Northern Minnesota: 10-31-2023


Minnesota guide Brian Brosdahl gives his latest Buzz Bite Report for Northern Minnesota on October 31st, 2023.

Northern Minnesota: 10-31-2023

It’s cold up here in Northern Minnesota, but the fishing has been great. The water temps are dropping fast and most lakes are in the mid to low forties.

The walleye bite continues to be really good on Leech, Cass, Winnie and the surrounding area lakes. 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. Rainbows, redtails, and fatheads are all working.

The best bite has been early in the morning and late in the evening for walleyes, but some fish can still be caught during the day.

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As the water temps continue to drop keep in mind that whitefish and tullibee will be spawning soon. Once that happens expect northern pike, musky and big walleyes to move towards those spawning areas.

Muskies can be found on rock piles, along sharp drop-offs, and weed beds that are green and still standing. Big suckers are producing a number of fish, but anglers are also moving fish on big rubber baits and big crankbaits.

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.

Good luck to all the anglers out fishing this weekend of next week in Northern Minnesota! Get out and enjoy the last week or two of the open water season!

  • Brian Brosdahl


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