Minnesota Fishing Reports
You won’t have to search very hard to find photos and stories about folks who have already been out fishing on the fresh ice. I really want to say something about ice fishing too, but I don’t want my words to just blend into the clamor. And I especially don’t want to lead you into a dangerous situation after getting you all hyped up about ice fishing.
If you really want to get out on thin ice this weekend, you can find a place to do it. But for me, there’s still too much going on in the woods and fields that I will regret missing if I don’t do it now. Opportunities for Pheasants, Grouse, Deer and some great photography are all still going on in the woods.
OH and then there’s the special mission that I’m on right now, the one that I have to keep quiet for a few more days. I can’t just wrap this project up and head out onto the ice; I’d never forgive myself if I did that!
The St. Paul Ice Show provides a nice natural break from one season to another for me. So after Thanksgiving and after the ice show, we plan to hit the ice hard and ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report November 15, 2018
Walleyes aren’t just going to swim up and stop under you’re your ice shelter though. No matter where you’re set up for the ambush, you need a lure that gets their attention, convinces them to stop and then triggers them to strike.
The new Lindy Glow Spoon does all that, it combines sound, color and light in a way that no other ice fishing lure has ever done before.
Let Fish ED host Jon Thelen show you how the Glow Spoon works and why it’s going to help you put more walleyes on the ice this winter. View Video and Learn More >> Catch More Walleyes Using Lindy Glow Spoon
"Commercial grade electric ice augers like the StrikeMaster 40V have taken the ice fishing world by storm.
Rugged build quality, reliability and long lasting battery life good for more holes than you can drill in a day deliver ice anglers exceptional value without any downside.
Wired2Fish's Ryan DeChaine walks us through two popular electric auger configurations and when to use each. He starts by providing an overview of ... View Video to Learn More >> Why Electric Ice Augers are the Best Buy
At last report, there are good numbers of walleyes and saugers staged in traditional early ice locations across Pine Island and the entire south shore. With fish location, numbers and fall success, LOW is primed for good early ice fishing.
The Rainy River is still loaded with walleyes. Some anglers ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Update November 13, 2018
"There’s a lot to be said about bagging an early season buck, and getting everything done with, but it does come with a bit of negativity. Now I am more than bored, unable to go out and hunt alone for a few hours, as I have filled my tag.
Sometimes I think I’m better off not to get a deer right off the get-go because I enjoy spending time in the woods.
However, on the plus side, I did find time to bring my boat over to Ray’s Sport & Marine to get it winterized. Yes, dragging my feet, as usual, I thought I would be able to get out to catch a few more fish but deer season got in the way. It always does.
I’ve also started the process of getting ready for the ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines November 13, 2018
There’s still a lot more open water than ice out there, but the ice is definitely gaining ground.
On Saturday, we found some of the smaller lakes in the Grand Rapids area frozen over already. This image of Hale Lake was taken at about 4:00 PM on November 10th and except for some wet spots on top of the ice, it was frozen from shore to shore. With a maximum depth of over 50 feet, I wouldn’t have expected the ice to cover the whole lake yet, but it did.
Not far down the road, we found ice covering about 60% of Splithand Lake, but there was still a large section of open water over the lake’s mid-section. With a maximum depth of less than 30 feet, I would have expected the entire lake to ..." Read >> Freeze Up In The Itasca Area November 11, 2018
Every year there’s a clamor to discover which ice fishing lures promise to be both “new and great!”
But with all of the great gear and fishing lures out there, how can anybody do it? It seems like everything’s been done, it’s all been invented and re-invented; until now.
The Lindy Glow Spoon is both “New” and “Great” and this lure is going to knock the ball out of the park during the 2018/2019 ice fishing season.
Let Jon Thelen walk you through the features and benefits of the lure that’s setting the ice fishing world on fire.
View Video >> "Introducing Something New and Great" Lindy Glow Spoon
Don’t reach for your ice cleats just yet, but it wouldn’t hurt to get them ready; you’ll probably need them fairly soon.
It was calm yesterday and the air temperature never warmed above 20 degrees. I expected to see ice on some tiny ponds yesterday and I did. I wasn’t expecting to see very much ice on any of the larger lakes and I didn’t. But … some of the mid-size lakes had ice around their shorelines, more than I anticipated.
The ideal freezing conditions won’t last; in fact blustery winds predicted for today will prevent most lakes from glazing over. Still, I don’t expect that we’ll make it to Thanksgiving without hearing about folks ..." Read >> Countdown To Freeze UP November 9, 2018
There are no shortage of fishing videos, fishing articles and fishing news. Folks around the Midwest have plenty of chances to “get information”, but it’s a one way street, you have to glean whatever you can from the material whenever you see it.
Opportunities to exchange information don’t come along as often, but they do come along. The St. Paul Ice Show definitely provides one of the best opportunities for anglers to learn anything they could ever want to know about ice fishing.
Remember the time you were watching that ice fishing video and you ... Learn More >> St. Paul Ice Fishing Show
“You’re too early”, most folks told us. “The birds are still in the standing corn and it won’t be harvested this week, maybe not even next week either.”
Those words turned out to be a fair assessment of what we found during our trip to North Dakota last week. Although there were a lot of farmers harvesting Soy Beans, Corn, for the most part was still standing.
Pheasants could be heard chattering from the innermost reaches of those huge corn fields. That made access a problem for us because hunters are not allowed to work in un-harvested crop fields. So most of the time all we could do was listening to the roosters cackling at us from a distance.
Ducks were largely off limits for us too, mostly because we ..." Read Article >> Hunting The Hunt-Able November 7, 2018
"On the main basin... For those fishing the lake, fishing has been good. Mixed schools of fish from 10-25' along south shore. Activity around both Lighthouse and Morris Point Gaps and along Pine Island. Most anchored up and jigging with frozen shiners with good success. Gold, pink and chartreuse working well.
On the Rainy River... The Rainy River is loaded with walleyes. Anglers having success in key spots up and down river. Jig and minnow (shiners, rainbows) continue to be go to method. Gold, glow, pink and chartreuse for jigs.
Anchoring up most effective. Jig over side or flip out and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Update November 6, 2018
Shortly before first light, I hoisted myself, and a large, heavy backpack into position. Key equipment (buck grunt, can call, monocular, etc.) was taken out of the pack and placed close at hand for easy and quiet use.
Sometimes, I’ll saturate a wick with deer scent, tied to fishing line and drop it below the stand, stopping about three feet from the ground. That, again, was the plan, on this early morning.
I was anxious to try out Tink’s new spray applicator. Tink’s #69 DOE-IN-RUT has been around for years and it’s a great product. I’ve used it before but have never seen it available in a spray can. I think it was the words “No Mess” that actually caught my eye. That pretty much sold me right then and there.
Dangling the wick out away from me, I ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines November 6, 2018
At first glance, it appeared that completing my weekend work assignment wouldn’t be that hard. How could it be, we’d be hunting at a management area where hunters can legally fill up to 3 tags, surely we’d at least see a few.
Access isn’t a problem either; there are public hunting areas practically everywhere one looks. There are state management areas, federal ones and even county ones. There would be plenty of room for everybody, apparently.
The plan was set, my son-in-law Austin would take me to a little spot where he’d rattled in a couple of bucks on Thursday evening. We’d sit together and he’d try to rattle ‘em back up again on Saturday morning and we’d be back at home base in time for breakfast.
We arrived at the spot in plenty of time to ..." Read >> Field Report November 5, 2018
Surveys show walleye population increasing, but some year classes remain below normal.
Winter anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will again enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the third season in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Similar to last season, anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs starting Saturday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye between 21-23 inches, or one fish over 28 inches.
Winter regulations are set after completion of the ..." Read >> Mille Lacs Winter Anglers Allowed 1 Walleye
"On the main basin... Many strong reports from the lake as water clarity is improved. Mixed schools of fish from 14-28' along south shore.
Most anchored up and jigging with frozen shiners with good success. Gold or gold mixed with glow, pink or orange working well.
On the Rainy River... Big numbers of walleyes in the river this week. Anglers having success in key spots from mouth of river at Wheeler's Point to Birchdale, a 42 mile stretch.
Jig and shiners continue to be go to method with some anglers also trolling crankbaits. Gold, orange and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Rainy River Updates October 30, 2018
During winter, cold front conditions often affect fish just like they do during the open water fishing season. Adjusting your presentation to the fish’s slower metabolism is the way to put the odds of catching fish in your favor.
Slowing down your presentation will help trigger more walleye strikes, but any lure you use, still needs to attract a walleye before it can trigger them to eat.
For Jon Thelen, a Lindy Quiver Spoon fills the bill. The lure’s light weight design allows a slower drop rate without sacrificing the attracting power of flash and color.
Watch the video and let Jon share some tips that will help you ice more walleye this winter. View Video >> Catch More Walleye During A Cold Front
"Lakeville artist Stephen Hamrick won the Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. Judges selected his painting from among 11 entries for the annual contest that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors.
The 2019 walleye stamp will feature Hamrick’s painting of a walleye swimming at night under a full moon near an angler’s leech-baited hook and slip bobber.
Hamrick has won a DNR stamp contest 11 times; he also has won the ..." Read >> 2019 MN Walleye Stamp Winner
"Some folks believe you cannot improve on tried and true. Others think they can always be better. The folks at Bomber believe combining both makes the most sense and their line-up of Fat Free Shads prove it.
Proven tournament fish catching divers the Fat Free Shad crankbait has been a mainstay for anglers coast to coast and we want to give you a chance to win a selection of their best one's hand selected by the fine folks at Bomber. Five crankbaits per winner and in killer colors for every body of water, water color, and depth range.
The baits included are ..." Learn More and Enter >> Bomber Fat Free Shad Assortment Giveaway
An intensive Deer Hunting Survey was conducted by the Minnesota DNR. There is plenty of interesting information here and if you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, give it a read, as it’s available online and consists of over 100 pages.
The DNR reported that “Surveys were distributed to 25,319 deer hunters in five regions of the state (11,417 after the 2014 deer season, 10,403 after the 2015 season, and 3,499 after the 2016 season); 10,894 completed surveys were used for this analysis. After adjusting for undeliverable surveys and invalid respondents, the response rate was 44.8%.”
On average, survey respondents ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines October 29, 2018
A few days ago, I teased you with my comments about information that I had witheld from you during the 2017/2018 ice fishing season.
The Lindy Glow Spoon, a prototype at the time, was being run through its paces. We were testing the new idea to find out if it was "the real deal" or not.
Throughout the testing process, we had some really great experiences, but one of the most fun of all was watching my friend Jon Thelen produce this video using one of the very first, unpainted prototpe versions of the new lure.
There will be a lot more great video to follow, but I think you'll enjoy watching this, the very first recorded experience with the Lindy Glow Spoon in the field. View Video >> First Walleye Filmed On Prototype Lure
Don’t worry, I won’t be gone long, but I am going to take a few days off to catch up on a little bird hunting.
It’s been 4 years since the last time I’ve been either Pheasant or Duck hunting and a lot of my old gear is long gone. It amazed me how long it took to put together enough stuff to cover the bases of a rudimentary hunt. But after a couple of days of shopping around, I think I have almost enough to prepare me for a couple of day trips.
My dog, you would think, should be chomping at the bit to get in the field a little bit. She probably is, but she won't show it until she gets over her temper fit about the ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 22, 2018
I don’t like being a good boy, not always anyhow! But I did promise myself that I’d take advantage of Mother Nature’s generosity by using the warm weather to get my gear cleaned up and organized. Most everything I own needed a good spray down before freeze up. So I got out the pressure washer and got after everything that wasn't nailed down.
Now that my Pro V is cleaned up and put away for winter, I feel like I cheated myself; now I wish I’d gone fishing.
If I would have headed for the water, I wouldn’t have been alone. Bill Powell at Fred’s Bait told me that he had a fairly steady crowd on Thursday morning. “Most of them are headed for the ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 19, 2018
Well we did it! My customer and friend Ken Seufert braved a sub-freezing morning and a daytime high temperature in the mid-30’s to spend a day on the lake with me Wednesday.
Walleyes, in reasonably good numbers showed up too and that made it a nice day for a going away party. Yes, that’s right, yesterday was my official ending date of the 2018 open water fishing season.
I won’t say that you won’t see me on the water any more this fall, but I can tell you that if I’m out there, I won’t be working.
For the two of us, the season finale’ involved working slowly and methodically for each strike. Converting a strike into a hook set required ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 18, 2018
Bucket list fishing trips are discussed in my boat almost every single day. Whether they caught big fish, lots of fish or just loved the surroundings, somebody always has something to say about their favorite fishing experiences.
Lake Winnipeg comes up in conversation a lot; it has not escaped the attention of very many walleye anglers. Catching one of the lake’s big “Greenback Walleyes” is high on the list for lots of folks; including me. So even though Winnipeg is outside of my service area, I wanted to share this article because I do think about going there someday and I know that many of you ..." Read >> Lake Winnipeg Walleye October 17, 2018
Clear weather in forecast. Walleyes staging at various south shore locations in 20-29'. Jig and frozen shiner the ticket. Anchor up and jig with gold, glow red, or gold/orange. Fish are very active.
On the Rainy River... Strong walleye activity continues. Jig and frozen shiners continue to be go to method with some anglers also trolling crankbaits. Shiner run has slowed for the moment but there are good numbers of walleyes in ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Updates October 16, 2018
"Finding and camping on a big school of fish is your best chance at awesome ice fishing. As Wired2Fish’s Ryan DeChaine demonstrates, the best way to accomplish this is locating gamefish from the boat using an LCD fish finder before the lake freezes.
Ryan scans a small, rudimentarily mapped lake using Humminbird’s MEGA Side and Down Imaging and 2D sonar to find panfish while simultaneously building a high-resolution custom map using Humminbird's AutoChart Live. While finding fish using sonar is useful, it’s much more powerful when combined with ..." Learn More >> How Finding Fish in Open Water Leads to Better Ice Fishing
Brrr. It’s getting a little nippy out there.
An early morning trek to the woods had me taking care of a few pre-season deer hunting chores. I didn’t plan on using the side-by-side and shortly after traveling to the first stand, I knew I wasn’t dressed warm enough. Yes. Fall is in full swing.
The firearms deer season gets underway in two weeks, November 3, and it appears that there are plenty of them around. They look fat and healthy too.
A lot of folks check out some of their hunting areas by shining and that is perfectly legal, long as you do it the first two hours after sunset and have no “implements” along that could be used to take wild animals. This can be a lot of fun and a real learning experience. You’ll wonder where all those deer disappear to when the season starts. Isn’t that about it?
I’m making a bold prediction that there will be quite a few deer shot this season and many of them being big bucks. I came to this realization, after checking out the ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines October 16, 2018
An email from Aaron Hamersma was timely because in it, he asks the same question that's been asked by every single one of my fishing cutomers over the past 2 weeks. Aaron srote; "First off thank you so much for all the great reports during the year! I was wondering when you will stop going fishing on the open water and shut it down until freeze up?
I've been holding off as long as I can but not sure when it gets to a point it’s not worth it. We are on lake north of Talmoon. Thanks again for all you do!
A) Aaron Thanks for the note; I really appreciate hearing from you.
Your question isn't an easy one to answer because it's so subjective. For me, a day spent on the water is always "worth it" because no matter whether I catch fish or not, I always ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 15, 2018
I realize that I am speaking to a smaller audience every day, but I know that there are still some die-hard anglers out there. So for those of you who’d still like to get on the lake another time or two, here’s what I know and what I don’t know.
On Friday, Surface water temperatures ranged from 41 degrees to 44 degrees depending on the area and depth of water we searched. These were the coldest water temperatures I’ve seen this season and for me, the coldest I’ve fished in for a long time. It’s maybe been 20 years since the day we fished on Cutfoot and returned to Williams Narrows to find the back bay frozen over. I could see something like that happening again this year.
Our intention on Friday was to give the crappies a good run for their money. While we had some success early in the day, the fish ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 14, 2018
The boys from the infamous “B minus Guide Service” are back in town and chilly fingers aside, showed off their superior fishing skills on Thursday. It didn’t happen right away, Kevin Scott and Al Heimer ran me through my paces, but in the end, hard work and good luck prevailed.
Our first lake was a dud, even though I’d done well there just this past Monday, the walleyes in Lake Shoulddabeengood didn’t want anything to do with us.
Ranging between 46 and 47 degrees, the surface water temperature had dropped 5 degrees since Monday and maybe that was the catalyst for change. On the other hand, maybe I just didn’t give the lake enough time, maybe there was an active school of fish right around the corner and I didn’t stay long enough to ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 12, 2018
Q) On October 12, 2018 Bill Franzen wrote; "Jeff, I've got an ice armor suit that's about 10 years old. How would you compare the suit you're referencing in your report to the ice armor?
I've looked online and find no real description of cold weather info. Is it for Minnesota open ice fishing and is it durable? There are no reviews on line so I'm reaching out to a fisherman in the know; please advise. Thanks Bill
A) Good morning Bill, the timing of your note is interesting because I just ordered myself a new Arctic Armor suit on Wednesday and expect it to arrive in a few days. Admittedly, the IDI Gear website could ..." Read >> Arctic Armor Ice Suit October 12, 2018
Given the recent weather, it's understandable that my phone isn’t exactly ringing off the hook. It takes a hearty soul to make a day on the lake fun right now and folks, who aren’t already on my calendar haven’t been in a rush to get in on this cold snap.
Because I do still have a handful of trips on my schedule, I feel obliged to get out on the lakes and have a look around. The least I can do is to keep myself up to speed about lake conditions and hopefuly fish locations too. That way I have a fighting chance of making these next several dates fun for my customers.
Since I was heading out solo anyway, I decided to combine the search for places to catch fish this week with the search for places to ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 10, 2018
When wet, numb fingers are begging for a warm place to hide and you’re hunkered down against the icy rain slapping into your face, it’s nice to know that at least the fish will cooperate.
Yes apparently the Walleye are more comfortable with this crummy weather than we are. In fact, I’d go further than to use the term comfortable, I’d say that when I can find them, they’re active. Knowing that is what’s helped get me through days like yesterday.
At 51.7 degrees, surface water temperatures haven’t moved very much since late last week. That stability, combined with dark grey skies and moderate winds have encouraged walleye to follow their instinct to feed heavily before winter sets in.
As proof of my theory, I’d ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 9, 2018
"Recent fishing outings have me thinking of hard water, mainly because of the weather. It’s getting a little chilly out there, to say the least. This is the time of year that has me bundling up in layers and wearing my warmest ice fishing gear, which has me feeling quite comfortable, but my fingers are taking a beating.
I always say, “if your hands are cold, you’re probably catching fish” and that’s true, if you think about it, especially during late fall. Removing hooks and handling minnows, which are swimming around in icy water, does this. Not catching anything? More-than-likely, you are nice and toasty.
It has gotten to the point where I ..." Read >> Greg's Guidelines October 9, 2018
Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism October 9, 2018
"On the main basin... Good fall walleye fishing continues. Water a bit stirred up on south shore this past week starting to settle. Walleyes and shiners are staging out front in 20-29'. Various spots along south shore of lake producing, fall pattern kicking in. Jigs and frozen shiners working best. Anchor up and jig with gold, glow red, or gold/orange. Nice numbers of fish coming in.
On the Rainy River... Walleye activity strong with some big fish showing up in the river. Anglers reporting success jigging with a 3/8 or 1/2 ounce jig and frozen shiner. More walleyes continue to enter river from lake. Four Mile Bay had good bite, best in ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Updates October 9, 2018
Thanks to a last minute cancellation, I had an unexpected day off to work with on Saturday. That allowed me time to catch up on paperwork, outside chores and warm up some of my frozen muscles. It also gave me an opportunity to prepare one of the Hippie Chick’s all-time favorite meals, Coconut Pike Delight.
Listening to my wife’s comments about how good it was gave me the idea to share some observations about Northern Pike as table fare.
The Coconut Pike Delight recipe originated during the summer of 2017 when we were experimenting with recipes for barbequing fish on the grill. At that time, possessing a pike in the 23 to 26 inch range was legal and for most of our cooking, those were the preferred size for eating.
With the 2018 implementation of the new “protected slot size regulation” for pike in our area, we’ve been forced to ..." Read >> Preparing Perfect Pike
Weather, one of Mother Nature’s most powerful tools has a short in its wiring I think. This fall, the weather reminds me of my old power drill that would turn on, but then cut out and quit working. If I wiggled the wire, it would work again until whatever loose connection came un-snuggled again.
It wouldn't my feelings if she'd dish out two nice days in a row, but for some reason, the best she can muster this fall is the occasional single nice day like the one we enjoyed on Thursday. Oh I know, you're right, it might have been cold in the morning, but I am here to tell you that it definitely turned out to be a beautiful day; Mother Nature’s wiring was working!
On Friday, Mother’s wiring was shorted out again. The snow was pretty to look at, but caused all sorts of trouble for folks in rural Itasca County, including us. For me and my crew, it meant waiting in line to ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 6, 2018
During late fall and winter there are several species of fish that migrate into deep water. Crappies, one of the most popular deep water inhabitants, are particularly vulnerable to fishing pressure during this cold water period.
For some anglers, locating and catching fish in mid-lake deep water basins is easier than finding them in shallow water cover. The good news is that once located, crappies are willing biters and for most anglers, fairly easy to catch. The fish’s willingness to strike allows an angler to make quick work out of catching “a limit” of fish. The fast action makes it tempting to lock into a position, catch lots of fish and ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing In Deep Water October 5, 2018
Fishing this week has been a roller coaster ride, a day of fabulous action on Wednesday, followed on Thursday by a wet, cold day on a lake where the fish had apparenty gone dormant since my last visit.
By the time we got the boat cleaned up, inspected and ready for a swing at another lake, more external problems cropped up and forced an early ending to our day.
Thursday aside, in terms of running a smooth operation, it’s been a rough week all around. Flat tires, engine problems, electric problems, leaky stuff, noisy stuff and the most irritating of all; the door latch on my pickup that was stuck shut. I’m not sure that any of us fully appreciates how nice it is to ..." Read >> Well Desrved Testimonial September 22, 2018
Canton, Ill. — Jeff Kolodzinski is a man on a mission — a Marathon Man out to break a record he already holds. On September 11 and 12, 2018, at Giant Goose Ranch in Canton, Illinois, he will attempt to catch more than 2,143 fish on hook and line to break his own world record set in 2011.
But Kolodzinski is not doing it for a spot in the record books. He’s doing it to introduce people and families to fishing and to increase awareness and financial support for the Fishing For Life, a non-profit, tax exempt charitable organization whose Next GEN program finds mentors for children of families in need.
A special focus within the program, serves families of ..." Learn More and Watch Live Video Feed >> Kolodzinski, Guinness World Record Holder Attempts To Break His Own Record
Q) On September 6, 2018 Dave Heck Wrote; “You wrote about the Lindy tungsten ice worm, bug and toad today and I was wondering if you would share with me the colors you find work the best? I like to have 4 to 5 of each color on hand and it starts to add up quickly when you're trying to cover all the sizes and colors. I hope you understand. Thanks Dave
A) Dave, Yes I do understand; nobody likes to stock up on fishing tackle that won’t serve the end goal of catching fish.
I have to be a little more prepared than most folks when it comes to the variety and amount of lures that I have on hand, so I have at least a couple of most colors and sizes. That said, I do have a short list of favorite colors and sizes that work very well for ..." Read >> Tugsten Ice Lures, Select Colors and Sizes For Open Water
"Side imaging sonar reveals an entirely new underwater world to anglers interested in learning the technology. It produces highly detailed readouts of the water column and bottoms off both sides of the boat; this has some major benefits, one of which being discovering sleeper or hidden spots missed by most anglers.
Jeff "Kolo" Kolodzinski demonstrates this perfectly. While driving to one of his "known" spots, side imaging reads a bottom composition change - it's a hard spot covered with fist-sized rocks and some larger boulders mixed in. Of note, there's no appreciable change in depth, so mapping doesn't ..." View Video >> How to Use Side Imaging to Find Hidden Spots
On Tuesday, I wrote; "Referencing Bemidji Area Fisheries Manager, Gary Barnard's comments about Upper Red Lake Walleye bag limits, I found it interesting that he used the phrase "A Lot of Walleyes" to describe the 4 fish bag limit.
I can honestly say that for me, a 4 fish bag limit is fine. I have more than ample opportunity to catch enough fish to eat and I can usually accomplish it within a reasonable amount of time. But that said I still do not view a bag limit of 4 fish as “A Lot of Fish.”
Even the current statewide bag limit of 6 fish doesn’t stretch very far for folks who travel long distances to fish, or for those who have to wait for long periods of time between fishing trips. I suspect that folks who provide most of the tourism dollars to Minnesota’s economy come to our state because of “the promise” that they can take some fish home to eat. That is if they can ..." Learn More >> Walleye Bag Limit Poll
On March 27, 2018 Tim Olson wrote; “Jeff, following the discussion about muskies and musky stocking, I see some folks referencing a supposed relationship between muskies and a decline in Northern Pike populations and/or spawning success. Are you aware of any direct relationship between the two? Also, I’m wondering about your take on the new pike regulation that will allow a 10 fish limit for northern Minnesota?
A) Tim, pike and muskies not only spawn at different times, but also spawn using very different habitats from each other. Pike begin staging near their spawning grounds before the ice melts and will be the first fish to ..." Read >> Muskies, Stocking and Ideal Habitat March 28, 2018
Reporting back with an update about last week's Q&A regarding pre-mature loss of battery voltage in his Ice Helix 7, Steve Sykes wrote; "Thanks for your help, it worked! Battery lasted all day long and I actually still had 70% battery life after a full day of ice fishing." Click >> Review Original Ice Helix 7 Q&A Here
"There's still uncertainty about side imaging technology and if it's worth it. We let the imaging do the talking and let you decide based on fishing style and budget.
The goals of this video are to 1) prove that side imaging technology produces highly detailed pictures far off to the sides of the boat, and 2) help you decide if this technology is right for your fishing situation. To accomplish this, we filmed on an ultra clear lake and drove a shallow rock flat covered with boulders and also containing sunken boats and tires. An in-boat camera was focused on the fish finder screen while a drone flew overhead (synched with in-boat camera). Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski simply drives the structure and ..." View Video To Learn More >> Is Side Imaging Fish Finder Technology Right for You?
Steve Penkoske Wrote;
Q) "Jeff, What kind of trailer do you prefer, a bunk or roller?
A) Steve, if I was assured that every landing I would ever use had water depths adequate for floating my fiberglass 208 ProV, I would absolutely prefer bunk trailers.
Bunks provide better support for my hull and given that I have enough water to float my boat, the bunk trailer is an absolute dream to load. Hands down, the bunks are a better way to go, when and if they suit your needs.
They do have one drawback and it’s a big problem for me because not all of the public access sites at the lakes I fish provide water that’s deep enough to provide adequate flotation.
That's why I still ..." Read >> Bunk Trailers vs Roller Trailers; Which Is Best?
Pete Mayer wrote; "I read your article on Thursday about controlling a tiller boat in big waves, it makes sense, but not all of us are lucky enough to have a boat like yours. So my questions are do you really need a tiller boat and what would you do in these situations if you didn’t have one?"
Answer) Pete, you’re right, I am extremely lucky to be able to ..." Read >> Boat Control Tiller vs Console October 20, 2017
Okay lets cut to the chase. If you've ever asked a question about using side imaging, how it works or why it works; then you need to watch this video. This is the most comprehensive turorial about using side imaging technology that I've ever seen.
Wired2Fish teamed up with Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski of Humminbird to create this detailed video about understanding how and why this technology works. Kolo breaks down how to read and interpret what side imaging, down imaging, and two-dimensional (2D) sonar are showing you, and how they can improve your fishing. We filmed real-time drone and underwater video of ... " View >> Understanding Side Imaging Technologies
"I’m just like you, I wish that I could visit my favorite lake any time I want and catch oodles of big Bluegills. I’d like to bring a bunch of them home too, that way I could fix a big family fish fry for every special occasion.
The problem is that if I fish there too often or bring home too many fish, my favorite lake won’t remain favored very long.
It’s a fact of life and we’re going to have to come to grips with it; as a group, we are extremely effective predators and we’re getting better all the time. We have the equipment, the knowledge, the leisure time and the communication skills to harvest fish faster than our favorite lakes can produce them. We literally have the ability to ..." Read Article >> What Is The Value Of A Sunfish?
Fish ED New Video March 2, 2017 "How Zebra Mussels Affect Fish Location"
"Exotic Zebra Mussels have invaded countless lakes across the Midwest.
Kurt Anderson Asked; what do you mean by the term “Death Cloud”? I saw your fishing report dated February 27th and in it, you said; “I was surprised that the action stopped before sundown, but it did. By 6:00 PM the screen of my Humminbird was painting images of the “death cloud”. A) Kurt, I coined the phrase “Death Cloud” before I ever ... Read >> What's The Death Cloud?
Helping your fellow fishermen and women stay abreast of the ice conditions in your area is good for everybody and it's easier than you think! Fishing Reports Minnesota is the Facebook counterpart to this page and it's open to the public. So be like me, become a duly deputized "Cub Reporter" and post your own pics and comments. It's good for fishing! Click >> Fishing Reports Minnesota
Fishing The Fall Turnover In Natural Lakes - Jeff Sundin
... "This probably means that for most fishermen, "The Turnover", I mean the absolute scientific event is probably not really what influences fish locations and feeding patterns during the cold water period.
Jeff Sundin is a full time, professional fishing guide, outdoor writer and photographer. Book Jeff for guided fishing trips, for fishing seminars, fishing promotions and media events. Click here >> learn more about Jeff Sundin.
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