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image links to bowen lodge fish report Lake Winnibigoshish Bowen Lodge August 24, 2016

"It's been a very good week for guests at Bowen Lodge. Weather has stabilized, late summer fishing patterns are established and predictable plus as a bonus, fishing presentations are becoming more flexible by the day.
For weeks now, we’ve reported that fishing with Little Joe Spinners over the weed tops has been the “go to” presentation and for many of our guests, it still is. But over the past few days, that’s been changing because surface water temperatures have fallen.
That’s right, last weekend the first wisp of cold, fall air blew onto Lake Winnie and brought surface temperatures down.
Shorter days, cooler nights and dipping water temperatures have sent the signal; fish are beginning to respond by feeding more heavily, for longer periods of time and they are more tolerant of ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 24, 2016

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" August 23, 2016 - Greg's Guidelines; Clusiau Fishing Report

... "Joel’s first drop, before I was even ready to fish, had a walleye latching onto his jig rap. My first drop resulted in the same. They were on fire. We stayed on top of them until the wind blew us off the spot. Thank goodness for gps mapping, as we were quickly back over the fish and caught as many as we cared to. It just didn’t end. Now that’s the way fishing should be!
Anytime you find a large school of fish, the competition is usually ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines August 23

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image links to wired2fish 13 Fishing Concept C Reel Giveaway August 23

"13 Fishing is a company that is quickly putting a footprint of reliability, smoothness, and long casting reels is getting even more serious as they expand their Concept line of reels. The affordable Concept A has been getting rave reviews by pros and weekend anglers alike. Not only do they cast like rockets but are ..." Learn and Enter >> 13 Fishing Concept C Reel Giveaway



image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 22, 2016 - A Taste Of Fall, Water Cools Down, Action Heats Up!

... "Hot muggy weather gave way to the cooler air temperatures delivered by a cool northwest wind. In typical, early fall fashion, the cold air mass forced surface temperatures on Lake Winnibigoshish to plummet, falling 6 degrees in 2 days, leveling out at 68.8 degrees by the end of our fishing trip on Sunday.
For me, planning a fishing trip after cold fronts of this proportion can ... Read >> Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 22

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge August 22, 2016

"The great fishing continues! Most of the week our charters focused in areas near reefs along the Border of Big Traverse. There was also great success in Little Traverse along the NW Angle from Garden Island and past Little Oak, additionally the guides were hitting schools in Big Traverse around the Long Point area. It seems the most popular question of the week is how many fish are being caught each day, I don’t know the specific answer, but it is a lot. Many nice keepers in the 18-19 inch range, with fresh meals while you are here and limits to go home." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

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image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort August 21, 2016

"The ‘Dog Days of Summer’ keep rollin along this time of year, but if you want to catch fish right now (and I have said this many times) Ball Club Lake is; deep, cold and clear and the Bite goes on even in The Dog Days.
Crank baits seem to be the ticket now. Pick the deep divers for the Walleye and mid-range cranks for the Northern, take a look at this typical, thick 7lb. Pike enclosed. Fishing is very good." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, August 21, 2016 Four Seasons Resort;

"I can finally say that we have a hot walleye bite on Lake Winnie.  This past week, the fish were biting on any bait that you threw at them.  Crankbaits, spinners with minnows, crawlers, or leeches, and jigs with minnows, all caught fish.  The fish are on the shallow flats and also on the weed edges. Normally, our guests fish northerns this week, but the walleyes were biting so well that they mostly fished for them.  I am sure that this is what the rest of the year is going to be like.  If you are in to walleye fishing, this is the year to come up to Winnie.
Northern fishing is really good right now, as well.  The size and numbers are off the charts.  What ever you like to catch them on, they are biting!  Find some nice cabbage weeds, and you will find northerns.  No huge fish lately, but a lot of really nice fish in the 26-32" range.  I had a 35-36" fish yesterday.
Musky Dave's son Dan boated two muskies in his short three day stay. There were also three other muskies caught last week.
If you follow my fishing reports over the years, you know that I only say we have a hot bite once in a great while.  So if you are considering a place where you will catch fish, you need to come see us very soon.  We have two specials coming up.  Our Labor Day Special allows you to stay 9 days for the price of a week.  Our fall special is 20% off all reservations after Labor Day.  Check our availability and give us a call." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, August 21, 2016

"In this area, in late summer, Weeds Matter! Last weekend saw both Walleye and Pike in the heavy coontail weeds in water depths of fourteen feet to twenty four feet. These beds appear on your graph as a solid mass of yellow. In the deeper weeds you’ll find that the top of the weed beds are ... Read >> Frontier Sports Report 8-21-16

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image links to wired2fish Mark Zona Demonstrates How to Rig Tubes for Power Fishing Smallmouth Bass

"Mark Zona is not shy when it comes to fishing tubes for smallmouth bass. He likes a big tube, a big head and fishes it hard and aggressive to trigger the apex smallmouth in a system and get them in a froth to create some of the most vicious reactions strikes you can ..." View Video >> Power Fishing Smallmouth Bass

 

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Deer River Area, Brian Castellano , August 19, 2016;

"I was able to get on the water the last 2 days.
Tuesday night a friend, his 2 boys, I hit Pokegama for the full moon walleye bite. We started out Lindy Rigging creek chubs on some 20-30' humps but only found a half dozen pike in the 3-4 lb. range.
We then put on the crankbaits and started trolling some flats in 8-14' of water.  We ended up putting 4 nice walleyes in the boat from ..." >> Read Report August 19, 2016

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 18, 2016 - Fishing Good??

I'll bet that after reading yesterday's comments about the full moon, you're curious about how our fishing on Winnibigoshish was on Wednesday. Rightly so too, because I don't think the weather could have delivered any more perfect conditions under which to test my theory.
Under a bright sky, and floating on calm seas, fishing was good. Catching; that was a little tricky, but the reasons for that didn't concern the fish. The Walleye were there and they ... Read >> Fishing Report August 18, 2016

Fish ED Video New Episode August 18, 2016 "Downrigging Crankbaits on Lake of the Woods"

"Downriggers have a long history of helping great lakes anglers deliver plugs and spoons to deep water trout and salmon. But they’re equally effective for Walleye fishing in deep, stained waters across the Midwest. Join Fish ED host Jon Thelen and fellow guide Mike Christensen on mighty Lake of the Woods as they reveal an easy, yet effective system for down rigging crankbaits." View Video >> Downrigging Crankbaits on Lake of the Woods

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 17, 2016 - Explaining the Explainable?

If you’ve been fishing on Lake Winnibigoshish this week, then you may have observed; Walleye action is above average, way above average for late summer! It was especially true on Tuesday when calm seas and sunny skies should have killed the Walleye bite deader than a door nail, but they didn’t.
Considering that the weather on Tuesday was far less than ideal for fishing, you may also wonder why I’ve been so persistent with my advice to avoid sunny, calm days. You could be thinking; “That guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about”, the sun was shining yesterday, the lake was calm and we still caught fish easy.
On the other hand, you could be more scientific in your approach, you might be thinking; “I wonder if there’s an explanation for this anomaly?” Why did the fish bite when they weren’t supposed to be biting? Well as usual, I have a theory and if you’re interested, click here for >> Jeff Sundin’s theory about the Winnie Walleye Bite.

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" August 16, 2016 - Greg Clusiau Fishing Report

"I just love lead core trolling, especially once you have it “dialed in”, which Ryan Berzins, Andy Walsh, and I did last weekend. My partners, somewhat new to lead core trolling, are definitely hooked on it now, as we reeled in over two dozen nice walleye.
Some lakes don’t offer consistent lead core trolling from year-to-year and I have yet to figure that one out. More than anything, I think it has a lot to do with the available forage. I’ve done extremely well on a lake one year only to struggle on it the next, not being able to find fish and that’s usually the easy part. All you have to do is spot fish on your graph and ... Read >> Greg Clusiau Fishing Report August 16

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image links to wired2fish Anglers Catching Fish with Human-Like Teeth August 16, 2016

"This is a pretty crazy story we ran across over the weekend: Michigan anglers are beginning to catch pacus—fish with human-like teeth—on a semi-regular basis in the southeastern part of the state. Their strange teeth are actually used for eating nuts and seeds, but after an episode of “River Monsters” with Jeremy Wade, they gained a reputation for eating male genitalia in ..."Read >> Catching Fish with Human-Like Teeth

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, August 15, 2016 Four Seasons Resort

"This past week we had a lot of things happen on the fishing front. The walleyes have been active in the shallow water and are staging like it is going to be an outstanding fall bite. Musky Dave caught muskies on back to back days this week. The first was 40" and the second was a 51" whopper. Northern fishing continues to be in the awesome category. Most days you can ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge August 15, 2016;

"Phenomenal was the word of the week! Fishing has been excellent this past week, one guest even made the statement of it being “too good”. Additionally, we have had fantastic weather!
Our guides have been covering all areas of the lake again this past week. From Four Block to Archies reefs, around Garden Island and off of ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report

Fish ED Video Episode "Catch Untouched Reservoir Crappies"

"Crappies are often thought of as still water fish, best suited to quiet, natural lakes, but they also thrive in windswept Reservoirs. In this video, Fish ED host Jon Thelen and fellow guide Brent Kemnitz share a sure-fire pattern for catching overlooked slabs on impoundments across the Midwest." View Video >> Untouched Reservoir Crappies

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 14, 2016 - The Snyder Effect? Absolutely!

A picture is worth 1000 words, so they say. Thanks to my good friend Jeff "Cubby" Skelly, the good natured temperment of the entire Snyder family and the blessing of an overcast day, here's a 5000 word down payment on today's report. You already know who, and later I'll share the how, when, where and why.

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image links to wired2fish Turn Off The News and Go Fishing - Walker Smith

"With all of the constant negativity in today’s world, there’s never been a better time to tune it out and focus on what we love most.
I made a mistake last night that I’m not proud of. I’m not quite sure what I was thinking, but after a fun and successful afternoon fishing trip, I turned on the ..." Read >> Turn Off The News, Go Fishing

image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort August 12, 2016

"Little has changed over the last two weeks on Ball Club Lake. Multi-species fishing remains good and sometimes very good for both Walleye and Northerns.
Crappies have been hit and miss, but a few anglers have been finding them toward dusk near the drop offs. Live baits and artificial baits both are producing this time of year. Lake levels are acceptable and the surface temp is around 72-75 degrees. Several professional, local Guides are using the lake for what some term as, "action fishing". More next week." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520
image of Jeff Sundin "By the way, I have visited Gus a few times myself this summer and he is right. If you're fishing with somebody who wants "action", especially kids, then Ball Club is a very good place to do it. On my last visit, we caught tons of Pike along with modest numbers of keeper Perch, Walleye and Crappie. For any family who is looking for a good old fashioned fishing vacation, I strongly suggest checking with Gus about staying on Ball Club Lake." - Jeff Sundin

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If you're fishing with somebody who wants "action", Ball Club is a very good place to do it. On my last visit, we caught tons of Pike along with modest numbers of keeper Perch, Walleye and Crappie.

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Owen Cheatham showing off, again for his dad Barry.

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Photo courtesy Josh Hagemeister: "Multiple good catches of eating size walleyes came into the boat throughout the week."

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister; August 12, 2016

"What a nice hot week in minnesota and the fishing was hot as well. Multiple good catches of eating size walleyes came into the boat throughout the week along with a couple of real big ones.
There seems to be a shallow water pattern right now In some of the larger lakes so I have been concentrating on 4 to 6 feet of water even during mid-day. Long lining spinners and crawlers have worked the best for the walleyes.
I also had numerous largemouth bass fishing trips and caught plenty of them using a Texas style rigged plastic worm on the deep weed lines around 15 to 20 feet of water. The 7 inch black Berkeley power worm did the trick every time. Crappies can be found at dusk, feeding on newly hatched insects at the surface. Look for fish surfacing just outside the shallow weedline adjacent to shoreline drop off's. Keep the boat far away from the school and lightly cast small tube jigs into the air they are feeding and real it back to the boat slowly about eight or 10 feet under the surface." - Capt Josh, Minnesota Fishing Guide Service 218-732-9919

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Lake Winnibigoshish Bowen Lodge August 10, 2016

"Watching the season progress reminds us that fall is on the way. Hardwood trees are beginning to show the first signs of color and warm days now give way to cool nights.
Surface water temperatures on Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux are signaling a change of season too. Now slipping cooler, they are ranging between 71 and 75 degrees depending on where you fish and on the time of day. These moderately cooler temps may not be enough change to trigger massive changes in fish behavior, but soon, we will notice more signs of fish migrations as they move toward early fall haunts.
Walleyes, still inhabiting weed flats in 9 to 14 feet of water are ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 10, 2016

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" August 9, 2016 - Fishing Report

"My brother, Joel, and I were making a day-trip into Ontario for a little crappie and walleye action and were just nearing International Falls when Joel spotted “something” walking at a quick pace on a railroad track.
Pointing it out, he said “what is that? It looks like a ... Read >> Greg Clusiau August 9, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 8, 2016 - Warm Water Fish; "Hot to Trot!"

It depends on which lake you fish, but I'll bet that your favorite one has the potential to provide you with a "mixed bag, action bite".
Surface temperatures are nearly 80 degrees on many of the Itasca area lakes and most of the fish are on a rampage to chase down fast moving baits. During the warmest part of summer, fish metabolism is racing and they feed extremely heavily. In fact, if you've been fishing the weedline and haven't had great action, then most likely, the remedy will be to ... Read >> Fishing Report August 8, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge August 8, 2016;

"We have been keeping it mixed up this past week. Combinations of drifting, jigging and rigging have proved successful again. We did have a couple days of strong wind this past week which changed some of the success on those days. There is still a great bite going on and we have covered areas of the lake from Archie’s reef to Little Oak Island and just outside the Lighthouse Gap.
Depending on the method, depths of water are changing. The sand shelfs are great for drifting when the wind is right. Anchoring on or around some of the rock piles or rigging in the 28 plus feet of water has been doing well.
We continue to have great temperatures forecasted with high into the 80’s and lows into the 50’s for the week ahead.
Our winter rates are posted on the website. Book now to get your pick of dates." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge.

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, August 7, 2016 Four Seasons Resort;

"The walleye fishing has been fairly reliable this week. We have had more wind this week which always helps when targeting walleyes. They have been caught using a variety of baits. From jigs and minnows in 6 feet of water to rigs and leeches in 30' and everything in between.
Most of the guests have been trolling crankbits on the flats. Target baitfish and you will find walleyes. Spinners and crawlers work in the same areas. Rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers on the main bars and humps. Jigs and minnows on the rocks and weed edges.
Northern fishing has been good to very good. Some larger fish are starting to show up. I caught a 37" beauty the other day. Yesterday, Musky Dave caught and released a giant 40 and a half inch northern. Both fish were caught on Suicks. Sucker fishing, trolling spoons, and casting are all working for pike right now.
Perch fishing has been a tough go. They seem to be here today gone tomorrow. The larger perch have been very tough to come by. As the water cools and the young of the year perch move into the weeds, this will change.
The fishing should only get better as we approach fall. We have openings from now until we close. If you are considering a trip up to Winnie, give us a call." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231

image links to horseshoe resort Cass Lake Cass Lake Horseshoe Resort August 5, 2016 - Clark Heitmann;

"Stability, warmer water and a moderate algae bloom have helped improve fishing conditions for daytime anglers on Cass Lake. Walleye action is still better during low light periods, but by day, fishermen are locating and catching more Walleye by following familiar mid-summer patterns.
Long line Lindy Rigging with lively leeches is one of the most reliable presentations, night crawlers and Redtail Chubs are also producing fish.
Clark Heitmann suggested; “Fishing at 12 to 24 feet of water seems to be the right depth for the Walleye bite on mid lake bars. There are some anglers working the weed edges and doing very well too and others have begun working early fall patterns, locating deeper schools of fish that are willing to bite.
Perch are schooling up better now too and if you find them, you can get some pretty good numbers of bigger fish. You can also pick up Walleye while fishing for Perch in shallower water.
Panfish anglers are still picking up Crappie in the early morning and as the sun goes down behind the trees. Bluegills are in the weeds and on the edges, decent sizes are being caught mainly in the early morning, but that’s not to say you can't catch them all day long." Clark Heitmann - Horseshoe Resort on Cass Lake.

Fish ED Video Episode "How To Catch Walleye on Unfamiliar Waters"

"Whether you are on vacation or simply want to try a new lake near home, fishing unfamiliar waters can be a bit intimidating.
Fish ED host Jon Thelen shares straightforward advice on how a combination of pre-trip research and high percentage search tactics can help you catch fish your first time out." View Video >> How To Catch Walleye on Unfamiliar Water

 

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson August 5, 2016;

"Despite Monday nights storm which dropped nearly four inches of rain in some locales, fishing has rebounded somewhat. It was slow going Monday   (my day off… go figure), probably due to the approaching thunder storm but by this morning things were getting back on track. The Walleye bite came back with most of the action coming from ... Read >> Marcell Area Fishing Report August 5

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux, Eagle Nest Lodge August 5, 2016

"The surface temp at the ENL dock is 78 degrees.  Once the weather settled down, the fishing got better.  Folks are catching walleyes with lindy rigs and spinners, northerns casting and trolling, and we're seeing a few nice panfish come in.  Most of our guests this week just fish in Cutfoot Sioux, and it's working well for them, especially as it's been pretty windy." Bryan Harris, Eagle Nest Lodge 218-246-8701

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

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

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image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort August 4, 2016

"Surface temperature on the lake is now in the low 70’s and anglers are using a good variety of baits and techniques with success.
I often mention Lindy rigs this time of year, but one method I seldom deploy is trolling cranks on the flats at 2 to 2.5mph. This past week one of my customers spent his fishing time doing just that, trolling the flats fast, in 8 feet with ‘Rattle Traps’ and catching just about every game specie in the lake. He even hooked a couple of non-desirable Dog Fish.
If you try this method of fishing, make sure that whatever lure you are using will run true at 2.5 miles an hour. Drop it over the side and check its action before you toss it out. Baits like Rattle Traps and X-Calibur One Knocker are lipless and ideal for trolling fast. There are fish to catch. Get out there." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 4, 2016 - Surface Temperatures Pass 80 Degrees, Sometimes

Warming water temperatures, now above 80 degrees on many Itasca Area Lakes have a way of changing everything. What we see is green, grungy looking water known as an “algae bloom”. What this is happens to be an increase in the production of Phytoplankton, the primary building block of aquatic life.
The soupy looking water is really good for fish because it’s all food, billions of microscopic critters that feed everything in the lake, all the way up the food chain.
One side effect of a heavy algae bloom is that they ... Read >> Fishing Report August 4, 2016

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Fish ED New Episode; Trolling For Reservoir Walleyes

"Reservoir systems across the country have their ups and downs. But that doesn't mean you can't continue to catch walleye. In this video Jon joins brent kemnitz on mighty Lake Oahe, where high water is causing Walleye to show up in unusual places. Watch as they flesh out a sure fire system you can use on impoundments across the Midwest." View Video >> Trolling For Reservoir Walleyes

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" August 2, 2016 - Fishing Report

"Fishing success definitely has its ups and downs and I’ve experienced a sampling of it as of late. My brother, Joel, and I made a trip across the border last Friday and did very well on crappie and walleye. This was an outstanding trip, where we focused on ... " Read >> Greg's Guidelines August 2, 2016

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image links to wired2fish SPRO Crank em' Up Giveaway August 2, 2016

"Hot weather, warm water temps, and a crankbait just seem to go together and the entire water column becomes available as baitfish are on the move. SPRO and its pros have developed a killer assortment of crankbaits that cover the water column from top to bottom and in our latest giveaway we want to give you ..." Learn and Enter >> SPRO Crank em' Up Giveaway

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report August 1, 2016 - Mixing The Mixable During Dog Days

Turmoil, turbulence, volatility, sweat, discomfort and piles of broken stuff; I won't miss it a bit. Nope, for me, seeing July in the rear view mirror is gonna be a real treat! It’s been my experience that the “Dog Days” of summer represent a turnaround in the warm water fishing period. This is the period of time when surface water temperatures peak, Oxygen levels in deep water begin to decline and fish of all shapes and sizes begin moving back to ... Read >> Fishing Report August 1, 2016

 

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How to Catch Crappie from Lily Pads in the Summer - DAVID A. BROWN

"Lily Pads can be good shallow havens for crappie in the late summer. No doubt, pad fields make cozy maternity wards for crappie, but they also off dandy summer vacation spots for anglers wanting to fish for crappie out of shallow cover. Dressed with all the essentials to keep the freckled fish happy, your lily pads, spatterdock and American lotus offer loads of ... " Read >> Catch Crappie from Lily Pads in the Summer

 

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge August 1, 2016;

"The avid angler has a lot of tackle. Having options to accommodate different patterns, methods, weather and depths can improve success. Options prove to be successful again this year. When you have more options and more tackle in your box the odds are better. That’s why Border View Lodge has a larger tackle box. Starting with the guides, our team is always working together to stay on top of todays bite. While keeping their options open each day and having the equipment to accommodate whatever situation the day provides allows their success rate to be high.
Everyone knows the hot days of July and August can bring a different challenge to successful fishing. We have been having great success this year! There have been nice limits of keepers to go home and plenty for the shore lunch or dinners and appetizers. This past week we have been doing a mix of bait fishing, generally drifting with spinners and pulling plugs. The mornings have provided more success with spinners and the mid-day bite has been more of the plugs. Plugs are providing more consistent action each day, all day.
We continue to cover many parts of the lake. North of Garden Island to 10 miles out of the Lighthouse Gap. There have been nice schools of Walleye in both places. Many nice 18-inch Walleye and some trophies mixed in.
We continue to have great weather forecasted with high into the 80’s and lows into the 50’s." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A Biting Flies, Explaining the Explainable - July 30, 2016 From Ryan Bear;

"Q) Hey Jeff, how do you explain the fact that one day the flies that have nothing better to do than bite you are crazy one day and the next day they are completely gone? Does it have something do with the barometric pressure? The first part of the week they were terrible and Friday they vanished."
A) Ryan, understand that my answer is based solely on anecdotal evidence. Except for the fact that I’ve been bitten by thousands of them myself, I cannot hold myself out as an expert on the subject of biting flies. That said, I do ... Read >> Biting Flies July 31, 2016

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Lake Winnibigoshish, Bowen Lodge July 29, 2016

"With the arrival of more stable weather, fishing has definitely improved this week on both Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux.
Surface water has reached the 77 to 79 degree range and that’s encouraging an Algae bloom that helps offset the clear water conditions that we’ve talked about for most of the summer. Thanks to the added “color” in the water, mid-day fishing is somewhat easier during periods of bright sunshine than it was last month.
“It’s not an automatic, hot Walleye bite” according to fishing guide Jeff Sundin, who’s been fishing the lake this week with some of our guests. “Walleye still want the security of low light conditions, but now the fish are responding better, even when the odds are modestly tipped in our favor. Walleyes were semi-active on Wednesday, even with ... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 29

image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister; July 28, 2016

"Wow what a great week of fishing in Minnesota!  
With water temperatures warming up to the mid-70s the fish have become more active than ever. We have caught numerous large walleyes in the shallow weed areas of most of the lakes we fish in the North central region of the state.
Depth ranges from 8 to 15 feet trolling along the weed line. We have also been catching walleyes on ... Read >> Central Minnesota Fishing Report July 28

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson July 28, 2016;

"Anglers in the area have been faced with crazy weather patterns and less than cooperative fish for almost three weeks now. Not as many thunder storms have shown up lately but hot temperatures and high humidity has taken their place. Water temperatures now are in the mid to high seventies. This has started to direct and hold fish in their typical summer areas. Walleye can be found off the deep weed lines in ... Read >> Frontier Sports Fishing Report July 28

image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort July 27, 2016

"Walleye fishing continues to be good. The recent hot weather has pushed the fish into deeper water. The best bite is now coming from around 20 feet.
Most anglers are moving around 1 mile an hour or less trolling bottom bouncers or Lindy rigs, with and without spinners tipped with leeches or crawlers.
Early or late in the day seems to be the most productive times for walleye along the shoreline.
Northerns and Perch are plentiful and a good alternative way to add fish to your livewell if you are not chasing walleye; Crappie and bluegill fishing has been slow." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image links to horseshoe resort Cass Lake Cass Lake Horseshoe Resort July 27, 2016 - Clark Heitmann

"Improving conditions credited to the arrival of warm weather are encouraging for folks who love fishing on Cass Lake. “We now have an Algae bloom in the water and fish are returning to their traditional spots” says Clark Heitmann at Horseshoe Resort.
“It's been pretty slow during the daytime over the past few weeks, so my guests have done more playing than fishing. Serious fishermen have targeted Walleye during the night though and their fishing has been fantastic. The best action comes in ... Read >> Cass Lake Fishing Report

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"The recent string of storms caused some trouble at Eagle Nest Lodge...mostly with the docks and boats. We are pretty much back to normal and hope to stay that way!
When the weather settles down for a couple days in a row, which hasn't been often in July, our folks are having pretty good luck catching walleyes and northerns. Also, we are starting to see crappies and nice bluegills. Cutfoot Sioux and little Cutfoot have been best...mostly because of the ability to shelter from the wind. Lindy rigs with leeches and crawlers on the edge of the weeds has been best." - Bryan Harris, Eagle Nest Lodge 218-246-8701

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" July 26, 2016 - Fishing Report; Grand Rapids Fishing With Vets

“More than busy” would best describe me as of late, with fishing, of course, at the center of things.
Guide trips last week, had me doing a little pre-fishing, which is the norm, to best put my clients on fish, giving them a vacation to look back on and fondly remember.
Pulling into one of our local lakes, not a ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines July 26, 2016

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort July 26, 2016

"Bowstring Lake has provided lots of action for our guests during recent weeks, but everyone agrees that the pattern is that there’s no pattern. From one day to the next, fish shift location, making Tuesday’s hotspot, Wednesdays “old news”.
Folks who are doing the best are moving frequently, mixing up their presentations and learning a mail run of good spots to visit.
Over the weekend, one of the local guides was fishing the lake and found Walleye, Perch and Crappie in a ... Read >> Bowstring Lake Fishing Report

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Fish ED New Episode; Find Mid-Summer Weed Bound Crappies July 25, 2016

"According to conventional wisdom, Crappies suspend in Deep water during the heat of summer. While some slabs certainly do head for the abyss, other Crappies seek shelter in the shade of thick vegetation and as Jon shows us next, this weed bound bounty offers  some of the summers hottest Crappie action." View Video >> Mid-Summer Weed Bound Crappies

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report July 24, 2016 - Dodging the Dodgeable !!

For everybody who got nailed by the storms on Saturday, especially those of you who wound up with damage to property; I'm really sorry. I know what it's like and I feel the pain you're going through to get back up and running. But after 20 days of pouring gasoline into a generator to keep the lights on, I can honestly say that I'm happy that this particular storm gave us a break and slid by to the south.
Fishing will continue to improve because of it, and after a FEW days of relatively stable weather, I can already notice that it's been easier to pattern and catch fish than it was during our 3 week stretch of turbulent weather.
The added water has served to keep surface temperatures low. At 65 degrees, it seems like Walleye should ... Read >> Fishing Report July 24, 2016

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WIRED2fish; Walking Topwater Baits For Bass Tips: Basic to Advanced

How you fish walking topwater lures goes way beyond just walking the dog. Jason sheds light on how factors like varying speed, cadence, and proper equipment allow you to trigger and land more fish on this incredibly versatile lure. Learning how to walk the dog is the foundational skill of fishing walking baits, but you’d be missing out on a whole lot of ... Read >> Walking Topwater Baits For Bass

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, July 24, 2016 Four Seasons Resort;

"Northern fishing was front and center this week at the Four Seasons Resort. Our long-time guests said this was the best week of northern
fishing they ever had! Fish were caught on the deep weeds in 12-15 feet of water.
Trolling seemed to be the best way to catch them this week. Larger spoons was the preferred bait. Troll Devles by Eppinger was the clear ticket. Something flashy on sunny days, and darker ones on cloudy days. Casting was also effective catching pike this week.
Walleye fishing was more difficult with the warmer weather. Most of the walleye fishermen abandoned their quest and joined in the northern parade.
Perch are starting to show up in better numbers. Look for the outside edge of the deeper weeds and keep moving until you locate the larger perch.
We are starting to fill up our fall dates right now. If you are planning a fall trip, don't forget all of our cabins are 20% off after Labor Day. Fall fishing should be outstanding this year". Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Q&A Walleye Fishing Best Practices; Releasing the Releasable? July 22, 2016

Kurt Grobe wrote; “Jeff, I was just on a Walleye website and had a disagreement with another fisherman.
Every study I've EVER seen says that the fish that should be RELEASED are between 19-23 inches. He says ALL fish over 22 should be RELEASED. Everything I have read says above 23 the eggs are no good. Am I misinformed?
A) Kurt, this is one of those arguments that nobody ever really “wins”.
There's some room for interpretation about which Walleyes should be, or should not be released. That’s because the ... Read >> Walleye Catch and Release Best Practices

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report Jeff Sundin, July 21, 2016 - Adjusting To The Adjustable?

Options for Walleye purists have narrowed as stormy weather and muggy conditions persist in North Central Minnesota.
With surface temperatures now ranging between 70 and 75 degrees, Panfish and Bass provide a lot more entertainment and for me, the mixed bag, weedline bite would be more than enough to satisfy my inner angler for the rest of the summer.
Unfortunately, my fishing customers prefer Walleye over action and so the best way to describe my recent fishing trips is to say that some days are better than others. Under the right circumstances Walleye fishing has been fairly good.
On Sunday, strong winds and overcast skies helped contribute limits of Walleyes to the bags of fishermen during the 2016 “Daikin Fisharoo” on Lake Winnie. The next morning, fishing on the ... Read >> Fishing Report July 21, 2016

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Fish ED New Episode; Find Great Pike Fishing Close To Home July 19, 2016

"Lakes that provide great Pike fishing don’t happen by accident. The right combination of food, habitat and protection from fishing pressure are critical for producing Pike measuring from the 30’s well into the magical 40 inch range. In this Fish ED episode, Jon Thelen outlines a fool-proof process for finding the best Pike lakes in your local area." View Video >> Great Pike Fishing Close To Home

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From Lake Winnibigoshish, Bowen Lodge Fishing Report July 18, 2016

"Coming up with encouraging words for fishing guests was trickier than usual last week. Stormy, windy weather and constantly changing conditions made dialing in reliable patterns difficult, even for the seasoned pros who fish the lake.
Fortunately, a more stable weather pattern has emerged and guests are finding their way back to better fishing.
Walleyes on Lake Winnie are settling into deep weed patches, and mid-summer trolling patterns are producing fish. The ultra-reliable Little Joe spinner tipped with either a fathead minnow or ½ piece of night crawler produced very well for fishermen on the lake this Sunday.
Covering water fast, most anglers use the spinners to help reveal the location of the best schools of fish. Once they know where there are good numbers, they can tighten the ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 18

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Grand Rapids Fishing Report July 17, 2016 - Lake Pokegama, Grand Rapids Walleye Shootout

Would you call the Walleye fishing on Pokegama Lake a tough bite? I think you could say so, especially when 52 out of 100 really good Walleye fishing teams wind up with zeros in their weight columns.
Winning the Grand Rapids Walleye Shootout wasn’t easy for Tim Bymark and Chris Marinucci, of Grand Rapids, MN. Win it they did though and with a respectable, albeit lower than average weight of 19.79 pounds. That proves the point that no matter how tough fishing is, there’s always somebody who figures out how to ... Read >> Grand Rapids Walleye Shootout

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson July 15, 2016;

"It seems that anglers in the Edge of the Wilderness area have been held hostage the last several days by what else…the weather. Thunder storms have made their appearance almost daily for the past week. It seems these crazy weather patterns almost always happen on my days off. It’s getting so commonplace that folks are calling the store to get my days off so they can plan when not to go fishing. For several days before last weekend, the Walleye bite was ... Learn More >> Marcell Area Fishing Report July 15, 2016

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report Jeff Sundin, July 15, 2016 - The Pursuit of Mr. Big

The weather forecast promises to give us a perfect day for the Lund and Mercury test ride event on Pokegama Lake tomorrow, Saturday July 16.
This is your chance to get in and take a test drive in one of the top new boats in Lund's lineup. On hand, we'll have the new 1875 Bass, the 219 Pro V, the 208 Tyee Glass, the 1875 Crossover and of course, I will be there to give you a personal tour and test ride of my own 208 Pro V GL.
The event will be held from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and it's free, all you have to do is show up. Here's a map that will lead you straight to us at >> The Tioga Beach on Pokegama

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Lund Boat and Mercury Outboard ride and test event Saturday July 16, 2016 at the Tioga Beach on Lake Pokegama from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" July 19, 2016 - Fishing Report; Grand Rapids Walleye Shootout

Another GRAHA Walleye Shootout tournament, on lovely Pokegama Lake, is now in the books and what a day it was. Tournament partner, Andy Walsh, and I struggled to catch fish during the pre-fishing days but still managed to boat a few fish, very few. My first day of pre-fishing, going solo, had me going ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines "Grand Rapids Walleye Shootout"

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

"The walleye fishing was good to very good this past week.
We experienced a smaller than normal mayfly hatch. Most of the structure in the south half of the lake were unaffected by the bugs. This made for some good fishing for walleyes.
The fish have started to relate to the weeds as well as the main lake structure. Spinners and crawlers seem to be the ... Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" July 12, 2016 - Fishing Report

"Well, that’s it. Another AIM Walleye Series tournament is in the books. Last Sunday’s event was held on Otter Tail Lake, Otter Tail county, and I must say I’m certainly enjoying learning new waters this season.
Andy Walsh and I had what seems to be our “normal” poor pre-fishing but came off the lake with somewhat respectable results, placing 16th out of 76 teams. Coming up next is the popular GRAHA Walleye Shootout on Pokegama Lake this weekend, followed up by the AIM championship on Lake of the Woods in late August. We’re anxiously looking forward to both.
It was my first visit to the Otter Tail area and I was pleased with my findings. What a beautiful area! I could see myself living in the Battle Lake area. It’s just that cool and has a special flavor to it. Also, did you know that Otter Tail county has more lakes than ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines July 12, 2016"

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report Jeff Sundin, July 13, 2016 - Rock The Boat, Don't Rock The Boat ...

That song entered my mind more than a few times this week as super gusty winds have stirred the surface water's to a froth. Luckily, I have a good boat and this week, it's paying for itself in triplicate!
Despite Mother Nature's best effort to muddy the waters, we've managed to get on (and off) of the lakes without incident and except for the day that we spent riding out the freak windstorm on Winnibigoshish, fishing has been good enough to ... Read >> Fishing Report July 13, 2016

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NEW!! Fish ED Internet Video; "As water temperatures warm, Walleye anglers find themselves at a technical crossroads between traditional early-season presentations like Lindy Rigs and Jigs or faster moving baits like spinners and crankbaits. Jon shows us how to crack the transitional code with a revolutionary hybrid fishing system. Learn >> How To Catch Transition Walleye Using Hybrid Baits" July 11, 2016 image links to fishing video

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report Jeff Sundin, July 11, 2016 - Catching Up On The Catchable!

Running on impulse power, but running; beats the heck out of not running at all.
Life is beginning to "normalize" as we enter day 6 without electricity since last Tuesday, when a whopper storm knocked down a dozen of my trees and ripped out my power lines.
Fishing, believe it or not, has generally been good; albeit scrambled between daily episodes of changing weather patterns.
By this time tomorrow, I'll be catching up on what's happening for me, but first, here are updates about what my friends have been doing on the water this week.

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge July 11, 2016;

"This past week has gone to mostly down rigging. We have been trying to get a bait bite going in the mornings but Trolling is hot right now. We have been trolling in a couple different spots depending on the weather but both are producing.
It seems the walleye are feeding heavy on the Tulipee so white baits have been working well. The walleye are moving a little each day so we move a little more north each day. Right now we are in about 33 feet of water.
Looking ahead at this week’s weather temps seem steady in the mid 70’s. Thunderstorms Tuesday evening with rain likely on Wednesday. Most the week is looking dry and warm." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Captain Donn Larson; July 11, 2016

"Don from Missouri with a 27.75 inch walleye caught on a number 5 shad rap "purple descent " downriging is hot in 34 feet of water between zipple bay and long point, the jig bite had slowed down. Spinne fishing is good even as close as the lighthouse gap, don't be afraid to get shallow, with the tight winds fish on spinners as shallow as 8 feet! Tight Lines!" - Captain Donn Larson (763) 516-0845

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report Jeff Sundin, July 8, 2016 - Repairing The Repairable

Good Morning!! Still struggling with the after affects of the storm that knocked down my trees and took out my power.
There's a crew looking into getting me back up and running, hopefully soon.
In the meantime, we are still on the water, fishing the fishable and capturing images from every fishing trip.
Thank you for your patience, we will be back up and running in the very near future image of fish smiley.

 

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image links to wired2fish How GMAN, Gerald Swindle Configures His Electronics July 4, 2016

"GMAN is a HUGE proponent of electronics, so much that he's fearful of an angler rigged with the latest and greatest over guys that oversee their importance. Regardless of your sonar allegiance, here's some good guidance on setting up your screes with mapping, sonar, down imaging, and side imaging to reveal insights that others miss. View Video >> How GMAN Configures His Electronics

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge July 4, 2016;

"This past week our charters have covered more ground, or water actually. So far the 4th of July weekend has provided great weather and we are looking forward to the festivities today.
There have been no drastic changes to the fishing patterns, although we are seeing the mid-day and afternoon bites slowing down. Trolling always seems to produce better during those times and so far the efforts of the guides have proved that to be true. Our charters have been spread out across the lake covering many of reef and sand areas throughout. The forecast shows we touch into the 80’s this week and still lows in the 50’s overnight." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report Jeff Sundin, July 4, 2016 - Happy Indepencence Day !!

For anybody who knows me, you'll probably recall that you don't usually get much of a fishing report over the 4th of July weekend.
That's because I use this holiday, the birth date of my lovely, gracious and intelligent daughter as an excuse for a little bit of time off.
Don't worry though, I do have an Upper Red Lake Report in the can for Tuesday and we may even wind up with a fishing report today; if we actually decide to put the boat in the water and fish.
No matter what fireworks the Independence Day holiday brings you, I hope that they are as warm, sweet and loving as these 24 Independence days have brought me!! Happy Birthday Annalee!!

 

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, July 3, 2016 Four Seasons Resort;

"The walleye fishing was fairly reliable this week. When the wind blew it was really good. Most of the fish were caught on the deeper structures and main lake bars. Rigs with leeches was the favorite bait. Some spinners and crawlers are working at times. The jig and minnow bite for walleyes has subsided a bit. Mostly getting northerns and perch on the minnows now.
The perch are here today and ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report

image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort July 3, 2016

"Just days before the 4th of July and Spring like conditions persist on Ball Club Lake with the surface temperatures still in the mid to low 60’s.
Cloudy, windy days has kept the lake on the cool side for this time of year.
The effect to the fishing can be noted by the fact that the most productive bite is still in only around 12 feet for Walleye, Perch and Northern in and on the edge of the weed lines. Lindy rigged crawlers and leeches trolled or drifted less than a mile an hour have been working well for Walleye." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson July 3, 2016

"It’s been a long wait but the summer Walleye and Crappie bite is on! Both species are in the weeds and on the edges in 6 to 13ft of water. The lake I fish the most, is one of those deep clear water lakes that are quite numerous in this area and finding the Crappies or getting the Walleye to bite has been very frustrating…. that is until last Monday. It appears the fish have ... Read >> Frontier Sports Report July 3

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Okay, so you're not going fishing today, but you're thinking about getting out of the house. Here's an idea; "Anyone with a 2016 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo baseball cap through a special Minnesota Twins ticket offer."
Today's game with the Texas Rangers is the first one of 4 eligible games and you can get all of the details at >> Minnesota Twins Free Hat Offer

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Captain Donn Larson; July 1, 2016

"Water temperatures are in the 66 to 71 degree range on the surface. We experienced a major "bug" hatch this past week, fish are still catchable you just have to be persistent and patient.
For me jigging a frozen shiner minnow in 26 to 28 feet of water is best, spinners are working and some are down-rigging. The south shore is ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report July 1

 

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux, Eagle Nest Lodge July 1, 2016

"Walleye fishing has still been good, with up days and down days, of course. Lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers on breaks and humps have been the way to go. People are catching decent northerns, too, in the weed beds. Our first mayfly hatch is just about done. Surface temps are getting close to 70." Bryan Harris, Eagle Nest Lodge 218-246-8701

NEW!! Fish ED Internet Season; "How To Catch Cold Front Walleye" June 30, 2016

"Cold fronts are the bane of Midwestern Walleye anglers, capable of killing a hot bite overnight. But these rapid weather changes don't have to ruin your day. Jon Thelen and fellow guide Mike Christianson share top-secret tactical adjustments for catching “tough-bite” cold front Walleyes." View Fish ED >> How To Catch Cold Front Walleye

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image links to wired2fish The Best Video Ever On Keeping Bass (and other fish) Alive In Your Livewell

"We hate to see bass (or any fish) perish in a livewell when it can be easily avoided with a little forethought and effort. Alabama guide and professional angler Jon Henry has only lost 1 or 2 bass in more than 20 years of tournament fishing because he takes his livewell management so seriously. Here is a very thorough video on fish care in your livewells, especially during the summer months, to ensure you make it to the ..." Read >> Keeping Fish Alive In Your Livewell

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report Jeff Sundin, June 30, 2016 - A Relaxing Day on the Lake

Typical of the two most laid back men that I know, their fishing demands were very strict and Scott told me in no uncertain terms; “we want to do whatever you want to do”. I decided that we should go back to the lake I fished on Tuesday and experiment a little bit, try to expand on the patterns I already knew about.
At the landing, I was surprised to see that the surface temperature had fallen since Tuesday. When we left the lake that evening, it was about 67 degrees, but on Wednesday, 64 degrees was the warmest I found during the morning. By late afternoon, the temperature warmed up again and we observed temperatures ranging between 66 and 69 degrees. Those are cool temperatures for the 4th of July weekend, but they were warm enough to encourage fish to be fairly active.
On our way out to the first spot, we rigged up for ... Read >> Fishing Report June 30, 2016

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image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort June 28, 2016;

"Bowstring has been one destination lake of choice for lots of anglers this season. The blend of Walleye, Perch and Pike has provided lots of action and for folks who sort them down, really nice bags of quality, eating size fish too.
Our guests, along with visitors from around the area enjoyed fabulous mixed bag of Perch, Pike and Walleye fishing in the ... Read >> Bowstring Lake Fishing Report June 28

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report Jeff Sundin, June 29, 2016 - The Pursuit of Mr. Big; Refining the Refineable

An important detail about yesterday’s fishing trip was that we had a goal; we understood that the pursuit Mr. Big was more important than re-visiting familiar territory searching for “eaters”.
In our case, the fish we wanted to catch had to be over 20 inches. That’s because in some circles, you are running the risk of being “shamed” if you catch and release a slot-fish and it is not longer than 20 inches. That “boat rule” was light hearted and fun, in my opinion, it added to the enjoyment of the afternoon.
Along the way, I realized something else, I can see how anybody could fish every day for thirty some years and never get tired of doing it. It’s because you never get the fish figured out, not completely anyway.
Yesterday I said; “Clear water, flighty Walleye and high blue skies are liable to provide me with ... Read >> Fishing Report June 29

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report Jeff Sundin, June 28, 2016 - Stabilizing Patterns For Independence Day?

Northern Minnesota weather over the past few days has made fishing interesting to say the least. There’s been some sort of change in the pattern every day and I can’t recall the last time we’ve enjoyed two days of similar weather in a row.
The crazy weather hasn’t stopped the fishing action; in fact some anglers have found isolated local bites that are exceptional. I talked with a friend of mine on Friday who described the Walleye fishing on his favorite lake as “Stupid Good”. An email message from another friend just last night says; “My week up at Winnie flew by.  Fishing was great both in Cutfoot and ... Read >> Fishing Report June 28, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux, Eagle Nest Lodge June 28, 2016;

"Walleye fishing has been good throughout the spring and early summer. Now, with surface temps in Cutfoot at 67.5 and Winnie at 66 degrees, the bite has moved to Lindy or spinner rigs using leeches or crawlers on the humps and breaks. Our folks have also been getting some nice panfish in the weed beds. And the northerns have been aggressive! It has been windy and a little stormy, which has made a few days tougher than others. But for the most part, folks are catching enough to eat and take some home! We don't have much room on the 4th, but do have openings next week." Bryan Harris, Eagle Nest Lodge 218-246-8701

image of bowen lodge logo Lake Winnibigoshish, Bowen Lodge; Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 27, 2016

"Early summer peak fishing patterns are emerging on Lake Winnie. Although, there are still some great shoreline bites going on is shallow water, these are weather dependent, when the wind blows, fish are being caught.
Typical of summer patterns though, calm conditions call for different strategies, requiring a shift to deep water structures.
Surface water temperatures have reached into the high 60's now, minnows are moving away from shall water and toward deep weeds and mid-lake marl, where insect hatches occur. There has not been a major bug hatch, but small hatches of midge, fish flies and othe small bugs have ... read >> Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report

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

"Blessed. Yes, that’s what I am. Every once in a while, I have to just sit back and look at the whole picture. Quite unbelievable it is.
First off, let’s start with the fishing and all other outdoor activities available to us in this magnificent Minnesota “North Country”. Itasca county offers over 1,000 lakes to choose from and I’ve certainly done more than my duty in trying to fish them all. However, at last count, I was only at around ... " Read >> Greg's Guidelines June 27, 2016

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge June 27, 2016;

"Our charters are continuing the same fishing patterns they have been in the last couple of weeks. Typically, they are going north, around Bridges and Garden Islands or further. There have been some days closer to Zippel Bay and yesterday some spent just outside the Lighthouse Gap doing really good in 14 feet of water along Pine Island. We are hearing solid reports of large schools in the middle of the lake from 28-32 feet of water.
Anchored with a jig or drifting with spinners are the go to methods right now. Normal Lake of the Woods colors have provided the greatest action, of course gold and or yellow almost always do the best. Note: There are still detours in Baudette, traffic is diverted south of town. The impact is minimal unless you really need to be on main street in town." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Grand Rapids Fishing Report June 25, 2016 - Summer Peak Walleye Fishing

Knowing the weather forecast of sunshine and calm seas, I'm not sure that I would have planned the past two days of fishing for myself. But my trips aren't always planned around what I think is best, sometimes folks wanna do what they wanna do. Luckily, the fish do occasionally help out, at least a little bit.
You already know that searching for Mr. Big is a passion of mine and since I’ve been lucky enough to share that passion with lots of people, some of them have been bitten by the “Big Fish Bug” too. That’s why I spent my last two days probing the waters of Grand Rapids’ 2 best big fish lakes ... Read >> Grand Rapids Fishing Report June 25, 2016

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

"We had a great week of fishing at the Four Seasons!  Lake Winnie was in fine form for our guests this week.  Believe it or not, the only species that was hard to find were the perch.   I'm not talking about the 7-9" perch that are always biting, but the desirable ones in the 9" plus category.
Walleye fishing was outstanding.  Most of the guests were using Lindy type rigs with leeches on the main lake structures.  It was easy to find fish, but they wouldn't always bite.  If you waited them out, there would be a feeding frenzy and the action was fast and... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report

image links to horseshoe resort Cass Lake Cass Lake, Horseshoe Resort Fishing Report June 24, 2016

"Low light is the name of the game on Cass Lake right now. It really won’t make a difference how you accomplish it;" says veteran guide Chad Benson.
“Whether you fish early morning, late evening or during overcast weather, take advantage of good opportunities when they arise.”
Cass Lake’s water is super clear this season and that’s the reason that Benson is so adamant about targeting Walleye during ... Read >> Cass Lake Fishing Report

image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort June 24, 2016

"Recent storms with strong winds have kept many of the smaller boats and others who are not comfortable with a rough ride off the lake this past week.
Surface temperature on the lake has been hovering in the upper 60’s and the cabbage weed lines are growing fast, other than that conditions haven’t really changed much this past week.
The most notable change in the fishing pattern has been with the Walleye bite. Anglers are having more and more success with crawlers and spinners than in previous weeks. The fish remain relatively shallow in 12 feet, but this will change as the water warms up.
Perch and Northerns are both actively feeding during the day light hours in up to 12 feet of water." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

Wired2Fish; Beat the Summer Heat with Shallow Flipping and Pitching - DAVID A. BROWN

Gary Klein is a legendary flipper and pitcher in bass fishing and he shares his proven tips for summer bass in the shallow thick stuff.
An avid hunter and long-range marksman, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Gary Klein’s all about making that perfect shot — a principle that also guides his shallow water game. During summer’s swelter, targeted bait presentations are critical and, for his money, nothing more quickly defines this than ... Read Story >> Shallow Flipping and Pitching

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson June 24, 2016;

"Fishing in the area has been slowly getting better, despite the strange weather interruptions that have been so common during this month of June.
Crappies are being caught in water depths ranging from four to twelve feet. It appears that some Crappies have not spawned. Anglers are reporting catching fish still holding eggs. Whether they will spawn or not is anybody’s guess.
Bass fishing has been excellent with wacky worms, dark spinner baits seem to be Bass anglers top, go to lures. Top water baits like the LIVE TARGET frog have been producing plenty of action as well.
Walleye have been... Read >> Marcell Area Fish Report June 24, 2016

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Lake Winnibigoshish, Bowen Lodge; Bowen Lodge, Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 23, 2016

On Winnibigoshish, Walleye, Perch and Northern Pike are establishing summer residency in the deep weeds, while the vegetation in Cutfoot Sioux holds good numbers of Crappie with bonus Walleye and Pike in the mix.
On the surface, weather conditions may remind us of springtime, but below the water, summertime fishing patterns are emerging. Although the surface water temperatures remain cool, locked in at around 65 degrees, the lake's submerged vegetation is growing deep and green.
Walleye fishermen continue to find fish hanging around, shallow water where early summer patterns remain effective. Jigging the shallow weedline, rock piles and shoreline breaks still works, especially on ... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 23, 2016

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Jeff Sundin; image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort June 22, 2016

"When I stopped in to pay my launch fee at Gus' Place Resort on Tuesday, Gus said as long as you're here, you might as well write my fishing report for me; so I am.
We were looking for a place to dodge at least some of the wind that was predicted to blow. My crew and I were hoping that Ball Club Lake would be manageable, but still serve up enough of “something” to satisfy our hunger for a shore lunch. Walleye are nice, but so are Crappie, Perch or Pike and Ball Club is capable of providing good action for any or all of them; we didn’t care all that much.
Our first stop was at “The Crappie Hole” and I ... Read >> Fishing Report June 22, 2016

 

NEW!! Fish ED Internet Season; "Shallow Water, Pre-Spawn Bluegill" June 22, 2016

"When the frantic action of the bluegills early-season feeding frenzy fades, most panfish fans focus their efforts on predictable spawning areas. But as Fish ED's Jon Thelen shows us, setting your sights on staging areas will help you get a jump on the action before bluegill hit the beds." View Fish ED >> Shallow Water, Pre-Spawn Bluegill

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake Winnibigoshish, The Pines Resort; "The walleyes are biting were you find em, which means, some are on the sand and weed flats in 10 to 11 feet, some are along the break in the river channel in 16 to 20 feet, and some are along the edges of the mid lake bars in 14 to 22 feet. Right now anglers are split between jigs and minnows, and a live bait rig with a leech.
Northern pike are active along the north shore in 9 to 14 feet, and they seem to like orange or red. - We have openings for the week of the 4th, give us a call, Pines Resort, 218-246-8546

 

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Photo courtesy MN DNR: Cindy Pawlowski of Frazee with the record lake sturgeon on the Rainy River

Same day, different rivers: Catfish and sturgeon are first records; New MN Catch & Release Categories

"Two anglers had a big day May 8 when they reeled in, measured, photographed and released huge fish – one caught a lake sturgeon, the other a flathead catfish – leading both to set the first catch-and-release records in an expanded Minnesota state record fish program.
The new catch-and-release length records are for muskellunge, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish and require anglers to measure and take a photograph of the fish before releasing it." Read More >> C & R Guidelines Application Forms

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" June 21, 2016 - Fishing Report

I think summer is finally here. Fish are biting well and by that I mean all species. I just may have to go musky fishing a time or two, something I haven’t done in years. Every once in a while, I fall off the wagon and feel the urge to cast my brains out for these big teasers. Actually, I’d rather just sit back, put my feet up, and troll for them. It’s a lot easier but hard to do when fish are hanging tight to or deep in the cabbage weeds. Oh I suppose a few casts can be made for old time’s sake.
I fished for these things quite a bit back in the day and even competed in the pro circuit one year, traveling across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Brian Griffith, formerly of Deer River, was my ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines June 21, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Jeff Sundin; Solving the Solvable and bagging the baggable -Fishing Report June 21, 2016

"We found small schools of Walleye located on the upper edges of both Sugar Bar and the River Bar. Key depths were 14 to 17 feet of water found along the upper edges of the drop offs and even on top of the large flats adjacent to them.
A ¼ ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a minnow caught a few of the fish, the others were caught Lindy Rigging with ½ ounce No Snagg sinkers, 6 foot leaders and night crawlers. I think that the jigs bagged most of the ... Read >> Fishing Report June 21, 2016

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Father's Day, 2016 Four Seasons Resort;

"This week offered some tough conditions for our guests. The wind seemed to switch daily and it blew hard from each direction. The fishing was limited by the wind and that hampered efforts to catch fish. Walleyes are holding to the structure in the lake when the wind is lighter. Make sure you pay close attention to the ...Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge June 20, 2016;

"Deep water fishing provided the best results for the MTT the last couple of days. Congratulations to all who competed! For our charters we have been fishing mostly around shorelines. The weather played a big part in success this past week with a strong storm Friday morning. Most anglers did not get out until noon on Friday due to the storm, it is rare but does happen.
We have been anchoring and jigging and depending on the winds drifting with spinners. Hammered silver jigs have been a great one to have. Our guides have been using leeches and frozen bait.
We have our 2016 fall rates available on our website, feel free to give us a call, we would gladly help in getting your fall trip booked.
More June weather predicted for the week ahead, thunderstorms and or clear with highs toward 80 and lows in the 50’s" - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Captain Donn Larson; June 20, 2016

"Despite the unsettled weather walleyes are in the bite. Deep jigging with frozen shiners , spinner fishing shallow water 8-20 feet all three live bait options leeches, crawlers, and minnows are working check each day for the hottest bait! Down rigging also productive just out off the light house gap in 27-29 feet of water. Going north to island country is still best for the spinner and jigging!" Captain Donn Larson (763) 516-0845

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Grand Rapids Fishing Report June 17, 2016 - Cabbage Patch Crappies

Yesterday I wrote; "I'm hoping for a lucky break that will lead me to some Crappies. It's been a couple of weeks since I've entertained any Crappie fishermen, so it could be interesting."
Well, it turned out that for me, stopping into the old reliable “Cabbage Patch” delivered the lucky break that we needed. The Crappies did show up and they ... Read >> Grand Rapids Area Fishing Report June 17, 2016

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"After spending Tuesday, day 1 of 3, in hot pursuit of Walleyes on Lake Winnie, mixed bag fishing was on our radar screen for Wednesday.
Perch, Walleye and Pike continued to inhabit the shallow weeds and jig and minnow presentations allowed us to gather enough for the evening fish fry, along with topping off the crew's take home larder of Walleye.
Now we're on day 3 and I'm hoping for a lucky break that will lead me to ... Read >> Fishing Report June 16, 2016

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Lake Winnibigoshish, Bowen Lodge June 16, 2016;

"The weather has dished out some challenges for our fishing guests this week. But despite the turmoil caused by rapidly changing conditions, fishing continues to be good.
Water temperatures on the lake remain cool, maintaining a narrow range between 61 and 64 degrees. This is especially interesting for our guests because it presents them with a wide variety of locations and fishing presentations that will them to their evening fish fries.
For the moment, you can count on YOUR favorite presentation to produce some Walleyes both for the table and for your photo albums.
Following the lead of some of our favorite fishing guides, we’re mixing it up and working the ... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 16, 2016

image links to horseshoe resort Cass Lake Cass Lake Horseshoe Resort June 15, 2016 - Clark Heitmann;

"We're looking forward to the weather settling back down, so the Walleyes can get back on track. Walleye fishing was really pretty good prior to the storms that rumbled across the Cass Lake area on Sunday. Since then, it's been tricky to find a good bite.
Summer locations like points and inside turns on the main bars have remained reliable. Mid-lake humps have been producing fish too, not too deep though; key depths are still 14-20 feet. Yesterday afternoon, some Walleye were caught in 18 feet of water, and deeper.
Night fishing with crankbaits produced a few overnight and as warner, more stable weather arrives, action after dark will become increasingly reluable.
The surface water temperature is about 67 degrees and Crappies seem to be done spawning. Now there Bluegill and Sunfish inhabiting the shorelines and they are getting more active.
We can't reccomend Perch fishing right now, the better fish have been hard to come by, so we think focusing on Walleye and Panfish is a better game plan. There are also a few nice Pike coming as well." Clark Heitmann - Horseshoe Resort on Cass Lake.

 

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Fish ED New Video June 15, 2016 - Crankbait Walleyes On Upper Red Lake

When Walleye focus on eating a particular type of baitfish, choosing your lures that match the color, shape and profile of the forage can be critical to success. Fish ED's John Thelen shows us how to match the hatch and catch more fish when shiners are on the menu. View Video >> Crankbait Walleyes On Upper Red Lake 6-15-16

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin "Saying Goodbye to Maisie" Jeff Sundin, June 15, 2016

"For anybody who knows me, you probably recall that my use of the word "perfect" is set aside for extremely rare occasions. Today I'm using it though because our dog Maisie was perfect, at least she was perfect for us.
Happily, it was a short run to heaven and if I know her, the first stop she made was to re-visit Dr. Bob's snow covered Pheasant Field, she liked that one the best; I think."

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Walleye Gardening, Post Storm Fishing - Jeff Sundin Fishing Report, June 14, 2016

Yesterday I ended my report with these words; “I’m not a gloom and doom guy, but I do know what I know, even when I don’t like it. As the storms move out of the area today and sunshine settles over calmer seas, my guess is that the fish that fed heavily yesterday are gonna feel like taking a nap today.”
Well, the report about Monday’s fishing trip could go either way, one way would be all about struggling to catch tough, post thunderstorm Walleyes under sunny skies, on mid-lake structure. Or the other way could be all about catching a nice mixed bag of Perch, Walleye and Pike in ... Read >> Jeff Sundin Fishing Report, June 14, 2016

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" June 14, 2016 - Leech Lake Walleye Report

"Our first spot, accidently stumbled across the day before by Justin Bailey, allowed us to catch four fish in fifteen minutes on Saturday morning. It was an area often over-looked by most and one that Bailey had found while on a guide trip.
Trying to put some novice anglers on a good northern pike bite, they started out casting crank baits over the weeds and within minutes has several nice walleyes in the boat, with one of them being a fine 28” fish. Realizing what he had found, they switched to jigs and minnows and went on to catch 16 ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines June 14, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Tricky Timing For Walleye and "What's Bugging Me?" Jeff Sundin Fishing Report, June 13, 2016

"With thunderstorms and lighting rumbling over the Itasca Area on Sunday, the timing for catching Walleyes was tricky.
We had just pulled onto a main lake bar, dropped our lines in the water and caught our first fish, a healthy 19 inch "slot Walleye" when our trip was interrupted, almost before it got started by a line of ... Read >> Fishing Report June 13, 2016

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"A nice mornings catch for two Gus' Place customers from Indiana who found Walleyes on Ball Club Lake. The fish were located in 12 feet of water, on the humps, looking for leeches & live minnows with a slow presentation, anchored." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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

"We are starting to see action in some shallower water on the sand bars. All sizes are being caught drifting with spinners, crawlers and leeches are being used. Drifting from 8-15 feet has been good. There is still a strong jig bite on the reefs.
Each day has brought different weather which has been the deciding factor of where to go and what method to apply.
We have our 2016 fall rates available on our website, feel free to give us a call, we would gladly help in getting your fall trip booked.
More of the same forecast in the week ahead, sunny with chance of thunderstorms. Wind changing every day. Highs in the 70’s and lows to 50’s." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes link to fish rapper articleDeer River Area, Brian Castellano , June 13, 2016;

"On the evening of the 10th, my daughter Savanna, my friend Danny Curtiss, and I tried our luck with those chunky Pokegama pike. While they fished heavy duty lindy rigs with creek chubs, I ran a bottom bouncer, spinner, and pork crawler set up. We targeted the 17-30' depths. They put several pike in the boat and had a few ..." Read >> Brian Castellano Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, June 12, 2016 Four Seasons Resort;

"The fishing this week was very good for our guests. Most of them were fishing for fish. They were open to whatever would bite, and they were not disappointed. The ones who were happy with perch were really happy! The perch were caught on the south shore breakline in 14-16 feet using minnows. Many in the 12-13" range. They ate all they could and still went home with their limits of nice perch.
They were finding walleyes mixed in with the perch. They are also finding some nice northerns in the mix, as well.
For the hardcore walleye fishermen, the best results were fishing the main bars on the topside of the break. Fourteen to seventeen feet of water with jigs and minnows or rigs and leeches were the way to go.
There are some walleyes roaming the flats on their way to the deeper structures. Find the baitfish and the walleyes will be around these areas.
The fishing is moving into the early summer patterns right now. There are some golden opportunities to catch some really nice fish on Winnie. We have openings throughout the remaining month of June. So check your calendar and give us a call." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort.

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Sand Lake June 12, 2016 “Any way the wind blows, doesn’t really matter …”

“Any way the wind blows, doesn’t really matter …”
To me, it looks like Freddie was right; as long as there’s a wind blowing, the Walleye’s will cooperate.
For the past few years, we’ve been talking more and more about Itasca area lakes becoming clearer and their Walleye populations becoming more sensitive to sunshine and calm seas. On Sand Lake this Saturday, we were treated to yet another side by side comparison that drove that point even deeper.
I’d read the weather report and the forecast of calm seas and sunny skies served to make my drive a long one. I knew that the day would be challenging and I was racking my brain for ideas that I hadn’t thought of before, new hiding places where I could scratch out some fish for my crew, the Hinzman’s.
When I arrived at the lake, the surprises were plentiful and pleasant. First, there was a ... Read >> Fishing Report June 12, 2016

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Family Traditions, 3 Generations Of Skoglunds On "Home Water" Bowstring Lake June 11, 2016

It doesn't happen right away, but if you spend enough years as a fishing guide, sooner or later, you’re gonna realize that there's a point when your relationships with "customers" undergoes a metamorphosis. There are families who grow up fishing with you, take you in as one of their own and let you be yourself whenever you’re with them. The Skoglund’s are one of the families that ... Read >> Fishing Report June 11, 2016

 

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image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort June 10, 2016

"Recent cool weather around 60 degrees, high winds, night time temps in the low 40’s along with a very prolific May Fly hatch has temporarily taken the wind out of the sails of the great Spring bite on the lake the last few weeks on Ball Club Lake.
Crappie are being observed feeding on the surface and not hitting Anything that doesn’t look like a May Fly. If you know anybody who likes to fish with a Fly Rod, this is the time to dust it off and pack it in the boat.
Shiners are still in the spawning mood and as I mentioned last week. They are in big schools right along the shoreline. Find the schools and you will be in the company of some very, very large Walleye riding shotgun on the bait balls.
Pencil weeds and cat tails are now tall and green, but the lake bottom weeds are still scarce. All of the preferred game fish are still shallow and have not yet started to move deep; More next week" - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image denotes link to fish rapper article From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson June 10, 2016;

The hottest bite going on in this area right now seems to be Bass and Pike. A good number of Smallies over twenty inches were reported last weekend and throughout the week. Largemouth Bass are cooperating as well, with some big fish being caught, most of which were released. People out after Sunfish have been doing very well and a just a reminder, please ... Read >> Marcell Area Fishing Report

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wired 2 fish Summer Tree Trimming for Suspending Bass - DAVID A. BROWN

Brent Ehrler and Brandon Palaniuk share some great tips for fishing for and catching bass out of deep trees in the summer. Tree houses hold a special place in many of our summer memories. Trees can house many bass in the summer, as well, especially on clear lakes; but it’s less about imagined pirate lairs and secret handshakes and more about the habitat preferences found in deep wood.
Emergent, or fully submerged, summer bass favor flooded trees. Bassmaster Elite Series pro Brent Ehrler is partial to the deep trees found in ... Learn More >> Summer Tree Trimming for Suspending Bass

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Captain Donn Larson; June 10, 2016

"Fishing on Lake of the Woods is solid for both deep and shallow water Walleye. Anchor and jig fish using frozen shiners in 26 to 34 feet or move into shallow water ranging between 12-18 feet for spinner fishing. With the walleyes already active and eating leeches on spinners, try the reefs igging and sand shoreline areas for spinner fishing. Areas like Zipple bay or Pine Island on the south shore, garden and little Oak Island up north." - Captain Donn Larson (763) 516-0845

image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister; June 10, 2016

"What a week of fishing! Things are in full swing all over the state; my travels included Grand Rapids, Park Rapids, Alexandria and Fergus Falls. All have excellent fishing opportunities happening right now. We were chasing smallmouth and largemouth bass in the depth of 2 to 6 feet using tube jigs or a live leech on a black 1/8 oz. jig.  The smallmouth bass were found on ... Read >> Josh Hagemeister Fish Report June 10, 2016

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image links to bowen lodge website Lake Winnibigoshish, Bowen Lodge Fishing Report June 9, 2016

"Most of the Walleye anglers at the resort are continuing to pursue fish in shallow water and as long as the weather cooperates, fishing remains good.
We’ve learned to expect slower Walleye action during periods of calm, sunny weather and recently, we’ve written a lot about fishing on breezy days. Don’t forget though, Walleyes are active at twilight and during the early morning hours too, even on calm days.
Earlier this week, Scott Gerling Caught a nice limit of keeper size Walleye, and landed a 26" trophy while he was at it. It was ... Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report

image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A June 8, 2016 From Rod Heidemann - Cabbage Weeds, Walleyes, and Big Waves;

Referencing the fishing report of June 2, 2016, Rod Heidemann wrote;  “Hi Jeff; So when you are fishing the shallow water,  6 to 8 feet, how do you position the boat & present the jig so that you are not spooking fish? Are you drifting with a drift sock, backtrolling, anchored?” A) Rod, Fishing in and around Cabbage Weeds encompasses a lot of different scenarios. Over the years, I've used all of the methods that you mentioned, but on this particular occasion, the wind was ... Read >> Fishing Cabbage For Walleyes June 8, 2016

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Wired2Fish Flipping and Pitching Bullet Weight Selection June 8, 2016

"Fisherman new to Texas Rig or general flipping and pitching presentations. If you fish soft plastics around cover, you need a good stock of bullet weights, but selecting the proper weight requires some analysis. Elite Series pro and 2016 Bassmaster Classic Runner-up Jason Christie provides some great ... Learn More >> Flipping and Pitching Bullet Weight Selection

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort June 7, 2016

"I "had to" go fishing yesterday. I made up my mind to fish like it was 1993!
We were looking for walleyes only, so I took them out like I used to take out fishermen in 1993. My plan was to fish on the main bars only. Fish with lindy rigs and leeches. It worked for a while, we had a nice bunch of keeper size walleyes along with some in the slot. But when the northwest wind kicked up to 20-25 mph, I had to change tactics. 
We went up north and fished on one of my favorite spots in the ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report June 7, 2016

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (June 7, 2016) - Leech Lake Walleye Tournament

I’ve spent most of my fishing time chasing walleye this year and that is mainly due to the AIM Pro Walleye Series that Andy Walsh and I are signed up for. We’ve competed in two of them and have that many more to go before the championship on Lake of the Woods in August.
Our next event will be on one of my favorite bodies of water, Leech Lake, this coming Sunday. My brother, Joel, and I did a little pre-fishing last week and found some very nice fish ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines June 6, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Quality vs Quantity; Can You Have Your Walleye and Eat It Too? Fishing Report June 7, 2016

If you do more than a little bit of fishing in the Itasca Area, then I’m sure that you’ve already noticed; selecting a fishing lake that does not have a “protected slot” for Walleye provides no assurance that you will catch and harvest larger fish. In fact, it is a darn good way to ensure catching little fish, ones that are smaller than any slot size anyway.
Conversely, heading for a lake that does have a “protected slot” for Walleye is a great way to find and catch large fish. The problem is that there may not be very many that are legal to harvest.
That should tell you something, and I believe we should all be willing to ... Read >> Fishing Report June 7, 2016

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Catching the Catchable - Bass, Walleye and Sunfish; Fishing Report June 6, 2016

Surface temperatures are moving backward; at least that’s been my observation over the past few days. By Sunday, the Mercury had settled back into the 59 to 62 degree range and from the fishing point of view, that’s been a mixed blessing.
It’s been good because I, along with many of my customers really like to fish with the jig and minnow presentations that are popular during spring and the cool water has helped extend the jig and minnow bite. Insect hatches have been minimal too, and that’s been good because it’s ... Read >> Fishing Report June 6, 2016

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge May June 6, 2016; "Our guides have spent most of the week north of Garden Island around Little Oak, there have been great reports around the 9 footer. Also, there have been great reports off of Pine Island from 18 to 28 feet of water.
Our charters are anchoring while using a jig tipped with a minnow. Mostly frozen shiners but we are still using fatheads and leeches too. Gold jigs seem to work well in the morning but switching to solid colors in the afternoon.
We have our 2016 fall rates available on our website, feel free to give us a call, we would gladly help in getting your fall trip booked.
Typical June, rain forecasted more often than not. The week ahead shows temps mostly between 60 and 80 with the wind doing a 360-degree swing throughout the week. As always we plan for the best and take what comes.". - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Captain Donn Larson; June 5, 2016

"Just got up (to Lake of the Woods) last Thursday. Three guide trips so far, most of the charters are running north and doing well, I have been staying south getting nice Sauger and Walleyes, including about six "slot fish" per trip.
I have been jigging around the Arnesen reefs at the mud-rock transition around 30 to 35 feet of water using frozen shiners and 3/8 ounce jigs; gold being the best color! Tight lines!" - Captain Donn Larson (763) 516-0845

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image links to horseshoe resort Cass Lake Cass Lake, Horseshoe Resort Fishing Report June 3, 2016

"Wind and grey sky is perfect Walleye weather on Cass Lake and recently, we’ve had both; but there’s been enough sunshine to warm the water too. Surface water temperatures range from 62 to 65 degrees and that has triggered some summertime Walleye patterns.
Right now on Cass, live bait rigs tipped primarily with leeches appear to be the ticket. Some fishermen are still jigging and there are a few anglers dabbling with ... Read >> Cass Lake Fishing Report

image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort June 3, 2016

""It was a very busy Memorial weekend at the resort, in fact we even ran out of dock space for a short time. Most of the action was centered on the Crappie bite, they were in shallow at 4 feet. Since then the Crappie action has fallen off considerably and the bite has slowed down.
We also saw some mighty nice Walleye taken with live bait on ... Read >> Ball Club Lake Fishing Report June 3, 2016

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image links to bowen lodge website Lake Winnibigoshish, Bowen Lodge Fishing Report June 3, 2016

"Despite challenging high winds and isolated bursts of heavy rain the Bowen Lodge fishermen did well. Several boats that trailered over to the third River landing and bravely made their way out to Mallard were rewarded with limits of walleyes.
The fish were aggressive hitting jigs with spot tail shiners. We are definitely nearing the end of our shiner runs and will need to switch to Golden shiner, rainbows, or fat heads. The mid lake structures have already produced fish and will continually improve each day. Leeches and rigs will be the preferred presentation as water temperatures rise." Bill Heig, Bowen Lodge

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Soaking the Soakable, Day 3 of "Fun with Dick and Paul" - Fishing Report June 4, 2016

For me, it's been an exceptionally interesting few days, especially the time spent "behind the scenes" on the phone and the computer. Most of my correspondence wouldn’t matter to anyone except for a handful of my closest friends, but some one of these days, I’ll figure out how to write it up and we’ll all get a good laugh together. Right now, I’m pressed for time, so I’ll cut to the chase about fishing.
On Thursday, weather conditions were perfect for fishing on ... Read >> Fishing Report June 4, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Upper Red Lake, Steve Brasel, Bear Paw Guide Service; June 3, 2016

"Fishing has been outstanding !! Lots of satisfied fisherman.
Fish the first break in 6 feet of water, shiners have produced better than flatheads but lots of reports of leeches and crawlers picking up fish also. Walleyes have been the fish of choice but crappie have been mixed in also in the shallow water. The big pike will start showing up in a couple of weeks. Most people are anchoring up and jigging , some are using slip bobbers. If you like to be on the move crank baits have caught there share also, shad raps size 5 shallow divers!
These walleyes will be shallow yet for a couple more weeks !" - Steve Brasel, Bear Paw Guide Service 218-647-8562

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Managing the Manageable on Day 1 of "Fun with Dick and Paul" - Fishing Report June 2, 2016

Today’s report may seem a bit “industrial”, especially on the “Fun with Dick and Paul, spring trip”, but it should be. It reflects the nature of fishing over the past couple of days.
It can be awful easy to find a calm spot, hunker down and hope for the best, especially with waves splashing over the gunnels. Winning the battle has required extra discipline, a stricter focus on finding fresh spots and constantly moving to avoid being trapped by complacency.
Following the weather forecast was tricky on Wednesday; we’d listened and knew that eventually, west winds would churn the waves on Itasca area lakes. But first, there was supposed to be a morning of lighter, southeast wind that could have made Leech Lake fishable for a while.
We high-tailed it to Sugar Point Resort, where we’d ... Read >> Fishing Report June 2, 2016

Wired2Fish: Pros Pick 1 Lure to Catch a Giant Bass

"Whoever catches the biggest bass in the 2016 Toyota Texas Fest wins a Toyota Tundra, so the anglers are putting in a lot of effort to find the biggest bite possible. The pro angler that catches the biggest bass of the three-day Toyota Texas Fest event on Lake Ray Roberts in North Texas will win a Toyota Tundra. And while practice reports were tough, the field of 38 best-in-the-world bass pros are very aware of the giant largemouth that ... Read >> Pros Pick 1 Lure to Catch a Giant Bass

 

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image links to bowen lodge website Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report May 31, 2016

Walleye fishing over the Memorial Day weekend remained good, especially for folks who explored fresh territory.
Typical of most holidays, crowds gathered in areas where the apparent “hot bites” were happening. For many, the strategy worked well enough; for most of our guests, there were plenty of fish to go around.
Memorial Day weekend is typically a pivotal time on Winnie though; fish begin mass migrations toward fresh feeding territory as water temperatures warm. Over the weekend, anglers who got a step ahead of the crowds really found some awesome fishing. One group of five reported catching a full, five man limit of keeper size Walleye on Sunday alone.
For the moment, most of the action is taking place in ... Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report May 31

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Summer Cold Front, Thunderstorms Cause Walleye Slow Down - Fishing Report June 1, 2016

On Tuesday, Mother Nature caused an interruption in the excellent fishing that helped make the Memorial Day weekend memorable.
A series of thunderstorms, accompanied by a serious drop in air temperatures and an “all day soaker” forced Sun worshipers out of their shorts and back into rain suits, hoodies and waterproof boots. I watched surface water temperatures fall throughout the day on Tuesday, beginning at ... Read >> Fishing Report June 1, 2016

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort May 31, 2016;

"The walleye fishing continues to be very reliable. Jig and minnow combination is the bait of choice. We are starting to see some fish taken on leeches, as well. The same spots are producing fish for our guests. Don't be afraid to venture out on the shoreline drops.
Especially when it is calm. I fished with Captain Mark and we caught walleyes, northerns, and some very large jumbo perch. This was accomplished in 19' of water off of the shoreline drop. Look for the clouds of baitfish and there will be fish there.
As I stated, the perch are starting to ... read >> Four Seasons Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin If Walleyes Are In Schools, When Do They Graduate? - Fishing Report May 28, 2016

For many, the graduation must have been recently, because we attended a graduation just yesterday, May 27; and from our vantage point, this Leech Lake Grad Party was a good one.
It's not all that often that I get to enjoy good fishing, say thank you and make up for a blooper all at the same time, but I did yesterday.
You might recall my recent story about Murphy’s Law and some of its corollaries; it was about one of those days when we ... Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Report May 28

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image denotes link to fish rapper article From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson May 27, 2016;

"For the last week or so, water temperatures seem to be the main topic among anglers in our area. The Edge of the Wilderness area has quite a few deep, cold water lakes and it is these lakes that are showing some reluctance as far as warming up is concerned. Temps in the high fifties and low sixties were encountered early last week. Since then, the temps dropped briefly in the middle of the week but have now started to climb into the sixties. The smaller shallow lakes have had panfish in the... Read >> Frontier Sports Report May 27, 2016

image links to horseshoe resort Cass Lake Cass Lake, Horseshoe Resort May 26, 2016

Warmer water temperatures have triggered springtime Walleye action on Cass Lake. Clark Heitmann reported surface temperatures reaching the mid 60 degree range during the warm up. Temperatures slipped back a few degrees with the arrival of Wednesday’s cold front, but will rebound quickly as the front passes.
Cass Lake fishing guide Chad Benson says that Walleyes have been cooperative during low light periods. Cloudy, breezy days, late evenings or early mornings are productive, but both Heitmann and Benson caution anglers to ... Read >> Cass Lake Fishing Report

 

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image links to bowen lodge website Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report May 27, 2016

"With two weeks of the walleye fishing season behind us, it’s safe to say that most of our guests have been going home really happy.
Walleye action has been very good this spring; there are lots of Northern Pike too. Perch have been more evasive, but when we find them, the average size has been good.  
Last year we talked a lot about clear water conditions and rules of thumb for anglers to follow if they wanted to ... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report May 27, 2016

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image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort May 26, 2016

"In the last few days the surface temperature on Ball Club Lake has really warmed up hitting 60 degrees or more.
The warm water has kicked off a great multi-species bite that Ball Club Lake in known for.
Most of the action is in 10-15 feet of water with live bait and slip bobbers for Perch, Crappie & Walleye on the south end.
Some anglers are moving around for the Northern drifting and trolling live sucker minnows and spinners.
A strong bite should continue for some time with a little variation as the barometer fluctuates. As the water continues to warm up the fish will go deeper. I will keep posting changes as the weeks go by." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image denotes link to Pines Resort on Lake Winnie Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort May 26, 2016

"The walleyes are being caught in 8 to 16 feet of water on shoreline breaks that have scattered weed starting to appear on them. The key has been to get your presentation a long ways away from the boat . This means going to a 1/8 or 1/16 ounce jig, or a 1/8 weight if you are using a live bait rig.The best time are when the wind is blowing, or in the evening between 7 and 10 PM. We still have openings for memorial weekend, so give us a call at 1-800-342-1552 to get in on the action" Contact The Pines Resort for lodging on Lake Winnibigoshish .

image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister; May 26, 2016

"Still doing a lot of Crappie trips. Central Minnesota lakes are just about done with the easy spring crappie fishing while the north central part of the state is in full swing with fish spawning as we speak—many of them done and males sitting on or near the nests. Kids love catching those big black males!. Northern Pike are on a rampage ever where. Find yourself a weedy flat in that 6-10 ft range or fish the first break down to 15 ft or so using a 1/8 oz chartreuse jig and a minnow and get ready for action—bring extras because they will bite off some baits. Walleye are hitting on everything. Leeches and shiners are still they best but if you are finding fish off shore or main lake away from the masses of shiners, they will take a night crawler nicely. Im finding them in all depths—ranging from 4 ft down to 25 ft depending on the lake and what stage it’s in, so keep a open mind when looking for the walleyes. Good Luck out there". - Capt josh Minnesota Fishing Guide Service 218-732-9919

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin For A Calm Experience, Choose Upper Red Lake - Fishing Report - May 25, 2016

Recently, both Lake Winnibigoshish and Leech Lake have provided anglers with plenty of good Walleye action. Cass Lake is warming up and beginning to rock and so are many of the smaller Walleye waters in the Itasca area. Still, when the forecast calls for calm water and sunny skies, it sends me running from these lakes like a scared puppy.
It should become easier to fool daytime Walleyes when more of them begin migrating onto off shore structure. But the water is clear right now and the bright sky doesn’t work for fish focused primarily on shallow, shoreline feeding areas.
So despite our strong desire to stay closer to home and avoid the long drive, I decided to beat the calm seas by cruising back to ... Read >> Fishing Report May 25, 2016

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort May 24, 2016;

"Today the shiners moved shallow! The walleyes were in the shallow water today and we caught them in 4-6' of water. Jigs and shiners were the ticket, as usual. As long as the wind was blowing hard from the southwest, all of the boats were catching fish. We were averaging one keeper to every four fish. Most of the slot fish were 20-23".
Some serious fun was had by all at the resort.
Once the sun came out and the wind stopped blowing, we had to move out to a little deeper water. Most of our action was 8-9'. The walleyes should continue to be strong through the upcoming holiday weekend.
I was informed today that we will not be getting any more shiner minnows from our bait dealer this season. So if you are coming this weekend and want to fish with shiners, you need to pick them up on the way. That is if you can find any. We will have fatheads, leeches, and worms available." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort.

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin "Following The Bait Shiner Supply For Memorial Day Weekend May 24, 2016

I was reminded by reading the report from Four Seasons Resort that Bill Powell at Fred's Bait Agrees; the "The Shiner Run" is on.
Ironically, today is also the day that the law requires bait dealers to remove their minnow traps from Lake Winnibigoshish. At least the DNR "in their generaousity", allowed us to trap through the weekend, said Powell.
Powell was optimistic that the suppy of Spottails at Fred's Bait will be sufficient to carry through the holiday weekend, after that? It will depend on how the weather affects spawning runs of minnows on smaller waters in the area.

Fresh in the door from another AIM Pro Walleye tournament, I’m plum tuckered out. Not only is it a grueling endeavor to be on the water for a full three days (honest), it’s also the five hour ride home when you’re through competing.
Andy Walsh and I struggled during our pre-fishing efforts on Friday and Saturday but finally put something together in the late going. It wasn’t much, in our book, but after catching a couple of larger fish, five and six pounds, figured it was our best chance to do anything at all in the event.
We ended up drawing boat number 52 out of a total field of 66 teams from across the Midwest. That put us in the second flight, which left 15 minutes later from the staging area on the south end of Big Stone Lake. We wondered. How many boats would be fishing on “our spot” by the time we got there?
The big lake was nice traveling on this morning, all 26 miles of it. Long and narrow, Big Stone offers plenty of fishing opportunities and not just for walleye. Throughout the three days there, we ended up catching ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines May 24, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin "Following The Bait, Follow Up" and Leech Lake, Upper Red Lake Fishing Report - May 23, 2016

Upper Red Lake Walleye fishing was better on Saturday than it was on our previous trip last Wednesday. I don't mean better in terms of "our catch", I mean that there were fish available in a wider variety of locations. It was easier to find a school of fish, they were more aggressive and there was a wider cross section of anglers hauling 'em in.
Surface temperatures have been slow to rise, but the water finally crossed the 60 degree mark before we left on Saturday afternoon. I think this, along with the calendar, have encouraged fish to move out of the rivers and begin filtering back onto main lake breaks.
You’ll recall what I’ve said before about being a lucky kid, so it was gratifying for me to see lots of families on the water, enjoying the fantastic weather. Especially gratifying, was watching most of them ... Read >> Fishing Report May 23, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge May 23, 2016; "Walleyes have been scattered and our charters have also. We have been from fishing in the river to past Knight Island and over to Zippel Bay. Each day has been different and the guides have been working hard to move around and locate the ones ready to bite.
Anchoring and jigging has been the primary method although some have started to drift spinners when the wind is right.
We have our 2016 fall rates available on our website, feel free to give us a call, we would gladly help in getting your fall trip booked.
Some rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast this week with highs into the 70’s. It has been warm and dry this past week". - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin May 22, 2016 Follow The Bait, Find The Fish; Easy Right?

I’ve always loved a good old fashioned “good news vs bad news scenario” and I have one for you today.
First, the good news; you can feel the food chains becoming active on Itasca Area Lakes. Insect hatches, Panfish moving into shallow water and baitfish, like Shiners are making spawning runs onto shallow, sandy flats and attracting Walleye, Perch and Crappie.
With surface water temperatures pushing their way toward 60 degrees, fish are both more active and found in a wider variety of locations.
Now the bad news; when predators like Walleye are chasing minnows, they can become ... Read >> Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 22, 2016

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image links to bowen lodge website Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report May 22, 2016 Migration to Mid-Lake?

With water temperatures just beginning to cross over the 60 degree mark, it's probably a little bit early to write off shallow water fishing on Lake Winnie. That's especially true until after the Shiner spawning runs are finished. But, there are some fish beginning to show up on mid-lake structure as well.
Some of our guests have been exploring the depths and ... read >> Bowen Lodge Fishing Update May 22, 2016

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

"This week the walleye fishing was quite good. The fish were scattered from shallow to the deeper breaklines. Jigs and rigs with shiner minnows is the best bait. We have been lucky enough to have shiners available to our guests this year. Hopefully, that will continue. If you are coming ..." Read More >> Four Seasons Fish Report

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W2F Smallmouth Bass On Super Light Tackle May 22, 2016

"George Liddle came to us with a technique he said we had to try. This was during the post-spawn for smallmouth, and he said all we were going to use was a simple presentation on super light tackle.
It was on Mille Lacs lake so we loaded up the Ranger and headed north with George. He hadn't exaggerated. The smallies were going off on a ..." View Video >> Smallmouth Bass On Super Light Tackle

image links to horseshoe resort Cass Lake Cass Lake Horseshoe Resort May 20, 2016 Cass Lake Fishing Report

"Clark Heitmann; We’re looking forward to the warm weekend ahead, anticipating that the rising water temperatures will help kick the daytime Walleye bite into high gear.
On Cass Lake, surface water temperatures were around 48 degrees on the fishing opener and the lake was super clear, I think it’s the clearest I can remember seeing.
During the week, surface water has risen into the 55-57 degree range on Cass Lake; Lake Andrusia and Kitchi are somewhat warmer.
For now, the best times to fish for Walleye are during ... Read >> Cass Lake Fishing Report

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image denotes link to fish rapper article From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson May 20, 2016;

"By now everyone has heard about or experienced the bad weather and poor success of this year’s opener. Snow greeted anxious anglers Saturday morning accompanied by gusty winds.
As for me, there wasn’t much in the way of fishing success to be had on Sunday so I dropped anchor and took photos of a flock of Pelicans that seemed to be catching a lot more fish than I was. The bad weather fortunately lasted only through my days off. By Tuesday things were shaping up and... Read >> Frontier Sports Fishing Report May 20, 2016

image denotes link to fish rapper article From The Alexandria - Ottertail area Capt Josh Hagemeister;

"Walleyes were caught last weekend as well as some huge crappies. Shallow depths for the walleyes –5-8 ft was the most productive depth we had. Dragging (not jigging) a 1/8 oz. green jig tipped with a shiner minnow was the best of the best. Sandy shoreline flats with a little weed on them was what we were looking as far as bottom. But the most important link was finding ... Read >> Capt Josh Haggemeister Fishing Report

 

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image denotes link to fish rapper articleQ&A May 20, 2016 Randy (last name witheld); "Jeff, I had to write you after your report on May 19.I follow your website every day and look forward to your reports, they help me pass the time during the work week in the concrete jungle.
We fished Red Lake on the opener and toughed it out. We found the pattern of light jigs and anchoring really early in the weekend and ended up having a great weekend despite the weather.
We have one guy in the group who refuses to ever take advice; "knows it all" and he usually gets out fished year after year.
This year was really bad, this boat refused to give up on trolling and they paid the price.
You made my day with that story. Thanks for the daily reports it helps us working stiffs get through the week!"

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin May 19, 2016 Best Presentation For Red Lake Walleye? When You're Right, You're Right!

If there's an undiscovered gene that makes one person more independent than another, then I believe that most anglers are born with it.
We're the sort of folks who like to think that we have things figured out; we like to think that "our way" works the best and more often than not, we can back it up with proof. This attribute by the way, is a fabulous one to ... Read >> Red Lake Fishing Report May 19, 2016

 

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image of Gus' Place Logo Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake (May 19, 2016);

"Not much more can be said about the crummy weather for opener weekend that hasn’t already been said. Mother Nature essentially put her thumb in the eye of opening weekend.
Ball Club Lake lost 4 degrees surface temperature, dropping back down to 44 degrees over the weekend.
High North-Northwest wind kept many fishermen off the lake. There were a few nice Perch taken, but the Walleye were mostly small male fish.
Several of our customers fished the Mississippi river to escape the wind and found the fishing pretty good.
The biting fish on Ball Club Lake are shallow in 2 to 8 feet and that is where the bait fish are.
As the water warms up the catching will steadily improve." Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

Wired2Fish - Introducing the Double Spoon Rig for Bass Fishing, Walker Smith

"Bass fishing flutter spoons are major producers throughout the summer months. As post-spawn bass make their way towards their deep, summertime haunts, these curved slabs of metal have a special way of fooling some of the biggest fish in a given fishery.
There are certain situations, however, in which the bass aren’t willing to ... Read >> Double Spoon Rig for Bass Fishing

 

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image links to bowen lodge website Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report May 18, 2016

"Our fishing opener at Bowen Lodge may have started off cold, but it was anything but dreary.
The fishing was very good, the majority of our guests discovered that Winnie’ population of eating size walleyes remains strong. Most groups that headed onto the big lake caught fish and many of our fishing groups filled their bag limits.
In addition to catching lots of eaters, there were numerous catch and release Walleyes in protected slot size too.
Knowing that the Walleye spawning runs had occurred a bit early, we expected to find fish on weedy flats, where they would be feeding on shiner minnows and that are just what happened. The best Walleye action occurred on the ... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report May 18, 2016

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin May 18, 2016 Walleye Fishing Upper Red Lake Report

On Upper Red Lake this Tuesday, surface temperatures ranged between 49 and 52° and for folks who are used to fishing the big lake, you know that it's typical for Walleye to start off slow in the morning when water is chilly. That’s how the morning began, our action was spotty as we poked around, moving from one gravel patch to another.
Whenever we encountered a small school of fish, we did pick them up one by though and for most Walleye fishermen, that’s good enough.
After lunch, sunshine had warmed water temperatures into the 52° - 53° range and now, we encountered small schools of much more aggressive fish. With action building as the lake warmed up, catching fish became easier and the action was good.
Comparing the walleye action to other seasons, I would rate yesterday as a ... read >> Upper Red Lake Report May 18, 2016

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (May 17, 2016) - Minnesota Fishing Opener

Another Minnesota fishing opener is in the books and what a weekend it was, making it one of the coldest on record. Never-the-less, anglers got out and made it happen.
My original plan to fish with Justin Bailey on Leech Lake went out the window when I looked over Saturday’s forecast. It wasn’t so much the cold temps but the strong winds that had me back-pedaling. So with some regret, and not a whole lot, I declined his offer.
Plans were made with my brother Joel, Friday evening, to just sleep in and take a look at the weather in the morning. We’d make a determination then on what species and where to ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines May 17, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin May 17, 2016 Walleye Fishing Leech Lake, Lessons In Humility; Again

Murphy’s Law, most everybody knows it; “What Can Go Wrong, Will Go Wrong”. Most folks even know a few of the corollaries to Murphy’s Law like; “The Hurrieder I Go, The Behinder I Get” or “Nothing Is Ever So Bad That It Can’t Be Made Worse”.
As the Chancellor at the University of Sunny Side Up, I AM duty bound to reject the dark side of Murphy’s Law, I do my best, I really do. But I have to admit, there’s one particular corollary that irks me, it’s this one; “The More I Want To Do Good, The More Challenges Mother Nature Tosses At Me”.  
If you think about it, we all have those occasions when somebody special is coming to town and we really want to show them a super good ... read >> Leech Lake Report May 17, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article From Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge; "If you have not already heard, yes it was a cold and windy opening day. Today is already better with lighter winds and a high temp of 55 predicted.
The reports have been mixed, most anglers stayed in the river or Four Mile Bay. While the temp came up and the wind decreased in the late afternoon the bite picked up.
Gold and yellow seemed to be the go to color yesterday.
We have our 2016 fall rates available on our website, feel free to give us a call, we would gladly help in getting your fall trip booked.
A great forecast ahead, clear days with highs into the 70’s for the week." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Walleye Fishing Leech Lake Steady As She Goes (May 16, 2016)

At 48 degrees, the morning air temperature was already a huge improvement over Saturday's weather. By comparison, it felt balmy by the time we launched the boat on Leech Lake.
Surface water was warmer than it was on Saturday too, even if it was only slightly. Now ranging between 49 and 52 degrees depending on where we stopped, I’m not sure that the water temperature by itself made any difference to the fish. I think it did matter to the baitfish though and that’s what helped us figure out ... Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Minnesota's Fishing Opener, Fish Warmer Than People? (May 15, 2016)

Not everybody agrees, but for many, fish were more cooperative than the weather and fish frying was a common theme among many of my friends.
For me and my crew, there wasn’t any rush to be the first ones to the landing. In fact we spent most of the morning hanging around the house, catching up on yard chores. Eventually though, we did come up with a plan and headed for Leech Lake.
At the landing, early arrivals, anglers who started their trips during the wee hours, had already wrapped up and left the lake. That allowed us multiple choices of ... Read >> Fishing Opener Report May 15, 2016

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort May 15, 2016

"The day started off with temperatures below freezing.  That didn't deter our hearty anglers as they set out to chase the wily walleye. 
The morning never saw a temperature above 35 degrees as the sun hid behind the clouds.  The fish were in no mood to bite at that time, either.
As the clouds disappeared, and the sun began to shine, the fish became more hospitable.  We had some very nice catches of walleyes below the 18" slot.  Most of the fish were caught in the afternoon and evening. 
The temperature never rose above 45, but the sun made it feel like a real heatwave!  With winds hovering around 15-20 mph and higher gusts, it made for a challenging day on the water.
Those that toughed it out found the fish cooperative if they were patient.  The temperature dropped last night and the fish went deeper.
Most of the better action was found on the 12-15' break.  Jigs and minnows was the preferred bait.
There were some nice perch and northern caught today, as well.  Adam Nowlan from Grand Rapids, MI caught and released a 34" northern.
The north shore of Winnie and the west shore saw the most action for our guests.  There were many smiles as they approached the fish cleaning house with their catches for the day.  I can smell the fillets frying as we speak.
For the conditions we had, I thought the fishing was quite good.  We saw a lot of walleyes in the 14-15" range.  As the weather warms up, the fishing will only get better.  If you are thinking about making a trip up north, Winnie should be at the top of your list.  We are going to have a great spring walleye bite.  We still have cabins available for Memorial Weekend.  Check your calendar and give us a call." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort.

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Minnesota's Walleye Fishing Opener Is Here!! (May 14, 2016)

I won't be working too hard at fishing today, but I'll be out there. Watch for an update as soon as we view the vieawable and catchable! OH, by the way ... Good Luck, Be Safe, Stay Warm and Have Fun!! image of fish smiley

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Minnesota's Best Kept Walleye Fishing Secret? (May 13, 2016)

Relaxed, maybe too relaxed for a Minnesota resort owner with only two days left before the Walleye fishing opener. That’s what an observer could say about Clark Heitmann, 17 year owner of the Horseshoe Resort on Cass Lake.
When I hooked up with him on Thursday, his docks were in, the boats were parked and Heitmann was relaxed, awaiting the arrival of his first Walleye fishing guest of the 2016 season. When I apologized for barging in during the countdown to the opener, he said; “Hey, if we’re not ready by now, we’re never gonna be ready.”
One reason for Heitmann’ s calm, confident demeanor stems from knowing that he’s sitting on the north shore of what he calls; “Minnesota’s best kept Walleye fishing ... Read >> Cass Lake Reports May 13, 2016

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Adjusting To The Adjustable; Opening Weekend (May 12, 2016)

It could be worse, so I'm not complaining, in fact I'm really optimistic about fishing this weekend. But I think the weather is gonna force a change of my original game plan for the Walleye opener.
Upper Red Lake was to be our destination, until I read that there will be a Northwest Wind at 10 to 15 MPH. I think my crew might be up for that challenge, but I'm not as tough as they are and I've already ... Read >> Fishing Report May 12, 2016

 

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Deer River Area Spottails, Fred's Bait, Cautiously Optimistic May 12, 2016

Lynne Powell at Fred's Bait says that they have a faily good supply of Spottails on hand for the opener. Shiner trapping has been hit and miss this week due to the cold water temperatures, but Powell added; "we are setting nets and getting some every day. We're hopefull that we'll have enough to last through the entire weekend, we're definitely working on it."
There's no risk of shortages of either Rainbows or Fatheads. These minnows ran strong and earlier this spring, making it easy to stock in good supplies. Inventories of Leeches and Night Crawlers are good too, so overall Fred's Bait is ready for a solid opener this season. >> Fred's Bait, Deer River

How and When to Use Scents in Crappie Fishing, by DAVID A. BROWN

"The use of scents and attractants can get anglers a lot more bites from crappie, especially in the warmer months.
Gels, pastes, smelly dyes, injections, and various other scents give the industrious crappie angler many options for tempting bites from reticent or pressured fish. Some swear by scents for crappie fishing, while others take a more situation-specific approach. Here are a few options and strategies for how and when to ... Learn More >> How and When to Use Scents in Crappie Fishing

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Walleye Fishing Tips and Tricks From The Pros May 12, 2016

The Walleye season has finally arrived in Minnesota and MinnKota has put together some tips that will help you catch more fish this weekend. Shallow Water Walleye, Early Weed Walleye, Scouting and more favorite ... >> Read MinnKota's Walleye Fishing Tips and Tricks From The Pros

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image links to bowen lodge website Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report: One Stop Shiners and Boat Launch On Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux This Weekend May 11, 2016

Walleye anglers heading for Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux for the fishing opener can save themselves an extra stop this Saturday.
“Our supply of Spottail Shiners is locked in for delivery and we’ll have plenty of them on hand for anglers who plan to fish the opener this weekend” Said Bill Heig at Bowen Lodge.
Heig adds; “There’s more good news this season too, water levels at the marina are great and we’ve got plenty of space to park your rig. That means you can stop by, pick up your bait and launch your boat right here at the lodge. We’ll be on hand at the ramp to help make getting your boat on the lake easy. “
There's more good news, the outlook for Walleye fishing this season is great. The strong 2013 year class of Walleyes is ... " Read >> Lake Winnie Walleye Fishing Forecast

image denotes link to fish rapper article Spottails In The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, May 11, 2016

Anglers heading north from Grand Rapids this weekend will be happy to know that Spottail Shiners are available in Marcel at Frontier Sports.
I talked with Paul Larson on Tuesday and he believes that he's got an ample supply of “Spots” to last for the weekend. In addition to shiners, they've also got a good assortment of Crappie Minnows, Fatheads light, medium and large Pike Suckers too. Lindy Riggers can get plenty of Leeches and Night Crawlers. Waxworms are stocked in for Panfish anglers.
Frontier Sports features a complete and fully stocked Sporting Goods department and Bait Shop, Gas, Grocery, Deli and Gift Shop. Frontier Sports is an authorized LIVE TARGET and SAVAGE GEAR dealer. Frontier Sports 218-832-3901 or Email .

 

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Spottail Shiner Supplies Likely To Hold Through Openeing Weekend (May 11, 2016)

Here we are, mid-week before the Walleye fishing opener and as usual, the most commonly asked question at every bait shop in Minnesota is; "You Got Shiners?"
I've been asking that question myself and compared to the past few openers, suppliers of live bait have been somewhat more optimistic about their inventories of Spottails for the opener.
I will be adding additional notes about bait supplies as they come in throughout the day, so be sure to check back for updates.
By the way, if you're a bait supplier, then this is your GOLD ENGRAVED INVITATION to let us know what your inventory looks like for the weekend. Shoot me an email and we will get your information into the list. image links to email

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (May 10, 2016) - Hanging Loose with Colt Anderson

Minnesota’s general fishing opener is finally here and it looks to be a good one, according to local fishing guide Colt Anderson. Colt, age 25, works with the Hang Loose Outdoors guide group, based out of Grand Rapids, and has been guiding for the past four years.
HLO features eight accomplished fishing guides that concentrate on all area waters with Pokegama Lake being a strong favorite. Trips are also offered on other popular waters such as ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines May 10, 2016

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Shallow Water Crappies, Bluegill; Findable But Skittish (May 10, 2016)

On Monday, I found a range of surface temperatures that started at 52° and rose to about 58° in the warmest, small bay I could find. According to most articles I've read, the fish should have been found in the warmest water, right? But they weren't, they were found where the water temperature was 55°.
Panfish were very particular about the neighborhoods that they hung out in, when I found shallow water + weeds + woody shoreline cover, and then I could find fish. Take away any one of those elements and I might as well have been fishing in my bathtub.
It can be frustrating when you see fee with your eyes, but can't get them to ... Read >> Fishing Report May 10, 2016

 

image denotes link to fish rapper article Reader Comments May 5, 2016 From Grant Ubl; Catching Early Pre-Spawn Crappies

On Wednesday, Grant Ubl wrote in response to our recent Q&A about catching Crappies before the spawning season; "Pre-spawn crappie location; Hard-bottom pencil reed areas are the target and the inside bends immediately adjacent to them. Having some wind blowing (soft-medium strength) in directly to the pocket are the key. They will be suspended over ... Read >> Ubl's Pre-Spawn Crappie Presentation

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Mother's Wacky Sense of Humor (May 9, 2016)

After a warm, sunny and generally wonderful Mother's Day Weekend, how could anybody not be optimistic about Minnesota's Walleye Fishing Opener?
Water temperatures in the Itasca area are now in the high 50 to low 60 degree range. The water is even warmer in central Minnesota and Crappies have begun spawning in many southern Minnesota waters.
In typical fashion, now that we are in the final stage of the final countdown, Mother Nature has decided to ... Read >> Fishing Report May 9, 2016

 

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Weekend Weather Ideal For Mother's Day Fishing Trip (May 6, 2016)

I can't recall any better times fishing with my mamma than on Mother's Day. Historically though, the weather has been less than ideal for fishing on Mother's Day itself.
That's why we asked for and received a special Sundin Family Only, proclamation from the Chancellor at SSU that Mother's Day now occurs during July, the warmest mid-summer month.
Looking at the forecast though, we just might have to make an exception this year. Oh I KNOW, this weekend is not the Walleye opener, but we can still fish for ... Read >> Mother's Day Free Fishing Weekend

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Fish ED TV Episode 204 Post Spawn Walleye + Lindy Rigging Summer Walleye

This week on Fish Ed TV, Host Jon Thelen chases both spring and summertime walleyes. First, Jon explores the reefs of Lake Winnebago then he employs the oldest of walleye tactics when he Lindy Rigs for big fish in Northern Minnesota.

 

image denotes link to fish rapper articleQ&A May 4, 2016 From Jesse Aultman; How To Catch Pre-Spawn Crappies During Daylight?

"Hey Jeff, I just read your May 1st Panfish post and article and have a follow up questions.
I found some nice crappies and bluegills last night (May 2), but up until sunset I swore it was the Dead Sea out there. Couldn't find them on the graph in deep or mid-depths, couldn't spot anything in shallow, and couldn’t buy a bite here or there. At sunset they revealed themselves by feeding at the ... Read Q&A, Pre-Spawn Crappies

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image of Gus' Place Logo Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake (May 4, 2016); "Hi everyone; The Northern Minnesota winter was longer than it needs to be, (as always) but not as cold as it can be. Ball Club lake had “Ice Off’ right on time @ around April 20th.
Last ice fishing season was very productive and travel conditions remained great throughout the winter season for customers who like to go out in pick-up trucks. The ice cap on the lake was almost 10 inches below average at around 22 inches total.
As we look toward the 2016 “Opener,” water levels are much better than last Spring when some resort owners on the river chain of lakes were in chest waders helping customers launch their boats.
Last Spring I published names and phone numbers the local hydrologists who are responsible for the draining of the Mississippi and its effect on local resorts and tourism business, as some of you may recall.
Last weekend the surface water temperature on Ball Club Lake was only 42 degrees. This week as the outside temps will be 80 near the end of the week the lake should be warming fast and enhance conditions for the 2016 Opener.
Last year was a phenomenal summer with the best multispecies fishing on Ball Club Lake I have seen in my 15 years here. This lake runs in 5 year cycles and I think 2016 will be very good on Ball Club Lake. As the summer weeks count down, I will be keeping you up to date!" - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Rainy River Sturgeon Report (May 3, 2016)

I remember grinning whenever Hannibal Smith wrapped up any weekly “A Team” adventure by saying “I Love It When a Plan Comes Together”.
It wouldn’t surprise me if that’s the way Matthias Norenberg felt after he wrapped up his weekend fishing adventure to the Rainy River.
Just imagine, his fishing buddies John Sundell and Joe Hendrickson were on their first ever Sturgeon fishing trip. They probably would have been thrilled to catch even one of these prehistoric powerhouses. But no, instead of an introductory fish or two, the group ... Read >> Rainy River Sturgeon Report May 3, 2016

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Lindy Walleye Demon Helps Standly's Rack Up Tournament Success May 3, 2016

Lindy’s new Wally Demon crankbait is already proving itself as a go-to walleye catcher in the tournament trenches. Over the past two weekends, Lindy pro-staffer Al Standly and teammate Bev Standly trolled up a win and third-place finish in walleye tournaments on the Upper Mississippi River’s Pools 3 and 4 by pulling Wally Demons.
“The Wally Demon’s rattles make a lot of racket, so walleyes know the bait is headed their way,” Al explained. “And the fish really like its quick, tight wobble.”
The Standlys placed ... Read More >> Walleye Tournament Success

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" (May 3, 2016) - AIM Walleye Tournament Report

"Now that was interesting; fun as well, but I’m glad it’s over and done with. What I speak of is the first of four AIM Pro Walleye weekend series events to be held in the Minnesota division.
It was definitely a learning experience and I’ll be the first to say I was ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines May 3, 2016

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 1, 2016 - "MAY" this be the "1st" Of New Weather Pattern?

I AM not the type of guy who dwells on the sighting of a black cloud when there are plenty of perfectly good silver linings to look at. So I've been doing my best to shrug off the nagging, cold Northeast winds that have been blowing for most of the past week. Even for me though, this pattern is getting old and I'm looking forward to a warm up.
It's beginning to look like Mother Nature "MAY" have a reward in mind and this time, I think she really means it. Today's forecast of calm seas, sunny skies and warm temperatures could be setting the stage for a more enthusiastic feeding run.
That's fantastic news because after what appreared to be Crappies on the verge of a solid feeding run this past Friday, the pattern ... Read >> Fishing Report May 1, 2016

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (5/1) From The Deer River Area, Brian Castellano says; "Amanda, Alaina, and I made our first open water trip of the season last Friday.  It was Alaina's first trip to "Papa's" old stomping grounds, the Prairie River, near La Prairie.  We were in pursuit of suckers and redhorse.
The fish were not going "gang busters" but we did ... Read >> Castellano Sucker Fishing Trip

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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

"Bill Lewis Outdoors continues to innovate and tweak their proven line-up and with the recent addition of the ECHO 1.75 they now have a go-to squarebill with that low knock sound. The Tiny Trap can work great for bass but also works well for crappie, bluegill and hybrid bass too. The Rat-L-Trap is a proven commodity and is always good to have on the deck this time of year.
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

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 19, 2016 - Weathering the Weatherable

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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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

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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

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"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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