Changing weather affects fish patterns

By Bill Bartusek

What a big change for anglers since the Labor Day weekend.

After a warm and humid summer, autumn-like weather had a large impact on fishing. Water temperatures were in the high 70s until high winds, cold rain and cool temperatures arrived. I found water temperatures just over 60 degrees this past weekend. This put fish in a funk. They started to move and actually quit eating. All the pike I cleaned last weekend had completely empty stomachs. Adding to the weather the summer weeds died and the lake levels are way up.

Fishing familiar areas I found nothing. The weeds were gone and so were the fish. Finally this past weekend the weather started to stabilize and a few fish began to bite.

I expect fishing to improve as we move into September. Surely it can't get any worse.

Hunting notes

The early goose season is open and hunters found lots of geese and had great success. With numbers of local geese up, hunters didn't have a lot of trouble filling out. As the season progresses, geese will wise up and action will slow down.

The bear season is also rolling but action was slow. The warm and humid summer brought lots of berries and natural foods, so bears were reluctant to come to bait. Bears also love wet swampy areas and with all the rain they have plenty of that up north. Maybe the cooler weather will improve hunters' chances at getting their bear.

This weekend brings the opening of the small game season and the archery season for deer. There is a ton of foliage out there, so action will be slow. Deer hunters should be able to pattern deer coming to their food sources.

We'll just have to see how the opener plays out.

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