image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Hiding From Wind? Try Mississippi River" August 6, 2022

image of Ken Seufert with crappie and walleye caught on the Mississippi River"... it was Ken’s question on Wednesday that provides the lead in for todays report. Looking upstream on the Mississippi River, west from Four Season’s dock, he asked; “Do you ever go up the river and fish for crappies?” “Not on this stretch I said, but I have fished other places on the Mississippi and done fairly well at times. Maybe one of these days we’ll give it a try”, I added.

Well, on Friday, Ken and I were scheduled to fish again, and this time, the forecast wind was from the south at 20 MPH, with stronger gusts at times. This called for another defensive play, but where would we go to stay out of the breeze this time? Yes, you’re right, timely, topical, and not at all a bad choice for a multi-species, mixed bag fishing trip on a windy day; the Mississippi River! You can see Ken’s hat flapping in the wind in the accompanying photo, so this turned out to be a good idea.

Water conditions on the river remain high and the current is strong, but the oxbows and back bays benefit from that. Places where I have not been able to fish at all in recent years are now easily ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 6, 2022


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 4, 2022

image links to fishing report from Lake Winnibigoshish "There are schools of fish on the north, south and west sides of Winnie for sure. There may be schools of fish on the east side too, but with the prevailing winds, it’s been hard for our guests to access that side of the lake. Key spots have been Raven’s Point, Mallard Point, Stony Point, and Little Stony Point. Between the “key” locations, walleyes can be found scattered along the shoreline breaks in water depths of 5 to 8 feet of water.

On days when the wind won’t blow, fish make short migrations away from the shoreline and spread out across flats in water depths of 12 to 16 feet. Getting a lure in front of them may take longer, but when it happens, they will ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Report August 4, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report August 3, 2022

image of woman holding a big smallmouth bass caught near Ely, MN"Walleye angling has slowed for many, as walleyes have been scattered this last week. Anglers, covering ground, have been catching walleyes trolling deep diving shad raps and tail dancers. These anglers have been working weedlines, large flats and over deep water during the evenings.

Anglers continue to have luck pulling spinner rigs, tipped with leeches or crawlers. Gold, pink and silver have been popular colors right now. Anglers pulling spinner rigs have been catching walleyes in 6-9 feet of water, in and around scattered cabbage beds.

Smallmouth Bass fishing continues to ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report August 3, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism August 2, 2022

image of walleyes stacked up on fish filleting table at Zippel Bay Resort links to lake of the woods fishing report "As evidenced by the accompanying photo, the mid-summer walleye fishing remains excellent on the south end of Lake of the Woods. It's common to see fishing guides and resort guests returning to their respective docks with limits of both walleyes and saugers. Access to the lake is easier now too, water levels are slowly dropping and boat ramps are open.

Anglers report finding nice pods of "eater" walleyes in 12 to 20 feet of water out in front of Pine Island, near both the Lighthouse and Morris Point gaps.

It's common to hear about fish moving to ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report August 2, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "How to Tune Crankbaits to Run Deeper with Less Snagging" August 2, 2022

image links to video about catching bass in heavy weed cover"Crankbaits perform best when they come back to you in a straight line. Cliff Pace discusses why your crankbaits need to be tuned and how to tune a bait with a simple twist of the bait eye.

So why does it matter? As Pace discusses, a straight running bait reaches its maximum running depth and deflects off cover with less snagging. Simply grab a needle-nosed plier and make a subtle bend of the line tie the opposite direction the bait is running. If it’s veering to the left, bend the eye slightly to the right. It’s easy to overcompensate, so a small bend usually corrects the issue.

While most crankbaits and plugs come tuned, the simple act of fishing them, fighting fish, and just regular wear and tear knocks them out of whack from time to time. Follow this guide to ..." Learn More >> How to Tune Crankbaits to Run Deeper with Less Snagging


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort August 1, 2022

image links to fishing report from lake winnie A little more stormy weather, a little more water under the bridge.

Water levels had begun to recede on Lake Winnie, and it’s connected waters, but on Sunday afternoon, a line of thunderstorms delivered more heavy rainfall to the region.  Rainwater has a cooling effect on surface temperatures, and the 72-degree readings we saw at mid-day on Sunday, gave way to 69-degree readings after the storms.

Depending on your point of view, the cooler, higher water can be considered either a blessing, or a burden. The scattering effect high water has had on fish populations means that our guests have to check more spots every day to find fish, that’s the burden. However, fish, scattered because of having so many feeding and habitat choices are still feeding actively, so when we find some, they bite, that’s the blessing.

Shallow, shoreline breaks offer anglers to ... Read >> Lake Winnie Report August 1, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Lake Winnie Walleye and Pike Report" July 29, 2022

image links to fishing report about lake winnibigoshish Lake Winnibigoshish, as you probably already know, has offered up some very good walleye fishing these past couple of seasons; it still is. I was there yesterday, last Tuesday, and 4 other times during the month of July.

Some days have been better than others, but all 6 times we’ve been able to set our own voluntary minimum size limit of 14+ inches and still either gather “limits” or like yesterday, come really close, bagging 11 of the 12 which would have been legal for Mike & Pam to take home.

Surface water temperatures had taken another dip since the cold front moved in late this Wednesday. Ranging from 69.9 to 71.5 degrees, it would seem certain that the 78-degree readings I reported last week will ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 29, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Down, But Not Out" July 28, 2022

I’m disappointed by the falling water temperatures. The 72-degree readings I’ve seen over the past few days represents 6 degrees, or more, drop in surface water temperatures since last week. During a typical summer, this would be about the time when temperatures peak, usually somewhere close to 80 degrees, and then begin falling slowly throughout August.

What’s so bad about that, you might be asking? Well, if you’re like me, it means ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 28, 2022


image links to fishrapper home page Steve Hicks wrote,

image of bullet sinkers and swivel used by Jeff Sundin for trolling spinnersQ) “I read your report about (fishing) the Little Joe Spinners and would like to know the best method for eliminating line twist on (both) mono and braid. I know that the Little Joes come with a loop tied in them. So how do you rig them, snap swivels, barrel swivels, or??”

A) Steve, for fishing the weeds, I use the larger brass snap swivel you see in the accompanying photo. The larger, sloppier fit of the brass barrel swivel shrugs off tiny pieces of shell, grains of sand and other debris that can clog up the swivel, resulting in twisted line.

Ironically, the more precision fit of expensive, ball bearing, and other fancy pants swivels make them ..." Read >> Q&A Little Joe Spinners July 28, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism July 26, 2022

"image of charter captain and young girl showing a big walleye caught on aLake of the Woods Summer walleye fishing is in full swing at the south end of Lake of the Woods. Boat ramps are available if you bring your own boat. Resort charter boats are available and putting anglers on walleyes for those who want to make life easy.

There are nice pods of eater size walleyes in 10 to 15 feet of water in front of Pine Island, near both the Lighthouse and Morris Point gaps. Deep mud is also holding schools of fish in 28 to 34 feet of water, there are large numbers of walleyes in some of these schools. Reefs in Big Traverse Bay are also holding nice numbers of walleyes. Some anglers report catching jumbo perch, pike and a few crappies in the mix as well.

Both drift fishing using spinners tipped with crawlers and trolling crankbaits have ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report July 26, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Precious Plankton Producing Positive Pattern" July 25, 2022

Image of Josh with big winnie walleye caught during thne daikin fish-a-roo "During my formative years as a fishing guide, “prime time walleye fishing” for me, was the early season period and then again in the fall. The terms are subjective, so depending on your specific location in the Midwest, early could have meant anytime from sometime in March, through about mid-June. The fall bite, also a subjective term, could have occurred anytime from Late August, on through late October, occasionally lasting a little bit longer.

Between those 2 peak periods of productivity, was the mid-summer, a time when many walleye anglers, me included, simply waited out the mid-summer doldrums. Biding or time, fishing for bass and panfish kept us occupied while we waited for the next ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 25, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "Punching Mats for Bass | 7 Overlooked Tips" July 23, 2022

image links to video about catching bass in heavy weed cover"Fletcher Shryock loves fishing for bass buried in grass mats with the flipping and pitching techniques.

He shares some overlooked pointers, such as the 3 best times of the day to catch bass in mats, how to visually identify the best grass, key tackle for punching, how to properly fish your flipping setup, and overlooked areas that can get you more bites.

Shryock’s 7 tips to better punching success on grass lakes:

Fish during bite windows. Fletcher discusses the 3 best windows to ..." View Video and Learn More >> Punching Mats for Bass | 7 Overlooked Tips


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Mid-Summer Fishing Traditions" July 22, 2022

It’s been mid-summer traditions week here at the field office of “The Early Bird Fishing Guide”. The Fish-A-Roo, held annually at William’s Narrows Resort on Cutfoot Sioux has been going on all week. Squeezed into the open date in the middle of that, Camp Hastings, another annual event featured a smaller, but equally enthusiastic as ever, 3rd and 4th generation crew. Generally, it’s been a week filled with good fishing, good eating and for some, long hours.

Last Sunday, Day 1 of the Fish-A-Roo, almost everybody fished on Upper Red Lake. Fishing was good there, and I wrote a report about that trip on Monday. So, if you’re interested, check that one out if you hadn’t already. On day 2 of the event, several of the guides chose to stay on Lake Winnie, a decision that turned out to be really a good one. Most of us chose to ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 22, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Upper Red Lake Report" July 20, 2022

image of upper red lake fishing guide Jeff Sundin with nice walleye The consensus among anglers fishing Upper Red Lake has generally been that there was a larger average size walleye were being caught on the north side, than there were on the south shoreline. But after fishing on the south end this week, I think there might be a better way to express it.

While it may be true that a higher percentage of the walleye caught up north are “keepers”, south side anglers are getting plenty of good size fish too. To do that, they just catch 5 times as many fish to sort out the good ones.

Surface water temperatures are warming, but with water levels remaining high, it’s taken longer to warm up than usual. Now in the 76-to-78-degree range, there’s a healthy algae bloom in the water and there are more fish lingering along the shoreline, and ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Report July 20, 2022


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 19, 2022

image links to fishing report from Lake Winnibigoshish "Just at the point during mid-summer when you’d think the walleye fishing action SHOULD slow down, IT DOESN’T, at least that’s how it usually works on Lake Winnie!

Warm weather and sunshine have brought water temperatures up. Now in the 76-to-78-degree range, the lake has developed an algae bloom. Algae blooms are good for the lake in many ways, but for anglers, they help by reducing water clarity and that makes it easier to get close to walleyes during the daytime.

Surface water temperatures, in and of themselves are good for anglers too. The rising temperatures increase fish metabolism, encouraging them to feed both more heavily and more often. Trolling patterns, at increased speeds become effective, making it easier for folks to ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Report July 19, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism July 20, 2022

image links to fishing report from Lake of the Woods "Summer walleye fishing remains very good across the south end of Lake of the Woods. Different schools of walleyes keying in on different forage offers anglers numerous opportunities.Water levels are starting to drop and debris that is consistent with high water has flushed through the system. Thankfully, fishing has been great despite a high water year.

A good bite for eater walleyes in 10 to 15 feet of water, just off of Pine Island and other areas along the south shore. Some are using spinners with crawlers to catch these fish but trolling crankbaits to cover water is also producing. Some are still jigging which is still effective despite it being mid July.

Deep mud in 28 to 33 feet of water this time of year holding good numbers of fish. You just have to ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report July 20, 2022


image links to fishrapper home page July 15, 2022 — "Spinner Preferences For Mixed Bag Trolling Presentation?"

"On July 14, 2022 Perry Linkmeiter wrote;

"Q) Jeff, I’ve followed your articles about trolling spinners for the “mixed bag” of fish and noticed that you refer to Little Joe spinners a lot. In your opinion, are these the only ones that work, or are there others that will catch just as many fish? Follow up, what are your personal favorite colors? Thanks in advance, Perry

A) Perry, certainly there are other spinners that will do the trick, in fact, some of the guides in my region ..." Q&A Spinner Preferences For Mixed Bag Trolling Presentation? July 15, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Mixing The Mix-Able" July 13, 2022

image of James and Josh Blood, along with Phil Goettl after successful fishing trip Have you ever fished on Bowstring Lake and spotted a location on your map called “Goettl (GET-ELL) Bar”? Well, this photo of Phil Goettl (right), accompanied by his stepsons Josh and James reminds me to remind you how that spot got its name.

Sometime in the early 1990s, I was fishing on Bowstring with Phil Goettl, his brother Erik and one of their pals, Albert. There was a yellow jug floating over the top of that bar and these boys said “hey, let’s go fish over there by that yellow jug.” Naturally, I resisted, what big time pro fishing guide ever wants to fish by somebody else’s yellow jug? The crew kept haranguing me though and eventually I succumbed to the pressure and motored over to the spot for a perusal. Yes, you can see this one coming, the bar was loaded with walleyes, and we caught some of them; the bar was then named in their honor.

Not long after that, a mapping company ..." Read >> Mixed Bag Fishing Report July 13, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report July 13, 2022

image of fishernman holdiung big walleye caught in the Ely MN area "Walleye fishing continues to be good to excellent for many anglers this last week. Anglers continue to find walleyes in 10 feet of water or less, in weedbeds. Slip bobber a leech has been very effective for many, while others are pulling live bait rigs, tipped with a leech or crawler, on weedlines. A few anglers are also starting to report a good bite out on sunken islands now too. Out here it has been more lindy rigging and jigging raps.

Smallmouth Bass: Topwater bite continues to go hot and heavy, right now. Whopper ploppers continue to be very hot! Soft plastics worms and Ned rigs have also been very effective on smallies. Large boulder flats, rocky points and downed trees are the area you will want to fish, if your looking for smallies.

Crappies continue to ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report July 13, 2022


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort July 12, 2022

image links to lake winnibigoshish walleye fishing report "Rumbling storms interrupted the morning routine around the resort on Monday, that didn’t encourage much fishing action. Not long after that, strong westerly winds developed and whitecaps started rolling into the bay, not many went out in the waves either.

Local guide, Jeff Sundin did though, his guests from the lodge next door, Mike and Lori Lucht decided that they wanted to take a chance on the weather and, in the end, they were glad that they did.

“We were lucky that the wind took a little while to develop, there was an hour-long window between the storm ending and the strong wind starting. During that time, we were able to ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 12, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism July 12, 2022

image links to fishing report from Lake of the Woods "It's been an excellent week on the south side of Lake of the Woods. Resorts are open for business, fishing has been great and guests are catching walleyes.

The MN Tournament Trail was on LOW this week and the winning teams each day had walleyes averaging 8 lbs per walleye for their 5 fish total. Day one winning weight was 39.75 lbs and day two was 41.00 lbs for this catch and release tournament.

Good numbers of walleyes being caught. A nice bite for eaters in 10 to 15 feet just off of Pine Island and other areas on the south shore.

Most are pulling spinners with crawlers to catch these fish. Another good bite is taking place in ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report July 12, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "North Central Minnesota's Fickly Fish Syndrome" July 11, 2022

image of mayfly sitting on the edge of sundin's boat Water levels remain high in north central Minnesota’s Itasca Region. Surface temperatures are still cooler than usual, but warming, 68 degrees on the low end, and 73 degrees at the warmest lakes I’ve visited recently. Algae blooms, thanks to a recent string of sunny days, are increasingly, but still significantly behind schedule too.

Insect hatches, including the large mayflies, have either already occurred, or are occurring now on most area lakes. The bug hatches range in intensity, some folks report seeing very heavy hatches, especially overnight mayfly hatches. On lakes I’ve fished, like Winnie, Round, Bowstring, Big Sandy, and others, I’d call the hatches moderate, but heavy enough to attract fish out onto soft bottom flats to feed on the larvae.

If you take high, cool water, combine that with increased water clarity, add insect hatches to the menu and throw in some stormy weather for good measure, you’ve ..." Read >> Sundin Report July 11, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report July 6, 2022

"Walleye fishing was surprisingly good, considering may flies continue to hatch on many area lakes. Best fishing seems to be shallow, in 10 feet of water or less. Shallow flats with scattered weeds, wind blown shorelines and areas around current, has been the best areas to fish.

Live bait rigs like spinner rigs and lindy rigs tipped with a crawler or leech has been the way to go. Reports of people catching walleye right off their docks with a slip bobber and leech continue to come in.

Topwater fishing for both smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been excellent this last week. Whopper ploppers and pop-r’s have been outstanding. Anglers should ..." Read >> Ely MN Fishing Report July 6, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism July 6, 2022

"Resorts and lodging facilities are doing a nice job adapting to high water conditions on the south end of Lake of the Woods. They are open for business, fishing has been great and they are taking good care of visitors.

There are good numbers of walleyes being caught and in a variety of locations. Anglers are finding some fish at 10 to 15 feet deep over mixed sand and rubble. Other anglers are finding walleyes in deeper water, 25 to 31 feet over mud.

Pulling spinners with a crawler or minnow has been the goto method for catching them. Walleyes almost always seem to be using the scattered reefs in the lake. Some days they are on top, other days ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report July 6, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "How to Troll Soft Plastic Worms for Walleyes" July 6, 2022

image links to video about catching walleyes using soft plastic worms and trolling spinners"Pro fisherman Korey Sprengel teaches us how to troll soft plastics using slow-turn hooks and bottom bouncers to contact active walleyes and appeal to their innate curiosity through the sense of smell and vision.

New-age plastics such as Berkley Gulp! are chemically engineered, and laboratory tested to appeal to a walleye’s sense of smell — this, coupled with the seductive spinning action of a worm on a slow-turn hook, has proven a potent olfactory and visual combo.

While the system may seem complex, the setup consists of a weight, leader, hook, and plastic. There are, however, several things to keep in mind. First off, select a bottom bouncer weight that maintains a 45-degree line angle when trolling. Next, use a longer rod with a moderate action to provide walleyes time to ..." View Video and Learn More >> How to Troll Soft Plastic Worms for Walleyes


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 1, 2022

"Turbulent weather has kept fishing guests “on their toes”, particularly ones who love spending most of their time on the big lake. The pattern, if you want to call it that, has been to squeeze in a few hours of quality fishing time whenever the weather presents an opportunity.

Walleyes, still receiving the lion’s share of attention, are turning up in a wider variety of locations. There are still decent numbers of fish on mid-depth flats near Third River, Tamarack Bay and at the west side of Winnie. Key depths range from 10 to 14 feet on the flats where you’ll find scattered pods of walleyes feeding.

Mid-lake bars and humps are generating some attention mow too. Experienced anglers recognize walleye migrations following typical seasonal trends, starting on bars that connect directly to the shoreline, and then fanning out to ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Report July 1, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "Glorvigen and Glorvigen Inducted MN Fishing Hall of Fame" February 5, 2022

image of Scott and Marty Glorvigen"Back in the mid 1980s, I worked alongside Marty and Scott Glorvigen in the same guide group. Later, I carted boxes of their new "Gemini Sport Towels" to sell from my retail booth at various sports shows.

Through the years, we've worked together often and today, I'm still associated with them through Wired2Fish.

The longer I've known them, the more influential they've become. But they've never lost sight of the roots and today, remain as humble and welcoming as they were on the first day I met them.
Congratulations on your well deserved induction into Minnesota's Fishing Hall of Fame! ..




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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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