Hey all! Been fishing the chain for over 20 years, but up until this summer it’s been only from shore. I’m new to fall fishing from a boat. I‘ve read articles, etc...but can’t figure out if turnover is good or bad for fishing. I understand what actually happens with turnover, but am not sure if it shuts fishing down or not. Does anyone care to discuss? Any info would be much appreciated! Thanks!
The water temp is consistent throughout the water column but the only way to really know for sure is to measure the dissolved oxygen levels at depth. When those levels are restored then the lake has turned. Unfortunately the UW only measures DO levels at the surface so the monitor buoy can't help. However, divers reported the clarity on the Habitat (in about 40 FOW) was really bad last week, and that's an indication of turnover. But not a definitive one.
Has the lake turned over now? With all this cold I’m assuming so but thought I’d ask. Want to introduce my 12 year old to fall walleye fishing!
51° - 55° F
46° - 50° F
Wed pm sun came out, winds weren't 30 and - what the heck - fist decent weather in 10 days! Slipped outa work and got out and caught a handful of undersized walleyes. 26 feet AND along 10 feet weed lines on fatheads.
Not very cooperative - but it was GREAT to get out again!
Fished the shore again last night after dark .. not too many glowing eyes floating around but one did take my minnow and I am eating that walleye for dinner tonight ... 19" .... slow fishing though ....
Shore fished on south side of lake last night in shallow water. Could see the eyes glowing on the walleyes but they wouldn't touch a jig or crank or minnow ... until I switched it up. Ultralight with 4 pound test with a small fathead hooked through the lips with no sinker. They liked that .... got 4 with the biggest being 18".
Was out there today at the park with the row boats and was getting a good bite from some nice gills wax was the bait of choice for gills tried red but the ain't want them... don't no bit the gills had nice side to em average size was 5.5 6 inches.got maybe 12 in 3 hrs .. I'll post pics soon
Thanks Mendota for the information. I knew you would know more about it. Makes sense about the coots and this time of year.
The "grass" is water celery, Vallisneria americana. Major food for waterfowl; early in the fall the power boats running in the shallows chew it up, this time of year you see a lot of whole plants pulled up by the roots, pretty sure you can thank the coots for that.Dominates the lake out to 6' or so. Very buoyant stems, obviously.
Lot of fun if your landing is on the down wind side of the lake that day.