Minnesota Fishing Reports
"Walleye fishing has been quite spotty this week. Some fish have been caught trolling near the shoreline breaks and the main bars. Fish are showing up in the weeds adjacent to the shoreline breaks, as well.
Most of the fish are in the protected slot, but we have had numerous reports of 10" walleyes being caught. Maybe Gerry isn't as full of B.S. as we ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Report August 18, 2019
Mark Teien wrote: Q) "One of your recent articles was about catching Northern Pike.
I have a cabin (in your area), on a small 200 acre lake that has a maximum depth 35 feet. Our lake is a clear one and there are deep weeds out to 25 feet. I have found that the larger pike, those in the 30 to 40 inch range seem to be in the deeper parts of the lake. They are suspended over the deeper water targeting schools of baitfish.
I have my best pike fishing in August trolling big musky crankbaits using lead core line. I’m trying to get my lures down (into) the 10 to 14 foot depth range over deep water; 24 to 31 feet are common depths. But I have even caught big pike over the deepest part of the basin.
I'm trying to add pieces to the puzzle of my fishing knowledge. So what I am wondering is this, are you finding that larger pike ..." Read >> Location, Location, Location; Where Are The Big Pike? August 16, 2019
"When it comes to catching bass in tight quarters, pro angler Drew Cook is long on interest and short on patience. That's why he always keeps a short rod or two rigged and ready.
How short? How 'bout a 6-foot, 3-inch Dobyns Champion XP crankbait rod? Calling this somewhat of a throwback deal, the Elite Series rookie from Quincy, Fla. said he has never lost his early appreciation for a rod class that as fallen from the norm.
"When I was a kid, a 5-6 to 6-6 rod was normal and a 7-footer was what you had for flipping," Cook said. "Everything has gotten longer. I think it's because of new reel technology and the ability to cast longer. Also, there are new techniques developing all the time, and rod makers have to design new rods."
Nevertheless, Cook frequently finds himself working areas in which a longer rod becomes more of a liability than an asset. His top short rod scenarios ..." Read >> When and Why to Use a Short Fishing Rod
They’re moving across the lakes numerous large flats and heading toward shoreline breaks.
During this period, walleyes can be tricky to track down, but if you find them, they will bite. In fact the Goodwin’s had a little luck with the walleyes on Wednesday too. “When you see a fish on the screen, there’s a good chance that it will ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 15, 2019
“We’ve been enjoying pretty steady fishing”; that’s how Kent's summing up the action that we’ve seen on Kabetogama over the past week.
Keeler; “On guide trips, we’ve been leaving the dock early in the mornings and most days, wrapping up our fishing before the midday heat has a chance to set in. That’s been a winning combination for us; we’ve caught good numbers of keeper sized walleyes, along with a few Bonus slot fish on most every trip.”
Walleyes aren’t the only game on the lake either, we’ve been catching smallmouth in equal numbers. Sauger, jumbo perch and even some crappie are showing up in the ..." Read >> Lake Kabetogama Fisning Report August 14, 2019
"Crappie fishing remains excellent and some real slab crappies were caught this last week. Cabbage beds remain the key to a successful crappie outing. Anglers have been reporting that small soft plastic twisters have been best, but beetle spins and crappie minnows fished under a bobber are catching there far share of crappies also. Fly fisherman have also been catching their fair share crappies. White, chartreuse and yellow have been the go to colors for crappies.
"Walleye fishing has become increasingly ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report August 14, 2019
"Whenever I first suggested fishing on the Red River for catfish, my wife looked at me like I had lost it. Even after I convinced her that there’s no other place on the planet that offers this good of a shot at 20 pound plus Channel Catfish, I think she was still only coming along to indulge me.
Even I wasn’t exactly sure if the trip would live up to my imagination, I wondered if the stories about those big cats were overly hyped. But once we were on the river and saw the first fish; both of us were all in, hook, line and sinker!
Everything I’d ever heard about the size of Red River’s Channel Cats was true. In fact, the stories I’ve heard before weren’t actually good enough! That’s right, the fishing action was EVEN BETTER than I could have ..." Read >> Gigantic Cats On The Red River August 13, 2019
"North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel encourage anglers to keep fish caught from depths of more than 25 feet, rather than practice catch-and-release.
Scott Gangl, Game and Fish fisheries management section leader, said while catch-and-release is often encouraged under the right conditions, fish reeled in from this depth will likely die if released.
“Fish caught from deep water likely won’t survive because of the ..." Read >> Fish Responsibly, Keep Fish Caught in Deep Water NDGF August 2019
"I finally got a chance to go walleye fishing on Lake of the Woods and as expected, it didn’t disappoint.
Original plans were to fish the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior for lake trout. Lorin had been doing well there and contacted me, asking if I’d like to go along. I was all in.
It sounded like a great plan, but throughout the conversation, I said “you really need to get your big boat up to Lake of the Woods.” That’s all it took. The next thing I knew, we were making plans to head north instead; fine with me.
LeMire used to run a charter service on ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines Lake of the Woods Report August 13, 2019
"It's absolutely imperative that you clean your livewells on a regular basis to prevent any fish care issues. This should never be overlooked.
There are certainly many different ways to clean them, but I've used this particular method for years. I lost a few fish during a tournament back in college and I couldn't figure out why, because I'm always very cognizant of fish care in my boat. After finally trying this trick on some random internet forum (I can't remember which one), I have never seen more lively fish. I also have not lost a single ... " Learn More >> How to Quickly and Safely Clean Your Livewells August 13, 2019
On Thursday, Mike Clevenger and his son-in-law Preston Spindle found a nice school of crappies waiting for them under my boat. There were other fish too, but crappies were by far the feature story.
Four lakes with good crappie bites all going at the same time is more than a coincidence. That’s the total number that I’ve had firsthand experience on over the past 10 days. So I’ll step out on a limb and predict that if your favorite lake has a decent crappie population, you’ll probably have pretty darn good luck fishing them this weekend.
Generally speaking, the pattern for finding them has been to focus on whatever deeper weed patches we can find. There have been some cabbage weeds holding fish, but I think that the weeds growing deeper and closer to more open water have ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 9, 2019
"Northern states largemouth bass live in expansive wild rice edges and flats during the spring, summer and fall months. Although wild rice is only native to the Great Lakes region (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Idaho) and parts of Canada, the flipping and pitching principles pertain to most grass flat scenarios.
Wired2Fish intern Kobie Koenig explains how he finds fish-holding areas in expansive matted grass beds and his favorite presentation for not only generating bites but extracting big bass from the jungle. Kobie emphasizes the importance of finding areas of change such as a hole in the grass or a change in vegetation type. These changes are usually bottom composition related and ..." View Video To Learn >> How to Flip and Pitch Bass in Matted Wild Rice
For a fishing guide, it’s bad enough to take customers to a lake where the fish aren’t biting. But what’s really bad is taking them there after they’ve been watching the “social pages” and seeing one hero shot after another about how great the fishing has been and then find out that the fish aren’t biting.
If you look at it from the customer’s point of view, the disappointment is understandable. While I’m driving all over the lake, I imagine what they must be thinking or questions that they must be asking themselves. Questions like; “how could all these guys have ..." Read >> Leech Lake "Fickle Factor" August 8, 2019
"Walleye fishing has been challenging for some, while very easy for others this last week. Successful anglers have stayed on the move, watching their electronics and not wetting a line until they find fish. Anglers have been finding walleyes in 12-16 feet of water, along the edge of main lake points and sunken islands during the early morning and evening.
Simple spinner rigs or plain Lindy Rigs, tipped with a big leech or crawler has been the ticket to ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report August 7, 2019
While I was doing my best to scrounge up a few stray walleyes in some of Itasca County’s clear water lakes, friends of mine were on Upper Red Lake crushing walleyes; yes, I did use the term crushing.
Bill Lundy at Mort’s Dock was guiding folks up there and for him; tolling crankbaits on the flats was the ticket. He’s been using traditional, shallow running stick baits on lead core line and fishing in water depths average 12 feet. Lundy reported having steady walleye action using the trolling pattern.
On my way home from guiding on Saturday, I crossed paths with Jeff Johnson, who lives just down the street. He had his boat in tow and was on his way home from guiding some folks on Red Lake. “The bite was good up there, everybody on the lake ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Fishing Report August 6, 2019
"On the south end orf Lake of the Woods, late summer trolling pattern is kicking out good numbers of big walleyes. There have been lots of trophy fish and numerous personal bests caught this week.
Trolling crankbaits in the basin and drifting with spinner and night crawler combinations have both been strong methods. Main depths are 30 to 34 feet of water.
Some anglers are still even jigging using frozen shiners over the mud flats with success. In the stained water of Lake Of The Woods, the best colors are gold, pink, orange, and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report August 6, 2019
"Longtime friend, Frank Gangl, joined me last week for a few days of fishing. Frank, formerly of Nashwauk, now resides in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and still has the passion for fishing, they way we did when kids.
That means getting back to the basics, like trolling spoons for northern pike or using nightcrawlers to catch sunfish. That’s pretty much the way we grew up and although somewhat primitive presentations in this day and age, they still catch a lot of fish and are always fun to do.
Our pike trolling worked as planned but wasn’t as fast and furious as I expected. It usually is. The recent hot weather has fish a little deeper, where more comfortable, especially the larger fish. Never-the-less, we caught some northerns and I’ll ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines August 6, 2019
"Side imaging sonar reveals an entirely new underwater world to anglers interested in learning the technology. It produces highly detailed readouts of the water column and bottoms off both sides of the boat; this has some major benefits, one of which being discovering sleeper or hidden spots missed by most anglers.
Jeff "Kolo" Kolodzinski demonstrates this perfectly. While driving to one of his "known" spots, side imaging reads a bottom composition change - it's a hard spot covered with fist-sized rocks and some larger boulders mixed in. Of note, there's no appreciable change in depth, so mapping doesn't ..." View Video >> How to Use Side Imaging to Find Hidden Spots
Warm, stable weather and water temperatures in the mid to high 70's created ideal conditions for playing on area lakes this weekend. Except for the early morning, there were far more folks skiing, swimming and tubing than there were fishing.
I never expected the calm seas and sunny skies to be a boon to my fishing trips this weekend. But despite my scheduled fishing dates occurring under less than ideal conditions, the walleye action was surprisingly “okay”.
In fact on Saturday, my expectation was to ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 5, 2019
"The walleyes seem to be in a transitional mode this week. There are more fish showing up on the shoreline breaks than the mid-lake structure.
We are still catching some fish in the middle, but they seem to be more finicky than the past couple weeks. All the methods are catching walleyes at different times of the day. Trolling crankbaits and spinners, jigging minnows, leeches, worms, and Lindy Rigging with ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Update August 4, 2019
Dr. Jim Davey wrote; Q) “Thanks for all the information you have given throughout the years. Would you comment on which brand of fishing line you use and if you use braid, fluorocarbon, or monofilament? The fishing shows all say that the brand that they sponsor is the best. It would be good to have an unbiased opinion.”
A) When it comes to fishing line, I have definitely led a boring life. I’ve found a few brands that have worked for me and I’ve stuck with them; happily I might add.
I do use braided lines under some circumstances, I like braid for bass, pike and musky fishing. For walleye I almost always ..." Read >> QnA Which Fishing Line Is Best? August 2, 2019
Don’t let fish being scattered out get you down. Get out and apply Jon’s simple crankbait trolling strategy and catch some of the biggest fish of the season! Learn lots of professional guide tested trolling tips.
The old adage of big baits for big fish is very true, get some Bandit Walleye Shallow crankbaits and get after it!
View Video >> Trolling Big Crankbaits For Deep Basin Summer Walleye
For us, spinning the weeds worked fine, but when we set aside extra time to try and catch Mr. Big, the task was more challenging.
Everyone in the crew hooked and “almost” caught something bigger, but for one reason or another, they all got off or broke off, in the end; we didn’t get any big fish into the landing net. Somebody else did though.
On our way off the lake, I spotted my friend Brock Anderson and gave him a wave as we passed by his boat. He waved back and I figured like most days; that would be that. Later though, I stumbled into a post that he’d shared at the end of the day about his fishing trip.
I wouldn’t ordinarily go out of my way to borrow a post from the social pages. Maybe I just feel a little extra connected because I ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 1, 2019
"Hot and humid, the story continues, but don’t complain too much about it, as we’ll be walking on the ice in four months. I guess that isn’t so bad either. Never-the-less, the fish, practically all species, are biting well, and some big ones at that.
Most of my crappie lakes show off a good bite toward evening, like around 7 to 9 pm. This goes for most any panfish lake in the area. If you’re having trouble in catching those crappies, head out to the nearest weed line around 7 pm and they should be there, if not very far away. It may take a little trolling to find them, but you will.
I’ve a few lakes that produce all day long and I’m sure most lakes ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines July 31, 2019
"Whether beginner or pro, Texas rigging plastics is among the easiest and most versatile ways to catch bass, particularly when they're in cover like weeds or wood. Host Dan Quinn walks us through the tackle for Texas rigging, how to fish it, and his go-to setup for Texas rigging tubes. This same setup works excellently for creature baits, worms, craws, and lizards to name a few.
There are a few tackle variables to keep in mind when Texas rigging. The two most common hook choices are straight shank and offset worm/extreme wide gap hooks (EWG).
Quinn explains why an offset EWG is the best option when ..." View Video To Learn More >> Texas Rigging Tube Baits for Summer Bass a
"Walleyes have begun to pull out of the shallow water and start chasing cisco or smelt in/over deeper water. Anglers have landed some very big walleye’s this last week pulling tail dancer, reef runner or shad rap bodies, with three colors of leadcore out or 150 feet of line out behind planer boards, over 20 to 50 feet of water.
Best colors for crankbaits have been bloody nose, white and uv colored crankbaits. Mid-lake humps and rocky points are also worth noting, with the key depth being ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report July 31, 2019
"On the south end, it was a great week of walleyes. As we approach the Dog Days of summer, more anglers pulling crankbaits over big expanses of mud with success. Drifting with spinners and crawlers also doing well.
Main depths are 30-34'. Some big fish caught this week. Reefs continue to hold walleyes. On windier days, try the tops, calmer days, fish transition areas at base of reef. Crankbait colors, gold, pink UV Firetiger, black.
On the Rainy River, Sturgeon keep season continues till Sep 30 when it switches to catch and release. Nice sturgeon being ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report July 31, 2019
As we roll into August, we’re reminded about how steady the fishing patterns and presentations are during the late summer period. Surface temperatures remain in the mid-70 degree range and the warm water temperatures, combined with stable weather patterns help keep fish in a positive feeding mood and makes predicting their locations easier too.
Most insect hatches have run their courses and that helps make fish locations more predictable for anglers visiting Kabetogama. As fish turn back to a steady diet of minnows and small game fish, anglers can use the presence of large schools of “baitfish” to help determine fish locations.
In most areas on the lake, bars, humps and sunken islands with access to deep water are holding fish. The key depths for fishing mid-lake walleyes have been ..." Read >> Lake Kabetogama Fishing Report July 30, 2019
You’ve noticed more crappie photos showing up this week, haven’t you?
My favorite late summer pattern for catching a mixed bag of pike, panfish, bass and walleye has become pretty darn reliable this week and crappies are showing up in greater numbers on every trip. Depending on whom I’m fishing with at the time, it’s arguable whether the walleye or the crappie gets the warmest greeting at boat side, but neither is shunned.
With so many species of fish inhabiting the same weedlines at the same time, it’s been tricky for me to sort out the complete pecking order. On Sunday, we stopped at one spot and caught 6 different species of fish on the first trolling pass. It seems like they’re all living their “together”. But really, each of those fish species was there for their own reasons; it’s up to me to figure out which subset of the structures each one prefers.
Focusing more on which ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 29, 2019
"Sometimes, on rare occasion, the new-school techniques just aren't all they were made out to be. I've heard all kinds of wild methods for removing fishing line memory from spinning reels and have probably tried most of them. Some of them are okay and work a little, but nothing beats an old trick my dad taught me when I was a kid.
It's easy and it works like a charm. Check this out.
Yes, you'll have to cut your lure off for this one. But it'll be worth it. Cut your line, wind any slack line onto your spool and use the ..." Learn More>> Quick Hack to Remove Line Memory from Spinning Reels
Last Friday, I mentioned that I might have good reason to expect an easier than average fishing trip on that day. I promised folks an update this morning about whether or not “The Snyder Effect” was in full force and if it happened to grace my boat with its presence that day.
In case you’re wondering, “The Snyder Effect” is a term that I use to describe what happens when this, the Snyder family steps off of the dock and takes their seats in my boat. They have the uncanny ability to transcend whatever sort of bad fishing conditions we could encounter. I mean it, somehow this family manages to catch good numbers of good size fish no matter if the conditions are right for the pursuit of them or not!
I first noticed the effect over 20 years ago when I ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 28, 2019
"Walleye fishing has been very productive this past week. All the guests that pursued walleyes had success. Northern pike fishing is going good too and I think the best method is the mixed bag approach, fishing the weeds on top of the main bars.
Jigs and small sucker minnows are the preferred bait. Some fish are starting to go on crankbaits as well. Fishing adjacent to the main shoreline drop-offs with the crankbaits is the best location. Lindy Rigs with leeches and crawlers are working along the ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 28, 2019
Sometimes it’s funny how things work out, yesterday I wrote this; “Mid-summer walleye fishing doesn’t have to automatically be bad. There are days when the weather turns favorable to angling and when fishing conditions are good, you could have an awesome day of walleye fishing, even during the slowest part of the summer.”
This morning, I’m writing this; “On Thursday, the weather turned favorable for walleye fishing. Thanks to cloud cover and brisk winds that churned up the water, my 3 day trip with Kyle and Karen Reynolds ended with a rally.”
After looking at the weather forecast, I did what I said would do yesterday. Believing that we’d have cloud cover and wind to work with, I ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Area Walleye Report July 26, 2019
Walleye fishing has been a struggle this week; at least it has been for me. But if I complain, lots of folks will think I sound like an idiot because the reason fishing has been tough is that the weather outside is a little too delightful.
It’s sort of hard to complain about sunshine, calm seas and temperatures in the low 80’s. Most folks pay good money to visit states that offer that sort of weather. But if you’re looking to catch walleyes during the middle of summer, these are the days that test any angler’s patience.
As always though, there’s a silver lining and the common theme I’ve heard this week is that panfish activity is definitely ramping up. Comments like “the walleye bite was tough, but we got some good crappies” or “while we were looking for walleyes, we stumbled into some great sunfish”. It happened to me just yesterday, we were trolling the weedline in search of walleye when crappies ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 25, 2019
Our guide customers are used to catching a variety of fish on Kabetogama, especially when we take them “Wiggle Worming”. But that presentation produced a couple of surprise Sturgeon on guide trips this week.
If you think reeling in a big smallmouth or giant walleye on light wiggle worming gear is a hoot, then we hope you’ll get a chance to reel in one of these prehistoric fish. Known for their strong, bull-dog style fight, it takes a good long while to pull one of them up from the depths.
Wiggle Worming continues to produce a mixture of walleyes, smallmouth bass and jumbo perch too. We’re fishing the jig and night crawler combinations primarily along the ..." Read >> Lake Kabetogama Fishing Report July 23, 2019
"On the south end, it was a strong week of summer walleye fishing. Anglers reported catching fish with numerous patterns in full swing.
Jigging with frozen shiners or leeches,drifting spinners with crawlers and trolling crankbaits all effective this week. Main depths are still 29-32'. The late summer pattern of big numbers of fish over deep mud is here. Various reefs holding walleyes as well. Try the top, sides and transition areas into mud. Each day can be different.
On the Rainy River, multi-species for anglers fishing the river and ..." Read >> Lake of the woods Fishing Report July 22, 2019
"The sweltering heat, high humidity values, and intermittent thunderstorms have certainly provided some challenges for anglers but even as we enter the dogdays of summer the fish are still on the chow!
As we all know there is never any shortage of action when one sets out to target Bass. Smallmouth Bass can be found along the deep weed lines, rocks, and sunken humps.
Try using a Drop-Shot Rig tipped with a Leech. Largemouth on the other hand can be found working the weeds inside and outside the lines using Tubes, Spinner Baits, and Carolina Rigs. In the early morning, ..." Read >> North Central MN Fishing Report July 22, 2019
There was a lot of fishing packed into this last week. The Daikin Fisharoo consumed 5 days and a miniaturized version of Camp Hastings consumed whatever time was left over.
There were some ups and downs, but from my perspective, I’d say that overall the week of fishing was pretty darn good.
As a collective, the group of guides didn’t cover as wide a range of territory as usual. Upper Red Lake got the lion’s share of attention because up until now, it’s been the most reliable place for anglers who want to bring home walleyes and nothing else. In fact, in my particular case, Last Sunday’s trip to Red Lake was the only one in which I ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 21, 2019
"Fishing has been better than average this past week. There were a lot of fish caught by all of the fishermen at the resort.
Most of the guests have ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Report July 21, 2019
The schedule has been hectic lately and I can feel my “stack of stuff” piling up! So in lieu of a glorious, long winded story about what’s been going on with folks in my boat, let me just update you on some of the current conditions.
Surface water temperatures are approaching the warmest levels that they will reach all summer long. This week I’ve seen readings that range from 76 degrees on the low end, up to 81.5 degrees on the high side.
Overall, water levels remain at or above normal levels for this time of the season. Land-locked lakes remain well above average, but I see water levels falling on lakes that have out-flowing rivers and streams. That said, there aren’t any access ramps that have given me a problem launching my ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 18, 2019
"There seems to be a lot of low water lakes right now, which kind of surprises me. I thought we received a fair amount of rain and some of the lakes I’ve been on have been rather high. I guess it all depends on where you go.
My brother, Joel, was fishing on Echo Lake, last week, and back-trolled into a rock. It was an area, well off shore, and one that he had been fishing for decades. Needless-to-say, the prop was a little banged up so a search for a prop repair shop began.
We ended up at Rays Sport & Marine in Grand Rapids, where a new prop was purchased and the other left for repair. They’re a drop off station and usually have a one week turn around.
Talking to Andy, behind the desk, he said “I was just up there and ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines July 17, 2019
"The heat has turned off the fishermen more than is has the fish this past week. The pool has seen a lot more action than the lake. That being said, the fish continue to cooperate with the ones who choose to go after them.
Walleyes are in their normal summer patterns. Rigs with leeches and crawlers on the main bars and humps will catch fish. The weeds on top of the main bars has been productive for both walleyes and northerns.
Larger minnows with spinners or jigs have been very good while fishing this structure. Most of the walleyes continue to ..." Read >> Lake winnie Fishing Update July 17, 2019
"On the south end, it's been an excellent week of summer walleye fishing. Jigging with frozen shiners or leeches remains effective, so is drifting spinners with crawlers.
Main depths are still 29 to 32 feet of water. The main basin is starting to load up with walleyes, some nice fish this week on crankbaits. Various bites happening from structure to mud, from east to west. The key, find the fish.
On the Rainy River, there's a mixed bag for anglers fishing the river and Four Mile Bay. Pulling spinners and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Updates July 17, 2019
Is there such a thing as “Crazy Steady”?
Well if there is, then that’s the term we’d use to describe fishing on Lake Kabetogama right now. Alomost any group of anglers could go out on the lake, fish using their most reliable or favorite presentations and wind up catching some fish.
Warm water fish locations and presentations are cropping up in conversation at the store. Weed patches, grass beds and emerging vegetation are getting thicker. Multiple species of fish have begun moving into the shady cover. Mayfly hatches that were prevalent a couple of weeks ago are in decline and appear to have almost fully run their course.
Walleyes are among the first fish showing up to ..." Read >> Mid-Summer Warm Weather Fishing Patterns For Kabetogama July 16, 2019
There are milestones that help in measuring the progress of every season. The one that best signals the arrival of mid-summer is when the Daikin “Fish-A-Roo” starts up.
The annual event hosted by the Daikin Company, the “Fish-A-Roo” takes place at Williams Narrows Resort on Cutfoot Sioux. Every year the company treats customers and sales reps to the fishing trips and it takes about 10 fishing guides to get everybody in on the action.
On Sunday, catching walleyes for the evening fish fry was the overriding concern and recently, the best way to guarantee walleyes in the creel has been to ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Walleye Report July 15, 2019
Warm, stable weather and fantastic weed growth have given our guests a lot to smile about lately.
Warm water species like Bass and panfish have been very active. Take a look at last week’s harvest of Largemouth Bass by some of our guests. Folks love to target bass because they’re a hoot to reel in, but don’t overlook bass as a good table fare too.
Though largemouth bass in Winnibigoshish were once thought of as an obscure population that were hard to locate and tricky to catch. They have flourished as vegetation becomes more lush and green over the past several years. Bass are now widespread in our own back yard; they are abundant in both the Dam Bay and in ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 14, 2019
Leech Lake Walleyes like a nice chop on the water, sunshine and calm seas are rarely the recipe for the most dependable walleye bite. And when those conditions occur a day after strong thunderstorms rumble through the area; the negative effects are heightened even more.
For me, a half day fishing trip is just barely enough time to rule out a few spots and hopefully, rule in a few others. Even working as efficiently as I can, covering a lake the size of Leech in 4 hours is a tall order.
Even though the odds were less than favorable, we would eventually learn that there still were some walleyes to catch. From what I could see, folks on the lake who knew where to go and how to fish did catch some fish for their effort.
My game plan was to ..." Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Update July 12, 2019
"Although the Northland has been about a month behind it seems from where the fish would normally be this time of year, the recent heatwave has bumped up our surface temps and the cabbage beds are getting thick.
That's good news for us as we target the green cabbage at least 70% of the time on our trips as the heat of summer sets in and we always end up with the most plentiful bags!
The cabbage provides cover, shade and holds tons of baitfish so why wouldn't fish thrive in it?
Walleye: ANYBODY’S GAME RIGHT NOW! No matter your preferred style, they’ll hit it! Walleye can be found in ..." Read >> Wheezy Outdoors Fishing Report July 11, 2019
"Here's a little up date on the shores of upper red lake here in waskish.
We pulled spinners with leeches and fatheads last Saturday and boated about 20 fish. The biggest was a nice 18 inch walleye. Leeches out performed fatheads 8 to 10. I also heard from a few that were pulling crankbaits who also did well. I also heard someone did well with night crawlers too.
The daughter Landed a big sheephead, 5-6 lbs and her hubby landed a real nice goldeye. Plus the grand daughter landed a bonus crappie; elusive, yet still catchable on upper red lake ." — John Halvarson, Cookie's On Upper Red 218-647-8391
"Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs continues to be excellent. The mud flats are where most are fishing the walleyes.The rock points when the wind is right are also producing a good number of walleyes.
Smallmouth bass fishing has improved, some days have been excellent while others have been slow. The bite should be more consistent as we get closer to August.
Northern pike fishing has been slow, some Muskies are being caught, about normal for this time of the year." — Terry Thurmer, Terry's Boat Harbor, 320-692-4430
"Walleye fishing has largely remained good to excellent for many anglers this last week.
Location of the hottest fishing hasn’t been out on sunken islands or mud flats, but rather on shallow water weedlines. More and more anglers are reporting that fishing shallow weedlines in 10-15 feet of water, while casting a jig and leech and slowly dragging the bottom, are experiencing a fantastic walleye bite!
Anglers are also catching walleyes out around sunken islands with ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report July 10, 2019
"On the south end of Lake of the Woods, walleye fishing has been excellent. There's a healthy mix of eating size fish, (under 19.5"), protected slot-fish (19.5 - 28") and also fish over the 28 inch protected slot size.
Jigging with frozen shiners or leeches super effective. Drifting spinners with crawlers also producing nice walleyes. Main depths are still 29-32'. Gold mixed with orange, pink or chartreuse strong color choices. Some walleyes coming on crankbaits.
On the Rainy River, the Sturgeon keep season is open and runs from now through September 30, 2019. Anglers are allowed to ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports July 9, 2019
I was finally able to get out and catch a few panfish, something I’ve been missing all spring and early summer.
The crappie came last Saturday evening. After staying home in the morning, so I wouldn’t miss a radio interview with Terry Wickstrom Outdoors, I was able to watch the entire Twins game before heading out.
That’s one of the best things about crappie fishing during the summer months. You can be busy all day long, with other things, and only fish for a few productive hours in the evening. This works well, as it’s cooler out, and the fish turn on very well when the sun nears the trees. It usually starts out a little slow but heats up as you ..." Read >> Panfish Report Greg Clusiau July 9, 2019
"Surface temperatures peaked in the high 70’s late last week, but moderated afterward, they are now settling in the mid-70 degree range. With warm surface water temperatures and Mayfly hatches that have been spiking, most walleyes are engaged in summertime feeding patterns.
Fishing areas where structure coincides with soft-bottom flats are one good way to zero in on walleyes that feed on Mayfly larvae. In most areas on the lake, bars, humps and sunken islands with access to deep water are holding fish. The key depths for fishing mid-lake walleyes have been in the 18 to 25 foot range.
Walleye anglers are using a variety of their “favorite” presentations. For some, pulling spinner rigs is productive, bottom bouncers in the 2 to 2-1/2 ounce range will ..." Read >> KAB Outdoors Report July 8, 2019
On Friday, walleyes were biting on Red Lake. From what we could see, most everyone was catching good numbers of fish. Most of them appeared to be using trolling presentations too, some were fishing with spinners, others were trolling crankbaits and a friend of ours was out there catching fish on Lindy’s Lil’ Guys.
We started with jigs and minnows and had a little bit of action, but after watching everyone else catching fish faster than us, we joined the trolling party. Little Joe Spinners rigged behind a 3/16 ounce bullet sinker and tipped with a fathead produced most of the fish we caught.
On my previous trip to Red Lake last the presentations were complete opposites of what we found on Friday. Jig and minnows combinations worked like a charm and the folks who ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 7, 2019
"Kyle Peterson has invested a lot of time chasing largemouth bass from kayaks in urban and backwoods settings alike. Given the unique and varied ways to catch bass, he's devised some tested rod, reel and line recommendations to make you more efficient out of a kayak.
Limited space and ability to move is an obvious constraint when it comes to working certain baits and setting the hook. Peterson goes on to explain what presentations dictate the use a shorter rod and when to reach for longer combos.
He uses braid almost exclusively to counteract weaker hooksets; braid paired on a ..." Learn More>> Rod Selection Tips for Kayak Bass Fishing
"The walleye fishing has been quite good despite the calm conditions.
Mid-lake structure is the best bet using rigs with leeches or crawlers. Most of the fish continue to be in the protected slot.
These fish are very impressive, though. There are also some fish being caught in the best cabbage weed growth you can find. Look for areas adjacent to deep water in 13-17' of water.
These weeds are also the prime areas for northern pike. Jigs and minnows as well as normal hardware are catching pike. This has been the ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Update July 7, 2019
"Walleyes are now largely being located out around sunken islands with large mud flats near by. Key depth has been 15-25 feet of water. Walleye’s on many area lakes have been feeding heavily on mayflies, but anglers fishing with half a crawler or leeches, have continued to catch walleyes. Anglers watching their graphs to see where the walleyes are, in relation to where the mayflies are and presenting their baits at the correct depth are having the best luck. One angler even boating a 30” walleye, his new personal best.
On lakes where the mayfly hatch isn’t as big of a issue, walleyes are being found out on the ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report July 3, 2019
"My pre-fishing found me playing around with several jumbo perch. Caught while searching the weeds for walleye, the perch were thick, and I was catching one on almost every cast. I kept this in mind for the day following the tournament, when I would be joined by Terry Wickstrom of “Terry Wickstrom Outdoors.”
Terry, Ft. Collins, Colorado, was on one of his regular visits to Minnesota and had a nice supply of Bio Bait to play with.
Bio Bait, some of which is made in Colorado, is a biodegradable plastic, which is infused with fish oil. Yes. I kept smelling my fingers, after digging each one out of the bag. Truly a “fishy” smell and something that fish would go for.
The baits are very supple, never dry out, and are extremely tear resistant. This is, indeed, a rare combination. Catching four dozen big perch was proof of their toughness, as when done fishing, the baits went ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines July 3, 2019
"Walleye fishing remains to be extremely good right now on Mille lacs as well as the Alexandria area.
On Mille lacs the walleyes are primarily out on the mud flats. The key is trusting your electronics, if you aren’t marking fish keep moving until you do. Rigging a leech or crawler with a 6-9’ snell, bobber fishing a leech or pulling spinners and crawlers with bottom bouncers is very productive right now.
Alexandria area fishing has been fantastic. Mid lake hunps as well as the largely over looked weed lines are producing walleyes. Using an 1/8 ounce bullet weight in front of a crawler harness and pulling it over the top of the weeds at 1-1.3 mph will produce a great multi species day. Walleye, pike, blue gills, crappie and bass will all eat this presentation so get out there and catch some fish.
I have openings for July as well as August currently. Feel free to call ore text with questions." — Matt Klug, MK Fishing Guide Service 320-260-5494
"On Kabetogama, surface water temperatures are holding in the low 70 degree range. Insect hatches on the lake are sporadic, Mayfly hatches are showing up, but they are denser in some regions than in others. As insect larvae mature, fish get more serious about moving toward mid-lake structures that lay adjacent to soft bottom flats.
Not all of the fish move toward the mid-lake humps and bars though. There are still anglers catching fish in shallow water, particularly during the prime time, morning and evening periods.
Mainstay presentations are varied. For deeper water; Lindy Rigs and live bait are becoming more popular each day. Jig and minnow combinations can also be used effectively over deep structures. For Lindy Rigging, some anglers prefer leeches while others ..." Learn More >> KAB Outdoors Report July 2, 2019
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You would think that it's no big deal to find lodging for somebody who wants to visit north central Minnesota for a fishing trip. But lately, I've been fielding inquiries from customers who need places to stay and like always, it takes a lot of searching to match the people with the "right" place to stay. By that I mean the one location that suits their length of stay and best serves their personal needs.
Because there are some folks who can't always plan far enough ahead and others who can't always stay for a full week at a time, it's especially difficult to locate short term lodging, especially on a lake. That's why I decided to ask for your help this morning.
Let's say for instance that you have a nice place for folks to stay during a fishing trip. Or maybe you've stayed someplace that you really liked, then why keep it a secret? Let's get together and share the experience wityh others.
Shoot me an email to share news about your favorite fishing lodge, bed & breakfast or private rental. I'll set up a link on the website that makes it easy for folks to find. — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL
April 27, 2019 "Catch, release and dead? How and how long you handle fish determines their fate."
Dale Schroeder wrote; “Hi Jeff. I was wondering if you had seen the article in Duluth's Sunday paper entitled "Catch, release and dead. How and how long you handle fish determines their fate" by John Myers?
Anyway, I found the article interesting and it plugs in to a number of things you have been saying about fish survival after being caught in deep water, etc. I know this is a busy time for you but I would be interested in your thoughts.”
Dale, John Myers definitely covered a lot of territory in this piece. In fact, I read the article once on Wednesday, again on Friday and once more just now, Saturday morning. I picked up something new every time I read it.
I found the article to be very informative and to the extent that I ..." Read >> QnA Catch, release and dead? April 27, 2019
"Kyle Peterson shows us a cool springtime crappie technique where a "new school" cane pole is almost a must to get a bait in their face, and just as importantly, pull them from the dense cover.
Crappies flood shallow water cover like bullrush beds, laydowns and brush piles once spring water temps push the 60-degree mark. They usually make residence in the thickest, gnarliest patches, making it difficult to get a bait in front of them let alone get them clear from the cover - this is where a telescoping rod comes into play.
Kyle demonstrates the ease in which he's able to ..." View Video and Learn More >> Targeting Spring Crappies With Long Rods and Plastics
"This week, host Jon Thelen shows you how to actively find walleye with your electronics. Then Jon teaches you how to know exactly where to position your boat to be sure that you’ll place your offering in front of the fish, where they can find it.
The system is easy, Thill Pro Series Floats, paired with Lindy’s Live Bait Jig and tipped with a lively leech or night crawler is all you need.
Tune in for the tips and tactics about slip float fishing that will help you put more walleyes in the boat this season." View Video >> Aggressive Slip Float Tactics For Early Season Walleyes
Cub Reporter Staff #003-IHBFBB is on the beat this morning, heading west to check out the progression of walleye spawning runs in the Brainerd area. That means I don’t have a lot of time to sit at the computer today, but I definitely will have the whole story about that on Friday morning.
On Wednesday, I drove a loop around the east side of Winnie and then east past Bowstring. Long story short, there’s still a lot of ice out there, but it is deteriorating.
As the accompanying photos reveal, areas of flowing water like the Bowstring River are all ..." Read More >> Ice Conditions Update April 18, 2019
I don’t know why monitoring the progress of ice-out across north central Minnesota brings me such joy. Maybe it’s because I’m excited about the upcoming fishing opener, maybe because it feels good to watch winter melt away or maybe I’m just like all the other critters and get spring fever.
Last year, when I was driving around checking ice conditions, I made a special note to be sure that I’d remember to share something with you that I learned about human nature.
This is the time of the season when “seeing isn’t always believing”, ice conditions vary wildly from lake to lake. So if I wanted to, I could ..." Read >> Fishing Update April 17, 2019
"On the south end of Lake of the woods, the walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener on May 11th, 2019.
The target now are both Northern Pike and sturgeon. Pike are staging for the spawn and are open all year long. Back bays are just opening up and will be full of pike soon.
A combo of big dead baits or slow rolling a spinnerbait, spoon or crankbait will be the go to methods. Lake of the Woods has a very strong population of trophy class pike over 40" long. All pike 30-40" must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40".
On the Rainy River, both the Big Fork and Little Fork ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Updates April 16, 2019
"I had to get my licks in, long as almost everybody else was too. I’m referring to the great walleye bite on the Rainy River, which has now since closed and won’t open until the fishing opener on May 11.
Sitting here, thinking that I’ll never make it up there this spring, a message popped up on my computer. Jesse Larcom was making the trip and wondered if I’d like to go along. Well heck ya! Count me in. Even though it was a last-minute offering, it didn’t take me too long to have things ready for the next morning. All that was need was a couple rods and some heavy jigs.
I had all the gear sitting on the tailgate of my truck and ready to go, when Larcom ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines April 16, 2019
Q) Mike Cotter wrote; “Hi Jeff, I'm coming up to Winnie for the 2nd week in June. I used to come up every year with my dad. He has passed and now I'm bringing my uncle up to show him some good walleye fishing. What we used to do is drift with Lindy rigs with a slip weight and a green or red hook with a bead. Is this still the preferred method in early June? Any help would be great. Thank you!”
A) Mike, Walleye fishing on Winnibigoshish was definitely good in 2018 and hopefully it will be again for your re-union this summer too.
Generally speaking the walleyes in Lake Winnie are and will still be susceptible to live bait presented using Lindy Rigs. The biology of lake itself has changed since your last visit and it may call for a few modifications to your former approach.
You’ll notice that since Zebra Mussels took hold in the lake, the water is much clearer these days. In clear water lakes, longer leaders tied on ..." Read >> Q&A Walleye Presentations For Lake Winnibigoshish April 15, 2019
The storm has passed, the snow is melting and Mother Nature’s spring “do-over” is under way.
On Saturday, we took a quick tour of the bridge at Little Cutfoot Sioux. The accompanying photo shows that there’s open water from the bridge out to the pipes where the DNR will eventually set up the egg harvest station. You can also see that Little Cutfoot was still ice covered and since we didn’t drill holes to check ice conditions, it’s hard to say how long it will stay that way.
On the west side of the bridge, there was open water for about ¼ mile and the bay between Williams Narrows and Mosomo Point Campground was still frozen too. But, there is another significant patch of open water on ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Ice Out Progression April 14, 2019
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I dropped my truck off for service yesterday and had a low-level panic attack about not being able to get outside for a few days. But it looks like I was smarter than I thought, if I’m going to be trapped at home, this looks like a good day for it. The stormy weather hasn’t hit here yet, but I guess it will; we just don’t know about the severity of it until it finally arrives.
Sometimes Mother Nature has a heart and yesterday, she did walleye anglers on the Rainy River a favor by opening up the Littlefork River. With chunks of icebergs and debris floating down the muddy river channel, anglers have some incentive to stay inside and look at pictures from the past week. I’m sure there are a lot of them because during that time, the walleye ..." Read >> Fishing Report April 11, 2019
A quick trip to the Twin Cities and back gave us a chance to assess the progression of ice out along the US Hwy 169 corridor on Monday.
By all appearances, most Minnesota lakes are on track for an earlier than average ice out. In fact, many lakes to the south of Lake Mille Lacs are already ice free and dozens more will be by the end of this week. The photo of lake Washington (top left) near Mankato came from Chris Andresen on Monday, he’s got the dock in and is already preparing to fish down there.
As we drove the passages between bays of Lake Minnetonka, we saw ice that’s soft, crumbling and ready to give up any day now. As you can see in the photo of ..." Read >> Ice Out Progressions And Predictions April 9, 2019
"It’s not too early to begin thinking of Minnesota’s general fishing opener, which is only four weeks down the road. I’ve been slowly readying equipment and am anxiously looking forward to it. So far, an equal amount of time has been devoted to fishing rods, tackle, and the boat.
The first thing I do is check air pressure on the trailer tires. This is easy enough to do and can save you a little money in the long run. I learned this the hard way, wearing out a set of new tires in one summer. Yes, I fish a lot but certainly didn’t drive the miles needed to wear out two new tires.
I found that I was running my tires with too low of air pressure. Since then, the new tires have been kept pumped up at the required ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines April 9, 2019
Rain fell steadily on Sunday, small creeks filled with water as snow cover around Grand Rapids melted away. Another warm day today will move the needle even more and then Mother Nature is going to deliver a minor cold snap for a few days. That will help alleviate flooding, but it won’t be enough to re-freeze ice around the edges of the lakes.
I borrowed this paragraph from Bill Powell at Fred’s Bait this morning; “The conditions are changing pretty fast. I know there will be a handful of ice fishing enthusiasts trying to sneak out for a few days. But yesterday as I went to check traps something said I better pull my traps and call it good till open water season. There were a few little creeks that were getting deep on the snowmobile and the shoreline was a little soft.”
A lot of my friends declared this weekend to be the last one of their ice fishing seasons. That’s probably true for me too, so now I’m looking at options for what to do outside this week. In fact, we’re about to jump in the truck and take a ride down the highway to check conditions right now. So tomorrow morning I’ll post some photos about how “ice-out” is progressing around the area. — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL
April 5, 2019 — "Pokegama Lake Walk-In Access For Tulibee?"
Thanks for the note Adam; I live in Grand Rapids too, so I definitely wish that I knew a good quick walk-to spot on Pokegama. Friends and acquaintances who use dark houses on Pokegama have told me that they do have random Tulibee sightings on Pokegama. From everything I’ve learned though, populations of them are low and getting in on a “hot bite” will be tricky.
I did a quick check of the MN DNR Fisheries Survey that was conducted in July 2015 to learn their assessment of the tulibee population.
“Tulibees are difficult to sample with our standard summer nets because they frequently school in the open water where our nets are not effective. Catch rates on Pokegama Lake have ranged from 0 to 8.2 fish per gill net but have not been above 0.5/gill since 1984.
The lower catches in recent surveys correspond to the illegal introduction and expansion of ..." Read >> Pokegama Lake Tulibee Fishing April 5, 2019
Ice conditions on Winnie were better than we expected on Thursday. The ice covering Tamarack Bay is still thick, probably 24 to 28 inches in most areas. Snow cover is almost entirely melted, the surface has drained dry and conditions for either walking or ATV travel are ideal.
Unfortunately, access at the landings is beginning to deteriorate, so we’re afraid that our ice fishing days are numbered.
From what we observed on Thursday, accessing the lake from anywhere in our bay near the dam will be tricky. We were already forced to close our road because of open water at the point, just up the shoreline from The Pines Resort. Mud and standing water prevented us from using the old dirt landing near ..." Learn More >> Lake Winnie Ice Conditions Better Than Expected April 5, 2019
Frank Erling wrote;
Q) "So, now that we're approaching ice out, when is the best time to fish crappies? I've heard "as soon as the ice goes out". To me that means the day after it goes out. And then I've heard water temps of 55 degrees, which could be a few weeks later. Would you help set the record straight?
A) Frank, the truth is that good crappie fishing can be found both at ice out and also later, as the water warms. The real secret to success lies in knowing where to find them during either of these periods, or any other time of the year for that matter.
The other truth is that for me, this period between ice out and spawning season is the time when I ..." Read >> Best Times To Fish Pre-Spawn Crappies April 3, 2019
I wish I could tell you that we have a weekend filled with gorgeous fishing weather on tap. But the more often I check the weather forecast, the more boldly rainy weather is predicted.
Let’s just imagine that the forecast is wrong and the weather is dry this weekend. Then you can definitely spend a little more time on the ice. The current ice conditions remain good, colder daytime weather combined with below freezing overnight temperatures have delayed melting this week.
The surfaces of most lakes in north central region are drained dry now, conditions are excellent for walking and if you’re careful, ATV’s as well. But I have not heard of, or seen anyone driving a pickup truck on the ice anywhere this week.
Reports of good perch fishing have come in from ..." Read >> Fishing Updates April 4, 2019
Bag limit remains but anglers can put larger walleye in the frying pan
While anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this spring will again be able to keep four walleye, a change in the size regulation will allow them to take one fish over 20 inches – making potential keepers out of considerably more of the lake’s walleye population.
Since May 2017, the regulation allowed anglers to keep four fish with only one over 17 inches. Adjusting the one-over size to 20 inches will put more mature females within the allowed four-fish bag limit during the open water season that begins Saturday, May 11. Under the new regulation, anglers will be able to ..." Learn More >> Upper Red Lake Walleye Regulation 2019
"Crappie fishing remains good to excellent for many anglers targeting them. Early morning seems to be the best time of day to be targeting them, as many anglers report limiting out before 10am. Also anglers that are hole hopping are catching more then anglers that drill and sit. Crappie minnows account for many of the larger crappies, but small plastics and waxies are catching fish too. White, red and orange have been the best colors." — Arrowhead Outdoors, 218-365-5358
Alan Kirkpatrick wrote; “Hi there Jeff, I was wondering what your thoughts may be concerning post spawn walleyes.
Q) Do you think that walleyes that become part of (the) egg/milt collection process such as the Cutfoot or Lake Vermillion hatcheries go through a longer post spawn funk than natural spawned out fish on lakes or rivers? Does the extra stress put upon the trapped fish, i.e. the handling & stripping potentially put the fish into a longer post spawn timeframe or do you think there would be no difference?
A) Alan, over the years, I’ve heard others describe the post-spawn period as a time when fish go into a "funk". Supposedly, they become inactive and lethargic as they recover from the rigors of spawning.
Gaining a thorough, firsthand understanding about “post spawn” walleye behavior has been tricky for me because like most Minnesotan’s, I’ve rarely had the opportunity to experience walleye fishing during, or immediately after the time that they actually are spawning. I used the term “rarely” because on certain occasions, Mother Nature has delivered spring weather late enough to force walleye spawning to ..." Read >> Post Walleye Spawn Behavior April 3, 2019
On April 1, Joe Kerstetter wrote; “Good Morning Mr. Sundin. I’m looking at making one last run out ice fishing. My target area is Round Lake in squaw lake area and some of the surrounding lakes. You have given a report for that area in the past. Do you know how well the ice conditions are in that area and if it even worth the trip. I’d like to try to make it my final trip of the year. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated."
A) Joe, Ice thickness on area lakes now ranges between 20 & 26 inches, snow cover is almost completely melted and the surface of most lakes is now dry. So over the next few days, there will be plenty of ice out on the lakes. The only limitation will be ..." Read >> Can We Find Fish-Able Ice This Weekend?
Western reservoirs offer great walleye fishing and April is a great time to get started. That makes this a great time to join Fish Ed host Jon Thelen as he heads to the Missouri River system to fish with guest Jim Klages for early season walleye.
Jon and Jim detail how to fish a Lindy Rig in a non-traditional way. Most anglers think of moving slow, .5-.8 miles per hour when Lindy Rigging, but today Jon shows you how to ..." View Video >> Missouri River, Early Season Lindy Rigging For Walleyes
"On the south end, good walleye and pike reports for the last week of March. The last day to leave fish houses on the lake overnight unattended was March 31. Some anglers still ice fishing with collapsible houses.
Pike action still hot and pre-spawn fish have the feedbag on. 12' hot depth with live sucker minnows or deadbait on quick strike rigs. Walleyes open through April 14, pike season open continuous. Auger extensions needed.
On the Rainy River, it's game on for open water walleye and sturgeon fishing. Boat ramps at Birchdale and Frontier open. More open water on ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report April 2, 2019
A couple successful late-ice crappie outings found me satisfied enough to start putting away the ice gear. I even got the boat back in the garage and charged up the batteries. Now, it won’t take a whole lot more to get it ready for open water. I just love being way ahead of the game and that’s unusual for me, normally a “foot-dragger.”
Fish talk with Andy Walsh, my walleye tournament partner, changed to baseball, with me telling him “I’m going to a Twins game this spring, even if I have to go by myself.” Moments later, he responded by saying “how about opening day?” “Absolutely” was my hurried and obvious answer. A few more seconds passed, and he said “we’re in.”
I couldn’t believe he could ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines April 2, 2019
On Saturday, we drove over to the Fosston area where we met up with my friend Bob Bohland and his father in law, Ron Rupp. Crappie fishing was the plan and based on Bob’s past experiences, the timing should have been perfect. But on this trip, crappies were tough to come by. Instead, it was bluegills that commanded our attention on this trip.
As you see in the photos, the ice conditions were perfect for either walking or for driving an ATV. Almost all of the snow cover was gone and the surface was dry. Except for a very small patch of shallow water located at the access ramp, there was no sign of standing water anywhere on the lake.
I and Austin jones arrived first and decided to ..." Read >> Sight Fishing Crappies and Bluegills; No Foolin' April 1, 2019
On Lake Winnie, some of the ice in our bay near the dam is too thin to allow even ATV traffic on to the lake, so we’ve closed our landing. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still get on the lake to fish.
We’ve directed our customers how to access the lake using alternate routes that allow them to fish on Tamarack Bay.
We know that there has been a lot of ATV traffic on the big lake, but to the best of our knowledge, nobody is driving pickup trucks out there.
Perch action had been good before the big meltdown forced us off the lake for a while. In fact one of the last groups that were here went home with limits of good size perch. We know that those fish are still out there and as ice conditions turn favorable this weekend, we will ..." Read >> Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Update March 29, 2019
It’s beginning to look more like spring at the Rainy River. Water is flowing past the landing at Birchdale and the county has had a crew working on opening up the boat ramp. There were already some anglers pushing small boats across the ice and on to the river this Wednesday. The probability is very high that it’s going to be open for all boats by this weekend.
It will be interesting to see what affect, if any, the new catch and release only walleye regulation will have on traffic this spring.
According to the MN DNR, traffic on the Rainy River should not change much compared to previous years. That’s if you believe angler surveys taken before the new regulation was implemented. Those surveys indicated that less than 2% of anglers cited harvesting fish as their primary reason for fishing the river. In fact, the DNR News Release says ..." Read >> Rainy River Fishing Regulation March 28, 2019
"As big bass vacate their offshore haunts and begin flooding the shallows in preparation for their annual spawn, anglers are afforded a special opportunity. These fish are hungry and territorial which means lots of bites and lots of size. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a pile of money to catch these fish. These fishing lures will catch plenty of bass without emptying your bank account.
Whether you fish it on a traditional Texas rig, a weightless Texas rig or a wacky rig, this stick worm will flat-out catch bass. Although it works throughout much of the year, the Dinger shines brightest in the ..." Learn More >> 5 Inexpensive Lures that Catch Spring Bass Anywhere
Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report March 28, 2019
"Ice - 30 to 34 inches of good ice is being reported on many of the area lakes. There is 4-6 inches of ice on top that can turn soft or slushy on warm sunny day stretches, but rock hard on days that stay below freezing. Travel is very easy overall and air temps will determine if it a truck, 4 wheeler or by foot is the best way to travel.
Crappies - Interest in crappies has risen as spring like temps have come to the area. Reports have been hit or miss for many, but anglers that have stayed on the move and were able to locate crappies have reported some nice catches with some real slabs mixed in.
20-25 feet of water near ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report March 27, 2019
Anglers need a strong, unified voice. At least that's what we need if we want our views to carry any weight in Minnesota’s legislature and at Minnesota’s DNR headquarters.
That’s why I circled back around in the aisle when I spotted Gary Leaf working a booth, under the banner that said "Leading The Way To Minnesota's Fishing Future."at the Northwest Sportshow. Under the banner, a logo for MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation-Coalition.
Leaf is respected as an advocate for outdoors issues in Minnesota. His group Sportsmen for Change was formed over a decade ago to tackle outdoor issues in Minnesota.
In his August 2010 Star Tribune blog, Kirk Schnitker referenced the term “outdoor militant” to describe Leaf. One quote from that blog says;
“Just why is going Minnesota outdoor militant good for the outdoors? Because Minnesota nice has gotten 90 plus percent of all our wetlands drained. Because it allows for bad politics and special interests to ..." Read >> MN-FISH Sportfishing Coalition; Leading the Lead-Able
I could hardly wait to get home from the Northwest Sportshow and find out if the entire hubbub about great perch fishing was true. With the help of a new friend, I’m happy to say that it is, at least it was on Leech Lake yesterday; here’s how it started.
“I’ve got Tuesday and Wednesday off and I have to fish” Josh Bullivant said. “The reports I’m getting are just too good and I don’t want to miss out on the best perch fishing of the year!”
When somebody tells you something like that, it’s only natural to drop a few hints that might encourage an invitation to tag along. So that’s what I did, I dropped a hint; I said “Can I come along?” Happily Josh said ..." Read >> Late Ice Perch Fishing Leech Lake March 27, 2019
"Pro bass angler Ott DeFoe breaks down how he uses a combination of side imaging, mapping and 360 Imaging to build a high-percentage milk run of spots before wetting a line. This is the exact step-by-step process that helped him win the 2019 Bassmaster Classic and it'll help you too.
Finding seasonal transition bass on reservoirs during the spring is a challenge for all anglers regardless of skill level. Ott takes us on a mapping deep-dive, explaining key locations to consider and how to configure and adjust the shallow water and depth highlight on his LakeMaster mapping to establish and stay on a working pattern.
DeFoe then takes to the bow where he uses Humminbird 360 Imaging to ..." Learn More >> Advanced Fish Finder Steps for Finding Bass Fast
On March 25, 2019 Mark Novara wrote; Q) Hi, looking at coming towards Winnibigoshish this next weekend. We live in upper michigan, are ice conditions ok? We are thinking of hitting Round Lake, or Pike Bay. Any information would be greatly appreciate. Thank you!
A) Mark, we are compiling fresh reports right now and based on what we’re hearing, you should expect to travel by ATV or on foot. But provided that you do not depend on a pickup truck to travel on the ice, you can expect to find good perch fishing when you get here. In fact, when I stopped at Fred's Bait in Deer River yesterday, they told me that the perch fishing has been great on ..." Read >> Itasca Area Perch Fishing Getting Great Reviews March 26, 2019
"On the south end, good walleye reports for those still ice fishing. Good catches are coming everywhere from 15 to 31 feet of water.
Gold, glow red and glow colors best. Mix up presentations, try rattle baits, minnow baits.
Deadsticking plain hook with live minnow consistent.
Pike action had been excellent with many fish over 40" caught again this week.
Some big walleyes continue to be caught on tip ups by pike anglers! Fish houses on ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Reports March 26, 2019
Are you sure that you really wanted to skip the link from the report at the top of this page, the one that says; "Itasca Area Perch Fishing Getting Great Reviews March 26, 2019"?
If you skipped it, then you kept a whole bunch of secrets from yourself. That's because there were too many updates to list them all on this page so I bundled 'em together in the March archives page.
Click on todays link for fresh updates from Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, Lake of the Woods, Cass Lake and more. >> Ice Fishing Reports March 26, 2019
Q) Tim Roche wrote; “NEVER MET YOU BUT YOU SEEM LIKE A REAL NICE FELLAH, I AM A 40+ YEAR VETERAN OF FISHING WALLEYES ON RAINY LAKE AND OTHERS, QUESTION: IN THE WIGGLE WORM ARTICLE YOU SAY (that you use) 4 LB. MONO, NEVER EVER Braid. DO YOU MEAN YOU USE MONO FOR ALL FISHING? BEST REGARDS AND I USE LINDY TACKLE TOO.” TIM ROCHE
A) Tim, there are many times that I do use braided fishing lines. My Musky & Pike rods are spooled with braid, so are some of my Bass rods and I do occasionally use braid for Walleye, deep water jigging for example. But 90% of my walleye fishing gear is spooled with monofilament line.
For wiggle worming and most other shallow water jig fishing I use ..." Read >> Why Not Use Braided Line For Walleye Fishing?
"We take a detailed look at Humminbird's capable ICE HELIX 7 All-Season pack, which does true double duty as a technology-packed LCD ice fishing fishfinder as well as an open water unit. One box and all the accessories needed to make a seamless transition from soft to hard water and vice versa.
As Wired2Fish's McKeon "Keys" Roberts notes, this is a cost-effective and convenient solution for the year-round multi-activity sportsman. The included gimbal bracket, power cable and highspeed transducer install with ease and the heavy-duty carrying case comes equipped with ..." View Video and Learn More >> The Do-All Fishfinder Solution for Ice and Open Water
Given the recent weather, it's understandable that my phone isn’t exactly ringing off the hook. It takes a hearty soul to make a day on the lake fun right now and folks, who aren’t already on my calendar haven’t been in a rush to get in on this cold snap.
Because I do still have a handful of trips on my schedule, I feel obliged to get out on the lakes and have a look around. The least I can do is to keep myself up to speed about lake conditions and hopefuly fish locations too. That way I have a fighting chance of making these next several dates fun for my customers.
Since I was heading out solo anyway, I decided to combine the search for places to catch fish this week with the search for places to ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 10, 2018
During late fall and winter there are several species of fish that migrate into deep water. Crappies, one of the most popular deep water inhabitants, are particularly vulnerable to fishing pressure during this cold water period.
For some anglers, locating and catching fish in mid-lake deep water basins is easier than finding them in shallow water cover. The good news is that once located, crappies are willing biters and for most anglers, fairly easy to catch. The fish’s willingness to strike allows an angler to make quick work out of catching “a limit” of fish. The fast action makes it tempting to lock into a position, catch lots of fish and ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing In Deep Water October 5, 2018
Canton, Ill. — Jeff Kolodzinski is a man on a mission — a Marathon Man out to break a record he already holds. On September 11 and 12, 2018, at Giant Goose Ranch in Canton, Illinois, he will attempt to catch more than 2,143 fish on hook and line to break his own world record set in 2011.
But Kolodzinski is not doing it for a spot in the record books. He’s doing it to introduce people and families to fishing and to increase awareness and financial support for the Fishing For Life, a non-profit, tax exempt charitable organization whose Next GEN program finds mentors for children of families in need.
A special focus within the program, serves families of ..." Learn More and Watch Live Video Feed >> Kolodzinski, Guinness World Record Holder Attempts To Break His Own Record
On Tuesday, I wrote; "Referencing Bemidji Area Fisheries Manager, Gary Barnard's comments about Upper Red Lake Walleye bag limits, I found it interesting that he used the phrase "A Lot of Walleyes" to describe the 4 fish bag limit.
I can honestly say that for me, a 4 fish bag limit is fine. I have more than ample opportunity to catch enough fish to eat and I can usually accomplish it within a reasonable amount of time. But that said I still do not view a bag limit of 4 fish as “A Lot of Fish.”
Even the current statewide bag limit of 6 fish doesn’t stretch very far for folks who travel long distances to fish, or for those who have to wait for long periods of time between fishing trips. I suspect that folks who provide most of the tourism dollars to Minnesota’s economy come to our state because of “the promise” that they can take some fish home to eat. That is if they can ..." Learn More >> Walleye Bag Limit Poll
On March 27, 2018 Tim Olson wrote; “Jeff, following the discussion about muskies and musky stocking, I see some folks referencing a supposed relationship between muskies and a decline in Northern Pike populations and/or spawning success. Are you aware of any direct relationship between the two? Also, I’m wondering about your take on the new pike regulation that will allow a 10 fish limit for northern Minnesota?
A) Tim, pike and muskies not only spawn at different times, but also spawn using very different habitats from each other. Pike begin staging near their spawning grounds before the ice melts and will be the first fish to ..." Read >> Muskies, Stocking and Ideal Habitat March 28, 2018
Reporting back with an update about last week's Q&A regarding pre-mature loss of battery voltage in his Ice Helix 7, Steve Sykes wrote; "Thanks for your help, it worked! Battery lasted all day long and I actually still had 70% battery life after a full day of ice fishing." Click >> Review Original Ice Helix 7 Q&A Here
"There's still uncertainty about side imaging technology and if it's worth it. We let the imaging do the talking and let you decide based on fishing style and budget.
The goals of this video are to 1) prove that side imaging technology produces highly detailed pictures far off to the sides of the boat, and 2) help you decide if this technology is right for your fishing situation. To accomplish this, we filmed on an ultra clear lake and drove a shallow rock flat covered with boulders and also containing sunken boats and tires. An in-boat camera was focused on the fish finder screen while a drone flew overhead (synched with in-boat camera). Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski simply drives the structure and ..." View Video To Learn More >> Is Side Imaging Fish Finder Technology Right for You?
Steve Penkoske Wrote;
Q) "Jeff, What kind of trailer do you prefer, a bunk or roller?
A) Steve, if I was assured that every landing I would ever use had water depths adequate for floating my fiberglass 208 ProV, I would absolutely prefer bunk trailers.
Bunks provide better support for my hull and given that I have enough water to float my boat, the bunk trailer is an absolute dream to load. Hands down, the bunks are a better way to go, when and if they suit your needs.
They do have one drawback and it’s a big problem for me because not all of the public access sites at the lakes I fish provide water that’s deep enough to provide adequate flotation.
That's why I still ..." Read >> Bunk Trailers vs Roller Trailers; Which Is Best?
Pete Mayer wrote; "I read your article on Thursday about controlling a tiller boat in big waves, it makes sense, but not all of us are lucky enough to have a boat like yours. So my questions are do you really need a tiller boat and what would you do in these situations if you didn’t have one?"
Answer) Pete, you’re right, I am extremely lucky to be able to ..." Read >> Boat Control Tiller vs Console October 20, 2017
Okay lets cut to the chase. If you've ever asked a question about using side imaging, how it works or why it works; then you need to watch this video. This is the most comprehensive turorial about using side imaging technology that I've ever seen.
Wired2Fish teamed up with Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski of Humminbird to create this detailed video about understanding how and why this technology works. Kolo breaks down how to read and interpret what side imaging, down imaging, and two-dimensional (2D) sonar are showing you, and how they can improve your fishing. We filmed real-time drone and underwater video of ... " View >> Understanding Side Imaging Technologies
"I’m just like you, I wish that I could visit my favorite lake any time I want and catch oodles of big Bluegills. I’d like to bring a bunch of them home too, that way I could fix a big family fish fry for every special occasion.
The problem is that if I fish there too often or bring home too many fish, my favorite lake won’t remain favored very long.
It’s a fact of life and we’re going to have to come to grips with it; as a group, we are extremely effective predators and we’re getting better all the time. We have the equipment, the knowledge, the leisure time and the communication skills to harvest fish faster than our favorite lakes can produce them. We literally have the ability to ..." Read Article >> What Is The Value Of A Sunfish? a
Fish ED New Video March 2, 2017 "How Zebra Mussels Affect Fish Location"
"Exotic Zebra Mussels have invaded countless lakes across the Midwest.
Kurt Anderson Asked; what do you mean by the term “Death Cloud”? I saw your fishing report dated February 27th and in it, you said; “I was surprised that the action stopped before sundown, but it did. By 6:00 PM the screen of my Humminbird was painting images of the “death cloud”. A) Kurt, I coined the phrase “Death Cloud” before I ever ... Read >> What's The Death Cloud?
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 >> Fishing Reports Minnesota
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.
Jeff Sundin is a full time, professional fishing guide, outdoor writer and photographer. Book Jeff for guided fishing trips, for fishing seminars, fishing promotions and media events. Click here >> learn more about Jeff Sundin.
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