Minnesota guide Brian Brosdahl gives his latest Buzz Bite Report for Northern Minnesota on October 20th, 2023.
Northern Minnesota: 10-20-2023
The fishing has just been incredible up here in Northern Minnesota. Leech, Winnie, Cass, and the surrounding area lakes are all producing lots of walleyes, pike, bass, and panfish.
The walleye bite has been on fire the past few weeks. Most fish can be found on the shallow flats near deep water and on rocky points.
Jigs and minnows or Lindy rigs paired with big minnows have been working great. On windy and overcast days jigs paired with Northland Eye-Candy plastics in the minnow profile have out performed live bait. The best colors were purple shad, chartreuse shad, and smelt.
Jumbo perch can be found on the shallow sand flats on Leech and Cass. The big perch are really schooled up right now so if you can find more will be close by. Jigs paired with plastics or fathead minnows will catch plenty of perch.
Crappies and bluegills can still be found on the edge of the basins in fifteen to twenty-five feet of water. The schools can often be found near or on spots you catch them during first-ice. Small jigs pried with plastics and small Northland Puppet Minnows have been working.
Muskies can be found on rocks and on sharp drop-offs. Big suckers are producing a number of fish, but anglers are also moving fish on big rubber baits and big crankbaits.
Most of the lakes haven’t turned-over yet and when that happens the fishing will slow down for a day or two so keep that in mind.
Good luck to all the anglers out fishing this weekend of next week in Northern Minnesota! Get out and enjoy the last few weeks of the open water season!
- Brian Brosdahl