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trip to duluth area

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My father and I are planning a trip to visit my sister and brother-in-law towards the end of sept or the end of oct. We are looking to fish for muskie at least one day of our trip. The rest of the trip we will be fishing for walleye and bass. Would we be better scheduling the trip for sept or oct. The water temps should start to drop by then. What lakes, rivers or techniques would you recommend fishing during that time frame. Any help or comments are appreciated. We are strictly catch and release.

Mark

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Both September and October are spectacular times for muskies on the river and on Island Lake. I would recomend casting if you choose September, but towards the end of October with the unpredictable weather you will want to bring the trolling gear along in case she gets a little to cold out for casting water logged super braids.

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No doubt the St. Louis River. Best musky and walleye fishing around.

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