A lot of anglers are doing just that as the spring push to the shallows has made it easy pickings on some of the inland lakes. Water temperatures have risen into the upper 60s, and touching 70s in some places. “It’s amazing how the warmth has brought the fish in (shallow) and the anglers out onto the water,” joked Brendon Sutter of the Tackle Shack in Middlebury.
“Fishing has been good all over,” added Bonnie Kelley of Kelley’s Bait in Lakeville. “It’s especially good for crappies and bluegills.” Mike McNulty of Midway Bait on the St. Joseph River in Osceola is seeing similar results. “The crappies and bluegills are up shallow, and some people tell me the crappies are bedding,” he said. McNulty added that some nice walleyes also are being caught on leeches and minnows in the river. The walleyes are migrating away from the dams and gathering around bridges.
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