Water levels are higher than they have been, and water temps are in the low 70's.
Panfish continues to be the hot bite in the area. Crappie and bluegill
continue to bite along weedlines or suspended out over deep water, as
well as in mid-depth weeds.
Plastics tipped with live bait, tail hooked minnows and leafworms fished
vertically or with slip bobbers will produce. Evenings have been
better, as is typical for this time of year.
continue to run late summer patterns. On the hot sunny days, look for
them around docks or slop, or out deep in 12-15 FOW. On the cooler cloudy days, look
for active fish in sand/rock or rock/weed transitions in 4-8 feet.
Topwater bite will be good, especially early in the morning.
fishing has picked up as fish are starting to put on the fall feedbag. Look for
them around the edges of the shallow structure like rock bars or
sand/rock transition areas. The fish will be deeper than you think they
should be in most cases. Jigworms, grubs, minnowbaits and small white
crankbaits can be dynamite.
Pike fishing has been slow,
but steady. Lots of undersized fish are being caught in the shallow and
mid-depth areas. I'd consider moving out deeper and using live bait on a
slip sinker rig, trying to connect with active fish in 18-22 or 22-25
feet of water.
Walleye fishing has been entirely inconsistent lately. People still
fishing at night are reporting some success off the deeper sand flat
areas, but a few decent fish are being caught out of the shallow weeds
very early in the morning using rapalas or similar minnow baits.
Musky are getting more active, but
anglers are still reporting lots of lazy follows. Gliders, bulldogs and
cow-girls have all produced limited action in the past week, but most of the fish are
mid-30's to low 40 inch fish. As the water begins to cool, the action
will pick up considerably.