Ivan Martin

All this cool weather is great! The water temperature is dropping and the fall fishing patterns have started.

The crappie fishing on Grand is going to be better (I think) than it has been for the last few years. The population of fish seems to be better and from the reports I have heard, and from what we have caught, it really seems encouraging.

However, with the rise of the water level the last few days the bite slowed a little for us on the crappie. But the level is dropping now so I think the crappie will pick up again.

The whites are biting as well or better than at any time this year.

I worked for Zebco 20 years ago and recently got to fish with a couple of guys who worked there with me. Jack Ferguson and John Ludwikowski and I caught several blacks but 200 whites on our trip. There were several really big whites.

John is from Kansas City and Jack has a place in Florida.

I have not talked to many catfishermen this week but the ones I did speak with said that they have had a tough time lately.

The blacks are biting pretty well but it is harder to catch the big ones now. But that is fairly normal for this time of year. The water temperature will drop a few degrees more and the bite will improve.