Jump to content
  • 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.

Recommended Posts

FowlSki

Musky opener on the river follows the wi northern musky opener so it was last weekend.  

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 63
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • tacklejunkie

    23

  • Jarrid Houston

    6

  • Wishin4Walleyes

    5

  • st.louis.eyes

    5

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

The flats are on!!!    Crank baits to crawler harnesses with  just one small split shot  all have caught fish for me.    I’ve been trolling the tiny planer boards on days that are calm enoug

Lower sections have been crazy pressured these past two weekends with the tournaments. Sad to hear about all the walleyes that get killed in them tournies.. SLOT SLOT SLOT....so needed 

Cpr'd a nice eye last night..a tad over 27" out past spirit lake last night in about 8ft of water on the ugliestcrawler harness in my box.lol...other than that only 1 dink eye and about 10 cats i coul

Posted Images

Wanderer

The fish is basically 100% C&R protected.  May as well open them up with pike and walleye like we’ve done with bass.  Spread the pressure out.

 

Yes, these words were typed by someone who targets and is concerned about the health of the muskies he catches.

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
tacklejunkie

 The flats are on!!!    Crank baits to crawler harnesses with  just one small split shot  all have caught fish for me.

 

 I’ve been trolling the tiny planer boards on days that are calm enough and fun watching them sink like a bobber with a fish on them. I got them as a gift and they work good as long as you don’t troll in too much chop or too much weight

 

 Lots of 16 to 18 inchers. Releasing many but taking one or two home for supper.

  • Thumbs Up 2
  • l Love It 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, tacklejunkie said:

 The flats are on!!!    Crank baits to crawler harnesses with  just one small split shot  all have caught fish for me.

 

 I’ve been trolling the tiny planer boards on days that are calm enough and fun watching them sink like a bobber with a fish on them. I got them as a gift and they work good as long as you don’t troll in too much chop or too much weight

 

 Lots of 16 to 18 inchers. Releasing many but taking one or two home for supper.

 

 Nicely done Tacklejunkie, I fished the harbor for a few hours this weekend after fishing in the bay,. All I was able to produce was 2 decent-ish sized Perch and lost one (Walleye) at the boat (Which if was a keeper, would've barely been 15"). 

Edited by osok
spelling
  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
rkhinrichs

Does the upper sections of the St. Louis River have a fishing populations of smallmouth bass in it? worth a float? The sections I am looking at are around  Hwy 53  and Hwy 7? If you could give me some advice that would be great. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Bigfatbert

Not sure about the Smallmouth on the river in these upper stretches that your inquiring about ,but i do know that Catfish, Walleye, Northern, Sunfish are all possible.. Bring the bug spray ..

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

Never seen it myself but I looked at the satellite images and thought it looked worth a float.  The dam would probably tell you what you want to know.  Couple good gravel bars too.  Maybe the water is dark or it is mainly deeper - that I can’t tell.

 

I fished the Cloquet a little where 53 and 33 meet and found good action so I’m assuming the St. Louis would be similar in that area?

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Jarrid Houston

Yes, smallies thrive in the upper reaches of select areas of the St Louis. Lots of structure to get caught up in, but great small mouth habitat.

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
macgruber

Was a few years ago, but wade fly fished upstream of 53 for a half day.  Tried every popper and minnow pattern fly in my box with no success.  Finally in the middle of the day switched to a larger brown bugger that looked like a crayfish and caught them till I got tired of it.  Unless things have changed, there’s a lot of bass in there.  Not a ton of size, but every now and then you’ll pop a nice one.

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
rkhinrichs

I fished at the Forbes canoe access below the dam one day. And caught a 16 inch on a fly. I will give it a float and report back after the fourth

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

How's the river looking?

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 months later...
tacklejunkie

Pretty slow on on the river but we did manage to scrape out a few. Tried trolling crawler harnesses, spinners tipped with , chubs, and small crank baits. It was a struggle to catch fish but the water temperature plus the air temperature were very cold.

 

 All methods did catch fish. But with warmer temperatures coming it should  improve things   going to the end of May

 

Everything was pretty shallow. It’s kind of fun to troll along and catch a fish and not have to do much reeling in just lift the rod right of the rod holder and  fish in the boat

 

I’m to the point now that I don’t care if I miss the Minnesota fishing opener. It was a zoo out there on Saturday

Edited by tacklejunkie
  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
tacklejunkie

 In my experience, it seems like the crawler harnesses with bigger blades are always the best on the river and the bay.  

 

It just seems like no matter what else I use and where the fish are on the river, the crawler harnesses with larger blades outproduce everything else, at least for me

 

Is it just me or do other people find that to be true for themselves

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
tacklejunkie

Gave it a go over the weekend. Nothing F and F  but did get our a limit. Harnesses with the standard chartreuse blades trolling at 1.4-1.6. Did play with some flicker minnows and flicker shads and nothing on the minnows but did get two and released a nice one on the shads

 

Just troll the flats. The fish LOVE those crawlers.

 

 

 

 

Edited by tacklejunkie
  • l Love It 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
tacklejunkie

 Headed out yesterday morning and got my two walleye limit pretty quickly. Also picked up about three undersized walleyes. 

 

I trolled number six blades  all along the flats between the bridges and  the Bay. Trolled about 1.5-1.7

Surprisingly, my best producer was the purple blade

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • I Like it 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
tacklejunkie

What an odd day today. Started out calm and picked up some dinky island lake type  walleyes in front of Barkers Island. 

 

 Every single walleye was the same size. All below that 15 inch mark.  Everything came right off the back of the boat with crawler harness and a bottom bouncer.   I don’t really use my planer boards on the river or the bay anymore unless I’m fishing with three people or more and want to spread out rods.  Once your tackle gets more than 10 inches below the water it disappears from sight  and I find planer boards more of a hassle than any other method I fish with

 

Then the wind really picked up and for some strange reason that seem to shut down the bite.  And I don’t mean shut down, I mean completely shut off. I’m going to head up near the Oliver bridge and Spirit Lake tomorrow and I will post my results here.

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators
Rick

Thank you @tacklejunkie!

 

TJ is sharing great info. It would be nice to get a group going here.....Anyone else out fishing?

Link to post
Share on other sites
tacklejunkie
13 minutes ago, Rick said:

Thank you @tacklejunkie!

 

TJ is sharing great info. It would be nice to get a group going here.....Anyone else out fishing?

 

Yeah I’m starting to feel kind of lonely here

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

Still enjoy reading your reports @tacklejunkie even if I don’t fish the St. Louis or Duluth area.  Now if you told me I was missing out big time on muskies up there I might go see what I could raise!

  • Thanks 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
tacklejunkie
15 minutes ago, Wanderer said:

Still enjoy reading your reports @tacklejunkie even if I don’t fish the St. Louis or Duluth area.  Now if you told me I was missing out big time on muskies up there I might go see what I could raise!

 

Well, I don’t actively fish for muskies in the river but I have lost a few walleyes to them

 

 They must be big because some of the walleyes have lost to them were around that 15-16 inch range

 

The river is great fishing but some days are better than others. And you don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment. Jigs, crank baits, and especially crawler harnesses are all you need. 

 

 The same equipment that you use to catch walleye in other lakes in Minnesota will work on the river except you get to use two of what you have instead of one

  • I Like it 1
  • l Love It 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
tacklejunkie

Zip. Nothing. NADA

 

I started to get nauseated for some reason so I did wrap it up early though. Not a single fish

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Wishin4Walleyes

Wanted to hit lake today but that NE blow forced us to hide in the Bay. Pulled plugs from 4pm to 8pm. Lost something pretty darn heavy right away and then it got quiet. Got a 19" eye and 1 dink eye in 4 hrs. Cold, windy and slow. Few other big boats trolling in the Bay with us and didnt see a net raised. Felt like october out there today.

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
tacklejunkie

I went out yesterday afternoon and it looked like the wind was going to die down and headed to Allouez Bay. It was calmer in the afternoon then it was in the morning which is fine because I worked part of the morning

 

Fished from 430 to about 7:45 and caught five fish released everything that was over 18 and kept two. Caught a smallish northern pike also and that was fun

 

Just crawler harnesses off the back with a light split shot And a couple rods right off the back had bottom bouncers 8 feet from the boat. Stayed in about 5 to 7 feet of water.  Speed was about 1.4 to 1.6 gps 

 

 I think next week I’m gonna  hit the big lake 

 

 

 

 

Edited by tacklejunkie
  • Thumbs Up 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
tacklejunkie

One word to describe the last two days.....dead. One small walleye. So I headed out to the Big Lake and zilch. 

 

Combo of of the NE  winds and I think a lot of the walleyes are already out of the river

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Wanderer

Bummer.  NE winds are against the current there aren’t they?  I hate fishing rivers when there’s a strong wind against the current.

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
tacklejunkie

 I hit the bay and the big lake today and nothing. The boat inspector at the Boatlanding said that that’s been the case for the last three days For just about everybody she talked to.

 

Time to start hitting Fish and Island Lake

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 months later...
Wishin4Walleyes

Anybody been out on the river this fall? Was thinking of trying the harbor this weekend but have never fished it this late in the year. Is it even worth it or go try the river mouths for some salmon?

Link to post
Share on other sites
JBMasterAngler

Not the ideal time of year for salmon. But if the lake can actually calm down for a few minutes, it’s always worth it!

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Wishin4Walleyes

With this warmup has anyone had any luck on the river? Flats in the harbor holding any fish?

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • papadarv
      By papadarv
      Spent the weekend at Vacationland, Otttertail. Lake level down almost 3 feet so only one landing with enough water to launch a boat. With 20 to 30 MPH winds and 3 to 4 ft. waves we chose to fish surrounding smaller lakes. Had great time Catch & Release Bass fishing. My prise money fish was a sunfish.

       
      My giant "Ottertail Money Sunfish" he looks sorta small cause I have very large hands and I held him a long way from the camera. He did put up a good fight. He is still swimming.

    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  A fun week of walleye fishing as the water temps cool to the low 60's and fall colors have started.  The walleye are transitioning to fall locations.  Three different methods used to catch walleyes this week.  Drifting spinners, trolling crankbaits and anchored up and jigging with a minnow, which is becoming more effective each week.  
      Walleyes setting up across the south shore and with more shiners running, this trend will continue.  Jigging with a frozen shiner or live fathead has really started to be effective.  Give it 30-40 minutes and set up in a different spot if there is no action.  
      Congrats to all MN Tournament Trail tournament anglers this past week.  The winning team had a 7.52 lb avg per walleye for 10 fish.  There are a lot of big walleyes in Lake of the Woods right now.
      Daily limit is a combined limit of six walleyes and saugers (with up to 4 being walleyes).   Don't forget the slot, 19.5" - 28" must be returned with one allowed over 28" per day.  
      Fall is an excellent time to fish walleyes.  If you like the jig bite, anchor up and jig over the side of the boat for a very enjoyable and typically memorable day.
      Pike are active and most are caught but unsuspecting walleye anglers.  The feedbag is definitely on.  
      On the Rainy River...   Emerald shiners continue to run in the Rainy River.  Some good runs so far, good angler reports and nice walleyes being caught.  Fall on the river is nice as a small boat will work just fine.
      Most walleye anglers on the river are anchoring up along an edge or in a hole with a jig and minnow.  There are 42 miles of navigable Rainy River from Wheeler's Point through Baudette to Birchdale with lots of boat ramps.  
      Sturgeon activity has picked up as well with good fall reports.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Excellent fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 - 31 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler or a minnow continue to be effective.  As water cools, minnows on some days are outfising crawlers.  
      Areas with structure continue to hold fish.  18 - 27 feet are good starting points.  Jig and a minnow is the goto on structure and neck down areas.
      Pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using double blade spinners and topwater.  A lot of fish are caught on figure eight.
      Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Please note, no live, frozen or dead bait allowed into Canada from the U.S.  The various plastics on a jig are working well.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
       


    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Great walleye action this week with numerous pike mixed in.  Walleyes are starting to gravitate to fall patterns.  Walleyes being caught in various depths 13 - 34 feet of water.  Most anglers are still drifting with spinners or trolling crankbaits, but the jig bite is picking up steam. 
      Water temps in the upper 50's and low 60's.  Walleyes setting up across the south shore and with more shiners running, this trend will continue.  
      Reef fishing is starting to pick up.  Jigging with a frozen shiner on or near reefs is a fall goto and things are just starting.
      September and October are excellent months to fish walleyes.  If you like the jig bite, anchored up with a jig and minnow, this is a fun time of year.
      On the Rainy River...   Emerald shiners are continuing to run in the Rainy River.  Some good runs so far and walleyes are showing up.  Anglers are catching fish in the river.  Fall is here.
      Most walleye anglers on the river will anchor up along an edge or in a hole with a jig and minnow.  Fishing is taking place from Wheeler's Point to Baudette to Birchdale.
      Fall is a great time to fish sturgeon, bass and pike on the river, although the vast majority of anglers are after walleyes.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Excellent fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 - 31 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler or a minnow is effective.  Minnows on some days are starting to be preferred by the walleyes.  Try both.  
      Areas with structure continue to hold fish.  18 - 27 feet are good starting points.  Jig and a minnow is the goto.
      Pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using double blade spinners and topwater.  Some nice fish boated this week.
      Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Please note, no live, frozen or dead bait allowed into Canada from the U.S.  The various plastics on a jig are working well.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
       


    • AnglerJake
      By AnglerJake
      Heading up to Garden Lake Resort Sep 16 - 24. Any reports or tips from up there? Thanks!
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Another really strong week of walleye fishing.  
      One of the main areas to fish is still deep mud.  Basically 28 - 34 feet of water.  Various schools of walleyes move around the basin relating to different kinds of forage.  
      Big walleyes eat a lot of everything but really key in on tullibees (ciscos) who live primarily in the basin.  Other forage can be perch, perch minnows, emerald shiners, blood worms, crayfish, and the list goes on.  
      Various schools holding shallower, over rocks or sand, based on bait options in that area.  Reefs are still holding fish, normally on the sides and base where rock meets the mud.   
      Drifting or trolling spinners with crawlers and trolling crankbaits are still very effective for catching walleyes this week.
      As we approach mid to late September and October, the jig bite will fire back up!
      On the Rainy River...   Walleyes hanging out in some of the deeper holes throughout the river.  Moving up and down the river, hitting numerous spots until you find which areas have walleyes is a good method for success.
      Some anglers trolling crankbaits to cover water.  Oftentimes, walleyes won't show up on electronics if they are laying in a depression in the river bottom.  Only way to know is to fish the area.
      Bass and pike are plentiful on structure, docks and weed edges.  Hitting various "goto" spots up and down the river is a fun and normally productive day.    
      The sturgeon "keep" season continues through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Great fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 28 - 33 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler is effective.
      Underwater points, sunken islands and neck down areas with a bit of current in 18 - 27 feet holding fish.  These areas are good areas to jig.
      Pike and muskie anglers are still finding good fish on weedy points using jerkbaits and topwater. 
      Travel via vehicle through Canada to the Angle is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
      A complete list of lodging and fishing packages around LOW, the NW Angle, Baudette and the Rainy River at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging.  


    • klee103
      By klee103
      How are the lakes across southern Minnesota? 
      Do they "green" up with the summer heat?
      Are there any lakes you would recommend for sunfish, crappie or perch?  
      Looking to do a day trip or 2 this fall to somewhere from Fairmont to Mankato.
       
      Any recommendations?
      Thanks!
    • Draht
      By Draht
      www.fuyu-outdoors.com
    • Bryan P
      By Bryan P
      What a year it has been with this drought. The Mighty Mississippi isn't so mighty anymore but doesn't stop the smallmouth from eating. Got out for a nice evening float after work and found a few quality Bronzebacks. 
       
       
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  The walleye fishing remains good.  It really helps to be versatile.  It seems one day fish are set up in an area and the next they slid somewhere else.  
      There has been some good fishing in 25-29' in front of Pine Island.  When the south wind blows, the Zippel Bay and Graceton Beach area have been productive.  These fish have been in the 17-21' area and are mainly small fish and eaters with some slots thrown in.
      Still big numbers of fish in various areas of the deep mud, 28-24'.  
      Reefs are still holding some fish as well.  Fish could be on top, on the sides or relating to the deep mud just off of the edges over the mud.   
      Drifting or trolling spinners with crawlers and trolling crankbaits are the goto techniques for putting fish in the boat.
      Hammered gold with glow white or glow red, yellow, orange and red/white are colors doing well.  
      The top team in the AIM MN Championship on Friday and Saturday had 88.62 lbs for 10 walleyes to take first place.  Some big fish were caught despite windy conditions.   
      On the Rainy River...   The river producing a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, bass, and sturgeon.  Spinners / crawlers or trolling crankbaits are a good way to locate walleyes.  Some walleyes holding in deep holes can be jigged once you find them.  
      Bass and pike holding on structure, docks and weed edges.  Hitting various "goto" spots up and down the river is a fun and normally productive day.    
      The sturgeon "keep" season continues through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Great fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 28 - 33 feet.  Spinners and crankbaits are effective in covering water and catching these fish as there are various pods scattered in the deep mud.
      Various structure, such as underwater points and sunken islands, are also holding some walleyes, as they normally do.  Not all walleyes in the system are keyed into the same forage.  
      Pike and muskie anglers finding fish on weedy points using jerkbaits and topwater. 
      Travel via vehicle through Canada to the Angle now open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  
      To travel up to the Angle and avoid the border crossing, vaccination cards and COVID test results, charter boat transport and float planes are available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
       


    • cherokeeref
      By cherokeeref
      Wondering what water levels are compared to a normal year? Will be up early/mid September. Thx in advance.
  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.