Fall fishing in in full swing. The die hards that continue to get their boats out are being rewarded for their efforts. The weather was great for a few days and getting a break from the rain has had anglers getting out.
Crappies are schooling up in the deepest basins in our area lakes. Some days you’ll find them in big schools, while the next day you might see them in several smaller schools.
The key is using your electronics to locate these fish, and when you do they are typically biting. Try a small jigging Rapala or Northland Puppet minnow, as these baits get down to the fish quickly and you don’t need to rebait, keeping your hands dry and warm.
Walleyes in the fall tend to be found deep, with the lakes all turned over now. Look for hard bottom areas near sharp break lines. Don’t be afraid to look deep, often times you can find fish in 50 feet of water or deeper this time of year.
Pike fishing is also a great species to key on now, as they are feeding actively and are at their heaviest weights all year. The biggest pike of the season are often caught in late October. Big minnows, and big muskie style artificial baits are a good bet to get the big bite. Muskies also have their feed bag on. Avid muskie anglers love chasing the biggest fish of the season from now until the season closes on December 1st. Water temps are still warm enough to make casting baits bearable, and big plastics are often a favorite fall lure to cast. This is also a great time to troll a Big sucker minnow under a bobber for muskies. Minnows from 12-16 inches trolled under a large float is a favorite fall method among muskie anglers.
Fishing is fantastic right now and will be up until ice out. Picking a nice day, or having the proper cold weather gear, can make for an action packed time on the water with some of the biggest fish of season waiting to be caught
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