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Hello everyone! Would the end of October or the 2nd weekend in November be better for the river bite? I know there are some unknowns, but these are my only 2 weekends available, and I was hoping to book some soon. Also, is it better to fish near LOW, or should I look for loding towards Baudette. I know these are opinions, but I really do appreciate any feedback!

Thanks! confused.gif

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Hi Scotteye,

The end of October might be a bit warmer than the second

week of November. Either should be top notch Walleye


I like the last few miles of river, both Light House

and Morris Point Gaps and will fish that area instead

of going up river. Boats are scattered all the way

to Birchdale, so I guess it depends on what you like

Have a good trip, whenever your go

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Scott, Just got back fishing was good weather was not. I would go sooner than later as far as where to catch fish? It changed from day to day and spot to spot. Stick with the basics and be patient It worked for us.

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My first fall adventure was last year, and we didn't fare well (weather & water temp + I think we went too early). I noticed most of the boats were fishing from the wind sock to the mouth near the Canadian side. Is this our best plan of attack for the end of October, or are there any other suggestions?

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Scotteye....Pick the date that works best for you and hope for fair weather. For sure you would see alot less anglers out there after the deer rifle season starts. This past weeks cold snap dropped the water temps to near 50 which is what I consider to be the start time for the real fall frenzy. As the water temp falls thru the 40's it seems to just get better and better BIG fish-wise. Fished a few miles up river From Baudette last nite, dinked around with the cranks for awhile but there was a bit of debris rolling thru so it was a chore and yeilded no fish. Boogied up to last years hog heaven honey hole....Nada. Went and tried another good spot that's a bit shallower and bingo there they were. I got to CPR a 30+ incher last nite. I know for sure since Wednesday PM of at least 3 other very large fish that were taken as well in that general area and there sure has'nt been alot of anglers out. Covered around 5-6 miles of river and counted 6 boats including the one I was in. Gotta love fishing the weekdays!

River level has risen near to 3 foot in the past month last time I checked the manitou guaging station. Current is moving pretty good now compared to the jiggin trips in early september.

I dropped in on Northlander for a visit and he was down river yesterday, gap and bay areas, and they did darn good too. They were gonna fish a bit this morning and then head her back to the Duluth area. They'd been up since the 9th.....Brrrrrr! Hopefully he'll post a report when he gets back home and has the time. Hopefully he went to where I was last nite and got himself a Walrus or 2, and his bud Randy too.

Keep your fingers crossed for fair weather so as to make it a bit more comfy for you, otherwise bundle up good and tough it out man because I'd guess the fish will be snappin for you.

Have a good trip and pop back and let us know how it went eh.


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Hey everyone- I “really” appreciate all the good tips, advice, & stories you all have shared (now & over the years). We have decided to go up Oct 26th-28th (Friday-Sun). Small window of opportunity, be we are keeping our fingers crossed (weather & fishing)! If anyone is going to be up there, please stop by for a drink (or a few). It will be 4 of us in a Crestliner 1850 Sport-fish (we have 2 white-heads with us, so we are easy to see). I just RSVP a cabin at Wigwam resort.

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Im new to the site but have been up to low many times. will also b at the wigwam this weekend. we will also be havin a few beers, especially after dealing with the teens were are bringing up. my brother and I are doing a group trip for some kids that otherwise wouldnt have the chance. This is the first trip of this sort. it will be interesting. any way. stop by for a beer if ya like.

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