This week in the Quiet Lakes area it appears the fishing has been put on idle. Somewhat due to the weather earlier in the week, as we had high winds and rain, but more so due to the upcoming gun deer season, which opens Saturday morning (Nov. 15th). Hunters/anglers are in the woods checking out the trails, checking their trail cameras and setting up their stands/blinds. Opening day hunters will find the coldest weather of the year as the forecast calls for daytime highs in the 20’s and nighttime lows in the teens. My advice, be prepared for cold.
Last week anglers were having success fishing for musky and walleye. Musky angler using medium to large suckers on quick set rigs were having to most angling success, but there was some successes using artificial baits, like top water, jerkbaits and larger crankbaits. Run the suckers off the drop-offs of the weed edges in 6 to10 feet of water (lake dependent). Cast a big jerkbaits, or a big double 10 spinner bait, while dragging the sucker off the weeds. Remember to always do a figure 8 as your bait nears the boat. There is no particular feeding windows and the bite has been good. Some northern action was experienced while casting for musky.
The walleyes are tight to bottom in deep water 15 to 30 feet of water. Use a 1/8th ounce jig, or if it’s windy, go to a 1/4 ounce , tipped with a walleye sucker up to 4 inches, or the largest fathead you can find for the best action. Find the depressions or holes a that is where the walleyes will be locating.
There were no participants angling for panfish so there is nothing to report.
As of last Monday the water temperatures was still is the low 40’s, but I suspect that with this weather change we will see a drop into the 30’s and maybe a little crust of ice in the shallower bays. Water levels are high due the amounts of rain we have had in the last couple of weeks. Whatever your outdoor plans are for this weekend, dress warm and be safe.