Headed up to Cutfoot on Sat. with the wife and kids and had a very enjoyable day. Temps were in the low 80's and winds were light. Actually spent part of the day swimming at one of the beaches on the lake (this is simply unprecedented in northern MN for this time of year!!). Fishing was decent for walleyes (kept 6 nice eaters) in the few hours we did fish and we also picked up some jumbo perch and one big bluegill. Fish were in the 11'-13' range on the dying weedlines and a jig/minnow combo was the best. Did catch one on a crawler rig and lost another at the boat on a leech rig, but the minnow bite is really in full swing. Whenever I would see a big suspended school of minnows with fish under them, I would basically stop the boat and hover over them and would pick up an active fish right away. Water temp was almost 73 degrees on the surface, but should start dropping by the end of next week with the forecasted lower temps. Fish are just starting to frequent their fall areas/patterns and the bite will only improve over the next month (the warmer water will only serve to lengthen the bite this year). Sorry, no pics on this trip, except of the beach, but am going up again on Sat., so I'll post another report then. If you haven't been up to the Winnie/Cutfoot area this year, NOW is the time to go. Also seems like fewer people at the landings there this fall, maybe because Leech has rebounded so well, so less competition for spots so far this year!
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988