We’ve had our usual roller coaster weather for the last few weeks, but looking at the forecast it might be getting colder for good with high temperatures in the 40s later this week.

Fall turnover was delayed on many lakes by this warmer weather, but should be starting in earnest. Believe it or not, it is a little late this year, especially on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. This process will make fishing in the area a little more difficult as far as selecting lakes to fish. The general rule is to avoid lakes that are green and look for clearer lakes.

Walleye are hitting well at this point, but it has been hard to find much size on the Chain. Very good numbers have been had on Catfish, Cranberry and Eagle lakes. The fish have moved somewhat deeper now so try in the 15-foot range. Jigs and minnows are working well, but some anglers are still using half crawlers. For the most part, they are long gone from the weeds. On the larger lakes, reports are that it has been slower, but that the walleyes also are moving deeper. Try the deeper weed edges in 14 feet and actually off the drop-offs. Also try deep rock bars, especially those with boulders on them.

Muskie action has been a little inconsistent as we awaited for more temperature drop and should improve significantly with that drop this week. Bucktails are still working on the Chain along with twitch baits on the weed edges. Suckers have been used for catching fish in the last week and anglers are starting to use bigger suckers for the bigger fish.

Panfish action is good, as usual. Perch have been hitting small minnows in the weeds lately. Crappies are moving from the weeds to the holes on the Chain. They also will hit crappie minnows and small plastics under slip bobbers. Bluegills are still in the weeds and hitting worms on a daily basis. Try to move around to find the bigger size ’gills in those weeds.

Fall is indeed here so it’s almost time for just the walleye and muskie anglers.

Good luck and good fishin’.