Fishing Reports

Fishing with the Guides  by George Langley.   Week of   10/27 to 11/3.

FISHING WITH THE GUIDES by George Langley. Week of 11/10 to 11/17. Wow, is this open water season ending quickly! On the few larger, deeper lakes you will find some diehard anglers pursuing musky or even walleye, but the small and medium lakes are now closed for the winter and anglers are frothing at the mouth to get out there…and there have already been a few truly impatient anglers out testing that ice. It happened so fast that most of us were not prepared for it. This writer cannot remember the water temps ever falling as fast as they did in a week and a half, and I know that it was absolutely miserable as far as weather goes out on the water during that period. And the wind never stopped, blowing and shifting gusts on a daily basis.

We should have some of that old-time walleye ice fishing during the deer season for the first time in a few years. It's time to remind people to double check that ice thickness, especially when you are going out for the first time. Bring your safety picks, check as you go and BE CAREFUL! That ice thickness can vary immensely, especially on lakes like the Chain with current or springs.

Musky action was good this fall, as it always is. The Cisco spawn is on track this week, and it provides great trophy possibilities on those big deep lakes for you last gasp anglers. Fish the areas near the spawning flats, as the Cisco drop off the edges during the daytime. Cisco imitations work very well during this period.

Generally, the early season revolves around walleye fishing in the evenings with tip-ups. That fishing can be good, especially after a day hunting. Medium shiners are the best bait under those tip-ups, but some guys prefer sucker minnows. Use the lightest leaders on those tip-ups you feel comfortable with, and look for the weed edges. You'll be intercepting fish as they move into shallower water and the weeds to feed. Place yourself inside the tip-ups so as not to scare those walleye with the thin ice by movement. Then, hopefully, catch enough for a great supper!

We will also find a few anglers trying for perch in much the same manner as above. Waxies also work well for these fish early in the year, especially near the deep weed edges. Larger perch often act like walleye, so they'll hit those tip-ups also.

Crappies are in deeper water now, and I'd sure let the ice get more think before I went out over the holes. Minnows will work well for these guys when we can get out there, and the Jiggin' Rapalas have worked very well for them also.

Some 'gills in the weeds will be hitting on waxies or spikes.

We’re sure this snow we've had, and what we’re expected to get in the next 48 hours will hold up to provide a good hunting background for the deer hunters. At this point it looks good for the deer opener. We've got a lot to look forward to this week.

Good luck and good fishin’!

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