With the end of fall right around the corner, fishing with boats is winding down — especially with frigid cold weather in the forecast this week.

There are a few walleye anglers out there and, of course, those die-hard muskie guys, but that’s it. The muskie fishing season closes Nov. 30.

The water temperatures throughout the area are about at the 40-degree mark and falling with this colder weather. Many are starting to think about ice fishing at this point.

Lake levels remain high and there are only a very few piers that have not been removed. You’ll see very few boats on the water now.

Walleye fishing has been very good in the last few weeks. The Chain has produced good walleye fishing in the holes, with both very good numbers and some nicer fish. This is a great time to be a walleye angler, but these windy days have certainly made it tougher. Jigs and minnows are the bait to use at this time of year. On the larger lakes, the fishing has been good on the drop-offs and deeper holes up to the 30-foot range. Use larger minnows on these lakes for best results.

Muskie fishing is in high gear, as those fall anglers are enjoying some better action lately. The overall fishing this fall was poor for both size and numbers, but we still have to the end of the month to enjoy it if the lakes stay open. The cisco spawn will provide some chances for big fish on the bigger lakes this month, so that is something to look forward to.

Northerns are feeding with aggression in the weeds and sometimes deeper. They have even been hitting suckers trolled by muskie anglers on some lakes.

Panfish are pretty much done until we get some ice, though a few anglers are catching some nice crappies in the holes while fishing for walleyes.

Get that ice fishing gear out and hope that the ice comes soon. The first anglers out will be the walleye guys with tip-ups. Sometimes they can even get out in the shallow bays during deer hunting season.

Good luck and good fishin’.