Carters Lake

October 2023

Temp 78
Level full
Clarity 4 ft
Ahhhhctober , with hunting season ,football season, youth sports,and school in session the lakes been pretty empty of boat traffic. Which is a nice change after the last few months.  This is also when we get our first real cold fronts of the year . These fronts can really fire up the bite before and during a storm and shut it down on those beautiful blue bird days just after . With the falling water temps and working around the weather fronts we like fish vertical in fall and this month will start ” jigging season ” for walleye.   The weapon of choice is Jigs ,spoons , jig n minnow or plastic anything you can fish straight up and down and ” in their face” is what we are doing . Having good sonar is key . Finding fish , getting the bait to them quickly,  presenting it and moving on if you don’t get bit or working the area if you do is the plan . Cover water and move pretty quick . The fish will be in on the bottom anywhere from 20 to 80ft deep depending on where the sun is and where the bait is holding.  Humps , points ,shoals , any high spot will be the place to start looking.  We have been seeing some really quality fish all summer and can’t wait to see them fatten up for the fall.
     The striper bite has been really good this past month on live bait and on artificials.  We have seen the best bites on med size Alewives and still catching them on the Cast Prodigy 4.1 . This month you’ll still have fish deep on the main lake  , you will also find fish cruising the points for easy meals early in the morning.  There’s also fish up river this time of year feeding on threadfins over the river channel. The trick as always is getting them to eat your bait in the clouds of natural bait. This is a good time to get the Parker Spoons Out and get the fish fired up.