Outdoor Report: As the cool weather continues, so does great fishing
We are less than two weeks out from Sept. 1, and everywhere one goes people talk about summer racing along, way too fast for the likes of many. This may well be a summer when the two months of high heat, July and August, do not have a single day that pushes to near 90 degrees; the warmest day so far was 84 back in the third week of July. In spite of a few days in the past two weeks that bumped above 80, temperatures continue to run slightly below average more often than not.
That slightly cooler weather has kept fishing activity very consistent and a few days in the past week, cool, dry days with a northerly breeze have reminded people of September days rather than August. And September, needless to say, is all about autumn and fall sports. We’re into the last two weeks of true summer and time is sliding by pretty fast.
Any mention of fishing this week pretty much mirrors what has been noted last week and, indeed, the previous weeks. In short, walleyes and muskies continue to produce on a consistent basis that is unusual for August. There is no surprise on where walleyes can be found; their deeper water haunts in weed beds adjacent to sand or gravel are where they spend their summers. And as predictable is that basic jig/leech or jig/crawler combination (though some anglers have grown to prefer the newer plastics infused with scent).
Musky action is surprisingly strong for a time of the year when it typically falls off to the point of being wasted time. We continue to hear of very consistent action on muskies (and more than one large northern) on a daily basis. Bucktails are still working well, black or chartreuse seem the preferred color range; a touch of marabou seems enticing as well).
But by this time in August, thoughts inevitably turn to hunting and that was spurred this week as the DNR formalized waterfowl and crossbow deer seasons for fall. The short of it is that the first hunt season of fall 2014 is less than two weeks out when early goose season kicks in.
And if that doesn’t put your mind to autumn, not much will!
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