FISHING REPORT November 10, 2014 Steve Suman
Muskie: Late fall is prime time for big muskies and you have until November 30 to catch this year’s trophy! Work weedlines, weed beds, weed edges, wood, rock, cribs, channels, and drop-offs in depths to about 25 feet. Muskie suckers on quick-strike rigs are producing the most catches, though anglers are also catching fish with jerkbaits, gliders, Bull Dawgs, and other plastics.
Walleye: Walleye fishing is fair to good, depending on the day, with best action (as always) during low light conditions. During the day, fish structure, breaks, and mud flats in depths to more than 30 feet. In the evening, fish weeds in depths to 10 feet. Walleye suckers and fatheads on jigs or live bait rigs are the prime producers. Use bigger baits for bigger fish.
Northern Pike: Northern pike action is good on weedlines, weed edges, points, and near baitfish in 8-22 feet of water. Northern suckers are the go-to bait, but anglers are also catching fish on crankbaits, minnow baits, spinnerbaits, and spoons.
Largemouth Bass: The few anglers fishing largemouth are catching fish on weed beds in 4-14 feet of water with crankbaits, plastics, spinnerbaits, and minnows under bobbers.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing continues to improve on most waters in depths from 12-35 feet and deeper. Look for weeds, wood, mid-lake and rock humps, hard bottoms, breaks, and cribs. Best baits include walleye suckers, jigs/minnows, crawlers, drop-shot tubes, and plastics (crawfish, tubes, etc.)
Crappie: Crappie action continues to be good in the traditional fall hotspots. Look for fish suspending over deeper water in depths out to more than 20 feet, as well as along somewhat shallower weed edges and weedlines. Use your electronics and check the entire water column, particularly the lower end of it. Top bait choices include crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits on jigs or plains hooks, as well as jigging spoons and small spinners and crankbaits.
Bluegill: Bluegill anglers are taking some nice fish on weedlines, rock bars, and mud flats in depths out to 22 feet and more. Use waxies, leaf worms, crawler chunks, plastics, and Gulp! baits on jigs or plain hooks under slip bobbers.
Perch: Perch action is decent in deeper water on the deep, clear lakes and on weed edges on other waters. Fish for them on the bottom with crappie minnows, fatheads, and jigging spoons.
Upcoming Events Nov. 9: Mourning dove season closed. Nov.15: Trout and salmon fishing closes on downstream Lake Superior tributaries (see regs). Nov.20: Seasons close: Turkey; Crow. Nov.22: Regular gun deer season opens. Nov.25: Duck season closes in north zone. Nov.30: Seasons close: Regular gun deer; Muskie; Turtle. Dec. 1-31: Extended fall turkey season in zones 1-5.
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