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Current Water Temps?


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Anyone have a current water temp in the Crow Wing Chain? 3rd specifically. Hoping for a drop by now....

Thanks!

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temp were 66 on wensday with the winds the lake is really stirred up water clarity was real bad.Also the air temp was below freezing this morning had ice on boat tarp.Fishing was tough but should improve .

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11th CW was 66 on Sunday. Still about 5-7 degrees higher than normal. Should drop some this week with the cooler weather.

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  • 2 weeks later...

11th CW down to 59F on Sunday 9/30. Hoping to be well below 54 degree turnover temps by MEA weekend (Oct 19-21). With this cold snap coming, that might not be a problem.

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It's been in the low 60's depending on time of day. 59.9 on Fish Hook yesterday early morning. Potato's been on the same pattern.

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TroutYammer,

I will be up to Potato next week What depth would you try? and do you think fishing will improve as we move into more of a fall bite. Will be staying at my folks house on the west arm.

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SKERS: I've been trying 20-30ft (small minnows/hooks/jigs) in the day and up to 6FT near dusk with leeches/crawlers. Not having the best of luck...get a few here/there but that's what I am doing. Seems like S_L_O_W is the best way to fish any bait you throw down there. Move it too fast and I get nothing!

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Any new temp reports in the area? I'm guessing upper 40's now with surface temps in the mid 40's after a cold morning.

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Fished my favorite Crow Wings last weekend (10/27 & 10/28). A little slow until it snowed on Saturday night. Then the walleye fishing really turned on.

Docks were out on 8 & 10, didn't check 11th.

11th CW was 47

10th CW was 44

8th CW was 45

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    • SkunkedAgain
      Luckily we don't have large open areas of ice that break away, such as on Red Lake.   Stay safe and warm.
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    • LakeofthewoodsMN
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    • leech~~
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    • Wanderer
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    • SkunkedAgain
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    • gimruis
      I'm planning to go later this week.  There's fresh snow coming tomorrow too.
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    • leech~~
      Well, a new report for today talked about cracks opening up and ice piling up!  Better check the night before you head up.  😕
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