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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 30, 2015 - Howling At The Moon! Flipping the Switch On Walleye Patterns

Can you imagine arriving at a boat landing at your favorite lake, walking up to the dock and flipping the switch that "Turns On" the Walleyes? YES, I KNOW, that would be enough to wipe a smile onto anybody's face!
Well, it might not be quite that simple, but Mother Nature's recipe does include phases of the Moon and they do send signals to her children when it's time for a change. The trick is to be reading the ... >> Fishing Report June 30, 2015

Contrary to popular opinion all spinning reels are not created equal and although price can be significant due to addition of space age materials like carbon fiber, magnesium and titanium.
For most anglers it is important to meet a middle ground where price and useability come together. That is where the new Daiwa REVROS 2500H hits the mark. Great cosmetics, a 5.6:1 gear ratio for versatility, infinite anti-reverse, digigear gear box and 7 bearings in a reel that retails for under 50 bucks.
In our latest giveaway we are going to give you the opportunity to win a Daiwa REVROS 2500H and see the durability and smoothness of this cost effective reel. Click to enter >> Daiwa Revros Spinning Reel Giveaway
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Catching Sunfish has a way of bringing out the kid in everybody. During early summer they’re easy to locate, aggressive and more than willing to put up a fight. Jon Thelen says; “You’ve got all summer to fish for Walleye, get after the Sunfish while the action is hot”.
In this episode of Fish ED, Jon shows you more tricks that will help you put more Sunfish in the boat. View Fish ED Video >> Shallow Water Summertime Sunfish

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (6/29) Greg Clusiau - Back Woods Bassin' With Terry Wickstrom

Terry Wickstrom was back in town and whenever that happens he becomes a steady fishing partner until it’s time to head back to Colorado.
After more than twenty years of television broadcast fishing shows, some of which I co-hosted, he now has more free time on his hands, as his only outdoor obligation is a weekly ESPN radio show that airs every Saturday morning. When this happens, a fill-in takes over so Wickstrom can just be himself. Much like the old days, when we were kids, hunting and fishing all over the backwoods of Itasca County.
An accomplished angler, Terry’s favorite pastime would have to be bass fishing, something he’s been doing for nearly fifty years. No wonder he’s ... read >> Clusiau and Wickstrom Backwoods Bassin' June 29, 2015

image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/29) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "What a great week! Many Slot fish were caught and released as well as some nice keeper fish. We had a few days where we went to the West side of the lake for a different look and did well.
It has been a mix of anchoring and drifting this week. We had a couple days with winds which were perfect for drifting and it produced nice fish. Leeches seem to be working best when drifting and a mix of leaches and shiners while jigging. MTT anglers who finished in the top each day were using spinners.
Another great forecast ahead with temps in the upper 70’s and lots of sunshine. Looks like the warm daytime temps and cool nights may draw in some thunderstorms throughout the week." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .
image links to fishing article Wired2Fish 10 Ways to Become a Better Grass Angler; "Many of us have a love-hate relationship with grass fishing. On those special days when we’re able to figure out a productive pattern and put the pieces together, everyone else better watch out, because let’s face it—we’re hot to trot and not afraid to show it. But on those days when we can’t buy a bite and seemingly everything goes wrong, we curse the very thought of grass. Our bottom lip pokes out, we entertain the thought of pawning all of our gear and we take our proverbial ball and go home. We never liked fishing grass anyway. Funny how things work, isn’t it?
Elite Series pro Dean Rojas has earned a reputation as being one of the best grass anglers in the world. He believes there are 10 things you can do to maximize your success and minimize common grass fishing frustrations. read >>Wired2Fish 10 Ways to Become a Better Grass Angler

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 28, 2015 - Cook Book Crappies

Crappie fishing in the Grand Rapids area has been reliable this week, but there’s more than one way to find schools of feeding fish.  Some folks are finding them over open water; some are finding fish in the shallows. Until fall, I prefer to pursue fish that occupy shallow water weed flats.
Following a simple pattern that will lead you to them is almost like using a recipe to bake a cake; once you know it, you can repeat it over and over again.
For me, fishing on weedy flats during mid-summer is one of my favorite patterns and on Saturday, we found a nice school of fish on a textbook spot. Finding areas like this one is not hard at all and I think it’s good recipe to follow as you search your for Crappies on your favorite lake.
Any flat that is surrounded by deep water and contains a mix of Cabbage weeds, Coontail or Eelgrass has potential to hold schools of fish. Typical depths in the Grand Rapids area would be in the 6 to 10 foot depth range, but a spot on your lake could be ... read >> Fishing Report June 28

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (6/28) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "

The walleye fishing definitely picked up this past week.  Fishermen were able to target fish on the midlake structures.  These fish are foraging for the bugs that are coming off of the bottom.  Rigs with leeches and crawlers have been the preferred bait for the fishermen, but some folks are still using jigs and minnows for the action bite. Shoreline drops are still holding shiner minnows and thus the fish are right there, as well.   Even the old guide himself got in on the action catching this 28" walleye on a ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 27, 2015 - Whiter Whites and Bluer Blues With the "Snyder Effect".

For long time readers, the "Snyder Effect" is a familiar term for what happens when the fish really aren't supposed to bite, but they do anyway. Reading about one of these fishing trips could easily be mistaken for a cute anecdotal story about any given day on the lake; a story about a fluky, lucky day.
It doesn’t explain away that easily though, not for the Snyder family and you shouldn't pooh-pooh the theory because for them, it works every time. On Friday, the theory of the “Snyder Effect” was tested and proven once again.
Warren Snyder's family has been fishing with me for a long time, so long that we can't exactly figure out when it started. Nowadays his son Nils and grandson Bjorn have formed a trio that's become sort of the "A Team" of the family for these annual trips.
On Friday, the water temperature of Bowstring Lake nearly 80 degrees and the surface of the lake was like ... read >> Fishing Report June 27, 2015

image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/27) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson said; "Perfect weather and fish willing to cooperate has made this week as good as we’ve had so far this season. Some thunder storms of short duration came and went during the week and fishing was great before the storms but not so great during and after. Pike fishing has been very good with many fish over 30 inches being caught (and hopefully released) on large crankbaits and swim baits as well as spinners and Sucker Minnows. Crappies have been somewhat difficult to locate as they start to head out to their summer habitat. But if you do locate them, they’re hungry. Bass fishing has continued to be excellent especially for big Smallmouth. Wacky worming, spinnerbaits and stick baits get the nod here. Walleye fishing has been very good as well. Crawlers and leeches on spinner rigs get the most attention but crankbaits have worked better for me. (Oh yeah… that’s mostly what I use). Sunfish are still on their beds in some of the area lakes. The large deep and cold lakes have a few up shallow but in the majority of our lakes you’ll find them off the deeper weed lines. A word about Musky fishing is in order as well. Muskies have been hitting and following all this week and with the moon working its way into full status, this weekend is promising to be a good one for Musky hunters."
Frontier Sports features a complete and fully stocked Sporting Goods department and Bait Shop, Gas, Grocery, Deli and Gift Shop. Frontier Sports is an authorized LIVE TARGET and SAVAGE GEAR dealer. Frontier Sports 219-832-3901 or Email .

image of Gus' Place Logo (6/26) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "The biggest news from Ball Club Lake is the increase in the Walleye bite. Anglers are finding them anywhere from 8 to 25 feet on Lindy rigged live baits or slip bobbers with leeches and crawlers.
I usually recommend leaving the crank baits in the box until July, but one of my customers just caught a limit of 14-17 inch Walleye on a Perch pattern, Rapala T-9.
I also tell my customers that the best Walleye bite is early and late in the day, but this week they are catching great Walleye even at noon. Typically when the Walleye really turn on like this on Ball Club Lake the bite will carry well into the rest of the summer, due in part because the lake is deep and cold.
Perch and Northens remain active in 6 to 12 feet during the day light hours and we are getting quite a few visitors coming in for the day to fish Northerns, live sucker minnows or artificial will both put limits in the boat. Look for deep weed edges.
The Crappie bite has tapered off over the last 10 days and I haven’t seen any in the gut buckets, but they might pick up in late August as the Fall bite starts. It’s a great time to get on the water!" - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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image of Larry Horseman with Walleye image links to trails end resort (6/26) From Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort; "The surface temperature on Bowstring Lake has risen above 70 degrees and the lake is beginning to "bloom". All you have to do is watch the screen of your graph to see that here's an awful lot going on under the surface right now. You'll see insect hatches, swarms of small baitfish and Walleyes, lots of Walleyes.
Bowstring's supply of small fish is abundant and we're seeing lots of fish in the 10 to 13 inch range; for most of our guests, it doesn't matter whether they fish deep or shallow, the smaller fish will be there. There are some better size keepers out there and the secret to catching them is ... read >> Bowstring Lake Fishing Report

image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/26) From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort says; "Bowstring Lake has been good. The Walleye action on the humps and the bars continues to be good.
Minnows, crawlers, Leeches; it does not seem to matter what you use, if you find the fish, they will bite. Jig and minnow or Lindy Rigs will both work. Crappies are doing good also in the bays with a jig and a minnow. Perch have been nice size, providing good bonus action, mixed in along with the walleye. Northern Pike bite all the time." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101 .

image links to fishing article Wired2Fish THMarine G Force Eliminator; "Hard to imagine that a weird conical shaped piece of billet aluminum could be so beneficial to an already very quiet trolling motor, but the T-H Marine G-Force Eliminator Trolling Motor Prop Nut does just that.
I have been using the Minn Kota Fortrex for the last few years, and didn’t notice it being noisy. Matter of fact, I hadn’t even noticed it made noise at all. The usual pro wash sound maybe but no rattles or clicking or rubbing noises were ever heard. To my old ears it seemed super quiet, but I was totally amazed when I ... read >> Review Wired2Fish THMarine G Force Eliminator

Lake Winnibigoshish Fishing Report, Bowen Lodge June 25, 2015

Lake Winnie continues produce Walleyes for anglers who follow the strategy of "Cherry Picking" fish from mid-lake humps and bars.
On Wednesday, calm seas made fishing the middle of Winnie easier and for our guests Diane and Keith Eberhardt, the effort paid off.
Most the humps have at least a few fish on them right now and it's the element of surprise that helps make catching them easier. By carefully navigating from one structure to the next, Keith managed to put Diane over some very nice quality fish that were in the protected slot. There was a 17-1/2 inch keeper, along with a 5 pound Pike in the bag to provide a fish fry too.
Presentations vary right now and we suggest that our guests be prepared for a variety of situations. Typically, Walleye fishermen turn to Lindy Rigs and live bait to produce the best results on mid-lake bars, Sometimes the fish show other preferences though, like the experience Keith and Diane had on Sunday when the Walleyes had a sweet tooth for ... read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Fishing Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 24, 2015 - Mixed Bag Walleye, Smallmouth at Sleepy Hollow

On Tuesday, I met up with my friends Kirk and Mari Petersen at Sleepy Hollow Resort in Northome. The purpose of our fishing trip was to help Kirk cash in his Valentine’s Day gift; me.
I'm not sure how we could have gotten a more gorgeous day for the fishing trip. It was mostly sunny; there was just enough wind to make just enough waves to help us catch just enough fish.
The surface temperature on the lake was 69 degrees and the water has a slight Algae bloom, giving the water very good color. The chop on the surface was enough to provide Walleyes with ... read >> Fishing Report June 24

image of Kirk and Mari Petersen with nice Walleyes
image links to scout media wired 2 fish 6/23 Wired2Fish; "Summer is crankbait time and whether you are fishing deep or shallow, Rapala has an assortment of crankbaits for every situation.
Design is the key. Bill angle and line tie position determines depth. Type of line and pound test of the line also gives you more depth. Fluorocarbon is a good choice for cranking but mono works well too. VMC hooks are super sharp and hold their point exceptionally well even fished over rocks, shell and wood.
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June 23, 2015 MN DNR aquatic invasive species training trailer decal repealed; affirmation passed

"The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and trailer decal program, which was due to launch this year, was repealed by the Minnesota Legislature during its recently completed special session.
In its place, the Legislature added an AIS affirmation provision to some licenses The affirmation will be added to new watercraft and nonresident fishing licenses beginning in 2016, so ... read >> MN AIS Decal Repealed

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image denotes link to fish rapper article(6/23) Leech Lake Free Youth Fishing Derby July 18, 2015 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting the 25th annual Leech Lake Kids' Fishing Derby on July 18 at the Leech Lake Dam and Recreation Area, 1217 Federal Dam Drive NE in Federal Dam. Children up to age 14 are invited.
The event is free. Registration and activities will begin at 11 a.m. and the fishing derby will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Every participant will receive a prize. Hot dogs and pop will be served, and local merchants are providing bait. Participants will need to bring a fishing pole, and is recommend wearing a life jacket when near the water. The fishing derby will be held rain or shine but will be delayed if there is lightning in the area. For more information, contact the park office at (218) 654-3145. video

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 23, 2015 - Lake Winnie Walleye, Lessons In Humility

Sometimes there's just not a lot a guy can do fix the weather and on Monday, the lesson was reinforced.
When I picked up my friends Keith and Diane Eberhardt at Bowen Lodge, we knew that conditions would deteriorate eventually; a strong Northwest wind was predicted. But the wind hadn't begun blowing yet and it looked like we might have a short but sweet window of Walleye fishing opportunity.
I high-tailed it out to "the humps" and yes, there were fish on the first couple of spots we fished. Our adventure started out looking good, a couple of slot-fish, then a keeper and then, the wind switched. It took the Northwest wind about 10 minutes to get the whitecaps rolling and within a half hour, fishing the deep mid-lake structure had become unmanageable.
That's happened to me plenty of times before and I wasn't too worried, especially in light of recent Walleye ... read >> Fishing Report June 23

image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/23) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "It was a great weekend of family fun and fish catching! I can’t think of a better way to show how much you appreciate Dad, then taking him fishing with the family. Of course there is no better place than Lake of the Woods!
We have been mixing drifting and anchoring this week. Leeches have been doing well. We have been in depths from 5 feet to 28 feet this past week. Our fleet has mostly been to the north side of the Lake and having great success. Overnight lightning and storms may have slowed the bite yesterday but we expect to be right back at it today!
It is another great forecast for the week ahead of us. WE currently are seeing highs into the upper 70’s and overnights in the mid 50’s." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 22, 2015 - Another Day To Remember

After travelling all the way from their home in Virginia for the wedding, my friends Pete and Bonnie Raquet took a chance on me this Sunday. Knowing that I might need an "easy day" on Sunday, and since they were in the neighborhood anyway, we might as well do a little bit of fishing.
I wish that I could say I worked like a wild man to pull the proverbial rabbit out of a hat, but I didn't. For me, the 11-4 fishing trip was just a nice easy float around the lake. But knowing that there was barely enough time for gathering some Walleye for shore lunch, Bonnie Raquet worked as hard as she possibly could to make sure that we were fed. She did and we were and today I'm back to the real world; tomorrow, I'll be telling you all about it.
Oh and by the way, please join me >> welcoming my new Son in Law to the family.

image of Bonnie Raquet with nice Walleye
Bonnie Raquet worked as hard as she possibly could to make sure that we were fed.

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (6/21) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The fishing this past week has been a lesson in patience. The walleye bite has definitely turned into a treasure hunt, especially for the "keeper size" walleyes. Most of the fish that customers were able to keep fell in the "over" category. There were more fish brought in between 23 and 25 inches than under the 18" to 23" slot. With calm conditions, there were very little opportunities to fish the shallow weeds where the smaller fish are likely to be caught. The main breaklines are holding the larger walleyes. Lindy type rigs with leeches and crawlers are working. Jigs and minnows continue to be a good bait. You are more likely to get a mixed bag using minnows. The nice perch and northerns are hanging out in these areas, as well.
Perch fishing continues to go good. You may have to do some searching to find the nicer perch. Deeper structures in Sugar Bay, Snag Hole, and River Bar have been productive. Jigs and fathead minnows are the best way to go to get the larger perch.
Northern fishing continues to be a great source of action and food for the fish fry. Spoons, crankbaits, and jigs with minnows are the ticket to catching these toothy critters. With our dockboys' expertise, these fish can be completely boneless and are very tasty.
We have some openings in the next few weeks. If you are looking to get in on the early summer patterns for fishing Lake Winnie, give us a call. The kids will have a great time here swimming in the pool and playing on our outdoor equipment." Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort.

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (6/20) Greg Clusiau, Mid-Summer Slip-Bobber Walleye - (Justin Bailey, HSM)

"Sometimes we just need to go back to our roots. When the water temps start to rise and the days grow longer, most anglers think deep water and spinners or rigs but that’s when I start to think just the opposite in thick cabbage and steep breaks.
I usually begin targeting these areas in late June, when water surface temps start hovering around the 63 degree mark and cabbage weeds began to ... read article >> Slip Bobbering Walleyes Justin Bailey

image denotes question from a reader Lund Alaskan For Rough Water? - Kevin Scott Wrote; "I have a good friend, early 60s who fishes Minnesota-Wisconsin and Canada on medium size lakes like Bowstring. He's contemplating purchasing a new boat and fishes for walleye and Panfish mainly. I recommended the Lund Alaskan in a tiller but he has had a console and is leaning that way. Easy trailering and easy in and out of water is important and being able to troll and work structure with the right equipment.
A) Kevin, Everyone has their own ideas about what they "NEED" in a boat. The Alaskan is one boat that makes a lot of sense for anglers who want to have all of the right tools for fishing, and don't mind ... >> Read Answer
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 20, 2015 - Once In A Lifetime Fishing Trip

There are certain opportunities that only roll around once, and when they do, "Ya Gotta Savor the Moment"; I had that in mind a lot this on Friday.
Knowing that she'd probably need a day to relax before her wedding (she's so smart!), my daughter, the Lovely and Gracious Annalee Michele Sundin put in a special wedding gift request. She asked me to organize a day on the lake with 3 of the most wonderful, warm and ... read >> Fishing Trip for Annalee

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 19, 2015 - Grand Rapids Area Lakes Warming Slowly

Clear, deep water lakes like Pokegama, Trout and Deer are warming, showing very early signs of fish migrations toward mid-lake structure. Mixed bag opportunities are emerging, but appear to be somewhat behind schedule, compared to "normal".
I can always feel the change coming, a gear shift between early season, "Walleye or Die" fishing trips and the more casual, "let's just go fishing" trips that occur during mid-summer. On Thursday, the gears shifted even more than usual, we did something that everyone should do more; giggle!
We'd already bagged enough Walleye for the trip back to Missouri on Wednesday. So for Bobby Cox, Larry Horseman and me, capturing a ... read >> Grand Rapids Area Fishing Report June 19

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/18) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson said; "Lakes in the area have started to warm up in more ways than one. Water temps of course, which have risen into the high sixties and even the low seventies are just one of the several positive developments that took place during the past week. The way fish have responded to these warming temperatures is very welcoming indeed. Bass, both Largemouth and Smallmouth have been on a tear lately. Wacky worming, spinner and buzz baits and jerk baits have been working well. It’s just a little early for frogging but they are working fairly well right now. I recently saw a picture of a 24” Smallmouth caught and released in one of the several excellent Smally lakes in the area. Hopefully I’ll be posting that picture soon. This fish was massive! Most of the panfish are moving out to deeper water now; water depths in the 8 to 15 foot range are seeing both Crappie and Sunfish hitting jig and minnow or waxie combinations as well as a variety of soft plastics. The Walleye bite has been getting progressively better over the past week. They are becoming more aggressive with the warming temperatures and I expect to find fish suspended over 20 to 25 feet of water just outside of the deep weed line. Lipless crankbaits like the Live Target Golden Shiner or the Yearling Baitball work well in these circumstances. Crawlers have started to out fish minnows and this is right on schedule for this time of year. Pike are still very aggressive and are being taken on Sucker minnows, #5 spinners such as Mepps and large crankbaits and swimbaits. All in all, if the weather cooperates, this weekend is shaping up to be a good one.
The tackle department and bait shop are fully stocked with what you need to have a successful fishing outing in this area and we hope you drop by on your way to the lake.
Frontier Sports features a complete and fully stocked Sporting Goods department and Bait Shop, Gas, Grocery, Deli and Gift Shop. Frontier Sports is an authorized LIVE TARGET and SAVAGE GEAR dealer." Frontier Sports features a complete and fully stocked Sporting Goods department and Bait Shop, Gas, Grocery, Deli and Gift Shop. Frontier Sports is an authorized LIVE TARGET and SAVAGE GEAR dealer. Frontier Sports 219-832-3901 or Email .
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New Video June 16, 2015 - Post-Spawn Crappies On The Little Nipper

Don't be disappointed when the Crappies wrap up their spawning run and disappear from shallow water cover. They might seem trucky to find, but searching along the lakes first breakline into deeper water will lead you to them. Join Jon Thelen and learn how to find them during post-spawn. Learn >> Post-Spawn Crappies On The Little Nipper

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 18, 2015 - Recovering From Turbulent Weather

On Lake Winnibigoshish, Walleye fishing presents some interesting dilemmas for anglers. For many, fishing mid lake structures; humps and bars that top off at 20 to 25 feet of water have provided lots of good fishing over the years.  The pursuit of Walleye in these open water areas suits their style of fishing and is their preference.
Fishing in these traditional summer peak areas will provide enough action to keep your fishing trip interesting, assuming that you enjoy catching and releasing large size fish.
On Tuesday, we spent most the day moving around the middle of the lake from one of the smaller humps and bars to another. With a couple of exceptions, every stop we made produced a fish or two, we even found an occasional spot that ... Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 18

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 17, 2015 - Doing the Doable Under Turbulent Conditions

Well, fishing in the Itasca area over the past few days has been interesting to say the least. We’ve been treated to weather that’s been too hot, too cold, to calm, and too windy all at the same time.
Somehow, through all of these screwy changes, we have still managed to catch some fish albeit not as many or as pretty as the ones we were looking for.
On Bowstring Lake last Friday, calm, hot weather produced the best fishing results we’ve had recently. When the surface temperature reached nearly 75° and the Algae bloom started getting thick, we were able to do our best work, catching keeper size fish.
I think that’s because we were able to work the baits slow enough to ... read >> Fishing Report June 17

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (6/16) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "Last weekend’s trip to Upper Red Lake found us working around the forecast. We wanted to go there in the worst way but strong southern breezes were predicted for the day. Throwing caution to the wind (yes, pun intended), the boat was launched out of Roger’s Resort and Campground, located on the south shore. Hopefully the winds would be blowing over our heads and we’d be able to enjoy the day.
Watching tree tops bending over on the way there, it was evident the weatherman was right. Putting in on the protected Shotley Brook access, located at the resort, a quick stop at Rogers’ headquarters was in order to pay our launch fee and to pick up minnows.
Walking out the door with a generous two scoops of chub minnows, I was told “go to the left and stay in 5’ of water” and that’s exactly what we did, fishing almost immediately after leaving the river. Where was everybody? It was odd that a late-morning departure would have us fishing almost alone out there.
The first fish came quickly. They were right. It’s so nice to get reliable information from a resort. Sometimes that doesn’t happen. It all depends on ...." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .
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image denotes link to bowen lodge Bowen Lodge, Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 15, 2015
“Walleyes, particularly large females are becoming well established on mid-lake structure. The lake's large, "Main Bars" have lots of fish on them and now the smaller humps are becoming populated with Walleye as well.
Working on a special TV project, one of our favorite fishing guides, Jeff "Cubby" Skelly teamed up with Gail Heig last week and between them, 15 or more Walleyes were boated.
Almost all of the fish they caught were larger females, within the protected slot size. That's to be expected when fishing this type of structure, especially during the early phases of the migration toward the lake's mid-section. For this event, catch, photo and release fish were just what the team needed, so they didn't worry about finding "eaters" this time.
Fish location was typical for this time of year, most of them located along the breaklines in 22 to 28 feet of water. The best presentation was somewhat unexpected, Skelly said: "The fish weren't too interested in rigging Leeches, but they really started thumping when we ..." >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 15, 2015
image of Gus' Place Logo (6/15) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "Recent warm weather has pumped up the surface temperature on the lake to near 70 degrees and we are changing bait presentations to go with the summer time conditions. Walleye fishermen are breaking out the spinners for their live baits as we watch fish start to go into deeper water 18-25 feet. Lindy rigged crawlers and leeches worked along the newly emerged weed lines are producing a good early morning bite.
The Crappie bite isn’t over till it’s over this year; anglers are still getting into nice fish when they find the schools. The Crappie bite is not an all-day event and you need to be in the right spot at the right time.
Perch and Northern Pike seem to still be holding shallower than the Walleye at 6 to 12 feet near their early season spots and both are very aggressive with anglers taking easy limits of both species of fish. Multi-species fishing on Ball Club Lake is excellent at this time...." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520
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link to Wired2Fish (6/15) Wired2Fish; FISHING DEEP BLUEGILLS IN SUMMER GRASS

"Like bass, bluegill often take up summer residence in heavy grass beds in search of shade, cooler water, and food. Scott Glorvigen shares an efficient hook, line, and sinker setup for penetrating the surface and getting a small jig to the fish." Follow Link For Video >> DEEP BLUEGILLS IN SUMMER GRASS .

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image denotes link to fish rapper article (6/15) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "Another great week! We started out mostly fishing the north side of the lake but have stayed down close to home the last few days.
We are still anchoring and jigging but have done a lot more drifting with spinners the last few days. Leeches have started to provide good action. Shallow depths have provided a great number of large fish and eaters, along with some huge Northerns.
Last week finished with great weather, the week ahead is looking good too. Highs in the 70’s and low’s in the 50’s." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 14, 2015 - Cranking For Nocturnal Walleyes, Going Overboard or Going For Good Fun?

Jake Macken wrote; "I was wondering your opinion on fishermen trolling for walleyes at night utilizing crank-baits (e.g. Shad Raps). I know several fishermen that routinely use this technique to catch as many as 100 walleyes a night. My concern with this type of fishing is not only the routine harvesting of 18-24 walleyes a night, which I believe greatly exceeds the average harvest of standard techniques of fishermen utilizing more challenging methods of fishing for walleyes: jigging, lindy rig, etc., but the potentially high kill rate of fish that are caught and released. I truly question the ability of "The Lake" to handle this pressure and am absolutely confident, as word spreads of the effectiveness of this technique, could not handle the pressure of 10-20 boats using this method. The walleyes are just too vulnerable fishing this way and at this time of the night. I kind of see it as one step below netting fish." Question; "What are your thoughts? Thanks, Jake" ... Read Answer >> Fishing Report June 14, 2015

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (6/14) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The walleyes have definitely made their transition to the deeper structures. The best areas are the primary breaklines off of the shoreline. River Bar, Snag hole, Moxies hole, etc. There are loads
of shiner minnows on these breaklines and the fish have followed them.
Most of the fish caught continue to be the larger ones. We had a couple of 28" beauties caught this week. The smaller fish have still been elusive. Fish have been holding along the break when they are in the feeding mode, and on the deeper side when not as active. Jigs and larger minnows such as shiners, small suckers, and rainbows have worked well. That presentation will catch northerns and jumbo perch on this structure, as well. Leeches and night crawlers on Lindy type rigs are doing the trick, also. One thing to keep in mind, there is a lot of ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report June 14

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 13, 2015 - Walleyes Want Meat During Summer Peak

As sunshine warms the waters of area lakes, they become rich with food. Swimming critters of all shapes and sizes show up en masse to gulp down the bounty. Plankton, young minnows, hatching insects, you name it, if it's in the water, there's a fish that will eat it. More than a generation ago, In-Fisherman coined a phrase describing this as the "Summer Peak Period" and that's where we are right now.
Walleyes respond to the freshly established food chain much in the same way that we ... read >> Report June 13

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 8, 2015 - Good Advice Can Be Hard To Swallow

They say that knowledge is power, but I'm not so sure that I see it that way. For me, KNOWING anything is a really humbling experience. The reason I say that is because with knowledge, comes responsibility and with responsibility, comes humility. You may not think so, but there's a lot of responsibilty that comes with knowing about fish and how to catch them. I don't always like it either because I'm just like most folks, all I really want to do is catch a few fish and eat 'em. The problem is that if we do, we'll wreck our own sport, as a group, we've become so good at catching fish that we have no other choice except to ... read article >> Catching Bluegills During Spawning Season

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image of Larry Lashey with huge Walleye

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 12, 2015 - Tackling Clear Water Walleyes

I'm just home from a 3 day road trip to Park Rapids where I received another full set of fishing lessons and another dosage of Mother Nature's offbeat sense of humor.
Fishing for clear water Walleye on a bluebird day is not on my top 5 list of favorite circumstances. Luckily though, we were able produce some evidence that tackling clear water Walleye under bright blues skies isn't impossible, especially when you're creative.
In my opinion, the fishing was fairly good, even though that opinion is based on the quality size of the fish, not on the number of them that we caught. In fact, even on our best day, day 3, we boated only about 15 Walleye. That's a far cry from what this crew has been capable of producing, but it was still good enough to make the day feel like a success.
Even if it takes more effort to catch fish, there's a certain appeal to testing your skills on a gin clear lake. For me, watching a nice walleye coming up from the deep, in the super clear, sea green water makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Fishing these waters seldom ... Read >> Fishing Report June 12, 2015

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (6/9) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "A look at the caller ID revealed Keith Nelson, one of too many anglers that knows I am usually up and about at this time. He called to see if I wanted to go fishing, as someone else couldn’t make the trip and he was now going solo.
He pretty much made up my mind regarding where I was going to fish on this day. Living in Cloquet and wanting to try for crappie on Big Sandy Lake, he ...." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

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image denotes link to bowen lodge Bowen Lodge, Lake Winnie Cutfoot Sioux June 8, 2015
“Walleyes in the early phase of transition toward deep water are turning up on some of the large, main lake bars. It's a natural transition and if you think about it, an easy one to follow.
Walleye stick around in shallow water, feeding primarily on minnows until the food supply in deeper water develops. Once the table is set and the feast is laid out, these fish act a lot like they're on their way to grandma's house for a gigantic holiday meal.
Mayfly Larvae, Midge hatches and dozens of other microsopic critters attract the attention of tiny fish, and they in turn attract the attention of Walleye. It's just a matter of time before the fish follow their noses to the smorgasbord.
Walleyes are lazy though and they don't just pack their bags and make a bee line from the shore to the middle of the lake. Instead, they follow the ..." >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report June 8, 2015
image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (6/6) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The fishing has been slightly different than in years past. The walleyes are transitioning from the shallows to the deeper water. Fish are being caught on the secondary breaks in 12-15' of water before the main drop offs. They are also showing up on the main bars, as well. We have had a lot of bigger fish caught this past week. Most of the fish are in the 18-23" slot. There have been several "overs" caught. With the slot moving from 26" on the top end to 23", I am seeing many more larger fish brought in. Fish in the 23-25" range. You are allowed one of these in ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report June 6

Walleye Fishing Article, Learn How To Drop Shot Big Walleye - Tim Allard

A drop-shot presentation catches big walleyes. Yet, many anglers still haven’t tried it. Simple and versatile, a drop shot is easy to fish and will hook walleye relating to the bottom of lakes, rivers and reservoirs. The rig is a reliable finesse presentation for fussy ‘eyes, but it does more. A big bait on a drop shot appeals to aggressive fish. Spring to fall, walleye can rarely resist the vulnerable appeal of a drop shot whether it’s cast, drifted or fished vertically. Read Article >> How To Drop Shot Big Walleye

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 7, 2015 - Good Vibrations; Walleyes Get Tingly Over Stormy Weather

When Dick Slater arrived for our long overdue fishing reunion, the Arizona resident told his friend Lee Jameson and me that he wasn't going to be happy unless he wound up being cold and wet before we headed home. He just wanted to relive the days of being a Minnesota resident one more time. Little did we know, cold and wet was gonna make us all happy; in fact, it might have been what wound up saving our fishing trip.
I would love to have a dollar for every time someone has asked the question; "Walleyes bite better in the rain, don't they?" Most of the time, my answer would be have to be; "not necessarily". I do admit that on most days, I'd rather fish in the rain than under a bright, sunny sky, especially during mid-summer. But there are a lot of variables and sometimes just because it's raining, doesn't mean that the Walleyes will be in a hungry mood.
On the other hand, there are certain instances when conditions come together in such a way that force one to pay particular attention. That's what happened to us on Saturday when the fish served up a stunning example of how ... Read >> Fishing Report June 7

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 6, 2015 - Fun With Dick and Paul Day 5, Ending Happily In Grand Rapids!

After 4 days of fairly intense fishing, a visit to Grand Rapids' Pokegama Lake helped wrap the 2015 spring road trip on a more relaxing note. With "the eating fish" already wrapped up and frozen for the trip home, Largemouth Bass would be responsible for providing the entertainment on Dick and Paul's last day in the Itasca area. After a bit of hide and go seek the lake provided just what we ... read>> Fishing Report June 6, 2015

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 5, 2015 - Fun With Dick and Paul Day 4, Timing The Time-able

They say that timing is everything and I really believe that. The problem is that sometimes the only way to prove it is when you experience a case of "bad timing". We didn't show up too late, we showed up too early. Fishing on one of Grand Rapids most beautiful clear water lakes, we found a uniform 60 degree surface temperature at every spot we stopped. The Grey skies and calm seas should have helped make catching Smallmouth Bass a fairly easy job, today ... Read >> Fishing Report June 5, 2015

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A (6/5) James Friedrichs wrote; "Hey Jeff here's a good question for you but probably one you've tackled before. Why are we so quick to put our ice-fishing jigs away when we move into the open-water fishing season? Reading your article today on the crappies and seeing your pink jig under the slip bobber made me think about it. Why not a foo-flyer, frostee, or a rattl'n flyer? So do you ever get your ice fishing tackle box in the boat with you and what are your thoughts on that?"
A) James, first of all, I love the pun and Yes, I do ... Read Answer >> Ice Tackle For Open Water
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New Video June 2, 2015 - Upper Red Lake Walleyes

One of the hottest springtime Walleye bites is on right now at Upper Red Lake. Jon Thelen is there and he's got some advice; "Don't be shy about using crankbaits to catch Walleye during the spring season".
The spawn is over, the fish have recovered and there's only one thing left to do; EAT! Join Jon Thelen and learn how to Catch Red Lake Walleyes On The River Rocker

image denotes link to wired 2 fish Smallmouth Bass In Zebra Mussel Infested Waters

Some see Zebra Mussels as a plague on a fishery because it changes how bass behave, but savvy anglers have adapted to the conditions and can put you on a lot of big smallies with these tips
Zebra mussels are found in many smallmouth waterways within the U.S. and Canada. Anglers fishing lakes with established zebra mussel populations typically encounter clear water and ... Read >> Zebra Mussel Smallies

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 4, 2015 - A Crappie Day With Dick and Paul

Fun with Dick and Paul, Day 3, was just a little bit too easy. It was oned of those times when my little voice offered good advice and I followed it. Luckily, I don't mind admitting that I Am Lucky!
Before I left the house on Wednesday, I would have bet you a Walleye dinner that we'd be heading for Leech Lake again. But when I arrived at Fred's to pick 'em up, the wind didn't feel right, it was just too calm.
I'm not sure what happened, but along the way to alternative plan B, I just took and un-expected turn, something told me that we should take a whirl at the Crappies; I'm glad that I did.
It wasn't totally unexpected, I'd gotten a good Crappie fishing report on Tuesday from a friend, he'd done well on another lake. So I had Crappies on the brain anyway and I hoped that maybe we'd be able to find 'em on Lake ... read >> Fishing Report June 4, 2015

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image denotes link to fish rapper article Q&A (6/4) Andy Bice wrote; "Hi Jeff, headed up to the Northland today for my yearly fishing trip with my dad.  We stay in Grand Rapids and usually fish the lakes around town (Poke, Deer, Trout).  Of those 3 lakes, do you think we should target one over another?   Any idea what depth we should target?   since those lakes are clear, i was thinking anywhere from 7-25, depending on how high the sun is, sound about right to you?   Appreciate any help you can provide. Read >> Fishing Grand Rapids Big 3 Clearwater Lakes

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 3, 2015 - Rockin' and Rollin' on Leech Lake

Fun with Dick and Paul, Day 2 had its ups and downs, literally!
You may recall Monday's report in which I said that I'd be waiting for good fishing conditions before I'd re-visit Leech Lake. Well on Tuesday, the wind was blowing, the sky was Grey and the whitecaps were capping; conditions were good. Especially after we swallowed hard and took the decision to risk toughing it out on the windy side of the lake.
The surface temperature over most of Portage Bay was 61-62 degrees and did not vary throughout the day. The wind, South Southeast at 10 to 15 MPH was blowing slightly off of the eastern shoreline. There was enough wind for a fairly good drift, and to a degree, that made the fish cooperative. My only problem is that we kept finding small schools of fish that provided short-lived spurts of action, followed by significant lulls. So the question was; if I headed for the windy side of the bay, would I be ... read >> Fishing Report June 3, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 2, 2015 - Fun With Dick and Paul 2015 Day 1

The first movie quote that comes to mind is; "Honey ... the Griswold’s are here". That's because whenever Dick and Paul show up, it means that 5 days of general silliness is about to ensue; day 1 was a step in that direction.
For us, the fishing report from Monday is a good one, there were a lot of fish boated and despite a significant shortage of legal, "eater size fish", we did manage to wade through enough "slot-fish" to produce a good fish fry at the Outpost.
Luckily, 5 days of fishing is plenty of time to gather fish for their trip home, even if we do only capture a few for the freezer each day.
Surface water was given a thorough mixing by a strong south wind, so I'm confident that the 62 degree surface temperature is a solid reflection of the ... read >> Fishing Report June 2, 2015

image of Walleye caught with crankbait image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (6/2) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "While we were waiting for Tom to show up at the public access on the Tamarac River, Justin cast out from the dock and popped a nice fat 19" walleye on the first cast using a jig and plastic. That will always give an angler great expectations for the day.
We like to try different presentations when visiting Red Lake as practically everything will work. We started out trolling cranks and caught walleye. Switching to jigs and minnows we caught walleye. Switching to jigs and plastics produced walleye. Trolling spinners produced walleye. What a lake! The lake's full of surprises and one of them was a ...." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report June 1, 2015 - Leech Lake Fishing Report; Nothing Lasts Forever

For most of the past 3 weeks, Leech Lake has been the most reliable game in the Itasca Area. On Sunday though, it showed us signs of a tapering off; a return to more typical patterns for the early summer period.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't say that the fish weren't biting, only that the action is becoming more dependent on favorable weather conditions.
That's nothing new for folks who fish Leech a lot; we all know that the classic Walleye chop is what makes the fish really start chomping. But when the sun comes out and the lake goes flat, Walleyes can get the idea to zzz...
That's how the day went for us on Sunday, when the conditions were favorable, I was able to locate fish, we managed to get them to strike and we even landed some of them. But somewhere around 2:00 PM, the breeze calmed, the sky became bright and from then on, I ... Read >> Fishing Report June 1, 2015

image of Bob Baird holding Walleye on Leech Lake
image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (5/31) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The walleye fishing has really picked up this past few days. The wind picked up and the fish moved into the shallow water. Jigs and shiners and lindy rigs with leeches have been the preferred baits. The west side has produced fish along the entire shore. The key is being at the right place at the right time. Many keeper size fish have been caught. There are still a lot of fish in the protected 18-23" slot being caught. There have also been some caught above the slot. Dorvin Amundson from Edina boated a 27" beauty.
The forecast is for some wind this upcoming week, so the fish should continue to bite.
Perch are starting to find the crayfish. They have been running much larger these past few days. Shallow water from 3-10' with fathead minnows will get you a nice bunch of fish.
Northerns continue to be caught along with the walleyes. I haven't heard of anyone fishing with artificial baits yet, most of the fish have been on jigs and shiners.
We have openings for the next couple weeks. The fishing should be as good as it will be all year for walleyes. You will also catch perch
and northerns, as well. Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort 218-665-2231
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image of Gus' Place Logo (May 30) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "Lake levels have improved, but we are still low for this time of year. Boat launching and lake access is not a problem. Surface water temperature is in the low 60s’
We have a good bite for all species is 8 to 12 feet.
Crappies are hitting a variety of baits, jigs & twister tails, Meps, Panther Martins and live minnows & bobbers. Most of the action is on the South end of the lake.
Walleye are also hitting live bait presentations on jigs or slip bobbers. Nice 10 inch Perch are running 6-8 feet along the shoreline. The minnow dealers are telling me that the Ball Club Lake Shiners have not yet started their run. This is a really great time of year to get out on the lake." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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Bowen Lodge, Lake Winnie Cutfoot Sioux May 28
“Bigger Smiles through Mixed Bag Fishing” has been the theme of the week on Lake Winnie. Surface temperatures have found their way into the low 60 degree neighborhood and the food chain is blossoming because of it.
For folks who enjoy a great fish fry at the end of their fishin’ day, there’s no excuse to return to port with an empty creel. That’s because Perch, Pike, and Walleyes have joined forces, teaming up against massive schools of small baitfish that are inhabiting the weed patches found along the breakline on the North and west sides of the big lake.
Fishermen from the resort are reporting excellent catches of Perch ranging anywhere in size from 8 to 12 inches. When it comes to finding jumbos, some of our guests are doing better than others, but everyone agrees that there are a ton of Perch working that area right now. Northern Pike are there in big numbers too, most of them ranging in size from ... Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report May 28

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 30, 2015 - "Bass On The Rocks"

Remember the old Neil Diamond tune? Bass on the rocks, ain’t no big surprise, happens a lot while you’re fishing walleyes …
The familiar spring fishing pattern, Walleye deep, Smallmouth shallow, has emerged. For anglers who like the idea of combining sport fishing with more sport fishing, the next couple of weeks will be prime time.
It’s safe to say that Smallmouth Bass are getting serious about spawning. That’s because even though a cold front sent temperatures into the 30’s on Saturday morning, the fish refused to vacate their chilly, shallow water haunts.
In the super clear water, it was easy for us to see fish milling around rocks in water depths ranging from 4 to 8 feet of water. Some of the fish were fanning beds, some of them ... Read >> Fishing Report May 31, 2015

image of Bob and Bonnie Baird with a pair of Smallmouth Bass

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 30, 2015 - "I Don't Think We're In Kansas Anymore Papa"

Okay, so you've done some fishing; you're Grandpas fishing pal and you've spent many an hour tagging along. Most of the time, the game plan has been hoofin' it to one of the family's favorite farm ponds; maybe the river bank sometimes, but never fishing from a boat.
All of those stories Grandpa tells about fishing in Minnesota sure make it sound fun though, trolling around the lake, catching fish left and right, big ones and yummy ones too!
Guess What? This year I get to go along. Just imagine, my first time ever fishing from a boat and Oh Boy! And when we get there, we're gonna ....
... Be looking at Whitecaps, driven across the lake by a cold Northwest wind. Then some big, goofy guy is gonna come along and say, rain, what rain? Don’t worry, it's all gonna be fine, just hop in boys, here we go!
Hmm ... I could imagine him thinking to himself; "Papa, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore".
I have to admit, that's not exactly how Cade's first fishing trip to Minnesota started, but it is ... Read >> Fishing Report May 30, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 28, 2015 - Sneaking a Peek At Summer Peak, It's Sneeking In

Even now, when the jig and minnow action in shallow water remains hot and heavy, casting an eye toward deep water is a good idea. Insect hatches are emerging in shallow water and on Wednesday, we experienced one of those peak fishing trips. You know; the kind where everything goes right and the fishing gets almost too easy.
For me, every time something like this happens, it is the signal that there's a massive movement in the near future. In the past, I've written about the fall turnover and how there's usually one or two of these magic days, just before the lakes turn over.
These “Magic Days” occur in the spring too, except that this migration isn't related to the turnover, it's all about food, Mayflies in particular.
Hatches of Midge, those Mosquito looking slow flying bugs that don't have beaks, aka Penny Becker's "Stupid Bugs" are going on right now. So are hatches of other small critters, ones that I can't even begin to identify. That indicates to me that soon, Mayflies will begin emerging too.
But before we ever see the first adult Mayfly flying off of the lakes surface, Walleye and other fish have already found them and are gorging on them. In their nearly mature, but still larval form, they percolate on the bottom of the lake.  Just before their eventual rise to the top, they ... Read >> Fishing Report May 28

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 27, 2015 - Turning Up The Heat, WOW!

Surface temperatures of 75 degrees on May 26 sound incredible, but that's what we found this Tuesday. In terms of warming, this small, dark water lake was a week or more ahead of other lakes I've been fishing.
Maybe you've noticed this phenomenon too, lakes where water levels were the lowest, are now warming rapidly as water from small feeder creeks and rivers trickles.
The water is darker than usual too; the rich root beer color is caused by Tannic Acid leeching into the water from woody bogs and as far as Walleyes are concerned, it is very good. How Good? Read >> Fishing Report may 27

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image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (5/27) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The fishing has definitely picked up this past weekend. Walleyes, northerns, perch, and even crappies were caught in good numbers. Despite calm water all weekend, fishermen were able to find and catch a good number of fish.
The walleyes that were caught were mostly in the 18-23" slot. Jigs and shiners were the preferred method of catching these fish. Some leeches were also used on bare hooks and catching fish, as well. Depths varied from 8' in low light conditions to 17' in the middle of the day.
Northerns are right in with the walleyes and have been a great addition to ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 26, 2015 - Memorial Day In The Northland

For most, Memorial Day Weekend was a great time to visit the Itasca Area. The weather was good, fishing was good and the rainy Monday even helped ease the loneliness of leaving the lakes for drive home.
Walleye and Crappie were the focus of attention for most anglers and semi-cooperative would be a good description for what most of us found.
For me, Walleye were active enough to catch, but locating them was like taking my final exam on Geography. The more spots we fished, the more fish we caught, there was never a big school of fish that we could work on all day, but we picked up a couple at every stop. The good news is that ... Read >> Fishing Report May 26

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 23, 2015 - Warming The Warmable

It's amazing what a few days of stable weather can do for fishing. It's not amazing at all, what a warm day on the lake can do to raise one's spirits.
For today, 74 degrees, a light South wind and the Sunny Side IS Up; Wow! I hope that you are the lucky one who gets to spend today on the lake. No matter what, wherever you are, have a fantastic day on this glorious Memorial Day Weekend. OH by the way, don't forget to remember ... >> More

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image denotes link to Bowen Lodge Fishing Report May 22, 2015 - Water Conditions on Both Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux have improved tremendously since the fishing season began. A side effect caused by the influx of rain, was that our water temperatures took a dramatic dip. Finally, after almost two weeks, surface temperatures have risen back into more productive territory, pushing toward the 60 degree mark.
On Thursday, temperatures over most of the main portion of Cutfoot Sioux ranged between 56 to 58 degrees. In protected, shallow areas, temperatures exceeded 60 degrees, which helped produce improved shallow water action on Cutfoot Sioux.
Walleyes caught in water depths of 5 to 7 feet, were shallower than we expect to find them in Cutfoot, but apparently that's where they wanted to be. More than likely, it's because there are millions of tiny, minnow fry swimming near the warmer, shoreline water. The tiny minnows were so thick that they could easily be sampled with a minnow net. This gigantic hatch has already helped establish a healthy food chain and by yesterday afternoon, they had attracted the attention of ... Read >> Bowen's Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux Report

image denotes link to fish rapper article (5/22) From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort says; ."Water is up about 7 inches. Walleye and perch bite is good. The rock pile is giving up a lot of nice walleyes and perch in 8 to 13 feet on a jig and minnow or leech. My customers have had the best luck on green. A few crappies suspended in 18 foot of water were caught down on the south end of the lake. And the northerns are still biting everywhere." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort, 218-832-3101

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 21, 2015 - Water, Water and More Good News About Water

Questions like the ones that came in by email yesterday, reflect concerns about water conditions in the Itasca Area. Luckily, I think that there's good news for anglers who have their sights set on Northern Minnesota lakes this Memorial Day Weekend.
Water temperatures are on the rise, water levels are on the rise and the expectations of productive fishing are on the rise too.
Ross Gunderson asks; "My question is that usually the cold water is great for eyes (especially fall) but right now you're saying it’s just too cold. With warmer temps in the near future, does that get the minnows going and actually bring the fish in shallower chasing shiners? So should I be focusing shallow this weekend?
A) Ross, this is a tremendous question. In fact, it's so good that I could easily spend hours working on a proper answer that covers all of the bases. In the interest of time, I'll start by saying that for Walleye fishermen, cooling temperatures in the fall do encourage Walleye to feed more heavily in preparation for winter. But even in the fall, there's a limit, a moment when the temperature gets cool enough to make the Walleye ... Read >> Cold Water Walleye Fishing

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 20, 2015 - Recovering The Recoverable

On Tuesday, the sunshine was doing it's best to bring surface temperatures back into productive fishing territory, but the process was slow. At 51.5 degrees, Walleye action during the morning was very sluggish. There were some takers, but the production was limited to to scattered single fish, literally appearing one at each spot, as we began our rotation around the lake. Most of the fish that we were catching ranged between 20 and 22 inches; the protected slot regulation was ... Read >> Fishing Report May 20, 2015

image denotes fishing report from Rour Seasons Fishing Resort (5/19) On Lake Winnibigoshish, Joe Thompson, Four Seasons Resort says; "The fishing this past week was as difficult as the weather! The water temperature dropped eight degrees from Opening Day until today. It rained every day, which normally would put me in a foul mood, but watching the water level rise made me happy. There were fish caught, however.
Most of the fishermen caught enough of a mixed bag of walleyes, northerns, and perch to have a nice meal at the end of each day. The walleyes are scattered with the colder temperatures. They are being caught in ... Read >> Four Seasons Fishing Report .
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image of Greg Clusiau with Large Bass image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (5/19) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "Water temperatures have dropped as much as 10º on several lakes that I have been fishing and most of the time I have been chasing panfish, which have vacated the shallows and dropped back into deeper, more comfortable waters.
You can still catch these deep fish but it does take a little detective work and many times it’s not so easy to find them. I usually just wait until it warms up, making catching them a lot more predictable.
Using an electric bow mount trolling motor, I stand up and check out ...." Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

A Cast to the Other Bass; Overlooked and underappreciated, white bass are a blast! - By Mitch Eeagan

You’d be hard-pressed to find an avid angler who doesn’t recognize bass as the most sought-after sport fish in North America. We all have our favorite fish, but statistics prove that bass are #1.
Overlooked and underappreciated, however, is a bass of a different color. Its DNA differs from the most popular, yet the species roams a majority of waterways throughout the lands. I’m talkin’ white bass.... And they are a blast to catch. Read About >> Fishing For White Bass, The Other White Meat

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image denotes fishing question from reader A Question From Rich Spiczka who asked; "Good day Jeff.  Love your fishing reports.  We used to stay at Williams Narrows every summer when I was a kid; I miss that place.
I have been checking in on your reports and in your most recent report, I think you mentioned Water temps in the 55 degree range. How long do you think it takes it to get up to 60s? 
We will be in the Cass Lake/Blackduck area this weekend and are hopeful we can find some Crappies/Bluegills in their spawning habitat.  It has been a few years since we have hit it right and we were hopeful with the early spring, but the weather recently has been an adventure. Read Answer >> Rebounding Surface Temperatures?
image denotes link to fish rapper article (5/18) From Lake of the Woods, Mike Kinsela, Border View Lodge; "We had another full house this weekend with most people fishing on their own. There were many slot fish being caught this past week. Some anglers found some nice keeper fish while others hit pockets of small fish and slot fish. Most anglers stayed south fishing just outside the Gap in 19-26 feet. The action in the river has been intermittent, early mornings and late evenings seem best.
3/8 jigs are doing the job. Pink and white have been really popular colors this past week!
We are seeing a typical spring forecast for the week ahead. Cooler nights with cool days seem to be overcast with some rain, cooler nights with warmer days typically have more thunderstorms towards evening." - 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 17, 2015 - Welcome To Minnesota, Land Of The Wet Drought

For somebody who's technically still caught up in a drought, I sure do feel awfully wet. If you've been out on the lakes, I'll be that you do too and for the next 12 hours, we all better ENJOY IT! That's because tomorrow's high temperature is gonna be 15 degrees colder than this morning's low temperature. For me, rain and 70 degrees looks pretty darn good, especially after spending most of a week fishing in rain and 40 degrees.
For me, there isn't much choice, my crew is here for 2 days and if we're gonna catch anything, we're gonna have to do it with crummy weather. I'm guessing that I won't be seeing you on the water today, but don't worry, I'll be thinking about you and whatever happens, you will know!
The Good News is that when you ... Read >> Fishing Report May 17, 2015

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 16, 2015 - Leech Lake Fishing, Taming the Tame-able!

After 3 days of watching the surface temperatures dropping, it was good to see a modest increase. Beginning the day with 52 degrees, we watched it creep up, 1/10 of a degree at a time and by 5:30 PM, it had reached 53 degrees. By then, sunshine was taking control of the sky, so there may have been further warming during the early evening too.
I don't think that most folks caught a lot of fish on Friday, but I don't think that most of them got skunked either. It was a tricky bite, the water was cold, the seas were too calm and staking out one’s own stretch of territory was out of the question. That said, there were fish to be had and for persistent anglers, it was probably a decent day.
We had to work at getting our ... wait; I mean that I and Don Hook had to work at getting our fish. But on Friday, Mark Huelse had the Golden Horse Shoe tucked away in his coat pocket. I sort of lost track, but I think that he caught a half dozen big girls ranging in size from ... Read >> Leech Lake Fishing Report May 16

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 15, 2015 - Walleye Information Super Highway, Limit 50? Explaining the Explainable?

At this time of the season, it's really not that unusual for an individual lake to be "turned off", sometimes the water just needs to warm up before fish become active. What was unusual is that the other half of our fishing party was off in a completely different direction with another guide and he was on Fish Lake, one of his favorite Walleye producers. The same thing happened over there, plenty of Pike, but the Walleyes? they were in lock down over there too.
The only thing that the two lakes appeared to have in common was ... read >> Fishing Report May 15

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 14, 2015 - The Chilly Bones, Dripping Wet, 5 Extra Fish Fishing Report

After spending a chilly, wet morning on Leech Lake, we could see light bulbs glowing over the heads of most anglers within our view. Lots of them were having the same idea at the same time; "let's get the heck out of here". By 1:00 PM, the landing at federal dam looked something like the entrance ramp to southbound Hwy 35. Everyone heading for home, even our crews, most of them anyway, were willing to settle for a modest morning catch, rather than going back out onto the water for round 2.
Except for Mark; "I wouldn't mind going back out for a ... read >> Fishing Report May 14

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Video - Second Chance For A Crappie Fishing Do-Over?

Knowing the right spot will definitely help you catch more spring Crappies. YES, and it's gonna be DejaVu all over again for Crappie fishermen in Northern Minnesota. Just as Crappies began moving into the shallows, a cold fron slipped in causing 5 degree temperature drop, pushing them back to the breaklines. They'll be back as the weather warms and guess what? This video will help put you right over ... >> Grand Rapids, Pre-Spawn Crappies .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 13, 2015 - Leech Lake Walleye Fishing Report

Good Luck is exactly what transformed a slow day into a “going home with a 3 man limit day”. What happened? Well during the midafternoon, the sleet dried up, the sun came out and temperatures moderated. The effects were not immediate, but the sun kept working its magic and by 3:30 PM we were observing 53 to 54° surface water temperatures again. Just when I had resolved myself to be satisfied with a less than stellar performance, fish begin to ... Read >> Leech Lake Walleye Fishing Report

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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (5/12) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "This year’s Governor’s Fishing Opener had a small group of us spending the weekend in the backwoods of Itasca County. The A-frame, a family built cabin now owned by my brother Bruce, would be base camp for this long awaited Minnesota “holiday.”
The “official” first fish of the new season was caught by me, a chunky little largemouth bass, which was promptly photo’d and released. Bruce put the first walleye in the boat. That one entered the live well for an evening fish fry. Picking away, we headed back to the cabin with 3 walleye and 3 northern pike. Read More >> Greg's Guidelines .

image of fish tightly schooled on graph "Cleaning Up Your Fish Finders Image" - I've been talking electronics a lot with anglers the last month or so, and I am learning that a lot of fishermen have anxiety when it comes to how to use electronics when fishing. Maybe anxiety is not the right word, but they are just overwhelmed with all the settings, so they end up doing nothing except turning the graphs on and off.
Luckily for anglers, the technology is so good in fishing depth finders and chart plotters today that they work really well out of the box. But they work a whole lot better if you make a few changes to your settings to get a clear picture. Read Story >> CLEAN UP YOUR FISH FINDER'S IMAGE
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 12, 2015 - Northern Minnesota Walleye Fishing

Monday was one of those "hunker down and get 'er done" days. Air temperatures in the low 40's, light rain and breezy conditions made tying knots and taking pictures a little tricky, but in spite of the cold front, Walleyes remained fairly active, allowing us to capture our limit of nice fish in the 16 to 19 inch range. We did not catch a single fish over 20 inches, making me think that the males are actively feeding while females ... Read >> Fishing Report May 12, 2015

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Fishing Report May 11, 2015 - Minnesota Fishing, Opening Weekend Reports!

image of Gus' Place Logo (5/11) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "This year’s opener weekend was the best opener in two years. The primary reason is that this Spring the lake didn’t have ice drifting from shore to shore and we could actually get out on the water !
Surface water temp on Ball Club is already in the low 50’s. I was a little surprised that the lake was that warm and it explains the nice Crappie several new customers brought in over the weekend. Crappie were suspended in 24 feet and willing to take minnows on slip bobbers.
Our Guests reported in with impressive mixed bags, Walleye, Perch, Crappie and many nice Northerns. Some of the Northerns are still carrying eggs.
The head count per species seemed to be about equal and it just depended on your presentation and the fish you were targeting. Warm weather will improve the fishing every day.
Fishermen, Resort Owners, Tackle & Bait shop Owners and any of us who just love to go out boating are all talking about the low water on ... read >> - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 10, 2015 - Minnesota Fishing, Opening Day Report!

"Later, during the afternoon, temperatures warmed and the fishing action on Winnibigoshish picked up. There were limits, and near limits of fish taken on both the east and west sides of the lake. The west shoreline near Raven's Point received the most glowing reports, Tamarack Point, The Rock Pile and Stony Point got good reviews too and for me, staying inside Cutfoot Sioux was rewarding.
Leech Lake was mentioned more than once as North Central Minnesota's "Hot Bite" for the opener. One of the Grand Rapids area guides reported that he ... Read >> Minnesota Fishing Opener Report

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Lake Winnie, Four Seasons Resort; "Opening Day, we were greeted by calm winds and colder than expected temperatures. The boats went out early, some as early as 5 a.m. The fishing in the a.m. was very slow. Some fish were caught, but they were very scattered. The afternoon found clearing skies which caused the fish to congregate a little better.
We had some good catches come off of the NW corner of the lake. Depths of 10-13' with a jig and shiner as bait was the best bet today.
I saw several fish kept due to the new slot regulation. These fish were in the 17-18" range which in the past 15 years would have been put back. I didn't see any fish over 23" kept. They would have been allowed with the new slot, but most fishermen that I talked to still returned them to the lake.
The northerns were active, as well. This combined with the walleyes allowed most boats to bring in enough fish for a nice fresh fish dinner today. Some perch were caught, but most reported them to be on the small side. All in all, it was a very good opener. Of course, if you compare it to the past three openers, it was a great opening"! Joe Thompson Four Seasons Resort

image links to Reed Ylitalo (5/11) From the Grand Rapids Area, Reed Ylitalo wrote; "The honey do list had me strapped to stay and fish local in the Grand Rapids area which was just fine with the poor weather. I did miss going to my favorite open day lake (cut foot, Winnie) but I just stayed local few miles south of Grand Rapids. Being that I was ... Read >> Grand Rapids Fishing Report

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 8, 2015 - Minnesota Fishing In Techni-Color!

What does the 2015 Minnesota Fishing Opener have in common with the colors Green, Yellow and Purple? Have an idea?
Well, on a very short walk around my own property I can see the Green of fresh Asparagus sprouts, The Yellow of Marsh Marigolds and early blooming, Purple Lilacs. That might not sound like any big deal at first, but when these appearances culminate in unison with the Walleye opener, it means that the outdoorsmans dream supper could be on my very near future. How about fresh Walleye, fresh picked Asparagus and fresh Morel Mushrooms for dinner tomorrow night? M..M..M..
The appearnce of the Marsh Marigolds means that Morel Mushrooms are probably popping their little heads up too and the rain we received yesterday is liable to encourage them even more. The Asparagus, well that's easy because it's up already and all I have to so is pick it. The Walleye? Well even if I can't catch one tomorrow, the Lilacs are blooming and that means that I can ... read >> Fishing Opener Outlook May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015 - Water Conditions on Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux are low, that's no secret. There's help for fishermen with problematic rigs like fiberglass boats on bunk trailers; "Our docks are in place, water conditions at our boat ramp are adequate and I'll be in my chest waders all day long to help out".
We're probably not going to be able to help fishermen with really big, cuddy cabin type rigs. But for most of the common fishing boats, even big ones, we have enough water at our marina to get you onto the water for the Walleye fishing opener this Saturday.
There's plenty of parking, we've got gas, bait and supplies, plus we're just a stones throw away from some of the best Walleye fishing in Minnesota. Come on out and let us give you hand this weekend.
The outlook for fishing this weekend is looking great. Walleyes have had well over a week to recover since their spawning run and we're expecting that there will be lots of structures holding active fish. We think that means it's going to be easier for fishermen to seek out their own schools of active fish this weekend.
At the same time, Crappies are moving toward their ... Read >> Bowen's Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux Report

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image denotes question from reader A Field Report From James Fitzgerald; (5/8) "Enjoy reading your posts and I have some information to share straight from the fisheries in Grand Rapids".
"Hi James, you are right that water is low on Winnie this spring. I was at the Third River access on Tuesday. The access had enough water to launch medium size boats but I didn’t travel on the flowage. The biggest problem for navigation would be from wild rice and some stray logs that seem to move every year. The Birches, Tamarack Point, Richards Townsite, and West Winnie accesses are very shallow and the average boat these days will be difficult to launch. The Plug Hat access had enough water to launch a boat but water in the bay may be too shallow to float much longer than 16 feet. The Mosomo and Little Cut Foot accesses had plenty of water to launch a boat. Hope this helps". - James Fitzgerald
image of Gus' Place Logo (5/8) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake Pre-Season Conditions Report; "Lake levels are low, but stable. We have made a few boat ramp repairs and the harbor still has enough water to float a boat and we have the channel marked to the deep water. Conditions are far from ideal, but we will be launching and fishing the Opener.
Good Luck everyone, both fishermen & other resort owners. ... Read Full Report >> Gus' Place, Ball Club Lake Pre-Season Conditions Report
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 7, 2015 - "Whatever Floats Your Boat!"

The familiar expression "Whatever floats your boat" will have a whole new meaning for Minnesota anglers this weekend. The grip of this spring drought isn't going to loosen in time for the opener and that means more people cramming into fewer boat landings. The inevitable longer lines at the better boat ramps will strain the infrastructure and will likely create a few clust... well, you know.
I KNOW; it's natural to become impatient, especially when you're looking forward to doing something really fun. But this Saturday, we're gonna have to all pitch in, rise above our human weakness, as our patience is put to the test more than usual.
The best way that we all can help is to focus on having our own rigs ready for action when our turn to launch comes up. Before I leave home on Saturday, I'm gonna read >> Fishing Report May 7, 2015

image of Leopard Frog image of Gus' Place Logo (5/5) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake Pre-Season Conditions Report; "The Fishing Opener the last two years has had problems with ice on the lakes. Last year was near record high water levels. This year it has been well announced (even by the State) we are now in a so called “severe” drought. The radical swing in conditions does make a person wonder what is going on with the weather, but let’s not go into any political weather debates. I agree with Jeff Sundin that Nature will find the right balance and take care of things (as long as it is able). I am not sure Jeff will print all I have to say about the low water conditions, because I strongly believe that ... Read Full Report >> Gus' Place, Ball Club Lake Pre-Season Conditions Report
image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (5/5) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - "It’s finally here. The Minnesota general fishing opener gets underway this weekend, beginning midnight Friday night. Let the games begin!
At least the weather looks to be superb for this highly celebrated event, much better than years past, and thanks to an early spring I am predicting some very good fishing for those that are anxiously looking forward to a fresh fish dinner. Panfish are just starting to get going in the ..." >> Read Greg's Full Report .
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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 5, 2015 - Defending Yourself Against Low Water For The Opener?

The most commonly asked question in my inbox right now is; "Can I get my boat onto Bowstring Lake for the opener this weekend?" The answer is pretty much the same for everyone, so forgive me for not listing each one of your comments seperately.
A) All of the accesses on Bowstring Lake have very low water conditions and if you have a bunk type trailer under your boat, you are going to face serious challenges getting it launched on Bowstring. If you have a good roller type trailer, a boat with a fairly shallow draft and don't mind hand winching your boat onto your trailer, then you can probably fish there this weekend, it won't be handy, but it is doable.
Most of the landings in the Itasca Area are plagued with the same low water conditions, so or fishermen with larger boats, especially the ones that rest atop bunk trailers, your best bet will be to ... >> Read Fishing Report May 5

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 4, 2015 - Emerging Green Weeds Hold Secret To Early Season Crappies

At first, the shoreline didn't look good for us, but we could see another fishing party; they were fishing the same weedline, and they were catching fish. That bolstered our confidence, but we were frustrated at first. Using light weight jigs, a variety of live and artificial baits; we couldn’t get fish to strike. Apparently, this particular school of fish didn’t like any presentation that forced them to move out of the cover. But there was something that they did like and once we ... >> Read Fishing Report May 4

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NEW Fish ED Episode May 3, 2015

Walleyes are on the menu for Jon Thelen and Jason Muche who teamed up to produce this week's brand new episode of Fish ED.
Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago Walleyes are on the move, heading toward the main lake. Fishing on reefs located near the shoreline, Jon and Jason dialed in the pattern using slip bobbers and leeches.
Watch the video >> Lake Winnebago Slip Bobber Walleyes

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 2, 2015 - Shallow Water Panfish Springing Into Action

After trolling over a mid-lake, 30 foot hole, scanning for signs of Crappies, we found little evidence that there were still fish out there. Hoping to find signs of life in shallow water, I moved to the shoreline for a look and guess what? Surface temperatures had already risen above 60 degrees and the shallow water was inhabited by small numbers of early arriving Sunfish.
In the shallow, bright water, the fish were definitely in the mood to ... >> Read Fishing Report May 2

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 1, 2015 - Big Bucks For Bait, Fair? Honest? Who Knows?

Yesterday, I wrote a little bit about the availability of bait (See Report April 30) for the Minnesota Walleye opener. Those comments illicted comments and a question from a friend, Tom (witheld) by email; "Jeff, I agree with much of what you said, and people that are rude at the bait shops should be ashamed.
There's another party that should also be ashamed, and that's the bait shop owners that have chosen to take the opportunity to overcharge and gouge the public. Upwards of $40 a quart for shiners is ridiculous! Why can't they just charge a fair and honest price? - Tom
A) Tom, I know what you mean; I remember when Shiners were $6.00/quart, easy to come by and nobody ever worried about getting 'em. I don't enjoy paying big bucks for minnows either and I sure wish we could go back to those days, but ... read answer >> Big Bucks For Bait, Fair? Honest? Who Knows?

May 1, 2015 - Conditions on Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux were calm, even sleepy looking this Thursday. The low water conditions, light breeze and calm surface glistened like mirrors.
Fishing conditions at Bowen Lodge are going to be an interesting departure from what we've experienced the past few years. In spite of the low water, we're in for what promises to be a much more typical opening day fishing scenario this year.
The Walleye spawning run into Little Cutfoot is already over, the MN DNR Walleye Egg Harvest was already completely wrapped up 9 days ago and most of the female fish have dropped their eggs, recovered and are likely heading back toward the big lake already.
On opening day, Cutfoot Sioux will certainly still host some fish, lingering after the spawn. But we think that the odds will favor anglers who set their sights on fishing the main breaklines on Lake Winnibigoshish.
Whether you prefer to fish with jigs, Lindy Rigs or even slip bobbers, most of the typical early season presentations include minnows. This year, Shiner Minnows will be ... Read >> Bowen Lodge, Lake Winnie Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Minnesota's Walleye Opener, Low Water Drama At Boat Ramps?

It seems like we never arrive at the fishing opener without first encountering some drama and this year is no exception. Instead of living on pins and needles about whether the ice will be out in time for opening day, this season's focus will be on low water conditions.
So far I've been faithful to my notion that Mother Nature always produces an equalizer, but whether or not we can get our boats onto Walleye waters this opener is becoming a bigger question each day. ... Read Report

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Resource recycling: It’s important in Walleye fishing, too - Brad Parsons

"Most anglers I know enjoy a cold beverage after a busy day on the water. And whether that beverage comes in plastic, glass or aluminum, they also know the importance of recycling the container to conserve resources.
But “resource recycling” is important while actually fishing, too. With catch-and-release increasingly common, anglers should know the right way to practice it so the fish can swim off and live to grow bigger and be caught another day. That’s especially important on lakes with ... Read Full Story >> Fishing Resource Recycling

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 30, 2015 - Shiners On Hand For Walleye Opener, So What?

For most Walleye anglers, there is good news; there will be at least a limited supply of Spottail Shiners on hand for the 2015 Walleye opener.
After seeing the craziness over Shiner shortages that occured early in 2013 and 2014, it's kind of nice to be able to say that. But in some ways, it worries me too; now there will be just enough Shiners on hand to keep everybody on the edge of their boat seats. Who will get to be the first one to ... >> Read Report

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 24, 2015 - Minnesota's Walleye Opener, Planning The Plan-able

I've received some questions from folks who wouldn't mind hearing a few tips about gearing up for the Walleye fishing season. That's good for me because because gearing up for the Walleye season has become so routine that my attitude tends to bee too relaxed. In other words, answering your questions is what reminds me that I need to get prepped myself.
Since we in Northern Minnesota are in a holding pattern right now, this is the perfect time to sprinkle in a few "tricks of the trade" that will help you catch some extra fish this opening day. Tip #1 will be a BIGGY; getting geared up for shallow water, feeding Walleyes.
I believe that most of the fish, in most of the more popular Walleye lakes, in most of the Itasca Region, will undergo their "post spawn funk" before the season opens this year. That means that instead of foucusing on spawning territory, anglers should plan on only making make a swing through one or two good spawning areas for a quick perusal. If the fish aren't there, be ready to ... Read Report

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Hungry Sunfish can be devastating to a freshly stocked supply of Walleye Fry. Using fingerlings can help overcome the problem.

image denotes fishing question from a reader April 23, 2015 - Minnesota Walleye Management; Stocking the Stockable

Q) Brandon Watson wrote; "Hey Jeff; How is it determined what lakes are stocked with fry and what lakes with fingerlings. Also, what is the benefit to each. Thanks!"
A) Brandon, surviability is the primary benefit of stocking Walleye fingerlings. Panfish, especially Sunfish can be devastating to a freshy stocked batch of Walleye fry. It is the larger size of the fingerlings that protects them from being destroyed by small predator fish.
Fingerlings are also used for supplemental, early fall stocking of some lakes where natural populations of Walleye need a boost.  There are other instances where using fingerlings would ... read >> Walleye Fry vs. Fingerling

Post thaw... It’s unquestionably the most epic time of transformation among the Ice Belt states and provinces. Water temperatures are on the rise, but not nearly as rapidly as the air. Luckily, it only takes a one degree increase in water temp to wake up lethargic walleyes.
So why do some anglers motor back to the launch with a livewell full of fish while others return empty netted? Oftentimes, it boils down to trolling speed; using lures that can achieve peak performance at low speeds; and holding those baits in a relatively shallow strike zone.
Few on God’s green earth are more adept at trolling for ... Read >> Slow Trolling For Early Spring Walleye

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image denotes question from reader (re-post) Relaxed Walleye Slot Limit On Lake Winnibigoshish - Tom Crosby wrote; Q) "With the adjustment to the slot size on Winnie, I was wondering what your thoughts are on keeping a 23 + inch walleye. Do you feel the DNR did this in hopes we take some (larger fish) out? Just curious what your thoughts are?
A) Tom, there is little doubt that the new 18-23 inch protected slot is definitely going to result in a greater harvest on Lake Winnie this season. How much the harvest increases will depend an awful lot on how the weather breaks this spring.
Based on my conversations with fisheries officials, I wouldn't necessarily say that they are "Hoping" that we remove these larger fish. Rather, I think it reflects more that they believe the population of spawning size female Walleyes is strong enough that allowing some harvest of these larger fish is not likely to damage the fishery ... "Too Much". One thing that I DO KNOW is ... read >> Winnie Walleye Slot Limit
image denotes question from reader Fishing For Bluegills At Spawning Time? - Terry Nordstrom asks; Q) "Jeff: planning a trip to Cutfoot or Bowstring to try and catch Bluegills when on their beds. Estimated dates for me to plan that trip?? Coming from Wisconsin, Was thinking first weekend in June, Thanks Terry.
A) Well Terry, that question puts me in a tough ... read answer >> Bluegills At Spawning Time

image denotes link to fish ed internet New Open Water Season Debut Missouri River Walleye Fishing April 21, 2015

Early season Walleye fishing on big rivers like the Missouri can mean great action. Before you can cath 'em, you have to figure out what they want to see. In this episode of Fish Ed, Jon Thelen uses Lindy River Rockers to unlock the trolling pattern for early season walleyes. Check out this first video of the season, hot off the press, direct from Chamberlain SD and the Missouri River. View >> Fish Ed Season Debut Early Spring Walleyes .

For the 2015 season debut of Fish Ed, Jon Thelen shows us how to catch Missouri River Walleyes.  
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image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau (4/21) Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guidlines" - Hot Springtime Crappie Bites

"Walking down to see how he was doing, I checked the water temp and found it to be a cool 50º. Two days earlier, I was checking temps and found it to be over 52º.
In 10 minutes of casting, the only bite Tom had received was from a hungry northern pike, which bit him off.
Overcome by a bad feeling of fishing failure, I told him “the water’s too cold for the fish to be up close and active.” His quick response was “let’s go visit Chad.” I agreed. It was a good call. If there was anything wrong with that decision it was the fact that our good buddy Chad lived in Alexandria, some 250 miles away.
Never-the-less, there we were, back in Keewatin, piling all essential panfish gear into Tom’s new diesel truck and heading south, another 4 hours, where the water temps would be much warmer and panfish would be a whole lot more predictable. I’ve always said and stand by the fact that in order to stay on fish and enjoy a good bite one has to travel, something that I’ve been preaching and ... Read >> Gregs Guidlines April 21

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 20, 2015 - Minnesota Walleye Opener, Reflecting on the Reflectable

"For me, there's no sweeter sound than hearing the water gently slapping into my Wave Wackers! So, after a couple of seasons wondering whether the lakes would be ice free in time for the fishing opener, it's nice to KNOW that we are in for a much more conventional opening day this year.
In 19 days, we'll be gripping our fishing rods, working toward the Walleye hole and by all accounts, the Walleyes will be ready for us when we get there. The spawning run at Cutfoot Sioux continues on a steady course, 2000 to 3000 fish arriving at the traps each day. By the way, that reminds me ..." read >> Fishing Report April 20 .

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 17, 2015 - Walleye Spawning Run At Cutffot Sioux

Imagine waking up for your morning coffee with a couple of thousand Walleyes staring you in the face; we should all be so lucky! For some of the DNR Fisheries Staff, that scene is a reality for a week or so each spring.
Walleyes everywhere begin answering their urge to spawn shortly after ice out, when the water temperatures begin rising into the low-mid 40 degree range. Guided by instinct, they move toward a variety of spawning areas, on a variety of lakes, in this case ... Read >> Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest

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Fishing Article: Ice Out Bass Fishing Tactics on Northern Rivers

For most of us, early spring fishing conjurs up images of Walleye, Crappie and Panfish. But Bass fishing is a blast too and there are plenty of spots where you can fish in complete privacy.
If you struggle to catch bass or think it's too cold to fish for bass when the ice first melts off your local river, think again. It can be some of the best bass fishing of the whole year. Read Tom Monsoor's tips for bass fishing as soon as the water becomes wet up north. Learn More >> Ice Out Bass Fishing Tactics on Northern Rivers

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 15, 2015 - Early Ice Out; Providing Plenty of Room for Fish ... To Hide!

"Our first stop was at Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids which was almost completely ice free. In fact we were able to navigate from the Tioga Landing almost all of the way to the Hwy. 169 Bridge. That's where we came upon last 1/4 mile of ice cover in the main lake. That ice was soft, easily penetrable and by today, it’s probably already gone. There were some other loose patches of ice floating around out there, but they were even softer and we navigated (slowly) right through a couple of them. After trying some deep water, some shallow water and then ... >> Fishing Report Pokegama Lake .

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Catch More Cold-Water Crappies this Spring? In This article, Dr. Jason Halfen writes;

"During the weeks after ice cover leaves the lake (or water temperatures begin to rebound from wintertime lows), crappies are on the move with shallow water as their ultimate destination. This is a movement that will eventually lead to spawning, but reproduction is not driving this initial transition; feeding is!"
Many anglers will impulsively head to the shorelines and back ends of soft-bottomed bays as soon as surface temperatures begin to increase. While some panfish may be found in these waters, the vast majority of the population, and nearly all of the quality fish, are most likely to ... Read >> How You Can Catch More Cold-Water Crappies this Spring .

image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 14, 2015 - Watching The Watchable Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest?

"Curious to see if my suspicions were right, I drove up to the bridge at Little Cutfoot Sioux on Monday to see if DNR fisheries staff had assembled the infrastructure for the Walleye egg harvest. Sure enough, there it was, headquarters central was all set up and almost ready for prime time. The nets will probably be set sometime today at the Walleye Egg Harvest Station. The first wave of spawning Walleyes may even arrive during the wee hours tonight; maybe we'll be looking at some fresh photos of the operation by Thursday morning. Folks interested in a casual peak at the operation can see the setup from the Hwy 46 Bridge located 17 miles NW of Deer River. But if you want to get in for a closer look, follow the road in from ... >> Cutfoot Walleye Egg Harvest .

image of the Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest Station
The Cutfoot Sioux Walleye Egg Harvest Station is set up and almost ready for prime time. Nets today, fish tomorrow, probably.

April 13, 2015 Ice Out on Itasca Area Lakes

Over the weekend, warm winds and sunshine worked so well together that we could actually watch the ice disappear. Yes, that's right, an image taken every few hours would reveal more open water than its predecessor and by Sunday evening, dozens of small lakes in the Itasca area were ice free. The photo, courtesy of Cub Reporter, Satff #004 is of an ice free Little Cutfoot Sioux. Large lakes like Winnie, Leech and Cass are a lagging behind a bit, but they too are on the verge of ice out and it wouldn't suprise me a bit to see open water on all of them before next weekend.

image of ice out on Little Cutfoot Sioux

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!

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Where Have All The Sunfish Gone? Picking back up on yesterday's subject about the disappearing Sunfish, a note from Jesse Aultman on Thursday reads; "It's pretty likely the sunnies are just as abundant as ever, but I just didn't happen upon the school(s) of them".
Okay Jesse now that you've ruled in favor of the fish still being available, I'm gonna have to make a few assumptions about where I'd look for them. Remember, I still have the blindfold on, so I'm giving you my best guesses, based on general knowledge about the fish, not about the lake.
One key factor in tracking Sunfish location is to ... read full answer >> Where Have All The Sunfish Gone?

image of Sunfish

image denotes field report from a fishrapper reader (3/1) Lake Mille Lacs has been under the microscope, literally. Among the results of surveys, exams and studies, there appears to be a hopeful outlook for a strong 2013 Walleye year class. Don't get your Li'l Guys baited up just yet, but a strong Walleye year class on the big lake could be be just what the doctor ordered.
In the newsletter Hooked On MilleLacs Lake, the Aitkin MN, DNR Fisheries Manager Rick Bruesewitz says; "Expectations for this 2013 year class of walleye are running pretty high, but I want to caution everyone that this does not mean we are out of the woods quite yet. It takes time for this new year class to contribute to the spawning stock. The timing for that event starts a year from this coming spring with some males first reaching maturity. Then by 2017, nearly all males will be mature. However, for females, first maturity is ... read more >> Lake Mille Lacs Walleye .

(2/22) Truck Driver Cited, Fined For Transporting Zebra Mussels - I was really reluctant to share the link to this story with you because I'm afraid that it could be mistaken as a form of finger pointing; believe me it is not. But I think it’s important to talk about this because it points out what an uphill battle we have when it comes to slowing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. What we have on our hands is a war against ... Read More >> Fined For Transporting Zebra Messels


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