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Locations for fall 'eyes and northern

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My son and I had a good trip up to Upper Red at the end of May. He asked me yesterday when we are going back. I said maybe towards the end of this month. What locations would we try for fall 'eyes and northern. Would it be working the shallows similar to the spring bite? How shallow? Would around the reeds be good for the northern? What baits for northern?

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Fished yesterday the walleye fishing was slow but if you spend time you can get them. The pike are still on a tear and you can catch while trolling for walleye. Work the shoreline 5 to 8' watch you deptfinder and when you catch one work that depth. Cover lots of shoreline i like spinner with minnows. Lots of the fish are in the 15 to 17" range.

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We too were on the lake yesterday with a couple of our guests. We headed out of found a hump and we worked that area, in approximately 10' depths. We caught our two walleyes each (which all were under 17, with a couple of throw backs in the 12-13" range), a couple of perch that were around 10", just one sheephead was caught and released, as well as a 32" pike caught and released. Minnows worked better than crawlers (the only thing I could catch on the crawlers was perch), some used jigs and others floaters (red, orange and chartruese), off the bottom doing a slow troll or drift. We didn't have time to troll for pike. Heading out of the public you do need to slow it down when heading into the lake as there was a spot that we found that was less than 2' in depth and had some rocks that both boats found, so don't kick it in until you are out there aways.

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Do the 'eyes usually make a shallow run before freeze up?

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    • Hello Friends:

      Looking for some help as I've been up here since yesterday morning and only two 22" walleyes. I've fished fairly hard (5 or 6 hours) and tried all of my normal spots in Frazer/Smarts/Narrows area using all presentations with minnows and crawlers. Would love to have a walleye dinner (couple of 15's) for my black lab and I tomorrow night and any suggestions would be welcomed.

      I'm not looking for spots, but general depth and bait.

      Thanks guys

      Andy

       

    • delcecchi

      Posted

      It is great.  I don't know if they are still doing grumpy gary chicken this time of year but it is good.  They have specials on various nights, at least in summer.  

    • Sculpin

      Posted

      Dennis Anderson, Outdoor writer for the Minneapolis Tribune had a nice write up on the duck opener at Pelican. In addition there were some locals quoted on duck hunting there. Sounds like the ducks are back, and they have the water levels well under control.

    • Thanks Don! its a good time of year to be on the water!! :)

    • SkunkedAgain

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      Oh man, I forgot about the South Switch. I haven't been there in close to fifteen years. I doubt that it's changed.....maybe I'll head there tomorrow night!

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    • MrSchrute

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      Anyone been out lately? I normally wait until the leaves start dropping but am getting the itch to get out pretty bad.

    • delcecchi

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      Prices a little high there too....   Come on down to the switch or the crescent.  

      Didn't Bayview try the upscale dining thing a few years ago? 

    • eyeguy 54

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      I miss ice fishing there

       

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    • BartmanMN

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      Where are all the Duck reports from the almighty Pelican? 

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    • PSU
      Hello Friends: Looking for some help as I've been up here since yesterday morning and only two 22" walleyes. I've fished fairly hard (5 or 6 hours) and tried all of my normal spots in Frazer/Smarts/Narrows area using all presentations with minnows and crawlers. Would love to have a walleye dinner (couple of 15's) for my black lab and I tomorrow night and any suggestions would be welcomed. I'm not looking for spots, but general depth and bait. Thanks guys Andy  
    • delcecchi
      It is great.  I don't know if they are still doing grumpy gary chicken this time of year but it is good.  They have specials on various nights, at least in summer.  
    • Sculpin
      Dennis Anderson, Outdoor writer for the Minneapolis Tribune had a nice write up on the duck opener at Pelican. In addition there were some locals quoted on duck hunting there. Sounds like the ducks are back, and they have the water levels well under control.
    • Turk
      Thanks Don! its a good time of year to be on the water!!
    • SkunkedAgain
      Oh man, I forgot about the South Switch. I haven't been there in close to fifteen years. I doubt that it's changed.....maybe I'll head there tomorrow night!