Cooler temperatures and lots of rain have fish moving in different directions. Shorter days has rutting activity under way.
Musky action has been very good with some really nice fish being caught this past week. With all the recent rain we have had the water is high and fast but we are still catching a lot fish. A lot of our muskies have now transitioned to the slower inside turns on the main river system and to the deep weed edges in the main lake basin. Most of the fish are coming on slow moving glider style baits and jerk baits with a few this coming on live suckers set up on quickset rigs.
Walleye activity has been really good but with the high and cooler water a lot of the fish in the river system have traveled into the main lake and are staging in deeper water 12 to 16 feet deep. You can however catch these walleyes up shallow during low light periods and after dark as they move into the shallows to feed.
Crappie action has been pretty good in the main lake with schools of nice fish suspending down about 4 to 7 feet over 12 to 16 feet of water. To target these roaming schools of crappies look for areas in the main lake with an average depths of at least 12 feet and then run spider style rigs set at various depths to catch these suspended fish.
For you deer hunters the rut is starting. We are starting to see bucks paired up with does along with a lot of activity during daylight hours. To take advantage of this time of the year when the bucks have let their guard down you need to target doe feeding and bedding areas and the transition areas between the two locations. Look for rub lines and scrapes on the ground to pattern the bucks movements and set up a stand downwind of these spots to catch him as he moves through the area looking for an active doe.
Good luck and have a safe week,
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