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Minnesota’s Pro Tip of the Week: Fall fishing offers fantastic bite

Fall is a fantastic time to troll on any of the rivers. The St. Croix and the Mississippi have hot bites going on No. 7 Shad Raps trolled near the bottom. Plus, the multi-species list of fish biting now includes sauger, white bass, channel cats, and flathead catfish.

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2" / Bleeding Hot Olive

Color: Bleeding Hot Olive

Bleeding Hot Olive
Dark Brown Crawdad
Hot Tiger
Silver Fluorescent Chartreuse
Yellow Perch
Green UV Tiger
Orange UV Tiger
Hot Steel
Blue Gill
Red Crawdad
Caribbean Shad
Size: 2"

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If you’re in a good walleye-fishing area, there’s a good chance that you might get a big flathead to hit your bait while you’re simply trolling for walleyes. It’s currently more important to fish the right bait rather than a specific depth of water.

Once the river water cools, fish will swim to deeper parts of the river, so be prepared to fish deep. Another key to effectively trolling is to not fish with a tight drag because when a fish hits, it could break your line or straighten your hook.

Years of guiding experience: 24

Favorite lake: St. Croix and Mississippi rivers

Favorite fish to catch: Walleyes, white bass, crappies, catfish, and lake sturgeon

Gierke has 24 years of guide experience and expert knowledge of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers. He can be reached at www.croixsippi.com.

This article was originally published on www.outdoornews.com