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.