image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 19, 2018 "Advising the Advisable"

image of diane and keith eberhardt with huge perch I'll explain tomorrow why today's photo doesn't match this report, but I only have time for one article this morning.
As I was doing my obligatory flip through of the social pages yesterday morning, I stumbled into a post from an angler who had recently visited Minnesota on a fishing trip.
He’d posted some words of wisdom about how he and his group found and caught walleyes despite being advised by numerous “inside sources” that the walleye bite had been too tough to tackle for most anglers in that area.
In a way, it felt like he was castigating bait store owners, guides and bloggers for giving bad advice about fishing. But at the same time, I picked up on a certain sense of humility about the way he ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 19, 2018

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" September 18, 2018

image of casey clusiau with walleye Fall is slowly trying to creep into the fishing scene. Water temps have been remaining in the 66º range, putting my “go to” crappie fishing lakes on hold, for the most part.
There are a few lakes producing panfish on a regular basis but most of them are just a tad too warm to get the fish moving to the deeper basins, where they are much easier to find.
I’ve been doing well on the walleyes, finding bigger, slot fish, in deeper water and “eaters” shallower, in 17’ or so. It all depends on what you’re looking for. I normally go for the bigger fish, not caring if I bring anything home. Many times, I head to the lake with no live bait at all. However, if I’m planning a fish fry, minnows will be brought along.
I can hardly wait for things to cool off, as the shallow walleye bite really takes off and most bait shops will ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines September 18, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 17, 2018 "Time Flies When You're Having Fun; With Dick and Paul"

image of dick williams with big pike The fall session of Fun with Dick and Paul, MMXVIII has concluded, illustrating that if you want to discover how fast time passes, just go fishing for a week.
The week was a memorable one, featuring great weather and lots of action, even though not a lot of it was provided by walleyes. For one reason or another, crappie, perch and pike were more than easy to come by; walleyes came only a few at a time.
There have been times when I could speculate the reasons for fish behavior and come up with a reasonable explanation why they do what they do. This week though, I’m not that smart. We fished shallow water, deep water and mid-range water depths too.  We fished on both large lakes and small lakes using a variety of proven presentations. In every case, we caught fish, but not very many of those fish ever came on any one presentation.
Take yesterday for example. Paul had the first known walleye strike of the morning while he was fishing with a jig and minnow along the breakline at a depth of 15 feet. Then I bagged a keeper size walleye by wiggle worming along the weeds in shallower water, about 8 feet deep. After that, we landed at least a ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 17, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 16, 2018 "Fun With Perch for Dick and Paul"

image of paul kautza with big perch I've been behind the curve with reports about "The fall session of Fun with Dick and Paul, MMXVIII".
On one hand, it’s been a busy week and on the other, there haven’t been many new developments in terms of how, where or what we’ve been doing to catch fish on the lakes. For the most part, everything we’ve done has been covered numerous times in recent reports.
Unlike their June trip when Lake Winnibigoshish was on fire for walleye fishing, pursuit of the Sander vitreus during this fall trip has been labor intensive. Crappie, Northern Pike and a smattering of perch had kept us occupied reasonably well, but going into day 4 on Saturday, I really felt like it was high time to ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 16, 2018

image links to news release News Release September 15, 2018 — Angler surveys show walleye overage can be paid back on Lake Mille Lacs

image links to news release "Lake Mille Lacs angler survey results show that state anglers have taken walleye at levels far enough under the state’s safe harvest allocation to pay back a harvest overage accumulated in 2016 and 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
The survey results through the end of August indicate catch rates were still quite good this summer, but were lower than last year.
DNR experts say the lower catch rates are consistent with reports from anglers of seeing more baitfish, as catch rates decline with increases in small-fish forage for bigger fish.
“It’s good news that walleye anglers had lots of success on Mille Lacs and that we were able to ..." Read >> Lake Mille Lacs Walleye Harvrest September 15, 2018

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish September 15, 2018 "Bass Caught in Alaska has DNR Asking Anglers to Remove All Bass"

image links to fishing article "The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking anglers to not only send any information about how a bass found its way into Alaskan waters but to also remove any bass they catch from said waterways.
It would be curious to know if this fish would be the state record bass in Alaska or if it is the first ever caught in the state. For sure it's the first they have heard of one being caught in Sand Lake.
It's likely ADF&G doesn't track records for "invasive" species but it would be interesting if more anglers tried to catch the bass out of the waterways if they thought they might ..." Learn More >> Alaska DNR Asking Anglers to Remove All Bass

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 14, 2018 "How Long Will Weed Patterns Continue To Produce Fish?"

image of little joe spinnerAfter spending another day watching masses of weeds float past my Pro V, I found myself wondering how many weeds have disappeared from lakes like Bowstring which have numerous shallow water flats. That’s because the presence of healthy vegetation will affect how long weedline fishing patterns will continue to produce fish.
It’s ironic how the timing of daily life works out because while I was pondering answers to that question, I received an email from my friend Erling Hommedahl who in preparation for his upcoming fishing trip, wrote; “We’re staying at Cut Foot Sioux Inn again this year and wonder if you would you please give us some ideas as what I should be picking up for jigs and spinners in the Lindy line? Color and weight would be helpful.”
Answering Erling’s question about spinners is directly related to ..." Read >> September 14, 2018 How Long Will Weed Patterns Continue To Produce Fish?

image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Cutfoot Sioux, Bowen Lodge Fishing Report September 13, 2018

image links to lake winnie and cutfoot sioux fishing report "It’s been a wild ride on the big lake this week, strong winds, combined with cooler water temperatures have forced a shift in location for baitfish and gamefish alike. Whitecaps turned some Cutfoot’s shallow weedy flats inside out too. Weed beds that were too thick to fish only a few weeks ago are thinning out and many of their former inhabitants are re-locating to deeper water.
Surface water temperatures were roughly 67 degrees on Wednesday and are not likely to go anywhere except down from here. As the temperatures decline, feeding activity definitely increases and it won’t be long before conditions become ideal. Over the years, we have seen some of the best fall fishing occur when ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Fishing Report September 13, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 12, 2018 "Watch Joe Pull A Walleye Out Of His Hat!"

image of Joe Stevens with big walleye There are some seriously nice people in this world and Joe Stevens is one of them. He’s inquisitive, patient, warm hearted and has no agenda other than making people happy. In fact, he’s probably already made you happy and you never even knew it. That’s because many of the most popular magicians in the world have perfected their skills and learned how to make you believe the un-believable through his business, the Stevens Magic Emporium.
Every time I’ve ever fished with Joe, he has mentioned two of his very good friends Ralph Carlson and Brian Titus. Well known in the Grand Rapids area and expert fishermen in their own right, Ralph and Brian have taken Joe under their wings and shared many a fishing trip with them. Joe wanted to do something special to return their favors, so he ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 12, 2018

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

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

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish September 11, 2018 "Abu Garcia Revo X Reel Giveaway"

image of fishing reelIt has been a few years ago now that Abu Garcia launched their Revo family of reels. Every year, new materials, new gear ratios and new features are introduced to their reel line up and the fishing world lines up to see and use them.
Durability, smooth operation, low profile and power are key ingredients in this family of reels and if you haven't had a chance to test one we want to give you that opportunity in our latest giveaway.
This time we are going to be giving away the Revo4 X. Eight bearings, 6.6:1 gear ratios for versatility and a lightweight 7.9 ounces makes this reel one that any angler would be proud to own.
Learn More and Enter >> Abu Garcia Revo X Reel Giveaway

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" September 11, 2018

image of Terry Wickstrom with nice walleye It’s that time of year again, for me anyway. Terry Wickstrom, my closest friend, is back in town for an annual visit for some fantastic fall fishing and a chance to touch base. Growing up in the Grand Rapids/Hibbing area, it’s always an opportunity for Terry to get back to his roots and enjoy the continual back-and-forth banter between us.
Terry’s been in the media limelight of the Rocky Mountains, ever since he made the move to the Denver area, many years ago. He’s retired, only recently, from his long-running television ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines September 11, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism September 11, 2018

image of guide and crew with big walleye "Incredible week of walleye fishing. Very strong walleye fishing continues as we transition into fall.
Limits of walleyes with big fish mixed in has been the norm. Crankbaits and still spinners with crawlers in main basin successful. 32-34 feet of water in Big Traverse Bay holding big numbers of walleyes and there are fish being caught all around Big Traverse Bay. Walleyes being caught as shallow as 2' and everywhere in between.
Shiners showing up at ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Update September 11, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 10, 2018 "Respecting the Respectable; Our Day on Cass Lake"

On my way to meet my fishing customers on Cass Lake, I stopped at Fred’s Bait in Deer River to get supplies for the day. Curious about whether or not there have been any reports, I asked Bill Powell what he’s heard. “Anglers that are over there pre-fishing for next week’s tournament are getting quite a few fish, but it doesn’t sound like many of them are getting big fish. Reports are that most folks are doing their best work using night crawlers”, Bill said.
I took Bills advice and bought some extra worms, but I know that the fish on Cass Lake can be fickle. Because I’ve learned from past mistakes, I wanted to make sure that bait wise, my bases were covered. So I added a pint of Large Fatheads, a couple of dozen Redtail Chubs and a handful of jigging baits. I already had packed what was left of my private stash of ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 10, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 9, 2018 "Late Start To Early Fall Fishing Patterns"

image of lori, lonnie and phil with mixed bag of fish I want to say that fall weather has produced hot fishing action and that the fall bite has begun, I really do. But, surface water temperatures have been stubborn over the past few days; I’ve seen readings as warm as 70 degrees, with the coolest personal observation of 67 degrees.
With the slow cool-down, the feeding preferences of fish in the cooler water lakes are changing a little bit. But in others, there’s no signal that fall fishing patterns have kicked in at all.  
The most notable departure from a “normal” fall fishing trip for the VA Nurse crew was the complete absence of any jigging presentations that we’ve relied on to catch fish in the past. Spinners tipped with fathead minnows replaced jigging for walleyes and while Crappies were present in deeper water, those fish ..." Read >> Late Start To Early Fall Fishing Patterns September 9, 2018

image links to fishrapper home page September 7, 2018 - "Tugsten Ice Lures, Select Colors and Sizes For Open Water"

image of crappie caught on lindy tungsten toad Q) On September 6, 2018 Dave Heck Wrote; “You wrote about the Lindy tungsten ice worm, bug and toad today and I was wondering if you would share with me the colors you find work the best? I like to have 4 to 5 of each color on hand and it starts to add up quickly when you're trying to cover all the sizes and colors. I hope you understand. Thanks Dave
A) Dave, Yes I do understand; nobody likes to stock up on fishing tackle that won’t serve the end goal of catching fish.
I have to be a little more prepared than most folks when it comes to the variety and amount of lures that I have on hand, so I have at least a couple of most colors and sizes. That said, I do have a short list of favorite colors and sizes that work very well for ..." Read >> Tugsten Ice Lures, Select Colors and Sizes For Open Water

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 6, 2018 "Early Fall Panfish Migrations, Understanding the Understandable"

At the fish cleaning shack yesterday afternoon, a 3 way conversation between my customer, me and an acquaintance of his went something like this; “We had trouble finding the bluegills today, but we got into some perch” Clem said.
I replied, “We didn’t have any trouble finding them, but they were finicky and tricky to hook. I’ll bet you must have tried fishing for them in the weeds today?” Clem replied; “yes, that’s where we found them yesterday, but they were not there today.”
That’s how fast it happens, one day they’re in there and the next day they are not. Fish that have inhabited the weedline for the better part of this past summer, made a mad dash for deeper water on the heels of a cold front that blew in overnight Tuesday.
The only reason I knew that is because like Clem, I had already ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 6, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 5, 2018 "Panfish Time?"

image of crappie on lindy ice worm So far, surface water temperatures have shown resistance to falling below the 68 to 69 degree range. But frost is mentioned in the forecast for tonight and that could easily send surface temps down another few degrees.
For now, weed growth remains healthy in most areas too, but cooler temperatures and shorter days are chipping away at some varieties of vegetation. As weeds begin to die off, small fish and minnows will be forced out of the shallowest portions of the weed flats. As the food supplies shift toward deeper weed edges and steep shoreline breaks, panfish along with predators like pike and walleye will begin showing up to ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 5, 2018

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" September 4, 2018

image of northern pike in net"It’s transition time and I’m liking it! All species, fish as well as game, are making their fall moves and for those that love the outdoors, it’s productive and exciting. Of course, the old saying “fall fishing is feast or famine” pretty much holds true, as there are days when it’s almost too easy to catch a bunch of fish, while the next day could offer a complete reversal of fortunes.
I’ve boated a few nice northern pike, recently, which tells me the water temps are dropping. Normally, you don’t see a lot of big fish during the warm months of summer but as it cools down, here they come and there’s good reason. They’re just following the “lunch wagon” around.
Spawning in mind, ciscoes (aka tullibees) venture closer to shore and shallower waters and top-of-the-line predators are usually not too far behind them. Larger northern pike and walleyes are chasing them around all season but ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines September 4, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism September 4, 2018

image of gary parsons with big walleye "Wow, what a great week of walleye fishing. With the NWT (National Walleye Tour) anglers prefishing for this week's championship, a lot of big fish pics on web. A mix of spinners & crawlers and crankbaits in main basin successful. 32-34 feet of water in Big Traverse Bay holding big numbers of walleyes. Best colors, brand and size varies based on angler.
Shiners showing up at mouth of Rainy River with some running up the Rainy River. Fish being caught along south shore. On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing "keep season" is open until Sept 30. Some walleyes entering river after shiners which are starting to come in. Last year, mid - late September started some excellent walleye fishing in ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Update September 4, 2018

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

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

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 3, 2018 "Enjoying the Enjoyable With Family and Friends"

image of the hippie chick with Mille Lacs walleye You know the old expression; "if you want something done right, you better do it yourself." I dare say that over the past 33 years, I've taken that advice to a whole new level. But, Sooner or later, it had to happen; there was no way that I could spend my entire life without anybody ever putting a leech on my hook for me.
That’s right, mark your calendar, September 2, 2018, Jeff Sundin sat in a boat and watched somebody bait his hook!
It all started when my friend and frequent fishing partner Jon Thelen invited the Hippie Chick and me to spend an afternoon at the lake with him and his wife Amy. The four of us were scheduled to relax, talk, eat and maybe if the weather was right, even go for a boat ride on Mille Lacs Lake. We took them up on the invitation and we’re glad that we ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 3, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report September 1, 2018 "Finding The Findable"

image of Laura and Tom with big crappies Activity on and around the lakes intensified late Friday afternoon as Labor Day vacationers began arriving at Itasca Area resorts. Soggy weather held many at bay, but we could see the campgrounds on Cutfoot Sioux filling up and there were waiting lines at some of the more popular gas stations.
Crappie fishing, a popular fall pursuit on both Cutfoot and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes was obviously on the minds of most anglers who were fishing yesterday. Many of the more reliable Crappie locations had boats on them and for me; it was tricky to find a “fresh school” of fish.
“Before we run out on the big lake, let’s just try one more spot, an offbeat little bay where crappies sometimes ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 1, 2018

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, September 1, 2018 Four Seasons Resort

"There is not much new to report on the walleye fishing front. They are still being caught in the normal ways. Most of our guest have been targeting the more "catchable" fish, which are northerns and perch. The walleyes that have been coming in have been caught on jigs and minnows while fishing for the previously mentioned fish.
Most of the perch are coming from the flats adjacent to the deeper water. Some key areas are from Richards Townsite boat landing all the way to the River Mouth. The flat between Raven's Point and Mallard is a ..." Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report September 1, 2018

image of jeff sundinThere have been a lot of calls and emails lately from readers asking for one sort of advice or another. I’m doing my best to keep up and at the same time, attempting to prioritize the list. Since the “busy season” is in full swing, my office time is limited. So if you’ve dropped me a line and haven’t received a reply, I apologize, I will get the stack cleared up eventually, so please bear with me.
I’m usually checking messages during the wee hours of early morning, so my schedule tends to favor emails rather than phone calls. Also, I do offer The Early Bird Insider’s News List, an “opt-in” email list that I routinely use for ..." Learn More >> Contacting The Contactable

WCCO "Best of Minnesota" Fishing Guide Update 2018

Best of MN Fishing Guide Jeff SundinOn Friday I wrote; "It is unbelievably heartwarming to know how much support I received from my family, my friends, my fishing customers and my readers. It is so amazing to have you all in my corner that I can’t even find words to express myself."
Well today you can take that statement and multiply it by 100! Since the video aired last night, I've received so many messages, filled with so many kind words it's hard to know what to say except Thank You!!
I promised to share a link for anybody who missed seeing the newscast on WCCO, or for folks who live outside the Twin Cities broadcast area. Enjoy the broadcast and again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart! View Video >> "Best Of Minnesota" Fishing Guide WCCO TV

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

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

image links to fishrapper home page April 9, 2018 - Can We Comapare Walleye Spawning During 2013 vs 2018?

image of cutfoot sioux walleye egg harvest "Q) Alan Kirkpatrick wrote; "Do you happen to remember back to the spring of 2013 and what the dates were for the walleye egg harvest at Little Cutfoot? I am trying to make some comparison to this year's late spring and what will be happening up there, someday soon, I hope.
I do realize the length of days for the run, and their stripping operation greatly depends on the given weather conditions of each year, but I'm just looking for a starting date when things got rolling back then. Thanks for your thoughts and time."
A) Alan, as a matter fact I do remember that spring and recall that the dates for the walleye egg harvest at Cutfoot Sioux didn’t begin until well in May of 2013. I checked my own reports from that spring and found this one, dated May 13, 2013; “Surface water temperatures hovered at about 45 degrees today, warm enough to trigger a full scale spawning run. In fact, within one day of ..." Read >> Can We Comapare Walleye Spawning During 2013 vs 2018?

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

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

"Walleyes Get Hotter when the Sun Goes Down on Lake Winnibigoshish!" - Tom Crosby March 21, 2018

image of boats on dark lake If you can’t catch walleyes during the day, fish ‘em at night”. These are the words of Captain Ron Hunter, legendary fishing guide and former owner of Judd’s resort on Lake Winnie.
He said this more as a jab at our fishing ability than as advice. Well, Captain Ron never has much problem catching them during the day, but admittedly it’s getting tougher and tougher.
Lake Winnibigoshish was known for years as a gentleman’s lake. Most days the fish bit from 8-4. You’d come in, clean your fish and be ready for happy hour by 5:00.
Over the last 7 years I’ve probably spent an average 75 days on the lake fishing and trying to pattern the walleyes and perch of Winnie. These days, the lake is changing and so are the habits of “Ole Marble Eyes”. Read Article >> Walleyes Get Hotter when the Sun Goes Down on Lake Winnibigoshish!

New Video Outdoor Bound TV "Lake Winnie Pike Fishing and Feast"

image links to fishing videoNorthern Pike are abundant and fishing for pike on Lake Winnie is awesome! In this video Jeff Sundin and Bill Heig show you how to catch the perfect eating size fish. Then back at the lodge, you'll learn how to remove the Y Bones from a pike and get a free lesson on how to cook blackened pike, Jeff Sundin style.
Kurt Walbeck wrote; "Please join us as Outdoor Bound TV travels to famous Lake Winnibigoshish in northern Minnesota for a little Northern Pike action with our friend Bill Heig of Bowen Lodge and long time friend & guide, Jeff Sundin." View Video >> Outdoor Bound TV Pike Fishing Lake Winnie

image links to fishrapper home page March 11, 2018 - "Does The Cutfoot Sioux Egg Harvest Hurt Winnie?"

Q) "On March 9, 2018 Ralph Zobjeck wrote; "After reading this (Will Winnie Walleyes Make A Comeback?) I have to ask. Why is this lake and her smaller connected lakes consistently harvested for their roe at Cut Foot if there seems to be an issue with the hatch? Shouldn't this practice be suspended for a couple of years if the problem is not enough smaller fish?
A) I understand that it does seem to be counter-intuitive, but the simple answer is that eggs deposited naturally by walleyes upstream of Little Cutfoot have a very poor survival rate. Over time, sedimentation has degraded the habitat where they ..." Read >> Does The Cutfoot Sioux Egg Harvest Hurt Winnie?

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 10, 2018 - "Outdoor Bound TV Travels To Lake Winnie"

image of jeff sundin Tune in this weekend as Outdoor Bound TV travels to famous Lake Winnibigoshish in northern Minnesota for a little Northern Pike action with our friend Bill Heig of Bowen Lodge and long time friend & guide, Jeff Sundin.
On this trip we're not targeting the monster Pike, we're looking for eater fish on light tackle. Then Jeff shares with us his recipe for blackened pike at a backyard fish fry by the lake.
Watch the episode Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM on WDIO TV 13, Duluth, MN or click here for more >> Outdoor Bound Channel Options fish smiley image - Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL

image links to fishrapper home page March 9, 2018 - "Will The Good Old Days Come Back For Winnie Walleyes?"

image of walleyes at little cutfoot sioux Q) Al Kirkpatrick wrote; “Wondering your thoughts on Big Winnie. Do you think Walleye populations will return to the days of old, or is this lake another disaster due to poor young of the year recruitment?
These slots just seem to mess up lakes with too many larger males that decimate forage. I'm all for saving spawning females, but things just don't seem to work out well with the existing slots. I think it's more than just the clear water situation occurring on Winnie. Given the poorer than normal productivity during recent seasons and the harvest being way down from the good old days, this lake should just be chuck full of walleye, but I ..." Read >> Q&A March 9, 2018 Come Back For Winnie Walleyes?

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Penkoske Wrote;

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

image links to fishrapper home page Tiller Steering vs Console Steering

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

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


image links to article about Barotrauma What is barotrauma? Simply stated barotrauma is “injury caused to the body by changing air or water pressure.” In humans we know this as “The Bends”- a dangerous condition that divers experience when they come up too fast from deep water. Believe it or not, something similar happens in fish.
For example: When an angler angles walleye at the bottom of the lake, those walleye are experiencing a certain amount of pressure (air & water). When the angler yanks them up to the surface, that pressure is drastically reduced. This means that their gas filled cavities rapidly expand. This is particularly a problem for fish due to the presence of their ..." Read >> BAROTRAUMA AWARENESS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fishing The Fall Turnover In Natural Lakes - Jeff Sundin

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


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