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advice on fall walleye fishing

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anyone have any advice on fall river walleye fishing? do you normally fish the creek outlets this time of year? Thanks

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My advice would be to follow me around for a day, take notes of everything I do, then do just the opposite. I've got nothing for ya'. I believe with the cooler temperatures arriving it will spark the walleye bite, the water temp. right now just is not enticing the fish to eat. I have found 'millions' of shad in the shallows the past 10 days, worked those areas hard, and have one white bass to show - if the walleyes are/were agressive they would be in there feeding. The past 3 weeks I have tried shallow, deep, mid-range, rock, sand, mud, creeks mouths, channel breaks, bridge pillars, morning, noon, evening, etc, etc, etc. and ZERO 'eyes for my efforts. I did manage 2 flatheads (31 lbs. and 40lbs.) on an 1/8 oz. jig head w/green twister tail confused.gif

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I hear that Deadwood! I've been trying hard with artificials too but it there are few biting on live minnow/jig on the bottom....still not jumping out of the water tho. I seined a bunch of nice eye bait today we'll see how it works.

Those flatheads must have been fun on light tackle!

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Thankfully there were two of us in the boat - so one could use the electric to chase them around the river. Otherwise, I have no doubt neither one would have been landed. Hard to beat a 14' Montgomery Ward's Fire drill at two in the afternoon when you should be at work grin.gif

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Quote:

Hard to beat a 14' Montgomery Ward's Fire drill at two in the afternoon when you should be at work


LOL!!!

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Finally snagged an 'eye yesterday in 5 feet of water, right on the edge of a current break. 22" - 3lb 12oz, nice color, thick, and healthy looking fish. Cotton Cordell (chrome/black CD6) was the lure of choice. Also landed a 4lb. flathead on the cordell in the exact same area crazy.gif. Pitched, jigged, and casted jig/plastic combos with no results.

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Hey Guys,

I live in Savage and have always wondered about the walleye fishery in the Minnesota. I fish the Croix and Mississippi a lot but never have tried the Minnesota. Does it get pretty good in the fall too? I don't know anything about the Minnesota as far as structure, general areas, backwaters, etc. I live in the Savage/Burnsville area. Is it any good between there and Shakopee? All I ever hear about is the good catfish and carp fishing! Thanks for any imput

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The only advice I can give is if you want to get walleyes get over to riverside park or redstone in New ulm, people are catchen them like mad on jigs and rapalas, Im to busy bow hunting and now with start of waterfowl season to go,good luck

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Hmm... I'd like to get in on this, too, but New Ulm is a little farther than I'd like to go. Anyone know if there are any shore fishing opportunities with good walleye habitat within 10 or so miles of Mankato?

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Jerry, Welcome to the forum! There are lots of good areas up and down the Minnesota for shore fishing walleyes near Mankato. Keep in mind the Blue Earth river also. Do a little exploring...sounds like you know how the rivers work and you shouldn't have any trouble finding them.

I myself haven't been out for awhile but I know things should be looking up...especially with this cold air coming in now. Hopefully I'll get the chance to wet a line this week ( I need a good fix!)

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Yeah, I am used to smaller streams and am looking at some of those to start with, but I'll likely get around to trying the Blue Earth and MN Rivers one of these days. Thanks.

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Look at the LeSueur river too.

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    • Thanks FishinCT, makes me feel a bit better.....

    • fins_n'_feathers

      Posted

      Usually we skip the the river until later in the year but it was the cleanest water we found and the only place we caught any fish. Heading out now to give it another try.

    • curt quesnell

      Posted

      Close to home is possible, try those places first?  I will be out this weekend (if this cold doesnt kill me first)  Better luck next time fins

    • Ok so every year Try to get the guys from work on a fishing trip. Trying to decide on where to go we usually rent a cabin and run portables.

      I am thinking Devils lake, LOW, or Red

      Devils we would do the lodge ice house package because the deal is too good to mess with bringing a trailer and sled or wheelers with.

       

      what would you choose and any other suggestions Leech or Vermillion?

    • I plan on taking all my ice fishing equipment out of my shed this week I cant wait

    • fins_n'_feathers

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      any  reports from today? we pounded through the washing machine waves all day and got nothing! Lead core,jigging, spinners haha! Ended up getting all our keepers within a mile of home when it was all over! Who else was out there? Am I the only one that did poor today?

    • proguide

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      Cool nights and only a few warming hours each day have water temps coming down into the 50s this week.  This is actually pretty normal for the last week of September so there is nothing to odd here. 
       
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      Sucker seems to be the bait of choice right now.  Frogs just have not been getting any attention.

    • leech~~

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      26 minutes ago, DANR said:

      From the fall Pelican Lakes Association newsletter - DNR Fisheries Update:

      You may have heard about the 454 adult cormorantsthat were removed from Gooseberrry Island this May by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Unit under a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  DNR staff looked at the stomach contents of 30 birds. Eleven of those birds had stomach contents including: 38 perch (mostly 4- inchers), 7 spot-tail shiners, 7 bluegills, 6 crappies, 1 rock bass, 1 pike, and zero walleyes.

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    • FishinCT

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      They were really slow today. I fished hard all day and didn't manage much. Went over tons of fish and they weren't active at all. Should get better as the weekend gets closer...I hope

    • gizmoguy

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    • PSU
      Thanks FishinCT, makes me feel a bit better.....
    • fins_n'_feathers
      Usually we skip the the river until later in the year but it was the cleanest water we found and the only place we caught any fish. Heading out now to give it another try.
    • curt quesnell
      Close to home is possible, try those places first?  I will be out this weekend (if this cold doesnt kill me first)  Better luck next time fins
    • ZachD
      Ok so every year Try to get the guys from work on a fishing trip. Trying to decide on where to go we usually rent a cabin and run portables. I am thinking Devils lake, LOW, or Red Devils we would do the lodge ice house package because the deal is too good to mess with bringing a trailer and sled or wheelers with.   what would you choose and any other suggestions Leech or Vermillion?
    • ZachD
      I plan on taking all my ice fishing equipment out of my shed this week I cant wait