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  2. JBMasterAngler

    Wisconsin Report

    Made it to Riverdale Flowage today. Pretty silted in, structure less reservoir. Still has some potential. Seen a few bass swimming around, and caught 2 pike early on back to back casts, but didn’t see another fish after that. Floating leaves EVERYWHERE made whopper ploppers a difficult presentation. Jig and craw about the only thing I could use to keep that stuff off.
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  4. On the south end... An excellent week of fall walleye fishing. Bring lots of bait as the fish are active. There are lots of small fish in the system that bodes well for the future. You will catch your eaters and other larger fish, but will usually have to sort through small fish along the way. Anchored up and jigging with a fathead or emerald shiner is the go to method. Most fish are usually adjacent to the bottom. Live shiners are available and effective. Some anglers still using spinners with a minnow or trolling crankbaits. The best reports are coming from 17-27 feet of water across the south shore in areas such as Pine Island, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Graceton Beach, Long Point and Rocky Point. Various schools within these depths. In addition to walleyes and saugers, pike, jumbo perch, sturgeon and even a few crappies are in the mix for walleye anglers. On the Rainy River... Emerald shiners continue to run in the Rainy River, consequently, there are walleyes around. Jigging with a frozen or live shiner, is the go to method. Emerald shiners are tough to beat. Trolling crankbaits is an extremely effective technique in the river. Also great in locating walleyes or when fish are scattered. Sturgeon activity continues good. A gob of crawlers and/or frozen shiners on a sturgeon rig (18 inch leader made of 60lb test, circle hook and a 2-3 ounce no roll sinker) is the ticket. The catch and release season continues through April 23, 2022. Up at the NW Angle... Fall fishing up at the Angle continues to be excellent. Most anglers are using a jig and minnow or jig and plastic for walleyes. In some areas, walleyes are stacked and active with big numbers of fish being caught. Gold, pink and/or glow colored jigs and spinners are doing well. Reminder, no live, frozen or dead bait being able to be transported over the border from the U.S. into Canada, consequently anglers boating into Ontario waters reporting various plastics on their jigs and spinners working great. Various areas of structure such as points, reefs and sandy areas in neck down areas continue to hold good fish. 12 - 26 feet is the range depending upon the spot. Big crappies are active in their fall spots and being caught on jigs and minnows in 24-30' around various structure. Muskie action was hot this week. Jigging large baits has boated good numbers of fish as well as casting and trolling. Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open. Boating into Canadian waters is now open. Want to avoid crossing the border? Charter transport via water and ice and flights over the lake are available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air both this fall and into the winter months via ice.
  5. I did pretty good bass fishing on Saturday from 8am - 1pm. It was frigid when we started at 8am but by 10 the sun was fully up and it was more comfortable. A friend and I caught 7 bass and 5 pike. I caught the biggest bass I've caught in a month, a 19.5 incher. The water temp was 58 degrees. I might try going one more time and then hang it up for the season as long as the water temp stays above 50. I think turnover has just occurred because the water temp dropped about 10-12 degrees in less than a week.
  6. Yep, western MN and Lake of the Woods diver reports were good from the weekend. That Arrowhead head area is fickle for ducks and hitting the migration. We had a fantastic week up there about 8-9 years ago and have been chasing that memory almost every year since. We just don’t spend as much time doing it anymore. Still love being there in October and that chase. We went from a 30 decoy spread in small clusters to a 6 decoy spread set up in a 4/2 grouping. That’s the one they liked. No pass shots, wings cupped and feet down or they were left to carry on. I gave up the fully flocked mallards in exchange for the early season mallards. I don’t know if that change worked as well as I think it did but like I said, they came to em. Even the geese.
  7. A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  8. One of Minnesota DNR’s largest habitat restoration projects is complete. The three-year, $18 million construction project in the St. Louis River estuary near Duluth has restored 230 acres of coastal wetland habitat at Kingsbury Bay and Grassy Point.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  9. Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season that opens Saturday, Nov. 6, and offers opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, find adventure outdoors and put venison in the freezer.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  10. One of Minnesota DNR’s largest habitat restoration projects is complete. The three-year, $18 million construction project in the St. Louis River estuary near Duluth has restored 230 acres of coastal wetland habitat at Kingsbury Bay and Grassy Point.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  11. Nearly half a million firearms deer hunters are preparing for the firearms deer season that opens Saturday, Nov. 6, and offers opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, find adventure outdoors and put venison in the freezer.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  12. A weekly list of news briefs about fish, wildlife, and habitat management.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  13. Well I don't know why I came here tonight. I've got the feeling that something ain't right.
  14. shadows to the right of me, shadows to the left. here i am stuck in the middle with you
  15. JBMasterAngler

    Wisconsin Report

    Was planning to fish Riverdale Flowage today, but when I got there the parking lot was full. Tried another nearby lake, and there was a line of people bringing in their pontoons for the season. So ended up on little ol’ Pine Lake. Nice little spot. Used tube jigs for first time ever, and landed a 15 inch largemouth. Lost 2 other fish. Caught 3 fish trolling a flicker shad: little bass, little pike, and a nice bluegill.
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  17. scrapeliner27

    7mm WSM ammo

    Are these shells still for sale?
  18. Very, very few ducks in Ely today. 4 grouse seen with only 1 coming back to camp. I literally saw more fish today than birds. And I skipped the fishing gear this time!
  19. Finn and I hiked the river in Sherburne and only saw 5 swans. 1000 cranes and not one duck or goose. Saw some guys looking in the grass and they said they dropped a woodduck and Finn found it for them. Boy Finn was mad when I gave them the duck.
  20. JBMasterAngler

    Wisconsin Report

    Fished Black Brook Flowage (Apple River) today. This is my kinda lake! Very few houses, small little boat launch. Only caught 2 little pike. Missed a small Muskie, and seen a mid 30’s hovering under the boat. Was tough dealing with the wind, but I like this place. Fishing below the dam with waders is a possibility also.
  21. Wanderer

    Shotgun shells

    I’d like to know what you have also.
  22. jerkin'm

    Shotgun shells

    I posted some of my not needed ammo on IDO…I could use some steel if you have it too…
  23. On the south end... A really good week of fall walleye fishing. Big numbers of fish being caught. It should only improve as water temps get cooler. This fall has been unseasonably warm. Big numbers of walleyes and saugers are set up along the south shore and anglers are catching a lot of fish. Most anglers are anchored up and jigging with a fathead or emerald shiner. Live shiners are available and effective. There are still a lot of walleyes being caught on spinners with minnows surprisingly. Trolling crankbaits has also been catching a lot of fish. The best reports are coming from 18-28 feet of water across the south shore in areas such as Pine Island, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Graceton Beach, Long Point and Rocky Point. Various schools within these depths. In addition to walleyes and saugers, pike, jumbo perch, sturgeon and even a few crappies are in the mix for walleye anglers. On the Rainy River... Emerald shiners continue to run in the Rainy River and more and more walleyes are entering the river each week. Fishing has picked up but most believe when water temps reach the 40's, it will get even better. Currently, temps are in the low 50's. Jigging with a frozen or live shiner, is the go to method. Emerald shiners are tough to beat this time of year. Some reports of big fish being caught, but not in big numbers... yet. Sturgeon activity continues good. A gob of crawlers and/or frozen shiners on a sturgeon rig (18 inch leader made of 60lb test, circle hook and a 2-3 ounce no roll sinker) is the ticket. The catch and release season continues through April 23, 2022. Up at the NW Angle... Fall fishing up at the Angle continues to be excellent. Most anglers are using a jig and minnow or jig and plastic. Some strong reports with warmer than normal water of spinners with a minnow or plastic being the hot bait. Gold, pink and/or glow colored jigs and spinners are doing well. Reminder, no live, frozen or dead bait being able to be transported over the border from the U.S. into Canada, consequently anglers boating into Ontario waters reporting various plastics on their jigs and spinners working great. Various areas of structure such as points, reefs and sandy areas in neck down areas continue to hold good fish. 12 - 26 feet is the range depending upon the spot. Big crappies are in their fall spots and being caught on jigs and minnows in 25-30' around various structure. Muskie anglers report good fishing overall. Trollers reporting mixed results. One day is great, the other not so much. Covering water trolling is a strong fall muskie technique and should get better as water cools. Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open. Boating into Canadian waters is now open. Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.
  24. The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, in partnership with Wildlife Forever, will host the 2022 Minnesota Fish Art Contest. Open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, this free art competition aims to introduce Minnesota youth to the wonders of fish, the joy of fishing, and the importance of aquatic conservation.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  25. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications now through Nov. 16 for projects through its Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Approximately $500,000 will be available for projects to begin fall 2022. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management provides the funding for these grants.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
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