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The summer dog days, accompanied by unpredictable weather fronts, are upon us.

Most of the “easy” fishing for spawning fish is behind us as the fish begin to transition to summer patterns.

The inconsistent weather gets the lion’s share of the blame for the slowdown in action. Storms have chased or kept anglers off the water.

“There is still some good fishing but you have to work a little harder for them,” said Bonnie Kelley of Kelley’s Bait in Lakeville. “We just need some stable weather.”

Bluegill fishing might be the most consistent, especially on the St. Joseph River. Mike McNulty of Midway Bait in Osceola said the panfish are still being caught shallow and many are still spawning. Wax worms and red wigglers have produced best.

Development of the proposed Eagle Lake Boating Access at Eagle/Juno lakes near Edwardsburg, Mi. continues to move at a snail’s pace, yet some action occurred this week.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has posted development plans and opened it up to public comment until June 3.

You can review the plan at http://www.deq.state.mi.us/lwmpnh-data/14140044pn.pdf.

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We’re looking for the best ideas to share in future Michiana Outdoors News’ fishing how-to video tips. Mark Zona, a Michiana resident and host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show, will choose the best suggestion and deliver his thoughts on the topic in an upcoming video.