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.