Fall is a great time of year for walleye fishing in Otter Tail County, says guide Ross Hagemeister. He can find walleye in shallow, deep or mid-depths this time of year.

On Sept. 27, Hagemeister led a group of three fishermen for an outing on one of Otter Tail County’s lakes. Included were Richard Tomhave and me, of Fergus Falls, and my brother-in-law, Richard Voigt of Ada.

With temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s, and overcast skies, the three fishermen who went out in the boat with Hagemeister were dressed accordingly, with snow pants and warm jackets.

At the end of the afternoon our group headed to shore in the boat, with a nice catch of walleyes.

Use of bottom bouncers with night crawlers, and other methods arranged by Hagemeister, proved to be successful.

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“Ross is happy to send home walleye filets with his clients," Tomhave said. "He takes pride in his work ethic.”

Fall fishing also provides an opportunity to see and hear the loon, the official state bird for Minnesotans.

With successful fall fishing, for walleye, bass and other fish, it’s all about being in the great outdoors in Otter Tail County.

“We live in such a great area of Minnesota and are blessed to have our natural resources,” Hagemeister said.