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Dont give up, its been slow with me the past few times as well. I am blaming it on the unstable weather.

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Labor Day weekend with the kids on the Minnesota near Mankato. 

My first sturgeon and a couple of cats. Great day to be on the river. Still high but manageable however the landing was muddy 

Finally got out fishing, been a busy summer at work. Spent Saturday and today in the Mankato area. Amazing to show up at a boat ramp on Labor Day weekend and be the only person at the launch! Caught a

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in the upper lip...sorry couldn't help it lol. No actually was jigging a rocky shoreline. I am thinking about getting some fatheads and trying it also. Anyone getting any on minnows?

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I always seem to do better for 'eyes with live bait (or at least a head off of a recently-live minnow). I'd get some fatheads next time you go. I know I'm going to bring some. Some of the jokers smile I fish with swear by the plastics, but I say nothing beats a plastic with a minnow head for some added flavor. They're better at fishing than I am, and they have faster reflexes. I need the fish to hold the thing longer so I can make that slow-reaction-time hookset. Cold water can be another story though. Dipping hands in minnow buckets does get old if it's freezing out smile

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Cold water can be another story though. Dipping hands in minnow buckets does get old if it's freezing out smile

NOT if their snappin'!

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I've been out for the last few week and I have ether caught or have seen Walleye taken on Jig and fathead, White twister tail and jig, Perch color #5 shad rap and a night crawler rig.

I went out Sunday and it was quite. Nothing!! Kinda spooky. There must have been a lot going on under the full moon. It just had the feeling that I showed up after to smoke had cleared. Not even a ripple on the surface.

As for White Bass. I'm catching one at a time. That is only one per outing. Kind of strange considering White Bass hunt in schools. Most of the time with W-Bass you can pull a few out of the school before they move on. My best guess is there is a lot of bait fish in the area.

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We also got into a couple white bass the other day, but just one in each location, no school to speak of. Getting into them when they're schooled up can be a blast, but no such luck.

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The walleye fishing has been pretty darn good this fall. The water is low and tough to get around most places, but the fish are there and they are hungry. Standard 1/4 oz jig and a ringworm has been our bait of choice.

Find a rocky area with a little faster current and you might find some fish. smile

Most all of our fish have come from pitching towards structure, but also had some success vertical jigging holes.

Now til ice up is a great time to see some real trophies! Please release the fatties for future fun. cool

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I'm tagged out and that really looks like fun but I have lost the use of my boat, I tore off part of the lower unit in NoDak on Devils Lake so I might have to hitch a ride with one of you guys some time.

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Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaarn nice fish, but im a numbers guy when it comes to the MN, I’ve caught enuff big walleyes in my day. Now i prefer them 15 inch walleyes and saugers for the pan. 15 inch is perf. You can clean a Lim in about 2 mins, and they taste great without all the chemys.

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I don't even have to wink and nod about it. One or two is actually about all I catch when I go smile Except sturgeon. I'm the king at those.

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Nice Nord.

I paddled from New Ulm yesterday to Judson (20 river miles)..Bit off more than i could chew - Non stop paddling for 7hrs to get to judson 45m after dark. I was planning on floating from New Ulm to Mankato - but with such low flow the only speed you've got is with you paddle. I'd think that is an easy float with normal flow. Fished only 5 minutes.

Beautiful day to be on the river!! T-Shirt n Jeans.

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Nice. Gotta love when the kids are catching fish. At least he knows not to lip the walleyes! Tonight we were eating fish for supper and Adam (my 5 year old) says "walleyes have HUGE teeth".

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Nice. Gotta love when the kids are catching fish. At least he knows now to lip the walleyes! Tonight we were eating fish for supper and Adam (my 5 year old) says "walleyes have HUGE teeth".

I usually take the teeth off before we eat them. grin

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see any ducks on the river?

VERY FEW. Like less than a dozen. Couple geese.

Water is DEEP out there laugh

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Head wind Blow'd!! wink

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Few sunset Flags.

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I went catfishing yesterday, and I didn't get a nibble. So yeah, it seems the walleye are more active than the cats.

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The channel cats will bite all year long, but they definitely get less active as the water gets this cold. Smaller presentations than you'd normally use in the summer are best.

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Not really 'iced over' down here but LOTS of large slush nuggets coming down. I'm afraid we'd need some serious sunny afternoons to turn around this freeze, along with warmer overnight temps that are suppose to be coming. It might be too little too late to sneak out another trip. :-(

I was out sat morning- it was 8 degrees when I launched. I still enjoyed it more than those super hot humid summer days though!

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Tried one of my favorite spots by Mankato only one walleye was fishing in 5 to 16 ft caught the one in five feet and had several others come look but not biite. Only tried gulp one inch minnows.

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