Here in Minnesota, water temps are in the low to mid 60’s and the Walleyes keep rollin’ in! Wind blown shorelines are giving up walleyes via leeches and crank-baits right along the weed line. Crawlers on a gold and/or orange spinner are producing fish out of the mud between 22 and 26 feet. Jigging has been tough this week with the strong winds, but the Mayflies have finally tapered off!!
Up on the Canadian side, bottom bouncing has been filling the live wells outside of monument bay between 24-28 feet. Jigging near Skeet and Kennedy Islands have seen nice sized walleye and numerous perch. Great smallmouth action can currently be had in Tranquil channel and the mouth of Johnston passage. Muskie fishing is still sporadic with high 40” class fish being caught from shallow bottom bays or just outside of them.
Fish of the Week:
49" and 46" Muskie
At least 10 Walleye over 25"
This is close to home for me. I love the dunes, but the refuge is messed up. The refuge told me they were brining native game birds back, so I was excited and said sharptailed grouse and the guy looked and me and said no ringnecked pheasants. I laughed at him and said really he said yes really. I told him ringnecked pheasants are invasive species he argued they are native and I walked out shaking my head.
The refuge could be a strong hold for sharptailed grouse, prairie chickens, and water fowl if they managed for them. The dune could extend this area.
I've started up this post as I will be visiting Minnesota (to be specific the Stuart Lake in the Ottertail Lake area) and I would love to hook into some fish! I'm originally from the Netherlands, have lived in Australia for the last 8 years working as a fishing guide, I have moved to Dallas TX with my wife and now we will be visiting my in-laws in Minnesota. I would love to catch Musky, which I know West Battle Lake holds, and of course Walleye. I have been trying to look for areas that hold smallmouth but was unable to find any. I don't have a boat up there or anything so I know I will be in a massive disadvantage for musky but I will give it a try with waders. I would love to get as many tips as possible! Cheers!
This years West Central Bowhunter 60 will be held on August 12th and 13th with registration from 9am - 3pm Saturday and 9am - 2pm Sunday!
Come to enjoy the rolling hills and grasslands of the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Little Crow
Archers of Willmar & Swift County Archers of Benson have teamed up to host this 60-Target 3-D shoot.
Shoot it in one day, or make a weekend of it and shoot both days! Our promise is that you will not be disappointed!
Highlights include, Generous sized walking trails, On-site concessions, and seating deck!
Stakes for : Adult, Youth, Traditional, and Cubs
All on over 100 Acres! 90% Rinehart Targets
Full Course (60-Targets) $23 Adults ~ $15 Youth 16 & under ~ $60 Family Max
1/2 Course (30-Targets) $14 Adults ~ $8 Youth 16 & under ~ $36 Family Max
12718 10th St NE
Spicer, MN 56288
N 45° 14.716 W 95° 1.777
@1.5 Miles West of Hwy 71 on County Road 29
Personally I do seem to catch quite a few overs, some days it can be a challenge to find keeper fish ( stupid problem to have, huh?). One thing I notice is that all the fish seem to be very thick through out the classes.
While I was tackling some honey-do's I noticed that the breeze was a bit stiff, I'm sure it was a challenge to maintain a line or consistent speed.
Over all was it a good day for you?