image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism May 23, 2017

image of woman with walleye"Another great week to start off the open water fishing season! Fishing has been consistent even with the ever changing weather last week. Some boats still catching over 100 fish in a day, weeding through small fish to find good keeper walleyes and saugers. Key depths around 17-24' of water. Good fishing all across south shore. Fish are responsive to most kinds of bait right now but jig and a minnow is the best presentation with pink and gold jigs standing out. Some anglers pulling spinners. Others hit reefs in 25-30', also good. Jumbo perch and pike mixed in all over the lake.
Walleyes are still in the ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" May 23, 2017 - Lake Vermillon Walleye Fishing Report

image lake vermillion walleye"My first walleye tournament is now in the books and after two days of rest, I’m still tired out. They’re a lot of fun but a good deal of work as well, especially when Mother Nature starts throwing curveballs, making it miserable out on the water.
My pre-fishing started out with my brother, Bruce, on opening day. I really wanted to go to Upper Red Lake on this day but seeing how Andy Walsh and I were entered in the City Auto Glass Walleye Classic on Lake Vermilion a week later, I thought it best to spend as much time out there as possible.
Bruce and I experienced decent ..." ..." Read >> Lake Vermillon Walleye Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin "Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me ... Thinking" - Jeff Sundin May 23, 2017

image of central minnesota walleye"There's no sense in getting down about the weather, it's just one of those facts of life that we have to deal with. In fact, I think it's an interesting departure from many opening week scenarios and this year, its better.
I recall dozens of "typical" fishing openers that feature grey skies, cold temperatures and maybe even some snow flurries. Usually, that weather lasts until about Tuesday of the first week and then the sun comes out, the weather becomes beautiful and we have fabulous fishing that lasts all the way to Memorial Day weekend. That’s when the gloomy skies, cold weather and cold front fishing patterns come back.
This spring, the cycle is apparently reversed; nice weather arrived for the ... " Read >> Fishing Report May 22, 2017


image links to wired2fish Mustang Elite HIT Lifejacket Giveaway May 23, 2017

image links to life jacket giveaway"Accidents are called that for a reason. They happen arbitrarily and without warning. As anglers we have to be extra careful because water and boats are added to the mix. A big wave, an unexpected low hanging branch or a slick surface on a boat deck or dock can have an adverse impact and you can end up in the water. If you hit your head or can't swim the danger increases.
Tournament organizations have known for years just how easy these accidents can occur and have lifejacket rules that make it mandatory that they ..." Learn More and Enter >> Mustang Elite HIT Lifejacket Giveaway 

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort March 23, 2017

"What a blast the last couple of weeks have been; Fish EVERYWHERE!!!
There was a little bit of a pattern on Opener, but now that the winds have settled down, we can finally nail down a distinct pattern for the Walleye. They are still transitioning to their Summer hideouts, but can be found in 12-15'. Jig and a minnow has worked the best so far, but I did get a few takers with leeches. Water is still in the low 60's. As for the Northern, remember the DNR has changed our limits. It is state limit of 3, with 1 over 30". The Crappies are spawning now and can be found in the shallows. We haven't had any Bass Fishermen/women yet. So, not much to report on them. I will, however, know more in a few weeks. The Perch are being caught mixed in with the Walleye. As for the allusive Sunfish, good luck.
As for the Resort, we are well on our way, with what we hope to be, to having a record breaking season. However, we do have a few openings left. Anyone wanting to book a GREAT vacation/fishing spot, mention you saw it here for an additional 20% OFF." - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .



image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge May 22, 2017

"We have had fantastic fishing on the big lake this past week! Our guides have been fishing Big Traverse Bay from Pine Island to Bridges Island and having great success with plenty of keepers and many large Walleye. Action has been steady throughout the day. We put 3 of the docks in at Garden Island earlier last week and started doing shore lunches there this past weekend.
Anchor and jigging continues to be the go to method, our Guides have been working the 25-27 foot depths and using the gold and glow colored jigs with a minnow." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson May 22, 2017

""After the unusually warm weather of last weekend’s opener, the cold front after cold front situation we’re currently experiencing has changed fishing patterns dramatically. Walleye anglers in this area are finding their quarry in water much deeper than usual for this time of year. The large deep water lakes, of which there are quite a few in this area, have Walleye in anywhere from 12 to20+ feet of water, instead of the 4 to 8 feet that would generally be the case now. Be that as it may, good catches have been reported by ..." Read >> Frontier Sports Report May 22, 2017

image links to wired2fish Jenko CD Squared Crankbait Giveaway May 19, 2017

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They just entered the squarebill market and have designed a shallow runner called the ..." Learn More and Enter >> Jenko CD Squared Crankbait Giveaway


image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort May 19, 2017image of midge

"Anyone who fished the Opener last week will tell you the weather could not have been more pleasant, especially if you compare it to the years we have had snow on opener day.
On Ball Club Lake we obviously didn’t have snow either, but there was another 4-letter word that clouded the day; Midge! (ok, it’s a 5-letter word, but close enough).
Yes, the Midge hatch was ahead of schedule and it was bigger and better than any I have seen. I use ‘better’ in the most facetious way. The Midge were everywhere! Even out on the lake in open water. There was little or no wind. Needless to say, a giant Midge hatch is a..." Read >> Ball Club Lake Fishing Report May 19, 2017


image links to walleye fishing videoFish ED "Casting Crankbaits For Walleye On Shallow Rock Reefs" May 19, 2017

"Shallow rocks attract hungry, aggressive Walleyes that move onto shallow water rock reefs for one reason; to feed.
There’s nothing more fun than triggering fast strikes from fish that are on the prowl for food.
Jon Thelen shows us how to choose and use the right crankbaits to trigger aggressive Walleye when they move shallow." View Video >> Casting Crankbaits For Shallow Water Walleye.


image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister May 19, 2017

image of 50 walleyes"With water temps hovering around 60-65 degree, it has been easy to find just about any panfish in the shallows spawning, getting ready to spawn or actually completed. No real secrets here folks, just practice selective harvest so there are fish to catch 5 years from now.
Walleyes can be found roaming the shallow flats outside spawning areas or using current areas (inflowing reeks/rivers) at night. In either case, trolling smaller shiner colored crankbaits will produce. Look for the fish on the first drop off out from shore during the day. A /8 oz. blue or green jig tipped with a shiner minnow will do the trick. Drag the bait on the bottom at slow to medium speed." Capt Josh, Minnesota Fishing Guide Service 218-732-9919, 320-291-0708

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Water Temperatures Trending Downward, Walleyes Are Too - Jeff Sundin May 21, 2017

image of Don Hook with WalleyeWith one week of Walleye fishing under our belts, it’s safe to say that Walleye fishing patterns haven’t varied much from average opening weeks. For the most part, Walleyes have remained shallow, relating to structures that connect directly to the shallowest main shoreline breaks.
Surface temperatures have trended downward ever since the fishing opener, now ranging between 53 and 58 degrees. In my opinion, declining water temperatures have signaled Walleyes to move slightly deeper and feed with less enthusiasm. Instead of locating fish schooled up on shallow flats, we’re finding them at the ... Read >> Fishing Report May 21, 2017


image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Mixed Bag Jigging Improves Odds For Big Pike - Jeff Sundin May 18, 2017

image of fishing guide with big pikeSurface temperatures slipped backward on Wednesday. On one small lake, temperatures that threatened to cross the 60 degree mark on Monday fell below 58 degrees yesterday. Larger lakes in the Grand Rapids area struggled to hold the line at 55 degrees, some friends reported 53-54 degree readings.
Combined with brisk winds, the cool temperatures and grey skies helped contribute to a very productive day on the water. Walleyes moved very shallow, and they were active; some of our fish came from water depths of 3 to 4 feet. The deepest Walleye we caught came from about 15 feet of water and that was ..." Read >> Fishing Report May 18, 2017

image links to bowen lodge website Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux Fishing Report May 17, 2017

image links to Lake Winnie Walleye report The changing water conditions continue to concern us, but we’re working with our guests to help them learn how to adapt to the “New Lake Winnie”. That effort paid off for some of the anglers who are updating their fishing strategies.
Scott Gerling and Cathy Bounds took their limit of walleyes on opening day off Ravens Point in 10.5 feet of water using a jig and minnow presentation. Instead of drifting or trolling through the school of Walleyes, positioning their boat away from the fish and pitching lures toward the fish helped maximize their catch.
Presentations like pitching or long line Lindy rigging and slip-float fishing are going to become increasingly important for our guests who love to ..." Read >> Lake Winnibigoshish Walleye Report May 17, 2017

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fish Warmer Waters For Best Early Walleye Action - Jeff Sundin May 16, 2017

image of the Sundin JigIt’s been a confusing spring, on many lakes; the warm temperatures and unusually stable weather have encouraged a very early Crappie bite. Coupled with so many emails and texts reporting good Walleye action over the weekend, it was easy to get the idea that they'd be biting in every lake.
So I did what I do every spring, I tried to get the "Early Bird" jump on one of my favorite Walleye lakes; this time, we got there a little bit too early.
We arrived to a surface temperature of 53 degrees, calm seas and a semi-bright sky. There was a lot of surface activity, small insects were everywhere, there were Suckers jumping and the lake had the feel of being on the verge of ... Read >> Fishing Report May 16, 2017

image of Lake Winnie Walleyeimage denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, May 15, 2017 Four Seasons Resort;

"One word description for Opening Day 2017 was Fabulous! Fabulous weather and fabulous fishing!
The walleyes were very cooperative in many areas on the West side of the lake. Jigs and shiner minnows were the bait of choice for most fishermen. We started out in the morning with a nice chop on the water with a nice ENE breeze. The fish were in about 10' of water.
As the day progressed, the wind subsided and we had to ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report May 15, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge May 15, 2017

"It has been a great opening weekend! The majority of Anglers were fishing in Four Mile Bay and on the lake just off of Pine Island. Best depth of water on the lake was from shore and out to 20 feet. Jig and a minnow provided great success with bubble gum and gold being a favorite color of choice.
There were many nice keepers and some big ones caught yesterday, with a whole lot of little ones keeping the action steady all day. We are looking forward to the rest of the season, it looks like it should be a great one!" - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" May 15, 2017 - How was your opener? Opening Day Fishing Report

image of men landing fishFrom the sounds of it, most everyone did pretty good and if they didn’t, they surely couldn’t complain about the weather. That’s about the nicest opening day weather I can ever remember.
Fishing friends and family were spread out on different waters, all across the North Country and here’s how it all went down.
Andy Walsh did the “start at midnight thing” on Mille Lacs and just about wore out his fish clicker, as by the time the smoke had cleared, over 140 walleyes made their way into the boat. Of course, it was a catch and ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines May 15, 2017

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin May 14, 2017 A fabulous fishing opener, that’s what I’d call it!image of nice walleye

The weather was picture perfect, the scenery was too, the crowds were manageable and the fishing was good enough to keep folks interested.
It’s ironic how rarely I follow my own advice, but despite knowing that we could have caught more fish elsewhere, I and my crew decided that staying closer to home was better than catching big numbers of fish. So our final decision was to open the season on Leech Lake, even knowing the calm seas and sunshine would discourage a hot bite.
I’m glad that I wasn’t depending solely on Walleyes to provide all of the entertainment, but for us, it really worked out well. There was a mixed bag of Perch, Pike, Rock Bass and just enough Walleyes to keep rod tips bending.
The interesting part about talking to other anglers on the lake was that nobody was getting skunked, everyone had a few fish and combined with the great weather, most folks were smiling.
Newly emerging weeds, barely 6 inches tall was the structure that held fish. Water depth on the weedy flat ranged between 10 and 14 feet, and we saw fish caught at random intervals everywhere. For us, 13 feet was best, probably because we tapped into a ... Read >> Fishing Report May 14, 2017


image links to boating articleimage links to wired2fish Strike King Red Eyed Shad Giveaway May 11, 2017

"Early spring pre and post spawn fish love the Red Eyed Shad. The fast moving rattler can be ripped through emerging vegetation, over flats and on points equally as effective. The Red Eyed Shad is a staple for die hard anglers fishing the biggest tournaments or perfect for pond fishing or a relaxing day on the water. It can be fished fast, yo-yoed or ..." Read >> Red Eyed Shad Giveaway


image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Countdown To The Walleye Opener - Follow The Shiners, Find The Walleyes May 12, 2017

On Thursday, I wrapped my report with this; “Okay, so let’s see if you’re thinking; after reading the news you just read, did your light bulb go off about where to fish this Saturday? The news was about Spottail Shiners and that the warm weather and stable conditions are moving them toward a full scale spawning run.
Then I promised to share my thoughts about how the Shiner runs will influence where the fish might be and what they’ll be doing on Saturday morning, so here goes.
Lakes with strongest populations of Spottails frequently have a few key features in common. But the two that I look for are ..." Read >> Follow The Shiners, Find The Walleyes

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson May 12, 2017

"As the 2017-2018 Fishing Opener draws ever closer, anxious anglers throughout the area are getting their equipment ready for the big day. Already hordes of boats and campers are heading for their fishing opener destination, stopping by to pick up bait perhaps a new rod and reel or other tackle. Water temperatures in the big deep lakes in the area range from 59 in the shallows to the low fifties out on the main lake. Crappies are in the ..." Read >> Frontier Sports Report May 12

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Shiners For The Minnesota Fishing Opener? YES !! May 11, 2017 Jeff Sundin

image of spot tail shinersShiners and the worry about where to find them for the fishing opener always rests high atop the lists of most Walleye anglers. This year is different, you’ll appreciate knowing that finding Spot Tails will not be a concern this weekend.
When I asked many of the Itasca Area’s key bait suppliers about bait inventories, all of them told me that they have adequate stock to carry them through the busy fishing opener weekend. In fact most of the bait shops I contacted said they are prepared to sell Spot Tails by the ... " Read >> Spot Tail Shiner Report


image of big crappiesimage denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister May 10, 2017

"The Panfish are on fire just about everywhere throughout the state. Big Bluegills and Crappies are feeding heavily and getting ready to start spawning soon.
Water temps seem to be hovering around 56-59 in most shallow areas and in the low to mid 50’s on the main lakes. Smaller lakes in the southern part of the state are in the 60 degree range. Using small plastics in the shallows is a sure bet along with ... Read >> Josh Hagemesiter May 10, 2017

image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort May 10, 2017

"Early ice off the lake has the surface temperature on Ball Club Lake in the mid-50s’.
This early warm up usually means that the Crappie bite will be picking up for the Opener and hitting high gear by Memorial weekend. Last winter and over the past two summers Ball Club Lake has been kicking out the best Crappie we have seen in ... Read >> Ball Club Lake Forecast

image links to mn dnr newsMississippi River Holds Great Angling for MN Fishing Opener on May 13th

When Gov. Mark Dayton heads out in the early hours of May 13 in hopes of hooking into a big fish, he’ll be doing something only a few governors have done before: Marking the opening day of Minnesota’s angling season by fishing on the Upper Mississippi River.
While the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener has taken place on the Mississippi three times before, it’s been on the lower, broader, deeper parts of the river between ... Read >> Mississippi River Fishing Opener

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" May 9, 2017

image of bailey with big crappieAre you ready for the fishing opener? I think I am. Although at the time of this writing, I have only taken my boat out two times during this new open water season.
We’ll see. There’s always something that I have forgotten and it usually takes me two or three trips before all is “perfect.” Here is a brief “first trip checklist”.

• First off, be sure to try your boat out beforehand and not at the public launch, where a dozen other anxious fishermen will be waiting for you. I’ve seen it too many times, fire that beast up prior to ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines May 9, 2017

image of big sturgeonimage denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism May 9, 2017

"The MN fishing opener is this Saturday, May 13th. Anglers looking to strike LOW gold this this weekend should use a 1/4- 3/4 ounce jig (depending upon current, no current, depth) with a shiner or 2 loaded up. If you are missing bites, try hooking shiner through mouth and out the gill, push the minnow all the way up to the jig head and push hook through middle of minnow. Otherwise use a stinger hook. Another good idea would be to pull crankbaits in shallow water. Although the water is cold, this can be the ticket on some outings. Pike season is open and with warming water, activity is ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report May 9, 2017

image links to jeff sundin website Fishing Article: A “Bright Outlook” For Leech Lake This Walleye Opener - Jeff Sundin May 8, 2017

image links to leech lake walleye outlookIf you took a poll among die hard walleye anglers that asked about their preferences for ideal fishing weather, I doubt that you’d find many of them hoping for the forecast that I just looked at. The NOAA forecast for Saturday on Leech Lake are Bluebird skies, warm temperatures and not much wind; YUK. Still, it might feel nice to spend a fishing opener under old Sol and not under the hood of a winter parka.
Ideal fishing weather or not, all indicators point to the presence of Walleyes in good numbers. By all accounts, anglers should feel confident about the potential for a very good opener on the big lake next weekend. The 2016 population assessment of ... " Read >> 2017 Leech Lake Walleye Outlook

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image denotes link to fish rapper article On the western side of Minnesota, May 7, 2017

Lake Wishiknew was producing good fish for Austin and Annalee Jones' this weekend. Jones wrote; "Fishing was good last night with an abundance of keeper sized sunfish and a few big ones that went back.
Main lake surface water read 51° and this shallow back bay was up to 58°.
We used 1/16 ounce ... Read >> Fishing Update May 7, 2017


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Q&A How Does Lake Winnie's Walleye Population Stack Up Against Lake MilleLacs? May 5, 2017 Jeff Sundin

image of walleyesTom 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?

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

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

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

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

image links to wired2fish "Winning The Bid For Gander Mountain" May 4, 2017

image link to article"After months of various reports and some speculation, Camping World Holdings Inc. has won the bankruptcy auction for Gander Mountain. The winning bid was $390 million. This bid was more than the going-concern bid from Sportsman’s Warehouse. The auction results require final approval from a U.S. bankruptcy court judge.
Camping World plans to ..." Learn More >> Winning The Bid For Gander Mountain


image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A Winnibigosish Walleye Population; Are There Any Small Fish? May 2, 2017

image of small walleyeTom Crosby Wrote with a question about the Lake Winnibigoshish Walleye population; “Last year a great majority of the walleyes (that we caught) were in the 17-18 inch variety.  We did not see many of the 12-15 inch fish. The strong year class of fish will now be slot fish. Any concerns about the upcoming year class of keeper fish?"
A) Tom, your question prompted me to spend some time studying test reports gathered from the MN DNR's website.
Looking at the public records provided for Winnibigoshish was confusing to me, so I had to compile my own chart using their annual “Walleye Sampled by Length” statistics. The chart made comparing the statistics easier to follow and when I look at them, it doesn’t take long to see why you're concerned.
On the surface, test netting results appear to show a serious shortage of ... Read >> Winnie Walleye Population May 2

image links to walleye fishing articleLake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Fishing Outlook 2017 May 1, 2017

Optimism abounds as we await the arrival of the 2017 Walleye season on Cutfoot Sioux and Lake Winnibigoshish. As a whole, the fishery is healthy and the prospects for a good fishing season are positive. 
Populations of gamefish remain solid and there are healthy populations of catchable Walleye, Pike and Panfish, plus there’s some good news on the horizon about the future of Yellow Perch fishing.
Walleye populations on Winnibigoshish remain stable and while the numbers may be ... Read >> Winnie Walleye Outlook 2017

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" May 2, 2017

"Normally waking up quite early, I was a little disappointed in myself for sleeping until 4:35 am (I never set an alarm). That’s when I first cleared my eyes and glanced at the clock. It took a few seconds before I realized that Andy Walsh and I had made plans to leave town at 4:30 am!
Peering outside, there he was, patiently waiting, with his big Lund Impact in tow. Somewhat embarrassed, it only took a few minutes before I was joining him for a trip across the border to Kakagi Lake.
Ice-out lake trout in mind, I knew we’d be ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines May 2, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism May 2, 2017

image of big pike"Finally some warmer days coming again after a spring snowfall this week! Many big sturgeon boated up and down the river this week. Fish different holes until you find fish as one day one hole may be better than the day before. Use a 3 ounce no roll sinker, a 1-1.5 foot leader, and a circle hook (called a sturgeon rig) loaded with and crawlers and/or frozen shiners. Anchor boat up stream of a ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report May 2

image links to email listimage denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Countdown To The Walleye Opener May 1, 2017

With only 13 days remaining until the Minnesota Walleye opener, I’ve heard from most all of the “regulars” and they've confirmed their trips for 2017 and the calendar is nearly set. So this seems like a good time to mention that I’ll be sending out a brief notice to everyone on the Insider’s Email List about remaining dates available for the 2017 season. You may already be familiar with ..." Read >> Insiders News List


image links to lindy fishing tackle Lindy Land "Choosing The Right Jig Weight" April 30, 2017

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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

Fish Ed Walleye Fishing Shallow Water Spring Jigging Pattern Jon Thelen April 28, 2017

image of jon holding walleyeSpring Walleyes love to roam over shallow water rocks, foraging for minnows and small baitfish. When they do, jig and minnow presentation consistently yield more Walleye than any other offering.
Upper Red Lake is synonomous with shallow water and it's shallow breaklines and submerged rock bars are ideal locations to present live minnows on lightweight jigs. Jon shares his best tips for Live Bait Jigs on Red Lake.

View Video >> Fish ED Shallow Water Jigging For Spring Walleye

image denotes link to fish rapper article Catch More Cold-Water Crappies this Spring - Dr. Jason Halfenimage of jason halfen with big crappies

As winter fades slowly into spring, crappies and other panfish begin a predictable transition from thermally stable, deep water basins toward warming shallows where the food web of the lake is beginning to bloom.
This general movement may take a number of weeks, and can be easily interrupted by unstable spring weather. However, in general terms, during the weeks after ice cover leaves the lake (or water temperatures begin to rebound from wintertime lows), crappies are on the ..." Read >> Early Spring Crappie Transitions

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Lake of the Woods Spring Pike Trip; Just What The Doctor Ordered April 26, 2017

image of jeff sundin with pikeLake of the Woods is well known for its spring runs of Walleye and Sturgeon. In recent weeks, social media pages were filled with photos from thousands of anglers showing off the results of their float along the Rainy River.
While most of us paid attention to reports about Walleye and Sturgeon moving up the Rainy River to spawn, there were a few sneaky anglers paying attention to another, lesser known spawning run.
Northern Pike, as always, are the first fish into shallow water spawning territory. Moving under the ice, they slip into shallow water bays and small feeder creeks weeks ago. For them, the spawning run is old news, they’ve recovered and their new plan is ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Pike April 26, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism April 25, 2017

image of logan sathre with sturgeon"Many big sturgeon have been boated this past week again.  Has been a great year for sturgeon so far up and down the river. 
Fish different holes until you find fish.  Use a 3 ounce no roll sinker, a 1-1.5 foot leader, and a circle hook loaded (called a sturgeon rig) with frozen shiners and crawlers for best results. Anchor boat up stream of a deeper hole and pitch sturgeon rig into the hole. Heavy equipment is preferred. 
Pike fishing is going good right now in shallow bays and on the Rainy River. Best methods so far are using buzz baits or lying a frozen cisco on bottom with a hook and weight(similar to a sturgeon rig but with less weight).
Pike are active in ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report April 25, 2017

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image links to rod glove giveawayRods and reels are a major investment. High dollar rods and reels need special care but even the inexpensive ones need TLC to keep them in optimum working order.
Some sit on the deck of the boat, some sit and bang around in the rod box and others are used fishing from the bank and get moved from place to place in the back of a pickup truck. No matter where they ride they need protection and that includes baits too.
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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" April 25, 2017

image of justin bailey fishing for suckers Come on Ma Nature! Quit teasing us. However, I guess we should be used to this type of behavior, as it happens most every spring. The problem was an early ice out, with a few balmy days mixed in, which had many of us quickly getting our summer fishing gear ready. On the plus side, we’re now ready to rip!
This is definitely a time of transition and it has me chomping at the bit. Hearing a report of ice out lake trout, across the border, I quickly lined up a trip.
Having spent hundreds of hours on Kakagi Lake, especially in the ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines April 25, 2017

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Countdown to the Walleye Opener; Pre-Season Fishing Report April 25, 2017image of crappie caught on Lindy Live Bait Jig

Keeping up with the Jones' was not easily accomplished this weekend. Taking advantage of warm weather on Saturday, Austin and Annalee Jones made their way to one of their favorite west central Minneosta lakes and found active fish. Austin Jones wrote; “We had had a fun day on the lake yesterday. The main lake water temperature was hovering between 51-53°. When we went in to a protected back bay, we found water temps between 58-59°.
Fish of all species liked the warmer water back in that bay. We caught Perch, Pike, Sunfish and crappies.
Our best presentation was ... Read >> Fishing Report April 25, 2017

image links to fishing articleimage links to wired2fish How Fishing Cures The Soul April 25, 2017

"What is it about the pursuit of fish that has such a deep effect on our lives?
Very few avenues in life provide the opportunity for fellowship, enlightenment and enchantment they way that fishing does.
Those of us that have spent a life of pursuit in the outdoors know an enrichment that few may ever experience. Sunrises and sunsets and everything in between to which few will ever bear witness in the ... " Read >> How Fishing Cures The Soul

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Museum Hall of Fame Bridges “History Gap” For Anglers April 23, 2017

image of Lindy display at mn fishing museumThe 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

image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A Humminbird Side Imaging Units, Applications For Lake Winnie? April 22, 2017

image of humminbird mega side imageAdam Reid Wrote; "Greetings Jeff, My dad fishes Winnie exclusively and has older electronics. I am thinking of getting him a new sonar with side imaging. How helpful would this technology be on Winnie? What sonar unit would you suggest, need gps, down and side imaging, etc..
A) Adam, Yes I do use the side imaging, it's my favorite tool on Winnie for finding small rock piles, weed beds and other off beat structures that are likely to hold fish. I do spot fish using side imaging too, but on lakes like Winnie, this is not typically my primary goal.
Now that Humminbird has introduced the “Mega” image technology, every aspect of both side and down imaging will ... Read >> Humminbird Side Imaging Units, Applications For Lake Winnie?

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Countdown to Minnesota's Walleye Fishing Opener - April 20, 2017

Walleye spawning activity in the Grand Rapids area is at full swing right now. In fact, there's a good chance that the DNR Fisheries Crew working at the Little Cutfoot Walleye Egg Harvest will have the operation wrapped up today, or tomorrow. That's interesting in that the timeline has been nearly identical to the 2016 season in which April 21, 2016 was the closing date of the operation.
What I hope this doesn't mean for anglers in the northland is that we have another opening day featuring ... Read >> Fishing Report April 20, 2017

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"Mary and I ventured down to the Prairie River this past Monday to see if the suckers and redhorse were "in" yet.
As usual, Mary put on a clinic, putting 5 fish in the bucket with in the first 20 minutes of fishing. The fishing slowed down considerably, but we were still able to put 11 redhorse and 2 suckers in the bucket. We were using a lindy rig set up w/ a foot long leader and night crawlers. Cast the rig out, reel the line tight, put the rod in a rod holder or forked stick, relax, and wait.
I haven't been out to try for panfish yet and that will have to wait until the 1st week of May as we will be chasing turkeys next week."

image links to walleye fishing videoFish Ed Walleye Fishing Early Spring Season Progressions

Spring Walleye's love to move. This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen and fellow guide Mike Christiansen show you how to stay on big spring Walleyes. These fish can be a bit picky, but Jon and Mike also show you a great technique that will put more of these big spring eyes in your boat.

View Video >> Walleye Fishing Early Spring Season Progressions

image links to articleimage links to wired2fish Sight Fishing for Bass with KVD: Stay or Go? April 19, 2017

"Kevin Van Dam talks about deciding when to stay and when to go when sight fishing for bass in the spring time. That can mean bass on beds or bass cruising in the shallows. Reading the bass and their reaction to your lures, your casts and even your presence near them can help you be a lot more efficient with your fishing when you're fishing ... " Learn More >> Sight Fishing for Bass with KVD: Stay or Go?

image of glassy smooth lakeimage denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" April 18, 2017

"I recall an Easter spent at my mother-in-law’s cabin on Little Bear Lake several years ago. The kids, both young, searched outside for eggs, as all the snow had melted. It was much like last weekend’s weather but we still had some sketchy ice on the lake.
A thin open water area, located near a small, weedy island, caught my attention. It was directly in front of the cabin and surrounded by very shallow water. Wondering if there were any fish in this area, I scrounged up some “summer tackle” from inside the cabin and headed out to ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines April 18, 2017

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Countdown To Minnesota's Walleye Fishing Opener - April 17, 2017

image links to walleye articleWith last Friday's ending of Rainy River's Walleye season, there's a fresh focus on what lies ahead. For me, today marks the beginning of a new season, the countdown to the Minnesota Walleye Fishing Opener.
Sure, we will be fishing before that, Crappies and Sunfish, Suckers and Perch, maybe even a trip to the river for a sturgeon. But the pursuit of Walleyes will be foremost on my mind and I’ll start today but driving up to the Cutfoot Sioux egg harvest station to pay a bunch of them a visit.
The nets were all set up last week and by Saturday; DNR Fisheries Staff had harvested about ... Read >> Fishing Report April 17, 2017

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image of Lindy logo Lindy Live Bait Jig Features and Benifits Video

Look Familiar? The Lindy Live Bait Jig may have a new name, but it's been around a long time. The jig popularized by carreer fishing guide, Jeff Sundin has been used to catch fish all over the midwest and thanks to Lindy for giving them a new home, these awesome jigs will be available everywhere this spring. Jon Thelen shares his insights about what makes these live bait jigs so deadly. View Video >> Lindy Live Bait Jig Features and Benifits

image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister April 12, 2017

image of thermometer"Its happy days again, the ice is gone on many area lakes and thus begins the official open water fishing season. And as the water temperatures rise so does the fishing action! Personally, I like 54 degrees for easy fishing, but decent fishing will start around 45 degrees.
The easiest way to find the hot bite and the warmest lakes in the area is to go on a scouting mission with no boat (faster). Grab a cooking thermometer like my Pampered Chef digital (don’t tell my wife) and drive to all your favorite lakes, stick the probe in the water and take the lakes temperature. Pick the warmest lake and start fishing there first. Have fun and good luck." Capt Josh, Minnesota Fishing Guide Service 218-732-9919, 320-291-0708

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Rainy River Walleye Spawn Heats Up For Season Finale' - April 13, 2017

image of fishing guide jeff sundin with rainy river walleyeForty Four, those were the degrees under our boat on the Rainy River this Wednesday. For hopeful Walleye anglers that news was already good, all by itself. But there was a full moon this week too and that added more good news, it’s an extra incentive for Walleyes to begin full scale spawning activity in the river.
By all accounts, including ours, they are making their move and the final hours of Rainy’s spring walleye season promise to be very good ones. Read >> Rainy River Report April 13, 2017

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Lucky Timing For Rainy River Walleye Season Finale' - April 12, 2017

image of Jeff Sundin with Rainy River WalleyeCalculating the precise moment of the most intense activity during the Walleye spawn is not an exact science. Water temperature, length of daylight and water conditions are key factors, most everyone understands that. But one crucial element that we tend to overlook is development of the walleye egg itself.
Male walleyes are ready to spawn right now and as soon as they have the chance, they will. But nothing can happen until the females are ready, when eggs have reached maturity, signaling female Walleyes that it’s time to "make the move".
On one hand, there’s nothing we can do but wait, large numbers of male fish won’t provide fantastic action in the river until the females ... Read >> Rainy River Report April 12, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Stream trout fishing opportunities abound for Saturday opener DNR News Release April 11, 2017

"Minnesota’s stream trout season opens this Saturday, April 15, and with the early spring weather of 2017 anglers should find good fishing conditions around much of the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“Trout fishing is getting more and more popular in Minnesota and there are quality trout fishing opportunities in every region of the state,” said Brian Nerbonne, DNR stream habitat consultant. “The opportunities are ..." Learn More >> MN Trout Opener April 15, 2017

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" April 11, 2017image of justin bailey's fishing with vets boat

Wow. We sure made a quick leap into spring. I can’t believe most all the lakes are now ice free. This is one of the earliest ice-outs I can remember and I’m guessing that the Minnesota general fishing opener will be a very good one. After all, the walleye and northern pike will have spawned weeks in advance and will ... Read >> Greg Clusiau April 11, 2017

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"The lake is open up to one mile outside of Lighthouse and Morris Gap. Water depth hasn't been an issue lately. Walleyes of all sizes with good eaters, small ones and some nice slot fish mixed in. Staying close to the ice pack has been key. That being said anglers need to be aware of moving ice. Safety first.
Rainy River walleye fishing slowed when the Little Fork and Big Fork broke loose and conditions turned muddy but the water is clearing up more and ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report April 11, 2017

image links to articleimage links to wired2fish Adapting To Weather Fronts During The Spawn April 11, 2017

"Legendary sight fisherman Shaw Grigsby shares three tips that will help you combat abrupt weather changes when fishing for spawning bass. It’d be difficult to dispute that any angler in the history of pro fishing has cashed more paychecks from catching spawning bass than Shaw Grigsby. He's won ... " Learn More >> Adapting To Weather Fronts During The Spawn

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge April 10, 2017

"Sturgeon have been active and there have been some really nice catch and release monsters. We have heard of some in the 60-inch range but nothing hitting 70 yet. The Walleye bite could be well improved with some cleaner water. The water is appearing to ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report April 10, 2017

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Out Coming To An Itasca Area Lake Near You! - April 7, 2017

Let's just say that you have your boat out of storage and you'd like to take it out for an early season test ride this weekend. Well, if that's what you want, you can have it. Yes, you can find open water on a variety of area lakes right now and the list will be even longer before the weekend.
On Thursday, I was expecting to see at least some open water on my drive out from the west side of Grand Rapids. Imagine my delight when I discovered that on some lakes, the open water ..." >> Read Grand Rapids Ice Out Report

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New Upper Red Lake Walleye Regulations Announced MN DNR News Release

Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota this spring will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
These new regulations, effective on the walleye fishing opener Saturday, May 13, allow one more fish in the daily bag than the regulations that were in place in the winter.
“Harvest under the three fish bag limit resulted in ...” Read >> Upper Red Lake Regulations 2017

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Grand Rapids Area Ice Out Predictions- April 5, 2017

On the heels of ice breaking up on both the Bigfork and Littlefork Rivers, anglers on the Rainy River are reporting increased levels of debris floating downstream. On Tuesday, one angler’s observation was that the river looks like chocolate milk now. As expected, the muddy water and increased current continues to prevent any sort of hot bite on the river.
Anglers are catching fish by avoiding the river and ... Read >> Fishing Report April 5, 2017

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Sturgeon Action Heats Up On Rainy River - April 4, 2017

Huge crowds of anglers flocked to the Rainy River over the weekend and while many of them were in pursuit of Walleyes, many more were attracted by the allure of doing battle with monster size, prehistoric fish.
Sturgeon activity on the river was good this weekend and we saw dozens of fish caught as we searched for Walleye. Sturgeons prefer locations in and near the deepest holes in the river. That’s why the mass crowds concentrate on the stretch of water between ... Read >> Rainy River Report April 4, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism April 4, 2017

"The ice fishing season has come to an end for our area with the last couple resorts shutting it down because of deteriorating ice. Thank you everyone for making this ice season one for the ages. The lake is open just outside of Lighthouse Gap stretching to the 18-20 ft of water range.
Rainy River spring walleye fishing has been ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report April 4, 2017

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" April 3, 2017 A Time to Travel

Spring transition is now upon us so if you still have the need to go ice fishing, you may want to head north, way north, like deep into Ontario. I don’t push the envelope like I used to so I won’t be drilling anymore holes this spring, preferring to wait until this fall.
And where in the world did all that ice fishing equipment come from? I sell off quite a bit of ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines April 3, 2017

image links to rainy river fishing reportimage denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Walleye Run Slows, Sturgeon Action Heats Up On Rainy River - April 3, 2017

"Even though every ramp from Birchdale to Wheeler’s Point is open, heavy traffic generated waiting lines at all of them.
For many, the Walleye fishing action was disappointing, but I never heard a discouraging word from anybody. Like me, most folks were thrilled to be out of the house, off of work and in the ... Read >> Rainy River Walleye Report April 3, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge April 3, 2017

"The river is open all the way to the lake. There is open water on the lake past Pine Island. We remind anglers to use caution when going on the lake in their boats while there are still large amounts of ice present as it can get pushed around and trap boats.
The bite started off excellent this week and now there is ... Read >> Rainy River Report April 3, 2017

image of Steve Kusske with Rainy River Walleyeimage denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin On Our Way To The River - March 31, 2017

If you’re interested in Walleye fishing on the Rainy River, you’re probably not depending on this report for current information. The buzz has been active for at least a week already and as of Thursday, the news hasn’t changed much.
I got an update from my friend Steve Kusske yesterday and his was the first to mention that no large fish were caught. The lack of big fish could be a simple coincidence, or it could be the signal that the “spawning run” is developing in earnest.
Typically, the early run consists mainly of big fish and continues that way until water temperatures warm into the low 40’s. Warming water begins triggering mass numbers of fish to ... Read >> Rainy River Fishing Report March 31, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge March 28, 2017

"Rainy River spring fishing is ON! The Rainy River is open all the way to Wheeler's Point. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Wheeler's Point will be open in a day or so. Walleye fishing has been excellent. Many eater walleyes so far with a few monsters. Right now a 1/2 - 3/4 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Pink, orange and gold are ... Read >> Rainy River Fishing Report March 28, 2017image of andy walsh with rainy river walleye

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" March 28, 2017

Then there’s Andy. Working a 40-hour week, he was bound and determined to do some open water fishing on the weekend. Hence, the numerous messages, trying to talk me into joining him on the Rainy River, another thing that wasn’t going to happen. He’s persistent, I’ll give him that.
So, I wasn’t real surprised when I checked my phone on Saturday morning and found ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines March 28, 2017

image links to fishing article image links to wired2fish When A Fisherman Gets To Heaven March 28, 2017

"My home lake kicked me in the teeth the other day. I went in with a solid game plan and came out with a big, heaping slice of nasty humble pie. It happens to me more than I’d care to admit, but this particular evening I got to thinking about something on the short drive back to my house. What’s it going to be like when a fisherman gets to Heaven?
It’s a pretty loaded ..." Read >> When A Fisherman Gets To Heaven

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Home From The Show and Preparing the Prepare-able March 28, 2017

image of sundin jigs This year’s introduction of the Lindy Live Bait Jig ended a 5 year break from seeing my original lure in market place. Showing off the new jig lineup was especially fun for me because over the years, I and my family had a lot of time invested in the manufacture and delivery of them.
I have to admit, I missed hearing some of the comments and getting “pats on the back” from folks who were loyal customers. Frustrated by their disappearance, many of them have drilled me about when their favorite jigs would ... Read >> Fishing Report March 28, 2017

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin It's Showtime In Minneapolis! March 25, 2017

image Doug Stange with Sundin and ThelenSometimes the easiest way to understand where you are going is to look back and see where you’ve been.  On Friday, my day was filled with reminders of “where I’d been” over the past few decades.
The Minnesota Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame hosted its 2017 induction ceremony on Friday morning in Minneapolis and for this year’s inductees, deserving the honor was the least of anybody’s concerns.
Perry Good, Terry Tuma, The Burger Brothers, CLAM Corporation … yes of course, they’re in, who would ever argue those choices? But for me, the inspirational choice for this year’s induction was Doug Stange.
Stange shared his love of fishing in many ways; in fact you’ve probably ... Read >> Doug Stange Hall Of Fame Induction

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin It's Showtime In Minneapolis! March 23, 2017

image of jeff sundin holding Lindy Live Bait JigsToday marks the beginning of the Northwest Sportshow, starting at 1:00 pm and running through this Sunday. The show is held at the Minneapolis Convention Center and for the next 4 days, you'll be able to find me there.
I would love it if you'll make a special point to pay us a visit the Lindy Fishing Tackle booth. We always have cool new stuff to show you, but for me, this year is extra special.
Over the past few years, friends and fans have been wondering when and where the "Sundin Jig" would turn up again. Well guess what? I'll be helping show off the new lineup of Lindy Jigs, including the Lindy Live Bait Jig which just happens to be identical to the original, first run of the jigs that helped me build my guiding career.
Stop by booth #835 and let me show them to you and while you’re there, we can compare notes about the upcoming fishing season. Show hours are 1:00 to 9:00 PM today and 11:00 to 9:00 on Friday for the complete schedule follow this link >> Northwest Sportshow Location and Hours. I’ll be looking forward to seeing you at the show! image of fish smiley

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image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort March 22, 2017

"Our landing has begun to break up and our road will now be open ONLY to ATV travel. While we'd like to think that this might be temporary, Mother Nature is liable to say a few words too. Judging by the forecast, she might be telling us that it's time to put this winter behind and get the resort ready for the open water season. We'll post updates as conditions change. Play it safe out there, we're looking forward to having you around for a while!" - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Sportsman's Lodges "One Season To The Next Rainy River Bite On! March 22, 2017

Spring is in the air. Our ice fishing season closed Sunday on the lake and the river bite started with a bang on Monday. The Pelland and Birchdale landings are now open and the Frontier and Vidas landing are not far behind. There is open water 4-5 miles west of ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report March 22, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism March 21, 2017

image of walleye on rainy river"Game On! The Rainy River is open from 4-5 miles west of Birchdale. Birchdale landing is open to all boats. Frontier will be soon. Some anglers pushing boats over the ice on landings more west. Good reports so far of walleye bite.
Ice continues to be good with 24-27 inches in most areas. As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored daily. Some resorts have pulled houses, some still have houses out. Some ice roads closed, others still open. Call ahead. Bite has been great overall with many keepers among smaller year classes. Fish are very aggressive but ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report March 21, 2017

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"I was just about “walleyed out” after last season but it looks like I’m, once again, ready for another go at it. Justin Bailey spent several hours, last month, working on an old boat he has had since a kid. It, along with the trailer, has been totally redone and looks pretty sharp. He pulled it up to the Rainy River last Sunday and had trouble in finding a ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines March 21, 2017

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Springing Into Spring March 20, 2017

Sunday delivered a sneak preview of the spring season, one that offered proof of winter’s passing.
On our afternoon driving tour of Grand Rapids eastern perimeter, small rivers and streams were open and were filling with waterfowl. Swans, Geese and a mixed population of early arriving ducks were easy to see, but hard to ... Read >> Ice Report March 20

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Reader Email Post Lund Alaskan World? Comapre Alaskan To Lund 208 Pro V GL March 20, 2017

image of Lund 208 Pro VEmail Question, Tom Dunham; "As always, I greatly appreciate the words you put out for us to read and I must confess I'm dying to hear your report of your glass 208 GL/Verado combo. You have a couple things making this one of the more cherished reviews possible, 1) your daily life is spent in the thing, and 2) You came form a long stretch in the aluminum Alaskan/optimax and should be able to provide a perspective unique as any. I imagine others would love to see a detailed review of the good, bad, love it, hate it. Thank you, Tom in Iowa."
A) Thank you for the vote of confidence Tom, I’ll do my best. My history with Lund’s 2000 Alaskan goes back about 15 years; I think I’ve had 11 of them so far and I’ve seen a lot of changes to this model over those years. When I bought the first one, many of my guide customers wondered why I didn’t ... Learn More >> Sundin Review of Lund 208 Pro V

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Northern Minnesota Ice Fishing Report March 16, 2017

Even if the forecast of rain on Friday does come true and we do receive significant rainfall, there will still be plenty of ice for anglers who want to enjoy a weekend on the ice. The only question is how they will travel to and from their favorite ice fishing spots. Thanks to dry, cold conditions, getting my truck onto the ice was easy yesterday. In fact, I ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report March 16, 2017

image links to wired2fish What These 4 Birds Can Tell You About Bass Fishing March 16, 2017

"Roy Hawk pays significant attention to birds for visual clues to the daily bass fishing puzzle. “You can learn so much by watching birds and watching their activity,” Hawk said. Species may vary based on where you fish, but Hawk’s ...." Read >> What These 4 Birds Can Tell You About Bass Fishing

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" March 14, 2017

image of greg clusiau with crappieTruck fishing at its finest! That’s what’s been happening for me lately.
The colder temps have frozen up our lakes, making it as good as it has been all winter. There’s no snow, however, so don’t get too excited about using a snowmobile. I’ve been driving and will continue to do so but will be using an atv or hoofing it as the weather warms, which is right around the corner.
We’re still dealing with those cold winds and it makes it ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines March 14, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism March 7, 2017

"The Rainy River is open from Birchdale to the east with shore ice present. Some anglers have already started pushing boats over the ice. Warm weather should get the ice moving again this week as it ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report March 14, 2017

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Lindy Land "March Panfish Strategies" March 11, 2017

"Winter’s return to the northern reaches of Lindy Land temporarily put the brakes on the early ice-out process this week, giving hardwater warriors in some areas additional opportunities to enjoy a little extra icy hot panfish action before season’s end. If you’re among those with access to ... Learn More >> March Panfish Strategies

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image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort March 10, 2017

"The ice cap on Ball Club Lake is near 30 inches. Depending on where you drill, anglers are saying that extensions are needed on augers. Thirty inches of ice will be with us a few more weeks, however two weeks ago last Wednesday, one of our customers broke through the shoreline on our launch area in about 3 feet of water with their pickup. After 4 hours of work the truck was eventually pulled with the help of a winched tow truck.
Some shoreline areas have thin ice and we are telling people that if they must use pickups, it is at their own risk!! We recommend ATVs on this late season ice." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort March 10, 2017

"Our access took a beating for a while and while it's not perfect, it is open again for the weekend. We had to hammer down an ice ridge and the access is steep, but it is passable. Bill travelled the lake on Thursday and found solid ice conditions, with thinknesses in the 24 inch range. As good as conditions appear to be, we caution anglers that the ice has been through a lot lately; travel at your own risk." - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .

image denotes link to fish rapper articleOn Lake Winnibigoshish Dixon Lake Resort March 10, 2017

"With the rains last weekend it turned the rest of the snow to ice. This did create pockets of ice covered slush you need to watch for.  Still there is 20 plus inches of ice. With these temps most of the slush should freeze up. Third River road is still opened and Todd just plowed it yesterday. We have heard of nice Jumbo's hitting and some nice Crappies up closer to shore. Have fun fishing." Dixon Lake Resort has shelter rentals, including sleepers. Reservations 218-659-4612 .

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Becker's Resort March 10, 2017

"The access off Trappers Drive is in good shape. We still have about 24 to 30 inches of good ice.  One heave to get around 2-1/2 mile to sugar point around the heave then you can drive most any ware on the lake.  Best perch bite on the North end by Mallard.  Yes we are still driving out." - Doug and Nancy, Becker's Resort Reservations 218-665-2268

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Tamarack Lodge, March 10, 2017

"Conditions look pretty good from our resort into tamarack bay. We have open water out front, but it is not encroaching on our roads. Not sure about the rest of the lake, but travel in the bay is good." - Jeff and Laura Starck, Tamarack Lodge 218-246-8515

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux, Eagle Nest Lodge March 10, 2017

"Our neighbor has been plowing a road out from the Seelye landing on Cutfoot this winter. The road leads across our bay, down McAvity bay, up and over Bowen's road, and out into Tamarack bay on Winnie.  Of course, no road is needed now, as there is no snow, but getting on and off seems to be good now.  It drifted in on the Winnie access off Bowen's road, but he planned to open that up yesterday, so I think it's good to go." Bryan Harris, Eagle Nest Lodge 218-246-8701

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Grand Rapids Minnesota Ice Fishing Report March 10, 2017

Small, land locked lakes are in the best condition right now. I checked accesses at several of them on Thursday afternoon and their surfaces were dry, frozen solid and easily accessible. I did not see anybody traveling in cars or light trucks, but there were several anglers using ATV’s and their travel was unrestricted. Although most lakes are ... Read >> Ice Report March 10, 2017

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Grand Rapids Minnesota Ice Fishing Report March 9, 2017

Conditions in Grand Rapids this morning are calm, quiet and cold; just what ice anglers were hoping for.
My guess is that we’ll find solid ice, not much snow and decent access roads today. I’ll go a step further and predict that any speculation about an early ice out in Northern Minnesota can likely be laid to rest. The forecast of another ... Read >> Grand Rapids Ice Report March 9, 2017

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort March 7, 2017

"Our access is closed until further notice. Bill and I went out yesterday to survey the ice conditions and found standing water of 12" plus in spots. Even though we had low temps overnight, we are getting hammered with 40 to 50mph winds. Hope it has a chance to re-freeze before the weekend. We will update as soon as we can." - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .

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"Our ice remains 24-30 inches and with single digit nights coming up in the back half of the week. Ice fishing in full swing. A very active bite continues. In some areas, anglers are having to sort through a variety of walleyes and saugers to find keepers. Key depth 29-33 ft and best colors are ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report March 7, 2017

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 7, 2017 Hunkered Down For The Day

In the interest of safety, I’m hoping that you’ll follow my advice and stay home today; let it be a quiet day on the lake. Catch up on chores, read a book, count your blessings.
A series of thunderstorms rolled through the Grand Rapids area last night, dropping heavy rain. Flooding will certainly be a problem in some areas today and this morning, we’re receiving fresh snowfall.
The storms were spotty and nobody knows for sure how much rain fell and where the heaviest rainfall occurred. That means some lakes could be dry this morning, while others are sloppy and dangerously wet. Soon to be driven by strong winds, drifting snow will cover up trouble spots making conditions for travel on the ice risky at best.
For ice fishermen, conditions will turn favorable again because as the cold front settles in, we'll receive single digit low temperatures and daytime highs in the teens. That means a re-freeze is imminent, but let’s give it a day or two before we try to assess the conditions, I can’t imagine anybody having much fun on the ice today anyway and there's no need to get stranded, or worse.

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" March 6, 2017

"Another famed big fish bite is happening right now on Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. Actually, it’s been taking place all winter, and that’s fishing for those big, beautiful walleyes they call “greenbacks”, nicknamed for the stunning greenish colors they sport.
I’ve been up there many a time and best describe it as “world class champagne fishing on a beer budget.” This is something you really need to try, as the trip is quite ... Read >> Clusiau Report March 6, 2017

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""We have been closing in on Garden Island the last couple of weeks and are now real close. We have a couple warmer days today and tomorrow and then back to the single digits. If we stay cool the rest of the month the ice should be in great ... Read >> Border View Lodge Report

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Wired2Fish "Eat the Invaders: Asian Carp on the Menu"

"Eat me! That’s one way to stop the spread. Participants of the Aquatic Invaders Summit II this week in St. Cloud, Minnesota may well now be hooked on carp. Conference attendees were treated to a rare delicacy, smoked Asian Carp compliments of ... Read >> Eat the Invaders: Asian Carp on the Menu

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"I had big plans for myself a week ago; at least that’s what I thought.
Knowing that the weekend warm up was coming, I could barely decide if fishing on the ice or standing along the shoreline of Lake Superior would get the nod. One way or another, I figured that I’d be telling you a great story about some sort of fishing today.
Sometimes though, even the best plan in the world falls apart when Mother Nature steps in to ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report March 6, 2017

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

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

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister March 2, 2017

"Crappie action is what’s on my plate now. Last week proved that an “early, late ice bite” can happen. 
Although the crappies are still over mid depth ranges 15-20ft, they are starting to concentrate outside ..." Read >> Alexandria Area Fishing Report March 2, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson March 2, 2017

"The fish were right there, they were all over my Humminbird Helix 5 but I couldn’t get them to bite. And then just when the sun went down and the bite should start, the screen was all but blocked out by, well my guess is plankton and that was the end of it.” I’ve had several customers this week tell me the same mournful tale. At times like these, plastics on a small ... " Read >> Frontier Sports Report March 2, 2017

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

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

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image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort March 1, 2017

"Bill has been driving all over the lake and he's reporting great travel conditions. There's about 24 inches of solid ice remaining over most of the lake and our access is now re-opened to the public.
The fish are still cooperative most of our guests have reported good mixed bag catches of Crappie and Perch.
Mike Buchler wrote; "We had a great trip staying at Geiger's trails End. We had limits of perch and Crappie and we had plenty of ice, with great travel conditions, I drove my truck anywhere! Got home on Sunday after 5 nights at Geigers which were outstanding!"
We hope your trip will be as good as Mike's and we'll be looking forward to seeing you this weekend." - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 1, 2017 Minnesota Fishing License Renewal

I doubt that you need to be reminded, but I wouldn’t want you to forget and find yourself in an embarrassing situation. So here’s a quick reminder; the 2016 fishing season ended yesterday.
We all need new fishing licenses today, Wednesday March 1 and whenever we fish inland waters, we’ll need to ... Read >> License Reminder March 1, 2017

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 28, 2017 Travel Scenario Too Good To Pass Up!

"I drove a few hundred feet away from the landing and to my surprise; the surface of the ice was as smooth as a paved road. The contrast between this and my last visit was amazing; it was like a whole new lake. Besides the excellent travel conditions, there was no wind, the temperature was 35 degrees and traffic on the lake was light. It was too much for me to handle, the lake was so inviting that ... Read >> Grand Rapids Ice Report February 28, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 28, 2017

"With ice as thick as 24-30 inches, roads are in good shape; they have smoothed out from the warmer weather and now freezing again. Some snow still remains on the lake. A very active bite ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report February 28, 2017

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" February 28, 2017

"... Conditions were getting quite sketchy there for a while and the ice was getting softer, as well as thinner. However, with the recent turn around in temperatures, some are out and about, driving on the lakes just like before. One of my favorite lakes, ... Read >> Greg's Guide Lines February 28, 2017

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image links to wired2fish Pending World Record Spotted Bass Weighed Twice on NEW Video February 28, 2017

"Nick Dulleck released the second of his series of videos of his potential world record breaking spotted bass. This video shows two weighings of the fish with his ... Learn More >> Spotted Bass Weighed Twice on NEW Video

image links to news release February 28, 2017 Outdoor Fund Position Opening Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council Commission Assistant

All qualified job seekers are eligible to apply for this position. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) seeks applications for the position of commission assistant.
Duties: This position provides administrative support to the LSOHC. The LSOHC is a 12 member Council of legislators and citizens. Their responsibility is to make recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature for use of the Outdoor Heritage Fund. This is a non-partisan position serving both chambers of the legislature. Qualifications: Required qualifications are a minimum of ... Learn More >> Lessard-Sams Outdoor Commission Position

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 27, 2017 A Classified Day At The Secret Crappie Hole

Knowing only that we had been invited to fish at the coveted “family secret” Crappie hole, I purposely avoided asking too many questions. I was just happy to be invited at all, and frankly, I didn't care if the fish cooperated or not. Besides, it wouldn’t have mattered if I’d known more about the lake anyway, it’s surrounded by ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 27, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge February 27, 2017

"We continue to stay in the middle of Big Traverse Bay. The good bite continues with a mix of Sauger and Walleye, we are still seeing more of one on any given day and it changes the next. We have been hovering in the 32 foot of water range.
We are still seeing suspended fish so ... " Read >> Lake of the Woods Report February 27

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Ice Worm Trick For Shy Winter Crappies

Lindy’s Ice Worm is a standout for putting wintertime panfish on ice. Its horizontal profile and larva-imitating segmented body have fooled countless sunfish, crappies and perch over the years — and still do today.
Top tippings include soft plastics and live bait such as waxworms, both of which are typically fished with ... " Read >> Lindy Ice Worm Trick For Shy Crappies

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 24, 2017 Travel Conditions Improve As Temperatures Drop

I wouldn’t have had to walk out on the ice yesterday, I could have taken the 4 wheeler, or the snowmobile and gotten to my destination faster. But after 4 days of warm, rainy weather, I felt like I should play it safe. Nice too, was that it aided me in getting a good ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 24, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister February 23, 2017

"Wow, what a change in events this week ice fishing wise.  Although there have been warm temps and rain, ice fishing is still in high swing.  Have a backup plan as far as travel goes like a ATV or walking as the shorelines in some areas ... Read >> Ottertail Area Fishing Report February 23

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson February 23, 2017

"As usual, the weather is holding all the cards when it comes to things like ice conditions, snow fall and whether or not this weekend will find the fish in a cooperative mood. Ice conditions are good out away from shore but some landings in the Northland have ... Read >> Marcell Area Ice Report February 23

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 22, 2017 Surfaces are drying, travel conditions on the ice are good and getting better.

As tempting as it’s been for some anglers to proclaim the 2017 ice fishing over, Northern Minnesota Panfish anglers know that it’s not over by a long shot; not yet. On Tuesday, much of the standing water disappeared from Itasca region lakes. What’s left behind now is about a half foot of ... Read >> Ice Report February 22, 2017

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image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 21, 2017 Access Ramp Closed To The Public

"On Bowstring Lake, traffic was heavy and there was a lot of fishing pressure. The good action that anglers enjoyed on Saturday, fizzled out by Sunday.
Despite having approximately 26 inches of ice at the moment, we have temporarily closed our access ramp to ... Read >> Bowstring Lake Ice Conditions February 21

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Cass Lake Jim Uran February 21, 2017

Fishing has been outstanding for perch and walleyes as of late. The perch are using a couple of predictable patterns; they bite out deep in the sticky bottom areas during the ... Read >> Cass Lake Ice Report February 21, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 21, 2017

"Sonar units continue to be an anglers best friend. Still some suspended fish out there. Working every fish hard is key. Some fish are players and some pretenders. A good tullibee and perch bite in some areas amongst walleyes / saugers. Doing the best are the anglers working a ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report February 21

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 21, 2017 Reader Question; Humminbird Helix 5 Ice Unit

Q) Zach Pumper wrote; "Thinking about the Helix 5, should i pull the trigger and why?
A) Actually, I've used the Helix 5 extensively for work projects and it performs very well. Like all of the Humminbird models I've owned, it has ... Read Answer >> Humminbird Helix

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" February 21, 2017

My Goodness! What about this weather? We lost a month somewhere, as this is exactly like late March, instead of February. We’ll take it, however, and although it looks to cut short our ice fishing season, we will always ... Read >> Greg's Guidelines Februaray 21

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image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort February 20, 2017

"The Boys simply call them ‘Nice Eaters’. Anglers are picking up some walleye in the shallows. Conditions are holding thanks to overnoght low tempertaures falling below freezing." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge February 20, 2017

"It seems the weather has become the hot topic, no pun intended. Crazy weather this winter, we are expected to be in the warmer temps for a couple more days then back to below freezing. We still have snow cover on the ice and over 2 feet of solid ice which should have no problem sustaining the current forecast.
The bite remains great in the middle of ... Read >> Border View Report

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Taco Baked Fish Coutesy Mike Nolan February 20, 2017

Mike Nolan wrote; "I love fried fish, but cutting down on oil and trying heart healthier recipes. Tonight I used catfish and Minnesota Perch, but you can substitute the fish of your choice.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place fish fillets in single layer in baking dish, spoon taco sauce, your choice mild to hot over top of fish. Baking time for most fish is about 35 minutes. Add more time for thicker fillets, when the fillets are flaky, fish if ready to eat. Before serving sprinkle parmesan or shredded cheese on top.

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 17, 2017 Minnesota's Warm Weather Dividing Line

Anglers all around Minnesota are wondering about ice conditions and whether they'll have access to lakes for the weekend. The answer is probably yes, but you'll have to drive up north to find the best opportunity. On Thursday, Mike Swanger Wrote;
Q) "Have you been out to Bowstring lately? We are thinking of going there tomorrow night and staying at my uncle's place. Will we be able to take pickups out of the landing? Are there any pressure ridges that would preclude us from making it halfway across the lake? Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
A) As of today, all Itasca Area Lakes continue to be free of ... Read >> Itasca Area Ice Conditions February 17, 2017

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 17, 2017

"Earlier this week, we heard some rumors suggesting that the DNR may require anglers to remove ice fishing shelters earlier than the scheduled removal date, March 20, 2017.
We asked our Cub Reporter to look into the situation and after investigation; we can report that there are no current plans to ... Read >> Bowstring Lake Ice Report February 17

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson February 17, 2017

"Fishing in the area has been just so so this past week. Reports of good fishing one day and nothing the next were all too common. Bright sunny skies with strong winds and cold temperatures made fishing difficult to say the least.
Things appear to be looking up as of today. I had a few reports of a decent ... Read >> Frontier Sports Report

Fish ED Video February 17, 2017 Agressive Jigging For Winter Bluegills

Many anglers like to finesse tiny jigs for winter time Bluegills. But as Fish ED’s Jon Thelen and fellow guide Jeff Sundin show us, high action jigging spoons are great options for attracting aggressive fish during peak feeding periods. View Video >> Agressive Jigging For Winter Bluegills

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 15, 2017 - Return To Flag Island Lake of the Woods Report

A quick trek back to the Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods gave us another trip filled with good memories.
As usual, the folks at Flag Island Resort bent over backward to make sure that we were comfortable and by seeing that we had everything we needed for a successful fishing trip. Despite being half way through ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report February 15, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister February 16, 2017

"The last week or so the pike fishing has been quite good. We iced numerous fish in the 28-30 inch range using tip ups and large golden shiners on a chartreuse hook suspended ... Read >> Alexandria Area Report February 16, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A On February 15, James Hummelsund wrote; ISO good ice fishing lakes.

We agree, aren't we all! If you live in Minnesota, chances are very good that you're not very far from several good ones.
Here's a tip, start your search by using the ... Read >> In Search Of Good Ice Fishing Lakes

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 16, 2017 Warm Weather Could Be Gloomy News For Anglers

Forecasts of daytime high temperatures reaching into the forties, fifties, maybe even the sixty degree range could be gloomy news for ice anglers.
I know, it's mid-winter and this is way too early to be talking about the end of the ice fishing season. But anglers in the southern half of Minnesota are already seeing reports about thin ice, vehicles breaking through and hazardous conditions. Last week, two vehicles broke through the ice on ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 16, 2017

Lindy Land Ice Fishing Article "Changes in Attitude"

If you’re marking fish on sonar but they refuse to take the bait, your presentation might need an attitude adjustment. Some ice fishing lures hang in a horizontal fashion. In other words, they rest parallel to the surface of the water. Such an attitude mimics many types of ..." Read >> Changes In Attitude

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 14, 2017

"Sonar units are big right now as a trend of suspended fish has started with walleyes 10-15 feet below the ice. A good bite in the main basin, combo walleyes / saugers. Working every fish is a must! The anglers working a jigging spoon with a rattle and a dead stick are doing better than a jigging rod and a tip up. Key depth 29-33 ft. Best colors continue to be ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report February 14, 2017

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" February 14, 2017

A family fun day was had last Sunday, on a small back-in-the-bush lake in Itasca county. Going for northern pike, with pickled fish on our minds, we gave it the old “one-two-punch”. My son, Kris, and his two youngest daughters, Lexi and Claire, would be spearing, while I would try to ice a few via angling.
Now, even the best laid plans can have a wrinkle or two. Kris has been using a portable “hub” shelter all season, for spearing, and has done well with it. If there was any problem at all with his approach, it was that fact that it lets in too much light, making it hard to see into the water at times.
To remedy this, he had brought along an enormous sheet of black plastic. The plan was to wrap it around the hub and that would have been fine but we faced strong winds right from the get-go and had one heck of time in doing so. We eventually finished our little project and it took all four of us. Looking back, I’m glad no one was watching, as it was quite a sight.
The hub allowed plenty of room for the ... Read >> Greg Clusiau Report February 14, 2017

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 13, 2017 - Winnibigoshish Perch Season In Full Swing

On Sunday, we snuck out for a few days to test the waters north of the border. So for me, the fishing reports from home territory are 2nd hand. But if you have to re-report somebody else’s news, you can't do any better than looking over the shoulder of Bill Powell from Fred's Bait.
Like me, he's been hearing good reports about Perch fishing on Winnie, so he and Billy Maki tested that lake yesterday. Bill wrote; "We took an afternoon run out on Winnie to check things out. Driving around off road systems seemed good with at least 2 feet of ice. There were quite a few out enjoying the day. 12 feet of water was the most productive for us."
If you want more information about Winnie, or most any lake in the Deer River area, Bill is a fabulous resource and more than easy to get in touch with. Click >> Fred's Bait, Deer River
Lake of the Woods is calm and warm this morning, so I'm optimistic that I'll have a good report for you in the morning. With luck, I'm about an hour away from reeling in a whopper and if I do, you'll be the first to know!

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image links to wired2fish Pike Freezes While Eating Largemouth Bass February 10, 2017

"We've seen photos of big bass with other large fish stuck in their throats, but never before have we seen a pike, frozen in the ice, with a big bass stuck in its mouth. While ice fishing on Indiana's Wawasee Lake, brothers Anton and Alex Babich ran across an extremely rare ..." Learn More >> Pike Freezes While Eating Largemouth Bass

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux, Eagle Nest Lodge February 10, 2017

"The fishing report from the Cutfoot Sioux and Lake Winnie neighborhood has been good, especially for Perch anglers.  Friends reported good catches of quality size Perch in both Tamarack Bay and along the ... Read >> Eagle Nest Fishing Report February 10

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson February 10, 2017

"The snow we received earlier in the week amounted to over seven inches which has resulted in a much better surface on the ice of our area lakes, making travel a lot easier on the sleds and ATV’s, not to mention the riders backs.
Crappies have been biting very ... Read >> Frontier Sports Fishing Report

image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A February 9, 2017 "Where Are Marl Lakes In Minnesota?"

After reading my Face post about the article on Marl Transition patterns for Perch and Panfish, Carl Seckinger wrote; "Jeff, where in minnesota is there a marl lake?
A) Marl is easy to find in Minnesota. I've been on two lakes this week where this pattern is in effect and I’m sure that there are many more. In layman’s terms, it’s the sticky clay-like soil that we occasionally discover stuck to our ... >> Read Answer

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister February 9, 2017

"Fishing throughout the central Minnesota area has been consistent. Pike remain active in the 15-25 ft depths. The larger pike are chasing crappies and can be found near schools of suspended crappies. Suspend a decoy sized sucker minnow on a quick strike rig to up your odds of ... Read >> Alexandria Area Ice Fishing Report

image links to wired2fish Savvy Tip Up Ice Fishing Tricks for Pike February 9, 2017

"Kyle and crew share some outstanding rigging tips that'll help you put more pike topside, and it's tough to argue their points given the amount of fish that they ..." View Video >> Savvy Tips For Tip Up Pike

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" February 7, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve traveled across the northern border for some winter lake trout action but that all changed last week, when Justin Bailey and I made a day trip to Lake of the Wood’s Whitefish Bay. Reminiscent of my long-mileage day trips, years ago with Blake Liend, this one has to rank right up there, especially when we traveled out-of-the-way to meet Travis DeWitt on the ... Read >> Clusiau Report February 7, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 7, 2017

"Resorts are on the move to stay on fish. The bite has been good overall. Working every fish is a must! The anglers working a jigging spoon with a rattle and a dead stick are being rewarded. Key depth is 29-31 ft and best colors continue to be ... Read >> Lake of the Woods Report February 7, 2017

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 8, 2017 - Mid-Winter Transition Patterns for Insect Feeders

On Monday I promised to pick up the story about one pattern that hugely impacts Perch and Panfish locations during mid-winter. For anglers, locating developing insect larvae on marl transition areas will lead to consistent action.

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I’ve been hammering away at the keyboard and come up with a few words that I hope will help you in your search for Perch, Bluegills and ... Read >> Mid-Winter Transition Patterns For Perch

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Lake MilleLacs Night Shift Walleyes February 7, 2017

“It’s a great time to be on the ice,” Lindy pro and veteran guide Mike Christensen said of the night shift. “Walleyes are eager to capitalize on their visual advantage over prey fish like perch, bluegills and minnows.
“Plus there’s way less human-related ... Read Article >> Mille Lacs Lake Night Shift Walleyes

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 7, 2017

"Go South Young Man! That is the advice for the week. It seams the fish that were caught in the Fall, down there, are STILL down there. Not much happening up North. The Perch have really started to bite, but are feeding on the bloodworm hatch. Might be smart to use some spikes to catch them.
The lake conditions are improving. The last snowfall filled in all the ruts from the big thaw two weeks ago. As we are writing this, it has begun to snow again causing the barometer to drop. Fishing was a bit slow until yesterday.
We have a fresh stock of PIZZAS and a few cabins left for the eager fisher person. Tight lines everyone and be safe on the ice!" - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Reosrt .

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge February 6, 2017 Always on the move!

"As we get into February and March it is difficult to stay too long in one spot. The schools of fish are not as congregated towards the South Shore as they were earlier in the season. Currently we have different spotter houses spread out and will be most likely making a major move real soon. We are still working our way out to deeper water in the middle of Big Traverse and are currently 12 plus miles north of ... Read >> Border View Lodge Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 6, 2017 - Transitional Patterns for Insect Feeders

Until this week, Crappies and Crappie fishing has been the mainstay of most anglers up north. But as the days grow longer, seasonal transitions are beginning, the momentum is shifting.
During mid-winter, insects, crawfish and Blood Worm hatches begin attracting both Bluegill and Perch into predictable feeding areas. In most lakes, the transition doesn’t go directly from hard bottom straight into soupy, soft muddy territory. Between the two, there are areas of semi-soft bottom content called marl. These precious stretches of real estate provide fish with both food and comfort and give anglers a focal point to ... Read >>  Ice Fishing Report February 6

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 3, 2017 Ice Fishing Report Weekend Outlook

"On Thursday, I did drive out onto a couple of lakes just to check conditions and they looked good. The northwest wind has drifted snow into piles along the south and eastern shorelines of area lakes, but they weren't deep enough to stop vehicles from accessing the ice. In fact, I was driving off the lake and encountered a man coming on to the ice with a 2 wheel drive car. He didn't have any trouble following the ..." >> Ice Fishing Report February 3, 2017

image of Gus' Place Logo Ball Club Lake, Gus' Place Resort February 2, 2017

"Anglers are taking great mixed bags at this time on Ball Club Lake, Northern, Walleye, Crappie, Perch, Whitefish and Cisco. All of these species are available in a day’s fishing.
Here is a nice mixed bag of fresh, spunky Perch along with a few Tullibee which is also referred to as a Northern Cisco. Both Cisco & Whitefish are members of the Trout/Salmon family and can be caught this time of year in the deeper parts of Ball Club Lake.
We have 20 inches of good ice on the lake, but some areas of the shoreline are wet and may require a sled or ATV to get on the ice cap." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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image links to wired2fish Swimbait Jighead Review February 2, 2017

Jason Sealock shares one of his favorite swimbait jigheads for versatility and strong hookups. "I’ve found different heads work better on different styles of swimbaits. But probably the one I use more than any other just because of it’s ... Learn More >> Swimbait Jighead Review

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area - Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson February 2, 2017

"Travel on the area lakes last weekend was rough to say the least. The melted snow froze hard which made for an extremely uneven surface on the ice. With a lot of bouncing and scraping you could get out to your spot and you were likely to see very few anglers out on the ice.
Monday’s storm changed all that. Reports of seven inches or more of snow that fell in the area made travelling on the lake ice much easier.
Reports have been coming in this week of a fairly good ..." Read >> Frontier Sports Report February 2, 2017

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 1, 2017

"The anglers working their one two punch of a jigging line and a dead stick are being rewarded. Good reports continue. Most catching in 29-31 ft with glow red, pink and gold with a rattle on jigging spoons tipped with minnow head or tail. Dead stick plain hook (try glow or colored) and ... Read >> Lake of the Woods February 1, 2017

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Alexandria Ottertail Area, Capt Josh Hagemeister February 1, 2017

"Crappie action remains strong throughout the area. We are finding them in the deep holes now 45-60 ft suspended anywhere from 20-30 ft down. Keep a close eye on your electronics to quickly learn the best presentation depth. Glow jigs tipped with a ... Read >> Alexandria Area Report February 1, 2017

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NEWS RELEASE: Wisconsin Angler Fined $25,000 For Hoarding Panfish

"When the wardens approached Paalksnis to confront him for his overfishing and give him a slap on the wrist, they found an ocean’s 11 level heist of panfish stored in his freezer. Stanley Paalksnis had 2,066 bluegill, 418 perch, and 88 ... Read Story >> Wisconsin Angler Hoarding Panfish Fined

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report February 1, 2017 Ice Fishing Report "With Added Whiteness"

"The timing for the "January Thaw" couldn't have been better. First the surfaces of most lakes were reduced to standing water. Then the cold front froze them solid, eliminating slush and making travel by truck easy. Now we have a blanket of fresh white snow that's making fishing fun again by allowing us to ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 1, 2017

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report January 30, 2017 Go Anywhere, Ice Conditions Fantastic

"I had just entered our large, hub style fishing shelter to let the crew know that I was going to leave them for a while. My plan was to drive further out and drill into some fresh territory; I’d come back and get them whenever I found an exciting area. That was as far as I got, before I even un-zipped the door to leave, one of the girls ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 30, 2017

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Gliding For Midwinter Panfish

Panfish jigs come in all shapes and sizes, and most anglers know that carrying a variety of options helps them enjoy consistent success, no matter the conditions or mood of the fish. One of the most overlooked but decidedly deadly designs is the ... Learn More >> Gliding For Midwinter Panfish

image links to bluegill fishing video Some species of gamefish are picky eaters that prefer one type of forage over all others. But not Bluegills, these tasty Panfish adapt their diet to whatever’s on the menu; from tiny zooplankton and insect larvae to minnows and small fish. Let’s join Fish ED host Jon Thelen to find out what the Bluegills he’s catching are eating today. View Video >> What Bluegills Eat

News Release: Sportfishing Industry Angered by Last-Minute U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ Director’s Order - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policy on lead fishing tackle blindsides recreational fishing community

"January 23, 2017 – Alexandria, VA – On the day before President Obama left office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an edict to phase out the use of traditional fishing tackle on the hundreds of thousands of square miles of public lands under its management.
Director’s Order No. 219 will, “require the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle to the fullest extent practicable for all ... " Learn More >> US Fish and Wildlife Edict

Lindy Land, Panfish Progressions January 20, 2017

"There’s nothing wrong with pursuing a single species of panfish. But some of the fondest ice fishing memories are often forged on fisheries that offer a variety of fish including bluegills, yellow perch and crappies.
To catch the most fish possible on these multi-species honeyholes, savvy icemen like longtime Northwoods guide and popular Lindy pro Jeff Sundin hit the ice armed with ... " Learn More >> Winter Panfish Progressions

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Fish ED New Video January 13, 2017 "Big Water Bluegill Secrets"

Many Panfish anglers dream of finding a secret back woods lake loaded with big bluegills. But Fish ED host Jon Thelen says the Midwest’s most overlooked opportunities actually exist in much larger bodies of water.
Let's join John and fellow guide Jeff Sundin as they reveal how you too can reach this big water bounty. View Video >> Big Water Bluegill Secrects


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Fish ED Finding The Perfect Early Winter Perch Spot January 6, 2017

"One trick to finding perch fast is focusing on areas that offer an abundance of food. In many lakes the best spots are transition lines were hard and soft bottoms meet. Let's join Jon Thelen as he explains how these underwater intersections serve up all you can eat buffets, attracting schools of hungry perch that make for fast winter fishing." View Video >> The Perfect Early Winter Perch Spot

 

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image links to wired2fish How to Ice Fish Bass With Crankbaits December 29

Here’s a cool look at how to catch bass through the ice using the versatile lipless crankbait. Underwater video supports our point! As is the case when ice fishing crappie and walleye, bass are attracted to the profile, sound and vibration emitted by lipless ... View Video >> Ice Fish Bass With Crankbaits

Fish ED New Video Versatile Lure For Cold Front Walleyes

Because Walleye go through mood swings on a seasonal, daily and even hourly basis, finding a presentation that matches their current disposition is critical to catching fish. Today Jon Thelen talks about how versatile Walleye lures like the new Lindy Wally Talker can help you trigger strikes what other lures can't. View Video >> Versatile Lure For Cold Front Walleyes

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Fish ED New Episode December 15, 2016 "Pre-Cold Front Panfish Pattern"

A lot of anglers don't think about cold fronts during the ice fishing season, but they should. This week on Fish Ed host Jon Thelen shows you how to adjust your strategy so you can take advantage of incoming cold fronts and catch more Crappies on your home water. View Video >> Pre-Cold Front Panfish Pattern

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Lindy Land Feature Article "How To Catch Tough-Bite Perch"

When portly yellow perch are on the bite, flashy ice fishing favorites such as Lindy’s legendary Frostee Spoon and Rattl’n Flyer Spoon are hard to beat for attracting and triggering hungry jumbos. There’s little reason to retie while the Perch ... Read >> How To Catch Tough-Bite Perch

image links to fishing question from reader Q&A December 9, 2016 Humminbird Helix Ice 7 - Steve Sykes wrote;

"I have been looking for a new sonar for ice fishing that has GPS. I noticed you included the Hummingbird Ice Helix 7 on your fishing report on Thursday. If the GPS works just like the Hummingbird I have in my boat I know it will be good. One thing I had heard about the Helix 5 is it has a hard time picking fish up right on the bottom when compared to the traditional flashers. Would you be able to comment on this?
A) Steve, it’s ironic that you’re asking today about the Helix Ice 7 because as it happens, I just ordered one for ... Read >> Question Humminbird Helix Ice 7

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Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Leech Lake December 9, 2016

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in their larval stage in two locations in Leech Lake in Cass County. The DNR has found no adult zebra mussels in the lake, but the locations and numbers of zebra mussel ... Read >> Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Leech Lake

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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.
You've been ready for the ultimate ride in a tiller boat for a long time, but you thought it would be way too expensive for you; not anymore!
It’s getting close to the end of the season and my boat is ready for a new home. That means that you can cash in on big savings by ... Learn More >> 2016 Lund 208 Pro V GL Tiller For Sale

 

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 13, 2016 - Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of ... a fishing trip?

Fishing might not have been the first thing that came to mind when Thomas Jefferson began writing the declaration of independence. But it was the first thought that came to my mind as I read this question from Deron DoRight.
Q) Jeff, I always enjoy reading your fishrapper reports.  I am a full time, year round guide in MN, just like you.  I have only been doing it full time for 6 years.  I am a licensed Coast Guard Captain. I need to be by law to guide on ... Read >> "Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Fishing"

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 3, 2016 - On A Beautiful Day

How does that song go? "... You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what ... the lake will give you." That's how the song would have gone had my departed friend, Wayne Schumacher been the Rolling Stones lyricist.
Like me, Wayne was among the fraternity that believes any fish is a good fish and that it’s the lake, not the angler who decides when we ... Read >> Fishing Report October 3, 2016

 

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Fish ED Video New Episode September 9, 2016 "Lindy Rigs For Summertime Walleye"

"For nearly half a century, Lindy Rigs have been a staple of serious Walleye anglers. Thanks largely to their unparalleled ability to present live bait in a natural manner. Fish ED host Jon Thelen shares time tested tricks for using these versatile live bait delivery systems to catch summertime Walleye on lakes across the Midwest." view vido >> Lindy Rigs For Summertime Walleye

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The Wired2Fish crew had the opportunity to extensively test the Lund 2017 Renegade this summer. We had been hearing a lot of talk about this long-awaited series of Mod-V fishing boats, so we spent a solid week going over every single detail. Our ultimate goal was to leave no stone unturned throughout our evaluation. We fished from it, caught bass from it and drove it and it wasn’t just a ... View Video >> Lund Introduces 2017 Renegade Series

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

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From the 2015/16 Fish Ed Television Season; "Episode 213 Shallow Water Panfish and Lake of the Woods Walleye" February 24, 2016

"Fish Ed TV brings you along on a mission with Jon Thelen and Jeff Sundin to catch shallow water, weed patch Panfish.
Next the action continues as the cameras catch up with Jon chasing storm front Walleyes on legendary Lake of the Woods." View >> Shallow Water Panfish and Lake of the Woods Walleye

Fish Ed Ice Fishing 2 Episodes; Slab Crappies and Jumbo Perch

"Slab size Crappies and Jumbo yellow Perch are prize catches across the US, but they can also be challenging to find. That is unless you have inside information about how and where to find them.  This week Jon goes for both of these prize species and shares tested hard water tips and tactics that will help you put more fish on the ice this winter." Watch Video >> Slab Crappies and Jumbo Perch

 

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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

Fish Ed Ice Fishing 2 Episodes;

"Host Jon Thelen shares some of his proven tips and tactics for icing Bluegills outside of the weedline. But first, Jon is joined by Jeff Sundin who and the duo shares ice-fishing techniques that will help you put more Perch on the ice. The " Watch Video >> Fish ED TV Episode 207 Bluegill Fishing and Perch Talking

 

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That phrase is one that I hear a lot, that's because it applies to me. I always do my best work under pressure and folks who know me, love pointing it out too. That’s because they've watched the self-appointed "Magi Of Multi-Tasking" in action. Juggling flopping fish, re-baiting hooks, steering the boat and watching the Humminbird all at the same time; oh and firing up a stogie while I'm at it too!
Take the pressure off though and I can turn sort of worthless, slipping into a laissez a faire attitude about fishing, caring little about whether I catch anything or not.
Fish work better under pressure too and one event that makes anglers shiver is a falling barometer. Something about that tends to slip fish out of feeding mode and sends them into the depths for nappy time.
That's my best guess about what happened on ... Read Report >>> Working Better Under Pressure?

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Panfish Micro Meals: Lindy Land, Article Dan Johnson

Panfish including crappies, sunfish and yellow perch may eat a variety of foods, but they often dine on tiny aquatic animals collectively called zooplankton.
Understanding a bit about these micro meals can help you put more panfish on ice.
Microscopic zooplankton are building blocks of the underwater food chain. They feed on single-cell plants known as ... Read Article >> Panfish Micro Meals: Lindy Land, Article Dan Johnson

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You would think that by now, I'd have this fishing thing fairly well dialed in, but I don't. I still learn something new every time I go out, like this little trick I just picked up while I was fishing for Bluegills.
It started while I was fishing near the weedline in about 12 feet of water, over a slight depression where Panfish gather in the winter.
I knew that there were fish there because I could see 'em, not just on my depth finder but with my eyes too. The clear water made it easy for me to see the fish and that boosted my confidence about the location. The problem was that it was easy for the fish to ... Read >> Ice Fishing Bluegills, "No Waiting On Line #2".

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? - By Nathaniel Myson with Jon Thelen and Jeff Sundin

"If you’re an ice-fisherman, you’ve almost certainly debated this question: Sit tight and wait for the fish to come to you or pick up and start drilling holes to go to the fish? Staying put may result in a day spent just out of the fish’s range. Go mobile and you might leave just before the fish arrive.
If this indecision is bugging you, here are a couple guys who know a thing about staying or going, and their advice can help you make better fishing decisions on the ice. Each approach offers advantages and disadvantages, and each situation is ..." Read >> Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

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Pounding For Panfish

Panfish fans have no shortage of lures and jig strokes at their disposal for putting sunfish on ice. While trendy strategies come and go, one of the oldest and most productive combinations relies on a pair of Lindy jigs and a time-tested technique that’s especially deadly when midday ’gills play hard to catch.
The tactic is called “pounding,” and its origins trace to the early days of the Ice Fishing Revolution. Pounding involves imparting a kicking motion to your ... Learn More >> Pounding For Panfish

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Cracking Tubes For Better Bass Fishing - David A. Brown (10/27)

Zona’s solution was the technique known as “cracking.” Also called “snapping,” these terms aptly describe the action of sharply jerking a heavy lead-head tube and allowing the bait to drop back and “crack” into the rocks or any other solid structure you’re fishing.
Intrusive, aggressive, distinctly boisterous; cracking gets the fish’s attention and stimulates big-time bites.
“The whole system of cracking a tube is rate of fall and rate of snap,” Zona explained. Accomplishing the right action requires a few key ..." Read >> Cracking Tubes For Better Bass Fishing

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Fishing The Fall Turnover In Natural Lakes - Jeff Sundin

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

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4 Tips to Find Your Best Ice Fishing Spots in the Fall - Tim Allard

"Scouting water from a boat in the fall is a good way to learn the best places to catch crappie and walleye at the start of the ice fishing season. Late fall locations for these species are often the same as, or near, where fish will be at first ice. Saving GPS waypoints marking healthy vegetation or fish in the fall eliminates a lot of guesswork of where to go when ice arrives. Fall scouting works for a range of sport fish, but in this story our focus is walleye and crappie tactics. Here are 4 tips on where to look and how to ... " Read >> Scout For Ice Fishing Spots

image denotes link to fish rapper article(10/18) Q&A Steve Sykes Wrote; I was wondering what kind of batteries you use for your trolling motors? I just finished the 3rd season on mine and I think they are starting to lose it, toward the end of the season I noticed they weren’t holding their charge very well. Fishing as much as you do how long to you expect yours to last? Also during the winter months do you leave your batteries in your boat to take them out and store them where it’s warmer? Read Answer >> Trolling Motor Batteries
image denotes link to fish rapper article(10/18) Q&A Bill Dietz Wrote; "I had a crappie question for you. From June up until early October, I've been doing well with the crappies with a 1/16 oz Little Nipper and 1 inch Gulp minnow, but that bite has shut down in the last week. Do crappies switch from Gulp back to live minnows once the water gets cooler? I'm thinking I need to switch to live bait and slip bobbers and slow it down. This worked well in the spring. Any thoughts you have would be great! Read Answer >> Gulp Minnow Compared To Live Bait

Bank Fishing Tips for Nighttime Walleyes in the Fall

Bank fishing at night is a fun and inexpensive way to catch a lot of big walleyes in the fall. You don’t need much tackle to do it, and it’s an easy way to take walleye from both lakes and rivers. All you really need to do is find a shoreline with structure or cover that walleyes like, cast out a minnow bait and slowly reel it in until a walleye bites. If that doesn’t work, move down the shore until you ..." Read Article >> Nighttime Walleyes in the Fall
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DNR begins zebra mussel pilot project treatment

"The Department of Natural Resources is initiating pilot projects aimed at treating recently discovered, small infestations of zebra mussels on Minnesota lakes. The first pilot project is the treatment of Ruth Lake in Crow Wing County. The Ruth Lake infestation was confirmed in July, after a young snorkeler found a single zebra mussel under a rock. Subsequent surveys of the lake revealed ... " Learn More >> Zebra Mussel Project

Learn How To Rig Wacky Worms for More Hookups

The wacky rig is one of the most effective bass catching presentations. It can be rigged weightless, weighted, fished on a drop shot and even a jig head, but single hook rigging remains the most popular. A lot of anglers slide an o-ring onto the center of a stick worm to reduce tearing the plastic or having fish throw the entire worm. This is important, but a single o-ring has the tendency to push the hook flat against the worm, reducing hook ups. Adding two o-rings and crossing them, with the hook slid underneath both, has the effect of keeping the hook in an upright position where it's more likely to hook the fish.
Most anglers use a single o-ring when wacky rigging to reduce loosing and tearing the plastic, but adding second o-ring provides a different advantage - hooking more bass! Watch this video and see how. >> Rig Wacky Worms for More Hookups

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Bank Fishing for River or Stream Smallmouths - Tim Allard

Bank fishing a river is a great way to catch a lot of smallmouth bass and have heaps of fun. Current breaks, rapids, boulders, river bends, grass lines and timber are all smallmouth hangouts on rivers. Reading water to locate these spot’s isn’t enough. A bank angler must know how to present jigs, soft baits, topwaters and spinnerbaits naturally in current to fool ... learn more >> 8 Tips For Catching Stream and River Smallmouth

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How to Drop Shot Deep Crappie and Bluegill - Wired2Fish; Video

"Chances are your favorite bass spots are also loaded with panfish. This short video shows how to quickly modify a standard bass drop shot rig to catch crappie and bluegill.
A drop shot can be deadly when panfish are just off bottom. The same finesse drop shot setup used for bass fishing is often highly effective for Crappie and Sunfish." View Video >> Drop Shot Deep Crappie and Bluegill

5 Drop Shot Tips Every Angler Should Know; "Jacob Powroznik was sitting in the pre-dawn darkness of day two at the Plano Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair pulling spinning rods from his rod locker when Justin Lucas, docked next to Powroznik, said, “Jacob, help me hook up this drop shot.”
Most might find it odd that Lucas, one of the world’s best bass anglers who sits back-to-back with Powroznik near the very top of the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, would ask a fellow pro to help ..." read article >> 5 Drop Shot Tips Every Angler Should Know

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