As summertime patterns mature on lakes across Lindy Land, staying on the bite often means adjusting your tactics, locations or both.

For example, after a spirited run of fast fishing on the mud flats earlier this summer, walleye action on Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago has shifted to near-shore bottom transitions.

“The fishing isn’t as fast and furious anymore, but we’re still catching decent numbers of walleyes, especially early and late in the day,” says Lindy pro staffer and veteran guide Jason Muche.

His go-to pattern right now is trolling spinner rigs along transitions from hard to soft bottom, primarily in depths of 11 to 13 feet of water.

“I’m running Lindy Old Guide’s Secret rigs and Lindy Crawler Harnesses with perchy-looking blades anywhere from 1 to 1.2 mph,” he reports.

 With another angler in the boat, running three rods apiece, a typical trolling spread sees a pair of lines behind the boat with 2-ounce bottom bouncers ticking bottom, and four lines off to the sides with 1-ounce inline sinkers running 18 to 22 feet behind planer boards.

“The east side of the lake is a good bet right now because of all the rocks along shore, which translate to more transition zones farther out,” he says, adding that when tracing a substrate interface, he often leans to the hard-bottom side.

When he’s not tracking down Winnebago’s wandering ’eyes this time of year, Muche targets Lake Michigan salmon.

While the big-water scene is flush with traditional salmon systems, he notes that the largest Lindy River Rockers are deadly on near-shore kings.

“Glow patterns are especially hot early in the morning,” he adds.

If you tackle this bite yourself, spool up with plenty of stout line and be prepared for a fight. “When a 20-pound king hits the bait in 20 feet of water, it has nowhere to go but out—and all you can do is hang on and watch line peel off the spool,” he laughs.