The heat and sun have had a big impact on the fishing. Prior to this heat wave surface temperatures were hanging in the 50's and I was having great post-spawn fishing in 15-20 feet of water. We even got some big ones out of 28 feet, the deepest yet this season. Rock points, sandbars, drop-offs, saddles, you name it - everything was working.
One of the hottest bites I've had so far all season coincided with the warmest surface temperatures I've found - 72 deg - in a shallow soft-bottomed bay. The walleye are in there gorging on mayfly nymphs that are emerging from the mud in the shallows.
Once that bite is over I'm expecting the fish to make their way to summer spots in and around the main lake basin. Won't be long now till we're on the humps and reefs.
Over the last couple weeks I've had the pleasure of sharing the boat with some great guys. My buddy JJ came up from Minnesota with a group of guys and we had an awesome day slamming walleye. I cooked the boys up a big shorelunch and JJ snapped some great pics. He's a talented photographer and outdoor writer.