• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

Recommended Posts

river rat316

Is that fonz with a river pro again?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyeguy 54

borrowed from a club member for the trolling for troops event friday. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

That is really a unappreciated stretch of river.  Glad you had a good time.

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JeremyCampbell

Coolzzz:wow:

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bass Thumb

Way to go guys! The St Cloud stretch just doesn't seem to produce as many hog bronzebacks. 

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyeguy 54

it has and still does. :)  just not as tall as they seem to be up there. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

Finally!!!

The boy and I hit the River this morning for the first time this season.:cry:  Current is still significant and bit "dirtier".  We found fish relating a bit off of the shorelines breaks in 16-20ft of water.  We missed a ton of bites as we were drifting at a good clip with the wind blowing with the current. 

We fished with lindys with leeches or crawlers, leeches by far caught more fish.  Crawlers got bit, with a far lower hook up %.  We ended up with 6 catfish in the 17"-20" range, 3 walleye 12"-14", 1 northern 19", 4 smallmouth 13"-16", and 5 rockbass.  Fishing from 8:30am-12pm.  

Sure was nice to hit the River again, Isaac is sold on river fishing now.

20160806_094443.jpg

 

  • Thumbs Up 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

The smallmouth bite is going strong in L.F. during the mid morning hours.

 Pods of nice fish can be found in depths ranging from 6ft to 20ft.  A lot of dead water in between pods.  Most fish seemed to be relating to deeper rock piles and the deep water between the rocks and the shorelines.  Very few fish relating to the shores themselves.

Flukes, tubes jigs, and especially large minnows are taken readily.

Here are Isaacs and my 19"+ fish this morning.

20161002_100201.jpg20161002_104344.jpg

This was one ^ was only 18".

20161002_112757.jpg

a.

aaa.jpg

  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyeguy 54

nice !

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MSRiverdog

Here in CT. the minimum is 18"s 8 lakes are stocked with Leech Lake fry, I've caught a 22.5 and a 24.5 in the Connecticut River much to the shock of CT. anglers, they're up in Mass. and northerly. Yes I kept them, made fingers out of them, I sure miss MN. Eyes!  13524510_10153856921388802_1055572539479

Whoops, wrong thread!

Edited by MSRiverdog
  • Thumbs Up 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

Hit up the miss a couple Times this weekend with Isaac. With the stronger flows and seemingly endless showers of late, the water is pretty murky.

The fish seemed a bit off, all of our smallmouth came from 10' or less but in the current.  We didn't catch many so a solid tactic never really materialized.  Of course the rock bass were cooperative!

Been dealing with boat issues all summer, so now most major things have been taken care of, i hope to get out a bit more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

The floating weeds have been rediculous since the water came back up.  I haven't fished the river from the boat since then but I can imagine the bite has been off with the big change.

Funny you mention the rock bass.  That's all I caught off the dock the other night.  Last year they were a spring time fish from the dock.

I did make a run up and down steam tonight and the weeds were still a nuisance.  I had to clear my prop several times.  It's a little 15 horse short shaft.  Maybe a bigger motor sloughs off the weeds better.

Glad your boat is running better Anyfish. :)

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
teal50

Wanderer,

I live on the Miss between LFalls and Brainerd.  River still on high side for this time of year and yes, still a lot of weeds. A few weeks ago we had nearly 10 inches of rain over about a week.   It has been mainly the ribbon weeds which hang up quickly on lines/lures.  It has improved some, but I'd expect it to worsen again.  Whatever ribbons weeds that did not get ripped or torn out by the rapid rise in water, should let go in the next week or so. They do this every year about the 2nd week of September.  This year it may not be as bad since many are already gone, but it makes fishing challenging  until they clear. That can take a week to two weeks in a typical year.

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

I usually welcome the mats of eel grass that pull up this time year!  It signals the start of the smallie migration south.  It seemed early this year because of the flow, that is why i hit up the river a couple weeks ago.  Usually the bite really picks up after little falls arts and craft fair,  Coinsides with the release of the eel grass usually.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jmnhunter

starting to see the boats in the morning and evening while coming/leaving work; i really should bring the  boat with me and fish early before work...

 

anyone catch consistent walleyes in LF this time of year?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

In town?

In town it can be hit and miss alot times.  

The most consistent spots are along the shore by the townhomes north of the tressel.  The deep water holes under hwy 10 bridge.  And the deep water south of the tressel.

A jig and fathead should get you a walleye or two.  If you use a lindy, you catch a smallmouth, a jig you get walleyes.  Our great rock bass bite both though!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

The bite was better today.  fished from 10:30-2.  Found fish scattered anywhere from 2ft to 20.  Best bite was with a drop shot and fluke(white) near sharp drops.

The boys(Isaac and neighbor Jacob) caught close to 15 smallmouth and dozens of rock bass. I caught 10 smallies as well.  Most SM fell between 16"-18". 18.5 by Isaac was the biggest.

 

20170916_104108.jpg

20170916_120100.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

Lots of boats on the river daily here in LF now.  Select people are hitting good pods of fish and catching well.  Flows, though still Very swift, are slowing.  Fish are becoming a little more scattered, more fish are being caught away from shore and away from prominate structure.

Minnows and tubes pulling most fish.  A few nice fish here and there most are falling in the 15-17 inch range.

Good luck out there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

Hit the river tonight, with a boat load of 11/12 year olds.  Water clarity was surprisingly good!  Flow is a little swift but not terrible.

 

Found a mixed bag of species, Smallmouth, catfish, Rockbass, walleyes, and perch.

Most fish were caught with crawlers on a lindy or jig.

Minnow produced a few Smallmouth and perch.  Not quite time for minnows yet.

Most fish relating to mid river rock piles. 8 to 15ft of water.

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jmnhunter

the river above the dam must be popping, boats have been at the east landing every morning when i Pull into work; saw a nice fully wrapped lund and truck the other day so even the "Prostaff" guys find something intriguing out there...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ANYFISH2

Tis the season.

 Unfortunately, I have neen able to join the fun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

Everywhere has been popping according to what I’ve been hearing and seeing.

 

Guys talking about scrapping the deer opener to fish all the big systems for all the big fish that have the feedbag on.  

 

Its the magic season. 😎

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



  • Similar Content

    • jtnjenn
      By jtnjenn
      What are ice depths in the metro right now?
    • Hatto018
      By Hatto018
      So the weeks betwixt point and click and smoke pole deer hunting always have my ire up to get that last Musky Missile into my hands.  Gotta scrub that slime into my glove until next year.  Going to give the Mississippi below Falls a try here in a few hours.   Might find it frozen, might find a spot to get in.   I'll bring my boat because I'm an optimist,  but I'll bet the kayak is where i end up.   
      Wish me luck, otherwise I have a scheme on my mind for my favorite frozen central mn musky lake. 
       
    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Water temperatures are holding in the low 50's but expect them to continue to drop this week with temperatures in the high 30's and even snow in the forecast.
       
      Both Minnesota and Canadian walleye fishing are on fire with only a jig and shiner or minnow needed. Look for Walleye in areas of current, pinch points between islands or rocky bays. Fish are currently shiner dependent in 17-25 feet.

      Crappies are being found away from the rocks suspended over mud bottoms in 24-28 feet.

      Perch can be found on deeper reefs topping out at 28 feet. 

      Muskie trolling is off to a great start and will only continue to get better as the water temperature reaches into the high 40's. 

      We will be closing down for ice in October 22nd - we hope to see you before then for some late fall fantastic fishing!
       
      Sunset Lodge













    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Lake of the Woods water temps are steadily falling into the mid to low 50’s. This past week cold fronts and strong winds have fish schooling up and feeding heavily.

      In Minnesota, look to rocky bays and adjacent reefs in 15-22ft. of water.  A jig and minnow is all that is needed to catch a limit in a short period of time. Bottle necks between islands in the NW Angle are also worth fishing in the evenings.
       
      In Canada, the fishing has been excellent.  Crappie, walleye and perch are all schooling up and taking a jig and minnow.  With the water temperatures dropping, expect to see the muskie bite increase while trolling. 

      We will be closing October 22nd for ice in! Contact us for availability for your fall fishing trip!

      We hope to see you soon,
      Sunset Lodge







    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the main basin... Very strong walleye fishing continues with the jig bite picking up.  Charters finding limits of eater walleyes with big fish mixed in.  Crankbaits, spinners / crawlers and jigs with frozen shiners in main basin successful. 15-31 feet of water producing good numbers of walleyes across south shore with very good numbers in front of gap. Shiners showing up at mouth of Rainy River as well as up the Rainy River. 
      On the Rainy River... With shiners entering the river, eater walleyes showing up as well.  Anglers reporting success both jigging and pulling crankbaits.  Walleye activity will be increasing as shiner run continues.  
       
      Up at the NW Angle... Strong numbers of walleyes being caught on mud flats and around Garden Island. 15 - 25' is a good start.  Spinners, crankbaits and jigging all producing.  Some nice jumbo perch mixed with walleyes.  Muskie activity picking up as water is cooling.  Next full moon, Sep 24.  Crappie anglers are producing big black slabs.  

    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
      Minnesota walleye action remains strong with spinners in mud bottomed areas near reefs using both minnows and crawlers. Fish can also be found in shallower water (15ft. or less) around Garden Island. Crankbaits seem to be the most effective at enticing larger fish. 
      Canadian walleye fishing has been fabulous this past week. The jig and minnow bite is on! Multiple boats ran out of bait and had just as much success switching to plastics. Bottom bouncing with crawlers remains effective in soft bottom areas as well.  Crappies continue to school up on deep water points. Hot windows of muskie bites have become shorter but still with good success.  Plenty of fish in the 4ft plus range and even a couple over 50!
      Water temps remain stable between 64-67 degrees. 
      See you soon!
       
      Sunset Lodge


    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      9.4.18 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report
       
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      In Minnesota, walleye fishing remains best with deep trolling minnow baits in 22-27 feet of water.  These same areas will provide action with a spinner and a minnow, however crawlers are still producing fish.  In the coming weeks, jig and minnow fishing will be the go to with fish stacking themselves on points and current areas. 

      Canadian walleye action remains strong on bottom bouncer and spinner rigs with either a crawler or minnow.  Walleye are starting to school tighter making jig and minnow fishing very effective. Fall fishing is starting to heat up and we are seeing crappies schooled up on deep points.

      Surface water temps are currently in the low 70’s throughout the day. 

      We hope to see you soon!
       
      Sunset Lodge
















    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
       
      Minnesota walleye fishing has been great using bottom bouncers and a night crawler. Anglers are being selective to fill limits with 16-18” fish as well as a few over 28 released. Most success has been in the mud, off of structure in 21-23 feet and 26-30 feet. The largest fish seem to come from South of Garden Island on crank-baits.
       
      Canadian walleye are also most effectively targeted with bottom bouncers and spinners. Depth has not been as important as being at the bottom of a break line in the flat. Gold with chartreuse has been best as of late.  Musky activity has slowed from the prior weeks but expect it to ramp up with the full moon approaching. Perch have been schooled up on and around reefs topping out around 30 feet.
       
      Water temps remain consistently in the low to mid 70’s. 
       
      Remember - fall is the time for trophy fish up at the NW Angle!
       
      Until next week,
       
      Sunset Lodge


    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
       
      On the Minnesota side, spinners and crawler harnesses are still the preferred method of walleye fishing, with the hot colors being pink/gold, orange/gold and orange/chartreuse. Walleye are being caught off of structure scattered in the mud between 20 and 30 feet. Down riggers and deep running crank baits have also been productive.
       
      Canadian walleye are being caught in channels off of islands and along reefs in 18 to 25 feet of water. Both bottom bouncers with a crawler harness and a jig with minnow or shiner have both been successful in Canadian waters.
       
      Musky fishing success has increased in the past week. Fish are being caught on crank baits and blade baits. With water temps in the low 70’s muskies are favoring rocks near weeds. 
       
      Our very own, Travis Palmquist, released a 54.5" musky yesterday!
       
      Fall is a great time for trophy fishing!
       
      We hope to see you soon,
       
      Sunset Lodge





    • Sunset Lodge
      By Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!
       
      In Minnesota, walleye are still scattered through out the main lake basin. Night crawlers on a spinner remains most effective.  Make drifts/passes parallel but off of structure including islands and reef break lines in 24-30 feet.  Hot colors have been gold/pink, gold/orange or hammered gold.  Deep running crank baits are another good option, often producing bigger fish and large northern pike. 
       
      On the Canadian side of the lake, fish can be schooled on humps and reefs.  Once located, fish these areas with a jig and minnow or shiner.  Pulling spinners in 25-30 feet of water is most productive in covering ground to locate feeding and roaming walleye.  Muskie action continues to improve through out the week.  Multiple big fish were caught on Sunday with many others boated as well as, a lot of lookers.  As activity levels rise, blade baits have been triggering positive reactions. Water temperatures remain consistent in the low 70's. 
       
      Until next week,
       
      Sunset Lodge






  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Paradice
      Poor people shouldn't be going to RESORTS.   That's what makes them poor people.  They should be fishing the free waters near their home.  If it sucks, they should do something about it, whether that is lobby the government to have someone else pay to fix it, or earn some extra cash and go somewhere that has fish.     I grew up broke, and didn't like it.  So as soon as I could drive, I worked my tail to the bone and changed my situation.  I didn't go on my first "resort" quality fishing trip until I was 25. 
    • Savage Brewer
      The forums used to be cool 5-10 years ago and people shared some, but yeah the last few years they have almost died when it comes to regional and lake information.  Even sharing information at the bait shop or tackle store has pretty much become taboo, its too bad sometimes as that was a good way to meet new people back in the day.    This 40 degree weather and sunny this weekend will probably wreck any chance of good ice soon.  Not happy about that to be honest.
    • slammer
      Thanks for sharing.  NIce maps to look at and compare with others.
    • papadarv
      I have one still works only missing battery. Using Batt on other electronics. I live near Forest Lake. PM me if your interested.   Added to post I think your from East Tawas Mich. May be a bit of a challenge getting it to you if interested...
    • Borch
      Stay tuned...
    • PRO-V
      Say what you will but since ice fishing took off over 20 years ago several resort operators I know on Lotw have made out like bandits. Their business has almost quadrupled using the same cabins and adding some fish houses. I'm fully aware of what it takes to run these places.
    • JerkinLips
      I have 5 Wild Game trail cameras and have had very good luck with them.  For the lower price they are a decent option.  I also have a Moultrie, Hunten, Wildview, Primos, and Bushnell.  My first 3 cameras ran on C-size batteries which were very expensive, so I replaced them with AA-battery cameras.
    • Wanderer
      Copied from the other side but still, congrats. 😊   10 years is a notable anniversary.  Congrats!    I was checking to see how many I recognized.  A fair amount.  Then I saw you did catch me. 
    • mrpike1973
      Just wondering if this may happen this year again?
    • leech~~