We’re starting to get hints of fall, as the temperatures are dropping into the 40s some nights. It feels great after a summer that had many very warm days. 

Water temperatures are dropping and soon will be in the 60s. Lake levels are high from some heavy rains and boat landings are in good shape.

Walleye fishing is OK in the area. On the Eagle River Chain, look for walleyes in the 8- to 15-foot range. Jigs and half-crawlers have been the best bait by far. A few guides also are using sucker minnows. Look at the holes on the Chain, as they will be very productive starting in September as it gets colder. By mid-September (barring a warm spell), minnows will be the most productive bait. On the big lakes, fish at the deeper parts of weed beds now. There has been some nice action on lakes like North Twin off the weeds in 12 to 16 feet.

Bass action has been real good, with the largemouths still hitting both plastics and surface baits near cover. Meanwhile, as the crayfish die off in the fall, the smallies turn to minnows. Larger sucker minnows also work very well for smallies at this time in 10 to 25 feet of water.

Northerns are hitting well. Look for lakes with deep grass weeds like Anvil for great action. Both minnows and artificial baits work well in the fall. Try some of the plastics like Paddletails with jigs.

Muskie action is a little sporadic. Night fishing remains the best time to hunt for trophies, but there is good action in the evenings. Bucktails and surface baits remain the best lures for the weeds. There also have been reports of good jerk bait action with baits like Suicks. The large plastics and big crankbaits work for those suspended fish.

Panfish action is good. Fish bluegills with worms in the weeds. Crappies have moved a little deeper; fish 8 to 12 feet on the Chain. Perch as always in the weeds or deeper near the walleyes.

We’re running out of nice weather. Get out there!

Good luck and good fishin’.