Local Fishing Report
Friday, November 3, 2017
Water temperatures were reported to be in the Mid-Upper 40’s. BIG fish can be caught this time of year as fish are putting the “feed bag” on before the winter months.
Musky action was best around weeds in 8 to 12 feet of water, near baitfish. Fishing in deeper structure produced as well, especially for big fish. Casting bucktails, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and plastic baits have triggered following muskies. Most muskies however have been caught using 8” to 12” suckers on a quick strike rig. Soak one sucker boat side, a few feet down for following fish. Suspend the other, under a slip bobber, over deeper structure.
Anglers fishing the Rock River reported catching a few walleyes and crappies. Crappies were found around fallen trees and wood. A 1/32oz jig or #6 Aberdeen hook baited with a small fathead minnow, suspended under a small bobber, placed tight to structure produced best. Walleyes were found on the edges of deeper holes, along with shallower structure. A jig dressed with a jumbo fathead, 4” plastic tail, or both produced best. Nightcrawlers are also working well for the Walleyes.
Smallmouth action was best along breaks or rock bars. A 5” to 6” sized chub, sucker, or golden shiner fished on a slip sinker rig with a produced the most action. Casting jerkbaits, crankbaits, chatter baits, or swim jigs also worked well.
Largemouth bass were active around green weeds in 5 to 15 feet of water, with baitfish present. Casting square bill or lipless crankbaits, spinner baits, or swim jigs found active fish. A large golden shiner or medium chub baited on a circle or octopus hook suspended under a bobber produced best.
Walleye fishing was best during low light conditions where they were found around green weeds or rocks in 4 to 8 feet of water. Soaking a medium chub, golden shiner, sucker on a #4 hook fished under a lighted bobber has produced. Casting a minnow or shad style crankbait over the tops of weeds was also effective. During sunny conditions, concentrate on deep structure in 20 to 35 feet of water using a jig or lindy rig baited with a minnow. Snap Jigging Moonshine Shiver Minnows, Jigging Rapalas, or Rapala Rippin Raps is another great method for catching fall walleyes as the temps drop.
Northern Pike were active near weeds or along breaks, near baitfish. A slip sinker or slip bobber rig baited with a chub, sucker or golden shiner has produced. Casting spinners, jerkbaits, crankbaits, and spoons also put fish in the boat.
Bluegills were caught in various locations. Look for them around green weeds in 4 to 12 feet of water along with deep structure in 18 to 30 feet. Fish towards the bottom for larger gills. An ice jig or small hook baited with a waxworm, spikes, redworm, or 1” plastic tail fished under slip bobber or on a split shot rig worked best.
Crappies were found suspended around mid-depth weeds early and late, and suspended over deeper water during the day. A #6 Tru Turn hook or 1/32oz jig baited with a small fathead minnow worked best.
Perch were found around sand/rock bars with scattered green weed clumps. A small hook baited with a fathead minnow, wax worm, or giant redworm fished on a split rig or under a slip bobber produced.
Please practice Catch and Release for the Future of Fishing
Becky Smith & Mike Smith