Fishing has started to get dialed into the fall bite in the last week. We've had great weather for bringing down some water temps, and we're hearing a lot of reports of lakes nearing the 60 degree mark. Fishing has been pretty darn good, and should only get better as the water drops below 60.
Walleye fishing on Leech has been very good. We've been getting a lot of reports of fish stacking up on structure, and anglers have done well getting after them with jigging raps and plastics, but it is hard to beat a redtail or golden shiner. Pay attention to wind direction, particularly if it has been blowing for a day or two particularly on Leech - you can find some real shallow fish if you work the windblown structure and it can make for a fun day pitching jigs.
Muskie fishing has continued to be very good as expected this time of year. The annual area lake muskie tournament produced a lot of big fish. Bucktails and big rubber like bulldawgs reign supreme right now. Fish are moving onto the shallow areas and into the edges of the reed beds.
Smallmouth have been hammering good! Get off the first break from the shallow flats and swim jigs down the edge. Larger boulders and weed edges can collect fish that can be targeted with the drop shot or bouncing a hair jig.
Bear hunting has been very good this year. Lots of bears around, and we've seen a very high success rate. With Deer and Grouse season opening this coming weekend we should see many more people out in the woods! We're excited to hear the reports to see what kind of deer and grouse numbers people see.