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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 24, 2015 - Ice Watch 2015

I didn't expect to see very much ice on Monday, and I didn't. Most of the popular fishing waters are still wide open. But on my afternoon tour of Grand Rapids area lakes, I was reminded of how easily Mother Nature can catch up when she wants to.
I was surprised by how quickly the area's shallow water lakes are freezing up. In fact I don't think it's much of a stretch to predict that there will be fishable ice in Northern Minnesota by ... Read >> Ice Report 11-24

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (November 24, 2015)

I found it to be sort of an unusual deer season this year. For one thing, it seemed most hunters didn’t see a whole lot of deer but there were still quite a few big bucks taken. At last count, late in the season, Joel, my brother, had only seen seven deer and for him that’s pretty darn slow as he hunts hard and puts in a lot of time.
As for me, I only saw two but only gave it a half-hearted effort, not hunting very hard at all. I declare myself an average hunter, dedicating only two weeks out of the year towards Minnesota whitetail hunting. Fishing usually takes top priority, in some manner, for the other fifty weeks.
You can’t expect great results when not doing any pre-season scouting, checking trail cameras, etc.
I did, however, find a good looking spot that may reveal a big buck for next season but it’s up to me to take a few days away from fall fishing to go out there and clear some shooting lanes and put up my ladder stand. Will it happen? Although I have the best of intentions, that remains to be seen.
The two I did see were running together and spooked when I lifted my head up from monkeying with my cell phone. Yes, I was busted.
I was studying the Navionics satellite image map of my surroundings and took a photo of it for future reference, for next year’s hunt. Looking up, a big doe and I made eye contact. She snorted a short message to the big deer behind her and ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines November 24, 2015

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Garmin Virb XE Camera Giveaway

Garmin just introduced the Virb XE and the features of this new camera are pretty special. Wi-Fi compatible, GPS built in, the ability to connect to external sensors plus slow speed and great distance shooting are all part of it. It is small in size but large in features and the ability to include time lapse video, water depth and wind direction, plus there fact that it's waterproof to 50M puts this camera in a special category at a retail price of around $400.00. Perfect for any outdoorsperson. ... Enter >> Garmin Virb XE Camera Giveaway

Fish ED Early Season Ice Crappies

It's never to soon to get into the mood for early season ice fishing. So just for fun, here's a track from the 2014 highlight reel. Jon Thelen shares his tips and tactics for catching early season Crappies over depressions in mid-lake, medium depth flats. Watch Video >> Ice Fishing For Big Slab Crappies

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 22, 2015 - Freezing The Freezeable

Despite the persistence of unseasonably warm weather, northern Minnesota lakes are beginning to surrender to the calendar. On Saturday, small ponds and some of the area's shallowest lakes were skimmed over with ice.
When compared to the early ice season of 2014, we're obviously behind schedule, but compared to typical Thanksgiving week ice conditions, we're nearly back on track. For me, this cold snap means that vacation time is over. Iit's time to get back into the field for the kickoff of ice watch 2015!

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Minnesota Musky Lakes

November 2015, DNR seeks comments, announces meetings about potential muskie lakes.
The MN DNR is seeking public input to help determine if new muskellunge lakes spread geographically throughout Minnesota should be established in 2016. Signs are posted at accesses of candidate muskie lakes and meetings with local angling groups and lake associations were conducted last summer and ... Read >> MN Musky Lakes

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Letter from House calls upon EPA to revise 2016 ethanol mandates November 2015

In a letter delivered this week to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, 184 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives called on the agency to revise its proposed 2016 ethanol volume mandates to avoid breaching the so-called blendwall. Citing many concerns echoed by NMMA, the letter expressed concerns over what will happen in the event of a breach and the subsequent requirement for more E15 to enter ... Read More >> House calls upon EPA to revise 2016 ethanol mandates

Deer Hunters Sneak Peek; Interactive Deer Map (11/06) DNR Seeks Feedback

Hunters now can preview an interactive deer information tool being developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at“This is our first step toward launching an online application that delivers useful information hunters need and want,” said Steve Merchant, the DNR’s wildlife populations and programs manager. “With the firearm deer season opening Saturday, it’s an ideal time for hunters to take a look at the application, discuss it at camp and provide the DNR with some useful feedback.”

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The application works on mobile devices and in desktop web browsers. Instructions on how to use each version of the application are online. A link for user feedback also is provided.
Information viewable by clicking the “detail report” link includes harvest history, permit area designation and winter severity history. It also tells a hunter what type of land is in the permit area and how much public land is available.
“During the deer population goal-setting process, hunters made it clear they wanted more easily accessible and comprehensive information,” Merchant said. “This is a first step in developing an interactive tool to meet those needs, and we encourage people to leave useful feedback DNR can use to refine and improve the application.” ... Learn More >> Sneak Peek; Interactive Deer Map
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Bass Pro Shops Considering Purchase of Cabela's - 11/06

Fishing tackle retail giant is exploring a move to buy one of its largest competitors. According to Fishing Tackle Retailer, Reuters is reporting that Bass Pro Shops is considering the purchase of Cabela’s.
People “familiar with the matter” report that the retail giant is working with an investment bank on a potential offer. This comes after reports of Cabela’s exploring ... >> Bass Pro Shops Considering Purchase of Cabela's

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 5, 2015 - Catching The Catchable?

I know what you've been thinking; where the heck did that boy disappear to?
Well, if I'd known what was good for me, I'd already have taken a couple of days off this week and gone fishing. But the 2015 season has been an odd one; there are a lot of extra chores on the list this year, stuff that can't be ignored. So I've been taking full advantage of the lull between open water and the ice fishing season to try and catch up.
Usually, I'd take some time off for hunting too, but for the moment, even that's on the back burner. Despite the fact that there are only two days remaining before the Minnesota Deer Hunting opener, I can't even ... read more >> Report November 5, 2015

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (November 5, 2015) - “Last Fishing Trip Of The Season”

It’s been a great fall for fishing and I had mixed feelings when putting the boat away for the winter, which occurred on a most beautiful day this month, November 4. Yes, there’s plenty of open water boat-time left but the deer season is now upon us and I’m relegated to spending a fair amount of time in the deer stand, hoping for a crack at that big buck.
Actually, I’ve spent so much time in that old Lund that I’m tired right out and looking for something different. I need a break, as do the fish. I’ll bet you never thought you’d hear that kind of talk. J
I’ll be staying up at the A-Frame “deer shack” on Little Bear Lake, with my brother Bruce and some of the younger hunting kin. It’s always a fun time getting together with friends and family during this time but this year will be extra-special in a sense that is due to ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines Novermber 5, 2015

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Ice Season Approaching, No Down Time On Red Lake November 5, 2015

Lest you mistakenly think the relative lull between open-water and ice seasons leaves a fishing guide with time to twiddle his thumbs, consider the flurry of preseason projects undertaken by Lindy pro staffer Jonny Petrowske.
Proprietor of Red Lake Remote Ice Fishing, Petrowske maintains a fleet of nicely-appointed sleeper houses on the iconic northern Minnesota fishery.
Flush with walleyes after a celebrated resurgence, the state’s 48,000-acre share of the mighty lake is primed to produce stellar ... Read >> No Down Time On Red Lake November 5, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 27, 2015 - Re-Setting The Fishing Season

Ready or not, here it comes; the first real blast of wintery weather is forecast to strike today. NOAA says that we'll enjoy rain first, then we'll be treated to a mix of rain and snow, after that, we spend a couple of days in the freezer. Still, I'm still not ready to proclaim the fishing season over; it looks like we're gonna get an excuse to try wetting a line again next weekend.
In the meantime, I'm gonna take advantage of the crummy weather and use it as an excuse to chip away at some special projects that need my attention. Oh, don't worry, I'll be around and as soon as there's new news, you will be the first to know!

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Cracking Tubes For Better Bass Fishing - David A. Brown (10/27)

Zona’s solution was the technique known as “cracking.” Also called “snapping,” these terms aptly describe the action of sharply jerking a heavy lead-head tube and allowing the bait to drop back and “crack” into the rocks or any other solid structure you’re fishing.
Intrusive, aggressive, distinctly boisterous; cracking gets the fish’s attention and stimulates big-time bites.
“The whole system of cracking a tube is rate of fall and rate of snap,” Zona explained. Accomplishing the right action requires a few key ..." Read >> Cracking Tubes For Better Bass Fishing

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (October 27, 2015) - “Hanger Rigs Go Deep”

"I’ve been doing a fair amount of deep water crappie fishing as of late, dropping baits down to the 35-55’ level. It’s great fishing, as the fish are stacked up pretty good and biting very well. However, fishing deep can present a problem if you’re not used to it.
Most anglers don’t fish this deep and if you’re not watching the boat’s graph, you would have no idea just where your lure is. I witnessed this firsthand a couple of times last week. Running the boat and watching my Humminbird graph, I could see exactly ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines .

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (10/27) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "Many mixed reports from anglers fishing outside the Lighthouse Gap and in Four Mile Bay. It seems many anglers are catching many little ones or many big ones. 21 foot of water seems to be the best luck at this point. Our charters have still been traveling north and fishing north of Garden Island with great success.
Anchored with a jig and a minnow is the best bet. Gold mixed with bright colors and the jigs of choice and frozen or live shiners are best.
The current forecast for the week ahead still shows highs into the 50’s and lows mostly in the 30’s with a night dipping in the 20’s." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

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Fishing The Fall Turnover In Natural Lakes - Jeff Sundin

... "This probably means that for most fishermen, "The Turnover", I mean the absolute scientific event is probably not really what influences fish locations and feeding patterns during the cold water period.
Most of us rarely, if ever see surface temperatures colder than 40 degrees and for me, 50 degree water is enough to produce changes in both location and feeding patterns. In other words, it's the fish that force me into finding alternative locations and feeding patterns well before the scientific version of turnover actually occurs.
Although there are times when a lake make may actually have completely turned over during our fishing season, it seems more likely to me that ... Read >> Fishing Fall Walleye At Turnover

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 21 - Walleyes Still Active; Winnibigoshish, Cutfoot Sioux, Leech Lake

Another glorious day of fall weather left me wishing that it hadn't been the last one. That's especially true considering that the fishing this week has been equally awesome! With more mild weather on the horizon, it's hard to imagine why anybody would want to spend their time inside when they could be out on the lake in pursuit of action, table fare, or maybe even Mr. Big! Even if my next trip isn't an O-Fish-All work day, I definitely see more fishing in my future, maybe even today after I … Read >> Fishing Report October 21, 2015

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Biwaa Divinator Giveaway - Enter to win 4 Divinator Hybrid Swimbaits, T-shirt from Biwaa

Fall means the shad bite is on and baits that mimic gamefish with both size and flash are best bets to fill the livewell. Our friends at Biwaa designed a hybrid bait perfect for this time of year called a Divinator. The Divinator is a jig head molded into a soft plastic swimbait with a willow blade tail that mimics fleeing baitfish. Enter >> Divinator Hybrid Swimbaits Giveaway

Lake Mille Lacs: Winter harvest cap set; (10/19) ice fishing regulation decision by end of month

State and tribal biologists have reached agreement on how many pounds of walleye could be harvested by Mille Lacs Lake anglers over the winter season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The agreement paves the way for a decision later this month on the state’s ice fishing regulations.
At a meeting Oct. 15, DNR and tribal biologists agreed to set the winter harvest cap for state anglers at 5,000 pounds or less. The total walleye harvest last winter ... Learn More >> Lake Mille Lacs Winter Harvest Cap Set

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Lake Mille Lacs On A Roll

"There’s good news for fans of Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake this week on several fronts, according to local guiding ace and Lindy pro Mike Christensen.
“In the short term, yellow perch and smallmouth bass are biting right now—and we just found out there’s going to be an ice fishing season for walleyes,” he said." Read More About >> Lake Mille Lacs On A Roll

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 20 - Warm Weather, Stable Temperatures

After spending most of my day off doing chores, catching up on paperwork and generally moping around, I couldn't help myself, I had to go for a boat ride.
I figured that as long as I needed to go out anyway, then I might as well check out Deer Lake, knowing the Surface Water Temperature there, might help give us an idea about what some of the other deep water lakes in the Itasca area look like. When I launched the boat, the surface water in the access bay was ... Read >> Fishing Report October 20, 2015

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(10/20) 9.32-Pound Smallmouth May be New Michigan State Record

Greg Gasiciel had a day to remember fishing Hubbard Lake in Northeast Michigan on October 18, 2015. Gasiciel landed what might be the next state-record smallmouth bass for Michigan when he caught a 9.32-pound bass. The fish was weighed on certified scales and pending approval of the Michigan DNR, he may have eclipsed a record that has stood for more than 100 years. The current record was ... Read >> New Michigan State Record

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (October 19, 2015) - “Jig ‘em up”

"Trending would be the word best describing one of the latest and greatest presentations used to catch open water fish. Call it a fad if you will. However, vertically jigging crankbaits has taken the fishing world by storm, at least across the Midwest. While most anglers have the mindset that lures like the “Jiggin’ Rap” or “Puppet Minnow” are designed for winter ice fishing only, aggressive walleye anglers, most of which are tournament fishermen, have been using these hot baits for years and the word is ..." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (10/19) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "Charters have been going north when weather permits and have had some good luck up there Jigging. They are catching lots of fish, some small but really nice keepers mixed in as well as some big fish.
Most anglers stayed in river this past week due to high winds. The river bite is a little slower as the fish seem to still be outside the gap.
The temperatures are starting to drop and we are busy getting ready for the hard water season. If you haven’t booked your winter trip, call today as dates are filling in fast.
The forecast for the week shows high’s in the 50’s with lows dipping into the 30’s." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 19 - Cutfoot Walleyes Sitting In For Lake Winnie Whitecaps

I was really anxious to get back on Winnie this Sunday to learn if Walleye and Perch action was still holding up. Unfortunately, strong southerly winds stirred up whitecaps large enough to force me to think small instead. Luckily, Walleyes in Cutfoot Sioux were more than willing to stand in for their big water cousins.
At the landing, Surface Water Temperatures had ... " Read >> Fishing Report October 19, 2015

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 18 - Leech Lake, Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie

The weather couldn't have been much better for the MEA weekend, a popular "season ender" for many Minnesota families. Sunshine helped warm the waters of popular Walleye destinations and the breeze encouraged fish to remain active.
A text that I received on Saturday from my friend Bob Cass sums up the Winnie Walleye report fairly well, it says; "Jeff, FYI we have killed the walleye Thursday and Friday (on Winnibigoshish) in 8-10 feet (of water); 75 fish in three boats yesterday. Some great Jumbos too, better than I have seen in a long time."
Robby Ott, sent a text too, that one says; "Fantastic Crappie ... " Read >> Fishing Report October 18, 2015

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4 Tips to Find Your Best Ice Fishing Spots in the Fall - Tim Allard

"Scouting water from a boat in the fall is a good way to learn the best places to catch crappie and walleye at the start of the ice fishing season. Late fall locations for these species are often the same as, or near, where fish will be at first ice. Saving GPS waypoints marking healthy vegetation or fish in the fall eliminates a lot of guesswork of where to go when ice arrives. Fall scouting works for a range of sport fish, but in this story our focus is walleye and crappie tactics. Here are 4 tips on where to look and how to ... " Read >> Scout For Ice Fishing Spots

image denotes link to fish rapper article(10/18) Q&A Steve Sykes Wrote; I was wondering what kind of batteries you use for your trolling motors? I just finished the 3rd season on mine and I think they are starting to lose it, toward the end of the season I noticed they weren’t holding their charge very well. Fishing as much as you do how long to you expect yours to last? Also during the winter months do you leave your batteries in your boat to take them out and store them where it’s warmer? Read Answer >> Trolling Motor Batteries
image denotes link to fish rapper article(10/18) Q&A Bill Dietz Wrote; "I had a crappie question for you. From June up until early October, I've been doing well with the crappies with a 1/16 oz Little Nipper and 1 inch Gulp minnow, but that bite has shut down in the last week. Do crappies switch from Gulp back to live minnows once the water gets cooler? I'm thinking I need to switch to live bait and slip bobbers and slow it down. This worked well in the spring. Any thoughts you have would be great! Read Answer >> Gulp Minnow Compared To Live Bait

image denotes link to fish rapper article (10/15) From The Deer River Area, Brian Castellano says; "The Ohio'ans and I hit Bowstring Lake today and we found a steady, mixed bag bite in 5-6 feet of water, where the surface temps ranged from 53-55 degrees.
1/16 oz jigs and a medium or large fathead/chub minnow produced steady action for us, Blue and white was a hot color.
We ended the day w/ 30 nice sized to jumbo sized perch in the box, along w/ 3 walleye and those Bowstring gators provided steady action between the perch and walleye bites.
Fish were in what weeds are left on the bottom of the lake. No fish.
We saw a few small flocks of ducks flying around, but never got to the middle of the lake to see if a big raft of diver's has started to form up or not. In 5 hours of grouse hunting on Tuesday, we put up a dozen grouse and 4 woodcock. The birds were jumpy, probably due to the windy conditions."

Fishing Article - Super Shallow Smallmouth Bass; Non-structured bottoms entice cold water fall Bass

"Cool days and even colder nights have water temperatures tumbling; bug hatches are coming to a halt. The once warm summer rains are turning bitter, too – crawlers and the like burrowing deep rather than getting washed into the drink. Young-of-the-year fishes that have avoided being eaten since birth have learned to be on the lookout for predators better than ever.
To say the food sources of smallmouth bass dwindle as autumn arrives is an understatement. As fall starts showing its face, a smallie’s diet turns to ... Read >> Super Shallow, Fall Smallmouth Bass

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 14 - It's Unanimous; The "Eyes" Have It

There are certain days when alone, neither Wall"Eyes" nor Crapp"Eyes" have enough get up and go to produce an action packed fishing day. On the other hand, there are those days when the combination of fishing for specks and whitetails in the same trip can be an "Eye" opening experience!
In the aftermath of Monday's explosive cold front, Walleye fishing for my crew and me was a blue collar job. But as long as we ... " Read >> Fishing Report October 14, 2015

Lake of the Woods Area Mourns Angling Tragedy - Bodies Of Missing Fishing Guides Found

The bodies of two of the three missing fishing guides on Lake of the Woods have been found while search for the third angler continues. According to a report by the Star Tribune, three guides went out on Oct. 3, 2015 at roughly 12 midnight. Their boat capsized and after a week of searching, two of the three anglers' bodies were found over the weekend. The body of Justin Haugtvedt, 22, was found Friday, Oct. 9, near Oak Island, while the body of Cody Ostendorf, 24, was found Sunday morning near ... Learn More >> Missing Fishing Guides

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (October 13, 2015) - Big Time Fall Patterns

"I’ve had the best luck in fishing lakes that don’t have much depth to start with. If they’re not close to the weeds, just head out to the middle and drift along in 16-18’. You’ll find them. I prefer slowly boating around until a school of fish is spotted.
Best techniques have varied but you can’t go wrong by using small hair or..." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 13 - Have You Wondered Why Odd Occurrences Occur In Autumn?

It happens every single day during the fall, somebody leans over and asks; is that all fish that I see on your Humminbird? My answer is almost always the same, yes; they're fish, but not necessarily the kind of fish that we're looking for.
It could be anything from 1 inch long Sunfish to 8 inch long Walleyes to a gigantic swarm of Dogfish minnows; if it lives in the lake, it could be hanging out in open water during the fall. I usually add something like "when I see what I'm looking for, you will ... Read >> Fishing Report October 13, 2015

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Bank Fishing Tips for Nighttime Walleyes in the Fall

Bank fishing at night is a fun and inexpensive way to catch a lot of big walleyes in the fall. You don’t need much tackle to do it, and it’s an easy way to take walleye from both lakes and rivers. All you really need to do is find a shoreline with structure or cover that walleyes like, cast out a minnow bait and slowly reel it in until a walleye bites. If that doesn’t work, move down the shore until you ..." Read Article >> Nighttime Walleyes in the Fall
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DNR begins zebra mussel pilot project treatment

"The Department of Natural Resources is initiating pilot projects aimed at treating recently discovered, small infestations of zebra mussels on Minnesota lakes. The first pilot project is the treatment of Ruth Lake in Crow Wing County. The Ruth Lake infestation was confirmed in July, after a young snorkeler found a single zebra mussel under a rock. Subsequent surveys of the lake revealed ... " Learn More >> Zebra Mussel Project

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 12 - A Warm Ending To The Beginning

According to my friend Erling Hommedahl, This day was handpicked for him, his wife Karen and me. It was our gift, a reward to make up for the day we spent on the lake last fall. The day when the winds blew in at 25 MPH, the air temperature tickled the 30 degree mark and snow fell on the water while we fished.
The more I think of it, the more I believe he was right. It was a sunny, 80 degree day; the wind was calm and the fish bit anyway; who could argue with Erling's ... Read >> Fishing Report October 12, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 12 - Fall Magic Up North

Sometimes folks tease me about missing a day on the fishing report because they think it means that I took a day off. But for anybody who watches close, You Know that somehow, you're gonna wind up KNOWING whatever I was up to during my absentee session.
Thank you for bearing with me, and for allowing my occasional clues about "Special Projects" that I'm working on. Today, I've got one to share and I hope you'll share it with your friends too. View Video >> Fall Magic Up North

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 11 - Warm Breezes Blow In Big Fall Fishing Crowds

It was a busy day on the lakes this Saturday, the bait shop was busy and the ramps were full. Anglers who found their way on to the water were treated to warmth, sunshine, lots of fall color and a "Walleye Chop" on steroids.
For me, the breezy conditions weren't a factor; I didn't need to fight the big waves because our goal was to catch Panfish anyway. For that, I was grateful, and I hope that the blustery conditions didn't get the best of you.
For Walleye fishermen, especially those with rigs set up for big water, the winds played into their hands. Combined with Surface Water Temperatures hanging on to ... Read >> Fishing Report October 11, 2015

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In an email, Jeff Anderes wrote; "I saw something on the lake that I’d like your opinion on. After we fished for Crappies in the morning and as we worked our way back to the boat launch, we noticed that the whole screen was filled with major activity up to about 5 from the bottom. The area where we searched was near the shoreline in water depths of 18- 26 feet. We had fished the same area earlier in the morning and there was no evidence of this phenomenon. Is it plankton coming up as the water warmed?
A) Jeff, there could be more than one way to answer this question. But even without seeing the image of your graph, it sounds to me like you're talking about ... Read Answer >> Clouds Appearing On Screen

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 9 - Walleye Fishing Like The Good Old Days or ... A Word To The Wise?

Was that really great Walleye fishing, or was it "the tap on the shoulder" letting me know what to expect; the turnover is coming soon? That was the question echoing through my head on Thursday after we experienced a particularly stellar episode of shallow water Walleye fishing on Winnibigoshish. Sure, the conditions were perfect, Grey skies along with a brisk wind that churned the water over a shallow rock bar. But catching 16 keepers and another dozen "slot-fish" in a couple of hours, is that normal? No, that's too good to ... read >> Fishing Report October 9, 2015

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Bowen Lodge Fishing Report October 9 - Fall Walleye, Crappie and Pike Action

The atmosphere around the resort is providing a perfect reminder about why we look forward to fall every year. Fall colors are at their peak, fish of all shapes and sizes have been active and the Ruffed Grouse season has arrived.
The consensus among most of our fishermen is that this fall has provided one of the better Walleye and Pike runs in recent history.
On Big Winnie, fishermen focusing on the deep weed lines in 10 to 14 feet of water are still reporting consistent catches of both Walleye and Pike. Perch have been less consistent, but they are present too and when the winds blow, schools of keeper size Perch appear in good numbers.
As of Thursday, water temperatures on Winnibigoshish were ... >> Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux Fishing Report

Learn How To Rig Wacky Worms for More Hookups

The wacky rig is one of the most effective bass catching presentations. It can be rigged weightless, weighted, fished on a drop shot and even a jig head, but single hook rigging remains the most popular. A lot of anglers slide an o-ring onto the center of a stick worm to reduce tearing the plastic or having fish throw the entire worm. This is important, but a single o-ring has the tendency to push the hook flat against the worm, reducing hook ups. Adding two o-rings and crossing them, with the hook slid underneath both, has the effect of keeping the hook in an upright position where it's more likely to hook the fish.
Most anglers use a single o-ring when wacky rigging to reduce loosing and tearing the plastic, but adding second o-ring provides a different advantage - hooking more bass! Watch this video and see how. >> Rig Wacky Worms for More Hookups

Leech Lake Management Plan; DNR Still Seeking Input - Last Chance To Comment Today Oct. 9, 2015

A news release from the Minnesota DNR says; "Leech Lake, one of Minnesota’s 10 large walleye lakes, has a new draft management plan and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking input through Oct. 9.
The plan outlines the proposed five-year fish population objectives and fisheries management actions. It incorporates the recommendations of the 16-member Leech Lake Fisheries Input Group, which has held six meetings since February 2015.
Input is being taken at The Web page includes a video introduction to each survey section, information considered by the input group and the group’s final report.
Public comments will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 9, online at Paper questionnaires also are available at the DNR’s Walker area fisheries office, 07316 State 371 NW, Walker. Comments will be reviewed and considered in October and November. The final Leech Lake management plan will be completed in December. For more information, contact the DNR’s Walker area fisheries office at 218-547-1683.

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 8 - Lake Winnie Fall Walleye Migrations

For openers, my morning began while there was a fantastic display of Northern Lights showing in my back yard. A few hours later, the frosty overnight temperatures served to produce a sunrise that was full of steamy, pastel colors and delightful rays of light glowing through the fog.
A few hours later, it was definitely delightful to arrive at Cutfoot Sioux and ... Read >> Fishing Report October 8, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 6 - The Clock Is Ticking, Countdown To Fall Turnover

On Lake Winnibigoshish, Surface Water Temperatures moved another notch downward on Monday. Now pegged at 57 degrees, we're entering into the time of season that you could describe as the nerve racking part of my job. This is the time that I start worrying which one of these days will be the one day that it's too late, the day that the "hot bite" is over for the season. Figuring it out is tricky because the exact timing is slippery, it's hard to know for sure unless you ... Read >> Fishing Report October 6, 2015

image of Neng Shao with big Winnie Walleye

image denotes link to fish rapper article (10/6) From The Deer River Area, Brian Castellano - Sunday Afternoon On Winnibigoshish

"On Sunday afternoon we trolled shad raps to the west from the rock pile. While it was sunny and flat out there, we only picked up 1 small gator. But once the clouds moved in and the wind picked up, we went back to one of weed beds that we had marked earlier with our GPS. This time it was fish on!
The jig and minnow kept the fish interested; specifically, a pink and white 1/4 oz. jig that a guide friend of mine gave me was HOT There were lots of medium sized perch, a bunch of gators in the 2 to 4 pound range and a few fat slot walleyes. If we weren't seeing weeds on the bottom, we weren't getting bit.
Prior to heading out the big lake, we tried Little Cutfoot and put a few crappies in the boat there as well. The Crappies were really finicky, maybe from all of the fishing pressure."

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (October 6, 2015) - Fall Fishing Patterns, Critters on the Move

"I’ve had the best luck in fishing lakes that don’t have much depth to start with. If they’re not close to the weeds, just head out to the middle and drift along in 16-18’. You’ll find them. I prefer slowly boating around until a school of fish is spotted.
Best techniques have varied but you can’t go wrong by using small hair or..." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

image of dave holmbeck with big Crappies


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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 5 - Winnie's Walleye Water Cooling Down

58 Degrees, that was the surface temperature on Lake Winnibigoshish this Sunday. For me, this means that the calendar is catching up with us and even though the "hot bite" seems like it should last forever, it won't. Our pre-turnover days are numbered, but between then and now, we should still have some fun out there.
Some of you are thinking, Hey, wait a minute, I was out there on Sunday, I fished right next to you and I didn't find any "hot bite", Que Pasa? Well, if you've been following the reports about Winnie for the past couple of summers, then You Know ... Read >> Fishing Report October 5, 2015

image denotes link to fish rapper article (10/5) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "The great weather continues! We had a lot of sunshine this past week and temps in the 70’s. The last few days we have spent fishing north of Garden Island but also mixed in some days of fishing close by. The wind has made the determination for us. We have had great success in both areas. We are looking forward to our 6th Annual Chili Bowl fishing contest this weekend, there are only a couple spots still open.
Jigging with a minnow has been very productive and there has been a run or two of Shiners this past week.
The forecast ahead still shows high’s in the 60’s with lows dipping into the 30’s.
Winter dates are booking up fast, if you have dates in mind now would be a good time to call and check availability." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 4 - Bluegills In Transition

After reading yesterday's report, I wonder if you wondered what I'd do with the "A Team" for day 3 of our fall trip. If you guessed that we would go fishing for Sunfish, then it’s time for you go to the head of the class!
It's been well over a month since the last time I had a chance to spend time on a mission to catch Sunnies, so I had to do some searching to find them. Luckily, once I did, the fish were cooperative; I'd say that the action was above average.
From the landing to our first fishing area, Surface Temperatures ranged between 59 and 60 degrees. This was the first time this fall that I'd seen it drop below 60 degrees and it only occurred in a small area where the wind was blowing off shore. Still, it's a signal that this fall peak period doesn't linger, soon the temperatures will drop into the cold zone and we'll be looking over ... >> Read Fishing Report October 4, 2015

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 3 - Leech Lake Walleyes, Cutfoot Crappies, North Shore Northerns

It took a littler longer than expected, but Leech Lake fans should be enthused by reports that daytime Walleye action is both picking up and becoming more wide spread. Now that surface temperatures are poised to fall below the 60 degree threshold, Walleyes are getting a bit more serious about feeding.
For the past couple of weeks, it has sounded like Sucker Bay was the only game in town in terms of reliability. On Thursday, friends told me about their trip in Portage Bay; They caught 10 keeper Walleyes for 3 people. Yes, I know that's not a full bag limit, but I would definitely ... read >> Fishing Report October 3, 2015

image of Tim Fischbach and Larry Lashley with nice crappies
image of Rand Olson with big Walleye

October 2, 2015 - Profile Of A Top Notch Lake Winnie Angler

"Lakes change over time; conditions force anglers to be adaptable, to choose between old time proven spots and learning new methods and locations. If they want to catch fish, they choose to be adaptable. Meet Randall Olson, one of those adapters!
Rand fishes passionately; he visits Lake Winnie consistently, at the same times every season and works hard at it while he’s here. He listens to what other fishermen ... Read >> Profile Of A Top Notch Lake Winnie Angler

Bowen Lodge Fishing Report October 2 - Walleye Action Good on Lake Winnibigoshish

Mixed bag action for Walleye, Perch and Northern Pike is solid on Lake Winnie. Fall patterns for Walleye, Pike and Panfish are holding their own in Cutfoot too and when we visit the fish cleaning shack, we've seen that the buckets are filling up every day.
Surface temperatures hovering near 60 degrees, an east wind at 10 to 15 MPH and a Walleye migration under way played right into the hands of fishermen on the big lake this Thursday.
"I'm not sure how the conditions could have been more ideal"; said veteran guide Jeff Sundin as he returned to the dock after enjoying good catches of both Pike and Walleye. Sundin agrees with our fishing guests who tell us that the breaklines along the outer edges of weeds is where the action is and the long-anticipated jig and minnow bite has ... read >> Fishing Report October 2, 2015

image of Kayla Eddy with big Walleye
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Fish Ed TV, New Season Schedule for 2015

Lindy Land, September 2015; "The second season of Lindy Legendary Tackle's Fish Ed TV hosted by longtime fishing guide Jon Thelen begins Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8:30 a.m. Fish Ed TV airs on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin. On Jan. 2, the airtime moves to 12:30 p.m. each and every Saturday afternoon through the end of March. "We had a great filming season for Fish Ed TV," Thelen said. "This season's tips and tactics are sure to help every angler catch more fish no matter where they fish. Fish Ed TV is filmed on ... learn more >> Fish Ed Winter Season Debut

Angler Caught Cheating in Big Bass Tournament in Texas

One angler gets caught attempting to weigh doctored fish for cash prize at Texas big bass fishing tournament. During the recent Sealy Big Bass Splash on Lake Fork, Sept. 18-20, an angler tried to fraud the tournament organizers to win the under the slot prize of $2,500. He took a pair of snips and used them to ... View Video >> Angler Caught Cheating in Big Bass Tournament in Texas

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 1 - Winnie and Cutfoot, Most Reliable Bite In Town

One of the most gratifying things that anybody has said to me during the entire 2015 fishing season was; "You were right." Of course anybody would love to hear those words coming from a good friend, no matter what the circumstances. But in this particular case, it meant more.
What he meant was that I made an accurate prediction last spring when I shared these words; "Just give the old girl (Winnie) a chance, once the fish have time to catch up eating some of the surplus baitfish and system gets back into balance, this lake is gonna offer the best action around."
That conversation came during a time when Lake Winnibigoshish was getting a lot of bad press from "the gloom and doom crowd". Standing on the mountain top, they made proclamations that Winnie had every problem in the book. Some of their reasoning seemed justified, some of it was just plain silly, but almost none of it was ever based on ... read >> Fishing Report October 1, 2015

image of Kayla Eddy with big Walleye
image links to fishing article about smallmouth bass

Bank Fishing for River or Stream Smallmouths - Tim Allard

Bank fishing a river is a great way to catch a lot of smallmouth bass and have heaps of fun. Current breaks, rapids, boulders, river bends, grass lines and timber are all smallmouth hangouts on rivers. Reading water to locate these spot’s isn’t enough. A bank angler must know how to present jigs, soft baits, topwaters and spinnerbaits naturally in current to fool ... learn more >> 8 Tips For Catching Stream and River Smallmouth

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 30 - Frosty Morning in the Northland V 2.0

Funny thing about Mother Nature, she always leads us to our destination, but she doesn't always like following the same trail to get there.
Last week I wrote about paralells between fishing patterns that occured this season and the 2009 fall fishing season. This week I'm having deja vu all over again. Almost to the day, frosty overnight temperatures sent water temperatures into a nose dive. The frost arrived jsut in time to preserve our record for this region; so far, we have never made it out of the month of September without receiving our first frost.
There is one big difference between this year and 2009 though, this cold snap is arriving quietly, like a whisper. On September 29, 2009 I wrote; "Winter blew in hard during the past couple of days and our long run of summer weather is now behind us. It's a little early to know for sure how this affects fishing for the next day or two, but in the long run, it's the push that our lakes will need to ... read >> Fishing Report September 30, 2015

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (September 28, 2015) - Bluebird Duck Opener, Perfect For Fishing

My, what beautiful weather we had last weekend but I think it was a little too nice for the Minnesota waterfowl opener. Fishing however? It was perfect!
I tried to pick waters that had limited duck hunters on them, if any at all, just out of a common sportsman’s courtesy. I’ve been there myself, set up early in the morning and waiting for a few ducks to come by, only to have an angler try his hand at fishing right in front of my spread.
A couple good fall lakes came to mind, when thinking of where to go. Big Sandy and Bowstring were on the list but quickly erased as I remembered the amount of duck hunting pressure they receive. Oh I suppose I could have gone and inadvertently kicked up a few ducks as I boated around but thought better of it. The hunters would have liked it, as high skies kept most birds out of harm’s way.
The first lake I selected had some very nice panfish and a lot of ... Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

image of Greg Clusiau with giant Crappie

image denotes link to fish rapper article (9/29) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "The summer weather keeps holding on! We have had a great September for weather. The week ahead still looks good for this time of year. High temps are forecasted into the 60’s and lows in the 40’s for the week ahead. The water temperature has not dropped significantly. We have had some shiner activity in the river, although it would be difficult to say there is a river bite yet.
The majority of angling has been done on the south shore of Big Traverse. We have mixed in jigging, drifting and rigging this past week. Schools have been moving around and typically doing some trolling with cranks lets you lock into the location of some schools to then drift or jig.
There has been some grouse activity although the leaves are still thick but are changing colors." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 29 - Dipping Into Fall Peak Patterns?

At the time I'm writing this, the temperature outside is holding at 34 degrees. With a couple of hours darkness still ahead, it's looking like we'll see our first frost sometime before sunrise this morning.
The colder air temperatures should help take a bite out of the 65 degree surface water, encourage a die off of shallow water vegation and push some more Walleyes out of the jungle and into open water breakline areas.
I've been working on a couple of special projects lately and today's project will find me on the water before the sun comes up. I'll have first hand information about surface temperatures and water clarity for the report on Wednesday.

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Image of tim bates links to bowen lodge fishing report

From Lake Winnibigoshish (9/25) Bowen Lodge Panfish Prowl Cutfoot, Walleye Cruise Fall Territory

"Cooler water temperatures are moving the needle in the right direction; fall colors are popping and so are fall fishing patterns.
At 65 degrees, the water temperature is still slightly warm for this date, but they have been cool enough to trigger migrations of Crappie, Sunfish and Walleye.
Over the past few days, our Walleye fishermen have had their most consistent action by following the ... >> Bowen Lodge Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 24 - Rockin' and Rollin' on Lake Winnibigoshish

Waiting out a series of morning thunderstorms gave me plenty of time to read the forecast, high chance of rain, east wind at 5 to 10 MPH. That weather report was just like giving me a gold engraved invitation to harvest some Northern Pike on Lake Winnie with Kyle and Karen Reynolds. I knew that fishing for Northern Pike would be perfect for the conditions and maybe, if we were lucky, the Walleye would ... read >> Fishing Report 9-24-15

image of Garmin Survey Crew on Lake Winnie
image links to Crappie fishing video

How to Drop Shot Deep Crappie and Bluegill - Wired2Fish; Video

"Chances are your favorite bass spots are also loaded with panfish. This short video shows how to quickly modify a standard bass drop shot rig to catch crappie and bluegill.
A drop shot can be deadly when panfish are just off bottom. The same finesse drop shot setup used for bass fishing is often highly effective for Crappie and Sunfish." View Video >> Drop Shot Deep Crappie and Bluegill

Cimage denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (9/22) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The walleye fishing has been  very hit and miss this past week.  No concentrations have been found on the west side.  No one from here has
ventured over to the north shore or the east side.   I personally haven't heard of anything going on over there.  Jigs and minnows continue to be the best bet to find a walleye or two.  Fish the weed edges or the flats where you mark a lot of baitfish.
Most of our customers right now are taking advantage of the great northern  fishing.  All methods of catching Pike are working right now.  If you fish the breaklines with weeds, you will catch Northerns. Mallard Point, Sugar Bay, and River Bar continue to be consistent producers.
Perch fishing has been good this week.  Jigs and minnows where there are crayfish is the best bet.  You will catch perch everywhere, but keep moving around to find the larger perch. 
We are going to be open for sure until October 4, 2015 and we may have cabins open later than that.  Give us a call and we can tell you for sure.  We still have two weeks of good fishing left.  If you want to get in on the action, give us a call.   Otherwise, it is not too early to plan for next year.  Check out availability and give us a call." - Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 22 - Leech Lake Fishing Update, A Fall Bite Brewing?

On Monday, my little voice was telling me that I've been to the same few places too many times lately. Hungry for some new scenery and hoping to take advantage of a fantastic south wind for drifting, I high tailed it for Leech Lake.
For the experiment to work, we needed to find a spot fast and I without any prior knowledge about what was going on over there, I have to admit that I was hoping to ... read >> Fishing Report September 22

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (September 22, 2015) - Cast "N" Blast Weekend On Rainy Lake

Another “cast & blast” outing is in the books, as last weekend was spent hunting and fishing in Ontario at Camp Taschuk.
Located in a somewhat secluded back bay on famed Rainy Lake, the cabin is situated only minutes away from a sometimes good duck and goose hunting spot. Slab crappie, on the other hand, are located right out in front and are fairly predictable. What’s not to like? Read >> Cast "N" Blast Weekend On Rainy Lake

image of Jeremy Taschuk with Black Lab and Greenwing Teal

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 21 - Dipping Into the Cabbage Patch For A Mixed Bag

It's been a lot like summer lately and I've been having a case of Deja Vu. I think some of the fish might have it too, that is if they're old enough to remember seeing me before.
Even if the calendar does say that this is the week before harvest moon, a mixed bag of fish can still be found tending to their gardens.
On Sunday, along with my crew, Justin John and Chris Andresen, we did our best to prove that there were fish somewhere else. We fished shoreline breaklines, mid-lake bars, isolated humps and even deep water holes. But in the end, 5 feet of water, smack dab in the jungle of weeds was still the best game in town.
Longtime followers of these reports have heard about this pattern before. In fact, if you've been reading long enough, then you may recall an excerpt from my Fishing Report on September 25, 2009 that says; "If anything could be called a major change in Walleye fishing, it's been a shift away from some of the deeper main lake structures in favor of ... Read >> Fishing Report September 21, 2015

image of Justin John with Crappie

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 20 - "Lake Wind-E-Bi-Gosh" Fishing Reports

Yes we did fish Lake Winnibigoshish on Saturday. The surface temperature was 66 degrees and the water has become very clear after losing most of its Algae bloom. We could easily see the bottom in 8 feet of water and for most of the morning, there were precious few fish being captured on the big lake. The problem, sunshine and calm seas has become old news, so I won't won't bore you with that again.
I'm always going to wish that I'd done things differently yesterday because somehow, I managed to trap myself in an awkward location by leaving our preferred fishing spot too soon.
The forecast that called for breezy conditions didn't appear to ... Read >> Fishing Report September 20, 2015

image of Paul Kautza with Largemouth Bass

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 19 - Fun With Dick and Paul; 2015 Season Finale ©

The grand finale of fun with Dick and Paul, v.2015 took place under the influence of a cold front. It was the cool air mass that had triggered a series of thunderstorms that rolled through the Itasca area on Thursday and while it did seem to have an impact; it was less dramatic than a typical series of storms that might occur during mid-summer.
Since bagging “eating fish” had already been accomplished during the first three days of the trip, this day was scheduled to be a play day, so that means that there's no actual comparison between our previous three days of fishing and any possible effect of the storms passing at the locations we had fished previously.
Instead I had selected a small, clear water lake that we hoped would provide action for catch and release Smallmouth Bass. At this lake, the effects of the crisp, sunny morning were evident.  
The 300 acre, clear water gem typically provides good smallmouth bass fishing. Typical Smallmouth behavior, especially on this lake would be to display more characteristics of pack hunting; catch one and the rest aren’t far behind. On this particular occasion though, despite marking multiple fish at several deep water points and mid-lake locations, the best that Dick and I could do was to read >> Fishing Report September 19, 2015

image of Jeff Sundin with nice Walleye

From Lake Winnibigoshish (9/18) Bowen Lodge; Cutfoot Sioux and Lake Winnie Report

"The deep plant growth that was easy to find on these breaklines has largely disappeared now. Wind, cooler water and death by natural causes have eliminated most of the pondweed that grew there this summer. Cabbage, the most hearty of all the submerged plant life on Winnie, can be found in small patches along these deeper breaks and they do hold fish. But for the lushest stands of Cabbage, anglers will need to focus on shallower water, in areas where larger flats provide better growing conditions for these plants.
The large flats at Tamarack Point, the Dam Bay, Stony Point, Mallard Point and near the Bird Houses on the West side are good examples of productive areas for this type of plant growth.  It doesn’t matter too much where you find them; healthy patches of Cabbage will become increasingly productive as the plants ... Read >> Bowen Lodge Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 17 - Fun With Dick and Paul; Plus Scott and Jeff and Jeff and Jeff

I can't quite put my finger on it, but for days 1 and 2 of the fun with Dick and Paul, fall excursion, there's been a certain sense of well being, a feeling of contentment that doesn't typically happen on a fishing trip.
We've had some of the routine challenges; too much wind on Tuesday, not enough wind on Wednesday but still, fishing has been productive. We've had plenty of fish, lots to smile about and the company we've been keeping, well that's been the best of all. The introduction of Paul's sons in law, Scott and Jeff, gave us an excuse to ... read >> Fishing Report September 17, 2015
image of Paul Kautza and Dick Williams

image of Andy Walsh with nice Crappies

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (September 15, 2015) - The Not So Great Crappie Chase

We started out on Pelican Lake near Orr, which is quite famous for its fall crappie bite. Maybe it’s a little too famous as there were over three dozen boats trying their hand at catching a few slab crappie. Fish were being caught but most were somewhat small in size and we caught our fair share, releasing all, before loading up and heading to another, hopefully better, lake.
Located just minutes away, we unloaded into Myrtle Lake and checked it out. Neither one of us had ever fished it before but fall crappie are fairly predictable and can be easily found if you know what to look for. We found fish almost immediately but here again they were running small in size. It was almost an exact repeat of Pelican.
While Saturdays outing had us fishing an hour to the east, Sunday’s game plan would find us traveling an hour west to check out waters in the Big Winnie area. That’s one of the great things about living where we do. There’s such a wonderful selection of lakes and rivers to play on. I sometimes fish ... read >> Greg Clusiau Fish Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 14 - Lake Winnie Weekend Report

They say that you're supposed to be careful what you ask for; you might just get it!
Let's just say for example, you asked for some sort of Quantum Enlightenment and then all of the sudden, you realized; HEY! I did, I got it; well that would mean that you're very lucky.
On the other hand, you could wish for a breeze that would help make the fish bite and get a hurricane instead, not so lucky. Okay, hurricane might be a bit of exaggeration, but we definitely got more than we bargained for by asking for a breeze on Sunday.
Hoping for a re-run of my most recent trip to Winnie, our destination was the east shore, near Highbanks. I'd hoped that we could find some of the Northern Pike that had stolen so many of our jigs last week. I had plans for a couple of them; we'd get even by making them the centerpiece of an all-time favorite meal, blackened Pike.
When we launched the boat at Richard’s Townsite, the sunshine was high in the bright blue sky. The water was calm and very clear; the surface temperature of 66 degrees was encouraging.
By the time we got halfway into Musky Bay, I realized that we ... read >> Fishing Report September 14, 2015

image of Northern Pike Lake Winnie

image denotes link to fish rapper article (9/14) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "The last week has been beautiful! The temps are starting to fall a bit leaving for some perfect fishing weather. We have done very well fishing this past week with great keeper fish and even some trophies.
Down rigging is the key right now, the last couple days there has been a really good bite outside the gap in 29-30 feet of water. Bright colors have been best.
A great weather week ahead with highs in the mid 70’s and lots of sunshine. The mornings have been cool so pack a jacket along with that sunscreen." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 13 - Clearing Up The Clearable

Whenever I think about how to gauge the quality of fall Walleye fishing, the first thing that comes to mind is a simple test. Can I catch some Walleyes even when conditions are less than ideal? If the answer is yes, then I take it as a signal that that trend is positive and that if conditions were to turn good, then the fishing action will be good too.
So for I and my one man crew, when Saturday's visit to a gin clear lake, under sunny skies and calm seas produced 7 nice Walleyes, it was a pretty happy occasion.
Oh I know, there are lots of days when we do better than that, but any accomplishment on any day that isn't supposed to be good, is way more rewarding. I feel qualified to say that because I've learned it the hard way, by losing more than my share of battles with fish.
At the landing, the Surface Temperature was 67 degrees. Like I said, the water was very clear, I could easily see numerous small fish milling in and out of the shallow weeds. Shallow water vegetation was still ... Read >> Fishing Report September 13, 2015


image of Walleye in Gin Clear WaterThe wiggle worm, a 1/16 ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a whole night crawler was the only presentation we used. It worked well though and when the element of surprise was on our side, the fish that struck did it with authority.

image of Nim Peterson with big Bluegill

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 12 - Temperature Dips, Panfish Action Heats Up

If you're one of the lucky anglers who has this weekend slated for a fishing trip, then you should be able to drum up some Crappie and Bluegill action on your favorite Panfish lake.
By now, there isn't much mystery about what gets Panfish going in the fall. Cooling water temperatures force fish out of shallow vegetation, into open water where finding and fishing for them is easier than rooting them out of heavy cover. The downward trend in surface temperatures has gotten the ball rolling and while they might not be wide spread, at least so far, there are some early migrations of Crappie and Sunfish showing up in open water.
On Friday, we found surface temperatures hovering at 68 degrees, down from the 72 degree water that I found on my last visit to .... Read >> Fishing Report September 12, 2015

5 Drop Shot Tips Every Angler Should Know; "Jacob Powroznik was sitting in the pre-dawn darkness of day two at the Plano Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair pulling spinning rods from his rod locker when Justin Lucas, docked next to Powroznik, said, “Jacob, help me hook up this drop shot.”
Most might find it odd that Lucas, one of the world’s best bass anglers who sits back-to-back with Powroznik near the very top of the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, would ask a fellow pro to help ..." read article >> 5 Drop Shot Tips Every Angler Should Know

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Wired2Fish - Huge School of Smallmouth Bass! (September 10, 2015)

"Check out this underwater video of smallmouth bass stacked like cord wood. Some nice walleye find their way into the camera lens too. It’s a common occurrence for smallmouth bass to start gathering in huge schools in late summer/early fall, as evidenced in this video. The trend continues right through the winter months, and is often referred to as the fall consolidation. The fall spares with the prespawn for the title of best bass fishing of the year for both numbers and size, but unlike the prespawn, it’s normal to have the water to yourself as fisherman trade rods for bows and guns". - View video >> Huge School of Smallmouth Bass

From Lake Winnibigoshish (9/11) Bowen Lodge; Cutfoot Sioux and Lake Winnie Report

Surface Temperatures fell below 70 degrees on Wednesday, settled at 69 degrees on Thursday and by this morning we should be looking at an even cooler water temperature.
The drop, resulting from a week long cold front, hasn't been dramatic, but it has begun to move some fish out of the heaviest submerged vegetation and into open water. This is good news, especially for our guests who enjoy fall Panfish on Cutfoot Sioux and its connected waters.
The first sign of an early fall Crappie pattern occurred a couple of weeks ago, just after another cold front has blown into the area. As the water temperatures warmed, Crappies eventually found their way back into the weeds, where they've stayed until now. On Thursday, there were some fish beginning to show up in ... Read >> Bowen Lodge Fishing Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 10 - The One After Nine O Nine

After the ruckus caused by Tuesday's strong winds, the lake laid back a little bit on Wednesday. Calm wind and sunny skies aside, the Walleye action didn't fade out completely and that's good. It's good because it adds another indicator that the fall patterns are beginning to take hold.
Cool overnight temperatures nudged the surface water lower, but it was still a warm 70 degrees on top. A light Algae bloom continued to color the water, but plant debris cleared up significantly after Tuesday's winds subsided.
The jig and minnow presentation provided steady results, but as the wind disappeared, action tapered down to only an occasional bite. After I switched back to the "Wiggle Worms", a 1/16 ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a whole night crawler, it felt like my action picked up a bit. Even then, my crew ... read >> Fishing Report September 10

image of Joe Stevens with nice Walleye

image denotes link to fish rapper article (9/8) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "September is here, kids are going back to school the State Fair is almost over. It’s time to think about fall fishing! Rate specials are effective through October. We have limited space still available, if you are thinking of making a trip yet this fall give us a call.
If you have an Iphone or Droid check out Border View Lodges new fishing game! It is available for free and you may play it now! You will be able to redeem your points at the lodge this winter for prizes. Go to free aps and search for Border View Lodge Walleye Master Fishing Game.
We have been doing a mix of drifting with spinners and pulling plugs. Plugs are definitely producing greater numbers of fish and larger ones too! We have covered areas outside the Lighthouse Gap and north of Garden Island this past week. We will be getting minnow gear ready for the fall. We have had different schools of Walleye and Sauger outside the Lighthouse Gap, but with overnight storms and lightning they seem to scatter each day. They school back up but not in as great of numbers as before the storms.
Low 50’s and maybe upper 40’s for overnight temps are forecasted for this week, with daytime in the mid 60’s." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

Cimage denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (9/6) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "Just as I figured; those who took advantage of our Labor Day special were treated to some really good fishing!
Walleyes were caught in good numbers. Both slot fish and keepers. Fish were caught along the weed edges in 7-10 feet of water. They were also caught on the flats in 10-13 feet. Spinners and minnows, spinners and crawlers, and jigs and minnows were the main baits being used. Crankbaits during low light conditions were also effective.
Northern fishing is really good right now. One longtime guest said this is the best he has ever seen. His group was trolling the 10-13' weedline and averaging 15 fish per trip. They fished approximately 3 hours in the morning and the same in the afternoon. 
I had my annual trip with Phil and Don Jensen. We casted suicks and other Musky type baits for two days. The first day I focused on getting action which meant going where the northerns are. We had one spot on Saturday morning where we were averaging 15 northerns per drift! Don had the hot hand, he caught as many as Phil and I combined. The largest was 34.5 inches. Sunday we did not catch as many, but the average size was better. I heard a hot Musky tip and we fished that area in the afternoon. No muskies, but some really nice pike where the largest was 31.5 inches. Every fish we caught was at least 25". I was pretty sore on Monday, but had a lot of fun.
Perch fishing continues to be strong. I had to counsel some new guests that they were here for nine days and they needed to pace themselves on the number of perch they brought in. 20-10 plus inch perch for eight days will get a very nice limit of perch to take home for four fishermen. Right now that seems to be no problem. Minnows on the weed edges and flats where there are crayfish are the best perch areas.
The fall should continue to be strong fishing on Lake Winnie. We have a great fall special, plenty of open space, and great fishing! What else is there to say?" - Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 9 - Northern Lights Guide Anglers Into Fall Fishing Season

I hope that you had a marvelous Labor Day Weekend! I did, and was especially grateful as it ended with a display of Northern Lights towering over the back yard at my house. Signaling the arrival of fresh, cool air, it was almost as if the Northern Lights were whispering; "get ready, all systems are green for go, fall fishing is about to roll in!"
The fish must have spotted the display too because despite the lake's reluctance to let go of her warm, summertime surface temperatures, Walleyes responded to the strong Northwest wind and went with the flow, in the direction of traditional fall fishing patterns.
When we arrived at the lake, the Surface Temperature was hovering at ... Read >> Fishing Report September 9, 2015

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 5 - Warm Weather Walleye Patterns, Summer's Last Hurrah?

Surface Temperatures over 70 degrees greeted us at Bowstring Lake on Friday. That combined with a strong Southeast wind, and a crew of 4 including 7 year old Griffin Raitanen, encouraged me to unpack the Little Joes and get into spinny and minny mode for the action bite one more time.
We headed for the weed line, I positioned the boat in about 6 feet of water, and my crew tossed their spinners into the water and Holy Mackerel! I swear that every single Northern Pike in Bowstring Lake struck our lures, before 10:00 AM. After that, they all swam back into the waiting line to attack our baits again and then did it some more. There were hundreds of them and Pike were so aggressive yesterday that it makes me wonder how we ever caught anything else; we did, albeit after a lot of sorting along the way. We had gathered a respectable mixed bag of Walleye and Jumbo Perch that will ... Read >> Fishing Report September 5

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 4 - Answering the Answerable

On Thursday, I and my crew spent a very pleasant day on the water, I wish I could tell you about the fantastic effort that lead to a tremendous catch, but it was too easy for that. Fishing on one of the Grand Rapids area's small, clear water lakes for a mixed bag of Bass, Sunfish and Walleye was almost too easy, it was just a fun day.
The surface water temperature was about 72 degrees and there was a stiff East/Southeast breeze. Whitecaps on the surface produced enough diffusion to allow us to fish the action bite along the shallow weed edges in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Fishing with Little Joe Spinners and night crawlers, we caught lots of Sunfish, some Bass and had a Pike or two snip off our hooks. In order to bag Walleyes, we had to switch to the wiggle worm presentation. A 1/16 ounce jig tipped with a whole night crawler captured the attention of some Walleyes that were holding along the deeper, outside edges of weeds in 16 to 20 feet of water.
I believe that a more productive use of your time this morning is to answer this question from Jim Jurvelin; "I have been reading your blog lately about wind direction and it makes sense but being a self-taught fisherman from reading magazines, books, internet etc. I always thought/read that your best fishing was the shoreline that the wind was blowing into as it was stirring up the water and making the prey more vulnerable. Now you're talking about fishing further south into the south wind.
The concept of walleyes feeding into the current is understandable but not something I ever thought about. Does this work during the entire open water season or is it more of a late summer thing?
A) Jim, the two concepts are not necessarily exclusive. Your comment about fishing where there is a current produced by the wind is absolutely valid. Whenever possible, I am striving to fish where the wind is quartering into the shoreline; this produces the ideal scenario for drifting.
The concept about fish moving and feeding into the current is useful as a tool to help angers make an educated choice about where the fish might be located.
Assuming that the fish move toward the source of the current does not mean that they will go beyond the current, all the way onto the calm shoreline.
On large lakes like Winnie or Leech, there are lots of areas where the wind provides adequate current for fishing without requiring us to be struggling against the brunt of the heaviest wind. For most of us, trying to fish on the "Windy Side", where the waves are pounding directly into the shoreline is very difficult. Boat control is a problem; comfort is a problem and often, the fish are literally blown out of these areas too.
After the big winds pass, these wind swept regions almost always require a recovery period and seldom produce good fishing for hours, maybe even days after a big blow.
I'm up against the clock right now, but I'll try to fine tune the answer some more for tomorrow. Good Luck out there this weekend, more later.

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (September 4, 2015)

I just love going to new water, especially if it qualifies to be listed as a “back-in-the-bush” adventure, which usually employs the use of a small boat and sometimes an atv to get it there.
These trips are generally well thought out, leaving nothing to chance, because once you’re in there, you’re in there, there’s no turning back.
Normally, a good deal of pre-adventure preparation takes place and probably the most important item would be to consider if it’s worth going in the first place. What’s in this body of water? Are they big or is it just a numbers game? Hopefully it’s a combination of the two. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Most Minnesota lakes have a DNR report on them, which can pretty much make up your mind right there. However, if it’s an old report the fishery status could have completely changed. These are the ones that get my attention because lakes have a history of ... read >> Greg's Guidelines September 4, 2015

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From Lake Winnibigoshish (9/3) Bowen Lodge; Winnie Walleye, Pike and Panfish Report

We've had several guides at the resort, fishing with groups of guests this week. The consensus among them is that fishing on the big lake has been good, especially for guests who allow the lake to "make suggestions" about what they should fish for, and when. One thing we know for sure is that we've been watching all of them eat a lot of fish.
Whenever the timing is right, Walleye fishing on Winnie has been very good. Early this week, cloudy skies and windy conditions provided perfect conditions for daytime Walleye fishing. Feeding heavily throughout the day, fish were caught on jigs & minnows, spinners & crawlers and crankbaits. Key depths ranged between 9 to 11 feet and the east side of the lake provided the most consistent action.
Mid-week sunshine has shifted the best Walleye activity to the evening and early morning hours. On Wednesday, Dale Anderson was on the lake for a late afternoon trip and was able to produce a nice mixed bag of Walleye and Northern Pike. Northern Pike provided the best action during the daytime; the Walleye were caught later, during the early evening.
For Dale and his fishing party, spinners tipped with minnows were the best presentation and for them, the east side of side of Winnie produced spurts of action.
Fishing with John Surber along with his sons Mark, Todd and Kirk, Jeff Sundin was on the opposite side of Winnie taking advantage of the ... read >> Bowen Lodge Fishing Report September 3

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (9/2) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "Down rigging is the name of the game right now! There are some really nice schools in the middle of the lake and so once we pick them up for the day fishing is hot. They are moving a little each day but not far so it takes about the first hour of the day and then we are back on them.
There is defiantly an art to dialing in with down rigging. It ranges from the color of the baits to the speed you run and even how the baits are set from the down rigger weight. Once those down riggers are dialed in though, the fun is begins!
Temperatures in the mid 80’s this week which will bring thunderstorms towards the end of the week. Pack the sunscreen but also the rain gear as it looks like Friday and Saturday storms are likely." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 2 - Fickle Winnie Walleye "Gone With The Wind" ... sort of

After struggling against a calm, sunny day on Tuesday, picking up on the theme of yesterday's fishing report about the great migrationisn't all that easy. But I promised to pick up where I left off and I always keep my promises.
Before I do that though, the report from yesterday's fishing trip on Winnibigosh is a short one. The sunshine and calm seas served to raise Surface Temperatures up to about 74 degrees. There was a fairly heavy Algae Bloom on the surface and from our vantage point, there was no sign of September anywhere in sight.
Walleye and Pike were still swimming in the same general area where we'd found them on Monday, but they had scattered accross the flat, making them tricky to pin down. Despite calm seas and sunshine, we did manage to catch some fish and I think that ought to tell you something, especially in light of ... read >> Fishing Report September 2

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 1 - Fickle Winnie Walleye The More They Change The More They ...

Lake Winnibigoshish, without a doubt, has caused more than her fair share of head scratching over the past couple of seasons. Environmentally, the lake has changed and for many of us, re-adjusting to her personality has been challenging.
No matter what has changed though, some of Winnie's rules of the road are the same now as they've always been. Enter the late summer, "hurricane pattern" that's had the Walleyes snapping for the past couple of days.
I call it the hurricane pattern because the Grey skies, south winds and humid summer air always coincide with hurricane activity brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to learn that this is the pattern that gave birth to the familiar saw “When the wind is from the South, it blows the bait in the fish’s mouth”.
However you describe it, the pattern is always the same and it has been reliable as clockwork for the entire 30 years that I've been guiding on Lake Winnie. Nowadays, the pattern is more important than ever because it plays into the hands of fishermen who ... read >> Fishing Report September 1

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (9/1) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "The lead core season is in full swing and I’ve been all across the country enjoying the heck out of this easy, carefree, and highly productive method of fishing. For those that have never tried it, hopefully you’ll learn the basics from this article and give it a whirl yourself.
I first started using lead core when my interest in lake trout peaked some 30 years ago. Not owning any down-rigger equipment, I figured lead core would work the same in getting my presentations down deep enough for the fish to see them, in the 40-50’ range. It did.
Not readily available in local bait or sporting goods shops, I had one of the hardware stores order some for me. Not having any knowledge of using lead core, I didn’t give them any specifics when ordering so when it came in, 27# test, I never gave it another thought. I just spooled it up and went fishing. One thing I did learn in a hurry was how quickly it filled the reel.
Therefore, if you want to get into this game, make sure you have a somewhat large capacity bait casting reel, something that will take a lot of line. Also, you don’t need heavy line like I used at first. Go with 15# test or so. This is perfect for ..." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 31, 2015 - Warm Weather, Stable Surface Temperatures

One would expect to see rising surface temperatures during a period of warm, 80 degree days. That hasn't been the case over the weekend though; cool overnight temperatures combined with strong winds have kept surface temperatures holding steady at about 65 degrees.
The cooler, stable temps meant that the Jig and Minnow bite held steady for us and despite observing other fishermen successfully using the familiar spinner and minnow pattern, we stuck with 1/16 ounce Lindy Jigs tipped with Fatheads. For my crew, that meant heading home with their bag limits of ... read >> Fishing Report August 31

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (8/29) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "This week we had a quirk in the calendar where Labor Day moved a week later, but Memorial Day stayed the same. So we had a week with very few customers. Those that took advantage of our best discount of the season were treated to some good fishing. The weather prohibited fishing on Sunday and Monday, but after that, the fish were very cooperative. Walleyes were caught in the shallow water along the edge of the weeds. Northerns are still strong, with many fish in the 30"
range being caught. Perch fishing is very good with the same tactics producing nice perch.
Our fall special kicks in after Labor Day. The fishing should be very good this fall. Don't miss out on this great way to get a discounted cabin and great fishing. Check your calendar, pick out a date to come, check our availability, and give us a call. Its that easy! - Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort" - Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort

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DNR NEWS - August 2015
DNR redoubles Mille Lacs Lake walleye management efforts

The DNR announced today it is implementing several concrete steps aimed at improving the Mille Lacs Lake walleye population, while building a closer working relationship with the Mille Lacs community.
“Mille Lacs is an incredibly important fishery for Minnesota,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, “and we are redoubling our efforts to ensure its long-term health.”
“I strongly support the actions Commissioner Landwehr has taken today,” said Gov. Mark Dayton. “These measures will be essential in restoring Lake Mille Lacs to greatness, and in earning the public’s trust.”
Mille Lacs Lake, known as a “walleye factory” for many years, has seen a ... read story >> MilleLacs Lake Walleye Plan

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 29, 2015 - Winnibigoshish Walleye Tournament, Bowstring Lake Mini-Report

One look at the first day results of the AIM Walleye Tournament on Winnibigoshish goes to show that no matter what, somebody always finds catchable fish somewhere. Leading the pack, the team of Pitts and Brookshaw posted a 7 fish weight of 26.98 lbs, an average weight of almost 4 pounds. Even the 10th place team, Swenson and Braaten have a very respectable start at 17.37 lbs, a 2-1/2 pound average.
My hat is off to these guys, I think ya' gotta give 'em a lot of credit for figuring out workable patterns that catch Walleyes during a tough bite. At a time when most of us are struggling on the big pond, they figure out a way to excel.
For me, catching eaters is more important than catching big ones and having action is more important than digging in our heels for Walleye. That's why we chose to head for Bowstring Lake on Friday, a lake that has served us well this summer. For the crew, there was action and for me, the best news was that jig and minnow presentations turned in a solid performance. That means that the cooler water temperatures are triggering a reaction, bringing us one step closer to the fall feeding runs that we spend so much time looking forward to.
Fishing the weed lines at 6 to 7 feet produced numerous small Walleye, a handful of "keepers" and tons of Pike. I was disappointed that we didn't stumble into more Perch, but that's because we never roamed outside of the territory where we were getting Walleyes. With improved fishing conditions and an earlier start time, I'm guessing that we will cover more ground and see a wider variety of fish today. Watch for a complete update tomorrow morning.

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 28, 2015 - Answering The Answerable and Guessing The Guessable

Have you ever had somebody hit you with a bad question at the exact wrong time? I have, but luckily it hasn't happened since last night.
I'd been home for an hour or so, almost recovered from a tough day on the water; I'd wrapped up my chores and came into the office to check emails and found this; Q) Jeff, I sent you a message back at the end of June asking about walleye fishing in late August or September. We decided on coming up this next week to try and find some walleye. After reading your fishing report for today, it appears we may have picked wrong. Sounds like we should probably make sure to have a lot of crappie minnows along. If we are going to fish walleye, do you suggest getting out on the big lake of Winnie as long as the wind allows us or are we better off trying to find them in Cutfoot? Again, any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
The flashback was incredible, after a couple of days struggling to bag some lock-jawed walleye myself, the last thing I wanted to do was tout myself as an authority about what to do this weekend.
In a nutshell, my original response to the question was something like; "Well, I think that we'll have to ... read >> Fishing Report August 28, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 27, 2015 - Pre-Fall Walleye Run; Closed?

They say that hind sight is 20/20 and yes, I can see it clearly, looking backwards does make forecasting a lot easier!
On Wednesday, it was easy to see that one of mine had come true, even though I wished it hadn't.
In my fishing report on August 11, I wrote; "Every summer, the transition between late summer and early fall causes a few hiccups. There are days when the fishing seems really easy, but then there are some zingers too. As the water temperatures cool and the days become shorter, fish respond by staging a ..." read >> Fishing Report August 27, 2015

From Lake Winnibigoshish (8/26) Bowen Lodge; Musky, Pike Fishing on Winnie and Cutfoot

"Todd Carlson had a very successful week of Muskie fishing at Bowen Lodge. He caught numerous fish of all sizes and was willing to share his secrets with other guests. Todd has been one of the most successful Musky Fishermen we've ever encountered in our 33 years at Bowen Lodge". - Way to Go Todd!!
Jeff (Cubby) Skelly was on the water with Bowen Lodge guests on Tuesday. This group was targeting Muskies too and they were fortunate to see 2 of them. The Muskies were teasing instead of striking, but a couple of Pike, one 32 and another 35 inches were caught during the search as a bonus.
Later, the group fished weeds on the big lake and found some Walleyes, along with more Pike. Despite the chilly, 62 degree Surface Water temperature, they were able to ... read >> Bowen Lodge Fishing Report August 26

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image of Jeff Sundin links to Lucky Kid Video New Video August 2015 "I Was A Lucky Kid!" - Jeff Sundin ( FaceBook )

I was a lucky kid; I grew up surrounded by people who loved to fish. Parents, uncles and friends, most everyone I knew were born with soft spots in their hearts for fishing. For me though, my most cherished childhood memories of fishing began with my Grandparents. It was they who instilled in me a passion for the sport.
Hoofing it to local fishing holes with my Grandparents, I learned to love fishing. Not Walleye fishing, not Bass fishing, no, not Muskies; just plain fishing. When we headed for the lake, there weren’t any purists in the neighborhood; we were out to catch what we could catch and they were all good ones. I can still see the image of my .... " View >> Jeff Sundin Lucky Kid Video

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 25, 2015 - Falling Surface Temperatures = Rising Panfish Action

Even for us cool weather fans that look forward to fall, the recent cold snap has been more “good news” then we were ready for.
Rain, wind and chilly air temperatures have forced surface temperatures down and although they’ll recover somewhat, summer Walleye patterns are eroding and will soon give way to fall presentations.
So for me, the past few days have marked the end of the 2015 “spinny and minny” presentations. Not because that presentation won’t catch fish, no, it’s because surface temperatures have fallen into what I call the jigging zone.
With surface temperatures in the mid 60 degree range, Walleye metabolism begins to ... read >> Fishing Report August 25, 2015

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (8/24) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "Well how about this weather? I know most don’t like it but for sportsmen it’s what we’ve been waiting for all summer. The cooling off period, mixed with wind and rain, seems to get fish and wildlife moving, a gentle reminder of sorts that winter is right around the corner and endless opportunities are shortly becoming available to the avid outdoorsman.
For me, I anxiously look forward to fall crappie fishing, which is probably my specialty, and it takes weather like this to put these fish in their pre-winter locations. It’s oh so easy and so much fun. And yes, guide trips are available.
I’ve been chasing fall crappie for nearly thirty years now and have ...." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .
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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (8/23) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "This past week has been a very interesting week. I guided some old time customers who have been coming for 20 years. On Thursday, we managed to keep a limit of walleyes under 18". I think this is the first limit I have managed to catch in a couple of years. The fish were all between 14 and 17". We have caught more walleyes, but not keepers. This bodes well for the fall fishing as we caught them shallow in 7' of water. We fished jigs and minnows for the action bite. We also had another monster walleye caught on a sucker minnow while fishing for northerns. This fish was caught by Matt Speltz from Winona, Mn. It measured 29.5 inches long.
The northern fishing was probably the slowest it has been this year. 
For the amount of effort put into catching northerns this past week, I would say they caught the least. There were still a lot of northerns caught, but not what I would expect. The weather was a factor, as we lost some fishing time during the week due to high winds and rain. 
The largest was a 34.5 inch beauty caught by Glen Zarling from Plainview, MN.
Perch fishing has been better. I managed to catch a nice bunch of 10-11" perch the day we caught the walleyes. They were mixed in with the walleyes in the weeds. The 11-13' flats where there are small weeds are also holding nicer perch.
The fishing is setting up to be a more normal fall fishing pattern. 
Shallow water using jigs and minnows will get the job done for all species. We still have prime cabins available for our fall special. 
Check our availability and give us a call." - Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort

image denotes link to fish rapper article (8/23) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "What a fantastic weekend with our second annual “Pay It Forward” event! What and honor to meet and give back to those who have served for our country! “Pay It Forward” extravaganza is a great event that provides healing, comfort and new friendships to those who have fought for our freedom.
We have been down rigging this past week and have had success. Many slot fish and over 28’s caught as well as limits of nice keeper fish.
The weather was a bit unpredictable but was fishable and held out until we were off the water with the veterans yesterday, which was awesome!
The forecast shows temperatures ranging from 60-70 this week, with wind gusts heavy a few of the days". - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 22, 2015 - Winnie's Winning Weather

Weather is unpredictable, we all know that. But recognizing seasonal patterns that occur on or about the same general time every year isn't too tricky.
You may have already noticed, there's a pattern in play right now and it benefits Walleye fishermen on Winnibigoshish, in fact most of Minnesota's "Walleye Factories", surface temperatures are ... read >> Fishing Report August 22, 2015

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (8/21) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson said; "Last week saw the continuation of patterns that were established earlier in the month. Despite Mother Nature’s crazy mood swings as far as the weather was concerned, fishing remained stable and quite good. Crappie fishing is excellent right now with 1/32nd oz. Northland Crappie Kings and a white Gulp grub producing well. Trolling crankbaits for Crappies, as I‘ve mentioned many times before, is the way I prefer to fish and this method has been very productive. Big Sunfish are still being caught in good numbers while Pike fishing has slowed down somewhat, at least it has for the larger specimens. In the large, deep lakes of the area, bigger Pike tend to be found roaming out in open water this time of year and not really relating to structure that much, making them much harder to locate. They could be anywhere so both patience and a good fish finder are recommended. Walleye fishing has slowed down as well and you’ll have to work to find them. I did well last weekend off deep weed lines pulling smaller crankbaits in 16 to24 feet of water. Another bright spot has been Bass fishing. What a great summer it’s been for bass fisherman in the area. Fish up to 6lbs. are still being caught with deep water Smallmouth action getting a lot of attention right now. All in all, it’s been a very good week and with more stable weather patterns forecast for this weekend, it should be another great week. See you on the water!" Frontier Sports features a complete and fully stocked Sporting Goods department and Bait Shop, Gas, Grocery, Deli and Gift Shop. Frontier Sports is an authorized LIVE TARGET and SAVAGE GEAR dealer. Frontier Sports 218-832-3901 or Email .

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Lake Winnie Cutfoot Sioux "Pre-Fall Fishing Patterns" August 20, 2015

From Bowen Lodge; "For fishermen, a big part of Cutfoot and Lake Winnie's allure is that they provide some the very best fall fishing that exists anywhere.
If the recent weather hasn't already given you enough hints, then let us spell it out; fall almost here! In fact, we've noticed that hardwood trees are already beginning to change color around the shoreline of Cutfoot.
During the past two days, surface water temperatures have begun to head south, dipping below 70 degrees. Early fall patterns for Crappie, Sunfish and Perch have begun to emerge. Walleye, Northern Pike and Musky have become active along the weed edges again and this early, "Pre-Fall" run is what sets the stage for great fall fishing that lies just around the next bend.
Weeds in shallow water have reached maturity and have already begun to die off. Cooling water temperatures encourage fish to .... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 20

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 21, 2015 - Getting Even With Mr. Big X 2

When you read my report on August 19, you may have felt my sense of disappointment about the Musky that James Merenda almost caught. That's partly because the Merenda’s, Jim, Gloria and James are such nice folks; I really wanted them to have a fantastic trip. In part, I wanted to know that I could accomplish my goal too, you know what I mean, and nobody likes to work really hard at any sport without winning.
So here's the good news, my goal for the Merenda’s was more than just to provide a one day fishing trip. No, they were here for the whole week, I happened to have one day available to fish, but they needed 3 more. Luckily for me, I have ... Read >> Fishing Report August 21, 2015

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FISH ED - Lake of the Woods Summertime Walleye With Agressive Baits

Fish Ed Host Jon Thelen travels to Lake of the Woods in search of mid summer walleyes. In this episode, Jon reveals secrets to catching both big fish and eater sized walleyes with an aggressive new bait called the Lil' Guy. Watch Video >> LOW Walleye Fishing

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 19, 2015 - A Close Call For Mr. Big on Cutfoot Sioux!

There, take that and don't ever try to eat that Bucktail again!!
Those are about the only words that I could think of when James Merenda hooked into a lucky Musky on Tuesday. That fish managed to shake the hooks before we could land it. That's how it happens sometimes, a plan comes so close to coming together that you can almost feel the victory, but it falls apart before you actually win.
If there's anything I learned this week, it's that Pike and Musky on Winnie and Cutfoot have ... Read >> Fishing Report August 19, 2015

image links to fishing report image denotes link to fish rapper article (8/19) From The Deer River Area, Brian Castellano's report appears to echo the sentiment, he wrote; "Mary, Amanda, Alaina, and I headed to a local Lake yesterday with a dozen big Sucker minnows that were destined for a bad day.
Some of our old, reliable hot spots weren't too hot and surprisingly, we had a slow start. Luckily, we kept searching fresh territory and did eventually find some fish. They were holding in deeper water, anywhere between 10-25 feet deep. Most of the fish were relating to a saddle that lays between 2 shoreline points.
Our presentation was Lindy rigs with 1/2 oz slip sinkers, a 6 foot leader tied with 25 pound monofilament and size 7/0 circle hooks. There were a few ... read >> Fishing Report August 19, 2015

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 18, 2015 - Temperatures Cooling Down, Action Heating Up

Falling air temperatures began fueling my tank for the upcoming "second wind" of the season; it’s that sense of renewed enthusiasm that arrives along with the first signs of fall.
On Monday, the fish helped add fuel not only to my tank, but to the tanks of others too.  Walleye, Pike, Crappie and Perch held simultaneous pre-fall rallies along the weed edges of Lake Winnie, Bowstring and Leech Lakes.
For me and my crew, Claudia Burkholder and Misty Nelson, Bowstring Crappies led the way. I couldn’t say that the weed edges were teaming with fish, but there were enough to provide steady action. We picked up fish at random intervals throughout the day, allowing us to bag 10 for each of my crew and ... Read >> Fishing Report August 18, 2015

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (August 17) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - Come twilight time, "the mole" re-surfaces.

Being hot and steamy for the entire day usually has me laying low, avoiding heat, a bright sun, and staying indoors. Basking in the coolness of an air conditioned office, this is when a lot of computer time takes place, whether writing an article or just playing games. In any event, I’m just staying cool.
Finally, and it’s been a long impatient wait, the sun begins to dip and I’m quickly hooking up the boat. The air temps are now more tolerable and a fishing plan is in the works. Only three hours of daylight remain and I’m going to make the best of it.
A plan of attack is needed when time is short. First off, the selected body of water needs to be fairly close to home, with little time wasted on the highway. Secondly, all rods, reels, and tackle are pre-rigged and ... read >> Greg Clusiau "Greg's Guidelines" August 17

image denotes link to fish rapper article (8/17) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "This last week has been great fishing wise, but the heat and humidity have really been taking a toll on us. We have had a great down rigging bite this week, and the wind has been helping us take advantage of spinner fishing.
We are currently gearing up for the upcoming “Pay It Forward” event that is being held here at Border View Lodge. We will be hosting 60 veterans for a free all expenses paid fishing trip on Lake of the Woods. The event will take place from Thursday, August 20th and wrap up on Sunday, August 23rd. We cannot wait to show our appreciation for what these veterans have sacrificed, and continue to live through every day.
The forecast shows temperatures ranging from 70-82 this week, with good chances of rain on Saturday and Sunday.". - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (8/16) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "Walleye fishing has been improving each and every day. The fish that were 11-12" this spring have moved into the keeper range of 13-14".
This size fish are more willing to bite what the fishermen are offering. We saw numbers of these fish come in this week. All the usual methods and locations are working. Tucker Merchlewitz from Winona, Mn boated a 29.5 inch beauty. He is going to mount this fish of a lifetime. He attempted to release the fish and have a replica mount, but the fish just would not swim away.
Perch are showing up shallower all the time. The weeds are fully developed and perch can be caught using minnows either inside the weedline when there is a chop on the water, or outside the weed line when it is calm.
The northern fishing continues to dominate the fishing scene for our guests. Trolling, casting, and fishing with live bait are all catching fish anywhere from 7-14' of water. The better the weeds, the nicer the fish seems to be the pattern.
Musky Dave boated another 45" muskie this past week. I wouldn't say they are biting, as he casts every day and averages one muskie per week. But if you keep at it, these ferocious fighting fish can be caught.
The summer is winding down and we are looking to the fall. We have plenty of fishing ahead of us. Pick out a date and a cabin on our availability chart and give us a call." - Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort

image of weigh in sheet for Lake Winnie Walleye Tournament

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 15, 2015 - Missing "The Boat" On Lake Winnibigoshish

When I took a close look at this weigh in sheet from yesterday's Walleye tournament on Lake Winnibigoshish, two things came to mind.
First was that on a day that weather presented these folks with what was arguably one of the worst Walleye fishing scenarios one could imagine, every single angler in the contest stilled weighed in some fish. You gotta tip your hat to all of them, just for that.
Look again though; the second observation is that the weight of most Walleyes at the final weigh in was averaging somewhere between 1.5 and 2.0 pounds. That tells me that there were an awful lot of "keeper" sized fish in the mix.
Couple this information with recent reports from folks who have actually been fishing on the big pond, which are generally positive and it gives me a reason to be encouraged. Without going overboard, I think you may want to keep an eye on Winnie as we head toward fall. She's been a bit stingy for a couple of seasons, but there are still lots of fish out there and this has the feel of a lake that's on the verge of producing some good action.

image of Mike Moening with big Musky From Lake Winnibigoshish (8/13) Bowen Lodge; "A week of warm weather is forcing surface temperatures up again, by Wednesday they had reached 74 degrees. That remains lower than the peak of 78 degrees that we saw a couple of weeks ago, but the warming trend has encouraged a re-birth of summertime fishing patterns.
The most exciting catch of the week has been the gigantic Musky caught by Mike Moening. Mike was casting the breaklines in Cutfoot Sioux, using his Warlock jerk bait when the monster struck. 
Warm, stable weather encourages Bass and Panfish too, and we're beginning to see some evidence that guests are locating Bluegill. Small schools of Sunfish are holding tight to weedy cover in water depths of ... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 13 - LOW

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 14, 2015 - "Sometimes I Wonder ...

Fitting a square peg into a round hole, that's a jam I get myself into sometimes and this was one of those times. The mission, (that I chose to accept) was casting for Pike, and hopefully Mr. Big.
The planned return visit to Winnibigoshish where Pike have been plentiful, was supposed to be a chance to “get even” with the dozen or so scissor bills that snipped off our spinners on Wednesday.
Almost as if it was pre-ordained, the weather conditions for accomplishing this were 180 degrees out of phase with what we needed. The sky was blue, the sun was hot and the water's surface was smooth. I already knew that getting the fish to move was gonna be tough, and it was proving to . ... read >> Fishing Report August 14

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 12, 2015 - Lake Winnie's Mixed Bag Fishing - Gathering The Gatherable

It's not all that often that I can start any fishing report by saying that I've just shared 2 days of fishing with the ideal fishing customers, but today I can.
Bob Slager's been coming to fish in the Grand Rapids area for a long time, well before I arrived on the scene 30 years ago. He's already been to most of the lakes that I fish and he's been to some that I've never even seen. Still, when he boarded my boat, he was all ears, all he wanted was a fun day and it didn't matter much how we went about it.
It's that kind of open mindedness that allows a fisherman to really enjoy ... read >> Fishing Report August 12

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 11, 2015 - Summertime Mixed Bag - Pre-Fall Walleye Run?

There was a lot going on this Monday, it was one of those days when all of the fishermen we encountered seemed to have a bit of good news.
For my crew, the good news was that the shallow weeds provided another good day of mixed bag fishing. For others, there was good Perch fishing on the weed edges using jig and minnow combinations. Walleye fishermen on Lake Winnibigosh had a good day too, finding a school of those "13's" on the shallow weedline and returning to the dock with a tasty bag limit.
Smaller waters in the Lake Winnie region were productive too and with ... read >> Fishing Report 8-11-15

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (8/11) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "This last week has been great fishing wise, but the wind has been steady up until the last few days. We have had a great down rigging bite going the last week as well as a few days of really good spinner fishing.
We have been fishing the middle of the lake as well as west and have found some nice fish. There are many slots being caught and released as well as some great limits of keeper fish.
Sunny with highs all week in the 80’s so pack that sunscreen. Low winds all week will make for some very warm days but will likely produce thunderstorms in the evenings". - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image of Mark Dooley with Ball Club Walleye image of Gus' Place Logo (8/10) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "Only a small percent of our customers go out for the “night bite”. Mark who frequently goes out after sunset usually hooks up limits of very nice Walleye, like the enclosed picture. Anchor your boat and use lighted slip bobbers and leeches on your favorite Ball Club Lake hot spots." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520
image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (8/9) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The walleye fishing has become a lesson in patience. You need to fish when there is low light conditions for your best action. Morning and evening when the sun is out. Cloudy days you can catch them all day long.
The preferred method is creating a reaction strike with something that is moving fairly rapidly. Jigs and minnows fished aggressively, spinners with crawlers, leeches, or minnows trolled the same speed you troll crank baits is working right now too.
Look for deeper weeds with baitfish around them. The breaklines are holding a lot of fish. Northerns, perch, and walleyes are all inhabiting these structures. Fish a jig and minnow along the top side of the break and you will get a nice mixed bag of fish.
Northerns are also showing up in the weeds. Look for the better weeds at Mallard Point, Sugar Bay, and along the North Shore. Fish all the usual ways to catch these fish.
Perch fishing continues to be a hunt for the larger fish. The smaller Perch are everywhere, to locate the larger fish takes patience, but it can be done and if you spend time on the water, you will be rewarded.
Speaking of rewarded, Musky Dave was rewarded with a 45" muskie on Friday. Caught on Tamarac Point on a Suick, he is the poster child for patience. He just keeps casting, and casting, and casting, and eventually, he gets the big one!
We have openings starting on the 15th of August for any type of stay. The summer patterns are winding down and it is time to start thinking about fall patterns. Give us a call, we will get you in a position to start catching fish.". - Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (July 28) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - Pokegama Walleye Shootout, Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association

Mother Nature. She’s not easy to beat at times and last week was yet another prime example, as the 2nd annual GRAHA Walleye Shootout was held last Saturday on beautiful Pokegama Lake near Grand Rapids.
Better known as “the GRAHA” (Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association), over 100 two-person teams paid $350 to compete for the highly boasted first place prize of ... read >> Pokegama Lake Walleye Shootout

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Ethan Soland with one of the hefty Pokegama Lake Walleyes that helped earn the winning check.
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 8, 2015 - A Race Against Time On Lake Winnibigoshish

They say that a picture is worth 1000 words and I believe that. So, look left for a picture that explains why I'm most at ease on a day that's cloudy, gloomy and Grey. Never mind about the sun screen, don't be worryin' about black flies nipping at your ankles and most of all; forget your fears that the fish won't bite, they will ... until the sun comes out. The theme is not a new one, but for folks who love fishing on Lake Winnie, it bears repeating; it is that the lake's water has ... read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 8, 2015

Video: How to Flip for Bass Like a Pro, Wired2Fish

Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Randall Tharp doesn't hesitate to say that his flipping and pitching skills pay the bills, literally. He gives a quick and thorough breakdown of his flipping system, and some pointers for reducing missed bites. Here's an incredibly straightforward approach to flipping and pitching from one of the best in the sport. Randall Tharp breaks down bullet weight and soft bait selection, and shares a tip for missing fewer fish on the hookset. Learn More >> Randall Tharp, How to Flip for Bass Like a Pro

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image of Gus' Place Logo (8/7) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "The strong bite on Ball Club Lake continues for Walleye, Perch and Northerns with little change in bait presentations and methods in the past several weeks. Crawlers and leeches on spinners are still taking nice Walleye in up to 35 feet of water. On some days the crawlers out fish the leeches and other days it turns around. If you are fishing walleye with crawlers the Perch can sometime be a bother, but personally I see them as a bonus fish.
Typically the Fall bite on Ball Club Lake picks up and since this has been such a good summer, I expect great action till about mid-October." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520
image denotes link to fish rapper article (8/7) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson said; "It was quite windy this past week but happily, fishing didn’t suffer an abrupt downturn like those we experienced in June and July whenever a cold front happened by.
On most of the area lakes, fishing has been good. Crappies seem to be the number one target in the area now and the results have been good. Chiefly relating to the deeper weed edges, Crappies can also be found close to the weeds but these will principally be smaller fish. The deeper water outside the weeds, 18 feet or so, will hold larger suspended fish. Trolling is a great way to reach suspended Crappie.
Reports of dinner plate sized Sunfish have been coming in all ... Read >> Frontier Sports Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 7, 2015 - Cool Down Continues, Winds Reverse, The Clock Is Ticking

Conditions at Bowstring Lake this Thursday reminded me of the quintessential August fishing trip. Southeast winds blew at a brisk pace, Grey skies threatened rain and the water temperatures were cooling. At 69.9 degrees, it barely qualifies, but this was the first surface reading below 70 degrees in over a month.
Fishing patterns of the past few weeks show signs of collapse. I didn't say they were already over, I said that they are showing signs of an imminent collapse. It's the hot weather and Oxygen robbing Algae Blooms that force baitfish and predators to ... Read >> Fishing Report August 7, 2015

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (8/7) From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort says; "Walleyes been doing good in 6 to 8 feet of water. (weed Edge). Spinner and minnow. Crappies are very good at the rock pile and bays. They are also picking up perch along with the walleyes." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .

image links to bowen lodge From Lake Winnibigoshish (8/6) Bowen Lodge; "Some anglers have been able to beat the system by fishing on the west side of Winnie, where trolling the flats using crankbaits and spinners will produce a mix of Walleye and Pike. It takes a little skill to read the fish when they suspend over the lake’s expansive flats, but it can be done and it’s a good way to cover lots of water.
Flat areas where water ranges in depth between 12 and 16 feet are the places to look for. Flats like these are easily found in numerous areas of the lake. For late summer though, it is the west side of the big lake that has a reputation for being the most reliable.
Typically, Walleye and Pike will be visible on your electronics and believing what you see is the key to making this system work. There are days when the fish suspend, well above the bottom. When you see this, tailor your presentation to ... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 6

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 4, 2015 - Pre-Fall Crappie Chop?

By all accounts, conditions at Bowstring Lake this Monday should have presented the perfect opportunity to catch Walleyes. Grey skies, whitecaps quartering the shoreline and surface temperatures hovering at 70 degrees. Walleyes were there, some of them anyway, but it was a "Crappie Day" to say the least. This pre-fall, weedline Crappie pattern usually holds for a couple of weeks, so I think you can expect it to be on again, off again as the conditions warrant. Apparently, conditions warranted an above average run for us yesterday.
What stumped me was that Walleyes have inhabited the same weed lines, in good numbers for several weeks. On this day they were either absent or else the Crappies were so aggressive that ... read >> Fishing Report 8-4-15

image of Jessica and Bud Drewlow with big crappies
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Fishing, What It Means - Kevin Dahlke, HSM Outdoors

Kevin Dahlke has looked at fishing from all different angles and theories. Over his fishing career, there have been many people that have influenced where he fishes, which fish he pursues and how he chooses to catch them. Kevin wants to give you an idea of what fishing has meant to him and how it’s shaped him as an angler. Kevin Wrote; "Those were the days that were spent sitting on the shoreline casting a worm and bobber as far as you could, to try and beat your buddy with a ..." Read Article >> Fishing, What It Means

Walleye Fishing on Lake MilleLacs Closed For The Rest Of Open Water Season

The DNR announced that Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 would be the last day of open water walleye fishing for the year on Mille Lacs Lake. The registered licensed angler harvest exceeded their expected allowance and thus the season was closed to preserve walleye fishing on the famed northern fishery for future years. Catch rates were said to push the total walleye catch and kill rate for the year to more than ... read >> MilleLacs Walleye Fishing Closure

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image of Ella Seger with Winnibigoshish Walleye

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 3, 2015 - A Taste Of September On Lake Winnibigoshish

On Sunday, a stiff Northwest wind, air temperatures dipping into the 60's and whitecaps slapping into the Wave Wackers made it feel a lot like September on Lake Winnibigoshish. Don't look now, but the "Dog Days" of summer have peaked and are already behind us. Yes, all of the hoopla about warm water, mid-summer fishing patterns peaked last week. Don’t worry, these patterns will still be hanging on for a while, but there's already a downward trend in water temperatures. With daylight becoming shorter and nights becoming cooler, it's unlikely that temperatures will ... read >> Fishing Report August 3, 2015

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (8/3) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "What a difference the wind makes for walleye fishing! After two months of virtually no wind, we had sustained west winds for four days this past week. The result were walleyes caught on the flats trolling crank baits, walleyes caught fishing spinners and jigs in the weeds, and walleyes caught fishing lindy rigs on the structure.
Northern fishing continues to be strong, as well. All methods of fishing are catching northerns in 8-11' when the wind blows, and deeper when calm.
Perch fishing has been very hit and miss. The larger perch have been playing hide and seek, while the smaller fish have been everywhere.
If you keep moving and trying different depths, you will run into some nicer perch.
Time to make reservations for our upcoming specials. By a strange calendar quirk, we have an extra week this year. So we are offering our biggest discount ever on weekly cabin stays for the week of August 22-29, 25% off and there are prime cabins available. We also have our Labor Day special. Reserve the week of August 29-September 5 and stay until Labor Day for Free! That is nine nights for the price of seven.
As always, our fall special of 20% off all reservations after Labor Day is in effect. So check out our availability chart, pick out a cabin, and give us a call." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort.

image of Andrea Wood with big Walleye
image of Jan Bopp holding big Crappie

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 2, 2015 - Bowstring's "Plan B Bite" Produces Smiley Faces

On Saturday, calmer weather and sunny skies brought surface temperatures back up to 75 degrees. By the end of the day, the Northwest breeze, was gradually swinging to a more southerly direction and that created a lot of calm water in areas that had been very turbulent in recent days.
Our original idea had been to attempt some "Walleye or Die" fishing by heading for deeper water, mid-lake structures. These areas were good a couple of weeks back, but with all of the windy weather, I'd not been out there too much recently.
Scanning over free standing mid-lake humps, the Humminbird revealed that there still are fish using the open water structures. There were not any fish holding on the tops of these structures, typically topping off at 18 to 22 feet of water. Instead, they were holding along the ... read >> Fishing Report August 2, 2015

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 1, 2015 - Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth IS

If the lake's wind driven whitecaps weren’t enough of a challenge, then asking a couple of inexperienced fishermen to hop in the boat and "learn while you churn" may have put us over the top.
Even if Chris Bodenstab had just tackled the toughest golf course in North America and scored a hole in one, asking him and his 10 year old son Zack to learn the wiggle worm system in 20 MPH winds, was a bit much. After giving a few hours without producing much good news, I knew that Plan B was imminent.
The only way that I could see to fix the problem was to leave the lake and trailer over Bowstring; the one lake that I knew for sure would provide some kind of something for the boys to catch. Maybe they wouldn't be Walleyes, but trolling with spinners in shallow water provides a lot faster action than trying to wiggle a Walleye or two out of 20 feet of water.
So, we sort of picked up where the report on July 29 left off, spinners in hand, engine in reverse, covering water fast. Luckily, Plan B was a better idea and the mixed bag of Crappie, Walleye, Pike and Perch was both simpler and more entertaining.
Billed as an enthusiastic fisherman, Zack lived up to his reputation; he never skipped a beat and for most of the afternoon, he was the only one in the boat who ... Read >> Fishing Report August 1, 2015

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (7/31) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson said; "Gradually, the air and water temperatures have been warming and things have started to settle down.That said, fishing right now is very good, at times even fantastic! Walleye are being caught in the 15 to 25 foot depth range. This is my favorite time of year to troll crankbaits and I ... read >> Marcell Area Fishing Report July 31
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link to Wired2Fish (7/31) Wired2Fish; Elite Series pro Jacob Powroznik explains; Use higher gear ratios when fishing vertically for smallmouth bass

“It seems like everybody talks about the gear ratios of a baitcast reel, but for some reason the gear ratio of a spinning reel gets overlooked,” said Powroznik, proudly holding his fresh ..." Read >> Higher Gear Ratios For Smallmouth Bass

Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux (7/30) Bowen Lodge; "Walleye fishermen have a lot of reasons to be optimistic about Winnie these days. The 2013 year class of fish is appearing on the radar screen and soon, they will be reaching catchable size. By this fall, 13 inch fish from that hatch will likely begin showing up in our fish cleaning shack. By next spring, these fish are the ones that will be "doing the entertaining" at most of the fish fry's around camp.
Warm weather, normal seasonal influences and the appearance of a mild Algae Bloom on the lake have encouraged a migration toward the shoreline. We don't believe that all of the Walleyes ever completely move from one area to another. Right now though, a significant number of Walleyes are moving into some conventional late summer territories.
The east side of Winnie has been well known for its late summer weedline fishing for many years. In recent years, the habitat has changed and the fish are responding to ..." read >> Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report July 30
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image of Leopard Frog image of Gus' Place Logo (7/30) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "Fishing continues to be good on the lake with little change in trends and bait presentations other than the recent warm days are driving the larger fish deeper.
We are still catching nice keeper Walleye on spinners rigged with crawlers and leeches trolled along the shoreline around 18-22 feet. The larger Northerns are also moving out to around 16 feet deep with the most effective bait being live, trolled, light northern, sucker minnows on spinners with 1/4th -3/8th oz. slip sinkers. Look for outside break lines on the weed beds and large bait balls of schooled fish when you set up. Crappie have been slow, but are likely to pick up the latter half of August." - Gus and Susan Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 29, 2015 - Bowstring's Bath Water Walleyes

Surface temperatures ranged between 78 and 80 degrees. That is bath water warm and for me, caused some concern about whether or not Walleyes would be active. Apparently that worry was un-founded because despite the warm water, Walleyes, Perch and Pike were on hand to entertain and provide us with a reasonably good mixed bag of keepers.
Crappies were absent from the mix on Monday, but that doesn't mean that they weren't active. The strong East-Southeast wind encouraged me to avoid fishing on the North and West sides of the lake. There's a lot of good Crappie structure in those area's and there's a good chance that I simply missed out on finding them.
There was an improvement in the average size of Perch on this trip and while our numbers were modest, the ratio of keepers was much better than usual.
Walleye sizes are all over the map, but catching keepers ranging between 13 and 16 inches is a reasonable expectation. The Northern Pike were active as usual and we decided to bag 5 of them on this trip. Some of the 20 to 22 inch Pike are showing signs of ... Read >> Bowstring Lake Fishing Report July 29

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link to Wired2Fish (7/29) Wired2Fish; 2 Finesse Tactics for More Summertime Bass

Jon Henry of Basswacker Guide Service shares some of his finesse tactics for catching pressured bass in the summer on riverine fisheries like his home lake of Lake Guntersville. He advocates using finesse worms, big shaky heads, drop shots in place of big loud crankbaits and more power presentations when the fish have been beat on all summer by lots of anglers targetting big schools of ... Learn More >> Finesse Tactics for Summertime Bass

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (7/28) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "Sorry I didn't post a fishing report for last week, but the fishing hasn't changed much in the past two weeks. The weeds are starting to show more activity as we have had some windy days this past week. 
Some walleyes are showing up in these weeds, along with other species of fish. The weeds extend out to 13' in some areas and most of the fish are being caught in 11-14' along the weeds. The walleyes are also being caught on the midlake structures and flat areas. Pulling spinners with crawlers or crankbaits on the flats have been working.
Northern fishing continues to be the best bet we have going. Trolling, casting, and fishing with jigs and minnows have all been effective. Work the breaklines in 13-16' when it is calm, and the 11-14' weeds when there is a chop on the water.
The perch have slowed down some. There are some fish biting, but don't expect limits by any means. You will be able to catch enough 
for a meal, but the fish are more scattered than schooled. The area north of the Birdhouses in 11-16' of water has been the most consistent spot for perch.
All in all, if you are looking for a meal, fishing has been good. Go out on the water with an open mind and you will be happy. We are taking reservations for fall right now. Don't miss out on our discounted rates this fall. It is looking to be a good fall for fishing." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort.

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (7/28) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "My crappie fishing usually consists of slowly trolling weedlines with small jigs and plastics. Sometimes, if a good concentration of fish are found, I’ll sit in one spot and cast to the weedline or drop the lure straight over the side of the boat and vertically jig them. It all works and very well at that.
But what about the wee hours of darkness? It’s nice and cool out at this time and if you have the tactics and gumption to stick it out throughout the night, you’ll generally do quite well on the fish. It is, however, a totally different game and you have to be well prepared.
I pre-plan these type of trips by cleaning up the boat and putting away everything that you will not be using. If there’s something to trip on or get in the way it’s going to surely happen at night. Trust me. Also, be sure to have plenty of lighting available for when it’s needed.
Most all fish species bite well at night but I have to admit that I haven’t caught a lot of ..." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 28, 2015 - Mid-Summer Salad Bar Crappies

By special proclamation of the Chancellor at the University of Sunny Side Up, it was Mother’s Day weekend! I used to reserve the opening weekend of fishing, which typically coincides with Mother’s Day to fish with my family. But several years of cold, rainy weather forced a decision that Mom should be treated to warmer weather. So for us, the celebration comes in July. Away from the office for a few days, I have some catching up to do. Luckily, some of it's already done. Here's something for you to chew on while I work on the rest.
Crappie fishermen usually know where to find ‘em during the spring, many can find ‘em during early summer too. But when the sun is high, the sky is blue and the thermometer reads 85 degrees, it can be a real challenge to figure out where they go to beat the heat.  For anglers, the assumption that Crappies must have ... Read Article >> Mid-Summer Crappie Fishing In The Weeds

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 24, 2015 - Mid-Summer, Mid-Lake Action

On Thursday, our fishing trip started off as what appeared to be a carbon copy of Wednesday. The sun was high in the sky; there was a ripple on the water, but just barely enough to drift the boat.
The surface temperature was 74 degrees, slightly cooler than the lake we fished on Wednesday, but still well within warm water range and warm enough to produce a mild Algae Bloom.
Early in the day, Wiggle Worming was producing fish and it looked like we'd be on that pattern all day long. Mother Nature had other ideas though and during late morning, the ripple turned to a chop, the breeze turned to a wind and before we knew it, the boat was rolling in whitecaps, Drift Control Sock deployed!
I had discovered a school of Walleyes on a mid-lake hump that topped off at 16 feet, the fish were holding on the edge at about 18 feet. At first, they had been easily within Wiggle Worming range, but even though we were still picking up a few fish on the crawlers, my boat speed was becoming too fast for comfort, so I began experimenting with alternatives. I set up a Lindy Rig with a 1/2 ounce weight, tipped it with a leech and ... read >> Fishing Report July 24, 2015

image denotes link to fish rapper article (7/24) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson said; "Fishing has been heating up in the northland. Fairly stable weather conditions have brought water temperatures up around the 75 degree range and as a consequence most fish have settled into their summer patterns. Walleye have been in the 15 to22 foot depth range for a while now and crankbaits have been producing nicely. Sunday’s wind debacle made most lakes in the area. unfishable. Boat control was once again an issue. Monday was much better and now that I knew where I could expect to find Walleye, the next order of business was to locate the Crappie. It had been difficult at best to find them during most of June and on into July. Monday night they were right where they should be this time of year. Fish were suspended in 14 to 20 feet of water and trolling small crankbaits was just the ticket. Smallmouth Bass have moved out to deeper humps and ledges. I often catch them while fishing for Walleye. It’s quite easy to tell which of the two you’ve hooked. No Walleye ever fought like a Smally. Pike fishing is still excellent. Trolling big Crankbaits has been responsible for numerous sore jawed jacks. Lastly, Muskies have been on a tear for a while and some fish of 50 inches or better have been reported recently. Although somewhat hot and humid, fishing wise, this weekend should see it all come together. The Bait and Tackle departments are fully stocked and ready for another great weekend on the Edge of the Wilderness. Be sure to stop by on your way to the lake." Frontier Sports features a complete and fully stocked Sporting Goods department and Bait Shop, Gas, Grocery, Deli and Gift Shop. Frontier Sports is an authorized LIVE TARGET and SAVAGE GEAR dealer. Frontier Sports 218-832-3901 or Email .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 23, 2015 - Wiggle Worms and Walleyes 101

If you've been following these reports for a while, then you already know that one of my favorite mid-summer presentations for Walleye is the jig and night crawler. "Wiggle Worms", a term coined by my friend Larry Lashley, is the perfect description for what the bait looks like when it swims through the water. The swimming action makes the night crawler look alive, this wigging action turns the heads of hungry Walleye, Bass too.
While we were fishing on Wednesday, it dawned on me that it's ... read >> Fishing Report July 23, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 22, 2015 - Wiggle Worm Walleyes Back On The Agenda

On Tuesday, we fished near the island on one of my old favorite Walleye lakes. At the landing, surface temperatures hovered at 74 degrees and the clear water allowed me to see weeds in water depths of 13-14 feet. The skies were bright, the air was cool and the seas were calm, I couldn't see any reason to believe that there would be a hot action bite, so I put away the spinners and rigged up 1/16 ounce Lindy jigs and tipped them with night crawlers.
At our first stop, a small mid-lake hump with mixed weeds and rocks, Brett coaxed out 2 fish in the first 5 minutes giving us the impression that we should ... Read >> Fishing Report July 22, 2015

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 21, 2015 -Mixed Bag Fishing on Grand Rapids Lakes

In my fishing report last Wednesday (Fishing Report July 15, 2015), I mentioned that I was waiting for a good crew to take over for the mixed bag on Pokegama. I got my first chance on Monday and despite blustery conditions, it worked out fairly well.
One key part of the mixed bag, action pattern is having a consistent, warm surface temperature. For me, the warmer the water gets, the better the action is on these deep, clear water lakes. I like temps in the 76 to 78 degree range, at that temperature the fish's metabolism is racing and they ... Read >> Grand Rapids Fishing Report July 21, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin This week (7/20) : Jon Thelen Takes You Lindy Rigging For Walleye During Mid-Summer

Catching Walleyes during mid summer using Lindy Rigs has been going on for almost 50 years. That's because it works and Jon Thelen says; "Lindy Rigs are still the best way to present live bait to hungry, mid-summer Walleyes. Jon shares tips for fine tuning your presentation to help you put more Walleyes in the boat. View >> Lindy Rigging Mid-Summer Walleyes

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (July 20) Greg Clusiau, Greg's Guidlines

An old Boy Scout, I still stand by the motto “always be prepared.” If ever someone needs anything, summer or winter, they come running to me, the guy who has everything but the kitchen sink and sometimes that’s even along for the ride.
Batiuk, a tackle junkie, heeds the same advice and then some, as hundreds of back woods adventures in the Canadian wild still have him on this earth and anxiously searching out fish and game. If I’m ever in a serious situation back-in-the-bush, I want Tom to be there as well.
Even when going solo, which is almost a daily occurrence, I ... read >> "Greg's Guidelines July 20, 2015"

image denotes link to fish rapper article (7/20) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "Fishing has been strong all week. We found some great schools of fish this week and had really nice size keeper fish. The fish seem to be on the move the hot spot today will change tomorrow, however we have been staying with them, making for great days of fishing.
We are still using a variety of methods from anchored to down rigging to produce great fishing. The weather/wind plays a role in that decision some days as it did yesterday. A couple windy days here lately but using the wind to your advantage may be just the ticket to that “on fire day”. Drifting spinners in that wind yesterday seemed to produce some really nice fish.
Sunny week ahead with highs near 80 and wind speeds below 10 after Monday. A slight chance of thunderstorms Thursday but otherwise sun all week so be sure to pack that sunscreen." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 19, 2015 - Lake "Windy-Bi-Gosh"; It takes a friend to Love that face!

Sometimes the best thing about a fishing trip isn't the fishing, or maybe I should say the catching.
Oh I know I'm supposed to weigh in every day with fantastic news about where we caught 'em and what we caught 'em on; I'm supposed to make it sound like we really hammered 'em every day! But it doesn't always work that way and if you know me, then you know that I don't always write it that way either.
LUCKILY, today's story is even better than usual, more memorable. It all started with a work assignment given me by my friend Rand Olson who wrote; "You will be taking out two novice fisherman, Scott (dad) and Miguel (newly adopted, 14yr old son). The grand mission for Saturday, is to have these two fall in love with Winnie and ... "
Okay, now you get 3 guesses. How strong was the wind and how tall were the waves? If you guessed "Like a Hurricane" and "Gigantic", take your seat at the head of the class. Yes, Winnie was in one of "her moods" and she ... read >> Fishing Report July 19

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image of Josh with a nice Bowstring Lake Walleye

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 20, 2015 - Bowstring Lake Fishing Report

On the heels of the huge wind that blew this Saturday, the last place that I wanted to fish was on a lake that had been tossed and turned too much. That's because it usually takes a day or two for a lake to settle down after one of these big blows, unless there are productive areas that remained calm during the storm.
Knowing that Bowstring's stained water would probably allow us to work the calm side of the lake, I thought it was a good choice for Sunday.
When we arrived at the landing, the Surface Temperature had fallen to 74 degrees, a drop of 5 degrees since my most recent visit. There was still a brisk wind blowing, but the west side of the lake was ... read >> Fishing Report July 20, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 18, 2015 Fisharoo Wraps On Lucky Note!

You've heard the expression "Saving the Best, For Last". Luckily, it was and we did and I couldn't be more thankful. Read Report >> Daikin Fisharoo 2015 Wrap Up

On Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux (7/17) Bowen Lodge; "Northern Pike fishermen ought to be about as happy as they can get right now. The current population of Pike in the 22 to 25 inch range is incredible and they are definitely on the prowl.
Weed growth on the big lake is incredible too, there are weed beds emerging in areas where they haven't grown in decades. That newly emerging cover combined with all of these "eating size" Pike in the lake can spell out fantastic action and great eating for a family adventure.
There are lots of ways to catch Pike, but for folks who want to add some bonus Walleye to their creels, Spinners are probably still the best way to fish. Little Joe Spinners tipped with small fathead minnows will do the trick, experiment with colors, but Gold has been very reliable.
Over the past couple of weeks, deep weeds on Stony Point, Tamarack Point, Little Stony, Richards Townsite and along the west shore, near "The Bird Houses" have all been producing good numbers of fish.
Walleye purists can find happiness on Winnie right now too, the best bet for Walleyes has been to ... read >> Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report July 17

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image denotes field report from a fishrapper reader (7/17) From Cutfoot Sioux, Bryan Harris Eagle Nest Lodge; Said that they had been lucky that most of the bad storms steered clear of Winnie and Cutfoot. That stable weather allowed Walleye anglers to enjoy good fishing on mid-lake bars during the evening. Many of their guests have also been finding good Bluegills in the weeds, some of their guests have even caught nice bluegills while fishing on their docks. Some nice Bass and Pike have shgown up in the fish cleaning shack there too. It's probably gonna take a day or two for the weather to stabilize again, but the fishing should pick up where it left off in a day or two. - Eagle Nest Lodge 218-246-8701

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image of Gus' Place Logo (7/16) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "Checking in with not much change to the great fishing on Ball Club Lake. Multi-species fishing has been consistent during the last week or two and there's little reason to believe that it will change. The lake is deep and cold and we do not experience the “dog days of summer” that many area lakes go through during this very warm part of the year.
We are busy in July with only a few cabins available, but it looks like there will be availability in August. Call for current reports and remember, I always share GPS and current fishing hot spots with my lodging customers." - Gus and Susan Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image links to trails end resort (7/16) From Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort; Mid-summer fishing action always heats up on Bowstring Lake as the fish establish home territory in the weeds. That's what is happening right now, surface water has reached 77 to 79 degrees and heavy weeds have developed along the shoreline.
Walleye, Crappie, Perch and Northern Pike have set up shop in the weeds and that's the key to finding fast action. Typically, weeds can grow out to about 8 feet, but the heaviest weed growth is in water depths of 5 to 7 feet. Many fishermen are finding small schools of active fish in a variety of locations around the lake. You only need to keep covering territory, searching for a fresh school of fish.
Most of the fishermen that we're seeing on the lake have been trolling with spinners. A simple Gold Little Joe Spinner tipped with either a fathead minnow or 1/2 of a night crawler will do the trick.
Trolling speeds of about 1.2 to 1.4 MPH are best, and that fast trolling will allow you to cover a lot of territory in a hurry. One of our trusted local guides suggested an old trick that may sound silly, but it really works. He says; "Even if you don't know exactly where to begin, find the weed edges and just start trolling. You can burn up a lot of time running around the lake and more often than not, you're driving right by active fish. If you spend your time trolling instead, you will eventually run into a school of fish and many times, they will be very aggressive. That's because it's better to be the first one to find a fresh school of fish. By the time a crowd gathers, the best action has already passed". Call for more details and for availability. - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (7/16) From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort echoed the sentiment; "Walleyes Have been good along the weed line. Pulling a crawler harness in 8 to 12 feet. Crappies are doing real well in the bays and the rock pile in 4 to 6 feet of water." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .

image of John Armstrong with big Northern Pike

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 15, 2015 - Lessons Learned During Fisharoo Session 1 Wrap Up

I learned a lot about fishing during the past 24 hours; some of it was good, and some of it, well ... You Know.
The good news is that the 26 inch Walleye that James caught during our trip on Monday did win him the prize for big fish of the session. Bragging' rights, along with the kitty that he picked up from the big fish pool will likely make his trip home a sweet one.
Did I remember to mention that ... read >> Fishing Report July 15

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (July 14) Greg Clusiau, Greg's Guidlines - "Dabbling"

I knew panfish of the large variety were snuggled deep in the lily pads so plans were made to yank a few of them out of there. This meant going to the local sporting goods store and looking over dabbling poles, something that was long enough to get away from the boat yet strong enough to hoist a nice sized fish out of heavy cover.
There they were, a limited selection but all that was needed and good enough to get the job done. A cane pole was my first thought. I picked one up and studied the crooked three-piece contraption. These things have been around for years and have accounted for millions of fish but the largest on hand was only a 12’er.
I wanted something more and found it in a ... read >> Greg Clusiau Dabbling July 14

image of Jpel Clusiau with big Crappie
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 13, 2015 - Winner, Winner Walleye Dinner?

Conditions didn't look too good for the kickoff of the 2015 Daikin Fisharoo. Thunderstorms and heavy rain distracted us from a smooth start.
The fish didn't seem to like the weather too much either and the goal of catching fish for the traditional day 1, fish fry appeared to be in jeopardy too. As a matter of fact, Bowstring Lake was dishing out a such a disappointing start for my crew and me that it prompted Mike Eckhart to ask; "Has there ever been a day so tough that they can't get enough fish for dinner?" No, was my answer, not that I can recall anyway. I added that if I've learned anything over these 30 years, it's that fishing is always ... read >> Fishing Report July 13

link to Wired2Fish (7/15) Wired2Fish; Largemouth Bass on Deep Weedlines

A new video from Wired2Fish features Scott Glorvigen, sharing tips for ... >> Bass Fishing Deep Weedlines on Natural Lakes .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 14, 2015 - Fisharoo Day 2, The Plot Thickens

OH OH! Now they've done it, there's a friendly wager on the biggest Walleye for session 1 of the Daikin Fisharoo and YOU KNOW what that means; once given a work assignment, I can't help myself; there's no choice but to go for the brass ring. I talked with my crew about what it means to purposely pursue monster fish. You can almost hear the conversation; "We're not gonna catch tons of 'em, but if we're patient we will get some and when we do, they'll be big ones. How does that sound boys, you in?" As soon as I saw the heads nodding, I knew, the pursuit of Mr. Big was on my agenda and we were headed off to ... read >> Fishing Report July 14

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (7/13) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "Walleyes continue to be caught on the mid-lake structures with rigs tipped with crawlers and leeches. They are also catching walleyes along the shoreline breaks using jigs and minnows while going for the "mixed bag" bite. The mixed bag is where you fish jigs and fathead minnows on the shoreline break in 15-20' of water. You will run into nice Perch, Northern Pike, and walleyes using this presentation.
Northern fishing is still very good. Fish the deeper weed lines and the shoreline break in 13-17'. All the normal tactics will work. Casting, trolling, and fishing with live bait will catch the fish.
Perch fishing is still good. Shoreline breaks in 14-20' using jigs and minnows have been the best for these fish." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort.
image of Bowen Lodge guest holding big Perch From Lake Winnibigoshish and Cuitfoot Sioux (7/12) Bowen Lodge; "On Lake Winnie, weedline trolling with live bait spinners has become the most productive presentation for Walleye fishing. Using the spinners presents opportunities for bonus Perch and Pike too, making this the choice for anglers who want the most action.
The typical rig that we see the guides fishing is similar to the old reliable, Little Joe spinner that uses a #3 Gold spinner blade, red beads and a 1/0 hook. The lure can be tipped with a ½ night crawler or a fathead minnow to help convince the fish to strike. Sinkers ranging between 1/8 and ¼ ounce are help get the bait to the right depth for trolling along the ... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 12

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 10, 2015 - Wiggle Worms = Mixed Bag Walleye Smallmouth

Despite the lakes being so similar, the current Walleye fishing patterns were complete opposites. On Wednesday, fishing mid-lake bars and humps was a complete waste of time; every single fish that we caught came from the weeds. On Thursday, fishing the weeds was a complete waste of time; every single fish that we caught came from the middle of the lake.
The lakes did have something in common though; 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with night crawlers was the best overall presentation. There were a few fish caught by other means, but if I was headed back to either lake today, I would feel completely confident to use the wiggle worms exclusively. Smallmouth Bass were susceptible to "wacky rigged" Yum Dingers and I think we could have ... Read >> Fishing Report July 10, 2015

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image of Gus' Place Logo (7/9) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "This is my favorite time of year to fish Ball Club Lake. The water temperature is in the mid to low 70s and all species are active and willing to play the game.
I like going out on the lake with artificial and live baits without a preconceived notion that I only want Walleye or Crappie, or whatever.
This is the time of year when there are the more choices of effective baits and presentations than any other time of the year on Ball Club Lake and the fish will bite a whole variety rigs in your tackle box.
It’s fun to just hit the lake and go angling to catch whatever bites!"

We invite you to learn more about the lake and about our resort, stop by and chat when you're in the neighborhood. Gus and Susan Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

On Fish ED This week July 9: Devils Lake Walleyes are the subject.

Catching Walleye on Devils Lake is easy, especially during mid-summer when Walleyes are on the move.
Fishing with agressive baits like Lindy Spinners, allows you to cover lots of water in a hurry and these active fish strike them with wreckless abandon.
This week Jon shows you how to get into gear and get in on the fast action. View Fish ED Video >> Devils Lake and Lindy Spnners For Walleye fishing

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image links to Wired2Fish (7/9) Fishing the Neko Rig for Northern Bass - Video

Professional angler Mark Courts discusses the Neko rig, an effective bass fishing presentation on weed lines in the northern states as well as open water in the south. Here are some great tips on fishing with a Neko rig around vegetation and weed lines. Learn more about ... >> Fishing the Neko Rig for Northern Bass

image denotes field report from a fishrapper reader (7/9) On Cutfoot Sioux, Bryan Harris Eagle Nest Lodge says; "Fishing for our guests has been good for variety. Walleye fishing has been OK. Lindy rigs on the humps with leeches or crawlers is the ticket. The bar and little humps are starting to go, too. Northern fishing has been very good, and the size of fish being caught is much better than in recent years. Also, we're starting to see some bluegills and crappies showing up in the usual places." Eagle Nest Lodge 218-246-8701

image denotes link to fish rapper article (7/9) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson said; "Weather notwithstanding, fishing has been steady since Tuesday. Sunday’s thunderstorm threw things off a bit but things are mostly back to where they were before the storm. Crappie fishing has been spotty. They have been difficult to locate and are reported to be in depths anywhere from 6 to15 feet, sometimes deeper. Sunfish are heading for the deeper weed edges. Bass fishing remains excellent with many fish over 4lbs being caught. Both Smallmouth and Large mouth are being taken on Wacky Worms, spinner baits and crankbaits. The Live Target Mouse has been very effective in the pads for Largemouth. The Walleye bite has been slow but steady. Spinner rigs and crawlers have been taking the most fish with leeches not far behind in productivity. Lipless crankbaits have been producing at times too. Bass fishing being one of the two bright spots, the other would be pike. Quite a few fish over 30” have been caught this week with one 37 incher being reported. Trolling large crankbaits and swimbaits off the deep weed edges and out to 30feet and then back again in a zig-zag pattern worked well for me last weekend. Reports of Musky getting more active as the water warms are encouraging. Some big fish have been taken this week. Weather patterns for this coming weekend appear to be more stable than last weekend and that should make for better fishing. The bait shop and tackle department is fully stocked with everything you’ll need to have a successful day on the water. Be sure to drop in and see us when you’re in the area."
Frontier Sports features a complete and fully stocked Sporting Goods department and Bait Shop, Gas, Grocery, Deli and Gift Shop. Frontier Sports is an authorized LIVE TARGET and SAVAGE GEAR dealer. Frontier Sports 219-832-3901 or Email .

image denotes field report from a fishrapper reader (7/9) From Lake of the Woods Jacki LaValla Sportsman's Lodge; "Water is heating up, Weather is Beautiful & the Fishing is Excellent! Northern areas of Big Traverse around Knight and Garden Island and southern areas of Little Traverse have been hot this week. Gold or pink jigs or spinners tipped with a leech, crawler or minnow have been working well. Bring a few bait options with you. The may flies hatched this week and have really pumped the walleye catch rate up. Water temperature is currently 74 degrees. Anglers are having the most success bait fishing but it won’t be long and controlled depth fishing will start." - For reservations call 800-862-8602
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Father-and-Son To Embark On Cross-Country Trout Fishing Trek - News Release July 8

Fathers often dream of big adventure with their kids, journeys that take them far from home while bringing them closer together. For many of us, though, work and obligations pile on, and before we know it, the child is grown. Outdoor writer and dedicated Southern trout fanatic Jeff Samsel is not letting that happen. July 20, he and his 10-year-old son Asher will embark on a 3-1/2-week expedition sure to provide high adventure and plenty of memories. The Samsels are living the dream of throwing rods in the car and ... read >> Trout Fishing Adventure

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 7, 2015 - Post Storm, "Goose Bump" Walleye Fishing on Bowstring

When the calendar was set for Lora Bellin, Annette Bingham and me, none of us expected to be shivering in July, but on Monday we were.
Thunderstorms, 2-1/2 inches of rain and ping pong ball size hail rolled through the Bowstring area on Sunday afternoon, resulting a 20 degree drop in air temperature. Not the sort of weather conditions that avid Walleye fishermen look for, but sometimes they get stuck with 'em; like we did. But somehow, the Walleyes, at least some of them, cooperated and ... Read >> Bowstring Lake Fishing Report July 7, 2015

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link to Wired2Fish (7/7) Wired2Fish; FISHING DEEP BLUEGILLS IN SUMMER GRASS

"Like bass, bluegill often take up summer residence in heavy grass beds in search of shade, cooler water, and food. Scott Glorvigen shares an efficient hook, line, and sinker setup for penetrating the surface and getting a small jig to the fish." Follow Link For Video >> DEEP BLUEGILLS IN SUMMER GRASS .

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From Lake Winnibigoshish (7/6) Bowen Lodge; "It was girls week at Bowens. Our one-and-only Natalie Adams of Bowen Lodge connected on a beautiful Muskie while fishing after work, with her husband. This 47" beauty slammed her secret bait and she will tell you what it was, but you'll have to ask her in person at the Lodge.
She has fished hard for this monster who lives not far from our docks. After spending hours in pursuit and casting many times, she was proud to finally connect. Congratulations Natalie!
Walleye action on Lake Winnie was great last week too, with fish being caught on the bars as well as the weedline. Spinners with crawlers. Leeches, or minnows worked all worked well on the weedline depending on the day.
Deb Bassuener from Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin nailed these jumbo perch using ... " Read More >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 6

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (7/6) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "Normally, when we talk about a Mayfly hatch, we consider that to be a bad thing when it comes to Walleye fishing. Well, as it has been all season, the opposite is true. The Mayflies have driven the fish to the structures that we are used to finding the fish in a normal year.
When you can locate the fish, you can usually figure out a way to catch them. The smaller humps have been the best producers of walleyes this week. Rigs with night crawlers and leeches have been the main tactic. Ryan Anderson caught and released a 29 3/4 inch giant off of one of the humps this week. He was fishing alone, so we don't have a photo of him holding the fish. Some fish are still being caught along the shoreline drops with jigs and minnows. Those taking advantage of the action bite, are getting a mixed bag of walleyes, northerns, and perch.
The perch fishing is the same as it has been. Fish are being caught in deeper water with jigs and fathead minnows. 15-25 feet of water has been the best for the larger perch.
Northern fishing is the same as it has been all year. Fish along the breaklines with a jig and minnow and you will catch them. With the weed growth accelerating due to the warmer water and sunny days, the fish should be moving into the weeds soon. Will have some pike fishermen in camp in the coming weeks who will be able to sort that out for me.
Happy 4th to all, we have some openings in the next few weeks if you want to get some mid-summer fishing in, give us a call. It is the most pleasant time of the year to be on the water. - Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort
image denotes link to fish rapper article (7/6) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "It was a very busy week here, lots of people enjoying the great weather we had for the 4th of July festivities!
Fishing has been good. Lots of slot fish are being caught and released. We are also bringing in some nice keeper fish. What a great week!
Mainly anchored and jigging this week. Some have also down rigged and done alright.
We hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July Weekend!
Temps in the upper 70’s with lots of sunshine for this next week. Looks like the warm daytime temps and cool nights may draw in some thunderstorms Wednesday." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .
image links to bowen lodge From Lake Winnibigoshish (7/4) Bowen Lodge; "Warm, stable weather encouraged Lake Winnibigoshish to go into full bloom this week. With water temperatures rising into mid seventy degree range, insect hatches have begun and the big lake is beginning to show signs of an Algae bloom. These elements have combined to help to boost the Walleye activity on Lake Winnie.
Recent reports have almost all focused on finding fish in the middle, on main lake bars and humps. Those areas continue to produce fish, especially when you locate swarms of Mayfly Larvae on the flats adjacent to mid-lake structure. The insects attract all varieties of minnows and fish, including Walleye and the food chain will remain in place until after the bug hatches have run their course.
This week, Weedline Walleyes are creeping into the conversation more and more. Warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine have given the weeds a boost making them attractive for baitfish and predators too.
Some of our fishing guests and guides who have been fishing the lake are using ... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 4
image links to trails end resort (7/4) From Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort; "If it's eating size Walleye that you're after, then we might just have the spot for you. Weedline Walleye action has picked up and fish ranging in size between 13 and 16 iches have been fairly easy to come by. The net full of fish you see in the photo (courtesy Otter's Guide Service) was accomplished in just a couple of hours by trolling spinners along the weed line in 6 to 8 feet of water. There are Perch and Pike mixed in too, so the action would be great for anybody entertaining kids using this mid-summer, warm water fishing pattern. Call for more details. - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt . image of walleyes in landing net

image of Gus' Place Logo (7/3) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "Lake surface temperature remains in the low 70s with good clarity. The Walleye bite continues to be very good with fish ranging 13 inches to 28 inches and moving a bit deeper than the past two weeks. Key depths have moved to around 18 feet of water. Most of the fish are taking crawlers or leeches on spinners or jig heads, including floating jig heads Lindy rigged. Blue seemed to be the best color this past week and the late afternoon and early evening bite seems to be the best time to fish. Use your electronics to locate Walleyes that are roaming in small schools, widely scattered around the rim of the lake. Oh and remember; there is no “slot” on Ball Club Lake.
Northern and Perch fishing are also very good at this time using a variety of artificial and live baits. Fish for Pike in 8 to 12 feet and fish a little shallower for the Perch. The Crappie action has slowed way down from the fast days a month ago, but they remain present in and around the expansive weed flats on our end of the lake.
Escaping the crowds and fishing a lake that's known for its solid mid-summer action is a great idea. Give us a call and find out why it is a good time to check out Gus' Place on Ball Club Lake." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin This week: Mille Lacs Lake Walleyes are the subject of Jon Thelen's video.

Catching Walleyes on Lake MilleLacs these days is easier than most folks realize. But when fish have lots of forage, they can become choosy about when and where they feed. Adjusting to changes in their environment allows versatile anglers to catch fish, even when the fish have all of the advantages. In this video, Jon shares his secret for turning the heads of ... view >> Mud Flat Walleyes on MilleLacs Lake .

image links to article about kids fishing I can't think of a better time than the 4th of July weekend for talking about fishing with kids. If you really wnat your children to grow up loving to fish, they will; but ya gotta make it fun for them.
I think that the timing is perfect for this article from Dave Maas who begins with; "As a father of two boys, ages 10 and 12, I know that every time we’re on the water as a family, the No. 1 goal is for them to catch fish and have a good time. My fishing is secondary. During my summers guiding and teaching fishing to kids at a resort in northern Minnesota, my fellow guides used to ..." Read >> 3 Tips For Teaching Kids To Fish

image denotes link to fish rapper article (7/3) From Lake Winnibigoshish, LWRA; "Hello from Big Winnie! Mayfly hatches have started. Clouds are coming up from the deep. Surprisingly the walleye bite has been ok. Fish high and wide in the deeper water. Spinners and crawlers or leeches have been the ticket. Main lake bars run the tops in  13 to 20 feet of water 10 to 15 feet down. Troll fairly fast 1.5 to keep perch at bay then roll of the edges without dropping your lines. Most strikes are coming as you go into the deeper water. Cover as much water as you can for active fish. The humps on the northern end of the lake has been good also. If the fish are on the hump edges you just fish deeper. Tops afre in the 19 to 13 foot range. Run off the edges without dropping your baits and hang on.In wind or low light conditions you can fish the weed edges with rigs and leeches and put fish in the boat. Perch bite has been good deeper off the edges of the main lake bars in 25 to 35 . Jigs and minnows is the ticket. Pike are moving into the weeds good now. Easy to catch. Water temps in the mid 70 range so summer bite windows can be the norm; fifteen to twenty minutes several times a day, dark days longer. Time to go fishing." - Lake Winnie Resort Association

image denotes link to fish rapper article (7/3) From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort says; "Walleyes are on the weed edge. 6 to 8 feet pulling a spinner with a crawler or Leech. Crappies at the rock pile doing well also. 4 to 8 feet. Northerns are getting bigger. and biting all over." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 2, 2015 - Grand Rapids Area Walleye Report

On Tuesday, I promised a full update about Monday’s fishing trip to Pokegama Lake and the anticipated Walleye migration toward mid-lake structures. So here we go, just the facts.
Surface temperatures on the lake ranged between 75 and 77 degrees and the lake water was slightly stained by an Algae bloom.
A sunny sky and calm surface conditions allowed us to see the bottom in depths of 8 to 9 feet. Beyond 10 feet, we could see tops of Cabbage weeds, but it was difficult to see anything else.
There are so many variables involved with fish and fishing that it makes my speculation about the Full Moon as a catalyst for change hard to prove.  But whether it is the result of the full moon or not, there was no doubt that the fish have begun to ... read >> Pokegama Lake Fishing Report July 2

image denotes link to fish rapper article (7/2) From Pokegama Lake, Brian Castellano fished back to back, 8 to 2 PM and 8 to 2 AM and says; "A buddy and hit Pokegama yesterday from 8am to 2pm.
We ended up fishing some shore line points in 17-20' of water with spinner and crawlers or leeches. This method put some largemouth, smallmouth, and a couple eater sized walleyes in the boat for us. We then switched gears and ... read report >> Pokegama Lake Fishing Report July 2, 2015
image denotes link to fish rapper article (7/2) Q&A from Jeremy Johnson; "I was reading your fishing report today and at the end you mentioned fishing weed walleyes with a crawler and a 1/16 oz. jig. Can you please elaborate on how you fish the jig? Do you typically drag it through the weeds? Weed edges? Or do you move slowly casting and retrieving it? Thank you!"
A) Jeremy, I've mentioned the presentation quite a few times over the past several years and paging through the fishing archives of June and July will lead you to more elaborate details. The simple answer is that this presentation is typically the best in areas where conventional rigs would become snagged or tangled in the weeds. The combination of light weight, compact size and buoyancy allow us to work the night crawlers into those tough to reach places. We can fish weed pockets, over shallow rocks and even into timber without getting hung up all the time. Even when they do snag up, a little finesse allows a fisherman to wiggle the bait free.
Most often, we are either trolling or drifting slowly as we work weed edges. The jigs fished using a constant wiggling motion that keeps the night crawler moving. It's the enticing movement, the swimming action of the worm that gets the fishes attention.
The pickup will feel just like the strike that you accustomed to when fishing with Lindy Rigs and once the fish takes your bait, you feed line as if you were using a Lindy Rig. After the fish has time to finish the crawler, you reel up your slack line, set the hook and voila, another wiggle worm Walleye.

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 1, 2015 - Mid-Summer Walleye Patterns In Grand Rapids

Aftrer reading my musings about the full moon and its affect on Walleye migrations, I'm sure that you're interested to hear about our trip to Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids on Tuesday; and you will.
The last thing that I'd ever want to do is tease you, but I'm up against the clock to get rolling this morning, so I'm going to have to make you wait one more day for the whole story. But what I can tell you is that there are definitely more fish moving toward deep, mid-lake structure. Getting them to bite during the daytime is another matter, we marked fish at nearly every stop, but there were only two spots where they were active enough to strike. When they did, life was good and I'll have the details ready for Thursday morning, I promise! image of fish smiley

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 30, 2015 - Howling At The Moon! Flipping the Switch On Walleye Patterns

Can you imagine arriving at a boat landing at your favorite lake, walking up to the dock and flipping the switch that "Turns On" the Walleyes? YES, I KNOW, that would be enough to wipe a smile onto anybody's face!
Well, it might not be quite that simple, but Mother Nature's recipe does include phases of the Moon and they do send signals to her children when it's time for a change. The trick is to be reading the ... >> Fishing Report June 30, 2015

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Catching Sunfish has a way of bringing out the kid in everybody. During early summer they’re easy to locate, aggressive and more than willing to put up a fight. Jon Thelen says; “You’ve got all summer to fish for Walleye, get after the Sunfish while the action is hot”.
In this episode of Fish ED, Jon shows you more tricks that will help you put more Sunfish in the boat. View Fish ED Video >> Shallow Water Summertime Sunfish

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (6/29) Greg Clusiau - Back Woods Bassin' With Terry Wickstrom

Terry Wickstrom was back in town and whenever that happens he becomes a steady fishing partner until it’s time to head back to Colorado.
After more than twenty years of television broadcast fishing shows, some of which I co-hosted, he now has more free time on his hands, as his only outdoor obligation is a weekly ESPN radio show that airs every Saturday morning. When this happens, a fill-in takes over so Wickstrom can just be himself. Much like the old days, when we were kids, hunting and fishing all over the backwoods of Itasca County.
An accomplished angler, Terry’s favorite pastime would have to be bass fishing, something he’s been doing for nearly fifty years. No wonder he’s ... read >> Clusiau and Wickstrom Backwoods Bassin' June 29, 2015

image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/29) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "What a great week! Many Slot fish were caught and released as well as some nice keeper fish. We had a few days where we went to the West side of the lake for a different look and did well.
It has been a mix of anchoring and drifting this week. We had a couple days with winds which were perfect for drifting and it produced nice fish. Leeches seem to be working best when drifting and a mix of leaches and shiners while jigging. MTT anglers who finished in the top each day were using spinners.
Another great forecast ahead with temps in the upper 70’s and lots of sunshine. Looks like the warm daytime temps and cool nights may draw in some thunderstorms throughout the week." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .
image links to fishing article Wired2Fish 10 Ways to Become a Better Grass Angler; "Many of us have a love-hate relationship with grass fishing. On those special days when we’re able to figure out a productive pattern and put the pieces together, everyone else better watch out, because let’s face it—we’re hot to trot and not afraid to show it. But on those days when we can’t buy a bite and seemingly everything goes wrong, we curse the very thought of grass. Our bottom lip pokes out, we entertain the thought of pawning all of our gear and we take our proverbial ball and go home. We never liked fishing grass anyway. Funny how things work, isn’t it?
Elite Series pro Dean Rojas has earned a reputation as being one of the best grass anglers in the world. He believes there are 10 things you can do to maximize your success and minimize common grass fishing frustrations. read >>Wired2Fish 10 Ways to Become a Better Grass Angler

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 28, 2015 - Cook Book Crappies

Crappie fishing in the Grand Rapids area has been reliable this week, but there’s more than one way to find schools of feeding fish.  Some folks are finding them over open water; some are finding fish in the shallows. Until fall, I prefer to pursue fish that occupy shallow water weed flats.
Following a simple pattern that will lead you to them is almost like using a recipe to bake a cake; once you know it, you can repeat it over and over again.
For me, fishing on weedy flats during mid-summer is one of my favorite patterns and on Saturday, we found a nice school of fish on a textbook spot. Finding areas like this one is not hard at all and I think it’s good recipe to follow as you search your for Crappies on your favorite lake.
Any flat that is surrounded by deep water and contains a mix of Cabbage weeds, Coontail or Eelgrass has potential to hold schools of fish. Typical depths in the Grand Rapids area would be in the 6 to 10 foot depth range, but a spot on your lake could be ... read >> Fishing Report June 28

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (6/28) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "

The walleye fishing definitely picked up this past week.  Fishermen were able to target fish on the midlake structures.  These fish are foraging for the bugs that are coming off of the bottom.  Rigs with leeches and crawlers have been the preferred bait for the fishermen, but some folks are still using jigs and minnows for the action bite. Shoreline drops are still holding shiner minnows and thus the fish are right there, as well.   Even the old guide himself got in on the action catching this 28" walleye on a ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report .

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image of Bjorn Snyder holding big Walleye

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 27, 2015 - Whiter Whites and Bluer Blues With the "Snyder Effect".

For long time readers, the "Snyder Effect" is a familiar term for what happens when the fish really aren't supposed to bite, but they do anyway. Reading about one of these fishing trips could easily be mistaken for a cute anecdotal story about any given day on the lake; a story about a fluky, lucky day.
It doesn’t explain away that easily though, not for the Snyder family and you shouldn't pooh-pooh the theory because for them, it works every time. On Friday, the theory of the “Snyder Effect” was tested and proven once again.
Warren Snyder's family has been fishing with me for a long time, so long that we can't exactly figure out when it started. Nowadays his son Nils and grandson Bjorn have formed a trio that's become sort of the "A Team" of the family for these annual trips.
On Friday, the water temperature of Bowstring Lake nearly 80 degrees and the surface of the lake was like ... read >> Fishing Report June 27, 2015

image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/27) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson said; "Perfect weather and fish willing to cooperate has made this week as good as we’ve had so far this season. Some thunder storms of short duration came and went during the week and fishing was great before the storms but not so great during and after. Pike fishing has been very good with many fish over 30 inches being caught (and hopefully released) on large crankbaits and swim baits as well as spinners and Sucker Minnows. Crappies have been somewhat difficult to locate as they start to head out to their summer habitat. But if you do locate them, they’re hungry. Bass fishing has continued to be excellent especially for big Smallmouth. Wacky worming, spinnerbaits and stick baits get the nod here. Walleye fishing has been very good as well. Crawlers and leeches on spinner rigs get the most attention but crankbaits have worked better for me. (Oh yeah… that’s mostly what I use). Sunfish are still on their beds in some of the area lakes. The large deep and cold lakes have a few up shallow but in the majority of our lakes you’ll find them off the deeper weed lines. A word about Musky fishing is in order as well. Muskies have been hitting and following all this week and with the moon working its way into full status, this weekend is promising to be a good one for Musky hunters."
Frontier Sports features a complete and fully stocked Sporting Goods department and Bait Shop, Gas, Grocery, Deli and Gift Shop. Frontier Sports is an authorized LIVE TARGET and SAVAGE GEAR dealer. Frontier Sports 219-832-3901 or Email .

image of Gus' Place Logo (6/26) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "The biggest news from Ball Club Lake is the increase in the Walleye bite. Anglers are finding them anywhere from 8 to 25 feet on Lindy rigged live baits or slip bobbers with leeches and crawlers.
I usually recommend leaving the crank baits in the box until July, but one of my customers just caught a limit of 14-17 inch Walleye on a Perch pattern, Rapala T-9.
I also tell my customers that the best Walleye bite is early and late in the day, but this week they are catching great Walleye even at noon. Typically when the Walleye really turn on like this on Ball Club Lake the bite will carry well into the rest of the summer, due in part because the lake is deep and cold.
Perch and Northens remain active in 6 to 12 feet during the day light hours and we are getting quite a few visitors coming in for the day to fish Northerns, live sucker minnows or artificial will both put limits in the boat. Look for deep weed edges.
The Crappie bite has tapered off over the last 10 days and I haven’t seen any in the gut buckets, but they might pick up in late August as the Fall bite starts. It’s a great time to get on the water!" - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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image of Larry Horseman with Walleye image links to trails end resort (6/26) From Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort; "The surface temperature on Bowstring Lake has risen above 70 degrees and the lake is beginning to "bloom". All you have to do is watch the screen of your graph to see that here's an awful lot going on under the surface right now. You'll see insect hatches, swarms of small baitfish and Walleyes, lots of Walleyes.
Bowstring's supply of small fish is abundant and we're seeing lots of fish in the 10 to 13 inch range; for most of our guests, it doesn't matter whether they fish deep or shallow, the smaller fish will be there. There are some better size keepers out there and the secret to catching them is ... read >> Bowstring Lake Fishing Report

image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/26) From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort says; "Bowstring Lake has been good. The Walleye action on the humps and the bars continues to be good.
Minnows, crawlers, Leeches; it does not seem to matter what you use, if you find the fish, they will bite. Jig and minnow or Lindy Rigs will both work. Crappies are doing good also in the bays with a jig and a minnow. Perch have been nice size, providing good bonus action, mixed in along with the walleye. Northern Pike bite all the time." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report, Bowen Lodge June 25, 2015

Lake Winnie continues produce Walleyes for anglers who follow the strategy of "Cherry Picking" fish from mid-lake humps and bars.
On Wednesday, calm seas made fishing the middle of Winnie easier and for our guests Diane and Keith Eberhardt, the effort paid off.
Most the humps have at least a few fish on them right now and it's the element of surprise that helps make catching them easier. By carefully navigating from one structure to the next, Keith managed to put Diane over some very nice quality fish that were in the protected slot. There was a 17-1/2 inch keeper, along with a 5 pound Pike in the bag to provide a fish fry too.
Presentations vary right now and we suggest that our guests be prepared for a variety of situations. Typically, Walleye fishermen turn to Lindy Rigs and live bait to produce the best results on mid-lake bars, Sometimes the fish show other preferences though, like the experience Keith and Diane had on Sunday when the Walleyes had a sweet tooth for ... read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 24, 2015 - Mixed Bag Walleye, Smallmouth at Sleepy Hollow

On Tuesday, I met up with my friends Kirk and Mari Petersen at Sleepy Hollow Resort in Northome. The purpose of our fishing trip was to help Kirk cash in his Valentine’s Day gift; me.
I'm not sure how we could have gotten a more gorgeous day for the fishing trip. It was mostly sunny; there was just enough wind to make just enough waves to help us catch just enough fish.
The surface temperature on the lake was 69 degrees and the water has a slight Algae bloom, giving the water very good color. The chop on the surface was enough to provide Walleyes with ... read >> Fishing Report June 24

image of Kirk and Mari Petersen with nice Walleyes

June 23, 2015 MN DNR aquatic invasive species training trailer decal repealed; affirmation passed

"The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and trailer decal program, which was due to launch this year, was repealed by the Minnesota Legislature during its recently completed special session.
In its place, the Legislature added an AIS affirmation provision to some licenses The affirmation will be added to new watercraft and nonresident fishing licenses beginning in 2016, so ... read >> MN AIS Decal Repealed

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image denotes link to fish rapper article(6/23) Leech Lake Free Youth Fishing Derby July 18, 2015 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting the 25th annual Leech Lake Kids' Fishing Derby on July 18 at the Leech Lake Dam and Recreation Area, 1217 Federal Dam Drive NE in Federal Dam. Children up to age 14 are invited.
The event is free. Registration and activities will begin at 11 a.m. and the fishing derby will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Every participant will receive a prize. Hot dogs and pop will be served, and local merchants are providing bait. Participants will need to bring a fishing pole, and is recommend wearing a life jacket when near the water. The fishing derby will be held rain or shine but will be delayed if there is lightning in the area. For more information, contact the park office at (218) 654-3145. video

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 23, 2015 - Lake Winnie Walleye, Lessons In Humility

Sometimes there's just not a lot a guy can do fix the weather and on Monday, the lesson was reinforced.
When I picked up my friends Keith and Diane Eberhardt at Bowen Lodge, we knew that conditions would deteriorate eventually; a strong Northwest wind was predicted. But the wind hadn't begun blowing yet and it looked like we might have a short but sweet window of Walleye fishing opportunity.
I high-tailed it out to "the humps" and yes, there were fish on the first couple of spots we fished. Our adventure started out looking good, a couple of slot-fish, then a keeper and then, the wind switched. It took the Northwest wind about 10 minutes to get the whitecaps rolling and within a half hour, fishing the deep mid-lake structure had become unmanageable.
That's happened to me plenty of times before and I wasn't too worried, especially in light of recent Walleye ... read >> Fishing Report June 23

image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/23) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "It was a great weekend of family fun and fish catching! I can’t think of a better way to show how much you appreciate Dad, then taking him fishing with the family. Of course there is no better place than Lake of the Woods!
We have been mixing drifting and anchoring this week. Leeches have been doing well. We have been in depths from 5 feet to 28 feet this past week. Our fleet has mostly been to the north side of the Lake and having great success. Overnight lightning and storms may have slowed the bite yesterday but we expect to be right back at it today!
It is another great forecast for the week ahead of us. WE currently are seeing highs into the upper 70’s and overnights in the mid 50’s." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 22, 2015 - Another Day To Remember

After travelling all the way from their home in Virginia for the wedding, my friends Pete and Bonnie Raquet took a chance on me this Sunday. Knowing that I might need an "easy day" on Sunday, and since they were in the neighborhood anyway, we might as well do a little bit of fishing.
I wish that I could say I worked like a wild man to pull the proverbial rabbit out of a hat, but I didn't. For me, the 11-4 fishing trip was just a nice easy float around the lake. But knowing that there was barely enough time for gathering some Walleye for shore lunch, Bonnie Raquet worked as hard as she possibly could to make sure that we were fed. She did and we were and today I'm back to the real world; tomorrow, I'll be telling you all about it.
Oh and by the way, please join me >> welcoming my new Son in Law to the family.

image of Bonnie Raquet with nice Walleye
Bonnie Raquet worked as hard as she possibly could to make sure that we were fed.

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (6/21) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The fishing this past week has been a lesson in patience. The walleye bite has definitely turned into a treasure hunt, especially for the "keeper size" walleyes. Most of the fish that customers were able to keep fell in the "over" category. There were more fish brought in between 23 and 25 inches than under the 18" to 23" slot. With calm conditions, there were very little opportunities to fish the shallow weeds where the smaller fish are likely to be caught. The main breaklines are holding the larger walleyes. Lindy type rigs with leeches and crawlers are working. Jigs and minnows continue to be a good bait. You are more likely to get a mixed bag using minnows. The nice perch and northerns are hanging out in these areas, as well.
Perch fishing continues to go good. You may have to do some searching to find the nicer perch. Deeper structures in Sugar Bay, Snag Hole, and River Bar have been productive. Jigs and fathead minnows are the best way to go to get the larger perch.
Northern fishing continues to be a great source of action and food for the fish fry. Spoons, crankbaits, and jigs with minnows are the ticket to catching these toothy critters. With our dockboys' expertise, these fish can be completely boneless and are very tasty.
We have some openings in the next few weeks. If you are looking to get in on the early summer patterns for fishing Lake Winnie, give us a call. The kids will have a great time here swimming in the pool and playing on our outdoor equipment." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort.

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (6/20) Greg Clusiau, Mid-Summer Slip-Bobber Walleye - (Justin Bailey, HSM)

"Sometimes we just need to go back to our roots. When the water temps start to rise and the days grow longer, most anglers think deep water and spinners or rigs but that’s when I start to think just the opposite in thick cabbage and steep breaks.
I usually begin targeting these areas in late June, when water surface temps start hovering around the 63 degree mark and cabbage weeds began to ... read article >> Slip Bobbering Walleyes Justin Bailey

image denotes question from a reader Lund Alaskan For Rough Water? - Kevin Scott Wrote; "I have a good friend, early 60s who fishes Minnesota-Wisconsin and Canada on medium size lakes like Bowstring. He's contemplating purchasing a new boat and fishes for walleye and Panfish mainly. I recommended the Lund Alaskan in a tiller but he has had a console and is leaning that way. Easy trailering and easy in and out of water is important and being able to troll and work structure with the right equipment.
A) Kevin, Everyone has their own ideas about what they "NEED" in a boat. The Alaskan is one boat that makes a lot of sense for anglers who want to have all of the right tools for fishing, and don't mind ... >> Read Answer
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 20, 2015 - Once In A Lifetime Fishing Trip

There are certain opportunities that only roll around once, and when they do, "Ya Gotta Savor the Moment"; I had that in mind a lot this on Friday.
Knowing that she'd probably need a day to relax before her wedding (she's so smart!), my daughter, the Lovely and Gracious Annalee Michele Sundin put in a special wedding gift request. She asked me to organize a day on the lake with 3 of the most wonderful, warm and ... read >> Fishing Trip for Annalee

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 19, 2015 - Grand Rapids Area Lakes Warming Slowly

Clear, deep water lakes like Pokegama, Trout and Deer are warming, showing very early signs of fish migrations toward mid-lake structure. Mixed bag opportunities are emerging, but appear to be somewhat behind schedule, compared to "normal".
I can always feel the change coming, a gear shift between early season, "Walleye or Die" fishing trips and the more casual, "let's just go fishing" trips that occur during mid-summer. On Thursday, the gears shifted even more than usual, we did something that everyone should do more; giggle!
We'd already bagged enough Walleye for the trip back to Missouri on Wednesday. So for Bobby Cox, Larry Horseman and me, capturing a ... read >> Grand Rapids Area Fishing Report June 19

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/18) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson said; "Lakes in the area have started to warm up in more ways than one. Water temps of course, which have risen into the high sixties and even the low seventies are just one of the several positive developments that took place during the past week. The way fish have responded to these warming temperatures is very welcoming indeed. Bass, both Largemouth and Smallmouth have been on a tear lately. Wacky worming, spinner and buzz baits and jerk baits have been working well. It’s just a little early for frogging but they are working fairly well right now. I recently saw a picture of a 24” Smallmouth caught and released in one of the several excellent Smally lakes in the area. Hopefully I’ll be posting that picture soon. This fish was massive! Most of the panfish are moving out to deeper water now; water depths in the 8 to 15 foot range are seeing both Crappie and Sunfish hitting jig and minnow or waxie combinations as well as a variety of soft plastics. The Walleye bite has been getting progressively better over the past week. They are becoming more aggressive with the warming temperatures and I expect to find fish suspended over 20 to 25 feet of water just outside of the deep weed line. Lipless crankbaits like the Live Target Golden Shiner or the Yearling Baitball work well in these circumstances. Crawlers have started to out fish minnows and this is right on schedule for this time of year. Pike are still very aggressive and are being taken on Sucker minnows, #5 spinners such as Mepps and large crankbaits and swimbaits. All in all, if the weather cooperates, this weekend is shaping up to be a good one.
The tackle department and bait shop are fully stocked with what you need to have a successful fishing outing in this area and we hope you drop by on your way to the lake.
Frontier Sports features a complete and fully stocked Sporting Goods department and Bait Shop, Gas, Grocery, Deli and Gift Shop. Frontier Sports is an authorized LIVE TARGET and SAVAGE GEAR dealer." Frontier Sports features a complete and fully stocked Sporting Goods department and Bait Shop, Gas, Grocery, Deli and Gift Shop. Frontier Sports is an authorized LIVE TARGET and SAVAGE GEAR dealer. Frontier Sports 219-832-3901 or Email .
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New Video June 16, 2015 - Post-Spawn Crappies On The Little Nipper

Don't be disappointed when the Crappies wrap up their spawning run and disappear from shallow water cover. They might seem trucky to find, but searching along the lakes first breakline into deeper water will lead you to them. Join Jon Thelen and learn how to find them during post-spawn. Learn >> Post-Spawn Crappies On The Little Nipper

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 18, 2015 - Recovering From Turbulent Weather

On Lake Winnibigoshish, Walleye fishing presents some interesting dilemmas for anglers. For many, fishing mid lake structures; humps and bars that top off at 20 to 25 feet of water have provided lots of good fishing over the years.  The pursuit of Walleye in these open water areas suits their style of fishing and is their preference.
Fishing in these traditional summer peak areas will provide enough action to keep your fishing trip interesting, assuming that you enjoy catching and releasing large size fish.
On Tuesday, we spent most the day moving around the middle of the lake from one of the smaller humps and bars to another. With a couple of exceptions, every stop we made produced a fish or two, we even found an occasional spot that ... Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 18

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 17, 2015 - Doing the Doable Under Turbulent Conditions

Well, fishing in the Itasca area over the past few days has been interesting to say the least. We’ve been treated to weather that’s been too hot, too cold, to calm, and too windy all at the same time.
Somehow, through all of these screwy changes, we have still managed to catch some fish albeit not as many or as pretty as the ones we were looking for.
On Bowstring Lake last Friday, calm, hot weather produced the best fishing results we’ve had recently. When the surface temperature reached nearly 75° and the Algae bloom started getting thick, we were able to do our best work, catching keeper size fish.
I think that’s because we were able to work the baits slow enough to ... read >> Fishing Report June 17

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (6/16) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "Last weekend’s trip to Upper Red Lake found us working around the forecast. We wanted to go there in the worst way but strong southern breezes were predicted for the day. Throwing caution to the wind (yes, pun intended), the boat was launched out of Roger’s Resort and Campground, located on the south shore. Hopefully the winds would be blowing over our heads and we’d be able to enjoy the day.
Watching tree tops bending over on the way there, it was evident the weatherman was right. Putting in on the protected Shotley Brook access, located at the resort, a quick stop at Rogers’ headquarters was in order to pay our launch fee and to pick up minnows.
Walking out the door with a generous two scoops of chub minnows, I was told “go to the left and stay in 5’ of water” and that’s exactly what we did, fishing almost immediately after leaving the river. Where was everybody? It was odd that a late-morning departure would have us fishing almost alone out there.
The first fish came quickly. They were right. It’s so nice to get reliable information from a resort. Sometimes that doesn’t happen. It all depends on ...." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .
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image denotes link to bowen lodge Bowen Lodge, Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 15, 2015
“Walleyes, particularly large females are becoming well established on mid-lake structure. The lake's large, "Main Bars" have lots of fish on them and now the smaller humps are becoming populated with Walleye as well.
Working on a special TV project, one of our favorite fishing guides, Jeff "Cubby" Skelly teamed up with Gail Heig last week and between them, 15 or more Walleyes were boated.
Almost all of the fish they caught were larger females, within the protected slot size. That's to be expected when fishing this type of structure, especially during the early phases of the migration toward the lake's mid-section. For this event, catch, photo and release fish were just what the team needed, so they didn't worry about finding "eaters" this time.
Fish location was typical for this time of year, most of them located along the breaklines in 22 to 28 feet of water. The best presentation was somewhat unexpected, Skelly said: "The fish weren't too interested in rigging Leeches, but they really started thumping when we ..." >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 15, 2015
image of Gus' Place Logo (6/15) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "Recent warm weather has pumped up the surface temperature on the lake to near 70 degrees and we are changing bait presentations to go with the summer time conditions. Walleye fishermen are breaking out the spinners for their live baits as we watch fish start to go into deeper water 18-25 feet. Lindy rigged crawlers and leeches worked along the newly emerged weed lines are producing a good early morning bite.
The Crappie bite isn’t over till it’s over this year; anglers are still getting into nice fish when they find the schools. The Crappie bite is not an all-day event and you need to be in the right spot at the right time.
Perch and Northern Pike seem to still be holding shallower than the Walleye at 6 to 12 feet near their early season spots and both are very aggressive with anglers taking easy limits of both species of fish. Multi-species fishing on Ball Club Lake is excellent at this time...." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520
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image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/15) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "Another great week! We started out mostly fishing the north side of the lake but have stayed down close to home the last few days.
We are still anchoring and jigging but have done a lot more drifting with spinners the last few days. Leeches have started to provide good action. Shallow depths have provided a great number of large fish and eaters, along with some huge Northerns.
Last week finished with great weather, the week ahead is looking good too. Highs in the 70’s and low’s in the 50’s." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .
image of Larry Lashey with huge Walleye

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 14, 2015 - Cranking For Nocturnal Walleyes, Going Overboard or Going For Good Fun?

Jake Macken wrote; "I was wondering your opinion on fishermen trolling for walleyes at night utilizing crank-baits (e.g. Shad Raps). I know several fishermen that routinely use this technique to catch as many as 100 walleyes a night. My concern with this type of fishing is not only the routine harvesting of 18-24 walleyes a night, which I believe greatly exceeds the average harvest of standard techniques of fishermen utilizing more challenging methods of fishing for walleyes: jigging, lindy rig, etc., but the potentially high kill rate of fish that are caught and released. I truly question the ability of "The Lake" to handle this pressure and am absolutely confident, as word spreads of the effectiveness of this technique, could not handle the pressure of 10-20 boats using this method. The walleyes are just too vulnerable fishing this way and at this time of the night. I kind of see it as one step below netting fish." Question; "What are your thoughts? Thanks, Jake" ... Read Answer >> Fishing Report June 14, 2015

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (6/14) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The walleyes have definitely made their transition to the deeper structures. The best areas are the primary breaklines off of the shoreline. River Bar, Snag hole, Moxies hole, etc. There are loads
of shiner minnows on these breaklines and the fish have followed them.
Most of the fish caught continue to be the larger ones. We had a couple of 28" beauties caught this week. The smaller fish have still been elusive. Fish have been holding along the break when they are in the feeding mode, and on the deeper side when not as active. Jigs and larger minnows such as shiners, small suckers, and rainbows have worked well. That presentation will catch northerns and jumbo perch on this structure, as well. Leeches and night crawlers on Lindy type rigs are doing the trick, also. One thing to keep in mind, there is a lot of ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report June 14

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 13, 2015 - Walleyes Want Meat During Summer Peak

As sunshine warms the waters of area lakes, they become rich with food. Swimming critters of all shapes and sizes show up en masse to gulp down the bounty. Plankton, young minnows, hatching insects, you name it, if it's in the water, there's a fish that will eat it. More than a generation ago, In-Fisherman coined a phrase describing this as the "Summer Peak Period" and that's where we are right now.
Walleyes respond to the freshly established food chain much in the same way that we ... read >> Report June 13

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 8, 2015 - Good Advice Can Be Hard To Swallow

They say that knowledge is power, but I'm not so sure that I see it that way. For me, KNOWING anything is a really humbling experience. The reason I say that is because with knowledge, comes responsibility and with responsibility, comes humility. You may not think so, but there's a lot of responsibilty that comes with knowing about fish and how to catch them. I don't always like it either because I'm just like most folks, all I really want to do is catch a few fish and eat 'em. The problem is that if we do, we'll wreck our own sport, as a group, we've become so good at catching fish that we have no other choice except to ... read article >> Catching Bluegills During Spawning Season

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image of Larry Lashey with huge Walleye

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 12, 2015 - Tackling Clear Water Walleyes

I'm just home from a 3 day road trip to Park Rapids where I received another full set of fishing lessons and another dosage of Mother Nature's offbeat sense of humor.
Fishing for clear water Walleye on a bluebird day is not on my top 5 list of favorite circumstances. Luckily though, we were able produce some evidence that tackling clear water Walleye under bright blues skies isn't impossible, especially when you're creative.
In my opinion, the fishing was fairly good, even though that opinion is based on the quality size of the fish, not on the number of them that we caught. In fact, even on our best day, day 3, we boated only about 15 Walleye. That's a far cry from what this crew has been capable of producing, but it was still good enough to make the day feel like a success.
Even if it takes more effort to catch fish, there's a certain appeal to testing your skills on a gin clear lake. For me, watching a nice walleye coming up from the deep, in the super clear, sea green water makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Fishing these waters seldom ... Read >> Fishing Report June 12, 2015

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (6/9) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "A look at the caller ID revealed Keith Nelson, one of too many anglers that knows I am usually up and about at this time. He called to see if I wanted to go fishing, as someone else couldn’t make the trip and he was now going solo.
He pretty much made up my mind regarding where I was going to fish on this day. Living in Cloquet and wanting to try for crappie on Big Sandy Lake, he ...." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

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image denotes link to bowen lodge Bowen Lodge, Lake Winnie Cutfoot Sioux June 8, 2015
“Walleyes in the early phase of transition toward deep water are turning up on some of the large, main lake bars. It's a natural transition and if you think about it, an easy one to follow.
Walleye stick around in shallow water, feeding primarily on minnows until the food supply in deeper water develops. Once the table is set and the feast is laid out, these fish act a lot like they're on their way to grandma's house for a gigantic holiday meal.
Mayfly Larvae, Midge hatches and dozens of other microsopic critters attract the attention of tiny fish, and they in turn attract the attention of Walleye. It's just a matter of time before the fish follow their noses to the smorgasbord.
Walleyes are lazy though and they don't just pack their bags and make a bee line from the shore to the middle of the lake. Instead, they follow the ..." >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 8, 2015
image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (6/6) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The fishing has been slightly different than in years past. The walleyes are transitioning from the shallows to the deeper water. Fish are being caught on the secondary breaks in 12-15' of water before the main drop offs. They are also showing up on the main bars, as well. We have had a lot of bigger fish caught this past week. Most of the fish are in the 18-23" slot. There have been several "overs" caught. With the slot moving from 26" on the top end to 23", I am seeing many more larger fish brought in. Fish in the 23-25" range. You are allowed one of these in ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report June 6

Walleye Fishing Article, Learn How To Drop Shot Big Walleye - Tim Allard

A drop-shot presentation catches big walleyes. Yet, many anglers still haven’t tried it. Simple and versatile, a drop shot is easy to fish and will hook walleye relating to the bottom of lakes, rivers and reservoirs. The rig is a reliable finesse presentation for fussy ‘eyes, but it does more. A big bait on a drop shot appeals to aggressive fish. Spring to fall, walleye can rarely resist the vulnerable appeal of a drop shot whether it’s cast, drifted or fished vertically. Read Article >> How To Drop Shot Big Walleye

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 7, 2015 - Good Vibrations; Walleyes Get Tingly Over Stormy Weather

When Dick Slater arrived for our long overdue fishing reunion, the Arizona resident told his friend Lee Jameson and me that he wasn't going to be happy unless he wound up being cold and wet before we headed home. He just wanted to relive the days of being a Minnesota resident one more time. Little did we know, cold and wet was gonna make us all happy; in fact, it might have been what wound up saving our fishing trip.
I would love to have a dollar for every time someone has asked the question; "Walleyes bite better in the rain, don't they?" Most of the time, my answer would be have to be; "not necessarily". I do admit that on most days, I'd rather fish in the rain than under a bright, sunny sky, especially during mid-summer. But there are a lot of variables and sometimes just because it's raining, doesn't mean that the Walleyes will be in a hungry mood.
On the other hand, there are certain instances when conditions come together in such a way that force one to pay particular attention. That's what happened to us on Saturday when the fish served up a stunning example of how ... Read >> Fishing Report June 7

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 6, 2015 - Fun With Dick and Paul Day 5, Ending Happily In Grand Rapids!

After 4 days of fairly intense fishing, a visit to Grand Rapids' Pokegama Lake helped wrap the 2015 spring road trip on a more relaxing note. With "the eating fish" already wrapped up and frozen for the trip home, Largemouth Bass would be responsible for providing the entertainment on Dick and Paul's last day in the Itasca area. After a bit of hide and go seek the lake provided just what we ... read>> Fishing Report June 6, 2015

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 5, 2015 - Fun With Dick and Paul Day 4, Timing The Time-able

They say that timing is everything and I really believe that. The problem is that sometimes the only way to prove it is when you experience a case of "bad timing". We didn't show up too late, we showed up too early. Fishing on one of Grand Rapids most beautiful clear water lakes, we found a uniform 60 degree surface temperature at every spot we stopped. The Grey skies and calm seas should have helped make catching Smallmouth Bass a fairly easy job, today ... Read >> Fishing Report June 5, 2015

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A (6/5) James Friedrichs wrote; "Hey Jeff here's a good question for you but probably one you've tackled before. Why are we so quick to put our ice-fishing jigs away when we move into the open-water fishing season? Reading your article today on the crappies and seeing your pink jig under the slip bobber made me think about it. Why not a foo-flyer, frostee, or a rattl'n flyer? So do you ever get your ice fishing tackle box in the boat with you and what are your thoughts on that?"
A) James, first of all, I love the pun and Yes, I do ... Read Answer >> Ice Tackle For Open Water
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New Video June 2, 2015 - Upper Red Lake Walleyes

One of the hottest springtime Walleye bites is on right now at Upper Red Lake. Jon Thelen is there and he's got some advice; "Don't be shy about using crankbaits to catch Walleye during the spring season".
The spawn is over, the fish have recovered and there's only one thing left to do; EAT! Join Jon Thelen and learn how to Catch Red Lake Walleyes On The River Rocker

image denotes link to wired 2 fish Smallmouth Bass In Zebra Mussel Infested Waters

Some see Zebra Mussels as a plague on a fishery because it changes how bass behave, but savvy anglers have adapted to the conditions and can put you on a lot of big smallies with these tips
Zebra mussels are found in many smallmouth waterways within the U.S. and Canada. Anglers fishing lakes with established zebra mussel populations typically encounter clear water and ... Read >> Zebra Mussel Smallies

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 4, 2015 - A Crappie Day With Dick and Paul

Fun with Dick and Paul, Day 3, was just a little bit too easy. It was oned of those times when my little voice offered good advice and I followed it. Luckily, I don't mind admitting that I Am Lucky!
Before I left the house on Wednesday, I would have bet you a Walleye dinner that we'd be heading for Leech Lake again. But when I arrived at Fred's to pick 'em up, the wind didn't feel right, it was just too calm.
I'm not sure what happened, but along the way to alternative plan B, I just took and un-expected turn, something told me that we should take a whirl at the Crappies; I'm glad that I did.
It wasn't totally unexpected, I'd gotten a good Crappie fishing report on Tuesday from a friend, he'd done well on another lake. So I had Crappies on the brain anyway and I hoped that maybe we'd be able to find 'em on Lake ... read >> Fishing Report June 4, 2015

image of Jeff Sundin with big Crappie
image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A (6/4) Andy Bice wrote; "Hi Jeff, headed up to the Northland today for my yearly fishing trip with my dad.  We stay in Grand Rapids and usually fish the lakes around town (Poke, Deer, Trout).  Of those 3 lakes, do you think we should target one over another?   Any idea what depth we should target?   since those lakes are clear, i was thinking anywhere from 7-25, depending on how high the sun is, sound about right to you?   Appreciate any help you can provide. Read >> Fishing Grand Rapids Big 3 Clearwater Lakes

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 3, 2015 - Rockin' and Rollin' on Leech Lake

Fun with Dick and Paul, Day 2 had its ups and downs, literally!
You may recall Monday's report in which I said that I'd be waiting for good fishing conditions before I'd re-visit Leech Lake. Well on Tuesday, the wind was blowing, the sky was Grey and the whitecaps were capping; conditions were good. Especially after we swallowed hard and took the decision to risk toughing it out on the windy side of the lake.
The surface temperature over most of Portage Bay was 61-62 degrees and did not vary throughout the day. The wind, South Southeast at 10 to 15 MPH was blowing slightly off of the eastern shoreline. There was enough wind for a fairly good drift, and to a degree, that made the fish cooperative. My only problem is that we kept finding small schools of fish that provided short-lived spurts of action, followed by significant lulls. So the question was; if I headed for the windy side of the bay, would I be ... read >> Fishing Report June 3, 2015

image of Jeff Sundin holding big Walleye

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 2, 2015 - Fun With Dick and Paul 2015 Day 1

The first movie quote that comes to mind is; "Honey ... the Griswold’s are here". That's because whenever Dick and Paul show up, it means that 5 days of general silliness is about to ensue; day 1 was a step in that direction.
For us, the fishing report from Monday is a good one, there were a lot of fish boated and despite a significant shortage of legal, "eater size fish", we did manage to wade through enough "slot-fish" to produce a good fish fry at the Outpost.
Luckily, 5 days of fishing is plenty of time to gather fish for their trip home, even if we do only capture a few for the freezer each day.
Surface water was given a thorough mixing by a strong south wind, so I'm confident that the 62 degree surface temperature is a solid reflection of the ... read >> Fishing Report June 2, 2015

image of Walleye caught with crankbait image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (6/2) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "While we were waiting for Tom to show up at the public access on the Tamarac River, Justin cast out from the dock and popped a nice fat 19" walleye on the first cast using a jig and plastic. That will always give an angler great expectations for the day.
We like to try different presentations when visiting Red Lake as practically everything will work. We started out trolling cranks and caught walleye. Switching to jigs and minnows we caught walleye. Switching to jigs and plastics produced walleye. Trolling spinners produced walleye. What a lake! The lake's full of surprises and one of them was a ...." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 1, 2015 - Leech Lake Fishing Report; Nothing Lasts Forever

For most of the past 3 weeks, Leech Lake has been the most reliable game in the Itasca Area. On Sunday though, it showed us signs of a tapering off; a return to more typical patterns for the early summer period.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't say that the fish weren't biting, only that the action is becoming more dependent on favorable weather conditions.
That's nothing new for folks who fish Leech a lot; we all know that the classic Walleye chop is what makes the fish really start chomping. But when the sun comes out and the lake goes flat, Walleyes can get the idea to zzz...
That's how the day went for us on Sunday, when the conditions were favorable, I was able to locate fish, we managed to get them to strike and we even landed some of them. But somewhere around 2:00 PM, the breeze calmed, the sky became bright and from then on, I ... Read >> Fishing Report June 1, 2015

image of Bob Baird holding Walleye on Leech Lake
image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (5/31) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The walleye fishing has really picked up this past few days. The wind picked up and the fish moved into the shallow water. Jigs and shiners and lindy rigs with leeches have been the preferred baits. The west side has produced fish along the entire shore. The key is being at the right place at the right time. Many keeper size fish have been caught. There are still a lot of fish in the protected 18-23" slot being caught. There have also been some caught above the slot. Dorvin Amundson from Edina boated a 27" beauty.
The forecast is for some wind this upcoming week, so the fish should continue to bite.
Perch are starting to find the crayfish. They have been running much larger these past few days. Shallow water from 3-10' with fathead minnows will get you a nice bunch of fish.
Northerns continue to be caught along with the walleyes. I haven't heard of anyone fishing with artificial baits yet, most of the fish have been on jigs and shiners.
We have openings for the next couple weeks. The fishing should be as good as it will be all year for walleyes. You will also catch perch
and northerns, as well. Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231
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image of Gus' Place Logo (May 30) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "Lake levels have improved, but we are still low for this time of year. Boat launching and lake access is not a problem. Surface water temperature is in the low 60s’
We have a good bite for all species is 8 to 12 feet.
Crappies are hitting a variety of baits, jigs & twister tails, Meps, Panther Martins and live minnows & bobbers. Most of the action is on the South end of the lake.
Walleye are also hitting live bait presentations on jigs or slip bobbers. Nice 10 inch Perch are running 6-8 feet along the shoreline. The minnow dealers are telling me that the Ball Club Lake Shiners have not yet started their run. This is a really great time of year to get out on the lake." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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Bowen Lodge, Lake Winnie Cutfoot Sioux May 28
“Bigger Smiles through Mixed Bag Fishing” has been the theme of the week on Lake Winnie. Surface temperatures have found their way into the low 60 degree neighborhood and the food chain is blossoming because of it.
For folks who enjoy a great fish fry at the end of their fishin’ day, there’s no excuse to return to port with an empty creel. That’s because Perch, Pike, and Walleyes have joined forces, teaming up against massive schools of small baitfish that are inhabiting the weed patches found along the breakline on the North and west sides of the big lake.
Fishermen from the resort are reporting excellent catches of Perch ranging anywhere in size from 8 to 12 inches. When it comes to finding jumbos, some of our guests are doing better than others, but everyone agrees that there are a ton of Perch working that area right now. Northern Pike are there in big numbers too, most of them ranging in size from ... Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report May 28

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 30, 2015 - "Bass On The Rocks"

Remember the old Neil Diamond tune? Bass on the rocks, ain’t no big surprise, happens a lot while you’re fishing walleyes …
The familiar spring fishing pattern, Walleye deep, Smallmouth shallow, has emerged. For anglers who like the idea of combining sport fishing with more sport fishing, the next couple of weeks will be prime time.
It’s safe to say that Smallmouth Bass are getting serious about spawning. That’s because even though a cold front sent temperatures into the 30’s on Saturday morning, the fish refused to vacate their chilly, shallow water haunts.
In the super clear water, it was easy for us to see fish milling around rocks in water depths ranging from 4 to 8 feet of water. Some of the fish were fanning beds, some of them ... Read >> Fishing Report May 31, 2015

image of Bob and Bonnie Baird with a pair of Smallmouth Bass

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 30, 2015 - "I Don't Think We're In Kansas Anymore Papa"

Okay, so you've done some fishing; you're Grandpas fishing pal and you've spent many an hour tagging along. Most of the time, the game plan has been hoofin' it to one of the family's favorite farm ponds; maybe the river bank sometimes, but never fishing from a boat.
All of those stories Grandpa tells about fishing in Minnesota sure make it sound fun though, trolling around the lake, catching fish left and right, big ones and yummy ones too!
Guess What? This year I get to go along. Just imagine, my first time ever fishing from a boat and Oh Boy! And when we get there, we're gonna ....
... Be looking at Whitecaps, driven across the lake by a cold Northwest wind. Then some big, goofy guy is gonna come along and say, rain, what rain? Don’t worry, it's all gonna be fine, just hop in boys, here we go!
Hmm ... I could imagine him thinking to himself; "Papa, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore".
I have to admit, that's not exactly how Cade's first fishing trip to Minnesota started, but it is ... Read >> Fishing Report May 30, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 28, 2015 - Sneaking a Peek At Summer Peak, It's Sneeking In

Even now, when the jig and minnow action in shallow water remains hot and heavy, casting an eye toward deep water is a good idea. Insect hatches are emerging in shallow water and on Wednesday, we experienced one of those peak fishing trips. You know; the kind where everything goes right and the fishing gets almost too easy.
For me, every time something like this happens, it is the signal that there's a massive movement in the near future. In the past, I've written about the fall turnover and how there's usually one or two of these magic days, just before the lakes turn over.
These “Magic Days” occur in the spring too, except that this migration isn't related to the turnover, it's all about food, Mayflies in particular.
Hatches of Midge, those Mosquito looking slow flying bugs that don't have beaks, aka Penny Becker's "Stupid Bugs" are going on right now. So are hatches of other small critters, ones that I can't even begin to identify. That indicates to me that soon, Mayflies will begin emerging too.
But before we ever see the first adult Mayfly flying off of the lakes surface, Walleye and other fish have already found them and are gorging on them. In their nearly mature, but still larval form, they percolate on the bottom of the lake.  Just before their eventual rise to the top, they ... Read >> Fishing Report May 28

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 27, 2015 - Turning Up The Heat, WOW!

Surface temperatures of 75 degrees on May 26 sound incredible, but that's what we found this Tuesday. In terms of warming, this small, dark water lake was a week or more ahead of other lakes I've been fishing.
Maybe you've noticed this phenomenon too, lakes where water levels were the lowest, are now warming rapidly as water from small feeder creeks and rivers trickles.
The water is darker than usual too; the rich root beer color is caused by Tannic Acid leeching into the water from woody bogs and as far as Walleyes are concerned, it is very good. How Good? Read >> Fishing Report may 27

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (5/27) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The fishing has definitely picked up this past weekend. Walleyes, northerns, perch, and even crappies were caught in good numbers. Despite calm water all weekend, fishermen were able to find and catch a good number of fish.
The walleyes that were caught were mostly in the 18-23" slot. Jigs and shiners were the preferred method of catching these fish. Some leeches were also used on bare hooks and catching fish, as well. Depths varied from 8' in low light conditions to 17' in the middle of the day.
Northerns are right in with the walleyes and have been a great addition to ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 26, 2015 - Memorial Day In The Northland

For most, Memorial Day Weekend was a great time to visit the Itasca Area. The weather was good, fishing was good and the rainy Monday even helped ease the loneliness of leaving the lakes for drive home.
Walleye and Crappie were the focus of attention for most anglers and semi-cooperative would be a good description for what most of us found.
For me, Walleye were active enough to catch, but locating them was like taking my final exam on Geography. The more spots we fished, the more fish we caught, there was never a big school of fish that we could work on all day, but we picked up a couple at every stop. The good news is that ... Read >> Fishing Report May 26

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 23, 2015 - Warming The Warmable

It's amazing what a few days of stable weather can do for fishing. It's not amazing at all, what a warm day on the lake can do to raise one's spirits.
For today, 74 degrees, a light South wind and the Sunny Side IS Up; Wow! I hope that you are the lucky one who gets to spend today on the lake. No matter what, wherever you are, have a fantastic day on this glorious Memorial Day Weekend. OH by the way, don't forget to remember ... >> More

image of Jacob and Zachary Krug landing a walleye
image denotes link to Bowen Lodge Fishing Report May 22, 2015 - Water Conditions on Both Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux have improved tremendously since the fishing season began. A side effect caused by the influx of rain, was that our water temperatures took a dramatic dip. Finally, after almost two weeks, surface temperatures have risen back into more productive territory, pushing toward the 60 degree mark.
On Thursday, temperatures over most of the main portion of Cutfoot Sioux ranged between 56 to 58 degrees. In protected, shallow areas, temperatures exceeded 60 degrees, which helped produce improved shallow water action on Cutfoot Sioux.
Walleyes caught in water depths of 5 to 7 feet, were shallower than we expect to find them in Cutfoot, but apparently that's where they wanted to be. More than likely, it's because there are millions of tiny, minnow fry swimming near the warmer, shoreline water. The tiny minnows were so thick that they could easily be sampled with a minnow net. This gigantic hatch has already helped establish a healthy food chain and by yesterday afternoon, they had attracted the attention of ... Read >> Bowen's Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux Report

image denotes link to fish rapper article (5/22) From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort says; ."Water is up about 7 inches. Walleye and perch bite is good. The rock pile is giving up a lot of nice walleyes and perch in 8 to 13 feet on a jig and minnow or leech. My customers have had the best luck on green. A few crappies suspended in 18 foot of water were caught down on the south end of the lake. And the northerns are still biting everywhere." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort, 218-832-3101

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 21, 2015 - Water, Water and More Good News About Water

Questions like the ones that came in by email yesterday, reflect concerns about water conditions in the Itasca Area. Luckily, I think that there's good news for anglers who have their sights set on Northern Minnesota lakes this Memorial Day Weekend.
Water temperatures are on the rise, water levels are on the rise and the expectations of productive fishing are on the rise too.
Ross Gunderson asks; "My question is that usually the cold water is great for eyes (especially fall) but right now you're saying it’s just too cold. With warmer temps in the near future, does that get the minnows going and actually bring the fish in shallower chasing shiners? So should I be focusing shallow this weekend?
A) Ross, this is a tremendous question. In fact, it's so good that I could easily spend hours working on a proper answer that covers all of the bases. In the interest of time, I'll start by saying that for Walleye fishermen, cooling temperatures in the fall do encourage Walleye to feed more heavily in preparation for winter. But even in the fall, there's a limit, a moment when the temperature gets cool enough to make the Walleye ... Read >> Cold Water Walleye Fishing

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 20, 2015 - Recovering The Recoverable

On Tuesday, the sunshine was doing it's best to bring surface temperatures back into productive fishing territory, but the process was slow. At 51.5 degrees, Walleye action during the morning was very sluggish. There were some takers, but the production was limited to to scattered single fish, literally appearing one at each spot, as we began our rotation around the lake. Most of the fish that we were catching ranged between 20 and 22 inches; the protected slot regulation was ... Read >> Fishing Report May 20, 2015

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (5/19) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The fishing this past week was as difficult as the weather! The water temperature dropped eight degrees from Opening Day until today. It rained every day, which normally would put me in a foul mood, but watching the water level rise made me happy. There were fish caught, however.
Most of the fishermen caught enough of a mixed bag of walleyes, northerns, and perch to have a nice meal at the end of each day. The walleyes are scattered with the colder temperatures. They are being caught in ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report .
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image of Greg Clusiau with Large Bass image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (5/19) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "Water temperatures have dropped as much as 10º on several lakes that I have been fishing and most of the time I have been chasing panfish, which have vacated the shallows and dropped back into deeper, more comfortable waters.
You can still catch these deep fish but it does take a little detective work and many times it’s not so easy to find them. I usually just wait until it warms up, making catching them a lot more predictable.
Using an electric bow mount trolling motor, I stand up and check out ...." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

A Cast to the Other Bass; Overlooked and underappreciated, white bass are a blast! - By Mitch Eeagan

You’d be hard-pressed to find an avid angler who doesn’t recognize bass as the most sought-after sport fish in North America. We all have our favorite fish, but statistics prove that bass are #1.
Overlooked and underappreciated, however, is a bass of a different color. Its DNA differs from the most popular, yet the species roams a majority of waterways throughout the lands. I’m talkin’ white bass.... And they are a blast to catch. Read About >> Fishing For White Bass, The Other White Meat

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image denotes fishing question from reader A Question From Rich Spiczka who asked; "Good day Jeff.  Love your fishing reports.  We used to stay at Williams Narrows every summer when I was a kid; I miss that place.
I have been checking in on your reports and in your most recent report, I think you mentioned Water temps in the 55 degree range. How long do you think it takes it to get up to 60s? 
We will be in the Cass Lake/Blackduck area this weekend and are hopeful we can find some Crappies/Bluegills in their spawning habitat.  It has been a few years since we have hit it right and we were hopeful with the early spring, but the weather recently has been an adventure. Read Answer >> Rebounding Surface Temperatures?
image denotes link to fish rapper article (5/18) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "We had another full house this weekend with most people fishing on their own. There were many slot fish being caught this past week. Some anglers found some nice keeper fish while others hit pockets of small fish and slot fish. Most anglers stayed south fishing just outside the Gap in 19-26 feet. The action in the river has been intermittent, early mornings and late evenings seem best.
3/8 jigs are doing the job. Pink and white have been really popular colors this past week!
We are seeing a typical spring forecast for the week ahead. Cooler nights with cool days seem to be overcast with some rain, cooler nights with warmer days typically have more thunderstorms towards evening." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 17, 2015 - Welcome To Minnesota, Land Of The Wet Drought

For somebody who's technically still caught up in a drought, I sure do feel awfully wet. If you've been out on the lakes, I'll be that you do too and for the next 12 hours, we all better ENJOY IT! That's because tomorrow's high temperature is gonna be 15 degrees colder than this morning's low temperature. For me, rain and 70 degrees looks pretty darn good, especially after spending most of a week fishing in rain and 40 degrees.
For me, there isn't much choice, my crew is here for 2 days and if we're gonna catch anything, we're gonna have to do it with crummy weather. I'm guessing that I won't be seeing you on the water today, but don't worry, I'll be thinking about you and whatever happens, you will know!
The Good News is that when you ... Read >> Fishing Report May 17, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 16, 2015 - Leech Lake Fishing, Taming the Tame-able!

After 3 days of watching the surface temperatures dropping, it was good to see a modest increase. Beginning the day with 52 degrees, we watched it creep up, 1/10 of a degree at a time and by 5:30 PM, it had reached 53 degrees. By then, sunshine was taking control of the sky, so there may have been further warming during the early evening too.
I don't think that most folks caught a lot of fish on Friday, but I don't think that most of them got skunked either. It was a tricky bite, the water was cold, the seas were too calm and staking out one’s own stretch of territory was out of the question. That said, there were fish to be had and for persistent anglers, it was probably a decent day.
We had to work at getting our ... wait; I mean that I and Don Hook had to work at getting our fish. But on Friday, Mark Huelse had the Golden Horse Shoe tucked away in his coat pocket. I sort of lost track, but I think that he caught a half dozen big girls ranging in size from ... Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Report May 16

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 15, 2015 - Walleye Information Super Highway, Limit 50? Explaining the Explainable?

At this time of the season, it's really not that unusual for an individual lake to be "turned off", sometimes the water just needs to warm up before fish become active. What was unusual is that the other half of our fishing party was off in a completely different direction with another guide and he was on Fish Lake, one of his favorite Walleye producers. The same thing happened over there, plenty of Pike, but the Walleyes? they were in lock down over there too.
The only thing that the two lakes appeared to have in common was ... read >> Fishing Report May 15

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 14, 2015 - The Chilly Bones, Dripping Wet, 5 Extra Fish Fishing Report

After spending a chilly, wet morning on Leech Lake, we could see light bulbs glowing over the heads of most anglers within our view. Lots of them were having the same idea at the same time; "let's get the heck out of here". By 1:00 PM, the landing at federal dam looked something like the entrance ramp to southbound Hwy 35. Everyone heading for home, even our crews, most of them anyway, were willing to settle for a modest morning catch, rather than going back out onto the water for round 2.
Except for Mark; "I wouldn't mind going back out for a ... read >> Fishing Report May 14

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Video - Second Chance For A Crappie Fishing Do-Over?

Knowing the right spot will definitely help you catch more spring Crappies. YES, and it's gonna be DejaVu all over again for Crappie fishermen in Northern Minnesota. Just as Crappies began moving into the shallows, a cold fron slipped in causing 5 degree temperature drop, pushing them back to the breaklines. They'll be back as the weather warms and guess what? This video will help put you right over ... >> Grand Rapids, Pre-Spawn Crappies .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 13, 2015 - Leech Lake Walleye Fishing Report

Good Luck is exactly what transformed a slow day into a “going home with a 3 man limit day”. What happened? Well during the midafternoon, the sleet dried up, the sun came out and temperatures moderated. The effects were not immediate, but the sun kept working its magic and by 3:30 PM we were observing 53 to 54° surface water temperatures again. Just when I had resolved myself to be satisfied with a less than stellar performance, fish begin to ... Read >> Leech Lake Walleye Fishing Report

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (5/12) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "This year’s Governor’s Fishing Opener had a small group of us spending the weekend in the backwoods of Itasca County. The A-frame, a family built cabin now owned by my brother Bruce, would be base camp for this long awaited Minnesota “holiday.”
The “official” first fish of the new season was caught by me, a chunky little largemouth bass, which was promptly photo’d and released. Bruce put the first walleye in the boat. That one entered the live well for an evening fish fry. Picking away, we headed back to the cabin with 3 walleye and 3 northern pike. Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

image of fish tightly schooled on graph "Cleaning Up Your Fish Finders Image" - I've been talking electronics a lot with anglers the last month or so, and I am learning that a lot of fishermen have anxiety when it comes to how to use electronics when fishing. Maybe anxiety is not the right word, but they are just overwhelmed with all the settings, so they end up doing nothing except turning the graphs on and off.
Luckily for anglers, the technology is so good in fishing depth finders and chart plotters today that they work really well out of the box. But they work a whole lot better if you make a few changes to your settings to get a clear picture. Read Story >> CLEAN UP YOUR FISH FINDER'S IMAGE
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 12, 2015 - Northern Minnesota Walleye Fishing

Monday was one of those "hunker down and get 'er done" days. Air temperatures in the low 40's, light rain and breezy conditions made tying knots and taking pictures a little tricky, but in spite of the cold front, Walleyes remained fairly active, allowing us to capture our limit of nice fish in the 16 to 19 inch range. We did not catch a single fish over 20 inches, making me think that the males are actively feeding while females ... Read >> Fishing Report May 12, 2015

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Fishing Report May 11, 2015 - Minnesota Fishing, Opening Weekend Reports!

image of Gus' Place Logo (5/11) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "This year’s opener weekend was the best opener in two years. The primary reason is that this Spring the lake didn’t have ice drifting from shore to shore and we could actually get out on the water !
Surface water temp on Ball Club is already in the low 50’s. I was a little surprised that the lake was that warm and it explains the nice Crappie several new customers brought in over the weekend. Crappie were suspended in 24 feet and willing to take minnows on slip bobbers.
Our Guests reported in with impressive mixed bags, Walleye, Perch, Crappie and many nice Northerns. Some of the Northerns are still carrying eggs.
The head count per species seemed to be about equal and it just depended on your presentation and the fish you were targeting. Warm weather will improve the fishing every day.
Fishermen, Resort Owners, Tackle & Bait shop Owners and any of us who just love to go out boating are all talking about the low water on ... read >> - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 10, 2015 - Minnesota Fishing, Opening Day Report!

"Later, during the afternoon, temperatures warmed and the fishing action on Winnibigoshish picked up. There were limits, and near limits of fish taken on both the east and west sides of the lake. The west shoreline near Raven's Point received the most glowing reports, Tamarack Point, The Rock Pile and Stony Point got good reviews too and for me, staying inside Cutfoot Sioux was rewarding.
Leech Lake was mentioned more than once as North Central Minnesota's "Hot Bite" for the opener. One of the Grand Rapids area guides reported that he ... Read >> Minnesota Fishing Opener Report

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Lake Winnie, Four Seasons Resort; "Opening Day, we were greeted by calm winds and colder than expected temperatures. The boats went out early, some as early as 5 a.m. The fishing in the a.m. was very slow. Some fish were caught, but they were very scattered. The afternoon found clearing skies which caused the fish to congregate a little better.
We had some good catches come off of the NW corner of the lake. Depths of 10-13' with a jig and shiner as bait was the best bet today.
I saw several fish kept due to the new slot regulation. These fish were in the 17-18" range which in the past 15 years would have been put back. I didn't see any fish over 23" kept. They would have been allowed with the new slot, but most fishermen that I talked to still returned them to the lake.
The northerns were active, as well. This combined with the walleyes allowed most boats to bring in enough fish for a nice fresh fish dinner today. Some perch were caught, but most reported them to be on the small side. All in all, it was a very good opener. Of course, if you compare it to the past three openers, it was a great opening"! Joe Thompson Four Seasons Resort

image links to Reed Ylitalo (5/11) From the Grand Rapids Area, Reed Ylitalo wrote; "The honey do list had me strapped to stay and fish local in the Grand Rapids area which was just fine with the poor weather. I did miss going to my favorite open day lake (cut foot, Winnie) but I just stayed local few miles south of Grand Rapids. Being that I was ... Read >> Grand Rapids Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 8, 2015 - Minnesota Fishing In Techni-Color!

What does the 2015 Minnesota Fishing Opener have in common with the colors Green, Yellow and Purple? Have an idea?
Well, on a very short walk around my own property I can see the Green of fresh Asparagus sprouts, The Yellow of Marsh Marigolds and early blooming, Purple Lilacs. That might not sound like any big deal at first, but when these appearances culminate in unison with the Walleye opener, it means that the outdoorsmans dream supper could be on my very near future. How about fresh Walleye, fresh picked Asparagus and fresh Morel Mushrooms for dinner tomorrow night? M..M..M..
The appearnce of the Marsh Marigolds means that Morel Mushrooms are probably popping their little heads up too and the rain we received yesterday is liable to encourage them even more. The Asparagus, well that's easy because it's up already and all I have to so is pick it. The Walleye? Well even if I can't catch one tomorrow, the Lilacs are blooming and that means that I can ... read >> Fishing Opener Outlook May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015 - Water Conditions on Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux are low, that's no secret. There's help for fishermen with problematic rigs like fiberglass boats on bunk trailers; "Our docks are in place, water conditions at our boat ramp are adequate and I'll be in my chest waders all day long to help out".
We're probably not going to be able to help fishermen with really big, cuddy cabin type rigs. But for most of the common fishing boats, even big ones, we have enough water at our marina to get you onto the water for the Walleye fishing opener this Saturday.
There's plenty of parking, we've got gas, bait and supplies, plus we're just a stones throw away from some of the best Walleye fishing in Minnesota. Come on out and let us give you hand this weekend.
The outlook for fishing this weekend is looking great. Walleyes have had well over a week to recover since their spawning run and we're expecting that there will be lots of structures holding active fish. We think that means it's going to be easier for fishermen to seek out their own schools of active fish this weekend.
At the same time, Crappies are moving toward their ... Read >> Bowen's Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux Report

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image denotes question from reader A Field Report From James Fitzgerald; (5/8) "Enjoy reading your posts and I have some information to share straight from the fisheries in Grand Rapids".
"Hi James, you are right that water is low on Winnie this spring. I was at the Third River access on Tuesday. The access had enough water to launch medium size boats but I didn’t travel on the flowage. The biggest problem for navigation would be from wild rice and some stray logs that seem to move every year. The Birches, Tamarack Point, Richards Townsite, and West Winnie accesses are very shallow and the average boat these days will be difficult to launch. The Plug Hat access had enough water to launch a boat but water in the bay may be too shallow to float much longer than 16 feet. The Mosomo and Little Cut Foot accesses had plenty of water to launch a boat. Hope this helps". - James Fitzgerald
image of Gus' Place Logo (5/8) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake Pre-Season Conditions Report; "Lake levels are low, but stable. We have made a few boat ramp repairs and the harbor still has enough water to float a boat and we have the channel marked to the deep water. Conditions are far from ideal, but we will be launching and fishing the Opener.
Good Luck everyone, both fishermen & other resort owners. ... Read Full Report >> Gus' Place, Ball Club Lake Pre-Season Conditions Report
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 7, 2015 - "Whatever Floats Your Boat!"

The familiar expression "Whatever floats your boat" will have a whole new meaning for Minnesota anglers this weekend. The grip of this spring drought isn't going to loosen in time for the opener and that means more people cramming into fewer boat landings. The inevitable longer lines at the better boat ramps will strain the infrastructure and will likely create a few clust... well, you know.
I KNOW; it's natural to become impatient, especially when you're looking forward to doing something really fun. But this Saturday, we're gonna have to all pitch in, rise above our human weakness, as our patience is put to the test more than usual.
The best way that we all can help is to focus on having our own rigs ready for action when our turn to launch comes up. Before I leave home on Saturday, I'm gonna read >> Fishing Report May 7, 2015

image of Leopard Frog image of Gus' Place Logo (5/5) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake Pre-Season Conditions Report; "The Fishing Opener the last two years has had problems with ice on the lakes. Last year was near record high water levels. This year it has been well announced (even by the State) we are now in a so called “severe” drought. The radical swing in conditions does make a person wonder what is going on with the weather, but let’s not go into any political weather debates. I agree with Jeff Sundin that Nature will find the right balance and take care of things (as long as it is able). I am not sure Jeff will print all I have to say about the low water conditions, because I strongly believe that ... Read Full Report >> Gus' Place, Ball Club Lake Pre-Season Conditions Report
image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (5/5) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "It’s finally here. The Minnesota general fishing opener gets underway this weekend, beginning midnight Friday night. Let the games begin!
At least the weather looks to be superb for this highly celebrated event, much better than years past, and thanks to an early spring I am predicting some very good fishing for those that are anxiously looking forward to a fresh fish dinner. Panfish are just starting to get going in the ..." >> Read Greg's Full Report .
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 5, 2015 - Defending Yourself Against Low Water For The Opener?

The most commonly asked question in my inbox right now is; "Can I get my boat onto Bowstring Lake for the opener this weekend?" The answer is pretty much the same for everyone, so forgive me for not listing each one of your comments seperately.
A) All of the accesses on Bowstring Lake have very low water conditions and if you have a bunk type trailer under your boat, you are going to face serious challenges getting it launched on Bowstring. If you have a good roller type trailer, a boat with a fairly shallow draft and don't mind hand winching your boat onto your trailer, then you can probably fish there this weekend, it won't be handy, but it is doable.
Most of the landings in the Itasca Area are plagued with the same low water conditions, so or fishermen with larger boats, especially the ones that rest atop bunk trailers, your best bet will be to ... >> Read Fishing Report May 5

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 4, 2015 - Emerging Green Weeds Hold Secret To Early Season Crappies

At first, the shoreline didn't look good for us, but we could see another fishing party; they were fishing the same weedline, and they were catching fish. That bolstered our confidence, but we were frustrated at first. Using light weight jigs, a variety of live and artificial baits; we couldn’t get fish to strike. Apparently, this particular school of fish didn’t like any presentation that forced them to move out of the cover. But there was something that they did like and once we ... >> Read Fishing Report May 4

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NEW Fish ED Episode May 3, 2015

Walleyes are on the menu for Jon Thelen and Jason Muche who teamed up to produce this week's brand new episode of Fish ED.
Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago Walleyes are on the move, heading toward the main lake. Fishing on reefs located near the shoreline, Jon and Jason dialed in the pattern using slip bobbers and leeches.
Watch the video >> Lake Winnebago Slip Bobber Walleyes

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 2, 2015 - Shallow Water Panfish Springing Into Action

After trolling over a mid-lake, 30 foot hole, scanning for signs of Crappies, we found little evidence that there were still fish out there. Hoping to find signs of life in shallow water, I moved to the shoreline for a look and guess what? Surface temperatures had already risen above 60 degrees and the shallow water was inhabited by small numbers of early arriving Sunfish.
In the shallow, bright water, the fish were definitely in the mood to ... >> Read Fishing Report May 2

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 1, 2015 - Big Bucks For Bait, Fair? Honest? Who Knows?

Yesterday, I wrote a little bit about the availability of bait (See Report April 30) for the Minnesota Walleye opener. Those comments illicted comments and a question from a friend, Tom (witheld) by email; "Jeff, I agree with much of what you said, and people that are rude at the bait shops should be ashamed.
There's another party that should also be ashamed, and that's the bait shop owners that have chosen to take the opportunity to overcharge and gouge the public. Upwards of $40 a quart for shiners is ridiculous! Why can't they just charge a fair and honest price? - Tom
A) Tom, I know what you mean; I remember when Shiners were $6.00/quart, easy to come by and nobody ever worried about getting 'em. I don't enjoy paying big bucks for minnows either and I sure wish we could go back to those days, but ... read answer >> Big Bucks For Bait, Fair? Honest? Who Knows?

May 1, 2015 - Conditions on Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux were calm, even sleepy looking this Thursday. The low water conditions, light breeze and calm surface glistened like mirrors.
Fishing conditions at Bowen Lodge are going to be an interesting departure from what we've experienced the past few years. In spite of the low water, we're in for what promises to be a much more typical opening day fishing scenario this year.
The Walleye spawning run into Little Cutfoot is already over, the MN DNR Walleye Egg Harvest was already completely wrapped up 9 days ago and most of the female fish have dropped their eggs, recovered and are likely heading back toward the big lake already.
On opening day, Cutfoot Sioux will certainly still host some fish, lingering after the spawn. But we think that the odds will favor anglers who set their sights on fishing the main breaklines on Lake Winnibigoshish.
Whether you prefer to fish with jigs, Lindy Rigs or even slip bobbers, most of the typical early season presentations include minnows. This year, Shiner Minnows will be ... Read >> Bowen Lodge, Lake Winnie Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Minnesota's Walleye Opener, Low Water Drama At Boat Ramps?

It seems like we never arrive at the fishing opener without first encountering some drama and this year is no exception. Instead of living on pins and needles about whether the ice will be out in time for opening day, this season's focus will be on low water conditions.
So far I've been faithful to my notion that Mother Nature always produces an equalizer, but whether or not we can get our boats onto Walleye waters this opener is becoming a bigger question each day. ... Read Report

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Resource recycling: It’s important in Walleye fishing, too - Brad Parsons

"Most anglers I know enjoy a cold beverage after a busy day on the water. And whether that beverage comes in plastic, glass or aluminum, they also know the importance of recycling the container to conserve resources.
But “resource recycling” is important while actually fishing, too. With catch-and-release increasingly common, anglers should know the right way to practice it so the fish can swim off and live to grow bigger and be caught another day. That’s especially important on lakes with ... Read Full Story >> Fishing Resource Recycling

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 30, 2015 - Shiners On Hand For Walleye Opener, So What?

For most Walleye anglers, there is good news; there will be at least a limited supply of Spottail Shiners on hand for the 2015 Walleye opener.
After seeing the craziness over Shiner shortages that occured early in 2013 and 2014, it's kind of nice to be able to say that. But in some ways, it worries me too; now there will be just enough Shiners on hand to keep everybody on the edge of their boat seats. Who will get to be the first one to ... >> Read Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 24, 2015 - Minnesota's Walleye Opener, Planning The Plan-able

I've received some questions from folks who wouldn't mind hearing a few tips about gearing up for the Walleye fishing season. That's good for me because because gearing up for the Walleye season has become so routine that my attitude tends to bee too relaxed. In other words, answering your questions is what reminds me that I need to get prepped myself.
Since we in Northern Minnesota are in a holding pattern right now, this is the perfect time to sprinkle in a few "tricks of the trade" that will help you catch some extra fish this opening day. Tip #1 will be a BIGGY; getting geared up for shallow water, feeding Walleyes.
I believe that most of the fish, in most of the more popular Walleye lakes, in most of the Itasca Region, will undergo their "post spawn funk" before the season opens this year. That means that instead of foucusing on spawning territory, anglers should plan on only making make a swing through one or two good spawning areas for a quick perusal. If the fish aren't there, be ready to ... Read Report

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Hungry Sunfish can be devastating to a freshly stocked supply of Walleye Fry. Using fingerlings can help overcome the problem.

image denotes fishing question from a reader April 23, 2015 - Minnesota Walleye Management; Stocking the Stockable

Q) Brandon Watson wrote; "Hey Jeff; How is it determined what lakes are stocked with fry and what lakes with fingerlings. Also, what is the benefit to each. Thanks!"
A) Brandon, surviability is the primary benefit of stocking Walleye fingerlings. Panfish, especially Sunfish can be devastating to a freshy stocked batch of Walleye fry. It is the larger size of the fingerlings that protects them from being destroyed by small predator fish.
Fingerlings are also used for supplemental, early fall stocking of some lakes where natural populations of Walleye need a boost.  There are other instances where using fingerlings would ... read >> Walleye Fry vs. Fingerling

Post thaw... It’s unquestionably the most epic time of transformation among the Ice Belt states and provinces. Water temperatures are on the rise, but not nearly as rapidly as the air. Luckily, it only takes a one degree increase in water temp to wake up lethargic walleyes.
So why do some anglers motor back to the launch with a livewell full of fish while others return empty netted? Oftentimes, it boils down to trolling speed; using lures that can achieve peak performance at low speeds; and holding those baits in a relatively shallow strike zone.
Few on God’s green earth are more adept at trolling for ... Read >> Slow Trolling For Early Spring Walleye

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image denotes question from reader (re-post) Relaxed Walleye Slot Limit On Lake Winnibigoshish - Tom Crosby wrote; Q) "With the adjustment to the slot size on Winnie, I was wondering what your thoughts are on keeping a 23 + inch walleye. Do you feel the DNR did this in hopes we take some (larger fish) out? Just curious what your thoughts are?
A) Tom, there is little doubt that the new 18-23 inch protected slot is definitely going to result in a greater harvest on Lake Winnie this season. How much the harvest increases will depend an awful lot on how the weather breaks this spring.
Based on my conversations with fisheries officials, I wouldn't necessarily say that they are "Hoping" that we remove these larger fish. Rather, I think it reflects more that they believe the population of spawning size female Walleyes is strong enough that allowing some harvest of these larger fish is not likely to damage the fishery ... "Too Much". One thing that I DO KNOW is ... read >> Winnie Walleye Slot Limit
image denotes question from reader Fishing For Bluegills At Spawning Time? - Terry Nordstrom asks; Q) "Jeff: planning a trip to Cutfoot or Bowstring to try and catch Bluegills when on their beds. Estimated dates for me to plan that trip?? Coming from Wisconsin, Was thinking first weekend in June, Thanks Terry.
A) Well Terry, that question puts me in a tough ... read answer >> Bluegills At Spawning Time

image denotes link to fish ed internet New Open Water Season Debut Missouri River Walleye Fishing April 21, 2015

Early season Walleye fishing on big rivers like the Missouri can mean great action. Before you can cath 'em, you have to figure out what they want to see. In this episode of Fish Ed, Jon Thelen uses Lindy River Rockers to unlock the trolling pattern for early season walleyes. Check out this first video of the season, hot off the press, direct from Chamberlain SD and the Missouri River. View >> Fish Ed Season Debut Early Spring Walleyes .

For the 2015 season debut of Fish Ed, Jon Thelen shows us how to catch Missouri River Walleyes.  
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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (4/21) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - Hot Springtime Crappie Bites

"Walking down to see how he was doing, I checked the water temp and found it to be a cool 50º. Two days earlier, I was checking temps and found it to be over 52º.
In 10 minutes of casting, the only bite Tom had received was from a hungry northern pike, which bit him off.
Overcome by a bad feeling of fishing failure, I told him “the water’s too cold for the fish to be up close and active.” His quick response was “let’s go visit Chad.” I agreed. It was a good call. If there was anything wrong with that decision it was the fact that our good buddy Chad lived in Alexandria, some 250 miles away.
Never-the-less, there we were, back in Keewatin, piling all essential panfish gear into Tom’s new diesel truck and heading south, another 4 hours, where the water temps would be much warmer and panfish would be a whole lot more predictable. I’ve always said and stand by the fact that in order to stay on fish and enjoy a good bite one has to travel, something that I’ve been preaching and ... Read >> Gregs Guidlines April 21

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 20, 2015 - Minnesota Walleye Opener, Reflecting on the Reflectable

"For me, there's no sweeter sound than hearing the water gently slapping into my Wave Wackers! So, after a couple of seasons wondering whether the lakes would be ice free in time for the fishing opener, it's nice to KNOW that we are in for a much more conventional opening day this year.
In 19 days, we'll be gripping our fishing rods, working toward the Walleye hole and by all accounts, the Walleyes will be ready for us when we get there. The spawning run at Cutfoot Sioux continues on a steady course, 2000 to 3000 fish arriving at the traps each day. By the way, that reminds me ..." read >> Fishing Report April 20 .

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image of Walleyes in trap nets at Cutfoot Sioux Egg Harvest

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 17, 2015 - Walleye Spawning Run At Cutffot Sioux

Imagine waking up for your morning coffee with a couple of thousand Walleyes staring you in the face; we should all be so lucky! For some of the DNR Fisheries Staff, that scene is a reality for a week or so each spring.
Walleyes everywhere begin answering their urge to spawn shortly after ice out, when the water temperatures begin rising into the low-mid 40 degree range. Guided by instinct, they move toward a variety of spawning areas, on a variety of lakes, in this case ... Read >> Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest

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Fishing Article: Ice Out Bass Fishing Tactics on Northern Rivers

For most of us, early spring fishing conjurs up images of Walleye, Crappie and Panfish. But Bass fishing is a blast too and there are plenty of spots where you can fish in complete privacy.
If you struggle to catch bass or think it's too cold to fish for bass when the ice first melts off your local river, think again. It can be some of the best bass fishing of the whole year. Read Tom Monsoor's tips for bass fishing as soon as the water becomes wet up north. Learn More >> Ice Out Bass Fishing Tactics on Northern Rivers

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 15, 2015 - Early Ice Out; Providing Plenty of Room for Fish ... To Hide!

"Our first stop was at Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids which was almost completely ice free. In fact we were able to navigate from the Tioga Landing almost all of the way to the Hwy. 169 Bridge. That's where we came upon last 1/4 mile of ice cover in the main lake. That ice was soft, easily penetrable and by today, it’s probably already gone. There were some other loose patches of ice floating around out there, but they were even softer and we navigated (slowly) right through a couple of them. After trying some deep water, some shallow water and then ... >> Fishing Report Pokegama Lake .

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image of Jason Halfen and young angler with slab crappies

Catch More Cold-Water Crappies this Spring? In This article, Dr. Jason Halfen writes;

"During the weeks after ice cover leaves the lake (or water temperatures begin to rebound from wintertime lows), crappies are on the move with shallow water as their ultimate destination. This is a movement that will eventually lead to spawning, but reproduction is not driving this initial transition; feeding is!"
Many anglers will impulsively head to the shorelines and back ends of soft-bottomed bays as soon as surface temperatures begin to increase. While some panfish may be found in these waters, the vast majority of the population, and nearly all of the quality fish, are most likely to ... Read >> How You Can Catch More Cold-Water Crappies this Spring .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 14, 2015 - Watching The Watchable Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest?

"Curious to see if my suspicions were right, I drove up to the bridge at Little Cutfoot Sioux on Monday to see if DNR fisheries staff had assembled the infrastructure for the Walleye egg harvest. Sure enough, there it was, headquarters central was all set up and almost ready for prime time. The nets will probably be set sometime today at the Walleye Egg Harvest Station. The first wave of spawning Walleyes may even arrive during the wee hours tonight; maybe we'll be looking at some fresh photos of the operation by Thursday morning. Folks interested in a casual peak at the operation can see the setup from the Hwy 46 Bridge located 17 miles NW of Deer River. But if you want to get in for a closer look, follow the road in from ... >> Cutfoot Walleye Egg Harvest .

image of the Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest Station
The Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest Station is set up and almost ready for prime time. Nets today, fish tomorrow, probably.

April 13, 2015 Ice Out on Itasca Area Lakes

Over the weekend, warm winds and sunshine worked so well together that we could actually watch the ice disappear. Yes, that's right, an image taken every few hours would reveal more open water than its predecessor and by Sunday evening, dozens of small lakes in the Itasca area were ice free. The photo, courtesy of Cub Reporter, Satff #004 is of an ice free Little Cutfoot Sioux. Large lakes like Winnie, Leech and Cass are a lagging behind a bit, but they too are on the verge of ice out and it wouldn't suprise me a bit to see open water on all of them before next weekend.

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Helping your fellow fishermen and women stay abreast of the ice conditions in your area is good for everybody and it's easier than you think!

Fishing Reports Minnesota is the Facebook counterpart to this page and it's open to the public. So be like me, become a duly deputized "Cub Reporter" and post your own pics and comments. It's good for fishing! Click >>

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Where Have All The Sunfish Gone? Picking back up on yesterday's subject about the disappearing Sunfish, a note from Jesse Aultman on Thursday reads; "It's pretty likely the sunnies are just as abundant as ever, but I just didn't happen upon the school(s) of them".
Okay Jesse now that you've ruled in favor of the fish still being available, I'm gonna have to make a few assumptions about where I'd look for them. Remember, I still have the blindfold on, so I'm giving you my best guesses, based on general knowledge about the fish, not about the lake.
One key factor in tracking Sunfish location is to ... read full answer >> Where Have All The Sunfish Gone?

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image denotes field report from a fishrapper reader (3/1) Lake Mille Lacs has been under the microscope, literally. Among the results of surveys, exams and studies, there appears to be a hopeful outlook for a strong 2013 Walleye year class. Don't get your Li'l Guys baited up just yet, but a strong Walleye year class on the big lake could be be just what the doctor ordered.
In the newsletter Hooked On MilleLacs Lake, the Aitkin MN, DNR Fisheries Manager Rick Bruesewitz says; "Expectations for this 2013 year class of walleye are running pretty high, but I want to caution everyone that this does not mean we are out of the woods quite yet. It takes time for this new year class to contribute to the spawning stock. The timing for that event starts a year from this coming spring with some males first reaching maturity. Then by 2017, nearly all males will be mature. However, for females, first maturity is ... read more >> Lake Mille Lacs Walleye .

(2/22) Truck Driver Cited, Fined For Transporting Zebra Mussels - I was really reluctant to share the link to this story with you because I'm afraid that it could be mistaken as a form of finger pointing; believe me it is not. But I think it’s important to talk about this because it points out what an uphill battle we have when it comes to slowing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. What we have on our hands is a war against ... Read More >> Fined For Transporting Zebra Messels


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