Whether targeted for fun or for the table, panfish please most anglers– especially lunker crappies and hand-sized bull bluegills. Fall is a great time to catch them, but with variables like changing vegetation, cooling weather, turnover, and fall bait migrations, how do you crack the code for consistent success?
We asked four of the nation’s top panfish specialists five questions about fall crappie and bluegill fishing. Their answers will help anyone become a more successful fall panfish angler.
The swimbait is a lure type that has gone from trophy hunting bass anglers to something used for many different species, including walleye. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be fished all year long, making them some of the most versatile lures used today.
Everyone is throwing bladed jigs these days so sometimes you need to give the fish a different look and sound.
The downsized Chatterbait MiniMax has a downscaled hex-blade and other componentry, but it has the punch to handle big, tough smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass.
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By Louie Stout
Warm weather has hampered the fall trout and salmon run, but the good news is you can expect to see bigger fish in Michiana streams and rivers.
King salmon have been more prevalent on Lake Michigan this summer and are beginning to show up in streams. That’s good news for anglers, as those fish haven’t been much of a factor in previous fall runs.
“Last year it took us 3 to 4 weeks to collect 18 kings for our sampling,” said Lake Michigan Biologist Ben Dickinson. “This year we got 35 kings in one day last week.”
Several coho and king salmon have been moving up the St. Joseph River through the Berrien Springs, Mich. fish ladder but high water temperatures have kept the majority of those fish from making it to Indiana.
And with more warm temperatures still in the immediate forecast, that could continue to stall the run until river temperatures drop.
Using a Moonshine raspberry carbon spoon lure this past weekend, an angler from Ortonville, Mich. turned in a new state-record king salmon.
Luis Ricardo Hernandez Martinez was trolling with Capt. Bobby Sullivan of Icebreaker Charters on Lake Michigan near Ludington early Saturday morning when he caught a Chinook salmon weighing in at 47.86 pounds and measuring 47.5 inches.