image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 16, 2019 "Influencing The System"

Let me ask you something. If you could influence Minnesota’s DNR Commissioner to take specific action on one single issue, the one that’s most important to you, what would it be?

Please be thoughtful and limit your comments to the one and only one single issue that really matters to you. fish smiley image - Jeff Sundin >> EMAIL

image reader comments Reader Comments January 16, 2019 "Lund Alaskan Rod Storage"

Josh Fjeld wrote succinctly; “Hey Jeff, tell Lund to make the Alaskan with center rod storage.” 

REPLY: Thanks for the note Josh and thank you too for believing that I might actually have the authority to tell anybody to do anything.  

The truth is that when it comes to buying a boat, I’m a lot like you. I walk into Ray’s Marine showroom, get a quote on my next rig and then run over to ..." Read >> Reader Comment Lund Alaskan Rod Storage January 16, 2019

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 15, 2019 "My First Ice Fishing Trip To Lake Mille Lacs"

image of Jeff Sundin with Lake Mille Lacs perch Let’s see, how many times have I driven past Lake Mille Lacs during winter, without ever stopping to wet a line there? Has it been one hundred, two hundred, a thousand times, who knows?
I’ve fished it during summer, but in winter I’ve been driving right past all 132,516 acres without ever stopping a single time during my entire adult life. Yes that’s right, until yesterday, I had never ice fished on Mille Lacs Lake a single time.
In my own defense, I do live pretty close to some awesome ice fishing lakes. So I haven’t really felt “the need” to drive south during the ice fishing season, I’ve been content staying closer to home.
That all changed when my friend and frequent fishing partner Jon Thelen invited me to ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Lake Mille Lacs January 15, 2019

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism January 15, 2019

image of walleye caught on lake of the woods On the south end, anglers continue to catch good numbers of both walleyes and saugers of all sizes.
Most fish are coming from water depths of 28 to 31 feet, with an early morning, late evening bite occuring shallower. Water depths of 15 to 22 feet along many shoreline areas are best for the prime time feeding runs.
Jigging one line, deadsticking with a second using with lively minnows is the best strategy. Gold, glow red, pink and glow colors have been consistent.
Some anglers using noise and flash to attract and catch fish, but don't overlook using a ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice fishing Report January 15, 2019

image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report January 15, 2019

"Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing was excellent for many anglers this weekend. Flashy spoons, hair jigs and crappie tubes, accounted for the majority of trout caught. Lures tipped with waxies seemed to out produce salted minnows. Rainbows were found 10-15 feet under the ice. Brookies and Splake were caught around main lakes points, downed trees and large shallow flats.
Lake Trout - Laker fishing was slow for some, but good for others. Anglers fishing in 30-50 feet of water, around neck down areas and ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report January 15, 2019

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish January 15, 2019 "Favorite Fishing Major League Rod Giveaway"

image links to daiwa reel giveaway "Most of us who fish also love sports too and many of us at Wired2Fish are die-hard baseball fans too. Terry and Jason are Cardinal fans, Walker is a Braves fan and Todd loves his Twins. No matter where you live, the American pasttime is like hot dogs and apple pie to anglers too.
Favorite Fishing has a cool group of rods they call the MLB line that has licensed logos and colors of every team in major league baseball so now when you are wetting a line you can brag about your "favorite" baseball team too.
For our latest giveaway, we are going to give you a chance to ..." Learn More and Enter >> Favorite Fishing Major League Rod Giveaway

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" January 15, 2019

image of sauger caught on lake of the woods Another outing is in the books for the famed Minnesota walleye. This time, my son-in-law, David Holmbeck, and I did a day-trip to Lake of the Woods. It’s kind of a killer trip, seeing how it’s about 3 ½ hours one way, but usually well worth it.
Recent reports, from friends that were up there, had anglers doing very well, catching several fish. Limits were easy to achieve, and numbers of bigger fish were being caught as well.
The weather was nice, with roads being clear and dry. This makes for easy traveling. It’s so nice not dragging a snowmobile trailer along. Especially that distance. There was no need to, as the ice roads had plenty of solid ice and ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines January 15, 2019

image reader comments Reader Comments January 12, 2019 Big Pike Chasing Crappies

image of Carl Gaalaas with big pike Carl Gaalaas was on the ice, fishing for Crappies when he caught this large Northern Pike. Gaalaas says; "I was out fishing by noon and crappies were hungry this afternoon caught about 15 little ones. They were suspended about 12’ off the bottom in about 30 feet of water.
I really think that this fish was watching me toss those little crappies back and finally took a hit at my demon jig #6. Hopefully the weather pattern will settle a bit for a consistent bite."
Reply: Carl, thanks for the note and for the photo. You're probably right; whether that pike was watching the fish you released, or keeping an on eye the rest of the fish in the school below you, it was highly likely that he had a crappie dinner in mind.
Pike frequently follow and feed on schools of suspended crappies. In fact, on numerous occasions, we've watched pike on the underwater camera as they lurk on the the outskirts of a school of crappies. I remember seeing upwards of a dozen lurking pike on a small crappie lake in the Marcell area several years ago. Have a great weekend on the ice!

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 11, 2019 "A Day Without Sunshine Like Gold on Lake of the Woods"

image of walleye A day without sunshine is … worth its weight in gold!
I’ll bet that’s the way a lot of walleye fisherman view the world; in fact, most of the time, that’s the way I see it too. It’s especially true today as I compare the fishing action on Lake of the Woods last Wednesday, a sunny day, to the action we enjoyed on Thursday, a cloudy one.
We caught fish both days, but the difference in their behavior was dramatic. On Wednesday, fish that I observed on my Humminbird were lazy and slow; they’d look at my lure for several minutes before finally deciding to strike. On Thursday, those same fish, on that same reef took one look at my bait and … WHAM!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 11, 2019

image links to fishrapper home page January 11, 2019 - "Weighing In On Ice Fishing Line Options"

Alan Kirkpatrick wrote; “Hi Jeff! I have gotten the opportunity to use the Lindy Glow Spoons in both 1/8 and 1/4 ounce sizes and in a few different colors. (I’ve had) some fairly good results on the Walleye at both Red Lake and Lake of the Woods so far this winter.
My question for you is with the mono (line) I use; do you recommend a direct tie on, use of a swivel, or both ways? If you could chime in on this I would surely appreciate it. Thank You! Alan
Alan, in most cases, I think a small, #10 swivel tied about 18 inches above the lure is a good idea. My friend Jon Thelen fishes with mono line too, but always uses one on his rigs both winter and summer.  I also use mono line and for me, tying direct usually works just fine.
When I was out at Devils Lake a couple of weeks ago, a friend chastised me for ..." Read >> Q&A Weighing In On Ice Fishing Line Options January 11, 2019

image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Trout Fishing Opener Ice Report January 11, 2019

"Ice was checked straight out from the access at each lake.
Slush was present at each lake, but it was clear that it is freezing and packed trail are nicely frozen solid.
High winds the last two days, seem to have helped blow some of the snow off, but this also means some areas will have a lot more snow. Particularly near the shoreline and around islands.
Miners Lake - Miners lake had 12” of good ice with only about ..." Read >> Trout Fishing Opener Ice Report January 11, 2019

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Dixon Lake Resort January 10, 2019

"The Third River of Winnie is looking pretty good. We did not got the extra snow they were talking about. Did get a warm up that put a nice crust on the snow we already have. There is about 8 inches of snow on the ice with higher drifts here and there.
Ice is at 20 to 22 inches. Have had quite a few ..." Read >> Dixon Lake Resort Report January 10, 2019

image denotes link to fish rapper article From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort January 10, 2019

"The bite has slowed. Both crappies and perch. Northerns not so much. Travel on the lake is ok. I have seen guys drive trucks across the lake today. But you have to drive. I do have roads plowed and access on the lake." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 10, 2019 "A Great Mediocre Day On Lake of the Woods"

image of walleye at ice hole Lake of the Woods treated us to what my fishing partner called “a great mediocre day” on Wednesday.
On the ice, travel conditions are pretty good; plowed roads are wide, smooth and fast. Snowmobile trails were okay, but they weren’t smooth; Tuesday’s wind formed a lot of snow drifts, so we had to take it easy.
The winds had subsided by Wednesday morning and became calmer throughout the day. So while the 3 degree air temperature still felt cold, it was manageable at least.
Slush problems are minimal up here and that’s the big blessing. I’d much rather travel at 20 MPH knowing that I won’t get my machine stuck, than to be moving faster, but living in fear of bogging down into the slush yard. The long snowmobile ride ended safely at a spot where we’d had some ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Reports January 10, 2019

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 9, 2019 "Ice Fishing Update"

Slush remains a problem for anglers who want to fish on the majority of small to medium size north lakes in north central Minnesota. While slushy areas did start cropping up on some of the big water lakes too, these remain a better bet for anybody heading toward the ice this weekend.
Better access to wind helped blow snow off of the surface of larger lakes before the January Thaw. That was apparently enough to minimize flooding in open areas. Smaller waters, protected from the wind weren’t so lucky, deeper snow became more severely flooded, making travel difficult.
At Northern Acres Resort on Bowstring Lake, Dave wrote ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 9, 2019

image links to fishrapper home page January 9, 2019 - "Ice Fishing Rod Case Recommendation?"

image of ice fishing rod case Grant Beatty wrote; Q) “Hey Jeff, I’m getting ready for a fishing trip up on the Minnesota/Canada Border. We’re planning to do quite a bit travel by snowmobile and I need to pick up a good rod case. I remember you mentioned picking one up earlier this winter, but don’t remember which one it was. How about giving us an update, it working out for you and would you buy the same one again or suggest something else?”
A) Grant, the rod case that you’re referring to is from Ice Fishing Innovations and I wrote the original report about it back on December 10, 2018. Since then, that rod case has traveled with me to lake of the Woods, Upper Red Lake, Devils Lake, Kabetogama and a half dozen smaller, local lakes.
Every time I’ve opened the cover, my rods have ..." Read Reply >> Ice Fishing Rod Case For Snowmobile Trip january 7, 2019

image links to fishrapper home page January 9, 2019 - "Gearing Up To Fish Bowstring Lake"

image of Lindy Frostee Jig Darin Chambers wrote; “Jeff, some friends and I are coming up to bowstring at the end of the month fishing.
I’m just checking to see if there are any “must haves” in our tackle box, lures that you would recommend.  We already have Frostee spoons, lindy glow spoons and teardrops jigs. 
We will be fishing for mostly crappie and perch (I hear that bowstring is a tuff walleye lake in the winter) and hopefully a few northern.  Thanks for the time and any input would be greatly appreciated.”
A) Darin, you’re already off to a good start. The #4 Frostee is one lure I would never be without on Bowstring, in fact I was just on Bowstring last week and in this photo, you’ll see the Frostee I was using at the time. By the way, its cousin, the Frostee Jigging Spoon is also a good choice and so is the Lindy Quiver Spoon the spoons and blade type baits cover your bases when fish are feeding on minnows.
On Bowstring, you’ll catch a lot of fish over ..." Read >> Gearing Up To Fish Bowstring Lake January 9, 2019

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge January 8, 2019

image of women with big walleye "Great start to 2019! We are at least 8 miles past Pine Island and continue to be on the move. This past week had some great action, with plenty of big Walleye and nice keepers. Of course, nothing beats a fresh Walleye dinner or appetizer.
An active jig stick and a strong minnow on the dead stick has been very productive. The Drop Shots continue to do well on the dead stick and Rippin Rap is a good active jig weapon.
Another roller coaster forecast for this week, we will have to ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Update January 8, 2019

Fish ED January 8, 2019 "Find Subtle Spots For Catching Mid-Day Walleyes During Winter"

image links to crappie fishing videoI’m not sure how I let this video slip under my radar screen last week. But when I stumbled into it yesterday, I realized that I better share it with anybody who might have missed it when it was originally released.
Most folks know how to find the “obvious” spots like points, rock piles and weed beds. But knowing the lesser obvious spots is one key to finding walleyes at times when they’re not on a hot bite.
I think this video really contains useful information about how to pick off an occasional walleye when you’re fishing in-between those low light feeding periods during morning and evening prime time. The video is short, it only runs a few minutes, so join me for a quick peek. View Video >> Subtle Spots For Catching Mid-Day Walleyes During Winter

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" January 8, 2019

image of greg clusiau with big walleye "Most walleye producing waters, in our area, provide the best opportunity to catch a couple during the low-light periods of early-morning and late afternoon/evening. Large walleye waters, like Big Winnibigoshish and Leech Lake, for example, fall into this category, as do local favorites like Swan and Trout Lake.
Sure, you can “luck out” and catch one or two, on occasion, during the mid-day hours, but that is pretty much not the case. It’s fishing the small windows, usually about 1 ½ to 2 hours, during the light-changing periods, that will get it done for you.
Thank goodness for lakes that allow you to catch fish all day long. Three walleye factories that immediately come to mind, when speaking of an all-day-bite, are ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines January 8, 2019

image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report January 8, 2019

"Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing in the BWCA has been excellent. Lakers are being found anywhere between 30-80 feet of water. Blade baits, tubes and dead smelt laying on the bottom, we’re the top baits over the last week. Deep humps, main lake points and deep water near shallow bays were the places to fish.
Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing inside the BWCA was also good for many anglers. Flashy spoons fished in 15 feet of water or less, near weedbeds or downed trees proved effective for many anglers. Waxies, salted minnows or salmon eggs have been effective on trout.
Panfish - Crappie fishing remains consistent for ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report January 8, 2019

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 7, 2019 "A Perchy Pattern For Crappie"

image of crappies on screen of ice helix 7 I’ve had a chance to get some crappie fishing under my belt over the past several days and its felt good. As much as I like walleyes and walleye fishing, I spend so much time in hot pursuit during my guiding season that it’s nice to have an occasional break during my off season.

Whenever I’ve located fish, I’ve been able to catch them, but only on their terms. Some parts of some days have definitely been better than others and there’s been no particular rhyme or reason to the timing of their pattern.

On Thursday, I found my first school of fish at 9:30 AM and caught a half dozen in just a few minutes. After that, the school ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 7, 2019

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort January 7, 2019

"Anglers visiting Bowstring Lake over the past few days enjoyed reasonably good travel conditions. The ice is about 16 inches thick now and we’ve been able to make some progress with the roads. Bill has been opening up longer stretches of passable territory and they lead in a wider variety of directions.
Caution is advised, there are patches of slush, some of them large, including a few areas where water creeps across our roads. There have been some pickup trucks on the ice, but so far we’ve discouraged anglers with big rigs towing wheel houses. The cold snap that’s predicted for this week should help push the ice into more favorable condition for ..." Read >> Bowstring Lake Report January 7, 2019

image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish January 7, 2019 "How to Catch Fish With Tip-Ups - Multispecies Action!"

image links to ice fishing video "Despite tackle advancements, live bait suspended with hook, line and sinker can be the best presentation for game fish. In ice fishing, the real deal (meat!) appeals to lethargic fish, making a set line or tip-up a no-brainer.
Although easy to operate, there are some nuances of tip-up fishing anglers should be aware of. Kyle Peterson explains his strategy for fishing set lines and also why he never hits the ice without a pile of tip-ups (flags).
Flags can be used to target a variety of species and Kyle uses different rigs to pursue each. To distinguish which tip-ups are rigged for what, Kyle uses different ..." Learn More View Video >> How to Catch Fish With Tip-Ups Multispecies Action

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 5, 2019 "Slush Alert On Small Lakes"

image of slushy foot prints Slush is creating travel problems for folks attempting to fish on North Central Minnesota's small, deep water lakes. The ice on these lakes simply didn't form fast enough or get thick enough to support the volume of snow that fell on them last week.

Shallow water lakes fared somewhat better, but they aren't fully exempt from travel problems. Be particularly cautious around areas that have been heavily fished, or places where numbers of fishing shelters have been grouped closely together. Cracks, pressure ridges and necked down areas are problematic too, steer clear of them as well.

Like a lot of you, we'll be headed onto the ice today and I'll be in touch with folks around the area. Fresh updates will be forthcoming.

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 3, 2019 "Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Access Map"

image of lake winnie map "On January 2, 2019, while answering a reader question about ice fishing locations on Lake Winnie, I promised an update about lake accesses and travel conditions. The accompanying map, along with numbered descriptions should give anglers a fairly good idea about where they can go and where they can't go this weekend.
The word from resort owners and rental operators around the lake is that every road onto the lake is either already open, or will be open this weekend. Travel conditions on the plowed roads are generally good, but I'll reiterate yesterday’s comments about off road travel on the big lake.
Snow on Lake Winnie's ice is hard packed and ranges in depth between 12 to 15 inches. There are areas of slush under the snow, particularly in areas where anglers have drilled holes for fishing. If you’re depending on a pickup truck for travel, stay on plowed roads and/or well travel user developed pathways. If you’re travelling by snowmobile or ATV, steer clear of ..." Learn More >> Lake Winnibigoshish Ice Access Map January 3, 2019

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 2, 2019 "It's O-Fish-All, The New Year Has Begun!"

image of the Hippie Chick with big Crappie I and The Hippie Chick rang the New Year in right on Tuesday. We spent the afternoon on one of Grand Rapids’ smaller lakes, catching crappies while a stunning sunset shone through the window of my portable ice fishing shelter.
This was the first time I’d been on the lake since the snowfall that arrived early Monday morning and wasn't sure what to expect. There's about 2-3 inches of fresh snow on top of the 10-12 inches that had already fallen late last week. Since I wasn’t sure what travel conditions would be like, I loaded the snowmobile and fully expected to use it.
When we arrived at the lake, I ..." Read >> Fishing Report January 2, 2019

image links to fishrapper home page January 2, 2019 - "Ice Fishing Pointers For Lake Winnibigoshish?"

Eric Haken Emailed; Q) “Hi Jeff, I am a deputy sheriff here in Windom, MN and my dad is the retired sheriff.  I got him hooked on ice fishing and am taking him up to Winnie sometime next week. He's never really gotten into a good walleye bite or crappie. 
I will be pulling a 26 foot Ice Castle up there and I am not familiar with the lake at all. So I’m just looking for a point in the right direction to try and get him on some fish.
I have all the electronics including the new Garmin Panoptix and I am not looking for a guided trip, just wondering if you can point me in the right direction?
A) Greetings Eric, Generally speaking, you're headed in the right direction for both Walleye and Crappie. Unfortunately, it's doubtful that you will find both species in the same place, at the same time.
Walleye fishing on Winnibigoshish is typically very good during early January and most of the better fishing will be found on ..." Read >> QnA Ice Fishing Pointers For Lake Winnibigoshish January 2, 2019

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism January 1, 2019

image of woman with big walleye "On the main basin, there are good numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught of all sizes.
Most anglers focused in 25-31' of water, but during the morning and evenings, there is a shallow water bite in 13-18 feet of water too. Jig one line, deadstick the second. Gold, glow red, yellow and orange hot colors. Electronics very helpful, especially with some of the larger fish being suspended.
Every resort ice road is different but pickups and wheel houses of varying sizes allowed on various ice roads. Ice ranges from 12-20" where resorts are ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Updates January 1, 2019

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 1, 2019 "Happy New Year!"

Even if it is -19 degrees outside, the sky is blue and the sun is beginning to light the horizon, I think it looks like a beautiful day brewing out there.
Despite the cold air temperature, it’s calm outside and the forecast calls for it to stay that way. The Hippie Chick has the day off work and we’d love to get out on the ice to celebrate the New Year. So if you don’t mind, I think I’ll take the day off too and go fishing. We’ll let you know how it goes in the morning.
But before we go, I hope you’ll all join me in saying Happy Birthday to my favorite New Year’s baby, Katie; even if she’s not much of a baby anymore.
These days she’s one of the most beautiful, intelligent, loving and caring women to be found anywhere and I’m proud that she is. Happy Birthday Sweetie! fish smiley image - Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL

image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report January 1, 2019

"Panfish - Crappies and Sunfish fishing has remained good to excellent for many anglers this last week. Crappies are being found in 25-35 feet of water and are hitting tear drop jigs, tipped with wax worms or small soft plastic. Pink glow, Chartreuse glow and Red glowing jig are working best.
Some sunfish are found mixed in with the crappies, but have generally been located in 20 feet or less. Sunfish too are preferring waxies the most, but small soft plastic baits are catching their fair share of fish too.
Both fish have been biting best during the day with some lakes having the bite shutdown by noon.
Walleye - Walleye bite has ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report January 1, 2019

Fish ED January 1, 2019 "Catching Walleyes During The Dog Days Of Winter"

image links to crappie fishing videoHere's the thing, even during these cold fronts, even in these " Dog Days" of winter, walleyes still have to eat.
Catching fish consistently is just a question of adapting to what a fish really wants and figuring out what you need to do to trigger a strike.
During mid-winter, you sometimes have to get a little bit more subtle and play the game the walleye's way. Find out what he's comfortable with and match your presentation to his mood.
Don't let the dog days of winter keep you off the ice! This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen shows you how to still put tons of walleye on the ice, even when conditions are brutal.
Watch as Jon explains the adaptations you need to make to keep putting good walleyes, and big walleyes on the ice. View Video >> Catching Walleyes During The Dog Days Of Winter

image denotes link to fish rapper article Leech Lake, Anderson's Pine Point Resort December 31, 2018

"We have 13-14 inches of ice out of Andersons Pine Point resort. We have a little over a foot of snow on the ice but have plowed roads towards the walker narrows, pine point and out about a half mile towards goose Island.
Fishing has been spotty but catching a few walleyes of the Grand View flats along with a few perch and Northern. We do have an ice heave half way to goose island so if venturing that far, take caution crossing. Thank you!" - Jeff Anderson, Anderson's Pine Point Resort 218-547-1632

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 30, 2018 "Ice Fishing Updates"

image of bill charlton plowing bowstring lake “The ice is good, it’s 15 inches thick, maybe more, but there’s a lot of snow on top, it’s not easy walking.” Those few words summed up the advice I got from a pair of ice fishermen as they loaded their gear after fishing on one of Grand Rapids’ smaller panfish lakes.
Judging by the ruts in the snow, I’d say that hoofing it to the honey hole is a job suited for the toughest of the tough. Snowmobiles and track machines are now required for travel on most of the Itasca Area lakes. Plowed roads are available on the larger, more populated lakes, but the process of digging out has gone slowly so far.
On Saturday afternoon, Erin Charlton at Trails End Resort texted an update; “News Flash, Bill is plowing big time on the lake right now! He said that its ...” Read >> Ice fishing Updates December 30, 2018

Fish Ed Video December 2018 "A New Bait For Winter Crappies"

Timage of Jon Thelen with big crappie here's nothing more fun than fishing for big slab crappies when they are feeding aggressivel and knowing when to upsize your lure is the secret for catching the biggest fish in the school

This week on Fish Ed, host Jon Thelen shows you a great system for catching winter crappies in any situation.

If you love to chase big crappies on the ice, then you need to see Jon's proven system and learn how he selects the right bait for the day. View Video >> A New Bait For Winter Crappies

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 28, 2018 "Moving the Moveable"

In Grand Rapids, the snow fell steadily for about 24 hours and it’s piled up 10 inches high in my front yard. It isn’t super heavy or really wet, but it’s not light, powdery snow either. So speculation that strong winds are going to blow most of it off of the ice should be taken with a grain of salt.

Reports of solid ice in the Itasca region give cause for optimism. Thicknesses of 14 to 18 inches are most common, but there are still some lakes that only have 12 to 14 inches, some slightly less. When you pile that much snow on top of the ice, there are bound to be some complications.

Everybody is busy digging out right now, including me. But as soon as travel conditions improve, I’ll make a tour of the area to see what I can see. In the meantime, here are a few reports that trickled in this morning.

image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort December 28, 2018

"We have 10 inches of snow so far and it's still coming. Before the storm we were teetering between 15 and 16 inches of ice. Bill ventured out onto the lake with the 3/4 ton V plow on Thursday, creeping along inch by inch to try and get a road open to a few hot spots. He said that its getting close and the fish are biting. We should be able to accomodate some vehicle traffic this weekend." - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Dixon Lake Resort December 28, 2018

"Hi Jeff all we got is about 10 inches of snow up here. Todd does have roads plowed down to the Third River Landing and out to our houses. He does not have any roads plowed out to everybody else's spots though.

Travel on the on the ice actually pretty good, being that there wasn't much snow to begin, driving through the fresh snow is doable. It sounds like we're going to have a lot of strong winds today, so we think that's going to sweep a lot of the snow off of the ice. I would imagine travel being pretty decent for anglers this weekend." - Dixon Lake Resort has shelter rentals, including sleepers. Reservations 218-659-4612

image of Jeff Sundin I know that for many of you, this is a really busy time. But there are a lot of folks wondering where they can and cannot fish this weekend. If you can spare a few minutes to share your observations, I'm sure that the information will be greatly appreciated.

OH and by the way, don't feel like you need to give away your cherished fishing secrets. In most cases, the smallest tidbit of solid information is all we really need. Travel conditions, ice thickness, potential safety hazards and general fishing patterns are all helpful.

And if you're a rental operator, fishing guide or tackle shop owner, go ahead and throw in a plug for your business too; you never know who might walk through your door as a result! fish smiley image - Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL

image links to fishrapper home page December 27, 2018 - "Can I Drive My Pickup Truck on Lake Winnibigoshish?"

Nick Limpel wrote; “Do you think I will be able to drive out on Winnibigoshish this weekend with my truck? We are coming from Wisconsin and don't want to be disappointed when we get there.
That's an interesting question nick. There are a few folks driving on the lake already, but we are looking at a big winter storm right now. There’s already a few inches of new snow and they predict more heading our way right now. It's possible that we may receive upwards of 12 inches of new snow before you arrive on Saturday morning.
We’ve sent out requests for updates from and here's what we ..." Read >> Travel Conditions on Winnibigoshish December 27, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 27, 2018 "Ice Fishing Kabetogama Remote, But Accessible"

image of Dawn and Kent Keeler of Kabetogama outdoors Keeler, along with his wife Dawn and their son Kolby entertained us on “KAB” last week and while we were there, we talked a lot about what folks CAN DO on Lake Kabetogama. As a matter of fact, we learned firsthand that catching fish is one of them.
Walleyes were on the prowl during primetime and there were perch, pike and tulibee hitting at random intervals too.
“What we have here is special; you could take a snow machine to a great fishing spot and enjoy an action packed day in a gorgeous wilderness setting. Or we could shuttle you out to one of our sleeper rentals and you can ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Kabetogama Remote, But Accessible

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake Winnibigoshish and Cutfoot Sioux, The Pines Resort December 27, 2018

"From the Pines Resort, we do not have enough ice for truck traffic yet. Once you get past the river channel out into Tamarak Bay the ice ranges from 13 to 16 inches, from what I have drilled, but it is not consistent so I would not advise vehicle traffic just yet. UTV, ATV and Snowmobile is the means of travel right now." Chad & Melissa Mertz, The Pines Resort 218-246-8701

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Becker's Resort December 27, 2018

"Ice ranges from 13-16 inches, Tom just drove his truck with plow out yesterday and with these lower temps we will have more ice. As for the snow, 3-4 inches as of now (December 27 at 7:15 AM)." - Tom & Jessica, Becker's Resort 218-665-2268

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Northland Lodge, December 27, 2018

"They are not driving out of the Pines or Tamarack. The ice is only like 12 inchs around the weed bed." - Pat O'Reilly, Northland Lodge, 218-246-8531

image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area — Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson December 22, 2018

"The lakes in this area have been making ice for some time now and some of the smaller lakes have attained thicknesses of 12 inches or more. Nine to twelve inches is the norm.
Fish houses are appearing on many lakes, both portables as well as permanent shelters. The ice is still not thick enough for vehicles in most cases. Driving out on the ice as of today is not recommended. The warm spell we just had probably didn’t ..." Read >> Marcell Area Ice Fishing Update December 22, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Cass Lake, Sah-Kah Tay Resort December 22, 2018

"Hello jeff - I just walked the lake north of us toward tons harbor- didn’t finish the walk -ran into this little ice ridge that looks like it goes almost all the way out to star island. May be a problem for 4 wheeler/truck" - 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 22, 2018

"I guess one went in up on Red so everyone is looking for a new place, so I have had many calls about the ice and whether I think it’s safe to take wheel houses out over Christmas. Even though the ice conditions on Third River look great, the answer is still NO, I am not recommending that.

There is 17" of ice all along the north shore on your way toward the clay banks. But, once folks start heading to the pressure ridge, I am getting reports of only ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Ice Update December 22, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article Leech Lake, Big Rock Resort December 22, 2018

"We’re located on the SW corner of the big lake, we have 13-15 inches of ice out front of us and travel conditions are pretty good. There is one small ridge that goes north and south from Grassy Point towards Uram Bay but there are sections you can cross it.
I have not seen any half ton trucks out near us yet, but I would ..." Read >> Leech Lake Ice Updates December 22, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 21, 2018 "Get Ready, Get Set … Wait!"

image of walleye caught on Lindy Quiver Spoon Greetings and Happy Winter Solstice!

You’d expect that with the official arrival of this first day of winter, ice fishing activity would have intensified more by now. But despite the early freeze up, the ice on most north central lakes is thickening very slowly. That means that lots of folks are still sitting on the sidelines waiting for the chance to get their wheelhouses out onto safe ice.

I’m out on special assignment right now and the lake we’re fishing only has 11 inches of ice. It is very clear and solid, in fact maybe some of the most beautiful ice I’ve ever seen. But the only folks who can ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report December 21, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin December 21, 2018 "Don't Get Left Out In The Cold Without A Glow Spoon!"

image links to walleye fishing videoI know I’ve said a lot about the Lindy Glow Spoons already, but I promise that this short video will “illuminate” you about why.
It’s been pretty obvious that I’m high on the Glow Spoon and just like last winter, we are out on the ice right now, having a blast catching fish on them again.
Just when I thought that I’d said everything there was to say about the Glow Spoon, Lindy uploaded this short video reminding me about my first experience with thm last winter. In it, I get to tell you a little story about the time my fishing partner had the Glow Spoon and I didn’t. He caught all the fish while I sat and watched.
Christmas is coming, so you might find some of these in your stocking. On the other hand, what if nobody thought about getting you some? Maybe you better take a couple of minutes and giggle with me while I watch the video again. Then you can decide if you want to take matters into your own hands and get yourself your own Christmas gift! View Video >> Don't Get Caught Without A Glow Spoon

image denotes link to fish rapper article Leech Lake, Trappers Landing Lodge December 21, 2018

"Out front of Trappers on the Main Lake we have 15-17 inches of ice and have a couple roads that have been plowed for people to follow. We are not crossing any big cracks on our road system.
The big ice heaves are running north south off of Rogers Point which is blocking access over to Big Rock Reef and Horseshoe bay reef, and we have an ice heave running off the north side of ..." Read Leech Lake Updates From Oak Point Resort, Trappers Landing, Spirit of the North and the Shores of leech lake >> Leech Lake Updates December 21, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report December 21, 2018

"Spring like temps and high winds this last weekend, did little in helping make ice. Ice thickness ranges from 6-11 inches. 4 Wheelers and snowmobiles have become more common, but travel by foot remains the most popular still.
Panfish - Spring like temps had people thinking of maybe a spring panfish bite would be going on. Many anglers reported that they found some good Sunfish bites on small Tungsten jigs, tipped with a waxie or soft plastic, fished around the weed edges. White, brown and red were the colors of choice. Crappies too were in a good biting mode. During the day anglers were finding ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report December 21, 2018

image denotes link to fish rapper article From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort December 21, 2018

"What I have been seeing is about 13 inches. The landings. North and west ones do have some ice heaving on them. So it will take a bit of chopping to get on those two anyway. There is a small (1 foot high) ice ridge out by Perch point. As of right now I have not seen ANY pickup travel on the lake. All ATV or snowmobile. Fishing has been Ok. The best I have seen this past week has been the south end off the break for crappies in 24 to 30 feet. Remember there no such thing as safe ice. Merry Xmas and God Bless" - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101

image denotes link to fish rapper article On Bowstring Lake, Northern Acres Resort December 21, 2018

"Saw my first full size pickup truck out on the Bowstring yesterday." - David, Northern Acres Resort 218-659-2845

image links to fishrapper home page December 19, 2018 - "Can I Run My Helix 7 Backlight Using Lithium Battery?"

image of battery meter Chris Fosse wrote; "Howdy, Do you run your Helix 7 (backlight) at full brightness with the lithium battery? Mine came yesterday and brighter screen is easier for me to see. Thanks and by the way, I liked the (Fish ED) show on colors." - Chris

A) Thank you Chris, Yes, you won't have any problem running your screen brightness at 100%. The first day after I installed the Energized Outdoors Litium in my Helix 7, I adjusted the backlight down to #8 and the battery stayed at 100% from 8:30 AM until 5:45 PM. Since then, I've ..." Read >> Using Helix 7 Backlight With Lithium Battery

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 19, 2018 "Ice Fishing Updates "

The image of ice fishing shelters spread out across sprawling flats on northern Minnesota’s big lakes is fading to a fresh scene. Warm weather, along with calm winds are bringing robust crowds to some of the Itasca area’s smaller lakes on Tuesday.  
There were upwards of a dozen portable shelters on some of the lakes I drove past on Tuesday. There were others that only had a few anglers on them, but almost every “fishable” lake had a few.
There were a couple of notable exceptions; Trout Lake at Coleraine did not have the traditional line up of dark houses yet. From shore, the surface of the lake did not appear to ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Updates December 19, 2018

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Guest Hosts Lindy's Fish ED December 18, 2018 "Taking A Closer Look At Colors"

image links to walleye fishing videoYou’re sitting on the ice, not far from your fishing partners; they see you catch a nice walleye and somebody shouts “what color were you using?”
Well, what color WERE you using?
We know what colors look like to us, but how do we really know what a fish sees when we swap out one color for another one.
Water clarity, depth and ice conditions all influence what a fish sees as “color”. That’s why your favorite color on one lake might not be the best for the lake your buddy fishes.
Jeff Sundin sits in for Jon Thelen as guest host for this week’s installment of Fish ED. Join Jeff as he throws out some ideas about color choices that will help you catch more walleyes through the ice this winter. View Video >> Taking A Closer Look At Colors

image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism December 18, 2018

image of big walleye on lake of the woods "On Lake of the Woods main basin, strong ice fishing bite continues. As expected, walleyes and saugers are starting to slide a little deeper, 23 to 29 feet of of water are key depths now.
During the morning and evenings, many areas experiencing a shallow water bite in 13-18'. Gold and glow red continue to be hot colors. Ice ranges from 11-16" where resorts are fishing.
Resorts have marked trails for ATV, UTV and snowmobiles while others are transporting guests with light ice rigs. Some resorts starting to allow ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Updates December 18, 2018

image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" December 18, 2018

image of ice fishermen with crappies Phenomenal would best describe the recent weather, as it relates to ice fishing. I’ve been out several times during this warm spell and haven’t even used a shelter. These conditions allow one to get back into those little honey holes, without pulling a sled, which can make things a whole lot easier.
Many of the backwoods trails are narrow and have you running along open creeks, over weeds, brush, and small boulders. This is when I’ll position the auger lengthwise, so I can get past heavy brush and/or trees. I’ve learned which trails allow me to mount the auger on the front of the snowmobile, which is where I prefer to carry it. I like to keep an eye on things.
I’ve previously been through some ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines December 18, 2018

image denotes question from a reader December 17, 2018 Reader Asks; "Where Can I Find Better Assortment Of Glow Spoons?"

image of libdy glow spoon Q) Bruce Roberts wrote; "Hey Jeff, I'm getting ready for my first trip up to Lake of the Woods next weekend and you got me interested in fishing with the Glow Spoons up there.
I thought would pick some up this weekend but it was hard to find a decent selection anywhere. These things must be popular because I'm having a heck of a time finding them in the Twin Cities.
Do you think I'll be able to find better assortments on my way up to LOW next weekend?
A) Bruce, What I can tell you for sure is that I believe you’ll have better luck shopping at ..." Read >> Q&A Better Assortment Of Glow Spoons?

image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report December 17, 2018 "Upper Red Lake Walleye Report"

image of hippie chick with nice walleye "'twas a week before Christmas; the mission at hand, to find a nice walleye for the Mrs. to land.
We drove out of West Wind, a couple miles I’d guess and set up our ice shack where our skills we would test.
I drilled out an ice hole and set up her chair, then baited her glow spoon with sweet loving care.
It took a good hour, some say maybe more, but her first hungry walleye struck well before four.
It wasn’t the last one the Mrs. would catch; she bagged one on my pole as a hot dog I fetched.
One more fish was easy and that topped the show, it came right at twilight with just minutes to go."
The Hippie Chick, AKA Mrs. Sundin has finally done it, catching walleyes through the ice is officially checked off of her bucket list and she did it at ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report December 17, 2018

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 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

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 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 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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Helping your fellow fishermen and women stay abreast of the ice conditions in your area is good for everybody and it's easier than you think! Fishing Reports Minnesota is the Facebook counterpart to this page and it's open to the public. So be like me, become a duly deputized "Cub Reporter" and post your own pics and comments. It's good for fishing! Click >> Fishing Reports Minnesota

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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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