Walleye fishing has picked up quite a bit across the area over the last couple of weeks. We're seeing the water temps coming down, and fish are getting piled up a little more on structure. Jigging raps have been a great way in some spots to target the schools. Best depths on most area lakes has been 15-20', and it is hard to beat a redtail and a jig right now.
Muskie fishing is still hot right now. They're fired up and eating all sorts of stuff. Most anglers are having success on rubber and jerkbaits, but it is always hard to go wrong with a bucktail. We haven't heard a lot about topwater action, but typically those can heat up this time of year as well.
Smallmouth have settled in on the breaks adjacent to the rock flats. Hair jigs and swim jigs have been working the best by far. Fish are aggressive and eating well. Drop shots work wonders, but the fish are aggressive enough you shouldn't have to resort to them unless you have a school anchored up on a spot with a case of lock jaw.
Bear season opened up this weekend and we heard many reports of success. Sounds like bear movement has been top notch, and lots of nice bears being seen and harvested. This cooler weather has really helped, and the patchy food crop out there has kept the bears eating.