We’ve had some great summer weather this week, but at night we’ve had the feeling of fall coming with cooler temperatures.

Water temperatures are cooling slightly on all lakes and for fish that is a warning that fall is coming. Days have certainly become shorter, cutting into our evening fishing. 

Water levels are higher with the heavy rain of last week. The weeds are beginning to die off in the shallow water, causing fish to start moving a little deeper. In general, the fishing has been pretty good for most species.

Walleye fishing has been good on the Chain of Lakes, but the fish have been small. As fall arrives, we will see a stronger bite by the bigger fish in and just off the weeds. Right now, jigs and minnows have been working well, with crawlers a good second bait to take along. Fish in the 6- to 12-foot range. The larger lakes also have walleyes moving a little deeper, with fish in the 12- to 20-foot range. Jig and minnows are definitely good on these lakes. On the clear, deep lakes, we’ll soon find the fish going to deeper water and will hold in schools as deep as 30 feet.

Bass fishing remains very good in the area, with the largemouths still hitting plastics and surface baits in relatively shallow water. Look for everything from bulrushes to piers and other shallow structure for these fish to be lying in ambush for prey. Wacky Worm lures have been extremely productive near piers. Smallies have been hitting well mostly in deeper water with either deeper crankbaits or plastics with heavier sinkers. Look for rocks or hard bottom for these fish.

Northerns
, as usual, are working the weeds for minnows and smaller panfish. They will hit sucker minnows. For artificials, use No. 3 or No. 4 Mepps spinners in the weeds.

Muskie action has been pretty good, with the feeding windows of the fish growing longer. These fish will suspend in deeper water and then come up to the weeds to feed daily. In the weeds, the best baits ae bucktails and surface baits, but as the water temps decline, jerk baits work very well. Many anglers will fish for them in deeper water as the muskies tend to suspend. Use plastics or crankbaits in deep water. Some big fish have been caught using Bulldawgs or Medussas.

Panfish action is good, with an increase in crappie action in the weeds. Small plastics like Cubbie Jigs or Twister Tails are working as well as minnows. Bluegills are in those weeds also, and usually pretty shallow. Worms work best for these fish. Perch are in the weeds also, but deeper, with leeches working well for these fish.

It has been beautiful out there. Take advantage of this weather before it turns colder.

Good luck and good fishin’.