The ups and downs of this weather will keep the lakes and the fish both confused. We know that the shorter days are going to bring cooler times and topped off with the chilly mornings will get fish moving to yet a different pattern so start getting prepared. Right now there isn’t a lot of changes in the fish patterns on the area lakes I’ve been on.
Panfish: Perch are in the weeds and using a slip bobber tipped with minnows or tossing a 1/8th oz. jig with a
small minnow seems to be doing the job. Crappies are in the deeper weeds and around structure. Slip bobber rigs with a hook and minnow or a jig and plastic should do the trick. Bluegills are all over in the weeds. Slip bobber rigs baited with red worms or waxies will catch these. Remember we do have panfish regulations on a few of our lakes in the area.
Bass: Largemouth can be found in the shallow weeds and around docks; they will be caught using top water and spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Smallies are in and around the rocks and can be had by using small crankbaits and jerkbaits.
Northern: Will be found in and around weeds pitching jig and minnows or small spinnerbaits and spoons like the Johnson Silver Minnow will get their attention.
Walleye: We are casting 1/8th oz. jigs tipped with crawlers or slip bobber rigs just over and around weeds. Finding some on the deep rock humps using ¼ oz. jigs and a half a crawler.
Muskies: Bucktails and jerkbaits are still working, along with top water and various rubber baits are all going to work for a while now.
Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford's Guide Service, firstname.lastname@example.org (715)891-2715. Website is www.crawfordfishing.com or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook. NPAA #94.