Longtime Northwoods guide Jeff Sundin reports a series of cool, rainy days helped push water temps from the mid- to upper 70s down to the high 60s in his northern Minnesota stomping grounds.

When a pair of gray, stable-weather days arrived on the heels of the cool down, walleyes responded by putting on the feedbag.

“Walleyes began getting active again,” he said, noting gold Little Joe spinner rigs tipped with a fathead minnow were hard to beat along the weedline on the east side of Lake Winnibigoshish in 12-to-13 feet of water.

On southeastern Wisconsin’s Delavan Lake, meanwhile, Lindy guide Dave Duwe reports a similar uptick in the action followed the arrival of cooler weather in his area.

“Bluegill action has been very good along weedlines in 12-to-15 feet of water on split shot rigs with leaf worms,” Duwe said.

Pike fishing is also getting better, with Lindy Rigged sucker minnows yielding toothy customers along outside weed edges in 15-to-17 feet.

On the St. Louis River, however, Lindy guide Charlie Nelson is still waiting for the bite to begin.

“Rains and high winds have churned up the river and slowed the fishing the past couple of weeks, but I expect the channel bite to start up again as the water continues cooling,” he said.

Nelson typically trolls Lindy River Rockers to locate pods of walleyes, then switches to Lindy Crawler Harnesses to mop up fish that didn’t hit his crankbaits. It won’t be long, he noted, until the jig bite picks up as well.

When the water cools into the mid-60s and on down into the 50s, vertically fishing a Lindy Jig tipped with a minnow in 20-to-25 feet of water can yield epic action.

“Man-made structure such as pilings and piers, as well as rock and downed timber attracts a mix of walleyes and slab crappies,” he said.