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image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 30, 2021 "Leech Lake Lessons In Humility; Again"

image of Tom with nice smallmouth bass caught on Leech Lake The problem with being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it, I’ve said that before. And yesterday, I had another chance to “prove it” when I lost to Leech Lake, again. Yes, she provided me with one of her period lessons in humility, one of those days when no matter where I go or what I try, walleyes, at least most of them, give me the Class A snub-job.

If she was a real live person, I could imagine our pre-trip conversation going something like this.
Me) “Good morning sweetie, I’m going to bring some boys over today and we’re gonna catch some of your walleyes, okay?”
Her) “Oh, so you think you’re a good enough fisherman to just drop over with “some boys” and catch my walleyes huh? Hmm, well, okay let’s see what you got, show me what you and “your boys” can do with me today then.”

Too sunny, too calm, too whatever; I won’t bore you with explanations and excuses. I’ll just say that in the amount of time I had, 10 hours on the water, I just could not figure out the right pattern.

The good news? During those 10 hours, I did learn that the best bite going on Leech right now is perch and if I were going back today, I’d spend all the time pursuing them. I learned too that some of the smallmouth bass in leech lake are getting big, “Roly-Poly” would be a good nickname for the one in this photo of Tom, she was in the 20+ inch class.

Oh, and one more thing, I learned that even on a tough fishing day, I still can be “lucky” at fishing. I could have been fishing with 3 guys on a meat trip mission to feed their families for the winter, but I wasn’t. Instead, I was working for Bud and Tom, 2 guys who fish a lot and know all about the ups-and-downs of exploring lakes. If it wasn’t for their understanding and appreciation of my efforts, it would have been an even longer-long day!

Surface water temperature on Leech ranged between 62 and 63 degrees. All of the perch that we caught, along with all of the perch that others were catching, came out of the weeds. Some of the perch were nice but expect to weed through a ton of little ones along the way. We found them in water depths of 4 to 7 feet.

The smallmouth bass, along with a couple of pike and the only walleye we caught, came from mid-lake rock reefs in the main lake. I saw enough fish on my Humminbird to make me think I could do better out there under more favorable conditions. Catching that smallmouth, combined with seeing other fish that didn’t strike also convinced me that if I was headed out there again, I would go wherever I need to go and pick up some redtails or creek chubs. Lindy Rigging with the largest minnow I had on hand was how Tom caught the bass. I think that more of those fish would have fallen for a nice lively minnow on a Lindy Rig.

Maybe it’s the warm water temperatures, maybe I just got hit with a zinger yesterday, who knows? Considering how good Leech Lake has been at other times throughout the summer, I’ve gotta believe that there is still a good, reliable fall bite coming. With luck, it will happen during the time when most of us still have our boats out and available to fish it. I'll do my best to share it with you when it does. fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to wired2fish Wired2Fish Archives "10 Fishing Tricks to Find Loads of Fall Walleyes on Snap Jigs"

image links to article about outboard motor maintanance "Seth Feider takes the guesswork out of choosing the best lures for smallmouth bass fishing from late summer through late fall.

This comprehensive seasonal progression video breaks the fall period into distinct water temperature ranges; Feider then tells us what baits work best during each window based on years of hunting big bass on Minnesota's famed Mille Lacs and other productive Great Lakes region fisheries.

His lure selection is narrowed down to the following categories:" View Video and Learn More >>10 Fishing Tricks to Find Loads of Fall Walleyes on Snap Jigs


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism September 29, 2021

image of big pike caught on lake of the woods "The month of October is an excellent time to fish walleyes and the jig bite has begun on the south end of Lake of the Woods. Anglers report that both walleyes and saugers are cooperating very nicely, along with some perch and pike mixed in. Lots of good eaters, along with some sorting of smaller fish. Pike continue to be active with the cooling water temps.

The walleyes continue to transition to fall locations including at 25 to 30 feet of water, in front of Pine Island and to the west along the south shore have been hot.

Most anglers are anchored up and jigging with a fathead or emerald shiner. Strong jig colors, gold, orange, glow white, pink or a combo. Some anglers trolling crankbaits with success. This is a good method if the jigging bite isn't happening or if water goes flat.

If you like the jig bite, anchor up and jig over the side of the boat for a very enjoyable and typically memorable day. Charters and guides are available with area resorts.

Emerald shiners continue to run into the Rainy River and overall the walleye fishing has been good. Most walleye anglers on the river are anchoring up along a current seam or on the edge of a hole with a jig and minnow.

Try different areas. There are 42 miles of navigable river and lots of boat ramps. In some cases, it is helpful to find your own spots and get away from other boats.

Sturgeon activity has picked up as well with good fall reports. A gob of crawlers and/or frozen shiners on a sturgeon rig (18 inch leader made of 60lb test with a 2-3 ounce no roll sinker) is the ticket. The keep season ends September 30, 2021. The catch and release season continues through April 23, 2022.

Up at the NW Angle, excellent fishing continues this week. In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 to 31 fee of water. Spinners with crawlers or minnows still producing.

Areas with structure and sandy areas in neck down areas continue to hold fish. 14 to 19 feet are good starting points. Jig and a minnow is the go to on structure and neck down areas.

Big crappies being caught on jigs and minnows in 25 to 32 feet around structure. Muskie anglers report good fish being boated trolling and casting shiny crankbaits.

Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open. Boating into Canadian waters is now open. Please note, no live, frozen or dead bait allowed into Canada from the U.S. The various plastics on a jig are working well. Contact a NW Angle resort for details.Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air." — Lake of the Woods Tourism, (800) 382-FISH

image links to fishrapper.comLake of the Woods, Border View Lodge September 29, 2021

"Anchored and jigging is the norm, this past week we have done little drifting with spinners. Live Shiner on a jig is doing great. Many big fish were caught this past week, not only Walleye but Sturgeon, Small Mouth Bass, Northern and Perch as well.

The fall leave colors are starting to show up. You can watch our webcam from time to time to see them change.
Schools of Shiner minnows are around the Lighthouse Gap and in the river. There has been a steady collection for live bait on our charters each day.

Here is a late September and early October Guided Walleye fishing deal! Charter package specials from September 26th to October 17th. 3 nights lodging and 2 days of Walleye Master Guided Walleye fishing for $426.00 per person, add 8 meals and its only $526.00 per person.

If you have thought about relocating to a location like Lake of the Woods check out our new employment webpage. We have openings available starting in the ice season. https://borderviewlodge.com/employment/

The forecast for this week looks like another repeat. Temperatures from overnight 50’s to daytime 80’s are forecasted this week along with some showers. Don’t forget your rain gear!" — 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report September 29, 2021

image of woman with big pike caught in the Ely MN region"Walleye - Walleyes seem to be confused by the very unusually warm temps this last week. Walleyes still have yet to setup in classic fall locations. Best reports are still largely coming from shallow water. 6-12 feet of water and jig and minnow has been best. Reports from anglers of trolling still be very effective, continue to come in also.

Smallmouth Bass - Smallmouth bass fishing has been excellent for many this last week. Anglers are finding smallies setting up on mid lake humps near deep water. Here smallies are crushing large minnows tipped on a jig. Depth depends largely on the lake your fishing, but 20-30 feet of water has been most commonly mentioned.

Pike - Pike Anglers reported excellent fishing just before to last warmup, but during this warmup the bite seems to of cooled off. When the bite was good, anglers were catching pike with large suckers fished under a bobber or with spinnerbaits and large spoons. Anglers are finding big pike near neck down areas of bays, near river mouths and large rocky points." — Arrowhead Outdoors, 218-365-5358


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 28, 2021 "Trading The Trade-Able"

image of Greg, along with Keith and Diane Eberhardt and their catch of jumbo perch Perch fishing action always ramps up during early fall, or least it always has during the time I've been working as a professional fishing guide. And for me, this is the one time every year when I can usually take off for any lake with a "decent population" of perch and expect to catch enough fish to satisfy my customers. Even if the cost of satisfaction is trying several spots and a variety of presentations before zeroing in on them.

That goal, satisfied perch fishing customers, is easier to accomplish when the weather is foul. But even under bright skies and calm seas, perch on Leech Lake, Winnie and Cass have provided enough action to keep life interesting these past few days. And as the accompanying photo of my friends Keith and Diane Eberhardt, along with their friend Greg reveals, satisfaction was the reward not just for a few hours of diligent searching on Winnie this Monday, but the culmination of 3 days and 3 lakes worth of searching over the weekend.

At this time of year, locating and catching perch revolves around 2 basic things. Location = weeds and food source = minnows. If you can locate a spot that has good weed growth for cover and hosts a decent population of minnows or small gamefish, you are likely to be successful. The degree of success depends on the lake and its present population of perch.

Trying to rank the lakes using some common denominator is darn near impossible, they’ve all been good in their own way. None of them would be my first choice every day, but all of them could easily be my first choice on any given day when weather and wind was favorable for the circumstances. In terms of comparing both the quality and catch-ability of perch in the 3 lakes I’ve fished recently, there have been some very noticeable tradeoffs.

Cass Lake is hands down the place to go for a legitimate chance at the Itasca area’s largest perch. But Cass Lake is also hands down the place to go for a butt kicking if the weather and wind is not right. If there’s a wind blowing and the sky is cloudy, I’ll be on my way. But if the sky is blue and the water is calm, I’ll be singing Dionne Warwick songs as “I Walk On By”. Seriously, I’ve been there under those circumstances and burned up enough brain cells when Cass’ clear water and fickle fish gave me the brush off. I’ll wait until the weather is crummy, then go over there and get even with ‘em.

Leech Lake offered us a mixed bag of perch, pike and walleye this weekend and I liked that. But anybody who fishes on Leech a lot has had one of those days when you catch 20 little perch before catching 1 nice keeper. That was the scenario that played out for us on that trip, some of the fish were really nice, 11-inch class fatties. But there were also dozens of 4-to-7-inch fish stealing minnows and wasting time. To be fair, the weather was not ideal for Leech, semi-calm, semi-bright, semi-everything. When the weather is better, I’ll give Leech another fair chance because I think it could offer some great fishing later.

Winnie offered us the best all-around perch fishing experience. There was a bit more balance between small fish and “keepers. One way to say it is that Winnie’s small perch are bigger than Leech’s small perch, but Winnie’s large perch are smaller than Leech’s large perch. We caught a decent number of 10-inch fish on Winnie, lots of fish between 8 and 10 inches, but only a few 11s.

Winnie’s water color is more favorable for sunny, calm days right now too. A persistent algae bloom is keeping water clarity steady at about 5 feet, give or take, depending on the region where we’re fishing. That darkness was a definite advantage yesterday when the lake was glass smooth and the sun beat down on the surface.

image of shallow patch wild celery Schools of minnows using the weeds for cover appears to be the prime attractant for the perch. Whenever we could see minnows with our eyes, we could count on catching perch. Pitching lightweight jigs, 1/16 to 1/8 Lindy Live Bait Jigs tipped with fatheads was our preferred presentation. Ordinarily, I can catch some perch using artificial tails on the jig head, but the perch seem to want meat right now and this is not working for me; maybe later.

Eelgrass, (Wild Celery) pictured in the accompanying photo is one prime location for perch. It is present in most Itasca area lakes and was present for sure in all 3 of the best weekend fishing spots.

There is no limitation on how deep this vegetation grows, so knowing what it looks like on your graph is a great idea. The shallow patch of it that we saw on Monday offered a good side-by-side comparison what I saw both visually and on my Humminbird. View >> Eelgrass on Graph

“Fuzzy Stuff”, I’ve called it, holds perch during full, but other fish use it too. I love it because customers can pitch their jigs into it, hop them and swim them and never get stuck, it’s one of my favorite types of vegetation.

I guess I should mention surface water temperatures. Creeping back up over the weekend, 63 degrees appeared to be the average temperature on Winnie yesterday. Saturday morning, Leech Lake surface water fell below 60 degrees, holding steady at about 59.5 degrees. I’ll bet that it rebounded since then too and I’ll have a chance to check during my trip over there on Wednesday. Cass Lake water was right in between, registering 61-61 degrees during my visit over there.

Today marks the return of a “walleye or die” fishing trip for me. So, as much as I’d like to experiment, I think I’ll do the smart guide thing and play it safe on Winnie. Which by the way, was the subject of this Q&A email that came over the wire this morning.

image links to fishrapper home page September 28, 2021 — "Where Has All The Water Gone?"

Q) "I know the whole Mississippi chain is suffering low water, but we had a terrible time launching. We launched at the township (Richard's Townsite) boat launch in Bena. I have a Lund, 21 Pro-V Tournament with a Merc 350 4 stroke and the launch was so shallow I trashed a 500.00 stainless prop. We almost gave up putting the boat back on it's bunk style trailer. I would never go back to Winnie if this was the normal. So, my question, is there a good boat launch anywhere where I could launch my boat? Any help would be appreciated. — Larry Pelcher

A) Thank you for the note Larry. If you were at Richards Townsite on Saturday, then it may have been you that we could see from our boat. It didn't look like fun.

No, this is not the norm for Winnie, and for that matter, numerous other lakes around the region. This is about as low as I've ever seen water levels, I doubt they'll get any better over the next couple of weeks.

Right now, best boat launching on the southwest side is at Four Seasons Resort or Becker's Resort in the Mississippi River at west side. For a fee, you can slide your glass boat in and out with no fear of hitting anything or getting stuck.

Another best public alternative is Mosomo Landing at the Little Cutfoot Sioux bridge on Hwy 46, 17 miles north of Deer River. Resorts in that are with good boat ramps are Williams Narrows Resort and Cutfoot Sioux Inn. For a fee, you can slide your glass boat in and out with no fear of hitting anything or getting stuck.

Personally, I use either Williams Narrows or Four Seasons the most. For $20 I get easy launching, secure parking, a fish cleaning station and clean bathrooms for my customers.

Hopefully we'll get some rain or snow soon, we could all use a break from the drought.

October may be just around the corner, but my fishing season is not. I've got trips scheduled for a few more weeks, so the flow of reports won't stop for a while. Watch for updates from Winnie, along with other notable-notes over the next couple of days. —fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 27, 2021 "Pike Fishing, Selecting the Select-Able"

image of northern pike caught on YUM Pulse Minnow Like I mentioned late last week, the goal for Karen and Kyle Reynolds was to catch their limits of Northern Pike. We already had 2 of them in the freezer, so to bring them to their legal limits, I only had to figure out where to catch the remaining 18 fish: simple right?

Setting a goal of harvesting 18 pike sounds fairly easy, especially if you’re fishing on one of the north central Minnesota lakes that seems infested with little “scissor bills”. But let’s say you’re selective, and that you want to harvest only the “short-but-fat” 20–21-inch eaters, pike that fall below Minnesota’s zone 1, 22-to-26-inch protected slot sizes; then you’ll have your work cut out for you.

The trick is not to figure out where the biggest fish are, and unless the lower size range doesn’t matter much to you, simply figuring out where the most fish are won’t do a lot of good either.

Right now, there are some lakes in the Itasca region offer great fishing for pike that lie within the protected, 22-to-26-inch slot range.  Some of them even off a reasonable chance of catching fish above the protected slot, 26 inches and longer. But if your goal is harvesting “the right fish”, then you have to avoid both types of lakes, save those for “fun”, not for harvest. There are other lakes in the region that offer lots of action. Catching little fish, 19 inches and down is a piece of cake, but those fat 20–21-inch fish are few and far between.

For me, the trick to locating lakes where there is an ample supply of short, but well-fed fish is to figure out the food supply. Lakes that have large populations of stunted crappies almost always produce the kind of fish I’m looking for. So do lakes that have lots of the larger shiner species, big lake shiners, golden shiners or sometimes, even spottails if there are a lot of them, seem to help grow decent eating size pike. The information is readily available of the DNR’s Lake Finder Website.

image of YUM Pulse Minnow rigged on Lindy Jig There are certain periods during late summer when casting or trolling for pike works best. But for me, catching the right fish during most of the season means getting our lures deeper than we can by casting or trolling. Just like fishing for big fish, the larger pike tend to take over the best territory, so finding premium spots that hold the “biggest little fish” is the key. Deep points, rock piles, sunken logs, isolated cabbage patches, any structure where fish can get away from hordes of smaller fish.

As far as I’m concerned, the best presentation on structures like these is jigging. Jig and minnow presentations are simple and effective, so are jigs tipped with plastic action tails; l on our trip we used both.

The jig weight depends on both water depth and boat speed. Unlike walleye fishing, I do not want the jigs too close to the bottom, I like them to ride 3 to 4 feet above bottom. So, unless the wind is really strong, 1/8 ounce sizes are my go to choice, sometimes ¼ ounce are called for when the wind is strong or the water is deep, let’s say in the 20 foot range. For pike, I rig a standard Lindy Jig, they have a longer shank hook and I’ll use a leader made with 17-to-20-pound fluorocarbon line.

Pike, on certain days can still snip off the fluorocarbon, but most often they don’t and fluorocarbon doesn’t bend, twist or coil up the way steel does. It’s harder to see too and I think that makes it more effective. Tie the jig head directly to one end of the fluorocarbon, to about 18 inches and attach to your fishing line using a small barrel swivel.

Tip it with a minnow if you like, or use my favorite piece of plastic, YUM’s Pulse Minnow. The Pulse is manufactured as a swim bait, but it just happens to work perfectly on a jig head too. The plastic will catch just as many, or even more pike than minnows will. So, the only reason I ever use minnows is when there’s a chance of picking up an odd walleye, perch or bass.

Most of the time, we jig the lures aggressively, using a sharp snap-fall-snap action. The flashy, fast-moving presentation triggers a lot of strikes. Sometimes though, playing cat and mouse with pike works better. Cast the lure, let it fall and then just swim it in a straight line toward the boat. As the lure gets close to the boat, give it one, sudden and sharp twitch, or snap. You’ll be amazed at how often you will trigger a strike from a pike that was following behind the swim bait.

Set your size limit and stick to it. Our goal of harvesting 18 short-but-fat pike was reached, but it took all day long to do it. We must have caught 100 fish in the process, but by rejecting the really small ones and releasing the protected ones, we were able to gather fish in the 20-to-21-inch range, these are both very filletable and very tasty fish. Not to mention that the uniform size fillets help make perfecting pike recipes easier and more precise.

After the trip, coconut pike delight was on our menu and as usual, it was delicious!

Since the pike trip, I have fished for perch on both Leech Lake and on Winnie. I’ll bring you up to speed about those trips tomorrow, but I’m against the clock right now and gotta get moving toward the lake. If the weather forecast is any indication, anybody going outside should be faced with a fabulous day, I hope that you are one of them! fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 24, 2021 "Tracking Crappie Fishing Trends and Patterns"

image of Kyle and Karen Reynolds links to crappie fishing report Back on September 14th, 2021, in a story titled "Crappies Are Where YOU Find Them", I wasn’t too worried when I wrote, “I worked as fast as I could, searching as many spots as time allowed, but I ran out of hours, before running out of ideas. In lieu of exhausting the entire trip on a failed search for crappies, I opted to spend a few hours poking around in the weeds. A couple of nice walleyes, some decent perch and a bunch of pike validated the idea and gave us something of a late inning rally; it was definitely better than nothing.”

At the time, I was writing about day 4 of the annual “Fun with Dick and Paul”, fall fishing trip. The day we followed a “hot tip” that led to an unsuccessful attempt at finding crappies. I wasn’t too worried at the time because it wasn’t the end of the world if we didn’t have a bunch of crappies, there were plenty of other fish heading south with those boys already. And just because I didn’t land on a school of active crappies that day, didn’t mean that I never would, soon enough, my day would come. It simply meant that in the time we had allotted, we hadn’t located our target species, or at least not active ones.

Reinforcement of the idea that I hadn’t located the right spot came almost immediately in the form of emails and texts from friends. Offering more “hot spots” where I could take Dick and Paul to fill out their limits of specks, they reassured me that the fish were biting, but that I just didn’t know where. They were right, all of them, and I knew that, because I had written about similar instances before. Situations where crappies didn’t turn up in areas where I was expecting them and what I wound up doing to eventually find them.

Karen Reynolds with big crappie caught in the Deer River area So, knowing that we didn’t figure out where the crappies were on that trip didn’t worry me. If I’ve learned anything after all these years, it is to read (or remember) my own fishing reports. All I needed to do, really, was to take a drive to any decent crappie lake that wasn’t so prominent on the radar screens of as many anglers. Schools of fish that have not been discovered, or at least not as heavily pressured, always provide better opportunity than ones being pursued constantly.

Fast forward to yesterday, my chance to get even for missing out on the crappies when Dick and Paul were here. I along with long time customers and friends, Kyle and Karen Reynolds took that drive to a lesser-known lake to search for crappies. It took a while to find them, but eventually I did and this time, the fishing worked out better. The search obviously took long enough for Karen to start getting antsy. I could tell when she queried; “you have caught crappies on this lake before, haven’t you?”

It was ironic, she asked me that question at about 10:00 AM and by about 10:02 AM the next words out of her mouth were “OH I Got One!”

Okay, so I went the long way around to say that if you’ve been searching for crappies and haven’t had that much luck, it is not because the fish haven’t shown up in their traditional fall locations. It is either because they are not there at all, or minimally, that they have been so heavily pressured that catching them has become problematic.

The fish we found yesterday were in one of the classic fall locations, stationed along the edges of the lake’s deepest water, but not directly over it. They depth was 27 feet and as you can see by the accompanying image, they were several feet above the bottom.

Fishing vertically, from a fixed position above the school using Lindy Live Bait Jigs, 1/8-ounce size, tipped with small-medium fatheads worked fine. I tried a smaller ice lure, the Tungsten Toad tipped with a tiny artificial tail, but on this day, the small lure encouraged small fish to strike.

The water was just deep enough to worry me about the negative effects of barotrauma, so I opted to switch to the larger lures and bigger minnows to help weed out some of the smaller fish. A few years back, I wrote about using bigger baits to help select larger crappies and it does, and did yesterday, work fairly well.

Most of us who catch crappies in deep water are planning to keep some of them for dinner anyway. So, barotrauma is really only a problem when you’re catching fish that you want to release. So it works even better if we never have to reel them in at all and another trick, shared by a reader works fairly well too at helping to mitigate the barotrauma problem.

The reader advised me that there is a moment when I first feel a strike and set the hook, that I can pause to determine whether or not the fish feels like a good size one. “If the fish feels small, just don’t reel it in, but if it feels larger, bring it aboard”, he said. It takes some discipline, but if you follow his advice, you will see that it is solid. Crappies are notorious for getting off the hook when you give them slack line. When you feel a little fish wiggling down there, stop reeling and let your line go slack and 90% of them will swim away before you drag them up from the depths.

But what if I guess wrong and let a big one get away? That’s part of the fun of fishing, I think. Some of them should get away, probably a lot of them should. That way, we can enjoy some better fishing again in the same lake on future trips instead of chasing around the countryside in search of new “hot bites”.

While we were at the lake, I explored weed beds and shoreline related structure too. We did catch a few rock bass, some small pike, a bass and one walleye. But if there were either sunfish or crappies in the weeds, we did not encounter them there, all of our action was in the main lake basin.

On other lakes, weeds are still hold panfish though, so don’t consider your search exhausted unless you’ve check out both deep and shallow water haunts. Cabbage patches are the best weed cover for crappies, but sunfish love open areas within heavier weed patches. Look for small clearings with gravel or rock on the bottom, gravel points or humps adjacent to heavier vegetation are good spots too.

For today, we have pike on the brain, 18 of them, under 22 inches, for the deep freeze, Kyle instructed. So, I’m polishing up the spinner blades and setting the drags on the Ugly Sticks in preparation for trolling the weeds. Most folks have distain for small pike and won’t care how we do, but if you’re curious, I’ll drop in a few notes on Sunday morning.

In closing, I want to thank the folks who got in touch, trying to help me get some crappies for Dick and Paul. We didn’t take anybody up on their offers, instead, we directed our attention to catching more perch, very popular fish with both the boys’ and their wives. But if it would have been an emergency, I definitely would have taken you up on your offer. So, thank you again! fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 23, 2021 "Lake Winnie Fall Progressions"

image of Nathan Milius with nice Lake Winnie Walleye I don’t know where this month has gone, but according to my collectable, Beatles model date calculator, we are only “8-days a week” from the end of September! All I can say, as many of my fishing customers have heard before, “Savor the Moment.”

Surface temperatures on Winnie entered the ideal range this week, hovering somewhere between 61 and 65 degrees, depending on the section of the lake we visited. But my first reminder of the brevity of this “ideal period” came about yesterday morning when I saw the first 59 degree reading on the big lake. Now, that was just a temporary dip, later in the day temperatures rebounded to 61 degrees, but don’t get used to the 60s, the 50s are coming soon.

There’s already been so much hubbub about walleye fishing on Winnie that I don’t have much new to add. This week’s reports from the Pines Resort and Bowen Lodge, along with my own report from last Friday, pretty much sum up the way things have been going out there.

The one bit of “new news” that I gleaned from our trip on Wednesday was that almost everybody on the lake was switching over to jig and minnow presentations. Even the most die-hard spinner fishermen began putting away the trolling rods in favor of the jigging poles. In fact, I think it was this Tuesday when for the first time since May, no other rods except my jigging rods were ever taken out of my rod locker.

image of Kim Milius with fat winnie walleye As the accompanying image of Nathan Milus shows, the 1/8-ounce Lindy Live Bait Jig tipped with large fatheads was the bait of choice in my boat. His wife Kim, not to be left out, enjoyed similar results using the same lures.

Another departure from fishing patterns over the past week was the “scattered-ness” of the fish. There just did not seem to be one area, or section of breakline that held more fish than another. This was good for folks who don’t spend lots of time focusing on the scientific aspects of fishing. All they had to do was move ahead, into the wind, pick out whatever felt like a good starting spot and let the boat drift back along the shoreline. As long as they were somewhere near the drop-off, they would catch fish at random intervals.

You would think that I’d love a nice, easy drifting pattern where fish just come along at random intervals, but it drives me nuts! That’s because I keep burning up valuable brain cells trying to figure out where the “best spot” is. Whenever I can’t find one, I feel like I just started fishing yesterday. Luckily, fish come along often enough to distract me from all that worrying and by days end, everybody winds up happy.

Every day now, somebody asks me about where the crappies are. Until now, I’ve had to just tell folks that I don’t know. With all of the attention these Winnie walleyes have gotten, most of my days have been devoted to walleye or die fishing trips. Today, I’ll have a chance to try something different. I don’t know yet what it will be, it could be perch fishing, or maybe crappies, but over the next few days, it will wind up being both.

What I can say is that I was cleaning fish yesterday and a group of fishermen came into the cleaning station. They did have crappies, not a million of them, but there was a dozen or so and they were nice ones. So, someplace on either Cutfoot or Little Cutfoot, there are enough crappies stacking up to make a game of it, at least for those guys.

Tomorrow, I’ll let you know which way we decide to go today. fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism September 21, 2021

image of woman with huge walleye caught on lake of the woods "Water temperatures cooling to the low 60 degree range and fall colors starting set the strage for what was a fun week of walleye fishing on the south end of Lake of the Woods. The walleye are are now transitioning to fall locations. Walleyes are setting up across the south shore and with more shiners running, this trend will continue.

Three different methods used to catch walleyes this week. Drifting spinners, trolling crankbaits and anchored up and jigging with a minnow, which is becoming more effective each week. Fall is an excellent time to fish walleyes. If you like the jig bite, anchor up and jig over the side of the boat for a very enjoyable and typically memorable day. Jigging with a frozen shiner or live fathead has really started to be effective as well. Give it 30 to 40 minutes in an area and if there is no action, go set up in a different spot.

Congrats to all Minnesota Tournament Trail tournament anglers this past week. The winning team had a 7-1/2 pound per walleye average for 10 fish. There are a lot of big walleyes in Lake of the Woods right now!

Daily limit is a combined limit of six walleyes and saugers (with up to 4 being walleyes). Don't forget about the protected slot sizes; 19-1/2 inch to 28 inch walleyes must be returned immeditely. Anglers are allowed one walleye over 28 inches in posession.

Pike are active and most are caught but unsuspecting walleye anglers. The feedbag is definitely on.

image of woman with giant sturgeon caught on lake of the woods Emerald shiners continue to run into the Rainy River. Some good runs so far, good angler reports and nice walleyes being caught. Fall on the river is nice as a small boat will work just fine. Most walleye anglers on the river are anchoring up along an edge or in a hole with a jig and minnow. There are 42 miles of navigable Rainy River from Wheeler's Point through Baudette to Birchdale with lots of boat ramps. Sturgeon activity has picked up as well with good fall reports.

Up at the Northwest Angle, excellent fishing continues on both sides of the border. In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 to 31 feet of water. Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler or a minnow continue to be effective. As water cools, minnows on some days are outfising crawlers.

Areas with structure continue to hold fish too, 18 to 27 feet of water are good starting points. Jig and a minnow is the goto on structure and neck down areas.

Pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using double blade spinners and topwater. A lot of fish are caught on figure eight.

Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open. Boating into Canadian waters is now open. Please note, no live, frozen or dead bait allowed into Canada from the U.S. The various plastics on a jig are working well. Contact a NW Angle resort for details. Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air." — Lake of the Woods Tourism, (800) 382-FISH

image links to fishrapper.comLake of the Woods, Border View Lodge September 21, 2021

"Our Guides are sharing time on the lake in both Big and Little Traverse Bays. There are schools of Walleye all around the lake. Certain areas seem to have more of the 17-18” Walleye Anglers prefer to take home. Having a limit to take home and eating some fresh while you are here is the norm.

We continue to have days to drift with spinners, but are starting to spend more time anchored and jigging.
The fall leave colors are starting to show up. You can watch our webcam from time to time to see them change.

Schools of Shiner minnows are around the Lighthouse Gap and in the river. There has been a steady collection for live bait on our charters each day.

Here is a late September and early October Guided Walleye fishing deal! Charter package specials from September 26th to October 17th. 3 nights lodging and 2 days of Walleye Master Guided Walleye fishing for $426.00 per person, add 8 meals and its only $526.00 per person.

If you have thought about relocating to a location like Lake of the Woods check out our new employment webpage. We have openings available starting in the ice season. https://borderviewlodge.com/employment/

The forecast for this week looks like another repeat. Temperatures from overnight 40’s to daytime 70’s are forecasted this week along with some showers. Don’t forget your rain gear!" — 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 20, 2021 "A Break In The Action?"

image of radar screen showing thunderstorms in grand rapids area Murphy’s Law, Corollary #92021; “The more one wants to please somebody, the greater the likelihood that there will be obstacles standing in the way.”

My friends Erling and Karen Hommedahl have been fishing with me for a long time. We’ve fished in the snow, the rain, gale force winds and even occasionally, when its calm and sunny. Most days I can figure out something to do, but looking at today’s forecast, I’m not so sure about this one. This is not good news for me because of all the people on the planet that I wish to please, the Hommedahl’s rank high among them.

If you’ve been reading recent reports, then you already know that most of my time has been spent fishing on Lake Winnibigoshish. You know too that for the most part, the action has been good over there. But thanks to the significant weather changes we’ve experienced over the past 2 days and the line of thunderstorms that are moving through the region now, all previous reports should now be considered null and void.

My guess is that this will be a slow day at the minnow shop, but if you’re thinking about heading out on Winnibigosh and need some current information. Reports on the Lake Winnie page contain, for the most part, the most up-to-date information available. But these few notes from my most recent trip out there might be helpful.

On Saturday, surface water temperatures had fallen into the lower 60s, they ranged between 61.5 and 64 degrees, depending on the areas we fished.

image of Lake Winnie Guide Jeff Sundin with big Walleye The stretch of water between High Banks Resort and Nodak Lodge is well known for producing larger size walleyes, that is when conditions are right. Saturday’s strong south winds, an incoming full moon and continued turbid water conditions combined forces to create a classic “east side, big fish bite.” There were numerous reports of anglers catching large walleyes that day, we released numerous fish that we within the “protected slot” and each of my customers also decided to harvest fish that were above the 23-inch size threshold.

Like I said that fishing trip is behind us now, but it won’t be the last time those fish show up there this fall. The presence of such a wide range of sizes tells me that migrations from the lake’s deep water, mid-lake structures toward the shoreline have begun.

Cashing in on the big fish bite isn’t an everyday occurrence, it takes the unique blend of weather, water conditions and wind to churn up the shoreline. But when you observe these elements all coming together, you would be well advised to head that way, because when they do, it almost never disappoints.

If you’re heading out on the lake today, watch the weather, stay close to the calm side and take it slow. If we do decide to fish today, I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow morning. fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism September 16, 2021

image of woman with nice walleye caught on lake of the woods charter boat "There was some great walleye action this week on the south end of Lake of the Woods. A variety of sizes, along with numerous pike, includiong some big ones mixed in.

With water temperatures ranging from the upper 50s into the low 60s, Walleyes are starting to gravitate to fall patterns. Walleyes being caught in various depths, ranging from 13 to 34 feet of water.

Most anglers are still drifting with spinners or trolling crankbaits, but the jig bite is picking up steam. Reef fishing is starting to pick up. Jigging with a frozen shiner on or near reefs is a fall "go-to" and things are just starting.

September and October are excellent months to fish walleyes. If you like the jig bite, anchored up with a jig and minnow, this is a fun time of year.

Emerald shiners are continuing to run into the Rainy River. Some good runs so far and walleyes are showing up. Anglers are catching fish in the river. Fall is here.

Most walleye anglers on the river will anchor up along an edge or in a hole with a jig and minnow. Fishing is taking place from Wheeler's Point to Baudette to Birchdale.

Fall is a great time to fish sturgeon, bass and pike on the river, although the vast majority of anglers are after walleyes.

Excellent fishing continues on both sides of the border at the Northwest Angle. In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 to 31 feet of water. Gold, white and orange spinners tipped with a crawler or a minnow is effective. Minnows on some days are starting to be preferred by the walleyes. Try both.

Areas with structure continue to hold fish. 18 - 27 feet are good starting points. Jig and a minnow is the goto.

Pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using double blade spinners and topwater. Some nice fish boated this week.

Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open. Boating into Canadian waters is now open. Please note, no live, frozen or dead bait allowed into Canada from the U.S. The various plastics on a jig are working well. Contact a NW Angle resort for details. Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air." — Lake of the Woods Tourism, (800) 382-FISH

image links to fishrapper.comLake of the Woods, Border View Lodge September 16, 2021

image of woman with huge northern pike caught on Lake of the Woods charter boat "As the anchor and jig bite gets going, we find ourselves spending most of the time drifting with spinners. Our Guides have been back into using frozen Shiners. Using a crawler and a frozen shiner on a 2 or 3 hook crawler harness works well. Starting the day in a warm hoodie or jacket is a good idea as the overnight cool temps are sticking around longer in the day.

We are seeing more schools of Shiner minnows around the Lighthouse Gap and in the river. Again, we continue to predominantly fish both Big Traverse and Little Traverse Bays with the wind speed and direction as the basis of fishing options available. We continue to have a mix of small to trophy size Walleye, and there were many large Northern caught last week.

Here is a late September and early October Guided Walleye fishing deal! Charter package specials from September 26th to October 17th. 3 nights lodging and 2 days of Walleye Master Guided Walleye fishing for $426.00 per person, add 8 meals and its only $526.00 per person.

If you have thought about relocating to a location like Lake of the Woods check out our new employment webpage. We have openings available starting in the ice season. https://borderviewlodge.com/employment/

The forecast for this week looks like a repeat of last week. Temperatures from overnight 40’s to daytime 70’s are forecasted this week along with some showers. Don’t forget your rain gear! FISH ON!" — 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge


image reader comments Reader Comments September 15, 2021 Labor Day Weekend Walleye and Crappie Report - Shared With Permission by Brandon Flaata

Image links to Brandon Flaata walleye and crappie fishing report from Labor Day 2021 "On 9-13-2021 Brandon Flaata wrote; “Hi Jeff, I know like many things, what happened yesterday is likely not what happens tomorrow. Regardless, I wanted to share my fishing (experiences) on (withheld) Lake over Labor Day Weekend in case you make a trip that way soon and it helps you.

Saturday and Sunday I focused on walleye. Many reports (that I received) had told me the Walleye had moved off mid-lake structure already. So, I focused on southern shoreline structure since it was windy both days. I was staying at (withheld) Lodge, so my focus was on the southern half of the lake and (withheld) Bay.

Fishing was very slow, but I managed to catch a few walleyes on rocky shoreline structure with Lindy Rigs and a fathead (minnow). Very few fish were showing up on my Humminbird, otherwise I would have changed to a jig and minnow if I found an area where it felt like there may be a school of them. No walleye caught was over 12 inches".

Monday the wind was much calmer and had shifted from a northwest wind to a south wind. I decided this was my opportunity to hit some spots around the southern part of the islands (where) I have historically caught some fish. Being the last day I was now targeting anything that would bite.

There is a small rock point I fish often and do well with walleye, but today I found crappies piled up. With every pass at the end of that point using a lindy rig, I caught a crappie that was 11 to 13 inches. I anchored with my trolling motor and tried jigging since they were piled up in a very specific 40-foot area, but couldn't get them to bite on that, so I went back to the Lindy. All in all, I managed to catch around a dozen nice crappies and one bonus walleye in a few hours.

Through the weekend the water temps were sitting in the upper 60s - mornings around 67 and topping around 69 in the late afternoon. The one surprise was catching a walleye in the deep hole in front of (the) Lodge. I was waiting on some family to come down to the beach to enjoy the afternoon, so I decided to take a spin around that hole.

I caught a few walleyes, all of which were actually over the slot! If I knew walleye were there, I likely would have spent more time staying closer to the lodge. What surprised me more about them being there is that hole is simply a bowl and mud bottom - no weeds or rock structure - and the sun was shining.

I'm not sure what I learned with that experience, but it will certainly force me to keep my options open and try areas I don't initially anticipate fish to be holding, because you just never know.

I fish (the) Lake a few times every summer, and each trip always seems like I'm learning the lake all over again. The fish are never where they were the previous trip. If there are any learnings you can share with me or ones you have found useful when you head out there, I'd certainly love to digest the knowledge!" - Brandon Flaata


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 14, 2021 "Crappies Are Where YOU Find Them"

Scrolling through the fishing report archives, you’ll notice previous reports about the ups-and-downs of fall crappie fishing. I recall one of “the downs” was about me being surprised when crappies failed to show up at some of my favorite early fall locations. Later, I wrote about the subject after finally figuring out that the reason those crappies were not showing wasn’t because of a delay in seasonal transitions. No, their failure to show up was because they simply were no longer in the lake.

At the time, I wrote, “The cyclic nature of crappie populations has been well known for decades. As soon as a great year class comes along, anglers figure out where they are and then fish them hard. The local population gets depleted, and then those anglers lose interest and move along to wherever the next good bite happens to be.
The cycle itself hasn’t changed, but the timeline has. These days, more anglers are more proficient at both finding and catching crappies, so the boom-bust cycle is accelerated. What that means is that no matter how great the crappie action on your favorite lake was last year, there’s no guarantee that it will produce again this year.”

Those experiences led me to begin a new lifelong project, a perpetual search for fresh crappie fishing territory. I’ve spent a lot of time chronicling my search for fresh crappie territory, so if you’re interested, scroll through the fishing report archives and you’ll find more stories on the subject.

Today, I want to look back and parse out a few words from that original story, these words. “… no matter how great the crappie action on your favorite lake was last year, there’s no guarantee that it will produce again this year.”

On Monday, I learned that I should have written this instead, “No matter how great the crappie action on your favorite lake was a few days ago, there’s no guarantee that it will produce again right now.” In other words, these days crappies come and go even faster than they did a few years ago! So now, the only way that any of us can truly be assured of finding fast, reliable crappie action is to be the one, or one of the ones who locate a fresh school of fish before the masses figure out where they are and how to catch them.

Case in point, Monday September 13, 2021, Dick and Paul would like to catch some crappies and my goal was to help them do that. Knowing that I’ve been doing nothing but walleye fishing for almost 2 weeks, I was smart enough to ask for help. So I dropped a note, seeking help from a friend. He responded almost immediately, advising me about a couple of spots where he’d been catching crappies lately and shared some of the key details. Sounded good to me and I told the boys, we have a plan, at least on paper.

We arrived at the lake, launched the boat and drove to the first spot, … where there was another boat already parked over the top of “crappie hole #1.” Okay, no problem, I said, I have some of my own ideas about the lake, so we’ll just go do our own looking. That’s when I discovered my buddy, in his boat, parked over the top of “crappie hole #2.”  We moved down the shore, located a different pack of fish and dropped our jigs in the water. Dick caught a decent crappie almost immediately; I missed a couple of others and then the action died.

I could have gotten stubborn and spent the whole day searching that lake for a different school of fish. But there were still more ideas in the hopper, so I high tailed it to another lake, Bowstring to be exact, where I had both a “hot tip” and ideas of my own. In fact, I was so excited to get to one of my favorite crappie spots that I skipped right over some likely spots along the way. And when we got there, the fish … were gone. “A couple of weeks ago, we caught a nice batch of them right here, but that was then, and this is now,” I said.

I worked as fast as I could, searching as many spots as time allowed, but I ran out of hours, before running out of ideas. In lieu of exhausting the entire trip on a failed search for crappies, I opted to spend a few hours poking around in the weeds. A couple of nice walleyes, some decent perch and a bunch of pike validated the idea and gave us something of a late inning rally; it was better than nothing.

If you were tempted to feel bad for me, or if you think that I’m grousing about the situation, stop, don’t worry, it’s okay. I’m just sharing the information that I have at hand in the hope that it will serve you later, when you’re searching for your own school of fish.

Obviously, Bowstring Lake is not empty of crappies, I just never found the right spot yesterday. But the experience did reinforce an important idea, if I want to catch crappies consistently, I am on my own. My success will depend on my own ability to locate fish and then make them bite.

My buddy tried to help me out, he really did and that was great! But when you think about it, no amount of help from friends is enough. Friends have friends, and their friends have friends and eventually, there are enough “friends” who know about a particular school of fish to reach a point where the spot is almost always occupied by somebody, so chances of fishing there are minimal.

In terms of fishing pressure, no one person ever takes “too many” of the fish by themself, but collectively, “friends” will work on the schools until the fish finally disappear.

I don’t guess that I’ll be the one to ever solve the so-called “problem”. I’ll just have to keep pretending I’m like Amerigo Vespucci, an explorer, searching constantly for new territory. I guess too that I’ll need to keep adjusting my mindset that when it comes to fishing for panfish in the fall, nothing lasts forever. Just because I had a favorite spot last year, doesn’t mean that it will still be a good one this year.

Today, day 5 of Fun with Dick and Paul will likely take place on Winnie. We could still use a few walleyes and perch to fill out their legal limits and there’s always a chance that I could drill into a fresh crappie spot over there too. No matter what, I think keeping busy will outweigh being “species selective” on this one. fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 13, 2021 "Prime Pattern For Portly Perch"

image of Paul Kautza with huge perch caught on a jig and minnow Day 3 of fun with Dick and Paul was slated to be a calm, sunny day, not the sort of day that trips my trigger for walleye fishing.

Knowing that both Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Kautza have strong fondness’s for perch and being a crowd pleaser at heart, I considered it my moral duty to use the day to try and please them. So, as we drove out of the Timberlake Hotel, heading in the direction of Cass Lake, I muttered, “I’m not going to try and get too cute today; I’m resolved to the idea of catching perch, so those fish better be there and if they are, we’ll all be happy.”

At the landing, most of the parking spaces were full. I mentioned to the AIS inspector that it looked like lots of folks thought this should be the place to be. “Lots of folks do think this is the place to be, she replied.” So, after the usual pre-trip inspection, we headed for the first spot with heightened optimism. Along the way, my Humminbird revealed that surface water temperature was 65 degrees, ideal for the early fall perch pattern I was hoping to take advantage of.

The best perch of the entire trip came on the first drop, at the first stop. Paul dragged out a pot-bellied perch in the 13-inch range and it looked like the game was on for sure. After that though, the rest of the action at that spot consisted of smaller perch, small pike and a couple of lost walleyes. Maybe this weed bed would work better later, after the small pike take their afternoon naps, I reasoned.

image of perch caught on september fishing trip by Paul Kautza and Dick Williams A move to a patch of eelgrass where we’d caught perch before worked out better. There were perch of varying sizes, anything from 4-inch fish, all the way up to 11 inches, nothing much larger than that. There were also a few pike and 2 wandering walleyes that we harvested as a bonus. Even perch prefer more wind and less sunshine, so the action was not fast, in fact it took all day long to get the fish we wanted. But, there was enough action to keep the fishing interesting, and enough quality to make the effort worthwhile.

The eelgrass, AKA wild celery grows to a depth of about 7 feet, and you’ve read before that wherever I find it, there are usually some perch in the area. “Fuzzy Stuff” is one term that I’ve used to describe it before, that’s what it looks like on your graph, like somebody scribbled in a pencil sketching of grass on the bottom. One thing I like about it is that folks don’t get snagged too much when they’re using a jig and minnow. We do feel the grass, and we do get hung up a little bit, but the jigs typically pop out easily and rarely get clogged up.

Over the past week, there have been similar spots on Winnie where perch are holding in the eelgrass too. Leech lake has a lot of it as well and while I haven’t been there recently myself, it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that somebody has found some of those portly portage bay perch in a similar pattern.

For you, there may be other spots and other lakes that come to mind, places where you’ve encountered a similar situation. If so, this is probably a good time to check them out. If you haven’t fished the pattern before, keep an eye open for patches of wild celery and when you find one, drop in a jig and minnow to see if there are perch, or any other fish on hand.

Today, day 4 of Fun with Dick and Paul, I hope that crappies will get some attention from us. So far, the action for them has been spotty, so I’m not sure how many we’ll find or where we’ll find them. But we definitely will give it a good effort and whatever I learn, you’ll learn too. fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 12, 2021 "Lopsideness, Presenting the Presentable"

image of Dick Williams with big walleye c aught on Lake Winnibigoshish Beginning with less fanfare than usual, the fall 2021 session of “Fun with Dick and Paul” is already about to enter day 3.

There’s less fanfare this year, I guess, because we opened the trip by fishing on Winnibigoshish and there’s been so much news from the lake already, that it didn’t seem like we had much in the way of a “breaking news” story. But there was dramatic reinforcement about one fact of fishing Winnie on Saturday; when the chips were down, she saved my butt.

Our first lake of choice didn't pan out, while the original idea looked good on paper, the fishing action was minimal. So now in hurry up offense mode, we headed for the relative safety of Winnie, hoping that she would, as a I said, save my butt.

Arriving at William’s Narrows Resort no earlier than 3:00 PM and fishing the big lake no later than 5:40 PM, including travel time, we were able to head for the Gosh Dam Place with enough walleyes for their fish fry for 4 people. After we were finished eating, I still had a few fish left over to freeze for Dick and Paul’s ride home. That’s not bad under the circumstances, not bad at all, I don’t think.

I remember the comments submitted by Eric Stone a couple of weeks ago, particularly this one. "There were plenty of 10-to-13-inch walleye, we must have caught over 150 'eyes in the 10-to-13-inch range. Like every other year, we hear from locals that we will get plenty of 15 inches 'eyes next year. This seems like a laughable excuse because we come at the same time every year and always find the same thing (mostly small fish); but fishing is still good."

image of jeff sundin holding fingerling walleye from 2021 year class Admittedly, Eric is right about the massive number of small fish in the lake right now. The 2019-year class of walleyes does seem to dominate the action and the 11-to-13-inch fish from that year clear outnumbers the larger, 2018-year class of fish significantly. As you can see by the accompanying photo, even fingerlings from the 2021 year class are present and "biting".

That said, many of the better anglers on the lake have already set their lower-end size for “keepers” at 14 inches. And over the past 10 days or so, there will be more (2018-year class) 15- to 16-inch fish in a typical one-day creel than there will be 14-inch fish. Recently, there have also been more fish in the protected slot moving in and out of shoreline breaks. We catch at least a couple of 20-to-23-inch fish every day, sometimes more and sometimes larger, “overs” as well.

We already knew that 2014 thru 2017 offered little in the way of a strong year class of walleyes, so it should not surprise anybody that there still is a shortage of fish in the 16-to-20-inch range. With all of the pressure on fish from the 2018-year class to provide protein for everybody that wants a fish fry, it is understandable that it isn’t easy for the current crop of “keepers” to keep up with demand. However, in the very foreseeable future, remaining fish from the 2018 year class of walleyes, combined with the massive 2019 year class will provide anglers with an excellent couple of seasons.

It won’t be too long after that, when we will be presented with another period of “lopsidedness” in the year classes. The period when 2018 and 2019 fish enter the 18 to 23 inch protected slot. That period will be a lot of fun for those of us who love "CPRing" Winnie’s big fat slot-fish, I think it will be a blast! But anglers remembering the boat loads of small fish we are catching now are liable to grumble about a relative shortage of smaller fish compared to fish in the protected slot.

Oh no, we don’t have to worry about that, some will say. “We have a good handle on management and with 2020 and 2021 year classes looking fairly good, the period of bounty will continue for years to come.” Right, maybe, but as a student of history, I’ll politely disagree. In my opinion, there are so many hungry walleyes in Winnie right now, that survival is going to be an uphill battle for fish from the 2020 and 2021 year classes.

I think you should mark this date on your calendar, September 12, 2021. This is the date that Jeff Sundin went out on a long, skinny limb and predicted that we have about 2 more seasons of “Easy Fishing” for eaters. After that, we’ll still be having a lot of fun, but stories recounting the days of catching a 150 little fish will be temporarily behind us.

So, I say enjoy it while it lasts and when you see anglers like Dick and Paul on the lake, give them a gigantic thumbs up. Why would I do that, you’re asking? Because Dick and Paul are selective, in fact I think the most selective anglers that I ever fished with. They enjoy catching numbers of fish, but not necessarily harvesting all of them. If the fish they catch are not “just the right size”, they’re gonna be released and this measured method of harvesting fish is wiser than you may realize.

I’ve written about this before, but it is worth repeating. On a lake which has a protected slot, waiting for the fish to reach sizes as close to the slot as possible makes a lot of sense. Why harvest a 13-inch fish today when there are already 16-inch fish in the lake? Next fall, that 16 inchers will be poised for entry into a long period of “protective custody”, but that 13 inch fish would have been a perfect eater.

Stacking, a term used in certain DNR Fisheries circles to describe what happens when there are too many large fish in any given body of water, begins to cause trouble. It’s not easy for me to explain the theory entirely. But in layman’s terms, the lake already has so many fish in it, that nothing ever triggers it to produce another large year class of fish. Some have said that this was part of the trouble for Winnie when the 2014 through 2017-year classes never materialized. The massive class of 2013, some of which are still being caught today, were responsible, in part, for holding up production of another strong class of walleyes.

In other words, by harvesting fish in the smaller size spectrum now, we anglers could actually be both accelerating the decline of “eaters” in the lake, while at the same time, decelerating the lake’s ability to produce additional strong year classes of walleye in the future.

By now, many of you have likely discounted me as being full of Bas in B, S as in S, but hold on a minute. Maybe this information is correct, and maybe it’s not, but don’t shoot the messenger! I have only reported here what I’ve been told by some of Minnesota’s better fisheries biologists. I think it is worth considering and if nothing else, being more careful about which fish we harvest now, will at the least extend the amount of time that we have to enjoy this fine fishing!

I’m just saying, that would be fun for everybody, not only Dick and Paul! fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report September 11, 2021

image of young angler holding nice trout "Walleye - Here today, gone tomorrow, has been the story for walleye anglers this last week. Anglers reported having great success one day, in shallow water or deep water, then return the next day to find nothing. Walleyes are clearly on the move, but are biting in you can get your bait in front of them.

Anglers are finding many walleyes in shallow, 10 ft or less, during the early morning or evening hours. There also remains a few reports of cabin owners catching walleyes right off their dock. Here, jigs tipped with crawlers or spinner rigs tipped with crawlers has been most effective. Deep water trolling and leadcoring has maybe been the most effective way to catch walleyes this last week. Anglers have been trolling large crankbaits 20-40ft down over 20-60 feet of water. During the day, walleyes are relating close to the bottom and can be found near points and shallow mud basins, but during the evening hours they will move out and suspend over deep water, chasing ciscos.

Smallmouth Bass - Bass anglers have been finding more and more bass sliding out to sunken islands and more and more reports of big minnows working better and better have been coming in. Falling water temps have the Bass getting ready for winter, so anglers looking to catch some of the biggest smallies in the lake, now is the time! Smaller smallies continue to be found shallow in bays or around islands. They continue to hit spinnerbaits, in-line spinners, soft plastics and topwater, but bite is quickly cooling off.

Pike - Pike are enjoying the recent drop in water temps and have started to return the shallows. Cabins owners have begun catching quality pike right off their docks again, with large suckers fished under a bobber. Anglers looking to target them should start focusing on rocky points and mouths of shallow bays. Large spoons, large spinnerbaits, topwater and large suckers are all very effective on pike this time of the year. Early morning is typically best for bigger pike right now.

Lake Trout - Lake trout anglers continue to report good fishing for them this last week. Trolling spoons behind down riggers has been the best technique, but leadcoring deep diving crankbaits has also been very effective. Anglers fishing from a canoe have been jigging heavy 1 1/2 to 2oz bucktails, tipped with either a gulp minnow or sucker minnow, over 30-80 feet of water. Anglers should focus more and more on rocky shorelines." — Arrowhead Outdoors, 218-365-5358


image links to fishrapper.com Lake of the Woods, LOW Tourism September 8, 2021

image of Jim Henry holding nice northern pike caught on lake of the woods "Another great week of walleye fishing on the south end of Lake of the Woods. The 20 to 34 foot water depth range is still holding schools of walleyes in a vartiety of sizes.

Most anglers are still drifting with spinners or trolling crankbaits. But, as the water begins to cool, the jig bite will pick up. There are already a good number of walleyes across the south shore and with more shiners running, this trend will continue. Reef fishing will get better as the water cools too and depending upon the day, fish might be staged on top, on the sides or adjacent to the reef in the mud.

More and more emerald shiners are showing up in the Rainy River. There have been some good runs so far, and they will intensify soon, Mother Nature makes the call on when and how things happen. The geese are flying, the water is cooling and more anglers are catching walleyes in the river. It's not a slamfest yet, but the numbers of walleyes are definitely increasing. Fall is here.

Most walleye anglers on the river will anchor up along an edge or in a hole with a jig and minnow. Walleyes are still hitting crankbaits and spinners and these can be effective in locating fish.

September and October are excellent months to fish walleyes, but fall is also a great time to fish sturgeon, bass and northern pike on the river.

Up at the NW Angle, great fishing continues on both sides of the border. In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 to 31 feet. Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler or a minnow is effective. Minnows on some days are starting to be preferred by the walleyes. Try both.

Areas with structure typically holds some fish. 18 to 27 feet deep are good starting points. Don't be afraid to try numerous "goto" spots until you find fish.

Pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using jerkbaits and topwater. This action typically increases as waters cool.

Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open. Boating into Canadian waters is now open. Please note, no live, frozen or dead bait allowed into Canada from the U.S. The various plastics on a jig are working well. Contact a NW Angle resort for details. Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air." — Lake of the Woods Tourism, (800) 382-FISH

image links to fishrapper.comLake of the Woods, Border View Lodge September 8, 2021

image of young boy holding nice walleye caught on Border View Charter Boat "We are excited to see some shiner activity the last couple of weeks. The schools seem to be getting larger. We do not take any at this time, it is too soon and the water temp is a bit warm to treat them properly and make good bait out of them frozen. Typically, these are the ones that get mushy when they thaw.

There are options on how to freeze emerald shiners with salts etc, but the best ones hold up after the water temp drops to about 45 degrees. Of course, there are many opinions on the matter, to us experience is what tells us when and how to make frozen Shiners usable as bait.

We continue to fish both Big Traverse and Little Traverse Bays with much success drifting with spinners. We continue to have a mix of small to trophy size Walleye.

Here is a late September and early October Guided Walleye fishing deal! Charter package specials from September 26th to October 17th. 3 nights lodging and 2 days of Walleye Master Guided Walleye fishing for $426.00 per person, add 8 meals and its only $526.00 per person.

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Temperatures from overnight 40’s to daytime 70’s are forecasted this week along with some showers. Don’t forget your rain gear!" — 1-800-776-3474 Border View Lodge


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image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 7, 2021 "Rolling Into The Fall Fishing Season"

image of Clark with nice size walleye caught on Lake Winnibigoshish Before the Labor Day holiday, Lake Winnie had been my home away from home. In fact, I don’t think I fished any other lake since August 25th, when I fished with the Shouse family on Big Sandy Lake.

Fishing patterns on the big lake had been incredibly consistent. Surface water temperatures hovered around 67 degrees, many fish were stacked up along the shoreline breaks on all 4 sides of the lake, others were located on isolated rock structures and still others were holding on deep, mid-lake bars.

Variable wind conditions were the only consideration in deciding which direction to go each day. If proper speeds and depth could be maintained, trolling spinners was good as gold. Whenever trolling became problematic, jig and minnow presentations picked up the slack. But for many, jig and minnow fishing took a lot of skill and the lake, in my mind, still had not arrived at the full-scale jig and minnow period.

As the accompanying photo shows though, Mike Nolan’s grandson Clark, turned out to be a handy man with a jig and minnow. Walleyes like the one he’s presenting are turning up on a more regular basis every day. In fact, walleyes of every shape and size are showing up in shallow water and the size-phenomenon that we experienced last fall appears to be playing out again.

Instead of catches dominated by small, 10-to-12-inch 2019-year class walleyes, 14-to-16-inch 2018 year class fish are becoming more plentiful all the time. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a lot of small fish biting, but harvesting nice size “keepers” in the 14 inch and larger range is now a goal that can be achieved by most anglers.

Panfish had not yet entered the fall mode last week, there were more crappies located in the weeds than there were in open water. Sunfish were still making anglers stay out late to catch them, staging short-but-sweet feeding runs just before sunset. And perch were scattered, some using weeds, others holding on rocks and still more roaming the big lake’s massive sand flats.

As water temperatures cool, we should see an uptick in daytime action and there should be noticeable shift in panfish location. I’d love to see them moving toward open water soon, but I’ve learned to be careful what I wish for. If the weather cools down too fast, it will send the action into a short-term tailspin. I’d rather watch the fall patterns develop more slowly, gaining momentum daily rather than suddenly be thrust into the cold water period. That’s not up to me though, I’ll adjust to whatever Mother Nature dishes out.

I’ve used the past 3 days to get as rested as I can. But with Labor Day behind us and the family vacation season winding down, boat traffic on the lake will take on a much more serious look. Die hard anglers, hoping to cash in on fall fishing action are arriving now and many of them will be fishing with me. In fact, I’m looking forward to spending almost every one of the next 40 days entertaining customers in the boat. I’m sure some days will be better than others, but all of them will provide valuable information for fishing updates as we roll into the final 1/3 of our fishing season.

Caricature image of Jeff Sundin denotes special information for readersWhen folks get in the boat with me, they often notice that I don’t spend much time using my cell phone. For me, it makes sense to devote my attention to providing them with the best possible service, instead of worrying about random distractions delivered to my inbox. Admittedly though, when it comes to staying in touch with legitimate business inquiries, getting in touch with me can be frustrating.

This weekend, we took one step that should help make contacting the office phone easier. I replaced my antiquated “land-line” with a mobile phone. So, not only I will know when prospective customers call or send text messages, but I’ll also have documentation about when the inquiries arrive. It still won’t be easy to contact me at work, when I have customers in the boat, and I apologize for that. But it will make customer inquiries easier to initiate and allow me to be more prompt about returning phone messages.  

Everything you need to know about getting in touch can be found here, at the contact page of the website. fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishing guide jeff sundin Jeff Sundin September 3, 2021 "These Things Must Be Handled Delicately"

“These things must be handled delicately.” So said the wicked witch to Dorothy as she attempted to figure out a spell that would allow her to gain possession of the ruby slippers. When my kids were little, we used to watch that movie, the Wizard of Oz repeatedly and this was one of my favorite scenes to reenact with them. Over time, I’ve learned that sharing my opinions about fishing is like that too, these things must be handled delicately.

It’s only natural that when anglers have a good fishing experience, they want to call attention to their success. So, sometimes, friends and fellow anglers get in touch to share their fishing stories with me and usually, I love it! Sometimes during the conversations though, I shrink, becoming a quiet listener who replies with your basic, “that’s nice”.

Like the recent conversation with a friend who gleefully reported catching some nice sunfish. “We caught some little ones, but some of them were good keepers, you know, those big, dark bulls that fill up your whole hand!”

This was one of those times where there wasn’t much I could say. He was so excited about catching those fish that I could not burst his bubble. How do you tell somebody that they are doing something that should be avoided, without hurting their feelings or worse, making them angry?

Well, if your me, you write little reminders like this one about harvesting sunfish; which ones we should and which ones we shouldn’t. For anybody who wants to be educated, there are so many articles out there already that there’s no need to re-hash the same content over again. Instead, below are some links that take you resources that will help explain why releasing large, male sunfish is a fantastic idea.

I am not the fish police and It’s none of my business what anglers want to fish for. If it’s legal, I believe that everybody should be free to choose which fish they harvest and when they choose to harvest them. But sometimes, mostly quite innocently, folks make decisions that work against their own long term fishing interests. So, for anybody who wants to catch more big sunfish in the future AND would like to learn how to improve the chance to do that, check out these related stories and DNR Links.

MN DNR Quality Sunfish Initiative • What's the Value of A Big Bluegill • Finding Better Bluegill Lakes • Which Bluegills Should I Harvest? • Quest For Quality Bluegills

If your plans are to simply harvest the biggest sunfish you can get, no matter what, then have fun. There’s no way that I could ever influence your thinking about that anyway and I’m not going to try. Please just don’t complain to me when you can’t find those big bulls anymore, it will be too late to worry about by then. fish smiley image — Jeff Sundin 218-245-9858 or EMAIL


image links to fishrapper.com Ely Area, Arrowhead Outdoors Fishing Report September 1, 2021

image of man with nic lake trout caught in the Ely MN area "Lake Trout - With cooler water temps, there has been a sudden jump in lake trout reports. Angler have been catching quality lakers trolling deep diving crankbaits or trolling, trolling spoons with either leadcore or down riggers. Anglers have been finding them anywhere from 35-50 feet down in 40-90 feet of water. Look for schools of bait and you will find lakers!

Walleye - Walleye fishing has been good to excellent for many anglers this last week. Reports continue to come in, of anglers catching nice walleyes right off their docks during the evening hours, on many area lakes. Here jigs tipped with either half a crawler or with a minnow has been most effective when fished in 10 feet of water or less. Other anglers have reported catching good numbers of walleyes jigging with jigs tipped with pike suckers around sunken islands in 25-30 feet of water.

Trolling large crankbaits, with leadcore, over large, deep water flats, in 25-30 feet of water has also been very effective for anglers.

Smallmouth Bass - Bass anglers continue to find more and more smallies setting up, out on deep mid-lake humps. Here anglers are, more often then not, catching them while looking for walleyes. These smallies have been hammering larger minnows like big pike suckers, tipped on a jig. For the rest of the smallies that haven’t moved out, they are hitting hitting spinnerbaits, beetle spins, crankbaits and even some topwater bait, yet. Anglers should expect the topwater bite to really cool off as water temps continue to drop.

Crappies - Crappie fishing is where the best fishing is being found right now. Anglers fishing all over have been reporting excellent crappie bites happening. Schools of crappies are being found in and around just about anything they can relate too. Downed trees, lily pads and cabbage beds have all been holding good numbers of crappies. Small jig, tipped with a minnow, jig and twister and small beetle spins have been very effective." — Arrowhead Outdoors, 218-365-5358


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Minnesota fishing report updated weekly.

 

Anglers are taking lots of nice panfish from open waters, along with large sturgeon and northern pike from northern border waters with open seasons.

Water temperatures remain extremely cold so anglers need to use caution and wear a life jacket. Please review Cold Water Kills before heading out.

Minnesota fishing opener dates for the 2019/2020 fishing season for most inland waters are as follows: walleye, sauger, northern pike, bass and lake trout, May 11; muskie, June 1. The fishing season for crappies, sunnies, perch and catfish is continuous. For rules, regulations and other helpful information on fishing in Minnesota, consult the DNR's Fish Minnesota web page.

 

 

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

The Rainy River tag season for sturgeon starts April 24 and runs through May 7 when anglers are allowed to keep one sturgeon with a previously purchased sturgeon tag. To keep a sturgeon, it must be 45 to 50 inches in length or over 75 inches. All Rainy River accesses are open, and the Ron Hall access in International Falls, located just a mile or so downstream from the dam, is always a good choice. The swifter waters in this area are usually hold an abundance of sturgeon. If you catch a sturgeon, but cannot tag it, please handle it carefully and release it quickly. Sturgeon should always be held in a horizontal orientation, holding them vertically can damage internal organs. The Rainy River is a success story in the efforts to restore sturgeon fisheries in North America. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org

Duluth - Lake Superior, St. Louis River and inland waters

Nice, moderate temperatures are speeding up the ice-out process for lakes that are still covered in a sheet of ice. Expect soft water opportunities on all area waters by next weekend. Soon there will be sucker runs and smelting opportunities as well. 

Lake Superior is starting to see a wave of fishing boat traffic. Most anglers have been trolling long-lined stick baits behind planer boards for coho salmon, with some reporting success. 
Stream fishing has been slow due to swollen, dirty waters. Fishing should heat back up once the flows return to normal. A few lake-run brown trout and winter hold-over fish have been reported recently. A fresh crop of Lake Superior steelhead may also head up the rivers in the near future.

The St. Louis River remains very quiet. This will certainly change next week as anglers head out in search of spring panfish and rough fish.  

Daily ice-out reports for inland lakes are received each day, and anglers will soon hit the water for some great shallow panfish action. Concentrate on the old vegetative areas in depths of 1 to 5 feet of water while using soft plastics on small jigs. Hair jigs tipped with a wax worm should also work well. It is very important not to spook the fish when working the shorelines. It can be far more effective to fish from shore as opposed to fishing from a boat. The warmest parts of the day, generally late in the afternoon, will be the most productive. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

While many walleye anglers are staying put until the May 11 Minnesota Fishing Opener, some anglers are taking advantage of the great northern pike and sturgeon action. The back bays are opening up and pike are staging for the spawn. Lake of the Woods has a very strong population of trophy northern pike measuring over 40 inches, and the pike season is open year round. Please note that all pike measuring 30 to 40 inches must be returned to the water immediately. 

The annual Zippel Bay Resort Ice Out Pike Tournament will be held May 4-5, a bit later than usual due to later ice-out predictions. Pike anglers are already pulling nice northern pike from various bays on Lake of the Woods and Zippel Bay is usually a hot spot. Part of the appeal of Zippel Bay is that it’s more secluded, easier to hide from cold winds, and anglers will not require the larger boats like on the main lake. The tournament still has spots available and all are welcome.   

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing remains good despite cloudy water conditions since sturgeon are bottom feeders and rely more on smell versus sight to feed. Most successful anglers are using a 3 to 4 ounce no-roll sinker with an 18 inch sturgeon rig. Some adding a colored bead before the 4/0 to 5/0 circle hook tipped with a gob of crawlers, frozen emerald shiners or both. The sturgeon “keep one” tag season started April 24.  If you intend to keep a sturgeon, you must purchase a sturgeon tagahead of time. Learn about fishing for sturgeon at When the Rainy River Gets Dirty, Go Prehistoric. 

Up at the Northwest Angle and Islands area, most anglers are waiting until to head out until May 11 due to a fair amount of rotting ice. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Bena - Lake Winnibigoshish

The shorelines are open and open water seems to expand daily on Lake Winnibigoshish. Time to prepare for the open water season!  Learn about recommended fishing techniques for Lake Winnibigoshish during the Minnesota Fishing Opener.   www.lakewinnie.net

Detroit Lakes Area Lakes

Many of the smaller lakes in the Detroit Lakes area are free of ice, and most of the 412 area lakes will be ice-free by the end of this weekend. Some anglers are already catching panfish in the shallows on lakes and ponds that had early ice-out dates. The walleye have completed their spawn and be eager to feed on May 11! 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com 

Central Region

Brainerd Area Lakes

It appears that lakes in the Brainerd Lakes Area will be entirely free of ice by this weekend. Most of the smaller lakes are wide open, and are giving nice bluegills and crappies. Crappies are coming from 4 to 10 feet of water. The most successful anglers are using minnows or plastics suspended about halfway down the water column below a bobber. Casting plastics and swimming them back are also turning fish. The larger bluegills are being caught on crawlers or wax worms worked along the shorelines down to 8 feet of water depending on the lake. 800-450-7247; www.visitbrainerd.com

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

According to one area resort and guide service, ice-out for Lake Mille Lacs is expected roughly the first week of May, perfect timing for a great fishing opener! Check out the Lake Mille Lacs webcams to view the progress.

Mille Lacs is known to be an excellent fishery for walleye, as well as bass. Consider attending the Bronzeback Blowout at Izatys Resort on May 4. This event helps to maintain Mille Lacs’ world-class trophy smallmouth bass fishery status. Free beer and wine will be offered during Happy Hour, followed by a wonderful buffet meal by the chefs at Izatys. Evening fun includes a silent auction, live auction, raffles and door prizes galore. Special industry guests will also attend. Last year’s event sold out get your tickets soon.

Anglers fishing Mille Lacs may keep one walleye from May 11 through May 31, but the walleye must measure between 21 and 23 inches, or be more than 28 inches long. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Willmar

Most area lakes are now free of ice. Only Green Lake still has remaining ice. Anglers are already finding lots of active panfish near the bay on Elkhorn Lake, by the culvert and race track on Foot Lake, and under the bridge and near the bay on Nest Lake. Anglers having the most success in 5 feet of water or less. Most species of fish are beginning to or about to spawn. 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Attend the next Twin Cities Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting on Tuesday, April 30 at Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul.  The featured speaker, Julia Steenberg, Geologist with the Minnesota Geological Survey, will present the findings from an investigation on the geologic controls on groundwater and surface water flow in southeast Minnesota, and its impact on our trout streams.  

Consider participating in the Family Fishing on the Opener on May 11 at Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park. Learn about different types of fish, preparing equipment, baiting a hook and handling fish once they are caught -- make memories on the lake with your family! Pre-registration is required.   

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

The season for stream trout fishing in streams opened Saturday, April 13. Learn more at the DNR’s Trout Streams page.  

As of Thursday, April 25, fisheries staff at the National Trout Centerreported that the water temperatures continued to improve with recent sunny days, and stream conditions south of I90 were generally very good. The streams and rivers to the north of I90, however, were still clearing as a result of heavy rainfall a week earlier. Reports had been good in the smaller streams, and fish in the larger streams were expected to be very hungry once the water cleared.

Unfortunately, a cold front will arrive Saturday which will cause overnight lows to drop to around freezing, as well as bringing cloudy skies and rain. Anglers should still be able to catch fish. 
Here is a Spring Fishing Tip courtesy of the National Trout Center: Remember that trout are primarily sight feeders and with a foot or more of water clarity they will see you long before you see them. If possible, wear camo-colored clothing or at least subdued colors that match the background when trout fishing. Florescent orange, red and white are not acceptable if you want to sneak up on the fish.

Before you go, check out the "Area Highlights" section of the Lanesboro Area Fisheries web page for stream maps. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

Albert Lea Area Lakes

The 72nd Annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener will be held May 9-12, 2019 on Fountain Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Albert Lea area. Located about 75 minutes south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Albert Lea is nestled between Fountain and Albert Lea lakes. There are 13 lakes in the area, many offering fishing, boating, kayaking and canoeing. In the heart of the city, the 521-acre Fountain Lake features several great fishing bays and is home to 20 species of fish, including largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, crappie, catfish and yellow perch. 800-345-8414; www.albertleatourism.org 

Ortonville - Big Stone Lake

At the time of this report, many Big Stone Lake accesses are open with docks in place: Ortonville City Access, the Rearing Ponds, Meadowbrook, Cramers/Kassuske and Hartford Beach. No dock was available at Mallard’s. Due to high water, boaters are asked to voluntarily recognize a no-wake zone within 300 feet of all shorelines to minimize erosion that may occur to property along the lakeshore. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

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605-345-45642 hours ago We have also had reports of successful walleye fishing on Opitz. Water temps are still good right now but looking at possibly cooler temps next week. Still plenty of time to get fishing in before hunting starts. – Lynn Lake Lodge, submitted October 7, 2021. Lynn Lake Lodge, Webster: 605-345-4564, www.lynnlakelodge.com

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1 hours agoMinnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 7, 2021. September 7, 2021. It sounds as though walleye anglers are starting to transition back to minnows, although crawlers and crankbaits are still producing fish. Read More →.

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Just Now Otter Tail Lake is one of the top walleye lakes in the state of Minnesota. The entire month of May and well into mid-June is a very popular time for anglers from around the country to head up to the lake for some premiere Minnesota fishing. The 13,725-acre lake is the largest in Otter Tail County and is surrounded by well-developed shorelines.

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4 hours agoMinnesota Statewide Fishing Reports INFO AS OF 11-1-19. Few reports are available as anglers put away their boats for the season. Anglers that continue to venture out, however, are being rewarded for their efforts. The walleye are still responding to jig and minnow combinations, along with minnow imitation baits slowly retrieved.

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6 hours ago To qualify for a resident fishing license you must: Have established a legal residence in Minnesota for at least the past 60 consecutive days. If 21 or older, possess a current Minnesota driver’s license, state-issued identification card or have a receipt for an application for a driver’s license or state ID that is at least 60 days old. Be

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4 hours ago Upper Red Lake walleye regs tightened for winter season. Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red in northern Minnesota will have a three-walleye bag limit, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed. Heavy winter fishing over the last four years has resulted in the more restrictive regs.

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4 hours agoLake of the Woods, LOW Tourism May 27, 2020. "On the south end of Lake of the Woods, anglers had an excellent week of good fishing and fish frys. A strong walleye bite continues with best success in 17-28 feet of water. It is good to remember, not all walleyes do the same thing. Some schools are deep, some shallow.

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Just Now Best Fishing Lakes in Minnesota Mille Lacs. Mille Lacs Lake is a huge 132,516-acre lake that stretches through three counties. There is an abundance of great fishing opportunities in Mille Lacs, and it offers great year-round fishing.

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1 hours agoMinnesota is mostly known for it’s walleye fishing, but don’t sleep on the bass! It’s very quietly one of the best bass fishing lakes in the country, especially if you enjoy catching large numbers of solid sized largemouth and smallmouth bass. Here’s how Captain Josh has been catching a boatload of largemouth bass here in August:

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7 hours agoFishing report: Lake Mary is a good lake for panfish and northern, but can also offer an above-average, all-around fishing experience. Ramsey Lake is a 355-acre lake located just south of the city limits of Maple Lake on County Road 8. The maximum depth is 86 feet and one public access is located off County Road 8, approximately two miles south

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5 hours agoMinnesota offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the country, from big lakes to scenic trout streams and the mighty Mississippi. Roaming these waters are large and smallmouth bass, trout, panfish, northern pike, muskies, and of course, the mighty walleye.

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2 hours agoreports, and water level and clarity information. Lake and fishing maps can also be purchased from Minnesota’s Bookstore: minnesotasbookstore.com MINNESOTA FISHING LICENSES Residents and nonresidents 16 and older must have a fishing license. You must buy a trout stamp to fish any trout stream, trout lake or Lake Superior.

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Cabins Nodak Lodge Resort on Lake Winnie, Bena, MN

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800-279-4831Just Now RESORTS — Cass Lake Chain of Resorts. Cass Lake Chain of Resorts is six individual family owned resorts that are on the Cass Lake Chain of Lakes. 4083 Kangas Curve Road SE, Cass Lake, MN 56633. Reservations: 1-800-279-4831 or 218-335-2480. Visit Website. 18342 E. Windigo Drive SE, Cass Lake, MN 56633. Reservations: 1-800-443-5101 or 218-335-2422.

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Located in northern Minnesota, Annie Battle Lake is considered to be one of the best fishing locations in the state. The 355-acre lake is home to sunfish, crappie, walleye and bass. The lake is a non-motorized lake and is referred to as a “heritage fishery,” according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Where are the best fishing spots in Minnesota?

According to the Upper Red Lake Area Association, Upper Red Lake offers the best, world class-caliber walleye fishing in Minnesota. Many lake access points are located on the lake's eastern shore, off State Highway 72.

Is Minnesota good for fishing?

Minnesota offers great fishing opportunities for all anglers with more than 158 fish species; 5,493 lakes, and approximately 15,000 miles of streams of cold and warm water.

What is the largest lake in Minnesota?

The largest lake in Minnesota is Red Lake at 288,800 acres with Mille Lacs Lake (132,516 acres) coming in second and Leech Lake (111,527 acres) in third. These lakes are the three largest lakes within Minnesota borders. I live by mille lacs lake.

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507-251-9151Just Now On The Fly Guide Service. Southern, MN. Reservations call. 1-507-251-9151. Dave Anderson has been fishing southeast Minnesota since the early 1980’s and has been guiding since 1998. In that time, Dave has traveled throughout the Midwest, fly fishing not only all over southeast Minnesota, but Western Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa as well.

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6 hours ago Lakes in the southern region of Minnesota offer very good fishing opportunities for a multitude of species, especially in the spring. After a dry late fall in 2020 and less snow during the winter, lake levels are at or just below normal for this time of year. While an earlier than normal ice-out occurred in 2021, a prolonged cool period

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5 hours ago The Minnesota Fishing Reports Depository. Here you'll find various anglers from all over the state submitting their own personal fishing reports, and your welcomed to join right in..:) To submit a fishing report, simply fill out the form to the right. You can remain anonymous, just use a nickname. Create a title for your report, and write the

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6 hours ago Unwanted pets: Giant goldfish turning up in Minnesota waterways. Officials in the Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville found 10 fish in Keller Lake earlier this month while doing a water quality survey. On Monday, 18 additional fish were found. Some were 18 inches long and weighed about 4 pounds.

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1 hours agoSouthern Minnesota Hunting & Fishing. 198 likes. A place for local southern Minnesota sportsman to share their stories, pictures, and infromation with other local sportsman

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8 hours ago The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides this Fishing hot spots in Southern Minnesota Region Waterville Area Winter fishing reports and …

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3 hours agoMinnesota Fishing Reports Click on links below for the most recent fishing reports from other sites. Additional reports are being developed by SC staff and contributors that will also be posted here.

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6 hours ago The Southern Minnesota Fishing Map Guide is a thorough, easy-to-use collection of detailed contour lake maps, fish stocking and survey data, and the best fishing spots and tips from area experts.. Fishing maps, detailed area road maps and exhaustive fishing information for lakes and streams in Southern Minnesota are provided in this handy, 224-page, 8 ½ x 11” spiral-bound volume.

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7 hours agoFishing Reports Minnesota, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. 13,187 likes · 82 talking about this. Up to date, accurate and reliable fishing reports and fishing news for Northern Minnesota. Walleye, Bass,

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9 hours agoFishing Conditions in Southern Minnesota Lanesboro/Preston - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams. The Oct. 4 Stream Flow Report showed both low and normal water flows for southeastern Minnesota streams and rivers. Please note that most streams close for angling Oct. 15.

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1 hours agoMinnesota counties receive $36.3 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes in 2021 MN DNR September 29, 2021 This year, Minnesota’s 87 counties are the beneficiaries of $36.3

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8 hours ago Sportsman's Connection Southern Minnesota Fishing Map Guide - Newly updated, the Southern Minnesota Fishing Map Guide is a thorough, easy-to-use collection of detailed contour lake maps, fish stocking and survey data, and the best fishing spots and tips from area experts.

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218-835-46362 hours agoMinnesota fishing report updated weekly. Please call 218-835-4636 for up to date fishing reports on all area lakes if you are wanting current updates. 4-27-2020. The ice will be gone on the lake today so the dock wiil go in this week. The walleye will done spawning and should be hungry come opener on May 9th.

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4 hours agoSouthern Minnesota Lakes. Started by Buhmannm. 9 Replies. 6210 Views / 0 Likes. January 01/02/13, 10:23:08 AM. by Nick. Welcome Friends MNO. Faribault's Lakes Reports here Please for Ice fishing

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6 hours agoSouthern Minnesota Walleye Fishing Report. Its not often that I can remember growing up and fishing southern Minnesota lakes with my dad that we boated a nice limit of walleyes, but that’s exactly what we were able to do recently. This past winter my dad and his buddy were able to do quite well on the walleyes during the early morning hours.

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4 hours agoMinnesota Statewide Fishing Reports INFO AS OF 11-1-19. Few reports are available as anglers put away their boats for the season. Anglers that continue to venture out, however, are being rewarded for their efforts. The walleye are still responding to jig and minnow combinations, along with minnow imitation baits slowly retrieved.

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888-665-42366 hours ago If online or in person doesn’t float your boat, you can purchase a Minnesota fishing license by phone 24/7 by calling 1-888-665-4236 (1-MN-LICENSE). All purchases must be made by credit card and once the purchase is complete, you get a license identification number, which is valid until you receive an actual license in the mail.

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2 hours ago Home / Minnesota / Minnesota Fishing Reports / Southern Minnesota. Southern Minnesota. This page is under development with new information being assembled daily. In the meantime, here are some links to other websites: Root River, South Branch Root River, South Fork Whitewater River. Share. Facebook; Twitter; Google + Stumbleupon;

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3 hours ago Good fishing is found in southern Mn, however there are not the nice "resorts" like there are in northern Mn. Fished at Lake Benton (SW Mn) many times, but it does not have the same feel as the lakes & resorts up north. But if you are looking for low-key, that may be your ticket.

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6 hours ago im new to spearing went out few times last year never got one but seen a bunch and missed a few. was wondering what lakes you guys go on in the metro area or southern minnesota. not lookin for certain spot just name of lake any info would be helpfull thanks Lardy

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9 hours ago The Southern Fishing Report is setup on the web site once a week on Friday. This report is the most detailed report on Georgia lakes on the internet. Ken has more than 60 anglers all over the state guiding and fishing these lakes. This is the best information available with lake levels, water color, and water temperature including a detailed

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3 hours ago Went out fishing in the morning with the family in southern Minnesota! Jason catches his PB northern pike!

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Central Minnesota Outdoors Weekly

8 hours ago Central Minnesota. By Outdoors Weekly on August 18, 2021. Fishing around the Central/North Central Minnesota area is awesome. Walleyes are hitting pearl white crankbaits trolled along the shallow weed edges in the 10 ft range. Pike are eating chartreuse spinner baits slowly rolled through deep weed beds in the 15 ft range.

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Southern Minnesota Bass Fishing YouTube

3 hours ago Today we are out on a local lake in search of largemouth. I love bass fishing and when the water looks as clear as this it’s almost a dream come true.———————

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5 hours agoMinnesota offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the country, from big lakes to scenic trout streams and the mighty Mississippi. Roaming these waters are large and smallmouth bass, trout, panfish, northern pike, muskies, and of course, the mighty walleye.

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9 hours agoSouthern Minnesota Fishing Map Guide Newly updated for 2016, the Southern Minnesota Fishing Map Guide is a thorough, easy-to-use collection of detailed contour lake maps, fish stocking and survey data, and the best fishing spots and tips from area experts.

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4 hours ago Upper Red Lake walleye regs tightened for winter season. Anglers fishing during the winter season on Upper Red in northern Minnesota will have a three-walleye bag limit, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed. Heavy winter fishing over the last four years has resulted in the more restrictive regs.

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3 hours ago The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

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Click the links above to read current Minnesota fishing reports or if you want to share your reports and pictures to earn a pass into the Inside Traders group (s) where the detailed Minnesota fishing reports are located, along with exclusive information and valuable fishing tips from enthusiasts just like you, in your area.

Where is the best fishing in southern Minnesota?

Lake Elysian and Clear Lake (Waseca County) are always good bets for the opener and spring fishing. Upper Sakatah Lake and Lower Sakatah Lake (Le Sueur County) in the Cannon River chain are shallower and have provided a good walleye bites during the month of May. Most walleyes are around 14 inches.

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Members share up-to-the-minute information and experiences, and are quick to help other members of the community who have earned their way into the group by contributing valuable information and anecdotes in the regular fishing report areas on the Fishing Minnesota forum.

What are the rules for fishing in Minnesota?

For rules, regulations and other helpful information on fishing in Minnesota, consult the DNR's Fish Minnesota web page. Anglers report very active walleye in the Rainy River. Heavy rainfall during the end of summer and throughout the fall have increased the current and water levels, creating a feeding frenzy in the walleye.

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If you’re planning a fishing trip to Minnesota, you have some excellent choices for lakes and streams throughout the state including Big Stone Lake, Cass Lake, Kabetogama Lake, Lake Mille Lacs, Lake of the Woods, Lake Pepin, Lake Traverse, Lake Vermilion, Lake Winnibigoshish, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Minnewaska, Lake Superior, Lac Qui Parle Lake, Leech Lake, Lower Red Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Rainy Lake, Upper Red Lake and others. Many of the lakes in Minnesota have camping facilities as well as other accommodations nearby.

Minnesota is well known for excellent Bass, Crappie and Walleye fishing. Additionally, in waters around the state you’ll find populations of Trout, Salmon, Catfish, Stripers, Musky, Tiger Musky, Northern Pike, Sauger, Longnose Gar, Bowfin, Sturgeon and sunfish including Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rock Bass, White Bass, Yellow Perch which are plentiful in some waters.

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Often archived Minnesota fishing reports, from prior years, can help you identify seasonal patterns for a specific lake. Review the prior reports to find consistent information for summer months of June, July and August...the fall months of September and October...the winter months of November, December, January and February. Pay special attention to the spring (March, April and May) fishing reports from prior years as they should provide information to help you predict the approximate time for the spawn.

If you are considering a visit to Minnesota for a fishing trip and are unfamiliar with the area, some of the major cities in Minnesota include Bemidji, Fergus Falls, Duluth, International Falls, Marshall, Willmar, Minneapolis, Rochester, Albert Lea, St Cloud and others scattered across MN, some with fishing opportunities nearby. To enhance your fishing experience, you may want to hire a local guide. Click here for a list of Minnesota fishing guides.

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Most walleye have moved deeper, with anglers taking good numbers of fish during low light hours. Leeches and crawlers remain the most effective bait.

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Northeast Minnesota

International Falls -Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

Rainy Lake anglers are finding walleye in 30-40 feet of water on the most popular submerged reefs. Reefs on either side of Brule Narrows have been producing fish, and the preferred presentation has been a jig head tipped with a leech or crawler. Walleye are also being caught near the windblown points in roughly 20 feet of water. Crappies continue to hit in Black Bay. Northern pike have not yet shifted to a deeper pattern and can still be found in the rocky and weedy edges of the bays. Some pike, however, are showing up on the reefs where anglers are fishing for walleye. Sand Bay also offers a good walleye bite. On the Rainy River, the areas above the dam at International Falls and below the Ranier Rapids are giving up walleye and smallmouth bass. The same is true below the dam, and for several miles downstream. Shiner minnows seem to be the key for the river. Sturgeon fishing has been good near the mouth of the Littlefork River and below Manitou Rapids; anglers are encouraged to first consult their rules and regulations guide before pursuing sturgeon. To learn more, dial 1-800-325-5766, or visit www.rainylake.org

Kabetogama

Anglers are having an easier time locating and catching walleye on lakes Kabetogama and Namakan. The best depth is roughly 30 feet, with fish coming in on jig and minnow combinations, slip sinker rigs, and artificials. The reef edges and shoreline structure adjacent to deep water have been the most productive. The eastern half of Kabetogama has been best for walleye anglers, especially around the Martin Islands, and Cuculus on down to Green and Larkin islands where the water is a bit cooler. The west end water temperatures are mostly in the high 70's during mid-day hours. Northern pike continue to be pulled from the weed edges and over the weed tops. The more productive areas include Lost, Nebraska and Blind Ash bays. Smallmouth bass are chasing artificials at the shorelines, with spinnerbaits, crayfish, plastics, and sub-surface presentations all working well. For more information on Lakes Kabetogama and Namakan, dial 1-800-524-9085, or check out www.kabetogama.com

Ely

With the arrival of August has come hot temperatures and some hot fishing action. Walleye are falling prey to trolled rapalas, as well as lindy rigs tipped with crawlers. The fish seem to have scattered throughout the water column, so it is best to troll or drift at varying depths; once fish have been located, switch to a slip bobber or try casting to pick up the stragglers. Burntside Lake has been giving up some very large walleye. Snowbank Lake has also been kind to both walleye and lake trout anglers. Bass are active on most area lakes at the rocky shorelines, down to twenty feet on the drop-offs. Crankbaits in crayfish patterns are working well. Large northern pike are attacking sucker minnows at the weedlines and rocky points. Also try spinnerbaits for some great sub-surface strikes. To find out more, dial 1-800-777-7281, or visit www.ely.org

Cook/Tower - Lake Vermilion

The rise in temperatures has resulted in an increase in fishing action on Lake Vermilion. The most successful anglers are using their electronics to locate fish at the weedlines. Once fish are found, a trolled crankbait should get them to bite. Another good approach has been to work lead-core crankbaits or deep-diving crankbaits in the deeper waters. A few fish are coming from the weedlines on lindy rigs and crawlers when there is some cloud cover and a breeze. Anglers are also taking a few fish on bottom bouncer and spinner/crawler combinations worked at the reefs and breaks. To learn more, dial 1-800-648-5897, or visit www.lakevermilionresorts.com

Cook County: Lutsen-Tofte, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, and Grand Portage

The Gunflint area lakes continue to produce walleye, smallmouth bass, and northern pike. Lake trout anglers are taking fish by jigging in 30-plus feet of water. Walleye are hitting jigs tipped with leeches in depths of 10-14 feet. The smallmouth bass can be found in the rocky outcroppings along the shore. While walleye action has slowed in the Grand Marais area lakes, some anglers are catching a few fish using leeches and crawlers; try 12-18 feet of water around the rock piles, as well as depths as deep 40 feet. Lakes to check out include Poplar, Devil Track, Elbow, Pike, and Two Island. Lake trout are hitting ciscoes and spoons worked in depths of 45-60 feet, with good reports coming from Saganaga, Greenwood, Gunflint, Daniels, and Duncan lakes. Rainbow trout remain active, and are hitting crawlers set at the bottom in 18-25 feet of water. For the most fish, try Leo, Trout, Esther and Mink lakes. On Lake Superior, water temperatures have been fluctuating between 40- and 60-degrees, and fishing has been great once you locate the right temperature range. Salmon are being pulled from depths of 80 feet or less, with downrigging being effective. The lake trout are coming from 120-plus feet of water. Fishing has slowed somewhat in the Sawbill area of the BWCA. Bass fishing remains good, with numbers of fish taken at all times of the day. The larger bass are coming from 10-14 feet of water. Walleye are being taken at dawn and dusk, with nightcrawlers starting to out-produce leeches for the bass and walleye. Lake trout are coming from depths of 75-85 feet, and can be found when using a flashy spoon or rapala. Brook trout fishing in streams south of the BWCA has been excellent, with nice-size fish coming from the deep pools and undercut banks. These streams are currently low and warm, providing comfortable wading conditions, and concentrating the fish in the colder, deeper waters. To find out more, check out www.VisitCookCounty.com

Grand Rapids

For information on what's biting and where, check out www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette -Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

The month of August generally brings with it some amazing trophy walleye on Lake of the Woods. Fishing is best in depths of 31-34 feet when down-rigging or drifting with spinners. Worms, minnows, and leeches have all been productive recently. The Northwest Angle and Islands area has also provided excellent fishing action. Anglers have been the most successful in depths of 12-20 feet when using a brightly-colored jig or a hammered gold spinner tipped with a minnow. To learn more, dial 1-800-382-FISH, or visit www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Bemidji

Surface water temperatures have risen into the mid-70s on most area lakes. Algae blooms have reduced visibility to only a couple of feet on many lakes. The warm water raises the metabolism rate in fish, making them even more likely to strike. Walleye can be found in many area lakes on top of the mid-lake structure, shoreline points and large flats where they are feeding on crayfish, small perch and other minnows. On some lakes, the water is becoming too warm, and the walleye are moving off the sides of structure to cooler waters. Anglers are using spinners to add flash and vibration to their live bait rigs. Crankbaits and stickbaits can also be effective when set at the proper depth alongside the fish. Most of the deep lakes have developed a thermocline at 35-40 feet, creating a barrier that most fish don't cross due to low oxygen levels below the thermocline. Muskie anglers are catching fish, with good reports coming from most of the larger lakes, such as Bemidji, Cass, and Plantagenet. Anglers may also want to try some of the smaller lakes connected to the more well-known muskie lakes. Bass and panfish action remains good on most of the smaller lakes, and in the shallow bays of the larger lakes. For bass, hit the heavy, shallow cover using plastic frogs, other plastic baits, or weedless baits. Sunfish prefer cabbage and coontail weed beds where they can find shelter and feed on small insects. The most successful panfish anglers are using a bobber rig with a small leech, or a piece of a nightcrawler on a small jig. Crappies can be found feeding at the structure during low light hours; during the day, look for them tucked under the weeds or suspended over deeper water. For the most fish, use small minnows or plastics on jigs. Perch are feeding on crayfish and minnows on the shallow flats, and on top of humps and points. A jig tipped with a minnow or piece of crawler usually works well. To find out more, dial 1-800-458-2223, or check out www.visitbemidji.com

Walker - Leech Lake

Most reports coming from Leech Lake this week have been about the excellent muskie bite, and the large, 56-inch fish recently caught and released. Some of the best action has been at Sucker Bay, Portage Bay, and the Grand Vu Flats in the cabbage weeds. The walleye action remains somewhat slow, but anglers are having success during low-light hours in the weeds and at the weedlines when pulling crankbaits or spinners with crawlers. In the main lake, fish are coming from the Annex and Submarine Island areas. Pine and Sand points are giving up fish to anglers using a leech under a bobber during evening hours. The jumbo perch bite is improving, and some nice fish are coming in on jig and minnow combinations worked in the Walker Narrows. For further information, dial 1-800-833-1118, or visit www.leech-lake.com

Cass Lake/ Deer River - Winnibigoshish & Cutfoot Sioux lakes

To find where to locate fish, dial 1-800-356-8615, or visit www.casslake.com

Park Rapids

For information on which techniques are working best, dial 1-800-247-0054, or check out www.parkrapids.com

Detroit Lakes

Water temperatures are hovering near 80-degrees in the Detroit Lakes area. Stormy weather led to an inconsistent bite, but fishing patterns have become more stable in the last few days. For walleyes, check the long points extending into the main lake. Cormorant, Island and Otter Tail lakes are producing walleye on crankbaits worked in the shallows at night. During the day, check Pelican, Lida, Otter Tail, and Big and Little Pine lakes. The bass bite has been excellent, with fish coming from 21-26 feet of water at the breaks off the mid-lake structure. Long, Toad, Floyd and Cotton lakes have been best for largemouth bass, and Island, Lida and Cormorant lakes are giving up the majority of smallmouth bass. Muskie anglers should check out Big Detroit and Pelican lakes. For large northern pike, hit the McDonald Lakes and Lake Melissa. To learn more, dial 1-800-542-3992, or go to www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Otter Tail Lakes Area

While day action has slowed, fishing remains good during morning and evening hours. For walleye, use crawlers, spinners and bottom bouncers in 25-30 feet of water. Crankbaits are also working well from dusk to dawn in depths of 8-10 feet; try speeds of roughly 2-mph for the most fish. Panfish action has been good in 8-14 foot depths on East and West Lost, Elbow, South Turtle and Dead lakes. For more information, dial 1-800-423-4571, or check outwww.ottertailcountry.com

Miltona

To find out where the fish are biting, dial 1-877-833-2350, or visit www.VisitLakeMiltona.com

Whitefish Chain of Lakes Area

To learn what's biting, visit www.whitefish.org

Brainerd Lakes Area

For more information on what's biting and where, dial 1-800-450-2838, or visit www.explorebrainerdlakes.com

Isle/Onamia -Lake Mille Lacs

On Lake Mille Lacs, walleye fishing has slowed somewhat when compared to the excellent walleye action of the last couple of months. Still, anglers continue to catch some good numbers of fish. On windy days, troll the shallow rocks using perch- or hot steel-colored crankbaits. Fish on or just off the mud flats during the day using spinners tipped with rainbow minnows or crawlers. Many anglers are also having success trolling with lead core at the deep gravel, and bobber-fishing with leeches during evening hours. Smallmouth bass action remains strong, with fish coming from 18-24 feet of water at the deep rocks. For the most fish, use tube jigs or a bobber-fishing approach. Quite a few bass are being caught while trolling the rocks for walleye. Bass have also been aggressively hitting tube jigs at the south end shallow rocks. To learn more, dial 1-888-350-2692, or check out www.millelacs.com

Willmar

While the larger walleye and bass seem to have lost their appetites, lots of smaller fish continue to be taken. And, Andrew, Games, Point and Solomon lakes are giving up good numbers of bull crappies, sunfish and bluegills. The weekend may start out rainy, but end with perfect conditions for fishing by Sunday. To find out more, dial 1-800-845-8747, or visit www.seeyouinwillmar.com

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan vicinity

Northeast Metro/Chisago Lakes Area

Chisago and South Lindstrom lakes have been great for panfish. Anglers are having the most success using crawlers and panfish leeches. Northern pike are being pulled from Green and South Center lakes, with the majority of fish coming in on sucker minnows. Bass have been active throughout area lakes, hitting crankbaits and plastics. To find out more, dial 651/257-1177, or visit www.chisagolakeschamber.com

White Bear Lake Area Lakes

As of late last week, fishing was excellent for bass, sunfish, northern pike, and muskies. For bass, use leeches; use the smaller leeches for sunfish. Northern pike and muskies seem to be attacking everything! A few walleye continue to be pulled from very deep waters on nightcrawlers and leeches. The best times to catch fish on White Bear Lake have been 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. To learn more, dial 651/653-5122, or check out www.ExploreWhiteBear.org

Waconia

On Lake Waconia, water temperatures rose into the low 90s on Monday, August 9, apparently the warmest water temperatures in the last 30 years! Action has definitely slowed, however anglers are still catching fish. The most active species at this time are bass and sunfish. Look to the slop for some nice bass during the mid-day heat, with scum frogs, moss mice and un-weighted bass assassins working best. Check the deeper waters as well, using Texas-rigged worms at the weed edges in 10-15 feet of water. During last week's local fishing event, large numbers of bass were pulled from the shallow slop and thick weeds. While quite a few were small, there were also lots of 1- to 3-pound fish. The sunfish are hanging out on the reefs in depths of 6-15 feet. The most productive reefs have been Keg's and North. A slip bobber, small jig and waxworm have been working best. If you do not get a bite right away, change depths until you locate fish. While walleye have become more sluggish, fish can still be found in the deeper waters during low light periods; the best approach has been a lindy or spinner rigged with a leech or crawler worked at roughly 20 feet, especially at Keg's and Red's reefs. Please continue to refrain from muskie fishing since these high water temperatures make it difficult for these fish to recover; it is very important for Lake Waconia to maintain this population. For more information, dial 952/442-5812, or check out www.destinationwaconia.org

Southern Minnesota

Lake City -Lake Pepin/Pool #4 Mississippi River

To find out what's biting and where, dial 1-877-525-3248, or check outwww.lakecitymn.org

Lanesboro

As of Tuesday, August 10, stream and river conditions were clear with normal water levels on the East Beaver Creek at Beaver Creek Valley State Park, Gribben Creek, the North Branch of the Root River, and Trout Run. Water clarity was off on Duschee Creek, Forestville Creek, and the Root River's South Branch at Forestville State Park and Lanesboro. As of Thursday, August 12, conditions were clear and normal for the South, Middle and North sections of the Whitewater River. To learn more, dial 1-800-944-2670, or visit www.lanesboro.com

Albert Lea

Fountain Lake is producing crappies during morning hours near the Hatch Bridge. Anglers are taking the most fish on white jigs. Good numbers of sunnies and crappies are being pulled from Edgewater Pier. Catfish are also biting near Edgewater. Walleye anglers are taking fish late at night from the Channel. For more information, dial 1-800-345-8414, or check out www.albertleatourism.org

Fairmont Area Lakes

Bluegills and crappies are coming from the channels in town. For bass, work the shallows of Budd, Sisseton, and George lakes using plastics. Catfish are active on Amber and Hall lakes. Walleye anglers are taking a few fish on leeches and crankbaits. To learn more, dial 1-800-657-3280, or visit www.fairmontcvb.com

Ortonville -Big Stone Lake

Perch and white bass anglers are taking fish from Big Stone Lake by pulling spinners and bottom bouncers with crawlers, shad raps, and wally divers. Those having the most success are pulling their lures or bottom bouncers along the South Dakota side of the lake from the Grapevine south to Pancake Island, and on north along the Minnesota side of Manhattan Reef back up to the Grapevine. Lots of quality, 10- to 12-inch perch are being taken. The fish have been scattered, so stay mobile. Perch anglers using the traditional anchoring and jigging approach have had limited success. The white bass have also kept anglers busy, along with the sheephead, a.k.a. freshwater drum. Few walleye, northern pike, and largemouth bass have been reported recently. To find out more, dial 1-800-568-5722, or check out www.bigstonelake.com

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