Water temperatures continue to decline across the area with surface temperatures in the high 40’s.
For planning purposes, all public access docks and portable bathrooms have been removed though the accesses remain open.
Walleye fishing has been very good in the area. 18-26 foot depths using larger minnows like creek chubs and redtails has been producing well. Northern pike have also been active in these same areas, though healthy green weed growth in shallower water additionally has been holding nice pike.
Panfish have been deep, inhabiting basin areas. These can range anywhere from 20-50 feet depending on the lake. Small jigs, Tikka minnows and jigging spoons are all good presentation options.
Largemouth bass are biting well around shallow structure like wood and pencil reeds. Spinnerbait and jig-n-pig combinations are tough to beat this time of year.
Smallmouth bass are catch and release only during this period and anglers are finding the on deep rock humps and points from 20-35 feet. Large minnows and a variety of artificial vertical presentations have been best.
For muskie anglers, this is a prime period for big, active fish and anglers are reporting good activity. Lures emulating suckers and tullibee and traditional presentations with large live minnows are great bets.
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