image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort January 15, 2021

image lins to the pines reportlake winnie  fishing report They say that time flies when you’re having fun and so far, time is flying by this winter! It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been ice fishing in the bay for 6 weeks, maybe more.

Snow and slush have not been much of factor on the bay this winter, but just in case, we were braced for complications from yesterday’s snowfall. It didn’t turn out to be much of a problem and the few inches of snow that did fall, are already cleaned off of our roads.

Our guests continue to report good fishing in Tamarack Bay. Walleye and perch are roaming the edges of large flats using a soft breakline at ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report January 15, 2021

image denotes link to fish rapper article Wheezy Outdoors, Walker, Longville, Remer, Leech Lake Report January 15, 2021

image links to wheezy outdoors ice fishing report"Ice conditions: still vary across the Northland. We have found as little as 8 inches on deeper larger bodies, but average ice across the area is ranging from 13’ to 20’ of “good and solid” ice.

There are a few slush pockets since the warmer weather has started, but nothing too concerning. We do highly advise people to be careful around ice heaves with all the above average temps we have had lately, and always remember, “NO ICE IS EVER SAFE ICE!”

Walleyes: Walleye fishing has continued to improve across the area. Key areas to focus on are sunken humps and weed edges. In deeper, or heavy structured lakes, like Leech, the rocks ..." Read >> Wheezy Outdoors Ice Fishing Report January 15, 2021

image links to Fish ED Video Fish ED Video January 15, 2021 "Walleye Spoons Selection Explained"

image links to perch fishing videoWalleye anglers all around the midwest agree, spoons probably account for icing more walleyes than any other category of lures. But, not only do spoons come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, they all provide a different balance between attracting fish and triggering them to strike.

Rattles, glow sticks, subtle colors, vibrant colors, heavy, light, big and small; every spoon has it's own place in your tackle tray.

Knowing how to select the right spoon for the right circumstances can make the difference between a modest catch and a magnificent one!

This week on Fish ED TV, join Jon Thelen as he walks you through some of the factors he uses to decide which spoon to use and when to use it. View Video and Learn More >> Walleye Spoons Selection Explained

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin January 14, 2021 "Reporting the Report-Able"

image of Jeff sundin with nice crappie caught on glow spoonNorthern Minnesota’s recent run of unnaturally nice weather appears to be fading out. But even after the incoming storm runs its course, weekend forecasts appear to favor another busy weekend on area lakes.

The open question now is whether access to area lakes will be more restricted by the weekend. With light snow cover, folks have gotten used to driving their pickup trucks on most of the popular lakes. 3 to 6 inches of snow could increase their dependence on plowed roads provided by resorts and rental operators.

If snow does cause travel restrictions, then Winnibigoshish is liable to be the hot spot for north central Minnesota anglers. The system of plowed roads there is better than anything you will ..." Read >> Fishing Report January 14, 2021

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish January 14, 2021 "Ice Fishing Panfish - Find Crappies and Bluegills with Ease"

image links to video about Humminbird 360 ice fishing"Lack of mobility in ice fishing makes finding and staying on top of fish the biggest barrier to success (catching!).

Full-time fishing guide Brad Hawthorne details how he locates nomadic gamefish on a typical ice fishing lake through the use of lake mapping to hone in on likely areas, MEGA 360 Imaging to find and stay on top of fish, and CHIRP sonar to catch them when you've landed on the school.

This commonsense step-by-step process is all about combining knowledge with the most sophisticated technologies available to find fish under a sheet of ice with greater speed and efficiency than ever before. The beauty is, the same principles can be applied using the same equipment in open water situations, delivering year-round success and value." View Video and Learn More >> Ice Fishing Panfish - Find Crappies and Bluegills with Ease

image links to Central Minnesota – Mille Lacs, Sherburne, & Wright Counties Ice Update Shane Boeshart January 13, 2021

image links to central minnesota ice fishing reporet "Fish are scattered all around on the lakes this week. Searching became the norm for almost everyone I spoke to looking for walleyes and bluegills. Many anglers found the bite to be “tough” when fish were located. After checking the forecast and seeing it was full of high barometric pressure, I rigged up a few set-ups that have always treated me well and set out to put them to work.

Bluegills: I like to use the smallest jig I can get away with during high barometric pressure days, but I want it to get down to the bottom as quick as I can get it. Lindy 1/32 oz. Tungsten Toads in Glow Pink are my favorite to use because they have a smaller profile, and they get down to the fish hugging the bottom, quickly. The reason tungsten is preferred over the 1/32 oz. lead version is because tungsten ..." Read >> Central Minnesota Ice Fishing Report January 13, 2021

image links to Kabetogama Outdoors On Lake Kabetogama, KAB Outdoors Report January 13, 2021

image links to lake kabetogama ice fishing report "We’ve had some success using a lot of presentations but haven’t seen any one of them really stand out.

Aggressively jigging with loud, flashy lures like Glow Streaks calls fish into the area, but sometimes triggering a strike from them requires a 2nd rod rigged with a more subtle lure.

Maybe because of what the walleyes are feeding on, tiny, young of the year perch in the 1-inch size range, smaller lures and smaller minnows have proven to be effective this winter.

While walleyes fill their gullets with tiny perch, a crappie size jig tipped with small fatheads or a couple of waxworms goes down easier than larger lures, at least that’s one theory. We are also catching some walleyes on ..." Read >> Kabetogama Ice Fishing Report January 13, 2021

image links to Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report January 13, 2020

image links to ely area ice fishing report "Walleye fishing has remained slow overall this last week. Seems fish are there one night then gone the next. Anglers continue to find them in 18 to 25 feet of water, off of points, sunken islands and transition areas.

Deadsticking a lively minnow was the top producer last week, but loud buckshot spoons and rippin raps are calling them in.

Lake trout fishing was a little slow overall, but there were stories of some excellent fishing happening out there. Anglers caught trout along weedlines to 40 feet of water, but the 40 foot range was the most productive.

Tube jigs were the most popular way to ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report January 13, 2021

image links to Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism January 13, 2021

image links to lake of the woods ice fishing report "Good numbers of walleyes and saugers are being caught on the south end of Lake of the Woods this week. Anglers are doing a lot of sorting as small fish in the system continue to dominate the current catch. But there were some larger walleyes, some stretching over 28 inches also caught this week.

Most ice fishing is taking place between 23 to 31 feet of water. Jigging one line on one line and using a bobber with a live minnow on the other is the goto strategy. Electronics are helpful to show suspended fish coming through such as walleyes and tullibees.

Popular colors are gold, glow-red, glow-white, pink and orange. Lures with a ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Report January 13, 2021

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin January 12, 2021 "Persistence Pays Off on the Flats"

image of jeff sundin links to crappie fishing report In several of my recent reports, I’ve shared observations about fish, roaming flats rather than stacking up on structure. That theme played out again last Saturday when we were fishing on Lake Winnie and then again on Monday when we checked out another one of the region’s popular crappie lakes.

Anticipating crappies would be located in and around the deep-water holes in the lake, we used our GPS coordinates to check spot-after-spot where we had caught fish before. Every move we made turned out the same, drill al hole, stare at a blank screen for a minute or two and then move to another spot.

One-by-one, we eliminated our favorite areas and by lunchtime, the only thing we had to show for it was a lot of snowmobile tracks and some holes in the ice. Part of the crew bailed out, “if we can’t find in 4 hours of fishing, then this just isn’t the day”, one said. In a lot of ways, he ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 12, 2021

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin January 11, 2021 "Family Fishing Weekend"

image links to fishing update about Lake Winnie This weekend, we enjoyed a family day on Lake Winnie with most of our kids and their spouses and or posslq’s. Fishing efficiently wasn’t necessarily the top priority, but we did do quite a bit of it.

There’s been a lot of buzz about Winnie this winter because reports of good fishing have been the norm, rather than the exception. For me, the timing has not been the greatest, I seem to get there on the day before everyone else gets in on a great bite.

Fish were in the neighborhood, in fact one of us or another had an image of a fish on our depth finder all day long. They were just finicky, and it took finesse to turn a looker into a biter. By days end, we had amassed a bag of fish that included some walleye, some perch and ..." Read >> Family Fishing Day on Lake Winnie January 11, 2021

Senate Bill SF 12 Minnesota Walleye Bag Limit Reduction Introduced January 7, 2021 — Jeff Sundin

image links to article about bill to reduce walleye bag limit in minnesota In recent years, support for reducing Minnesota's walleye bag limit has grown among Minnesota anglers. In fact, results of an informal FishRapper poll conducted last year, indicated that anglers in favor of reducing Minnesota's walleye possession limit could be upward of 75%.

This year, supporters of a bag limit reduction could be in luck, because Minnesota Senate Bill SF 12 would do just that. If passed, the bill will mandate the MN DNR to reduce the statewide walleye possession from 6, down to 4 walleyes.

The bill's author, MN Senator Carrie Ruud spoke with me about the proposal. “In the past, discussions about reducing walleye limits have centered more around the social aspects of the issue rather than statistical ones.” Ruud said. Anglers who have a high conservation ethic would naturally ..." Read >> Minnesota Walleye Bag Limit Reduction January 8, 2021

image links to Lake of the Woods, Zippel Bay Resort January 8, 2021

"Zippel Bay Resort's 1st ice road map of the season. We have 2 wheel house roads out deep 29 to 31 feet of water and one in shallow at 21 foot. Spots are plowed for easy access. Not alot of snow on the ice. Please stay clear of the resort fish houses, don't go long distances off the road or go plowing your own road.

The ice is rough this year. Please drive slow 10-15 mph, we all saw what happened to the roads west of us last weekend when people didn't drive slow.

There are 15 to 19 inches of inches of ice out there and we're asking slide out units and the extra large wheel houses to wait another week for more ice. Road passes are $25 a day buy two days and the 3rd is free. Thank you and drive slow!" — Zippel Bay Resort, 1-800-222-2537

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin January 7, 2021 "Noting The Note-Able"

image links to article about lake winnie ice access "After these notes came over the wire yesterday, I think we can safely say that Lake Winnibigoshish is officially 100% open for business as of today.

On Wednesday January 6, 2021, Kim Leonhardt wrote; “Our lodge opens tomorrow, Jan 7, 2021 and we now have 14 to 16 inches of ice, covered by 4 to 6 inches of snow.

We have an extensive system of roads already plowed, including almost 200 spurs plowed open for parking wheelhouses. Wheelhouses and truck travel are permitted starting today, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. Use your best discretion about weight restrictions with the total weight of your truck and fish house combination.

Access fees $15/day or $40 for a 3 day weekend pass.  Ring doorbell for assistance. One person per group permitted inside. Covid rules apply. Social distancing/masks expected."

Nodak Lodge also posted an update on January 7, 2021. "We currently have ..." Read >> Sundin Fishing Updates January 7, 2021

image links to Central Minnesota – Mille Lacs, Sherburne, & Wright Counties Ice Update Shane Boeshart January 7, 2021

image links to central minneosta fishing report by shane boeshart "Many smaller lakes around the area have gained a couple more inches of ice in the last week. An influx in ATV, snowmobile, and wheelhouse traffic has showed where many of the “community” holes can be found.  These areas will hold fish, but the amount of traffic can make fishing a little slower. 

If you start in one of these areas, my advice to you would be stick to the steepest break on shoreline areas and work around the crowd.  Your success will increase by doing this.  This will hold true to walleye, perch, and other panfish.

Crappies have started to move from some of the weedy structure out to..." Read >> Central Minnesota Fishing Report January 7, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin January 6, 2021 "Panfish Roaming the Roam-Able"

image of Jeff Sundin with big crappie One panfish lake we were on recently provided a good example. Hole hoppers, drillers who like to find schools of fish by covering an entire sheet of ice with holes, were working against themselves. Crappies that would usually be located near structure at the edges of deep, mid-lake basins we forced to split up and move by all the commotion.

I’ve seen it happen in the fall, maybe you have too. A good-looking school of crappies appear on my Humminbird, I stop the boat, drop in a lure and for a minute, there’s some action. Then, the pack of fish gets spooked, splits up and the screen goes blank. I’ve learned that sometimes, even dropping a marker buoy into the water will split them up and they leave before we can even drop a line. Most of the time, this sort of finicky behavior is due to 1 of 2 things. #1 ..." Read >> Sundin Ice Fishing Report Jaunuary 6, 2021

image links to Kabetogama Outdoors On Lake Kabetogama, KAB Outdoors Report January 6, 2021

image links to Kabetogama Ice Fishing Report "At KAB Outdoors, 2020 was an amazing year. Despite the obvious challenges, our customers, guests, and staff all pulled together to make it an enjoyable and productive fishing, hunting, and boating season.

A growth year for us, we acquired lots of new gear, updated our fleet of rental ice fishing shelters and made a lot of progress updating the grounds and facilities. In fact, the slower-than-typical start to the ice season allowed us some extra time to make even more progress and in 2021, our customers and guests will enjoy more comfort than ever on their next visit.

That is why we’re so excited to, drum roll please … RING THE OPENING BELL ON THE 2021 FISHING SEASON! Yes, that’s right, the lake is locked up, our rentals are in place and customers have ..." Read >> Kabetogama Ice Fishing Report January 6, 2021

image links to Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report January 6, 2020

image links to ely area fishing report "Walleye fishing continues to be hit or miss on many of the area lakes this last week. Loud rippin raps and buckshot spoons continue to call in aggressive fish during the early morning and evening hours. Key depths have slipped a little deeper to 20-26 feet of water.

Northern Pike were very active this last week, with several mid 30” and up, caught this last week. Interestingly, walleye anglers seemed to find more pike then walleyes. Pike were found anywhere between 10 to 30 feet of water during the day. Live minnows suspended just off the bottom was very productive.

Panfishing remained slow but steady for many anglers. With weeds dying back, panfish continue to slide deeper and deeper. Both crappies and sunfish are being found in 20-30 feet of water. Small the bait the better. Small tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms or small soft plastics has been best." — Arrowhead Outdoors, 218-365-5358

image links to Fish ED Video Fish ED Video January 5, 2021 "Find and Catch More Mid-Winter Walleye – Fish Ed TV"

image links to Fish ED TV video about catching mid-winter walleye Wondering where all the walleyes went? First ice is an exceptional time to target big and large numbers of walleyes, but we all know that the early season walleye bite doesn’t last forever.

When it starts to feel like you're stuck in a rut, subtle changes in location, technique and fishing style can add up to big differences in your daily catch.

Follow Jon Thelen as he explains some key tips on finding and catching walleyes as they move to midwinter structure.

View Video and Learn More >> Find and Catch More Mid-Winter Walleye

image links to Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism January 5, 2021

image links to lake of the woods ice fishing report "It was a great week of walleye and sauger action on the south end Lake of the Woods. There have been a lot of small fish to sort through to find keepers, but there are enough in the mix for a good fish fry.

There have been some big walleyes caught too, sizes ranging from 28 to 32 inches have caught this week. Also in the mix, Jumbo Perch, Sauger, Pike and Tulibees, with an occasional Eelpout coming along too.

So far this winter, most ice fishing is taking place between 23 and 28 feet of water. Using one set line, or "dead stick" with a live minnow suspended below a bobber while jig fishing with a ..." Learn More >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Updates January 5, 2020

image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort January 5, 2020

image of woman with walleye links to lake winnie fishing report To say that it was a crazy weekend on Winnie, could be the fishing world’s understatement of 2021! At one point, we had ice fishing rigs lined up from our ramp, all the way out onto County Road 9 waiting for their turn to get on to the lake.

On Tamarack Bay, the scene, according to lifelong residents was reminiscent of the crowds of perch anglers from the 1970s and 1980s.

Some of the folks were here because they had heard the fishing is good in our bay. Others were here because our plowed roads are in excellent shape and afforded this season’s earliest access to Winnie via pickup trucks at a time when they could not drive out on many other area lakes. Still more anglers showed up midway into the weekend because they ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report January 4, 2020

image links to Central Minnesota – Mille Lacs, Sherburne, & Wright Counties Ice Update Shane Boeshart January 1, 2021

"Happy New Year!  Cheers to 2021 and many fun adventures on the ice and open water for all reading this!

Lakes in the Sherburne and Wright County areas have ice thicknesses between six and ten inches, pending location and lake depth.  The geese and swans had kept some of the local lakes open in areas up until last weeks cold snap, so I haven’t checked those areas quite yet, and I’d proceed with caution if venturing out.

In the early ice season I like to ..." Read >> Central Minnesota Ice Fishing Report January 1, 2021

image reader comments Reader Comments January 1, 2021 "Remembering The Foo Flyer"

In the December 30, 2020 Upper Red Lake Report, I mentioned using Lindy's Foo Flyer to coax in neutral to neagtive walleyes.

After reading the article, Brad Slye wrote; "Hi Jeff, I've been fishing up on Upper Red and remembered picking up some Foo Flyers when you were demonstrating them at the Lindy booth at the St Paul Ice Show several years ago.

I've been fishing with them because I ..." Read >> Remembering The Foo Flyer

image reader comments Reader Comments January 1, 2021 "Dead Sticking Better Than Jigging On Upper Red Lake"

Also referencing the December 30, 2020 Upper Red Lake Report, Luke Lucas emailed with comments about his recent experiences on Upper Red Lake.

"My party of 3 stayed in a sleeper rented from an outfitter based out of Waskish the night of Dec 28, 2020. From noon until 6:00 pm we ..." Read >> Reader Comments Recent Upper Red Lake Fishing Trip

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 31, 2020 "Mille Lacs Lake Open For Business"

image links to ice fishing reorts from Lake Mille Lacs For anglers who travel light, Lake Mille Lacs is open for business this weekend. Accesses at most, if not all resorts are, or will be open for ATV and snowmobile traffic today. Ranging in thickness from 6 to 12 inches, the ice is not yet ready to support vehicle traffic, so don’t plan to drag your wheelhouse up there just yet.

Early reports about fishing the big lake have been good, walleye and large pike are active. So, the “social” pages are filling up with pictures like this one of Dave who was on the lake yesterday with my friend Dustin Monson.

Fishing primarily shoreline structure is Monson’s M.O. anyway, so it didn’t bother him that thinner ice prevents access to most of the lakes deep water structure. They did well by sticking to shoreline breaks in water depths of 7 to 17 feet.

Monson said, “We were targeting rock transition area and ..." Read >> Lake Mille Lacs Ice Fishing December 31, 2020

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish December 30, 2020 "How to Set Up Humminbird 360 Imaging for ICE FISHING"

image links to video about Humminbird 360 ice fishing"How to Set Up Humminbird 360 Imaging for ICE FISHING

Humminbird's MEGA 360 Imaging has proven itself a powerful technology for laying out structure and cover in amazing detail and marking fish in certain situations.

As Wired2Fish's Ryan DeChaine demonstrates, 360 Imaging is equally powerful in ICE FISHING applications.

DeChaine takes us through detailed step-by-step instruction on configuring 360 Imaging for ice fishing either from an existing 360 unit or new out of the box. Check out Humminbird's blog, which provides product info specifics to get up and running and ..." View Video to Learn More >> How to Set Up Humminbird 360 Imaging for ICE FISHING

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 30, 2020 "Upper Red; The Remoter The Better"

image links to upper red lake fishing report "As of December 30, 2020, resorts and rental operators are allowing ALL BUT THE LARGEST vehicles access to the lake on their plowed roads.

Take Mort's Dock for example, they request that you leave your big diesel truck on shore, otherwise you can drive anything you want.

That means that the crowds are large, and the rental operators are hustling to keep their units in fresh territory. If you were to poll 100 anglers about the fishing action on Red Lake right now, 30 of them would say that the action is great. Another 30 would report that the fishing completely stinks and the remaining 40 would ..." Read >> Upper Red; The Remoter The Better December 30, 2020

image links to Kabetogama Outdoors On Lake Kabetogama, KAB Outdoors Report December 29, 2020

image links to kabetogama ice fishing report "It’s been a good week for improving ice conditions on Kabetogama and for those equipped with a snowmobile, a good week to get out and test fishing skills too.

We have located one decent stretch of ice that’s 12 to 13 inches thick, that is the best so far. But we’ve also uncovered large areas of ice that is thinner, 7 to 8 inches as of Monday 12-28-2020. In a couple of areas, the thinner ice, combined with some snow cover, have forced water to the surface.

Unless we get a lot of snow soon, these flooded areas shouldn’t pose a problem down the road, so, we have our fingers crossed and will ..." Read >> Lake Kabetogama Ice Fishing Report December 29, 2020

Lake Winnibiogoshish Ice Access Locations December 29, 2020 — Jeff Sundin

image of lake winnie ice access map

As of December 29, 2020 we have some fresh fishing updates, along with information about lake accesses and travel conditions on Lake Winnie.

After talking with several resort and rental owners, it's evident that access to Lake Winnie will continue to be somewhat restricted for a short time. But as rental operators prepare to open more plowed roads, options for anglers are continually improving.

Almost all of the lake's accesses have been opened, but so far, most only provide limited access to the better fishing areas.

Snowmobiles, ATVs and light vehicles can move around on the lake, but use caution, there are areas of rough, broken ice that may be difficult to spot under the light blanket of snow. The accompanying map with numbered descriptions identifies the access points that ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Updates December 28, 2020

image links to Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report December 29, 2020

image links to ely area ice fishing report "Walleye fishing continues to improve for many anglers, as anglers start figuring out what the walleyes are doing and how to get them to bite. Orange continues to be repeated as the color that catches the majority of walleyes. Rippin raps and loud buckshot spoons are not only calling walleyes in, but triggering bites from walleyes after dark. Depths range from 16-24 feet of water.

Pike fishing has remained good, but angler interest has fallen off. Big pike continue to be caught in and around weedbeds and river mouths on large suckers or dead smelt. 10 feet of water or less has remained best.

Panfish continue to be found deeper and deeper, this last week. Anglers reported marking fish, but could only watch as they would come up and go back down. Small tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms was key for bluegill anglers. Soft plastics worked for some crappie anglers, but small ntungsten jigs tipped with a crappie minnow work best." — Arrowhead Outdoors, 218-365-5358

image links to 1000 Lakes Sports — Greater Grand Rapids Lakes Area December 29, 2020

"Locally, in the Grand Rapids area the fishing has been relatively good! It's still fishing, so some days are better than others however anglers are having some great success on walleye, bluegill, crappie, and northern pike!

Pokegama has been a popular choice as it has a decently consistent sheet of ice ranging from 6-9" with 3-6" of snow on top, and the fish of app species have been cooperating.

We are hearing some great reports of Big Winnie as well, and it sounds like they have a little more ice over there. The walleye and perch have been very aggressive in mornings and evenings, and many anglers are leaving the lake satisfied with their day. Northern pike fishing and spearing both have been very productive on Winnie as well." Andy Walls, 1000 Lakes Sports 218-999-5992

image links to Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism December 29, 2020

image links to lake of the woods walleye report "Ice fishing is in full swing on the south end of Lake of the Woods. Resorts have fish houses out and good numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught. Cold fronts can slow the bite some but be patient and work lures.

Most ice fishing is taking place between 23 and 27 feet of water. One the jigging line, spoons with a minnow head or tail effective for jigging line.

Gold spoons with a red glow stick has been effective. Other colors, gold, glow, glow red, pink. On the deadstick, a glow jig or plain hook with a live minnow. A mix of walleyes and saugers with some jumbo perch, big pike and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports December 29, 2020

image links to Leech Lake, Trappers Landing Lodge December 28, 2020

"Currently we are seeing 11 to 14 inches of ice on Leech Lake. The walleye bite has been happening during the low light and over night hours in 15 to 18 ft of water.

Crappie action up in sucker Bay and portage bay has been strong in 7 to 10 feet of water. We are hoping that the snow will hold off this weekend and that we should be able to hopefully open to the public for ice traffic.

Our restaurant will be closed unfortunately for the weekend." Josh Bullivant, Trappers Landing Lodge (218) 836-2500

image links to Lake Mille Lacs – Randy Simons, Randy's Rentals

"Our access is now open to ATVs, snowmobiles and walk out traffic only. We recommend staying within our fishing area as the lake is uncertain in many areas. Note that there was open water NE 3/4 to 1 mile of our location on 12-21-2020.

We are finding 8 inches or more of ice in our location, Blue City. Until we get on the ice with vehicles make sure you park on the road legally, do not block a lane thank you for fishing at Randy's Rentals, best of luck to all of you. Call if you have questions. " Randy Simons, Randy's Rentals, 612 961 8360

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish December 28, 2020 "4 Best Rod Setups for Ice Fishing Panfish"

image links to Lurenet Black Friday Sale"Ice fishing for panfish like crappies, bluegills, and perch requires tackle that lies at the extreme side of the "finesse" spectrum.

Professional guide, Tony Roach, walks through 4 of his top rod setups that match the ideal power and action to the chosen presentation -- usually small jigs, spoons, and lipless crankbaits that range between 1/16- to 1/64th-ounce.

A balanced setup requires that the line and rod power and action be matched to the weight of the bait. For example, a tiny 1/64th-ounce jig fishes best when using a 1- to 2-pound line. The rod tip needs to load ever so slightly under the bait's weight to detect bites -- in this scenario, a tiny bit of ..." View Video to Learn More >> 4 Best Rod Setups for Ice Fishing Panfish

image links to fishrapper home page December 24, 2020 — "Squiggly Down Under, How Will I know One When I See It?"

"On December 23, 2020 Jim Todd wrote;

Q) "Jeff, I read your article yesterday about ice fishing on Lake of the Woods and I think the idea of fishing subtle structures, like the ones you talked about makes sense. But I wonder; how will I know and identify a “squiggly” when I see one on my map?

A) Jim, I anticipated that somebody would write with a question like yours. But I didn’t have the foresight to get a snapshot of my Lakemaster chart while we were on the lake.

So, I fired up the Helix this morning and re-created an image of the location where we were fishing. Cick here to ..." Learn More >> Lake of the Woods QnA 12-24-2020 "Squiggly Down Under, How Will I know One When I See It?"

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 23, 2020 "Just home from Lake of the Woods with a fresh report."

image links to Lake of the Woods Walleye ReportWhen we planned this, our first ice fishing trip to Lake of the Woods, we expected to fish at least 2 full days, maybe 3. But before we ever left home, we looked at weather forecast for today and decided to shorten our stay to a single day on the lake.

That didn’t allow a lot of time for exploration, but it was enough to get a rough idea of what’s going on up there, so here it is.

The ice thickness along shore is over a foot now, we measured 13 inches in the area where we fished. While there are no plowed roads officially open to public vehicle transportation yet, some semi-plowed roads are available for ATVs and snowmobiles. Rental operators have ..." Read >> Just home from Lake of the Woods with a fresh report.

image links to Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report December 23, 2020

"Ice conditions have remained excellent on area lakes and have improved enough for truck travel on the ice. Ice thickness ranges from 9-16”.

Walleye fishing has remained slow, despite the fact, anglers reporting marking good numbers of walleyes every evening. Anglers are finding walleyes in ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report December 23, 2020

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish December 22, 2020 "Why CHIRP is the Best 2D Sonar for Ice Fishing"

image links to Lurenet Black Friday SaleTwo-Dimensional (2D) sonar has become a popular choice in ice fishing for interpreting the under-ice world on a scrolling screen.

When it comes to sonar types, CHIRP (Compressed High-Intensity Radar Pulse) delivers exceptional target separation and interference reduction, but how does this help you find and catch more fish?

Professional fishing guide Brad Hawthorne explains that the power of CHIRP sonar lies in its ability to read ..." View Video to Learn More >> Why CHIRP is the Best 2D Sonar for Ice Fishing

image links to Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism December 22, 2020

image links to lake of the woods fishing report "There has been some excellent Ice fishing on the south end of Lake of the Woods this week. Resorts have fish houses out and good numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught.

Most ice fishing taking place in water depths between 20 and 27 feet.  Using the one-two punch of jigging one line and dead sticking with a live minnow for the second line. 

Jigging spoons with a minnow head or tail effective for jigging line.  Colors, gold, glow, glow red, pink. 

Some jumbo perch, big pike and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report December 22, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 21, 2020 "Itasca Region Ice Fishing Update"

image of broken ice on Lake Mille Lacs I was driving home from my biweekly ECG visit with my mother in the Twin Cities on Saturday and spotted crowds of ice fishers almost everywhere that they could find to park along the west side of the lake, off of HWY 169. Groups of 12 to 25 people, mostly on foot and towing portables to spots within a mile of shore.

I was sort of kicking myself for not stopping to take pictures, I thought that it might be time to post a fishing report from the big lake on Sunday morning. I don’t know why, but “my little voice” told me not to stop, it was telling me that it was too early to be reporting that folks were on the lake en masse.

Sure enough, my little voice was right, on Sunday, there were reports about “rescue missions” to retrieve anglers from Mille Lacs. Some of them ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Update December 21, 2020

image links to Kabetogama Outdoors On Lake Kabetogama, KAB Outdoors Report December 18, 2020

image of kent keeler on kabetogama"Winter is slow to arrive at Kabetogama this season, ice conditions improve daily, but at a slow pace compared to most years.

Mid-lake, main basin areas over deep water and areas with current are sketchy. It wouldn’t be a surprise to find areas covered by 8 to 10 inches of ice turn quickly into stretches with only 2 to 4 inches.

We depend on getting thicker ice because getting our fleet of Ice Castles into position requires some heavier equipment. So we’re forced to play it safe, extra safe, some would say.

Admittedly, there are probably some places on the main lake already ..." Read >> Kabetogama Lake Ice Report December 18, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 17, 2020 "Itasca Region Ice Fishing Update"

link to itasca region ice fishing report Every year there’s something that challenges ice fishers and for many, this season’s challenge has been not enough ice. But that is changing now, folks are finding their way onto a wider array of lakes and travel conditions on them are improving daily.

Still, you can’t just go anywhere, or do anything. For me, a scheduled snowmobile ride on Winnibigoshish got postponed because there wasn’t enough snow. But just around the corner, on Cutfoot Sioux, conditions were great for an early season trek using my snowmobile. Similar stories will play out all over the Itasca Region this weekend.

The rule of thumb on large lakes will be to stick with the outer extremities. Take Winnie as an example again, shallower areas like Third River, Tamarack Bay or ..." Read >> Itasca Region Ice Fishing Update December 17, 2020

image links to Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism December 15, 2020

image links to lake of the woods fishing report "Ice fishing has officially begun on the south end of Lake of the Woods, "The Walleye Capital of the World".

It actually started last week for some resorts, this week for others. Below zero temps this week.

This is still considered early ice so safety is #1 priority. Work through a resort and stay on their marked trail. Resorts are using light ice rigs to transport guests to fish houses. Anglers fishing on their own are using ATVs, snowmobiles and side by sides.

Fishing has been good with a mix of walleyes and saugers in ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Walleye Report December 15, 2020

image links to Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report December 15, 2020

image of nice pike caught in the Ely area "Ice conditions have remained excellent on area lakes. Ice continues to improve as lakes remain clear of snow. 9-12 inches of great ice is widely being reported.

Pike - Tip up fishing for pike was excellent this last week for many anglers. Several reports of large pike stretching the tape past 40+ inches was reported.

Several groups also reported double digit days. Large dead minnows laying on the bottom or suspended about a foot off the bottom, at the mouths of shallow bays was very effective. Tip ups placed inside shallow bays or along weedlines was effective too.

Walleye anglers ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report December 15, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 15, 2020 "South Winnie, West Winnie, North Winnie and More"

On Monday, there was a note in my inbox from Matt Hoel who, with a friend, spent last weekend fishing on the south side of Lake Winnibigoshish.

Judging by the comments and photos he sent, they must have had a fun weekend. Not only did they return home with their limit of eating size walleye, but they caught some nice size slot walleye to CPR as well.

“In front of Denny's Resort, the ice looks like stacked ledge rock, and difficult to cross. There were lots of different cracks in the ice, but they were re-frozen and healing up nicely. One mile out from shore, the ice ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Update December 15, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 14, 2020 "North Central Minnesota Ice Fishing Updates"

image of ice fishing shelters on Bowstring Lake There weren’t a lot of people fishing anywhere, but there were a few people fishing everywhere. That’s the news from the small lakes in north central Minnesota’s Itasca Region.

Upper Red Lake, and to a lesser extent Lake of the Woods have been getting all the attention and that didn’t change this weekend.

On my way up Highway 46, headed toward Lake Winnie this Sunday, there were dozens of ice fishing rigs passing me as they headed south. Trucks towing ATVs, portable ice shelters, snow machines and now, quite a few wheelhouses were in the mix too.

I had heard from friends that there was “just enough” snow to ..." Read >> Ice Report December 14, 2020

image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort December 10, 2020

Ice over the main, mid-lake portions of Lake Winnie froze up about a week ago. So far, we’re not aware of anybody venturing too far away from shore, but we think they will be soon.

Tamarack Bay has been frozen for a couple of weeks now and the ice has gained thickness, the average is now about 8 inches. So, we are now comfortable offering ATV and snowmobile traffic out into the bay, from our landing. Travel conditions on the ice are good, there is a light dusting of snow, just enough to make using snowmobiles viable. ATVs can move freely, within the constraints of cautious, safety minded exploration.

So far, we’ve spent more time checking ice conditions than we have fishing, but that’s about to change. The resort is open for business and we already have anglers here and fishing in the bay. On Wednesday, one group reported a good catch of perch, they brought in their limit of ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report December 10, 2020

image links to Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report December 10, 2020

"Ice conditions have remained excellent on area lakes.

There are 4 to 8 inches of good solid ice is being widely reported across the area. 4 wheeler tracks are being seen more and more at accesses.

Walleye fishing has remained slow on the larger local lakes, but good to excellent on many of the smaller walleye lakes in the area.

Anglers have been having the best luck using tip ups with a shiner, in 17 to 23 feet of water. Jigging spoons and ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report December 10, 2020

image links to Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism December 9, 2020

image of woman "On the south end or Lake of the Woods, ice is thickening and making progress. In some areas, there is decent ice already, but in others, more time is needed. Because each resort fishes a different part of the lake, with varying ice conditions, each of them will make independent decisions about when ice anglers can begin accessing the lake using their facilities. 

With safety in mind, resorts have been out checking ice thickness, ice conditions, cracks, and in some cases starting to mark trails. There are some resorts that do plan to open their accesses to anglers this week. For others, access will remain off-limits for this weekend.

For now, it is important to ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Report December 9, 2020

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish December 10, 2020 "The Aluminum Bass Fishing Boat Trend: There Just Might Be Something to It"

image links to Lurenet Black Friday Sale I've been a bass boat owner for the majority of my life. I've restored older fiberglass boats because of my limited budget and I've also been able to save to buy a shiny, 21-foot fiberglass rig that made me feel like a total hotshot.

I got to thinking the other day and for whatever reason, I grew up thinking that you had to have a fiberglass bass boat to be a "real" bass fisherman. It's what I saw on television and in the magazines, so it's really all I knew to be honest.

But man, there's a trend happening in recent years that we can't really ignore much longer. A bunch of anglers, whether they're weekend guys or full-time touring professionals, are flocking to aluminum bass boats. The number of newer tin boats I'm seeing on my local fisheries is absolutely blowing my mind. I've talked to boat dealers and they're having to ..." Read >> The Aluminum Bass Fishing Boat Trend: There Just Might Be Something to It

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 7, 2020 "North Central Minnesota Ice Fishing New-News"

image of Dan Anderson with nice walleye from Lake of the Woods At first glance, the walleye photo provided by Dan Anderson, Deadeye Dan's Guide Service, could be passed over as yet another image of a Red Lake Walleye.

However, that's not where Dan was fishing, he was on Lake of the Woods this weekend and provided this report, "Had a great trip on the early ice with my friend Eric Wudke up on Lake Of The Woods. I was looking for that 30 inch fish to add to my stringer mount. was unsuccessfull however, I did land a trophy burbot, LOL, that's the story of my 2020".

According to Dan's report, the duo caught over 200 fish and that they ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Walleye Fishing December 7, 2020

image links to Kabetogama Outdoors On Lake Kabetogama, KAB Outdoors Ice Report December 4, 2020

image links to ice report from Lake Kabetogama "Looking forward to the ice fishing season doesn’t require looking quite as far forward as it did a week ago. After going through a cycle of freezing, then re-opening and then re-freezing, the ice is finally taking hold on Kabetogama.

Calm bays, away from current areas are fairly solid now and folks have been able to walk out on them. With ice thickness of 5 to 6 inches, dark house anglers are getting their shelters set up over their favorite first ice pike locations.

The ice over deeper water and necked down areas where there is current have ..." Read >> KAB Outdoors Ice Report December 4, 2020

image links to fishrapper home page Decemeber 4, 2020 — "Accessing The Northwest Angle On Lake of the Woods?"

image links to article about lake of the woods northwest angle guest ice road Mark Doll wrote; Q) "After reading your reports for several years, I believe you take a snowmobile ride up to the Northwest Angle from the South shore, typically every year.

My wife and I have gone up there a few times but have always driven through Canada to get there. Since we can’t do that this year, we are going to snowmobile up.  So, I am wondering what your recommendation would be on where to park our truck and trailer that would hopefully be safe and legal? 

I also saw on your report that they plan on plowing a road up, (can’t get away from any crowds anywhere these days)! I know they need the business, and I will fully support that but dang, it takes a bit of the adventure out of it! Thank You for any advice.

A) Mark, the only good way to be sure that your vehicle is parked both safely and legally is to ..." Read >> Accessing The Northwest Angle On Lake of the Woods?

image links to Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report December 3, 2020

"Ice conditions are currently excellent on area lakes, with little to no snow on the ice. Conditions still vary from 2-7 inches of ice being reported by anglers.

Rule of thumb has been the smaller the lake the more ice you will find and more consistent the thickness will be. Foot travel has been the only form of travel right now.

Northern Pike anglers fishing large suckers, large shiners and large smelt have been reporting a excellent tip up bite, at the mouths of shallow bays and back in shallow bays. Key depth has been 8 feet of water, to as little as 3 feet.

Walleye fishing has ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report December 3, 2020

image links to Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism December 3, 2020

image links to lake of the woods ice fishing updates "It's a waiting game for ice on the south end of Lake of the Woods. This past week saw some strong winds blow ice around the basin, eating up some of the thinner ice that had formed. Now we are hoping for cold temperatures and calm winds.

Forecast looks promising to lock things up in the very near future. Resorts are monitoring ice conditions on Four Mile Bay, Zippel Bay and various areas of the shoreline.

It's important to wait until they say it's good to go and stay on their marked trails when it is time. Resorts and outfitters monitor ice conditions now and throughout the season daily. There are some anglers both spearing and angling for northern pike in ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Updates December 3, 2020

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish December 3, 2020 "7 Steps to Protect Your Boat During the Off-Season (Winterization)"

image links to Lurenet Black Friday Sale A good percentage of boat owners take a break from the water at some point during the year. While this often coincides with winter, hence the term "winterization," we generically refer to it as the off-season, and it can happen anytime you're not regularly on the water.

Wired2Fish's Ryan DeChaine outlines a straightforward 7-step process to keep your motor and boat in excellent mechanical, structural, and cosmetic condition when in storage.

Follow these steps to extend the life, performance, and resale of your boat. For more information on the matter, check out Walker's boat motor interview with Brian Miller of Sea Foam for some interesting and informative facts. View Video and Learn More >> 7 Steps to Protect Your Boat During the Off-Season (Winterization)

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 2, 2020 "Ice Tour Reveals Anglers Getting Early Start"

image links to Deer River Area ice fishing report Anyone who likes the idea of being the “explorer” who walks out first on the ice can cross a few lakes off the list this morning. That’s because some of the Itasca Region’s more popular ice fishing lakes already have holes drilled on them.

My Tuesday afternoon tour began at Fred’s Bait, in Deer River, MN. After a short closure while waiting for freeze up, the shop was open and owners, Bill, and Lynne Powell were both on hand. For them, the ice season has officially begun and apparently, it is off to a good start.

From what I saw yesterday, it won’t be long before more of their customers begin asking for spearing decoys, crappie minnows and waxworms. In fact, I think that the emphasis on fishing many local lakes will ..." Read Report >> Ice Tour Reveals Anglers Getting Early Start December 2, 2020

image links to Fish ED Video Fish ED Video December 2, 2020 "Glow Spoon Lake of The Woods Walleyes"

image links to walleye fishing video Deciding when to stay and when to go can make the difference between a an okay fishing trip and a great one.

Sometimes you just know that there are walleyes in the area, but they're not moving a lot or feeding agressively. Varrying the tempo and cadence of your lure can help to trigger strikes from fish that have differing attitudes.

This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen travels to Lake of the Woods in northern MN chasing winter walleyes.

Watch Jon as he shares tips for changing up the cadence when fishing with Lindy Glow Spoons that will help you how to make the most of your time on the ice with a Lindy Glow Spoon. Learn More >> View Video Glow Spoon Lake of The Woods Walleyes

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 1, 2020 "Freezing the Freeze-Able In Itasca Region"

image of ice cover on Splithand Lake December 1st, I can’t think of a more fitting time to announce that now, even many of the deepest and most stubborn lakes in the Itasca have frozen over.

I wouldn’t go for a walk out yet, but on Monday, I saw thin ice covering about 90% of Pokegama Lake at Grand Rapids. The same was true at Sugar Lake located southwest of Grand Rapids, except the ice was somewhat thicker there; 2 to 3 inches at the shoreline.

Further south, I checked the ice on Splithand Lake. The accompanying photo tells the story there, 5 to 6 inches of ice already cover the shallow, shoreline portion of that lake. I expect that the next time I drive that way, I’ll see fishing shelters on the lake.

Further north, dark house spearing shelters are popping up in ..." Read >> Ice Report December 1, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin November 30, 2020 "Itasca Region Ice Fishing Updates"

image links to ice fioshing report On Sunday, it was still easier to find open water than ice in my home territory. In fact, we passed by a couple of deep-water lakes that would have been accessible by boat, if anyone were interested.

But overnight, Mother Nature has gotten more serious about making ice. As I write this report, the air temperature outside my office window is 11 degrees f and with the forecast high of 25 degrees, I expect to see a lot more lakes around the Itasca Region skimmed over with ice this morning.

The numerous shallow-water lakes that were already frozen, will be making ice all day long today and again overnight tonight. Temperatures may moderate again later this week, but by then, most lakes should ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Update November 30, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin November 25, 2020 "Upper Red Lake Ice Updates"

image links to red lake fishing report "The beginning of the 2020/2021 ice fishing season is upon us and from what I can see, it’s shaping up to be a fairly routine opener.

In the northern tier, Minnesota’s shallowest water lakes are pretty much all frozen now. As of Tuesday, ice thickness varied from about 2 to 4 inches, so there is some activity on a handful of lakes, but activity is not widespread.

Deeper water is skimming over at night, but on many of the region’s deeper lakes, thin ice formed overnight breaks up again during the daytime. Until we receive a period of sustained cold weather, deep water lakes should be avoided.

On Upper Red Lake, the cat is out of the bag. A few anglers began showing up to test their skills on Sunday, a few more showed up on Monday and by Tuesday, there were enough people around to ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Ice Updates November 25, 2020

image links to Kabetogama Outdoors On Lake Kabetogama, KAB Outdoors November 25, 2020

image links to kabetogama ice fishing update" As Lake Kabetogama begins to freeze, we can feel the gap between open water and ice fishing narrowing.

Overnight Monday, the shallow bay from our resort out to the main lake breakline froze over. The west end of the lake has already been iced up for 5 or 6 days now and the ice-line is migrating East. We had estimated being about halfway to seeing the entire lake frozen over. But yesterday, a stiff breeze blew the bay open again, so it's going to be a while longer before we see it locked up.

Because our typical ice fishing season begins after Christmas, this shouldn't cause problems, but we'll be keeping an eye on the ice as it develops.

This year, the mild weather has been a blessing and we definitely ..." Read >> KAB Outdoors Update November 25, 2020

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish November 30, 2020 "Bubba Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Fillet Knife Review" Jason Sealock

image links to fishing glove giveaway "November for me isn't about beards. It's about crappie. It's the month I like to catch crappie for the family. We eat quite a bit of baked fish, so I like to chase those coldwater crappies that are easy to catch with a jig if you know where to look. More about that here. But then comes the cleaning part. I'm pretty adept with an electric fillet knife. But I've been wanting a good cordless one for a while.

BUBBA sent me their newest Lithium ION Cordless Electric Fillet Knife a few months ago and it has been getting a workout since early October. I've cleaned a pile of crappie, yellow bass, white bass, bluegill and even a sauger.

I think a lot of folks serious about cleaning a lot of fish over the course of the year will want to ..." Learn More >> Bubba Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Fillet Knife Review

image links to Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism November 24, 2020

"As we approach Thanksgiving, thin ice covers some of the back bays and a portion of Big Traverse Bay at the south end of Lake of the Woods.

For a closer look, enlarge the satellite image, roughly half of the lake is covered with thin ice with the rest open water. 

Ice anglers are hoping for cold nights combined with low wind and no snow to create a good early sheet of ice. 

Every year is different based on Mother Nature of course, but normally resorts will be able to get their smaller fish houses, called day houses, out by ..." Read More >> Lake of the Woods Ice Update November 24, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin November 21, 2020 "Ready For A Walk On Upper Red Lake?"

image of early ice on upper red lake Most everyone knows about spring fever, a well-known condition commonly identified with folks who are bursting at the seams to get outside after being cooped up during winter.

“Winter Fever”, my term, does not exist, at least it’s not recognized by any dictionary or electronic resource. But if you ask me, it is real and one of the most easily recognizable symptoms is the perennial clamor among a certain segment of our population to be the first angler to catch a walleye through the ice on Upper Red Lake.

The fever is kicking in right now, as evidenced by questions popping up everywhere, including my email in-box, about the ice conditions on Upper Red.

You’ll be happy to know that relief is in sight, the giant lake has already ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Ice Update November 21, 2020

image links to mn dnr news release News Release Mille Lacs Lake winter anglers allowed 1 walleye starting December 1, 2020

"Winter anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the fifth season in a row. Starting Tuesday, Dec. 1, anglers will be allowed to keep one walleye between 21-23 inches or one fish longer than 28 inches. This is the same regulation as the last two winter seasons.

“It’s good news that anglers will be able to harvest walleye again this winter,” said Sarah Strommen, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Conservative management continues to sustain good fishing on Mille Lacs.”

Mille Lacs was a popular ice fishing destination during the winter of 2019-2020, in part due to ..." Read >> Mille Lacs Lake winter anglers allowed 1 walleye

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin November 20, 2020 "Believe It Or Not, Ice Season Is Coming"

image links to grand rapids ice fishing reportRainbows in the sky and 45 degrees are hardly the recipe that puts us on the fast track toward the ice fishing season. For hard core ice anglers, looking at all of this open water is a little un-settling.

It is true, you can forget about finding ice on any of the Itasca Region’s deep-water lakes today. But despite this week’s short term warm up, shallow water lakes are doing okay at holding on to the thin layers of their ice that formed last week. I don’t think there are places to fish safely yet, but it is coming.

In today's report, a photo provided by Russ Jaeger shows a school of minnows swimming below a sheet of clear, solid ice over about 1 foot of water. Jaeger said ..." Read >> Believe It Or Not, Ice Season Is Coming November 20, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin November 16, 2020 "Observing the Observe-Able"

image links to ice fishing report As much as we hated to do it, I and the Hippie Chick decided to play it safe and cancel our planned vacation to Myrtle Beach.

We really didn’t have much fear of catching any virus while we would have been there, especially playing outside on the beaches. What had us second guessing ourselves were the hours we would have spent in airports, waiting to catch the 3 connecting flights to get us there.

So, since we didn’t spend Sunday evening gazing at the ocean sunset, we decided to see what we could see here, in our own neighborhood instead.

Ice has begun to ..." Read >> Observing the Observe-Able November 16, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin November 10, 2020 "Hunting the Hunt-Able"

image links to deer hunting updateEven though I didn't bag a buck last weekend, I can honestly say that for me, Minnesota's 2020 rifle deer season opener was my best one ever.

Within the first 2 hours, I'd seen at least a half dozen bucks and at one time or another, had my rifle pointed at 3 of them. Not believing in taking unnecessary risks with marginal shots, I chose not to pull the trigger and that's okay. I'll just have to wait and see if I can get a better angle sometime during the rest of the season.

How much time I’ll actually have to hunt is debatable? Ice had already taken hold of ..." Read >> Hunting the Huntable November 10, 2020

image links to fishrapper home page November 5, 2020 — "A Crappie Hole Turned Over?"

image of crappies located on the bottom of lake Loren Bosmans wrote; “Jeff, I do a great deal of fall crappie fishing in north central Minnesota. I have had good fishing this fall, getting the crappies suspended over deeper holes, pretty much same areas I ice fish.

I fished the past 2 days for the first time in about 3 weeks, the surface water temperature ranged from 36 to 40 degrees, I even had to break ice with the boat in one bay.

What surprised me was that I marked almost no fish and when I did find crappie, they bit reluctantly and were much smaller than fish I caught a few weeks ago.

I have always been under the impression that the fall crappie ..." Read >> Crappie Hole Turned Over? November 3, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin November 5, 2020 "Sundown On The Fishing Season"

image links to sundin report november 5 "To say that there are significant gaps in my knowledge about how to fish in 35-degree water temperatures is an understatement. That’s pretty much what I told Paul Kuznik when he called about a fishing trip for he, his father Tony, and father-in-law, Ivan.

Kuznik, along with both of his dads shrugged off my words when I said; “I know the weather will be nice, I know we’ll have a nice day on the lake and I’ll definitely give it everything I’ve got. But it’s been 3 weeks since I’ve been on the water and I can’t promise that I’ll figure out where the walleyes are or how to catch them.”

The trio always makes 1 or 2 trips to Canada every summer. Just like everybody else who planned to fish north of the border, they were never allowed to make the trip. So, for them, Wednesday’s trip was more of an excuse to get together and spend a day on the water. Fish, if we caught any, would be the icing on the cake, not the main entre’.

Cutfoot Sioux would be as good a choice as any, I thought, so we ..." Read >> Sundown On Fishing Season November 5, 2020

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image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 1, 2020 "Walz' Minnesota Fishing Guide Ban Update"

So far in 2020, I’ve looked forward to the beginning of each new month hoping that it would be better than the last one. So far none of them has and now the month of May did not even make me wait for a single day to find out that it won’t be any better either.

I’ve been pouring through the details of the recent changes to Governor Walz’ Executive Orders. From what I can see, yesterday’s signing of Emergency Executive Order 20-48, will keep fishing guides and charter operators in dry dock until the 18th of May, at least.

The order, “Extending and Modifying Stay at Home Order, Continuing Temporary Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation, and Allowing Additional Workers in Certain Noncritical Sectors to Return to Safe Workplaces” was good news for certain retailers who can set curbside pickups and home deliveries. But does not relax restrictions on any face-to-face business activity, like fishing.

Launches, charter boats and fishing guides are expressly prohibited from conducting business as was spelled out in EO 20-38 on April 17, 2020. In every revision, they include a section that spells out the penalties for ..." Read >> Walz' Minnesota Fishing Guide Ban Update May 1, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 27, 2020 "Grand Rapids Area Fishing Updates"

A lot of ice disappeared over the weekend; we saw for ourselves that the east side of Pokegama was wide open. On Saturday, Cub Reporter Will Layland wrote;” Little Cutfoot is open, Little Jessie is mostly open and Big Jessie should be open by Monday.”

With the warm weather, some anglers emerged from their Covid Virus hiding spots and began testing the shallow bays and inlets for panfish. We saw folks fishing in several likely panfish locations around the area.

I aspired to getting in on some early action too, I wanted to get some suckers for the smoker while I have the free time to prepare them. But my goal of finding a spot where suckers were running, looked better on paper than it did in practice. My favorite spots showed little sign of any fish movement and the best report I heard was from a young man who ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Area Fishing Updates April 27, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 23, 2020 "Minnesota Resorts Remain Open — With Caveats"

image of sunset over lake On Wednesday April 22, 2020, I received an email from Explore Minnesota. It contained the most comprehensive list of the types of lodging services that are available, or not available to anglers in Minnesota right now.

Long story short, resorts are (and always have been) allowed to remain open. However, while Governor Walz’ “Stay at Home Order” is in place, anglers will continue to be discouraged from traveling to them.

By now, most resort and campground owners have probably received the same email, so they likely already have this information available. But anglers everywhere continue to ask for updates about this confusing aspect of the executive order and its impact on the fishing opener.

According to the newsletter, even though resorts will be “allowed” to remain open, they are not obligated to ..." Read >> Minnesota Resorts Remain Open — With Caveats April 23, 2020

image links to fishrapper home page April 19, 2020 — "How Far Is Too Far?"

Responses to Saturday's column, Governor Allows Certain Outdoor Businesses To Re-Open.

Thomas Kotula wrote; "How far you go away from home is subjective and I doubt many people, including myself, are going to worry about that. Not to mention this is a suggestion by the governor not a law.

A) Trying to stay on top of all the rules is getting worse than keeping up to date with Minnesota's Fishing Regulations Book.

The best place to look for clarity on changes to these executive orders is on Governor Tim Walz' website, so that's where I checked. Under the NEWS tab, there's a complete list of all executive orders including the most ..."

Minneapolis Star & Tribune April 18, 2020 "Minnesota business leaders say Walz's next move could make or break them"

image links to newspaper article The Star Tribune last week interviewed decisionmakers in businesses around the state about when and how to start the next chapter of the crisis.

As doctors and nurses wage the primary battle against the coronavirus, a secondary conflict is gaining intensity: how to ease the price paid by closed businesses, schools and idled workers. Since mid-March, more Americans lost their jobs more quickly than any time in history. Minnesota just six weeks ago was one of the strongest economies in the country, but now nearly one in five people in the state’s labor force is jobless.

Pressure grew all last week for government leaders to chart an end to their stay-home orders and nonessential business designations — and to allow businesses and consumers to ..." Read >> Minnesota business leaders say Walz's next move could make or break them

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 18, 2020 "Governor Allows Certain Outdoor Businesses To Re-Open"

image links to report about bait shops reopening in minnesota If you have an itch to go fishing, and you live close to a bait shop, then you are in luck. Governor Tim Walz’ most recent executive order 20-38, allows bait stores to re-open beginning today, April 18, 2020 at 5:00 AM.

That’s right, Minnesotans are now allowed to stop for live bait on their way to the fishing hole.

That is as long as the fishing hole isn’t too far away from home, and they don’t bring anybody from outside of their own household, and provided they don’t stay overnight, and as long as they pledge to stay at least 6 feet away from the nearest human.

Executive Order 20-38 also relaxes restrictions on certain other outdoor facilities such as marinas that rent seasonal docking spaces or provide repairs, sell fuel and the like. Folks that install docks and boat lifts are in luck too, they can ..." Read >> Governor Allows Certain Outdoor Businesses To Re-Open April 18, 2020

NEWS April 17, 2020 Minneapolis Star & Tribune—Dennis Anderson "Northern Minnesota resort owners make clear they want anglers coming their way"

image of boats leaving resort dock In the past month, some public officials in northern Minnesota have said visitors aren't welcome, worried metro vacationers might tote the coronavirus with them. But resorts need customers. Or some won't survive.

Three weeks from today, on the eve of the Fishing Opener, Minnesota resort owners near and far from the Twin Cities will swing open their cabin doors and hope people show up.

Already many of these small-business operators have developed new ways to clean their cabins, sell bait from their shops and keep anglers safe distances from one another while launching boats — all because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now they need customers. Or some won’t survive.

“A lot of resorts are getting by now only on their ..." Learn More >> April 17, 2020 Northern Minnesota resort owners make clear they want anglers coming their way

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 16, 2020 "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"

I mentioned yesterday that I’d been soliciting information about lodges, resorts and bait shops about their current plans for the fishing season opener. I learned quickly from early responding resorts and bait shops that response to the Covid-19 situation is going to be all over the map.

Most of those early answers to my questions were clear; the proprietors either said we’ll be open, or they said we’ll be closed, there wasn’t much grey area.

Later in the day though, the responses began getting more thought provoking and complex; like this one from a regular contributor.
Lee Nupson at Oak Point Resort on Leech Lake asked as many questions as it answered. "Nupson; “We will be open but I am a little confused about our ability to ..." Read >> MN Fishing Opener Update April 16, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 15, 2020 "Look Local For MN Walleye Fishing Opener 2020"

Image of boat in the water On April 10th I wrote about the 2020 walleye opener, "For many, fishing closer to home is probably going to be the best bet. A day trip to any lake that allows comfortable travel time to and from our own homes would be ideal. Folks with well stocked cabins or campers that require little interaction in the community will probably be just fine too.

The situation is fluid, so I’ll be adding frequent updates as information about lodging and fishing supplies become available. In the meantime, stock up your tackle box and tune up your outboard, the opener is only 28 days away!"

Well as of today, the fishing opener is only 23 days away and Governor Tim Walz' Emergency Executive Order 20-35 places yet another roadblock for Minnesota anglers.

Executive Order 20-35, issued on April 12, 2020 now extends the date of Walz' COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency Executive Order 20-01 thru ..." Read >> MN Walleye Fishing Opener Update April 15, 2020

image links to fishrapper home page April 10, 2020 — "Where Are We Allowed To Fish On The Walleye Opener?"

After reading my Thursday update about the Minnesota fishing opener, Nate Altendorf wrote; “The question I have about the MN fishing opener is can we travel outside of our community to fish?”

A) Nate, the direct answer is yes, we are allowed to travel anywhere in Minnesota to fish. But bear in mind that while we are legally allowed to fish anywhere in the state, some locations will be more practical than others.

Recalling yesterday’s comment from MN DNR Spokesperson Kim Pleticha; “All we ask is that anglers observe the safety practices described in the Governor’s Stay at Home Order.”

According to the stay home order, we definitely are allowed to ..." Read >> MN Fishing Season Update April 10, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 9, 2020 "MN DNR: Walleye Opener Is Green For Go"

image links to fishing opener update On Wednesday I spoke with MN DNR spokesperson Kim Pleticha about the prospect of any Covid-19 related interruption to the walleye opener on May 9, 2020.

Pleticha assured me that the DNR has no plan to cancel, postpone or otherwise interrupt the 2020 opening of Minnesota’s walleye fishing season.

“All we ask is that anglers observe the safety practices described in the Governor’s Stay at Home Order;” Pleticha said.

“Ramps and parking areas owned and maintained by the Minnesota DNR will be open. But we cannot give assurances that local accesses owned by counties or municipalities will ..." Read >> Fishing Opener Update April 9, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 8, 2020 "Reporting The Report-Able"

I can honestly say that there have been few times that I’ve ever felt this useless.

Since this Covid-19 stay home order was implemented, all my usual spring routines have been wiped out. Reporting the report-able has been fine for the gloom and doom crowd, but optimists like me have had to turn over a lot of stones to find a good story.

Take the Northwest Sportshow for example. According to the plan, it would have ended last Sunday. By now, I should have spent several days telling you about all the cool stuff that I found at the show; but that was cancelled, so I couldn’t.

After that, I should have been giving you reports from the Rainy River and talking about all the great walleye fishing that’s been going on. But we can’t get on the river with a boat so that’s been off the table too. Last week, I was able to at least ..." Read >> Fishing Update April 8, 2020

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 26, 2020 "Fishing Allowed Under Stay At Home Order"

By now, you’ve likely heard about Koochiching County’s decision to close the 4 county owned boat ramps on the Rainy River this spring. That decision, controversial at the time, appears to have been made moot by Governor Walz’ shelter in place order; or is it?

I went to Governor Walz’ website, clicked on the StayHomeMN Frequently Asked Questions sections and selected “When is it okay for me to leave my home?” Among the listed exceptions to the travel ban; found this. “Permissible activities during the stay at home order include: Outdoor activities, such as walking pets, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing.”

Apparently, Governor Walz or someone at his office has the good sense to understand that we’re better off outside than staying cooped up. So, if we can navigate the rest of the restrictions in the shelter in place order, they are encouraging all of us to get outside and be active.

I’m assuming that it will be tough to obtain live bait. But even if bait and tackle shops are closed because of the restrictions, I think too that most of us can cobble together some lures that will work well enough to keep the fish entertained.

I’d rather go fishing without my favorite bait, than sit at home working myself into a tizzy over the media coverage of this bizarre event. So, that’s what I’m going to do and if I see you out there, I will keep my distance; I PROMISE! fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish January 17, 2020 "Custom Mapping Tips For Humminbird Users"

image links to custom mapping video "Chances are you've encountered an unmapped lake, spot, or even a map but with poor accuracy and detail.

Wired2Fish's Ryan DeChaine faces such a situation on a small lake and walks through how to map an offshore hump using Humminbird's AutoChart Live and Zero Line SD Card.

Using Humminbird's AutoChart Zero Line SD Card, DeChaine uses a circular survey method instead of traditional transects to quickly and accurately map the structure. He then describes how to display and adjust bottom hardness data on top of the custom map; bottom hardness in conjunction with accurate 1-foot contour intervals reveals previously hidden spots on the ..." Learn More >> Custom Mapping Tips For Humminbird Users

image of Jeff Sundin's Lund 208 Pro V TillerJanuary 11, 2020 Reader Asks About Mercury Pro XS 115 HP Tiller Performance

Q) On January 11, 2020 Shannon Poppinga Wrote; "I live in South Dakota and fish the river and many NE lakes. We cast most of the spring and summer for walleye in some high wind days.
Currently, the boat that I have is a Ranger 618 tiller and my current engine is a Yamaha 90 HP with the variable RPM button to help get the proper power I need. 
I am interested in a larger 20 foot tiller boat but I am concerned about not being able to use a larger motor on a 20 ft tiller to put the butt of the boat into the waves, be able to idle down slow enough so I can sit in one place and cast.  

I was looking on the internet to see if I could find any info on this and stumbled onto one of your reviews of Lund Tiller Boats. I’m more interested in knowing if you feel I would be able to get a larger Mercury tiller motor to do what I need?"

A) Shannon, my history with 20-foot tiller boats goes back a long time, I’ve owned about 25 of them. These days, I have ..." Learn Morde >> Reader Asks About Mercury Pro XS 115 HP Tiller Performance

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "How to Use Side Imaging to Find Hidden Spots"

image links to product giveaway"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

image of jeff sundin with walleye caught during cold weather

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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