We certainly have had some colder weather for this time of year, with a “whiteout” snowstorm  last Friday. For those of us who were on the lake at that time, it was quite an experience. 

Water temperatures are dropping down into the 40s now on all lakes. This is great muskie and walleye time for serious anglers. 

Walleye fishing has been good, with the Chain of Lakes producing great numbers on a daily basis. The correct depth is 15 to 20 feet, with the fish generally near the bottom. Use 1⁄8-ounce to 1⁄4-ounce with  “tuffy” minnows and keep those jigs near or on the bottom. There have been good numbers out there, with some size over the slot limits. On the larger lakes, the fish are also moving deeper. You can catch some walleyes as deep as 35 feet right off the drop-offs on these lakes in good numbers. Here also, the best baits are jigs and minnows.

Muskie fishing will be the best of the year for big fish until the lakes freeze up. This is the time for those bigger suckers for big fish. On all lakes, slow those lure retrieves down and use bigger lures. Jerk baits, twitch baits and live suckers are the best producers during the late fall period, and the fish will be spaced out all over the lakes. The Chain has been increasingly productive as the water temps have declined. Try the weed edges first and move deeper if you don’t get them there. After the turnover there is no thermocline, so you’ll find fish out over deeper water also. On the deeper lakes, anglers have had the best action right off the deeper weed edges with jerk baits and suckers.

Panfish action, especially for crappies, is quite good on the Chain. They have moved deeper and are in 15 to 18 feet of water and quite near the bottom. You will find them mixed right in with the walleyes. Some anglers are fishing perch in the weeds.

Most fishing is basically done now, except for the muskie nuts and a few walleye anglers.

Good luck and good fishin’ and hunting.