Midday fishing for Walleye has been most successful trolling. Flicker Shads at 1.8-2.1 mph have been effective and Rapala Shad Raps at higher speeds (3.5 mph and up). During the evening, crawlers and minnows are the baits of choice. More and more fishermen are switching to minnows as we get deeper into the fall. Weedlines and drop offs have been ok for evening hours.
Musky fishing has been slower this week most likely due to higher water and increasing water temperatures. There has been some ok action on suckers over the last couple days but action on casting has slowed down. Over the next several days we will see highs in the lower 80s. Musky typically like 68 degrees as their ideal temperature. So if you see surface temps start to rise into the mid to high 70s, odds are they will be a bit deeper so trolling might be a more effective tactic over the next few days.
Pike have been active as they have been all year but the fish being caught are typically smaller hammer handles on spinners and spoons in the weedbeds.
You still have to be aggressive when fishing Crappie. Catch 2-3 in a spot and move to the next spot. Cribs and brushpiles have been alright, as well as sand saddles and deeper bars with decent weed cover. As always, Crappie Minnows are probably your best bet along with a crappie plastic or two.
Smallmouth continue to be active primarily on plastics and crawlers. A couple of nice ones were caught just today on plastics. Crawlers in the cribs and plastic craws and frogs in the stumpy shorelines, rocks, and lilies.
Fall Color Report: Well the colors are starting to change. Seeing a few patches of yellows, oranges, and reds. We are far from peak color season, but the trees are starting to change colors. I will be providing color reports every week throughout the fall for those that like to enjoy the beautiful autumn colors here.
Saturday and Monday we are supposed to see some stormy weather. Temperatures this weekend will see highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 60s. As we approach mid week highs look to be dropping to the low to mid 60s and lows in the high 40s and low 50s. Wednesday and Thursday we will see some rain as well.
low to mid 70s