Posts Tagged ‘fall fishing’

Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (10-23-10)

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

The last three weeks has seen surface temps at 58 degrees, with a rise to 62, and a steady decline to where it is today at 52 degrees.  The last couple of weeks there has been a steady bite for walleyes.  I was catching walleyes in 18-22 feet of water last week.  This week was a different story.

In what was the best fall bite I have experienced since our time here on Thunder Lake, I boated 42 walleyes in the last 2 nights with the full moon.  The bite was fast-paced in 23-28 feet of water with the biggest fish being a 18.5″ walleye.  Nothing too big, but if you were looking to have a meal, you would have had your pick of consistent 15-17 inch fish.  Perfect size for the frying pan.  Jig and minnow setups have been the go-to choice for me.  I have been using rainbow chubs throughout the fall.

Haven’t fished crappies lately since I have been so intent on chasing the walleyes, but I know there are people still hitting the crappie bite as well.  Not sure how long that bite will last.

Given the forecast for the coming week and the cool down that will occur, I have a feeling the crappie fishing will slow down, but the walleye fishing bite still should probably be good until the water temps dip to the low 40’s and approach turnover.

These last two nights got me thinking about Thunder Lake as a fishery.  Between the continuing stocking program in odd years by the DNR and the natural reproduction that occurs, I think it’s safe to say that Thunder Lake has a bright future for walleye fishing and that the stocking program has been working. The numbers are definitely there and I have seen an increase over the last 3 year on the average size of walleyes being caught.

Heading out tonight again in the coldfront and east winds.  We’ll see if it has a big effect on fishing.  I’ll keep you updated.

“See You At The Lake”

Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (9-29-10)

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Water surface temps are now down to around 60 degrees as the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler.  We have had abnormal east winds for the last 2 weeks or so, which definitely has an effect on fishing.  The weather has started to become a little more stable and normal for early fall.  The fall colors are absolutely gorgeous on Thunder Lake right now.

Crappie fishing has been great all year and has still been good within the last week.  We can’t believe how consistent the bite has been.  Little crappie jigs have been working over mid-lake structure adjacent to deeper water where the crappies are holding and suspending in 15-20 feet of water.  I have to also believe that bobber and minnow setups would still be a good option as well.  Perch, sunfish and bluegills still are being caught all over the lake, but not much for size to report.

Bass fishing for smallmouth and largemouth is still pretty good as well.  Our guests have been catching largemouths on spinnerbaits in shallower water.  Smallmouths have been being caught on topwater poppers and have also been being caught accidentally while fishing for walleyes with jig and minnow and lindy rig setups.  Both species of bass have begun to put the feedbag on to prepare for winter.

Walleye fishing has still been slow lately.  A few were picked up by some of our guests last week, but overall nothing too hot.  The water temps are getting to the point where soon enough I think the walleye bite will pop and the good fall fishing bite will be on.  I have been trying to get out myself a little lately to see when that happens.  When it does, I will be sure to post it on here.

Stay tuned.

“See You At The Lake”