Friday, September 25, 2009

Fishing Report 9-25-09

The water is starting to cool down with the shorter days and the cooler nighttime temperatures. Expect fish to move into transition mode in a big way over the next ten days.

In the meantime, focus attention for larger bass on or adjacent to mainlake structure. Real trophy sized fish are usually caught using live bait while drifting, but you can get some solid action, especially in the afternoons with crankbaits, grubs, jigworms or spinnerbaits.

Trolling for pike with crankbaits or livebait should produce, stick to the outside weededge for larger fish. Hot-n-Tots, reef-runners or deep diving rapala cranks are also good bets this time of year. Stick with white, shad or natural patterns on cloudy days, on sunny days, use silver, gold, or another reflective color with lots of flash.

Musky are already making some transitions. Look for them to come shallow to feed, but otherwise watch for them on your electronics. They will be in small groups chasing baitfish, and can be anywhere from 5-45 feet deep during the day. Bucktails with a gold blade or swimbaits are always good choices this time of year.


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