We're just days away from the 2018 Gamefish Opener.
For now, here's what to expect when you hit the water for the opener.
1.) Water temps in the low to mid fifties. Some isolated bays may be approaching 60 degrees if the weather cooperates this week.
2.) Limited new growth of weeds, and you'll find that very few piers are in.
3.) I'd focus my efforts in the warmer parts of the day. You may need to make some adjustments throughout the weekend as conditions change.
4.) Live bait, fished slowly is going to be a great way to kick off the season. I'd fish for pike or walleye and wait until the weather stabilizes a bit if you want to target bass. Patterns are patterns for a reason.
Here's a preview from Fisheries at the DNR
The 2018 Fishing Report is here. Some Local Highlights:
The DNR maintains a database of printable lake maps online.
There's also a easy to use reference to find boat launches at the DNR Website.