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Fall Upper Mississippi Smallmouth Report

by Joe Scegura on 11/26/2012
Well Id like to apologize for this very late report, but I figured late was better than never. Im coming off the busiest guide season Ive had, thanks in part to everyone here at IDO. Couple that with a 9 month old baby girl that wants to see Dadda and that hasnt left me much time for posting reports. As you can see I'm posting this at 1:00am. Anyhow heres my report and Ill also be posting a current walleye report shortly. ********************************************

In the month of September there is plenty of good fishing to be had, but theres no place Id rather be than fishing smallmouth bass. September is the month when these fish feed like no other time of the year. They will eat all day, every day, whether they are hungry or not. They have no choice, thats the way theyre programmed. As the days get shorter, and the water temps drop into the 50s, these fish know its time to get ready for winter.

This year with water levels nearly two to three feet low, many of my favorite shallow rock spots were unfishable. When Mother Nature throws you a curve like this, keep in mind all you have to do is locate the bait, and the fish wont be far behind. I like to scan structure like rocks, brush and shoreline breaks with my sonar looking for bait or fish.

Once you locate a spot with fish activity its as simple as picking a few of your favorite techniques and seeing which one they prefer that particular day. There were many lures this year that caught fish. One day theyd love top water lures, and the next it had to be a subsurface lure like a Rattle crank bait bounced off the rocks. Really any large minnow or minnow style bait produced fish at some point all month long.

The smallmouth not only came in large numbers, but the size was once again outstanding. On most day trips wed have 50+ fish with some near or at trophy caliber. As we do every year, there were also a couple days where the fishing was so good that trophy fish were frequent! No matter what size smallmouth you catch one thing is for certain: they will always be pound for pound the best fighting fish in Minnesota waters.



Location : Minnesota
Water Body : Upper Mississippi
Species : bass
Technique : pitching / flipping


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Joe Scegura - Joe Scegura's Guide Service
"Walleye, Pike, Muskies & Panfish on Alexandria Area Lakes & Mille Lacs!
Ph# 320-260-9056



Joe Scegura

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Joe Scegura - Joe Scegura's Guide Service
"Walleye, Pike, Muskies & Panfish on Alexandria Area Lakes & Mille Lacs!
Ph# 320-260-9056



Edited by Joe Scegura (11/26/12 01:07 AM)


Joe Scegura

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Joe Scegura - Joe Scegura's Guide Service
"Walleye, Pike, Muskies & Panfish on Alexandria Area Lakes & Mille Lacs!
Ph# 320-260-9056



Edited by Joe Scegura (11/26/12 12:40 AM)


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Joe Scegura - Joe Scegura's Guide Service
"Walleye, Pike, Muskies & Panfish on Alexandria Area Lakes & Mille Lacs!
Ph# 320-260-9056



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Joe Scegura - Joe Scegura's Guide Service
"Walleye, Pike, Muskies & Panfish on Alexandria Area Lakes & Mille Lacs!
Ph# 320-260-9056



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Joe Scegura - Joe Scegura's Guide Service
"Walleye, Pike, Muskies & Panfish on Alexandria Area Lakes & Mille Lacs!
Ph# 320-260-9056



Edited by Joe Scegura (11/26/12 01:41 AM)


Joe Scegura

Re: Fall Upper Mississippi Smallmouth Report


Here's a pic of a Buffalo Head we snagged. Needless to say the line on this rod was shot after the 45min of blistering runs.

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Joe Scegura - Joe Scegura's Guide Service
"Walleye, Pike, Muskies & Panfish on Alexandria Area Lakes & Mille Lacs!
Ph# 320-260-9056



Edited by Joe Scegura (11/26/12 01:26 AM)


Greg Vandemark

Re: Fall Upper Mississippi Smallmouth Report


Thanks Joe. Great report and awesome pictures. What camera are you using?

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Greg Vandemark
vandy@wabasha.net


Joel Ballweg

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Wow, those are some impressive smallies!

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JOEL BALLWEG - IDO FIELD STAFF
B'Fish'N Tackle.com
Ballweg's Guide Sevice, LLC
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John Schultz

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Wow, those are some impressive smallies!




yeah, what Joel said!!!!!

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EyeChaser Guide Service
Guided walleye and sauger fishing on Lake Wisconsin
EyeChaser Guide Service
Dean's Tackle Box / Anglers Guide HQ



KWP

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Wow, amazing pictures.

They are indeed the hardest fighting fish pound for pound in our state.


T Ellis

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Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing Joe!

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Faith, Family, Friends & Fishing.


Mike W

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Great fish Joe. Never did make it to the upper Mississippi this year due to neglect of my Jon boat. Finely got it put back together about 3 weeks ago. Should be all set to go next year.

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Mike Westman -612-501-7089
www.HomeTownplumbing.net
Guided Walleye trips on Pool 2



Joe Scegura

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Thanks Joe. Great report and awesome pictures. What camera are you using?




Thanks! I'm using an old Olympus camera,(Olympus C740)
I feel like I should get something new but this one still keeps working.

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Joe Scegura - Joe Scegura's Guide Service
"Walleye, Pike, Muskies & Panfish on Alexandria Area Lakes & Mille Lacs!
Ph# 320-260-9056



Joe Scegura

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Thanks everyone!

Mike W, it was a great 4 weeks of fishing. Every year's a little different, but one thing is always the same, lots of hungry smallmouth. This season we boated over 1,200 smallies. You'll have to make it up next year

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Joe Scegura - Joe Scegura's Guide Service
"Walleye, Pike, Muskies & Panfish on Alexandria Area Lakes & Mille Lacs!
Ph# 320-260-9056



Mike W

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1200 small mouth? Thats a lot of fish. Spent a lot of my time on the upper miss around Aitkin. It was nothing to catch 50 smallies a day while trying for walleyes. Think the average size of fish down you way might be a little bigger. Been a couple of years now since fishing the upper river.

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Mike Westman -612-501-7089
www.HomeTownplumbing.net
Guided Walleye trips on Pool 2



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