FISHING REPORT October 27, 2014 Steve Suman
Muskie: The muskie bite is very good and getting better! Target weed beds (green if you can find them), breaks, drop-offs, channels, and steep shorelines in 5-22 feet of water. There is a good bite on large suckers on quick-strike rigs – and suckers are available. Other productive baits include Bull Dawgs, big bucktails, and crank, jerk, and twitch baits.
Walleye: Walleye action is good to very good on most lakes. Late afternoon until dark offers the best success. Fish green weeds, rock/gravel bars, mud flats, humps, brush, stumps, and drop-offs in 10-30 feet and deeper. Live bait choices include large walleye suckers, fatheads, and crawlers on jigs, under slip bobbers, or plain hook split-shot rigs. Crankbaits are also productive.
Northern Pike: Northern fishing is good on weeds in 4-18 feet. Best baits include northern suckers, bucktails, minnow baits, crankbaits, spinners, spinnerbaits, and spoons. For trophy pike, go deeper with bigger baits.
Largemouth Bass: Bass anglers report catching some nice largemouth around structure in depths to 12 feet, fishing plastic worms in various configurations, topwaters, spinners, crankbaits, and live bait.
Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth fishing is very good on the deep, clear lakes. Work weeds, woods, rock humps, hard bottoms, and cribs in 10-22 feet of water with walleye suckers, jigs/minnows, plastics, tubes, X-Raps, and Flicker Shads.
Crappie: Crappie action continues to be good in the usual fall spots – Moore’s Bay, Blueberry Flats, Crane Lake, and Pine Point. Work weed edges, green weeds, wood, cribs, and brush in 12-30 feet with crappie minnows, fatheads, waxies, plastics, Gulp! baits, Tattle-Tails, Mini-Mites, and tube jigs.
Bluegill: Though few people fish for bluegills in late fall, this is a good time to catch big fish. Look for cribs, rock bars, and weedlines in 15 feet and deeper, and check the entire water column, top to bottom, for fish hugging bottom or suspending anywhere in it. Waxies, leaf worms, and small plastics work well. Try small minnows for bigger ‘gills.
Upcoming Events Oct. 25: Seasons opened: Muskrat; Mink. Nov. 1: Wild ginseng season closes. Nov. 2: Seasons open (see regs): Beaver trapping; Otter trapping; Non-resident raccoon season. Nov. 3: Woodcock season closes. Nov. 9: Mourning dove season closes. Nov.15: Trout and salmon fishing closes on downstream Lake Superior tributaries (see regs). Nov.20: Seasons close: Fall turkey; Fall 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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