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Alexandria Late Fall Walleye Report

by Joe Scegura on 11/30/2012
Well its time to say goodbye to another open water season, and what a season it's been! Regardless of the fish you were after this year, the fishing overall was simply remarkable. We started off the year with some great early season crappie. Then, from walleye opener to early July we experienced some of the best walleye fishing I've seen for this time of year. Once the hot weather hit in July we switched over to some great northern pike, bass and panfish action. Finally, my favorite time of year, fall. Not only is it one of the most beautiful times to be on the water, it's also the start of the best smallmouth and walleye fishing of the year. September through November is arguably the best time of the year to consistently catch fish, not to mention more trophy caliber fish are caught during this time period than any other time of the year.

As you read in my last report, the smallmouth fishing this year was extremely good, and I expected the walleye fishing in October and November to be the same. Well I wasn't disappointed; we started off catching great numbers of eater sized walleye (14"-20") in the shallower lakes around the area. These lakes cool down the quickest so the fish get into their fall patterns first. Then, once we had a stretch of cold weather, usually mid-October, I started fishing some of the deeper lakes in the area.

As you read in my last report, the smallmouth fishing this year was extremely good, and I expected the walleye fishing in October and November to be the same. Well I wasn't disappointed; we started off catching great numbers of eater sized walleye (14"-20") in the shallower lakes around the area. These lakes cool down the quickest so the fish get into their fall patterns first. Then, once we had a stretch of cold weather, usually mid-October, I started fishing some of the deeper lakes in the area.

The second method is jigging 1/4-5/8oz jig heads tipped with fatheads or shiners. It's critical when using this technique that you fish tight to the bottom (0-6" off bottom). I look for the deepest areas on the lake and fish the nearest point or steep break. These are the areas that hold the majority of the fish in the fall. I usually start on the side of the break and move shallower until I locate active fish. Once you locate fish you should be able to target that same depth for the rest of the day. In the last month we've had numerous trophy sized walleye (28"-30"). In fact in the last four trips out we had three walleye over 30, along with a pile of fish in the mid to upper 20's as well.

As good as this years open water fishing has been, all good things must come to an end. Now its time to get the ice gear ready and well be able to walk on ice to these same locations soon enough!



Location : Minnesota
Water Body : Alexandria Area
Species : walleye
Water Temp : 35
Technique : jigging


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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

Re: Alexandria Late Fall Walleye Report


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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



Average Joe

Re: Alexandria Late Fall Walleye Report


Great Report Joe

Joe Scegura

Re: Alexandria Late Fall Walleye Report


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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



Rippin'Lips

Re: Alexandria Late Fall Walleye Report


Great pics Joe! Glad to see Miller can still catch em

-Dan

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Clear eyes. Full heart. Can't lose.
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Joe Scegura

Re: Alexandria Late Fall Walleye Report


Thanks.

Ya Miller can usually hold his own.

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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



Joel Ballweg

Re: Alexandria Late Fall Walleye Report


Bunch of good looking walleyes as usual Joe!


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JOEL BALLWEG - IDO FIELD STAFF
B'Fish'N Tackle.com
Ballweg's Guide Sevice, LLC
Lake Wisconsin Fishing.com




Joe Scegura

Re: Alexandria Late Fall Walleye Report


Thanks Joel. We sure caught a pile of big fish this Fall. Normally we do very well for numbers and a few big ones but we had weeks where it was nothing but big fish. Its not the norm for my area bit I'll take it!

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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 (12/09/12 11:40 AM)


Joel Ballweg

Re: Alexandria Late Fall Walleye Report


When it comes to fishing, I'm a firm believer in cycles.

Right now, it appears as though the lakes your fishing have a large population of fish running on the larger than average size.

We had the same thing here on Lake Wisconsin just two or three years ago. We then had two years of below average size fish and now this year, we're seeing large numbers of keeper size fish.

It will be interesting to see if a similar thing happens with the lakes your fishing.

What ever the case, be sure to enjoy it while it last!

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JOEL BALLWEG - IDO FIELD STAFF
B'Fish'N Tackle.com
Ballweg's Guide Sevice, LLC
Lake Wisconsin Fishing.com




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