There is nothing like fishing the TLC in early October, especially if the Fall autumn colours are in full swing. Panfish can be found on most any lake at any time. I've found slip bobbers to work well to be able to adjust depth from one lake to another. Walleyes are around; they just take a bit more work. The key is structure, structure, structure. Find the drop offs and cribs and you'll have tite lines, my friend.
MOON PHASE (5%)
Heading up here first weekend in October. I've never fished the lakes before. I'm not a musky fisherman. Looking for walleye or panfish. Hoping someone could point me in the right direction for either. Will mainly be fishing last few hours in the evening. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Not looking for spots but depths and maybe a good lake to try.
MOON PHASE (22%)
76° - 80° F
61° - 65° F
Was a great 3 days to be up, only bad weather was at night. We had constant action pretty much everywhere we went. we were mainly targeting perch. Thurs was 90% crappies 10% Gills. Fri & Sat was 20% perch & 75% Gills and 2 crappies. We did keep about 25 fish for the pan. the small lake we fished is notorious for tons of snake pike, we caught none. Most fish were cuaght on 1/16 oz pinky jig tipped with a crappie minnow, perch wanted same jig with a red worm, all 4' to 12' deep.
Be up again the 20th
Thanks for the info! We usually start fishing drop offs and around humps for walleyes with great results. But we really didn't have success on the cribs until the last night. Managed to catch a few eater size walleyes and some good size Bluegills for a fish fry. All in all its just great to be up there for the week.
This time of year fish are on deep wood/cribs mostly. Early and late seems better. (I dislike having to get up early!) There are exceptions to this. Just keep fishing, if something doesn’t work, try something different. I switch locations and presentations until I find something that works. We some times get in ruts and stick with things too long. Catch myself doing that sometimes. Remember it’s called fishing, not catching. Of course catching is more fun!
Jlbltd, glad someone was having success. We fish the same week every year and years past have been better. Last year was exceptional. 24 and 1/2" inch walleye and my friend got a 45 musky during the tournament. Feel free to send a post next year, so we can find fish for the one week we are there. Any reports are helpful. Thanks!
Interesting. The last two weeks have been very good. Crappies and walleyes on deeper wood. Of course walleyes run small. Some decent perch and bluegills. A 42” musky and a couple of 30s. Has been one of the better years. Guess just happens with some differences in presentation/location.