An unusually warm and wet October has delayed significant cooling of inland lakes and Lake Erie. Regardless, of the weather, this has been one of the best steelhead fall seasons in years according to anglers and tackle shops. It also has been an amazing smallmouth bite on several area inland waters. With inland lake temps a solid 5 to 7 degrees warmer than normal for end of October, many fishermen are hoping for the hot bite to continue a bit longer.