By Dan Johnson

Warm weather has pushed water temperatures ever higher on Lindy Land lakes lately, but that doesn’t mean the fish aren’t biting.

In north-central Minnesota, veteran Northwoods guide and Lindy pro Jeff Sundin reports that bathwater conditions haven’t hurt the action on one of his favorite fishing holes.

When Sundin and his group arrived at Bowstring Lake earlier this week, its wind-whipped, turbulent water simmered at a sultry 78 to 80 degrees, leading to concerns over whether or not its walleyes would be in a cooperative mood. Fortunately, such fears were unfounded, as the longtime guide promptly put the party on a fine mix of ’eyes, plus portly perch and bonus eater-sized pike.

Sundin says spinners remain a solid option on Bowstring, as they do on countless fisheries across the Midwest. His top picks include a simple Little Joe spinner with a hammered gold #3 Indiana blade and half a nightcrawler.

He notes that depths of 6 to 8 feet were most productive, with 7 feet being the best.

On southern Wisconsin’s Delavan Lake, meanwhile, fellow Lindy guide Dave Duwe reports excellent walleye fishing in 22 to 24 feet of water just off mainlake points. Duwe’s weapon of choice is a good old-fashioned Lindy Rig—one of the sport’s most historic and ever-deadly live-bait delivery systems—tipped with a leech or crawler.

On nearby Lake Geneva, heavy boat traffic is making nighttime the right time to fish walleyes.

Here, Duwe says windy evenings are your best bets for trolling up hungry ’eyes on purple Lindy Crawler Harnesses or jumbo leeches sashayed slowly across the bottom on—you guessed it—a Lindy Rig.

No wonder more than 40 million Lindy Rigs have found their way into tackle boxes nationwide since the rig’s debut rocked the walleye world in the late Sixties.