The cooler air temps have started changing water temps just a little slower than anticipated. I still have water in the high 60’s and low 70’s which hasn’t changed a lot of tactics yet, but be ready when it changes it could quickly. We all know that any day fishing is a good day but when you’re catching fish it is a great day!
Muskie: I would keep on throwing the larger size baits such as double 9’s and 10’s spinnerbaits, bigger jerk baits and even top water on warmer days yet. Remember that the proper equipment is needed to use certain baits to make your fishing experience enjoyable.
Northern Pike: Fishing the weed edges with bass style spinnerbaits or inline spinnerbaits such as Mepps #4 and #5 and weedless spoons, such as Johnson Silver Minnows, should get you in a tussle with these water wolves. Jig and minnow combos fishing near weeds for walleyes will catch a few also.
Walleye: Look for the deep weed edges that are by sharp breaks for the best results. If the wind picks up, don’t hesitate to go to a heavier jig to maintain bottom contact. Minnows are starting to become more the bait of choice along with crawlers, leeches are getting harder to find.
Bass: (Largemouth)Bass spinnerbaits (safety pin style) and crankbaits are working well. If fishing weeds, don’t forget to bring top water baits like a Scum Frog or a Zara Spook; adding this approach will add to your success. Texas and Carolina rigging plastics will also entice that fish to bite. (Smallmouth) Basic live bait rig is always a go to presentation; also plastics and crankbaits will work well.
Panfish: For Bluegills slip bobber rigs are the way to go baited up with a good selection of live bait such as waxies, small leeches and red worms. Plastics are working under bobbers also; you just have to twitch your rod to make sure they have movement action. Crappies will be looking for cover in the weeds, downed trees or around cribs and a slip bobber rigged with small minnow or plastics; work them the same way as with Bluegills. Perch are in the weeds too, and using a selection of small leeches, (if you can still find them) red worms and small minnows on slip bobbers are the ticket for them.
Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford's Guide Service, email@example.com (715)891-2715. Website is www.crawfordfishing.com or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook.