Fall is a great time of year to head north to see the change of the season, and of course to head out on the water. Along with Blake, we’re bringing along Matt Bichanich to fish a few lakes we’ve never been on.
To get a sense of what’s going on this time of year, we first head out with friend and pro guide Rob Manthei to talk fall fishing, and see whats working right now. We are targeting walleye, bass, and pike. Rob spends a lot of time fishing muskie this time of year, but he’s always on the lookout for schooling fish. Since we’re targeting walleye, Rob has a bunch of good spots that he thinks will produce fish. Live bait seems to be the best, but the Kalin’s are working too. What works seems to change day-to-day with the changing water temps. Our buddy Henry Abbott is up by Rob every weekend this time of year, so he joins us for this part of the trip as well, so we’ve got a good crew filling out our Recon!
As part of our exploration, we try out a small lake that we’ve never been to in the Land O’ Lakes area. Matt guides us here, and suggests looking for weeks, and break-lines - this is where a locator like the Humminbird are crucial. Baitfish hide in vegetation, and wherever there are baitfish, there are predator fish.
We’re doing some fall exploration of Bayfield county in northern Wisconsin, with our buddy Matty B, and pro guide Josh Teigen. There are so many lakes to choose from, and utilizing the DNR website to zero in on what species or location you want to fish is a good way to start. Hiring a guide is also a great way to get on fish when you don’t know where to start.
We’re doing both on this trip, trying out a new lake in the morning, then switching lakes when Josh joins us because he wants to show us a smaller lake that doesn’t get as much fishing pressure.
We’re back on the river with Big Dave, and this time Blake is along to see the natural beauty & good fishing the lower Wisconsin Dells has to offer. October is a great time of year to catch a variety of fish, and see the changing of the season. We catch walleye & sauger on a bunch of different presentations including nightcrawler, Little Cleo’s, and Jerk Minnows.