|A gator pike from Burnt Lake|
|Celebrating a 50th birthday at Central Lake|
Water temperatures have fallen into the low 60's on most bodies of water, while the water levels have remained the same as last week. We have only received a couple sprinkles of rain the past several days. Morning lake fog has been common lately. Future forecast for next week shows rain and cool weather for several days.
|Another quality Burnt Lake northern|
Trolling bigger crankbaits such as mini depth raiders and reef runners along wind blown shorelines has been most successful. Fish are also still hitting bucktails and spoons casting in weed beds. The weeds are beginning to turn brown, which is another sign fall is approaching. As the weeds begin to die, fish will begin to transition to rocky points and mid lake reefs to feed on whitefish. As a final pike note, top water action has been decent but not stellar.
The walleye bite slowed a bit this week with the cool weather. The bigger fish descended to 25-30 ft of water along mid lake reefs. Lots of smaller walleye moved into the 10-15ft water column. Vertical jigging while slowly back trolling 3/8 oz jigs with Gulp, Ripple Shad or Twister tails still out fishes all other techniques. Fish can be caught and efficiently located while trolling deep diving crankbaits (shad rap #7 or reef runners for example). However, be prepared for catching lots of pike this time of year. Some walleye are still hanging on the edges of weeds and in the moving water close to rapids.
Southwest lake has been the darling for walleye fishing. The guests have reported catching lots of 18-20" fish all day long. South Lake walleye bite slowed with lots of smaller walleye moving into the mid lake shoals. The island just north of camp has yielded steady fish. Central Lake best walleye action has been airplane island and hippo rock. West Lake found most walleye on wind blown points along the north end of the lake.
Good luck on the water.