Fishing report 25 November 2023

Good morning, cold nights are definitely starting to ice up some of the shallow bays and standing water in the area.  It will still be a few weeks before we can even think about setting foot on it, but it will get there.  No snow in the forecast for the seeable future so that should help to make good ice as well.  The last I heard the water temps were around 36-38 degrees.  On bigger lakes anglers could still get out to chase fish in open water and some are still doing that.  I have heard the musky bite has still been pretty good for the folks willing to go out, with anglers having multiple fish days and lots of action in short time.  

Musky–Like I said anglers are still doing well with Musky on most of the lakes around here.  Using suckers is catching most all of the fish from what I am hearing.  Anglers are finding fish off of points, deep edges of weed beds, and mid lake structure.  

Northern pike–No report on a northern pike bite.  

Walleye–I know a few anglers have been after walleye, but have not heard on how they did good or bad.  Fish should be pushing up into shallower water for the first ice bite, look for fish up on shallow points, mid lake humps, and shallow water adjacent to the basins of the lake.

LMB/SMB–No report on bass at all.

Crappie–I have heard nothing on a crappie bite as of late.  They should also be pushing up to shallower water for first ice.  The best bet would be live bait under a bobber or tightlining a jig with live bait next to the boat.  

Bluegill/Perch–Really no report on panfish right now either.  Panfish should be in and around shallow weeds as well as ice season approaches.  Jigs tipped with waxies or plastics under a bobber or straight jigged should work well.  

Grasping at straws right now to put any kind of report together.  Hardly any anglers and definitely into the transition where we wait for ice so we can get back out there.  The woods have seemed pretty quiet for gun season as well from what everyone has told me.  A few doe and some small bucks taken, but not much as far as giants in the woods.  Have a great weekend and we will talk soon.


Fishing report 18 November 2023

Good morning from the Northwoods. Cooler temps than last week should help for the gun deer season which gets underway TODAY!! Not making ice yet on the lakes but looks to start by the end of the week with highs right around freezing and some lows down into the low teens. From what I am hearing from anglers water temps are right around the 40 degree mark.

Musky–The musky bite will stay good until ice prevents us from fishing for them. Some big fish are being caught on live bait on sharp breaks that head off into deeper water. Slow moving artificial baits and big suckers are the ticket.

Northern pike–No report on Northern pike right now. My best guess would be to fish weed edges that are adjacent to deep water.

Walleye–A few anglers are targeting them but not much on the how or where they are catching them. All I can say is they were buying walleye suckers so live bait is again what is working. Suckers fished on jig heads tossed out and worked back to the boat is how I am guessing they are working the bait. Anglers should see walleye pushing up into shallower water chasing baitfish.

LMB/SMB–Still no report on either species of bass.

Crappie–Crappie should also be pushing up into shallow water as we get closer to first ice. Fish deep edges that used to hold vegetation. Crappie minnows on jig heads or under a bobber will still catch fish.

Bluegill/Perch–Fish weeds for panfish right now as they should still be in shallow water. Look for weeds that still have some life. Even dead vegetation will hold fish this time of year as they are still holding in spots with good oxygen. Small jigs and minnows or plastics will catch fish.

That’s all I got for this weeks’ report. Most outdoorsman/women will be in the woods heavy this week so not much to report on the fish. Good luck to anyone heading out into the woods for gun season, stay safe and enjoy the hunt!