Fall Fishing Reports
October 5, 2016
Amazing! Is probably the best way to describe the smallmouth fishing right now. We have been boating 100's of big smallmouth 17"-20" with dozens of them going 20"-22"! Anything over 20" is a true beast of a fish, so this year has truly been something special. In all of the years I have been guiding I have never boated more trophy caliber fish. To top it off smallmouth are the hardest fighting fish pound for pound you will find in fresh water. I truly can't think of a more exciting way to spend a fall day in MN than chasing this beautifully aggressive fish.
I'm still finding the majority of my fish in 4-10 feet of water near large rock or sharp breaks. Really anywhere these fish can sit and surprise their prey is a good place to look. My best techniques have always been subsurface, but this year especially top water lures haven't worked well for me at all. I'd recommend the following, drop shot rigs, Mepps Spinners, crank baits and also live bait rigs. All of these will catch fish this time of year.
The walleye reports are starting to pick up, but they're still sporadic. Most fish are being caught on a 1/4oz jig and a minnow in 12'-30' of water. I will be putting my concentration back on walleye in a couple of weeks but for now I'll stick with super hungry trophy smallmouth! Until next time, good luck!
September 19, 2016
The next few weekly reports are going to look very similar, because the big bass are on fire and there's no end in site. I have said this for years, but the smallmouth fishing we have in Central MN is world class and this past weekend proves it. The BASS Master Classic was on Mille Lacs last week and the bags that were brought in were unbelievable. In fact, many of the anglers had fished all over MN the past couple of weeks and they're saying we have the best smallmouth fishery in the world. Including the tournament winner and MN native, Seth Feider. He had an unprecedented weight of more than 75 pounds for his three day 5 fish limit. That's an average of over 5 lbs per fish!
Now that you know we have world class fishing at our fingertips, let me tell you where to get them. Anytime that I'm researching new water i look to the MN DNR Lake Finder. This resource will tell you the best lakes to fish for any species you're after, including giant smallmouth. The state is littered with smallmouth lakes and rivers and Alexandria is no exception. We have dozens of lakes and rivers within an hours drive where catching a trophy bass is a true possibility every time out. The trophies pictured were caught just this week, so now is tht time to get out and catch yours! I'd recommend fishing shallow rock structure in 1-10 feet of water. These fish are hungry, so don't shy away from large baits. Check back next week for more information and awesome pictures! Good Luck!
September 9, 2016
The fall small mouth season for me is officially underway. The fish are aggressive as ever and are willing to hit most lures. As we continue through the next 6 weeks these fish will go from their fit looking figures to an almost football shaped body. Like most species, small mouth are programmed to feed heavily before winter and that time is now.
Currently I'm finding the majority of the small mouth in shallow water 1-5 flow. Pitching plastics, crank baits, top water baits and live bait have all caught fish over the past week. The water is fairly warm (upper 60s) so moving a smaller bait at a faster pace has been working great. As the water temps drop I will increase my bait size and slow down my presentation. The fish will also move to deeper and deeper water. Being able to change presentations and follow these fish as they migrate to their winter locations is key to catching these very large hard fitting bass all fall long. Good luck and go catch some small mouth! They're hungry and waiting for ya!