It is sad to see all or most of the fall color gone. I wish there was a way to make it stay longer. Now that the late fall season is upon us, we have a lot to look forward to for hunters and the late fall anglers. There’s a lot more room around the lakes for the fall muskie and walleye anglers.

Water temperatures are sinking to the high 50s on many lakes. This means turnover and anglers will be seeing a lot of green water in the near future as the turnover process continues.

Some small lakes turned already, but the balance will happen on all but the largest lakes this week. With all that warm weather we experienced earlier, turnover is occurring late this fall.

Walleye fishing has been slow in the area, but will pick up markedly after turnover. It’s like the fish sense the advent of that process and stick their heads in the mud. They seem to be spread out, mostly in the deeper areas on the lakes. Minnows are the bait of choice now. On the Chain, the fish will now migrate to the holes and pretty much stay there for the winter. On the larger lakes it’s basically the same process, but without smaller holes to go to. We will find them in 25 to 35 feet of water off the breaks. Larger minnows for bigger fish will work here.

Muskie fishing on most lakes, and certainly on the Chain, has been somewhat slow as they too seem to sense the advent of turnover. They will splurge on feeding after the turnover and feed with aggression for the rest of the fall. Now is the time for slow moving baits; the larger the better. Those jerk baits like Suicks, Eddies and many others fit the bill perfectly. As the fish move in and out of the weeds, you can catch them deeper or in the weeds during their feeding binges. It is the best time of the year for big fish on these large, slow baits or live suckers with quick-set rigs. Remember not to wait too long after the strike to set the hooks, as they will swallow the suckers if you wait too long.

Bass fishing is OK now, but mostly for smallies. Larger parts of this population are deeper and will hit jigs and larger minnows. The clearer the lake, the deeper they will be. For the largemouths, they have been forced to move,and the turnover will have a profound impact on them. You can find them in the weeds all fall, and they will stay in the deeper weeds all winter.

Northerns will hit all the time. These aggressive fish are mostly weed-oriented and will feed on deeper weeds all year. Many are caught by muskie or walleye anglers by mistake as they fish the weeds. Larger minnows work best for these fish, as they are sight feeders. They seem to be sought more in the winter by ice anglers with their tip-up fishing.

Panfish fishing is almost done with the exception of a few anglers. The colder it gets, it seems most anglers wait for the ice to form. As it gets colder, we see only a few anglers fishing the weeds for perch or the cribs for crappies.

It’s almost time to say put those boats away and wait for ice, but if you can stand the cold it can be worth it to try the fishing, especially for walleyes.

Good luck and good fishin’.