Fishing/Outdoor Report:

The weather from last week when we were in the 50’s and 60’s certainly has changed. We began this week in 30’s and 20’s, with a layer of snow on the ground and with more in the short-term forecast. Expect more of the same weather from here on out.

As for the fishing, musky fishing is currently the only open water activity now and it is the best of the year. The colder weather has triggered the fish into a feeding frenzy. Anglers have been catching musky nearly every time out. Most of the fish are coming on live suckers or by jigging. The current water temperatures are in the upper 40’s. and there has been some crust ice forming along the shorelines. This weather is more in line with rifle season than fall archery or fishing, but there will still be few brave anglers out on the lakes over the weekend even with the snow coming down. No reports on any other species this. I believe most anglers have retired their boats for the year and are thinking about getting into the woods.

The whitetail deer are moving into the rut now. Rutting activity will be nearing its peak soon and into the early weeks of November. Buck scrapes are being found and deer movement has increased significantly. It is that time of the year where if you see one deer, you will probably see more. Everyone seems to be seeing more deer than the last couple years. Just a reminder to get your guns sited in, because rifle season will be here before you know it.

This may be the last fishing report until we get some solid ice.

Fishing/Outdoor Report:

Another week and another change in the weather. This coming weekend will be the first of a fall season that we have experienced thus far. Temperatures for the weekend and next week are forecasted to be in the mid 30’s for daytime highs and lower 20’s for the nighttime lows. Oh. Did I mention snow, yes there is a possibility of some accumulation this weekend.

Crappie action has been better in deeper water, with 15 to 18′ the best depth to find these fish schooling up. Minnows work best, but small tube jigs work well. Perch fishing is good, with the perch generally deeper in the weeds. They will hit worms or minnows equally.

Walleye fishing has been improving in the deeper holes and humps on many of the area lakes. The fish are definitely in the holes in the daytime. Live bait has produced some nice fish in 15 to 18 feet of water around the edges of the holes and humps. These fish will move shallower in the evenings. Some anglers have reported success trolling crankbaits as well.

Musky bite is steadily improving on the lakes right now. Anglers have been catching some nice fish from a variety of lakes. Water temperatures in the 50’s have got the fish in a feeding mode. Jerk baits and big minnow baits have been our best casting lures and live suckers are catching more fish every week. If the wind slows this weekend should be great for musky fishing

The recent warmth seems so to have slowed deer activity and discouraged some bow hunters from hitting the woods. Bachelor groups of bucks seem to breaking up now causing some bucks to abandon existing spots in search of new ground. There have been reports that some bucks are already starting to follow does and scrapes and rubs are being seen in the woods already.
Waterfowl hunts, there have been some very successful hunters. Many reports of hunters limiting out on duck and geese. They appear to be abundant this year. Unfortunately, not the same for grouse hunters. Hunters are finding a few, but not in the quantities of the past. Leaves are off the tree (and I think all of them are in my yard) so hunters will have better shots.

Let’s Go Fishing

Here are the species of fish available to catch in the “QUIET LAKES”

MUSKY

The king of freshwater fish. They are the top predator and least populated fish in our lakes. Catch and release is the common practice these days. It’s known as the fish of 10,000 casts, but hiring a guide will cut those odds.

NORTHERN PIKE

Wisconsin’s second largest predator fish, second only to their relative the Musky. Pike are typically very aggressive and will feed anytime the opportunity allows. They prefer weed flats and other ambush points.

WALLEYE

The walleye is the largest member of the perch family and is often targeted for its table fare. Walleyes can be tough to find, but when they are located, they typically cooperate and bite. Bait secret: minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches, and back to minnows as the season starts and finishes.

PERCH

A small fish that most anglers seek more for the taste than the tug. Adults average 7 to 10 inches which make it a good fish for all ages to catch. Perch have a tendency to congregate in large schools making it a one-stop spot to catch your dinner.

BASS

Large and smallmouth bass are brothers, but like family they do take separate paths. We have several small backwoods lakes that offer untapped largemouth fishing, and several area lakes that offer numbers to trophy fishing for smallmouth. NOTE: the season for smallmouth isn’t open to harvest until the 3rd Saturday of June. Regulations for harvest of largemouth are different from lake to lake.

PANFISH

These fish are probably one of the most popular sport and eating fish in Wisconsin. Crappies, bluegills, and sunfish are our most common “panfish”. Probably the most targeted fish in the spring, and often over harvested. Remember to take only enough for a meal and leave some for another day.