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Realizing it was the MN deer opener and that the slugs would be flying, I thought that nothing would be better than chasing 'eyes on some of the awesome water we have in our own back-yards of South Central MN.

News Flash: The walleyes are biting! grin.gif

For those that have been out, I'm sure this comes to no surprise but I wasn't sure what to expect considering the last time I've been out in the area was our fall Get-Together. The name of the game over the past few days has been speed and presentation over anything. Yesterday, it was a matter of keeping the presentation vertical and ever so slowly back-trolling into the waves with a jig and minnow in 6 - 10' of water. Today, we reverted from that on a guide trip and anchored and pitched jigs and minnows to wind-swept transition areas in 3 - 6' of water. On Saturday, we saw ~10 fish come to the boat with the biggest being ~15". Today was a much different story and I quickly realized that was a good thing. We easily caught 35 'eyes this afternoon and early evening with the biggest around 19" but most were in that 14 - 16" range. A 3-person limit could have been finished out in a couple hours of fishing the evening bite. However, other than a few PDOGG kept on Saturday, all fish were caught and released for someone else to have fun with. In either case, the fish are just clobbering the presentation, so get out and enjoy. The late fall feed bag is definitely ON!

Fish On!

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Typical for the weekend

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Incredible Sunday sunset

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Matt C

I didn't catch nearly as many as you TO., but, I agree. They are hungry. Was out this morning. 47.5 temp on the water. SLOW was key. I anchored also in 8 FOW and was casting shallow. It was nice to be the only boat on the water.

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PDOGG

Glad you guys were able to get into some bigger fish. I wish I could have gave it another run tonight but had fun with the kids instead. Looks like maybe you had some luck in the second spot we tried ? Was the same presentation the best? Looks like maybe we should have anchored and pitched shallow like we talked about but never did. Oh well hopefully I can get out there again befor it freezes up.

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Team Otter

45 degree water for me.

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Team Otter

First spot, same presentation.

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PDOGG

Nice, thanks.

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ice-man/vexilar-king

To how long will this bite last or should I put the boat away? Will be hunting for the next week or so!

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Team Otter

I certainly wouldn't put the boat away.

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    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
    • Naturboy
      Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry  
    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

      Until next week, 

      Sunset Lodge
    • JBMasterAngler
      On the Bayfield side of the bay, the target depth is typically 10 to 40 ft. The basswood island area is where they go after lakers. There’s a plowed road that goes out there. As of last week the ice was about 20 inches in that area, might be thicker now. Check out the Bayfield webcam, you can see what kind of activity is going on.
    • Jarrid Houston
      Wanderer, stop in at the River Rock bait shop in Ashland and they will get you pointed in the right direction.  They are always pretty cool about that.  Fishing near Ashland off of 2nd landing can be good.  Don't need nothing more than regular walleye gear, and some tip-ups and really there is no rhyme or reason where a guy should set up shop. Its a pretty wide open water and the fish that live there are always on the move. For us, most often, the sit and wait pays off.  It has been slower as of late, but still some fish..  Good luck, JH
    • cat44
      Anybody know if there is a pressure ridge/ice heave out in front of the Warroad Access? I know ice conditions will change throughout the coming weeks. Looking forward to getting after some pike.  The last few years there has been a pressure ridge there, last year it went from Springsteel over to Swift. And we've been up there plenty of times when there hasn't been one at all. Just curious to find out what conditions are like in that bay. Thanks!
    • Hoyt4
      Most likely our last trip up this year unless we go up for crappies but i'm running out of weekends. We had another great trip this weekend the fish are so fat this year more than I remember in the past.  Got my old man out for a good walleye bite he had a blast and caught a ton of fish. One day they just attached the bait as it was coming down they would come up and smash. Next day you put in the bottom and not even see the lure on the vex bring up a tad and they would smack it. Fun and a lot of snow hitting yesterday when we left.
    • PRO-V
      Agreed!!
    • SaintPaulPaul
      Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always  have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
    • Iowabrewcrew
      Funny...seems like when the Emerald run slowed down up there 4-5 years ago, the fishing followed suit!
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