Anglers happy with break in summer heat

By Bill Bartusek

The heat wave has finally broken after over a week. I'm sure anglers are happy because it was really almost uncomfortable while fishing on the water. Of course, the weeds have really flourished during this period. However, it won't be long, especially in the New Prague area, when some of the weeds will mature and fall.

Panfishing has been really excellent all along since spring. The sunfish are not bothered by the heat and continued to bite all last week. The crappies are suspending but if you find them, they are catchable. Northern pike are still active, although the bigger fish have gone deeper. Some are locating on deep weed lines while others have gone deeper into the lakes’ basins. Walleye fishing has slowed quite a bit. I would expect most of the action is a night time affair.

Our wildlife is doing well. I do think turkeys probably had a hard time with nesting because of all the moisture we had in May and early June. Ducks are coming back but the broods seem to be coming late. I have seen a lot of new babies on the water, around the 4th of July. Loons too have just showed up with their young recently. I'm sure this was caused by the early unstable weather.

In the tournament scene my son, Bill and partner Nick Supaulo had a good day on Minnetonka last Saturday. Bill and Nick brought in five bass weighing almost 20 pounds while competing in the Fishers of Men contest. This is the second year Bill has done well in the contest. They won it last year. There were more than 100 boats in the contest and it's a tough lake to fish.

Congratulations!

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