The fishing has been spotty with some good reports and some bad. Lakes that have been having a bit of success are Gull, Whitefish, North Long, and Round. Fish have been heading back to the weedlines. Might want to try in 12 to 20 feet. Go with redtails with plain hook or lindys.
Good luck and come on back and tell us how you did.
If fishing for bass, pending the stage of turnover, I would throw some crankbaits, spinnerbaits and also in-line spinners work very well as well...crankbaits can be used from 15 fow all the way to 2 fow and just change between a medium diver and a shallow diver...I am able to catch fish with crankbatis all fall once the turnover season has gone and have found a shallow running crankbaits fished in 1-4 fow works the best especially in the afternoon with some sun...spinnerbaits are great for covering vast amounts of water in the 1 to 8 fow range and anywhere there is vegetation around these work very well...in-line spinners are great for shallow water and catch numbers of cruising fish along the shoreline...once turnover has occured the bass move shallow in search of food getting fattened up for the long winter ahead...hope this helps and look forward to hearing how you do upon your return...get some photo's as well as fall is the time of year to really catch some big fish...
Walleyes are hitting Lindy rigs and redtails on Gull Lake in 18-35 feet of water. Jigs and rainbow minnows have also produced walleyes on North Long Lake in depths of 20-35 feet. Large sucker minnows are producing northern pike in the shallow weeds of most lakes. Crappies are being pulled from 10-15 feet of water on most of the smaller area lakes. The bass bite is strong throughout the area...
Good luck to you ..
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