Fishing Report:

With days getting shorter and water temperatures dropping, shallow weeds will start dying, moving fish into deeper areas to follow the oxygen that is left in the water. As this turnover starts, it will re-oxygenate water levels from top to bottom as the thermocline will disappear.

Perch are found around the deeper weeds. Using slip bobber rigs tipped with minnows or a piece of leaf worm should catch you a bunch. Crappies are in the deeper weeds and schooled, so a slip bobber rig tipped with small minnow or plastic will work on these. Be prepare to move as they move around. Bluegills are up in the shallows, so a slip bobber rig tipped with a small piece of worm or wax worm will work on these fish.

Largemouth will be found around structures such as, down trees and docks. Throwing spinnerbaits and plastic will work even near top water and around pads and reeds will spark action. Smallmouth are going to be in and around the rocks, so jigs tipped with live bait, plastics, and crankbaits will work here.

You will find northern pike in and around the deeper weeds as the shallow weeds are starting to die. Walleye anglers will catch these while jigging. You can use smaller spinnerbaits like #3 or #4 Mepp’s. Safety pin style spinnerbaits are an effective choice. For more attraction add a twister tail grub.

Walleye can be found on the deepest weed edges and on the rock piles. Minnows are working better now and crawlers will still work until water gets colder. As the month goes on, these fish will start moving towards the deeper breaks. Early mornings and later evenings will be the best times to catch a few for a fish fry.

Musky action has gotten better with a few nice sized ones being caught. Every strategy is working for these fish. As the water temperatures start to cool, fish will start moving to the deeper weed edges. Bucktails, rubber baits, crankbaits, live bait and top water baits will all work at this time.