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Fishing Report October 2023

ObeWan Guide Service Notice :

     Today was my last day for guiding fishing trips for the 2023 season.  Once again, we were blessed with excellent walleye fishing this year on Woman Lake, and we also caught many impressive smallmouth and largemouth bass, as well as huge bluegills, slab crappies, and plenty of northern pike.  Woman Lake remains a very healthy and balanced fishing resource, and I expect this great fishing to continue for many years to come.  I would like to heartily thank all of you who fished with me in 2023, as I fully enjoyed fishing with each and every one of you.  I sincerely hope we get the opportunity to fish together again.  Next, I will transition into hunting pheasants and grouse with my dog, Jersey, for the balance of October into December, as well as capturing wildlife with my camera, another of my passions.  Deer hunting, Hawkeye football games, women's basketball games, and maybe some Florida salt water fishing will help fill my November, and then I expect to be out on the water again chasing walleyes after "first ice" in December.  Open water crappie fishing will begin again for me after the snow and ice retreats from Woman Lake in April 2024.  The 2024 Minnesota walleye fishing season opens on Saturday, May 11th, and I will be back to guiding walleye fishing trips at that time.  I hope to see you all on the water.  Good luck, and good fishing.

October 7, 2023

The weather and lake water has begun to cool down this week, and the walleye bite remains strong.  Rain and windy conditions have made boat control and comfort more of a fishing challenge recently, but that has not seemed to bother the walleyes at all.  Our fall bird migration is in full swing, as I am seeing new species at my birdfeeders weekly, along with the regular squirrels and occasional fox or black bear.

October 2, 2023

We have a solid fall walleye bite going on in Woman Lake right now.  Water temperatures are still quite warm (64-65 degrees), and the walleyes are staged on their traditional fall locations.  We are catching them primarily on live bait rigs with larger minnows (red-tail chubs), but shiners or fatheads will work, as will leeches or crawlers.  However, you will probably catch more walleyes and bigger walleyes using red tail chubs, if you can find them at your bait shop.  Long line trolling Rapalas over the 7-10 foot sand flats is also effective, especially in low light conditions.  The crappie bite is also good in the 10-12 foot cabbage beds.