Minnesota Fishing Reports
Surface water temperatures now range between 46 and 50 degrees depending on their depth and water clarity.
On Wednesday I discovered that another milestone on the fall panfish migrations had passed. Crappie, sunfish, rock bass and pike were all stacked up, seemingly living together in the same holes. Instead of being segregated into distinctly separate schools of fish, they were co-mingled and we had numerous un-intended catches.
For multi-species anglers, it’s a fun time because it offers a chance to add a few extra fillets to the larder. But it does change the way we have to approach each school of fish we locate.
I do plan on telling you what I mean by that, but I don’t have time this morning, so I’m gonna ..." Read >> Fishing Update October 17, 2019
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Yesterday I mentioned that I’d be exploring a fresh walleye lake and that I’d have a report this morning.
Well, I did do some exploring yesterday, but after learning that my customer for today is interested in crappies, I had to shift gears a little bit. Instead of looking for fresh walleye territory, I tried working a couple of crappie lakes. Neither of the lakes was actually “new” to me, but I haven’t visited either for quite a while.
The first lake “used to be” an awesome crappie lake, but has received way more pressure than it can handle. In fact, despite numerous accounts that it was on its last leg, it was still getting a lot of ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 16, 2019
Last weekend’s blast of cold air moved us one step closer to the ice fishing season. Surface water temperatures lingered just above 50 degrees on most Itasca area lakes last Friday and Saturday. By Sunday, there were 48 to 49 degree readings on some of the area’s shallow water lakes.
Crappies responded by shifting their location closer to traditional early winter haunts. On many lakes, the term “winter locations” means deeper water and in many cases “the deepest” water that’s available. For example, last Friday, we caught most of our crappies in 31 to 32 feet of water. On Monday, there weren’t any fish that same area, instead they had moved out into 40 feet of water and were spread out horizontally across the soft bottom.
Their attitude had shifted into neutral on Monday as well. Crappies that were hitting aggressively before the cold snap were still “catchable” but they ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 15, 2019
"Heading down the road, not really knowing where I was going, thoughts dashed through my mind, as I passed lake after lake.
The first was O’Brien Reservoir. It looked nice and calm and it was close to the house but no. I passed right on by. It had a few decent crappies in it but not the number I was looking for. That one was off the list.
Less than a mile further, I gave Blue Lake a glance and quickly ruled that one out as well. It has some dandy panfish in it but there was the case of the ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines October 14, 2019
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For many, memories of Kabetogama will have to last until next spring when the 2020 open water season opens. But for us, the next few weeks offer little more than a pause in the action to catch our breath as we prepare for the upcoming ice fishing season.
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I’m looking at the weather forecast and wondering if there’s even any need to bother posting a fishing report this morning.
Forecast temperatures that never climb out of the 30’s are hardly the sort of news that breeds enthusiasm for getting out in a boat. In fact, I can already tell you that my weekend plans have been cancelled. So for me this will be a weekend of preparing for winter, organizing the garage and cleaning boats and who knows what else.
Unless you can access the little back bays without boating long distances, I’d advise you to ..." Read >> Fishing Update October 11, 2019
Thank goodness the wind and rain finally took some time off. Now I can get back to doing a little fishing.
One of my more recent trips, found me bouncing around on Leech Lake, which used to be my most favorite body of water in Minnesota. That was before the walleye crash, for which the cormorant took blame.
I remember fishing in the Leech Lake Classic walleye tournament, held every spring/early summer, and seeing an endless string of cormorants flying overhead. It seemingly never ended and was quite a sight.
Back in those days, good walleye catches were ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines October 8, 2019
Perfect days don’t come along very often, but every once in a while, they do.
Wednesday was like that for me; 70 degrees outside, sunny blue skies, the crappies were biting and I couldn’t have asked for nicer folks to fish with than the Muellers.
It was supposedly a birthday gift from Mary to Mike, but just between you and me, I think gets a kick out of fishing herself. Anyway, the two of them have a lot of fun together and I think, make a great team.
There are a few minor developments that vary from recent reports.
The surface water temperature was 52 degrees in the morning; the sunshine brought it back up to ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing Report October 10, 2019
"The bite continues as we continue to anchor and jig. When the wind permits we spend time on the South end of the lake otherwise we head to the North end. The large school of Walleye just outside the Lighthouse Gap continues to hold there and is still providing a large amount of action. Sorting through many fish results in a nice selection of keepers. The lake action is tough to beat.
With lots of current in the river heavier jigs are needed. Some hot jigs are the glow white and chartreuse.
The forecast is showing 3 days in the sixties this week before we drop into the 40’s and then the 30’s for the high and lower 30’s for the low. Don’t forget the rain gear and warm clothes.
The Chili Bowl is this Saturday October 12th. There is still time to register. Call or stop in for a registration form." — 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge
We used to refer to this period as the “turnover”. But since receiving my formal education from the Lake Detective a few years back, I know now that lakes that actually do undergo a true turnover are still a long way from experiencing the late fall event. See Article >> Fishing Fall Turnover Walleye
For me, the term “walleye wind-down” is a good way of describing the adjustment period between the warm and cold water periods. For now, walleyes will end their displays of aggressive, daytime feeding behavior. They’ll begin foraging for ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 7, 2019
If your favorite lake isn’t producing for you this fall, it’s not because crappies aren’t biting, it’s probably because the fish are not there; they’re just plain gone.
That’s the conclusion that I’ve come to after searching for specks on a lot of my so called “favorite lakes” this fall.
Don’t read any more of this report unless you’re willing to analyze its contents and consider its true meaning. It is not intended to sound like a complaint; it is written in the spirit of helping folks understand what they’ll need to do if they still want to get in on some good fall crappie fishing this season.
You may be thinking okay Jeff, how did you come up with this brilliant theory?
Well, over the past few weeks, I’ve ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing Report October 6, 2019
Yesterday was one of those days that we should have caught more fish, but we didn’t.
It didn’t take long to figure out where to go because I already knew where there were some fish. As soon as we arrived at the spot, we got strikes and hooked a few nice walleyes right away. For one reason or another though, more fish slipped through our fingers than usual.
Luckily, it was a good day to be the birthday boy, Randy Swenson; he had the magic touch and caught some nice ones, so not all of them got away.
When I got home, I was thinking about some of the things that went wrong, odd things like breaking the line while we ..." Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Updates October 4, 2019
The first time I ever fished Leech Lake was in September 1987 during the Camp Fish Celebrity Jamboree. Word around camp was that the walleyes had just started biting and several of the events guides were headed over there. If it was good enough for them, it was good enough for me, so I, along with the crew who had drawn my name became part of the Leech Lake contingent.
Long story short, I stumbled into a school of walleyes on Bear Island that day. We caught 22 fish using “Bug Eyed Shorties” tipped with Spottails (you could still get them in those days) and I was in heaven! I thought I had been introduced to walleye fishing paradise.
A day or two after the event, I had a charter scheduled and I was chomping at the bit to get back over to my new favorite lake. I met the crew at Fred’s Bait, loaded up the gear and drove over to Leech to re-live my recent experience.
Long story short, I ..." Read >> Leech Lake: Remembering Rule Number One October 3, 2019
Fall activities abound. It’s nice to see so many out and about, enjoying the outdoors, and if I had enough time, I’d do a little small game hunting myself. That darn fishing just gets in the way.
Up early, like normal when going fishing, I’m usually heading toward the lake at the crack of dawn. This pretty much explains the number of red foxes I’ve been seeing, darting across the road in front of me, showcasing that big, fluffy tail.
Beautiful, little creatures, one doesn’t see them a lot because of them being nocturnal. An interesting fact, regarding the red fox, is that due to its ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines October 1, 2019
When you think about it, I don’t get many chances to go fishing; at least not alone.
That’s why on Tuesday, I jumped at the chance to turn a cancelled fishing date into a day of learning for myself.
I left my fishing guide hat at home, put on my R&D cap and grabbed my official Cub Reporter Staff #003 press pass. Then I headed out to visit one of the lakes that’s been on my “to do list” for a few years now.
The lake, a 600 acre multi-species fishery has all of the elements that I look for when I’m exploring “new territory”.
First, it offers opportunity for multi-species fishing. It’s got crappie, walleye, sunfish, pike, perch and bass. If on any given day, the “target species” aren’t biting, then ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing Report October 2, 2019 .
It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached October, but here we are, only a couple of weeks away from the Hunter’s Moon. I still have a few weeks of fishing ahead of me and I know some of you do too, so the reports will keep on coming.
By Monday morning, Sunday’s cold rain and blustery winds had worked surface temperatures down to 56 degrees at the outflow from Lake Winnie into the Mississippi River. Water temperatures between 57 and 59 degrees were common on other lakes in the area as well.
Weed varieties like cabbage and coontail remain green, but many of the other weeds ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 1, 2019
Surface water dropped back below 60 degrees on many, if not all Itasca Area Lakes over the weekend. With a cold wind blowing all night and rain falling now, the likelihood is that temperatures have dropped even more during the wee hours.
Reports from around the area share a common thread, walleyes are biting, crappies too, if you can find them. Finding them, at least for me has taken a lot of determination. Covering a lot of water is the only way I’ve been able to maintain a reasonably good track record.
With a few exceptions, I’ve found fish in ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 30, 2019 GC
I can’t guarantee that you’ll find great walleye fishing on every lake in the region, but it is getting easier to be consistent at catching walleyes these days.
Surface temperatures have held tight in the low 60’s, shallow vegetation is weakening and the outer edges of weed beds are becoming heavily populated with baitfish. With all of that food located on the weed edges, walleye have little reason to move. We have seen very few fish on open water structure like bars and rock piles. In fact on the lakes I’ve been fishing, walleyes appear to be choosing weeds to the exclusion of all other habitat.
I know that there are exceptions to that, lakes that have “deep water bites” during fall are showing signs of improvement. But even on many of those deep, clear water lakes, there are more walleyes in the ..." Read >> Walleye Fishing Report September 27, 2019
Surface Water Temperatures remain warm, 63 to 65 degrees is the average range on most of the lakes in the Itasca Region. Certain types of vegetation are in decline, but there are still vast areas of healthy vegetation harboring baitfish, insects and crustaceans.
As long as the weed beds continue to provide safe harbor for their food supplies, significant populations of predator fish will remain active nearby. The puzzle for you to solve is which predators are populating which weed beds. And are they using them because they like that type of cover, or are they there because that’s the type of cover attract their favorite foods?
On Monday, I located walleyes that were holding along the outer edges of ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 25, 2019
Water temperatures are in the low 60's and walleyes are staging along south shore. Walleyes in good numbers in front of Lighthouse Gap (mouth of Rainy River) in 28 to 30 feet of water.
Other areas such as Zippel Bay, Long Point, Rocky Point and Garden Island still holding good fish as well.
Anglers having success ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Update September 24, 2019
I can’t call it the hot bite of the century, but I was there once a week ago with Dick and Paul, then again this past Friday with Karen and Kyle Reynolds. The results of each trip were practically the same, roughly 20 keeper perch, with a few walleyes and a few pike mixed in with the catch.
When I say “keeper perch”, I mean fish that are at least 10 inches long. On both trips we also caught a lot of fish in the ..." Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Report September 22, 2019
Plans were to go early, get a little fishing in, and be back in time for the Vikings game at noon. I also didn’t want to miss the Twins, playing at 1:10. Yes. I had most of the day all mapped out.
Keeping the noon curfew in mind, I couldn’t travel to a few of my thoughts, like Leech Lake or Kabetogama. It was just too far. I had to find a local body of water to ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines September 24, 2019
"This past week "fishing" was way better than last. That is, it was pleasant to be out fishing compared to last week where it wasn't fit to be out on the lake. Some walleyes were caught, but most targeted the species that would bite. Fishermen were rewarded with good northern and perch fishing this past week.
With mainly south winds, Northerns were caught trolling along the ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Report September 22, 2019
Yesterday’s report was all about how we’ve been catching fish using jig and minnow as the primary presentation for the past week. The Little Joe Spinners, I said, were a good backup plan, but likely not required as the primary presentation over the next few weeks.
I was wrong, if we hadn’t switched back to the Little Joes on Wednesday, we would have been skunked. That’s not an exaggeration, the fish decided that on this day, no matter what, we will insist on spinners and if the anglers don’t give them to us, then we won’t ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 19, 2019
I’ve been running Lund Alaskans for a long time now; in fact I picked up my first one 17 years ago, in 2002.
Right from the beginning, I’ve loved the balance of utility and comfort that the Alaskan provides.
As far as I’m concerned, these boats are the fisherman’s equivalent of having a 4X4 pickup truck for the water. They have allowed me to go anywhere and do anything without sacrificing the comfort of my fishing customers.
Throughout the years, I’ve watched the folks at Lund steadily improve the Alaskan. Every year they’ve updated this or relocated that until now, in 2019 I can honestly say that every single thing about this boat represents the perfect ..." Learn More >> Jeff Sundin's 2019 Lund Alaskan For Sale August 26, 2019
A week ago, we were hunkered down, bracing ourselves for an incoming cold front. Three days of overnight air temperatures in the high 40’s combined with daytime highs that never rose above the low 50’s sent surface water temps straight down.
Depending on the lake, surface water temps in the Itasca Region finally settled in somewhere between 58 and 61 degrees. Shallow water lakes were the ones most impacted by the cold front, deep lakes held their warmth better.
The trend began reversing itself on Sunday; sunshine and warm air temperatures have driven water temperatures back up. The average temperature on Cass Lake, where we fished on Tuesday averaged out to roughly 64 degrees. Cutfoot and Little Cutfoot, where we fished on Monday had average temps of about 63 degrees.
Coontail, cabbage and wild celery are holding their own though and continue to ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 18, 2019
"Surface water temperatures have been falling steadily and are now in the low 60 degree neighborhood. At the same time cooler water encourages fish to begin feeding for the fall, it’s also sending them a signal that it’s time to migrate away from summer haunts in favor of positions where they can feed heavily before winter.
Anglers in the know have discovered a lot of ways to find fish during these migrations. So the fish in Kabetogama must think that feeding time is sort of like going to a smorgasbord right now; there are a lot of anglers offering fish a variety of different presentations. And for every offering that folks put out there, there are some fish that will take their bait. Some fish prefer trolling patterns, others like jig & minnow and some still have a sweet tooth for Lindy Rigs and live bait.
We’ve had good luck running the weedlines with ..." Read >> Kabetogama Fishing Report September 17, 2019
The great fall crappie chase continues. I’ve been out a bunch of times, seeking deep-water crappies, and I’m finding them, but they’re not all schooled up. Instead, I’ve been finding small groups, here and there, and a lot of stragglers, that seem to be all by themselves. It’s just not cold enough yet but fishing has been productive.
A good deal of my recent success can be attributed to the ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines September 16, 2019
The 5 days that Dick Williams and Paul Kautza spent in my boat featured cold & windy, cold & rainy & windy, sunny & windy, cloudy & windy and just plain windy. Hunkered down with his hood tied tight, I don’t think I ever saw Paul’s face for the he first 3 days or their trip and Dick had so many layers of clothing that he could barely move.
I know that sounds miserable, but we were rewarded for our toughing out the weather on those 3 days. All of that turbulence encouraged fish to move and typically during the fall, once they start moving, they’ll start feeding.
It may not have been the hot bite of all time, but walleye, crappie and perch were cooperative enough to keep the fishing interesting. In fact, by day 4, when the winds calmed and the sun came out, fishing got slow and I would have happily taken another windy day to get the action bite back.
At Leech Lake, ..." Read >> Leech Lake Report September 16, 2019
"The walleye fishing has been better this past week. Keepers have been brought in most every time our guests go out and try for these fish.
The key has been fishing as close to the weeds as possible without getting hooked up in the weeds. Jigs and minnows have been the best for catching walleyes.
Most of our guests have been targeting ..." Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report September 15, 2019
I’ve only got enough time for a quick update this morning, but here a few notes about what’s happened over the weekend.
Surface water temperatures on some lakes fell below degrees overnight Friday. On Saturday, we found readings that ranged from 58.5 to 59.8 degrees.
After 3 days of turbulent weather that encourage members of the perch family to feed, the calm, sunny morning on Saturday was last thing that we needed. Some combination of cooler water, clear skies and calm seas put northern pike into a voracious feeding mood. In fact, I’d call the pike action on Saturday “A feeding frenzy”.
I can tell you that the walleyes ..." Read >> Fishing Update September 15, 2019
On September 13, 2019 Erling Hommedahl wrote; Q) "I’ve been reading your reports and it looks like it’s getting closer to “jigging days”. Our fishing trip to the Lake Winnie area is coming up soon and I just want to make sure I got what we are going to need. I’ve got all our reels changed over to fresh line and now I wonder which Lindy jigs should I buy; can you recommend size and color?" — Thanks, Erling
A) The timing for your question is good because over the past 3 days, jig and minnow presentations have been increasingly effective for walleye, perch and crappies.
As of yesterday (9-12), the surface water temperatures were hovering just above 60 degrees in the Leech Lake area. We experimented with presentations and while we still caught both perch and pike by trolling with Little Joe Spinners, all of the walleyes we bagged came on ..." Read >> Preparing For The Fall Jig and Minnow Walleye Bite September 13, 2019
This week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources concluded its electroshocking study on our 2019 walleye year class.
Their goal was to understand recruitment from this spring, to see how many walleyes have survived from egg, to fry, to fingerling, to now roughly six-inch fish.
Their findings were remarkable and all indicators point to a strong, abundant future of walleye fishing on Big Winnie. First, a little background.
Gerry and Matt, the DNR biologists, operated a specialized research vessel with a generator on board. The current produced charged leads in the water that stunned small fish long enough for us to net them and collect samples in a small livewell, where they revive and are measured before being released back into the ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Walleye Electrofishing Results September 12, 2019
Mother Nature’s sense of humor is whimsical; she loves to play little games with people. She’ll do odd things that don’t make any sense, like make the weather really nice on days when I have to fish on a lake with gin-clear water. She did that a lot this summer and I was starting to take it personal.
Fishing on lakes with clear water hasn’t always been a lot of fun throughout this summer. Fish have been fickle and my timing hasn’t been good, I’ve been a step behind the action more than once.
There have been times when friends have had great fishing on any number of different lakes; they’ve been there on cloudy days with good winds and the fish have bit. But while the action could have been fabulous for them one day, the next one would be a total head-scratcher for me because I missed out on the ..." >> Fishing Report September 11, 2019
"Walleye - Walleye fishing was good to excellent for many anglers this last week. Falling water temps mean one thing for walleye. Winter is coming and you better eat as much as you can before it’s here.
More and more anglers are reporting that the bigger the minnow the better! Creek Chubs, Pike Suckers and Lite Northerns have been the minnow of choice for these anglers. These anglers have been having great luck fishing jigs or Lindy Rigs, tipped with a big minnow, in depths of ..." Read >> Eley Area Fishing Report September 11, 2019
Persistent surface temperatures remain above 60 degrees in the Itasca Region. On the lakes I’ve fished over the past few days, they have been in the 61 to 63 degree range.
Fish are responding to the cooler water by feeding both more heavily and more often than they were just a couple of weeks ago. In fact, I’d say that “the fall bite” is on, except that fish still need a little encouragement from Mother Nature before the bite will be automatic.
I mentioned yesterday that the VA Nurses Club fishing trip reminded me of a roller coaster ride.That’s because over the past several days it’s been obvious that fish are already in feeding mode. Whenever the winds blow and clouds shade their eyes, they bite. But it’s taken both wind and shade to provide good action, especially to produce good walleye fishing.
Last Friday morning was beautiful, the sun was out and the surface of the lake was calm. Crappie, perch and walleye ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 10, 2019
A couple of my most recent fishing adventures have taken place on two of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, Lake of the Woods and Lake Superior.
The first was on Lake of the Woods, where I hooked up with longtime fishing buddy Brian Griffith and our mutual friend, Seth Putz.
Plans were to head up a little early on Sunday afternoon and get a little fishing in, using Brian’s boat, an old well-fished Alumacraft that Griffith has owned for many years. Together, we’ve spent countless hours in that boat, fishing in tournaments, and just plain playing around.
Back in the day, it was in superb condition, but many years of rough water and hard fishing have taken a toll on the old craft. It was starting to ..." Read >> Clusiau Report September 9, 2019
It’s that time of the year again, the Luscious Sisters, along with their friends from the VA nurses club were in town for the weekend.
Their 3 days of fishing reminded me of an angler’s version of a roller coaster ride. There was a slow climb into gear on Friday, a wild and wooly action ride on Saturday and a gentle deceleration on Sunday.
During those 3 days, surface temperatures dropped from a high reading of 63.5 degrees on Friday, to a low reading of 59.8 early Sunday morning. We saw early signs of solid fall patterns being established and fish, for the most part were active. Although they were still scattered, it didn’t matter which species we pursued, whenever we found one, it struck; the trick was to keep finding them.
Over the next couple of mornings, I’ll have reports from all 3 days that include fishing patterns for Crappies, Walleyes, Perch and Pike. But I have to leave early today for a long road trip to the lake. So I hope you’ll do me a favor and bear with me until tomorrow morning and I’ll keep the updates coming. — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL
I said; “well they did, but then they didn’t; I mean they were deep in some spots last week, but they were also shallow in others and by this past Wednesday, they were somewhere in-between. We couldn’t find them in deep water and we couldn’t find them in the weeds either; they were scattered across a flat in open water at 12 to 13 feet deep.”
It will be easier to get a handle of the true pattern whenever the weather stays the same for more than one day at a time. Until that happens, I think we need to ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing Update September 6, 2019
"This last week proved to be very challenging for all anglers, as extremely high winds blew hard for days and kept many off the water. Water temps dropped quickly from the low 70’s to low 60’s. Interestingly this has triggered a full on big minnow bite on some lakes in the area while others seemed less effected and leeches are still raining supreme.
Anglers have been having great luck with big minnows, catching walleyes out on main lake humps in 15-20 feet of water. Many of these anglers have ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report September 4, 2019
On September 3, 2019 Howard Norris wrote; "Over the years we brought our young sons, our parents, siblings and friends along to a resort in Hubbard County on Lake Belle Taine.
We haven’t been able to make it up this year, but we keep connected with friends we have made over the year and with your fishing reports that I discovered a couple of months ago! The next time we come up I will put your fishing tips to good use!
But what I enjoy the most about your posts is the human side. When you ..." Read >> Reader Comments September 3, 2019
Water temperatures have entered the low 60’s and are dropping a little more every night. From here on out, the most productive cool water walleye fishing presentations will probably include minnows. In fact jigs and shiners are already hard to beat in terms of the “more reliable” presentations. The size and shape of the jigs will depend on where you’ll be fishing because there are fish using both shallow water and deep water structures at the moment.
Weedlines will continue to hold fish as long as the vegetation remains green and healthy. Walleyes can be found along the outside edges, but may also ..." Read >> Lake Kabetogama Fishing Report September 3, 2019
"On the south end of lake of the woods it's been a great week of walleye fishing, now including many hints of fall.
Good numbers of walleyes have staged along south shore in 28 to 31 feet of water.
With some shiners starting to run, walleyes are being caught near Lighthouse and Morris Point gaps. Spinners and crawlers and trolling crankbaits most effective. Some anglers are anchored and jigging with success as well. Some live shiners are available.
On the Rainy River, Emerald shiners have ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports September 3, 2019
Mille Lacs Lake - The Minnesota DNR has put a halt on fishing for walleye on Lake Mille Lacs. Fisheries Chief Brad Parsons said, “Because angling pressure and walleye catch rates were high, the coming closure is necessary to stay within established limits.”
Walleye fishing is set to close on Friday, Sept. 6. Anglers are still allowed to use live bait and fish for other species.
Ice fishing regulations for walleye will be announced in November, becoming effective on Sunday, Dec 1.
Strong winds of late have ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines September 3, 2019
After 3 days of howling winds that produced heavy whitecaps, the surface water on most Itasca Area lakes are as thoroughly mixed as they can get. By Thursday, the downward trending surface temperatures hit a point of resistance at roughly 66 degrees. In fact, almost every place I stopped the boat yesterday, I saw the same temperature, 66.3 degrees.
While the choppy water and cooler water temperatures hadn’t completely killed the mixed bag action, it was pretty clear that summertime trolling patterns are beginning to give way to early fall ones. That said, the spinner bite still isn’t over and as long as the deep weeds remain green, it ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 30, 2019
Wednesday’s weather kept a lot of folks off the lakes and I don’t blame them. Except for a handful of bass fishing pros pre-fishing for a tournament and 2 or 3 other fishing boats, we didn’t see a single pleasure boat on the lake all day long.
At 66 degrees, surface water temperatures on Pokegama, where we were fishing, are now down a full 10 degrees from what they were 1 week ago. Gusty winds from the northwest churned the lakes surface into 4 foot rollers. In terms of boat control, the rough conditions took a lot of the lakes mid-section out of play for me.
Making the best of what I had to work with, I spent most of the day looking for fishing spots based on ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 29, 2019
"Ott DeFoe considers the skirted bass jig the most versatile lure in his tackle box. Consider this, Ott finished in the top 10 for points during the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series season and weighed bass on a jig in all but one of the tournaments.
A jig fishes equally well when fished vertically around heavy cover as it does horizontal through scattered grass. Regardless of the cover, Ott stresses the triggering power of letting a jig fall vertically upon contact with the water. The fall rate can be quickly adjusted by changing jig weight, with a 1/2-ounce being Ott's all-around favorite.
A jig seamlessly transitions into an effective ..." Learn More >> Why a Jig is the Most Versatile Bass Lure
Learn to fine tune your trolling game with lots of guide tested professional trolling tips and tricks. Paying attention to the current conditions and changing with them will put more walleyes in your boat!
View Video and Learn More >> Choosing Crankbaits Based On Weather
Surface water temperatures have taken quite a dip over the past several days.
Last Wednesday I reported 71.9 degrees as the warmest daytime reading on the Bemidji area lake we were fishing. Yesterday, the Humminbird never displayed a reading warmer than 68 degrees and with overnight lows in the 50’s; I’ll bet that water temperatures will be even cooler when I launch the boat this morning.
Typical of these first temperature dips of the fall season, walleyes first reaction to the cold snap was to quit biting. That’s just the price we have to pay in order to cross the bridge between summer and fall walleye fishing patterns. Luckily, the initial drop off in walleye action is usually short-lived and once the fish adjust to cooler temperatures, the fishing action will ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 28, 2019
Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will close Friday, Sept. 6, so state anglers do not exceed a safe walleye harvest level.
“We’re glad anglers had the opportunity to harvest walleye in May and fish for walleye through much of the open water season,” said Brad Parsons, fisheries chief for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Because angling pressure and walleye catch rates were high, the coming closure is necessary to stay within established limits.”
High angling pressure and catch rates in July and August when water temperatures were at their warmest increased hooking mortality, resulting in a larger-than-expected walleye kill. Hooking mortality, which is more likely as water temperatures ..." Read >> Mille Lacs Lake DNR Announces Walleye Fishing Season Closure
"Walleye fishing has slowed for many anglers because of the resent cool snap. Reports of anglers catching walleyes as shallow as 3 feet of water has stopped coming in. Experienced anglers simply headed out to deeper water and slowed their presentations.
Anglers slowly dragging Lindy Rigs or jigging with leeches or minnows in 15-20 feet of water around sunken islands and along large points continue to catch walleyes.
Reports of walleyes being caught with ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report August 28, 2019
Fall temps, both water and air, are pretty much where I wanted them, but Mother Nature is still putting a hold on successful catches. Oh, we’ve caught fish, but haven’t had any of the stellar outings that I am accustomed to. Not yet, anyway.
I visited one of my regular “first-to-bite” fall fisheries, four times now, and have struggled each and every time. We’ve caught fish, but many of them were small in size, being too small to put in the livewell.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind catch and releasing all day long but am puzzled as to the whereabouts of the larger size fish. Maybe they’re just in a funk and didn’t ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines August 27, 2019
"On the south end of Lake of the Woods, nice weather continues, but now there are some hints of fall in the air.
Coincidence or not, there is a big school of walleyes gathering in 30 feet of water in front of the Lighthouse Gap. As we enter September, pods of walleyes are also scatterred throughout the lake's main basin and various reefs.
Fishing has been great this week with trolling presentations continuing to dominate the discussion. Fishing with crankbaits or drifting with spinners and crawlers in the main basin are both producing well; main water depths are 29 to 34 feet.
Some anglers starting to ..." Read >> Lake of the woods Fishing Updates August 27, 2019
What we have in store for us this week is the quintessential late August, hurricane season weather pattern. Over the years I’ve noticed that whenever there’s hurricane activity over the Atlantic, southeast winds push grey, gloomy skies and moist air into Minnesota.
Historically, the on again, off again pattern marks the beginning of a “pre-fall” walleye run on lakes like Big Winnie. In fact, a note that came in this morning from Tom Crosby may point to some early proof;
“There was a definite uptick in the walleye fishing this weekend. After two weeks of doing the “Winnie Struggle”, the fish seemed to turn on a bit over the weekend.
Daytime fishing was ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 26, 2019
During the "Dog Days" of summer, covering lots of territory can be the secret to putting good catches of walleye in your boat. Trolling crankbaits is on great way to locate and catch fish that are on the move over massive, mid-lakes flats and bars.
This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen shows you how to beat the “Dog Day Of Summer”. When live bait systems start to slow down it’s time to get those crankbait boxes out and start trolling.
Jon shows you the whole system for how he triggers late summer walleyes, and you may catch your biggest walleyes of the year! View Video and Learn More >> Trolling Crankbaits For Late Summer Walleye
Take any one of the “better” walleye lakes in the Itasca region and track its history. It won’t take long to figure out that there are certain years when a lake is good, and there are some when it’s not. In my opinion, Leech Lake is having a really good year in 2019. More often than not; anglers are coming off the lake with respectable catches.
Even during a good year though, there are those days when sunshine and calm seas make it harder to catch fish; it’s inevitable. So one way I gauge a lakes productivity is by tracking how well I do there on the “off days”, the ones that I know going in will be tougher than usual.
Take yesterday for example, the sky was blue, the lake was calm and we ..." Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Report August 23, 2019
Q) Eric Stone wrote; “Hey Jeff, We stay at Becker’s Resort on the west side of Lake Winnibigoshish and we are arriving this Saturday afternoon.
Looking at the weather forecast for Sunday and Monday, it looks like strong south winds and some rain might prevent us from going to our favorite fishing areas on the northern side of the lake.
We have never really fished the southern part to much. Any areas you would recommend trying for walleye on the southern part of the lake?”
A) Eric, in my opinion, it’s entirely possible that by the end of your trip, you could regard the south wind and grey skies to be a stroke of good fortune. There is a natural migration that typically occurs in the ..." Read >> Q&A Where To Fish On Lake Winnie This Weekend?
Except for a couple of moderate dips in overnight air temperatures recently, it’s been sunny and warm in the Winnie area. Surface water temperatures are in the 72 to 74 degree range on both Winnie and Cutfoot and appear to be holding steady.
Fishing patterns on both Winnie and Cutfoot center on typical late-summer locations and presentations. Walleye, pike, panfish and bass are taking advantage of weed development which has been great this summer. There are healthy stands of lush, green cabbage weeds in multiple locations in both lakes and fish of all shapes and sizes inhabit them.
Both lakes have moderate algae blooms going right now too and they ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Cutfoot Sioux Fishing Report August 21, 2019
Surface water temperatures took another dip during the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The warmest reading I saw on Wednesday was 71.9 degrees, a 2 degree drop from the readings I saw on Tuesday.
The trend will likely continue over the next several days as overnight temperatures are predicted to be in the high 40’s and low 50’s. Typical of the late summer and early fall, temperatures fall quickly for a week or so and then hit a natural pause somewhere in the high 60 degree range. They’ll rebound, but every time they rise, a cool night will come along and knock them back down again.
For now, trolling presentations continue to be effective, but with temperatures trending downward, the ratio of panfish to larger game fish that we’re catching is changing.
On Tuesday, my 3 person crew, the Engers still caught all 7 of the most common fish in most lakes in our region. By days end, we had ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 22, 2019
"Right now is a great time to be a walleye angler here in the Ely area. Anglers are reporting that they are catching walleyes on jigs, spinner rigs, crank baits, lindy rigs and slip bobbers.
Anglers fishing with live bait have been reporting that leeches have been most effective on walleyes. Night crawlers continue to work, but when the bite gets tough, slows or turns off, anglers that switch to leeches, continue to catch fish. Minnows are really starting to come back into play, but overall are not accounting for as many walleyes as leeches or crawlers.
Anglers continue to find walleyes in 12-15 feet of water, but anglers are reporting that the biggest walleyes have ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report August 21, 2019
"On the south end of lake of the woods it's been a beautiful week of fishing with noticeably cooler nights and daytime temperatures in the 70's.
It's been another strong week of walleye fishing with limits of fish and again, some big walleyes caught as well.
Late summer patterns are still prevalent. Trolling crankbaits and drifting with spinners and crawlers in the main basin producing well. Main depths are 30-34'. Some starter colors, red crawdad, chrome/blue, gold albernus, firetiger, and pink UV firetiger. Have camera ready and get fish back quick!
As most anglers are fishing the ..." Read >> Lake of the woods Fishing Reports August 20, 2019
Fall is definitely in the air, as it was 38º last Monday morning, when I sat down to write another article. I thought “I’d sure like to be on the lake this morning” but a Monday morning deadline looms, each-and- every week. I’m used to it and will have all fall to catch crappies, as well as a fair amount of walleyes (I really need to get back up to Lake of the Woods).
The cool morning had me digging out my little notebook, a documentation of all fall crappie fishing, over the past several seasons. A definite pattern is shown here, with certain lakes starting to produce long ahead of the others. As a matter of fact, Joel and I have made two trips already ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines August 20, 2019
Surface water temperatures in the 72 to 73 degree range are the norm for most Itasca area lakes right now. For the most part, those temperatures are still warm enough to produce a decent mixed-bag “spinner bite” along the weed edges.
That said, I have observed that the declining temperatures have begun to reduce the number of species that will readily chase down and strike our lures. For me, “spinning the weeds” is becoming a search presentation rather than the primary means of producing a full day’s catch.
Take last Thursday for example; I used the Little Joe Spinners to find some crappies. But once we knew where they were, I used the ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 19, 2019
"Walleye fishing has been quite spotty this week. Some fish have been caught trolling near the shoreline breaks and the main bars. Fish are showing up in the weeds adjacent to the shoreline breaks, as well.
Most of the fish are in the protected slot, but we have had numerous reports of 10" walleyes being caught. Maybe Gerry isn't as full of B.S. as we ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Report August 18, 2019
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Mark Teien wrote: Q) "One of your recent articles was about catching Northern Pike.
I have a cabin (in your area), on a small 200 acre lake that has a maximum depth 35 feet. Our lake is a clear one and there are deep weeds out to 25 feet. I have found that the larger pike, those in the 30 to 40 inch range seem to be in the deeper parts of the lake. They are suspended over the deeper water targeting schools of baitfish.
I have my best pike fishing in August trolling big musky crankbaits using lead core line. I’m trying to get my lures down (into) the 10 to 14 foot depth range over deep water; 24 to 31 feet are common depths. But I have even caught big pike over the deepest part of the basin.
I'm trying to add pieces to the puzzle of my fishing knowledge. So what I am wondering is this, are you finding that larger pike ..." Read >> Location, Location, Location; Where Are The Big Pike? August 16, 2019
They’re moving across the lakes numerous large flats and heading toward shoreline breaks.
During this period, walleyes can be tricky to track down, but if you find them, they will bite. In fact the Goodwin’s had a little luck with the walleyes on Wednesday too. “When you see a fish on the screen, there’s a good chance that it will ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 15, 2019
“We’ve been enjoying pretty steady fishing”; that’s how Kent's summing up the action that we’ve seen on Kabetogama over the past week.
Keeler; “On guide trips, we’ve been leaving the dock early in the mornings and most days, wrapping up our fishing before the midday heat has a chance to set in. That’s been a winning combination for us; we’ve caught good numbers of keeper sized walleyes, along with a few Bonus slot fish on most every trip.”
Walleyes aren’t the only game on the lake either, we’ve been catching smallmouth in equal numbers. Sauger, jumbo perch and even some crappie are showing up in the ..." Read >> Lake Kabetogama Fisning Report August 14, 2019
"Crappie fishing remains excellent and some real slab crappies were caught this last week. Cabbage beds remain the key to a successful crappie outing. Anglers have been reporting that small soft plastic twisters have been best, but beetle spins and crappie minnows fished under a bobber are catching there far share of crappies also. Fly fisherman have also been catching their fair share crappies. White, chartreuse and yellow have been the go to colors for crappies.
"Walleye fishing has become increasingly ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report August 14, 2019
"Whenever I first suggested fishing on the Red River for catfish, my wife looked at me like I had lost it. Even after I convinced her that there’s no other place on the planet that offers this good of a shot at 20 pound plus Channel Catfish, I think she was still only coming along to indulge me.
Even I wasn’t exactly sure if the trip would live up to my imagination, I wondered if the stories about those big cats were overly hyped. But once we were on the river and saw the first fish; both of us were all in, hook, line and sinker!
Everything I’d ever heard about the size of Red River’s Channel Cats was true. In fact, the stories I’ve heard before weren’t actually good enough! That’s right, the fishing action was EVEN BETTER than I could have ..." Read >> Gigantic Cats On The Red River August 13, 2019
"North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel encourage anglers to keep fish caught from depths of more than 25 feet, rather than practice catch-and-release.
Scott Gangl, Game and Fish fisheries management section leader, said while catch-and-release is often encouraged under the right conditions, fish reeled in from this depth will likely die if released.
“Fish caught from deep water likely won’t survive because of the ..." Read >> Fish Responsibly, Keep Fish Caught in Deep Water NDGF August 2019
"I finally got a chance to go walleye fishing on Lake of the Woods and as expected, it didn’t disappoint.
Original plans were to fish the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior for lake trout. Lorin had been doing well there and contacted me, asking if I’d like to go along. I was all in.
It sounded like a great plan, but throughout the conversation, I said “you really need to get your big boat up to Lake of the Woods.” That’s all it took. The next thing I knew, we were making plans to head north instead; fine with me.
LeMire used to run a charter service on ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines Lake of the Woods Report August 13, 2019
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On Thursday, Mike Clevenger and his son-in-law Preston Spindle found a nice school of crappies waiting for them under my boat. There were other fish too, but crappies were by far the feature story.
Four lakes with good crappie bites all going at the same time is more than a coincidence. That’s the total number that I’ve had firsthand experience on over the past 10 days. So I’ll step out on a limb and predict that if your favorite lake has a decent crappie population, you’ll probably have pretty darn good luck fishing them this weekend.
Generally speaking, the pattern for finding them has been to focus on whatever deeper weed patches we can find. There have been some cabbage weeds holding fish, but I think that the weeds growing deeper and closer to more open water have ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 9, 2019
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For a fishing guide, it’s bad enough to take customers to a lake where the fish aren’t biting. But what’s really bad is taking them there after they’ve been watching the “social pages” and seeing one hero shot after another about how great the fishing has been and then find out that the fish aren’t biting.
If you look at it from the customer’s point of view, the disappointment is understandable. While I’m driving all over the lake, I imagine what they must be thinking or questions that they must be asking themselves. Questions like; “how could all these guys have ..." Read >> Leech Lake "Fickle Factor" August 8, 2019
"Walleye fishing has been challenging for some, while very easy for others this last week. Successful anglers have stayed on the move, watching their electronics and not wetting a line until they find fish. Anglers have been finding walleyes in 12-16 feet of water, along the edge of main lake points and sunken islands during the early morning and evening.
Simple spinner rigs or plain Lindy Rigs, tipped with a big leech or crawler has been the ticket to ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report August 7, 2019
While I was doing my best to scrounge up a few stray walleyes in some of Itasca County’s clear water lakes, friends of mine were on Upper Red Lake crushing walleyes; yes, I did use the term crushing.
Bill Lundy at Mort’s Dock was guiding folks up there and for him; tolling crankbaits on the flats was the ticket. He’s been using traditional, shallow running stick baits on lead core line and fishing in water depths average 12 feet. Lundy reported having steady walleye action using the trolling pattern.
On my way home from guiding on Saturday, I crossed paths with Jeff Johnson, who lives just down the street. He had his boat in tow and was on his way home from guiding some folks on Red Lake. “The bite was good up there, everybody on the lake ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Fishing Report August 6, 2019
"On the south end orf Lake of the Woods, late summer trolling pattern is kicking out good numbers of big walleyes. There have been lots of trophy fish and numerous personal bests caught this week.
Trolling crankbaits in the basin and drifting with spinner and night crawler combinations have both been strong methods. Main depths are 30 to 34 feet of water.
Some anglers are still even jigging using frozen shiners over the mud flats with success. In the stained water of Lake Of The Woods, the best colors are gold, pink, orange, and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report August 6, 2019
"Longtime friend, Frank Gangl, joined me last week for a few days of fishing. Frank, formerly of Nashwauk, now resides in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and still has the passion for fishing, they way we did when kids.
That means getting back to the basics, like trolling spoons for northern pike or using nightcrawlers to catch sunfish. That’s pretty much the way we grew up and although somewhat primitive presentations in this day and age, they still catch a lot of fish and are always fun to do.
Our pike trolling worked as planned but wasn’t as fast and furious as I expected. It usually is. The recent hot weather has fish a little deeper, where more comfortable, especially the larger fish. Never-the-less, we caught some northerns and I’ll ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines August 6, 2019
"Side imaging sonar reveals an entirely new underwater world to anglers interested in learning the technology. It produces highly detailed readouts of the water column and bottoms off both sides of the boat; this has some major benefits, one of which being discovering sleeper or hidden spots missed by most anglers.
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Warm, stable weather and water temperatures in the mid to high 70's created ideal conditions for playing on area lakes this weekend. Except for the early morning, there were far more folks skiing, swimming and tubing than there were fishing.
I never expected the calm seas and sunny skies to be a boon to my fishing trips this weekend. But despite my scheduled fishing dates occurring under less than ideal conditions, the walleye action was surprisingly “okay”.
In fact on Saturday, my expectation was to ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 5, 2019
"The walleyes seem to be in a transitional mode this week. There are more fish showing up on the shoreline breaks than the mid-lake structure.
We are still catching some fish in the middle, but they seem to be more finicky than the past couple weeks. All the methods are catching walleyes at different times of the day. Trolling crankbaits and spinners, jigging minnows, leeches, worms, and Lindy Rigging with ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Update August 4, 2019
Dr. Jim Davey wrote; Q) “Thanks for all the information you have given throughout the years. Would you comment on which brand of fishing line you use and if you use braid, fluorocarbon, or monofilament? The fishing shows all say that the brand that they sponsor is the best. It would be good to have an unbiased opinion.”
A) When it comes to fishing line, I have definitely led a boring life. I’ve found a few brands that have worked for me and I’ve stuck with them; happily I might add.
I do use braided lines under some circumstances, I like braid for bass, pike and musky fishing. For walleye I almost always ..." Read >> QnA Which Fishing Line Is Best? August 2, 2019
Don’t let fish being scattered out get you down. Get out and apply Jon’s simple crankbait trolling strategy and catch some of the biggest fish of the season! Learn lots of professional guide tested trolling tips.
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For us, spinning the weeds worked fine, but when we set aside extra time to try and catch Mr. Big, the task was more challenging.
Everyone in the crew hooked and “almost” caught something bigger, but for one reason or another, they all got off or broke off, in the end; we didn’t get any big fish into the landing net. Somebody else did though.
On our way off the lake, I spotted my friend Brock Anderson and gave him a wave as we passed by his boat. He waved back and I figured like most days; that would be that. Later though, I stumbled into a post that he’d shared at the end of the day about his fishing trip.
I wouldn’t ordinarily go out of my way to borrow a post from the social pages. Maybe I just feel a little extra connected because I ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 1, 2019
"Hot and humid, the story continues, but don’t complain too much about it, as we’ll be walking on the ice in four months. I guess that isn’t so bad either. Never-the-less, the fish, practically all species, are biting well, and some big ones at that.
Most of my crappie lakes show off a good bite toward evening, like around 7 to 9 pm. This goes for most any panfish lake in the area. If you’re having trouble in catching those crappies, head out to the nearest weed line around 7 pm and they should be there, if not very far away. It may take a little trolling to find them, but you will.
I’ve a few lakes that produce all day long and I’m sure most lakes ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines July 31, 2019
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"Walleyes have begun to pull out of the shallow water and start chasing cisco or smelt in/over deeper water. Anglers have landed some very big walleye’s this last week pulling tail dancer, reef runner or shad rap bodies, with three colors of leadcore out or 150 feet of line out behind planer boards, over 20 to 50 feet of water.
Best colors for crankbaits have been bloody nose, white and uv colored crankbaits. Mid-lake humps and rocky points are also worth noting, with the key depth being ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report July 31, 2019
"On the south end, it was a great week of walleyes. As we approach the Dog Days of summer, more anglers pulling crankbaits over big expanses of mud with success. Drifting with spinners and crawlers also doing well.
Main depths are 30-34'. Some big fish caught this week. Reefs continue to hold walleyes. On windier days, try the tops, calmer days, fish transition areas at base of reef. Crankbait colors, gold, pink UV Firetiger, black.
On the Rainy River, Sturgeon keep season continues till Sep 30 when it switches to catch and release. Nice sturgeon being ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report July 31, 2019
As we roll into August, we’re reminded about how steady the fishing patterns and presentations are during the late summer period. Surface temperatures remain in the mid-70 degree range and the warm water temperatures, combined with stable weather patterns help keep fish in a positive feeding mood and makes predicting their locations easier too.
Most insect hatches have run their courses and that helps make fish locations more predictable for anglers visiting Kabetogama. As fish turn back to a steady diet of minnows and small game fish, anglers can use the presence of large schools of “baitfish” to help determine fish locations.
In most areas on the lake, bars, humps and sunken islands with access to deep water are holding fish. The key depths for fishing mid-lake walleyes have been ..." Read >> Lake Kabetogama Fishing Report July 30, 2019
You’ve noticed more crappie photos showing up this week, haven’t you?
My favorite late summer pattern for catching a mixed bag of pike, panfish, bass and walleye has become pretty darn reliable this week and crappies are showing up in greater numbers on every trip. Depending on whom I’m fishing with at the time, it’s arguable whether the walleye or the crappie gets the warmest greeting at boat side, but neither is shunned.
With so many species of fish inhabiting the same weedlines at the same time, it’s been tricky for me to sort out the complete pecking order. On Sunday, we stopped at one spot and caught 6 different species of fish on the first trolling pass. It seems like they’re all living their “together”. But really, each of those fish species was there for their own reasons; it’s up to me to figure out which subset of the structures each one prefers.
Focusing more on which ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 29, 2019
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Last Friday, I mentioned that I might have good reason to expect an easier than average fishing trip on that day. I promised folks an update this morning about whether or not “The Snyder Effect” was in full force and if it happened to grace my boat with its presence that day.
In case you’re wondering, “The Snyder Effect” is a term that I use to describe what happens when this, the Snyder family steps off of the dock and takes their seats in my boat. They have the uncanny ability to transcend whatever sort of bad fishing conditions we could encounter. I mean it, somehow this family manages to catch good numbers of good size fish no matter if the conditions are right for the pursuit of them or not!
I first noticed the effect over 20 years ago when I ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 28, 2019
"Walleye fishing has been very productive this past week. All the guests that pursued walleyes had success. Northern pike fishing is going good too and I think the best method is the mixed bag approach, fishing the weeds on top of the main bars.
Jigs and small sucker minnows are the preferred bait. Some fish are starting to go on crankbaits as well. Fishing adjacent to the main shoreline drop-offs with the crankbaits is the best location. Lindy Rigs with leeches and crawlers are working along the ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 28, 2019
Sometimes it’s funny how things work out, yesterday I wrote this; “Mid-summer walleye fishing doesn’t have to automatically be bad. There are days when the weather turns favorable to angling and when fishing conditions are good, you could have an awesome day of walleye fishing, even during the slowest part of the summer.”
This morning, I’m writing this; “On Thursday, the weather turned favorable for walleye fishing. Thanks to cloud cover and brisk winds that churned up the water, my 3 day trip with Kyle and Karen Reynolds ended with a rally.”
After looking at the weather forecast, I did what I said would do yesterday. Believing that we’d have cloud cover and wind to work with, I ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Area Walleye Report July 26, 2019
Walleye fishing has been a struggle this week; at least it has been for me. But if I complain, lots of folks will think I sound like an idiot because the reason fishing has been tough is that the weather outside is a little too delightful.
It’s sort of hard to complain about sunshine, calm seas and temperatures in the low 80’s. Most folks pay good money to visit states that offer that sort of weather. But if you’re looking to catch walleyes during the middle of summer, these are the days that test any angler’s patience.
As always though, there’s a silver lining and the common theme I’ve heard this week is that panfish activity is definitely ramping up. Comments like “the walleye bite was tough, but we got some good crappies” or “while we were looking for walleyes, we stumbled into some great sunfish”. It happened to me just yesterday, we were trolling the weedline in search of walleye when crappies ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 25, 2019
Our guide customers are used to catching a variety of fish on Kabetogama, especially when we take them “Wiggle Worming”. But that presentation produced a couple of surprise Sturgeon on guide trips this week.
If you think reeling in a big smallmouth or giant walleye on light wiggle worming gear is a hoot, then we hope you’ll get a chance to reel in one of these prehistoric fish. Known for their strong, bull-dog style fight, it takes a good long while to pull one of them up from the depths.
Wiggle Worming continues to produce a mixture of walleyes, smallmouth bass and jumbo perch too. We’re fishing the jig and night crawler combinations primarily along the ..." Read >> Lake Kabetogama Fishing Report July 23, 2019
"On the south end, it was a strong week of summer walleye fishing. Anglers reported catching fish with numerous patterns in full swing.
Jigging with frozen shiners or leeches,drifting spinners with crawlers and trolling crankbaits all effective this week. Main depths are still 29-32'. The late summer pattern of big numbers of fish over deep mud is here. Various reefs holding walleyes as well. Try the top, sides and transition areas into mud. Each day can be different.
On the Rainy River, multi-species for anglers fishing the river and ..." Read >> Lake of the woods Fishing Report July 22, 2019
"The sweltering heat, high humidity values, and intermittent thunderstorms have certainly provided some challenges for anglers but even as we enter the dogdays of summer the fish are still on the chow!
As we all know there is never any shortage of action when one sets out to target Bass. Smallmouth Bass can be found along the deep weed lines, rocks, and sunken humps.
Try using a Drop-Shot Rig tipped with a Leech. Largemouth on the other hand can be found working the weeds inside and outside the lines using Tubes, Spinner Baits, and Carolina Rigs. In the early morning, ..." Read >> North Central MN Fishing Report July 22, 2019
There was a lot of fishing packed into this last week. The Daikin Fisharoo consumed 5 days and a miniaturized version of Camp Hastings consumed whatever time was left over.
There were some ups and downs, but from my perspective, I’d say that overall the week of fishing was pretty darn good.
As a collective, the group of guides didn’t cover as wide a range of territory as usual. Upper Red Lake got the lion’s share of attention because up until now, it’s been the most reliable place for anglers who want to bring home walleyes and nothing else. In fact, in my particular case, Last Sunday’s trip to Red Lake was the only one in which I ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 21, 2019
"Fishing has been better than average this past week. There were a lot of fish caught by all of the fishermen at the resort.
Most of the guests have ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Report July 21, 2019
The schedule has been hectic lately and I can feel my “stack of stuff” piling up! So in lieu of a glorious, long winded story about what’s been going on with folks in my boat, let me just update you on some of the current conditions.
Surface water temperatures are approaching the warmest levels that they will reach all summer long. This week I’ve seen readings that range from 76 degrees on the low end, up to 81.5 degrees on the high side.
Overall, water levels remain at or above normal levels for this time of the season. Land-locked lakes remain well above average, but I see water levels falling on lakes that have out-flowing rivers and streams. That said, there aren’t any access ramps that have given me a problem launching my ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 18, 2019
"There seems to be a lot of low water lakes right now, which kind of surprises me. I thought we received a fair amount of rain and some of the lakes I’ve been on have been rather high. I guess it all depends on where you go.
My brother, Joel, was fishing on Echo Lake, last week, and back-trolled into a rock. It was an area, well off shore, and one that he had been fishing for decades. Needless-to-say, the prop was a little banged up so a search for a prop repair shop began.
We ended up at Rays Sport & Marine in Grand Rapids, where a new prop was purchased and the other left for repair. They’re a drop off station and usually have a one week turn around.
Talking to Andy, behind the desk, he said “I was just up there and ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines July 17, 2019
"The heat has turned off the fishermen more than is has the fish this past week. The pool has seen a lot more action than the lake. That being said, the fish continue to cooperate with the ones who choose to go after them.
Walleyes are in their normal summer patterns. Rigs with leeches and crawlers on the main bars and humps will catch fish. The weeds on top of the main bars has been productive for both walleyes and northerns.
Larger minnows with spinners or jigs have been very good while fishing this structure. Most of the walleyes continue to ..." Read >> Lake winnie Fishing Update July 17, 2019
"On the south end, it's been an excellent week of summer walleye fishing. Jigging with frozen shiners or leeches remains effective, so is drifting spinners with crawlers.
Main depths are still 29 to 32 feet of water. The main basin is starting to load up with walleyes, some nice fish this week on crankbaits. Various bites happening from structure to mud, from east to west. The key, find the fish.
On the Rainy River, there's a mixed bag for anglers fishing the river and Four Mile Bay. Pulling spinners and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Updates July 17, 2019
Is there such a thing as “Crazy Steady”?
Well if there is, then that’s the term we’d use to describe fishing on Lake Kabetogama right now. Alomost any group of anglers could go out on the lake, fish using their most reliable or favorite presentations and wind up catching some fish.
Warm water fish locations and presentations are cropping up in conversation at the store. Weed patches, grass beds and emerging vegetation are getting thicker. Multiple species of fish have begun moving into the shady cover. Mayfly hatches that were prevalent a couple of weeks ago are in decline and appear to have almost fully run their course.
Walleyes are among the first fish showing up to ..." Read >> Mid-Summer Warm Weather Fishing Patterns For Kabetogama July 16, 2019
There are milestones that help in measuring the progress of every season. The one that best signals the arrival of mid-summer is when the Daikin “Fish-A-Roo” starts up.
The annual event hosted by the Daikin Company, the “Fish-A-Roo” takes place at Williams Narrows Resort on Cutfoot Sioux. Every year the company treats customers and sales reps to the fishing trips and it takes about 10 fishing guides to get everybody in on the action.
On Sunday, catching walleyes for the evening fish fry was the overriding concern and recently, the best way to guarantee walleyes in the creel has been to ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Walleye Report July 15, 2019
Warm, stable weather and fantastic weed growth have given our guests a lot to smile about lately.
Warm water species like Bass and panfish have been very active. Take a look at last week’s harvest of Largemouth Bass by some of our guests. Folks love to target bass because they’re a hoot to reel in, but don’t overlook bass as a good table fare too.
Though largemouth bass in Winnibigoshish were once thought of as an obscure population that were hard to locate and tricky to catch. They have flourished as vegetation becomes more lush and green over the past several years. Bass are now widespread in our own back yard; they are abundant in both the Dam Bay and in ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 14, 2019
Leech Lake Walleyes like a nice chop on the water, sunshine and calm seas are rarely the recipe for the most dependable walleye bite. And when those conditions occur a day after strong thunderstorms rumble through the area; the negative effects are heightened even more.
For me, a half day fishing trip is just barely enough time to rule out a few spots and hopefully, rule in a few others. Even working as efficiently as I can, covering a lake the size of Leech in 4 hours is a tall order.
Even though the odds were less than favorable, we would eventually learn that there still were some walleyes to catch. From what I could see, folks on the lake who knew where to go and how to fish did catch some fish for their effort.
My game plan was to ..." Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Update July 12, 2019
"Although the Northland has been about a month behind it seems from where the fish would normally be this time of year, the recent heatwave has bumped up our surface temps and the cabbage beds are getting thick.
That's good news for us as we target the green cabbage at least 70% of the time on our trips as the heat of summer sets in and we always end up with the most plentiful bags!
The cabbage provides cover, shade and holds tons of baitfish so why wouldn't fish thrive in it?
Walleye: ANYBODY’S GAME RIGHT NOW! No matter your preferred style, they’ll hit it! Walleye can be found in ..." Read >> Wheezy Outdoors Fishing Report July 11, 2019
"Here's a little up date on the shores of upper red lake here in waskish.
We pulled spinners with leeches and fatheads last Saturday and boated about 20 fish. The biggest was a nice 18 inch walleye. Leeches out performed fatheads 8 to 10. I also heard from a few that were pulling crankbaits who also did well. I also heard someone did well with night crawlers too.
The daughter Landed a big sheephead, 5-6 lbs and her hubby landed a real nice goldeye. Plus the grand daughter landed a bonus crappie; elusive, yet still catchable on upper red lake ." — John Halvarson, Cookie's On Upper Red 218-647-8391
"Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs continues to be excellent. The mud flats are where most are fishing the walleyes.The rock points when the wind is right are also producing a good number of walleyes.
Smallmouth bass fishing has improved, some days have been excellent while others have been slow. The bite should be more consistent as we get closer to August.
Northern pike fishing has been slow, some Muskies are being caught, about normal for this time of the year." — Terry Thurmer, Terry's Boat Harbor, 320-692-4430
"Walleye fishing has largely remained good to excellent for many anglers this last week.
Location of the hottest fishing hasn’t been out on sunken islands or mud flats, but rather on shallow water weedlines. More and more anglers are reporting that fishing shallow weedlines in 10-15 feet of water, while casting a jig and leech and slowly dragging the bottom, are experiencing a fantastic walleye bite!
Anglers are also catching walleyes out around sunken islands with ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report July 10, 2019
"On the south end of Lake of the Woods, walleye fishing has been excellent. There's a healthy mix of eating size fish, (under 19.5"), protected slot-fish (19.5 - 28") and also fish over the 28 inch protected slot size.
Jigging with frozen shiners or leeches super effective. Drifting spinners with crawlers also producing nice walleyes. Main depths are still 29-32'. Gold mixed with orange, pink or chartreuse strong color choices. Some walleyes coming on crankbaits.
On the Rainy River, the Sturgeon keep season is open and runs from now through September 30, 2019. Anglers are allowed to ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports July 9, 2019
I was finally able to get out and catch a few panfish, something I’ve been missing all spring and early summer.
The crappie came last Saturday evening. After staying home in the morning, so I wouldn’t miss a radio interview with Terry Wickstrom Outdoors, I was able to watch the entire Twins game before heading out.
That’s one of the best things about crappie fishing during the summer months. You can be busy all day long, with other things, and only fish for a few productive hours in the evening. This works well, as it’s cooler out, and the fish turn on very well when the sun nears the trees. It usually starts out a little slow but heats up as you ..." Read >> Panfish Report Greg Clusiau July 9, 2019
"Surface temperatures peaked in the high 70’s late last week, but moderated afterward, they are now settling in the mid-70 degree range. With warm surface water temperatures and Mayfly hatches that have been spiking, most walleyes are engaged in summertime feeding patterns.
Fishing areas where structure coincides with soft-bottom flats are one good way to zero in on walleyes that feed on Mayfly larvae. In most areas on the lake, bars, humps and sunken islands with access to deep water are holding fish. The key depths for fishing mid-lake walleyes have been in the 18 to 25 foot range.
Walleye anglers are using a variety of their “favorite” presentations. For some, pulling spinner rigs is productive, bottom bouncers in the 2 to 2-1/2 ounce range will ..." Read >> KAB Outdoors Report July 8, 2019
On Friday, walleyes were biting on Red Lake. From what we could see, most everyone was catching good numbers of fish. Most of them appeared to be using trolling presentations too, some were fishing with spinners, others were trolling crankbaits and a friend of ours was out there catching fish on Lindy’s Lil’ Guys.
We started with jigs and minnows and had a little bit of action, but after watching everyone else catching fish faster than us, we joined the trolling party. Little Joe Spinners rigged behind a 3/16 ounce bullet sinker and tipped with a fathead produced most of the fish we caught.
On my previous trip to Red Lake last the presentations were complete opposites of what we found on Friday. Jig and minnows combinations worked like a charm and the folks who ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 7, 2019
"Kyle Peterson has invested a lot of time chasing largemouth bass from kayaks in urban and backwoods settings alike. Given the unique and varied ways to catch bass, he's devised some tested rod, reel and line recommendations to make you more efficient out of a kayak.
Limited space and ability to move is an obvious constraint when it comes to working certain baits and setting the hook. Peterson goes on to explain what presentations dictate the use a shorter rod and when to reach for longer combos.
He uses braid almost exclusively to counteract weaker hooksets; braid paired on a ..." Learn More>> Rod Selection Tips for Kayak Bass Fishing
"The walleye fishing has been quite good despite the calm conditions.
Mid-lake structure is the best bet using rigs with leeches or crawlers. Most of the fish continue to be in the protected slot.
These fish are very impressive, though. There are also some fish being caught in the best cabbage weed growth you can find. Look for areas adjacent to deep water in 13-17' of water.
These weeds are also the prime areas for northern pike. Jigs and minnows as well as normal hardware are catching pike. This has been the ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Update July 7, 2019
"Walleyes are now largely being located out around sunken islands with large mud flats near by. Key depth has been 15-25 feet of water. Walleye’s on many area lakes have been feeding heavily on mayflies, but anglers fishing with half a crawler or leeches, have continued to catch walleyes. Anglers watching their graphs to see where the walleyes are, in relation to where the mayflies are and presenting their baits at the correct depth are having the best luck. One angler even boating a 30” walleye, his new personal best.
On lakes where the mayfly hatch isn’t as big of a issue, walleyes are being found out on the ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report July 3, 2019
"My pre-fishing found me playing around with several jumbo perch. Caught while searching the weeds for walleye, the perch were thick, and I was catching one on almost every cast. I kept this in mind for the day following the tournament, when I would be joined by Terry Wickstrom of “Terry Wickstrom Outdoors.”
Terry, Ft. Collins, Colorado, was on one of his regular visits to Minnesota and had a nice supply of Bio Bait to play with.
Bio Bait, some of which is made in Colorado, is a biodegradable plastic, which is infused with fish oil. Yes. I kept smelling my fingers, after digging each one out of the bag. Truly a “fishy” smell and something that fish would go for.
The baits are very supple, never dry out, and are extremely tear resistant. This is, indeed, a rare combination. Catching four dozen big perch was proof of their toughness, as when done fishing, the baits went ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines July 3, 2019
"Walleye fishing remains to be extremely good right now on Mille lacs as well as the Alexandria area.
On Mille lacs the walleyes are primarily out on the mud flats. The key is trusting your electronics, if you aren’t marking fish keep moving until you do. Rigging a leech or crawler with a 6-9’ snell, bobber fishing a leech or pulling spinners and crawlers with bottom bouncers is very productive right now.
Alexandria area fishing has been fantastic. Mid lake hunps as well as the largely over looked weed lines are producing walleyes. Using an 1/8 ounce bullet weight in front of a crawler harness and pulling it over the top of the weeds at 1-1.3 mph will produce a great multi species day. Walleye, pike, blue gills, crappie and bass will all eat this presentation so get out there and catch some fish.
I have openings for July as well as August currently. Feel free to call ore text with questions." — Matt Klug, MK Fishing Guide Service 320-260-5494
"On Kabetogama, surface water temperatures are holding in the low 70 degree range. Insect hatches on the lake are sporadic, Mayfly hatches are showing up, but they are denser in some regions than in others. As insect larvae mature, fish get more serious about moving toward mid-lake structures that lay adjacent to soft bottom flats.
Not all of the fish move toward the mid-lake humps and bars though. There are still anglers catching fish in shallow water, particularly during the prime time, morning and evening periods.
Mainstay presentations are varied. For deeper water; Lindy Rigs and live bait are becoming more popular each day. Jig and minnow combinations can also be used effectively over deep structures. For Lindy Rigging, some anglers prefer leeches while others ..." Learn More >> KAB Outdoors Report July 2, 2019
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