The Northern Minnesota fishing report for the last few weeks of October remains good for a lot of species. It has certainly slowed down since the incredible action earlier in the month, but that doesn't mean the fish aren't eating. Spending full days on the water is helping to find those active fish. It seems there are windows throughout the day it gets hot and then some times it is a bit slower. It's not hot and heavy, but putting large walleyes in the boat on a lake like Winni guarantees a good time. The crappie fishing has also stayed solid with a lot of those fish being found vertically in or close to their wintering holes. We have also noticed some sizable pike in the flats of big bays in some popular spearing locations. Makes sense for sure... Hoping to tag one of those on the fly this weekend. All for now!
With the cold temperatures fast approaching walleyes amongst other game species are trying to put on the weight. They are seeking forage that has moved out of the thick weed cover. Sparse patches of green cabbage are holding an abundance of baitfish and predators. The time though is now, with water temperatures plummeting daily this incredible bite might not last long... We are hoping for another round this weekend of amazing fishing, but know the reality is it may drop below 50 degrees. If so, there's a good chance this run is over. If it stays though, I'm dragging Collin out to try to get a few on the fly! It's that good!
One thing that's making the local bite so much fun right now is that prime jigging depth of 12-15 feet. If you are seeing bait on the graph, know you are in the juice. Drop it down!