We are now getting water temps in the mid 40’s and it should change your bait selection to suckers for muskie and red tail chubs for walleyes.
Muskie: Suckers are turning into the bait of choice for fish and anglers alike. Someone should also be throwing a jerkbait or a big crankbait in addition to the sucker.
Northern Pike: Fishing weed edges and or some type of cover with jerkbaits have been boating some nice fish this week.
Walleye: This week we found them on deep mud flats and still on the deep rock humps and early and late in the day you can find fish on the tops and during the day they will go deeper you will have to follow them out. Jig and large minnow combos and lindy rigging with large red tail chubs seem to work the best.
Bass: (Largemouth)Bass are moving out of the shallows and lurking in the deep weed edges. weeds because they are starting to die. If fishing weeds, (Smallmouth) basic live bait rig is always a go to presentation; also, crankbaits will work well.
Panfish: Bluegills are being found on the deepest weed edges where the greenest weeds are, slip bobber rigs are the way to go baited up with a good selection of live bait such as waxies, and red worms. Plastics are working under bobbers also; you just should twitch your rod to make sure they have movement action. Crappies are starting to suspend over some mud flats, small jigs tipped with minnows or small blade baits like cicadas will work. Perch are being caught on the mud flats also using small minnows.
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.