Summerlike weather has anglers scratching their heads on some Lindy Land lakes, where it seems more like August than the latter part of September

On Minnesota’s mighty Lake Minnetonka, for example, last weekend’s balmy conditions sparked a surge in recreational boat traffic, with some vessels even towing late-season water-skiers.

Anglers on ’Tonka targeted everything from bass to walleyes and panfish, and with lush stands of green weeds remaining, much of the activity focused on the greenery.

Much the same was the story a long cast to the north, where Lindy guide Jeff Sundin reported that after fishing a mix of shoreline breaks, mid-lake bars, isolated humps and deep holes, the hottest action ended up coming from a jungle-like weedbed in five feet of water.

Sundin hit a hot crappie bite in the salad, but walleyes, pike, perch and other species are common catches as well. His top pattern was vertically fishing 1/8-ounce jigs tipped with a minnow in open pockets underneath the vegetation.

In southeast Wisconsin, meanwhile, Lindy guide Dave Duwe reported cooling water temperatures are producing better fishing on Lake Geneva.

Top bets there include smallmouth bass and rock bass, both of which are coming from 22 to 25 feet of water on Lindy Rigs sweetened with nightcrawlers or extra-large fathead minnows.

Bluegill fishing is also notable, as Duwe’s best catches came from 18 to 20 feet of water on split-shot rigs and nightcrawlers.

Duwe said that nearby Delavan Lake is also giving up better catches as water temperatures gradually cool down.

Northern pike are a top attraction on Delavan, hitting large sucker minnows suspended a foot off bottom below Thill Big Fish Slider slip bobbers on weed flats in 10 to 12 feet of water.

Duwe is also catching pike a bit deeper on main-lake points. Suckers get the nod here, too, although Lindy Rigging is his preferred presentation for plying points.

“The weed fish tend to be a bit smaller than the pike we’re catching on the points, which are averaging 30-plus inches in length,” he said.