The fishing continues to be amazing! I really think the smallmouth fishing has been getting better every year. These fish are on an absolute terror right now. The average sized fish is 17”-19” and they are in high numbers. The largest fish recently went well over 6 pounds! It was 23” long with a 17” girth! That is a true Giant! Catching 50+ fish a day is common place at this point. With water temps still hovering close to 60deg I expect this crazy bite to last well into October.
We are catching a decent number of walleye right along with the smallmouth. The average walleye has been 16”-20”. The walleye are being caught in many depths, but during the day 18-24’ has been producing best. After dark I’d concentrate on 5’-8’ foot of water.
The crappie are getting more aggressive by the day as well. I’m seeing large schools of crappie staging near deep water. I will probably start targeting walleye and crappie a lot more as we get into late October. The number of boats on the water recently has been quite low, so there hasn’t been a better time to enjoy a quiet fishing outing and enjoy the fall colors. Good luck!