Good afternoon.Love your show, geared towards the average angler.Was wondering if you have fished on belmont lake near Havelock and have any suggestions this time of year as the days get shorter and water begins to cool Thanks in advanceBrian

Posted on September 3rd, 2017

Hi Brian, thank you for your kind words. I have not fished Belmont Lake but I know it has a good population of largemouth & smallmouth bass, walleye, musky, pike and panfish. Right now our season is in “transition” which means that out days are getting shorter quickly and out air temperatures are fall every night. The warm surface water is cooling off quickly and soon it will mix with the warmer water below and the entire lake will cool-down. We call this “turn-over”. Generally fishing is best when the water is warm, and after it cools-off. The in-between can make for challenging conditions. My suggestion would be to target both smallmouth & lagemouth bass since they will be still in the shallows. This is an excellent time to catch them on shallow-running crankbaits, top-water lures and especially plastic swim baits. The walleye will already be moving to deeper water and only going shallow early and late in the day. You may want to fish jigs/plastic grubs tipped with a 1/2 nightcrawler in water 18-30′ during the day and with troll or cast lures around structure and weedbeds early and late in the day in water shallower than 10′. Pike and Musky fishing should be good and I would suggest casting lures to contact points that are originating from shallow shorelines and bays. Both pike and musky should be feeding pretty heavily in those areas between now and the end of the season.

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