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Hi all,

I am a fly and lure angler from London UK.

I will be visiting Minneapolis in mid November 2019 for a week - JNUC Conference.

 

I am thinking of staying somewhere by the lake or river for couple of nights so that I can do bit of fishing. 

 

Any recommendations welcome!

 

Cheers

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PSX_20190905_082558.jpg.b5bc11bbfdbfb11ed8359e81084521c2.jpgEarly November is usually cool mornings warming in the afternoon. It's not uncommon to get snow bu mid-November. So be prepared to dress warm.

 

You will have the Mississippi river pool 2 close by as well as the Minnesota river to the south of you.

 

You will find many species of fish in them with walleyes and catfish being favorite targets.

 

I will leave it to the fishermen who fish it more often dill you in on the details.

 

What kind of gear are you used to using?

 

Be sure to check out Great Day on the Water Guide Service and Matt Johnson Outdoors, they both specialize on Metro area lakes.

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Thanks for the info! 

I am more like a light gear LRF and seabass gear guy :)

I may bring my own tackle or buy one there not sure yet. 

I will be looking to stay close to the fishing areas. 

Do I need a fishing licence ?

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There are a couple of options for short term non-resident licenses.      3 days for $37 or 7 days for $44.

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LOTS of options there, depending on budget and where you think you might fish.  I’d suggest narrowing down your fishing location first.

 

Mid - November can be dicey weather wise.  Sometimes it’s T shirt weather and sometimes some of the lakes are frozen enough to walk on.  Book an area guide like Rick suggests.  One of the rivers will be your safest bet for open water.  Lake Minnetonka is one I would recommend if you want to try one of our lakes near Minneapolis.  Wide variety of fish, can stay ice free longer, more guides know it and it’s a beautiful lake.

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Mid November is often quite cold as compared to uk.

Normal high is mid 40s F and average low in high 20 or in Celsius 9 for a high and -3 for a low.  Rain, sleet ,snow a possibility.  A good goretex rain suit and a puffer jacket or fleece should do the trick.   Feet might be the trickiest.  

 

Suggestions, guys?  

 

The Mississippi river or Lake Minnetonka might be the best bet I would think.   

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I thought about this a little more after I posted and thought more about Troy Smudtka and Great Day On The Water.  

 

If theres fishing to be had, he can do that.  Or, if Cem might be so inclined, Troy guides waterfowl too.  Could be an unexpected opportunity?

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Thanks guys!

I have a reply from the recommended guide saying he is too busy in fall (apparently he is a teacher and coach etc...)

 

I think I will stay couple of days in Monticello and fish the Mississippi River.

Any recommendations on spots and accommodations?

Also do I need to hire a car?

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Try Darren Troseth at 3 rivers fishing adventures.  Fall is sturgeon  time.   He also specializes in catfish with a shot at a trophy.

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11 hours ago, Cem said:

Oh btw should I be concerned about bears?

 

It is Bear season but you should not have any issues with them down by the cities.  🙂

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14 hours ago, Cem said:

Oh btw should I be concerned about bears?

Even in bear country further north few ever worry about them. 

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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.
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    • SkunkedAgain
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    • 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.  
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    • Coleman
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    • Wanderer
      Sounds like a fantastic fall!!
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