image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 4, 2015 - Emerging Green Weeds Hold Secret To Early Season Crappies

At first, the shoreline didn't look good for us, but we could see another fishing party; they were fishing the same weedline, and they were catching fish. That bolstered our confidence, but we were frustrated at first. Using light weight jigs, a variety of live and artificial baits; we couldn’t get fish to strike. Apparently, this particular school of fish didn’t like any presentation that forced them to move out of the cover. But there was something that they did like and once we ... >> Read Fishing Report May 4

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NEW Fish ED Episode May 3, 2015

Walleyes are on the menu for Jon Thelen and Jason Muche who teamed up to produce this week's brand new episode of Fish ED.
Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago Walleyes are on the move, heading toward the main lake. Fishing on reefs located near the shoreline, Jon and Jason dialed in the pattern using slip bobbers and leeches.
Watch the video >> Lake Winnebago Slip Bobber Walleyes

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 2, 2015 - Shallow Water Panfish Springing Into Action

After trolling over a mid-lake, 30 foot hole, scanning for signs of Crappies, we found little evidence that there were still fish out there. Hoping to find signs of life in shallow water, I moved to the shoreline for a look and guess what? Surface temperatures had already risen above 60 degrees and the shallow water was inhabited by small numbers of early arriving Sunfish.
In the shallow, bright water, the fish were definitely in the mood to ... >> Read Fishing Report May 2

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 1, 2015 - Big Bucks For Bait, Fair? Honest? Who Knows?

Yesterday, I wrote a little bit about the availability of bait (See Report April 30) for the Minnesota Walleye opener. Those comments illicted comments and a question from a friend, Tom (witheld) by email; "Jeff, I agree with much of what you said, and people that are rude at the bait shops should be ashamed.
There's another party that should also be ashamed, and that's the bait shop owners that have chosen to take the opportunity to overcharge and gouge the public. Upwards of $40 a quart for shiners is ridiculous! Why can't they just charge a fair and honest price? - Tom
A) Tom, I know what you mean; I remember when Shiners were $6.00/quart, easy to come by and nobody ever worried about getting 'em. I don't enjoy paying big bucks for minnows either and I sure wish we could go back to those days, but ... read answer >> Big Bucks For Bait, Fair? Honest? Who Knows?

May 1, 2015 - Conditions on Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux were calm, even sleepy looking this Thursday. The low water conditions, light breeze and calm surface glistened like mirrors.
Fishing conditions at Bowen Lodge are going to be an interesting departure from what we've experienced the past few years. In spite of the low water, we're in for what promises to be a much more typical opening day fishing scenario this year.
The Walleye spawning run into Little Cutfoot is already over, the MN DNR Walleye Egg Harvest was already completely wrapped up 9 days ago and most of the female fish have dropped their eggs, recovered and are likely heading back toward the big lake already.
On opening day, Cutfoot Sioux will certainly still host some fish, lingering after the spawn. But we think that the odds will favor anglers who set their sights on fishing the main breaklines on Lake Winnibigoshish.
Whether you prefer to fish with jigs, Lindy Rigs or even slip bobbers, most of the typical early season presentations include minnows. This year, Shiner Minnows will be ... Read >> Bowen Lodge, Lake Winnie Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Minnesota's Walleye Opener, Low Water Drama At Boat Ramps?

It seems like we never arrive at the fishing opener without first encountering some drama and this year is no exception. Instead of living on pins and needles about whether the ice will be out in time for opening day, this season's focus will be on low water conditions.
So far I've been faithful to my notion that Mother Nature always produces an equalizer, but whether or not we can get our boats onto Walleye waters this opener is becoming a bigger question each day. ... Read Report

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Resource recycling: It’s important in Walleye fishing, too - Brad Parsons

"Most anglers I know enjoy a cold beverage after a busy day on the water. And whether that beverage comes in plastic, glass or aluminum, they also know the importance of recycling the container to conserve resources.
But “resource recycling” is important while actually fishing, too. With catch-and-release increasingly common, anglers should know the right way to practice it so the fish can swim off and live to grow bigger and be caught another day. That’s especially important on lakes with ... Read Full Story >> Fishing Resource Recycling

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 30, 2015 - Shiners On Hand For Walleye Opener, So What?

For most Walleye anglers, there is good news; there will be at least a limited supply of Spottail Shiners on hand for the 2015 Walleye opener.
After seeing the craziness over Shiner shortages that occured early in 2013 and 2014, it's kind of nice to be able to say that. But in some ways, it worries me too; now there will be just enough Shiners on hand to keep everybody on the edge of their boat seats. Who will get to be the first one to ... >> Read Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 28, 2015 - Northern Minnesota's Mysterious Pre-Spawn Panfish

I know that YOU KNOW the familiar expression; "What you don't know, can't hurt you". Yes, I agree, that may be true. But when it comes to pre-spawn Crappie and Sunfish behavior, whatever it is that I don't know is definitely driving me nuts!
On a quiet, warm Monday afternoon, my Yellow dogs were giving me the look, the one that says; "Let's go do something pops". So I decided that yard and garden chores were gonna have to take a back seat to a boat ride.
I decided that this would be a great afternoon to ... Read >> Fishing Report April 28, 2015

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 24, 2015 - Minnesota's Walleye Opener, Planning The Plan-able

I've received some questions from folks who wouldn't mind hearing a few tips about gearing up for the Walleye fishing season. That's good for me because because gearing up for the Walleye season has become so routine that my attitude tends to bee too relaxed. In other words, answering your questions is what reminds me that I need to get prepped myself.
Since we in Northern Minnesota are in a holding pattern right now, this is the perfect time to sprinkle in a few "tricks of the trade" that will help you catch some extra fish this opening day. Tip #1 will be a BIGGY; getting geared up for shallow water, feeding Walleyes.
I believe that most of the fish, in most of the more popular Walleye lakes, in most of the Itasca Region, will undergo their "post spawn funk" before the season opens this year. That means that instead of foucusing on spawning territory, anglers should plan on only making make a swing through one or two good spawning areas for a quick perusal. If the fish aren't there, be ready to ... Read Report

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Hungry Sunfish can be devastating to a freshly stocked supply of Walleye Fry. Using fingerlings can help overcome the problem.

image denotes fishing question from a reader April 23, 2015 - Minnesota Walleye Management; Stocking the Stockable

Q) Brandon Watson wrote; "Hey Jeff; How is it determined what lakes are stocked with fry and what lakes with fingerlings. Also, what is the benefit to each. Thanks!"
A) Brandon, surviability is the primary benefit of stocking Walleye fingerlings. Panfish, especially Sunfish can be devastating to a freshy 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 ... read >> Walleye Fry vs. Fingerling

Post thaw... It’s unquestionably the most epic time of transformation among the Ice Belt states and provinces. Water temperatures are on the rise, but not nearly as rapidly as the air. Luckily, it only takes a one degree increase in water temp to wake up lethargic walleyes.
So why do some anglers motor back to the launch with a livewell full of fish while others return empty netted? Oftentimes, it boils down to trolling speed; using lures that can achieve peak performance at low speeds; and holding those baits in a relatively shallow strike zone.
Few on God’s green earth are more adept at trolling for ... Read >> Slow Trolling For Early Spring Walleye

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image denotes question from reader (re-post) Relaxed Walleye Slot Limit On Lake Winnibigoshish - Tom Crosby wrote; Q) "With the adjustment to the slot size on Winnie, I was wondering what your thoughts are on keeping a 23 + inch walleye. Do you feel the DNR did this in hopes we take some (larger fish) out? Just curious what your thoughts are?
A) Tom, there is little doubt that the new 18-23 inch protected slot is definitely going to result in a greater harvest on Lake Winnie this season. How much the harvest increases will depend an awful lot on how the weather breaks this spring.
Based on my conversations with fisheries officials, I wouldn't necessarily say that they are "Hoping" that we remove these larger fish. Rather, I think it reflects more that they believe the population of spawning size female Walleyes is strong enough that allowing some harvest of these larger fish is not likely to damage the fishery ... "Too Much". One thing that I DO KNOW is ... read >> Winnie Walleye Slot Limit
image denotes question from reader Fishing For Bluegills At Spawning Time? - Terry Nordstrom asks; Q) "Jeff: planning a trip to Cutfoot or Bowstring to try and catch Bluegills when on their beds. Estimated dates for me to plan that trip?? Coming from Wisconsin, Was thinking first weekend in June, Thanks Terry.
A) Well Terry, that question puts me in a tough ... read answer >> Bluegills At Spawning Time

image denotes link to fish ed internet New Open Water Season Debut Missouri River Walleye Fishing April 21, 2015

Early season Walleye fishing on big rivers like the Missouri can mean great action. Before you can cath 'em, you have to figure out what they want to see. In this episode of Fish Ed, Jon Thelen uses Lindy River Rockers to unlock the trolling pattern for early season walleyes. Check out this first video of the season, hot off the press, direct from Chamberlain SD and the Missouri River. View >> Fish Ed Season Debut Early Spring Walleyes .

For the 2015 season debut of Fish Ed, Jon Thelen shows us how to catch Missouri River Walleyes.  
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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (4/21) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - Hot Springtime Crappie Bites

"Walking down to see how he was doing, I checked the water temp and found it to be a cool 50º. Two days earlier, I was checking temps and found it to be over 52º.
In 10 minutes of casting, the only bite Tom had received was from a hungry northern pike, which bit him off.
Overcome by a bad feeling of fishing failure, I told him “the water’s too cold for the fish to be up close and active.” His quick response was “let’s go visit Chad.” I agreed. It was a good call. If there was anything wrong with that decision it was the fact that our good buddy Chad lived in Alexandria, some 250 miles away.
Never-the-less, there we were, back in Keewatin, piling all essential panfish gear into Tom’s new diesel truck and heading south, another 4 hours, where the water temps would be much warmer and panfish would be a whole lot more predictable. I’ve always said and stand by the fact that in order to stay on fish and enjoy a good bite one has to travel, something that I’ve been preaching and ... Read >> Gregs Guidlines April 21

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 20, 2015 - Minnesota Walleye Opener, Reflecting on the Reflectable

"For me, there's no sweeter sound than hearing the water gently slapping into my Wave Wackers! So, after a couple of seasons wondering whether the lakes would be ice free in time for the fishing opener, it's nice to KNOW that we are in for a much more conventional opening day this year.
In 19 days, we'll be gripping our fishing rods, working toward the Walleye hole and by all accounts, the Walleyes will be ready for us when we get there. The spawning run at Cutfoot Sioux continues on a steady course, 2000 to 3000 fish arriving at the traps each day. By the way, that reminds me ..." read >> Fishing Report April 20 .

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Finding and Catching Big Water Panfish Ted Pilgrim and Joe Balog

"It’s one thing to find spring and summer panfish in a pond, creek or small lake. But what do you do when your home water is one of the Great Lakes? Or a giant reservoir? Or a sprawling water body best known for bass, walleyes, trout or other predators? Good news pan’ fans. Even on big water, finding sunfish, crappies and even perch can be simpler than you think. And once you find them, these sweet species can be among the most palm-stretching specimens found anywhere.
Especially in sprawling freshwater environs, sunfish and crappies tend to be homebodies, haunting relatively confined zones throughout the calendar year. No matter how big, deep or intimidating a water body, most contain prime shallow habitat used by panfish: boat harbors, marinas and other manmade backwater locales, plus natural bays, coves and creek inlets.
Beginning in spring, nothing could be simpler than laying out a lake map and ... Read >> Big Water Panfish Joe Balog Ted Pilgrim .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 17, 2015 - Walleye Spawning Run At Cutffot Sioux

Imagine waking up for your morning coffee with a couple of thousand Walleyes staring you in the face; we should all be so lucky! For some of the DNR Fisheries Staff, that scene is a reality for a week or so each spring.
Walleyes everywhere begin answering their urge to spawn shortly after ice out, when the water temperatures begin rising into the low-mid 40 degree range. Guided by instinct, they move toward a variety of spawning areas, on a variety of lakes, in this case ... Read >> Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest

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Fishing Article: Ice Out Bass Fishing Tactics on Northern Rivers

For most of us, early spring fishing conjurs up images of Walleye, Crappie and Panfish. But Bass fishing is a blast too and there are plenty of spots where you can fish in complete privacy.
If you struggle to catch bass or think it's too cold to fish for bass when the ice first melts off your local river, think again. It can be some of the best bass fishing of the whole year. Read Tom Monsoor's tips for bass fishing as soon as the water becomes wet up north. Learn More >> Ice Out Bass Fishing Tactics on Northern Rivers

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 15, 2015 - Early Ice Out; Providing Plenty of Room for Fish ... To Hide!

"Our first stop was at Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids which was almost completely ice free. In fact we were able to navigate from the Tioga Landing almost all of the way to the Hwy. 169 Bridge. That's where we came upon last 1/4 mile of ice cover in the main lake. That ice was soft, easily penetrable and by today, it’s probably already gone. There were some other loose patches of ice floating around out there, but they were even softer and we navigated (slowly) right through a couple of them. After trying some deep water, some shallow water and then ... >> Fishing Report Pokegama Lake .

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Catch More Cold-Water Crappies this Spring? In This article, Dr. Jason Halfen writes;

"During the weeks after ice cover leaves the lake (or water temperatures begin to rebound from wintertime lows), crappies are on the move with shallow water as their ultimate destination. This is a movement that will eventually lead to spawning, but reproduction is not driving this initial transition; feeding is!"
Many anglers will impulsively head to the shorelines and back ends of soft-bottomed bays as soon as surface temperatures begin to increase. While some panfish may be found in these waters, the vast majority of the population, and nearly all of the quality fish, are most likely to ... Read >> How You Can Catch More Cold-Water Crappies this Spring .

April 14, 2015 Lake Winnibigoshish Icing Out Early

Anglers are going to need something new to talk about this spring, the ice won't be around to entertain us much longer. After enjoying the past couple of seasons on pins and needles about whether Winnie would be ice free in time for the Walleye fishing opener, this spring it's a non-factor.
On Monday, northwest winds were blowing whitecaps from Tamarack Bay into the Dam Bay. Ice was piling up along the shoreline between Plughat Point and Sunset View Resort and from there, I could also see ice piled up at Tamarack Point and along Bowens Flats. I'm guessing that the view from Mallard Point north into the 3rd River Flowage probably included a lot of open water and You Know what happens next; a wind shift sends the remaining ice that direction and then the rest of the ice disappears in a flash.


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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 14, 2015 - Watching The Watchable Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest?

"Curious to see if my suspicions were right, I drove up to the bridge at Little Cutfoot Sioux on Monday to see if DNR fisheries staff had assembled the infrastructure for the Walleye egg harvest. Sure enough, there it was, headquarters central was all set up and almost ready for prime time. The nets will probably be set sometime today at the Walleye Egg Harvest Station. The first wave of spawning Walleyes may even arrive during the wee hours tonight; maybe we'll be looking at some fresh photos of the operation by Thursday morning. Folks interested in a casual peak at the operation can see the setup from the Hwy 46 Bridge located 17 miles NW of Deer River. But if you want to get in for a closer look, follow the road in from ... >> Cutfoot Walleye Egg Harvest .

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The Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest Station is set up and almost ready for prime time. Nets today, fish tomorrow, probably.

April 13, 2015 Ice Out on Itasca Area Lakes

Over the weekend, warm winds and sunshine worked so well together that we could actually watch the ice disappear. Yes, that's right, an image taken every few hours would reveal more open water than its predecessor and by Sunday evening, dozens of small lakes in the Itasca area were ice free. The photo, courtesy of Cub Reporter, Satff #004 is of an ice free Little Cutfoot Sioux. Large lakes like Winnie, Leech and Cass are a lagging behind a bit, but they too are on the verge of ice out and it wouldn't suprise me a bit to see open water on all of them before next weekend.

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 9, 2015 - Rainy River Re-Match Today

They are coming; the spawning event is inevitable, the only question is whether or not the lion's share of the fish will make their way into the river before the April 14 season closing.
On Wednesday, I and my fishing partner Arne Danielson, AKA Cub Reporter, Staff #004, made our way to the Rainy River. As we drove toward Baudette on Hwy 11, we noticed that the Timber Mill Park landing was less than 1/2 full and soon discovered why. The Wheelers Point Landing has now become the center of attention for likeminded anglers who have intentions of getting as close to ... read >> Rainy River Walleye Report Apr 9

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image of fish tightly schooled on graph "Cleaning Up Your Fish Finders Image" - I've been talking electronics a lot with anglers the last month or so, and I am learning that a lot of fishermen have anxiety when it comes to how to use electronics when fishing. Maybe anxiety is not the right word, but they are just overwhelmed with all the settings, so they end up doing nothing except turning the graphs on and off.
Luckily for anglers, the technology is so good in fishing depth finders and chart plotters today that they work really well out of the box. But they work a whole lot better if you make a few changes to your settings to get a clear picture. Read Story >> CLEAN UP YOUR FISH FINDER'S IMAGE

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 8, 2015 - Another Place Where You Can Find The Findable!

Oh by the way, I've been holding out on you a little bit, sorry, but I just had to wait until the news was newsworthy.
Guess What? Now there is another place where you can go to find even more pictures and notes from our daily fishing adventures.
You won't find 'em here, nope, I'll be providing exclusive photos and blog posts for Lindy's Facebook page. In fact, if you go there right now, you can see a lovely photo of my oldest child that was taken this Easter Weekend. So if you're not already following the Lindy page, just click the image, check it out now and enjoy!! >> Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle on Facebook

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (4/7) Pursuit of Prehistoric Giants, Rainy River Sturgeon Fishing

Andy Walsh writes; "It’s that time of the year to get into the prehistoric giants that lurk the depths of Rainy River. Water temp is roughly 37-38 degrees with this current cold front and water clarity is roughly at 3 feet. Facing a 10-12 mph NW wind all day, we managed to catch 11 sturgeon ranging from 60.5 inches down to 20 inch class.
Sturgeon fishing is a chance for family and friends to get together and fish for giants and grab some quality time away from the digital world. Here are some tips to help you get in on this exciting fishery.
First off, catch a photo- it'll last a lifetime. Here’s a countdown of top ten tips to catching a sturgeon on Rainy River." Read Article >> Rainy River Sturgeon Fishing

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 8, 2015 - Rainy River Re-Match Today

I'm looking at both the weather forecast and my calendar; the weather gets better this weekend, but for me, the calendar gets worse. So if I have any intention of trying to catch a gigantic pre-spawn Walleye this season, it appears that I either have to do it today, or take my chances that conditions will be good on April 14th for the season wrap up.
Hmm, tough decision, but under the circumstances, I think there's only one reasonable thing to do. I'm doing it all for you, I'll sacrifice my own warmth, go there today and get you a firsthand fishing report. Yes, that's it, today is the day and I think my chances are good because I ... read >> Rainy River Report Apr 8

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 7, 2015 - Pondering The Perplexities of Walleye Spawning

On Monday, I wrote; "An egg is and egg, they take a certain amount of time to develop and whenever they are mature, the females will move ahead with their plans." It was my own comments about Walleye spawning piqued my interest, I wondered; so when are the eggs ready and what finally triggers the spawning run?
I decided to call in an expert, MN DNR Large Lake Specialist, Gerry Albert. The question; What set of conditions actually trigger spring spawning runs and can we estimate when they will occur? First we reviewed the behavior of spawning Walleyes during that odd 2012 season and then we ... read about >> Walleye Spawning April 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 6, 2015

As expected, Easter weekend Walleye fishing action on the Rainy River was on the slow side. But for folks like me, who just needed an excuse to get outside and do something, it was good enough.
I didn't want to consume my Easter Sunday by going off on a rant, but today, I don't mind telling you that I'm little bit concerned about something. It has to do within an attitude toward fishing that seems to be getting more prevalent, the idea that unless one bags a whole bunch of fish, the excursion is time wasted.
On Saturday, we fished from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and caught a total of 9 fish. My oldest child caught a 23 inch Walleye, 2 keepers in the 18 inch range and a couple of little guys. Austin Jones caught ... read more >> Rainy River, Easter Weekend Update

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Bowstring North Access Little Ball Club Little Cutfoot Sioux Sand-Portage Lk. Bridge Bowstring River at Inger
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Lake Winnie Dam Bay Lake Winnie Bowen Flat Lake Winnie Plughat Pt. Bowstring Northwest Bowstring Northwest

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 2, 2015 - Ice Fishing For Easter?

Okay, so you want to go ice fishing one more time and you're wondering where to go. Well thanks to to handy work of Cub Reporters, Staff #004 and #005, we have enough pictures of "good accesses" to convince me that in terms of safety, it is doable.
Success stories from ice fishermen are still coming in too and that even makes me feel like getting geared back up for one more trip onto the ice.
For instance, the image you see here of Tom Blanck who only had to hoof it a short distance from the landing to get in on a fantastic day of "multi species" on the ice. Blanck, along with his fishing crew spent their day fishing over 3 to 4 feet of water and caught Perch, Walleye and Northern Pike; all without even wearing a pair of gloves.
On the north side of Bowstring Lake, ice conditions remain fairly good and IF conditions don't deteriorate overnight, this is probably a viable option for the weekend. Landings on Lake Winnibigoshish, Cutfoot Sioux, Ball Club ... most of the river fed lakes in the region are in fairly good condition.
A word to the wise though, conditions are changing fast and what you see today, might not be there tomorrow. That's what happened on Little Cutfoot; I saw fishermen ... read report >> Ice Conditions April 2, 2015

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image denotes field report from a fishrapper reader (4/2) From Lake of the Woods, Sportsmans's Lodges; "Birchdale, Frontier and now Vidas landings are all open! Open water should be to Baudette in a few days. The weather forecast looks much warmer this week. We should make some good progress opening the river up! Nice sturgeon and walleyes are being caught. Bite is picking up by the day and the warmer weather should help too! Best approach for walleyes right now is a 3/8-1/2 oz. gold or chartreuse jig tipped with a minnow. Sturgeon, #5 hook, 2-5 oz. weight and a gob of night crawlers has been working best in deep crevices of the river bottom. For pike, casting buck tails and assorted flashy spoons work well in weed beds and open bays". - For reservations call 800-862-8602 and let the fun begin!

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Fishing Article Using Side Imaging To Produce Pre-Spawn Walleyes

Pre-spawn walleyes respond to this burst of icy cold water in predictable ways. First of all, recognize that the fish don't move (or, don't move very far). Biology and instinct has driven them to position on or very near spawning areas, and those biological urges have not disappeared. Unless the dip in water temperatures is also accompanied by an unusual, dramatic increase in water flow, the fish will typically not reposition within the river. That's the good news: if you knew where the fish were in late winter, then you know where to focus your efforts when the water ... read article >> Dr. Jason Halfen, Side Imaging For Pre-Spawn Walleyes

image denotes question from a reader (re-post) Lund Alaskan For Rough Water? - Kevin Scott Wrote; "I have a good friend, early 60s who fishes Minnesota-Wisconsin and Canada on medium size lakes like Bowstring. He's contemplating purchasing a new boat and fishes for walleye and Panfish mainly. I recommended the Lund Alaskan in a tiller but he has had a console and is leaning that way. Easy trailering and easy in and out of water is important and being able to troll and work structure with the right equipment.
A) Kevin, Everyone has their own ideas about what they "NEED" in a boat. The Alaskan is one boat that makes a lot of sense for anglers who want to have all of the right tools for fishing, and don't mind ... >> Read Answer
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Helping your fellow ice 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 >>

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Where Have All The Sunfish Gone? Picking back up on yesterday's subject about the disappearing Sunfish, a note from Jesse Aultman on Thursday reads; "It's pretty likely the sunnies are just as abundant as ever, but I just didn't happen upon the school(s) of them".
Okay Jesse now that you've ruled in favor of the fish still being available, I'm gonna have to make a few assumptions about where I'd look for them. Remember, I still have the blindfold on, so I'm giving you my best guesses, based on general knowledge about the fish, not about the lake.
One key factor in tracking Sunfish location is to ... read full answer >> Where Have All The Sunfish Gone?

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image denotes field report from a fishrapper reader (3/1) Lake Mille Lacs has been under the microscope, literally. Among the results of surveys, exams and studies, there appears to be a hopeful outlook for a strong 2013 Walleye year class. Don't get your Li'l Guys baited up just yet, but a strong Walleye year class on the big lake could be be just what the doctor ordered.
In the newsletter Hooked On MilleLacs Lake, the Aitkin MN, DNR Fisheries Manager Rick Bruesewitz says; "Expectations for this 2013 year class of walleye are running pretty high, but I want to caution everyone that this does not mean we are out of the woods quite yet. It takes time for this new year class to contribute to the spawning stock. The timing for that event starts a year from this coming spring with some males first reaching maturity. Then by 2017, nearly all males will be mature. However, for females, first maturity is ... read more >> Lake Mille Lacs Walleye .

(2/22) Truck Driver Cited, Fined For Transporting Zebra Mussels - I was really reluctant to share the link to this story with you because I'm afraid that it could be mistaken as a form of finger pointing; believe me it is not. But I think it’s important to talk about this because it points out what an uphill battle we have when it comes to slowing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. What we have on our hands is a war against ... Read More >> Fined For Transporting Zebra Messels

image denotes news release (re-post) IMPORTANT! AIS Training and Trailer Decal On Hold!

"The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will postpone the new aquatic invasive species training and trailer decal program that was due to launch at the end of the month while legislators consider changes to the program.
Under a law passed by the state Legislature in 2012, anyone trailering a boat or water-related equipment such as docks and lifts in Minnesota is required to take aquatic invasive species training and display a decal on their trailer. The effective date is July 1, 2015.
“With the legislative interest in this educational program and ongoing discussions about possible changes, we are postponing the launch until we see if the Legislature acts this session to modify the program,” said Bob Meier, DNR assistant commissioner.
The DNR supports the education that would be provided under this law, but recognizes there are some concerns with the way the law is currently written. For example, people transporting boats on trailers through Minnesota to another destination are required to learn more here >> MN DNR NEWS RELEASE AIS Training and Trailer Decal On Hold


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