Big Bob's fishing report: Oct. 18, 2017
Bass fishing has picked up, with a variety of baits working. Top-water with a buzz bait or whopper popper or a popper will bring some keeper-size bass to the boat. The new Teckel frog has arrived and will be a winner. It has a tail like the whopper popper and is just about snag free. These are hard to come by, so if you need anything grab them when you find them. Jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water will also bring some bass to the boat.
Crappie have been active with live minnows the top bait. We have minnows in stock and will keep them through the winter months. It won’t be long before the Bama Rig becomes effective, and on Nov. 1 we are scheduled to get 1,200 minnow-type baits for these rigs. The popular bluegill color, smoke purple, smoke red and the blue color are among those due in. Come and get them as they go fast.
Big bluegill and walleye can be caught in 25 feet or more of water on night crawlers. Walleye are also being caught on deep-diving crankbaits. Norman’s DD22 in purple has been working well on walleye. Cooler temperatures will continue to improve fishing for all species, so now is the time to get on the water.