From Kurt’s Island Bait for the date 9-9-14:
Early fall fishing with a twist. Heavy rains on Thursday (3 1/2″) caused lake levels to rise. Flowages, usually dropping at this time of year, have been rising by 2-3′. Another shot of rain and some colder temps (highs in the low 50’s during the week, then rising to upper 50’s for the weekend) will throw another monkey wrench into the typical early fall fishing patterns.
Largemouth Bass: Good-Very good. Despite a dip in action after last Thursdays thunder/ hail storm, largemouth bass recovered nicely. Best action has been on wacky worms and pre-rigged plastics. The colder weather has made jig/pig combos necessary to pluck fish out of heavy cover on cooler mornings.
Crappies: Good-Very good. Varying reports depending on lake type. Flowages- deep wood….getting deeper due to rising water levels. Some lakes seeing crappie action in as little as 5′ on these overcast days. Nice fish reported this week in the 10-13″ range. Casting small beetle spins, Charlie Bees and 1/32oz jigs with 1″ twister tails.
Smallmouth Bass: Good. Oddly favoring shallow weeds of 5-7′. Cast Rattle Traps and Rattlin Raps or shallow running cranks over weed tops.
Musky: Fair-Good. Not much on size reported this week so far. Best action on bucktails this week. Shallow weeds of 6-9′ best.
Bluegills: Fair-Good. Action actually good but weather not nice to bluegill anglers. Small leeches, pieces of worm suspended below small floats producing nice catches out from deep weeds of 12-16′.
Northern Pike: Fair-Good. Casting jigs tipped with suckers / chubs or 3-4″ twister tails or paddle tailed grubs are best. Blade baits also scoring well.
Walleye: Fair. Weather made it tough to sit on deep spots late last week. Rising water on lakes and especially flowages are throwing off early fall patterns. Chubs, fatheads, crawlers and leeches (where available) are all producing some action. It should improve with these falling lake temps.
Yellow Perch: Fair. Few reports.
Average lake surface temps fell from an average of 71-73 deg. to 67-68 deg. After heavy rain and hail on 9-4. Cooler Temps moving in this week will probably drop temps even more. After such a cool summer, it seems cruel to start off September this way. Wild bait (Musky suckers, Redtailed and Black tailed chubs) are very hard to get due to extremely high water levels.