We are starting to see some shiners in the river! The leaves are changing and the walleyes, saugers, sturgeon, pike and bass are biting. The water temperature has held steady this week at 64 degrees but based on this week’s forecast it looks like it is going to start dipping again. Fall fishing is here!
Where, What, How
Walleyes - The best fishing this week has been jigging using shiners outside of Pine Island 7-9 miles out in 22’-26’ feet of water as well as outside of Graceton Beach and Zippel Bay areas. Gold and pink ¼-1/2 ounce jigs have been working best.
Sturgeon- The sturgeon bite has really picked up in the deep holes of the river and bays where there is current. A 4/0 hook, 2 ounce no roll sinker and a gob of minnows works well. Some anglers also swear by adding a minnow or two.
Pike & Smallmouth Bass- Give a jerk bait a try when fishing for pike in the fall in cabbage weeds adjacent to rock structure. Pike often hang out on the fringe of cabbage weeds. Bass are starting to move deeper. Best approach has been starting at 10’-12’ and work to deeper water off reefs and points using a spinnerbait or a jig and a minnow.
According to the 2017 Farmer’s Almanac winter 2016-2017 predictions for our area and areas from North Dakota to Maine will have below normal temps. Ice fishing season is 75 days away. Now is the best time to make your reservations to get your pick on dates. Click here to check availability now.