Fall Fishing Report by Walleyedan

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Don’t pack the boat away just yet! While many people get fish fever around the spring walleye opener, great fishing can be found through the fall—with the colorful leaves as your backdrop.

We asked fishing expert and local guide Walleyedan for some fall fishing tips on how to find and net fish around the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Be Ready to Move 

The winds of change have hit us! And for the outdoor folks, this is a welcome change. As for my wife, she would be happy with another 3 months of summer. As the water temperature drops and the amount of daylight diminishes, the fish that have been hanging in the weeds will now start showing up on the edges and even at the bases of some the structure. The fish are easier to see with your electronics and a lot easier to fish. Getting them to bite can be a different story.

The last few years have not been easy pickings in September, but let’s hope this year is better! Bottom line, if you locate a number of schools of fish, some of them will bite! Keep on the move until you find the “feeders”.

Baits to Use

There are numerous baits that will work on fall walleyes (and all other species), but you need to go where your confidence lies. It’s fun to fish a large chub or other live bait on a hook and sinker, but jigs and minnows, jigging Rapalas, crank baits, and other techniques will work too.

Fall Tournaments

If you like to fish tournaments, there are a few options this fall. The Walleye Alliance tournament is held on Pelican Lake near Breezy Point September 27. The Walleye Alliance’s mission is to advocate, educate, and promote responsible walleye fishing. The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes has its Fishing to End Hunger tournament on October 3 on Gull Lake at Bar Harbor. This fundraiser raises money to help end childhood hunger around the world.

Get out and get after them!