image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 14, 2018 "Quest For Bigger Bluegills An Uphill Battle"

image of jeff sundin with big bluegill Sunfish, Minnesota’s most heavily pursued game fish won’t be getting much protection, at least not over the short term. That’s the upshot of the December 2018 session with the MN DNR and its panfish work group.
The workgroup, volunteers who collaborate with the MN DNR to discuss issues affecting panfish in Minnesota, meet with DNR fisheries staff regularly. The DNR provides technical support to assist group members in learning what makes panfish tick.
The evidence is clear; Minnesota’s average size bluegill continues to get smaller. And while the average size is in decline, overall populations have ..." Read >> Quest For Bigger Bluegills An Uphill Battle

Sundin's Tip For Getting The Most Out Of Your Glow Finish Lures December 2018

image links to ice fishing video We've been talking a lot this winter about ice fishing lures that glow in the dark. By now, you've seen a lot of footage about Lindy's new Glow Spoon and you know that we've been having a lot of fun with them.
Don't forget though that there are still a lot of really awesome lures that feature traditional, painted on finishes that glow in the dark too. It's just a matter of time before you'll be fishing during conditions that will favor the use of one them.
That means that sooner or later, you'll need a tool to help you charge up the glow too. I want to share my tip about what I use to fire up the glow finish and why I use it. View Video >> Getting The Most Out Of Your Glow Finish Lures

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort December 13, 2018

"Bowstring has 10 to 12" Out there. There is a heave in the middle of the lake. We have a away around it, but haven't checked it out completely. Fish are biting and we have open cabins!" - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish December 2018 "Tackle Warehouse Christmas Gift Card Giveaway"

image links to tackle warehouse gift card giveaway "We love the Christmas season here at Wired2fish. It's a time to laugh and be merry with your closest loved ones and, in this case, it's a time for giving!
To spread some holiday cheer to everyone, we're throwing in a giveaway you're sure to love. Enter for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Tackle Warehouse. This card is good for any and everything you can think of available at TW— lures, soft plastic baits, fishing line, rods… anything Santa might accidentally forget this year.
Spring will be here before you know it and now is an excellent time to stock-up on any essentials for the upcoming fishing season. And this is our way of wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! Thanks for being Wired2fish!" Enter For A Chance To Win >> Tackle Warehouse Christmas Gift Card Giveaway

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 13, 2018 "Devils Lake Early Ice Perch"

image of perch caught on lindy tingsten bug Around home, I’m used to seeing eager ice fishermen lined up along the shorelines of their favorite lakes, watching for the first hint of fishable ice.
That’s why it seemed odd to me when Devils Lake was so quiet over the past few days. Apparently, the majority of anglers around Devils Lake like to let the ice get thick enough to drive pickups on before they venture out onto the big lake. I don’t blame them either, when you look around, it’s easy to spot potential travel hazards. Tree branches, ice ridges and areas of underwater current could get a rookie into trouble out there.
Luckily, I’ve gotten to know a few ..." Read >> Devils Lake Perch Report December 13, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report December 13, 2018

"Walleye continue to be a popular target, as fishing for them has been consistent. Anglers have been finding them in 20-30 feet of water, off main lake points, sunken island and saddle areas between sunken island and/or islands. Rainbows and shiners remain the bait of choose for successful anglers. Red and green glow spoons are working best during the last hour of light and after dark.
Northern Pike fishing remains hot for many anglers targeting them and even anglers not targeting them. Heavy suckers fished under a tip-up, dead or alive, remain the top choice for big pike. Anglers continue to find them cruising the weed lines, main lake points and at the mouths of shallow bays. Many anglers report catching at lease one pike over 40” per trip.
Interest in panfish has ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report December 13, 2018

image denotes question from a reader December 12, 2018 Gary Scholzen Emailed; Best Glow Spoon Sizes For Walleye and Crappies?

image of crappies on the iceQ) “Hi Jeff I recently purchased 3 Lindy Glow spoons at L&M in Grand Rapids. I went with the 1/8 ounce size.
In all your testing, do you feel the ¼ ounce size would be better for walleyes? Also did you get a chance to run the 1/16 for crappies last year; any results?”
A) Thank you Gary, I've sure had a blast using the Glow Spoons and if you're like me, you will love using them this winter too.
I used both ¼ ounce and 1/8 ounce sizes for walleyes last winter and had very similar results with each of them. But a good rule of thumb for selecting the best weight and size is to consider first the depth of water and average sizes of fish in ..." Read >> Glow Spoon Sizes For Walleye and Crappies December 12, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Dixon Lake Resort December 11, 2018

Ice conditions are great on the Third River of Lake Winnie. We have 14 inches straight out from the landing and 9 to 10 down to the east. They are parking on the ice at the end of the landing road. Driving rangers and side by sides out as well as smaller vehicles.
As far as Spearing goes the water is clearing up straight out from the landuing, but still cloudy near the ..." Read >> Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Fishing Updates December 11, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism December 11, 2018

image links to lake of the woods report "On the main basin... Ice fishing is in full swing and the bite continues to be very good. Big numbers of walleyes and saugers in 17 - 25' of water. Resorts have marked trails for ATV, UTV and snowmobiles while others are transporting guests with light ice rigs. No vehicle traffic yet.
Gold, glow colors, and blue hot colors. Use combo of jigging line and deadstick with a live minnow. Ice ranges from 9-14" where resorts are fishing. Big crack 8 miles off of Pine Island stretching to Long Point.
Please use resort marked trails, don't go off on your own and exercise safety precautions as ice thickness varies.
On the Rainy River... Stretches of the river and bay ice ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Updates December 11, 2018

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" December 11, 2018

image links to clusiau fishing report"This week’s column contains a hodgepodge of short, outdoor thoughts, in no particular order.

*I try to ready my ice fishing rods at home, in the office, before heading out on the next outing. How nice it is, to be able to tie on 1/64 oz. and 1/80 oz. jigs, onto 2-pound test line, in good lighting, and with no wind.

I usually rig up a half-dozen rods, when going for panfish, with lures ranging from tiny little jigs to small jigging spoons. This way, I’m ready for most any tight-lipped challenge.

It’s so much easier to grab a “fresh” rod and quickly get back to it, after getting broke off. After most trips, I’ll usually be going home with two or three of them with no lures at all. *Wax worm care. I’ve told various bait shops not to ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines December 11, 2018

Fish ED New Video: Subtle Baits Can Help Catch More Walleyes

image links to ice fishing video Ice fishing lures that shake, rattle and glow in the dark are fantastic, we use them all of the time. But occasionally, walleyes get into a funk and prefer not to be agitated.

That's why there are certain times when using subtle presenations can help us put more walleyes on the ice.

In this video, Jon Thelen shares some ideas about when using subtle lures is a good idea and how to use them to trigger strikes from finicky walleyes. View Video >> Subtle Baits Can Help Catch More Walleyes

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 10, 2018 "Ice Fishing Updates"

image of huminbird helix 7 I wonder if you notice anything odd about this picture. If you said that there’s no image on the dial, you’d be correct, but that’s not the answer that I’m looking for. There wasn’t any readout because I didn’t have the transducer in the water; in fact the unit was sitting on top of my snowmobile at the time.
Take another look, but this time focus on the time of day, it says 5:48 PM. Now look at the battery meter, yes, you’re right it says 100%. That’s what it said at 8:00 AM when we started fishing and again at 1:24 PM and then again at 4:27 PM as well.
That battery is the one I bought at the ice show last weekend, it's the Lithium drop in replacement from Energized Outdoors. I promised you an update about the performance and all I can say is WOW! The Helix 7 ran the entire ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Updates December 10, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area — Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson December 10, 2018

"This year we got a good head start on ice making for the Edge of the Wilderness area lakes. Some of the shallow bays and smaller lakes have been frozen over for two to three weeks. Ice thicknesses, up to nine inches are being reported in these areas. Six to eight or nine are the norm for the bigger lakes around the shore but the areas over deeper water could still be a lot less.
Caution is advised out in the main basins as there are no ..." Read >> Frontier Sports Update December 10, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort December 10, 2018

"We do have a few ice fishing houses out on the ice and have guys here fishing right now. They report 12 inches of ice pretty much all over the areas that they been travelling.
They caught a few walleyes over on the west side yesterday and Crappies have been okay. I have not seen anyone driving pickups yet; it’s all been 4 wheelers and snow mobiles.
I do have ice houses for rent and lake access available here." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Cass Lake, Sah-Kah Tay Resort December 10, 2018

"I have guys staying here now and they are saying that we have 10-12 inches of ice. Fishing is slow they report, but until anglers cover a little more territory, it's hard to say whether it's the fishing, or the location." - Wayne & Sue Marchant, Sah-Kah-Tay Beach Resort (218) 335-2424

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Dixon Lake Resort December 8, 2018

"Here's an update on the Third River area on Lake Winnibigoshish near Dixon Lake Resort.
They are now parking on the ice at the end of the plowed access road. We have 12 inches of ice with about an inch of snow cover, along with some heavier drifts here and there.
Water clarity is better, but still murkier then we would like. You can see the bottom straight out with a few murky clouds that move through now and then. At the banks you can see ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Update December 8, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 7, 2018 "Lake of the Woods and Upper Red Lake Reports"

image of walleye caught on Lindy Glow Spoon "Nate had already been fishing the mud-flats in the area located between Zippel bay and Pine Island. That meant we didn’t do much exploration, we just followed him to his “Walleye Hole” and stopped where he’d been fishing previously. We spread out a little bit, drilled some holes and were set up in short order.
The first run of fish came quickly and they were the most aggressive fish that we encountered throughout the day. These were also the largest average size fish that we ran into. I had a run of ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report December 7, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report December 7, 2018

"Walleye - Walleye fishing still remains hit or miss for many anglers. Anglers catching fish are doing so in 18-20 feet of water while actively fishing a jigging spoon on one line and a dead sticking the other. More often then not the walleyes have been hitting the dead sticks. Rainbows or shiners have been producing the best results. Gold, red glow or chartreuse glowing spoons seem to be attracting the most fish.
Pike - Pike fishing has heated up this last week. Some groups are reporting at least one pike over 40inches each trip. The bigger the ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report December 7, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 3, 2018 "There's Litium In Our Future!"

image of electric ice augers Most everyone knows that providing a solid foundation for newcomers to the outdoor sports is the only pathway to a future in which our outdoor heritage is secure.
Thanks to everybody who came to visit the ice show this weekend, it is your support that keeps the spirit of our sport alive.
Yesterday, I threw out a few teasers about interesting items that caught my attention at the show. When I opened my emails this morning, I found this question and it fits right into my plans, so let’s start right here.
Q) Steve Sykes wrote; “I was wondering what your thoughts are on the lithium battery powered ice augers?  I have seen a lot of them in action and ..." Learn More >> Lithium In Our Future December 3, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 2, 2018 "Can That Really Be True?"

An electric ice auger that’s so powerful you’ll never need a gas auger again? Or how about a 12 volt battery that promises to deliver power enough to last 4 days in my Humminbird Helix 7? And what’s the deal with a rod storage box that can be bounced along on the ice without breaking my favorite fishing rods?
Those are just a few of the interesting tidbits I’ve spotted here at the ice show so far.
I know, you want me to tell you all about them and I will, as soon as I get back into the office. Of course, I will still be at the show all day long today, so if you were to stop by and see me here, well then I could spill the beans right away; you wouldn’t have to wait.
For several weeks now, we’ve been teasing you with bits and pieces about how we ..." Read Report >> December 2, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 30, 2018 "Showing the Showable "

image of Lindy Booth Well, we made it to St. Paul; got the supplies loaded in to the Excel Energy Center, set up the show booth and we’re ready greet you.
As you can see by the photo, we’re planning to spend some time talking about Lindy’s new Glow Spoon and the experiences we had during the testing process last winter. That’s going to be a lot of fun for me because after holding my breath for most of a year, I finally get to tell some fish stories!
I know, you’re not going to come all the way over to the St. Paul Ice Show just to listen to me tell stories. But you really should plan on coming because if ever there’s a chance to get questions answered, this is it. There will be more experts on this show floor than anywhere else you can go for the rest of the year.
I’m guessing that ice augers are going to make a lot of news down here this year. It’s pretty much settled that electric ice augers are going to be with us for a long time. Now that every manufacturer has ..." Read >> Ice Show November 30, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 29, 2018 "The Plot Is Thickening"

image of ice shelters near grand rapids mn

The plot, along with the ice is definitely thickening! Ice anglers are showing up in larger numbers at the bait shops. While the majority is still headed for Upper Red Lake, ice fishing shelters are becoming more numerous on local lakes as well.
I didn’t need to travel very far on Wednesday, because fishing updates were flowing in from resorters on Leech Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish and Upper Red Lake. The following updates will help give you an idea about how the ice is shaping up and like I said on Wednesday morning, there’s going to be one heck of a surge in traffic this weekend.
If you’re out and about, don’t be shy, we’d love an update from your neck of the woods too. fish smiley image - Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL

image denotes link to fish rapper article 1000 Lakes Sports — Grand Rapids and The Greater Itasca Lakes Area Region November 29, 2018

"We have had quite a few people pushing out on the ice already. Of course lots of groups are pointing the truck north to Upper Red Lake in search of early ice walleyes, but a lot of local area lakes have been seeing some great pan fishing action as well.
Most people have been reporting back that they have been finding 3-7 inches on lakes that are on the smaller, shallower, and protected from fall winds.
No matter where you plan to fish every early ice, we recommend not going alone, bringing important safety gear like a rope and spikes, and taking your time and checking the ice as you go. Good Luck and BE SAFE!" Grant Prokop, 1000 Lakes Sports 218-999-5992

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Becker's Resort November 29, 2018

As of Tuesday, Becker’s Resort had 6 inches of ice out past the weed line on Lake Winnibisgoshish, their spear houses are out on the ice and ready for action. An email update today says; "Tom just returned to lodge and said there is now 9 inches of ice." - Tom & Jessica, Becker's Resort 218-665-2268

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Dixon Lake Resort November 29, 2018

"Hi Jeff, yes we have ice, 10 inches staight out from the Third River landing and 7 at the clay banks. Water is clearing up, but still cloudy. So far, guests have gotten a few nice northern and some good sized perch too. Be safe out there." - Dixon Lake Resort has shelter rentals, including sleepers. Reservations 218-659-4612

image denotes link to fish rapper article Leech Lake, Grand Vu Lodge November 29, 2018

"We have had a few people walk out in front of the resort and they said there's 8 to 12 inches of ice in the Pine Point area.
We have a lake access at Andersons Pine Point Resort near Pine point and the walker narrows. Thank you!" Jeff Anderson, Grand Vu Lodge 218-547-1632

image denotes link to fish rapper article Leech Lake, Oak Point Resort November 29, 2018

"On Nov 19th when I cut some holes we had 6-1/2" of ice on steamboat bay, on the west side of Leech Lake. I haven't cut any new holes since, but I have to believe that we've added another couple of inches. The ice appears clear and solid. I won't vouch for the whole bay but Steamboat Bay typically stays pretty consistent." Lee Nupson, Oak Point Resort 218-335-2993

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Sportsman's Lodge November 29, 2018

"I think this is the earliest date we have ever started our season. It has been a bitter cold November. We currently have 8-11 inches of ice as of today on the bay and lake in the areas we fish and travel. Other than a little bit of rough shore ice the ice is looking pretty smooth this year.
Our first day of ice fishing is just a couple days away Friday, November 30! We have day houses out now. No sleepers yet. The forecast continues to look ideal for ice making! We don’t have much snow yet so be sure to bring your ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Update November 29, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November, 2018 "Introducing Something New and Great"

image links to walleye fishing videoEvery year there’s a clamor to discover which ice fishing lures promise to be both “new and great!”
But with all of the great gear and fishing lures out there, how can anybody do it? It seems like everything’s been done, it’s all been invented and re-invented; until now.
The Lindy Glow Spoon is both “New” and “Great” and this lure is going to knock the ball out of the park during the 2018/2019 ice fishing season.
Let Jon Thelen walk you through the features and benefits of the lure that’s setting the ice fishing world on fire.
View Video >> "Introducing Something New and Great" Lindy Glow Spoon

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish November 28, 2018 "The Do-All Fishfinder Solution for Ice and Open Water"

image links to video "We take a detailed look at Humminbird's capable ICE HELIX 7 All-Season pack, which does true double duty as a technology-packed LCD ice fishing fishfinder as well as an open water unit. One box and all the accessories needed to make a seamless transition from soft to hard water and vice versa.
As Wired2Fish's McKeon "Keys" Roberts notes, this is a cost-effective and convenient solution for the year-round multi-activity sportsman. The included gimbal bracket, power cable and highspeed transducer install with ease and the heavy-duty carrying case comes equipped with ..." View Video and Learn More >> The Do-All Fishfinder Solution for Ice and Open Water

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 28, 2018 "Fishing the Fishable"

image of spearing shelters on the ice The ice fishing traffic on Grand Rapids area lakes is building as travel conditions improve. With ice thickness in the 6 to 8 inch range, folks have begun using ATV’s to get fishing shelters into their favorite spots.
Always in a hurry to get in on the early wave of shallow water pike movements, dark house anglers are in the lead in terms of who’s got their shelters on the ice. But on Tuesday, there were folks using portables to fish some of the areas smaller waters for panfish as well.
Typical of the early ice season, the traffic is building slowly, but I think that's because like me, a lot of folks have had other things on their schedules. By now, there are lakes that have been frozen for a couple of weeks already and I think there’s going to be a surge in activity this weekend as folks ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Updates November 28, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism November 27, 2018

image links to lake of the woods ice report "Lake of the Woods. Spearing for pike in bays. Some resorts reporting ice fishing on the lake will begin towards the end of week. Initial test fishing by guides was excellent with good numbers of walleyes.
Water clarity looks good and where resorts are staking ice trails, reports of 5-7" on Four Mile Bay, 7-10" on the lake. Ice thickness varies. Resorts access lake in different spots and will get houses out when they feel safe. Please use resort marked trails and exercise safety precautions as ice thickness varies.
The Rainy River and Four Mile Bay is frozen over. Currently, higher than normal ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Updates November 27, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 27, 2018 "Showing the Showable"

The St. Paul Ice Show opens this Friday, November 30, 2018 and I’m sure that there will be a lot of buzz about folks who have already been fishing on the ice. The news, for the most part, will be from anglers who have travelled to Upper Red Lake. The early ice reports have been flowing in from the big lake for over a week already.
In North Central Minnesota, there are folks finding “decent” ice on ..." Read >> Fishing Update November 27, 2018

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" November 26, 2018

image of ice conditions on red lakeI finally made my first ice trip of the season and it couldn’t have come fast enough. I was getting just way too stir crazy and needed something outdoorsy to do.
Always up early, I sent a message to my brother, Joel, who was more-than-likely sleeping at 4:00 am. Lying in the recliner, half-asleep, he called me back at 6:00 am and a plan was set into place. We were going to give Upper Red Lake a shot, but a little planning and preparation still had to be done.
It was Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, so maybe I can blame my lack of motivation on too much turkey? Whatever the reason, I still had to finish up packing walleye tackle and the right rods.
By the time we had things ready, we were ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines Red Lake Report November 26, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 24, 2018 "Early Ice Fishing Reports Are Good"

image links to red lake fishing report Traffic was brisk at Fred’s Bait in Deer River on Friday.

“I was really surprised”, Bill Powell said. “I didn’t sell many crappie minnows; most folks are going up to Red Lake for walleyes. I heard that there were some long lines of people waiting to purchase trail passes at Roger’s on Red.”

My friend Bob Bohland has already been up there and reported 8 inches of solid ice. The photo you see here came with the advisory; “First walleye of the season on Upper Red Lake, fishing out of ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Updates November 24, 2018

Glow Spoons And Giant Crappies November 23, 2018

image links to fishing video A few weeks back, I mentioned that we had a lot of fun testing and perfecting the lindy Glow Spoons last winter. By now, you’ve probably seen at least some of the videos or seen some of the photos, but there are still a lot more to come.
In this short video, I do my best to explain how important color is to crappies, and give you a closer look at the Glow Spoon.
Do me a favor and take a few minutes to watch it, I think you’ll see that this lure will change the way you think about "GLOW" colors forever! View Video >> Glow Spoons And Giant Crappies

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report November 23, 2018 "Bucket List Vacation"

image of Captain Jordan Pate with Susan Sundin If I asked you for your bucket list of the top ten fishing destinations in the US, where would Myrtle Beach, South Carolina be ranked?

Most of you, I’ll bet, are thinking Myrtle Beach? Nobody goes there except to play golf. True, there are a lot of golfers around there, but not everybody in the area has a golf club in their hand, some folks carry fishing rods and personally, I’m happy to say that I was one of them.

How we wound up there is a long story. But basically it boils down to the Hippie Chick and me searching for a place to ..." Read >> Bucket List Vacation November 23, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism November 20, 2018

image of ice at lake of the woods "On the main basin... Ice is making progress and now covers Lake of the Woods. Satellite images from 11-17-18 show the majority of the lake locked up with various pockets of open water. A very welcomed sign, but way too early to be on the main lake.

Some spearing for pike is taking place on Bostic Bay. Spearers are often the first on the ice. Please use resort marked trails and exercise safety precautions as ice thickness is varied.

On the Rainy River... The Rainy River and Four Mile Bay is ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Updates November 20, 2018

Ice Closures Lower Red — North Red Red Lake Police Department November 18, 2018

"Due to unsafe Ice conditions on lower Red Lake and north Red Lake, fishing on either lake is prohibited until the lakes are deemed safe by the Red Lake Conservation Enforcement Department .
Yesterday evening Red Lake Law Enforcement received a report of two fisherman who failed to return home after going fishing on north Red Lake.
Officers responded to the location and discovered the fishermen were stranded on ice that separated from the shoreline and activated search and rescue operations in addition to requesting the assistance of the Bemidji Fire Department.
The two stranded fishermen were located on the lake by search and rescue authorities after midnight on early Sunday morning and treated for hypothermia.
Please keep in mind that the majority of lakes recently froze over and are extremely unsafe and dangerous due to strong winds and varying temperatures leading to life threatening conditions because of weak and shifting ice.
There will public notice when the lake conditions are safe. Thank you In advance for your cooperation and immediate understanding!"

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report November 15, 2018 "Hurry, What Hurry?"

image of ice conditrions near mankato You won’t have to search very hard to find photos and stories about folks who have already been out fishing on the fresh ice. I really want to say something about ice fishing too, but I don’t want my words to just blend into the clamor. And I especially don’t want to lead you into a dangerous situation after getting you all hyped up about ice fishing.
If you really want to get out on thin ice this weekend, you can find a place to do it. But for me, there’s still too much going on in the woods and fields that I will regret missing if I don’t do it now. Opportunities for Pheasants, Grouse, Deer and some great photography are all still going on in the woods.
OH and then there’s the special mission that I’m on right now, the one that I have to keep quiet for a few more days. I can’t just wrap this project up and head out onto the ice; I’d never forgive myself if I did that!
The St. Paul Ice Show provides a nice natural break from one season to another for me. So after Thanksgiving and after the ice show, we plan to hit the ice hard and ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report November 15, 2018

November 13, 2018 "Catch More Walleyes On The Lindy Glow Spoon"

image of Lindy Glow Spoon It’s no secret that when the sun drops low in the sky and walleyes start moving toward their feeding grounds, the action can be great.

Walleyes aren’t just going to swim up and stop under you’re your ice shelter though. No matter where you’re set up for the ambush, you need a lure that gets their attention, convinces them to stop and then triggers them to strike.

The new Lindy Glow Spoon does all that, it combines sound, color and light in a way that no other ice fishing lure has ever done before.

Let Fish ED host Jon Thelen show you how the Glow Spoon works and why it’s going to help you put more walleyes on the ice this winter. View Video and Learn More >> Catch More Walleyes Using Lindy Glow Spoon

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish November 13, 2018 "Why Electric Ice Augers are the Best Buy"

image links to ice fishing video "Commercial grade electric ice augers like the StrikeMaster 40V have taken the ice fishing world by storm.

Rugged build quality, reliability and long lasting battery life good for more holes than you can drill in a day deliver ice anglers exceptional value without any downside.

Wired2Fish's Ryan DeChaine walks us through two popular electric auger configurations and when to use each. He starts by providing an overview of ... View Video to Learn More >> Why Electric Ice Augers are the Best Buy

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism November 13, 2018

image of ice at Angle Inlet "On the main basin... For those fishing the lake, fishing has been good. Most bays and harbors locked up with ice this past week, which has put a halt to the open water fishing.

At last report, there are good numbers of walleyes and saugers staged in traditional early ice locations across Pine Island and the entire south shore. With fish location, numbers and fall success, LOW is primed for good early ice fishing.

The Rainy River is still loaded with walleyes. Some anglers ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Update November 13, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 25, 2018 "First Walleye Filmed On Prototype Lure"

image of walleye caught on prototypeA few days ago, I teased you with my comments about information that I had witheld from you during the 2017/2018 ice fishing season.
The Lindy Glow Spoon, a prototype at the time, was being run through its paces. We were testing the new idea to find out if it was "the real deal" or not.
Throughout the testing process, we had some really great experiences, but one of the most fun of all was watching my friend Jon Thelen produce this video using one of the very first, unpainted prototpe versions of the new lure.
There will be a lot more great video to follow, but I think you'll enjoy watching this, the very first recorded experience with the Lindy Glow Spoon in the field. View Video >> First Walleye Filmed On Prototype Lure

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish October 2018 "How Finding Fish in Open Water Leads to Better Ice Fishing"

image links to video "Finding and camping on a big school of fish is your best chance at awesome ice fishing. As Wired2Fish’s Ryan DeChaine demonstrates, the best way to accomplish this is locating gamefish from the boat using an LCD fish finder before the lake freezes.
Ryan scans a small, rudimentarily mapped lake using Humminbird’s MEGA Side and Down Imaging and 2D sonar to find panfish while simultaneously building a high-resolution custom map using Humminbird's AutoChart Live. While finding fish using sonar is useful, it’s much more powerful when combined with ..." Learn More >> How Finding Fish in Open Water Leads to Better Ice Fishing

image links to fishrapper home page October 12, 2018 - "Is The Arctic Armor Ice Suit Worth The price?"

image of jeff sundin with walleye Q) On October 12, 2018 Bill Franzen wrote; "Jeff, I've got an ice armor suit that's about 10 years old. How would you compare the suit you're referencing in your report to the ice armor?
I've looked online and find no real description of cold weather info. Is it for Minnesota open ice fishing and is it durable? There are no reviews on line so I'm reaching out to a fisherman in the know; please advise. Thanks Bill
A) Good morning Bill, the timing of your note is interesting because I just ordered myself a new Arctic Armor suit on Wednesday and expect it to arrive in a few days. Admittedly, the IDI Gear website could ..." Read >> Arctic Armor Ice Suit October 12, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report October 10, 2018 "Mapping the Mappable"

image of hummind helix using Auto Chart Given the recent weather, it's understandable that my phone isn’t exactly ringing off the hook. It takes a hearty soul to make a day on the lake fun right now and folks, who aren’t already on my calendar haven’t been in a rush to get in on this cold snap.
Because I do still have a handful of trips on my schedule, I feel obliged to get out on the lakes and have a look around. The least I can do is to keep myself up to speed about lake conditions and hopefuly fish locations too. That way I have a fighting chance of making these next several dates fun for my customers.
Since I was heading out solo anyway, I decided to combine the search for places to catch fish this week with the search for places to ..." Read >> Fishing Report October 10, 2018

Crappies, Too Deep For Their Own Good! Be mindful about the pitfalls of fishing deep water panfish.

image links to article about crappie fishing During late fall and winter there are several species of fish that migrate into deep water. Crappies, one of the most popular deep water inhabitants, are particularly vulnerable to fishing pressure during this cold water period.
For some anglers, locating and catching fish in mid-lake deep water basins is easier than finding them in shallow water cover. The good news is that once located, crappies are willing biters and for most anglers, fairly easy to catch. The fish’s willingness to strike allows an angler to make quick work out of catching “a limit” of fish. The fast action makes it tempting to lock into a position, catch lots of fish and ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing In Deep Water October 5, 2018

image denotes news story about fishing September 12, 2018 "MARATHON MAN ON A MISSION" Kolodzinski, Guinness World Record Holder Attempts To Break His Own Record Today

Jeff Kolodzinski Fishing Record Holder Canton, Ill. — Jeff Kolodzinski is a man on a mission — a Marathon Man out to break a record he already holds. On September 11 and 12, 2018, at Giant Goose Ranch in Canton, Illinois, he will attempt to catch more than 2,143 fish on hook and line to break his own world record set in 2011.
But Kolodzinski is not doing it for a spot in the record books. He’s doing it to introduce people and families to fishing and to increase awareness and financial support for the Fishing For Life, a non-profit, tax exempt charitable organization whose Next GEN program finds mentors for children of families in need.
A special focus within the program, serves families of ..." Learn More and Watch Live Video Feed >> Kolodzinski, Guinness World Record Holder Attempts To Break His Own Record

image links to fishrapper home page September 7, 2018 - "Tugsten Ice Lures, Select Colors and Sizes For Open Water"

image of crappie caught on lindy tungsten toad Q) On September 6, 2018 Dave Heck Wrote; “You wrote about the Lindy tungsten ice worm, bug and toad today and I was wondering if you would share with me the colors you find work the best? I like to have 4 to 5 of each color on hand and it starts to add up quickly when you're trying to cover all the sizes and colors. I hope you understand. Thanks Dave
A) Dave, Yes I do understand; nobody likes to stock up on fishing tackle that won’t serve the end goal of catching fish.
I have to be a little more prepared than most folks when it comes to the variety and amount of lures that I have on hand, so I have at least a couple of most colors and sizes. That said, I do have a short list of favorite colors and sizes that work very well for ..." Read >> Tugsten Ice Lures, Select Colors and Sizes For Open Water

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish September 4, 2018 "How to Use Side Imaging to Find Hidden Spots"

image links to product giveaway"Side imaging sonar reveals an entirely new underwater world to anglers interested in learning the technology. It produces highly detailed readouts of the water column and bottoms off both sides of the boat; this has some major benefits, one of which being discovering sleeper or hidden spots missed by most anglers.
Jeff "Kolo" Kolodzinski demonstrates this perfectly. While driving to one of his "known" spots, side imaging reads a bottom composition change - it's a hard spot covered with fist-sized rocks and some larger boulders mixed in. Of note, there's no appreciable change in depth, so mapping doesn't ..." View Video >> How to Use Side Imaging to Find Hidden Spots

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image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Poll Question April 12, 2018 "Do you regard a 4 fish possession limit as "A Lot of Walleyes?"

image of walleyes at shore lunch On Tuesday, I wrote; "Referencing Bemidji Area Fisheries Manager, Gary Barnard's comments about Upper Red Lake Walleye bag limits, I found it interesting that he used the phrase "A Lot of Walleyes" to describe the 4 fish bag limit.
I can honestly say that for me, a 4 fish bag limit is fine. I have more than ample opportunity to catch enough fish to eat and I can usually accomplish it within a reasonable amount of time. But that said I still do not view a bag limit of 4 fish as “A Lot of Fish.”
Even the current statewide bag limit of 6 fish doesn’t stretch very far for folks who travel long distances to fish, or for those who have to wait for long periods of time between fishing trips. I suspect that folks who provide most of the tourism dollars to Minnesota’s economy come to our state because of “the promise” that they can take some fish home to eat. That is if they can ..." Learn More >> Walleye Bag Limit Poll

image links to fishrapper home page April 9, 2018 - Can We Comapare Walleye Spawning During 2013 vs 2018?

image of cutfoot sioux walleye egg harvest "Q) Alan Kirkpatrick wrote; "Do you happen to remember back to the spring of 2013 and what the dates were for the walleye egg harvest at Little Cutfoot? I am trying to make some comparison to this year's late spring and what will be happening up there, someday soon, I hope.
I do realize the length of days for the run, and their stripping operation greatly depends on the given weather conditions of each year, but I'm just looking for a starting date when things got rolling back then. Thanks for your thoughts and time."
A) Alan, as a matter fact I do remember that spring and recall that the dates for the walleye egg harvest at Cutfoot Sioux didn’t begin until well in May of 2013. I checked my own reports from that spring and found this one, dated May 13, 2013; “Surface water temperatures hovered at about 45 degrees today, warm enough to trigger a full scale spawning run. In fact, within one day of ..." Read >> Can We Comapare Walleye Spawning During 2013 vs 2018?

image links to fishrapper home page March 28, 2018 - "Muskies, Stocking and Ideal Habitat"

On March 27, 2018 Tim Olson wrote; “Jeff, following the discussion about muskies and musky stocking, I see some folks referencing a supposed relationship between muskies and a decline in Northern Pike populations and/or spawning success. Are you aware of any direct relationship between the two? Also, I’m wondering about your take on the new pike regulation that will allow a 10 fish limit for northern Minnesota?
A) Tim, pike and muskies not only spawn at different times, but also spawn using very different habitats from each other. Pike begin staging near their spawning grounds before the ice melts and will be the first fish to ..." Read >> Muskies, Stocking and Ideal Habitat March 28, 2018

image links to fishrapper home page March 2, 2018 - "Ice Helix 7, Adjusting Backlight To Conserve Battery Voltage"

Reporting back with an update about last week's Q&A regarding pre-mature loss of battery voltage in his Ice Helix 7, Steve Sykes wrote; "Thanks for your help, it worked! Battery lasted all day long and I actually still had 70% battery life after a full day of ice fishing." Click >> Review Original Ice Helix 7 Q&A Here

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish February 27, 2018 "Is Side Imaging Fish Finder Technology Right for You?"

image links to fishing product giveaway "There's still uncertainty about side imaging technology and if it's worth it. We let the imaging do the talking and let you decide based on fishing style and budget.
The goals of this video are to 1) prove that side imaging technology produces highly detailed pictures far off to the sides of the boat, and 2) help you decide if this technology is right for your fishing situation. To accomplish this, we filmed on an ultra clear lake and drove a shallow rock flat covered with boulders and also containing sunken boats and tires. An in-boat camera was focused on the fish finder screen while a drone flew overhead (synched with in-boat camera). Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski simply drives the structure and ..." View Video To Learn More >> Is Side Imaging Fish Finder Technology Right for You?

image links to fishrapper home page Bunk Trailers vs Roller Trailers; Which Is Best?

Steve Penkoske Wrote;

Q) "Jeff, What kind of trailer do you prefer, a bunk or roller?
A) Steve, if I was assured that every landing I would ever use had water depths adequate for floating my fiberglass 208 ProV, I would absolutely prefer bunk trailers.
Bunks provide better support for my hull and given that I have enough water to float my boat, the bunk trailer is an absolute dream to load. Hands down, the bunks are a better way to go, when and if they suit your needs.
They do have one drawback and it’s a big problem for me because not all of the public access sites at the lakes I fish provide water that’s deep enough to provide adequate flotation.
That's why I still ..." Read >> Bunk Trailers vs Roller Trailers; Which Is Best?

image links to fishrapper home page Tiller Steering vs Console Steering

Pete Mayer wrote; "I read your article on Thursday about controlling a tiller boat in big waves, it makes sense, but not all of us are lucky enough to have a boat like yours. So my questions are do you really need a tiller boat and what would you do in these situations if you didn’t have one?"

Answer) Pete, you’re right, I am extremely lucky to be able to ..." Read >> Boat Control Tiller vs Console October 20, 2017

Comprehensive Underwater Side Imaging Video Teaches Everything! Top Rated Video! May 5, 2017

image links to videoOkay lets cut to the chase. If you've ever asked a question about using side imaging, how it works or why it works; then you need to watch this video. This is the most comprehensive turorial about using side imaging technology that I've ever seen.
Wired2Fish teamed up with Jeff “Kolo” Kolodzinski of Humminbird to create this detailed video about understanding how and why this technology works. Kolo breaks down how to read and interpret what side imaging, down imaging, and two-dimensional (2D) sonar are showing you, and how they can improve your fishing. We filmed real-time drone and underwater video of ... " View >> Understanding Side Imaging Technologies

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Article: What Is The Value Of A Sunfish? May 4, 2017

image of jeff sundin with bluegill"I’m just like you, I wish that I could visit my favorite lake any time I want and catch oodles of big Bluegills. I’d like to bring a bunch of them home too, that way I could fix a big family fish fry for every special occasion.  
The problem is that if I fish there too often or bring home too many fish, my favorite lake won’t remain favored very long.
It’s a fact of life and we’re going to have to come to grips with it; as a group, we are extremely effective predators and we’re getting better all the time. We have the equipment, the knowledge, the leisure time and the communication skills to harvest fish faster than our favorite lakes can produce them. We literally have the ability to ..." Read Article >> What Is The Value Of A Sunfish?

Fish ED New Video March 2, 2017 "How Zebra Mussels Affect Fish Location"

"Exotic Zebra Mussels have invaded countless lakes across the Midwest.
Because they filter the water, Zebra Mussels increase water clarity and cause vegetation to grow deeper than ever before. Fish ED host Jon Thelen and fellow guide Jeff Sundin reveal how these widespread, non-native mussels affect winter fish location and behavior." View Video >> How Zebra Mussels Affect Winter Fish Location

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image denotes fishing report submitted by Jeff Sundin Ice Fishing Report March 1, 2017 Q&A What's The Death Cloud?

Kurt Anderson Asked; what do you mean by the term “Death Cloud”? I saw your fishing report dated February 27th and in it, you said; “I was surprised that the action stopped before sundown, but it did. By 6:00 PM the screen of my Humminbird was painting images of the “death cloud”. A) Kurt, I coined the phrase “Death Cloud” before I ever ... Read >> What's The Death Cloud?

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Fishing The Fall Turnover In Natural Lakes - Jeff Sundin

... "This probably means that for most fishermen, "The Turnover", I mean the absolute scientific event is probably not really what influences fish locations and feeding patterns during the cold water period.
Most of us rarely, if ever see surface temperatures colder than 40 degrees and for me, 50 degree water is enough to produce changes in both location and feeding patterns. In other words, it's the fish that force me into finding alternative locations and feeding patterns well before the scientific version of turnover actually occurs.
Although there are times when a lake make may actually have completely turned over during our fishing season, it seems more likely to me that ... Read >> Fishing Fall Walleye At Turnover


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