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.