Fishing Report for October 9th, 2018

It’s the heat of the fall musky season! Surface temps running 52-55 degrees (and could start dropping this weekend) Sucker bite good, but still good action on artificial.
     The wind, rain and cool down has limited the species anglers have been fishing for, not uncommon for this time of year.  Also with some lakes in or on the verge of turn-over fishing reports are all over the board depending on the day and the lake.
     Musky:  Very Good-Good
Lake temps very important to location! The warmer lakes saw fish on the inside weed lines on top-water and bucktails / spinner baits. As lakes cool, outside weed lines best using jointed cranks, plastics and jerk baits. Sucker action good, bladed rigs (Smity rigs) with 12-14” suckers seem to be best. Good numbers of fish with fish to 52” reported this week.
Crappies: Good
     Find deep wood or base of coontail edges in 14-18’. Small to medium fatheads below slip- floats.  Light colored (white, yellow, silver) jigs also working. Big Crappies to 14”+ this past week. With good numbers of 10-12” fish.
     Northern Pike: Good
Most caught by Musky anglers tossing bucktails and twitch baits. For those targeting Pike, outside weed edges soaking a 5-7” chubs on sucker baits.
     Walleye: Fair-Good
Best on deeper lakes using chubs or suckers on 1/4 - 3/8oz jigs in 22-34’ of water. Jigging raps working along hard to soft transition zones. A few anglers fishing after dark finding shallow weed walleyes on chubs and casting shallow stick cranks (floating Rapalas, Storm Thunder Sticks and Rattling Rouges)
No reports of bass, bluegill or perch. Some incidental catches by anglers seeking other species, but overall not the weather for anglers choosing those species.
With highs only in the low-mid 40”s forecasted from Thursday through the weekend, expect to find lakes in the midst of turn-over. Check landings before launching, if messy (floating debris, odd color) go someplace else – if clear – launch and fish.