Fishing Report: It’s fall patterns as temps drop

By George Langley

NORTHERN WISCONSIN – It certainly has been beautiful out there. The bad thing is that the color doesn’t last long enough. It seems last week was probably about peak up here, with all the wind and the bit of rain we’ve had.

Weather continues to be unpredictable with expected highs in the upper 50s then crashing to low 40s — but it remains to be seen what we will actually see. Water temps in the area are finally entering the 50s. It’s been a slow descent, which has slowed down the progress into autumn, but we are seeing some typical fall patterns now. No talk of turnover yet, but surely it’s starting on some of the smaller lakes.

Walleye fishing is good right now. The fish are moving deeper as you read this. On the Chain, look for fish in the 15 feet and deeper range as they move to the holes. Jigs and minnows are the best bait now. Use a 1/8 oz. jig, unless it’s windy and more weight is required. On the deeper lakes we are also seeing fish going deeper – as deep as 35 feet. One place to check out on these lakes, especially in the evening, is deep rock humps.

Bass are still hitting, with smallies being very active in deeper water. Look for cribs or rocks in these areas. Jigs and minnows or paddle tails will give you good results. It has been a great year for these fish, and hopefully this trend will continue for a while. Largemouth are slowing down as the water temp drops, but are still using deeper cover. On sunny days you can still find them under piers. Wacky Worms are still best when shallow.

Northerns are hitting well in the weeds. Try some Mepps #3 or other spinners for best results, or sucker minnows under slip bobbers at different depths.

Musky fishing has been good lately, with good numbers of fish reported. Look for deep weeds and fish those edges. Suckers are getting good action now but jerk baits and crank baits are working, too.

Not too many panfish anglers now. We are seeing some perch in the weeds and crappies are moving deep toward the holes, just like the walleyes.

Good luck and good fishin’!

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