Sorry I've been away gang...that whole teaching thing has limited my time on the water.
Around the area water is hovering around the high 60's to low 70's, but with rain and cooler weather on the way, expect the shorter nights to start dropping water temps. Weeds are still thick, and water levels are around average for this time of year. Baitfish are still very plentiful since many of them hatched late.
Panfish have begun to transition to fall patterns. Look for keepers at the ends of
long weedy points, or suspended around shallow grass in current areas.
Plastics tipped with small live bait are usually solid options this time
of year, but don't overlook the use of larger live bait for keepers.
LM Bass fishing has settled into a traditional early fall pattern. Fish
will bite periodically through out the day, but usually in short feeding
spurts, and the afternoons and evenings are the best times of day. Topwater, especially buzzbaits and poppers will pull up active fish. Fishtight to cover early, but get more active around
10am. Be ready to move around to find active fish, but concentrate on
areas with rock/weed transitions.
SM Bass fishing...it is time to break out the live bait. Fish will
relate to breaklines, moving up to shallow water to feed, but then out
to deep water between feeding runs. Deeper breaks off of points or
shallow rocky areas are the best place to start. Don't be shy about the
live bait, but deep diving crankbaits in white or crawfish patterns can
save a day this time of year.
Walleye fishing has been on the slow side for the last ten days. I expect the
fishing to get better as the weather stabilizes over the next period of
time. A few anglers have been heading to the rivers to get a jump on the
Musky fishing has been a little slower than I would have expected. Based on my own fishing and some reports, I'd say its below average. It
is sure to pick up soon. In the meantime, gliders, dawgs, bucktails and
jerkbaits are solid options, but it is the start of sucker season, make sure to keep
one out while targeting muskies.