Water temperatures are dropping, with walleye, northern, smallmouth bass and panfish providing good to excellent opportunity. The musky action continues to be good in the Quiet Lakes area. Presently water temperatures now range from the upper 40’s to lower 50s.
In the area, walleye are locating off of break edges adjacent to mud flats and adjacent to the rice beds and humps. They have been located in 12 to 30-feet of water and are tight to the bottom. Use a jig and a minnow.
Northern pike are in 12 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a Husky Jerk, minnow or walleye pattern, smaller bucktails, other crankbaits, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber.
Smallmouth are locating on hard bottom humps and break edges in 10 to 20 feet of water. Use a jig and a minnow, or a plastic tube or craw.
Crappies, bluegills and perch are locating in two areas. Fish break edges and adjacent weed edges in 15 feet of water or less, or fish main lake flats in 12 to 30 feet of water. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and bluegills suspended generally in the bottom half of the water column. Use a chunk of crawler, crappie minnow or micro-plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber. Electronics would be a big help in locating these fish.
Musky are in 15 feet of water or less off of break edges or adjacent weed edges. Use a jerk bait, glide bait, crankbaits, or a musky sucker (14- to 17-inches). Larger sized baits and normal retrieve. Always do a ‘figure 8′ as the lure nears your boat. If you are using a sucker retrieve you lure around the sucker to attract any following fish. Action is good, but there is a short feeding window.