image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism March 20, 2019

"On the south end... Good reports for those still ice fishing in 24-31'. Gold, glow red and glow colors best.
Try downsizing presentation. Deadsticking plain hook with live minnow consistent. Morning and evening bite continues in 15-20'. Pike action strong with many fish over 40" caught again this week.
Some resort fish houses still available, many of the resorts are done ice fishing for the year. Lots of snow on lake, slush in spots, best to stay on resort roads or trails. Fish houses on ice through March 31, walleyes open through April 14, pike season open continuous. Auger extensions needed.
On the Rainy River, strong current in ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Updates March 20, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 15, 2019 "Wrapping the Wrap-Able on Lake of the Woods"

image of walleye caught on Lindy Glow Spoon I’m back from Lake of the Woods and for me, the winter walleye fishing season is over.
While I was storing the snowmobile and pull behind ice fishing shelter on Thursday, I ran mental images of the post season play-by-play highlights. We did have to do some extra travelling this winter to get away from north central Minnesota’s slush and deep snow. But thankfully, we were rewarded for driving all of those extra miles with lots of good fishing.
Checking my messages yesterday, I found one from Alan Duit who wrote; Q) “Good morning. When you were fishing at Lake of the Woods for walleye, were you fishing just off the bottom or were you seeing the fish suspended 4-5 feet off the bottom?
A) Alan, we fished at ..." Read >> Lake of the woods Walleye Fishing March 15, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 14, 2019 "What The Heck Is A Tungsten Fat Boy?"

image of Lindy Tungsten Fat Boy This morning on KAXE Radio's Morning Show, I mentioned that now is a good time to stock up on ice fishing lures that will come in handy later, during the open water season.
One of the lures I mentioned, Lindy's Tungsten Fat Boy, piqued the interest of co-host, John Bauer. In response to his comments, I promised folks who were listening to the show that I would put up a photo of the lure, so here it is.
While I’m at it, I’ll share the condensed version of my comments about ice fishing lures and why you should be stocking up on them now, while the ice fishing season is almost behind us.
Fishing for suspended fish, especially panfish, calls for heavy lures, they are much easier to control and allow anglers to keep the bait in front of the fish more easily. The problem is that most of the heavier summertime fishing lures ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Lures For Open water




image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish March 15, 2019 "Target Pad Stems for a Spring Bass Fishing Bounty"

image links to bass fishing article "Pad stems offer great bass fishing potential in the prespawn and spawn periods in the form of vertical cover in cold but warming waters. When anglers mention lily pads, they typically envision broad flats and ponds blanketed with greenery. But don’t overlook the dormant period when winter reduces the plants to their spindly stems.
“They’re not as attractive because they’ve been beaten down by winter, and they don’t look very good, but I’ve caught a ton of fish in those pad stems when they’re trying to move in and spawn,” said Bassmaster Elite pro Keith Combs. “Growing up, I used to fish team tournaments on a couple different Texas lakes that had little clusters of pad stems, but also big bulkheads, boat docks and stuff. In those scenarios, I think pad stems are ..." Learn More >> Target Pad Stems for a Spring Bass Fishing Bounty


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 13, 2019 "Spring Sprung On Lake of the Woods"

image of Jeff Sundin with walleye For walleye anglers, Lake of the Woods is one of the few destinations available until open water fishing seasons begin to open. That combined with the fact that the south side of Lake of the Woods has escaped the huge problems with slush that have plagued lakes in many areas this winter, means that everyone who wants a walleye dinner has been fishing there.
We’re just like everybody else, so when we wanted to gather some walleyes for a meal, we headed up there too.
Friendly, is the best term to describe fishing conditions on Lake of the Woods this Tuesday and it was the first time in a long while that I’d use it. The sun was warm, the breeze was moderate and … I’d say it’s about time! Finally, a day spent outside, on the lake instead of being hunkered down inside a portable fishing shelter.
We traveled by snowmobile and that helped us find some semi-quiet territory to fish. But we could see plenty of vehicle traffic on the ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report March 13, 2019


image links to mn dnr news release March 13, 2019 "Walleye harvest will be allowed in May on Mille Lacs Lake" Mille Lacs regulations for walleye and other species announced

Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep walleye during open water fishing for the first time since 2015. An improving walleye population has been protected by conservative fishing regulations in recent years, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Mille Lacs anglers will be able to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches or one walleye over 28 inches from Saturday, May 11, through Friday, May 31.
“It’s good news that anglers get to keep some walleye this May, but we are being cautious,” said Brad Parsons, DNR fisheries chief. “These regulations represent a careful balance between ..." Read >> Mille Lacs regulations for walleye and other species announced


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report March 13, 2019

"Lake Trout - Lake trout anglers have become few and far between as snow continues to pile up this winter. For many anglers heading out, they are limited to where they can fish, by where the road is plowed. Best reports have been coming from anglers fishing with snowmobiles. Main lake points, humps and saddles in 30-50 feet of water, have been producing lakers. Blade bait, bucktails and tubes have all been catching fish, but blade baits have really shined this last week.
Stream Trout - Rainbows and Splake are showing up more in 15 feet of water or less. Some anglers have reported catching rainbows as shallow a 3 feet on one lake. Waxies, spawn bags or rippin raps have accounted for the majority of trout being caught.
Crappies - While interest in crappies jumped this last week, very few anglers ..." Read >> Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report March 13, 2019


image links to mn dnr news release March 12, 2019 "Upper Red Lake Zebra Mussel Larvae Confirmed"

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake in Beltrami County after studying samples gathered last summer by biologists from the Red Lake Nation.
The DNR has been working in partnership with the Red Lake Nation for over 10 years to monitor zooplankton in Red Lake and will continue to work closely with the tribe to respond to this discovery.
Zebra mussel larvae, called veligers (VELL-uh-jers), typically indicate the presence of a reproducing population of ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Zebra Mussel Larvae Confirmed


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" March 12, 2019

image of Zach Apel with big Lake Trout One of my recent trips had me trying my hand for jumbo perch. The weather, although not all that cold, wasn’t the best on this day, due to strong winds. It was brutal, trying to fish outside, without a shelter.
Longtime fishing partner, Brad Brown, and I doubled up on my snowmobile and made our way to a proven big perch spot. The resort had closed the ice road to vehicles, because of deep snow, slush, and flooding, but it was open to foot traffic, snowmobiles, and atvs.
I was a little leery, at first. Would we be getting stuck? Making our way onto the lake, I was delightfully surprised to find that we could ride on top of the crusted, hard-packed snow. Like a roller-coaster ride, we drove over numerous “snow moguls” as high as 4’. It was easy getting around.
Brad set up in a likely looking spot that had fish below him, while I searched other areas. Not wanting to set up a shelter, I found a high snow drift that offered ... Read >> Greg's Guide Lines March 12, 2019


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort March 10, 2019

image links to lake winnie report MN DNR Enforcement said that they sympathized with us about having such tough conditions on the ice this winter. But they have no plans to extend the March 18th ice shelter removal deadline in the northern zone.
The way we look at it, we had to get it done sooner, not later because the job was only going to get harder if we waited. So we chipped away at clearing the slush and snow from our plowed roads and removed the last of our rental shelters this past Friday.
Pulling the shelters early wasn’t much fun because history tells us that these early spring days often provide the best perch fishing of the ice season. It’s ironic that just last week, some of our guests got into a really nice school of ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Report March 10, 2019


image reader comments Reader Comments March 10, 2019 "Clearing the Clear-Able"

image of Lindy Glow Spoons at L&M Supply Austin Jones has been catching everything from walleye to sunfish on Lindy Glow Spoons this winter.

Yesterday evening, he sent me this photo, along with a note that says; “Here’s the supply at L&M Supply in Bemidji, MN. I had to get a couple more with them now being 25% off.”

I know that we’re closer to the end of the season than we are to the beginning, but like Austin, I too stock up on ice gear at the end of the season. In fact, I just rounded out my selection of ... >> Ice Lures For The Open Water Season


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image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 7, 2019 "Greenback Country, Lake Winnipeg"

image of ice fishermen on Lake winnipeg I’ve wanted to ice fish on Lake Winnipeg for a long time; now I have.

There’s no way that anybody can fish on a new lake without the experience being interesting. There’s always a unique twist to fishing traditions, fish movement and fishing patterns and Lake Winnipeg was no exception.
Compared to travel conditions on lakes close to home, Lake Winnipeg is fantastic right now. There’s about a foot of hard packed snow on top of 4 feet of ice and we never saw any slush anywhere. Drilling holes was time consuming because of the thick ice, even with extensions, our auger handles we’re touching the snow before the drills finally punched through.
Travel on the hard-packed snow was a bit rough because strong winds have formed so many moguls. But the track machines that’s folks use out there handle them with ease. Snowmobiles track equipped ATV’s and Sno Bears like the one we ..." Read >> Greenback Country, Lake Winnipeg March 7, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Border View Lodge March 6, 2019

"Jeff,Things are good. We have been going about things business as normal, that is to say, with a lot of snow on 30-36" of ice.
Last Sunday we were not able to have people go out to fish. We had some people who chose to stay overnight Saturday on the lake, they were able to depart the lake with only a couple hour delay Sunday morning.
There is a lot of snow on the lake and it is creating areas of slush. Some areas are worse than others, those who have not maintained banks or drifts on their roads are having problems with frozen in or slushed out equipment and houses. We did not allow ourselves or our guests to be in that situation.
We have kept our road open, although some of the ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Updates March 5, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" March 5, 2019

image of Claire Clusiau with lake trout from superior "I thought I’d try it again, but it didn’t happen. A run out to one of my favorite fishing holes, with the snowmobile, had me meeting huge slush pockets and deep snow. A precarious situation, I cautiously turned the Bearcat around and headed back to the access, without getting stuck.
It looks like I’ll have to learn to be a bit more patient and wait until warmer weather mends lake conditions so we can get back to a normal March and late-ice.
The next outing, two days later, was another trip to Lake Superior, which is practically the only game in town, unless one wants to make the run up to Lake of the Woods.
Going solo, once again, I almost had seven heart attacks, pulling my shelter ½ mile out to deeper water and back. I didn’t last long on this day, as it was way too windy and cold. Driving back home, two hours later, I ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines March 5, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report March 6, 2019

"Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing has been good for anglers this last week, with many reporting multiple fish days. Bucktail jigs, Tube EEZ, and blade baits being the top baits. 35-50 feet of water have been the best depth to fish, but there are a few reports of people catching lakers in 15 feet of water and less. Lakers that shallow are likely chasing perch, so keep that in mind if you try shallow for lakers.

Stream Trout - Stream trout fishing remains good with a few anglers reporting catching their limit of stream trout. Rainbows continue to be found 10-15 feet under the ice. Brook trout and Splake are being caught in 15 feet of water or less. Fresh trout eggs, jigs tipped with waxies and small rippin raps have been producing the majority of trout." — Arrowhead Outdoors, 218-365-5358


image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort March 4, 2019

"Update: Bill and I assessed the roads this morning. Our advice is to call before you come out with a wheelhouse. We are allowing a limited number of wheel houses. We would encourage everybody who wants to come with a wheelhouse to call before they make the drive.
The best form of travel out there continues to be snow machines or tracked vehicles with Portables. After the disaster of last weekend's snow blizzard, we are optimistic that we can continue are March fishing season.
Our roads are open, but may be shut down on a moment's notice.
Please be respectful of our road systems and do not drill within 50 feet of our roads!" - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort 218-832-3231


Road and lake Access Updates on Winnibigoshish March 2, 2019

image of lake winnie access map As of March 2, 2019 we have some updates about lake accesses and travel conditions on Lake Winnie.

Some of the accesses have been re-opned, but with limited access to the better fishing areas. Others remain closed and are unlikely to be re-opened.

The accompanying map with numbered descriptions identifies the access points around the lake.

After talking with several resort owners, it's evident that access to Lake Winnie will be restricted to say the least. But as rental operators begin to regain control of their plowing, options for anglers are improving."

Read Full Report >> Lake Winnie Ice Access Updates March 2, 2019


image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort March 2, 2019

"After the hellacious weekend last weekend, the last of our people made it off the ice on Wednesday morning. Unfortunately, none of their equipment came off with them.
We waited to let things freeze up and then went back out last night. We have finally got a path opened up that gets close to wheel houses.
Best form of travel on the lake is snowmobile and track machines. We do have the access open, but our fishing areas are limited. Bill is on the ice, working on opening more roads today.
The office is closed, but there is a drop box for road pass fees and a number to call for assistance. Bill will be on the ice for most of the weekend." - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort 218-832-3231


image reader comments Reader Comments March 2, 2019 "A Better Understanding Of How Ice Melts"

image of icy auger On Friday "TR" wrote taking me to task about my comments regarding ice out.
He says; “Ice decay is influenced by a whole host of climatic variables and physical attributes, including the angle of incidence of the sun, how much reflectivity is on the surface of the lake (snow vs ice), the amount of infrared waves that are absorbed by the ice that can be converted to heat, how much sun vs cloud cover, air temperatures, presence of currents, and a number of other variables.
The temperature of the water underneath the ice is a minor variable, as that water is at or very near 32 degrees. The 39 degree water that you describe is the deep layer, because it ..." Read >> How Ice Melts March 2, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 2, 2019 "2013 Lund Alaskan 20 Foot Tiller For Sale"

image of Lund Alaskan For Sale You may have already seen what I have to say about the Lund Alaskan before. But if not, you should know that I as far as I'm concerned, this is the ultimate "Working Angler's" fishing rig on the market.
This boat is tough enough to handle the chop on any big lake in in the midwest. But it will also float me into into the smallest, shallowest lakes I can find. For me it's like having a fishing version of a 4 wheel drive truck.
This rig has been around the block a few times and it's helped me put thousands of fish into my customers hands! It's definitely not in "like new" condition, but it is in good working order, it's fully rigged and ready for immediate pickup and best of all, it's inexpensive.
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image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Dixon Lake Resort March 2, 2019

"Hi all, we are good to go on the 3rd. Road is back in, slush is all froze down. We have plenty of parking down at the banks. Have a great weekend." — Dixon Lake Resort has shelter rentals, including sleepers. Reservations 218-659-4612


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report March 1, 2019 "Estimated Calculations Based On Educated Guessing"

On Thursday, Sheldon Mack wrote; “I share your thoughts regarding a relatively shallow ice sheet (Read Report February 28, 2019) under our current snow pack. But I wonder if you are giving too much credit to the shallow ice and the warmth under the ice while not giving enough credit to the importance of sunlight in regards to ice out dates.
(The) long term forecasts for the Itasca County area show very few melting days in the next two or three weeks. I am not convinced that significant ice deterioration can begin until the snow is substantially reduced."
Sheldon, There's no doubt that more sunshine and warmer weather would make the ice melt faster; that goes without saying. But let's not lose sight of an important consideration; if the lake is ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Update March 1, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, Flag Island Resort March 1, 2019 "Canada ice/lake conditions update"

Large areas of slush have formed and continue to grow on the Ontario side due to all of the snow on the lake. Recent high winds caused massive drifting and travel is difficult at best. We have had many people stuck on rangers, track vehicles and even snowmobiles.
We have decided to cease transporting guests to fish houses in Canada at this time. If you choose to transport yourself, you do so at your own risk. At this time we will not risk our staff’s safety or damage to our vehicles to assist in getting you out.
At this time travel on the Minnesota side is rough but no signs of slush. Feel free to give us a call for any questions and concerns." — Flag Island Resort, 218-223-8011



image denotes link to fish rapper article Zippel Bay Resort, Lake of the woods Ice Conditions Report February 28, 2019

image of lake of the woods map "Roads are in good shape, they are doing more work out there today. 1st Ave is closed and Main runs straight out to "Hot Spot" now.
Wheel houses please be off the lake and bay by March 15th. Wheel houses can still fish after the 15th but you must take them back with you after your stay.Don't leave them on the bay or lake after the 15th things will change fast this year when temps rise.
Remember your new license before fishing Friday and also limits go to summer regulations on Friday March 1st. Limit of 6 fish can be all sauger or up to 4 walleyes, slot is the same and 2 sauger for full limit.
With the changes and needing new license you can bet the CO's will be out checking this weekend. Road is in good shape, Igloo is open Noon to 10pm. Thank you!" — Zippel Bay Resort, 218-783-6235


image denotes link to fish rapper article Johnson's Walleye Retreat, Lake of the woods Ice Conditions Report February 28, 2019

"Our road is in pretty good shape no flooding on it. Business continues as usual.
There is some flooding around our houses when we drill them but nothing major. If I were coming up I would fish with a resort or bring snowmobiles and portables. But the lake is still there and so are the fish." — Jamie Johnson, Walleye Retreat, 218-634-3126


image denotes link to fish rapper article Slim's Resort, Lake of the woods Ice Conditions Report February 28, 2019

"Slim's Resort doesn't plow a road, we transport our guests to and from the day houses. We use a trail that we run bombers and track vehicles on. This has been groomed since the storm and we've had no problem getting people in and out.
Our weekends are pretty booked but we have openings for midweek." — Brandy, Slim's Resort, 800-243-2412


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 28, 2019 "Predicting the Predictable"

image of ice access at Denny's Resort Did you know that Grand Rapids’ average daytime high temperature for February is f 26 degrees?  That’s what it says at the U.S. Climate Data Website and unless I missed something, the daytime high in Grand Rapids has never reached that “average” one single time this month. In fact I think it’s been below zero more than it’s been above zero.
Personally, I don’t care that the weather has been cold; we have plenty of gear for staying warm. But what concerns me is that he slush on area lakes is spreading and the snow just keeps piling up. Unless the weather warms and this snow melt soon, folks are liable to miss out on some awesome, late winter ice fishing.
Admittedly, there’s no way to predict whether or not March will be any better, but I will happily ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Updates February 28, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report February 27, 2019

"Lake trout fishing has slowed on area lakes. Anglers are reporting that they are marking good numbers of fish, but are struggling to get the fish to bite. Blade baits, bucktails, red and white tubes with or without Tube EEZ have been accounting for the majority of fish caught. 35-60 feet of water remains the best depth to fish for active fish.
Stream trout fishing has heated up this last week with many anglers reporting that they ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report February 27, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 27, 2019 "Pausing The Pausable, Ice Fishing Season On Hold"

image of ice shelters The ice fishing season may not be over, but until Mother Nature de-selects the pause button, angling in north central Minnesota is on hold.
The big news over the past few days has been stories about rescue missions to retrieve stranded anglers and their gear on Lake of the Woods, Mille Lacs and others. By midday on Tuesday, all of the missing people were accounted for, that’s the good news.
The bad news is that there are still a lot of fishing shelters on the ice and folks are scratching their heads about how to recover them.
Chad Mertz, Pines Resort on Winnie said; “I can’t even ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 27, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" February 26, 2019

image of lake trout caught on lake superior "Pack light. That’s what I was told, and they were right. Thank goodness it was fairly-warm on this day that I didn’t need to pull a shelter with me. All necessary items (Vexilar, chair, rods, and tackle) were stowed away on a small sled.
Not really knowing what to expect, I had ice picks dangling around my neck. I wanted to be prepared, just in case. The ice, by the way, measured 10”. I thought “I could have brought my snowmobile” but that was just a passing thought, as the ice can be dangerous, especially where the cracks are. Also, there wasn’t one ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines February 26, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake Superior Ice Fishing Update February 26, 2019

image of fish Note: 2/26/19 After reading Greg Clusiau's report about the Lake Trout fishing on Lake Superior, I wondered how the ice conditions were in the aftermath of the weekend storm. I asked Jarrid Houston to share some information and here's what he offered.

"It (Lake Superior) is actually probably some of the most accessible ice in the upper Midwest right now. We do have snow covered ice, but nothing compared to the big waters of Northern MN.
We are currently accessing Lake Superior on the WI side (Superior, WI) with machines.
Snowmobiles are better, but wheelers are doing just fine. Ice is anywhere from 6 to 14 inches thick on Wisconsin side.
On the Minnesota side, we ..." Learn More >> Jarrid Houston Lake Superior Update February 26, 2019


image links to mn dnr news release News Release "New Minnesota State Record Sturgeon" DNR certifies huge lake sturgeon as new catch-and-release state record

image of Darren Torseth with mn state record sturgeonMinnesota has a new state record lake sturgeon so large that anglers had to drill five holes to fit the 6 1/2 foot long fish through the St. Croix River ice. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has certified the fish as a state catch-and-release record.
Early on in the effort to catch the fish on Feb. 9, record holder Darren Troseth knew he had something special on the line. “I’ve seen a lot of big sturgeon in my life, but I was stunned when I got a look at it,” Troseth said. Troseth and his fishing companion, John Kimble, were ice fishing on the St. Croix near Bayport. To get away from other anglers, they ..." Learn More >> Minnesota State Record Sturgeon


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 26, 2019

image links to lake of the woods report On the south end of the lake, most reports from anglers still showing very good ice fishing. Most fishing continues in 30-34' of water and there's a healthy mix of walleyes and saugers. There's a morning and evening bite in 15 to 20 feet of water too, if you can access the right areas.
Ice thickness is pushing over 36" in most areas being being fished, but there's lots of snow and slush on the ice. If you are not on an ice road travel by vehicle is impossible. Snowmobiles may work better, but beware of slush pockets anywhere off of the groomed trails. Keep jigging lines moving and use Gold, glow red and other glow colors and use lures that rattle to ..." Read More >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Updates February 26, 2019


image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 25, 2019

image says ice access closed "The Ice Access to Bowstring Lake out of Trails End Resort has been closed.

The blizzard-like weather compounded the problems caused by flooding created on Saturday when an angler drilled holes at the edge of roads.

We’re trying to regain control of the roads, but it won’t happen until we can find a way around the slushy, drifted snow. We will let you know as soon as we recover from our dilemma." - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort 218-832-3231


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 25, 2019 ""

image of snow drifts at boat landing "Shortly after nightfall I received my last call from Randy; “The situation is getting worse, not better. I’ve been travelling on my Bearcat and there are slushy spots so big that I can barely make it through them. You can’t see ‘em because they’re under the snow, when I feel my track starting to sink in, all I can do is hit the throttle and hope that the machine keeps moving. We’ve got guys stuck everywhere out there, it’s a mess.”
Long story short, we cancelled our trip in the hope that conditions will improve and we can try again later.
For a time, moving north to Lake of the Woods provided an oasis away from the deep snow and slush here in north central Minnesota. Moving south used to be an option too, but now ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 25, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 24, 2019 "Reviewing the Reviewable From The Boat Show"

For me, big news at the boat show this weekend was learning about the newly developed lineup of Mercury Outboards. Their 4 stroke engines have changed a lot since I boat my Pro V in 2016 and the new offerings are pretty exciting.
Personally, the engine that just went on my wish list is their new “Big Tiller” 250 Pro XS. With an 8 cylinder engine, specialliay designed gearbox and all new tiller handle design, I think this engine will really be a super match up when I re-power my 208 Pro V GL. Not just a great match in terms of performance, but it will definitely look nice on the transom too.
First things first though and before I can talk about the engine I'm gonna buy, I need to tell you about the one that I already actually bought for the new Alaskan I ordered." Read >> Reviewing the Reviewable From The Boat Show February 24, 2019


image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 24, 2019

Erin Charlton Hello everyone! It saddens me that I have to write this. But every year we ask anglers NOT TO DRILL fishing holes on or close to our plowed roads. But every year, somebody does it again anyway!
It’s already happened several times this year and we had another episode on the ice today. Hopefully we can recover from today’s offense and our flooded roads won’t need to be cut off our fishing. Bill is fighting hard to keep our roads accessible and for now, they’re still open.
Flooded roads are not just an inconvenience; they jeopardize the safety of your fellow anglers.
We do have parking areas along the road that are within walking distance of fishing areas. Use them and enjoy your day on the ice without jeopardizing the Integrity of our roads and the safety of other anglers on the lake.” - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort 218-832-3231


image links to fishrapper home page February 2019 — "Trash Left Behind On Ice By Anglers"

image of trashy ice fishing shelter Kent Baril wrote; “Hi Jeff, I am curious if you happened to see the article "Officers find Mille Lacs rife with over-fishing, drugs, and litter? It was published in the outdoors section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on 2/9/2019. 
I find it very sad as to what has happened to the sport of ice fishing in our state.  In my humble opinion, most of this law breaking has a lot to do with the introduction of wheelhouses. 
I do understand that the wheelhouse has been a big plus to the ice fishing industry and the number of people who now ice fish. I do fully believe most owners ..." Read >> February 22, 2019 Trash Left Behind On Ice By Anglers


image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 23, 2019

So far we've held our own against the snow and slush. Bill is working frantically to continue providing accessible roads for folks who want to fish on Bowstring. Honestly though, the job just keeps getting more challenging every day.
Under the circumstances, we can tell you that roads are open for the moment, but conditions force us to re-think our strategies on a day-by-day basis. We don't want anyone to be disappointed, so before you drive up to use our accesses please give us a call to check on the current conditions. Thank you and tight lines, Erin.” - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort 218-832-3231


image links to fishrapper home page February 22, 2019 — "Never Use Braided Line For Wiggle worming Walleye; Why Not?"

Q) Tim Roche wrote; "In your wiggle worm article, you state 4 lb. mono, never braid. I am trying to learn SO WHY NEVER BRAID? Not questioning your call just wondering, why. Thank You Sir, Tim Roche"
A) Tim, thanks for the note. Essentially, I believe that a little bit of stretch is really good when fishing for walleyes. It's especially when I'm using finesse presentations like the wiggle worms and when I fish with inexperienced anglers, the difference is astonishing.
Braided line is wonderful, but it is just so sensitive that it tends to make anglers jumpy. The extra sensitivity increases the risk of surprising the fish and spooking them when they first pick up the bait.
You may have missed it, but this question is very similar to one that I answered for you a couple of weeks ago. So I included this link as well, after you read the report from February 4, 2019 Wiggle Worm Walleyes, let me know if you still have more questions. Thanks again, Jeff


image links to fishrapper home page February 21, 2019 — "Explain How Deep Snow Cover Affects The Fishing?"

image of deep snow on ice covered lake Q) Erin Charlton wrote; "Would you please explain the relationship between the deep snow, lack of sun penetration and what it does to the fish?  Do the unusual fishing patterns relate to low oxygen levels in the water?"
A) Erin, Pinning down the effects on fishing caused by reduced levels of dissolved oxygen in Bowstring is subjective. If you ask the same question every season, you’d likely get a slightly different answer. Ice thickness, snow cover and the number of sunny days all influence what happens under the ice and those conditions change periodically.
One generalization that usually can be made is that the larger a lake is, the less likely it is to suffer the effects of oxygen depletion. Lakes lake Winnibigoshish or Leech Lake for example rarely suffers from oxygen depletion. That’s because these lakes have lots of ..." Read >> Explain How Deep Snow Cover Affects Fishing On Bowstring Lake February 21, 2019


image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 21, 2019

"Since we have three to four feet of snow on the ice right now, travel off of our plowed roads is only possible using snow machines. Pickup trucks are limited to the plowed roads and we’re doing our best to keep up with them.
With such hampered mobility, it’s not easy to give a comprehensive fishing report, but here’s what we do know.
The walleye bite has been okay, folks are finding some fish on the shallower breaklines located both close to shore and on some mid-lake structures.
We are having troubles finding the ..." Read >> Bowstring Lake Ice Fishing Update February 21, 2019


image links to fishrapper home page February 20, 2019 — "Suggested Perch Locations On Winnibigoshish"

image of lake winnie map Brad Zdroik wrote; “Hey Jeff, (I have) a couple quick questions for you. 
We're taking our annual late ice trip up to Winnie in early March.  Our main target is perch.  On larger bodies of water, such as Winnie and Bowstring, what triggers the fish to move into more shallow water? I guess the main question is this, what depth should we try starting at in order to find the perch? 
Looking at the forecast, it doesn't look like we'll be warming up anytime soon, so I was thinking we'd maybe want to start in 15-20 feet of water.
If we're still dealing with slush, it seems to me we could make it much easier on ourselves if on the first night we arrived, instead of hunkering down in the cabin, we take the snowmobile out and ..." Read >> QnA Suggested Perch Locations On Winnibigoshish February 20, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report February 20, 2019

"Lake Trout fishing was good this last week with several fish over 30” caught. Key depths remain between 35-50 feet of water. Humps with deep water around it, saddle areas and deep flats are the key areas anglers have been fishing. Tube EEZ, red/white tubes and blade baits have been accounting for the majority of fish caught. Dead smelt, lite northerns or pike suckers, fished under a tip up, have shined on the days when artificial isn’t working.
Pike fishing was excellent this last week with many anglers reporting chasing flags all day. Heavy suckers, lite northerns and Alewife’s fished in ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report February 20, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 19, 2019

image of woman with big walleye "Ice thickness is now pushing over 36" in most areas being fished, extension for auger needed if not fishing with resort or rental operator.
On the south side of the lake, there's a nice mix of eater walleyes and saugers with some big walleyes as well. Most folks are fishing in 30-34 feet of water and there are some good reports in 15-20 feet of water during morning and evening. Anglers who try and get away from traffic are doing the best.
Rattle baits have been effective to help lure fish into striking range. Keep jigging lines moving until fish are spotted and then ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Updates February 19, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" February 19, 2019

image of teens setting up ice fishing shelter A trip was made to Blue Lake, a local favorite, last week. Not because of the great potential the flooded reservoir offers but it was an opportunity to visit with longtime fishing buddy Luke Adam. Luke, an avid angler and teacher at Nashwauk-Keewatin high school, for the past 17 years, was fishing during mid-week. Hey! What’s going on here? Wasn’t he supposed to be “working?” Well, fact-of-the-matter is, he was, as it was the inaugural outing of the Spartan Angling Class.
Adam has been teaching this class, every day, since January 17, and this was their first opportunity to ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines February 19, 2019


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish February 19, 2019 "IKE Explains Why It's Important To Vary Your Neko Rig Hook Placement"

image links to bass fishing article "Neko rigging soft plastics is deadly, in part, because it allows the angler to truly customize the setup and show bass something new. Mike "Ike" Iaconelli recommends experimenting with hook positioning to achieve different looks and actions upon the chosen plastic.
While hooking the bait near the midsection (or egg sac) remains the most common and versatile, Ike shares 2 alternate hooking positions. A high pivot point (hook furthest from weight) has benefits for fishing around cover while hooking the plastic near the bottom (by the weight) excels on long casts and when horizontal movements are desired.
Bottom line, play around and ..." View Video >> Why It's Important To Vary Your Neko Rig Hook Placement


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 18, 2019 Adventure On Lake Mille Lacs - "For The Love Of Fishing"

image links to fishing article about mille lacs It's not too often that I start my report from the ending of a fishing trip, but this time I think it should go that way, so let's get to it.
"Cold weather, transportation problems and a finicky, late season walleye bite is enough to keep most folks home in front of the TV; not these fellas though. Step by step, hole by hole and lure by lure, these boys made the fish bite using sheer will and determination.
What could have been a short story about a slow day on the ice was transformed into one of good fishing, good cheer and new friendships; all for the love of ..." Read >> Adventure on Lake Mille Lacs "For The Love Of Fishing" February 18, 2019


image links to mn dnr news release NEWS RELEASE February 2019 "Lake Mille Lacs open-water walleye harvest proposed for 2019" - State and bands agree on safe harvest level.

image links to article about mille lacs walleye limit "Anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will have an opportunity to keep some walleye during the open-water fishing season this year. This follows several seasons of catch-and-release fishing on the lake.
Last year, state anglers stayed well under the lake’s safe-harvest allocation for walleyes. With an improving walleye population, the Department of Natural Resources will allow some walleye harvest when the season opens Saturday, May 11, 2019.
The DNR will announce the Mille Lacs walleye regulations for the upcoming season in mid-March.
“We’re happy to announce that, with some very conservative fishing regulations over the past three years, walleye are now at a level where we can ..." Read News Release >> State and bands agree on safe harvest level


image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 15, 2019

A note from Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort on Bowstring said; “Lots of snow on Bowstring right now. There’s about 3 feet of snow across the lake, with drifts up to 4 feet in some places off the roads. Snow machines are the only way to go for anglers who want to hole hop.
The good news is that Bill is going to be on the ice plowing all weekend. He takes pride in making sure Bowstring remains fishable and we’ve got roads leading to reliable fishing areas. We’re seeing the makings of a better bite these days too; fishing action is starting to pick up.
We do have a handful of cabins available for folks who want to get on the ice, so give us a call. Tight lines, Erin” - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort 218-832-3231


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 15, 2019 "Awaiting A Meltdown"

image of ATV stuck in slushBy now, I’m sure there are a few folks getting tired of hearing about poor ice conditions on small lakes in the Itasca Region. I’m sorry to bring it up again, but this could be really important news for weekend anglers who don’t see these reports every day.
On Thursday, I spotted a photo of an ATV that was stuck in slush on a lake. The machine belonged to an acquaintance, Justin Wiese so I sent a note asking for permission to share it with you.
He replied; “Hey Jeff, you sure can. I finally got the thing (ATV) off the lake late last night. My snowmobile is still out there but I'll ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 15, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 14, 2019 "Timing The Time-Able"

image links to fishing report "While we’re waiting for small lake conditions to improve, Walleye fishing continues to be my sport of choice. For me, the best choices include heading south toward Mille Lacs or heading north toward Lake of the Woods. Until recently, neither of them was hit with the heavy snow that fell over the north central region.
There may be snow on the ice now, but conditions under the snow are still better. Travel by snowmobile is good and there are numerous plowed roads that lead to good fishing territory.
Where we go depends on what we want to do. We’ve been alternating between Mille Lacs and LOW all winter and we’ve caught good fish on both lakes. When we need a few eaters, LOW gets the nod, but when we want to CPR some big walleye, then Mille Lacs is all the further we need to drive.
If I was going to fish perch or panfish this weekend, I’d have no choice but to ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 14, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 13, 2019 "Weed Patch Walleye Pattern For Lake Winnie"

image of Chad Mertz with winnie walleye "What interested me about the experience was that by most standards Chad’s location was “unusual”. Most walleye anglers on Winnibigoshish head straight out onto the main lake and drill their holes along the edges of deep water structure. Sometimes those mid-lake structures are loaded with walleyes, but this winter has been on the slow side for most of them.
Could it be that these fish that Chad found were simply one of several schools that inhabit the lakes numerous weed flats? Have walleye anglers spent the winter driving over the best structures as they were heading for spots where the fish were “supposed to be”?
It’s hard to know the complete answer, but I do know this; anglers who don’t “know” where the fish are can often times be more likely to find a good bite. That’s because they ..." Read Article >> Weed Patch Walleye Pattern For Lake Winnie


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism February 12, 2019

image of Lisa with big walleye "On the south end... Overall, really good ice fishing for mid February with a nice mix of walleyes and saugers.
Most fishing 12-15 miles out, 30-32' of water the norm. Other nice pods of fish found in closer to shore away from traffic. Some good reports during the day in 15-20'. Ice thickness pushing over 30" in most areas being fished, bring your extensions for augers if not with resort. Some nice walleyes again suspended this week. Your favorite ice fishing electronics to mark fish is very helpful. Jig one line, try teasing fish up. Deadstick the second with a live minnow on a ice jig or plain hook under bobber.
Fish houses on ice through ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Update February 12, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" February 12, 2019

image of pill container for fishing plastics "Best options to fish, as I constantly state, are plowed ice roads out of resorts. That, or local fisheries that receive a lot of pressure, to the point that a well-beaten-down trail is available.
My last outing has been a week ago, in an effort to do a little exploring. Gaining access through a well-traveled resort, I planned on checking out other deeper waters that were basically untouched. This meant I had to bring along the snowmobile.
Looking over the weather forecast, it showed a major snowfall beginning around 6:00 pm. This would work perfect. I would hit the lake around 1:00 pm, fish until dark, and then ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines February 12, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 11, 2019 "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"

image of snowmobile in deep snow "I’m the first to admit that I do not like travelling by snowmobile when there’s a chance of getting stuck on the ice. My wife likes the idea even less than I do and that explains why we didn’t try to be more creative in our approach to fishing this Sunday.
Before we left the landing, we looked at the Humminbird and selected a single GPS coordinate. Based on past experience, there would be some fish in that area, at least there always has been in the past.
I lined up the straightest path I could, hit the throttle and told the Hippie Chick to ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Update February 11, 2019


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish February 11, 2019 "Pay Attention to How Your Fish Are Hooked"

image links to bass fishing article "How your bass is hooked can tell you a lot about the current feeding behavior and preferences during a particular day of fishing. Sure, it's tempting to unhook your catch quickly and keep casting, but before you get those hooks out, take a few seconds to make note of a few things.
If it's choked, you're in business.
This is the most obvious scenario, so we'll start here to get it out of the way. If you're fishing a lure and the bass continuously suck it down towards the back of their throats, it's a safe bet you're doing the right thing. Major adjustments aren't often necessary in this situation.
If you drill down a bit further, this can also help you determine the most productive areas on a particular fishery. When you're only getting a few bites, but the fish are choking your lure, that might be a sign that you're missing part of the puzzle. Your bait selection is spot-on, but perhaps it's time to ..." Learn More >> Pay Attention to How Your Fish Are Hooked


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 10, 2019 "Digging Out After The Storm"

image of sign at Lake winnie It was -25 degrees when we woke up on Saturday and I have to be honest; we were in no big hurry to get out on the ice to fish. We were interested though in seeing what the lakes looked like after the big snowstorm and with that in mind, took off around noon on a driving tour to see Lake Winnie and Leech Lake.
“It wasn’t fun, but we made it through the snow and have roads plowed out as far as our rental houses”, Chad Mertz, Pines Resort said.
“So far, we haven’t seen the return of slush, but the snow is deep and unless you’re using a snowmobile or track machine, you won’t be going far off of the plowed roads on Winnie;” Mertz added.
Grand Rapids fishing guide Reed Ylitalo advises; “Even track vehicles won’t assure safe travels on the big lake. I’ve heard from friends that were stuck in ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report February 10, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area — Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson February 9, 2019

image of northern pike at ice hole "Over the past several weeks we have seen a wide variety of weather. From thirty degree highs to 45 degrees below zero, light winds to forty miles per hour gusts and sixty two below zero wind chills.
It seemed like it snowed almost every day which ended up dumping well over a foot of snow on the area lakes. The wind has been blowing the snow down the lakes making drifts on the downwind shores.
Few people were fishing in all this but we have had reports of both Crappie and Pike have been on the bite at times. Things should be better this weekend as a slight warm-up will take place starting this Saturday.
Speaking of Saturday, the Snowshoe Fourteenth Annual Ice Fishing Contest held on ..." Read >> Frontier Sports Report Fenruary 9, 2019


image links to fishrapper home page February 9, 2019 - "Ice Fishing Updates Lake Winnibigoshish?"

image of perch on iceOn February 8, 2019 I received multiple inquiries about the fishing action on Lake winnibigoshish. Reports are trickling in now as the resorts and rental operators dig out from the snowstorm that dumped upwards of 15 inches on the lake. Hopefully, my answer to this question from Jake Kuchenmeister will get you pointed in the right direction.
Q) Big fan of your reports. Been following you for a while. Seen you had posted a new blog and used one of our pics from Flag Island; pretty cool.
I am heading up to Winnie the 21st-24th. Never fished it in the winter. We are staying at ..." Read >> QnA Lake Winnie Ice Fishing Update February 9, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 8, 2019 "Completing The Completable" Crappie Fishing Patterns For Lake of the Woods

image of big crappies caught on lake of the woods On Thursday I wrote; "I’ve got some theories about how the fishing pattern worked on Lake of the Woods... I promise that I’ll pick the subject back up tomorrow morning." I always keep my promises, so here you go.
The average Lake of the Woods Crappie is nice, really nice. Catching fish in the 12 to 14 inch range is common and for those who fish persistently, fish over 15 inches are available in good numbers.
Crappie fishing on Lake of the Woods occurs primarily on the Canadian side of the lake and much of it is in remote territory. We travel by snowmobile and use portable ice fishing shelters because it allows us to strike out on our own to fish in quiet territory. But you don’t necessarily need to be geared up with snow machines and portables to fish for crappies. The easy way to get in on some great crappie fishing is to ..." Read >> Crappie Fishing Patterns For Lake of the Woods February 8, 2019 Coming Soon >> Lake Winnie Reports


image links to trails end resort Bowstring Lake, Geiger's Trails End Resort February 8, 2019

image of snow falling at Bowstring Lake"Wow!" That was the one word report that I got from Erin at Trails End Resort yesterday.
At that time, there was already 16 inches of snow and they were still receiving more.
On Friday morning I asked for an update and received another advisory; "We have 3 feet of ice, maybe more, but we've also had 20 inches of new snow this week. Bill has been working all week long, fighting to keep the roads open, so it's nice to see the sunshine today.
We wish that there were some hot tips about fishing that we could share, but the truth is that between cold snaps and snowfalls, it's been hard to gauge whether the fish are biting or not.
We do know that the few anglers who have reported back to us say that the fish have been tight-lipped this week. We're hoping for a period of stability to allow fish to begin moving and feeding better again.
Anglers with wheel houses who need spots plowed should get in touch. We can help work out finding decent areas for your rigs." Good Luck and Tight Lines - Bill & Erin Charlton, Trails End Resort


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report - "Giant Crappies of the North" February 7, 2019

"On Wednesday morning I wrote; “After re-grouping, re-charging and re-locating, we’re back at it again today. With luck, we’ll be able to drum up a little better action and the story tomorrow will be a little happier one; you’ll be the first to know.” As promised, here’s the update.
After the slow day of walleye fishing, we experienced on Tuesday, we decided to shift gears. We reasoned that a move further into the Canadian side to fish for crappies might give us a more rewarding outcome. Overall, that decision was a good one because the crappies we caught were super high-quality fish. So even though the action was not hot and heavy, the hunt for “trophy” size fish was worth the effort.
Forgive my feeble attempt at taking a selfie, my arm was not long enough to get both me and the fish in the snapshot. But I wanted to try and give you an idea of the fish that are ..." Read >> February 7, 2019 Ice Fishing Report


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report February 6, 2019

"Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing slowed for many, but was excellent for some. Blade baits and glow in the dark tubes worked best. Small pike suckers fished half way down, under a tip up, also took their fair share of trout. Key depths remain 35 to 50 feet of water.
Stream Trout - Stream trout have been hitting small rippin raps, and black hair jigs in 15 feet of water or less. Anglers should key in on down trees, beaver houses and weedbeds for active trout.
Walleye - Walleye fishing remains slow for many anglers. The few good report of walleyes being caught have been on ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report February 6, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report "Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Update" February 6, 2019

"Lake of the Woods was less hospitable yesterday than it was on our last trip. After receiving 6 to 8 inches of snow early Monday, a cold, high pressure system blew in behind it and churned up deep snow drifts.
Resorts and shelter rental operators were getting the plowed roads under control throughout the day on Tuesday and by Tuesday evening, good travel conditions on the plowed roads had been restored, but going off road is another story.
Travelling by snowmobile allows us to reach areas that receive little if any pressure during winter and that’s usually good, but there’s a down side. Deep snow drifts combined with a high snow bank formed by plow trucks set up a trap that we fell into. When we tried crossing the snowbank, our sleds ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Update February 6, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" February 5, 2019

image of icer fishing gear lit by lantern So, there I was, sitting out in the middle of the lake, minding my own business. I had arrived before the sun was up, in an effort to take advantage of a possible early-morning crappie bite that never did happen.
It was now a little after 7 am and I could finally see just what was going on. Beforehand, with a light breeze added to the mix, I had trouble with my fishing lines getting wrapped up around the end of the rods and anything else possible. That’s what happens when using 2 and 3 pound test and you’re in the dark.
Now, with lines retied with new jigs and all set for a little action, I was back in the game.
The air temperature was just warm enough to be fishing outside, without the use of a shelter, which was stowed in the back of the truck, just in case.
Standing there, with my back to the wind, I was focusing on the Vexilar and never noticed the visitor, until it was about 100 yards away. Walking quickly, with that tell-tale “wolf-like” gait.
My first thought was “is that a wolf?” Closely watching the animal, as it ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines February 5, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report February 4, 2019 "Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Update"

image of crappie caught on Lindy Glow spoon One would think that all of those -30 degree days would have frozen the slush and made it easier to move around on small lakes in the Grand Rapids area. That’s why I left the snowmobile at home this weekend; I figured that we would be at least somewhat mobile.
I was wrong though, once we got to the end of a plowed road opened by a local rental operator, we were stuck. There were still a lot of tall, fluffy snow drifts and I could see slush filled ruts in the snow where others had tried to go off road. For me, it wasn’t worth the trouble, so I looked at the chart on my Humminbird and picked out a little corner within walking distance and drilled some holes.
There were fish at spot I’d chosen, a corner that lies along the ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Ice Fishing Update February 4, 2019


image links to fishrapper home page February 4, 2019 - "Why Not Use Braided Line For Walleye Fishing?"

image of walleye caught wiggle worming Q) Tim Roche wrote; “NEVER MET YOU BUT YOU SEEM LIKE A REAL NICE FELLAH, I AM A 40+ YEAR VETERAN OF FISHING WALLEYES ON RAINY LAKE AND OTHERS, QUESTION: IN THE WIGGLE WORM ARTICLE YOU SAY (that you use) 4 LB. MONO, NEVER EVER Braid. DO YOU MEAN YOU USE MONO FOR ALL FISHING? BEST REGARDS AND I USE LINDY TACKLE TOO.” TIM ROCHE
A) Tim, there are many times that I do use braided fishing lines. My Musky & Pike rods are spooled with braid, so are some of my Bass rods and I do occasionally use braid for Walleye, deep water jigging for example. But 90% of my walleye fishing gear is spooled with monofilament line.
For wiggle worming and most other shallow water jig fishing I use ..." Read >> Why Not Use Braided Line For Walleye Fishing?


image links to fishrapper home page January 31, 2019 - "Minnesota Walleye Stamp, What's The Big Idea?"

image links to article about walleye stamp On January 30, 2019 Elliot Nelson wrote; "Good morning Jeff, I visited Minnesota to ice fish last weekend and when I bought my fishing license, they asked me if I wanted to buy a Walleye Stamp. I didn’t want to spend the extra $5.00, but I started wondering what the stamp is used for and if it’s a good investment. What’s your opinion, does buying the Walleye Stamp actually help anything?
A) Elliot, The original idea for establishing Minnesota’s Walleye Stamp came about during discussions with members of the members of the original "Walleye Advisory Committee who ..." Read >> Minnesota Walleye Stamp, What's The Big Idea?


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 31, 2019 "A Blast In The Past!"

image of cold air chart "Whew, that was a cold one; I won't be too disappointed to see this arctic air move out of the area.
I wish I could tell you a story about how I braved the wicked, negative 30 degree temperatures and still caught a bunch of fish, but I can’t. I may have gone out under different circumstances, but this week I didn’t have any high level projects scheduled, so I didn’t.
Instead, I’ve been hunkered down, catching up on paperwork, writing and other fun stuff, like going to the dentist.
Today I see a brighter outlook though, we’re being promised a warmup for the weekend and my family is inkling that a day on the ice might ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Update January 31, 2019


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish January 31, 2019 "2 Casting Methods to Become a Better Shallow Bass Angler"

image links to bass fishing video "One of the fastest ways to become a better shallow water bass fisherman is through mastery of casting mechanics. Jacob Wheeler gave Wired2Fish an excellent flipping and pitching tutorial in this video and expands that lesson with 2 additional techniques: 1) the roll cast, and 2) pitch skip.
The purpose of both is to get baits into tight areas in and around cover -- think docks, flooded bushes, laydowns or any overhanging cover. Wheeler goes into detail on how to execute each with emphasis on the pitch skip, which allows you to ..." Learn More View Video >> 2 Casting Methods to Become a Better Shallow Bass Angler


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" January 29, 2019

image of crappies on the ice "Cold weather got you down? Hang in there, because it’s forecasted to be wonderful ice fishing weather this weekend and it’s about time. Man. What a stretch of miserable weather we’ve had.
Hanging around the house, I was getting a bit stir crazy. Even a trip to Walmart was somewhat exciting. Isn’t that sad? At least the frigid temps should have stiffened up all that slush, making it a lot easier to get around.
Prior the cold-snap, I visited a few of the resorts, knowing full well they would have plowed ice roads to some of the best bites going. This includes walleye, perch, and crappie. It all depends on which lake you care to fish.
Prepping for each trip usually takes ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines January 29, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report January 29, 2019

"Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing remains good to excellent for the few anglers that braved the cold last weekend. Anglers even fishing from permanent house reported having good luck. Most lakers continue to be caught with red and white tube or bucktails.
Saddle areas with deep water around it have been the key areas to focus on for active lakers. For you permanent house anglers, be sure to have dead bait laying on the bottom, even over night. We did have a few reports of people catching some big lakers in the middle of ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report January 29, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism January 29, 2019

image of boy with nice walleye "Despite very cold temperatures, the walleye and sauger bite stayed consistent on the south side this week. There were bonus jumbo perch, tulibee and eelpout in the mix as well.
Ice thickness is pushing over 24" in most areas being fished, setting ice up nicely for March walleyes and pike fishing. Key depths are 25 to 32 feet of water. Some nice walleyes again suspended this week.
Your favorite ice fishing electronics to mark fish is very helpful. Jig one line, dead stick the second with a live minnow under bobber. Vary jigging lures, try glow colors, gold, green/white and pink/white. Try rattle baits and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Updates January 29, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 28, 2019 "Old Dogs DO Learn New Tricks"

image of Dustin Monson with Mille Lacs walleye I am so thankful for the folks who have shared their knowledge of fishing with me. Whether I’ve had a fishing rod in my hand or not, there’s scarcely been a day passed by without somebody teaching me something about one kind of fish or another.
I’ve learned a lot over the past few days, not the least of which is that fish will bite, even when we don’t think that they want to. Of course triggering them to strike depends on us knowing the “right trick” and remembering to use it at the “right time”. Over the weekend, I had the chance to learn a few new tricks, now it’s my turn to pass them along.
On Friday, we started fishing during the wee hours of morning on ..." Read >> Lake Mille Lacs Ice Fisning Report January 28, 2019


Fish ED January 24, 2019 "Catch More Walleyes In Stained Water Lakes"image links to crappie fishing video

It can be a bit intimidating when you’re on a big, stained water lake like Lake of the Woods. The sand flats stretch out for miles and it can feel like it will take forever to find the best places to catch walleyes.
It may look like a big flat, but there are all sorts of little sloping points, ripples and sand dunes down there and fish follow those subtle contour changes. So even though you’re fishing big flats, you can still narrow your search to find areas that offer a higher percentage for a better catch.
No matter how good looking the spot you’ve chosen is, the water is still stained. Now is the time to select the right lure; one that will ..." View Video >> Catch More Walleyes In Stained Water Lakes


image links to Kabetogama Outdoors On Lake Kabetogama, KAB Outdoors January 24, 2019

image of woman with nice walleye"Working in the Voyageurs National Park definitely has its advantages, but the “government shutdown” has not been one of them.
Travel without use of the “government” ice road forced us into acquiring some new equipment for moving our rental shelters. As nice as they are, the side-by-sides we use for transporting our guests really weren’t intended to haul heavy ice shelters over miles of snow and ice. So we picked up a new track vehicle to handle the heavy lifting and we now have excellent mobility.
Fishing on Kabetogama remains steady. We still have our rental houses on deep water structure where our guests are catching ..." Read >> Kabetogama Ice Fishing Update January 24, 2019


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "Lure Lock Tackle Box Medium 3 Cavity Review" Walker Smith

image links to video "If you've read any of my articles, you're well aware that I'm an avid crankbait fisherman. I've collected a huge collection of hand-painted and hand-carved balsa plugs over the years and they're pretty darn expensive. To protect my investment, I've always tried not to let them get beat up in my tackle trays too much. Heck, I've even packed some of my most expensive ones in cotton balls. I don't want them to get chipped or cracked whatsoever.
The Lure Lock Medium Cavity 3 has proven to be a near-perfect solution for keeping my collection safe. In the photo above, just those nine crankbaits are worth well over ..." Click To Learn More >> Lure Lock Tackle Box Medium 3 Cavity Review


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 24, 2019 "Preview Of Weekend Travel Conditions"

image of ice road on bowstring lake On Wednesday, I drove to a few of the more popular stops for ice anglers heading into north central Minnesota. Most of what I learned was already expected, but for me, no report is a good report unless it contains facts, so I didn’t want to make assumptions.
At Fred’s Bait in Deer River, Bill Powell said; “It’s been a good winter so far, but the traffic really dropped off during that cold spell last weekend. There are still quite a few groups passing through, but they come in spurts; we’re busy for a little while, then slow for a bit.”
According to Powell, travel conditions on the ice have improved somewhat. Slush had gotten really bad just before the cold snap, but it’s healed some since then; he said. That echoes the sentiment I heard from others yesterday too, most folks said ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Report January 24, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article On Lake Winnibigoshish Dixon Lake Resort January 24, 2019

"The ice is at 24 or so inches now with about 8 inches of snow on top of it. A lot of the snow had either blown off of settled down, but we did get about 3 to 4 inches of new snow on Tuesday. 
Most folks with 4 wheel drive pickups are traveling off road pretty well. There is some slush here and there, but not that much. The pressure ridge is pretty much non-existent right now and there guys crossing the little bump and heading out onto the big lake. 
Todd has good roads out to the ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Update January 24, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Ice Fishing Report January 23, 2019

"Stream Trout - Stream trout bite has slowed some and has turned into more of a morning bite. Ripping Raps in Silver, gold, and pink have been getting the attention of rainbows and splake. Key depths have been 10 feet under the ice to 40 feet under the ice.
Lake Trout - Lake trout fishing was excellent for many of the people who braved the cold over the weekend. Red and White tubes fished in 30-50 feet of water produced good numbers of lakers. Close second were JLG Bucktails tipped with some smelt or sucker meat.
Walleye - Walleye fishing has ..." Read >> Ely Area Ice Fishing Report January 23, 2019


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin Fishing Report January 22, 2019 "Ice Fishing Updates January 22, 2019"

image of Joelle bellamy with nice sauger Propane sales were up in the northern half of Minnesota over the weekend!
With overnight low temperatures dipping into -30 degree range and daytime highs barely reaching zero, some folks concluded that catching up on honey-do’s and stoking the fireplace was a better use of time than ice fishing.
For us, a family gathering in the Twin Cities gave us a break from the deep freeze, allowing a couple of days in the relative warmth of 10 to 15 degrees above zero.
Despite the cold temperatures, there were still healthy crowds heading up north to fish for walleyes. Most of the action these days is on ..." Read >> Ice Fishing Updates January 22, 2019


image denotes fishing article by Greg Clusiau Greg Clusiau, "Greg's Guide Lines" Lake Winnie Report January 22, 2019

image of big perch "Sloppy lake conditions most always force me to go elsewhere and with that said, I’m referring to larger lakes with resort plowed ice roads. Hey, may as well make it easy. This time, it was High Banks Resort on Big Winnie, which is in its 90th year of doing business!
The first time I’ve been there this winter, it was nice to touch base with owners Rick and Kim Leonhardt and that was somewhat difficult to do, as they were running steady, like normal, keeping up with supplies, customers, cabin cleaning, and ice roads. These are some busy folks.
Behind the bar, holding down the ..." Read >> Greg's Guide Lines Lake Winnie Report January 22, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism January 22, 2019

image of angler with big sauger "Anglers on the south end of Lake of the woods are reporting nice mixed catches of walleye and sauger from the basin in 28 to 32 feet of water during the day. There's a shallower morning and evening bite occurring in water depths of 15 to 22 feet as well.
Nice walleyes were suspended this week. Jigging one line with small to medium sized jigging spoon tipped with a minnow head or tail effective. Deadstick (bobber) second line with a plain hook or a jig with live minnow. -31 degree air temp this past week building ice nicely for March walleyes and pike. Ice roads open. Snowmobile trails across lake staked and groomed from south shore up to ..." Read >> Lake of the woods Ice Fishing Reports January 22, 2019


image links to fishrapper home page January 17, 2019 - "Suggestions For Walleye/Perch Combo On Winnibigoshish"

map of lake winnie Mark Ross wrote; “I am heading to Lake Winnie the first weekend in Feb and staying in a sleeper out of High Banks. Just wondering if there is a good depth to settle in on to try to catch both perch and walleye? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for some great fishing videos and fishing reports.”
A) Mark, in my opinion, fishing patterns for Lake Winnie walleyes are more precise and narrowly defined than are patterns for locating and catching perch.
Walleyes, for the most part, will still be holding on mid-lake bars and humps during mid-winter. Ideal water depths typically range from 18 to 26 feet. The best structures are large and feature well defined points, inside corners and saddles.
Perch on the other hand could ..." Read >> Walleye/Perch Combo Fishing On Winnibigoshish January 17, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article Marcell Area — Edge of the Wilderness, Frontier Sports, Paul Larson January 17, 2019

"January has done a 180 weather-wise when compared to December. While everyone was worried about the ice thickness on the area lakes this past December, January has had snow, high winds and the ever not so popular…Slush!
Very few vehicles have ventured out onto the ice and many of those have ..." Read >> Marcell Area Ice Report January 17, 2019


image denotes link to fish rapper article From Bowstring Lake, Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort January 17, 2019

"Fishing has been improving. Perch have been in the 18 to 25 feet. Panfish have been better also. Small hooks and a lot of jigging seems best on the panfish.
Travel has been better. I have seen pickups drive around on the lake. But there is still slush out there as of this morning (Wednesday). In some spots, there is 18+ inches of ice, but no ice is safe ice.
We do have access to the lake and our roads are plowed." - Darv Oehlke, Bowstring Shores Resort. 218-832-3101


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish January 17, 2019 "More Efficient Treble Hook Storage"

image links to daiwa reel giveaway "To keep lures at peak their performance and hook-up percentage, it pays greatly to sharpen and even replace hooks often. While the clock ticks during a tournament or when a school of bass are firing in front of you, some smart treble hook organization can save you precious time.

Just like the variety of baits we use, treble hooks come in a multitude of sizes and styles that are carefully configured to fit each lure.

Having the ability to quickly identify the correct treble hook for the job can keep time-wasting indecision at bay and ensures the lure will ..." View Video >> More Efficient Treble Hook Storage


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 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 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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