Minnesota Fishing Reports
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
"As water temps drop, the once lush, thick vegetation begins to decompose where only a few green clumps remain. These remaining patches are magnets for bass as they seek warmer water and plentiful forage.
Elhert explains that finding the weeds is one thing but when you can find a weed edge adjacent to rock, you'll often find schools of bluegill and the bass aren't far behind. These areas become obvious when tuned into key observations on your electronics. Casey uses both 1/2 oz and 3/4 oz jigs depending on depth and prefers to fish low and ..." View Video >> Casey Ehlert On Big Jigs Fall Transition Bass
Familiar territory for thousands of anglers, Cutfoot Sioux has of late, been living up to its reputation as a reliable fall walleye destination. Recently, the fishing action has proven that she’s still got what it takes to stir up a smile for fall walleye fishermen.
Surface temperatures on Wednesday were 51.5 degrees when measured on my Humminbird and 54.5 degrees on the submersible pool thermometer. Strong west winds churned the surface and whitecaps pounded the shoreline along ..." Read >> Cutfoot Sioux Fishing Report October 19, 2017
I fished Cutfoot Sioux for Walleyes on Tuesday and I it wasn’t too bad. I promise that you’ll get an update tomorrow morning. But limited by time, today’s report will focus on reader comments and questions that came in via email yesterday.
Answer) Chris, yes there are some reports with information that is specific to Leech Lake. On October 14, 2017 and October 12, 2017 I fished the lake myself, so those reports both contain firsthand information about Leech.
Area wide, the trend this week has ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 18, 2017
If you are like us the fall is one of the best times to be on the water. Cooler temperatures, less boat traffic and big fish feeding up for the winter ahead. You never know when you will run across the scrape of a lifetime and sitting on one spot and loading the boat is not unheard of.
Pattern fishing works well and fishing points, primary and secondary, creek channel cuts and the backs of pockets can be killer. You never know you might see them busting shad too. Techniques from flipping and pitching, tossing a jig or ..." Learn More >> Yamamoto Fall Arsenal Giveaway
"The walleye bite remains strong! Report is very similar to last weeks. Walleyes are staged in front of Pine Island, Graceton Beach and Zippel Bay in 18-30'. Anglers sorting through a few small fish for every keeper. Most anchored up with jig and shiner. Pink, pink/white and gold have been the best colors. Reefs holding fish as well.
Rainy River anglers finding success up and down the river. Schools of shiners coming into river randomly right now. When they do, the walleyes are close ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report October 17, 2017
The wind maybe was a little bit harsh for our family friendly fishing trip on Monday. But it’s hard to argue that any mid-October day featuring temperatures in the mid 60’s isn’t a lucky one!
Lucky too was that somehow my wife, my mother, my brother and his girlfriend all managed to land on the same day off so that we could fish together on this blustery, but otherwise gorgeous day.
I’m not sure that I’d call this a “Hard Core” fishing report, because that’s the last thing I’d call our afternoon fishing trip. But we do have some observations that may be useful for you if you’re planning to fish ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 17, 2017
Fishing success has been hot or cold for me, depending on where I end up. For the most part, it’s been pretty darn good but I don’t really care to “go to the well” that often and beat up on one particular fishery. That leaves me checking out other bodies of water, mainly out of curiosity, and sometimes it’s just not that good.
I’ve two weeks left to boat fishing, if the weather holds, and it looks like it’s going to. Then it’s time for two weeks of deer hunting and as usual, I’m not very prepared. Too much fishing in my life to worry about other things.
The weather forecast for this week looks wonderful, with warming temperatures and plenty of ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines October 17, 2017
Surface water temperatures remain above 50 degrees on most area lakes. The most common readings now range between 51 and 54 degrees with deeper waters trending higher than shallow lakes.
Grand Rapids area Walleye fishing reports haven't varied from what I wrote yesterday. The trend toward evening feeding patterns continues and most anglers who fish the “evening bite” are bagging some fish.
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned the size of minnows that we use during the fall.
The fattest fatheads, most rounded rainbows and chubbiest chubs will produce more fish than ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 16, 2017
"While the wacky rig is one of the most effective bass fishing techniques around, improper technique and equipment can put you at a significant disadvantage.
I’ve been fishing the wacky rig for many years, but the last few years in particular have really opened my eyes to its seasonal versatility and effectiveness. What I used to consider a spring-only technique has quickly turned into a year-round fish catcher; especially when the fishing gets tough. This is exactly why it’s one of my primary tools when I’m guiding inexperienced anglers.
If you can avoid the following common mistakes while fishing a wacky rig, I genuinely believe you’ll ..." Learn More >> 5 Wacky Rig Mistakes You Should Avoid
It was nip and tuck, but on Saturday I received my official notice of re-certification as a moderately decent fishing guide.
Kevin Scott of the “B Minus Guide Service”, an official emissary to the governor’s task force on fishing said; “He was a shoe in for re-certification as a Perch Guide, he sailed through his crappie credential, bass and sunfish didn’t pose any problem either. Walleyes though, he had us a little worried about that.”
Luckily for me, an evening bite on Lake Whispermenot saved the night and I can hold my head up proudly today. I have officially passed the worrisome walleye stage of the testing and my re-certifications papers are “in the mail”.
All joking aside, the walleye have done everything they can to prove the theory that I ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 15, 2017
On Thursday I teased you with a photo of my Humminbird that showed big schools of fish that we’d seen swimming over the weed tops on Leech Lake. I mentioned too that we never gave ourselves enough time to thoroughly establish a pattern to capitalize on the discovery.
On Friday I concluded my report with this; “Kevin Scott’s B- Guide Service crew is heading over to fish with me and they are gonna help me unravel more mysteries of Leech Lake; it’s gonna be a good day!”
Well, we went, they did and it was, so to the extent that anybody can figure out Leech Lake in one day, here is our ..." Leech Lake Fishing Update October 14, 2017
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
Cold blooded critters like fish, in this case walleyes, have less incentive to feed when their body temperature goes down. As the fishes body temperature cools, their metabolism gets slower and that reduces the requirement for them to consume food as often.
At the same time, shallow weeds are dying off and bait fish have moved further away from predictable locations. As the baitfish move away from the weeds, suspending over open water becomes an important strategy for ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 13, 2017
Take one look at the photo of my Humminbird and tell me that you wouldn’t love to see this image of fish located smack dab under your boat. The expression “stacked up like cordwood” comes to mind and if our timing had been better, we may have enjoyed a finale’ of mammoth proportion.
We actually found the fish on a sprawling weed flat right away in the morning. At that time the air temperature was 33 degrees and the fish were buried in the weeds. We knew that they were there because we had managed to elicit some strikes, but slow action combined with the constant battle against heavy weeds discouraged me from staying there. So I split the scene to search for something “better” and that’s where I ..." Read >> Leech Lake Report October 12, 2017
After a decade of wondering if and when a trip to fish for Redfish can get crossed off of my bucket list, I think we're actually closing in on a chance to fish for them. Since the subject is on my mind, I'll share this with you;
"Redfish are an amazing gamefish with a wide range along our south and east coasts that anglers can exploit for fishing adventures of their own.
During the recent Buras Marsh Media Bash out of Cajun Fishing Adventures big “bull” redfish were in no short supply, while sporty marsh reds of beautifully deep copper hues offered tons of ..." Read >>
The Range of Redfish for Fishing Adventures
Over the years I’ve learned, sometimes the hard way that too many visits to the same place can really muck up the waters in a favorite fishing hole.
I don’t want to be the one who wrecks a fishing sport for anybody, especially for the fishing customers who depend on me to find special places to visit.
Overall, I’d estimate that my track record of stumbling into really good lakes is about ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 11, 2017
With Grey skies, a hard driving west wind, and air temperatures in the low 40’s, walleye fishing was a little chilly on Monday. It was the first dosage of really cold fishing weather and provided a reminder that I better find a pair of gloves and a warm hat.
Surface temperatures varied, but ranged between 53 and 56 degrees depending on where I measured them. I did not get the impression that the water was cold enough to force a walleye feeding shutdown, at least not yet. But with surface water already vulnerable to “The Big Chill”, last night’s hard frost might have been enough to force temperatures down into scary territory.
The “fall turnover” a term that we’ve that used historically to describe ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 10, 2017
We’re quickly winding down the fall season. Darn. I wish it would last for another month or two. I just love the cooler temps.
Fall fishing has been as expected and the adage “feast or famine” best describes it. Some days have been stellar, while some have been real stinkers.
Having done exceptionally well on one of my favorite crappie lakes, I returned a week later, only to find the fish in a real funk. They were in the same general area but were sitting tight to the bottom and it took lot of coaxing to get them interested in a bait. Yes. It was struggle time, once again. A return trip found them in the ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines October 10, 2017
"The walleye bite is on! Walleyes increasing in numbers still along the south shore, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay and in river.
Anglers picking through small fish to fill live wells with 18-19 inch walleyes. Walleyes have the feed bags on. 18-30 feet holding fish. Anchor up with a jig with a shiner minnow.
Pink, pink/white and gold have been the best colors. Reefs holding fish as well.
Rainy River anglers finding more success each day. Shiners still moving in river. Vertical jigging tipped with a shiner is best method. Some anglers ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Rainy River Report 10-10-17
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Surface temperatures have fallen squarely below 60 degrees on most lakes. On Sunday, the reading in my boat was 58 degrees, still considered ideal for fall walleye fishing, at least by me.
Conditions were better on Sunday morning than they were during the afternoon when sunshine and calm seas overtook the morning’s cloudy and breezy conditions.
The difference for us was reflected in a reduction of walleye numbers, with an increase in pike numbers. Walleyes did slow down, but they did not stop biting altogether, so we >> Read >> Fishing Report October 9, 2017
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"We re-fished the area where we’d caught walleyes earlier, but didn’t drum up very many fish and it seemed at first that returning to the spot was a dumb idea. But as I passed through the area we’d fished before and started roaming further into fresh territory, it became obvious that this was the turning point in our trip.
The revelation was that walleyes lay scattered along the weed edges in small schools. They were not super aggressive, but they were willing to strike and by constantly covering fresh territory, we amassed a respectable bag of nice fish. The trick, if you want to call it that, was to keep covering fresh water, encountering fish that ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 7, 2017
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I know that there are a lot of distractions during the fall, but I hope that following these reports for the past week has helped boost your interest in fishing. The downward trend in water temperatures has been good for business, especially for folks in my line of work.
On Wednesday, walleyes not only continued to be cooperative, but I noted a broadening of the range of sizes. There were fish of multiple year classes arguing over who was next to chomp down a Lindy Live Bait Jig and Fathead combo. We caught 10 inch fish, 20 inch fish and every size in between, including enough good “keepers” to ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 5, 2017
I know that you have an opinion about fishing in Minnesota and I know too, that there are times when you think nobody cares what it is.
Well this is your chance to influence the system, your time to sit right down with “the powers that be” and tell them what you think.
The Minnesota DNR has announced that there will be openings on several of the fisheries species specific workgroups. Walleye, Bass, Pike-Musky and Catfish workgroups all have openings.
The citizen-agency work groups that discuss how the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages fish ..." Learn More >> DNR Fisheries Workgroups
Tuesday’s surface water was either 58.9 degrees or else it was 61 degrees, depending on which instrument I used to measure it.
My Humminbird gives me the cooler reading and the floating pool thermometer gives me the warmer reading. In my case, the pool thermometer issues the most optimistic version of “the truth”, so I’m going with that one.
Why would I be happier with 61 vs 59 degree water temperatures? Because steadily declining surface temperatures have definitely helped trigger a noticeable increase in Walleye feeding activity. As long as walleyes are in the ... Read >> Fishing Report October 4, 2017
By the time most folks have their boats tucked in for winter; a majority of Midwestern lakes have still not reached their “cold water turnover period” of the open water fishing season.
Despite that nip in the fall air, there’s lots of fishing still to be done, in fact for the hearty, catching fish in open water could keep a fisherman occupied all the way to freeze up.
Just because water temperatures turn cold, lakes turn over and fish disperse, doesn't mean that they won't feed or that they aren't catchable, they are.
One key to consistent catches of fish during late autumn lies in understanding how fish and their forage respond to ..." Read >> Fall Turnover Walleye Fishing October 3, 2017
"Fishing is excellent! Walleyes in good numbers along the south shore, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay and in river. Anglers filling livewells. Walleyes are fat, full of shiners. 18-30 feet holding fish.
Anchor up with a jig with a shiner minnow. Pink, pink/white and gold have been the best colors. Reefs holding fish as well.
Rainy River anglers finding walleyes feeding heavily chasing shiners. Vertical jigging tipped with a ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report October 3, 2017
"In the planning stages for months, a fishing trip with my two sisters, Patti and Terese, finally came to fruition (what was I getting myself into?).
We touched base throughout the summer and spoke of getting together for a day in the boat but now fall was upon us and pleasant days were numbered. Last Wednesday looked good, sandwiched in between horrible weather. We were going to make it happen.
Meeting for breakfast at Wizard’s in Nashwauk, we took our time and let it warm up a tad before heading out. That’s one thing about fall crappie fishing, you don’t have to get there early and fishing from ..." >> Read >> Greg's Guidelines October 3, 2017
In yesterday’s report I mentioned that walleyes were active, but scattered. I wrote that you’d have to be prepared to strain through a lot of water and fish multiple presentations in order to bag a respectable catch of them.
On Sunday, we saw indications that this might be changing, there were less fish in the weeds, and more fish concentrated along shoreline breaks. Admittedly, the fishing conditions were ideal, featuring a healthy chop on the water, grey skies and occasional rain showers. But for the moment, these fish behaved as if the fall feeding binge was on and ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 2, 2017
"If you’re one of the lucky anglers who are sitting on a reliable Walleye bite and if you’ve managed to keep it all to yourself, then go ahead and laugh.
Compared to most typical fall walleye fishing scenarios, the action has been sluggish this year. It’s not that walleyes won’t bite, they will and they are, but they are not “stacked up” in handy one-stop locations where we can pin them down for a hot action bite. Walleyes are scattered, they inhabit a wide variety of structures and they are on the move; a tricky scenario for anglers to say the least.
For example, on Friday we caught one walleye on a deep point, in 55 feet of water in the morning. Later that day, Harry caught a gorgeous specimen in 6 feet of water over a ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 1, 2017
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This won't be the first time that folks who've fished with me have heard this, but for everybody else; "October is the new September". At least that's the effect of this unusual weather pattern that we've enjoyed these past few years.
It is irrelevant whether or not you, I or anybody else believes in so-called climate change. But there’s no running away from the fact that we are definitely in some sort of a cycle and that it has changed the way anglers should approach the timing of fall fishing. The once reliable September, has temporarily become a ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 27, 2017
"Lighthouse Gap and along the south shore continues to gain steam and numbers of walleyes.
As the shiners push shallow and into the Rainy River the walleyes are hot on their heels, with schools of fish moving around finding bait.
Charter boats are still fishing all parts of the lake such as the main basin of Big Traverse Bay and making the trek to the north part of the lake. Just two miles out in 28-30 feet doing the best. Morris Point Gap doing well in 27 to 30' feet of water.
Anchor up with a jig with a shiner minnow the best tactic. Pink and gold have been the hot colors. Still huge schools roaming the main basin of Big Traverse Bay in 31-34' where trolling ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report September 26, 2017
Let’s blame poor old Mother Nature, shall we? I am, for being at a loss for words in explaining the poor fishing experienced last week. What in the world?
Just when things were looking pretty darn good, with fish biting well all over the place, I was faced with one of those struggle times and that happens from time-to-time.
I started the week off doing quite well in my crappie fishing. One of the lakes, a fall favorite, offered a good number of hungry fish pushing the 12” mark. A few others were cooperative as well, giving up several crappies, with some of them in the 11” to 12” range and ..." Read >> Greg Clusiau Report September 26, 2017
Welcome to fall in Minnesota, where the scenic beauty of fall colors can be viewed wearing swimsuits during a mid-July like heat wave.
Alright, around the country, most folks probably don’t think that 80 degrees is all that hot, but here, especially for me, it is and especially if the date is September 24th!
Fishing through the duration of this odd weather pattern has been surprisingly good, as long as you’re not trying to catch Walleyes. Over the past week, I along with my various fishing crews have enjoyed phenomenal Pike fishing, colossal Crappie fishing, prodigious Perch fishing and as of yesterday, sensational Sunfishing.
With all of that action going on, it’s unclear whether I ..." Read >> Fising Report September 25, 2017
"This will be my last fishing report of the year. Fishing has definitely been a challenge this past year. Especially for walleyes.
We are trying to figure out what the "zebra mussel" affect is going to be. But one thing for sure, it has changed the way we approach fishing for walleyes.
This past week the perch fishing continues to be off the charts good.
The perch are being caught in all depths of water from 10' to one group said they caught the biggest perch in 29' of water. This makes for some fun fishing.
Northern fishing continues to be very good. Trolling and jigging with minnows are the best methods right now. Spoons and crankbaits are the best trolling baits. Some fish are moving closer to shore, even if there are no weeds. Some northerns are as shallow as eight feet. But the majority of the fish are still on the deeper side toward the shoreline breaks.
We did manage to locate some walleyes this week. They were very tight to the weeds and if you weren't snagging a weed once in a while, you weren't catching walleyes.
The resort will be open for two more weeks. If you would like to get in on some of this great fall fishing, give us a call. We are nearly full this weekend, so many fishermen are taking advantage of the great weather and fishing. Thank you to all our guests who stayed with us this past season. We look forward to seeing you next year. If you haven't stayed with us yet, we would love to have you in 2018." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231
"The Autumnal Equinox, according to the calendar is today. That means supposedly summer is over and fall is here to stay.
The lakes must have separation issues though because as near as I can tell, they are doing everything in their power not to let go of summer, or summer fishing patterns.
On Thursday, I ventured west of town with my crew, Kyle and Karen Reynolds to visit one of the areas smaller “mixed bag” lakes.
Similar in nature to many of the Itasca area multi-species waters, this one has a maximum depth of less than 40 feet, a moderate amount of shallow water cover and a diverse mixture of ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 22, 1017
"There has been great walleye action right outside the Lighthouse Gap and along the south shore in anywhere from 11-17 feet of water.
Charter boats have still been fishing all parts of the lake. A few miles out of the Lighthouse Gap and in front of Morris Point Gap doing well in 27 - 30' feet.
Anchor and a jig with a shiner minnow has been the ticket. Schools moving around. Pink and gold have been the hot colors. Still huge schools roaming the main basin of Big Traverse Bay in 31-34' with trolling crankbaits effective. Some trophy walleyes being caught. Rainy River anglers finding more ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report September 20, 2017
"Lakes are cooling down to the point where it’s going to be “game on” practically anywhere you care to fish and I’m talking deep-water fall crappies here. I guess we can toss a few bluegills into the mix as well, as they often frequent the same areas.
Prior this writing, very early Monday morning, I’ve enjoyed over a dozen trips in hot pursuit of fall crappies and have found the lakes that are producing best for me to have fish in transition mode. This means they aren’t in the deeper basins yet, as they will be in October, but are well on their way.
Instead of being scattered across the 35’ depths, close to bottom, they are now hanging tight to ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines
If you’re lucky enough to have a brother who is kind, thoughtful, caring, warm and generous, then you’re almost as lucky as I AM! That’s because mine is all of these things and much more!
Today is his birthday and I hope you’ll do me a favor and join me in wishing Gary Sundin happy day, filled with love and warmth; he deserves it!
OH, and by the way, I hate to break the news, but he’s moving closer to me in age all the time. On September 20, 1959 I was 250% older than he was; today I am only 102.5% older. Holy Mackerel, that gap is narrowing fast! Happy Birthday Little Brother, I ‘m thankful for you and everything you do!
"Surface temperatures are falling, now ranging between 61 and 64 degrees and there’s no doubt that cooler water temperatures are triggering some early migrations. Some fish are moving toward fall feeding locations and fall fishing presentations are becoming more reliable each day.
But don’t get too far ahead of the schedule; there are plenty of fish still clinging to late summer patterns.
Last week I wrote about catching Crappies and Northern Pike in shallow weeds. I mentioned too that there were lots of fish swirling and flopping around in weed cover that ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 19, 2017
"The perch fishing right now is incredible. The perch are located on the flats in 13-15' of water and the school is as large as I have seen in my 42 years at the resort. My group fished for perch for 3 hours each day for three days and we caught over 1000 perch. We kept only perch over 10" and they went home with ..." Read >> Four Seasons Lake Winnie Report September 17, 2017
"Terry Bolton and I are back on the lake in part two of our Fall Bass Fishing on Small Lakes.
Changing from faster moving presentations to slower more methodical presentations until we connected with better fish.
We were able to take what we learned earlier in the in the morning and expand on it. We continued moving back and forth between shallow and deep areas and figured out how to catch a better ..." Read >> Fall Bass Fishing On Small Lakes
It’s amazing how fast we can burn through 5 days of fishing! The fall session of “Fun with Dick and Paul 2017” is now entered into the records and like most of the 2017 fishing season, has flown past us more quickly than I’d like.
The weather that Mother Nature dished out over the past couple of days wasn’t exactly comfortable, but we survived. Luckily, our trip ended on a high note this Saturday; almost as if we’d been given a reward for toughing it out during Friday’s stormy and cold weather.
Walleyes on the small lake we fished didn’t run big, but they did run. Because we only wanted a few to finish off the crew's bag limits anyway, catching and releasing a bunch of lesser size fish was preferable to ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 17, 2017
"Locating Perch on the big lake was not an issue, there were lots of fish and they were very active. The locations we fished were shallow weeds located on large flats. Anyplace where we could find weeds in the 7 to 8 foot depth range produced fish. The only problem is that the vast majority of them were small and we had to catch as many as 10 fish before one of them would be a “keeper”.
Striving for our goal of 10 inch fish, we managed to bag 28 fish, but we did allow a few 9-3/4 inch fish into mix. There were a couple of fish over 11 inches too, but most of the fish we bagged were between 10 and 11 inches.
Admittedly an over-achiever by nature, I was somewhat frustrated by ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 15, 2017
Joined by the lovely and gracious “Hippie Chick” AKA Susan Sundin, Dick and Paul tested the waters of Bowstring Lake with me on Wednesday.
Hoping to find a mixed bag of Crappie, Perch, Walleye and Pike, we were somewhat surprised by the lopsidedness of the mixture. Crappies dominated our catch and it didn’t seem to matter whether we fished in shallow weeds, over rocky flats or on the deep edges of shoreline breaks.
I don’t mean to say that the specks were everywhere we went or that we didn’t have to work at finding them. We had to do all of the usual searching and probing to find a school of fish before we could wet a line. But it was odd that during the search, we never stumbled into a small school of Walleyes or Perch and it was especially strange that we didn’t pick up small Northern Pike along the way.
Strange too was the conflicting signals from Mother Nature. Looking at the shoreline we spied trees that were approaching full fall color. But the 72 degree surface water ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 14, 2017
"Walleyes are always one of our primary goals, but Dick and Paul like catching Bass, Perch and Panfish too. So with mixed bag fishing in mind, we rigged up with “Wiggle Worms” and started the mission on a weedy shoreline point.
Within minutes, Paul landed a nice Smallmouth, then I missed a Walleye and then we got a Largemouth and then a small Pike. For the rest of the day, that’s how the fishing went. We caught a hodge-podge of fish, sometimes good ones and sometimes not so good, but we caught something at almost every stop.
The majority of fish were holding on and along the ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 13, 2017
"As the water temperatures continue to drop, the walleyes have in turn put the feed bags on. Lots of shiners have made their way closer to shore and lighthouse gap for the spawn. Walleyes caught have full stomachs!
Crankbaits still producing, but spinners with crawlers or shiners and jigging with a shiner are also doing well. Big Traverse Bay continues to hold a good portion of the walleyes but reefs holding hungry fish and shorelines get better and better every day.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report September 12, 2017
"Terry Wickstrom and I got together last week for one of our annual fishing outings. Largemouth bass were the targeted species and Terry had brought along some new baits to test out on one of our favorite fish. Wickstrom, who has worked with Berkley for decades, was anxious to see just how well they worked. So was I.
The bait, called “MaxScent”, a hybrid of sorts, is best described as a cross between the standard “PowerBait” and “GULP!”, whereas it still maintains the soft and durable properties of PowerBait while offering the famed characteristics of GULP!, that being it releases a super-charged enhanced flavor into the water and keeps fish from letting go.
Terry started out using the ..." Read >> Greg Clusiau & Terry Wickstrom Bass Fishing September 12, 2017
The past few days haven't felt much like fall and the warm weather isn't going away any time soon. But the early signs of change are evident and fish in Itasca area lakes are progressing, albeit slowly, toward fall feeding patterns.
On Sunday, Surface water temperatures rebounded slightly, now hovering at about 65 degrees. That temperature is cool enough to encourage a change in fish behavior, but not cool enough to trigger mass movements into fall feeding areas. That means that presentations vary widely now and that anglers should be prepared to experiment with their choices of depth, structures and baits.
Over the past two days, we’ve spent lots of time fishing in Cutfoot and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lakes. The results have been favorable, but the action is definitely not at its peak. For us, there was a clear case of good ... Read >> Fishing Report September 11, 2017
The Luscious Sisters and their entourage breezed into Bowen Lodge to enjoy a couple days away from the hubbub at work.
Revealing the much anticipated 2017 theme, “naughty and nice”, they allowed only their “nice” side to be observed by most of us. Unfortunately, there were a couple pails full of fish victimized by the duo, receiving an up close and personal look at their “naughty” side.
Crappie fishing was definitely the highlight of this year’s trip and in terms of production, made day #1 the best outing.
Forced out of the weeds by a cold front that had just ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 10, 2017
"The Northern Pike fishing has been fantastic. Trolling spoons has been the best way to catch fish. Numbers and size has been the norm this past week.
Perch fishing has been some of the best we have seen in a while. Numbers and size have been enjoyed by our guests this whole week. Jigs and fathead minnows in 12-15' of water on the flats adjacent to the shoreline drops have been the best areas to target.
Fall fishing is here. The weather forecast is for nice weather, so if you want to get in on some good fishing, give us a call." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231
"The most encouraging discovery was one large school of what were apparently “fresh fish”. These Crappies had not been in the area this weekend and have shown up within the past day or two. It’s a lot more fun when you have the chance to fish a school of Crappies before they have been picked over, and that’s what this crew enjoyed on this trip.
Presentations varied, Rand enjoyed using a small jigging Rapala to fool his fish, Kendra preferred the more traditional Lindy Live Bait Jig tipped with a minnow and both methods were effective. There were fish caught on a #6 Ice Worm tipped with ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report September 7, 2017
Surface temperatures plunged into the mid 60 degree range on Tuesday. In the aftermath of Labor Day storms, the cold front pushed into the Itasca Region, bringing along strong northwest winds and slate grey skies.
The affect that the wind chill had on fish is uncertain, but the cold wind did not help my crew warm up to cold weather, fall fishing or numb fingers.
Every year somebody has to be the first one to hear me say; “The cold snap will be good for fishing in the long run. It will spur baitfish movements, kill off shallow water weeds and trigger fall feeding binges. But first, we’ll have to live through the transition between summer and fall.”
Peruse the archived fishing reports and you’ll see that most years, it is ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 6, 2017
"Fall temperatures are here and excellent fall fishing has come with it. Good numbers of walleyes moving closer to shorelines. Walleyes in front of Lighthouse Gap increasing. Crankbaits and spinners with crawlers or shiners doing the best. Big schools of walleyes in no man's land of Big Traverse Bay. Reefs producing well! Hammered gold, glow, perch, crayfish all good colors.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening still the best.
Some shiners starting push back up the river with hungry walleyes on pursuit. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners producing the ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report September 6, 2017
"Ask a group of avid bass anglers what way they like to catch bass the best, and a good percentage will tell you flipping and pitching flooded cover. There is just something about those couple of seconds between the bite or realization that a bass has your bait, to you setting the hook where you are imaging the fight that is about to take place with hopefully a big bass. It’s that couple of seconds from bite to hookset that really keeps us begging for more.
While a lot is talked about in the techniques of how to flip and how to pitch and ways to improve those skill sets as well as the tackle and plethora of baits for flipping, pitching and punching, not much is discussed in terms of how to ..." View Video >> Read Cover For Better Bass Fishing
"The Northern fishing has continued to be very strong this past week. Trolling seems to be working the best of all the tactics. Look for the deeper weeds in 10-14' of water. Spoons and crankbaits are the best trolling baits.
Perch fishing is very good right now. All of the guests looking for perch this week went home with limits of very nice perch. Jigs and fathead minnows on the 8-14' flats were the ticket for perch.
I look for these patterns to continue for the next couple of weeks until we get the first frost.
Our fall discount is in effect for the remainder of the season. We are offering 20% off all cabin reservations." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231
Labor Day Weekend has come and gone after dishing out its fair share of surprises for anglers who visited the Itasca Region.
Probably the most pleasant surprise and surely the highlight of my weekend occurred on Saturday, when we fished for Walleyes on a very non-traditional lake.
The small lake, known primarily as a Bass fishery, has just enough Walleye to provide an occasional catch of good size eaters, but not enough to be considered a destination for Walleye anglers.
For me, "occasional" means that I visit the lake one time each season and usually ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 5, 2017
Surface temperatures have settled on the shy side of 70 degrees as a resting spot for the Labor Day weekend. Obviously, temps will vary depending on the lake you fish, but fishing patterns will be similar throughout the Itasca Region.
Knowing that my work assignment on Thursday would be to target Walleye, I rigged up fishing rods for both shallow and deep water spinners.
After making a couple of stops that didn’t pay off, my faith in the pattern was rewarded. Our first fish was a 23 inch slot-fish, followed by two more 19 inch slot-fish that were returned to the water. That was a great start and ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 1, 2017
" By the way, the dabbling pattern wasn’t the only game in town on Wednesday. After we’d spent the afternoon searching for weeds, I decided to take a look at something different.
In this case we checked out a rock pile that lies in 15 feet of water and there was a school of active Crappies holding there. The fish were mainly small, but very aggressive, providing steady action and there were just enough keepers to ..." Read >> Fishing Update August 31, 2017
Why do algae blooms intensify after a cold front passes and water temperatures rebound?
To a casual observer, like me, it seems like lakes that were already fairly clear a week ago should have become even clearer after the recent decline in surface temperatures. Instead, surface water became greener than ever under the bright sunshine on Tuesday. A friend referred to the lake he was fishing on as “a sea of pea soup”.
I guess it doesn’t matter why it happens, its good news either way. At least it’s good for anglers who like the idea of cashing in on the late summer, mixed bag weed bite for Walleye, Panfish and Pike.
The pattern is established when the shallowest weeds ..." Read >> Dabbling Late Summer Weeds August 30, 2017
"A hint of fall in the air with some low 40's air temps this week. Excellent walleye fishing continues with limits the norm. Lots of fish of all sizes but a spike in walleyes over 28" as of recent. Spinners with crawlers and shiners filling coolers and pulling crankbaits in the mud in 28-34 ft still catching lots of fish. Roaming schools of walleyes in no man's land of Big Traverse Bay, areas around Garden Island and Little Oak as well. Reefs still producing! Gold, glow, perch, crayfish all good colors. Pike scattered all over the lake, perch mixed in with walleyes and a few sturgeon seen breaching on the big lake.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening. Shiners will push back up the river very soon with the walleyes on their heals. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners producing the best now. Smallmouth bass in good numbers along shoreline rock, bridge embankments and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report August 29, 2017
"The Neko Rig remains a hot new presentation. Wired2Fish's Ryan DeChaine walks us through one of his favorite hook, line and worm rigging configurations using proven tackle, then takes it to his local lake and an uncharted rough patch of gravel and rock found while side imaging. Multiple bites and a 100-percent hook-up ratio support his claim that this system is a must-try when bass aren't responding to bigger or more aggressive lures like jigs and crankbaits." Learn >> How and Where To Fish The NEKO Rig
"The better part of a week was spent on Lake Vermilion, pre-fishing and competing in the AIM Pro Walleye Series state championship. Here are a few thoughts and happenings that come to mind regarding last week.
*First off, with Andy Walsh, my season-long tournament partner, getting a new job and moving to Brainerd, I had to do all the pre-fishing, which I didn’t really mind. I went solo the three days before the two-day event got started on Friday. Many of you know that I fish alone, the majority of the time, so I was right at home out there.
Tuesday was terrible, as far as the weather went, being windy, rainy, and cold, but there I was, fishing from ..." Read >> AIM Lake Vermilion Walleye Tournament Recap August 28, 2017
"Northern fishing continues to be very strong. Deeper weedlines 12-14' of water trolling spoons, crankbaits, sucker minnows, and casting, have all been good for Northerns.
Perch fishing has been good, as well. Look to the shoreline drops in 14-18' of water. Jigs and fathead minnows is the best bet for larger perch.
No one chased walleyes this week. I haven't heard any reports on them, either.
We are starting to see signs of a fall migration. The water temperature is dropping so the fish should head to the shoreline weeds. It will be nice to have a fall mixed bag bite; will keep you posted.
We have openings for the fall. Our 20% off special starts on Labor Day. Hope to see you then!" Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231
Now that we’re watching the water temperatures decline, I’m adjusting to the notion that we’ll soon be saying goodbye to trolling rods, spinners and bottom bouncers. They’ll still get used some, but I’m re-spooling all of my light spinning gear with 4 pound test line in preparation for the finesse tactics that we’ll soon be coming into the spotlight again.
It happens every year, the full moon of August will trigger some great fishing and fall patterns will appear to be gaining traction. Then the weather will ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 26, 2017
"Take note when Elite Series pro Jacob Wheeler starts talking topwater lures. From his experience, you get more big bass bites on topwaters than anything else. But not all topwater lures are created equally. According to Jacob, those that exhibit a “walking-the-dog” action trigger bass the best.
The Storm Arashi Cover Pop is a unique combination of popper and walking topwater that stays in the strike zone longer than most based on its aggressive cupped-face design. This, along with its tail-weighted rear end makes it a great choice for fishing around ..."View Video >> How Walking Topwater Poppers Excel Around Cover
It's amazing how fast a person, namely me, can slip into total relaxation mode after a just few days off. Amazing too, is how long it takes to get back up to speed and caught up on the back log of chores.
But now that I have a few work days under my belt, I’m feeling connected again and I’m looking forward to sharing the current fishing news with you.
Over the past few days, Leech Lake has been the focal point of my walleye fishing. We’ve focused primarily on the west side of the lake in Walker Bay, along with Kabekona and Agency Bays.
I can’t say that the action has been awesome, but it is good and has definitely been good enough to keep us ..." Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Update August 23, 2017
"Fishing is going excellent. Lots of fish of all sizes. Spinners with crawlers and pulling crankbaits in the mud in 28-31 ft still doing the best. Areas south of Garden Island great. Reefs on fire! Gold, glow, crayfish, and bright colors continue to fill coolers Pike all over the lake, perch mixed in with walleyes and a few sturgeon roaming the lake.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening. Fall fishing on the Rainy River coming soon as shiners will push back up the river. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners producing the ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Update August 22, 2017
"I was catching a few walleyes, here and there, but it was painstakingly slow action. Even though I had caught fish up to 8 pounds, I didn’t think it would be too much fun for them. It would be boring, in my opinion. I wanted them to have fun and that usually involves ACTION!
Pre-fishing, I found a lot of northerns, using the old tried-and-true method of trolling spoons and was anxious to get going, as it’s still fun for me, after all these years. One of my guests, Rodney from Arkansas, had never caught a pike before and was blown away at how hard they hit. Even the little fish hit with gusto. He immediately called the trip a success, catching a small northern within minutes of trolling. “Oh, we should do a lot better than that” I explained, as his fish ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines August 22, 2017
"Northern fishing continues to dominate the fishing scene at the Four Seasons. Deeper weedlines, shoreline breaks, and mid-lake flats are all producing nice catches of Pike. Guests have been having great success trolling, casting, and fishing with bait.
Perch fishing is off the charts, there are lots and lots of fish are being caught. The larger perch have been scattered, so expect to ..." Read >> Four Seasons Report August 20, 2017
"The bite is on and good numbers of walleyes and saugers being boated daily. Lots of big fish. Spinners with crawlers and pulling crankbaits in the mud in 28-31 ft doing very well. The area between Long Point and a few miles south of Garden Island holding lots of fish. Gold, glow and bright colors continue to be solid choices. Plugs that are darker in color seem to be producing on cloudy days while brighter colors do better on sunny days. Pike all over the lake, perch mixed in with walleyes and smallmouth bite in rocky areas of the lake.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report August 18, 2017
"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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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?
For Sale: 2016 Lund 208 ProV GL Tiller, Mercury Verado 200 HP "Big Tiller"
2016 Lund 208 Pro V GL Tiller, 2016 Mercury Verado “Big Tiller”, 2016 Dual Axle Trailer.
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
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.
Jeff Sundin is a full time, professional fishing guide, outdoor writer and photographer. Book Jeff for guided fishing trips, for fishing seminars, fishing promotions and media events. Click here >> learn more about Jeff Sundin.
"The Early Bird Fishing Guide" Jeff Sundin - Fishing Blue Books, LLC 715 Byington Ave, LaPrairie, MN 55744 218-245-9858
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