image links to fishrapper home page "Lackluster Red Lake Report" — November 30, 2022

image links to reader question about upper red lake report Tim Franklin wrote, “So, Jeff, I was curious about your tepid approach to the Upper Red Lake report the other day. I thought that maybe you’d be more excited about the start of the walleye fishing season on ice. Then later, I heard about the group of fishermen who got stuck on the ice when it broke away from shore.

Q) I guess you can never be too careful about getting folks “fired up” before the time is right?”

A) Tim, it’s ironic that you emailed this morning because just last night, I and the Hippie Chick were talking about that group of stranded ice anglers. “Are you upset about the kids being out on the lake that day?” I asked her. I would usually expect her to have been more alarmed, but she actually ..." Read >> Q&A Red Lake Report November 30, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism November 30, 2022

image of Zippel Bay staff checking ice conditions on Zippel Bay "On the heels of a strong fall for walleye fishing, anticipation is high that walleye and sauger will remain in traditional winter areas along the south shore. Any continuation of the fishing we experienced a few weeks ago would mean a strong start to the 2033 ice fishing season.

Ice is forming on the south end of Lake of the Woods, but other than some access to back bays, is not ready for travel in any form currently.  Mother Nature appears to be on track for an “average” ice opener. 

Some resorts are making the prediction that they'll have day house, ice rental shelters on the ice by ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Report November 30, 2033


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "Favorite Fishing Soleus XCS Reel Giveaway " November 30, 2022

image links to article about fishing for suspended crappies during fall "Designing a reel that is lightweight, tough and fits your hands perfectly with the power to sling 5-pounders into the boat is what Favorite Fishing is all about. Combining top-notch design and functionality with an advanced 10-ball bearing system accentuated with two spool high-speed bearings ensures durability plus longer casts. The Soleus XCS is a rock-solid offering that top-of-the-leaderboard pros count on.

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image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin November 28, 2022 "Upper Red Lake Report"

"Walking out from one of the private accesses in the southeast corner, they said that 6 inches of ice was the average thickness in the area where they decided to set up for fishing. They arrived early and were set up on the ice well before sunrise. From the looks of their photos, that sunrise was the highlight of the earliest part of their trip. Because when Jo texted us the picture of her first walleye, the sun was already up and shining.

They settled on a fishing depth of 11 feet, fairly deep for this early in the winter. But if you’re hoofing it and not headed to a particular structure, it might make sense. Eavesdropping on reports from some of the other anglers who were there, fishing deeper water was a common thread of advice. Anglers targeting structure fished shallower, 7 to 9 feet off the ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Fishing Update November 28, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism November 22, 2022

Satellite mage links to report about the ice formation at Lake of the Woods "The wait for thickening ice is upon us at Lake of the Woods. This week, cold temps added to ice formation on back bays and on much of the big lake. The ice still needs time to thicken, but is making progress. When the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking and grooming trails for ice travel.

First activity on the ice will be northern pike angling and spearing in the shallow bays. From there, things will progress as the ice begins to form on the lake. Resorts will communicate about ice conditions on the ice roads and trails they are monitoring and grooming. We are not there yet.

As a general rule, day houses are set by ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report November 22, 2022


image links to fishrapper home page "Reader Comments and Reports" — November 21, 2022

image of ice conditions the boat landing at Little Ball Club Lake near Deer River "If you were thinking about getting in on the earliest wave to Upper Red Lake, but didn’t already do it, then I’m afraid it’s too late. In fact, yesterday I noticed some folks already grousing about “the crowds”, though it was unclear if these are groups of anglers already there, or simply anticipated.

So far, the folks who are fishing out there have been walking out from shore. Likely, foot travel will remain the primary metyhod through next weekend. The weather forecast for this week looks good for making ice again, so it wouldn’t be too far-fetched an idea to expect to see some ATV’s sneaking around out there by then too.

Images supplied yesterday by Sean Casey reveal that some north central Minnesota lakes aren’t that far behind either. In his tour of the northwest Deer River region, small and shallow lakes were freezing over already and even the larger, deeper ones have large swaths of frozen shorelines. “Ice was 3 inches thick at the ..." Read >> Reader Report November 21, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "Best Ice Fishing Tips to Get You Started" November 2022

image links to article about fishing for suspended crappies during fall "Adopting an Ice-Fishing-101 approach, we compiled all the important information you need to know to stay safe and catch walleye, crappie, yellow perch, northern pike, trout and more. The first section explains some ice fishing tips and basics beginners need to understand before their first outing. The second section discusses some fundamental ice fishing tactics and presentation techniques.

Is Ice Fishing Easy? This is a common question for beginners. The answer is somewhat of a yes-and-no scenario.

Yes, ice fishing can be easy. When ice conditions allow for easy travel and you ..." Read and Learn More >> Best Ice Fishing Tips to Get You Started


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin November 15, 2022 "Countdown to the Ice Fishing Season"

It looks a lot like the ice fishing season is on track to arrive soon. In fact, I will not be surprised if there are pictures of folks holding walleyes caught on Upper Red Lake this weekend. Late last week, there were already signals that shallow water was beginning to freeze. This week the calm, cold, forecast looks very favorable for more ice to form quickly.

Personally, I’d been hoping to get some hunting out of my system before the ice season got going full swing. But it looks like I’ll be coming out of hiding sooner than I expected.

For the past 2 days, snow has been falling steadily in the Grand Rapids area. This morning, there were 2 to 3 inches of it on the ground at my house and Susan returned home after attempting her commute, citing slippery conditions and a near miss with the ditch on US Hwy 2. So, I’ll likely wait until the roads clear a little bit, then I’ll take a drive around the region to see what conditions look like. In the meantime, I guess I’ll start gathering the ice gear and be ready for whatever comes next. fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism November 15, 2022

image of ice formation at Zippel Bay on Lake of the Woods "Most anglers have pulled the plug and have finished the open water fishing the south basin of Lake of the Woods. Resorts, rental operators and anglers now have their sights set on ice fishing.

This week, temps plunged creating ice on back bays. Some reports of a few inches as of mid week last week in some areas. When they think the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking a trail for ice travel.

The first anglers out will work through resorts using the marked trails to tip up fish or spear for pike in the shallow bays. From there, things will progress as the ice begins to form on the lake. Resorts will communicate what form of travel is ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Report November 15, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "Fishing for Fall Crappies | Lure and Fish Finder Tips" November 2, 2022

image links to video that teaches tips and tricks for locating and catching crappies during fall "Consolidated and easy to find, the fall is arguably the best time of the year to find and catch crappies in the Great Lakes States. Wired2fish’s Ryan DeChaine provides a detailed rundown on how he locates huge schools of fall crappies using the gamut of fish finder technologies and how to catch them using a simple selection of lures that excel in deeper water.

With deep water comes new challenges, namely the ability to quickly get your lure down to the fish in deep water. DeChaine shares his favorite lures for deep-water crappie hunting. Just as importantly, he demonstrates how to trigger fish by engaging with them on his sonar.

Forward-facing sonar has been a game-changer here, as seeing fish interact with your bait in real-time allows you to ..." View Video and Learn More >> Fishing for Fall Crappies | Lure and Fish Finder Tips


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism November 2, 2022

image of Charlie holding big walleye he caught while fishing on the Rainy River "Anglers continue to experience some great fall fishing on the south end of Lake the Woods. Targeting the mud and sand at key fall locations along the south shore is working for many, but there are successful anglers fishing structures like reefs and shoreline related points of breaklines too.

Rocky Point, Long Point area, Zippel Bay, Morris Point and Lighthouse Gap areas all producing. Once you find the walleyes, they have normally been cooperative, and folks are catching good numbers of fish along these south shore areas.

Anglers report strong success by focusing on ..." Read >> Rainy River, Lake of the Woods Report November 2, 2022


image links to fishrapper home page "Reader Comments, Questions and Concerns" — November 1, 2022

Today I've tried to catch up on reader questions and comments covering crappies in Brainerd, Walleyes in Mankato and Upper Red Lake, which made the news last week when the DNR announced the 3 fish walleye limit that begins today, November 1, 2022.

The teaser posted on the Fishing Reports Minnesota Page on Facebook generated some commentary from readers who follow that page including Gary Sobotta who wrote; “Thanks Jeff, saw the announcement. Couple thoughts, questions.
Because of the insane amount of pressure, the lake gets now much concern is there for increased hooking mortality with this regulation? Second will the reduced limit also reduce the economic benefits if people do not go because of gas costs and inflation? How much will it hurt the local economy and services like yours? Crazy idea but is it time to ..." Read >> Q&A's About Brainerd Crappies, Mankato Walleyes, Upper Red Lake Limits and more November 1, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin October 31, 2022 "Wrapping Up The Fishing Season; Again?"

image of the Hippie Chick holding big crappie When Susan, AKA the Hippie Chick and I were fishing yesterday afternoon, she asked, “is this the latest date that I’d been fishing on open water? “No sweetie, I’ve been out later than this, but not often. I think maybe the latest trip might have been a day or two before, the deer season, November 4th, or 5th, give or take a day”; I answered. Disappointed by my reply, she asked, “how long will I need to be around until I am fishing with you on your latest open water trip ever?

That’s a good question, but the way things have gone this year, anything is possible. As of yesterday, there are still docks in the water at public accesses at many of the more popular lakes in the area. In fact, I haven’t had to crawl over the gunnel of my Alaskan to get inside anywhere yet. Most lakes, like the one we fished yesterday, still have a handful of resident pontoons and fishing boats parked at docks or on boat lifts. Around the region, I still see folks trailering boats and yesterday, there were 3 or 4 other boats on the lake who ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing Report October 31, 2022


image links to mn dnr news release "Upper Red Lake 2023 Winter Walleye Limit Reduced: 3 Fish Limit Starts 11-01-2022"

News Release October 26, 2022: "Upper Red Lake walleye regulations change for winter season".

image of ice fisherman with nice walleye caught on upper red lake "The fall fisheries assessment on the Red Lakes found the walleye population to be at a healthy, sustainable level with a wide range of sizes.

This winter’s walleye regulation on Upper Red Lake is based on the abundance of mature female walleye, or spawning stock, in “optimal” condition. The fall numbers indicated that a regulation that allows a moderate amount of harvest is most appropriate to maintain spawning stock at a level that is both sustainable and promotes the consistent success of new year classes.

Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red Lake in northern Minnesota will ..." Read >> Full Article Red Lake Walleye Limit October 26, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism October 25, 2022

image of angler holding bi walleye caught on lake of the woods "It was another week, minus a couple of cold days, of great fall fishing on the south side of Lake of the woods. Schools of walleyes and saugers are set up in various locations along the south shore of Big Traverse Bay. Long Point area, Zippel Bay, Morris Point and Lighthouse Gap areas are still producing fish and anglers are catching a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch and an occasional crappie or sturgeon.

A good overall starting depth range has been 18 to 25 feet of water. Some of the fish are roaming the mud flats, while others are holding closer to adjacent structures. Anchored up and jigging with fatheads and frozen shiners is working well. Most anglers will anchor up and vertically jig over the side. If walleyes are in the area, they are normally moving around enough to find you.

Not all of the walleyes migrate into the Rainy River, some of these fish will..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report October 25, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin October 21, 2022 "Beautiful End to a Fabulous Season"

image of Julie Richlen with nice walleye caught near Grand Rapids MN ... When we arrived, the parking lot was empty, and I could see that my buddy’s fishing boat was still parked at his dock. “I guess we won’t be accused of following the boats”, I said. “I did shoot a text message over to my friend to ask for any guidance he’d offer, but it looks like we’re on our own”, I concluded.

I picked a starting spot, a popular shoreline drop-off on the lake’s east side, the only place where the light breeze would offer us a drift. As we arrived there, the reply to my text inquiry came over the wire; “Jig and minnow, 19 to 21 feet of water, green is better than white”, it said. Both luckily and ironically, the location he suggested just happened to be the exact place where we were stopped. Great minds think alike, I guess.

Long story short, a little intuition along with a great amount of help from my friend gave us the chance to ..." Read >> Beautiful End to a Fabulous Season October 21, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin October 21, 2022 "More Pastel Shades of Fall Turnover"

image of Kendall Richlen comparing 2016-year-class crappie to mature adult Do you believe that you can pin down the exact day that your favorite lake undergoes the “fall turnover”? If you can, you’re making better use of your grey matter than me, because I can’t do it.

I am trying though and along the way, learning some valuable lessons about how to judge which phase of the turnover process a given lake might be in. Using the hard colors of my palette to create an image of “the turnover” provides less fidelity, I’m finding, than using pastels, and shades of grey to blend nuance into the painting.

I’ve learned over the past few days for instance that my report on October 13, 2022, offered the swashbuckling detail of an acrylic, but in some ways, ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing Report October 21, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin October 18, 2022 "Preparing the Prepare-Able"

image of water heater leaking in basementIt’s sort of ironic how after monitoring later than average weather progressions all summer long, they have now made up for lost time. In the past 10 days, weather progressions catapulted past some recent year’s benchmarks and could represent, if continued, an early freeze up. I won’t speculate about that today, but I will give it some thought as we roll along toward the deer hunting season.

The cold and blustery weather took a bite out of my last week of fishing, a couple of trips were cancelled. Even if the water heater would not have conked out yesterday, there’s no way I would have gone on my scheduled reconnaissance fishing trip either, it was both too cold and too windy for that, at least for me.

Today’s forecast is still cold, but a little bit more moderate, so after the new water heater gets installed, I might ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 18, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism October 18, 2022

"Big Traverse Bay, along the south shore of Lake of the Woods is filling up with walleyes. Typical of most fall migrations, they are holding in various locations along the south shore and normally these fish will be at many of the same locations for the start of early ice fishing in December.  Long Point area, Zippel Bay, Morris Point and Lighthouse Gap areas are all producing fish.

Anglers report a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch and an occasional crappie or sturgeon.  Some walleyes are using structure while others are in the basin over mud.  A good overall depth has been 20 to 25 feet of water.  When fishing structure, the tops and sides of reefs have been effective. Anchored up and jigging with fatheads and frozen shiners is working well.  Anchor your boat and vertically jig over the side.  Give it 30 minutes and adjust to a new spot if there is little activity.

On the Rainy River ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods, Rainy River Report October 18, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin October 14, 2022 "Exploring the Explore-Able"

There’s about ½ inch of snow in my yard right now and the forecast calls for a little bit more, maybe another inch before the day is over. The overnight low temperature in Grand Rapids was 32 degrees and if we’re lucky, the high today might reach 38 degrees.

The group I had scheduled for today was interested in “one last day” on the water and they’d still like that: just not on this day. So, you can either count me in the group of “die hards”, or the nut-jobs, or if you prefer, devoted fishing guides who still have work to do and need to use their free time for research, even if the temperatures are near freezing.

No matter how it’s characterized, it’s an opportunity to learn more and be better prepared for the future. The good news is that calm wind is predicted today, that’s a blessing and helps explain why I’m actually preparing to go fishing myself today, but not ..." Read >> Sundin Exploring the Explore-Able October 14, 2022


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image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin • Fall CRAPPIE Fishing • "I Been In The Right Month, But It Must Have Been The Wrong Year!" October 13, 2022

image of fish in anglers hand links to fiushing report october 13, 2022Crappies are in the doldrums in north central Minnesota’s Itasca Region, that’s not just my opinion, there are DNR fisheries biologists who agree. “There was good hatch in 2016 and it was widespread, but there were some lean years leading up to that, ones where crappie recruitment was minimal.” says a friend who works for the DNR in the Bemidji area; others have echoed the thought. “Not every lake was affected, as usual, there are outliers, but in a lot of lakes, the gap between larger “keeper” fish and the smaller 2016 crappies is noticeable,” another Grand Rapids area fisheries staff noted.

What that means is that as we anglers discovered and depleted the adult crappie populations in many of the region’s better crappie lakes and nature lagged in replenishing them.

Today’s hopeful news is that there are better seasons ahead because that strong 2016-year class is reaching maturity and there are lots of lakes with strong populations of young crappies that will ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing Report October 13, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report October 13, 2022

"Walleye fishing continues to be good for anglers still chasing them. 10 feet of water or less also continues to be where the best reports keep coming from. Up here bigger minnows like creek chubs and or pike suckers has been the bait of choice. Tipping them on a light jig or lindy rigging them has been very effective. Weedbeds, points and river mouths are where walleyes have been hanging out.

Northern Pike fishing is where the best fishing has been this last week. That cold snap really has the big pike up shallow and very aggressive right now. Big suckers and the biggest creek chubs you can find, has been deadly. River mouths have been the best areas to find pike right now, but large rocky points and any green weeds you can find, is where anglers are finding the pike.

Smallmouth Bass have really started to put on the feed bag right now. Find any sunken island and drop a big minnow on it, your going to get bit, quickly! Bigger minnows will help keep off smaller smallies, so don’t be shy to drop a 8” minnow down there!" — Arrowhead Outdoors, 218-365-5358


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism October 11, 2022

image of walleye fisherman holding huge walleye caught in the northwest angle "Scattered schools of walleyes are being found in various areas along the south shore of Lake of the Woods and, when located, have provided some very good fall fishing on the big lake. Anglers report finding them anywhere from Long Point to Zippel Bay to Morris Point Gap over to Lighthouse Gap. There are also other fish present and they create opportunities for a “ mixed bag” of walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch and an occasional crappie or sturgeon. 

Some of the schools of fish are more active than others, so even when scoping lots of fish with electronics, angler judgement about how long to remain in an area is a key to success. Most anglers are finding walleyes that will cooperate now and the belief is that walleye action will continue to get even better with cooling water temps. Charter boats are on good schools of walleyes and will ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report October 11, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin October 10, 2022 "Our Days ARE Numbered, But Haven't Ended Yet"

image of Larry Lashley and Jeff Sundin with nice walleye double on Lake Winnie "We might be rolling toward the end of the “hot walleye bite” on Lake Winnibigoshish, but the end isn't here just yet. By all accounts, the weekend was both busy and productive on the big lake. Cutfoot Sioux, possibly nearing its peak of fishing traffic, has been kicking out more walleyes recently as well.

Water temperatures on the big lake held steady at 55 degrees on Saturday. Water temperatures in Cutfoot were more varied, warmer over the “deep” mid lake territory, but colder in back bays and shallow areas. The range overall was wide, varying from 49 degrees to 57 degrees depending on the locations. In my mind, these temperatures are close to the “minimum” in terms of how reliable the daytime fishing action will be.

I was wrapping up a 3-day stint with my crew on Saturday and harvesting walleyes was not a concern. What we hoped to do was to CPR some larger fish, so instead of playing it safe, I ..." Read >> Winnie Walleye Report October 10, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Lake Winnie Report — Following Up From Friday" October 8, 2022

image of Mike Cooley netting walleye for Larry Lashley Saturday morning is ordinarily the time for me to skip the report and get a few extra hours of sleep before going to work. There’s an added sense of urgency today though because of the seasonal changes, today’s information has a shorter-than-usual shelf life. So in my mind, following up on yesterday’s report, along with answering this reader question about the timing of his upcoming fishing trip have moved up a notch on my priority scale.

Let’s start with this, walleye activity remained strong despite the arrival of strong north winds that blew in the hard cold front that I wrote about yesterday, Friday October 7, 2022. Surface temperatures were down 4 to 5 degrees, registering 55.0 to 56 degrees on my Humminbird. While that temperature dip did represent a reason for concern, it did not send me the emergency signal that we’d reached the next phase of the fall turnover process.

Conditions on the lake were greatly improved compared to Friday. There was a light chop on the surface, the sky was mostly overcast, and boat control was easy. That allowed me to ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Walleye Follow Up October 8, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "All In All, It's Just Another Brick (of humility) In The Wall" October 7, 2022

Thursday wasn’t a lot of fun on the lake, 40-degree air temperatures added a bite to the strong north winds. Large whitecaps delineated a “no go zone” that covered every part of Winnie except for the extreme north shoreline. Cutfoot, to a lesser extent, offered the same conditions, calm water to the north, whitecaps, and cold winds to the south. “Die-Hard” anglers, there were a few, lined up along north side of the big lake, more casual anglers crammed into whatever space they could find in Little Cutfoot.

Surface water temperatures on the north side of Winnie held steady at 57 degrees and did not appear to have moved fish out of the shallow weeds and/or shoreline breaks. Friends reported that they were catching good numbers of both walleye and perch in water depths of 6 to 7 feet. I was late to that party and found only a couple of small fish that shallow. There was a line of fish in deeper water though, and we managed to pick up some of those by working the ..." Read >> Sundin Fishing Report October 7, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism October 6, 2022

image of fishing charter customers holding walleyes caught on Lake of the Woods "Walleyes are set up along various areas of the south shore of Lake of the Woods and right now, there is some very good fall fishing taking place there. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, northern pike, jumbo perch and even an occasional crappie. Charter boats continue to operate and are finding good numbers of walleyes. Typically, most of the charters continue running through October, so there’s still time left to plan a last-minute fishing trip.

With cooling water, anchoring and up jigging with either fatheads or frozen shiners is the presentation that most anglers are choosing. Jig colors are a matter of personal choice, but we suggest that try gold combined with orange, glow white, glow red, pink or chartreuse; these are usually reliable. Some anglers still prefer to ..." Read >> Rainy River, Lake of the Woods Report October 6, 2022


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort October 5, 2022

inage of boats fishing on Tamarack Bay of Lake Winnie "58.5 degrees has been the most common surface water temperature in Tamarack Bay over the past several days. That temperature is already ideal for fall fishing but when you add that to a period of stable weather with prevailing south winds, the outcome is awesome fishing.

Walleye anglers have not been forced to travel far to find good fishing. Follow the channel formed by the Mississippi River into the middle-section of Tamarack Bay and sooner or later, you’ll encounter a school of fish. You can travel further if you want to, but odds are that you’ll be driving past some really nice fish on your journey.

The key fishing depth range for walleyes varies depending on the breeze and cloud conditions, there are 3 good average working ranges. The breakline from 6 to 8 feet is great when ..." Read >> Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report October 5, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Better Bait, Bigger Crappies and More Perch" October 4, 2022

image of Jay with big walleye caught on Lake Winnie"Luckily, walleyes have kept most folks busy enough this fall and now, I’m seeing more alternative opportunities too. Jumbo perch for example, have really started to get active and if you’re on the right lake, so are sunfish. Depending on the weather, on of those panfish species might be worth spending some time on. For me, windy days, especially cloudy ones are ideal perch days. Calm water won’t kill the perch bite completely but will surely slow it down. That’s when fishing for sunfish would be a better idea.

Weeds are still the best location for either of the 2 choices and key water depths have ranged between 6 and 10 feet. For perch, 1/16-ounce Lindy Live Bait Jigs tipped with fatheads is working well. For sunfish, try ice jigs, Tungsten Toads tipped with a waxworm has become a favorite for me. In a pinch though, I can use a jig head tipped with a cut piece of nightcrawler too.

My crew had a great day on Winnie yesterday, the breeze was blowing, the skies were grey, and the surface water temperature was stable at about 58 degrees. Those conditions are about as good as it gets and as you might expect, the walleyes ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 4, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Peeking at the Peak-Able" October 3, 2022

image of fall colors on Little Sand LakeYou’ve likely noticed that crappies, especially in some of the lakes that were popular in recent years, are in a low ebb. A DNR Biologist friend of mine gave credence to my suspicions that the bubble is sort of an area-wide re-building process. Unlike other panfish, crappies do not successfully spawn every spring. They might try, but if something goes wrong with the weather, they’ll abandon their beds and most times, will not return. That means there can be a year, or sometimes a series of years when there is not a strong year class.

The population gaps, combined with angling pressure and natural predation are what sometimes causes a steady decline in crappie activity in your favorite lakes. Eventually though, spring conditions are good, and the spawning season is a hit. Apparently, 2016 was one of those good spawning seasons and those fish are beginning to mature.

There have been several times this fall when we have ..." Read >> Fall Crappie Fishing and More October 3, 2022




image of jeff sundin with walleye caught during cold weather

Fishing The Fall Turnover In Natural Lakes - Jeff Sundin

... "This probably means that for most fishermen, "The Turnover", I mean the absolute scientific event is probably not really what influences fish locations and feeding patterns during the cold water period.
Most of us rarely, if ever see surface temperatures colder than 40 degrees and for me, 50 degree water is enough to produce changes in both location and feeding patterns. In other words, it's the fish that force me into finding alternative locations and feeding patterns well before the scientific version of turnover actually occurs.
Although there are times when a lake make may actually have completely turned over during our fishing season, it seems more likely to me that... Read >> Fishing Fall Walleye At Turnover

 

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