Simple question and don't give up your hotspots:
You think crappies will be reachable by shore yet? By this weekend? It's gonna be nice, but a little windy. I'm heading out with the kids and we'll be hitting a few shore spots on different lakes within the same latitudes as the twin cities, but just outside of the cities. Just curious what you all think based on your findings or experience.
Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort, Lake of the Woods NW Angle 2-20-17
Fishing on the MN side started out a little slower at the beginning of the warmer temps we have been having but we have seen a 360 turn around and fishing is back to where we like to see it for the NW Angle. We are seeing a lot of nice Walleye, Sauger, Perch, Tulibee and Pike being caught in 20-26 feet on the rocks and sand. The best areas we have seen all year are on rocks and shallow, the fish are feeding on the crayfish. The best colors ave been gold, red, silver and blue on spoons, rattler flyers, ripping raps and buckshots.
Over on the Canadian Side the Walleyes, saugers, Perch, Crappie and Pike continue to bite. The morning and afternoon bite has been best for the Walleye and Crappies. The Crappie bite has been best in 30 plus feet, look for deep holes with trees nearby and 26-28 feet on rock bars, reefs, shoals and humps for Walleyes. Tungsten jigs #6 or #8 have been best for Crappies with red or pink plastics and a wax worm, spring bobbers and electronics are recommended. Buckshots, flyers, flutter spoons, and rippin raps have been successful for Walleyes
With the warmer temps and rain we have recently experienced most of the snow has melted and we are left with water on top of the ice. For snowmobiles it is recommended to have scratchers to prevent overheating. We still have good ice with 24 plus inches and the roads are still good, the approaches are a little rough and sloppy but manageable. With the cold weather coming things should firm up quickly. Check with resorts and guides for up to date ice conditions.
Until next week, good luck fishing!
Guides Ray King, Dan Schmidt, Professional Fishing Guide, Jeremy Glessing and Cale Albers.
Flag Island Resort
What do you all run for fishing line in the winter walleye fishing? I've been running fire line on a couple of reels usually 6-10lb line because I get sick of having fish snap my line. I've always had success with this line during early ice, but I am looking to go to a lighter line in hopes of catching more fish this time of year. Anyone have any suggestions? Not sure if switching line will help but I'm willing to try it, the last couple of weekends have been really really slow.
Adapt or accept mid winter blues??
Anyone been out on lake parley in st.boni, and found any walleyes? I've been sticking to o'dowd for the most part this year with little luck. Parley has been a good producer for me walleye wise, just curious if anyone has been out and found any eyes?
The weather this past week up here in the angle has been pretty unstable with temps in the single digits and closer to the thirties and now snow flurries today. The fish have still been biting and anglers are still taking home limits every day.
On the Minnesota side, anglers are catching a good mix of fish including Walleye, Sauger, Perch, Pike and Smallmouth Bass. Eel Pout will be spawning within the next couple of weeks. The depths we have been fishing with success is 20-26 feet and in 13-14 feet from 4-6pm in current. The areas we are fishing are on rock reefs, rock points, rubble rock and sandbars. Rattling flyers, buck shots, spoons and plain hooks on dead sticks. Hot colors include red, pink, gold and silver. Most days jigging is out producing dead sticks.
Over on the Ontario side the Crappie bite is still good and holding. Jigging with a plastic on a Tungsten jig with a wax worm has been the most successful tactic. The Crappies are in the mud eating mostly mayfly larvae in 30 feet of water. The best locations are in deep mud holes near structure. The magic colors are still glow white and pink. The Walleye bite has also remained and we are finding them at the end of deep points and reefs between 25 and 32 feet of water using frozen shiners. Many anglers have been catching several smallmouth bass and we just wanted to make it known that these are illegal fish in the wintertime in Ontario. If one were to bite you must immediately release them. As always it is recommended to stay on staked trails with the ever changing ice conditions due to the high current in many areas. One last thing to note is that when crappie fishing the mortality rate is very high for catch and release, we recommend targeting another species once you have caught your limit.
Until next week, good luck fishing!
Guides Ray King, Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Cale Albers
Hey All, In the past week I have broken my 22 year old 33cc Eskimo auger (loved it), and just last night I burned out a 18v Makita drill on a Clam plate. The drill will be replaced with a brushless.. However, I am still in the market for an auger. Now, before everyone starts saying “go electric,” I will say this.. I drill a lot of holes. 100-200 hole days/weekends. I can’t always keep batteries warm/charged. So, I’d like opinions on an affordable and somewhat light auger. 2 that come to mind right now are an Eskimo Stingray 33cc w/ 8″ bit. As you know, Eskimo now has a 5 year warranty, which is very appealing. <$280> plus tax. 28lbs. The other auger I’m considering is a Strikemaster Chipper Lite 1.5hp Solo. Now, I haven’t seen many review for it, but Fleet Farm is advertising it for around $280 as well. 24lbs I’ve used my buddy’s StrikeLite in the past and really liked it, but that was a 4 stroke. Should I buy new or used? There are a few in good shape on Craigslist as well.. I really would like to keep the spending around $300 or less.
We were out fishing today on Lake washington near the narrows by Mudd bay and my nephew was using his new vexilar we got. We came home and now its missing.. Im hoping somebody saw the vexilar and will be honest and reply back so this little guy isn't heart broken and can get it back! Little guy is very sad
We only got about 1/2 inch of snow but more snow and rain is predicted for Sunday and maybe Monday.
Only 22 degrees for a high here yesterday! 39 degrees now and supposed to get to 50 degrees today. Crazy spring!
Probably still frost in the ground in most areas.
Hello Everyone, May is just a few days away and I'd love to see how the water is warming this Spring through Summer...
Can we start a thread with daily water temps?
East side or West side:
I'll be there June 10th!
~Tripp in ATL
Not a fishing report, but a question.... Is the frost out of the ground yet? Bringing some stuff up to the cabin and wondering about water lines and stuff freezing and all that. I see the forecast is for the 50's next week..
How much snow did you all get?
I keep and eat fish also. I was just reacting with a snide remark to a tone of "I want some fish to eat, got any spots" that perhaps was unintended . If so, I apologize.
Many of the streams in SE Minnesota are populated primarily with native brown trout, and the DNR information is reasonably reliable. There was a major kill in summer 2015 on the very popular south branch Whitewater river and I don't know how the recovery is coming along. Cause still unknown.
Some recent info....(not about kill)
The DNR stocking activity is accessible from Lakefinder. Here is the info for rainbow trout for 2016, the latest year available. It will give you an idea of the activities.