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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Bown 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 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 .



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 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

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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 link to fish rapper article (5/22) From The Marcell Area, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson said; "The storms last weekend dropped the water temperatures dramatically. That was the bad news. The good news is that as of yesterday the temps in the shallows have steadily warmed with 55 degrees observed today whereas on Monday they were in the high 40’s. That could only mean one thing, Crappies are moving into the shallows on the smaller shallower lakes in the area. The larger deeper lakes were slowly warming as well. I found Crappie in the 8 to 14 foot depths in and around newly emergent cabbage weeds, adjacent to their spawning areas. I have had reports of them being as deep as 20 feet in some of the lakes though. The weather forecast for this week and weekend are excellent and fishing should improve. Walleye have been everywhere. I found them on Monday suspended over 20 to 24 feet of water about 12 to 18 feet down swimming in the numerous bait balls off sharp drops, humps and points. As the water warms and the weather stabilizes, they should become more aggressive. They certainly weren’t in a feeding frenzy on Monday when I was fishing in a snow storm. Lake levels are up with the more than 7 inches of rain that fell last week. That should improve public access to the area lakes.
Memorial Weekend is upon us so make sure to thank a veteran and remember the ones who served their country well, but are no longer with us.
The store is ready for the weekend. The tackle department and the bait shop are fully stocked. Leeches, shiners, you name we have it. It will be fun to see folks we haven’t seen since last year. Have a great weekend everybody and be safe. - Paul Larson".
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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 of Gus' Place Logo (5/20) Gus' Place Resort, Ball Club Lake; "This past week’s stormy weather has kept fishermen off the lake for the most part.
Surface water temp has dropped back down into the upper 40s. We had a very nice Crappie bite going until the storms rolled in and the rough water made it difficult to fish and hold positions. I expect we will see more crappie action when we warm back up.
Walleye and Perch fishermen are doing pretty good with slip bobbers and live bait presentations on the south end fishing on and around humps 8-12 feet of water. Northerns have been aggressive and we have seen really nice 5 and 6 pounders going for both live and artificial baits, trolled and drifted, 6 to 10 feet. We are not having trouble launching or docking boats." - Gus Sheker, Gus' Place Resort 1-888-246-8520

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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 fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report May 18, 2015 - Just The Facts

On Sunday, I and my buddy Marty Glackin got lucky; we managed to make a decent fishing trip out of what appeared to be a wash out. It was wet for the first few hours, but there was a 4 hour window of sunshine and warm breezes. Surface temperatures responded during that time, rising to 56.5 degrees by 4:00 PM. That's when the 2nd round of storms approached, forcing us to leave the lake and head for cover.
Our fishing experience was nearly identical to the report I wrote yesterday, so do me a favor, read that one and you'll be up to speed.
As I was looking through images of the past several days, I was struck by the similarity between the ... read >> Fishing Report May 18

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 18, 2015 - Another Place Where You Can Find The Findable!

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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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Finding and Catching Big Water Panfish Ted Pilgrim and Joe Balog

"It’s one thing to find spring and summer panfish in a pond, creek or small lake. But what do you do when your home water is one of the Great Lakes? Or a giant reservoir? Or a sprawling water body best known for bass, walleyes, trout or other predators? Good news pan’ fans. Even on big water, finding sunfish, crappies and even perch can be simpler than you think. And once you find them, these sweet species can be among the most palm-stretching specimens found anywhere.
Especially in sprawling freshwater environs, sunfish and crappies tend to be homebodies, haunting relatively confined zones throughout the calendar year. No matter how big, deep or intimidating a water body, most contain prime shallow habitat used by panfish: boat harbors, marinas and other manmade backwater locales, plus natural bays, coves and creek inlets.
Beginning in spring, nothing could be simpler than laying out a lake map and ... Read >> Big Water Panfish Joe Balog Ted Pilgrim .

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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 .

April 14, 2015 Lake Winnibigoshish Icing Out Early

Anglers are going to need something new to talk about this spring, the ice won't be around to entertain us much longer. After enjoying the past couple of seasons on pins and needles about whether Winnie would be ice free in time for the Walleye fishing opener, this spring it's a non-factor.
On Monday, northwest winds were blowing whitecaps from Tamarack Bay into the Dam Bay. Ice was piling up along the shoreline between Plughat Point and Sunset View Resort and from there, I could also see ice piled up at Tamarack Point and along Bowens Flats. I'm guessing that the view from Mallard Point north into the 3rd River Flowage probably included a lot of open water and You Know what happens next; a wind shift sends the remaining ice that direction and then the rest of the ice disappears in a flash.

 

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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 .

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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.


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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Fishing Report April 9, 2015 - Rainy River Re-Match Today

They are coming; the spawning event is inevitable, the only question is whether or not the lion's share of the fish will make their way into the river before the April 14 season closing.
On Wednesday, I and my fishing partner Arne Danielson, AKA Cub Reporter, Staff #004, made our way to the Rainy River. As we drove toward Baudette on Hwy 11, we noticed that the Timber Mill Park landing was less than 1/2 full and soon discovered why. The Wheelers Point Landing has now become the center of attention for likeminded anglers who have intentions of getting as close to ... read >> Rainy River Walleye Report Apr 9

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image denotes question from a reader (re-post) 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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Helping your fellow fishermen and women stay abreast of the ice conditions in your area is good for everybody and it's easier than you think!

Fishing Reports Minnesota is the Facebook counterpart to this page and it's open to the public. So be like me, become a duly deputized "Cub Reporter" and post your own pics and comments. It's good for fishing! Click >>

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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?

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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

image denotes news release (re-post) IMPORTANT! AIS Training and Trailer Decal On Hold!

"The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will postpone the new aquatic invasive species training and trailer decal program that was due to launch at the end of the month while legislators consider changes to the program.
Under a law passed by the state Legislature in 2012, anyone trailering a boat or water-related equipment such as docks and lifts in Minnesota is required to take aquatic invasive species training and display a decal on their trailer. The effective date is July 1, 2015.
“With the legislative interest in this educational program and ongoing discussions about possible changes, we are postponing the launch until we see if the Legislature acts this session to modify the program,” said Bob Meier, DNR assistant commissioner.
The DNR supports the education that would be provided under this law, but recognizes there are some concerns with the way the law is currently written. For example, people transporting boats on trailers through Minnesota to another destination are required to learn more here >> MN DNR NEWS RELEASE AIS Training and Trailer Decal On Hold


 

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