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66° - 70° F
76° - 80° F
Have been fishing a lake very close to home the last few days. This lake gets good in september and october. We caught lots of walleyes and it didn't matter what live bait was used. Minnows , leeches , or crawlers all worked well. Adam, Heidi and Steve enjoyed their time up north and the fish cooperated.
So much for our “hot” summer weather. With night temps dropping to low 50’s to even upper 40’s, and day time highs in the mid 70’s, water temps dropped, and along with it some of our “hot” fishing.
Bluegill: Good-Very Good – Nice catches with some nice Gills of 9-10” included. Tiny tube jigs, small hair jigs and Mini Mite jigs tipped with waxies, as well as small leeches, fished along Coontail edges of 14-18’. Gills suspending in top half of edges.
Crappie: Good – Tall narrow leaf cabbage patches holding Crappies, as well as pilings and boat houses near deep water. Deep, drowned wood on Flowages in 14-18’ producing big slabs to 14” on medium Fatheads and the shiners found in mixed bait.
Largemouth Bass: Good– Top-water action surprisingly good despite cooler temps. Prop baits such as Torpedos and small Whopper Ploppers. Creeper baits also producing. Afternoons for chatter baits and spinner baits. Texas rigging creature baits and Wacky worming a given.
Northern Pike: Good – While spinner baits such as Boonies and chatter baits always good, top Pike of week came on a Johnson Silver Minnow. Four inch swim baits also productive.
Smallmouth Bass: Fair – Just as action heating up, this species took a dive. Some decent action on tubes along deep Coontail edges and over sandgrass flats.
Yellow Perch: Fair – Shallow bite died off by weeks end. Still, some nice 9-10” fish using ½ crawlers on outside cabbage beds of 9-12’.
Musky: Fair – Bucktails best choice right now. Fluted blades that will raise bait over weeds. Big spinner baits also good.
Walleye: Fair – A few bright spots when weather worked in our favor. Jig and crawler/leeches best. Some success on minnows as waters cool.
Looks to be a week of stable weather. Nights in mid 50’s, days mid to upper 70’s. Hopefully, this will bring about some sustained patterns.