The fall bite is starting to heat up.
Water temp = 67 degrees
Water level = 2.6'
Flow @ 6100
With the cool overnight temps we have started to see the water temperatures drop slightly, albeit painfully slow.
The panfish bite is great! Crappies, Bluegills and a few Perch are starting to feed heavily. Main channel rip rap with sporadic wood is your best bet. We are seeing these fish from the dam all the way down to Pepin, Wi and beyond. Jigs with plastics, crawlers, or fatheads are the top producers.
We are seeing and catching Large numbers of Channel Cats with a few large Flatheads mixed in. Cut bait and crawlers have been the best producers. Look for current seams near deep water on the main channel.
The Sturgeon bite is picking up as well with several fish over 50" being caught and a few breaking the 60" mark. A combination of crawlers and fatheads are best to catch these beasts. Fish the 25 to 35' range on main channel sand flats.
Walleyes and Sauger are starting to appear a little more often each day. This bite is a couple weeks from really getting strong. The fish that are being caught now are primarily coming on crankbaits trolled on lead core, live bait rigs and river rigs such as a "Dubuque rig".
You can expect all of these bites to continue to improve over the next few weeks.
If anyone is out and would like to share some fresh pictures with us please send them to me with any pertinent information about the angler, fish, technique etc. We will get them featured in our reports. Thank You, Chris Winchester