Bill Schiess was in the shop today. We had to ask when he thought the lake would ice up. His answer:” any night now!” Last year the lake iced up during the night of 11/21-22. Until it ices up this year, use intermediate lines to present leech patterns in fall colors. Shorelines and around weed beds are best locations, but hurry: the fishing season here ends November 30th.
Problem here is road conditions. It is best to check on them before going here. Once you get to the lake anywhere in shallow waters is where the action is whether you choose to walk-in or use a boat. Intermediate lines to present scud, wooly bugger and small streamer patterns bring the best chance of success.
Fish are in shallow water all around the lake, and fishing ranges from good to excellent depending on location and weather. Leech and streamer patterns on intermediate lines are the trick, but watch the weather because roads getting there can be tricky.
No real change in the past few days. Best action is along the southwest corner of the lake and near the State Park. Action along the north shore is picking up, but will really get going as we cool off further. Scud patterns remain very effective, and small leech patterns will work.
Fish are moving to shallow water, but fishing has been a bit spotty in some places. Right now best shallow water fishing on the lake is around the State Park where there are plenty of places to wade. Leech patterns in fall colors on intermediate lines result in the best chances for action.