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Fall Fishing.

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The late fall feedbag is still on:  Smallies are active—this guy was a fun fight:  jumped straight up a good 2 feet!  …and I’ve managed a few eater Walleyes.

(The sunnies were eating all my live bait up until ~late September, now they’ve moved out and I haven’t seen one in a month.)

I'm either throwing big ol' wad of crawler (I can't buy a bite if it's only half a crawler...) or casting my favorite spinner bait with a beetle/twister tail on it.  Minnows producing well, too.

I’ll probably throw a line in next week (if it’s not too cold/windy… I admit: I’m a wimp!) before hanging up the casting gear until the spring sucker run…  ?5-6 months... 😢


FWIW, I’ve never seen the river this high in late October…  Water is flying!  The fishin’ beach is currently under ~2 feet of water—I’m sitting up in the trees!

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    • bowhuntingboy1
      That's why I said it's very unrealistic. 
    • kelly-p
      If that was tried I would guess that the Band would be in court very fast to get the boundary dispute settled. Then all of URL could be Bands waters. If you're going to poke a sleeping bear better be prepared for him to wake up.
    • leech~~
      Well this is 5 years old but does talk about the long term history of the problem, not just Red Lake.   https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjyntGNzafmAhVsp1kKHXHkC44QFjADegQIBRAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.startribune.com%2Fmay-3-2013-fishy-trade-in-walleyes-persists-up-north%2F205903751%2F&usg=AOvVaw3ZqjwEw_5vfkNmB2fCEjN4    
    • bowhuntingboy1
      I feel it would be best to shut down commercial fishing from red lake and simply have the natives follow the same regs as everyone else. You could say this is unrealistic, but you asked for what I think and this is my opinion. Another alternative I see is let the natives have lrl to do whatever they want with and compromise so everyone else gets access to the entirety of url with the same regs for everyone and a closing to commercial fishing. Then we see 20 years down the road how each lake is doing. This is obviously also very unrealistic, but I'd love to see it happend. 
    • leech~~
      Shouldn't there be some kind of tribal need number? After all, isn't this Hunting, fishing-gathering thing really all about subsistence living?  🤔
    • kelly-p
      So what do you feel should be the cap for the number of pounds of walleyes the Band can harvest from the Red Lakes?
    • islandmn
      Looking for ice conditions on the west end around Taylor and Schmidt's islands, hoping to get out there around the holidays. Thanks 
    • Mike89
      yup and with more snow coming ugly!!  I made mine from a small sleeper off a semi...  and it's on a steel frame with wheels...  so it does have some weight..  
    • mtheis
    • mtheis
      I wish I could tell all of you I got a big one, but I talked myself out of it due to the deep snow.  Where I go up there there is no plowing, and I figured I had enough with a deer from Wisconsin and one from Michigan already.  Maybe next year!  
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