After that late August cool down, water temps basically stuck at 63-65 degrees for a long time, but that's finally changing. Yesterday we saw the water just barely dip below 60, and as cold as its been the last two days - tonight having the possibility of snow - we're definitely dropping below that now.
The interesting thing is that, save for a few tougher days (especially calm ones), September was a rather amazing bite. We caught numerous limits of fish and had more big fish than I remember in any past September. I don't have much of an answer for why, but I'll take it. We did have to fish rather deep at times to put limits in the boat, but there were also plenty of days you could get numbers of fish below 35 feet all year, especially with wind blowing, which is great.
The fall bite, especially for the big "photo" fish, should get better every day, and we've had one day already with a handful of those mid-20's fish that is indicative of the true fall bite. The jig and minnow hasn't really taken off yet, but reaction baits are doing really well, and the last few days much of the action has been in 20-25 feet, sometimes even up in 15. Some of the big bays are even starting to show strong bites with nice fish already, and your traditional steep and deep structure near river channels is hard to beat.
Speaking of hard to beat...our Wall Hangers leader is still sitting at 27.5, but now is the time if someone is going to break that mark. Can someone land a fall trophy? We'll see! I wouldn't bet against it. You have until October 31!
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