Sounds of the Northwoods
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Fishing Report:


 Date: October 2017

Lake of the Woods South Shore Ice, Fishing & Trails Report:               by Sportsman's Lodges

The walleyes are going crazy right now.  With the shiner run in full swing walleye are pushing into the shores, the gap, and the river!  Outside the gap, anywhere from 20’-29’ is hot.  Jig tipped with a shiner is your best way to target them.  Anchor and jig vertically seems to put more fish in the cooler than drifting and jigging.  Good colors are gold, pink, orange, chartreuse and white are all good colors.

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Date: October 2017


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and perch in 9 to 14 feet north of Shingobee Island, the Annex, Submarine Island, and North Bar. Similar depths from Sand Point to Cedar Point in Walker Bay have been productive as well. Topwater baits have been best for muskies off Otter Tail Point and the north end of Portage Bay. There hasn’t been a push of new ducks into the area, but ringnecks, teal, and wood ducks are being shot.

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Date: October 2017

Minnesota Fishing Reports:

Smallmouth bass are being taken with crankbaits or plastics on the mid-depth to deep rock points and reefs. Trolling for muskies on the weed edges along the north end continues to be productive as water temperatures have not dipped enough to move these fish to the shallow reefs. Some big northern pike are coming off the weedlines on the north end and in most bays.

Mille Lacs Lake

Lake of the Woods

Lake Minnetonka Area

Lake Vermilion

Lake Winnibigoshish


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Date: October 2017

Wisconsin Fishing Report:                                                                     

Chequamegon Bay water temperatures are finally dropping into the 50s and the fish are responding. Smallie fishing picked up last week as fish started to school in some of their normal fall haunts. Anglers reported success on suckers, though ripping jigging spoons is effective at times. Walleye anglers drifting suckers are catching fish on drops into the channel between Ashland lighthouse and Long Island. Trollers are finding cohos and brown trout suspending at 10 to 20 feet over 15 to 60 feet of water and catching fish on spoons, flies, and crankbaits on downriggers, Dipsey Divers, and flat lines. If a mudline is visible, work the edge. Streams are high and dirty from the rain, but cohos and brown trout numbers are great.

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Date: October 2017

South Dakota Fishing Report: 

There is a good perch bite on Big Stone right now but there's no guarantee on limits.  On the average the perch are larger than they were just a month or two ago.  Depending on the day many of the perch are in the 9" range but the next day they'll be over 10".  The higher quality perch are coming off minnows.  Most of the fishermen are anchored and jigging them up.  Anglers that are pulling plugs are getting nicer perch and a few walleyes at the same time.  

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