image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Peeking at the Peak-Able" October 3, 2022

image of fall colors on Little Sand LakeYou’ve likely noticed that crappies, especially in some of the lakes that were popular in recent years, are in a low ebb. A DNR Biologist friend of mine gave credence to my suspicions that the bubble is sort of an area-wide re-building process. Unlike other panfish, crappies do not successfully spawn every spring. They might try, but if something goes wrong with the weather, they’ll abandon their beds and most times, will not return. That means there can be a year, or sometimes a series of years when there is not a strong year class.

The population gaps, combined with angling pressure and natural predation are what sometimes causes a steady decline in crappie activity in your favorite lakes. Eventually though, spring conditions are good, and the spawning season is a hit. Apparently, 2016 was one of those good spawning seasons and those fish are beginning to mature.

There have been several times this fall when we have ..." Read >> Fall Crappie Fishing and More October 3, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Winnie Walleye Updates + Reader Questions" September 30, 2022

image links to lake Winnie fishing reportSumming up the fishing conditions from Thursday, surface water temperatures were locked in at about 57 degrees, varrying spot-to-spot by a few tenths + or -.

The winds were from the southeast and strong, so fish activity in shallow, wavy water was robust. For me, 7 feet of water was the sweet zone, but we caught a few fish deeper, out to about 8 feet of water.

Jigs and minnows were the only presentation we used, and even with fast drifting speeds of .8 to 1.1 MPH, 1/16-ounce Lindy Live Bait Jigs were used to help our offering run cleaner. The hairy grass mentioned in Bowen’s report yesterday is growing all over the south, west and north sides of the lake. It’s not impossible to use heavier jigs, but ..." Read >> Sundin Report September 30, 2022

image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report September 29, 2022

image links to fishing report from Lake Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux "The cold water has not affected walleye temperament, by all accounts, walleye activity remains strong. Walleye location, on the other hand, does appear to have undergone some transformation.

Anglers who had become “locked in” to fishing territories and patterns that were reliable last week, found few, if any walleyes using them during post cold front, Tuesday, and Wednesday. But as is usually the case during fall, anglers who explored fresh territory, searching for schools of migratory fish were rewarded with awesome catches.

 Overall, the best depth ranges to focus on are the breaks from 6 to 8 feet, the 10-to-12-foot breaks and the 16-to-24-foot ones. Check enough spots in these depth ranges and it is just a matter of time before you will ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Report September 29, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report September 28, 2022

image of man holding nice smallmouth bass caught in the Ely Minnesota area "Walleye reports have become hard to come by as another stretch of poor weather moved into the area. Still some brave anglers, braved the weather and caught some quality walleyes.

Angler reports on locations remain somewhat mixed with some reports of walleyes on shallow rocks, in 5 ft of water. Most reports are still on humps ranging from 20 to 40 feet of water. With water temps now getting down in the high 50’s to low 60’s, big minnows have become the best way to go to catch walleyes. Pike suckers on a jig and creek chubs on lindy rigs have been very effective. Orange/chartreuse, white and gold have been the top colors.

Smallmouth Bass continue to ..." Read >> Ely MN Area Fishing Report September 28, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism September 28, 2022

image of young boy holding monster walleye caught on Lake of the Woods "Walleyes are starting to stack up in various shoreline areas along the south side of Lake of the Woods. Anglers mow report that there is some good fall fishing taking place.

Various techniques are still proving effective in catching, but as water temps cool, jigging will be the desire of walleyes and has been successful this past week. Most of the successful anglers have anchored up and are jigging with fatheads or frozen shiners.

Other presentations will still work, folks trolling crankbaits for exasmple are still catching fish. If you are struggling catching the fish you are jigging or the fish are spread out, try pulling cranks which will help ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report September 28, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish " Best Tackle Boxes for Fishing" September 28, 2022

"A big part of fishing is having a good quality tackle box to hold all of your fishing gear. So we put together a guide of the best tackle boxes for fishing that runs the gamut from small pocket boxes all the way up to configurable multi-tray boxes.

BEST TACKLE BOX TYPES: While the classic style tackle box with the expanding tray and drawer-style tackle boxes are fine and keep it pretty simple for beginning anglers, anglers today like modular systems that can work in a boat, in a backpack, in a kayak or just thrown in the back of a truck.

So we advise different styles of modular tray and waterproof utility style hard tackle boxes that are easily stored in a backpack or compartment in a boat. You can ..." Learn More >> Best Tackle Boxes for Fishing


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Chilling the Chill-Able" September 27, 2022

Fishing action on many of the Itasca Region’s most popular lakes has taken its first hard hit of the fall 2022 season. As the first real cold blast of the season arrived overnight Sunday and into Monday morning, surface water temperatures on many lakes dipped below 60 degrees, most landing into the 58-to-59-degree range. Chilled by the sudden drop in temperature, fish scattered, forcing anglers to “hunt and peck” their way through the day on Monday.

The dive into colder water happens every year, we can’t avoid that, and realistically, it’s a good thing. In fact, it’s really only a bad thing when it happens on the day of your own fishing trip. Dale Anderson, my friend, and fellow guide summed it up well when he said, “We’re still catching fish on and off, but it’s not like I expected, or hoped for.” My own experience was similar, we caught fish here and there, some of them nice ones, but ..." Read >> Fishing Report September 27, 2022


image links to fishrapper home page September 26, 2022 — "Seriousy, The Rainbow Fish Meditation?"

Ethan Milius with nice walleye caught on Winnie On Friday (9-23-2022) Garet Sjleeoff wrote; “Hey Jeff, I was listening to you on the radio (KAXE Morning Show) yesterday morning and heard you talking about some kid who caught fish by talking to them. Were you just making a silly joke, or were you really serious about that?

Garet, the story you’re referring to was real, albeit anecdotal and subjective. It may have been my first reference to the “Rainbow Fish Mediation” on the radio, but fishing customers have heard about it many times in my boat, particularly whenever the fish aren’t fully cooperating with us.

The instance I mentioned that morning was part of a recap of a recent fishing trip with the Hank and Terri Milius family, longtime customers, and friends. Before we ever dropped our lines in the water that day, Ethan Milius, their grandson, ... Read >> Fishing Report September 26, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Another Step Closer - Fall Crappie Patterns" September 25, 2022

image of Kyle Reynolds holding big crappie caught in the Deer River area A few days back, I promised to share my observations regarding fall crappie migrations toward early fall habitat.

Happily, I can report today that on Saturday, 9-24-2022 Kyle, Karen and I noticed significant steps forward in both crappie movement and activity levels. To say that we were on a “hot bite” would be stretching it, however “slow-but-steady”, heavy emphasis on steady, sums it up nicely.

The lake we fished isn’t one that I fish a lot, but I’ve been there enough times over the years to call it “familiar territory. Still, I have not fished there a single time this year, so in that regard, it was “fresh territory” and I’d have to ..." Read >> "Another Step Closer - Fall Crappie Patterns" September 25, 2022


image links to fishrapper home page September 25, 2022 — "What's Better, Keeping Bigger Fish or Little Ones?"

On September 24, 2022 Travis Verdegan wrote; Q) "Hey Jeff, Interesting you mentioned your voluntary limit of 16 inches on Lake Winnie. I’d like to say I’m going to stick to that, but sometimes my decisions come down to the order in which I catch fish, the species I catch first, the circumstances of the trip and even how badly the fish was hooked. I like to ensure a meal, which can be two or three decent fish for my family, then when the pressures off it becomes easier to be more selective. Hypothetical question. If you had to choose between the two, would you keep 1 23-1/2 inch walleye over harvesting multiple, (2 to 3), 14 inch walleyes?

For me over-size fish, 23 inches or larger, usually get lumped right in with the (protected) slot fish, 18 to 23 inches. I’m reconsidering given the population dynamics setting up on Winnie. Thanks, Travis"

A) Personally, my short answer to your question is that I’d probably ..." Read >> "What's Better, Keeping Bigger Fish or Little Ones? September 25, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "Top Drop Shot Rig Plastics for Walleye Fishing" September 24, 2022

image links to video about catching walleyes using drop shot rigs"Rigging live bait on a slip sinker rig has long been a dominant walleye fishing technique, but the drop shot rig has been growing in popularity thanks to its efficiency, fish-triggering ability, and flexibility to experiment quickly with various live baits and soft plastics. Pro walleye angler Mark Courts shares the benefits of the drop shot rig in walleye fishing and why he’s shifted from live bait to soft plastics much of the time. He shares his favorite scented Berkley soft baits for the drop shot technique and a few rigging tips to help you catch more walleyes without the inconvenience of live bait.

So why would you use a drop shot rig over a jig or slip sinker setup? For Courts, it’s about getting the bait down to the fish fast and keeping it in the strike zone. Generally speaking, walleyes prefer hugging the bottom and feeding in this zone. A drop shot rig keeps your bait at ..." View Video and Learn More >> Top Drop Shot Rig Plastics for Walleye Fishing


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort September 24, 2022

image of Karen Reynolds with big walleye caught on Lake Winnie"When the wind blows, walleye anglers should focus on shallow water, shoreline breaks. Key depths vary from spot to spot, but generally use 7 to 10 feet of water as a guideline to get started.

Sometimes, fish will go shallower, so don’t be afraid to experiment with 4-to-6-foot breaklines and rocky patches. Sometimes, calm water and sunshine will force fish to move deeper, 10 to 16 feet has been a key, calm water depth range. Don’t expect to find them everywhere, but there are some fish even deeper, certain select areas of the lake’s largest bars hold schools of fish too. Look for inside corners (pockets) and the tips of point in water depths of 16 to 26 feet.

Jigs and minnows now out pace most other presentations in terms of both effectiveness and efficiency. We could argue that trolling spinners continues to be an effective search tool, but side-by-side observations of anglers using the 2 presentations show clearly that the “jiggers” ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report September 24, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Fall Crappie Migration - One Step Closer" September 23, 2022

image of Andy with big crappie caught on Cutfoot Sioux "As of a day or two ago, reports began emerging about folks who were catching crappies that had moved toward deeper, open water, early fall territory. Paraphrasing Bryan Harris, Eagle Nest Lodge on Cutfoot Sioux, “Crappies have finally cooperated for some of our guests, we’ve had a couple groups bringing some in these past few days.” Another friend reported that his father had started getting some panfish in one of the popular, early fall destinations too, on the same day.

After hearing those reports, I forced myself to try the open water pattern again on Thursday. I used the term “forced myself” because after struggling to find crappies in any of my favorite early fall locations, I was reluctant to burn up too much time searching for them when I could be keeping my crew busy catching something else. But they were interested in catching some specs, and I was eager to please them. So, with the aviso that we weren’t going to make a career out of finding them, we set about the search.

As you can see, we did catch some and the average size of those we harvested was good. But we also ..." Read >> Fall Crappie Migration - One Step Closer September 23, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Reliable Fall Walleye Bite In Progress" September 22, 2022

image of Greg Kessler landing nice walleye on Lake Winnie Wednesday’s strong, cool, northwest wind might not have been fun for boating, but for most folks who braved the elements, wetting a line was rewarding.

The day before, Tuesday, the surface water temperature was 67 degrees at the end of my fishing trip. By Wednesday morning, the reading was 65 degrees at the beginning of our trip and from there it slowly slid downward into the 64.5-to-64.8-degree range. With overnight lows in the 30s that occurred last night, I suspect my graph will register another reduction in surface temperatures when we arrive at the lake later this morning.

Without doubt, the falling water temps are kicking walleyes into fall feeding mode. On Monday and Tuesday, surface water was smooth, and admittedly, the bite was tricky. But for folks who knew how to work the system, even calm water did not kill the walleye bite, they ..." Read >> Walleye Fishing Report Semptember 22, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Minnow Supply Update" September 21, 2022

image of fathead minnows in trap net Grabbing the attention of one reader was Tuesday’s update about minnow supplies, or the lack of them in the north central Minnesota region.

In my opinion, his text message to me speaks to the comments (9-20-22) I made about the new era of complacency in America. I thinks reading the exchange of texts between us might be illuminating.

Reader) “I’ve seen your post (about minnows). I have a large holding pond with tens of thousands of fatheads. Know anyone interested?

Sundin) “If they’re good ones, I bet we can ..." Learn More >> Fathead Minnow Supply Update September 21, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report September 21, 2022

image of fisherman holding big lake trout caught near Ely Minnesota "Lake Trout anglers have been finding lakers in 30 to 60 feet of water, just off sharpe dropoffs as of late. Trolling spoons behind down riggers has been very effective for anglers fishing from a boat. Anglers fishing from a canoe, have been having luck vertical jigging heavy bucktails and heavy tube jigs, in these same areas.

Walleye fishing seems to of improved this last weekend, despite poor weather going into the weekend.

Water temps went from the low 70’s to mid 60’s, almost over night. With that the bite went from crawlers to minnows almost over night. While trolling continues to produce walleyes, the majority of anglers have ... Read >> Ely MN Area Fishing Report September 21, 2022


image links to fishrapper home page September 20, 2022 — "Relief For Anglers Suffering With Bad Bait?"

image of poor quality mud minnow links to report about live bait supplies "This summer, questions about the bait supply, or more specifically what’s wrong with it, have come up periodically and fall into the “need more research” category.

On September 6, 2022, Michael Carlson wrote, “I was in your area a few weeks ago heading for Winnie and stopped at the local bait stores looking for minnows, particularly larger minnows.  When I asked to see the fatheads, what I saw was mostly crappie minnows with very few wart-nosed fatheads in the mix. I was told nicely that "this is what we get this time of year". 

Q) Is this a new phenomenon to the area or do larger minnows ..." Read >> Q&A Relief For Anglers Suffering With Bad Bait? September 20, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Mother Nature's Kiss On The Cheek" September 19, 2022

image of Winnie Walleye Guide Jeff Sundin holding nice walleye Conditions on the lake would moderate throughout the day on Sunday, but not before Mother Nature blew a breath of optimism in our direction. Mother's kiss on the cheek, woke me up to the idea that for the first time this month, it finally felt like September had actually arrived. The air was crisp, there was a “walleye chop” blowing in from the west-northwest and the surface water temperature was locked in at 66 degrees.

On the heels of a line of overnight storms, the “cold front”, and subsequent dip in water temperatures nibbled away at the effectiveness of trolling presentations and added momentum to the jig and minnow bite. Folks that had been trolling crankbaits were covering a lot of water between strikes, spinners were working, but the pace was noticeably slower than it had been over the past weeks.

Until now, trolling versus jigging presentations have produced similar results. Some friends have ..." Read >> Sundin Report September 19, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Treat Perch Like Walleyes and Catch More" September 16, 2022

image of Keith Eberhardt and friend Greg with big perch on fillet boardFinding larger perch, 10 inches or better, has been easy this summer. But finding those fish in great numbers has been a real struggle, at least for me. Most days, my customers can count on catching 8 to 12 jumbos mixed in with our walleye catch.

The one notable exception is that when I target perch, we catch less instead of more. I was headed down that path again yesterday until I swerved into one possible remedy; stop treating the perch like perch and start treating them more like walleyes and then we'll more, and they'll be bigger to boot.

My pal Keith Eberhardt doesn’t really need to fish with me, he can find plenty of fish on his own. But, he and Diane, his wife have taken a moderate liking to me and a couple of times every season, hire me to help entertain certain friends and family members. Greg, Keith’s buddy loves to fish for perch and that’s how I found myself in the hot seat yesterday, searching for jumbo perch at ..." Read >> Treat Perch Like Walleyes and Catch More September 16, 2022


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report September 15, 2022

"Turning the corner into fall has been a slower than average process this season. But despite the summer’s stubborn desire to not relinquish control, the waters of Winnie and Cutfoot have begun transitioning into early fall patterns.

Surface water temperatures, caused by a period of calm and sunny weather, took a short detour back into the 71-to-72-degree range early this week. But once the breeze picked up and the skies turned grey, surface readings in the 66-to-68-degree range have become the norm.

Walleyes can still be found in a wide range of habitat that include both classic summer spots as well as the areas known for producing good fall fishing action. Large, mid lake bars like the Bena Bar, Center Bar, Sugar Bar and Horseshoe continue to hold good numbers of fish. At the same time, walleye populations are building along shoreline breaks, in average water depths ranging between 6 and 10 feet.

One notable departure from recent reports has ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Report September 15, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Where Have All The Crappies Gone?" September 13, 2022

Yesterday, I promised an update about if and where I might find crappies with Dick and Paul on their final day of the 2022 fall trip. Either that report piqued folks’ interest, or else it was a gigantic coincidence that last night I had a 4-person text rotation going on at the same time. The subject, common to all 4 simultaneous messages pertained to where crappies could be found and caught right now.

On Monday, I was kind of excited by the weather forecast, I hoped that the nice dip in the overnight air temperatures might push some fish out of the shallows and ..." Read >> Sundin Crappie Update September 13, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism September 13, 2022

image on young woman holding big sturgeon caught on the rainy river "Another beautiful week of walleye fishing on the south end of Lake of the Woods. Some cool evenings, steam coming off of the water in the morning and the trees just starting to turn colors, The seasons are changing and the fish are biting.

Walleyes are being caught using a few different techniques. Drifting or trolling spinners with crawlers at 1.0 to 1.25 miles per hour is still filling coolers with nice fish.

The second method catching some nice walleyes is trolling crankbaits. Lots of fish of all sizes. Pink UV firetiger, chartreuse, orange and gold are all good colors.

Third, jigs tipped with minnows continue to ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report September 13, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Fun with Dick and Paul: Fishing the Fish-Able" September 12, 2022

image of mirror glass smooth water links to Jeff Sundin fishing report.... We took advantage of an opportunity to fish for crappies on a couple of Grand Raids area lakes. We didn’t catch a lot, but the ones we found were in mixed cabbage and coontail plants at water depths of 7 to 10 feet. While we were only marginally successful at catching crappies, the same vegetation held sunfish and bass too; we fared better catching those.

Casting 1/16-ounce jig heads tipped with plastic tails got us started on the crappies, but once the bluegills were discovered, switching to live bait jigs tipped with cut pieces of night crawler worked better on those. When the action stopped, we began exploring for fresh territory by trolling spinners. That worked a little bit too, but I had another goal in mind, so we didn’t stick with it very long.

Following up on persistent “hot tips” about perch fishing, I decided to take a swing at another spot, so we left the panfish behind and ..." Read >> Sundin Grand Rapids Fishing Report September 12, 2022


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report September 9, 2022

image linkis to Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie fishing report September 9, 2022 "... On Wednesday, a particularly warm, calm, and sunny day, fishing action on the big lake was “spotty”. Joyce Damon, one of our annual early fall guests was on the lake fishing with her family and local guide Jeff Sundin when she asked; is it because of the calm water and sunshine that the fish aren’t biting?

“They are still “biting”, Sundin replied. “Whenever we find some and I can see them on the graph, somebody catches one. When you think about it, some spots have been better than others, almost every place we’ve stopped has produced something. So, it’s not that they won’t bite, it’s just that fish aren’t stacked up in any single location. Without weather circumstances that encourage fish to go on the prowl and begin feeding, we just need to cover more ground, check more spots, and work smarter, and harder to ... " Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Report September 9, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report September 7, 2022

image of woman with huge crappie caught near Ely MN "Walleye - Walleye fishing remains steady for many this last week. Crawlers on spinner rigs and trolling crankbaits remains the best way to catch walleyes. Anglers continue to find walleyes in that 6-12 foot range, working windy shorelines. Gold, brass and orange where the best colors this last week. The minnow bite seems to of cooled off as water temps climbed this last week.

Smallmouth - Smallies continue to transition out to sunken islands, close to deep water, on many of the areas lakes.

Out here big minnows either fished on a jig or lindy rigs has been very effective for size and numbers. Humps that top out at ..." Read >> Ely MN Fishing Report September 7, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism September 6, 2022

image of Eva Van Langen holding big smallmouth bass links to fishing report from lake of the woods"Walleye fishing has been great all summer, and continues to be strong on the south end of Lake of the Woods. As we transition into fall, lake levels continue to drop, all boat ramps are open, and both lodge docks and fshing charters are available!

Last week, the annual "Pay It Forward" event hosted 80 U.S. service veterans who fished on board a variety of Lake of the Woods charter boats. Across the board, all of the participating charter captains delivered their crews back to the docks with limits of fresgly caught walleye in hand.

Walleyes were caught using a few different techniques. Most popular was drifting or trolling with ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report September 6, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Spinning the Spin-Able and Jigging the Jig-Able" September 2, 2022

"... I remember years when the calendar page turned over to September and the weather outside turned to “September” too. I can recall more than a few days of fishing with snowflakes blowing into my face, in September, well before the leaves were fallen from the trees.

Yesterday, September 1, 2022, the only “flakes” blowing into my face were hoverflies from a hatch more massive than anything I can remember seeing, they’ve been everywhere! The slow moving, bee-like insects, along with a half dozen other kind of bugs hatching, have provided support for the notion that summer fishing patterns will be sticking around, at least for a little while.

Today, trolling presentations, like the spinner and minnow method we hear about over most of the summer, are still the best bet for most species of fish. Wiggle worming, jigs tipped with plastic action tails and trolling crankbaits are presentations that should also be kept in mind, especially when you ..." Read >> Sundin Fishing Report September 2, 2022


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report September 1, 2022

"Heavy lightning, booming thunder and torrential rain graced us with their presence on Sunday evening. The encore to that performance was a day of west winds at 25 plus MPH on Monday. The churning action caused by rolling whitecaps “turned over” the water over much of Winnie, and some of the most exposed areas of Cutfoot Sioux.

By Tuesday, surface water temperatures had fallen. Our 68-degree reading indicated a full 5 degree drop from the 73-degree readings viewed over the past weekend. As the sunshine returned and moderate winds allowed the lake to begin settling back down, walleyes continued to bite, but in a whole new array of locations.

The driving principal of fish location on Tuesday was food. Both during and after the turnover, huge pods of baitfish began turning up on deeper, but slow tapering shoreline breaks. At times, anglers spotted numerous small and scattered schools of walleye near the ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report September 1, 2022

image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism August 30, 2022

image of huge, five foot long sturgeon caught on the rainy river "It’s another great week of walleye fishing on the south end of Lake of the Woods. Lake levels continue to drop, boat ramps are open, docks and charters are available!

The fishing report today is similar report to last week’s report. The patterns, which have been common all summer, are drifting spinners, trolling crankbaits and jigging. Whichever their primary expertise or interests are, these 3 methods have had anglers catching walleyes consistently throughout the summer.

Drift or troll spinners at 1.0 to 1.25 mph using a 2 ounce weight with a 2 or 3 hook snelled spinner and ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report August 30, 2022


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort August 29, 2022

Predicting walleye locations on Winnibigoshish is fairly straight forward right now. It is no secret that today, the lake itself provides the most help to anglers. Because of the strong 2018- and 2019-year classes of walleyes, there are good populations of fish on all 4 sides of Winnie. So, any wind that blows is a good one, providing that it’s manageable and you can travel safely to and from your chosen fishing destinations.

When you can take advantage of it, the shallow bite is the easiest. A decent chop coming into the shore at a shallow angle, 15-to-30-degree angle is the best. For example, a south wind blowing along and slightly into the east shoreline fires up the bite anywhere from ..." Read >> Winnibigoshish Fishing Report August 29, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Presenting the Present-Able, A Break In The Monotony" August 27, 2022

image of Donna Drummond with nice walleye caught on a Grand Rapids area lake "A break in the routine of fishing Winnie this week came in the form of a “learning trip” on one of the smaller Grand Rapids area lakes. Kevin and Donna, pictured, asked for a tip or two about how to catch walleyes, I agreed and as it turned out, we all learned something.

The mid-summer routine of trolling spinners is a pattern that seems to go on forever. I know that by now, you’ve likely grown weary of hearing about that presentation. You may be happy to learn that on Friday, spinners turned out to be decent search tool, but were dramatically over-shadowed by 2 other, much more efficient presentations.

Lindy Live Bait Jigs, 1/16-ounce size, were the centerpiece of each presentation. By adding night crawlers and wiggle worming, they produced walleyes for us. By adding 2-inch Ripple Shads, casting toward the weed edges and retrieving them with a swim-drop-swim-drop motion, they ..." Read >> Grand Rapids Area Fishing Report August 27, 2022


image links to fishrapper home page August 26, 2022 — "Any Cure For Summer Doldrums On My Favorite Lake?"

On Friday August 26, 2022 Brandon Flaata wrote.

Q) "Hi Jeff, I was up north on (lake name withheld) first half of this week. I spent a fair amount of time fishing, along with a few other in my group. My boat was targeting walleye and crappies, the other bass. We marked fish constantly, and threw everything at the book at them, but couldn't get anything to bite, we even tried dead stick fishing. We dropped a jig down and just let it sit. On our graph we would see fish come up to our bait, look at it, then swim off. This was the first time we were unable to convince anything but a couple rock bass out of 5 fishermen in 2-1/2 days of fishing.

If you haven't been to this lake, it is a known lake for crappies, sunnies and bass. Walleye aren't targeted as much by fishermen, but we've always found success throughout spring and summer on a specific stretch of drop off. I was there in June and had great success!

Any thoughts on why the fish ..." Read >> Any Cure For Summer Doldrums On My Favorite Lake?


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "A Beautiful Lake Winnie Fishing Day " August 25, 2022

There were just enough walleyes on the flats to hold our attention, but the fishing action was “off” in comparison to recent days. Maybe it was because of the thunderstorm that had just blown through the area or maybe, there was enough breeze blowing to force a movement toward shallow water?

The only way to know, is to go, so we motored into the shoreline and trolled for a ½ mile or so. But if there were walleyes on the shoreline, I hadn’t found them yet, so we went back out onto the flats and picked up where we left off.

On the 2nd attempt, walleye action on the flats was better, but still not great. With a steady breeze blowing and grey skies overhead, the idea of trying the shallows again was gaining strength. We went back to the shoreline, started trolling the weed edges in 7 feet of water and voila, there they were; stacked up like …" Read >> Sundin Lake Winnie Update August 25, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report August 24, 2022

image of woman with gigantic walleye caught near Ely MN "Walleye fishing has remained steady this last week. As is typical for late August, trolling crankbaits, spinner rigs and covering ground, looking for active walleyes.

Trolling shad raps in 12 to 18 feet of water, over large flats, shoreline points and sunken islands has been very popular and effective.

Spinner rigs with hammered gold, copper and nickel blades, tipped with a leech has also been very effective. Bites have been light, so pay close attention while pulling blades.

After a week of poor weather, smallmouth bass ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report August 24, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism August 24, 2022

image of walleye anglers at Lake of the Woods "Lake or the Woods water levels continue to drop, boat ramps are all open and resort docks are once again out of the water. Guests are enjoying the late summer sun, just in time for fall fishing!

Walleye fishing continues to be good on the south end of Lake of the Woods. Some anglers are still finding nice fish around Garden Island on the north end of the lake.

In addition to many limits of eaters being caught around the lake, some really big walleyes are showing up as well. As has been the pattern all summer, anglers catching walleyes primarily with three methods, drifting with ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report August 24, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Simple But Effective Late Summer Walleye Pattern" August 22, 2022

"To experienced anglers, the term “patterning” is not a new one. Simply put, it is an attempt to figure out what fish are doing on a given day, and then tailoring a presentation that best suits the immediate circumstances. When you peruse my archived fishing reports, you’ll see that many of them are, or were, an attempt to describe the “pattern” that unfolded during a specific fishing trip, or period during a season.

Sometimes patterning fish can be complicated, I have been known to occasionally end a fishing trip having more questions than answers. But other times, it’s easier and today, I think I have a linked pair of “easy ones” for you.

Windy Day = Fish Along Shallow breaklines, Calm Day = ..." Read >> Fishing Sundin Report August 22, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Water Levels Drop, Fishing Opportunities Rise" August 19, 2022

image of John Hauschild and sons with nice catch of crappies "Walleye purists continue to turn in good reports from Lake Winnie, but you already knew that.

I’ve seen good reports from reliable sources though who also give Leech Lake and Lake of the Woods thumbs up. Upper Red Lake hasn’t been in the news much lately, but now that we’ve entered a period of calmer, more stable weather, may be making some headlines soon.

For me, customers who want to catch walleyes are being taken to Lake Winnibigoshish. But whenever customers give me some latitude, I’m still choosing to take them to ... " Read >> Fishing Report August 19, 2022


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 18, 2022

"Key presentations vary with anglers’ preferences, but trolling spinners tipped with a minnow account for the largest proportion of the effort. Jigs and Minnows, trolling crankbaits and night crawler harnesses are also productive for those who choose those alternative presentations.

The action was wild and wooly on Tuesday, and most folks on the lake caught fish using minimal effort. Without doubt, the grey skies and choppy water made that easier, but we think that an advancing line of thunderstorms encouraged the feeding frenzy even more. If the action slows today, we’ll be advising guests to explore an alternative game plan, fishing mid-depth flats.

Center Bar, Bena Bar, Sugar Bar and ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Report August 18, 2022

image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism August 16, 2022

image of angler holding large musky on Lake of the woods "Walleye fishing has been good all summer and is still going strong on the south end of Lake of the Woods. Folks are bringing in lots of limits of walleyes, along with some big fish being caught and released along the way.

Nice eaters still set up in 15 to 20 foot depth range outside both gaps on the south end of the lake as well as numerous areas of Big Traverse Bay. Lots of anglers running north if conditions allow.

Drifting spinners still producing. Hammered gold, pink, orange, glow white, glow red or a combo of some of these colors working well. Usually a two or three hook harness with just a few inches of crawler off of the back hook. Good success jigging for walleyes. This technique usually slows down in August, but this year it ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods August 16, 2022


image links to mn dnr news release News Releases August 12, 2022: "Fisheries Workgroups Accepting Apllications"

"Periodically, I’ll have conversations with anglers who are frustrated by one DNR regulation or another. It’s easy to understand why that happens, because when it comes to fishing, our “issues of the day” are becoming more and more complex. Often, it’s easy to get anglers to agree on what the problems are, but they seem to only ever disagree on how to solve them. One thing I can tell you for sure, there are few, if any, “one size fits all” rules and regulations that ever solve anything.

Education, in my view, is the best possible way to ..." Learn More >> MN DNR Fisheries Workgroups Accepting Apllications


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Lake Superior, Busmans Holiday" August 11, 2022

image of the Hippie Chick with salmon caught on Lake Superior, near Duluth"I’ve never caught a salmon, but I’ve always wanted to. Some folks have told me that Alaska is the place to go. Others have suggested Lake Michigan, still others, the Columbia River, along with other glorious destinations. They all sound like fun, but with limited time and resources, I reasoned that we ought to at least try Lake Superior first. It’s in our back yard, there are plenty of charter captains to choose from and by all accounts, can offer up some pretty good fishing at times. So, I and the Hippie Chick booked a charter and yesterday was the big day!

We departed the dock at Barker’s Island yesterday morning at 6:00 AM and after the crew searched for the “right” water temperature, began setting lines by about 6:45.

It appeared the day might be action packed because the salmon you see the Hippie chick holding struck before Captain Scott had even ..." Read >> Lake Superior Salmon Fishing Trip August 11, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism August 11, 2022

image of angler holding giant smallmouth bass caughton the rainy river Lake levels continue to drop and fishing is excellent on the south end of Lake of the Woods. Boat ramps are open and the fishing charters and walleye guides are on fish. There are lots of "limits" of walleyes coming back to the docks, along with some big fish being caught and released on the lake.

Warrior Boats had their David A. Andersen Memorial Walleye Tournament Saturday. 144 boats. Catch and release. Winning bag, 5 walleyes for 49.37 lbs. Some big walleyes, congrats!

Normally, August is crawler harness and crankbait time on LOW and jigging isn't as effective. All three techniques are working well this year. Some walleyes are still holding closer to shorelines, while other fish ..." >> Lake of the Woods Report August 11, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report August 9, 2022

image of angler with big smallmout4h bass caught in the ely mn area "Walleye: Trolling bite has been very consistent for walleye anglers. Most anglers have been trolling in 15 to 18 feet of water with shad raps. During evening hours, on lakes with ciscos, walleye suspend to chase ciscos. Here anglers are fishing with tail dancers in 20 to 30 feet down, over 30 to 60 feet of water.

For anglers who don’t like trolling there has been reports of spinner rigs working. Best report have been when anglers are tipping it with leeches. These anglers are finding walleyes in 15 to 25 feet of water, around sunken islands, mouths of bays and main lake points. Hammered gold, silver, pink and blue have been top colors.

Smallmouth bass fishing remains very consistent everywhere in ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report August 9, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "3 Sneaky Tricks to Find Summer Bass" August 11, 2022

image links to video about catching bass in heavy weed cover"Crankbaits perform best when they come back to you in a straight line. Cliff Pace discusses why your crankbaits need to be tuned and how to tune a bait with a simple twist of the bait eye.

So why does it matter? As Pace discusses, a straight running bait reaches its maximum running depth and deflects off cover with less snagging. Simply grab a needle-nosed plier and make a subtle bend of the line tie the opposite direction the bait is running. If it’s veering to the left, bend the eye slightly to the right. It’s easy to overcompensate, so a small bend usually corrects the issue.

While most crankbaits and plugs come tuned, the simple act of fishing them, fighting fish, and just regular wear and tear knocks them out of whack from time to time. Follow this guide to ..." Learn More >> 3 Sneaky Tricks to Find Summer Bass


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Hiding From Wind? Try Mississippi River" August 6, 2022

image of Ken Seufert with crappie and walleye caught on the Mississippi River"... it was Ken’s question on Wednesday that provides the lead in for todays report. Looking upstream on the Mississippi River, west from Four Season’s dock, he asked; “Do you ever go up the river and fish for crappies?” “Not on this stretch I said, but I have fished other places on the Mississippi and done fairly well at times. Maybe one of these days we’ll give it a try”, I added.

Well, on Friday, Ken and I were scheduled to fish again, and this time, the forecast wind was from the south at 20 MPH, with stronger gusts at times. This called for another defensive play, but where would we go to stay out of the breeze this time? Yes, you’re right, timely, topical, and not at all a bad choice for a multi-species, mixed bag fishing trip on a windy day; the Mississippi River! You can see Ken’s hat flapping in the wind in the accompanying photo, so this turned out to be a good idea.

Water conditions on the river remain high and the current is strong, but the oxbows and back bays benefit from that. Places where I have not been able to fish at all in recent years are now easily ..." Read >> Fishing Report August 6, 2022 COL VMS


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report August 4, 2022

image links to fishing report from Lake Winnibigoshish "There are schools of fish on the north, south and west sides of Winnie for sure. There may be schools of fish on the east side too, but with the prevailing winds, it’s been hard for our guests to access that side of the lake. Key spots have been Raven’s Point, Mallard Point, Stony Point, and Little Stony Point. Between the “key” locations, walleyes can be found scattered along the shoreline breaks in water depths of 5 to 8 feet of water.

On days when the wind won’t blow, fish make short migrations away from the shoreline and spread out across flats in water depths of 12 to 16 feet. Getting a lure in front of them may take longer, but when it happens, they will ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Report August 4, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report August 3, 2022

image of woman holding a big smallmouth bass caught near Ely, MN"Walleye angling has slowed for many, as walleyes have been scattered this last week. Anglers, covering ground, have been catching walleyes trolling deep diving shad raps and tail dancers. These anglers have been working weedlines, large flats and over deep water during the evenings.

Anglers continue to have luck pulling spinner rigs, tipped with leeches or crawlers. Gold, pink and silver have been popular colors right now. Anglers pulling spinner rigs have been catching walleyes in 6-9 feet of water, in and around scattered cabbage beds.

Smallmouth Bass fishing continues to ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report August 3, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism August 2, 2022

image of walleyes stacked up on fish filleting table at Zippel Bay Resort links to lake of the woods fishing report "As evidenced by the accompanying photo, the mid-summer walleye fishing remains excellent on the south end of Lake of the Woods. It's common to see fishing guides and resort guests returning to their respective docks with limits of both walleyes and saugers. Access to the lake is easier now too, water levels are slowly dropping and boat ramps are open.

Anglers report finding nice pods of "eater" walleyes in 12 to 20 feet of water out in front of Pine Island, near both the Lighthouse and Morris Point gaps.

It's common to hear about fish moving to ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report August 2, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "How to Tune Crankbaits to Run Deeper with Less Snagging" August 2, 2022

image links to video about catching bass in heavy weed cover"Crankbaits perform best when they come back to you in a straight line. Cliff Pace discusses why your crankbaits need to be tuned and how to tune a bait with a simple twist of the bait eye.

So why does it matter? As Pace discusses, a straight running bait reaches its maximum running depth and deflects off cover with less snagging. Simply grab a needle-nosed plier and make a subtle bend of the line tie the opposite direction the bait is running. If it’s veering to the left, bend the eye slightly to the right. It’s easy to overcompensate, so a small bend usually corrects the issue.

While most crankbaits and plugs come tuned, the simple act of fishing them, fighting fish, and just regular wear and tear knocks them out of whack from time to time. Follow this guide to ..." Learn More >> How to Tune Crankbaits to Run Deeper with Less Snagging


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort August 1, 2022

image links to fishing report from lake winnie A little more stormy weather, a little more water under the bridge.

Water levels had begun to recede on Lake Winnie, and it’s connected waters, but on Sunday afternoon, a line of thunderstorms delivered more heavy rainfall to the region.  Rainwater has a cooling effect on surface temperatures, and the 72-degree readings we saw at mid-day on Sunday, gave way to 69-degree readings after the storms.

Depending on your point of view, the cooler, higher water can be considered either a blessing, or a burden. The scattering effect high water has had on fish populations means that our guests have to check more spots every day to find fish, that’s the burden. However, fish, scattered because of having so many feeding and habitat choices are still feeding actively, so when we find some, they bite, that’s the blessing.

Shallow, shoreline breaks offer anglers to ... Read >> Lake Winnie Report August 1, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Lake Winnie Walleye and Pike Report" July 29, 2022

image links to fishing report about lake winnibigoshish Lake Winnibigoshish, as you probably already know, has offered up some very good walleye fishing these past couple of seasons; it still is. I was there yesterday, last Tuesday, and 4 other times during the month of July.

Some days have been better than others, but all 6 times we’ve been able to set our own voluntary minimum size limit of 14+ inches and still either gather “limits” or like yesterday, come really close, bagging 11 of the 12 which would have been legal for Mike & Pam to take home.

Surface water temperatures had taken another dip since the cold front moved in late this Wednesday. Ranging from 69.9 to 71.5 degrees, it would seem certain that the 78-degree readings I reported last week will ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 29, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Down, But Not Out" July 28, 2022

I’m disappointed by the falling water temperatures. The 72-degree readings I’ve seen over the past few days represents 6 degrees, or more, drop in surface water temperatures since last week. During a typical summer, this would be about the time when temperatures peak, usually somewhere close to 80 degrees, and then begin falling slowly throughout August.

What’s so bad about that, you might be asking? Well, if you’re like me, it means ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 28, 2022


image links to fishrapper home page Steve Hicks wrote,

image of bullet sinkers and swivel used by Jeff Sundin for trolling spinnersQ) “I read your report about (fishing) the Little Joe Spinners and would like to know the best method for eliminating line twist on (both) mono and braid. I know that the Little Joes come with a loop tied in them. So how do you rig them, snap swivels, barrel swivels, or??”

A) Steve, for fishing the weeds, I use the larger brass snap swivel you see in the accompanying photo. The larger, sloppier fit of the brass barrel swivel shrugs off tiny pieces of shell, grains of sand and other debris that can clog up the swivel, resulting in twisted line.

Ironically, the more precision fit of expensive, ball bearing, and other fancy pants swivels make them ..." Read >> Q&A Little Joe Spinners July 28, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism July 26, 2022

"image of charter captain and young girl showing a big walleye caught on aLake of the Woods Summer walleye fishing is in full swing at the south end of Lake of the Woods. Boat ramps are available if you bring your own boat. Resort charter boats are available and putting anglers on walleyes for those who want to make life easy.

There are nice pods of eater size walleyes in 10 to 15 feet of water in front of Pine Island, near both the Lighthouse and Morris Point gaps. Deep mud is also holding schools of fish in 28 to 34 feet of water, there are large numbers of walleyes in some of these schools. Reefs in Big Traverse Bay are also holding nice numbers of walleyes. Some anglers report catching jumbo perch, pike and a few crappies in the mix as well.

Both drift fishing using spinners tipped with crawlers and trolling crankbaits have ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report July 26, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Precious Plankton Producing Positive Pattern" July 25, 2022

Image of Josh with big winnie walleye caught during thne daikin fish-a-roo "During my formative years as a fishing guide, “prime time walleye fishing” for me, was the early season period and then again in the fall. The terms are subjective, so depending on your specific location in the Midwest, early could have meant anytime from sometime in March, through about mid-June. The fall bite, also a subjective term, could have occurred anytime from Late August, on through late October, occasionally lasting a little bit longer.

Between those 2 peak periods of productivity, was the mid-summer, a time when many walleye anglers, me included, simply waited out the mid-summer doldrums. Biding or time, fishing for bass and panfish kept us occupied while we waited for the next ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 25, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "Punching Mats for Bass | 7 Overlooked Tips" July 23, 2022

image links to video about catching bass in heavy weed cover"Fletcher Shryock loves fishing for bass buried in grass mats with the flipping and pitching techniques.

He shares some overlooked pointers, such as the 3 best times of the day to catch bass in mats, how to visually identify the best grass, key tackle for punching, how to properly fish your flipping setup, and overlooked areas that can get you more bites.

Shryock’s 7 tips to better punching success on grass lakes:

Fish during bite windows. Fletcher discusses the 3 best windows to ..." View Video and Learn More >> Punching Mats for Bass | 7 Overlooked Tips


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Mid-Summer Fishing Traditions" July 22, 2022

It’s been mid-summer traditions week here at the field office of “The Early Bird Fishing Guide”. The Fish-A-Roo, held annually at William’s Narrows Resort on Cutfoot Sioux has been going on all week. Squeezed into the open date in the middle of that, Camp Hastings, another annual event featured a smaller, but equally enthusiastic as ever, 3rd and 4th generation crew. Generally, it’s been a week filled with good fishing, good eating and for some, long hours.

Last Sunday, Day 1 of the Fish-A-Roo, almost everybody fished on Upper Red Lake. Fishing was good there, and I wrote a report about that trip on Monday. So, if you’re interested, check that one out if you hadn’t already. On day 2 of the event, several of the guides chose to stay on Lake Winnie, a decision that turned out to be really a good one. Most of us chose to ..." Read >> Fishing Report July 22, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Upper Red Lake Report" July 20, 2022

image of upper red lake fishing guide Jeff Sundin with nice walleye The consensus among anglers fishing Upper Red Lake has generally been that there was a larger average size walleye were being caught on the north side, than there were on the south shoreline. But after fishing on the south end this week, I think there might be a better way to express it.

While it may be true that a higher percentage of the walleye caught up north are “keepers”, south side anglers are getting plenty of good size fish too. To do that, they just catch 5 times as many fish to sort out the good ones.

Surface water temperatures are warming, but with water levels remaining high, it’s taken longer to warm up than usual. Now in the 76-to-78-degree range, there’s a healthy algae bloom in the water and there are more fish lingering along the shoreline, and ..." Read >> Upper Red Lake Report July 20, 2022


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 19, 2022

image links to fishing report from Lake Winnibigoshish "Just at the point during mid-summer when you’d think the walleye fishing action SHOULD slow down, IT DOESN’T, at least that’s how it usually works on Lake Winnie!

Warm weather and sunshine have brought water temperatures up. Now in the 76-to-78-degree range, the lake has developed an algae bloom. Algae blooms are good for the lake in many ways, but for anglers, they help by reducing water clarity and that makes it easier to get close to walleyes during the daytime.

Surface water temperatures, in and of themselves are good for anglers too. The rising temperatures increase fish metabolism, encouraging them to feed both more heavily and more often. Trolling patterns, at increased speeds become effective, making it easier for folks to ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Report July 19, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism July 20, 2022

image links to fishing report from Lake of the Woods "Summer walleye fishing remains very good across the south end of Lake of the Woods. Different schools of walleyes keying in on different forage offers anglers numerous opportunities.Water levels are starting to drop and debris that is consistent with high water has flushed through the system. Thankfully, fishing has been great despite a high water year.

A good bite for eater walleyes in 10 to 15 feet of water, just off of Pine Island and other areas along the south shore. Some are using spinners with crawlers to catch these fish but trolling crankbaits to cover water is also producing. Some are still jigging which is still effective despite it being mid July.

Deep mud in 28 to 33 feet of water this time of year holding good numbers of fish. You just have to ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report July 20, 2022


image links to fishrapper home page July 15, 2022 — "Spinner Preferences For Mixed Bag Trolling Presentation?"

"On July 14, 2022 Perry Linkmeiter wrote;

"Q) Jeff, I’ve followed your articles about trolling spinners for the “mixed bag” of fish and noticed that you refer to Little Joe spinners a lot. In your opinion, are these the only ones that work, or are there others that will catch just as many fish? Follow up, what are your personal favorite colors? Thanks in advance, Perry

A) Perry, certainly there are other spinners that will do the trick, in fact, some of the guides in my region ..." Q&A Spinner Preferences For Mixed Bag Trolling Presentation? July 15, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "Mixing The Mix-Able" July 13, 2022

image of James and Josh Blood, along with Phil Goettl after successful fishing trip Have you ever fished on Bowstring Lake and spotted a location on your map called “Goettl (GET-ELL) Bar”? Well, this photo of Phil Goettl (right), accompanied by his stepsons Josh and James reminds me to remind you how that spot got its name.

Sometime in the early 1990s, I was fishing on Bowstring with Phil Goettl, his brother Erik and one of their pals, Albert. There was a yellow jug floating over the top of that bar and these boys said “hey, let’s go fish over there by that yellow jug.” Naturally, I resisted, what big time pro fishing guide ever wants to fish by somebody else’s yellow jug? The crew kept haranguing me though and eventually I succumbed to the pressure and motored over to the spot for a perusal. Yes, you can see this one coming, the bar was loaded with walleyes, and we caught some of them; the bar was then named in their honor.

Not long after that, a mapping company ..." Read >> Mixed Bag Fishing Report July 13, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report July 13, 2022

image of fishernman holdiung big walleye caught in the Ely MN area "Walleye fishing continues to be good to excellent for many anglers this last week. Anglers continue to find walleyes in 10 feet of water or less, in weedbeds. Slip bobber a leech has been very effective for many, while others are pulling live bait rigs, tipped with a leech or crawler, on weedlines. A few anglers are also starting to report a good bite out on sunken islands now too. Out here it has been more lindy rigging and jigging raps.

Smallmouth Bass: Topwater bite continues to go hot and heavy, right now. Whopper ploppers continue to be very hot! Soft plastics worms and Ned rigs have also been very effective on smallies. Large boulder flats, rocky points and downed trees are the area you will want to fish, if your looking for smallies.

Crappies continue to ..." Read >> Ely Area Fishing Report July 13, 2022


image links to the Pines Resort website Lake Winnibigoshish The Pines Resort July 12, 2022

image links to lake winnibigoshish walleye fishing report "Rumbling storms interrupted the morning routine around the resort on Monday, that didn’t encourage much fishing action. Not long after that, strong westerly winds developed and whitecaps started rolling into the bay, not many went out in the waves either.

Local guide, Jeff Sundin did though, his guests from the lodge next door, Mike and Lori Lucht decided that they wanted to take a chance on the weather and, in the end, they were glad that they did.

“We were lucky that the wind took a little while to develop, there was an hour-long window between the storm ending and the strong wind starting. During that time, we were able to ..." Read >> Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 12, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism July 12, 2022

image links to fishing report from Lake of the Woods "It's been an excellent week on the south side of Lake of the Woods. Resorts are open for business, fishing has been great and guests are catching walleyes.

The MN Tournament Trail was on LOW this week and the winning teams each day had walleyes averaging 8 lbs per walleye for their 5 fish total. Day one winning weight was 39.75 lbs and day two was 41.00 lbs for this catch and release tournament.

Good numbers of walleyes being caught. A nice bite for eaters in 10 to 15 feet just off of Pine Island and other areas on the south shore.

Most are pulling spinners with crawlers to catch these fish. Another good bite is taking place in ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Report July 12, 2022


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin "North Central Minnesota's Fickly Fish Syndrome" July 11, 2022

image of mayfly sitting on the edge of sundin's boat Water levels remain high in north central Minnesota’s Itasca Region. Surface temperatures are still cooler than usual, but warming, 68 degrees on the low end, and 73 degrees at the warmest lakes I’ve visited recently. Algae blooms, thanks to a recent string of sunny days, are increasingly, but still significantly behind schedule too.

Insect hatches, including the large mayflies, have either already occurred, or are occurring now on most area lakes. The bug hatches range in intensity, some folks report seeing very heavy hatches, especially overnight mayfly hatches. On lakes I’ve fished, like Winnie, Round, Bowstring, Big Sandy, and others, I’d call the hatches moderate, but heavy enough to attract fish out onto soft bottom flats to feed on the larvae.

If you take high, cool water, combine that with increased water clarity, add insect hatches to the menu and throw in some stormy weather for good measure, you’ve ..." Read >> Sundin Report July 11, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report July 6, 2022

"Walleye fishing was surprisingly good, considering may flies continue to hatch on many area lakes. Best fishing seems to be shallow, in 10 feet of water or less. Shallow flats with scattered weeds, wind blown shorelines and areas around current, has been the best areas to fish.

Live bait rigs like spinner rigs and lindy rigs tipped with a crawler or leech has been the way to go. Reports of people catching walleye right off their docks with a slip bobber and leech continue to come in.

Topwater fishing for both smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been excellent this last week. Whopper ploppers and pop-r’s have been outstanding. Anglers should ..." Read >> Ely MN Fishing Report July 6, 2022


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism July 6, 2022

"Resorts and lodging facilities are doing a nice job adapting to high water conditions on the south end of Lake of the Woods. They are open for business, fishing has been great and they are taking good care of visitors.

There are good numbers of walleyes being caught and in a variety of locations. Anglers are finding some fish at 10 to 15 feet deep over mixed sand and rubble. Other anglers are finding walleyes in deeper water, 25 to 31 feet over mud.

Pulling spinners with a crawler or minnow has been the goto method for catching them. Walleyes almost always seem to be using the scattered reefs in the lake. Some days they are on top, other days ..." Read >> Lake of the Woods Fishing Report July 6, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "How to Troll Soft Plastic Worms for Walleyes" July 6, 2022

image links to video about catching walleyes using soft plastic worms and trolling spinners"Pro fisherman Korey Sprengel teaches us how to troll soft plastics using slow-turn hooks and bottom bouncers to contact active walleyes and appeal to their innate curiosity through the sense of smell and vision.

New-age plastics such as Berkley Gulp! are chemically engineered, and laboratory tested to appeal to a walleye’s sense of smell — this, coupled with the seductive spinning action of a worm on a slow-turn hook, has proven a potent olfactory and visual combo.

While the system may seem complex, the setup consists of a weight, leader, hook, and plastic. There are, however, several things to keep in mind. First off, select a bottom bouncer weight that maintains a 45-degree line angle when trolling. Next, use a longer rod with a moderate action to provide walleyes time to ..." View Video and Learn More >> How to Troll Soft Plastic Worms for Walleyes


image links to bowen lodge on lake winnie Bowen Lodge Cutfoot Sioux, Lake Winnie Fishing Report July 1, 2022

"Turbulent weather has kept fishing guests “on their toes”, particularly ones who love spending most of their time on the big lake. The pattern, if you want to call it that, has been to squeeze in a few hours of quality fishing time whenever the weather presents an opportunity.

Walleyes, still receiving the lion’s share of attention, are turning up in a wider variety of locations. There are still decent numbers of fish on mid-depth flats near Third River, Tamarack Bay and at the west side of Winnie. Key depths range from 10 to 14 feet on the flats where you’ll find scattered pods of walleyes feeding.

Mid-lake bars and humps are generating some attention mow too. Experienced anglers recognize walleye migrations following typical seasonal trends, starting on bars that connect directly to the shoreline, and then fanning out to ..." Read >> Bowen Lodge Lake Winnie Report July 1, 2022


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish "Glorvigen and Glorvigen Inducted MN Fishing Hall of Fame" February 5, 2022

image of Scott and Marty Glorvigen"Back in the mid 1980s, I worked alongside Marty and Scott Glorvigen in the same guide group. Later, I carted boxes of their new "Gemini Sport Towels" to sell from my retail booth at various sports shows.

Through the years, we've worked together often and today, I'm still associated with them through Wired2Fish.

The longer I've known them, the more influential they've become. But they've never lost sight of the roots and today, remain as humble and welcoming as they were on the first day I met them.
Congratulations on your well deserved induction into Minnesota's Fishing Hall of Fame! ..




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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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