Late Fall Walleyes

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Late Fall Walleyes

What's everyones go to for the late fall Walleyes?

I've heard people say that Frogs from shore are good this time of year. Personally I've focused so hard on bow hunting that I hadn't considered fishing this fall until a friend of mine asked me if I had been out lately.

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I fished Cormorant Lake in Minnesota today with a friend of mine. We did not catch any walleyes pulling cranks with lead core.  All of the walleyes we caught were on 4 inch sucker minnows on a bare hook with a one ounce slide weight in 30 feet of water. The wind made boat control difficult.  All walleyes were between 16 and 21.5 inches. 

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Looks like you had a good day JTWA, thanks for posting!  Nothing up in shallower water?

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I like a light blue jig in t fall.

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We only tried 18-30 feet. It's a clear lake and a sunny day made us stick to the deeper water. I too have heard of people having success with frogs in the shallows this time of year. I have not tried frogs however have caught walleyes at Devils Lake casting jigs and minnows up in near shore (within a couple feet) in the fall.  

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I believe someone was posting pics of frogs in the stomachs of early ice walleyes a few years back.  From Audubon if I remember correctly. Theory being the eyes were digging them out of the mud up in the shallows.

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Allen wrote:

I believe someone was posting pics of frogs in the stomachs of early ice walleyes a few years back.  From Audubon if I remember correctly. Theory being the eyes were digging them out of the mud up in the shallows.

I seem to remember that as well, I have never tried frogs late in the year, or early ice though.

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Dunno about frogs, but I flew the river south of Bis on Tues, and counted just under 50 boats within a mile of the Hazelton Boat Ramp and many others up and down the river.  Walleyes must be biting!   The guy in the plane with me quipped "doesn't anyone ever work any more?" LOL

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Frogs in the fall are one of my go to baits.  I don't use them on the river but lakes are where it's at.

Usually find the frogs close to the boat ramp so bait is free, use a kids butterfly net.

The thing fishing for walleye with them is that unlike pike they slowly eat them, so you have to wait longer for them to digest enough that you can set the hook.. a frog is usually good for 4-5 fish at the least.

 

Never heard about the ice fishing one, wonder if ya use a plastic one on a deadstick sitting on the bottom?