image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report December 5, 2016 - Ice Watch 2016

Fresh in from the St. Paul Ice Show and settling back in to my humble abode in beautiful La Prairie, MN.
Greeted by a couple of inches of fresh snow, I’ll need to do some cleanup before I can take a tour of the area to check for developing ice. So the reconnaissance is slated for later this afternoon.
Before I do either of those things though, I want to say thank you to everyone who stopped by the Lindy Booth at the ice show. Naturally, it’s gratifying for me personally when I meet folks who share kind words about ... Read >> Ice Report December 5, 2016

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" December 5, 2016

The annual St. Paul Ice Fishing Show has come and gone and what a show it was. A lack of sufficient ice for fishing always does this. People are excited to get out on the lakes but have nowhere to go. Except for the show that is. Hence the overwhelming and anxious crowds.
It’s always hard for me, as I love first ice fishing. The fish usually bite very well and it is sort of an early winter ritual.
There have been times when I had already drilled dozens of holes, catching an equal amount of fish, and then had the obligation of heading down to St. Paul.
One of those times occurred when Terry Wickstrom and I ... Read >> "Greg's Guidlines" December 5, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report December 2, 2016 - Ice Watch 2016

Before I hit the road for the St. Paul Ice Show, one quick note about ice conditions in the Grand Rapids area. There aren't many frozen lakes this morning, but I think that the ice is going to sneak up on us this year.
On Thursday, I toured some back roads fully expecting to see nothing but open water everywhere. I was surprised by finding two small lakes that were both ice covered. I know, that doesn't mean that we're ready for the ice season, but I'll make a prediction that we will have at least some fishable spots by next weekend.
What do you think, why don't we talk about it at the ice show this weekend? Stop in and see us at the Lindy booth Friday 1:00 to 7:00, Saturday 10:00 to 7:00 and Sunday 9:00 to 3:00.

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report November 29, 2016 - Ice Watch 2016, The End of Soggy Weather?

Persistent rainfall continued for another 12 hours after I reported yesterday morning. Today, the gloomy conditions linger, but for now, the rain has stopped.
On Monday afternoon, a quick stop at the formerly frozen White Oak Lake revealed an open channel that ... Read >> Ice Report Novermber 29, 2016

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" November 29, 2016

The rainy, warm weather has now dwindled the snow down to “next to nothing” and forecasted colder temps have ice making looking pretty darn good. It won’t be long before we’re walking out on first “safe” ice.
For those that are on Facebook, keep an eye on ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines November 29, 2016

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report November 28, 2016 - Ice Watch 2016, Two Steps Backward

Anxious ice anglers haven't received much encouragement over the past few days. The small ponds that froze over last weekend continue holding on to what little ice they had, but almost all of the lakes in the Itasca Area are wide open. Yes, even the smaller ones that had some ice covered bays have opened back up again.
It’s 6:30 AM in Grand Rapids and it’s been raining steadily for about the past 10 hours. The extra water is going to put another dent in the snow cap. That said, I don’t think there’s enough rain on tap to ... Read >> Ice Watch November 28, 2016

image denotes link to fish rapper articleOn Lake Winnibigoshish Dixon Lake Resort November 23, 2016

"Hi to all Dark house Spearers and Anglers. Jorden from Rick Nolan’s office called to check on things with the forest service. He talked directly with Karen Lessard and then with the Heritage Foundation that conducted the study's on the road.
He assured us that they all want the road open and that it will be by the time we have safe ice. We should be hearing from the Forestry here in the next week to discuss the road maintenance (plowing) and such, and once the road is frozen down the gate will be open.
We just wanted to keep all of you posted. Thank you all for your help and to those of you that spread the word to get people involved in this area. This is important to so many fishermen, not just this little resort in the woods." Thanks, Dixon Lake Resort 218-659-4612

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report November 22, 2016 - Ice Watch 2016 Now With Added Whiteness

Minnesota ice anglers got a lucky “2 for 1 bonus” when an early winter blizzard arrived with a vengeance this weekend.
If you wouldn’t consider getting over a foot of snow lucky, then maybe you’ll agree that at least the timing was good. Good because almost all of the heavy, wet snow that landed on Itasca lakes, fell into ... Read >> Ice Report November 22, 2016

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" November 22, 2016

Well folks, it’s all happening. The firearms deer season has officially come to a screeching halt, except for muzzle loaders, and ice fishing is just around the corner.
I ended my season by heading up north last Friday morning with my son, Kris. Planning to hunt the Little Bear Lake area with my brother, Bruce, who resides there, we arrived late morning. Bruce was already in his stand so a walk in the woods to visit him was in order.
I hated to interrupt his deer hunting but cell coverage is non-existent up there so a phone message wouldn’t do. It worked out perfect, however, as he was getting ready to head back to the house. Not in any hurry to hunt, we joined him.
There was a slight break in the ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines November 22, 2016   

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 17, 2016 Freezing The Freezable?

If your mind hasn't been on ice, or ice fishing lately, it will be after tomorrow. With temperatures plummeting and snow falling, the fairy tale fall weather will be screeching to a halt.
From my point of view, the timing couldn't be much better because after tomorrow, my move will be complete. That means that I'll be free to kick off the "O-Fish-All Ice Watch" for 2016.
Stand by as Cub Reporter; Staff #003 brings you up to date with freeze up reports as they unfold. image of fish smiley

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" November 16, 2016

Oh, oh. Another deer season is quickly coming to an end and I don’t have my buck yet! I’ve only seen a couple of them but both have been of very nice quality.
One was on a day when Justin Bailey and I decided to go for a ride and do a little road hunting. This is something I usually never do but I ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines November 16

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" November 10, 2016

Another opening weekend of the Minnesota firearms deer season is now in the books and what a weekend it turned out to be. The deer, for me anyway, were non-existent but the weather was unbelievable and had me thinking “I should have never put my boat away.”
Early morning rifle shots were heard quite regularly, signaling the official start to the season. That always gets one pumped, knowing there are deer around and that you might have a good chance at filling your tag. However, it seemed to quiet down after a few hours and continued to stay like that until the sun was low in the sky. It was during this time, that shots were once again heard, though far less frequent than the morning hours.
Sunny weather in the sixties has a tendency of ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines November 10

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" November 1, 2016

It was a most wonderful fall season for catching crappie so I decided to make one last trip for walleye before putting the boat away. Maybe I should have quit right then and there, after the crappie fun, as I struggled big time in catching anything at all.
A trip to the Mississippi River, that runs into Little Winnie, was more-or-less based on memories of fishing it many years ago with good buddy Brian Griffith of Deer River. Back in the day, Brian and I used to do quite well there. I even ran a few very successful guide trips on that piece of river but last Sunday was a totally different story.
I haven’t fall fished there in years and have never seen the river so low, about 3-4’ less than normal. This called for slowly making my way to the lake, just in case a new sandbar or tree placed itself in the way. I used to love running the river at ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines November 1, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 3, 2016 Influencing the Influence able – My Two Cents Worth

"I KNOW that at this time of the season, many of you are checking in on this page not for fishing information, but simply to keep tabs on what’s happening up here in the northland.
By now, most folks have given up on open water fishing and have turned their attention to hunting, sports, school and maybe even politics.
Politics is a tricky subject, but if we never talk about it, we could wind up in a situation where the country dictates to the people, instead of ... " Read >> Fishing Report November 3, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Update November 1, 2016 - Moving The Movable

They say that timing is everything and that's just another reason that I feel so lucky! What I mean is that if I have to drop everything and move, it’s lucky that I get to do it now, while we’re in-between fishing seasons.
The closing on Cub Reporter Headquarters went off without a hitch yesterday and now packing and moving is going into high gear.  So don’t be worried if the reports are sporadic for a while, it won’t be long before I organize the organizable and get started with “Ice Watch 2016”.
Oh and by the way, there will be a new mailing address, and the land line phone number will be disconnected in a few days. The email address, website and other contact information will remain unchanged so if you need to contact me, email will be the best way to do it.

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" October 25,2016

Temps are falling, air as well as water, and that means I’ll be putting the boat away for the winter sometime in the very near future, like maybe in a week or two, depending. It also signifies that the firearms deer season is fast approaching, getting underway November 5.
This works out perfect for me, as it’s usually too cold to be in the boat but not so to sit in a deer stand. I’ll fish until the end of the month and possibly into November a tad but then the boat will be brought to Ray’s Sport & Marine to get winterized. From then on out, it’ll be two weeks of deer hunting and shortly after, ice fishing, if Upper Red Lake is ready by then and it usually is. It always amazes me how a monstrous lake like Upper Red can freeze up before some of our small, local waters.
My fall crappie adventures have me at 55 different ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines October 25, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 25, 2016 - Hello, hello, is there anybody in there ...

I Know that some of you just like keeping tabs on things up north and Yes, I'm still here and I KNOW that anybody who went fishing on Monday, in fact anytime over these past few days was pretty darn lucky.
I wish I could say that I was one of them, but with only 6 days remaining before I close on the new house, its crunch time and there's no play time for me. So far, I’ve been ... Read >> October 25, 2016

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 21, 2016 - Open Water Season Winding Down?

I can't help but notice that it's getting harder to find fishermen on the water these days and according to the calendar, this should be expected. There’s a lot of stuff pulling folks away from the lake and finding time to fish isn’t easy. Take me for example, only 10 days from starting the move to a new house! That means that my days on the water will be fewer than usual, but they’re not over yet.
My main boat; the Pro V is all cleaned up and buttoned down for winter. She’s resting patiently, awaiting discovery of ... Read >> Fishing Report October 21, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 19, 2016 - Leech Lake Walleyes, Better Late Than Never?

Sometimes I just don't understand fish, especially Walleyes.
For most of the season, there have been a handful of lakes kicking out the lion's share of good, reliable Walleye fishing; Leech Lake has not been one of them.
For most of the season, anglers who have fished on the "good lakes" were looking forward to the fall in anticipation of the start of a feeding frenzy that would make fishing "really good".
Over the past few days, more than a few anglers have been starting their fishing trips on one of the "good lakes", but ending their trips on Leech Lake instead. That's right, whatever the reason, Walleyes have arrived to ... Read >> Fishing Report October 19. 2016

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 18, 2016 - Winnie Walleyes, Cutfoot Crappies, Predictible Perch

It's common for folks to use the approaching MEA weekend as their last chance for a fun weekend with school age kids. So it's understandable that curiosity about what's up on Winnie and Cutfoot would generate readers’ questions regarding the whereabouts of Walleye, Perch and Crappies. In fact, fishing on Winnie and Cutfoot is the subject that's dominated my inbox.
I would love to tell you that the fishing is wide open, but right now it's what I would call "spotty". You can catch 'em if your timing is good, but some days are ... Read >> Fishing Report October 18, 2016

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" October 18, 2016 - Points to Ponder

It was a guide trip a few weeks ago, when a little bird (not sure what kind) landed on one of my clients fishing rods. It sat there for a second or two and took off. We laughed. I have never had this happen before. Yes, fishing was a little slow at the time but it was still better than having cobwebs on the rod.
Sharing a cabin with the legendary Steve Fellegy for the weekend, we had plenty of time to tell stories and just plain visit. Steve has caught walleyes in 42 states and if I’m not mistaken those are the ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines October 18, 2016

 

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge October 18, 2016;

"Our charters, as well as those staying here with their own boat have been fishing close by either in the river or just outside the gap. Fishing has been strong, it has been nice seeing the action in the river. Don’t miss the bite! Book a cabin yet this fall and enjoy Rainy River fishing.
Looks like the weather is going to remain nice the next few days with highs near 60 degrees. Mid-week highs temps drop just a bit with them in the upper 40’s too mid-50’s." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 17, 2016 - Pleasantly Surprised or Predictibly Pumped?

Surface temperatures held tight enough over the weekend to produce excellent fishing for most anglers who visited the Itasca area.
At 53 to 55 degrees, there was some question about which lakes, if any may have turned over, but apparently most of them had not.
On small lakes, Walleye, Pike and Bass were all available along weed edges. Crappies, in most systems have found their way into deep basin areas, and they were feeding actively.  
On Leech Lake, Walleye action finally kicked into high gear and Walleye ... Read >> Fishing Report October 17, 2016

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image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort October 17, 2016;

"Bonding over the Crappie hole was as good as it gets for these 3 Vets this weekend. They met at our first Veteran's event and have since become close friends. Fishing in 24 to 27 feet of water, they made quick work of catching suspended Crappies." - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 14, 2016 - Test Results In, Weekend Walleye Fishing Outlook; Positive

Ironic, isn't it? Just as the fishing season winds down, the Walleye action in the Itasca region is heating up.
The perfect blend of cold and warm weather has worked in harmony to produce surface temperatures that hover near the ideal range. This means that Walleye anglers who haven't already put their boats away for winter might want to take advantage of what's shaping up to be an excellent weekend.
I've spent this week fishing on 4 popular Walleye lakes, friends have reported in about a few more and all reports share this common rule of thumb; if we can ... Read >> Fishing Report October 14, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 13, 2016 - Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of ... a fishing trip?

Fishing might not have been the first thing that came to mind when Thomas Jefferson began writing the declaration of independence. But it was the first thought that came to my mind as I read this question from Deron DoRight.
Q) Jeff, I always enjoy reading your fishrapper reports.  I am a full time, year round guide in MN, just like you.  I have only been doing it full time for 6 years.  I am a licensed Coast Guard Captain. I need to be by law to guide on ... Read >> "Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Fishing"

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" October 11, 2016 - Leech Lake Fishing Report

Clusiau, Fishing Leech Lake; "Was challenging to say the least, as high winds made it miserable, especially on Friday, when they reached 20 mph. However, if you were able to position your boat as close to the rocky shores as possible and keep it there without incident, walleye fishing was pretty darn good.
Leech Lake is alive and well my friends and the quality of fish caught during this group guide event was mighty impressive. Limits of ... Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 9, 2016 - Turning Over A New Season?

Walleyes and Walleye fishermen alike are likely to have turned over a new leaf this weekend. The cold water period, now in its infancy will impact how we fish and when we fish for what remains of the open water season.
Odds are good that many of the Itasca area lakes that do turnover did turnover during the past couple of days. The deeper lakes that hold their warmth more stubbornly are liable to follow suit shortly. Surface temperatures under my boat ranged between ... Read >> Fishing Report October 9, 2016

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Wired2Fish October 7, 2016 "Eat the Invaders: Asian Carp on the Menu"

"Eat me! That’s one way to stop the spread. Participants of the Aquatic Invaders Summit II this week in St. Cloud, Minnesota may well now be hooked on carp. Conference attendees were treated to a rare delicacy, smoked Asian Carp compliments of ... Read >> Eat the Invaders: Asian Carp on the Menu

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 7, 2016 - Weekend Walleye Fishing Outlook

Surface Water Temperatures dipped below 55 degrees on the shallow lake that we fished on Thursday. Cass Lake and Lake Andrusia, both deep water lakes, were holding their warmth better on Wednesday, holding between 58-59 degrees.
Even if the fishing is only “fair” this weekend, I think that you’ll be able to gather fish for a meal. For anglers addicted to catching Mr. Big, I think that your chances are above average too, especially if you focus on Lindy Rigging with large minnows.
On Thursday, it was obvious that fish had ... Read >> Fishing Report October 7, 2016

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Look Familiar? The Lindy Live Bait Jig may have a new name, but it's been around a long time. The jig popularized by carreer fishing guide, Jeff Sundin has been used to catch fish all over the midwest and thanks to Lindy for giving them a new home, these awesome jigs will be available everywhere this spring. Jon Thelen shares his insights about what makes these live bait jigs so deadly. View Video >> Lindy Live Bait Jig Features and Benifits

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 6, 2016 - Finding the Findable at "The Crappie Hole"

Okay, I ran into this Crappie yesterday evening and asked; “What the heck were you doing yesterday? I stopped by looking for you, but couldn’t find you anywhere, the place was vacant.”
The Crappie, in its own sweet way replied; “Vacant, no we were there, all of us, the whole school, all day long, are you sure you looked everywhere?”
I explained that we looked along the drop off in 16 to 22 feet of water, and that we checked deeper too, along the breakline in 24 to 30 feet of water. Then I explained that we even went out into the middle of the lake, over the deepest hole we could find. When that idea drew a blank we searched over the ... Read >> Fishing Report October 6, 2016

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 5, 2016 - Isn't It Ironic?

Mother Nature is so darn smart; she set up the whole food chain so that fish become the most active, feeding most heavily on crummy days when nobody in their right mind is supposed to be out on the lake pursuing them. She can’t help it if some of us ... Read >> Fishing Report October 5, 2016

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" October 4, 2016 - Fishing Report

It’s all happening. Bird hunters have been doing well and the fishing has been stellar, for crappies anyway. Walleye fishing, more importantly the catching, has been sort of sporadic but that all depends on just where you’re fishing.
I’ve heard somewhat lackadaisical walleye reports coming from Upper Red Lake, Big Winnie and Leech Lake but it all depends on who ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines October 4, 2016

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 3, 2016 - On A Beautiful Day

How does that song go? "... You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what ... the lake will give you." That's how the song would have gone had my departed friend, Wayne Schumacher been the Rolling Stones lyricist.
Like me, Wayne was among the fraternity that believes any fish is a good fish and that it’s the lake, not the angler who decides when we ... Read >> Fishing Report October 3, 2016

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 2, 2016 - Catching The Catchable

Now that the calendar says that it's October, I feel better about the srface temperatures on north central Minnesota lakes. Temperatures ranging between 53 and 57 degrees didn’t sound right for September, but hovering near the dreaded “turnover” feels better now that folks are putting up their Halloween decorations.
I guess it was the heavy rain that accelerated the cool down, especially on lakes with heavy current inflows from rivers. On land locked lakes, especially deeper water lakes the temperatures are holding up somewhat better and these account for the warmer, 57 degree water temperatures.
The sudden cool down helped Walleye fishermen, at least it did during the early stages. Reports from Lake Winnie, Leech Lake and some of the Bemidji area waters were positive. After the cooler water settled, fishing for Walleye got a little trickier though and now we need another boost from Mother Nature to get the ball rolling again.
Crappies are deep, but not on ... Read >> Fishing Report October 2, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 29, 2016 - Pokegama Lake Late Fall Walleye

Q) Pat Bradley wrote; "Hi Jeff, I plan to spend a week on Pokegama (10/19) walleye fishing and was wondering if you have some ideas? I'm thinking jig and minnow and or live bait rigs with large red tails.  Ideas on depth, areas of lake, etc. would be appreciated. Thank you.
A) Pat, My daytime game plan for Pokegama during late fall is simple; find green, healthy weeds on points that lead into deeper water. Pay particular attention to weed flats that lay adjacent to areas that contain Bulrush, especially if you can find some that have rocks mixed in too.
By the time you arrive, fall spawning Tulibee will ... Read >> Late Fall Walleye Pokegama Lake  

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 29, 2016 - Exploring The Explorable

There's a certain time every season when I'm overcome by an uncontrollable urge to pretend I'm Amerigo Vespucci. It's the time when I feel like I've visited too many of the same lakes too many times; the notion of finding "fresh" water becomes a primary concern.
Researching lakes using fisheries surveys, fish stocking reports and test netting results definitely helps get an angler into the ... Read >> Fishing Report September 29, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 27, 2016 - Weedline Walleye, Hiding In Calm Water

Well okay then, you caught me, I was hiding out on the calm side of the lake.
I admit that creativity wasn’t exactly the term I’d use for my fishing strategy on Monday. Despite having some really good ideas about where to fish and doing my best to visit them, strong winds kept forcing me back to the calmest, most comfortable water I could find.
Fortunately, we did find some fish in calm spots and by days end; we’d assembled a respectable catch of ... Read >> Fishing Report September 27, 2016

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" September 27, 2016 - Fishing Report

My first strike came quickly and ended up being a small northern pike. Regrouping, I continued trolling the breakline at 22’ and had another nice strike. Thinking to myself “this is a walleye”, I was more than surprised when a huge crappie shook off by the boat. It didn’t matter because at least I had found what I was looking for. After that, I went into “stealth mode” and slowly ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines September 27, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge September 26, 2016;

"23 feet of water outside the Light house gap has been holding nice schools of fish with many Shiner minnows in the area and in the river! We are expecting the bite to improve every day.
We spent some time on the North side of the lake this week as well as the Light house gap area. Mostly anchoring and jigging with a shiner minnow, gold or pink and gold were the color of choice.
If you are coming up this fall and trying to plan a menu, think about taking advantage of some of our great specials.
The forecast is showing highs in the 60’s with lows in the 40’s overnight. As always, it is best to have a good set of rain gear this time of year." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, September 26, 2016 Four Seasons Resort;

"Walleye fishing this past week was the best I had all year. We caught quantities of fish in the shallow water on jigs and fathead minnows. Most of the fish were between 16 and 18" and were very healthy. The whole west side of the lake was productive. My prediction of the water temperature cooling down would ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 23, 2016 - Q&A Winnie Walleye, Cutfoot Crappie, Weekend Advisory

Q) An email fishing question from Bob; Q) Hey Jeff, It has been a month since I have gotten to the cabin and fished Winnie. I have some guests coming up this weekend and I have been Reading your report to get up to speed. It appears that the crappie have been crushed on Cutfoot. Do you think there are any schools to find or should I focus on Walleye?
What's the word on Walleye on Winnie? Any words of wisdom could turn me from goat to hero!
A) Bob, it is true that Crappies are being pursued very heavily on Cutfoot Sioux, Little Cutfoot and in certain areas of Big Winnie too.
During my last few trips up there, I’ve watched dozens of boat “trading spots” with each other, hoping to find a few active fish in each of the popular locations. On the last trip up there, my experience was that each school of fish would ... Read >> Fishing Report September 23, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 22, 2016 - Walleyes, Weeds and "Dabbling the Dabbable."

Q) When would catching a Walleye small enough to fit in the palm of your hand be fantastic news?
A) When you’re a career fishing guide who depends on finding Walleyes, and you discover that there’s a ... Read >> Fishing Report September 22, 2016

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, September 22, 2016 Four Seasons Resort;

"The water is starting to cool down and the walleye fishing is starting to heat up!  Aggressive jigging with fathead minnows has been the ticket.  Shallow water 7-10' has been the best.  The entire west side has been good this week. Look for turns in the ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 19, 2016 - Follow Fall Crappie Migrations To Catch Cold Water Slabs

Each day you’ll see more signs of life in this deeper water. First baitfish begin to appear, then small groups of Crappies and finally larger schools of fish. The arrival of larger groups of fish out on this deeper open water drop off marks the beginning of the peak fall bite, now is the time to get ... Read >> Follow Fall Crappie Migrations

 

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Fish ED Video Episode September 2016 "Finding and Catching Early Fall Crappies"

"Slab Crappies often hunker in lush weedbeds during the summer. But the first few hints of autumns approach, signal the arrival of a brand new pattern. Heavy dew on your truck windows, Geese flocking in the fields and the sighting of more deer on your way to the fishing hole all point to an incredible Panfishing opportunity awaiting offshore." View Video >> Locate and catch early fall, slab Crappies.

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" September 20, 2016 - Fishing Report

She’s slowly cooling down and it’s making finding those fall panfish a little easier. Right now, most lakes are in that 64-66º range and although the fish aren’t deep yet, they are being found in transition areas, which usually means the main breakline leading into the main lake basin.
Put it like this. First-ice panfish, especially crappies, are normally found in the deeper waters of average depth lakes. My favorite first-ice lakes have maximum depths in the 25-35’ range. This makes finding fish a whole lot easier. Try fishing a lake in the 50’ depth, or more, and it seems there are just too many hiding places. During these conditions, they usually suspend and roam about the main lake basin, making them harder to pinpoint. Therefore, my favorite fall crappie lakes are those with depths in that “happy medium.”
I’ve done well on three lakes thus far and have checked out sixteen ... Read >> Greg Clusiau Fishing Report September 20, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 19, 2016 - “Q&A Carol Pinter, Perch Update, Leech Lake”

On Friday, Carol Painter wrote; "Any fishing tips for Leech Lake?" A) We fished over there on Thursday. The Walleye action was slow, but we did mange to catch some fish in the stretch of water between the old Silverhook Resort and the three sisters on the East side of Portage Bay.
I know that there are some Perch ... Read >> Leech Lake Perch September 19. 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge September 19, 2016;

"More fun and great fishing this past week! Tom’s in early every morning checking for shiners and he reports he’s seeing more activity in the river this past week.
Most of the angling time this past week was spent near Pine Island, although there were some trips west and north of Garden Island.
There is still a great school of fish off of Pine Island about 6 miles. Anchoring with a jig and frozen or live shiner seems to be working great. There has been some down rigging still going on.
The MTT finished strong again this year! Many great competitors and great fishing. Anglers in the competition were also mixing bait fishing with pulling plugs.
With Fall officially starting on Thursday the forecast looks great for this time of year. Highs in the 60’s and lows in the 50’s for the week ahead." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 18, 2016 - “Lake Winnie Update”

If you’re heading out to the lake today, Good Luck!! Here’s a quick update about conditions from our trip to Winnie on Saturday.
Surface water temperatures held steady at 62 degrees on the big lake and slighter warmer, 63 degrees on Cutfoot Sioux. Traffic on the lakes, both of them was fairly heavy, particularly Cutfoot where anglers pursuing Panfish were parked on ... Read >> Fishing Report September 18, 2016

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 17, 2016 - “Dick and Paul, IX-MMXVI; Fun With Added Hipness!”

The Hippie Chick just has a knack for livening up a party. When you add that to the already relaxed style of fishing that's typical of any grand finale' of a “Fun with Dick and Paul fishing trip”, then I'd say we wrapped up the fall trip in style. When we started the day, we really only had one goal in mind; capture 2 keeper size Walleye to top off the 2 man bag limit for the trip back home. After that, all we really needed was to ... Read >> Fishing Report September 17, 2016

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Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux, Bowen Lodge September 15, 2016

“It’s been a game of hide and go seek”, but if you can locate ‘em, you can get ‘em to bite” said Jeff Sundin, local fishing guide. For Sundin, deep weed patterns have given way to fishing over shallow weeds and across windswept rocks or gravel. “The areas where I’ve seen the most fish recently are ... Read >> Lake Winnie Walleye Report September 15, 2015

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Today’s report about day 4 of “Fun with Dick and Paul, IX-MMXVI” and other reports like it, scare me. That’s because of the subjective nature of fishing and the idea about what FUN is and what it isn’t depends a lot on your point of view.
Knowing that some of you won’t agree, I am writing this report from my own point of view, without putting any words in anybody’s mouth.
For me, fishing on Leech Lake was good ... Fishing Report September 16, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 15, 2016 - "Fun With Dick and Paul; The Long Ride To Red Lake"

Fishing reports from Red Lake have been infrequent at best. That's because I haven't been there since June and most folks I know haven't been too eager to share reports from up there.
I think that when conditions allow, and it's a Walleye or Die mission, the ride to Red is usually worth the trouble. For Dick and Paul, "FUN" means catching Walleye and since I was in the mood to see some fresh scenery anyway, we ... Read >> Fishing Report September 15, 2016

 

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image links to wired2fishVeteran Catches Final Fish as Dying Wish

"U.S. Navy veteran and avid fisherman Connie Willhite only asked for two things before he passed away in the Hospice Care Unit—one of those wishes was to catch one last fish.
We ran across a touching story today that will certainly tug at your heartstrings. U.S. Navy Veteran Connie Willhite was taking a ..." Read >> Veteran Catches Final Fish

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" September 13, 2016 - Fishing Report

"Looking back at things, I’m amazed at the large waters I have fished. Yes, Big Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, and Upper Red Lake are all on the list but I’m talking really big, something that makes you want to sit back and say “wow.”
Lake of the Woods, a couple weeks ago, is definitely on the list, weighing in at over 1,000,000 acres. And How could I forget a trip to ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines September 13, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge September 13, 2016;

"The fish are moving south! We are optimistic for a great fall bite!
We had a great week with perfect weather for fishing.  We’ve mainly been trolling about 7-10 miles off Pine Island in 32-34 feet of water, but we have seen the start of a little jig bite too. Tom says he’s been having good luck with silver stick baits. We have seen a lot of beautiful fish caught this week, many slot sized walleyes in the 26” – 27” range were released and 28 ½ “and 30“ trophies.
Next week’s forecast looks like partly cloudy to partly sunny with highs in the mid 60’s and lows in the 40’s through Wednesday, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms with highs in the upper 60’s and lows near 40 for Thursday – Saturday.
The Minnesota Tournament Trail Championship is this week, Thursday and Friday. Approximately 75 teams are expected to participate. We already have a bunch of anglers here pre-fishing this week. We wish them all the best of luck!
The leaves are starting to change and the acorns are dropping and the air is crisp. We are excited for a great fall season and hope to see you all." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 12, 2016 - "Chilling the Chillable"

64.9 degrees was the surface temperature on Little Cutfoot Sioux yesterday.  That was the first surface temperature reading that I’ve seen dip below 65 degrees so far this fall.
Trending downward, slowly, that’s the ideal scenario for Walleye fishermen. With any luck at all, the temperature drop that’s headed our way will arrive gently, encouraging Walleye, Perch and Panfish to start their fall feeding runs in earnest.
The Harvest Moon, my favorite full moon of the year will arrive this Friday. Often the catalyst for change, it appears to be on track to ... Read >> Fishing Report September 12, 2016

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, September 11, 2016 Four Seasons Resort

"The “PerchFest” continues! Jumbo Perch are still biting in the mouth of the Mississippi River and limits of 9-12" perch have been a daily ritual. 
Jigs and minnows are the best bait.  Find some larger perch and throw a marker.  Fish vertical around the marker until ..." Read >> Four Seasons Fish Report September 11

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 9, 2016 - "A Rocky Weekend Fishing Update"

By now, most of you already have plans for the upcoming weekend, but just in case you're "on the fence" about where to fish tomorrow, here are a few last minute observations.
Rocks, gravel and deeper water trumped weeds for production of both Walleye and Crappies for me this Thursday.
I'd had a feeling that I was holding on too tightly to the weed patterns that have worked well for the past 6 to 8 weeks. But after spending most of the day on Wednesday picking away at odds and ends in the weeds, I knew that I’d have to look someplace else if I wanted to pick up the pace.
An experiment to see if there were fish on a small, shallow, shoreline related rock pile yielded 2 Walleye and 2 Crappies. That was enough evidence to make me try another rocky bar, this time a mid-lake structure that ... Read >> Fishing Report September 9, 2016

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Fish ED Video New Episode September 9, 2016 "Lindy Rigs For Summertime Walleye"

"For nearly half a century, Lindy Rigs have been a staple of serious Walleye anglers. Thanks largely to their unparalleled ability to present live bait in a natural manner. Fish ED host Jon Thelen shares time tested tricks for using these versatile live bait delivery systems to catch summertime Walleye on lakes across the Midwest." view vido >> Lindy Rigs For Summertime Walleye

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 8, 2016 - "Lake Winnibigoshish Readers Email Questions"

Q) Bob Ford “Hey Jeff, I won a cabin rental on Winnibigoshish for this weakened and will be staying at Northland Lodge.  Curious if you have any tips for that side, (east/southeast) side of the lake.  I typically am on Leech and only have ice fished Winnibigoshish. Thanks! Bob”
Q) Lee Jamison “Hi Jeff: I will be fishing on Winnie this weekend with some of my relatives. We will be staying at Bowen’s as we always do. So if you have a moment, can you give me any pointers for fishing on Winnie; Location especially? Thanks, Lee”
A) Both of you are in luck; the most up to date reports about Winnie and Cutfoot have ... Read >> Fishing Report September 8, 2016

 

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image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort September 8, 2016

"The past three weeks fishing action was noticeably slower, but over Labor Day the bite showed signs of picking back up, especially in the larger 5 to 7 pound Northerns. Casting baits along the shoreline produced some very nice fish. A few customers are catching Crappie and Blue Gill in the open areas on the weed beds.
The lake has started to cool down and dropping into the upper to mid-60’s. Some of the weed lines are losing their bright green and turning brown. We see large pods of Loons floating and diving in the middle of the lake, apparently staging for their trip south.
There is still some great fishing left this summer, but don’t wait much longer to get out there." Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image links to wired2fish Lund Introduces 2017 Renegade Series (Video) September 8, 2016

The Wired2Fish crew had the opportunity to extensively test the Lund 2017 Renegade this summer. We had been hearing a lot of talk about this long-awaited series of Mod-V fishing boats, so we spent a solid week going over every single detail. Our ultimate goal was to leave no stone unturned throughout our evaluation. We fished from it, caught bass from it and drove it and it wasn’t just a ... View Video >> Lund Introduces 2017 Renegade Series

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister; September 8, 2016

"The late summer early fall action is really going good. Walleyes are schooling heavily on Steep breaks near deep water anywhere from 20 to 40 feet deep.  A night crawler or a minnow has been working well within 2 feet of the bottom. Crappies are also schooling heavily on deeper mud flats in the 20 to 30 foot range suspended anywhere from the bottom up to about 3 feet off. 1/8 ounce jig heads tipped with a small fat head minnow or a 2inch white Gulp twister tail will do the trick. The mid/day fishing action has been just as good as the morning or evening which is nice. Water temps are cooling a little bit and are hovering around 70° which is normal. Weed beds are still green and holding plenty of fish. Now is also the time to think about fall Muskie fishing as well." Capt Josh, Minnesota Fishing Guide Service 218-732-9919

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake Winnibigoshish, Pines Resort September 8, 2016

"The walleye bite is picking up on Bena bar. Fish in 14 to 17 feet for the best bite with a crawler, or a minnow. The big story last weekend was the Crappie and Bluegill bite on Lake Winnie, 9 to 11 feet was the ticket, and gold is the color." 1-800-342-1552

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge September 7, 2016

"Drifting with frozen shiners or crawlers off of Pine Island has been the trend the last few days! There has been a nice school of Walleye along Pine Island and with the strong south wind it has been nice having a shorter boat ride. 14-18 feet of water was a good depth, although some days it was difficult drifting under 2mph. Many nice size keepers from 16-18 inch along with a few big ones and lots of little ones.
We have had some days fishing the north and west ends of the lake this past week. Down rigging is still very effective although the bait fishing activity is getting much stronger now and should continue to improve as the days go by.
The temperatures are starting to cool down. This week shows highs maybe touching 70 degrees with 50’s overnight. The leaves are starting to change colors." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux Fishing Report September 7, 2016

"Exploration, persistence and good electronics will lead you to good schools of Panfish, and when you find fresh schools of fish, the action will be very good.
There’s been some chatter about the “best” fishing lures to use, but words are words and action is action. The best catches of fish that we’ve seen with our own eyes have been bagged by using ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report September 7, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 6, 2016 - "Capitalize On This Good Fortune ..." Windfall of Pike!

You'd have to be a YES fan like me to remember the line from their 90125 album; "Capitalize on this good fortune, one word can bring you round.”.
"Changes" are usually associated with some sort of discomfort. That is unless they bring you a bountiful harvest to help tide you back while you wait for the magic of fall to take effect.
Northern Pike, if you let them can provide that bountiful harvest right now.
It was only a few weeks ago that anglers on Winnie were in "Walleye Heaven". Limits of nice size fish were falling for ... Read >> Fishing Report September 6, 2016

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, September 6, 2016 Four Seasons Resort

"Perch fest 2016 took place this week. The perch were biting this week very close to the resort. Limits of very nice perch were the norm for those who chose to go after them. Jigs and fatheads in 5-10' of water just outside the River Mouth was all there was to it. Didn't do much for gas sales this week, but there were a lot of happy campers.
Walleye fishing was hampered by a strong south wind that occupied half of the week. Some walleyes were caught earlier in the week on the weed flats trolling spinners and crankbaits. The jig and minnow program did not do the trick for the walleyes this week.
Northerns continue to be strong. All forms of fishing for pike are working. Casting, trolling, and fishing with sucker minnows, all are doing the job.
As the water cools, I look for the jig bite to get better for the walleyes. All other species should continue to be good. Our fall discount has kicked in. All cabin reservations are 20% off the remainder of the season. We will be open through the first full weekend in October. Give us a call and get in on the action." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231

image of jeff sundin Jeff Sundin's Hunting Stuff For Sale!

"Duck decoys for sale. Featured are very lightly used Carry Lite Magnum Mallards in excellent condition. Price for used Carry Lite Magnum Mallards with weights included is $3.50 per decoy.
There are also an assortment of used Mallard, Bluebill and other divers ranging in condition from good to fair. Prices for remaining decoys are negotiable, no reasonable off will be refused." Read >> Email Duck Decoys For Sale

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Price for used Carry Lite Magnum Mallards with weights included is $3.50 per decoy.

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" September 4, 2016 - Greg's Guidelines; Clusiau Fishing Report

My, what a difference a lake makes. In anxious anticipation of finding a few fall, deep-water crappie, I started my search with a little, hidden gem in northern Itasca county. This Lake, which I’ll call “Lake #1”, is small in size, slightly under 90 acres, and is basically shallow, except for a small portion. These characteristics make it fairly easy to find fish and it’s one that I make productive, annual fall visits to. I normally never give this lake a go this early but figured “maybe?”
I was wrong. After scouring the little fishery, shallow and deep, all I could come up with were a handful of small largemouth bass, a couple northern pike, and one lone sunfish. I’d like to know where the crappies were hiding out, as I tried in the weeds and all the way out to the deeper depths, nothing. Maybe this is why I ... Read >> Fishing Report September 4, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A Lindy Live Bait Jig and Fishing Rods For Walleyes, Cappies and Panfish August 31, 2016 From Eric Koeppen

"Hi Jeff, Hopefully you can clear some confusion that I have regarding the "Lindy Live Bait" jig that you use. I have scoured the Lindy website and cannot find a "Lindy Live Bait" jig. Now I know that almost any short shank jig will do for live bait which is what I do but am very courious as to what the lindy jig is. Can you please explain what jig on the Lindy website that you use?
Also, are you still using TFO rods? If so what models for your client fishing by species? Thank you for your website and all of the information that you present. Kind regard, Eric Koeppen"
A) Eric, The Lindy Live Bait Jig is new to their product lineup, it is a reproduction of a jig that I popularized early in my fishing career and one that I used almost exclusively until it was discontinued in 2012. Lindy's Live Bait Jig is slated for release early in ... Read >> Lindy Live Bait Jig

 

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Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux, Bowen Lodge August 31, 2016

"Panfish are not in deep water yet, key depths are 10 to 18 feet and locations with deep water running close to the shoreline, but near large weed flats are best.
For now, presentation is simple; a 1/16 to 1/8 ounce jig head tipped with a cut piece of night crawler is the best bet. You may think that minnows would be better, but think about it. Early fall Crappies will hit the night crawler, but Sunfish rarely, almost never ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 30, 2016


 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Items For Sale - "Spring Cleaning In Deer River".

As many of you may already know, I've been in the process of selling my house in Deer River. That means that this year's spring cleaning is "Extra Thorough" and I can't believe some of the hidden treasures that I'm digging out of boxes tucked away in the fringes.
It's time to let some of these goodies go and so I'm offering them up for sale to you.
Let's start with these two brand new, never used, G.Loomis Pro Staff Fishing Shirts, size 2XL. These are from "The Good Old Days" when Gary Loomis still ... Learn More >> Fishing Collectibles For Sale

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 29, 2016 - Pre-Spawn Crappie and Bluegill Location

On Thursday I promised you an article that will help make locating spring panfish a little easier. I've been pounding away on the keyboard, trying to get it wrapped up, so I can keep my promise. While I can't say that it's not gonna need some tweaking, I do think that it's close enough to get you into the ball park. So before I burn any more daylight, here's a link to the article >> Pre-Spawn Crappie and Bluegill Location

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 28, 2016 - Preparing The Preparable

The countdown to the Minnesota Walleye fishing opener feels a lot more real to me now that the new boat is in the driveway. In fact, I like the sense of urgency that strikes me when I look at the stack of boxes containing gizmos and gadgets that will need to be installed before I can go out for my first Crappie fishing trip.
While I'm doing all that, I've been thinking about my strategy, which lake I'll choose and where I'll search for panfish when I get there.
That gave me another idea, maybe you'd like to know hear some ideas about where and why spring Panfish are gonna show up. So I'm working on that right now, with a bit of luck, you can read it here tomorrow morning. I'll do my best!!

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Wired2Fish Top 10 Freshwater Fish Catches Of All Time!

Have you ever wondered who caught the biggest fish ever? Check out this video >> Top 10 IFGA freshwater fish record catches of all time.

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Advancement as an Angler: One of the best in the business credits continuing education - By Joe Balog

“Electronics always play a huge role, at every tournament.” Brent Ehrler was trying to convince me that, despite spending the entire first day of the 2016 Bassmaster fishing shallow, visible targets, electronics were vital to his approach.
Ehrler had just completed a fairly tough day of competition; one in which I was his press observer, perched the entire time on the back deck of his Ranger, watching his every move. At first glance, it appeared his approach was somewhat random as he covered massive amounts of shallow water on ... Read More >> Brent Ehrler Advanced Bass Fishing Electronics

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (April 26th) - Mississippi River Walleye at Redwing

I’ve been bouncing around the country, as of late, fishing for walleye and panfish. For walleye, I’ve been visiting Pools 3 and 4 of the Mississippi River, near Red Wing, where my first AIM walleye tournament will be taking place this Sunday. If there’s any problem with this quest, it’s the fact that it’s so darn far away, which makes effective pre-fishing efforts a bit difficult.
My last trip there was a one-day shot with Justin Bailey, which involved driving eight hours to make the 400 mile round trip and ten hours on the water. This makes for a long day but it’s what we do. I’m certainly glad Justin did the driving. That guy is going non-stop and it was probably like a ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines April 26

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Plucking Panfish: Dissecting Modern-Day Devices. Making the leap from Norman Rockwell to post-modern panfish-painter "Bro" - By Mitch Eeagan

"Many of the portraits twentieth-century artist Norman Rockwell painted portrayed anglers catching panfish – the rod in hand usually nothing more than a cane pole.
Why such a simple stick (literally)? It was the rod of the commoner in the early 1900’s; only the elite could manage a split-bamboo casting or fly rod into their budget. To boot, wooden and metal rods wouldn’t make their debuts until the mid-1940s.
During this era, the techniques used to pluck bluegills, crappies and perch from the drink were as simplistic as the gear: 10 feet of ... Read >> Plucking Panfish with Bro

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest: Closed For The 2016 Season

Sorry folks, but if you didn't make time to visit the egg harvest site at Little Cutfoot on Thursday, then I'm afraid it's too late. In fact I showed up at 4:00 PM yesterday and it was already too late. The fish are gone, the equipment is being moved out and there's nothing left to see.
This is a great example of how much fish love stable weather; give them a few days without any major weather change and they become really active. Oh, by the way, let's not discount the effects of the full moon either, that was probably the trigger that started the run in the first place. You know the rest, a perfect case of good timing.

 

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (4/20) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "Sturgeon fishing is in full force and people are having great success! The keep season is right around the corner so many anglers are up getting their fishing spots dialed in, in hopes to tag one this season.
We have wrapped up our walleye season until the May 14th walleye opener. May is a great time to come up and fish walleyes! We have some May package specials going on so don’t wait, book your walleye adventure now!
We have had some nicer weather and we hope it continues! The forecast shows temps in the mid 50’s to mid 60’s for the week with a few rain showers possible." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Northern Minnesota Ice Out Report April 20, 2016

I'll bet that I KNOW what you're thinking; "what the heck happened to that boy, where did he disappear to?"
Well, I received a little work assignment that took me into the southern reaches of the US a couple of weeks ago. While I was fishing on Arkansas' Lake Ouachita, one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was engrossed in all sorts of side adventures. Some were more time consuming than others, some were more fun than others too, but all vastly important, each in their own way.
Now that I'm back in the office, I'll do my best to make up for lost time.
First, a few words about fishing in Arkansas; “It’s a lot like fishing in Minnesota, except that it’s warmer”. I was pleasantly surprised by the Walleyes, they were not easy to pattern, but they were catchable using many familiar presentations inluding some of my favorites. We caught Walleyes on ... Read >> Fishing Report April 20, 2016

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (April 20th) - Rainy River Fishing Report

Hurrah! It looks like spring is officially here. Most all area lakes are wide open now and ice out crappie fishing will be taking place here shortly. This is one of my most favorite things to do. However, now that I think about it, almost any type of crappie fishing is high on the list for me.
On another note, walleyes are running heavy in midst of their spawn. Yes, it’s all happening. They should really be hungry when opening day finally rolls around. Get ready for a banner ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines April 20, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Northern Minnesota Ice Out Report April 7, 2016

Despite Mother Nature’s attempt to trick us into believing that winter won’t let go, Walleye waters in Northern Minnesota are opening up.
On Wednesday, I drove up to the Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest Station at Little Cutfoot. I expected to see more ice on Little Cutfoot, so I was pleased with the discovery that the small lake is nearly ice free right now.
For my next stop, I drove up to the North end of ... Read >> Fishing Report April 7, 2016

A Double-Barreled Approach for Spring River Walleyes - Dr. Jason Halfen

The versatile, double-barreled Dubuque Rig targets river walleye and sauger in the lowest portions of the water column.
River anglers are renowned for developing unique rigs and bait presentation methods to help them tackle their ever-changing, current-driven environment. Many of these rigs have unique names that refer to their developer or place of origin, like the venerable “Wolf River Rig” that has put so many walleyes and white bass in anglers’ nets over the decades.
One of my favorite river rigs for both early and late-season walleye fishing, when the water is generally running high, fast and dirty, is one that simultaneously offers two opportunities to catch walleyes and ... Read >> Double Barreled Approach For Spring River Walleye

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image links to wired2fish (4/7) WIRED2fish;Woman Catches 11 Pound Bass On Video

What's better than dating or being married to someone who loves to fish? We ran across this video on Facebook and it's definitely worth a share. Patrick Clark put his girlfriend Lerrin Michal on a giant bass and she executed everything perfectly! The beast weighed 11 pounds, 3 ounces and was released safely. Congratulations, Lerrin! View Video >> Lerrin Michal Catches Huge Bass

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Fish ED Episode 215

Lindy Fishing Tackle uploaded another episode from the 2016 TV Fish ED show season. Jon Thelen shares two productive trolling techniques for triggering summertime Walleyes. View the video >> Fish ED Episode 215

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin April 5, 2016 Minnesota Fishing - Sundin Optimistic About The Fishing Opener; Of Course!

You know what? A lot of states don't have an "Opening Day" of fishing, but in Minnesota we do and I'm really glad. The opening day of fishing is a tradition, an event that gives communitites a reason to celebrate, gives families an opportunity to ... View Video>> Optimistic About The Minnesota Fishing Opener

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Northwest Sportshow Report April 4, 2016 - Spring Springing?

Driving home across US Highway 2 this morning was like taking a trip backwards in time. Greeting snowplows on icy roads with a temperature of 20°, made it hard to hang onto the notion that spring had sprung.
After spending most of the past week in Twin Cities looking at green grass and flowers blooming, my enthusiasm for getting ... Read >> April 4, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (4/4) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "Many anglers braved the weather this weekend and hit the water. Some stuck to the river and some ventured out to the lake. Mixed reports from anglers some had success while others struggled.
Four Mile bay is open and there is open water going out past the Light House Gap. Those that fished the lake seemed to have a little more action, reports of some nice slot fished caught and released as well as some decent eaters. Sturgeon seem to be biting as many had luck hooking into one of those dinosaurs.
Highs this next week look to be in the mid 30’s with lows dipping into the low teens. Some precipitation in the forecast for Tuesday and Thursday with sunshine for Friday." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (April 4, 2016) - Greg's Guidelines

I prefer to give up-to-date outdoor reports but this transition time is killing me. The only open water fishing available to me, at this time, is river fishing the Mississippi near St. Paul or the northern state boundary of the Rainy. Been there, done that.
Oh, of course I could always go to the popular ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines April 4

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Northwest Sportshow Report April 3, 2016 - "Schumacher; Passing The Torch of Tourism"

I think it’s fair to say that nearly every visitor to the northwest sport show, who’s ever looked into visiting Grand Rapids, were familiar with Wayne and Diana Schumacher.
The Schumacher’s, passionate advocates for tourism in the greater Grand Rapids Minnesota area, began travelling together as volunteers for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Believing that it was important to broaden the scope of their efforts, the couple formed ... Learn More >> Schumacher; Passing The Torch

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Northwest Sportshow Report April 2, 2016 - "Something Fishy In Minneapolis"

You may not have thought of it of it, but this is one time of the year when there are experts from all over the Midwest, collectively, they know almost everything there is to know about fishing. That means there's no better time to get your list whole of fishing questions answered before you head into the store to get stocked up for the open water fishing season.
Besides that there are lodges, campgrounds, vacation destinations, boats, ATVs, gizmos, gadgets and contrivances; there's something for everybody who wants to go anywhere or do anything.
You already know that I'm here too, so if you're going to be out and about today, then do me a favor and swing in to the Minneapolis Convention Center. Pay us a visit in the Lindy Booth #835 and we can chat about the upcoming fishing season, rigging your boat, tips and tactics that will make your fishing more productive.
At 11:00 AM you can check out Jon Thelen's seminar about "Alternative Walleye Tactics" and get more inside information about how to catch more fish this summer; maybe we'll even give you a free gift. OH, and by the way, if you do stop by, we'll even explain why Steve Kusske has that big grin on his face!

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Northwest Sportshow Report April 1, 2016 - "From The Show Floor In Minneapolis"

The CUTCO fillet knife that I'm using these days was gifted to me by good friends a few years back. I can remember them worrying that I wouldn't like it, but honestly, this has turned out to be hands down, the best fillet knife that I've ever used.
Throughout the summer, I get numerous requests from fishing customers about where they can buy a fillet knife like the one I use. I've told them that they have to find a CUTCO rep and some of them have struggled trying to find ... Read More >> Cutco Fillet Knife

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Northwest Sportshow Report March 31, 2016 - " Showing The Showable"

The first day of the northwest sport show was fairly quiet and subdued. That gave me a little time to walk the show floor snooping around for interesting gadgets and fresh ideas.
One item on my wish list was to locate some good storage containers to house my supply of Lindy's new lineup of crankbaits. I found out that the folks at Crank Canvas were thinking about that too and they’ve done their best to make that job easier for all of us. They've developed an interesting array of simple but effective storage packaging for crankbaits that allows anglers to ... Read >> Northwest Sportshow Report

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (March 29) - Justin Bailey, Rainy River Fishing Report

We’re definitely in the transition mode right now, with ice giving way and anglers scrambling across the country, looking for open water to put their boats in.
Fishing guide Justin Bailey recently spent three days on the Rainy River and has this report: “Our second annual Rainy River trip is in the books. Aaron Paulson, Casey Hynek, and I went up to the Rainy River on Thursday, in hopes of catching a few walleye and maybe a bonus sturgeon or two.
We arrived on Thursday morning, around 9 am, after a 3 ½ hour drive and the weather was perfect, with no wind and warm, around 45º and sunny.
Once the boat was launched, we noticed the water was extremely muddy so we ... Read >> Rainy River Report 3/29

image denotes link to fish rapper article (3/39) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "The Wheelers Point public access is open for boats to put in. The dock is not in yet, generally it will be put in after the major ice floes from the banks and creeks etc. stop moving down river.
There are many anglers in the area with mixed reports. Some are doing very well with Walleye while others are struggling. There have been really good Sturgeon reports.
Four Mile Bay is mostly all open and the lake is starting to open up in front of the Lighthouse Gap." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image links to wired2fish (3/29) WIRED2fish; Spring is "Trap" time; Enter To Win Bill Lewis Lewis Lures

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In our latest giveaway we are going to give you a chance to win a Tiny Trap, a 1/4 ounce, 1/2 ounce and a 3/4 ounce Rat-L-Trap and an ECHO 1.75 " Enter >> Bill Lewis Baits Giveaway

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 25, 2016 - Rainy River: Water Levels Fall, Temperatures Rise, Walleye Prepare For The Party

Following the tidbits of news that flow over "Social Media" pages, I can't help but notice that there are more than a few  folks tripping over each other to be the first ones to deliver "new, news" about fishing the Rainy.
That's great, I love it that so many people are interested in this fabulous fishery. One concern though is that sometimes in our effort to be first in line with good news; we unwittingly pass along tidbits of bad information.
You don't have to do that very often before your credibility goes down the drain and so occasionally, in my opinion, I’m comfortable lagging behind the crowd just a bit.
I think Walleyes are that way too, they don't mind showing up late to their own party. So just because the river water is flowing and landings are open, doesn't mean that the fish are ... Read >> Rainy River Report March 25

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Rainy River, Pre-Spawn Walleye: Dr. Jason Halfen

"The lure of an early spring trophy walleye draws an increasing number of boats to large rivers that host significant migrations of walleyes and sauger from downstream lakes, reservoirs, or riverine areas. 
While fish numbers in spawning areas will slowly increase during this time of year, it's important to recognize that the spawn may be several weeks away; dictated by factors such as water temperature and moon phase. Consistent fishing at this time of year demands attention to detail, and a willingness to ..." Read >> Rainy River, Pre-Spawn Walleye

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"For curing a case of cabin fever, there's nothing like a walk along the shoreline on Lake Superior. It’s too bad that it took until last spring for me to get it through my head that while one walks, carrying a fishing rod, could actually make landing a Trout or Salmon feasible. It feels like you’re hoofin’ it to the Crappie hole; rigged with 6 pound test line, a small jig, bobber and ...." Read >> Fishing Report March 22

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From the 2016 Fish Ed Television Season; "Episode 201 Crankbait Walleye and Pre-Spawn Crappie fishing." March 23, 2016

"Fish Ed TV brings you along on a mission to catch summertime Walleyes on the new Wally Shad and then rewinds the clock to springtime for pre-spawn Crappie fishing in Northern Minnesota. " View >> Crankbait Walleye and Pre-Spawn Crappie fishing.

Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (March 22, 2016) - Racking Up The Miles In Search Of Open Water

Sometimes it takes a little traveling in order to “make it happen” and such was the case last week when I put on over 1,000 miles in three consecutive days.
Day one, I told you about, when I did a solo trip to check out the boat ramps on the Rainy River. It was ever so close but clearly we wouldn’t be putting in any larger boats, in order to catch a few walleyes.
What to do? Well, that’s easy enough. We’d travel south to Pool 2 on the Mississippi River near St. Paul. Yes, it was a bit of a haul but if your searching for fishable open water, it was pretty much the only game in town. So, with that in mind, Justin Bailey, my brother, Joel, and I headed south for ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines March 22

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image of ice fishing froup with perch image of Gus' Place Logo Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake (March 22, 2016); "They say it’s not ‘over’ till it’s over! During mid to late March it is not uncommon for my dedicated Perch fishermen to take a beautiful batch of jumbo perch like the fish that Robert Bossard and friends caught this weekend on Ball Club Lake. Most of these perch were females that have moved into shallow 9 foot water. The ice is on the way out, better watch your step this time of year." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520  
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Illinois River, Tough Spring Walleyes March 21, 2016

"Spring river fishing is seen as a glamorous opportunity to windmill mind-numbing numbers of walleyes and saugers into the boat. While this can be the case when the stars align, sometimes fate deals you a much different hand.
Take the saga of anglers on the Illinois River, for example. Roughly two weeks ago, the storied waterway was producing fish at a frantic pace. “It was on fire!” reported local river rat ... Read >> Tough Spring Walleyes

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Fresh in from a tour of four of the areas more popular ice fishing lakes. The take away from what we were able to see is that if you want to ice fish this weekend, you can. Whether or not it is safe, or even if it’s a good idea, will be left up to your discretion. I am urging you to be extremely cautious, because while it’s obvious that there are still folks on the ice, conditions are sketchy to say the least.
Our first stop was on the north side of Lake Winnie near ..." Read >> Itasca Area Fishing Report March 19

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March 2016, Humminbird Autchart Now Available on Helix Models; Follow the 'Birds For More Fish

Mapping the Far North - "With decades of guide experience under his belt, Fishing Hall of Famer Tom Neustrom has seen fishing technology come and go. But he's bullish on user-generated lake mapping via Humminbird LakeMaster AutoChart Live. "It's probably the single most important fishing tool to emerge since GPS. The fact that it comes standard in Humminbird HELIX 9, 10 and 12 CHIRP units is big news for anglers of all walks," says Neustrom. "When AutoChart Live came out, a lightbulb went off ... this is going to crack the code of uncharted Canadian waters. Now I can create my own map in real-time, right on my Helix units. It helps me ..." Learn More >> Follow the 'Birds For More Fish

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The winter storm that struck the Northeastern 1/3 of Minnesota, along with work that directed me away from the office, forced me into a news slow-down this week. In its wake, overnight lows in the teens are locked into the Itasca area and most Rainy River Walleye anglers have little choice but to wait for the next warm up.
The question is, are there any places to fish while we wait for Ol' Sol to warm the warmable? Yes, there are.
Anglers across the southern half of Minnesota already have access to lots of open water. Read >> March 18

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 15, 2016 - The Contrast Between Changing Seasons

The power of an image amazes me; a single picture of open water could make it appear that spring has sprung. An angler could be tempted to roll the garage door open, hook up the boat and high tail it for the landing.
A photo of an ice fishing shelter set up over a productive Crappie hole could be equally convincing, giving the appearance that the ice season is still going strong. Someone could say "grab your cleats and get the waxworms, we're heading for ... >> The Grand Rapids Area Fishing Report March 15

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Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (March 14, 2016) - Sunday Drive To Rainy River, Close But No Cigar

All it took was a successful post on Facebook to get Justin and I pumped up about fishing the Rainy River. After wrapping up at the Ray's Marine Boat Show, Justin vowed to go to the Rainy River on Monday, come hell or high water.
I used to get a little rambunctious like that in my younger days, but now I put a little more thought into things, not much but certainly a lot more than I used to. I just had a bad feeling about the ... Read >> Rainy River Ice

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image denotes link to fish rapper article From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge (March 14, 2016); "We had our houses off of the lake as of Wednesday the 9th. Only one other time were they off earlier than that. We are now gearing up for spring river fishing. Early reports from up river sound like the bite is fantastic. It sounds like right now the ice is 2 miles from Frontier landing.
We will be doing our normal clean up and put away of the ice season this week. We are doing a couple of remodeling projects right now and plan to keep the upgrades coming. The forecast shows highs in the upper 50’s and lows in the 30’ for the week ahead." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge
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MinnKota FORTREX: 112 POUNDS OF THRUST, 1 WAY TO WIN (March 14)

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Enter for a chance to win 3 Baby Fat John 50's and 3 Fat John 60's from SPRO. (March 14)

When bass move up out of their deep water winter homes they do it quickly and are looking for an easy meal and something slow moving and wobbly is just the ticket.
Nothing fits the bill better for anglers than the SPRO Fat John 50 and 60 to fool these hungry bass. It has a wide profile and side to side hunting action and it's specifically designed to ... Learn and Enter >> SPRO Giveaway
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image denotes link to fish rapper article Just this morning on Facebook, Chad Haatvedt Wrote; "I did a polar plunge today. Not on purpose. Found some thin ice. Only waist deep, but it cut my trip short. Heading back home to get dry clothes and boots so we can try another lake. This time I'll let Jack lead."
image denotes link to fish rapper article From Nodcak Lodge, Lake Winnibigoshish; "Nodak Lodge’s access is closed to the public, open for our cabins only, with four wheeler travel only."
image denotes link to fish rapper article From Cass Lake, Sue Marchant wrote; "Accesses are still holding yet today, but the lake is looking dark, my guys are reporting 20” of solid ice on Cass Lake"

Rainy River Ice Out Report March 12 courtesy Lake of the Woods Tourism lakeofthewoodsmn.com

"Checked the river this afternoon and found open water as far to the east as you can see from Birchdale landing so about 1-1.5 miles to the east. Looks open slightly on the Canadian side so it shouldn't be long for that landing to be open. Franz Jevne landing is open water as far as you can see west and east. Franz Jevne landing has about 25-30 yards of ice left on shore but boats are already being pushed off into the water. A couple more days and it should be open up to Birchdale Landing." - Lake of the Woods Tourism lakeofthewoodsmn.com

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 13, 2016 Boat Show Time!

Hours for this final day of the Ray’s Marine Boat Show, are 10 AM to 4 PM at the IRA Civic Center, 1401 NW 3rd Ave, Grand Rapids. After this day on the show floor, I’ll be able to get back on the road for a tour of area lakes. There will be a thorough update about ice conditions over the next couple of mornings, but there are few quick notes about current conditionslisted below.
Photo courtesy Jason Thomas, Fishing Reports Minnesota; Swan Lake, Mcleod County on the verge of being ice-free.

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Lindy Land: River Walleye Tricks, Dan Johnson - March, 2016

Rivers across Lindy Land are primed to offer up prespawn walleye action, and there’s no better way to tackle these hungry ’eyes than with a good old-fashioned Lindy Jig.
Blessed with a wide enough hook gap for rock-solid hookups with a variety of tippings, the guide-tested, time-proven leadhead sports a protruding, painted eye for added attraction and comes in a rainbow of colors for matching any conditions. Spring jig tipping wisdom generally calls for some ... Learn >> River Walleye Tricks

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 12, 2016 Boat Show Time!

I mentioned that my new boat is going to be quite a departure from what I’ve been running and I can hardly wait to tell you all about it! But You KNOW that there are certain things that should only be talked about when you’re face to face. That’s why I think it’s a great idea for you to stop in at the IRA Civic Center for the boat show this weekend.
Yes, if you stop by the Ray’s Marine Boat Show, then I’ll tell you all about it and guess what, it's already here and you can even see it for yourself!
Don't forget, there's a free fish fry today too, so stop by and we'll bend each other's ears with stories about fishing, boats and electronics and outboard engines. Hours are 10 AM to 7 PM today at the IRA Civic Center, 1401 NW 3rd Ave, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 >> Ray’s Marine Boat Show

image of ice conditions in northern minnesota image denotes link to fish rapper article From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson (March 12); "Last weekend signaled the winding down of the 2015-2016 ice fishing season, has begun. The weather cooperated for the most part with Sunday’s temperature reaching fifty, light winds and lots of sunshine. By Monday the snow had started to melt and there were quite a few patches of water on the ice but four wheelers and snowmobiles made it through just fine. Now it appears that we’re on the verge of what could be the ... Read >> Frontier Sports Ice Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 11, 2016 - Long Walk On A Short Ice Fishing Season

It's hard to walk away from the ice fishing season when the weather is gorgeous, the fish are biting and there's still plenty of good ice. But duty calls and for me, today is the day that my attention offically turns toward fishing on open water.
Knowing that I'd probably be disappointed with myself if I didn't take one last walk, I followed up on a chance to fish with my pal Danny Martin on Thursday. Our target species was ... >> Ice Fishing Report March 11

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image denotes link to Pines Resort on Lake Winnie On Lake Winnibigoshish John Seekon, The Pines Resort (March 10, 2016); "Our access will be open for ATV traffic only starting today. The perch bite is strong in 17 to 20 feet of water were the fish are feeding on young of the year perch."
For Pines Resort customers, there's a network of plowed roads that provide coverage over most of Tamarack Bay. Contact The Pines Resort for lodging and ice shelter rentals on Lake Winnibigoshish .
image links to trails end resort On Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort (March 10); "We are recommending 4 wheeler travel on the lake only. Our access remains open, but the ice is heaving. We can still can get on for the moment, but for up to date information, please call ahead. It's been a good winter, but we're looking forward to spring and the open water fishing season. We are taking reservations for Spring and Summer vacations." - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .
image denotes link to fish rapper article At Cass Lake, Cass Lake Lodge (March 10); “Hey Jeff, the access at Cass Lake Lodge is still useable. We’re hoping it will make it through the weekend, but for up to date information, please phone us." - Jason Ball, Cass Lake Lodge 218-335-6658

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

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 10, 2016 - Soggy, Saggy, Soupy

I mentioned yesterday my willingness to be swayed by Mother Nature; to leave the ice auger behind and focus on “Big Tiller” engines and smooth riding boats. Well, I made it through the morning, but by mid-afternoon, I couldn’t help myself, I had to go for a walk on the ice.
Honestly, I’ve had enough fishing on larger lakes where long rides to the fishing holes are required. It seemed like a good idea to poke around on smaller waters, but would mean walking, not driving to the fish.
When it comes to hoofin’ it, nobody has more get up and go than my friend Bill Powell, so I called and asked if he’d come along; he did.
Just to satisfy your curiosity, we would not have needed to walk, at least not yet; an ATV would have been okay on the ice. But please take what I’m about to say seriously, ice conditions are ... >> Ice Fishing Report March 10

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image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish, Dixon Lake Resort (March 10); "Hi Jeff and to all the diehard ice fishermen. Todd just checked on the ice and road situation. The road though muddy is not that bad, the ice looks good with little to no snow. The gate is still open and we're hoping that we can squeeze one more weekend out of the ice. Good luck and be safe." - Dixon Lake Resort has shelter rentals, including sleepers. Reservations 218-659-4612 .
image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish, Becker's Resort (March 10); "We have closed the road onto the ice at Trappers Drive to pickup trucks. The road is now available to ATV 4 wheelers only. There are also anglers accessing the west shore with ATV's via the West Winnie Campground." - Becker's Resort 218-665-2268
image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish, Tamarack Lodge (March 10); "Our access will be closed, except to our lodging customers. We are planning to to inspect the old access at plughat point to see if that’s an option." - Tamarack Lodge 218-246-8515
image denotes link to fish rapper article At Leech Lake, Trapper’s Landing Resort (March 10); “Access out of Trappers Landing Lodge is still open. I am sure it will be ATV or snowmobile only by the weekend, there is still 20 inches of solid ice out on the main basin.” - Trappers Landing Lodge 218-836-2500
image denotes link to fish rapper article At Leech Lake, Bailey's Resort (March 10); “The closest public access to me is the one on the NW end of Walker Bay (Erickson’s) along Hwy 371. I checked it yesterday and did see a truck driving off it, but I wouldn’t advise it – especially by this weekend. There are a lot of trucks parked at the access and going out with wheelers as of now, but again, by this weekend that may be difficult too. Same goes for the access at the Walker City Park. The ice is good yet, if you can get by the accesses – which are changing daily." - Bailey's Resort 218-547-1464
image denotes link to fish rapper article At Leech Lake, Anderson's Spirit of the North Resort (March 10); “All access are still open on Leech Lake , I recommend using 4 wheeler or sleds , There is a lot of good ice out there but old holes and spear holes that where open are getting bigger by the day so its important to watch where you go!" -Anderson's Spirit of the North Resort 1-800-516-0077

Popular fishing rod manufacturer taps outdoor industry veteran, Jesse Simpkins, as Director of Marketing.

Jesse Simpkins will be joining the St. Croix team, taking on the role of Director of Marketing. With over 20 years in the outdoors marketplace under his belt, Simpkins will be officially joining the company on February 29, 2016.
“A few years back I was asked to jot down the places I would most like to work if I were to start my career all over again. And, believe it or not, St. Croix ... Read >> St. Croix Rod Company Hires Simpkins

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 9, 2016 - Clearing The Clearable!

I can honestly say that I'm not ready for the ice fishing season to end. After what seemed like an endless wait to get the season started, Mother Nature tried to make up with us by delivering a couple of months of tremendous fishing.
Now that travel conditions had really gotten good, just when we are really having a blast, Mother is apparently willing to dish out a doseage of "tough love", pulling the rug out from under us. In fact I thought I heard a voice that said; “no-no Jeffrey, no more ice for you, it’s time to put that auger away.”
I suppose she's right, I’ve had enough play time on hard water; it’s time to focus on the upcoming open water season.
Now I can't promise that you won't see any more pictures of me sneaking out onto the ice, I might need another day or two to to get it out of my system. But I am reading the tea leaves, and I see that ... Read >> Ice Conditions Report March 9, 2016

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Fish ED TV Episode 216 Walleye Trolling Techniques

It's easy to follow the crowd, but anglers willing to explore and experiment with new techniques often out fish the masters. In this episode of Fish Ed, Jon Thelen shares two overlooked and underused walleye trolling techniques. Watch Video >> Fish Ed TV Walleye Trolling Techniques

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Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (March 7, 2016) - Ice Fishing Report

Another annual trip to Lake Winnipeg is in the books and if there was anything bad about it all it was the fact that I was unable to go. L Due to my ankle misfortunes over the entire ice season, I decided to pass, as I didn’t think wrestling around with my snowmobile, ten miles out on the ice, would be in the best interest of me walking around and in good shape for the upcoming open-water season.
It would have been my ninth annual early March trip but not to worry, as I was constantly kept “in the loop” by cell phone photos and messaging. I guess that’s the next best thing. I felt as though I was there, sort of.
Last year, it was the first trip ever to this mega-walleye wonderland by two young friends of mine, Mike and Andy Walsh, and as luck would have it, they both caught monster fish, weighing in at ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines

image denotes link to fish rapper article From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge (March 7, 2016); "The weather plays a big part in our season! The forecast ahead shows lots of warm temps coming this next week. Which means, we are starting to haul sleepers off the ice today. We still have all our day houses out and will keep our Facebook updated with any changes to the day houses.
Once again not a lot of change this week, still marking fish steadily, it seems to be enticing them enough to bite is the trick. Keep those jigging lines active, it’s key to drawing the fish in and having better success. The last few days we have seen some nice size walleye caught and released, which is a great!
We are still located from Pine Island out to about 2 ½ miles in 18-29 feet of water. Which has allowed us take advantage of the early and late bites along the shoreline.
We start the week warm with temps in the mid 40’s. Wednesday looks to be the lowest in temps at 35 degrees. However, by Friday the temperatures will be in the 50’s. We will keep everyone posted on ice conditions throughout the week." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge

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It's a foregone conclusion him that we are still going to have at least some ice to work with for a couple of weeks. But for folks who have become used to driving on the lakes with pickup trucks things are changing faster than they would like I'm afraid.
On Sunday we managed to drive out to the sunfish hole with a little trouble. Although the ice was water covered, is still solid and 24 inches thick. The issue is ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report March 7, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 4, 2016 - Crashing The Party?

Remember when you were invited to a party and thinking that you'd be among friends, decided to go, only to discover that nobody at the gathering really wanted you there? Yeah, I KNOW, it stinks, I've been at a few parties like that myself, in fact one of them was just yesterday. Being there wasn't all that much fun, but I still learned a lot, so I'm glad that I was.
Honestly, I'm still not exactly sure what happened, but I guess that somebody didn't like the idea that I was fishing on their top secret ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report March 4, 2015


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image of Gus' Place Logo Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake (March 4, 2016); "The distraction of Walleye & Northern season is finally over till May, now we can get serious about catching some of the best eating fresh water fish in our lakes; yellow perch, crappie, blue gill and in Ball Club Lake; white fish.
This year perch fishing has been fickle with some anglers having trouble finding larger fish while others are taking limits of fish 8 inches and larger during a couple of days stay at the resort.
In talking to my customers, one group will tell me they caught the nice ones in 8 feet while the next group says 25 feet was where the action was best. This type of inconsistent information has been going on all winter and it makes it difficult to pass on reliable fishing tips.
It goes back to the fisherman himself. Sometimes you have to move around till you find fish, drill as many holes as it takes until you get into a good bite. All fishing news is old news and its usually up to yourself to make new News.
Lake conditions remain very good and a 4 wheel drive will get you anywhere on the lake. We probably have two weeks before the ice along the shoreline really starts to give out." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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Fish ED TV Trolling Patterns For Shallow Water Walleye

It's easy to follow the crowd, but anglers willing to explore and experiment with new techniques often out fish the masters. In this episode of Fish Ed, Jon Thelen shares two overlooked and underused walleye trolling techniques. Watch Video >> Fish Ed TV Shallow Water Walleye Trolling Techniques

image denotes link to fish rapper article From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson (March 4, 2016); "By the look of things winter is about to end for good. High temperatures in the high forties to around fifty are forecast for next week with rain showers later in the week. That being said, this looks to be the last worry free weekend of fishing the ice for a while if not ‘till next season. Ice conditions are good right now on most lakes in the area. Some slush pockets are present on some of the lakes but for the most part the lakes are in good shape. Now that panfish are the main target of anglers should be ready to change depths and tactics. Things are different now. Crappies have started to ... Read >> Frontier Sports Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 2, 2016 - Ice Travel Conditions Improve, Fishing Pressure Intensifies

Fishing on Tuesday reminded me of the final hours of a clearance sale, there were still fish to catch, but the larger specimens have been noticeably thinned out. The smaller fish that remained were still catchable, but they traveled in smaller packs and were finicky biters. It was a combination of last weekend's warm weather and good travel conditions that triggered the rally. Judging by what we saw on the ice yesterday, I'd say that folks did a really good job of covering territory. Captain Kirk would have ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report March 2, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 1, 2016 - Freezing the Freezeable!

An exploratory mission led me on a tour to check the ice and do a little fishing this Monday. I have to admit that after getting a healthy dosage of warm spring like weather, I can’t say that I was too happy about fishing in single digit temperatures again. The good news though is that this cold snap has really made driving on the lakes a lot easier. Throughout my travels, the pickup truck rested high atop the re-frozen slush that formed during the thaw. I did hit one stubborn pocket of slush, so we still have to ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report

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Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (March 1, 2016) - Ice Fishing Report

The weather has been bouncing around a bit, going from warm and melting to cool and freezing, which is typical for the late ice season. Locally, seasons have closed for walleye and northern pike but crappie, bluegill, and perch are always available and now is an excellent time to put a few topside. They have really been biting well.
If you’re still in the hunt for a few walleyes, Lake of the Woods offers fishing for them through April 14. The northern pike season is continuous and never closes. Late ice pike fishermen land some real trophies during this time.
However, be sure to pick up a new fishing license, as a new one was required as of March 1.
Regarding the removal of permanent ice fishing shelters, the DNR describes it as “Dates of removal are determined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Hwy. 10, east along Hwy. 34 to Minnesota Hwy. 200, east along Hwy. 200 to U.S. Hwy. 2, and east along Hwy. 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. South of line - March 7, 2016. North of line - March 21, 2016.
The way this weather looks, you’ll more-than-likely be removing them sooner than that.
Red Lake crappies have started to show up with a little more frequency and the size is ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines March 1, 2016

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Thaw Kickstarts Panfish Party - Dan Johnson with Bob Bohland

"Late February is often a fine time to focus on bluegills and crappies in the abyss, but Lindy pro Bob Bohland reports that the recent warm weather and ensuing snowmelt has sparked a green revolution among many Lindy Land Panfish. “When the snow goes off the ice, shallow vegetation starts greening up,” he said. “Coupled with improving oxygen levels from incoming meltwater and an increase in bug hatches, it brings sunfish and crappies back to the shallows.” Depth varies by lake, but greenery lying in ..." Read >> Thaw Kickstarts Panfish Party

NEWS: Brainerd Dispatch - Catch and release only on Mille Lacs? Zach Kayser

"ISLE—Going to catch and release only for all or part of this summer's walleye season on Lake Mille Lacs seemed palatable to some members of a citizen's advisory committee Wednesday, if it meant avoiding another shutdown of the season.
The discussion of summer regulations came during a meeting of the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee at Izaty's Resort. The Department of Natural Resources plans to finalize its regulations for the lake in early March.
The meeting began with a presentation of ..." Read >> Catch and release only on Mille Lacs?

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Central Minnesota Ice Fishing Report February 25, 2016 - Capt Josh Haggemeister

"Park Rapids area lakes have been active with crappie and bluegill action. Depths range from 20-30 feet for the bluegills and 25-45 feet for the crappies. Both are suspending in large schools. Tiny horizontal jigs tipped with a wax worm has been my bait of choice every day. Northern Pike and walleye action continues to be steady. Jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head has been the most efficient way to catch them. Depths range from 17-40 feet. Ice varies from 16-20inches. Alexandria area lakes are also ..." Read >> Central Minnesota Fishing Report

image denotes link to fish rapper article From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson (February 18); "The warmer than average temperatures last weekend along with light winds provided anglers in this area with ideal fishing conditions. Reports from all over the Edge of the Wilderness area were very positive. Crappie fishing was very good although you had to move around a lot if you wanted to stay on the fish. However if you stayed in one place, small schools would ... Read >> Frontier Sports Fishing Report

Minnesota Ice fishing shelter removal dates approaching

"Deadlines for removing fish houses, dark houses and portable shelters from state waterways are rapidly approaching, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Dates of removal are determined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Highway 10, east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Hwy. 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.
Shelters located south of this line must be removed by the end of the day on Monday, March 7. Shelters located north of this line must be removed by the end of the day on Monday, March 21.
Exceptions are ..." Read More >> Ice Fishing Shelter Removal Dates

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4 Reasons to Change Your Treble Hooks - DAVID A. BROWN

"Changing bait size, color or action based on the scenario—that’s elementary in bass fishing. A hook change, however, can bolster your performance in many aspects. Some manufacturers invest more than others in their hardware, but taking a lure directly from the box to the water may not be the best move.
“I always upgrade from stock to premium hooks like ... " Read >> 4 Reasons to Change Your Treble Hooks

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 24, 2016 - Dodging The Dodgeable?

"I think we maybe dodged the proverbial bullet on Tuesday when the all-day snowfall ended after a total accumulation of less than 3 inches. Under a light breeze, the heavy wet snow fell calmly and that means that drifting will be minimal too.
The backdrop for these final 5 days of the inland Walleye and Pike season promises to be ideal. Overnight temperatures in the teens with daytime highs in the 30’sh range hint that the lakes should be ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 24, 2016


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From the 2015/16 Fish Ed Television Season; "Episode 213 Shallow Water Panfish and Lake of the Woods Walleye" February 24, 2016

"Fish Ed TV brings you along on a mission with Jon Thelen and Jeff Sundin to catch shallow water, weed patch Panfish.
Next the action continues as the cameras catch up with Jon chasing storm front Walleyes on legendary Lake of the Woods." View >> Shallow Water Panfish and Lake of the Woods Walleye

image of Gus' Place Logo Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake (February 15, 2016); "Despite last week’s unstable weather and a half inch of rain the lake conditions remain pretty good. The weather has returned to the cold side. Four wheel drive will get you where you want to go around the lake.
Perch fishing has slowed down the last two weeks. Most of the Perch caught are the smaller males, but this should change as we move into the warmer weeks of March when the females start to move shallow and into their spawning areas.
Walleye are still biting jigged minnows in 20 feet along the breaks, but there are long gaps in the bite and it pays to have a tip-up out with a large northern bait to help fill in the time.
Anglers are taking a few crappie and some fishermen are doing well, but the bite is inconsistent with slow days mixed in with the good ones. There are slow periods.
I think the big news lately has been the White fish bite in 50 feet for the fishermen who are targeting them. Most of the anglers who are fishing the White fish are catching. We still have a few weeks of good fishing left this winter, in fact March is the most popular month at the resort for Perch fishing." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image denotes link to Pines Resort on Lake Winnie On Lake Winnibigoshish John Seekon, The Pines Resort (February 24, 2016); "We currently have 20 to 22 inches of ice with good travel all over the lake. Just watch out for old roads and snow banks. The perch action in tamarack bay is taking place in 10 to 12 feet of water, but you need to be mobile, and not rely on 1 hole in the ice. We have even caught some perch in 6 to 7 feet , so they are starting to move in shallow."
For Pines Resort customers, there's a network of plowed roads that provide coverage over most of Tamarack Bay. Contact The Pines Resort for lodging and ice shelter rentals on Lake Winnibigoshish .
image denotes link to fish rapper article From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort (February 24, 2016); "Not much change. Crappies still biting very well. Also are perch. Green and gold seem to be the favorite colors on the perch and crappies. Few walleyes have been caught also. Perch seen the best on top of the many humps. Crappies are in the 24 to 30 feet. The lake got a little rutted up with last weekends warm weather. But still 4x4 pickup travel all over the lake. I know the north and the south access are still working O.K" - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 23, 2016 - Ice Conditions Bumpy, But Improved For Vehicle Travel

All the signs of a classic late season meltdown were revealed on my tour of local lakes on Monday afternoon. Water saturated snow has a crusty frozen surface and user developed roads that were filled with standing water on Sunday, are re-freezing again.
I wish I could tell you that you'll be enjoying a nice smooth ride out to the fishin' hole, but I can't. The meltdown wasn't fully complete before the weather turned cold again. That means that there are lots of areas where ruts and tracks in the snow have frozen in place, forming a very rough surface, especially in well-travelled areas.
The re-freeze wasn't fully complete by Monday afternoon either, there were areas my pickup truck broke through surface ice that covered un-frozen puddles. This made for a jarring ride, but did not stop me from ... Read >> Ice Conditions Report February 23, 2016

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Hungry 'Eyes, Deep Jumbos; Lake Mille Lacs Late Season Bite Going Strong February 23, 2016

"February’s final stretch is providing anglers on Minnesota’s mighty Mille Lacs Lake opportunities to hook up with sag-bellied jumbo yellow perch, as well as reel in good numbers of feisty walleyes.
"Smaller walleyes, in the 13- to 16-inch range, are biting really well right now,” Lindy pro and longtime guide Mike Christensen of Hunter Winfield’s Resort in Isle said. “We’re also seeing ..." Read >> Lake Mille Lacs Late Season Bite

Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (February 22, 2016) - Ice Fishing Report

It’s seems we lost a month somewhere? All of a sudden it’s the end of February and it actually feels like a normal year at the end of March. Oh well, I’ll take it.
Scouting around a few days ago, after the mini-monsoon we were treated with, I was really surprised at how nicely the lakes have shaped up. If you’ve been waiting for good lake conditions so you can easily move about, now is the time.
With another guide trip coming up, I checked out three lakes last Sunday and ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines 2-22


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image denotes link to fish rapper article From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge (February 22); "Window Shopper; a fish on the screen but does not take the bait. There have been a lot of Window Shoppers this winter season and the trend continued this past week. Anglers staying with the smaller baits are still having more success. Generally a rattle jig on one stick and a plain hook on a dead stick will improve the catch rate.
Again this week we have moved houses each day. We are covering ice from 7 to 12 miles north of Pine Island. The houses are spread out but with little variation of depth of water.
The forecast looks positive for the week ahead with temps in the single digits overnight to mid 20’s during the day. We would like to see this weather pattern continue for the rest of the season, it should help improve the bite and keep a snow cover on the ice for March. We still have some midweek availability in March.
Summer rates are set and updated on our website, the postcards will be mailed shortly. Pick your dates and book soon as some dates are already filled." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 21, 2016 - Catching The Catchable, Feeding The Feedable

Under the influence of a weekend warmup, driving conditions on the ice have already improved tremendously. Now with a cold snap headed this way, travel will be getting even easier for northern Minnesota ice anglers.
On Saturday, the timing played out perfectly for my long lost pal Matt Mattson. After what seemed like a lifetime without sharing a fishing shack, we were finally able to get together for a day on the ice. Matthew had a really special reason for gathering fish; they were to provide the main course for a one of a kind family gathering.
Crappie, Perch, Pike; we didn’t care what we’d catch, so there wasn’t much pressure to find a super-hot bite.  
Our simple goal of gathering meat for a fish fry led us to take the advice of Erin and Bill Charlton at Trails End Resort and head for the north side of Bowstring. They’ve been reporting consistent ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 21, 2016

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Star & Tribune Dennis Anderson; "Mille Lacs Walleye numbers are off the charts" (February 19, 2016)

"Lake Mille Lacs walleyes have fascinated multitudes of Minnesota anglers over countless generations, in part because the historically prolific big lake is fairly easily accessed from the Twin Cities, home to the state’s largest concentration of fish-chasers.
But few know the lake as well as Steve Lawrence, who grew up hard by its shores and who this summer will celebrate 30 years of employment with the Department of Natural Resources.
During his career, Lawrence, 63, has conducted nearly 30,000 angler creel interviews at various Mille Lacs landings, helping to estimate the number and size of fish being caught in the lake.
The report from Lawrence this winter? Mille Lacs walleye action likely will be gangbusters when ... Read >> Mille Lacs Walleye numbers are off the charts

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Trending … High-Speed Spinning Reels evolve, helping anglers up the odds. Steve Pennaz (2-19-16)

Pennaz; "I’ve become a huge fan of speed. It’s simple math, but not as simple as: cover more water—catch more fish. More inches per turn means more line pickup for quicker hooksets, a huge deal when making long casts or fishing slack-line presentations like jigs, jig worms, grubs or Fluke-style baits.
That’s the other trend – not only are new spinning reels getting stronger, tougher, lighter and faster, they’re getting smaller with the performance of bigger reels. What may have been a standard size for bass fishermen 10 years ago is now ... Read >> High-Speed Spinning Reels

Fish Ed Ice Fishing 2 Episodes; Slab Crappies and Jumbo Perch

"Slab size Crappies and Jumbo yellow Perch are prize catches across the US, but they can also be challenging to find. That is unless you have inside information about how and where to find them.  This week Jon goes for both of these prize species and shares tested hard water tips and tactics that will help you put more fish on the ice this winter." Watch Video >> Slab Crappies and Jumbo Perch

 
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Aim for the O2 Move regularly, change offerings: you’ll crack midwinter’s code. Mitch Eeagan

"When Walleye Tournament Pro Mark Brumbaugh targets pike, walleye and jumbo perch late in the season, he searches out river and creek mouths.
“Anywhere water’s flowing into a lake there will be more dissolved oxygen,” the Brownstown, Ohio, resident said. “And because fish spawn in these same rivers, they’ll be here staging to reproduce, too."
Because there’s more dissolved oxygen near inlets, fish will be spread throughout the water column. Subsequently, Brumbaugh likes larger, heavier jigs that can move up and down quickly.
Bladebaits are one of Brumbaugh’s go-to lures in stained water as they ..." Read >> Aim for the O2 During Mid-Winter

image links to trails end resort (2/18) From Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort; "We are getting mixed reviews. Some say fish are not biting, some say they are. The news...Fish are down there, it's how you wiggle it that makes them bite. We are seeing almost 12" of snow on the lake and have drifts in many locations. Driving outside the roads is getting to be sketchy.
looking for Jumbo Perch? We have them. This year has proven to be the year of the Perch! It seems that all species of fish are biting. See you this Weekend!" - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt

image denotes link to fish rapper article From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson (February 18); "With the arrival of our latest cold snap, the Crappie bite suddenly came to a screeching halt. Last weekend saw temperatures in the high twenties and even the low thirties. This made for comfortable fishing conditions and the fish seemed willing to cooperate. By Sunday the wind was blowing up to thirty miles per hour with light snow but the fish were still willing. An insect hatch occurred on Saturday night, covering the bottom four feet on my flasher screen. With that the Crappie shut down and moved out. Sunday afternoon before the main body of the storm arrived, the fish began feeding hard. That was the best Crappie fishing I’ve ... Read >> Frontier Sports Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 17, 2016 - Jumbo Perch Reliable Mid-Winter Pattern

You may already know that during mid-winter, certain populations of insect larvae mature, moving from one phase of development to another. As they do, they provide both game fish and bait fish with opportunity to feed on these developing bugs.
Perch go out of their way to find Bloodworms and once discovered, these insects will hold fish in an area until the larvae moves into the next phase of development.
Right now, there are numerous areas where the "Perch & Bloodworm pattern is in full swing. Locating areas where Bloodworm larvae thrive depends on finding soft bottom areas that contain marl. Finding marl doesn't depend on water depth, it could be shallow, deep or in-between.
Soon, I'll add more information about the pattern and how to zero in on it. For now, if you focus your attention on finding structure near soft bottom, trial and error is likely to lead you into the right spot.
OH, by the way, if you love eating fish, but need to be careful about ... Read >> Delicious Gluten Free Fish Fry

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image denotes link to fish rapper article From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort (February 17, 2016); "Fishing has been good.Crappies have still been biting good on the north end of the lake. 24 to 30 feet of water. Green and blue have been good color last week. the walleye bite has been ok. 22 to 26 feet. The north access is still in good shape. I seen houses moving on and off there today. Travel on the lake is still good. 4x4 pickups or 4 wheelers or snowmobile all good. There is a few drifts around so you have to watch for them." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .

image of Gus' Place Logo Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake (February 15, 2016); "Conditions are ideal on the lake and 4 wheel drive will get you anywhere you want to go. Multi-species fishing has been very good for the anglers who are willing to move around with portables and look for fish." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520
OH and by the way, if you happen to follow Gus' facebook page, you may have noticed this comment; "5 star … Had never been to ball club. Stopped in to ask for some advice. I enjoy whitefish for smoking and saw a post that they were catching them. Gus told me where to try. I ended up catching 17 and some jumbo perch. Right before dark another school of fish came in and I ended up with 6 12 inch crappies with one I let go at a little over 15. I only fished for a few hours and wanted to thank Gus for all his help. Great place." February 5, 2016, Carl Michael Parson

image denotes fishing question from a readerQ&A Cutfoot Sioux Crappie, Lake Winnie Perch February 16

Q) Hey Jeff... "Fished yesterday out of Highbanks from 11-5. On the humps about 22-25 feet. It was tough to move much with the wind.
Fishing slow all around, lots of lookers but no takers. I continue to hear about crappies on cutfoot, have you tried and any suggestions about time of day and depth? Driving from Cloquet and considering the Pines for perch or cutfoot."
A) I was up on Lake of the Woods last week, and have fallen behind the curve about fishing close to home, but we have fished here a little since I got home; primarily at Bowstring.
Typically Cutfoot does provide good Crappie fishing and by this time of the winter we can ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 16, 2016

image denotes link to fish rapper article From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge (February 16); "Well, this week we moved out to 12 miles past Pine Island. We do have some space to spread out since we’ve put the bridge out over a pressure ridge.
The weather is still up and down, we have had more 40 degree temperature swings this season than anytime we can remember. Today it’s blowing and drifting out there, so Tom is busy keeping the roads clear. The bite is up and down as well. We are still marking a lot of fish, but how to get them to bite is the big question. The answer is smaller baits or plain hooks and a little patience. Keep one pole active and one dead stick.
The 10 day forecast predicts highs in the mid-teens to mid-thirties with little bits of snow showers and wintry mix here and there.
If you’re really anxious to get fishing, check out our new free fishing game app, plus you can earn points to redeem for prizes: WALLEYE MASTER FISHING on iTunes and Google Play. Try the Summer and Winter versions.
Summer rates are set and updated on our website, the postcards will be mailed shortly. Pick your dates and book soon as some dates are already filled." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

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"Tired of your fishing line getting tangled at the most inopportune times? These quick tricks will help you fish hassle-free with spinning reels.
If you frequently use spinning reels, you’re no stranger to periodic line tangles. Although recent advancements in fishing reel and line technology have drastically reduced the frustrations, you’re still bound to have line management issues throughout the fishing season.
Fortunately, there are three ways to drastically reduce spinning reel tangles. Even if you’re using relatively low-end fishing line, you’ll be able to ... Learn More >> 3 Tricks To Reduce Spinning Reel Tangles

Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (February 15, 2016) - Ice Fishing Report

I was looking through a stack of old magazines the other day and several of them happened to be Ice Team publications from the late 90’s. Many had articles and photos submitted by yours truly. I actually read some of them, as if they were new, because I had forgotten what I wrote back then. It was nostalgia at its finest, for me anyway. Here’s one of them describing some of my old fishing trips that were recorded in a detailed fishing ... Read >> Greg's Guide Lines 2-15-16

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image links to trails end resort (2/14) From Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort; "Cold + Couples = Snuggle time with the honey at the resort! Happy Valentine's Day! Update on Ice conditions- We are making good ice now. Our Temps have been in the negative numbers for a few days now and are expected to be this way for a few more days now. However, we are still finding slush in areas across the North end of the lake. Please be cautious when traveling across the ice. Our bright skies have turned the Perch and Walleye bite on and slowed the Crappie bite. They are down there, but are very picky as to what they are biting on. Wherever you find the smaller bait fish, you can almost guarantee the Walleye and Northern are not too far away." - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt

 

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image denotes fishing question from a reader Q&A Lake Mille Lacs Walleye Management (February 12)

Q) Bill Anderson wrote; "Just wanted to make a suggestion and get your thoughts. For all the money and time the state has spent on Mille Lacs Lake, where has it gotten us? I feel it has been a total waste of tax dollars. I think we should take the entire budget for the big lake management and give it to the tribe to quit netting. They would no doubt be way ahead dollar wise. Then the fishery should simply be opened up fishing using no slots or special management. I bet it would recover naturally, and a lot of fishermen would return, which would be a boost for the area resorts and businesses. And the Casino would no doubt do better, too.
Thanks! Bill Anderson, Baxter, MN
A) Bill, I hear where you're coming from and I honestly wish that solving Mille Lacs' trouble could be that simple.
Before I go further, let me say that my opinion, along with $3.00 will get you a nice cup of coffee, so take this for what it's worth. Lake Mille Lacs is caught up in multiple layers of ... Read >> Lake Mille Lacs Walleye Management

Louis Slaughter Sr. caught the fish of a lifetime while fishing with his son on Toledo Bend Reservoir.

According to Louisiana Sportsman, Louis Slaughter Sr. has caught a 13.15-pound largemouth bass from popular Toledo Bend Reservoir. The bass was caught near Park Site 7 on the Texas side of the fishery.
After rain showers dissuaded Slaughter and his son from running too far, they decided to hang close to the ramp until the weather cleared up. At 10:00am, the monster bit a 5.5-inch Strike King Shadalicious swimbait on 15-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon in roughly 20 feet of water. Slaughter mentioned that he ... Read >> Fish of a Lifetime on Toledo Bend


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image denotes fishing question from a reader Q&A 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, survivability is the primary benefit of stocking Walleye fingerlings. Panfish, especially Sunfish can be devastating to a freshly 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 be desirable too and one could ask; "Why not just forget about fry stocking and use fingerlings for all of our stocking needs?" The problem is that Mother Nature complicates things and growing Walleye fry to fingerling size is ... Read >> Walleye Management; Stocking the Stockable

Fish Ed Ice Fishing 2 Episodes;

"Host Jon Thelen shares some of his proven tips and tactics for icing Bluegills outside of the weedline. But first, Jon is joined by Jeff Sundin who and the duo shares ice-fishing techniques that will help you put more Perch on the ice. The " Watch Video >> Fish ED TV Episode 207 Bluegill Fishing and Perch Talking

 
image denotes link to fish rapper article From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson (February 11); "With the arrival of our latest cold snap, the Crappie bite suddenly came to a screeching halt. Last weekend saw temperatures in the high twenties and even the low thirties. This made for comfortable fishing conditions and the fish seemed willing to cooperate. By Sunday the wind was blowing up to thirty miles per hour with light snow but the fish were still willing. An insect hatch occurred on Saturday night, covering the bottom four feet on my flasher screen. With that the Crappie shut down and moved out. Sunday afternoon before the main body of the storm arrived, the fish began feeding hard. That was the best Crappie fishing I’ve ... Read >> Frontier Sports Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 10, 2016 - Lake of the Woods Walleye Fishing

Lake of the Woods Walleyes are still alive and well. At least that's the indication we've seen in the areas we've been fishing this week.
Our long snowmobile ride into the upper reaches of Minnesota territory had me convinced on Monday that there had to be an easier way to catch a Walleye. But I do have to admit, the fishing has made it worth the effort.
Walleye action has been steady, with extended morning and evening peaks that last a couple of hours on each end of the day. Jigging spoons like the Rattl'n Flyer produce consistent action, while dead stick presentations provide a better chance at trophy size fish. Subtle, soft bottom structure appears to be better than the more obvious mid-lake bars and reefs that would typically attract my attention. Thanks to friends who pointed us in the right direction from the lodge, focusing on break lines where hard sand drops into deeper mud allowed us to get on fish quickly. In their experience, water depths of about 28 feet were best and from what I've seen, they were spot on in their assessment.
Travel conditions on the lake are less than ideal, snowmobiles and track vehicles are about the only way to get out to the areas we've traveled. If you're set up for it though, the timing could be pretty good. We still have a few snowmobile rides ahead of us, but I'll be back with more updates for the upcoming weekend.

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (February 9, 2016) - Ice Fishing Report

And the winner is……spoons! That’s the way it’s been going lately in my quest for North Country panfish. About 90% of the time it’s a spoon of some sort that brings a bulging bluegill or slab crappie to the frozen topside.
I use spoons a lot and maybe that’s the main reason I catch so many fish on them. Normally it’s a small-to-medium size spoon that is used on the “first drop.” This is because a larger lure usually is an attention getter and can dictate the mood of fish right off the get go.
If the fish are active, you’ll know it in a hurry, as there will be one on the business end of things right away. This can make for a fun and productive outing, as you can catch and release, picking and choosing the fish you wish to ... Read >> Greg's Guide Lines 2-9-16

image denotes link to fish rapper article From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge (February 8); "11 miles off of Pine Island, it is quite a contrast from last year. We still have the majority houses in the one spot covering 2 miles of ice. We have continued to test other areas for better bites and remain on our normal path.
The weather has continued to have ups and downs. The barometer seems to go with it. So the bite continues to be sporadic. Mixed reports from house to house, those doing well have been actively working their baits all day. We have stuck with the same trend all year, smaller baits or plain hooks have been the best approach.
We had 38 degrees this morning and calm, which turned into blowing wind and snow for the rest of the day. It is supposed to blow (on Monday) and then dip below zero for Tuesday. Let’s not try to predict past that point today." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image of Gus' Place Logo Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake (February 4, 2016); "We are still holding great ice fishing conditions on the lake with 16-17 inches of clear ice and about 3 inches of crusty snow. The low snow pack on the lake makes for easy driving conditions allowing access to all parts of the lake.
The only info change in recent trends to my posts here is that we are catching fish much deeper. The “bite zone” is best from 28-32 feet for Perch, Walleye and Northerns using live minnows.
Last weekend a few limits of Crappie were caught in 45 feet. The Crappie bite is not an all-day event with the mornings being the best time, same is true for the Walleye. It's a great time to fish, we have warm cabins available, give us a call if you're tired of fighting crowds". - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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image denotes link to fish rapper article From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson (February 4); "Last weekend saw a resurgence of anglers out on the area lakes. While some of the larger lakes have been having slush issues, the smaller more difficult to reach lakes were in good shape and were producing nice catches of Crappie and Sunfish. The warmer temperatures and light winds made for comfortable fishing conditions and for those who went back into the small and often lightly fished waters of this area, did quite well.
Crappies have been ... Read>> Frontier Sports Ice Fishing Report February 4, 2016

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Cutfoot Sioux, Eagle Nest Lodge, Bryan Harris (February 4, 2016); "Well, fishing was slow over the weekend.  And the ice doesn't seem to be getting thicker.  Little Cutfoot only had 10", so still walking out.  Big Cutfoot has 12-14".  Winnie seems to be around 14".  6" of crusty snow on top.  Maybe things will pick up this weekend.  We have 2 cabins available this weekend." Eagle Nest Lodge 218-246-8701

image denotes link to fish rapper article From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort (Jan. 6, 2016); "The crappie bite has been really good. that 24 to 30 feet. Green and blue was the color this last weekend. Even a fair amount of walleyes caught along the way in these depths. So far ice conditions are good. there was a few slush spots on the north end. But as far as where my houses are that has all clear up with the colder weather. So for the most part ice is good but never safe." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 3, 2016 - Working Better Under Pressure?

That phrase is one that I hear a lot, that's because it applies to me. I always do my best work under pressure and folks who know me, love pointing it out too. That’s because they've watched the self-appointed "Magi Of Multi-Tasking" in action. Juggling flopping fish, re-baiting hooks, steering the boat and watching the Humminbird all at the same time; oh and firing up a stogie while I'm at it too!
Take the pressure off though and I can turn sort of worthless, slipping into a laissez a faire attitude about fishing, caring little about whether I catch anything or not.
Fish work better under pressure too and one event that makes anglers shiver is a falling barometer. Something about that tends to slip fish out of feeding mode and sends them into the depths for nappy time.
That's my best guess about what happened on ... Read Report >>> Working Better Under Pressure?

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Panfish Micro Meals: Lindy Land, Article Dan Johnson

Panfish including crappies, sunfish and yellow perch may eat a variety of foods, but they often dine on tiny aquatic animals collectively called zooplankton.
Understanding a bit about these micro meals can help you put more panfish on ice.
Microscopic zooplankton are building blocks of the underwater food chain. They feed on single-cell plants known as ... Read Article >> Panfish Micro Meals: Lindy Land, Article Dan Johnson

image denotes link to fish rapper article Near Duluth, Cub Reporter, Staff #007 Steve Sykes (February 2, 2016); Slush Problems On Duluth Area Lakes

"I went back to the lake in the Brimson area that I commented about on January 27th. As filled with slush as it was then, it was even worse this weekend. There was actually less ice that the previous week too. There was only 10 inches of ice and the whole lake was slush. I stood in it and walked in it because the fish were biting but I am not sure how much longer I would feel safe walking on it."
Reprinted from January 28, 2016; Sykes says; "Not all of the lakes in the Duluth region are this bad; there's heavier snow cover on lakes in the Brimson area and it's the lakes in that area have the most slush. I can't believe how little ice there is for this time of year, makes me wonder if that will make for an early ice out."

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (February 1, 2016) - Ice Fishing Report

I’m finally able to get out and go fishing by myself, as my foot/ankle problems have subsided to the point where now it’s only slightly painful and I can walk without the aid of crutches. What a relief! What was wrong? Well, let’s say it was a myriad of problems all rolled into one.
The first solo trip had me thinking it wasn’t going to happen. My truck had been sitting for weeks in the back yard so when I walked down in the morning darkness to fire it up, I first had to >> Greg's Guidelines February 1

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 1, 2016 - Busy Weekend at the "Sunny Hole"

I guess that this was the first weekend of the winter that nice weather combined with the absence of a football game, gave ice anglers a really good excuse to get outside and fish. From my vantage point, it appeared that many of them were rewarded with good fishing to boot.
Bluegill fishing around the Grand Rapids area has been reliable for a couple of weeks now and I wondered if heavier weekend fishing pressure might be the trigger that could slow the action down. The fish shrugged off the heavy traffic though and ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 1, 2016


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Fish Ed Ice Fishing 2 Episodes; Big Stone Lake Perch Plus Prime Time Walleye Action

"Host Jon Thelen shares some of his proven ice-fishing techniques that will put more Walleyes and Perch on the ice." Watch Video >> Big Stone Lake Perch Plus Prime Time Walleye Action

 

image denotes link to fish rapper article From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge (February 1); "We have been in the 8 miles off of Pine Island area and the action has been holding steady. There have been many Sauger mixed with Walleye. Plenty of eater fish for a fresh dinner and take home limits. The action has had some peaks and valleys with one day having great morning action and another day in the afternoon. Anglers with the best success have been actively jigging even during the slow times. Best approach is to use one line as an active jig stick and the other as a dead stick with a lively minnow. The dead stick works great with a plain hook or a drop shot on a slip bobber.
The plowed road is in great shape. Take your pick, have us take you out to the houses or drive yourself. We have been trying to stick to our traditional path, that is to say the same path we have been doing for almost 30 years. Although, this year it has been difficult as we have been getting more and more traffic from all sides. It is sort of funny to think, with over 300,000 acres of water on the Minnesota side more traffic keeps closing in.
Typically in the beginning of February we split our houses to have some set up in areas with different bottom structure. For this year it is uncertain that will happen. So far there has been no need to find more action. And preliminary reports from those other areas have not given us anything to be excited about, yet.
We are ready for this week’s setup into Super Bowl 50, we will be keeping an eye on the big game but we will stick to what we do best, fishing!
The weather has been up and down this past week. Temperatures went into the 40’s yesterday. We still have plenty of snow cover and there are single digits to slightly below zeros in the forecast this week." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake Gus' Place Resort (Jan. 29, 2016); "Conditions are very favorable on Ball Club Lake at this time with 14-16 inches of good ice topped off with 6 inches of crusty snow.
Walleye have been on the bite early and late afternoon in 20-22 ft. Perch and Northern are also active, but shallower. Live baits are producing the best catches. Crappie and Bluegill fishing has been slow.
Last week I mentioned that our customers have been catching some nice White Fish. Since that report I have had many inquiries on the fishing method for these fish.
Yes, I know it comes as a surprise to many readers that there are anglers who are looking for something other than Walleye, but it is true. There are fishermen who fish for other species. Personally I think any fish that bites is worth catching, but that’s probably because I enjoy ‘catching’. Even a Carp in a warmer southern lake will provide an exciting catch.
A good place to start looking for White Fish this time of year is 25-35 feet. They swim in large schools and do not stay in one place for long periods. They usually swim mid-range in the water column. Watch your electronics for sudden, multiple signals and look for what you would consider a school of fish below you.
You should have your ice fishing rods rigged with a small ice jig and a minnow part. Silver is a good jig color. White Fish have small, straight forward mouths and they like to pick up the bait on the drop. Use a drop and hold jig method until you get to the bottom, reel up and start over.
Watch for and interruption in the rate of fall as you drop the jig and be ready to make a hook set. The school will pass through after a few minutes and you will have to wait till the next one comes along.
Who knows, you will probably catch a walleye along the way whether you want to or not." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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Angler Catches a Fish in All 50 States news January 29, 2016

"He had always liked fishing, but his adventures didn’t often lead him out of his native state of Virginia. While at a Las Vegas bachelor party in 2007, he didn’t feel like doing the “normal” Vegas activities. Instead, he hired a fishing guide for the first time in his life and has been hooked ever since.
Howard chronicled his journey on his ... Read More >> Angler Catches Fish In All 50 States

image denotes link to Pines Resort on Lake Winnie On Lake Winnibigoshish John Seekon, The Pines Resort (Jan. 27, 2016); "The Perch fishing in Tamarack Bay continues to be productive. For most of the winter, the most reliable water depth has been 12 to 15 feet of water. Ice fishermen who have tried both shallower and deeper have wound up coming back into the 12-15 foot safe zone. Glow white and chartreuse are the best lure colors and right now, minnows are far better than wax worms. As always, mobility is key for perch fishing."
For Pines Resort customers, there's a network of plowed roads that provide coverage over most of Tamarack Bay. Contact The Pines Resort for lodging and ice shelter rentals on Lake Winnibigoshish .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 28, 2016 - Perch Patterns; Transition To Mid-Winter

The last thing I could say about ice fishing conditions on Wednesday was that they were hospitable.
A stiff wind combined with just enough snow to hamper visibility complicated travel on the ice. Digging in your heels and leaning backward to brace your portable fishing shelter from blowing over isn’t all that much fun either. But I’m still glad that I went fishing.
I’m glad because even if it was a little more complicated than usual, it was my first really good mid-winter Perch trip of the season.
It did take 5 stops before I figured out a good spot and even then I didn’t find huge numbers of fish. What I did find though was a nice school of quality size fish; the kind you get when you’re the first one on a fresh spot.
The location was typical of what you’ve probably fished before. It was a mid-lake bar that topped off at about 18 feet and was surrounded by deeper water, 25-30 feet, with a soft silt/mud bottom.
On Wednesday, the fish were located ... read >> Ice Fishing Report January 28, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Near Duluth, Cub Reporter, Staff #007 Steve Sykes; "When I was fishing this Sunday I had to walk a ½ mile through knee deep slush to get to the crappie hole, which wasn’t much fun."
Sykes says; "Not all of the lakes in the Duluth region are this bad; there's heavier snow cover on lakes in the Brimson area and it's the lakes in that area have the most slush. I can't believe how little ice there is for this time of year, makes me wonder if that will make for an early ice out."
Sykes ended on a happy note for fish lovers; "I finally used the grill mat I was telling you about for preapring the Crappies I caught on Sunday and they were great.
I coated the filets with olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon pepper and squeezed some lemon on them, then cooked them on the grill for 4 minutes, each side and they turned out perfect. I would recommend this as another great way to cook your catch."

Wired2Fish January 27, 2016 Angler Faces $24k Fine for Too Many Bluegills

"73-year-old Stanley Paalksnis from Onalaska, Wisc. could potentially have to pay a $24,682 fine for keeping too many bluegills while fishing on Lake Onalaska and the Mississippi River.
An undercover DNR officer watched the angler keep 22 bluegills and 5 unidentified fish the morning of November 4. Paalksnis fished again that afternoon and ... Read >> Angler Faces $24k Fine for Too Many Bluegills

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image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Dixon Lake Resort (Jan. 27, 2016); Had a lot of action on the nice Jumbo Perch this past weekend. Best action was out in 16 to 20 Feet of water, but there were fish up close out to our spear houses in 7 to 9ft of water too. Customers did get some walleyes, a few crappies and Northerns as well, mainly in shallow water." - Dixon Lake Resort has shelter rentals, including sleepers. Reservations 218-659-4612 .


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image links to trails end resort (1/26) From Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort; "The ice conditions on Bowstring have improved; we now have 12" to 16" of solid ice. With the warm up, there was packing of the snow and it is now becoming safer for travel. There are still some pockets of slush out there, so off-road travel should be accomplished using ATV's or Snowmobiles. For pickup trucks, we have good roads leading to Crappies and Perch.
Crappies were the hot bite this past weekend and we think that as long as we continue to see cloudy skies, Crappie action will continue to be hot.
Perch have begun leaving shoreline structure and some schools can be found traveling throughout the lake. Finding mid-lake structure will be your best bet Perch and Walleyes. Finding the steep drop-offs both on the shoreline and in the mid-lake is where you will probably find the Crappies!"
Check out our NEW Packages Page, Pizza Delivery, and Cabin rates. - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (January 26, 2016) - Ice Fishing Report

Armed to the teeth, with fishing rods, electronics, and tackle, a group of eighteen anglers made their way from all-parts Nebraska to the backwoods of Itasca county, Minnesota for two days of fishing with Justin Bailey’s Guide Service.
Having been in the “guide game” for nearly thirty years, I was excited to get out there to help Justin out. I’ve had large groups before and a little assistance is usually ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines Januaray 26, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge (January 25); "We have just started to allow drive outs the past few days. We are working hard on getting the plowed road open to full potential, now that we are able to get the plows on the lake. Ice thickness still varies from 14 to 17 inches.
We have made another move further out putting us 6 to 8 miles off of Pine Island. Fishing has been strong the last few days! We have started seeing more nice walleyes come in, as well as saugers.
We recommend using electronics like Vexilars as they definitely increase your chances.
We have had a warm up in weather the past few days with a few light flurries. The week ahead shows temps in the 20’s with snow possible." 800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 24, 2016 - Panfish Action ReliableIce Access Remains Good

Despite gusty winds, anglers were out in force on Grand Rapids area lakes this Saturday. Luckily, the snow cover is light and there’s good, solid ice good on most lakes. So even though there was some drifting of snow during this breezy day, it wasn't enough to cause any major setbacks and overall, ice remains good.
It has become common to see vehicles on most lakes now, even deep water, slow freezing ones like Pokegama in Grand Rapids. There are a number of anglers like me, still ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 24, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/21) Q&A From Tim Bates; Ice Access On Lake Winnibigoshish

Q) "I have a good friend coming up to fish on Winnie this weekend and he is wondering if he is going to be able to tow his fish house out on to the ice with his truck. Is there a place you recommend he put in given he wants to fish Winnie?
A) Yes, generally speaking, access to the ice on Lake Winnibigoshish is fantastic right now. As of this week, there are several resorts and rental operators that have roads plowed. Which access is best for him depends on the area he would prefer to fish.
The list of numbered spots on the map shows most of the popular points of entry onto Winnie. Of the 9 that are listed, there are 4 key accesses, each of which provide ... Read >> Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Access

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 22, 2015 - "The Earth Needs Plastic"

Those words were originally spoken by comedian George Carlin during one of his stand up rants. This one was about the human search for "the meaning of life" and in it, he speculated that the only reason humans inhabit this planet is because "the earth needs plastic".
On Thursday, all I was trying to do was make a quick afternoon trip to the “Sunny Hole”. My hope was to learn something about where the fish were located and whether they were active, if I was lucky, maybe I’d even ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 22, 2016

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image of Gus' Place Logo (1/21) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "We have 13 inches of good ice in front of the resort, but the ice thickness varies and caution should be taken for truck travel. Most travel on this lake is still ATV & snowmobiles. The snow cover is 5-6 inches deep with some light drifting and no reports of slush.
This past week the cold weather has kept some of the anglers off the lake and I think the cold has slowed down the previously good bite we are seeing for perch, northern and walleye.
Anglers have been doing well with live bait in 20 feet for walleye mostly early and late afternoon while the perch and northern are quite active throughout mid-day. Look for the perch and northern a little shallower in 16-18 feet. There are reports of nice 20 inch whitefish being caught in 25-30 feet with jigs and minnow parts. The whitefish are picking up on the drop using a drop and hold movement till you get to the bottom, reel up and start over. All fishing is being done alone the drop-offs. The season is just getting started and we hope to see you out there.
Oh, by the way, we have plenty of warm, comfortable cabins at the end of your fishing day to kick back in, cook your catch and have a great night’s sleep in a real bed." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image denotes link to fish rapper article From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort (Jan. 21, 2016); "Finding ice to be in that 12 to 14 inches of ice. Most everyone has switch to pickup travel. the crappies bite has been very good down on the north end in that 26 feet of water. And the walleye and perch have also been good off of perch point and bikini bar in 26 feet. Gold and the neon green seems what work best this last weekend. They have been using the north access and so far has been ok. Please use caution on any access or lake There is Never Safe ice." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .
*Editors Note About Bowstring Lake: The snow cover on Bowstring is heavier than it is on many other area lakes this season. That's made the ice conditions tricky to predict this winter. There are areas of the lake that will support vehicle traffic, but there are also areas that should be avoided. We were fishing out there yesterday and found one spot where the ice was only about 9 inches thick. That, combined with the occurance of slush pockets, means that we'll be sticking with the snowmobiles for a while.
Exploring fresh territory can be fun, but not the territory below the ice! If you are driving around out there, exercise extreme caution and stick with plowed roads or well traveled areas.
image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/21) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson (Jan. 21, 2016); "Last weekend saw temperatures plummeting down into the high twenties, below zero. Consequently the fishing slowed to a crawl for most anglers. Reports I’ve received about the area lakes have been a mixed bag. Panfish became quite finicky, even more so than usual. Walleye fishing has been equally slow. Pike fishing however was fairly good on most lakes in the area. Last weekend was the winter trout opener and as expected even trout fishing was slow. Lake Trout were very slow in this area but some of the designated stream trout lakes produced some limits. There …… That’s the bad news. Good news is in line for this weekend. Much warmer temperatures and relatively light winds should turn things around in a hurry. Ice conditions as always vary from lake to lake. The larger deeper lakes have only had full ice for about three to four weeks and ice thickness on these lakes can run from eight to perhaps twelve inches, maybe a little more. I haven’t seen any vehicles out on the lakes and this precaution is advised. While snowmobiles and wheelers are getting around on the lakes, anglers should wait a little while longer before driving on the ice. Be safe and good luck!"
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 link to fish rapper article (1/20) Q&A From Robert; Finding Good Fishing In A Sleeper House For Rent?

Q) "Hi Jeff, we've never met but I've been following your fishing reports for quite a while.  I have a cabin on (withheld) lake, the one with the awesome image of fish smiley fishing. 
I am new to ice fishing, and have an abnormal fear of the ice.  Anyways, I have a strong desire to catch walleye through the ice.  I don't need to fill a cooler, but would like a nice meal worth of walleye.  BTW, I like perch as much if not more than walleye. 
I would really like to line up a trip for me and a buddy of mine, a younger guy who does some work for me at my cabin; we’ve become friends. He loves his family of 6 and will do anything for them. So I really want to have an overnight experience in a sleeper house; something I've never done and I'd like to be put on some serious fishing with my pal too. What do you suggest? 
BTW, thank you for all the great fishing reports.  I think it's great how you network with the various sources to give a regional report." - Robert
A) Great question Robert! In my opinion, every fisherman should experience ice fishing from multiple points of view. It's fun to fish out in the open, on the ice. But it's equally fun using a ... Read >> Good Fishing In A Sleeper Rental

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 19, 2016 - North Central Minnesota Ice Conditions

The last few days have been extra lucky for me. That's because coping with our first real cold blast of 2016 has been made a lot easier by the availabilty of plowed roads, good ice and decent fishing action.
I can't say that there are many "super hot bites" going on, but for us, the action has been good enough to provide fish for a meal after each outing.
On Lake Winnibigoshish, a combination of plowed roads and light snow cover has allowed us to ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 19, 2015

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/18) From Leech Lake, Austin Michaud, Shallow Eyes Outdoors; “Fishermen are able to find great lake access through Trappers Landing and here at Horseshoe Bay Lodge on the main lake. The shores at Pine Point Resort give fishermen great access to the Walker narrows, Pine Point, Goose Island, the Hardwoods and the Duck Points. The Walker City park and Erikson’s Landing give fisherman access to the south and north end of Walker Bay.
Advise fishermen that there are a few ice heaves in Walker Bay and on the main lake that they should travel with caution around. The main accesses on Leech have some plowed roads but the snow depth is low enough that you can get around with a vehicle and recreational vehicle.
The average ice depth is 12 to 16 inches! If fishermen want to proceed with trucks and fish houses, they should know to check the ice first and make sure they have an adequate amount to drive on. Recommended fish house rental is through J&K Marine in Walker.   They rent brand new Yeti fish houses! They provide day rentals and overnight sleeper houses that can sleep 4 to 5 guys.
Walker Bay has been the most productive for walleyes during the early morning and late evening hours on the deeper humps and deep under water points. The main lake walleyes have been a little more hit and miss but the fish out there are bigger and the fishermen get a night long bite. The perch bite on Hardwoods and Duck points has been picking up!" Austin Michaud, Shallow Eyes Outdoors, 218-507-0779 or 218-547-2283 (Horseshoe Bay Lodge) 

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image links to trails end resort (1/18) From Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort; "THE ICE IS NOT SAFE IN AREAS ON THE LAKE. We see truck travel from the North Access, but do not know the conditions of the ice up there.
Informed anglers are cautious anglers. As, unpredictable as the ice is, at this time, driving 20+ mph across the ice, in a truck, creates a dangerous situation for everyone on the ice. When driving that fast, especially on ice that may only be 8", it creates a wave of water under the ice that may ruin the ice for the rest of the season. Anyone doing this is putting, not only their own lives, but the lives of anyone on the ice in danger of going through. NO FISH IS WORTH THAT!
What we know is, we have 8-14" out there with some BIG slush pockets. However, we have plowed roads out to a few fishing holes with safe roads, but to wander off the roads, it may only be 8" in spots. Proceed with CAUTION!!!!
Prior to this cold snap the bite was good. Since we had a low last night of -26, fishing has been slower, but if you take the time, they will bite. Don't be afraid to move to find them, just be cautious with vehicle travel. We cannot stress that enough!!!"
Check out our NEW Packages Page, Pizza Delivery, and Cabin rates. - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .

image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/18) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "Another cold batch of weather hit us this weekend. We are starting to see some ice thickness in the teens of inches, although it is not consistent everywhere. The last we checked the ice in the bay was still around the 11 inch mark. We are still taking people out, although we hope soon we will be going full swing with the plowed road so everyone has options.
We have moved further out and have had really strong action! 4-6 miles north of Pine Island was a definite increase in action from areas closer to Pine Island.
We have been still going with the smaller presentations and no particular color has been better. A plain hook with a split shot weight works great with an active minnow. Fathead minnows have been all that is necessary. If you are not familiar with the normal Lake of the Woods tackle it would be best to have gold and or glow red. Brighter colors are better than dark, and it is generally good to have something that rattles. Actively jigging one stick while have an active minnow on a dead stick is a great tactic. Electronics like a Vexilar definitely increase your chances. Underwater cameras are difficult to provide quality images as the water tends to be dark.
The week ahead shows temps to be forecasted in the single digits to 20’s above zero." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/18) Cutfoot Sioux, Bryan Harris Eagle Nest Lodge; "Cutfoot Sioux now has about a foot of good ice. Guests have found walleyes on the bar and crappies in little Cutfoot and McAvity Bay. We're starting to see bigger perch, too!
Our 3 big log cabins are open for winter business (2- 4 bedroom cabins and 1- 5 bedroom cabin), and our fish cleaning house is heated and has running water. But we don't keep lodge hours in the winter. Our guests are kind of on their own. I don't plow roads or rent fish houses. Most of our guys use snowmobiles or 4-wheelers to access Cutfoot from the resort. Our rates are $50/adult per night and $25/kid (K-12) per night, with a $125/night minimum." - Eagle Nest Lodge 218-246-8701

image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/18) Cutfoot Sioux, Evan Nelson, Wililams Narrows Resor; "We now have ten plus inches out on Cutfoot and the fish are active. You do have to move around and find the active school but when you do the fish are nice! Seeing a lot of 11 to 14 inch slabs and a few nice gills mixed in. Walleyes are tough but the perch bite on Winnie is starting to turn on. The weather next weekend looks great with temps approaching 30 degrees." - We still have cabins available, call Evan Nelson, Wililams Narrows Resort 218-766-1891

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 15, 2016 - North Central Minnesota Ice Conditions

For most Minnesotans, a reminder that winter has arrived isn't any big news. But anglers who have been waiting for a chance to get their vehicles onto safe ice are more than a little interested in what's gtoing on out there and where.
Thankfully, first hand reports from folks on Leech Lake, Cass Lake and Lake Winnie have been coming in so fast that I can't keep up with them. Here's what I can get posted so far and I promise that I'll get the rest of them posted by tomorrow morning.

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/15) Leech Lake, Oak Point Resort, Steamboat Bay; "I just cut some wholes today and came up with 15” of ice. We just started driving vehicles last Thurs. The snow is starting to play havoc getting around the lake though.  I’m not sure what the rest of the lake is like but I’m pretty sure nobody else is driving on the lake yet, if you’re smart. We are set up for spear fishing but some people do angle as well. Our customers are seeing perch but mostly too small to keep. Yesterday one of our customers speared a 221b, 42” northern and spearing was some of the best they have had. Today was different, they just were not moving.
We haven’t seen Panfish so far, usually that happens later during the season." - Lee Nupson, Oak Point Resort (218) 335-2993

image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/15) Leech Lake, SPIRIT OF THE NORTH RESORT; "Leech lake is good right now , Main lake  good thick ice trucks and fish houses are going all over , Walker bay is still not ready for full size trucks ( 4 wheelers and sleds ) 10 to 12 inches , bite has been good jig/minnow  sun rise and sun set are best times . Perch are biting good, but you’ll need to sort through a lot of small ones. Come enjoy the lake with us!" - SPIRIT OF THE NORTH RESORT (800) 516-0077

image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/15) Leech Lake, Adventure NORTH RESORT; "On the West side of Trader’s Bay, at Pine Point, Adventure North Resort has cabin rentals with heated ice houses available for our resort guests.  With 12” – 14” of good ice and 4” of snow cover our guests have been driving out for over a week.  Throughout the day anglers have been bringing in keeper perch and plenty of Northern pike. The walleye bite hits about 5 pm, so be out there ready to fish until at least 7 pm for the evening walleyes.  Ice access for guests only, no day or sleeper house rental available." - Adventure NORTH RESORT (800) 294-1532

image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/15) Sah Kah Tay Resort, Cass Lake, Sue Marchant; "We have had several groups in this last week – it seems we have about 14” of ice in this south end of Cass lake, the guys are driving out there with their pickups. Fishing is kinda slow in the main south  bay but over in the kettle(east of Stoney point) in the weeds my guests did really well with perch, northern and a dandy walleye 27”.  You had to be patient but they got plenty.  I know some of my guys are going to pike bay and the ice is 14-16” there and the bite is very active but they are only bringing in the small ones, less than 9”mostly." - Sah Kah Tay Resort, Cass Lake, Sue Marchant (218) 335-2424

image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/15) Lake Winnibigoshish, Doug at Becker's Resort;"We have 14 to 15 inches of good ice off Trappers drive landing. We have a number of ice heaves that are still moving and it is difficult to get out to Sugar bar. We are finding perch in 12 to 16 ft  out on the the flats." Beckers Resort, Lake Winnibigoshish - (218) 665-2268

image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/15) Lake Winnibigoshish, Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort; "Access is good at this time. We did get about six inches of snow so blowing be tough if the wind picks up. All of the ice we have checked from south shore to The bend is minimum of 16 . Up the east shore drop to Moxey good with the same till the start of the saddle it drops to 14 and a half but that ice every year tips down and gets wet till later in the year. Walley fishing has been ok with early late being best. Dead sticking the norm. Pike on fire. Perch very spotty some deep some shallow." - Lake Winnibigoshish, Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort (218) 665-2222

image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/15) Cass Lake, Steve, Julie & Seth Ballou, Break On The Lake Resort; "Ice conditions have finally reached the 12 to 14 inch range on Allen's Bay. We have spear shacks out in the Bay with good success with northerns and angling nice perch in a couple of the houses We have some roads plowed to allow the ice to thicken for truck traffic by this weekend." - Cass Lake, Steve, Julie & Seth Ballou, Break On The Lake Resort (218) 335-2422

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 13, 2016 - Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Fishing Report

If you've been holding out for more convenient access to the ice before you venture out, then this first hand report should be happy news for you. Access to Lake Winnibigoshish is excellent, ice conditions are good and travel by pickup truck has become widespread across the entire lake.
Ice thickness currently ranges between 14 and 16 inches, snow cover is minimal and the surface is free of slush. Except for areas of ... Read >> Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Fishing Report January 13

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News Release - January 12, 2016 Lake Vermilion Fisheries Input Group; Citizens Can Apply

Citizens interested in discussing Lake Vermilion fish and habitat can nominate themselves as volunteers on a newly forming Lake Vermilion Fisheries Input Group. Applications must be completed by Sunday, Jan. 24, and are available at www.mndnr.gov/lakevermilion.
“We will use the input from the group as we update the Lake Vermilion Fisheries Management Plan,” said Edie Evarts, Tower area fisheries supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We reserved some seats to be filled by volunteers who... Learn More >> Lake Vermilion Fisheries Input Group

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (Jan. 12, 2016) - Red Lake Trout Fishing

"Guided by brothers Daris and Davis Rosebear, it would be my second trip to this fantastic stream trout fishery.
I wasn’t too excited about the sub-zero temps but the hungry little trout would more than make up for the cold weather. Now, if we were pursuing other gamefish, like walleye or panfish, I may have been a little concerned, as frontal weather conditions can often make things quite difficult. However, it’s been my experience that trout don’t seem to be affected as much. I was hoping that would be the case here. Our first stop was to ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines January 12, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 12, 2015 - Ice Fishing Flighty Bluegills, "No Waiting On Line 2"

You would think that by now, I'd have this fishing thing fairly well dialed in, but I don't. I still learn something new every time I go out, like this little trick I just picked up while I was fishing for Bluegills.
It started while I was fishing near the weedline in about 12 feet of water, over a slight depression where Panfish gather in the winter.
I knew that there were fish there because I could see 'em, not just on my depth finder but with my eyes too. The clear water made it easy for me to see the fish and that boosted my confidence about the location. The problem was that it was easy for the fish to ... Read >> Ice Fishing Bluegills, "No Waiting On Line #2".

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 11, 2015 - Northern Minnesota Ice Fishing Report

Sunrise in Deer River is scheduled for 8:00 AM. I'll be on the ice to see it, so I can't spend a lot of time on the computer this morning, but here's a quick update. Over the weekend, sub-zero temperatures had an instant effect on stubborn patches of open water and slushy spots that persisted during the past week. At -22°F, the current temperature, ice conditions are ... Read >> Ice Report January 11, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/11) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "Finally some cold weather! It is starting to feel more normal for January. We are starting to put some ice on the lake. One house we drilled today is sitting in 27 feet of water and the thickness of ice ranged from 10 1/2 to 12 inches inside the house. We are still providing all transportation to and from the houses.
The bite remains good! Our houses are spread from 27 to 31 feet of water and continue to do well each day.
Typical Lake of the Woods colors gold and glow have been working well, most anglers are still using smaller presentations. Most of the big fish have been caught on a Tom’s Tackle Shiner Eye.
The forecast has some single digit daytime temps and in the teens below for overnights. We are hoping this week’s temperatures will make some ice to allow us to open the plowed road." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image links to trails end resort From Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort (January 9, 2016); "We are looking pretty good up here. We are seeing travel of many sorts out in front of us, but want to remind the fisherman that truck travel is still not very safe and would advise against it until AFTER this weekend (saw someone with a truck out there a couple days ago and crossed fingers that they didn't go through).
We are pushing 10" in spots, but guests found 5" last weekend. Slush still seams to be spotty across the lake, but it's about an inch or two thick. Perch and crappie bite is ok, Walleye bite is better! We are hoping to get our fish houses out by next weekend. Come get your pizza (we deliver too) and check out our packages!". - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 8, 2016 - The Plot is "Thickening" For Ice Fishermen In Minnesota

No matter how much ice your favorite lake has today, we know for sure is that over the next few days, it's definitely gonna get thicker. Overnight lows below zero and single digit daytime highs will combine to force our lakes to succumb to winter in a hurry. Curious about how much ice a lake can make in a few days? Well the only true answer is ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 8, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article From Lake Winnibigoshish, Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort (Jan. 8, 2016); "Pat Rooney, Denny's ResortWe now are finally sitting about 12 inches plus. The bottom end is in the clear ice we made last. There is some rough stuff to go thru but manageable. Walleye and Pike are doing real well. Far north end of Bena bar out thru the humps. 18 to 24 feet of water. Perch spotty mostly deep now at 25 to 35 feet" - Pat Rooney, Denny's Resort

image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A Steve Sykes (Jan. 8, 2016) Packing and Freezing Fish; "I was reading your report the other day and I clicked on the link you posted from Wired2Fish that talked about freezing fish and preparing fish. I am guessing that you fish enough so freezing fish doesn’t happen that often but when you do how do you freeze yours? I usually freeze mine water in a ziplock bag, but like they stated in the video they can get a little mushy. Also they were using grill mats to cook the fish on the BBQ, have you ever used these grill mats for cooking fish? It looked like a good idea."
A) Steve, on one level you're right; these days I don't put very many fish in the freezer at home. But during my days as a licensed fish packer, I pacakged and froze thousands of fish for customers. In my opinion, the "Best Way" to freeze fish is to ... Read >> How To Freeze Fish
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image denotes link to Pines Resort on Lake Winnie On Lake Winnibigoshish, John Seekon, The Pines Resort (Jan. 6, 2016); "The walleye bite has been strong on the main lake bars in 20 to 30 feet, with morning and evening being the best times. The perch are biting around the lake with 12 to 20 feet being the best depth.The ice thickness is currently 10 to 12 inches thick in tamarack bay and 10 to 11 inches on the main lake. Snow depth is 2 to 3 inches on top of the ice." Contact The Pines Resort for lodging and ice shelter rentals on Lake Winnibigoshish .

image of Gus' Place Logo Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake (Jan. 6, 2016); "Ice Conditions On Ball Club Lake"

"As we all know, the ice fishing season has taken a slow start this winter, but it is finally here. Ball Club Lake has 5-6 inches of good fishable ice along the shoreline with the middle remaining unsafe for a bit longer. Anglers are heading out with snowmobiles, ATVs and walking out around the rim of the lake.
The lake has light snow on it with bare patches of good ice and no slush has been reported. Fishermen are reporting good multi-species, mixed bags like the group enclosed in this picture. The fish were taken in 20 feet with shiners at the break.
Next week the weatherman says we will be well below zero in the evenings and it won’t be long before pickups will be going out. Early ice is one of the best times to get out there and fish." Call me anytime for a report on conditions and for cabin reservations. Happy New Year Everyone!" - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 6, 2015 - Lake Winnie, Upper Red Lake, Ice Fishing Report

On Upper Red Lake, the Walleyes were semi-active for us. The morning run was quite good, providing each of us with steady action until about noon. From noon until 4:30, the fish were scarce, giving us only an occasional chance in the batter's box. That was unfortunate for us, because believing that we'd have ample opportunity to gather fish to eat, we released every fish we caught during the morning. At the end of the day, we drove home without any fish in our creels. That's no big deal, we will be able to Read >> Ice Fishing Report Jan. 6, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort (Jan. 6, 2016); "Crappies have been really good on the north end. 26 feet of water. Hook and a crappie minnow has been working well. Walleyes have been good at dark off of perch point and a few of the other bars on the north end of the lake bar." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (Jan. 5, 2016) - Ice Fishing Report

Lake conditions are setting up very nicely and anglers are getting out all over the North Country. Caution still has to be observed, depending on the lake, but I see that trucks are on a few bodies of water and wheelers and snowmobiles are a common sight. It’s finally happening folks!
A recent trip to Upper Red Lake had it looking like it normally does. Going out of Roger’s Resort, there was such a hub of activity that it was almost ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines January 5, 2015

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/5) From Central Minnesota, Park Rapids & Leech Lake - Captain Josh Haggemeister wrote; "Crappies hot to trot in all the areas I fish. Ice in central mn is 5 inches. Park rapids area 6-7. Walker. Same. Red lake 9-11. I use a tape measure by the way. Panfish still found on basins. Pike and walleyes on weedlines." Captain Josh, Minnesota Guide Service

image denotes link to fish rapper article (1/5) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "It has been a mild January so far, although it should be expected with the late start to making ice. Compared to last year at this time we had houses 20 miles from Pine Island. We are currently about 1-2 miles North of Pine Island, between 20-24 feet of water. So instead of the 1 hour trip to the houses we are now almost 15 minutes away. 2 consecutive years we have seen both extremes. We are seeing mostly 10 inches of good ice and are planning to pull sleeper houses out in the next few days. We are currently providing all transportation to and from the houses until we get more ice.
The bite has been really good! Many fish have been caught and some really nice big ones. It is great to be back in the swing of things, many great stories being made so far this year. It is also fun to reflect on the great times in the past. Of course someone is generally stuck having to suck it up and take some punishment for fish missed or sleeping in while on last year’s trip. They return this year with great hopes of redeeming themselves with phenomenal catches and more energy than Superman, or Supergirl.
The word is smaller jigs have been doing the best, and right now color does not matter. The morning bite has been much better overall; it seems to last longer than the afternoon bite, which has been more fast and furious but shorter in duration.
The forecast is showing the mild weather to continue. We are asking for colder temps before anymore snow. Currently we are seeing low’s to around 10 and high’s about 24 for the week ahead." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 3, 2015 - Northern Minnesota Ice Fishing Report

For ice fishermen, all leading indicators are positive as we enter the first week of the New Year.
Lakes continue to make ice as overnight temperatures linger in the 15 to 20 degree range. Daytime highs in the mid 20's allow anglers to fish in comfort and by most accounts; the fish have been cooperative too.
Travel conditions, while not ideal are good and getting better. Ice thickness now ranges between 8 to 12 inches depending on the lake you visit. Shallow water lakes are providing the best conditions while deeper waters are still lagging behind.
Driving to the hot spot on an ATV or snowmobile has become common, allowing anglers to reach further into fresh territory. Snow cover of 3 to 6 inches has provided just enough insulation to encourage the formation of slushy pockets like the ones we encountered this weekend.
The pockets of slush occurred wherever there had been previous fishing activity and ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 3, 2016

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News Release - January 1, 2016 Minnesota DNR announces new special angling regulations For 2016

Following public review that wrapped up this past fall, fishing regulations will change on 17 lakes and one stream starting in March, while existing regulations on five lakes will become permanent, the MN DNR said;
"The changes involve three types of regulations that are specific to individual waters: new regulations that have not yet been in effect; modified regulations that have been in effect but will be changed; and regulations ..." Learn More >> MN DNR Announces New Regulations

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? - By Nathaniel Myson with Jon Thelen and Jeff Sundin

"If you’re an ice-fisherman, you’ve almost certainly debated this question: Sit tight and wait for the fish to come to you or pick up and start drilling holes to go to the fish? Staying put may result in a day spent just out of the fish’s range. Go mobile and you might leave just before the fish arrive.
If this indecision is bugging you, here are a couple guys who know a thing about staying or going, and their advice can help you make better fishing decisions on the ice. Each approach offers advantages and disadvantages, and each situation is ..." Read >> Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

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Pounding For Panfish

Panfish fans have no shortage of lures and jig strokes at their disposal for putting sunfish on ice. While trendy strategies come and go, one of the oldest and most productive combinations relies on a pair of Lindy jigs and a time-tested technique that’s especially deadly when midday ’gills play hard to catch.
The tactic is called “pounding,” and its origins trace to the early days of the Ice Fishing Revolution. Pounding involves imparting a kicking motion to your ... Learn More >> Pounding For Panfish

image of ice conditions on Lake Winnie image denotes link to Pines Resort on Lake Winnie On Lake Winnibigoshish (12/02) John Seekon, The Pines Resort; Dropped in with a view of the ice conditions on Lake Winnie. The photo came prior to Tuesday's snowfall which turned out to be less than predicted. With a warm up on the way, the wet snow will likely melt down before the next cold snap, allowing good access for early season anglers. Contact The Pines Resort for lodging and ice shelter rentals on Lake Winnibigoshish .
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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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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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

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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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

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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 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

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 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 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

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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