Fishing in Land O' Lakes!

Tips from Colin Crawford's Guide Service

Fishing in Land O' Lakes!

Going, Going, Going...Down

September 23, 2018 ·

The surface water temps are that’s for sure. They have dropped 10-15 degrees depending on the lake. With lower temps you will need to start changing things up as far as your bait choices; live bait, you will need to bring minnows, crawlers and plastics for panfish and walleyes; and suckers (aka sausages) for muskies, bring your banker along for these, rumor has it they are going for $10.00 or better a piece. This week I found fish in the same areas; but falling temps will get them moving.                                                                                                                                                         

Northern Pike:  Getting these fish on the deep weed edges using jig and minnows, tossing a bass style spinnerbait usually chartreuse or white in color should get you hooked up.

Bass:  Largemouth Bass are still up in the shallows, so throwing crankbaits and plastics will get you “ol’bucket mouth”. Smallmouth Bass are starting to move up the rocks; some crayfish imitation baits will catch these.

Walleye: Walleyes have really spread out in the last couple of weeks, we have been catching them on jig and crawlers on the soft bottom and rocks. Watch the water temps you will need to start switching over to minnows as it starts to drop.

Panfish:  Perch are starting to show up in the rocks a lot lately; keep on using jigs tipped with red worms or plastic. Still catching some Crappies in the weeds. Bluegills are in the shallow weeds and can be caught slip bobbering tipped with plastic, waxworms, or a piece of crawler.

Muskie:  Bucktails and jerk baits over and thrown parallel to the weeds are getting fish.

Happy fishing!  Selective harvest is the way to go.  Colin Crawford's Guide Service, (715)891-2715.  Website is or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. NPAA #94. Remember, if you hire a guide, make sure the guide is licensed as a guide.

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