Fishing Report:

Cooler nights and days, but still above average temperatures for this time of year, has renewed the interest of the serious musky and walleye anglers.  Water temperatures are still in the lower 50’s and dropping to the upper 40’s.  We are still awaiting the first hard frost for the season.  Partly cloudy skies and light to calm winds has made it an ideal time for anglers to be on the water. 

There has been no reports on panfish, but they are still out there.  Crappie have moved out of the weeds and have dispersed throughout the lake.  Earlier anglers reported finding good crappie schooled up on the drops in 10 to 17 feet of water and the bite was best in the late afternoon.  Anglers were using crappie minnows under a slip bobber rig at various depths.  Blue gill are holding in the remaining green weed, but will be moving deeper as the shallower weeds die off.  Perch were found just off the weeds and in the flats. 

Walleye have moved into the deeper areas of the lake and angler have reported moderate success during the daylight hours.  Finding them in depths of 12 to 18 feet of water.  Vertical jigging a fathead on an 1/8 once jig has worked the best.  During the late evening hours into the dark has produced the best success for walleye.  Still seemed to be a evening bite. 

Musky angling have taken over the area and anglers are reporting good success.  Best action has been on live bait on a quick strike rig.   It appears they are looking for meat in preparation for the winter season.   Musky are still spread out over the lake, anglers have caught them over the weeds and in the deeper drops.  Artificial  baits have caught a few, mainly like BullDawgs, Medussas and larger crankbaits, but not the quantity as live bait.  Musky season will be ending November 30th so not much time left to catch that trophy musky. 

Just a reminder, we (Happy Hooker Bait & Tackle) will be closing at noon, Oct. 27th  and be closed Oct. 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st  , returning on November 1st for business.  Our daughter is getting married and  she requires that we attend, so there will be no report next week.

Fishing Report:

Please pardon the tardiness of this report as I have been away on a buying trip.  Every fall the distributors sponsor a show and that is where we replenish and purchase new merchandize for the upcoming new seasons (winter and summer for 2017).   

This cooler weather has brought the water temperatures down into the 50’s on many lakes, but it still very warm for this time of year.  The water levels remain  high and even better on those drainage lakes than they have been in years.  Weeds have died off in the very shallow water on most lakes, but this has not driven the fish out of the shallows, they just move deeper into the still green weeds. 

  Walleye have moved into their fall areas,  In or very near the holes and deeper humps on all the lakes.  Most anglers are using jigs and minnows at this point and trying various depths. You will also find some crappies in those areas along with the musky that are feeding on them.  A 1/8 ounce jig is best, but if it really windy use the ¼ ounce jigs.  On the deeper, clear lakes the fish are a little deeper in location then they have been.  Start in the 12 to 15 foot range, and work deeper until you locate the fish.  Jigs and minnows are working best on those lakes also.  The fish seem to school off the breaks in deeper water now for the fall period.

Bass fishing action is slowing down now, but that mainly due to no one is really targeting them at this time of year.  Largemouth remain in the greener weeds.  Which means that they have moved deeper. They are still catchable with plastics or spinnerbaits at this time of year.

Smallmouth bass remain in deeper water, but you can be surprised at this time of year by seeing some big fish in weeds looking for minnows.  Every year we get reports of huge smallmouth being caught by musky anglers fishing the weed edges.

Northern Pike are in the weeds and you should look for the deeper weeds.  Bigger spinners like Mepps #4 will work well.  Again, it seems that most fish are caught by walleye or musky anglers by accident.

Musky action has been quite inconsistent, as has the fall weather.  These fish are still spread out over the whole lakes systems.  In both deeper water and in the weeds feeding.  They are still hitting on all types of baits and have started the annual feeding binge on live suckers.  That action has been very good lately and the smart anglers have switched their artificial offerings to smaller baits to duplicate suckers.  In deeper water, the whole range of plastics have been working well on those deeper fish.

We have not seen very many panfish anglers lately, but those that do get out are targeting crappies and perch.  The perch are in the weeds and hitting on both worms and small minnows.  Crappies are spread out, some still in relatively shallow weeds and some in deeper water.  You will still find them near or around the cribs. 

Let’s Go Fishing

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.