image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 19, 2019 "Summertime Cabbage Patch Presentations Heating Up"

image of crappie caught in cabbage Vegetation, despite the cool weather, is flourishing thanks to the added water clarity of Itasca area lakes. Large beds of healthy cabbage are beginning to hold fish of all species and a couple of my favorite summers fishing patterns have begun to be productive.
Whenever they both exist in the same lake, Crappies and Cabbage go together naturally. The large leafy plants provide a perfect combination of shade and cover, plus the plants are spaced far enough apart to give fish numerous ambush points for feeding.
Post spawn crappies ALWAYS use cabbage patches if the lake they live has them. In fact, this one of the easiest fishing patterns to figure out, anybody can do it.
Timing is the caveat, crappies during this post spawn period have the irksome habit of making you ..." Read >> Summertime Cabbage Patch Presentations Heating Up June 19, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report June 19, 2019

Sunfish have been moving shallow and for anglers targeting them, have been easy pickings. Anglers should be checking shallow bays and close to the shoreline for gills.
Sunfish are simply looking for food and warm water to spawn in. Wax worms or small crawlers fished under a bobber has been very productive for many anglers looking to catch sunfish.
Crappies are starting to move around and anglers are finding them around ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report June 19, 2019


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image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish June 19, 2019 "Wacky Rig Drop Shot Rigging Tips for Pressured Bass"

links to tackle bag giveaway "Few presentations produce more bass in more places than the drop shot rig. That said, bass get conditioned to conventional rigging methods such as inline nose hooking and Texas rigging, and this is when California pro Cody Meyer switches things up.
Meyer shares details on the power of wacky rig drop shot rigging with sexy underwater video supporting his case from a fish's eye view. Cody goes on to share his approach to leader length and tungsten weights, the optimal rod/reel/line setup and how to increase hooking percentages with the 'reel set' technique. Taken together, these pointers will keep you catching bass on heavily pressured waters and even behind other anglers." View Video >> Wacky Rig Drop Shot Rigging Tips for Pressured Bass


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Cutfoot Sioux, Bowen Lodge Fishing Report June 18, 2019 "Great Walleye Action On Cutfoot Sioux and Lake Winnibigoshish"

image links to bowen lodge fishing report "The walleye catching on both Winnie and Cutfoot continues to be great. It is not at all uncommon to hear reports from our guests about catching double digit numbers of fish on an average outing.
When it comes to catching big numbers of “keepers”, many have been perplexed. But even while there aren’t many folks reporting limits, most folks are catching enough eaters to provide for the traditional family fish fry.
Anglers with the best records for catching the smaller keepers tell us that the trick is to ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Fishing Report June 18, 2019

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism June 18, 2019

link to fishing report "The south end of lake of the Woods is healthy and full of walleyes. It's been a great week of fishing catching and fish frying.
Anchored up and jigging and drifting or trolling spinners the most productive in depths ranging from 14-32'.
Walleyes on both structure and over mud in basin from Pine Island to Knight/Bridges to Archie's Reef and spots in between. Gold, pink, glow and orange good starting points.
The Rainy River is holding a nice population of ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports June 18, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" June 18, 2019

image of big walleye at swan lake classic Father’s Day has come and gone. I hope everyone had a great weekend and hopefully you were able to spend some time with dad. My father, Terry, age 90, aroused my interest in the outdoors, when very young, and it sticks with me to this day. Thanks dad!
Andy Walsh and I decided to fish in the 34th Annual Swan Lake Classic last Saturday and ol’ Swan was her stubborn self, when it came to catching just the right fish.
Walleye were caught, but boating fish under 17” or over 26” was a problem for us. Many walleye in the 17-26” slot were caught and released, with a 25 ½”er being the biggest of the day. It sure looked like a “keeper” until we ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines June 18, 2019


image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, June 16, 2019 Four Seasons Resort

"Walleyes have transitioned to the deeper structures, for the most part. Most of the walleyes are being caught on the shoreline drops 17-25' or one of the main bars. I haven't heard any good reports from the smaller mid lake structure as of yet.
Shiner minnows and jigs continue to dominate the bait selection. Leeches and crawlers are doing the trick, as well. Most of the fish are in the slot, 18-23", but some overs and unders are possible.
Northern fishing is fairly good right now. I think the backwater areas are your best bet to ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 16, 2019


image links to KAB Outdoors Website KAB Outdoors "Cool Water Extends Early Summer Fishing Patterns" June 17, 2019 — Kent, Dawn and Kolby Keeler

image of 13 year old boy with big walleye and big pike Things have changed a little since we were teenagers, the fishing has gotten better. At least that’s what looking at photos of this super lucky 13 year old makes us believe. For many, it takes a lifetime to catch either a walleye or a northern pike of this caliber. But he caught both of them on a single evening fishing trip on Kabetogama.
It wouldn't be a surprise if we heard more stories about mixed bag captures like these because the weather continues to be unseasonably cool. This week’s forecast calls for daytime highs in the low to mid-sixties with cloudy condition. These will tend to hold surface temperatures down and encourage more fish to remain in spring and early summer fishing patterns.
What an extension of early summer walleye fishing patterns means to anglers is ..." Read >> Lake Kabetogama Fishing Report June 17, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 16, 2019 "Planning the Un-Plannable Fishing Trip"

image of Ron Rupp with walleye Most folks have probably forgotten about the popular 1970’s blues band Wet Willie. But not me, in fact over the weekend I found myself humming this line from their song Airport; “... you’ve got the right plane baby, but the wrong airport.” That is to say, you were in the right place, but at the wrong time.
Obviously, there must have been something that triggered the memory and by now you’ve likely figured it out. If you guessed that it was me, going to the right lakes, but at the wrong times, then you were correct.
It all started when Ron Rupp gave me his instructions to prepare for our fishing trip. “This is not a meat trip; we don’t have to bring home fish. I just want to do something special, maybe something you can’t do under ordinary circumstances.”
Instruction like that is music to my ears, I don’t get that sort of green light very often, but when I do, I try to ..." Read >> Planning the Un-Plannable Fishing Trip June 16, 2019

image links to fishrapper home page June 14, 2019 — "Tips For Panfishing With The Grandkids"

On Thursday, Jeff Wilkening wrote; Q) "Jeff, I have the grandkids coming up to the lake this week, would you share any pointers on Panfishing?"
A) Good morning Jeff, I'm not exactly getting a lot of time to fish panfish at the moment, this time of the season everyone has walleye fever. I'll try to keep my eyes and ears open today, but here a few trends that may be helpful for you and your grandkids.
Crappies are done spawning and they're easiest to find in Cabbage Weeds right now. The only problem is that they're prone to be active during twilight periods right now. They're probably either going to make you get up really early or stay out pretty late to get them. That said, there are some really nice cabbage patches on your lake, one is located on the ..." Read >> Q&A Early Summer Panfish Tips June 14, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 14, 2019 "A Good Time To Tim "Stickleback" Fischbach"

image of anglers netting walleye You wanna know how you can tell when a man is on a roll? One way that I know is to watch what happens when he's fishing.
Specifically, one way to recognize a “lucky streak” is when he’s catching fish despite odds being stacked up against him. A good example came on Wednesday after I’d poo-pooed the idea of using stickleback minnows as walleye bait.
After being asked; “hey Jeff, what about using this stickleback, do they work?" My response was something along the lines of “nothing’s impossible, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to get one.” Lucky I said nothing’s impossible because Tim Fischbach put that stickleback on his jig, threw it into the lake and caught a nice fat walleye. That’s when I knew for sure it was a good time to ..." Read >> Walleye Fishing Report June 14, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Garett Svir, Slab Seeker Guide Service June 13, 2019

image of man with big crappie"Water temps came up quick in Ottertail Lakes Country with the recent warm spell. We are now touching the 70 degree mark on most area lakes.
The bluegill spawn is really just starting. Should start seeing more fish on beds soon, especially around the full moon on the 17th. This is historically the peak of the bluegill spawn throughout Minnesota. Bed fishing bluegills is fun but comes with great responsibility. The fish are really susceptible to over harvest during this period. Remember to limit your harvest instead of harvesting your limit.
It's especially important to ..." Read >> Ottertail Lakes Area Fishing Report June 13, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Dixon Lake Resort June 13, 2019

"Dixon Lake is always a great little lake to try for all species of fish. Dixon and Winnibogoshish are contacted by the third river, so share the same fisheries. The crappies are hitting right now on crappie minnows and or white jigs.
The sunfish, though a limit of 5 here on Dixon are hitting up in the ..." Read >> Dixon Lake Fishing Report June 13, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Matt Klug, Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Updates June 13, 2019

image of Matt Klug with smallmouth bass "Fish are still being caught shallow but fish are also being caught out on the mud flats.
Crawlers on slow death rigs have been working very well for me in 20-30 feet of water. A jig and a minnow or plastics in the shallows are producing big fish as well.
Smallmouth spawn is in full swing and will be over soon. They are in 6-8 feet of water and scattered all over. If you can get out on a calm day you will see the beds and be able to pick them off fairly easily.
I very limited availability for June and several openings in July." — Matt Klug, MK Fishing Guide Service 320-260-5494


image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, June 12, 2019 Four Seasons Resort

"The walleyes continue to relate to the shorelines. When the wind blows we are catching fish on the primary breaklines in 10-14 feet of water. When it gets a little calmer, we are finding the fish on the secondary breakline in 17-20'.
Jigs and shiner minnows are still the preferred bait of the walleyes. Leeches and night crawlers are starting to tempt their taste buds, though. The water temperature is slowly but surely climbing into the 60's. Look for the midlake structures to ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 11, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report June 12, 2019

"Walleye fishing continues to be best for anglers fishing in shallow water. 5-10 feet of water with basketball size rocks on the bottom, is where the best bite is occurring. Jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech has been accounting for the majority of these shallow water walleyes. With water temps rising as high as 70+ degrees, some walleyes have already begun to transition to deeper mud flats looking for may fly nymphs coming up out of the mud. Anglers targeting those walleyes are having luck pulling spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers.
As many of the smallmouth bass ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report June 12, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 12, 2019 Fishing Lodges, Motels, B&B and Private Rentals "Linking the Linkable"

image says top secretYou would think that it's no big deal to find lodging for somebody who wants to visit north central Minnesota for a fishing trip. But lately, I've been fielding inquiries from customers who need places to stay and like always, it takes a lot of searching to match the people with the "right" place to stay. By that I mean the one location that suits their length of stay and best serves their personal needs.
Because there are some folks who can't always plan far enough ahead and others who can't always stay for a full week at a time, it's especially difficult to locate short term lodging, especially on a lake. That's why I decided to ask for your help this morning.
Let's say for instance that you have a nice place for folks to stay during a fishing trip. Or maybe you've stayed someplace that you really liked, then why keep it a secret? Let's get together and share the experience wityh others.
Shoot me an email to share news about your favorite fishing lodge, bed & breakfast or private rental. I'll set up a link on the website that makes it easy for folks to find. fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 11, 2019 "Following Up On The Big Sandy Flowage Report"

image of Big Sandy Flowage I ended yesterday’s report about fishing on the Big Sandy Flowage rather abruptly. But not before I shared my impressions about how it “feels” to be part of a family fishing trip on the Big Sandy Flowage.

I ran out of time before I could get to the meat and potatoes, so today I’ll pick up where I left off.

Surface temperatures on the flowage were warm, running 68 to 70 degrees, even after the cold front and rain showers that occurred throughout Sunday morning. The root beer colored water reminded me a lot of the area’s I’ve fished on Rainy Lake.

The water is dark, but it’s clear, not murky and to me it’s beautiful because it softens the Sun’s brightness and encourages walleyes to be active, even during the daytime.

That helps explain why we ..." Read >> Following Up On The Big Sandy Flowage Report June 11, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" June 11, 2019

image of greg clusiau with big walleye "Oh my. Tuckered out again. A couple full days of fishing in strong winds will do that to you. Especially if it’s a larger lake like Mille Lacs. Spend all day on the water, in roller waves, and one can barely walk when reaching shore later in the day. Always funny, but, yes, tiring as all get out.

Andy Walsh and I pre-fished the big lake on Saturday and strong winds sort of dictated just where we would be fishing. Blowing out of the south, it was rocking out there, so we ventured off into new territories, along with somewhat calmer waters.

There is so much water out there and that generally means there is an overabundance of ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines June 11, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism June 11, 2019

image of huge lake of the woods walleye "On the south end of Lake of the Woods, summer limits of keeper walleyes and saugers with big fish mixed in; plenty of fish to eat and take home.
Most walleyes coming from 24-32'. Various techniques working as water warms including anchored up and jigging, drifting with spinners and pulling crankbaits.
Resorts finding fish all over lake. From Pine Island to Knight and Bridges Islands, north of Garden Island, Zippel Bay, and Long Point. Some walleyes found shallow when wind is right or bait prevalent. Gold, pink, glow and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports June 11, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 10, 2019 "Simple Pleasures On Big Sandy Lake"

image of the sundins with walleyes Trophy hunters, you can go ahead and skip today’s report because it’s about families, seeking the simple pleasure of a fish fry.
The common understanding about Big Sandy Lake near McGregor is that it has a lot of small fish, but not many trophies. I can vouch for that and so can my family after I took them down there for their fishing trip yesterday afternoon.
The reason why there’s so many small fish is because the lake is basically managed for a high output of fish on the smaller end of the walleye size spectrum. The walleye regulation that helps keep the lake churning out big numbers is a “Keeper Size Slot Limit” rather than the “Protected Size Slot Limit” more commonly found on other north central Minnesota lakes.
Anglers fishing on Big Sandy are allowed to ..." Read >> Simple Pleasures On Big Sandy Lake June 10, 2019


image links to KAB Outdoors Website KAB Outdoors "Change Is In The Air As Early Summer Fishing Patterns Emerge" June 10, 2019 — Kent, Dawn and Kolby Keeler

image links to kabetogama fishing reportWhether you’re packing a heavy duty 8 foot pike rod or a 6 foot ultra-light panfish rod, you'll be able to find a spot to use it on Kabetogama and Namakan this week.
Crappies have shown up in shallow water for their spring spawning ritual and are now being targeted by anglers. We've heard about some decent crappie catches coming in from Kabetogama, but by all accounts the action on Namakan has been hot.
Reconnaissance is the name of the game for locating active crappies during spring. Start out by finding shallow cover near shorelines and in protected bay areas around the islands. Under bright, sunny conditions, you can move along slowly and ..." Read >> Kabetogama Lake Fishing Report June 10, 2019


Lund Alaskan For Private Party Sale - Listed For Chris Andresen On June 6, 2019 image of Lund Alaskan For Sale

2012 Lund Alaskan 2000 (20 Foot) Tiller, Camoflauge, 2012 90 HP Mercury OptiMax Tiller with Mercury's Big Tiller. 2012 Shoreland'r Trailer Single Axle With Brakes.
This rig isn't my boat, it's being sold by a private party, my nephew Chris Andresen. Still, I am very familiar with this boat and know that it's a good one.
You've probably already seen what I've had to say about my own Lund Alaskans and by now you know that I as far as I'm concerned, this is the ultimate "Working Angler's" fishing rig on the market anywhere. The price for this one is $19,000.00 and you can find detailed descriptions and photos here ..." >> Lund Alaskan For Sale June 5, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 7, 2019 "Wiggle Worming Season Has Arrived"

image of bobby cox with big walleye Defining the arrival of summer is subjective; there are a lot of ways to personalize it.
For me, the arrival of summer, at least in terms of walleye fishing, coincides with the transition from jig and minnow presentations over to warm water presentations. It’s the time when leeches and night crawlers begin out-producing minnows and presentations like Lindy Rigging, Power Corking and Wiggle Worming come into the spotlight.
The changeover isn’t always abrupt, but it could ..." Read >> Wiggle Worming Our Way Into Summer June 7, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 6, 2019 "Disrupting The Disrupt-ABLE"

Wednesday’s cold front may turn out to be one of the shortest-lived fishing disruptions I’ve seen; that’s the good news. The bad news is that it still was a disruption and it caused a slow morning on the lake for the Fun with Dick and Paul MMXIX summer session wrap up.
Like I mentioned yesterday, Smallmouth Bass were the target species; my first bass fishing trip of the season.
When we arrived at the lake, debris from the overnight storms covered the lakes surface. The water temperature was 60 degrees which was about 4 to 5 degrees cooler than what I’ve been seeing recently on the lakes we’ve fished. The ordinarily clear water ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 6, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report June 5, 2019

"Walleye fishing continues to be best for anglers fishing near shore or just off their docks/campsite. While areas around creek mouths have cooled off as the minnow spawn comes to the end on many area lakes, walleyes are still being found shallow, just not as many around current areas. 4-15 feet of water remains the best depth to fish. Large shallow flats near shore have been the best area to fish.
Gold, blue and silver tinsel jigs tipped with minnow has been best, but pink, white and firetiger colored jigs are also colors worth noting. Anglers fishing from their docks or campsite are reporting that they are catching walleyes with a ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report June 5, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 5, 2019 "Panfish Action Heating Up - Timing Sping Crappie Runs"

image of Paul Kautza and dick Williams holding big crappies North central Minnesota’s better panfish lakes are filling with boats as anglers hurry to get in on the spring crappie run.
Surface water temperatures now range from 61 to 66 degrees, already at or beginning to enter ideal range. Depending on how far advanced the surface water temperature of your favorite lake is, crappies are likely already on spawning beds, or at least they will be very soon.
Over the past couple of days, Dick and Paul have watched me look over a lot of shoreline cover. Some of it was completely un-inhabited by panfish and some of it was just barely populated. But in some of the territory, like the area we checked on Tuesday, crappies were present aand fully engaged in the ..." >> Fishing Report June 5, 2019 Timing Spring Crappie Runs


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" June 4, 2019

image of andy walsh with big walleye "Last weekend was spent competing in two one-day MTT (Minnesota Tournament Trail) walleye t ournaments on Mille Lacs Lake, with fishing partner Andy Walsh. Thank goodness the weather wasn’t too bad, as the big lake can get quite nasty at times.
Some things to ponder are: Mille Lacs consists of over 128,000 acres and has over 90 miles of shoreline. Now that’s a lot of water to play on and overcrowding should never be a problem, unless it’s a tournament and anglers are competing for position on a hot bar or flat. Yes, it can happen, but there’s always more than enough room for anglers to get away and find their own little hotspot. It’s a big lake.
Another thing to think of, regarding Mille Lacs Lake, is the amount of nice fish that ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines June 4, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 4, 2019 "Displaying the Displayable Isn't Easy! MN DNR Boat Registration Decal Issues"

image of MN DNR Boat Registration Decal Remember the old Band Aid commercial jingle; “I’m stuck on band aid ‘cause band aids stuck on me?" Yeah, right, the one that reminded us about how much we love them because of how sticky they are.
Well just for the record, that jingle cannot ever be re-purposed as an advertisement for the MN Boat Registration decals. These easy to print decals must have looked good on paper to the folks in central purchasing, but once they’re applied to a boat, their usefulness will be short-lived; at least that's been my observation.
In fact, as you can see in the image, the new decals I applied to my boat just a few weeks ago are already peeling off.
In 2018, I had an interesting chat with one of Minnesota’s DNR Conservation Officers. “I can see by the color that your Boat Registration Decals are current. But ..." Read >> Displaying the Displayable Isn't Easy! June 4, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism June 4, 2019

image of man with giant northern pike "On the south side of Lake of the Woods, the very strong walleye pattern continues. Water temps are in the mid 50's, so spring patterns are likely to persist this week.
Fish are sliding a bit deeper in certain areas, key depth range is 25-26 feet, but fish can be found anywhere from 15-30 feet.
Anchored up and jigging with minnows and frozen shiners is still very effective. Gold combined with other colors productive. Nice reports spread along south shore, around Knight and Bridges Islands and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports June 4, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 3, 2019 “Fun with Dick and Paul MMXIX” Walleye Action at Upper Red Lake

image of red lake walleyes I ended my report on Sunday with; “I can either “play it safe”, heading toward the good walleye bite on Red Lake, or I can take the opportunity to search for the crappies while conditions for searching are good.”
That was a decision that I never needed to make because my loving and thoughtful wife intervened. “You’ve got all week to fish for crappies and you know that the walleyes are biting on Red lake. You should go up there and get them first and then you and the boys can play for the rest of the week.”
Thanks sweetie that was a great idea, Dick and Paul think so too!
The fishing report is a simple one. There are still a lot of shiner minnows in shallow water and because of that; walleye ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Fishing Report June 3, 2019


image links to KAB Outdoors Website KAB Outdoors "Water Warming, Summer Patterns Emerging" June 3, 2019 — Kent, Dawn and Kolby Keeler

image of kolby keeler with big walleye Slowly but surely, water temperatures are warming up and have reached into the mid 50’s in most areas on Kabetogama.
We’ve been watching the shallow water for Crappies, but so far it’s a little too cool for them to move into spawning position. Another week should be about right as long as the weather stays warm and it is predicted to do so. We’ll be sure to let you know when we see the early signs of life in the shallows.
Smallmouth Bass are cruising the shallows though, feeding and exploring, setting their sights on areas that they will use to spawn in the coming weeks. Anglers have begun targeting them and catching them in ..." Read >> KAB Outdoors Fishing Report June 3, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 2, 2019 "Fun with Dick and Paul MMXIX Summer Session – Off To A Good Start"

image of dick williams reeling in walleye Dick Williams and Paul Kautza are back in Minnesota for another session of “Fun with Dick and Paul”.
I hope that it’s been obvious why years ago, I started using the term “Fun With” in my reports to describe these twice annual fishing adventures; it truly is because they are fun to fish with. For me, there’s another reason and it is super important. It’s that whenever Dick and Paul arrive, it means that I get 5 days in a row to explore experiment and learn about what’s going on at lakes that I don’t get to fish every day.
I don’t mean that they don’t care if we catch fish or not, they do. But it’s not like a routine guide trip where I have one day to produce fish, usually walleye. On trips like that, I have to ..." Read >> Fun with Dick and Paul MMXIX Summer Session June 2, 2019


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort May 31, 2019

image of chart showing surface water temperature It didn’t look like it was coming, but summer snuck up on Lake Winnibigoshish this week. Along with the summer-like weather comes a shift in focus from traditional spring patterns to summertime locations and fishing presentations.
By Thursday, warm weather and sunshine forced surface temperatures over 60 degrees in shallow water. The fast warmup triggered some insect hatches and also spurred some fresh weed development on the shallow flats on the big lake.
For a few days, Tamarack Bay, just out our back door was the apparent epicenter of walleye action on the big lake. Late last week, a small group of anglers found big numbers of walleye located along the river channel and ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report May 31, 2019


Upper Red Lake Walleye Fishing Report May 31, 2019

image links to red lake fishing report After their fishing trip on Wednesday, Virgil, Travis, Jacob and Zachary Krug reported that the jig and minnow presentation they used work well.
They used Lindy live Bait Jigs tipped with small shiners and fatheads. Word from the crew, at least the word according to Jacob was that small minnows were a key and so was the jig color; green.
It’s hard to argue because he definitely had the hot hand that day. The Krug crew fished the lake from 10 AM until 2:00 PM and ended their trip with filled bag limits.
By Thursday, walleye action intensified even more and the variety of fishing presentations ..." Read >> Walleye Fishing Report Upper Red Lake


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Cutfoot Sioux, Bowen Lodge Fishing Report May 30, 2019

iomage links to lake winnie fishing report "You can probably guess what our advice to guests arriving soon will be; focus on fishing walleyes during early morning, late evening and whenever cloud cover and wind encourages daytime movement.
Another strategy that will help improve daytime walleye action is to move deeper and use slow, natural presentations.
Even over the fishing opener, our guests were commenting about finding fish deeper than usual. It was common then to hear reports of good catches coming from 16 to 18 feet of water. Early June is historically a time that walleye migrate deeper and it makes a lot of sense to ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Fishing Report May 30, 2019

image links to Kabetogama Outdoors On Lake Kabetogama, KAB Outdoors May 29, 2019

image links to kabetogama report "Guests arriving for the Memorial Day Weekend kept us hustling at the store. Thanks to our great suppliers, we had plenty of what everyone needed to make it a successful weekend on the lake.

Walleyes and walleye fishing continued to dominate the conversation around the store. Most folks reported “steady” fishing action during the daytime, but the really good action occurred during low light periods.

Early morning hours are good, but Kent says; “There’s been a screaming hot bite that ..." Read More >> KAB Outdoors Walleye Report May 29, 2019


image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, May 28, 2019 Four Seasons Resort

"The fishing this weekend did not go as expected. The weather did not cooperate in the days leading up to the Holiday weekend. We needed
the water temperature to warm up rather than cool down.
Sunday was a very nice day, with calm winds and sunshine. This was great for fishing, not necessarily for catching. The rest of the weekend was cool and damp. Those that braved the elements caught fish.
The fish continue to ..." Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report May 28, 2019


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish May 28, 2019 "A Look at Boat Control Tools for Shallow Water Panfish"

image links to crappie fishing video "Staying quiet is an important factor when targeting fish in shallow water and especially true when chasing wary crappie or bluegill in and around the spawn.

Scott Glorvigen explains how he employs his bow mount trolling motor in conjunction with a shallow water anchor to quietly cover water in search of fish, then digitally anchor the boat in place with his Minn Kota's GPS-enabled Spot-Lock or shallow water anchor (depending on depth)."

View Video to Learn More>> A Look at Boat Control Tools for Shallow Water Panfish


image links to fishrapper home page May 13, 2019 — "Bow Mount Trolling Motor On Tiller Boat, Why?"

image of minnkota ulterra Q) Phil Tompkins wrote; "Jeff, I know that you always have run a tiller boat, but in your article about Red Lake you talk about spot-lock to catch your fish. Why would you need a bow mount trolling motor on a tiller boat, or did you switch to a steering wheel?
A) Phil, I’m still a dyed in the wool tiller operator. Even though I could probably fish in a “wheel boat” 80% of the time, there are still days when circumstances dictate using the tiller. As long as I continue to make my living primarily by guiding, I’m planning on using the tiller engine to control my boat.
That said the advancements in trolling motors, charting and electronics make using the bow mount an absolute necessity these days.
In the scenario I wrote about yesterday, we found the fish by ..." Read >> Bow Mount Trolling Motor On Tiller Boat, Why?


image links to fishrapper home page May 3, 2019 — "Fishing Rod Choices For Wiggle Worming"

image of rod specifications chart Q) Todd Olson wrote; really enjoy your site and fishing information you share - GOOD STUFF!!  I would like to try wiggle worming when my dad & I come to the lake in June.  What rod(s) do you and John Thelen suggest for wiggle worming?

Rereading one of your past articles, you had suggested TFO's model number GTS DSS 632-1.  Any info on rod selection would be much appreciated.

A) Todd, choosing a great rod for wiggle worming is actually really easy, but there are a few key features that I insist on when I’m shopping for new ones.

To begin with, I use 1/16 ounce jigs for Wiggle Worming almost exclusively and I have every reel spooled up with 4 pound test line. Occasionally, I will ..." Read >> QnA Which Rods Are Best For Wiggle Worming?


image links to fishrapper home page April 27, 2019 "Catch, release and dead? How and how long you handle fish determines their fate."

image of walleye release under water Dale Schroeder wrote; “Hi Jeff.  I was wondering if you had seen the article in Duluth's Sunday paper entitled "Catch, release and dead.  How and how long you handle fish determines their fate" by John Myers? 
Anyway, I found the article interesting and it plugs in to a number of things you have been saying about fish survival after being caught in deep water, etc.  I know this is a busy time for you but I would be interested in your thoughts.”
Dale, John Myers definitely covered a lot of territory in this piece. In fact, I read the article once on Wednesday, again on Friday and once more just now, Saturday morning. I picked up something new every time I read it.
I found the article to be very informative and to the extent that I ..." Read >> QnA Catch, release and dead? April 27, 2019

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "Targeting Spring Crappies With Long Rods and Plastics" April 24, 2019

image links to bass fishing article "Kyle Peterson shows us a cool springtime crappie technique where a "new school" cane pole is almost a must to get a bait in their face, and just as importantly, pull them from the dense cover.
Crappies flood shallow water cover like bullrush beds, laydowns and brush piles once spring water temps push the 60-degree mark. They usually make residence in the thickest, gnarliest patches, making it difficult to get a bait in front of them let alone get them clear from the cover - this is where a telescoping rod comes into play.
Kyle demonstrates the ease in which he's able to ..." View Video and Learn More >> Targeting Spring Crappies With Long Rods and Plastics


Fish ED April 18, 2019 "Aggressive Slip Float Tactics For Early Season Walleyes"image links to crappie fishing video

"This week, host Jon Thelen shows you how to actively find walleye with your electronics. Then Jon teaches you how to know exactly where to position your boat to be sure that you’ll place your offering in front of the fish, where they can find it.
The system is easy, Thill Pro Series Floats, paired with Lindy’s Live Bait Jig and tipped with a lively leech or night crawler is all you need.
Tune in for the tips and tactics about slip float fishing that will help you put more walleyes in the boat this season." View Video >> Aggressive Slip Float Tactics For Early Season Walleyes


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 18, 2019 "Assessing the Assess-Able"

image of ice conditions on 4 lakes Cub Reporter Staff #003-IHBFBB is on the beat this morning, heading west to check out the progression of walleye spawning runs in the Brainerd area. That means I don’t have a lot of time to sit at the computer today, but I definitely will have the whole story about that on Friday morning.
On Wednesday, I drove a loop around the east side of Winnie and then east past Bowstring. Long story short, there’s still a lot of ice out there, but it is deteriorating.
As the accompanying photos reveal, areas of flowing water like the Bowstring River are all ..." Read More >> Ice Conditions Update April 18, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 17, 2019 "Convincing the Convince-Able"

image of the mississippi river at grand rapidsI don’t know why monitoring the progress of ice-out across north central Minnesota brings me such joy. Maybe it’s because I’m excited about the upcoming fishing opener, maybe because it feels good to watch winter melt away or maybe I’m just like all the other critters and get spring fever.
Last year, when I was driving around checking ice conditions, I made a special note to be sure that I’d remember to share something with you that I learned about human nature.
This is the time of the season when “seeing isn’t always believing”, ice conditions vary wildly from lake to lake. So if I wanted to, I could ..." Read >> Fishing Update April 17, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism April 16, 2019

image of sturgeon regulations "On the south end of Lake of the woods, the walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener on May 11th, 2019.
The target now are both Northern Pike and sturgeon. Pike are staging for the spawn and are open all year long. Back bays are just opening up and will be full of pike soon.
A combo of big dead baits or slow rolling a spinnerbait, spoon or crankbait will be the go to methods. Lake of the Woods has a very strong population of trophy class pike over 40" long. All pike 30-40" must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40".
On the Rainy River, both the Big Fork and Little Fork ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Updates April 16, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" April 16, 2019

image of greg clusiau with Rainy River Walleye "I had to get my licks in, long as almost everybody else was too. I’m referring to the great walleye bite on the Rainy River, which has now since closed and won’t open until the fishing opener on May 11.
Sitting here, thinking that I’ll never make it up there this spring, a message popped up on my computer. Jesse Larcom was making the trip and wondered if I’d like to go along. Well heck ya! Count me in. Even though it was a last-minute offering, it didn’t take me too long to have things ready for the next morning. All that was need was a couple rods and some heavy jigs.
I had all the gear sitting on the tailgate of my truck and ready to go, when Larcom ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines April 16, 2019


image links to fishrapper home page April 15, 2019 "Walleye Presentations For Lake Winnibigoshish"

image of lindy rigs Q) Mike Cotter wrote; “Hi Jeff, I'm coming up to Winnie for the 2nd week in June. I used to come up every year with my dad. He has passed and now I'm bringing my uncle up to show him some good walleye fishing. What we used to do is drift with Lindy rigs with a slip weight and a green or red hook with a bead. Is this still the preferred method in early June? Any help would be great. Thank you!”
A) Mike, Walleye fishing on Winnibigoshish was definitely good in 2018 and hopefully it will be again for your re-union this summer too.
Generally speaking the walleyes in Lake Winnie are and will still be susceptible to live bait presented using Lindy Rigs. The biology of lake itself has changed since your last visit and it may call for a few modifications to your former approach.  
You’ll notice that since Zebra Mussels took hold in the lake, the water is much clearer these days. In clear water lakes, longer leaders tied on ..." Read >> Q&A Walleye Presentations For Lake Winnibigoshish April 15, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 14, 2019 "Mother Nature's Spring Do-Over"

image of ice conditions near winnie The storm has passed, the snow is melting and Mother Nature’s spring “do-over” is under way.
On Saturday, we took a quick tour of the bridge at Little Cutfoot Sioux. The accompanying photo shows that there’s open water from the bridge out to the pipes where the DNR will eventually set up the egg harvest station. You can also see that Little Cutfoot was still ice covered and since we didn’t drill holes to check ice conditions, it’s hard to say how long it will stay that way.
On the west side of the bridge, there was open water for about ¼ mile and the bay between Williams Narrows and Mosomo Point Campground was still frozen too. But, there is another significant patch of open water on ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Ice Out Progression April 14, 2019


caricature image of Jeff Sundin On Wednesday, subscribers to the “Insider’s News List” received an email about some cancellations that I needed to re-book .
I want to say thank you to everyone who replied, most of the dates are re-booked already and I really appreciate that!
There were a few folks who emailed to tell me that they wish they would have gotten the email and asked why they didn’t?
The reason is simple, we never add anybody to the email list unless they’ve asked to be on it. I know what a pain it is to sift through dozens of unwanted emails and that’s why we never share your information with anybody.
image links to insider news The “Insider’s News List” is available for free to anybody who wants to receive it, but it is an “opt-in” only list. When you sign up, you’ll receive periodic notices about last minute cancellations and occasional important news stories about fishing. Whenever there’s a fishing report of special interest, you’ll get a reminder about that too. If you’d like to subscribe, just click here or on the image and in less than 30 seconds and you’ll be included.


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 11, 2019 "Dodging the Dodge-Able"

image of Rainy River I dropped my truck off for service yesterday and had a low-level panic attack about not being able to get outside for a few days. But it looks like I was smarter than I thought, if I’m going to be trapped at home, this looks like a good day for it. The stormy weather hasn’t hit here yet, but I guess it will; we just don’t know about the severity of it until it finally arrives.
Sometimes Mother Nature has a heart and yesterday, she did walleye anglers on the Rainy River a favor by opening up the Littlefork River. With chunks of icebergs and debris floating down the muddy river channel, anglers have some incentive to stay inside and look at pictures from the past week. I’m sure there are a lot of them because during that time, the walleye ..." Read >> Fishing Report April 11, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 9, 2019 "Ice Out Progressions And Predictions"

image of lake washington A quick trip to the Twin Cities and back gave us a chance to assess the progression of ice out along the US Hwy 169 corridor on Monday.
By all appearances, most Minnesota lakes are on track for an earlier than average ice out. In fact, many lakes to the south of Lake Mille Lacs are already ice free and dozens more will be by the end of this week. The photo of lake Washington (top left) near Mankato came from Chris Andresen on Monday, he’s got the dock in and is already preparing to fish down there.
As we drove the passages between bays of Lake Minnetonka, we saw ice that’s soft, crumbling and ready to give up any day now. As you can see in the photo of ..." Read >> Ice Out Progressions And Predictions April 9, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" April 9, 2019

"It’s not too early to begin thinking of Minnesota’s general fishing opener, which is only four weeks down the road. I’ve been slowly readying equipment and am anxiously looking forward to it. So far, an equal amount of time has been devoted to fishing rods, tackle, and the boat.
The first thing I do is check air pressure on the trailer tires. This is easy enough to do and can save you a little money in the long run. I learned this the hard way, wearing out a set of new tires in one summer. Yes, I fish a lot but certainly didn’t drive the miles needed to wear out two new tires.
I found that I was running my tires with too low of air pressure. Since then, the new tires have been kept pumped up at the required ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines April 9, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 8, 2019 "Wet, Soggy, Damp and Soft"

image of ice melting along shore Rain fell steadily on Sunday, small creeks filled with water as snow cover around Grand Rapids melted away. Another warm day today will move the needle even more and then Mother Nature is going to deliver a minor cold snap for a few days. That will help alleviate flooding, but it won’t be enough to re-freeze ice around the edges of the lakes.
I borrowed this paragraph from Bill Powell at Fred’s Bait this morning; “The conditions are changing pretty fast. I know there will be a handful of ice fishing enthusiasts trying to sneak out for a few days. But yesterday as I went to check traps something said I better pull my traps and call it good till open water season. There were a few little creeks that were getting deep on the snowmobile and the shoreline was a little soft.”
A lot of my friends declared this weekend to be the last one of their ice fishing seasons. That’s probably true for me too, so now I’m looking at options for what to do outside this week. In fact, we’re about to jump in the truck and take a ride down the highway to check conditions right now. So tomorrow morning I’ll post some photos about how “ice-out” is progressing around the area. fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishrapper home page April 5, 2019 — "Pokegama Lake Walk-In Access For Tulibee?"

image map of pokegama lake Thanks for the note Adam; I live in Grand Rapids too, so I definitely wish that I knew a good quick walk-to spot on Pokegama. Friends and acquaintances who use dark houses on Pokegama have told me that they do have random Tulibee sightings on Pokegama. From everything I’ve learned though, populations of them are low and getting in on a “hot bite” will be tricky.
I did a quick check of the MN DNR Fisheries Survey that was conducted in July 2015 to learn their assessment of the tulibee population.
“Tulibees are difficult to sample with our standard summer nets because they frequently school in the open water where our nets are not effective. Catch rates on Pokegama Lake have ranged from 0 to 8.2 fish per gill net but have not been above 0.5/gill since 1984.
The lower catches in recent surveys correspond to the illegal introduction and expansion of ..." Read >> Pokegama Lake Tulibee Fishing April 5, 2019


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort April 5, 2019 "Lake Winnie Ice Conditions Better Than Expected"

image of chad mertz from the pines resort Ice conditions on Winnie were better than we expected on Thursday. The ice covering Tamarack Bay is still thick, probably 24 to 28 inches in most areas. Snow cover is almost entirely melted, the surface has drained dry and conditions for either walking or ATV travel are ideal.
Unfortunately, access at the landings is beginning to deteriorate, so we’re afraid that our ice fishing days are numbered.
From what we observed on Thursday, accessing the lake from anywhere in our bay near the dam will be tricky. We were already forced to close our road because of open water at the point, just up the shoreline from The Pines Resort. Mud and standing water prevented us from using the old dirt landing near ..." Learn More >> Lake Winnie Ice Conditions Better Than Expected April 5, 2019


image links to fishrapper home page April 3, 2019 — "When Is Best Time To Fish pre-Spawn Crappies?"

image of anglers with nice crappies Frank Erling wrote;
Q) "So, now that we're approaching ice out, when is the best time to fish crappies? I've heard "as soon as the ice goes out". To me that means the day after it goes out. And then I've heard water temps of 55 degrees, which could be a few weeks later. Would you help set the record straight?
A) Frank, the truth is that good crappie fishing can be found both at ice out and also later, as the water warms.  The real secret to success lies in knowing where to find them during either of these periods, or any other time of the year for that matter.
The other truth is that for me, this period between ice out and spawning season is the time when I ..." Read >> Best Times To Fish Pre-Spawn Crappies April 3, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 4, 2019 "One Last Weekend On The Ice; At Least"

I wish I could tell you that we have a weekend filled with gorgeous fishing weather on tap. But the more often I check the weather forecast, the more boldly rainy weather is predicted.
Let’s just imagine that the forecast is wrong and the weather is dry this weekend. Then you can definitely spend a little more time on the ice. The current ice conditions remain good, colder daytime weather combined with below freezing overnight temperatures have delayed melting this week.
The surfaces of most lakes in north central region are drained dry now, conditions are excellent for walking and if you’re careful, ATV’s as well. But I have not heard of, or seen anyone driving a pickup truck on the ice anywhere this week.
Reports of good perch fishing have come in from ..." Read >> Fishing Updates April 4, 2019


image links to mn dnr news release April 2019 Upper Red Lake walleye regulation changes announced for open water season

Bag limit remains but anglers can put larger walleye in the frying pan

While anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this spring will again be able to keep four walleye, a change in the size regulation will allow them to take one fish over 20 inches – making potential keepers out of considerably more of the lake’s walleye population.
Since May 2017, the regulation allowed anglers to keep four fish with only one over 17 inches. Adjusting the one-over size to 20 inches will put more mature females within the allowed four-fish bag limit during the open water season that begins Saturday, May 11. Under the new regulation, anglers will be able to ..." Learn More >> Upper Red Lake Walleye Regulation 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report April 3, 2019

"Crappie fishing remains good to excellent for many anglers targeting them. Early morning seems to be the best time of day to be targeting them, as many anglers report limiting out before 10am. Also anglers that are hole hopping are catching more then anglers that drill and sit. Crappie minnows account for many of the larger crappies, but small plastics and waxies are catching fish too. White, red and orange have been the best colors." — Arrowhead Outdoors, 218-365-5358


image links to fishrapper home page April 3, 2019 — "Post Walleye Spawn Behavior"

image links to article about walleye spawning Alan Kirkpatrick wrote; “Hi there Jeff, I was wondering what your thoughts may be concerning post spawn walleyes.
Q) Do you think that walleyes that become part of (the) egg/milt collection process such as the Cutfoot or Lake Vermillion hatcheries go through a longer post spawn funk than natural spawned out fish on lakes or rivers? Does the extra stress put upon the trapped fish, i.e. the handling & stripping potentially put the fish into a longer post spawn timeframe or do you think there would be no difference?
A) Alan, over the years, I’ve heard others describe the post-spawn period as a time when fish go into a "funk". Supposedly, they become inactive and lethargic as they recover from the rigors of spawning.
Gaining a thorough, firsthand understanding about “post spawn” walleye behavior has been tricky for me because like most Minnesotan’s, I’ve rarely had the opportunity to experience walleye fishing during, or immediately after the time that they actually are spawning. I used the term “rarely” because on certain occasions, Mother Nature has delivered spring weather late enough to force walleye spawning to ..." Read >> Post Walleye Spawn Behavior April 3, 2019


image links to fishrapper home page April 2, 2019 — "Can We Find Fish-Able Ice This Weekend?"

image of access ramp at round lake On April 1, Joe Kerstetter wrote; “Good Morning Mr. Sundin. I’m looking at making one last run out ice fishing. My target area is Round Lake in squaw lake area and some of the surrounding lakes. You have given a report for that area in the past. Do you know how well the ice conditions are in that area and if it even worth the trip. I’d like to try to make it my final trip of the year. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated."
A) Joe, Ice thickness on area lakes now ranges between 20 & 26 inches, snow cover is almost completely melted and the surface of most lakes is now dry. So over the next few days, there will be plenty of ice out on the lakes. The only limitation will be ..." Read >> Can We Find Fish-Able Ice This Weekend?


Fish ED April 2, 2019 "Missouri River, Early Season Lindy Rigging For Walleyes"

image links to crappie fishing video"Chomping at the bit to get onto open water and catch some walleyes? Lots of folks are!

Western reservoirs offer great walleye fishing and April is a great time to get started. That makes this a great time to join Fish Ed host Jon Thelen as he heads to the Missouri River system to fish with guest Jim Klages for early season walleye.

Jon and Jim detail how to fish a Lindy Rig in a non-traditional way. Most anglers think of moving slow, .5-.8 miles per hour when Lindy Rigging, but today Jon shows you how to ..." View Video >> Missouri River, Early Season Lindy Rigging For Walleyes


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism April 2, 2019

image of rainy river walleye "On the south end, good walleye and pike reports for the last week of March. The last day to leave fish houses on the lake overnight unattended was March 31. Some anglers still ice fishing with collapsible houses.
Pike action still hot and pre-spawn fish have the feedbag on. 12' hot depth with live sucker minnows or deadbait on quick strike rigs. Walleyes open through April 14, pike season open continuous. Auger extensions needed.
On the Rainy River, it's game on for open water walleye and sturgeon fishing. Boat ramps at Birchdale and Frontier open. More open water on ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report April 2, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" April 2, 2019

image of big twins baseball glove A couple successful late-ice crappie outings found me satisfied enough to start putting away the ice gear. I even got the boat back in the garage and charged up the batteries. Now, it won’t take a whole lot more to get it ready for open water. I just love being way ahead of the game and that’s unusual for me, normally a “foot-dragger.”
Fish talk with Andy Walsh, my walleye tournament partner, changed to baseball, with me telling him “I’m going to a Twins game this spring, even if I have to go by myself.” Moments later, he responded by saying “how about opening day?” “Absolutely” was my hurried and obvious answer. A few more seconds passed, and he said “we’re in.”
I couldn’t believe he could ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines April 2, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 1, 2019 "Sightfishing Crappies and Bluegills — No Foolin'"

image of Bob Bohland with nice bluegill On Saturday, we drove over to the Fosston area where we met up with my friend Bob Bohland and his father in law, Ron Rupp. Crappie fishing was the plan and based on Bob’s past experiences, the timing should have been perfect. But on this trip, crappies were tough to come by. Instead, it was bluegills that commanded our attention on this trip.
As you see in the photos, the ice conditions were perfect for either walking or for driving an ATV. Almost all of the snow cover was gone and the surface was dry. Except for a very small patch of shallow water located at the access ramp, there was no sign of standing water anywhere on the lake.
I and Austin jones arrived first and decided to ..." Read >> Sight Fishing Crappies and Bluegills; No Foolin' April 1, 2019


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish — The Pines Resort March 29, 2019 "Ice Conditions On Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux"

image of lake winnibigoshish On Lake Winnie, some of the ice in our bay near the dam is too thin to allow even ATV traffic on to the lake, so we’ve closed our landing. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still get on the lake to fish.
We’ve directed our customers how to access the lake using alternate routes that allow them to fish on Tamarack Bay.
We know that there has been a lot of ATV traffic on the big lake, but to the best of our knowledge, nobody is driving pickup trucks out there.
Perch action had been good before the big meltdown forced us off the lake for a while. In fact one of the last groups that were here went home with limits of good size perch. We know that those fish are still out there and as ice conditions turn favorable this weekend, we will ..." Read >> Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Update March 29, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 28, 2019 "Spring is Springing At The Rainy River"

image of birchdale landing at rainy river It’s beginning to look more like spring at the Rainy River. Water is flowing past the landing at Birchdale and the county has had a crew working on opening up the boat ramp. There were already some anglers pushing small boats across the ice and on to the river this Wednesday. The probability is very high that it’s going to be open for all boats by this weekend.
It will be interesting to see what affect, if any, the new catch and release only walleye regulation will have on traffic this spring.
According to the MN DNR, traffic on the Rainy River should not change much compared to previous years. That’s if you believe angler surveys taken before the new regulation was implemented. Those surveys indicated that less than 2% of anglers cited harvesting fish as their primary reason for fishing the river. In fact, the DNR News Release says ..." Read >> Rainy River Fishing Regulation March 28, 2019


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish March 29, 2019 "5 Inexpensive Lures that Catch Spring Bass Anywhere"

image links to bass fishing article "As big bass vacate their offshore haunts and begin flooding the shallows in preparation for their annual spawn, anglers are afforded a special opportunity. These fish are hungry and territorial which means lots of bites and lots of size. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a pile of money to catch these fish. These fishing lures will catch plenty of bass without emptying your bank account.

Whether you fish it on a traditional Texas rig, a weightless Texas rig or a wacky rig, this stick worm will flat-out catch bass. Although it works throughout much of the year, the Dinger shines brightest in the ..." Learn More >> 5 Inexpensive Lures that Catch Spring Bass Anywhere


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report March 28, 2019

"Ice - 30 to 34 inches of good ice is being reported on many of the area lakes. There is 4-6 inches of ice on top that can turn soft or slushy on warm sunny day stretches, but rock hard on days that stay below freezing. Travel is very easy overall and air temps will determine if it a truck, 4 wheeler or by foot is the best way to travel.
Crappies - Interest in crappies has risen as spring like temps have come to the area. Reports have been hit or miss for many, but anglers that have stayed on the move and were able to locate crappies have reported some nice catches with some real slabs mixed in.
20-25 feet of water near ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report March 27, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 28, 2019 "MN-FISH Sportfishing Coalition; Leading the Lead-Able"

Anglers need a strong, unified voice. At least that's what we need if we want our views to carry any weight in Minnesota’s legislature and at Minnesota’s DNR headquarters.
That’s why I circled back around in the aisle when I spotted Gary Leaf working a booth, under the banner that said "Leading The Way To Minnesota's Fishing Future."at the Northwest Sportshow. Under the banner, a logo for MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation-Coalition.
Leaf is respected as an advocate for outdoors issues in Minnesota. His group Sportsmen for Change was formed over a decade ago to tackle outdoor issues in Minnesota.
In his August 2010 Star Tribune blog, Kirk Schnitker referenced the term “outdoor militant” to describe Leaf. One quote from that blog says;
“Just why is going Minnesota outdoor militant good for the outdoors? Because Minnesota nice has gotten 90 plus percent of all our wetlands drained. Because it allows for bad politics and special interests to ..." Read >> MN-FISH Sportfishing Coalition; Leading the Lead-Able


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 27, 2019 "Late Ice Leech Lake Perch Fishing; Game On"

image links to perch fishing report I could hardly wait to get home from the Northwest Sportshow and find out if the entire hubbub about great perch fishing was true. With the help of a new friend, I’m happy to say that it is, at least it was on Leech Lake yesterday; here’s how it started.
“I’ve got Tuesday and Wednesday off and I have to fish” Josh Bullivant said. “The reports I’m getting are just too good and I don’t want to miss out on the best perch fishing of the year!”
When somebody tells you something like that, it’s only natural to drop a few hints that might encourage an invitation to tag along. So that’s what I did, I dropped a hint; I said “Can I come along?” Happily Josh said ..." Read >> Late Ice Perch Fishing Leech Lake March 27, 2019


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish March 27, 2019 "Advanced Fish Finder Steps for Finding Bass Fast"

image links to video "Pro bass angler Ott DeFoe breaks down how he uses a combination of side imaging, mapping and 360 Imaging to build a high-percentage milk run of spots before wetting a line. This is the exact step-by-step process that helped him win the 2019 Bassmaster Classic and it'll help you too.
Finding seasonal transition bass on reservoirs during the spring is a challenge for all anglers regardless of skill level. Ott takes us on a mapping deep-dive, explaining key locations to consider and how to configure and adjust the shallow water and depth highlight on his LakeMaster mapping to establish and stay on a working pattern.
DeFoe then takes to the bow where he uses Humminbird 360 Imaging to ..." Learn More >> Advanced Fish Finder Steps for Finding Bass Fast


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 26, 2019 "Itasca Area Perch Fishing Getting Great Reviews"

image of perch under the ice On March 25, 2019 Mark Novara wrote; Q) Hi, looking at coming towards Winnibigoshish this next weekend. We live in upper michigan, are ice conditions ok? We are thinking of hitting Round Lake, or Pike Bay. Any information would be greatly appreciate. Thank you!
A) Mark, we are compiling fresh reports right now and based on what we’re hearing, you should expect to travel by ATV or on foot. But provided that you do not depend on a pickup truck to travel on the ice, you can expect to find good perch fishing when you get here. In fact, when I stopped at Fred's Bait in Deer River yesterday, they told me that the perch fishing has been great on ..." Read >> Itasca Area Perch Fishing Getting Great Reviews March 26, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism March 26, 2019

image links to lake of the woods report "On the south end, good walleye reports for those still ice fishing. Good catches are coming everywhere from 15 to 31 feet of water.
Gold, glow red and glow colors best. Mix up presentations, try rattle baits, minnow baits.
Deadsticking plain hook with live minnow consistent.
Pike action had been excellent with many fish over 40" caught again this week.
Some big walleyes continue to be caught on tip ups by pike anglers! Fish houses on ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Reports March 26, 2019


image says top secretMore Itasca Area Fishing Reports!

Are you sure that you really wanted to skip the link from the report at the top of this page, the one that says; "Itasca Area Perch Fishing Getting Great Reviews March 26, 2019"?

If you skipped it, then you kept a whole bunch of secrets from yourself. That's because there were too many updates to list them all on this page so I bundled 'em together in the March archives page.

Click on todays link for fresh updates from Lake Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, Lake of the Woods, Cass Lake and more. >> Ice Fishing Reports March 26, 2019


image links to fishrapper home page February 4, 2019 - "Why Not Use Braided Line For Walleye Fishing?"

image of walleye caught wiggle worming Q) Tim Roche wrote; “NEVER MET YOU BUT YOU SEEM LIKE A REAL NICE FELLAH, I AM A 40+ YEAR VETERAN OF FISHING WALLEYES ON RAINY LAKE AND OTHERS, QUESTION: IN THE WIGGLE WORM ARTICLE YOU SAY (that you use) 4 LB. MONO, NEVER EVER Braid. DO YOU MEAN YOU USE MONO FOR ALL FISHING? BEST REGARDS AND I USE LINDY TACKLE TOO.” TIM ROCHE
A) Tim, there are many times that I do use braided fishing lines. My Musky & Pike rods are spooled with braid, so are some of my Bass rods and I do occasionally use braid for Walleye, deep water jigging for example. But 90% of my walleye fishing gear is spooled with monofilament line.
For wiggle worming and most other shallow water jig fishing I use ..." Read >> Why Not Use Braided Line For Walleye Fishing?


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish November 28, 2018 "The Do-All Fishfinder Solution for Ice and Open Water"

image links to video "We take a detailed look at Humminbird's capable ICE HELIX 7 All-Season pack, which does true double duty as a technology-packed LCD ice fishing fishfinder as well as an open water unit. One box and all the accessories needed to make a seamless transition from soft to hard water and vice versa.
As Wired2Fish's McKeon "Keys" Roberts notes, this is a cost-effective and convenient solution for the year-round multi-activity sportsman. The included gimbal bracket, power cable and highspeed transducer install with ease and the heavy-duty carrying case comes equipped with ..." View Video and Learn More >> The Do-All Fishfinder Solution for Ice and Open Water


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 10, 2018 "Mapping the Mappable"

image of hummind helix using Auto Chart Given the recent weather, it's understandable that my phone isn’t exactly ringing off the hook. It takes a hearty soul to make a day on the lake fun right now and folks, who aren’t already on my calendar haven’t been in a rush to get in on this cold snap.
Because I do still have a handful of trips on my schedule, I feel obliged to get out on the lakes and have a look around. The least I can do is to keep myself up to speed about lake conditions and hopefuly fish locations too. That way I have a fighting chance of making these next several dates fun for my customers.
Since I was heading out solo anyway, I decided to combine the search for places to catch fish this week with the search for places to ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 10, 2018


Crappies, Too Deep For Their Own Good! Be mindful about the pitfalls of fishing deep water panfish.

image links to article about crappie fishing During late fall and winter there are several species of fish that migrate into deep water. Crappies, one of the most popular deep water inhabitants, are particularly vulnerable to fishing pressure during this cold water period.
For some anglers, locating and catching fish in mid-lake deep water basins is easier than finding them in shallow water cover. The good news is that once located, crappies are willing biters and for most anglers, fairly easy to catch. The fish’s willingness to strike allows an angler to make quick work out of catching “a limit” of fish. The fast action makes it tempting to lock into a position, catch lots of fish and ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing In Deep Water October 5, 2018


image denotes news story about fishing September 12, 2018 "MARATHON MAN ON A MISSION" Kolodzinski, Guinness World Record Holder Attempts To Break His Own Record Today

Jeff Kolodzinski Fishing Record Holder Canton, Ill. — Jeff Kolodzinski is a man on a mission — a Marathon Man out to break a record he already holds. On September 11 and 12, 2018, at Giant Goose Ranch in Canton, Illinois, he will attempt to catch more than 2,143 fish on hook and line to break his own world record set in 2011.
But Kolodzinski is not doing it for a spot in the record books. He’s doing it to introduce people and families to fishing and to increase awareness and financial support for the Fishing For Life, a non-profit, tax exempt charitable organization whose Next GEN program finds mentors for children of families in need.
A special focus within the program, serves families of ..." Learn More and Watch Live Video Feed >> Kolodzinski, Guinness World Record Holder Attempts To Break His Own Record


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish September 4, 2018 "How to Use Side Imaging to Find Hidden Spots"

image links to product giveaway"Side imaging sonar reveals an entirely new underwater world to anglers interested in learning the technology. It produces highly detailed readouts of the water column and bottoms off both sides of the boat; this has some major benefits, one of which being discovering sleeper or hidden spots missed by most anglers.
Jeff "Kolo" Kolodzinski demonstrates this perfectly. While driving to one of his "known" spots, side imaging reads a bottom composition change - it's a hard spot covered with fist-sized rocks and some larger boulders mixed in. Of note, there's no appreciable change in depth, so mapping doesn't ..." View Video >> How to Use Side Imaging to Find Hidden Spots


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image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Poll Question April 12, 2018 "Do you regard a 4 fish possession limit as "A Lot of Walleyes?"

image of walleyes at shore lunch On Tuesday, I wrote; "Referencing Bemidji Area Fisheries Manager, Gary Barnard's comments about Upper Red Lake Walleye bag limits, I found it interesting that he used the phrase "A Lot of Walleyes" to describe the 4 fish bag limit.
I can honestly say that for me, a 4 fish bag limit is fine. I have more than ample opportunity to catch enough fish to eat and I can usually accomplish it within a reasonable amount of time. But that said I still do not view a bag limit of 4 fish as “A Lot of Fish.”
Even the current statewide bag limit of 6 fish doesn’t stretch very far for folks who travel long distances to fish, or for those who have to wait for long periods of time between fishing trips. I suspect that folks who provide most of the tourism dollars to Minnesota’s economy come to our state because of “the promise” that they can take some fish home to eat. That is if they can ..." Learn More >> Walleye Bag Limit Poll


image links to fishrapper home page March 28, 2018 - "Muskies, Stocking and Ideal Habitat"

On March 27, 2018 Tim Olson wrote; “Jeff, following the discussion about muskies and musky stocking, I see some folks referencing a supposed relationship between muskies and a decline in Northern Pike populations and/or spawning success. Are you aware of any direct relationship between the two? Also, I’m wondering about your take on the new pike regulation that will allow a 10 fish limit for northern Minnesota?
A) Tim, pike and muskies not only spawn at different times, but also spawn using very different habitats from each other. Pike begin staging near their spawning grounds before the ice melts and will be the first fish to ..." Read >> Muskies, Stocking and Ideal Habitat March 28, 2018


image links to fishrapper home page March 2, 2018 - "Ice Helix 7, Adjusting Backlight To Conserve Battery Voltage"

Reporting back with an update about last week's Q&A regarding pre-mature loss of battery voltage in his Ice Helix 7, Steve Sykes wrote; "Thanks for your help, it worked! Battery lasted all day long and I actually still had 70% battery life after a full day of ice fishing." Click >> Review Original Ice Helix 7 Q&A Here


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish February 27, 2018 "Is Side Imaging Fish Finder Technology Right for You?"

image links to fishing product giveaway "There's still uncertainty about side imaging technology and if it's worth it. We let the imaging do the talking and let you decide based on fishing style and budget.
The goals of this video are to 1) prove that side imaging technology produces highly detailed pictures far off to the sides of the boat, and 2) help you decide if this technology is right for your fishing situation. To accomplish this, we filmed on an ultra clear lake and drove a shallow rock flat covered with boulders and also containing sunken boats and tires. An in-boat camera was focused on the fish finder screen while a drone flew overhead (synched with in-boat camera). Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski simply drives the structure and ..." View Video To Learn More >> Is Side Imaging Fish Finder Technology Right for You?


image links to fishrapper home page Bunk Trailers vs Roller Trailers; Which Is Best?

Steve Penkoske Wrote;

Q) "Jeff, What kind of trailer do you prefer, a bunk or roller?
A) Steve, if I was assured that every landing I would ever use had water depths adequate for floating my fiberglass 208 ProV, I would absolutely prefer bunk trailers.
Bunks provide better support for my hull and given that I have enough water to float my boat, the bunk trailer is an absolute dream to load. Hands down, the bunks are a better way to go, when and if they suit your needs.
They do have one drawback and it’s a big problem for me because not all of the public access sites at the lakes I fish provide water that’s deep enough to provide adequate flotation.
That's why I still ..." Read >> Bunk Trailers vs Roller Trailers; Which Is Best?


image links to fishrapper home page Tiller Steering vs Console Steering

Pete Mayer wrote; "I read your article on Thursday about controlling a tiller boat in big waves, it makes sense, but not all of us are lucky enough to have a boat like yours. So my questions are do you really need a tiller boat and what would you do in these situations if you didn’t have one?"

Answer) Pete, you’re right, I am extremely lucky to be able to ..." Read >> Boat Control Tiller vs Console October 20, 2017

Comprehensive Underwater Side Imaging Video Teaches Everything! Top Rated Video! May 5, 2017

image links to videoOkay lets cut to the chase. If you've ever asked a question about using side imaging, how it works or why it works; then you need to watch this video. This is the most comprehensive turorial about using side imaging technology that I've ever seen.
Wired2Fish teamed up with Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski of Humminbird to create this detailed video about understanding how and why this technology works. Kolo breaks down how to read and interpret what side imaging, down imaging, and two-dimensional (2D) sonar are showing you, and how they can improve your fishing. We filmed real-time drone and underwater video of ... " View >> Understanding Side Imaging Technologies

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Article: What Is The Value Of A Sunfish? May 4, 2017

image of jeff sundin with bluegill"I’m just like you, I wish that I could visit my favorite lake any time I want and catch oodles of big Bluegills. I’d like to bring a bunch of them home too, that way I could fix a big family fish fry for every special occasion.  
The problem is that if I fish there too often or bring home too many fish, my favorite lake won’t remain favored very long.
It’s a fact of life and we’re going to have to come to grips with it; as a group, we are extremely effective predators and we’re getting better all the time. We have the equipment, the knowledge, the leisure time and the communication skills to harvest fish faster than our favorite lakes can produce them. We literally have the ability to ..." Read Article >> What Is The Value Of A Sunfish?

Fish ED New Video March 2, 2017 "How Zebra Mussels Affect Fish Location"

"Exotic Zebra Mussels have invaded countless lakes across the Midwest.
Because they filter the water, Zebra Mussels increase water clarity and cause vegetation to grow deeper than ever before. Fish ED host Jon Thelen and fellow guide Jeff Sundin reveal how these widespread, non-native mussels affect winter fish location and behavior." View Video >> How Zebra Mussels Affect Winter Fish Location

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 1, 2017 Q&A What's The Death Cloud?

Kurt Anderson Asked; what do you mean by the term “Death Cloud”? I saw your fishing report dated February 27th and in it, you said; “I was surprised that the action stopped before sundown, but it did. By 6:00 PM the screen of my Humminbird was painting images of the “death cloud”. A) Kurt, I coined the phrase “Death Cloud” before I ever ... Read >> What's The Death Cloud?

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Helping your fellow fishermen and women stay abreast of the ice conditions in your area is good for everybody and it's easier than you think! Fishing Reports Minnesota is the Facebook counterpart to this page and it's open to the public. So be like me, become a duly deputized "Cub Reporter" and post your own pics and comments. It's good for fishing! Click >> Fishing Reports Minnesota

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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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