Minnesota Fishing Reports
"After the dust settled and we organized the organizable, we gathered up our fishing gear and headed toward Rainy Lake. We planned to relax, do a little sight-seeing and hopefully, do just enough fishing to help equalize a certain imbalance of fishing photos that appear within these pages.
It had been a while since I’d been up there, so maybe I had lost touch or perhaps we just hit the timing right, but either way I was struck by how busy it was. Everywhere we stopped, there were folks stocking up on bait and supplies and when we arrived at the lodge, it was filled to capacity, the place was buzzing with ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 18, 2017
I had the opportunity to work with Camp Fish last week, something I’ve always wanted to do.
Established back in the late 70’s, In-Fisherman ran the program from 1983 to 1991, when they closed the doors. It was a great program but financially not a good decision to keep on operating.
Jump ahead to 2017. The doors are once again open and I was asked to guide for this inaugural event.
Based out of Camp Bliss, near Walker, parents and children are offered classroom sessions, along with plenty of hands-on time on the water.
How wonderful it is to see such enthusiastic youngsters..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines August 14, 2017
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"The walleye fishing continues to be a low light process. Fish during the low light hours with crankbaits or spinners and crawlers for best results.
Northern fishing is where it is at for most of our guests. Trolling spoons, crankbaits, spinners, live bait, and casting are all good methods for catching Pike. Look to the deeper weeds and shoreline drop-off areas for the best action.
Perch fishing is spotty, but the nicer perch can be found with some searching. If you are catching small perch, move down the breakline or go deeper into the cabbage weeds. Jigs and fathead minnows are the best bait for perch right now.
We are looking toward a fall bite in a few weeks. Right now the water temperature is above 70 degrees. Cooler nights will start to trigger the migration of the fish to the oxygen rich weedlines.
We have two of our yearly specials coming up. Our Labor Day special is stay the week before and get the weekend for free. Also, our fall discount is 20% off all cabin reservations after Labor Day." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231
John Donicht wrote; I finally made it up to Winnie and after hearing all the terrible reports, I knew I would have my work cut for me and my friend. We worked hard and the presentation ended up being different than what I have read.
Spinners did not work. Couldn't find any on the mid lake humps. We ended up getting our best action in 10-15 feet of water in the sand and with no pesky perch. Slow death hooks worked great. Took us awhile but ended up keeping 8 nice eaters in the 14-17 range."
First off, thank you John for the report, it is greatly appreciated! When I read John's report, I was reminded about how difficult it can be to follow somebody else's "hot bite". It's happened to me a hundred times, somebody calls me and says ... Read >> Fishing report Auguist 11, 2017
"The Camp Hastings event, usually a big one, pulls together family and friends of the Hastings clan. Their family cabin on Deer Lake now entertains its 4th generation of family members and over the years, I’ve fished with most of ‘em.
Thanks to the American way of life working its magic, getting all of the family schedules to sync up wasn’t easy this summer. That meant this year's Camp Hastings event came and went without the usual fanfare, but some of us did at least enjoy a couple of days on the water together.
Ironically, the fishing was better than usual this year and the folks who ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 10, 2017
"My strong interest in fishing was launched at a very young age. We did a lot of northern pike fishing back then and the lure of choice, which is still going strong today, was a simple 3” spoon. The classic “red and white Daredevle”, made by Eppinger was the best bait going.
Founded in 1906, Eppinger has been around for quite some time and over the years has expanded their product line to an extensive selection.
Growing up on Buck Lake (Terry Wickstrom always says “we never grew up, we just ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines August 8, 2017
"If you like big walleyes, the bite is on. Spinners with crawlers and trolling crankbaits in 28-31 ft pulling numbers of fish and big fish. Deep mud (no man's land) and deep reefs producing. The winning team for the David A. Andersen Warrior Boats tournament had almost 45 lbs for 5 fish, a 9 pound average! Gold, glow and bright colors continue to be solid choices. Pike active, perch and smallmouth bite in many areas of the lake.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners producing the ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report August 8, 2017
It wasn’t very fair of me to leave you yesterday with that teaser about late summer Panfish patterns. I’m really sorry about that, but I’ll try to make up for it now.
Water temperatures now range between 75-76 on deep, cool lakes and 81-83 degrees on shallow, dark water lakes. The deepest, coolest lakes are at their peak and very likely as warm as they will ever get for the rest of this summer.
Panfish metabolism is peaked right now too and they are very active. Unless you go out of your way to avoid them, you are going to catch some combination of ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 7, 2017
"The cold front that’s blowing through today (Thursday) just might tip the scales in the Walleye anglers favor later in the week. Over cast skies and lower air and water temperatures will almost certainly have a positive effect.
For the last two weeks I’ve been marking Walleye and Crappie suspended in twenty to thirty feet of water, holding in and around small ..." Read >> Marcell Area Fishing Report August 4, 2017
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Walleye fishing throughout the greater Grand Rapids area has been fairly reliable over the past few days. On Saturday though, it was apparent that we’re on the verge of that “Crappie time” of the year, the time when Panfish steal the limelight.
On Friday Erik Goettl, along with his fishing buddy Cody Olson satisfied the primary goal of this trip which was to share the adventure of David Gauman catching his first Walleye. We’d gotten in on a fairly good mixed bag, action bite on Friday and that allowed me to meet the 2nd goal of serving David his first meal of fresh Walleye.
With those goals checked off of the list, we thought it would be a good idea to ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 6, 2017
Nobody likes a lecture and I really hope that this doesn’t sound like one, that’s not what I want.
Thankfully, readers of these reports are really smart folks who come to gather information and then apply it to help them become better anglers. That’s why I believe I can make my point without sounding preachy or over-bearing.
Anglers, me included, sometimes feel helpless when it comes to dealing with protected slot limits for Walleyes. There are certain days when it seems like we just can’t win; this one’s too big, that one’s too small, this one’s got the wrong I.D. bracelet; when will I ever get to ..." Read >> Slay Me Now or Play Me Later August 3, 2017
I’ve recently found myself chasing bluegills all-across the North Country, which has included three counties, Itasca, St. Louis, and Beltrami. The most recent was another stellar outing with Daris Rosebear on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
An impromptu trip, a phone call to Brian Griffith was made and as luck would have it, he was off work on this day and was able to join me. This would be the second trip with Brian to the fantastic fishing of the Red Lake Nation.
Late night messaging with Rosebear finalized our plans. He wanted us ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines August 1, 2017
"Late summer fishing on Lake of the Woods is famous for walleyes, muskies, bass and pike and if the last week of July is any indication, August is going to be epic. Spinners with leeches, crawlers, or minnows in 17 feet and out to 30 strong for walleyes and saugers.
Reefs doing well too. Gold, white, blue, and chrome/silver colored spinners and crankbaits putting fish in the coolers. Anglers doing well in ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report August 1, 2017
Ask most fishing experts and I’ll bet that they agree; the key ingredient in the recipe for good fishing is stable weather. We have definitely enjoyed stable weather this week and because of it, fishing has been good.
I’m the first one to admit that it’s a little bit hot on the lakes these days, especially during mid-day, but obviously the fish don’t feel it. The combination of stable weather, soaring water temperatures and improved weed growth are providing anglers with all of the ingredients to cook up a good fishing trip.
Walleyes and the pursuit of them have dominated the fishing trips I’ve had for the past couple of weeks. As you’ve been reading, the key presentation has been ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 30, 2017
"Officials from the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame together with noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris today announced plans to establish a permanent home for the exhibit and collection honoring bass fishing’s legends as part of Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri. The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame will open to the public as a key feature inside Wonders of Wildlife – the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world – when it celebrates its grand opening on September 21, 2017.
The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame showcases the sport’s icons and individuals who further the sport of bass fishing. Developed in partnership with the ..." Read Full Story >> Bass Fishing Hall of Fame
"Weed beds in many areas are fully developed now and many of them are holding fish in good numbers. During the morning on Thursday, the inhabitants of one particular weed patch were feeding; they had moved out of the heaviest cover and were roaming the adjacent shallow water flat. For a couple of hours, trolling the flat near the weeds was good enough to get fish to strike.
Later in the morning, we could feel the fish pulling back into the weeds. In order to attract and trigger a fish, I had to continually move closer and closer to the weeds, until the fish were buried so deep that we could not fish them anymore.
It seemed obvious that if we stopped, rigged up with jigs and fished in the weed patch that we could ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 28, 2017
Neko rigging soft plastics has become a mainstay for many professional anglers who fish for bass on pressured fisheries and in highly pressured tournament situations. The system usually consists of a stick worm nail-weighted on one end, an o-ring roughly centered on the plastic and a small hook ran through the o-ring.
Wired2fish publisher Jason Sealock shows us a few ways to fish the system as well as some basic equipment guidelines, as well as what he likes about it compared to fishing a shaky head, drop shot or other finesse presentation that many other anglers are using on a lake like Kentucky Lake that sees some of the most intense fishing pressure for deep schools of bass. View Video >> Neko Rigging for Overfished Bass
How would you like to be trolling along, catching and sorting through a hodge-podge of sunfish, bass and other assorted fishy critters when WHAM … your biggest Walleye ever plows into your lure?
I KNOW! I’d love it too and Phil Goettl, judging by the smile on his face, was happy when it happened to him on Tuesday.
All we were doing was trolling the weed edges, pulling in Panfish and putting on new worms. I was humming the classic Aerosmith song “same old song and dance” when I noticed that Phil’s rod was bent over more than usual. “Oh-Oh, you better reel ‘em up everybody, I think we might to give Phil some room to ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 26, 2017
By now, you've noticed that my comments have gravitated more and more toward mixed-bag, weedline fishing. I’m not gonna be dishing out any surprises today, trolling the weeds continues to produce fish, which ones depend only on the lake you choose to fish.
Water temperatures continue rising and now they're into the magic mid 70 degree range. When the water gets this warm fish metabolism runs so high that they will feed more often than at any other time of the year. One thing that you can bet on is the weedline you decide to try is inhabited by fish, and you can place your spinner in front of them, odds are very good that they will strike.
On Monday, we chose to fish a lake that’s populated primarily by Pike, Walleye and Perch. That’s what we caught, all three species and more often than not, all of them were found in ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 25, 2017
"Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of fishing some world class fisheries that are situated fairly-close to home. These fisheries can be best described as “champagne trips on a beer budget.” Basically, the main cost of each trip is the gas to get there.
One, Lake Nipigon, is quite a haul, but the lure of monster lake trout, brookies, and northern pike have had adventurists seeking out this remote area for the last 150 years.
I made it there once, with my son, Kris, and outdoor writer Brad Dokken. We teamed up with ... Read >> Gerg's Guidelines July 25, 2017
Q&A from Eric Stone who wrote; "We are from Green Bay and the bay provides us plenty of walleyes but we like to change it up once a year and fish different water. I and my dad are coming over to Lake Winnibigoshish in a couple of weeks, just to fish a different body of water.
I was wondering you keep mentioning that Lindy Lil’ Guy rig. We haven’t used that on the bay here; what size would you suggest buying, the 1" 1.5" or 2"?
Also is there any kind of perch bite that goes on Lake Winnie or Leech Lake in mid-August?"
A) Eric, the answer to your question depends on the size fish that you want to target. My rule of thumb for fishing walleyes using Lindy’s Lil’ Guy is to ..." Read >> Sundin Answers Question
If you've got all the time in the world and can stay out on the lake to fish until the sun goes down, then you probably won't need this advice. But if you've only got a few hours to fish and you want to get the most out of your time, then set your alarm clock to "EARLY".
I can't even count how many times I heard this quote over the past 10 days; "We did well in the morning, but once the sun came up and the wind quit blowing, it turned into a grind." It's been true for me too, and it happened again yesterday.
After sorting through a handful of fishing spots that produced some, but not a lot of Walleyes, I finally found "the right one". It was a cabbage flat in shallow water and on our first pass through it; Walleyes struck our Little Joe Spinners aggressively.
You can imagine how happy I was, after working hard to ... Read >> Dog Days Weather Pattern July 24, 2017
Frequent visitors probably recall hearing about the annual "Fisharoo" fishing event hosted by Daikin for some of its customers. With 10 or more guides serving upwards of 60 people throughout the 5 day event, a lot of fishing information usually changes hands; this year was no different.
The weather was gorgeous; in fact this was the most stable pattern that I can recall in the 30 years that I’ve been fishing with this group. On Thursday, I suggest re-naming this weather pattern; referring to it as the “Daikin Effect”. The pattern was consistent of all 5 days and featured cool, breezy mornings and warm, sunny afternoons giving everybody full dosages of Vitamin D.
Obviously, I love it when my crews do well and I’m the first one to brag on them when they achieve success for their efforts. I do have a rather nice highlight reel of photos to show off, but before I do that, I think everybody should give Dale Anderson a standing ovation.
Dale told me that “sometimes you just have to get lucky”, that’s a phrase that’s rolled off my lips a time or two as well. Lucky or not, Anderson definitely mastered the art of finding and catching Walleyes on ..." Read >> Daikin Fisharoo 2017" Fishing Highlights July 22, 2017
"New fisheries data collected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources show the total safe harvest allocation for walleyes on Mille Lacs Lake (44,800 pounds) has already been exceeded this season. To protect the fishery and ensure the long-term sustainability of Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population, the DNR announced today that walleye fishing will remain closed until Friday, Aug. 11.
In order to extend the walleye fishing season through Labor Day, the state will allow for an additional 11,000 pounds of ..." Full Story >> Lake Mille Lacs Walleye Harvest
"They probably didn’t need to hire me to fish on the lake that was so familiar to them. But somewhere along the line, Tim began following my reports and thought it would be fun to fish with me. So when I published a news update about a cancellation, Tim decided to take the date.
Naturally, whenever I meet anybody for the first time, I hope to make a good impression; Wednesday was no different.
At the landing, when Tim and his wife Susan greeted me, they were all smiles, excited to see what the day would bring. Despite knowing that the Walleye bite has been tough, I was excited too, I was confident that reliable mid-summer patterns would allow me to produce some kind of action for my crew. The surprise for me was that Pokegama ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 20, 2017
"Full coolers and big smiles were the theme this week as walleye fishing remains hot. Spinners with crawlers or minnows are putting lots of fish in the boat in 16-30 ft. Gold, glow and bright colors continue to be solid choices. Pike active, perch and smallmouth bite in many areas of the lake. Mayfly hatch on parts of the lake.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners producing the best. Smallmouth bass in good numbers along shorelines, bridge embankments and feeder streams. Sturgeon fishing is on fire with good numbers being caught. Up at the NW Angle, fishing remains lights out. The areas by ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report July 19, 2017
"Two individuals have been arrested and charged with multiple felonies after officers discovered tens of thousands of dollars in stolen fishing gear in their possession.
28-year-old Matthias David Munson and 26-year-old Natasha Marie Rickard are accused of stealing 103 fishing rods and reels, 56 tackle boxes and five fish finders around the Mille Lacs Lake area in Minnesota.
The arrests come after numerous reports of stolen fishing gear from Father Hennepin State Park and McQuoid’s Inn.
An Isle police officer pulled over a pickup truck that ..." Learn More >> Mille Lacs Area Fishing Gear Thefts
Summer’s in full swing and things are happening, as this warm weather really gets the fish cranked up. Some of my favorite fishing is taking place right now and that includes largemouth bass and crappie in the weeds.
As you all know, I hate the heat and pretty much lay low during the mid-day hours. However, as the sun nears the tree line, I become as active as the fish. It’s the perfect match!
The GRAHA Walleye Shootout on Pokegama Lake, held last Saturday, found me checking out the weeds, looking for walleyes. Although I didn’t find the Mother Lode, as did guide buddies Colt Anderson and Ben Olson, I certainly found some very nice crappies, along with oodles of ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines July 19, 2017
"Just a few days ago, a nice young man, who happens to be a really good fisherman quizzed me; “Okay, so where is the hot Walleye bite?” he asked. When I answered that there is no hot Walleye bite, the look on his face was telling. Without saying the words, his eyes replied, sure Jeff you’re holding back, you’ve got some special spot stashed up your sleeve, a honey hole that you’re keeping secret from the world?
Nope, it’s not like that, this is the middle of July and for every single one of my 30 something years of guiding it’s been the same story; fishing is all mixed up. No matter what anybody tells you about “the good old days”, mid-summer Walleyes have always ..." Read >> Daikin Fisharoo Fishing Report July 18, 2017
It’s not uncommon that my daily work assignments include helping customers entertain their special guests, friends and family members. I had one of those special work assignments this weekend. My job was to entertain two VIP guests who have connections at the highest level; they are close friends with the boss, Carl Bergquist.
I know them well too, in fact I’ve known both of them since they were born, and they even used to live with me. That’s right, these two beautiful women used to be my children, Annalee and Katie. They are all grown up now, with lives of their own and guess what? They know how to pull strings when they need to.
I’m not sure how this all worked, but somehow, they wound up ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 16, 2017
"The walleye fishing has picked up this past week. We are finding fish on the breaklines and mid-lake humps. They are also catching some fish on the weedline. Some very large fish were caught this past week.
Mark Thompson caught and released a 29" monster on a frozen shiner. The same day they caught fish that were 26, 26.5, and 27" as well.
The group I was guiding caught and released several big ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Report July 16, 2017
Carl wanted to see if we could figure out how to work around recent declines in the Walleye population and maybe come up with some alternative ways to catch a few fish out there. Even if it did take 5 different presentations, we did finally achieve our goal. Long story short, we caught a few; 3 Walleyes to be exact and guess what? Carl was happy; he was thrilled that we figured out how to catch anything and the least of his worries were that we didn’t bag a limit.
While we were fishing we, talked a lot about Walleyes and Walleye regulations. We speculated about all of the things that might help and some ideas that could make Walleye fishing better, not just in Sand Lake but everywhere in Minnesota. One of the topics was Walleye bag limits.
It was ironic that when I came home and began reading my emails, one of them was an update from the Walleye ..." Read >> Walleye Bag Limit Discussion July 14, 2017
Bruce Marsh wrote; “I will be at Huddle's Resort on Leech Lake in 10 days for week-long family vacation. I hope to try Wiggle Worming, Lil'Guy, and now Little Joe Spinners too. Reference to the Fishing Report On July 12, 2017 about Little Joe Spinners, do you usually use crawlers? Rigging? – is it somewhat similar to a Lindy Rig, in that you start with bullet weight, then a snap swivel which you attach the Little Joe. Correct? Are there any other suggestions for areas on Leech Lake?
A) Bruce, as luck would have it, we spent yesterday fishing on Leech Lake and tried some of those ideas already. First, your comment and question about rigging up the Little Joes. Yes, the setup is essentially the same as a ..." Read >> Leech Lake Report July 13, 2017
"One of Jon Thelen’s favorite fish to target is the Crappie and using floats to place the bait in just the right spot makes bobber fishing his favorite presentation.
Floats come in so many shapes and sizes; how can you be sure that you’ve picked the right one for your fishing situation?
In this Fish ED video, Jon helps sort that out, explaining how to pick the right float for any conditions. Jon shows why the different sizes, shapes and construction can make one float better than another and at the same time he also shares a killer summer crappie pattern!" View Video >> Choosing The Right Float
"Last week, fishing had improved a great deal from the week before. Water temperatures finally crawled out of the sixties and with that, fish like Crappies began to slowly take up their typical summer patterns. Reports of Crappies out on the deep weed lines and suspended out from the weed edges in eighteen or so feet of water have been coming in. This signals that the time is right for trolling small ..." Read >> Frontier Sports Report July 13, 2017
Surface temperatures have pushed into the 72 degree range and fast moving presentations are taking center stage.
Walleye purists might miss the point of trolling the weeds with spinners. But if you like the idea of catching fish of all shapes and sizes AND still have the chance of picking up some nice Walleyes along the way, then this might be the deal for you.
Over the past two days, I’ve fished with folks who love to catch fish and they don’t much care what kind. In fact, one of the first times I ever ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 12, 2017
"What started out as a routine outing for a few largemouth bass, ended in another experimental session. Maybe that’s why I go solo most of the time. I like to fool around and try different approaches and ideas, when most other guest anglers would prefer staying with the program and catching fish. But that’s just me. I’m always thinking “what if?”
The small, local lake has very nice bass but one is always better off checking the ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines July 12, 2017
Brock Anderson, Hang Loose Outdoors wrote; "As anglers begin pre-fishing for the Walleye Shootout Tournament, please remember to be safe and respect local anglers and recreational boaters. The lake will be busier than normal this week. We all look forward to an exciting weigh in at the IRA Civic Center on Saturday evening. This is open to the public and will be nothing short of spectacular. Food and beverages will be served at the arena.
Fishing has been hit or miss this year out on Pokegama. The amount of bait, including smelt, small perch, and an array of other bait fish have the walleyes fat and ..." Read >> Pokegama Walleye Shootout Fishing Report
"Many limits this week as the bite remains excellent. Jig/minnow or jig/leech and bouncers with spinners with crawlers or minnows remaining a great tactic to land fish. Gold, glow and bright colors doing the best. Walleyes and saugers in 14-20' with others a little deeper to 29-30'. Anglers just starting to troll cranks. Lots of areas producing all around the lake. Pike, perch, and a great smallmouth bite mixed in as well. Lots of mayflies around right now but fishing remains good.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report
Randy Swenson wrote; “I tired wiggle worming for the first time yesterday and caught a walleye on my 2nd cast. I found wiggle worming, at least yesterday, produced far more strikes than Lindy Rigging. However my hooking percentage wiggle worming is poor compared to rigging.
Of the dozen worms I went through I caught 1 Walleye and 2 Smallmouth and was broke off once, most likely by a pike. In 8 strikes (and hook sets) I fought the fish for a short time but they would get off.
I could tell they had weight and were not pan fish or perch but I am finding the hook setting seems to be different than setting the hook when I lindy rig a crawler.
Do you have any advice to improve my hooking percentage?
A) Randy, Judging by own experiences with “Wiggle Worming, developing a sense of timing is somewhat subjective because fish strike differently every day. There’s an adjustment ..." Read >> How To Improve Wiggle Worming Hook Sets
"We had a great 4th of July and the MTT put on another great event with Anglers coming in with great bags of fish. Going with the old saying, we hope everyone’s corn was “knee high by the 4th of July”, the beans in our area really took off this past week and are looking really nice. Our Walleye Master Guides have been hitting the lake hard this past week, there have been some enormous bug hatches on the lake and the fish have been eating them heavy, although we are seeing a lot of the small crayfish in the bellies also.
The past week our charters have been from Archie’s reef to Little Oak Island. From day to day the favorite jig color could change, yesterday had to be pink and gold. Sticking with the bright colors and changing until you find out which is best is the preferred method. It is also another advantage of our Charters, with 6 lines in the water it is much easier to determine these preferences throughout a day." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .
Brian Rusch and his son Will helped prove a point on Friday. Fishing for Walleyes in clear water, on a bright day, during banker’s hours does not always mean that you can’t catch fish.
OH I Know, I’ve been the first one to gripe about the effect sunshine has on Walleyes, especially in clear water and there’s no doubt that many of my toughest fishing days have occurred on “Bluebird Days”.
You may recall that I’ve also talked about clear water lakes in the Itasca Area and how they tend to be slow starters. Deep, clear water lakes warm more slowly than darker, shallower lakes and their summer peak period occurs later. This summer, cool weather dragged out the effect even more and lakes that typically peak during mid to late June are at their best ..." Read >> Walleye Fishing Report July 8, 2017
Warm, sunny days, rising water temperatures and manageable breezes combined to encourage pleasure boaters to show up in colossal numbers over the Independence Day holiday. Despite the heavy traffic, fishing in the Grand Rapids area was good.
Arriving at high noon, under clear blue skies, with pleasure boats going every which way isn’t generally the prescription for maximum production, but that didn’t seem to matter.
“I can’t believe it, for weeks everybody has been telling me that the fishing was slow. Now that the lake is full of jet skis and tubers, people are saying that the fish are biting.” Those words shared with me on Tuesday turned out to be ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Fishing Report July 6, 2017
"One of the few fish that can give Walleyes a run for their money when it comes to table fare is the Bluegill or Sunfish.
This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen shows you how to catch a livewell full of these spunky panfish. Learn what to look for after the spawn and how to get them to bite!" View Video >> Early Summer Sunnies
"Good numbers of nice walleyes and sauger this week. Jig/minnow or jig/leech and bouncers with spinners with crawlers or minnows still producing a lot of fish. Gold, glow and bright colors doing the best. Some walleyes feeding shallow when bait is present, 14-18'. Others set up in 29-30' in Big Traverse. Some anglers starting to troll cranks with success. Pike, perch and smallmouth mixed in all over the lake.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening bite the best. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners a good idea to cover more water. Smallmouth bass in good numbers ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report July 5, 2017
In the long run, this warmer, more stable weather pattern can’t be anything but helpful. Don’t get excited too fast though, the warm up still has a long way to go before we can declare that summer fishing patterns are firmly established.
As a matter of fact, the pattern right now is that there is no pattern and on Monday we saw proof.
Starting spot, mid-lake mud flat in 22 feet of water; surface temperature 65.6 degrees. Presentation, trolling Lil’ Guys tipped with night crawlers behind 1-1/2 ounce bottom bouncers at 1.1 MPH. Result, 5 Walleye, 2 ..." Read >> Walleye Fishing Report July 4, 2017
A late evening message from fishing guide Scott Moe had me quickly getting things ready for the next morning. Prior the message, I didn’t have any specific plans. Maybe another round with Swan or Trout Lake. Maybe checking the waters of Pokegama Lake, doing a little super-early pre-fishing for the big GRAHA Walleye Shootout. However, those thoughts fell by the wayside when Scott said he had an open seat and was heading to Mille Lacs Lake in the morning. I was there.
Having only fished it a handful of times, it was the perfect opportunity to ..." Read >> Lake Mille Lacs Walleye July 3, 2017
"Happy Independence Weekend everyone! We are pleased to say that the fish are still biting! What a strange year for weather. Who would have thought that the Walleye would still be actively seeking leeches this time of year. A few bits of advice for the fishing fanatics...Public Accesses are low. Seams that the South end is passable, but not for long. We do our best to help get your boats on the water!!!
We charge an access fee of $20. What you get for that is Parking, personal service to land your boat (We put waders on to make sure your boat is floating freely, even if we have to walk it out; Sometimes we have to blow-out the sand under your tires to make sure your boat floats), Valet Service at the dock and a clean-out when your boat comes out! Well, worth the $20.
Don't forget we sell Bait,Tackle, Ice, Pizza, Pop & Water and Gasoline! Looking for a Fall Get-a-way? We offer a 10% discount for Fall reservations...Military Veteran or Active Duty ALWAYS get 10% with us!" - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .
Okay Pike skeptics, here is the deal; eat this meal and then look me in the eye, and tell me that you don't like northern pike. If you can do that, then you're off the hook and you'll never have to listen to another word about pike as delicious table fare.
You may still have some explaining to do though, my co-collaborator, "The Hippie Chick" says "Coconut Pike Delight is the best grilled fish recipe ever". I know for sure that she believes that and I only wish that I could share the first words out of her mouth when she ... Read >> Coconut Pike Delight" Grilled Pike Recipe
"The walleye fishing on Lake Winnie is definitely in a transition period. New tactics are going to be required to catch walleyes. The old "standbys", rigs and jigs will work, but not all of the time.
This past week was one of those times.
Northern fishing has slowed from what it was. They are starting to respond to plugs and spoons as the weed growth in the shallows increases.
Perch fishing has been good for the ones who are patient enough to search for the larger fish. Jigs and fatheads are still the best bait for the larger perch. We are looking forward to a busy 4th of July holiday. Hopefully, the fishermen will come armed with different ideas how to approach catching fish." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231
It all started years ago when I was trying to help my two daughters catch fish over rocky reefs without getting snagged. I dug through my box of prototypes and tied on some little bitty jigs that were so light that they’d never reach the snag infested, rock strewn bottom. I added whole night crawlers which gave the light jigs even more float and cast them out to see what would happen.
WHAM! Not only did this solve the problem of getting snagged, but the fish loved the presentation and my little girls caught lots of good fish. I could hardly wait to try them again and when we returned home, I used them on a guide trip and they worked like a charm here too.
I've been using the presentation ever since and they have put many a fish in my boat during the warmest days of summer. On one fishing trip with my friend Larry Lashley, this presentation was working particularly well and ... Read Article >> Wiggle Worming 101
"Jerkbaits are year-round producers for pugnacious smallmouth bass. Aggressive and curious by nature, the erratic action of a bright-colored jerkbait not only draws fish in for a look, but triggers aggressive feeding.
Ryan presents a mixed-bag of tips in this video that’ll put smallmouth in your boat wherever they swim. This video dives into ..." View Video >> Jerkbait Tips for Bruiser Smallmouth Bass
"Excellent summer fishing. Charters catching strong numbers. Jig/minnow or jig/leech and bouncers with spinners with crawlers or minnows still producing walleyes. When the wind is right for pulling spinners, they have been lights out. Walleyes being caught in varying depths, 7-31' of water. Some shallow shorelines still producing. Pike mixed in all over the lake.
Walleyes in the Rainy River with a better morning/evening bite. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners a good idea to cover more water. Smallmouth bass are out and about along shorelines and feeder streams. Sturgeon fishing opens again Saturday, July 1st.
Up at the Northwest Angle ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report June 27, 2017
I was working on a special project this week and in the process was delivered one of the most gratifying experiences of my career.
The project was to film an episode of Fish ED with my friend Jon Thelen that features my long time favored summer presentation; “Wiggle Worming.”
The gratifying experience was to watch Jon catch Walleyes all day long, on camera, while I was shut out of catching a single Walleye. That’s right; we caught plenty of fish and filmed a great episode. The system worked like a charm, except for whatever reason, Jon caught them all and I never caught one.
I know what you’re thinking, “that would stink, who wants to ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 29, 2017
It didn’t take long for a lake trout to come aboard. I think it was on Brian’s first drop, as we jigged in 40’ of water. A good sign. Using smaller lake trout offerings (jig/minnow, jig/plastic, spoons, etc.), we went on to catch our limit of two each and released a good number of them, along with the occasional largemouth bass. I can’t recall catching bass that deep before. It was a fun battle all the way to the top.
There’s 27 lakes on the reservation that are available for summer fishing, as long as you have a permit and native fishing guide. Wintertime only allows one to fish three stream trout lakes. Lake trout are off limits.
The lakers ran an average size of three pounds or so but Rosebear has caught them up to ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines June 27, 2017
“We’ve eliminated some of the barriers that were keeping today’s busy families from getting out fishing,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “Now, you and your family can try your hand at fishing, at no cost, before investing in equipment or purchasing a fishing license.”
People are able to fish from shore without a license in most state parks on a lake or river that doesn’t require a trout stamp. Other rules and regulations still ..." Read >> Fish for free at Minnesota state parks
"Eat me! That’s one way to stop the spread. Participants of the recent Aquatic Invaders Summit II in St. Cloud, Minnesota may well now be hooked on carp.
Conference attendees were treated to a rare delicacy, smoked Asian Carp compliments of ... Read >> Eat the Invaders: Asian Carp on the Menu
After 3 days of whitecaps, chilled fingers and runny noses, it will be nice to feel another touch of summer; at least I think so.
For me, every cold snap that’s blown in this season has been accompanied by a subsequent scattering of whatever “best fishing spot” that I had previously known about. Like the previous cold fronts, this one didn’t make the fish stop biting; it just sent them in a hundred directions. The longer the shakeups last, the more ground we have to cover to get a strike.
By Sunday, the air temperature never rose above 60 degrees and surface water temperatures ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Fishing Report June 26, 2017
"Summer is officially here, but we were thinking Spring had much nicer weather. The fishing remains excellent so we continue towards July looking for summer weather to come! Again, this past week there was plenty of wind and Big Traverse Bay is muddy all the way across. There have been some ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods report June 26, 2017
Regarding yesterday's article; , Jim Jurvelin wrote; "Jeff, I have been trying to move away from live bait and using more plastics. Have you tried the Lil Guy with Gulp Crawlers or equivalent? I think I am going to give that a try!
A) Jim, I tend to stick with live bait because it gives my customers the most confidence. But at times, I do enjoy adding artificial substitutes and typically they have worked fairly well for me.
One situation where they are particularly helpful occurs when you are fishing for Walleye while in the presence of large schools of Panfish. Sunfish and perch can really tear up your bait supply and cut down on efficiency. Using artificial tails can help keep them at bay, allowing Walleyes more time to find your lure.
Terry Bolton shares how his grandfather and father instilled the love of fishing in him and how it nurtured his kinship with Kentucky Lake and led to him becoming a professional bass angler.
The name Terry Bolton is synonymous with Kentucky Lake and his kinship with the famed bass fishing destination started with his grandfather building a place on the lake and his father later using that place to nurture Bolton's love for ..." View Video >> Growing Up a Fisherman
Thursday was a happy day for me because I moved two steps closer to perfecting a presentation that is going to put a lot of fish in my boat over the next several years.
The Lil’ Guy combines live bait with a crankbait-like floating attractor and anybody who has ever looked at it has agreed that it’s a great idea. For me, moving the presentation out of the great idea category and into the “confidence bait” category took a few tries, but we did it.
There were 3 key elements that combined to make moving up the learning curve easier for me. First, the Walleyes were spread out along ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 23, 2017
The signal has been stronger every day this week, night crawlers, AKA "Yard Bait" are fast becoming the meal of choice for Walleyes in the Itasca Region.
Surface temperatures are probably not the driving force behind the change in feeding preferences. Still in the 65 to 68 degree range, temperatures haven’t changed enough to trigger much of anything. Insect hatches are more likely the root cause of the changeover.
I know that some of you are thinking that minnows worked fine a few days ago and I agree; they did. But for me, the fish ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 22, 2017
"Across the Midwest, northern pike use the cover of weed edges to ambush passing prey.
Join Fish ED’s Jon Thelen who will show you a high percentage trolling system that’s tailor made for targeting pike, stuck tight to the deep weed line." View Video >> Trolling Pattern For Pike Holding Tight To Weed Edges
"Hello everybody Captain Josh from Minnesota Fishing Guide Service with your weekly fishing report. I covered a lot of different parts of the state last week putting nearly 900 miles on my truck and fished approximately 12 different lakes in seven days.
Water temperatures are finally averaging 69 to 71 in most situations combine that along with the newly found angle of the sun and the summer patterns are starting to emerge quickly in most cases.
Walleyes have been caught all over the ..." Read >> Minnesota Guide Service Report June 22, 2017
Trial and error proved the cold water theory at our next stop, another gradually tapering flat, this time I put away the spinning rigs and pulled out the light “wiggle worming” rods. That’s how we caught our first Walleye of the day, and the 2nd one too, and the 3rd one and almost all of the rest of them too.
Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t go from 0 to 100 in 6 seconds, but we did manage to keep a pace steady enough that we never lost interest. Interesting too was that the same presentation worked in 3 different spots, at 3 different depths, in 3 completely different ..." Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Report June 20, 2017
"Overall, a great week of fishing. High winds and storms early to the middle of last week made fishing difficult at times. Dirty water from the winds didn't help fishing but the storms have passed and fishing has resumed to its previous level, great!
Depending on the wind pulling spinners is effective but many fish still being caught with a jig and shiner or jig and a leech.
Key depths between 11-18' or 30-31' of water. In 5-11 feet along shorelines the shiner spawn is on and the walleyes and saugers are chowing down. Good number of large pike mixed in with walleyes right now.
Walleyes in the Rainy River with a good ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report June 20, 2017
Fishermen are inquisitive creatures, to say the least. I think that’s why the general majority of them have so darn much fishing tackle. We just can’t help it!
It doesn’t matter where I’m at. Somewhat a magical happening, there’s always something luring me toward the fishing tackle aisle, whether I need anything or not and I usually don’t. But what if? What if there’s a hot, new bait on the market and I’m missing out? Good Lord, I can’t let that happen.
Stopping at the local bait shop, you’re expected to look things over and make a purchase or two but ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines June 20, 2017
Chuck Anderson Wrote; "Our family has stayed at Eagle Nest since 1972, and primarily fish Cutfoot Sioux in early August. I always begin reading your updates in advance to gauge how the fishing action is progressing. I was interested in the comments about the algae growth on Winnie. Is this also affecting Cutfoot? I know the last few years we have run into algae growth at about 11 feet on Eagle Nest Bar if we fished the weed line. Has this spread deeper on Cutfoot, and does it affect the fishing on Battle Point Bar?
A) Chuck the answer to your question is ..." Read >> Fishing Q&A June 19, 2017
"It has been a great week with many Dad’s and Grand Dad’s fishing with their families and friends. Many anglers were kids and grandkids with some coming from as far as Australia. We even caught a 2 time NCAA Championship wrestler from University of Iowa catching Walleye this week!
We continue to have great fishing, although a couple days of strong wind changed the game for a bit. The Walleye Master Guides have been covering the lake from the South Shores and Island Reefs of Big Traverse Bay to around Garden Island and in Little Traverse Bay. We continue to anchor and jig or drift with spinners. Depending on the tactic and location targeted depths vary. Anchoring in the middle of Big Traverse in 30-31 feet, drifting in some locations has been from 11-18 feet.
More of the same weather ahead, it looks like highs into 70 degrees with overnight lows in the 50’s.
We still have some great opportunities for July and August with rate specials arriving on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge
Have you ever thought about yourself as rigid, inflexible, unable to adapt? No? Well that’s good news because that means you’re going to have a nice long run of catching Walleyes on “The New” Lake Winnibigoshish.
The thing is that the path leading to great Walleye fishing on Winnie is a narrow one; one that will force us to leave a lot of our old baggage behind. Holding on to past traditions, favorite fishing spots and “old reliable” presentations is the only thing that can hold us back.
Markers that you’ll read on the road map to the new “The New Winnie” include ... Read >> Lake Winnie Update June 16, 2017
After the storms passed, I anticipated a real slowdown in productivity for Wednesday. I was surprised though because if anything, the fishing action actually got better, not worse. Our “lucky break” came in the form of strong south winds that stirred up a frothy white Walleye chop. Without those whitecaps, I’d probably be singing a different tune this morning. No matter, whatever created the good luck for us on Wednesday, I’ll take it; I think we earned it on Tuesday.
Before the stormy weather arrived, sunshine and clam seas pushed surface temperatures higher. Depending on the depth and clarity of water in your favorite lake, you’ll ..." Read Fishing Report June 15, 2017
Pike anglers are grinning ear to ear these days because they’re enjoying some of the best action we’ve seen in years. Main lake bars, deep weed beds, rocks and even some of the humps are loaded with active Northern Pike right now.
Among their favorable attributes is the quality size of the average fish; these are not hammer-handles. At 23 to 26 inches, the average Pike is large enough to put up a good fight and falls well within the ideal range for ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 14, 2017
"As predicted in the report prior to this one, fishing last weekend was very good. Crappies for the most part have moved into the shallows at last. The exception would be the large deep lakes in the area but they’re usually the last to have Crappies move in. Many anglers have switched to soft plastics and are having good success. Sunfish are ..." Read >> Marcell Area Fishing Report June 15, 2017
"The Northern Pike continue to dominate the fishing on Lake Winnie! They seem to be everywhere you go. Jigs and minnows are catching huge numbers of fish shallow, deep, and in between. We were talking about that the other day and were thinking that the northerns were always on the ... Read >> Lake Winnie Four Seasons Fishing Report June 14, 2017
"Strong numbers of walleyes and saugers all over the lake being caught with many different tactics. Key depths between 18-30' of water. Jig and a frozen shiner or leech and pulling spinners effective. As typical in June, a nice crankbait bite right now pulling crankbaits in 5-11 feet along shorelines. Some of this is set up as shiners spawn in sand and other bait shallow. Both reefs and mud holding fish. Jumbo perch and pike mixed in with walleyes all over the lake. Walleyes in the Rainy River with a good ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report June 13, 2017
Wow. Fished out I am. I’m sure it will take a day or two to recover to the point where I want to hit the water again. I just spent eight days on Leech Lake, non-consecutive, pre-fishing the big lake for six of them and tournament fishing the other two, during last weekend’s AIM Walleye Series. As expected, “highs and lows” were had throughout the entire stretch.
I started things off by joining ..." Read >> Leech Lake Report June 13, 2017
My crew, Keith and Diane Eberhardt wondered where we would fish, so did I. I literally picked a lake solely for the reason that the landing was on the calm water side. Yes, I knew there were Walleyes in it, but we just took our chances that they’d be hungry.
Remembering Friday, I skipped right over any deep water structure and this time I headed straight for the weeds. This time I was lucky, the Cabbage weeds were fully populated and with 3 foot waves rolling in, the fish were moving and feeding very aggressively. There was still a variable though and this time it was color.
I rarely suggest that one color triumphs over all others, but this time I think it ..." Read >> Walleye Fishing Report June 11, 2017
"We have had great fishing this past week! The weather cooperated nicely most of the week, Saturday started with storms and wind which changed the fishing game. Summer is going full speed ahead, it is amazing to think we are already a week and a half into June.
This past week has provided us with some great days of drifting with ..." Read >> Border View Report Lake of the Woods June 12, 2017
Humminbird's 360 Imaging is compatible with most makes of Minn Kota trolling motors, to include the widely popular Minn Kota Ultrex.
Professional boat rigger, Andy Kratochvil of FishLectronics in Pequot Lakes Minnesota, takes us through the unboxing and full installation of Humminbird's 360 Imaging on the Ultrex. This DIY video provides all the information needed for a quick and successful installation. View >> Installing Humminbird's 360 Imaging on the Minn Kota Ultrex
Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I get!
The warmth, depth of character and good nature possessed by people in this country is amazing. On Thursday, I was given another heaping helping of the good spirit that goes so vastly under-reported these days.
Dick and Dave Thouin had never fished with me before, but they knew a little bit about me and they knew that I was willing to take a chance on fishing their home lake. That was risky for me because I ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Fishing Report June 9, 2017
"Fishing has improved in the Edge of the Wilderness area with the coming of June. Water temperatures are slowly climbing into the sixties and as a result, Crappies have started to enter the shallows…. at least for a while. The old adage “When the Lilacs are in bloom the Crappies will begin to head for the shallows “is true again this year. And although the spawning run has just started, they are still hanging out around the ..." Read >> Frontier Sports Fish Report June 9, 2017
Fishing with my friend Bobby Cox and his son Steve, it was a foregone conclusion that the trip would automatically be successful. That’s because Bobby is among the few people whose goals are easiest to fulfill; I love hearing these instructions, “I just wanna catch fish”.
Steve, on the other hand was a little more specific, a mixed bag of Northern Pike and Walleye were on his mind and while that narrowed down the lake of choice a little bit, there were still several to choose from.
The one I picked has abundant ..." Read >> A Real Insider Fishing Tip June 8, 2017
"Here's an in-depth look at how to use Shallow Water and Depth Highlight functions on your fish finder for making spot-on casts and running a pattern. Mapping has become an indispensable tool in finding fish holding structure, but also in how to ..." View Video >> Make "Spot on Spot" Casts
On Wednesday, Steve Picht tagged me in his reply to a facebook post from someone who asked; Q) "Does anybody know who makes these jigs? They (were) not from a big corp. Bought them at River Rat in Cohasset Mn."
A) Picht replied; "Those particular jigs were sold at River Rat Trading Post in Cohasset, MN and Fred's Bait & Tackle in Deer River, MN. a few other local bait shops.! They were manufactured by local Guide, and Lindy Pro, Jeff Sundin for a good amount of years.! Jeff no longer manufactures the "Bug Eyed Shorty" Now, Lindy is ..." Learn More >> Where To Get Original Sundin Jig
"A jig and minnow is a tried and true Walleye catching combination. This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen shows you that Smallmouth Bass love a Lindy Live Bait Jig and minnow too! Jon also shows off the World Class Smallmouth fishing on Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs and gives a ton of jig fishing tips and tricks that will take your jig fishing to a whole new level, whether you fish for Walleye or Smallmouth." View Video >> Mille Lacs Lake Smallmouth 101, Dragging Jigs For Big Bass
"An incredible week of walleye fishing on the big pond. Strong numbers of walleyes and saugers continue. Lots of walleyes and saugers being caught with anglers catching and enjoying across the lake. Overall, really good fishing with nice quality keepers. Key depths around 18-30' of water. Jig and a frozen shiner or leech has been the best presentation with gold or glow jigs. Pulling spinners also effective with hammered gold or silver good colors. Reefs and mud holding fish. Jumbo perch and pike are ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report June 7, 2017
"Crappies were piled up in the bullrush ready to ambush our baits as we pulled by the pockets of bullrush fan casting our 1/16oz live bait jigs tipped with plastics.
Water temps read between 67-69° on the shallow water lake. Clear water had turned to a slightly murcky green but there was still decent Visability. Not sure if the water was that mixed up from the wind or all the run about boats, but it was sure a fun night catching spawned out crappies in 2 foot of water."
It’s amazing how fast 5 days can fly by! With this report, the spring session of “Fun with Dick and Paul, XXVIIX” is officially entered into the captain’s log.
There were a few “firsts” this year and without a doubt, the most notable was the absence of rain. That’s right, none of us can remember a single past trip that did not require the use of foul weather gear at some point. Truthfully, the absence of a rain suit in the boat during most of our spring trips would be un-thinkable.
Another first is that it took all five days to fill the Walleye ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 6, 2017
"The walleye fishing has improved as the surface temperatures continue to rise. We are still learning what it takes to fish a lake where the water clarity is more than five feet! The best shallow bites are happening the last two hours of daylight. The walleyes are moving shallow as the sun dips behind the treeline. Some good catches using jigs and shiners are being reported in 6-10' of water.
The midday bite has been a little tougher. Look to the shoreline drops in 18-24' of water. I caught two on rigs and leeches today, and that trend will continue as we ..." Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report June 5, 2017
"I had the opportunity to hop in the boat with them last week and observe how this well-oiled walleye catching machine gets things done. We were on Leech Lake and it was their first day of pre-fishing for the 9th annual Leech Lake Walleye Tournament.
Leech Lake offers 111,000 acres of water with angling opportunities for all, no matter the species. While Al and Bev Standley were in hot pursuit of trophy walleye, many others were enjoying Leech Lake for its ..." Read >> Fishing With The Standlys' On Leech Lake
"Here’s a look at John Murray’s two go-to tungsten drop shot weight styles, and when he fishes each.
Murray breaks down how to select the right drop shot weight for the situation. He starts by highlighting the importance of tungsten for its ability to transmit bottom composition to your hand. He then discusses his two favorite standard weight profiles - the tear drop and cylinder, and when to use each...." View Video To Learn More >> Drop Shot Weight Selection Considerations
It might be a stretch to call today’s lake “fresh territory” because it is one that I’ve fished a lot over the years, but there were good reasons to pay this one a visit. For one, Dick loves the lake and sometimes goes home disappointed whenever we don't fish there for one day. Another good reason is that the Hippie Chick has never been there, so for her it really was fresh territory. For me? Well I haven’t been there at all this season, so technically, I was able to justify calling it fresh territory this time.
A weird weather event must have occurred overnight because when we arrived at the landing, the surface water temperature was 64 degrees; that’s a huge departure from the ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 4, 2017
Persistent cold temperatures may be throwing a monkey wrench into the game plans of many anglers who pursue Walleyes on Winnibigoshish.
When your sonar unit reads 54 degrees, it seems logical to follow that fish should be in shallow water, feeding on swarms of spawning baitfish. Most of our guests have been searching for a hot bite somewhere in the shallows; there should be one there right?
“Not so fast” says Jeff Sundin, veteran fishing guide. “The flaw in that theory is that ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Walleye Report
Like Hannibal Smith says; “I love it when a plan comes together” and luckily day 2 of “Fun with Dick and Paul” did.
For me, the takeaway from this trip was how risky it can be when think you know something, before you know everything.
The exploration of fresh territory led us to a lake that was once familiar to me, but had fallen off of my radar screen for the past couple of decades. The water has some reddish tint, that helps it warm up faster, but its color was still on the clear side.
Littoral area, that is water less than 15 feet deep only covers about 20% of the ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Fishing Report June 3, 2017
For me, exploration is almost as much fun as catching fish. The problem is that I don't get as much chance to explore as I did in my formative years. Having the latitude to experiment, to search new lakes and fish for a wider range of species depends most on having the time to do it. But the most important component is the willingness to explore new territory, knowing that we may stumble into an occasional zinger.
That's what I love about working for Dick Williams and Paul Kautza, they like exploration too. They’re willing to watch me stumble occasionally because the KNOW; sooner or later we’ll discover a gem. Day 1 of “Fun with Dick and Paul” led us to one of those little gems. Read >> Fishing The Friendy Weeds June 2, 2017
Mother Nature has decided to toss a few nice days our way and with any luck at all, a turnaround in fishing action should result.
Surface temperatures dipped to their lowest point of the season on Winnibigoshish yesterday. Dropping to 52 degrees at mid-lake in the morning, they began recovering slowly under the sunny sky, reaching 54 degrees by late afternoon. That water is still cold, but at least showing signs of optimism.
I can’t emphasize strongly enough the scattering effect these cold temperatures have produced. Fish location is un-predictable, but generally, mid-depth flats in 13 to 16 feet of water are ... Read >> Fishing Report June 1, 2017
"Memorial weekend proved to be a great fishing weekend. Fishing remained consistently good. Big numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught. Small fish, keeper walleyes and saugers and some trophies still showing across the lake. Key depths around 18-24' of water. Jig and a minnow is the best presentation with pink and gold jigs strong but pulling spinners is gaining steam quickly. Reefs in 23-32', also holding ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report May 31, 2017
Last week’s forecast of a warm, sun-filled Memorial weekend wasn’t exactly fulfilled. After a rather nice day on Friday, another cold front blew into the area, producing what I remember as the quintessential Memorial Day holiday. Dark skies, along with blustery conditions continue to keep surface water cold. Ranging between 54 and 58 degrees, temps are about 5 degrees cooler than they were at this time last year.
I admit it; Mother Nature’s propensity for delivering changeable weather has left me scratching my head. These stubbornly cold water temperatures and strange timing for spawning runs seems to ..." Read >> Fishing Report May 30, 2017
When I was a teenager, I never knew that there was a way to earn a good summer income by working as a dock hand at a fishing resort. That’s too bad because if I had known then, what I know now, I would have jumped at the chance to do it.
Working outside, meeting new friends every week and enjoying occasional opportunities to go fishing too; that would have been a dream job for me.
That’s why I want to share this note that I got from my friend ..." Learn More >> Four Seasons Dock Hand Opening
"We continue to have fantastic fishing on the big lake! Our guides have been having great luck fishing close in near Pine Island and also up near the reefs from Bridges Island to Hay Island. We are catching lots of keepers and many big ones have been released. Strong action continues throughout the ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report May 29, 2017
"Jeff, I too have noticed the lack of boats. I remember openers where there were hundreds of boats fishing in front of Bowens. This year maybe a dozen. I can only say why I don't fish as much as before. First and foremost, It's expensive. Forty dollars for a quart of shiners, another twenty five for a ... Read >> Reader Comments Declining Fishing Participation
Last Friday I had the sense that traffic entering the Itasca area was lighter than usual for a typical Memorial Day weekend. I figured that maybe I missed it, maybe most of them showed up on Thursday. That was then, before I got a glimpse of the boat traffic on some of the area’s most popular Walleye lakes and for me, it’s confirmed; traffic is very light this weekend.
I’m not saying that there isn’t anybody out there, anglers are present and in fair numbers. But comparing boat traffic today vs what it was just a couple of years ago is ..." Read >> Memorial Day Weekend "Avoiding The Crowds?
"Fishing conditions can sometimes force an angler to tweak their presentation. Adapting to water clarity, wind and stormy weather can mean using traditional presentations in un-traditional ways. Even though the Lindy Rig is a traditional presentation, don't be afraid to be un-traditional, especially in clear water. This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen shows you how to maximize a Lindy Rig in clear and relatively shallow water situations." View Video >> Long Line Lindy Rigging For Walleye
"Fishing has picked up the last several days. The water temperatures in the shallow lakes in the area have been warming up while the deeper lakes have been slow to reach the temperatures we expect this time of year. Crappies have been ..." Read >> Marcell Area Fishing Report May 27
Surface temperatures, rebounding slightly from their dramatic dip last week, are still below historic averages for Memorial Day Weekend. At 55 degrees, the surface water under my boat was cooler yesterday than it was 2 weeks ago on the fishing opener.
The question is, what does this mean for anglers visiting the Itasca Area this Memorial Day Weekend? Will the Walleyes be shallow, deep or somewhere in the middle?
Like everybody, I’ve been watching surface temperatures and using them to make my best guess about where to fish. Using only water temperature as a guideline, I have made an assumption that “most” fish should currently inhabit ... Read >> Fishing Report May 26, 2017
"This past week of fishing was a lesson in fortitude! A big word for an old guide. The water temperature on the lake dropped nearly ten degrees. The walleyes became very finicky. If you could brave the wind and cold, you could catch some fish. The depths ranged from six feet to 20 feet of water. Jigs and shiners were still the bait of choice.
When the east winds subsided and swung around to the west, the fish ..." Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report
We’ve covered a lot of ground this week, Leech Lake on Monday, Winnie on Tuesday and Upper Red on Wednesday. All three of these reliable Walleye factory lakes have had one thing in common; scattered fish.
By now, this is probably old news to you, but to reiterate, cold air temperatures sent surface temperatures spiraling down, weakening every link in the food chain. With baitfish scattered horizontally across the flats and vertically up and down the water column, it’s hard for fish to zero in on feeding areas. Walleye, Crappie and Perch have ..." Read >> Jeff Sundin Leech, Winnie Red Lake Report May 25, 2017
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
Halfway through his guide trip, Anderson, Winnie Walleye Guide Service gave up some information about his fishing trip. “So far we’ve caught 19 and kept 10, drifting the flat over about 14 feet of water. The action isn’t fast and furious, but it’s steady, we pick up a fish or two on every drift.”
Jeff Sundin, another area guide, was fishing on the lake too and found a mixed school of Northern Pike and Walleye in a little bit deeper water. Sundin’s crew was also fishing on one of Winnie’s expansive flats, except they were following the steep breakline at about 20 feet of water. Fishing action for the Sundin crew was steady too, but walleyes tended to ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Walleye Report
With one week of Walleye fishing under our belts, it’s safe to say that Walleye fishing patterns haven’t varied much from average opening weeks. For the most part, Walleyes have remained shallow, relating to structures that connect directly to the shallowest main shoreline breaks.
Surface temperatures have trended downward ever since the fishing opener, now ranging between 53 and 58 degrees. In my opinion, declining water temperatures have signaled Walleyes to move slightly deeper and feed with less enthusiasm. Instead of locating fish schooled up on shallow flats, we’re finding them at the ... Read >> Fishing Report May 21, 2017
Tom Howel Wrote; "Your segment about "where are all the small walleye on Winnibigoshish" immediately caught my attention. After watching the Mille Lacs situation closely, and reading what former MN. Fisheries Biologist Dick Sternberg had predicted more than a decade ago about Mille Lacs, I was wondering if you see any correlation between what’s gone on there and Winnie?
A) Tom, Tom, when it comes to making predictions based on statistical evidence about fish biology, I am not in the same league as Dick. That said, I’ve had some tutoring by fisheries folks who are darn good, and from what I’ve learned, I don’t believe that Winnie is on ... Read >> Winnie vs Mille Lacs Parallel Course For Walleye?
Okay lets cut to the chase. If you've ever asked a question about using side imaging, how it works or why it works; then you need to watch this video. This is the most comprehensive turorial about using side imaging technology that I've ever seen.
Wired2Fish teamed up with Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski of Humminbird to create this detailed video about understanding how and why this technology works. Kolo breaks down how to read and interpret what side imaging, down imaging, and two-dimensional (2D) sonar are showing you, and how they can improve your fishing. We filmed real-time drone and underwater video of ... " View >> Understanding Side Imaging Technologies
"I’m just like you, I wish that I could visit my favorite lake any time I want and catch oodles of big Bluegills. I’d like to bring a bunch of them home too, that way I could fix a big family fish fry for every special occasion.
The problem is that if I fish there too often or bring home too many fish, my favorite lake won’t remain favored very long.
It’s a fact of life and we’re going to have to come to grips with it; as a group, we are extremely effective predators and we’re getting better all the time. We have the equipment, the knowledge, the leisure time and the communication skills to harvest fish faster than our favorite lakes can produce them. We literally have the ability to ..." Read Article >> What Is The Value Of A Sunfish?
Round-head jigs like the Lindy Jig are fish-catching machines that hook walleyes, panfish, trout and other gamefish on the cast, troll and when fished in a vertical manner.
That is, if you choose the right jig weight for the depth and conditions at hand.
Truth be told, there’s no secret formula for selecting jig weight at specific depths. Too many variables come into play, including line thickness, current, wind and waves, retrieve speed and ... Read >> Choosing The Right Jig Weight
Spring Walleyes love to roam over shallow water rocks, foraging for minnows and small baitfish. When they do, jig and minnow presentation consistently yield more Walleye than any other offering.
Upper Red Lake is synonomous with shallow water and it's shallow breaklines and submerged rock bars are ideal locations to present live minnows on lightweight jigs. Jon shares his best tips for Live Bait Jigs on Red Lake.
The Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame hosted its 10th annual “Night out with the Pros” fundraising event on Friday evening. Anglers young and old joined to celebrate the spirit of fishing and help raise funds for the Little Falls, MN based fishing museum.
Especially gratifying was to hear from so many folks who are actively promoting youth activities.
They talked about high school fishing teams, kid’s tournaments and other special events that have cropped up all over the state. It’s obviously not an accident, these folks are working really hard to make sure that ... Read >> MN Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame April 23, 2017
Even if the forecast of rain on Friday does come true and we do receive significant rainfall, there will still be plenty of ice for anglers who want to enjoy a weekend on the ice. The only question is how they will travel to and from their favorite ice fishing spots. Thanks to dry, cold conditions, getting my truck onto the ice was easy yesterday. In fact, I ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report March 16, 2017
Fish ED New Video March 2, 2017 "How Zebra Mussels Affect Fish Location"
"Exotic Zebra Mussels have invaded countless lakes across the Midwest.
Kurt Anderson Asked; what do you mean by the term “Death Cloud”? I saw your fishing report dated February 27th and in it, you said; “I was surprised that the action stopped before sundown, but it did. By 6:00 PM the screen of my Humminbird was painting images of the “death cloud”. A) Kurt, I coined the phrase “Death Cloud” before I ever ... Read >> What's The Death Cloud?
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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.
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