Fall Fishing Reports
Fishing reports for the lakes area are provided by Joe Scegura's Guide Service. Contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-260-9056.
November 10, 2017
Winter certainly seems to have arrived! With colder than average temps and strong winds there have been very few boats out on the water. On the nicer days it really hasn't been too cold out there. If you bundle up warm it's no colder than ice fishing, only you're in a boat! Of course the weather would be less tolerable if the fish weren't biting so well!
We've had some very good days on crappie and walleye. The crappie have been biting pretty much all day long. The walleye bite on the other hand has been best right before dark. Catching a couple dozen fish in an hour or less has been very common. With a bite window like that it has been easy to get the kids interested. An 1/8 ounce jig and a fathead bounced off the bottom has been all that is needed.
The ice is forming fast on the smaller bodies of water though. I would imagine there will be some anglers out this weekend already. Any of the large to medium sized bodies of water seems to be mostly open though. So this is one of the rare times of the year where you will see people in the boat and on the ice at the same time.
The forecast is showing some favorable weather for the next week so I hope to get out a couple more times in the boat before I put it away. Good luck and I will keep you up-to-date on the ice development!
October 27, 2017
The fishing the past couple weeks has been very good. I was hitting the smallmouth very hard with amazing success but I've recently moved onto walleye and crappie. The smallmouth are still biting but they are now deeper than they were earlier in the month. They will be looking for large slow moving baits going forward. With water temps in the high 40's walleye and crappie on the other hand are just hitting their prime.
I've had good success the last couple weeks targeting suspended crappie. The crappie have been either suspended over green weeds or suspended over deep water. Either way they are hungry and hitting a small jig and a minnow. Mark them with your locator and park over them. Crappie are great eating and they are plentiful!
The walleye are also biting pretty well. I would say the bite currently is good but not great. I've had days of easy limits and other days where the bite is just ok. The bite might still pick up but for now work the weed edges for decent action at low light time periods. You can find walleye in just about any depth this time of year but in my experience the deeper you go, generally the smaller the fish. I recommend 10-25' of water for the best sized walleye and best chance for a healthy release.
The walleye and crappie will be biting well right into November. In fact, I usually catch my largest fish of the year in November. I understand it's a bit cold out there for some anglers, but the extended forecast shows a chance of some warmer weather. Keep your fingers crossed and get out when you can! Good luck!
October 6, 2017
The fishing continues to be amazing! I really think the smallmouth fishing has been getting better every year. These fish are on an absolute terror right now. The average sized fish is 17-19" and they are in high numbers. The largest fish recently went well over 6 pounds! It was 23" long with a 17" girth! That is a true giant! Catching 50+ fish a day is common place at this point. With water temps still hovering close to 60 degrees I expect this crazy bite to last well into October.
We are catching a decent number of walleye right along with the smallmouth. The average walleye has been 16-20". The walleye are being caught in many depths, but during the day 18-24' has been producing best. After dark I'd concentrate on 5-8' of water.
The crappie are getting more aggressive by the day as well. I'm seeing large schools of crappie staging near deep water. I will probably start targeting walleye and crappie a lot more as we get into late October. The number of boats on the water recently has been quite low, so there hasn't been a better time to enjoy a quiet fishing outing and enjoy the fall colors. Good luck!
September 22, 2017
The fishing in the past two weeks has been down right outstanding. There are reports of amazing crappie, walleye and smallmouth catches coming in. The fish are biting like it's fall even though we have summer weather, it's hard to beat that combination!
I've been guiding for smallmouth lately and they are extremely aggressive. We have caught 100's of smallmouth with a number of them reaching trophy size. The majority of the fish are in 5-10 feet of water near rocks. Don't be afraid to throw very large baits at them. They haven't been very shy! Fish ranging from 18-20" has been very common. The largest smallmouth last week was more than 5.5 lbs!
There are also reports of 10-12" crappie biting very well. The reports are divided though. Some anglers are finding the crappie suspended over deep water, whereas others are still finding them over weeds in 15 feet of water. In a few weeks I expect the majority of the crappie to be suspended over deep water basins. Use your electronics to locate these fish and they will be ready to eat!
The reports I've been hearing for walleye are a bit unusual for this time of year. The fish are in their fall locations already and the numbers have been very good. Limits of 16-19" walleye have been common place. A 3/8 oz jig and a minnow in 15-30' water has been doing the trick.
It's great to see such a strong bite already, things are shaping up to be tremendous fall in the Alexandria area! FYI, the trees are definitely turning color. I would expect us to reach our peak fall colors in a couple weeks. Good luck fishing!
September 9, 2017
As usual the fishing is still very good in the Alexandria area. The walleye can be hit and miss but when you find them it's been very good fishing. The sunfish and crappie reports have also been good. I've heard good numbers of 11-13" crappie being caught. The smallmouth are now heating up and becoming very aggressive as they normally do in early September.
The walleye are still being found in a wide variety of depths. Over the next month there will be people catching walleye in 3-30+ feet. Currently the best reports are in 18-24' with leeches, crawlers or minnows. In a few weeks I will be using a jig and a minnow almost exclusively.
Most of the crappie are in the 12-15' of water suspended over the weed tops. Throwing a small hair jig or plastic tipped with a minnow or wax worm has been doing very well. I've found if you're catching small fish it's best to move, as the larger fish have been holding together.
Over the next 6 weeks I will be concentrating most of my efforts on catching small mouth. These fish feed and fight harder pound for pound than any fish in fresh water. Currently I'm starting to see these fish school up in shallow 5-10' rocky areas. Pitching just about any minnow style bait will put fish in the boat. Last week we caught fish on spinners, top water baits, plastics and live bait. The bite for smallmouth will only get better and better as the water temps continue to drop.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! Good Luck! - Joe