Hard to believe that we are already starting August.

We had August “dog days” for most of July, and from the looks of the long-range forecast, we are going to get more June-type weather now in the first part of August.

This will be very welcomed by anglers. It will be nice to get a break from the high heat and humidity. It will not hurt my feelings if we get winds more in the 5-15 mph range rather than the high wind conditions we have had for many of the days this July.

It is looking like overnight lows in the 50s and daytime highs in the 70s for most of the next week to 10 days. This will be much more pleasant for fishing in the mid-day. It will be refreshing mornings, and beautiful evenings to start our later summer month.

We are seeing more bug hatches again, and the lakes are full of new young of the year perch, crappie, and sunfish. Baitfish and forage for fish are plentiful, and nature can be tough to compete with at times during this food-rich time of the season.

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There has been some tullibee die off due to the extremely warm water temps of most of the month of July. They are a basin forage, high-protein source for muskie and walleyes on the lakes that have that whitefish population. The die off will bring some of those open basin roamers to some structural elements to feed now.

We are also coming off a moon phase, and in the next week or so, we will have a better daytime bite. Fish, particularly walleyes, were very keyed in on higher night time and low light feeding during this moon phase. Coming off the full moon, fish will be back to a more regular schedule of feeding periods.

I have been waiting for weeks to report that the new fishing pier is in at Lake Sallie. I am still waiting to give you that report. The money was raised, the system has been purchased and was delivered last fall. The state/DNR will do the assembly, installation, and take care of maintaining the fishing pier. Most of it has been sitting at the Sallie access still waiting to treat shore fisherman.

This COVID-19 thing has messed up the installation plans for the system. It was going to go in after the fish egg harvest (that wasn’t able to take place this year either). Work crews were late getting placed back into service and other priorities were placed for the crews that are back. I guess for now -- we just hurry up and wait! I will give you the word as soon as it does get to its new home. Stay safe, make good decisions, and remember to clean, drain, and dry!

(Laabs owns Brad Laabs Guide Service in Detroit Lakes)