Water temps stalled out a little bit this week with a little progress made in cooling down. We have a cold front moving in which should continue the water temp drop to get us where we need to be. Regardless, fishing has been really good. Fish are collecting in to pockets on Leech and Woman right now, and the jig/minnow has been a great way to get after them. Most guys have been taking redtails or shiners, and water depths seem to vary quite a bit based on the conditions.
Hair jigs and swim jigs have been working very well on the smallmouth on the shallower breaks. Use a long rod to pitch the jigs and slowly work them back, or you can use a trolling motor to work the edge and essentially vertical jig. While we've been finding pockets of fish in specific areas that you can target, we've also been finding quite a few scattered fish we assume are cruising around feeding.
The muskie bite is still hot all over, and some of the pressure has let off over the last week or two. Most of the casual muskie chasers have hung it up. Quite a few anglers are throwing the bigger rubber baits already, but bucktails are always a good bet.
For those spending time in the woods rather than the water, whitetail and grouse opener was pretty good. Temps weren't too bad, and the woods are already starting to turn pretty fast. There seems to be a few more young birds out there this year which is very nice to see. We've been losing a fair amount of leaves over the last few days as well due to the wind and temps we've been having. We should see some prime-time conditions very soon.