Fishing Report

Water temps are in the mid to upper 60s.  Cool days and chilly (frosty) nights are announcing the arrival of the fall season.  Lake levels have increased a foot, to a foot and half, due to the heavy rains we have had and rock piles that used to be seen above the water are now under water.  Just a note of caution.  

Northern pike and panfish are providing the best action in the area, with smallmouth and largemouth bass all being fair.  

Walleye are locating off of break edges adjacent to main lake basins in 20 feet of water or less.  Use a jig and a minnow or nightcrawler.  Walleyes are tight to bottom.  Still the best time for walleye is the early morning and late afternoon into to dark.

Northern are in weed beds in 10 feet of water or less.  Use a small bucktail, bass style spinner bait, Husky Jerk, or a sucker under a slip bobber. Northern are active all day and the bite has been good.

Crappies, bluegills and perch are locating off of break edges and weed edges in 12 to 18 feet of water or less.  Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column (lake and day dependent). Use a chunk of crawler, crappie minnow or micro-plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber. Providing all day action and the bite is good.

Musky are found off of break edges and along the weedlines in 8 to 12 feet of water or less.  Use a regular size bucktail, topwater, jerk bait or glide bait.  Some guides are starting to use live suckers, but you will have trouble finding them here in the northland.  If you are intending to use suckers as bait I would suggest checking locally, prior to coming up, and bring them with you.  Presently there is a short feeding windows and the action has been described as slow to fair.

Smallmouth are locating off of break edges in 12 to 20 feet of water over hard bottom and rocky areas.  Use a jig and a minnow, or a plastic tube, or a crawfish color deeper diving crankbaits.

Largemouth have moved to deeper water.  Fish weed edges in 8 to 10 feet of water or less.  Use a jig and a minnow, plastic rigged weedless, or a bass style spinner bait.

Fishing Report

Water levels are up due to the torrential rains and winds we have had over the past week, which has served to limit anglers time on the water. The water temperatures are generally in the mid to upper 60’s on most of the area lakes and water clarity is cloudy.  Fishing has been described as poor during this period of time.  Otherwise, the guides tell us that one of the reasons for this seasons good fishing action is because the water temperatures have been generally lower all season.  The fish are more active when that happens.  Fishing has been good to even excellent at times and the best is yet to come as the fall season approaches.  

Musky in the area are in 15 feet of water or less off of break edges and adjacent weed edges.  Use normal sized bucktails, topwaters, crankbaits or jerkbaits.  Keep your retrieve regular, nothing real fast or real slow and always do a figure 8 as your lure nears the boat.  There is a short feeding windows.  No real steady peak times right now, and in answer to many questions, our sources tell us there is indeed a shortage of suckers. 

Walleye are in 15 to 20  feet of water or less, dependent on the lake, and some lakes are producing as shallow as 4 feet off of break edges or adjacent weed edges.  The walleye are tight to bottom.  Use a jig and a minnow or half of a crawler.  Low light conditions has been the best time for the walleye. 

Not hard to find Northern pike in the area lakes.  Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds.  Use a sucker minnow  under a slip bobber, a #3 or #4 Mepps, a Husky Jerk (minnow or walleye pattern), a small bucktail, or a bass style spinner bait.  Some anglers are getting some bigger fish, going to the deeper side of the recommended water depth, but the action is a lot slower. 

Fish for smallmouth over hard bottom humps, ridges or break edges in 25 feet of water or less.  Use a jig and a minnow, or a leech, if you can find them, as well as a plastic crawfish or tube. 

Largemouth are hitting in the shallows around the area.  Fish 10 feet of water or less in and around heavy weeds and near shoreline structure like docks, brush piles, and drowned wood.  Use a jig and a pig (hunk of pork rind), top water frog, or a plastic worms rigged weedless.  

Crappies, bluegills and perch are putting on a good bite in the area.  Fishing in 15 – 18 feet of water or less off the break edges or weed edges. The perch are tight to bottom, many of the perch are on the smaller side, with the crappies and bluegills are suspended anywhere in the water column.  Our guide sources tell us that the suspension depth of the crappie and gills varies continuously and is day and lake dependent.  Start deep and work your way up.  Use a crappie minnow, chunk of crawler or micro-plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber.