Minnesota Fishing Reports
Regarding yesterday's article; , Jim Jurvelin wrote; "Jeff, I have been trying to move away from live bait and using more plastics. Have you tried the Lil Guy with Gulp Crawlers or equivalent? I think I am going to give that a try!
A) Jim, I tend to stick with live bait because it gives my customers the most confidence. But at times, I do enjoy adding artificial substitutes and typically they have worked fairly well for me.
One situation where they are particularly helpful occurs when you are fishing for Walleye while in the presence of large schools of Panfish. Sunfish and perch can really tear up your bait supply and cut down on efficiency. Using artificial tails can help keep them at bay, allowing Walleyes more time to find your lure.
Thursday was a happy day for me because I moved two steps closer to perfecting a presentation that is going to put a lot of fish in my boat over the next several years.
The Lil’ Guy combines live bait with a crankbait-like floating attractor and anybody who has ever looked at it has agreed that it’s a great idea. For me, moving the presentation out of the great idea category and into the “confidence bait” category took a few tries, but we did it.
There were 3 key elements that combined to make moving up the learning curve easier for me. First, the Walleyes were spread out along ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 23, 2017
Terry Bolton shares how his grandfather and father instilled the love of fishing in him and how it nurtured his kinship with Kentucky Lake and led to him becoming a professional bass angler.
The name Terry Bolton is synonymous with Kentucky Lake and his kinship with the famed bass fishing destination started with his grandfather building a place on the lake and his father later using that place to nurture Bolton's love for ..." View Video >> Growing Up a Fisherman
The signal has been stronger every day this week, night crawlers, AKA "Yard Bait" are fast becoming the meal of choice for Walleyes in the Itasca Region.
Surface temperatures are probably not the driving force behind the change in feeding preferences. Still in the 65 to 68 degree range, temperatures haven’t changed enough to trigger much of anything. Insect hatches are more likely the root cause of the changeover.
I know that some of you are thinking that minnows worked fine a few days ago and I agree; they did. But for me, the fish ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 22, 2017
"Across the Midwest, northern pike use the cover of weed edges to ambush passing prey.
Join Fish ED’s Jon Thelen who will show you a high percentage trolling system that’s tailor made for targeting pike, stuck tight to the deep weed line." View Video >> Trolling Pattern For Pike Holding Tight To Weed Edges
"Hello everybody Captain Josh from Minnesota Fishing Guide Service with your weekly fishing report. I covered a lot of different parts of the state last week putting nearly 900 miles on my truck and fished approximately 12 different lakes in seven days.
Water temperatures are finally averaging 69 to 71 in most situations combine that along with the newly found angle of the sun and the summer patterns are starting to emerge quickly in most cases.
Walleyes have been caught all over the ..." Read >> Minnesota Guide Service Report June 22, 2017
Trial and error proved the cold water theory at our next stop, another gradually tapering flat, this time I put away the spinning rigs and pulled out the light “wiggle worming” rods. That’s how we caught our first Walleye of the day, and the 2nd one too, and the 3rd one and almost all of the rest of them too.
Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t go from 0 to 100 in 6 seconds, but we did manage to keep a pace steady enough that we never lost interest. Interesting too was that the same presentation worked in 3 different spots, at 3 different depths, in 3 completely different ..." Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Report June 20, 2017
"Overall, a great week of fishing. High winds and storms early to the middle of last week made fishing difficult at times. Dirty water from the winds didn't help fishing but the storms have passed and fishing has resumed to its previous level, great!
Depending on the wind pulling spinners is effective but many fish still being caught with a jig and shiner or jig and a leech.
Key depths between 11-18' or 30-31' of water. In 5-11 feet along shorelines the shiner spawn is on and the walleyes and saugers are chowing down. Good number of large pike mixed in with walleyes right now.
Walleyes in the Rainy River with a good ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report June 20, 2017
Fishermen are inquisitive creatures, to say the least. I think that’s why the general majority of them have so darn much fishing tackle. We just can’t help it!
It doesn’t matter where I’m at. Somewhat a magical happening, there’s always something luring me toward the fishing tackle aisle, whether I need anything or not and I usually don’t. But what if? What if there’s a hot, new bait on the market and I’m missing out? Good Lord, I can’t let that happen.
Stopping at the local bait shop, you’re expected to look things over and make a purchase or two but ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines June 20, 2017
Chuck Anderson Wrote; "Our family has stayed at Eagle Nest since 1972, and primarily fish Cutfoot Sioux in early August. I always begin reading your updates in advance to gauge how the fishing action is progressing. I was interested in the comments about the algae growth on Winnie. Is this also affecting Cutfoot? I know the last few years we have run into algae growth at about 11 feet on Eagle Nest Bar if we fished the weed line. Has this spread deeper on Cutfoot, and does it affect the fishing on Battle Point Bar?
A) Chuck the answer to your question is ..." Read >> Fishing Q&A June 19, 2017
"It has been a great week with many Dad’s and Grand Dad’s fishing with their families and friends. Many anglers were kids and grandkids with some coming from as far as Australia. We even caught a 2 time NCAA Championship wrestler from University of Iowa catching Walleye this week!
We continue to have great fishing, although a couple days of strong wind changed the game for a bit. The Walleye Master Guides have been covering the lake from the South Shores and Island Reefs of Big Traverse Bay to around Garden Island and in Little Traverse Bay. We continue to anchor and jig or drift with spinners. Depending on the tactic and location targeted depths vary. Anchoring in the middle of Big Traverse in 30-31 feet, drifting in some locations has been from 11-18 feet.
More of the same weather ahead, it looks like highs into 70 degrees with overnight lows in the 50’s.
We still have some great opportunities for July and August with rate specials arriving on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge
Have you ever thought about yourself as rigid, inflexible, unable to adapt? No? Well that’s good news because that means you’re going to have a nice long run of catching Walleyes on “The New” Lake Winnibigoshish.
The thing is that the path leading to great Walleye fishing on Winnie is a narrow one; one that will force us to leave a lot of our old baggage behind. Holding on to past traditions, favorite fishing spots and “old reliable” presentations is the only thing that can hold us back.
Markers that you’ll read on the road map to the new “The New Winnie” include ... Read >> Lake Winnie Update June 16, 2017
Sometimes bigger is better and when hunting big bass it's even more of a rule. Big swimbaits and big crankbaits have swept the market in recent years and big worms now have their place in every anglers aresenal too.
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After the storms passed, I anticipated a real slowdown in productivity for Wednesday. I was surprised though because if anything, the fishing action actually got better, not worse. Our “lucky break” came in the form of strong south winds that stirred up a frothy white Walleye chop. Without those whitecaps, I’d probably be singing a different tune this morning. No matter, whatever created the good luck for us on Wednesday, I’ll take it; I think we earned it on Tuesday.
Before the stormy weather arrived, sunshine and clam seas pushed surface temperatures higher. Depending on the depth and clarity of water in your favorite lake, you’ll ..." Read Fishing Report June 15, 2017
Pike anglers are grinning ear to ear these days because they’re enjoying some of the best action we’ve seen in years. Main lake bars, deep weed beds, rocks and even some of the humps are loaded with active Northern Pike right now.
Among their favorable attributes is the quality size of the average fish; these are not hammer-handles. At 23 to 26 inches, the average Pike is large enough to put up a good fight and falls well within the ideal range for ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 14, 2017
"As predicted in the report prior to this one, fishing last weekend was very good. Crappies for the most part have moved into the shallows at last. The exception would be the large deep lakes in the area but they’re usually the last to have Crappies move in. Many anglers have switched to soft plastics and are having good success. Sunfish are ..." Read >> Marcell Area Fishing Report June 15, 2017
"The Northern Pike continue to dominate the fishing on Lake Winnie! They seem to be everywhere you go. Jigs and minnows are catching huge numbers of fish shallow, deep, and in between. We were talking about that the other day and were thinking that the northerns were always on the ... Read >> Lake Winnie Four Seasons Fishing Report June 14, 2017
"Strong numbers of walleyes and saugers all over the lake being caught with many different tactics. Key depths between 18-30' of water. Jig and a frozen shiner or leech and pulling spinners effective. As typical in June, a nice crankbait bite right now pulling crankbaits in 5-11 feet along shorelines. Some of this is set up as shiners spawn in sand and other bait shallow. Both reefs and mud holding fish. Jumbo perch and pike mixed in with walleyes all over the lake. Walleyes in the Rainy River with a good ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report June 13, 2017
Wow. Fished out I am. I’m sure it will take a day or two to recover to the point where I want to hit the water again. I just spent eight days on Leech Lake, non-consecutive, pre-fishing the big lake for six of them and tournament fishing the other two, during last weekend’s AIM Walleye Series. As expected, “highs and lows” were had throughout the entire stretch.
I started things off by joining ..." Read >> Leech Lake Report June 13, 2017
My crew, Keith and Diane Eberhardt wondered where we would fish, so did I. I literally picked a lake solely for the reason that the landing was on the calm water side. Yes, I knew there were Walleyes in it, but we just took our chances that they’d be hungry.
Remembering Friday, I skipped right over any deep water structure and this time I headed straight for the weeds. This time I was lucky, the Cabbage weeds were fully populated and with 3 foot waves rolling in, the fish were moving and feeding very aggressively. There was still a variable though and this time it was color.
I rarely suggest that one color triumphs over all others, but this time I think it ..." Read >> Walleye Fishing Report June 11, 2017
"We have had great fishing this past week! The weather cooperated nicely most of the week, Saturday started with storms and wind which changed the fishing game. Summer is going full speed ahead, it is amazing to think we are already a week and a half into June.
This past week has provided us with some great days of drifting with ..." Read >> Border View Report Lake of the Woods June 12, 2017
Humminbird's 360 Imaging is compatible with most makes of Minn Kota trolling motors, to include the widely popular Minn Kota Ultrex.
Professional boat rigger, Andy Kratochvil of FishLectronics in Pequot Lakes Minnesota, takes us through the unboxing and full installation of Humminbird's 360 Imaging on the Ultrex. This DIY video provides all the information needed for a quick and successful installation. View >> Installing Humminbird's 360 Imaging on the Minn Kota Ultrex
Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I get!
The warmth, depth of character and good nature possessed by people in this country is amazing. On Thursday, I was given another heaping helping of the good spirit that goes so vastly under-reported these days.
Dick and Dave Thouin had never fished with me before, but they knew a little bit about me and they knew that I was willing to take a chance on fishing their home lake. That was risky for me because I ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Fishing Report June 9, 2017
"Fishing has improved in the Edge of the Wilderness area with the coming of June. Water temperatures are slowly climbing into the sixties and as a result, Crappies have started to enter the shallows…. at least for a while. The old adage “When the Lilacs are in bloom the Crappies will begin to head for the shallows “is true again this year. And although the spawning run has just started, they are still hanging out around the ..." Read >> Frontier Sports Fish Report June 9, 2017
Fishing with my friend Bobby Cox and his son Steve, it was a foregone conclusion that the trip would automatically be successful. That’s because Bobby is among the few people whose goals are easiest to fulfill; I love hearing these instructions, “I just wanna catch fish”.
Steve, on the other hand was a little more specific, a mixed bag of Northern Pike and Walleye were on his mind and while that narrowed down the lake of choice a little bit, there were still several to choose from.
The one I picked has abundant ..." Read >> A Real Insider Fishing Tip June 8, 2017
"Here's an in-depth look at how to use Shallow Water and Depth Highlight functions on your fish finder for making spot-on casts and running a pattern. Mapping has become an indispensable tool in finding fish holding structure, but also in how to ..." View Video >> Make "Spot on Spot" Casts
On Wednesday, Steve Picht tagged me in his reply to a facebook post from someone who asked; Q) "Does anybody know who makes these jigs? They (were) not from a big corp. Bought them at River Rat in Cohasset Mn."
A) Picht replied; "Those particular jigs were sold at River Rat Trading Post in Cohasset, MN and Fred's Bait & Tackle in Deer River, MN. a few other local bait shops.! They were manufactured by local Guide, and Lindy Pro, Jeff Sundin for a good amount of years.! Jeff no longer manufactures the "Bug Eyed Shorty" Now, Lindy is ..." Learn More >> Where To Get Original Sundin Jig
"A jig and minnow is a tried and true Walleye catching combination. This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen shows you that Smallmouth Bass love a Lindy Live Bait Jig and minnow too! Jon also shows off the World Class Smallmouth fishing on Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs and gives a ton of jig fishing tips and tricks that will take your jig fishing to a whole new level, whether you fish for Walleye or Smallmouth." View Video >> Mille Lacs Lake Smallmouth 101, Dragging Jigs For Big Bass
"An incredible week of walleye fishing on the big pond. Strong numbers of walleyes and saugers continue. Lots of walleyes and saugers being caught with anglers catching and enjoying across the lake. Overall, really good fishing with nice quality keepers. Key depths around 18-30' of water. Jig and a frozen shiner or leech has been the best presentation with gold or glow jigs. Pulling spinners also effective with hammered gold or silver good colors. Reefs and mud holding fish. Jumbo perch and pike are ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report June 7, 2017
"Crappies were piled up in the bullrush ready to ambush our baits as we pulled by the pockets of bullrush fan casting our 1/16oz live bait jigs tipped with plastics.
Water temps read between 67-69° on the shallow water lake. Clear water had turned to a slightly murcky green but there was still decent Visability. Not sure if the water was that mixed up from the wind or all the run about boats, but it was sure a fun night catching spawned out crappies in 2 foot of water."
It’s amazing how fast 5 days can fly by! With this report, the spring session of “Fun with Dick and Paul, XXVIIX” is officially entered into the captain’s log.
There were a few “firsts” this year and without a doubt, the most notable was the absence of rain. That’s right, none of us can remember a single past trip that did not require the use of foul weather gear at some point. Truthfully, the absence of a rain suit in the boat during most of our spring trips would be un-thinkable.
Another first is that it took all five days to fill the Walleye ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 6, 2017
"The walleye fishing has improved as the surface temperatures continue to rise. We are still learning what it takes to fish a lake where the water clarity is more than five feet! The best shallow bites are happening the last two hours of daylight. The walleyes are moving shallow as the sun dips behind the treeline. Some good catches using jigs and shiners are being reported in 6-10' of water.
The midday bite has been a little tougher. Look to the shoreline drops in 18-24' of water. I caught two on rigs and leeches today, and that trend will continue as we ..." Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report June 5, 2017
"I had the opportunity to hop in the boat with them last week and observe how this well-oiled walleye catching machine gets things done. We were on Leech Lake and it was their first day of pre-fishing for the 9th annual Leech Lake Walleye Tournament.
Leech Lake offers 111,000 acres of water with angling opportunities for all, no matter the species. While Al and Bev Standley were in hot pursuit of trophy walleye, many others were enjoying Leech Lake for its ..." Read >> Fishing With The Standlys' On Leech Lake
"Here’s a look at John Murray’s two go-to tungsten drop shot weight styles, and when he fishes each.
Murray breaks down how to select the right drop shot weight for the situation. He starts by highlighting the importance of tungsten for its ability to transmit bottom composition to your hand. He then discusses his two favorite standard weight profiles - the tear drop and cylinder, and when to use each...." View Video To Learn More >> Drop Shot Weight Selection Considerations
It might be a stretch to call today’s lake “fresh territory” because it is one that I’ve fished a lot over the years, but there were good reasons to pay this one a visit. For one, Dick loves the lake and sometimes goes home disappointed whenever we don't fish there for one day. Another good reason is that the Hippie Chick has never been there, so for her it really was fresh territory. For me? Well I haven’t been there at all this season, so technically, I was able to justify calling it fresh territory this time.
A weird weather event must have occurred overnight because when we arrived at the landing, the surface water temperature was 64 degrees; that’s a huge departure from the ..." Read >> Fishing Report June 4, 2017
Persistent cold temperatures may be throwing a monkey wrench into the game plans of many anglers who pursue Walleyes on Winnibigoshish.
When your sonar unit reads 54 degrees, it seems logical to follow that fish should be in shallow water, feeding on swarms of spawning baitfish. Most of our guests have been searching for a hot bite somewhere in the shallows; there should be one there right?
“Not so fast” says Jeff Sundin, veteran fishing guide. “The flaw in that theory is that ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Walleye Report
Like Hannibal Smith says; “I love it when a plan comes together” and luckily day 2 of “Fun with Dick and Paul” did.
For me, the takeaway from this trip was how risky it can be when think you know something, before you know everything.
The exploration of fresh territory led us to a lake that was once familiar to me, but had fallen off of my radar screen for the past couple of decades. The water has some reddish tint, that helps it warm up faster, but its color was still on the clear side.
Littoral area, that is water less than 15 feet deep only covers about 20% of the ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Fishing Report June 3, 2017
For me, exploration is almost as much fun as catching fish. The problem is that I don't get as much chance to explore as I did in my formative years. Having the latitude to experiment, to search new lakes and fish for a wider range of species depends most on having the time to do it. But the most important component is the willingness to explore new territory, knowing that we may stumble into an occasional zinger.
That's what I love about working for Dick Williams and Paul Kautza, they like exploration too. They’re willing to watch me stumble occasionally because the KNOW; sooner or later we’ll discover a gem. Day 1 of “Fun with Dick and Paul” led us to one of those little gems. Read >> Fishing The Friendy Weeds June 2, 2017
Mother Nature has decided to toss a few nice days our way and with any luck at all, a turnaround in fishing action should result.
Surface temperatures dipped to their lowest point of the season on Winnibigoshish yesterday. Dropping to 52 degrees at mid-lake in the morning, they began recovering slowly under the sunny sky, reaching 54 degrees by late afternoon. That water is still cold, but at least showing signs of optimism.
I can’t emphasize strongly enough the scattering effect these cold temperatures have produced. Fish location is un-predictable, but generally, mid-depth flats in 13 to 16 feet of water are ... Read >> Fishing Report June 1, 2017
"Memorial weekend proved to be a great fishing weekend. Fishing remained consistently good. Big numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught. Small fish, keeper walleyes and saugers and some trophies still showing across the lake. Key depths around 18-24' of water. Jig and a minnow is the best presentation with pink and gold jigs strong but pulling spinners is gaining steam quickly. Reefs in 23-32', also holding ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report May 31, 2017
Last week’s forecast of a warm, sun-filled Memorial weekend wasn’t exactly fulfilled. After a rather nice day on Friday, another cold front blew into the area, producing what I remember as the quintessential Memorial Day holiday. Dark skies, along with blustery conditions continue to keep surface water cold. Ranging between 54 and 58 degrees, temps are about 5 degrees cooler than they were at this time last year.
I admit it; Mother Nature’s propensity for delivering changeable weather has left me scratching my head. These stubbornly cold water temperatures and strange timing for spawning runs seems to ..." Read >> Fishing Report May 30, 2017
When I was a teenager, I never knew that there was a way to earn a good summer income by working as a dock hand at a fishing resort. That’s too bad because if I had known then, what I know now, I would have jumped at the chance to do it.
Working outside, meeting new friends every week and enjoying occasional opportunities to go fishing too; that would have been a dream job for me.
That’s why I want to share this note that I got from my friend ..." Learn More >> Four Seasons Dock Hand Opening
"We continue to have fantastic fishing on the big lake! Our guides have been having great luck fishing close in near Pine Island and also up near the reefs from Bridges Island to Hay Island. We are catching lots of keepers and many big ones have been released. Strong action continues throughout the ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report May 29, 2017
"Jeff, I too have noticed the lack of boats. I remember openers where there were hundreds of boats fishing in front of Bowens. This year maybe a dozen. I can only say why I don't fish as much as before. First and foremost, It's expensive. Forty dollars for a quart of shiners, another twenty five for a ... Read >> Reader Comments Declining Fishing Participation
Last Friday I had the sense that traffic entering the Itasca area was lighter than usual for a typical Memorial Day weekend. I figured that maybe I missed it, maybe most of them showed up on Thursday. That was then, before I got a glimpse of the boat traffic on some of the area’s most popular Walleye lakes and for me, it’s confirmed; traffic is very light this weekend.
I’m not saying that there isn’t anybody out there, anglers are present and in fair numbers. But comparing boat traffic today vs what it was just a couple of years ago is ..." Read >> Memorial Day Weekend "Avoiding The Crowds?
"Fishing conditions can sometimes force an angler to tweak their presentation. Adapting to water clarity, wind and stormy weather can mean using traditional presentations in un-traditional ways. Even though the Lindy Rig is a traditional presentation, don't be afraid to be un-traditional, especially in clear water. This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen shows you how to maximize a Lindy Rig in clear and relatively shallow water situations." View Video >> Long Line Lindy Rigging For Walleye
"Fishing has picked up the last several days. The water temperatures in the shallow lakes in the area have been warming up while the deeper lakes have been slow to reach the temperatures we expect this time of year. Crappies have been ..." Read >> Marcell Area Fishing Report May 27
Surface temperatures, rebounding slightly from their dramatic dip last week, are still below historic averages for Memorial Day Weekend. At 55 degrees, the surface water under my boat was cooler yesterday than it was 2 weeks ago on the fishing opener.
The question is, what does this mean for anglers visiting the Itasca Area this Memorial Day Weekend? Will the Walleyes be shallow, deep or somewhere in the middle?
Like everybody, I’ve been watching surface temperatures and using them to make my best guess about where to fish. Using only water temperature as a guideline, I have made an assumption that “most” fish should currently inhabit ... Read >> Fishing Report May 26, 2017
"This past week of fishing was a lesson in fortitude! A big word for an old guide. The water temperature on the lake dropped nearly ten degrees. The walleyes became very finicky. If you could brave the wind and cold, you could catch some fish. The depths ranged from six feet to 20 feet of water. Jigs and shiners were still the bait of choice.
When the east winds subsided and swung around to the west, the fish ..." Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report
We’ve covered a lot of ground this week, Leech Lake on Monday, Winnie on Tuesday and Upper Red on Wednesday. All three of these reliable Walleye factory lakes have had one thing in common; scattered fish.
By now, this is probably old news to you, but to reiterate, cold air temperatures sent surface temperatures spiraling down, weakening every link in the food chain. With baitfish scattered horizontally across the flats and vertically up and down the water column, it’s hard for fish to zero in on feeding areas. Walleye, Crappie and Perch have ..." Read >> Jeff Sundin Leech, Winnie Red Lake Report May 25, 2017
"Eat me! That’s one way to stop the spread. Participants of the recent Aquatic Invaders Summit II in St. Cloud, Minnesota may well now be hooked on carp.
Conference attendees were treated to a rare delicacy, smoked Asian Carp compliments of ... Read >> Eat the Invaders: Asian Carp on the Menu
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
"Heavy rains pounded the whole state –obviously. This has brought higher water and in many cases current conditions in lakes that are part of river systems/flowages that get the fish going! We have been keying on current areas where ..." Read >> Alexandria Area Fishing Report
Halfway through his guide trip, Anderson, Winnie Walleye Guide Service gave up some information about his fishing trip. “So far we’ve caught 19 and kept 10, drifting the flat over about 14 feet of water. The action isn’t fast and furious, but it’s steady, we pick up a fish or two on every drift.”
Jeff Sundin, another area guide, was fishing on the lake too and found a mixed school of Northern Pike and Walleye in a little bit deeper water. Sundin’s crew was also fishing on one of Winnie’s expansive flats, except they were following the steep breakline at about 20 feet of water. Fishing action for the Sundin crew was steady too, but walleyes tended to ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Walleye Report
"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
"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
"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
"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 .
"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 .
""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
"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
"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.
"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
With one week of Walleye fishing under our belts, it’s safe to say that Walleye fishing patterns haven’t varied much from average opening weeks. For the most part, Walleyes have remained shallow, relating to structures that connect directly to the shallowest main shoreline breaks.
Surface temperatures have trended downward ever since the fishing opener, now ranging between 53 and 58 degrees. In my opinion, declining water temperatures have signaled Walleyes to move slightly deeper and feed with less enthusiasm. Instead of locating fish schooled up on shallow flats, we’re finding them at the ... Read >> Fishing Report May 21, 2017
Surface 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
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
It’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
"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
"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 .
From 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
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
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
"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
Shiners 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
"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
"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
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
Are 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
"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
If 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
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
Tom Howel Wrote; "Your segment about "where are all the small walleye on Winnibigoshish" immediately caught my attention. After watching the Mille Lacs situation closely, and reading what former MN. Fisheries Biologist Dick Sternberg had predicted more than a decade ago about Mille Lacs, I was wondering if you see any correlation between what’s gone on there and Winnie?
A) Tom, Tom, when it comes to making predictions based on statistical evidence about fish biology, I am not in the same league as Dick. That said, I’ve had some tutoring by fisheries folks who are darn good, and from what I’ve learned, I don’t believe that Winnie is on ... Read >> Winnie vs Mille Lacs Parallel Course For Walleye?
Okay lets cut to the chase. If you've ever asked a question about using side imaging, how it works or why it works; then you need to watch this video. This is the most comprehensive turorial about using side imaging technology that I've ever seen.
Wired2Fish teamed up with Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski of Humminbird to create this detailed video about understanding how and why this technology works. Kolo breaks down how to read and interpret what side imaging, down imaging, and two-dimensional (2D) sonar are showing you, and how they can improve your fishing. We filmed real-time drone and underwater video of ... " View >> Understanding Side Imaging Technologies
"I’m just like you, I wish that I could visit my favorite lake any time I want and catch oodles of big Bluegills. I’d like to bring a bunch of them home too, that way I could fix a big family fish fry for every special occasion.
The problem is that if I fish there too often or bring home too many fish, my favorite lake won’t remain favored very long.
It’s a fact of life and we’re going to have to come to grips with it; as a group, we are extremely effective predators and we’re getting better all the time. We have the equipment, the knowledge, the leisure time and the communication skills to harvest fish faster than our favorite lakes can produce them. We literally have the ability to ..." Read Article >> What Is The Value Of A Sunfish?
Tom 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
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
"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
"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
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
Round-head jigs like the Lindy Jig are fish-catching machines that hook walleyes, panfish, trout and other gamefish on the cast, troll and when fished in a vertical manner.
That is, if you choose the right jig weight for the depth and conditions at hand.
Truth be told, there’s no secret formula for selecting jig weight at specific depths. Too many variables come into play, including line thickness, current, wind and waves, retrieve speed and ... Read >> Choosing The Right Jig Weight
Spring Walleyes love to roam over shallow water rocks, foraging for minnows and small baitfish. When they do, jig and minnow presentation consistently yield more Walleye than any other offering.
Upper Red Lake is synonomous with shallow water and it's shallow breaklines and submerged rock bars are ideal locations to present live minnows on lightweight jigs. Jon shares his best tips for Live Bait Jigs on Red Lake.
The Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame hosted its 10th annual “Night out with the Pros” fundraising event on Friday evening. Anglers young and old joined to celebrate the spirit of fishing and help raise funds for the Little Falls, MN based fishing museum.
Especially gratifying was to hear from so many folks who are actively promoting youth activities.
They talked about high school fishing teams, kid’s tournaments and other special events that have cropped up all over the state. It’s obviously not an accident, these folks are working really hard to make sure that ... Read >> MN Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame April 23, 2017
Even if the forecast of rain on Friday does come true and we do receive significant rainfall, there will still be plenty of ice for anglers who want to enjoy a weekend on the ice. The only question is how they will travel to and from their favorite ice fishing spots. Thanks to dry, cold conditions, getting my truck onto the ice was easy yesterday. In fact, I ... Read >> Ice Fishing Report March 16, 2017
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Fish ED New Video March 2, 2017 "How Zebra Mussels Affect Fish Location"
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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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