Attention Anglers: The fishing report will not be updated the first week of December. Those looking to head out may want to check with local bait and tackle shops to get the latest on conditions around the state.
A lot of would-be anglers are deer or duck hunting and the weather has made it difficult for those wanting to fish. Between the strong winds, rain, snow or cold there is not much to report for the last week. The Catch and Release sturgeon season on the Great Lakes and Connecting Waters will close on November 30.
Fishing Tip: Gear maintenance is an important task
With the colder months quickly approaching, many anglers may be getting ready to store their gear for the season. There are a few maintenance tips you should follow so your quality gear is ready to be used next season.
1. The biggest tip is to always make sure all your gear is clean and completely dry before storing it. Start by cleaning everything (rods, reels and lines) in fresh water with soap or the manufacturer’s recommended solution to remove any materials that may have become attached or embedded.
2. Now is a great time to inspect your gear for any damage – and thus make repairs or prepare for replacements.
3. Don’t store any of your gear in direct sunlight and don’t store any of your gear where heat and/or moisture might build up.
4. Have waders? Air them out completely and don’t forget to hang them upside down for the months they are out of use.
The Weekly Fishing Report is intended to give anglers an idea of what is going on around the state. Updates come from DNR Fisheries seasonal and field staff, and DNR Conservation Officers. With more than 11,000 inland lakes, the Great Lakes and thousands of miles of rivers and streams, not all locations can be listed. However, it is safe to say if a species is being caught in some waters in the area, they are likely being caught in all waters in that section of the state that have that species.