Large schools of fish
A sure sign of fall is when we start to see fish start group together in large schools. That has certainly been the case this week. Walleyes are biting using jigs and shiners and spinners and night crawlers in 18’-24’ of water around Deepwater Bay, Massacre Island, south shore of Oak Island and Little Oak Island. Water temperature is 63 degrees.
Pike have been found along weed and reed lines and along shorelines. Areas with submerged trees are especially good spots to try. Throwing spinnerbaits with a worm or twister tail on the end has worked well.
Smallmouth 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.
Top water baits and large crankbaits around rocks is where anglers are finding the muskies.
A few more crappies have been found this week using a small 1/4 ounce jig or smaller tipped with a minnow in areas with structure. The cooler it gets the better the fishing will be!