Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
cranken21

LOW Mid September???

30 posts in this topic

Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions, Myself and five buddys are going to be on LOWs in mid september. We will be fishing out from pine island. Should i bring my riggers? Is live bait the way to go? Is it worth it to try Garden or Knight Island? Any Information would be great. Are goal is to find some bigger fish if possible. Thanks again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bring your riggers or something to troll with. There

ought to be a fleet of Charter boats out in 25 feet of

water doin great. There might be a jig bite goin but

it would be kind of early to expect one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will second that. Definitely bring the riggers or some deep divers. We did very well out from Zippel Bay in mid September last year. The fish were showing a preference for reef runners on boards over the riggers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As Curt and Bigfife said, bring some trolling stuff. THere has been a pretty good bite in 26' out in front of the gap. Most of the charters are there, but we caught bigger fish out another mile or so in 30'. Heading in to the cabin, there were a few boats baitfishing in front of the Morris gap so we dragged some bait around for a bit without any action. However, there were fish on the electronics. Steve at the Log Cabin had some shiners on Tuesday--said there are a few showing up in the river.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Srj,

Thats the kind of news fall fishers want to hear. Shiners

are one of the big keys to making the whole thing work.

Those fish out in front of Pine will Stay there now and

move back and forth into the gaps and river. If you are

baitfishing watch for the clouds of baitfish on your

electronics, once you see a few of them in the same area

anchor up and start fishing. Give the fish a half hour

or so to find your jigs and the action should be pretty

steady.

It is still early but the Shiners moving in gets us closer.

Those charter boats will continue to do well trolling. If

you dont have riggers, 20 to 26 feet are perfect depths to

start pulling lead core or deep divers. Not as extreme as

35 feet.

Good Luck everyone

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the info guys. Keep it comming. We will be up on Saturday, cant wait.

Thanks again

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cranken,

The last bit of news I got was the bite slowed over Pine

over the weekend. The Charters boats slid down to Long

Point and got the job done.

There are a few days this week of cool down that could

coax the fish back to the gaps. I plan on fishing Saturday

afternoon and Sunday morning with CatMan Lee. He says

theres no way he can fish a whole day and not catch 5

Catfish. ?????????

At this time it looks like it could be a very pleasant

weekend.

Good Luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Curt,

I'm looking forward to getting up there and fishing for some Eye's. It's still a little early for the fast action, but the weather looks pretty good right now for this weekend.

Talk at ya later.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I hope the riggin picks up outside the gap this weekend.I plan on coming up on Sunday and I really don't feel like driving to far out to find fish. My boat is a little small to be venturing too far out. Curt if you hear any other reports let me know!

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Milkdud, I fished a few hours on Monday having a pretty good bite. There was a stiff SW wind so I didn't venture too far--rigged from Morris Gap just about to the Lighthouse Gap in 23-25 feet. Just a few small boats like mine but around a dozen charters. A couple charters came in from the west--maybe the LP bite slowed or it was too bumpy offshore. Had to check lines often for draggers--lots of little saugers hitting. Good numbers of keepers too.

Picked up some emeralds from Log Cabin. Tried anchoring, then drifting a jig, then a rig, then a spinner--no bites and I could see fish. Dropped the balls and caught fish.

Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the report I will give it a try this weekend. It sure beats yard work!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks srj,

I'm getting excited about this now. The weather still looks

good and I like the part about fishing out in front of Pine.

I dont mind the run to Long Point but we want the fish to

pile in the Gaps and start moving into the river. The

sooner the better.

Are you around for the weekend Steve?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm hoping to get up this weekend Curt--Monica says she needs some time by herself to get a giant box of old pictures in order. What channel can I catch you on if I get on the water?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will have my radio on 88. If we hook up we can move

to another. It will be early to mid afternoon before we

are on the water. By that time you will have the fish

surrounded for us...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

88 it is. Probably late morn for me if I go. Hopefully I'll have some idea where they are instead of where they aren't!! Gotta try bait first--hate it when I can see em but can't catchem like last time.

Hope the big blows haven't dirtied things too bad.

MilkDud, what you fishing out of? I'll be in a white Yarcraft tiller.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Darn windy again today Steve. Soon time for a taste of some mild Indian Summer type weather I'd think!

I am so ready for the fall Jig-a thon.....Saturday will be 3 weeks since I've been on the pond, ouch! Been getting some Catfishing in and I also did some Bass fishin on the Rainy so I'm still sane!

Have a good weekend guys.

Norm

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Norm. Three weeks--must be going thru withdrawal, eh. My boatmate just called and is waffling about this weekend. If he cancels, you want to hop in? Kinda worried about the water getting dirty--Mon 36 mph gusts, Tues 40+, Wed 30 (here anyway), today 30--ugly stuff. Week ago Wed was 94 on the lake--hot but a lot better than this crap.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You betcha that could be in the cards iffin your bud drops out. Meet ya at your cabin, the ramp, or the bait store either day....Or both!!! E me when you know whats up.

Yepper bad bouncey barometer and wicked mixed up winds these days. Blowing 20 and gusting 35 here today, Yikes! On and off rain too all morning.....Plain nasty and even "Bobber" my big brown Lab don't wanna go outside!!! Weather is looking pretty nice for the weekend anyhow.

September is transition time and I expand my horizons by dabbling in other fishes while patiently waiting for the Shiner run eh.

No withdrawls for me......Peeled out of Roseau yesterday at 440. Spent a half an hour stomping up a couple dozen big frogs en route to the Red N of Drayton. Lines set at 630..... out of bait at 9. 3 lines, 16 Catfish with 2 being widebody 36 inchers, and a fat 26 inch Walter ate the last frog just after dark.

Suppose I'd better bring jig rods, rig rods and a troll setup iffin I make it to your place at Bostic. Note to self.....Stop at Strieffs and get more Chartruese/white rattlin max gaps!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Glad you avoided withdrawal--those big kitties kinda spoil you. Will know tonite or tomorrow morn at the latest if I'm going solo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just another Question for you guys, does anyone use red tails up there this time of year? thanks again for all the help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Man I'd sure use them if I could get them! Baitshops up here don't handle them. Great bait for big fish , as are Creek Chubs, larger Rainbow Dace too. I plan on having plenty of Creek Chubs and Dace come October this year, if the Otters don't eat em all first! I had a hard time catching ANY Redtails this summer.

Steve, shoot me an e one way or another once you got the grip on your plan! I live day by day so whatever and whenever works for you works for me!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Curt, little change in plans--won't be up until Sunday so I guess you get to surround them!! Boy this will make it easy--just look for the big lund flailing fish, eh.

Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just look for the flying eggs and bacon in the morning at Riverbend. Way easier to find him in there than on the water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Predawn low light you'll see sparks flying off the knife and fork too!

Curt are you gonna have CML with ya?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ever see someone eat a whole loaf of bread in the morning? The man loves his toast.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • ZachD
      So I am torn I want to put a graph in my smaller boat.. I love my lx 6 flasher and am thinking about getting the high speed transducer for it and just going with that but I don't get why they charge $199 for it when bird and lowrance ducers are far less   I almost pulled the trigger on the lowrance hook 4 with down scan and chart plotter at gander for $179  I don't care about the chart plotter really as I have a big hand held gps that I use in that boat and that screen is larger than the hook 4 when you have it split plotter and graph they only had the display model left and wouldn't go lower price so I passed   If I can find the hook 4 at another gander that doesn't have the chart plotter for cheaper I may go with that   Does any one have experience with the lx on open water I hear it is at par with an lowrance elite 5 I am kind of wanting to go with that but don't know   What would you do run the lx open water or go with hook 4 with down scan  
    • bmc
      We survived our trip!  LOL   Fishing was steady.   We caught 30 walleyes in 3 days of fishing.  Usually fished from 11 am to 4 pm.  The 'eyes were running small, lots of 11 to 13 3/4" fish, but we did get 3 keepers.  We also kept a few nice perch and crappies.  We also caught a few snake northerns.   Jigging w/ chubs produced the best, but I did catch a few 'eyes on the crawler lindy rig combo.  Mid lake structure and underwater points off of islands all produced fish.  Mayflys were hatching, but the fish were still hungry. I did catch a 4-5 lb channel cat in the Savanna River one evening.   We stayed in the south loop of the Army Corp campground.  We liked that we were w/in about 30 yds of our boat which we kept at the dock.  The river on the north side of us and the lake on the south side offered a nice breeze to keep things cool and the bugs away for the most part.  Con's were the campsites are small and were too close together.  Also no turn around at the end of the south loop road.  The north loop was beautiful, spacious campsites, but surrounded by swamp and we heard the skeeters were bad at dusk.  Definitely want some thermacells or a screen tent to enjoy the evening by the sounds of things.  Also the docks aren't close/in view of the campsites.   We would definitely stay there again, on the north loop, in May or Sept. after the skeeters have died down a bit.   Staff was friendly, shower houses were nice, boat landings were nice.     Brian
    • MedicineMan
      Went out Thursday for a few hours. Caught a 28" Walleye along with a handful of nice sized Bass.
    • knoppers
      thanks for the report.
    • JBMasterAngler
    • JBMasterAngler
      Just got back from our 34th annual Grand Marais trip. Weather, and how bad it was, was the theme. At one point or another, it rained every single day we were there! The wind was miserable he last couple days as well. Really affected our fishing plans, as we had to cancel out on some of our normal lakes, and fish some less than desirable backup lakes.   As per tradition, we left in the middle of the night and pulled up to the Lester River just a few minutes before sunrise. Didn't catch anything there. Also got skunked at the Talmadge and French rivers. I got free admission at Tom's logging camp on account it was Father's Day  and as always, kids had fun feeding the animals. I did catch a few little rainbows out of sucker, knife, and Stewart rivers. Had our traditional "fisherman's breakfast" at McDonalds in Two Harbors. We stopped at the silver creek tunnel, and that was the first time I've been at the overlook since it was actually part of the highway back in '94. We rolled into Grand Marais at about 3:30 and had to wait out a rain storm before putting the boat out on Kimball Lake. We lost several trout, and in the end, only my 6 year old son caught 2 rainbows.   Monday we fished Greenwood Lake, and as was the case with my 2 older kids, my 3 year old daughter caught her very first fish here...a smallmouth bass! Between all of us, we caught about 130 bass, all of which were pretty small. Unfortunately no lake trout. However, a big surprise occurred...while casting for bass, I caught a herring! Then a few minutes later, my son caught one also! Never would have guessed I'd ever catch one in the summer, let alone 2!   Fished a "secret lake" on Tuesday and caught quite a few northerns. They were all either 5 pounds, or 6 inches long, nothing in between. My son caught an 8 pound, 33 incher, which ended up being the biggest fish of the trip. We was screaming, and excited, and wanted me to take his fishing pole. But after about 10 minutes he finally got it in so I could net it. He's still bragging about it. My 3 year old also caught her 2nd ever fish, a perch, which ended up being the only one of the trip.   Went up to Saganaga on Wednesday. I spent I don't know how many hours trying to catch lake trout, but didn't find any!  Finally gave up and ventured deep into red rock bay for the first time ever. Really nice back there, wish I would've went there first. Fishing was ok, considering the weather was starting to get bad. Caught the biggest bass of the trip, a hair over 18 inches. On the drive back we seen a bear. Ironically it was walking down the road to black bear lodge at Poplar Lake.   Biggest disappointment came on Thursday. The plan was to fish both Hungry Jack and West Bearskin lakes. The wind was terrible, and coming straight from the west. Had hungry jack not had the reputation as a big bass producer, I wouldn't have went here. Unfortunately the big bass weren't around, nor any bass for that matter. Only caught 4 small bass. Kids caught about a dozen or so sunnies from the dock at the resort, some of which were decent size. We didn't even bother with bearskin. There's no way we would be able to launch our boats in that wind. We went to Loon Lake instead. In the limited time we were there, we caught about 30 tiny bass. My 9 year old daughter also caught her first rock bass. I tried for lakers, and marked a lot of them, but didn't catch any.    So since we didn't fish West Bearskin as planned, we penciled it in for Friday. Knowing the weather was going to be bad, we picked Poplar Lake as our backup. I drove up to Mayhew Lake to start, because I wanted to check out the launch. I was able to get my boat down the launch, but it was a real tight fit. Nice little lake. We saw a mommy moose with 2 babies laying right on the shoreline. I got sick of trolling, so I decided to cast cranks along the drop offs of the one small stretch of shoreline that was out of the wind (relatively speaking). Hooked into a big fish! Got excited because I thought I finally had a lake trout! It was a northern!  never thought I'd be disappointed in catching a 5.5 pound pike, but that's what I was. Didn't bother going to Bearskin, as I knew the wind was too bad again. Went to Poplar, which is a lake I do not like! As is typical, the fishing was no good! He weather was bi polar! It would be bright and sunny, then rain for 20 minutes. Did that the whole rest of the day! Only caught 1 little pike and  1 little bass. Got excited for a minute, as whitefish started surfacing around my boat in the evening. I was hoping I could catch 1 or 2, but nope!    Saturday we were supposed to fish Two Island for a few hours before going home. But it was pouring rain. We didn't even bother driving around to different boat launches. So the trip ended on a sour note, but we still had lots of fun, seen a moose, had our donuts (I highly recommend the bacon maple longjohn by the way), and went to Sven & Ole's. I was going to go camping in Ely in July, but I think we'll come back to Grand Marais instead, and try to make up for what we missed out on due to the weather. IMG_6122.MOV
    • CaptJohnWis
      I have not been on Rainy much as of late. On June 12, I got 75 walleyes in about 6-8 FOW. On. June 15 (Sanctuary opener) I hit Stangi for several hours and only got four fish. June 17, got 20 fish in about five hours - mostly walleyes on a weed edge in about 8 feet of water. Many on jig with Lunker CIty trailers. Also some good ones on a feather jig. Bass were few and far between. Plus some pike but nothing huge. Biggest walleyes 24-25". Bass 18", pike 29". View my fishing report to see videos of lures that were working.   I did mark lots of fish in deeper water but they were dink walleyes so I did not fish them for long.The dinks are actually harder to catch on lures than bigger ones. They respond better to live bait which I don't use.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      We had a good bite on 1/2 crawlers today! Boated 45 walleyes and kept our limits of fish that were all between 15-1/2" and 19-3/4 "! Released at least 6 slot fish. Largest was a fat 25-1/2 inch fish. Best over all sized fish limit all summer! The walleyes were stuffed with either May fly nymphs or molted crayfish.  
    • Michael Felix
    • Michael Felix
      I've fished the hex hatch many times. In wisconsin.The hexs are out at my lakevplace in grand rapids Mn.  its usually a little later on the river. So this weekend into next week and the following week ought to be good. Late in the evening.. like  9:30 on...  I haven't been to the straight for years... I wish you'd let me know how it goes...