Summer Fishing is Coming to an End

Changing Seasons Changes Fishing

There will be changes coming up in the Northwoods as the days are getting shorter. This will start a process that puts fish of all types to put on the feed bag. This will turn fishing days into catching days and a few good fish fry’s in the near future.


With the growing of this year’s bait fish, you can throw bigger baits such as double 9’s and 10’s spinnerbaits and bigger jerk baits. Waters are starting to stabilize in temps and soon will start dropping as colder nights will become more the norm in weeks to come. Remember that the proper equipment is needed to use certain baits to make your fishing experience enjoyable.

Northern Pike:

Fishing the weed edges with bass style spinnerbaits or inline spinnerbaits such as Mepps #4 and #5 and weedless spoons, such as Johnson Silver Minnows, should get you in a tussle with these water wolves. Jig and minnow combos, fishing near weeds, for walleyes will catch a few also.

Fishing UpdateWalleye:

Look for the deep weed edges that are by sharp breaks for the best results. If the wind picks up, don’t hesitate to go to a heavier jig to maintain bottom contact.


(Largemouth)Bass spinnerbaits (safety pin style) and crankbaits are working well.  If fishing weeds, don’t forget to bring top water baits like a Scum Frog or a Zara Spook; adding this approach will add to your success.  Texas and Carolina rigging plastics will also entice that fish to bite. (Smallmouth) Basic live bait rig is always a go to presentation; also plastics and crankbaits will work well.


For Bluegills, slip bobber rigs are the way to go baited up with a good selection of live bait such as waxies, small leeches and red worms. Plastics are working under bobbers also; you just have to twitch your rod to make sure they have movement action. Crappies will be looking for cover in the weeds, downed trees or around cribs and a slip bobber rigged with small minnow or plastics; work them the same way as with Bluegills. Perch are in the weeds too, and using a selection of small leeches, (if you can still find them) red worms and small minnows on slip bobbers are the ticket for them.

Selective harvest is the way to go.  Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, (715)891-2715.  Website is or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook.

Happy Fishing!

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