The recent flashes of both fall and summer have had the fish confused; water temperatures are more uniform within the water column now more than ever. Once you find the fish though, they are hungry!
As is to be expected during this time of year, some days we can knock them out of the park, while others will be a little tougher. Ive seen 10 degree differences in surface temps the last week. Most of your fish are feeding heavy on perch fry and have been responding well to a number of different tactics and locations. The most consistent bite has been on sand in the 24-28ft range but, some days I find a better bite on shallow rock while others trolling deep structure. Lindy rigging larger chubs has been standard protocol as has been snapping some Jigging Raps and Shiver Minnows. Trolling lead along structure is also a very productive method of take on flatter, higher pressure outings. As always keep an eye on the weather, come rigged for anything and graph until you find the fish and you should be in good shape.
Quite a few footballs have been landed in the last week! Finding large boulders isolated off any other structure has been key. I absolutely love my Side-Imaging for this. The 8-15ft range has been the most productive for me, however there will be fish shallower as well. As far as artificial’s go, creature and crayfish type plastics on a jig or 3.5” tubes are mainstays. Rigging suckers or larger minnows will catch fish as well.
On the western basins of the lake pike fishing has been good. Finding deeper cabbage edges with your side imaging and working those areas well with swim baits or chartreuse spinners is a good choice.
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