The lake has risen quite a bit this past week and currently we are at 598.6 or just under a foot low. The water temps are running anywhere from 66-70 and the color is very good throughout the lake.
The crappie have moved into the coves and on all the rip-rap in a big way and are on the bank. The lake stopped rising over the weekend and this slowed down the mad rush for the crappie and bass to spawn. It is still pretty good though you just need to keep moving until you find a bunch on the bank and work that area over pretty good.
We are using a lively minnow under a slip bobber and fishing about 15-30-inches deep. We are also flipping one of my 3/32oz. Deep Ledge Jigs and a tube up on the bank and pulling it back. Both are very deadly right now.
As for the walleye/sauger we are throwing blade baits up on the flats near the drop-offs and catching both bass and walleye. We are still crappie fishing for most of the day so I don’t know if any are being caught deeper other than I hear a few are. They are pulling spinners and bottom bouncers with a minnow or crawler on them.
I expect the crappie will be slowing down very soon as most of the spawn is done and all you see is males up there guarding nesting areas. So we will be dedicating much more time to walleye very soon.