,
the heat is very hard on them. Give them plenty of time when reviving
them, and don't keep them out of the water any longer than necessary.