LATE SUMMER (Mid Aug. - Oct.)
This is one of my favorite times of the year as the fish begin to school up on main lake basins that have a lot of sunken rock structure with deeper water all around. These reefs usually top out at 15 to 25 feet deep below the surface and very often we can catch Walleyes and Northerns around the same reefs.
As fall approaches, mid September to the end of October, the Bass will start to school around the reefs as well so now we can catch all 3 species on some days around these reefs.
We are mainly vertical jigging with 1/2 oz. jigs tipped with minnows or leeches and Lindy Rigs with 1/2 oz. walking slip sinkers and 4-foot florocarbon leaders.
The hooks we use for the Lindy Rigs are usually #2 to #4 Snell Hooks. We use medium-light to Medium 6'6" - 7'6" rods and a variety of jig colors. The most popular colors are chartruse, yellow, fire ball orange & chartruse combos.
This time of year also produces some very big fish as they are feeding on the schools of Ciscoes and other baitfish that are hanging around the structure. This time period is very popular with my repeat customers because of the great variety of fish we can catch. There is a real possibility of catching some huge trophy sizes of all 3 species.