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Fall Walleye Fishing on a Lake within a River System
By Sam Anderson
Fish activity is changing at this time of year. Largemouth bass
begin to form larger schools and start feeding voraciously. Northern
pike move in from larger schools and start feeding from their deep open-water
locations and actively cruise weed flats. And walleyes shake off
their summer doldrums and begin to enter shallower feeding waters. When
the ducks begin to fly down the river, all but a few-diehards hand in their
fishing rods in favor of shotguns. But if you’re interested in a
trophy walleye, that’s a mistake. In a normal year, most of the 8-pound
plus walleyes taken in river system are caught in October into November.
The big ones turn on in early October as they begin moving from their summertime
haunts upriver toward the dam. They’ll frequent rocky spots along
the way. You can follow their progress by watching
fishing reports. During the first part of October, most of the
big ones are taken at a staging area well below the dam. This area could
be a barrier area or a large hole that keeps fish until it is time to move
on. By mid-October, the best reports are from the central portion
the lake. Key places are spots like the rock bars, gravel points,
weed edges, and wing dams. As the water temperatures cools, the summertime
baits like willow cats and nightcrawlers lose their effectiveness and white
or yellow jigs or shiner minnows produce the best results. Don’t
be afraid to try shallow water either in October and November. My
catches at this time of the year have been in water from 4 to 8 feet
deep. I’ve also had tremendous success with a fluorescent orange
fishing current breaks and transitional zones along rocky points and contour
edges. Just as during the spring and summer months, the weedbeds will still
be a key location for the fish, as long as the weeds are still green.
Just as you worked the weedbeds in the summer months, seek out and
concentrate on points, turns, pockets, and other changes in the weedline.
Especially notice where rocks meets the weed edges as the temperature drops.
The fish will be near rocky weed edges due to the rocks being more dense
and holding heat longer. These rocks will also attract baitfish, especially
rocky shorelines, as this is where the fall spawning baitfish will spawn.
An example of prime sauger fishing in Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River.
This fishing starts in mid-September and continues to be hot into October.
Large sauger concentrations build up in the upper end of the lake prior
to their migration to the Red Wing Dam. Best areas include rock shorelines,
riprap, and large flats in the upper regions of
the river. Jigs are especially effective in the fall, with 1/8
ounce yellow or chartreuse
Fuzzy Grubs, are my best choice. With the cool weather of fall all that
we know is that winter is not far behind. The leaves are beginning
to turn colors and the birds and ducks are on the wing. The call
of the fields and the woods are sirens to many an outdoorsman. The angling
pressure is no longer present and the fish must feed in order to store
fat for the winter. The boat should remain out and ready for the
warm, "Indian summer days" to come, and you should head for any lake/river
combination to and catch a few of those monster walleyes and sauger
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