Summertime and warm water periods are always a good time to bring out spinners for all most all species of gamefish.
Walleye anglers can cover water quickly and find active fish with the reaction bite creating spinners.
Bass and northern anglers have success casting spinner baits during this warm water period.
Pan fish anglers have success casting or trolling small spinners tipped with bait or high action plastic as well as catching them on jigs with spinners this time of the season.
Musky anglers have multiple reaction style baits that are fished aggressively now that incorporate spinner blades. Spinners give off vibrations that are detected by lateral lines that sense movement by fish and help them hone in on their target.
Most walleye anglers will pull spinners or "slow death" rigs on bottom bouncers or three-way dropper rigs. Spinners have multiple sizes, shapes, and colors that can help anglers fine tune their approach to what the fish are wanting and reacting to.
In our area, Colorado-style blades in perch colors (or combinations of perch colors) have been a staple and produce consistently.
Most spinners need to be pulled at a speed that makes sure the blades are spinning. Most spinners are pulled from .8-1.5 mph. Bigger blades are able to spin at slower speeds and smaller blades perform better at higher speeds.
You will need about a half-ounce of weight for every 5 feet of depth. Make sure you maintain less than a 45 degree angle on the line. The combination of speed and weight needs to be adjusted to keep your bait working properly.
Most times a 5 foot leader/spinner is plenty. Make sure your bouncer or drop weight is close to the bottom and touch every so often to check your bait location. If fishing over silt or mud, make sure you are a little off the bottom and don't touch as often as it will tend to silt your bait.
Panfish love the bright colors along with the high action spinners. They are chasing small minnows with flash or eating bugs, so flashy blades or pinks and reds have long standing traditions of success.
On dark days you can try the blacks, blues, and greens for temping crappies and sunfish. Move fast enough and with just enough weight to fish above or into the weed tops. Most of the time 1/8th or 1/16 ounce. will do the trick at .8 to 1.2 mph.
You can also cruise the outside edge of weed lines or cast and retrieve over the weed tops. Vary retrieves from steady to pumping and pausing, or even jigging them when winding them back. Pay attention to what action is working for the day.
Bass and northern love to attack casted spinnerbaits. They come in several weights, colors, and single or tandem blade assortments. The white, yellow, and chartreuse skirts or combination colors have a solid history of production on our area lakes.
Stay lighter throwing to shallow targets and heavier as you move deeper. They can be brought back on steady retrieves, or pumped back with jigging motion. They should be worked fast enough over grass flats to just tickle the weed tops and can be ripped free if they catch a little (many times ripping free will trigger strikes).
There is abundant forage in the lakes right now and the fish are used to chasing after their meals. Spinners give them something to chase. Get out, practice, and have fun. Remember to clean, drain, and dry after every trip.
(Laabs owns Brad Laabs Guide Service in Detroit Lakes)