Summer adds so much to the menu for foraging gamefish. From baitfish and young-of-the-year panfish like perch, bluegills and white bass, to insects and crustaceans, now is the time that bass, walleyes and other popular targets for anglers fatten up to survive the leaner months in winter and make it to spring to start the process anew.

Perhaps one of the most notable summer food items is the crayfish. Whether it’s smallmouth bass foraging in the rocks, or walleyes snapping them up opportunistically, a population of crayfish in a water, or in certain sections of it can turn a good summer angling outing into a great one. Making the connection between crayfish and the species that eat them is key to good fishing in the near term.

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