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Fishing Report
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Now that the water temps have cooled, some walleye anglers are reporting that the bite has picked up again. The fish have been holding at mid depths between twelve and eighteen feet of water and are readily taking both crawlers and minnows. The action seems best late in the day and for some, some larger "eyes" have been taken during this period. Slow trolling Lindy style rigs at or near the bottom. Some also are having luck with larger sized crank baits at these same depths. A few folks are extending their days and are scoring some fish right at sunset, fishing minnows under lighted bobbers near the mouths of shallow bays.

Northern pike too have been striking both spoons and spinner baits fished along weed edges and reefs extending from mid-lake islands. Sucker minnows are working there as well, when either fished under a bobber or with dead suckers or smelt fished right on the bottom.

The trout bite has slowed somewhat or perhaps they have gone a bit deeper, but none the less are still striking crawlers fished at ten to fifteen feet for some, with others trolling tiny crank baits and spoons a bit deeper.

Crappies are starting to bunch up and are readily taking small minnows or soft plastics fished on a jig. Look for them to be suspended mid way down in the water column.

Walleye fishing has improved somewhat with the advent of cooler temperatures. Most anglers are still relying on crawler harnesses to do the job, and it's paying off. While many of the fish are still relating to structure such as reef tops and island points, some are finding the fish staging at the mouths of bays in relatively shallow water. This is where crankbait fishermen are garnering some decent catches as well. Try working the drop-offs in ten to eighteen feet during the day and gradually moving shallower as evening progresses. Fishermen at dusk and into the evening hours are beginning to score on minnows fished under a slip bobber, changing over to lighted bobbers after dark, as fish move as shallow as six feet in some cases.

Northern pike anglers are scoring some good numbers while casting spinner baits and spoons throughout the day, but the most exciting bites have occurred early and late in the day by fishing top water offerings. Large plugs such as Zara Spooks, Baker's NST-S poppers and Suick floating lures are scoring big. Remember to use adequate wire leaders as some of the fish are stiking the lures head first, or totally engulfing the baits.

Trout fishermen are taking advantage of the resources available in the area. Good numbers of rainbows are sucking up crawlers fished under a bobber, while others are catching their limits trolling small spinners and tiny crankbaits fished from ten to fifteen feet down in the water column. Best lakes recently have been Miner's Pit and Tofte Lake. For some larger trout, try trolling spoons and large crank baits on Burntside or Snowbank for lake trout. Although no huge lakers have been taken of late, folks have been more than happy with the trout in the three to eight pound range.

Crappies have begun to school up again, with some in the twelve to fouteen inch range being caught. Most fishermen are keeping close mouthed about their "honey holes", but if you put in the time searching, you can locate the fish suspended from eight to twelve feet down during the day and moving into the shallows right at dusk.

The walleye bite is still active around the reefs and sunken islands in eight to twenty feet of water by day and on adjoining flats in four to eight feet in the evening.The early bite seems to be on minnows and as the day progresses, the bite turns over to crawlers on a spinner and slow trolled crank baits. When using cranks, size apparently matters, as some of the bigger walleyes are striking larger size Rapalas up to number 11s. This is also the go to bait for late evening action, and some folks are also having success using lighted bobbers with a minnow after sunset.

Smallmouth bass are still smashing top water offerings when the lake surface is calm, then the action seems to go deeper with small cranks and soft baits when the chop is on the water. Spinner baits are working their magic too, but be prepared for the occasional pike to inhale your lure and run off with it. Pike will readily take spoons too, but their favorite seems to be live suckers fished under a float.

Many good numbers of trout are being reported to from lakes like Miners, Tofte, and the Galcier ponds. The simplest way to catch them is to suspend a crawler under a bobber, but tiny crank baits and spinners will do the job when casted along shorelines in six to ten feet. Some rainbows have been caught exceeding twenty inches in length.

With the summer season drawing to a close, many families were out on area lakes enjoying the good weather and active fish. Youngsters were having a ball catching some nice bass and panfish, and the occasional pike. Most of the bass caught were slamming spinner baits or top water lures fished right along the shorelines or under boat docks. Some of the smallmouth bass caught were exceeding the 20" mark, which are true trophy size fish. Some youngsters were having a ball catching most of their fish just using a crawler suspended under a bobber. This method was also effective in catching a good number of trout on the area local lakes such as Tofte, Miner's and the Glacier Ponds, right off the shore. Some anglers using boats to slow troll small crank baits, spinners and spoons were also reaping the rewards.

Walleye fishermen are still managing to catch decent numbers of good eating size walleyes in the fifteen to eighteen inch range. Crawler harnesses and crankbaits trolled along deep water breaks were the most effective. Although few true lunkers have been caught, anglers were still pleased to catch at least a few fish for the dinner table.

Lake trout are still to be had on Burntside lake, with most of those being caught in the three to seven pound range. Spoons and crank baits fished along the thermocline in approximately thirty to forty feet down have been most effective. Lure color didn'r seem to be as important as locating the fish and moving quietly along.

Now that the kids will be heading back to school, more of the serious anglers will be showing up to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and increased action as the water temperatures begin to plummet. These can be some of the most productive times of the season, as fish begin to put on the feed bag to see them through the winter months ahead.

Anglers are still finding cooperative walleyes on many of the area lakes recently. Most fish are being caught using crawler tipped spinner rigs, but some folks have been doing well with crank baits trolled along drop-offs at the mouths of shallow flats both early and late in the day. The mid-day bit has been somewhat deeper, as folks ply the waters over eighteen feet down.Some are having success in the late evening hours fishing minnows under lighted bobbers in the shallows.

Trout anglers have been doing well on Tofte Lake and Miners Pit by trolling small crank baits and spoons. Set your depth at ten to fifteen feet down during the day. Early and late these same trout are striking lures run right at the surface. A crawler under a bobber will also take many of these same fish. It's an easy way to fill a stringer and all it takes is a little patience.

Smallmouth bass will readily attack a surface lure as these calm mornings continue. Work your baits around weed edges or on mid lake rock piles early in the day and use sub-surface cranks and soft baits as the sun rises higher in the sky. Spinner baits are taking their toll on bass throughout the day, but one must expect to donate a few to the pike that are lying in wait in the same waters in search of a meal.

While on the subject of pike, try trolling larger profile crank baits near weed edges and rocky points. At this time of year, no lure seems to be too large to entice some of these monsters to bite. Spinner baits and spoons will work very well for those willing to keep casting. Some impressive numbers are being reported, but most of the fish are in the three to five pound range, which happen to be the ideal size for eating, although some true line busters in the ten to fifteen pound range have been taken.