FISHING REPORT October 20, 2014 Steve Suman Muskie: Muskie fishing is good to excellent around weeds, weedlines, channel edges, brush, and cribs in depths to 22 feet, though some fish are still holding near shallow cover. Top baits include large suckers on quick-set rigs, bucktails, Bull Dawgs/plastics, and crank, glide, minnow, and jerk baits.
Walleye: Walleye action is fair to good, depending on the day – anglers are catching fish during daytime on overcast days. Look for fish in deeper water (to 30 feet) with walleye suckers and fatheads on jigs and under slip bobbers.
Northern Pike: Northern pike are active on points and weedlines out to about 17 feet of water, with northern suckers, crankbaits, spinners, and spoons the baits of choice. Fish deeper water with bigger baits for trophy pike.
Bass: Bass fishing interest seems to wane with dropping water temperatures and the decrease in shallow weed cover. The fish are still there and eating, however! For largemouth, try plastics such as plastic worms and tubes, crank and stick baits, and live bait. For smallmouth, work mid-depth wood, rock, and cribs with walleyes suckers and crawlers on jigs, drop-shot, and live bait rigs.
Crappie: Crappie anglers continue to have very good success once they locate the fish that are primarily suspending over deeper water cover. Moore’s Bay, Blueberry Flats, and Pine Point are all prime fall destinations. Use crappie minnows, waxies, and Gulp! baits on small jigs or plain hooks fished under slip bobbers.
Bluegill: Bluegill fishing is not a top draw this time of year, but anglers who target ‘gills are catching some good fish. Work rock bars and weedlines in depths to 22 feet with waxies, leaf worms, crawler chunks, and plastics on small jigs or plain hooks, with or without bobbers.
Perch: Perch anglers are catching some nice perch on the deep, clear lakes (Round, Grindstone, LCO), though action is inconsistent. Fish jigs and fatheads in deeper water areas as well as mid-depth mud flats
Upcoming Events Oct. 18: Seasons opened (see regs): Raccoon hunting/trapping (resident); Red and gray fox hunting/trapping; Coyote trapping; Fisher trapping; Bobcat hunting/trapping Period 1; Pheasant; Quail; Ruffed grouse (Zone B); Hungarian partridge. Oct. 25: Seasons open: Muskrat; Mink. Nov. 20: Fall turkey season closes. Nov. 22-30: Regular gun deer season. 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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