Minnesota Fishing Reports
This will be a busy week at Williams Narrows Resort on Cutfoot Sioux; the 2018 Daikin (formerly McQuay) Fisharoo has begun!
With over a dozen guides carting upwards of 40 fishermen around the county, it doesn’t take very long to figure out if there are any “hot bites” going on, or not. I’m not sure if the word “hot” is the right one to use, but for the 2018 rendition of the Fisharoo, Winnibigoshish provided as good or better walleye action than anywhere else in the region.
I know what you might be thinking, something like; “yeah, maybe you caught fish on Winnie, but I’ll bet you ..." Read >> Daikin Fisharoo Lake Winnie Report July 16, 2018
"Pro bass angler Justin Lucas has had a successful history of drop shot fishing Texas-rigged worms around docks, bush and grass of all types; if you're fishing around cover that's likely to fowl an exposed hook, then Texas rigging a worm is the way to go.
Justin outlines 5 simple but key tips essential to success when targeting bass around cover with a drop shot. His guidance pertains to the fundamentals of leader length, weight shape, size and position of the rig in the water column."
View Video >> 5 Must-Know Tips for Drop Shot Fishing Bass in Cover
"A draft five-year plan that guides fisheries management activities for Lake of the Woods will be discussed at a public open house on Tuesday, July 24. The open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods Ambulance garage, 111 First St. SW in Baudette.
“This open house will let participants ask questions and submit comments. No presentation will be made so people can arrive at any time,” said Phil Talmage, Baudette area fisheries supervisor. “The open house also serves as an opportunity to ..." Learn More >> Open House Lake of the Woods Fisheries July 24, 2018
Last year at this time, drought conditions made launching a fiberglass boat at some of the shallow water ramps was a dicey proposition. For me, getting into the water and horsing my glass boat off the trailer bunks got me through until about August 1st, but after that, I had to switch over to using the Alaskan almost exclusively until the end of the fishing season.
The drought conditions persisted this spring, especially in the area north and west of Grand Rapids where rainfall was lighter than it was further south. In fact one of the most common email questions before the fishing opener was; “can I get my boat into the Landings on Lakes like Bowstring, Round, Little Winnie and others.”
Happily, we now have vastly improved access to all Itasca Area Lakes which can..." Read >> Fishing Report July 15, 2018
I think that seasonal progressions on these Grand Rapids area lakes are a bit behind schedule this year. Even though surface temperatures have risen into the mid-70 degree range, weed growth in many areas does not appear to be normal for this time of the season.
It’s not easy to explain why because as warm as the weather has been, one would think that weed development, fish migrations and insect hatches would have been right on track, maybe even early compared to an “average” season. But if I was to measure seasonal progressions based solely on what I’ve seen the fish doing, then I’d say that patterns are more similar to mid-June than mid-July.
On Wednesday, I watched ... " Read >> Grand Rapids Area Fishing Report July 12, 2018
"Walleye fishing on fire for eaters and slot fish with some big girls being caught as well.
Drifting and trolling spinners and crawlers has been the go to method. Trolling cranks in the basin in 26-30 ft producing limits also. Charter boats and personal boats catching fish all over the lake. Congrats to all MTT anglers, top bag, 5 fish over 36 lbs. Welcome to all MWC tournament walleye anglers this week.
On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing "keep season" is now open until ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Update July 11, 2018
"This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen is joined by his son Nate and together they will show you an awesome spinner technique for pulling big pike out of the weeds.
Grab the family or your favorite fishing partner and some Little Joe Heart Of Steel Spinners and get in on some hot pike action!" View Video >> Spinner Tactics For Catching Summertime Northern Pike
There have been a lot of calls and emails lately from readers asking for one sort of advice or another. I’m doing my best to keep up and at the same time, attempting to prioritize the list. Since the “busy season” is in full swing, my office time is limited. So if you’ve dropped me a line and haven’t received a reply, I apologize, I will get the stack cleared up eventually, so please bear with me.
I’m usually checking messages during the wee hours of early morning, so my schedule tends to favor emails rather than phone calls. Also, I do offer The Early Bird Insider’s News List, an “opt-in” email list that I routinely use for ..." Learn More >> Contacting The Contactable
Q) July 10, 2018 Larry Brown Wrote; "In previous posts about changing the Walleye limits, I understood you to not be in favor of lowering to 4 per day per person. Have I misread your past posts (winter/spring 2018) that you favored a 6 fish limit especially for out of state visitors like me & my family?
I only catch Walleyes during my short 1 week visit to your beautiful state and being able to take 6 home allows me to have a couple of meals until my next year. I think if they only allowed 1 Walleye per day per person (4 Possession) it would not make sense for me to ..." Read >> Q&A Minnesota Walleyes; Bagging the Baggable
I’ve been using plastics for many years now and got into it, basically, out of necessity. Decades ago, Marilyn and I were fishing in Ontario, catching walleye and crappie, when we ran out of minnows. What to do next?
Looking through the tackle box, I came across some baits that had just come out. I never had a chance to try them, but now looked to be the time. What would we have to lose? If they didn’t work, we’d just head back to camp with an already pretty good catch. We threaded on ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines July 10, 2018
Fishing customers often ask me; “What do you do when you go on vacation?” More often than not, I go fishing, of course.
Folks who know me remember that in the past, I’ve used my oldest child, Annalee’s July 4th birthday as an excuse to take a few days off of “work”. It’s been a few years since we’ve been able to do it, but this year we were able to re-kindle the tradition, this time introducing some new family members to the tradition.
When your birthday falls on the 4th of July, viewing fireworks becomes a pre-requisite for any birthday party. And the way we remembered it, there are few places in our state that ..." Read >> Rainy Lake Fishing Report July 9, 2018
Q) Kurt Grobe wrote; “Jeff, I have spoken to you before, but haven't had a chance to fish with you yet. But this may be the year. I am wondering when would be the best (on average of course) time to come fish walleyes with you on Winnie/Cutfoot? Is it better to fish during mid to Late august, or into September?
A) Timing a trip for the best possible weather and circumstance is tricky. No two fishing seasons are exactly the same.
Generally, late August, especially the days preceding the full moon are good, both walleye and pike tend to be active along the ... Read >> Late Summer vs Fall; What's Better For Walleyes?
"Fishing for as many years as I have, many trophy-size fish have made their way into the boat. I can recall several of them but not all. What really sticks in my mind are the dozen or so super-big fish that got away. Especially the ones that I never got the chance to see. That really bugs me. I don’t really mind losing a big fish but want to see what and how big they are.
Little Bear Lake – My first “Big Fish Lost” happened decades ago, while staying at the cabin. There were a few walleyes in the lake back then, enough that one had a decent chance at catching a few for supper.
I was using a ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines July 3, 2018
"The walleyes continue to bite on the midlake structures. Rigs with leeches and crawlers are the best bet. The calmer conditions look for the midlake humps and when the wind blows, the main bars seem to be the best. Many of the fish are falling in the protected slot, but some keeper size fish are mixed in with the larger fish.
Perch fishing has been a little strange this past week. They seem to be here today and gone tomorrow. This makes for a little bit of a challenge because to be consistent, you have to ..." Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report July 3, 2018
"Another great week of fishing! Most of the time was spent drifting or trolling with spinners and crawlers or leeches. We had many days this past week with little or no wind. We have had great weather, for late June and July. We are not breaking any records for heat, but some records are best left unbroken. If you are stuck in a heat wave, maybe it’s time to think about heading North to the best Walleye lake in the World. Our forecast high of the week is 83 degrees!
Drifting and trolling on the sand bars has been really effective this past week, many large Walleye and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports July 3, 2018
Upper Red Lake was hit hard by the storm last Thursday. “Kelliher really got nailed; I think they got it the worst. But the storm hit really hard here too, I’ve got a dozen trees down”, the cashier at Roger’s Campground office said. “The wind never stopped blowing since, we had whitecaps all day on Saturday, the wind finally calmed down at about midnight last night.”
Those words weren’t exactly what I expected to hear because closer to home, Saturday was a fairly calm day, in fact a breezy morning on Friday was reduced to calm seas by Friday afternoon.
I know better than to head for Upper Red after the wind has been blowing hard, but since I hadn’t realized the contrast between conditions there vs the ones further south, I was caught in my own trap. I coached my crew, explaining that we might ...Read >> Upper Red Lake Report July 2, 2018
By all accounts the walleye fishing was good for most of the tournament anglers on Saturday.
It was especially good for my friends Randy Topper and Brock Anderson who not only captured the first place trophy, but will also be carrying a very heavy bag of coins to the bank this week! Congratulations Brock and Randy on a well deserved and hard earned win!
I'm always worried whenever I’m preparing to take people fishing for the first time. Naturally, I’m hoping for a chance to make a good first impression and in many ways, I’m dependent upon good fishing to help make that happen. That means that I worry about things that might make any fishing day “less good”.
I’m always nervous after heavy weather has passed through the area. In fact, the potential for a more difficult than usual fishing day is usually one of the first things we talk about before heading onto the water, especially when I meet new customers for the first time.
One common question is whether or not stormy weather is good or bad for fishing. The correct answer is ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 1, 2018
"... Ironically, as I wrote in the report last Wednesday (June 28, 2018), Wiggle Worming was slated to get the back burner for a while. I wrote; “Everything changes for me beginning today, I’ll be fishing with kids, grandparents and action oriented anglers of all ages throughought the weekend.
There’s a good chance that the fishing the spinners will be back in vogue. I wouldn't be surprised to find myself travelling back up to Red lake for a day or two as well. I think that the walleyes have been cooperative enough to provide some action for kids and will serve to satisfy grandpa’s urge to bring home some walleyes for the table.”
Red lake did wind up on the schedule for Thursday and ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 30, 2018
"The dreaded bug hatch, don't let reports of bug hatches keep you home this season.
This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen shows you his easy system for beating the dreaded bug hatch.
Jon shows you exactly what to do and what to look for." View Video >> Beat The Bug Hatch With Power Corking
Brad Parsons, a 31-year fisheries veteran and current central region fisheries manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been selected as the new fisheries chief for the DNR. His new duties begin Wednesday, July 25.
“Brad brings a breadth of valuable experience to this important job,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “His years working his way up as a researcher in the field and then serving as regional fisheries manager will help us manage the state’s fisheries in ways that positively serve citizens, natural resources and local economies.”
Parsons, a St. Paul Park resident, has been the DNR’s central ..." Learn More >> Parsons Named DNR Fisheries Chief
On Friday I wrote; "It is unbelievably heartwarming to know how much support I received from my family, my friends, my fishing customers and my readers. It is so amazing to have you all in my corner that I can’t even find words to express myself."
Well today you can take that statement and multiply it by 100! Since the video aired last night, I've received so many messages, filled with so many kind words it's hard to know what to say except Thank You!!
I promised to share a link for anybody who missed seeing the newscast on WCCO, or for folks who live outside the Twin Cities broadcast area. Enjoy the broadcast and again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart! View Video >> "Best Of Minnesota" Fishing Guide WCCO TV
On Tuesday, I wrote; "Referencing Bemidji Area Fisheries Manager, Gary Barnard's comments about Upper Red Lake Walleye bag limits, I found it interesting that he used the phrase "A Lot of Walleyes" to describe the 4 fish bag limit.
I can honestly say that for me, a 4 fish bag limit is fine. I have more than ample opportunity to catch enough fish to eat and I can usually accomplish it within a reasonable amount of time. But that said I still do not view a bag limit of 4 fish as “A Lot of Fish.”
Even the current statewide bag limit of 6 fish doesn’t stretch very far for folks who travel long distances to fish, or for those who have to wait for long periods of time between fishing trips. I suspect that folks who provide most of the tourism dollars to Minnesota’s economy come to our state because of “the promise” that they can take some fish home to eat. That is if they can ..." Learn More >> Walleye Bag Limit Poll
On March 27, 2018 Tim Olson wrote; “Jeff, following the discussion about muskies and musky stocking, I see some folks referencing a supposed relationship between muskies and a decline in Northern Pike populations and/or spawning success. Are you aware of any direct relationship between the two? Also, I’m wondering about your take on the new pike regulation that will allow a 10 fish limit for northern Minnesota?
A) Tim, pike and muskies not only spawn at different times, but also spawn using very different habitats from each other. Pike begin staging near their spawning grounds before the ice melts and will be the first fish to ..." Read >> Muskies, Stocking and Ideal Habitat March 28, 2018
If you can’t catch walleyes during the day, fish ‘em at night”. These are the words of Captain Ron Hunter, legendary fishing guide and former owner of Judd’s resort on Lake Winnie.
He said this more as a jab at our fishing ability than as advice. Well, Captain Ron never has much problem catching them during the day, but admittedly it’s getting tougher and tougher.
Lake Winnibigoshish was known for years as a gentleman’s lake. Most days the fish bit from 8-4. You’d come in, clean your fish and be ready for happy hour by 5:00.
Over the last 7 years I’ve probably spent an average 75 days on the lake fishing and trying to pattern the walleyes and perch of Winnie. These days, the lake is changing and so are the habits of “Ole Marble Eyes”. Read Article >> Walleyes Get Hotter when the Sun Goes Down on Lake Winnibigoshish!
Q) "On March 9, 2018 Ralph Zobjeck wrote; "After reading this (Will Winnie Walleyes Make A Comeback?) I have to ask. Why is this lake and her smaller connected lakes consistently harvested for their roe at Cut Foot if there seems to be an issue with the hatch? Shouldn't this practice be suspended for a couple of years if the problem is not enough smaller fish?
A) I understand that it does seem to be counter-intuitive, but the simple answer is that eggs deposited naturally by walleyes upstream of Little Cutfoot have a very poor survival rate. Over time, sedimentation has degraded the habitat where they ..." Read >> Does The Cutfoot Sioux Egg Harvest Hurt Winnie?
Tune in this weekend as Outdoor Bound TV travels to famous Lake Winnibigoshish in northern Minnesota for a little Northern Pike action with our friend Bill Heig of Bowen Lodge and long time friend & guide, Jeff Sundin.
On this trip we're not targeting the monster Pike, we're looking for eater fish on light tackle. Then Jeff shares with us his recipe for blackened pike at a backyard fish fry by the lake.
Watch the episode Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM on WDIO TV 13, Duluth, MN or click here for more >> Outdoor Bound Channel Options - Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL
Q) Al Kirkpatrick wrote; “Wondering your thoughts on Big Winnie. Do you think Walleye populations will return to the days of old, or is this lake another disaster due to poor young of the year recruitment?
These slots just seem to mess up lakes with too many larger males that decimate forage. I'm all for saving spawning females, but things just don't seem to work out well with the existing slots. I think it's more than just the clear water situation occurring on Winnie. Given the poorer than normal productivity during recent seasons and the harvest being way down from the good old days, this lake should just be chuck full of walleye, but I ..." Read >> Q&A March 9, 2018 Come Back For Winnie Walleyes?
Reporting back with an update about last week's Q&A regarding pre-mature loss of battery voltage in his Ice Helix 7, Steve Sykes wrote; "Thanks for your help, it worked! Battery lasted all day long and I actually still had 70% battery life after a full day of ice fishing." Click >> Review Original Ice Helix 7 Q&A Here
"There's still uncertainty about side imaging technology and if it's worth it. We let the imaging do the talking and let you decide based on fishing style and budget.
The goals of this video are to 1) prove that side imaging technology produces highly detailed pictures far off to the sides of the boat, and 2) help you decide if this technology is right for your fishing situation. To accomplish this, we filmed on an ultra clear lake and drove a shallow rock flat covered with boulders and also containing sunken boats and tires. An in-boat camera was focused on the fish finder screen while a drone flew overhead (synched with in-boat camera). Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski simply drives the structure and ..." View Video To Learn More >> Is Side Imaging Fish Finder Technology Right for You?
Steve Penkoske Wrote;
Q) "Jeff, What kind of trailer do you prefer, a bunk or roller?
A) Steve, if I was assured that every landing I would ever use had water depths adequate for floating my fiberglass 208 ProV, I would absolutely prefer bunk trailers.
Bunks provide better support for my hull and given that I have enough water to float my boat, the bunk trailer is an absolute dream to load. Hands down, the bunks are a better way to go, when and if they suit your needs.
They do have one drawback and it’s a big problem for me because not all of the public access sites at the lakes I fish provide water that’s deep enough to provide adequate flotation.
That's why I still ..." Read >> Bunk Trailers vs Roller Trailers; Which Is Best?
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
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
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?
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?
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.
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