It is always tough to come back from Minnesota, to leave the great fishing and the spectacular scenery of Lake Vermilion. The final week there the family really had some great bluegill fishing, and the largemouth bass were amazing, averaging almost 4 pounds each. It was a great vacation, but now it is back to Evanston and local fishing.

The hot weather has really had a major impact on local fishing. Out on Lake Michigan last week in a number of locations that have held perch in the past, there was not a single perch. The situation with bass was the same: none to be found. A few of my friends who are out fishing several times a week reported that when the lake temperature climbed to nearly 80 degrees, most of the fish headed for deeper, cooler water. Even though water temperatures have dropped to the low 70s, the fish have not moved back in. This weekend will tell if they have come back to the local spots. If not, the plan is to head out to the deeper water reefs and grass beds to see if the fish are still out there.

Reports from other area waters have been similar to what those from on Lake Michigan. The guys at Busse Lake have not had much the past few weeks, but reports from this weekend look like things are starting to improve there. The Skokie Lagoons have been very slow except for catfish, which seem to like the warmer water. Some nice big cats are being taken there.

Wisconsin lakes are reporting some better results. From Lake Geneva come reports of nice catches of smallmouth bass in deep water near “the Narrows” and some good catches of bluegills in 12-14 feet of water in the weeds. The bass and pike are biting on Lake Delavan on deep-diving crankbaits.

The most consistent bites, as always, have been at Lovelace Park. This year kids have caught a few nice big crappies and catfish, so the fun just keeps happening for them. A couple of my reels are waiting for fresh line. So until next time, keep a tight line.

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