As the end of the season is closing in, many anglers are still in pursuit of a fall trophy fish that is at it's highest weight of the year. All landings now have the docks removed and only the die hards were out braving the elements of open water and snow this past weekend. Suckers are still in supply at many of the bait shops and will start to dwindle as demands go down. Dressing in layers is key to making it on open water and hand warmers in gloves are a must.
Muskie: We spent Saturday morning heading out on unplowed roads early in the morning trying to hit the morning major. Due to the cold and snow we opted for trolling Headlocks in search of staging cisco and feeding fish on spawning areas. To my disbelief all bait pods were in deep water yet hugging bottom and the water temp was at 43 degrees. We managed one rip and that fish came sky rocketing out of 20 FOW and cleared the surface which resulted in a bait being thrown out of it's mouth. Sunday proved to be better weather and I switched gears to fish a perch and walleye based forage lake. Searching out sandgrass is key to locating roaming fish looking for a easy sucker meal. Start by moving off of secondary breaks towards basin areas with 25-27 FOW water and watch closely to your electronics for transitions from sand to mud and slight fuzz that appears on the bottom. We actually watched this fish on the side imaging moving from one sucker to the other before it hit the down rod. Casting and jigging were also other presentations being used to bring in fish or to trigger bites.
Currently the way our weather is looking right now we are well below normal conditions for temps and it looks as though that pattern is here to stay. For safety precautions wear multiple layers and floation gear when heading out. Another good thing to bring is tube sand to put down on landings prior to loading your boat on the trailer. Good luck and tight lines!!!