Fall has slowly but surely gotten here, but it arrived with a pile of rain. Local rivers are running high and dirty after yesterday's big rain, but when they come back into shape, there should be a good push of fish. There should also be some good mudlines forming up out in the lake for those looking to troll. Fishing the edges of those mudlines can be very productive. Some of the best trolling of the year is upon us, and it's also some of the easiest fishing. Planer boards, or flatline trolling is most productive. Floating Rapalas, scatterrsps, flicker shads and bombers are all popular lures to run. Fish have been caught in the 15-20 ft depth range trollling lures about 5-10 feet down. Some days the fish are out over deeper water, but still high in the water column.
On light tackle, the fishing has been great for nearshore trout right up shallow in the rocks. Throwing spoons, x-raps, or soft jerk baits has put some nice splake, browns and even a few Steelhead in the boat.
Smallmouth fishing is getting better by the day, water temps are still hanging right near 60 degrees, but its cooling down a little bit everyday now. In the fall, look for schooling fish near deep breaks, rocks, or places of current. If you find one, there will be others. Dropshotting, jigging spoons and live bait work best.