Fish go deep as water cools

by Captain Russ from Babe’s Bait & Tackle

As the water begins to cool, most fish species have left the shallower waters and begun to haunt the deepest parts of the lakes.
Walleyes in particular are being caught down as deep as thirty-five feet on lakes such as Vermilion and Snowbank. Minnows have finally made their comeback as the preferred bait for fishing deep. Jig heads up to 3/4 ounce gets your bait down in the target zone. Crawler harnesses are still working too though as most anglers are trolling spinner rigs on bottom bouncers to fill their stringers.
Big pike too have gone deeper, with some large ones have been taken from twenty-five to thirty feet of water.
Crappies have begun to bunch up a bit, look for the schools to be holding in twelve to fifteen feet. Small safety pin type spinners such as Beetle Spins make a great search tool as do small crank baits in the number three to five size.
A few lake trout have been taken with spoons and cranks on Burntside. Most are smaller fish in the three to five pound range with an occasional eight thrown in. With the water cooling, the fish there have been in depths of thirty-five to fifty feet. White and white/green spoon colors working best.

WHOPPER - Jake Hornstein, Ely landed this whopper muskie during an evening trip on Lake Vermilion and sent the photo to Babe’s Bait & Tackle.