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Coming up October 2-6 to help close a friend's cabin and to fish. Think that is too late? Weather issues? I know fishing will be good, right?

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My first trip up this year is going to be the weekend of the 19th so no you're not too late. Weather is always a crapshoot in October but the fishing is always good

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delcecchi

Bring longjohns and a good rainsuit just in case.    And remember it gets dark pretty early that time of year...6:40 is sunset....

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October walleye fishing for me is absolutely fantastic! You may also hit the fall colors if they hold off a bit

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chucker1101

Fishing will likely be fantastic; i fish the 1st Oct weekend every year with a group of friends, and we've done really well year-over-year. Big minnow are the keys. Northern suckers are what i'm usually using that time of year. They stay alive in the cold nights really easily.

 

Be prepared, weather-wise. Last year it was mid 30s for high temp, and a decent west wind. I wore my floatable snowmobile suit  😯

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SkunkedAgain

Yup, I was going to suggest winter clothes because it's always 10-15 colder than the stated air temp when zipping across water. A facemask is never a bad idea. When it gets in the 30s, I wear my snowmobile helmet to avoid getting a brain freeze.

 

All that aside, fishing should be good.

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If I remember right, I believe it's usually around the end of October.  October 2-6 will be cold... but nothing compared to November 2-6. November gets COLD on the water!

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I was up the week before thanksgiving in 2012. Absolutely gorgeous. 60s and sunny. Up 2 years ago the first week in October and it was 75 and sunny. Last year the same week I had to switch to a spinning reel because my baitcaster froze up. Come prepared for anything!

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20 hours ago, LBerquist said:

November 5th 2016, deer hunting opener. The water was like glass and the temps were near 70. Had awesome fishing when most people were getting sunburnt in a tree...I'll never forget that day.

 

I remember that too. It was awesome.

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JerkinLips

I remember 2016.  Was sitting in my deer stand in a t-shirt on Sunday, November 6th listening to the Vikings come back to beat the Lions, then shot a 7-pointer listening to post-game show.  Made it out fishing November 8-10 and the weather was still very nice.  Caught many big girls including the two in the first two pictures.  The third picture is from October 14th of the same year when it was not as warm.  October-November weather on Vermilion can be hit or miss, but normally is much colder towards November.

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1 hour ago, JerkinLips said:

I remember 2016.  Was sitting in my deer stand in a t-shirt on Sunday, November 6th listening to the Vikings come back to beat the Lions, then shot a 7-pointer listening to post-game show.  Made it out fishing November 8-10 and the weather was still very nice.  Caught many big girls including the two in the first two pictures.  The third picture is from October 14th of the same year when it was not as warm.  October-November weather on Vermilion can be hit or miss, but normally is much colder towards November.

 

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Nice, now where's that Buck picture? 😄

 

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I remember 2016 as well.  It was so warm that I came out of the woods in my t-shirt.  I only saw a doe and the deer just weren't moving for me.  But I think I would take that than really cold weather anyday!

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Colder weather is better for the venison, but the warm days were sure nice for sitting in the stand or in the boat that year.

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    • Troy Smutka
      Sorry I haven't posted recently. We have been out hunting pretty regularly. What a weird weather pattern this fall. Guess the weather would be as abnormal as everything else in 2020. Where we hunt in central MN, we have frozen over the small and medium water twice, and then warmed it back open twice. Record snowfall from October is gone in November. With this unusual weather, we have noticed a very irregular migration. Gusty WNW wind and cold days that we thought would be lights out were disappointing, and some good hunts happened on warm SE wind days that we didn't have high expectations. There are still plenty of mallard, bluebills, goldeneyes, buffies, and mergs north of us, but not much using the lakes around central MN right now. We are switching over to field hunting near town, as there are a lot of geese and mallards sitting in town and feeding in surrounding fields. Attached are some pics of our last couple weekends on the water. Hopefully some pics from field hunting with another report will follow after Thanksgiving. Good luck, stay safe, and happy Thanksgiving.
    • Jim Almquist
      I see that Highbanks on Fish lake has a few inches out in the narrows. Not sure if he is letting people out or not. Really need some below zero temps to lock things up.
    • SkunkedAgain
      Looking at a few webcams, we are getting closer to ice-up:    
    • Coleman
      I'm assuming they were panfish beds.  Just seems like such a random spot.  Wish I had an underwater camera with me, I would have checked them out when I first saw them.  
    • IceHawk
      Coleman were they panfish beds? Many times they will still be there the following year if not washed away. 
    • IceHawk
      Eboni labrador retrievers was the kennel. Heard nothing but good things about smith farm labradors
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  As we approach Thanksgiving, thin ice covers back bays and a portion of the big lake, otherwise known as Big Traverse Bay.   Roughly half of the lake is covered in ice with the rest open water.  Ice anglers are hoping for cold nights combined with low wind and no snow to create a good early sheet of ice.  Every year is different based on Mother Nature of course, but normally resorts will be able to get their smaller fish houses, called day houses, out around December 10th.  When the ice thickens, resorts will begin marking trails where there is the best ice.  Stay tuned... On the Rainy River...   The river is covered in most places with a layer of thin ice.  Most ice fishing is done on the main lake during the ice season where there isn't current.  With current in the river, most visitors will work through a resort for safety. Up at the NW Angle...  The Angle has a mix of iced over areas with open water in neck down areas.  The ice is forming nicely and the hopes are for colder weather to keep things moving along positively.  Resorts are ready for ice fishing!  A complete list of lodging and ice fishing packages available at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging
    • opsirc
      Has anyone been out to check ice on any lakes in area. Heard there was 2-3 inches on strand. 
    • Coleman
      Just as a note, I got on the chain Saturday around noon.  Main lakes had a skim of ice, 1/2", shallow bodies(East lake) look like the ice was actually walkable, please don't take my word for that though.     Anyways, water temps were 34*.  I didn't fish much at all, just broke up enough ice to get some new data for mapping.  I did mark quiet a few fish, which is a plus.     On another note, has anyone else noticed the large group(15-20) of beds on Horseshoe just north of the meth hole, about 8-9FOW?  I noticed these this spring, and they're still there.  Thought it was kind of interesting they'd still be there even after all the boat traffic this year.  
    • Wanderer
      Sounds like a fantastic fall!!
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