Even though it’s been rather warm the past week, with the shorter days and the cool nights the water temperatures are cooling. The start of the fall feeding frenzy should be here soon. Northern Pike have really started to bite on suckers. The best depth is 20-25 ft of water.
Some of the biggest fish of the year were caught last week. Some of the best spots were by Willow Point and Belvidere Park. Don’t hesitate to look for pike in deeper water because the small panfish are starting to move out over the main lake basin. I’m still using the single hook lindy rig. As fall progresses, I will be switching over to bigger bait and a quick strike rig. Bluegills have moved off the deep weedline and are located in the medium weeds. The best depth is 12-15 ft of water. Look for them by the gray condos or by Browns Channel. Most
of the success is coming off of leaf worms fished on a slip bobber. Another good approach is a gold or fire tiger Hali jig. With the cooling water, Walleyes are starting to become active again.
A lot of success is coming off of nightcrawlers or trolling crank baits. The best color has been fire tiger. Look for the fish by Willow Point or the Oriental boat house. The walleyes I’ve been catching are off the weedline in 25-35 ft of water. The best approach to catching them for me has been the lindy rig with an orange or pink hook. Largemouth bass are still available on the deep weedlines. Most of my action has come off my sucker poles. I think the bass are a little ahead of the other fish for the fall feed bag. Crank baits would also be a great idea. I prefer Bandit 300 series in sour grape or fire tiger. Crappies are suspended over the main lake basin. The best depth has been in about 35 ft of water, 25 ft down. The best approach has been straight lining cubby jigs or small fat head minnows beneath the boat.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe