Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
fishinpapa

Gov's Opener

12 posts in this topic

I assume Walker will be a zoo on the opener with the guv coming and such. Any thoughts on what kind of opener we can expect. Lots of fish in the slots or under?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This Fall was a good mix of slot/non slot fish. I would think the opener would be similar.

The City of Walker will be busy with the Governor's opener activities. Leech is a very large lake with plenty of room to fish. Some areas will see crowds, but, there should be plenty of areas holding fish to explore.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will be out guiding for the gov opener party... Should be real interesting this spring... Hopefully this spring will be WET... We need the rain for the lake levels...

Beef

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Send the gov up to Portage Bay and see if he can catch a walleye up there. GOOD LUCK!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The improved Walleye fishing success last Fall and the expectation for improved Spring fishing, may not include all areas of the lake. While Walker Bay and the Northern half of the main basin were more productive for me, the Southern main basin was still off. The Southern half of the lake was where I would start before moving to other areas. I did not fish the Northern, North Eastern or Eastern bays.

In the past, I would spend the majority of my time fishing the South main basin and the South and West shores; however, I have not seen the improvement in these areas that I have experienced North. I don’t know why I have not experienced better success in areas that in the past have been productive in other parts of the lake. I’ve talked to others who spend the majority of their time fishing these same areas and have had similar experiences.

The hatch and stocking should have been across all areas and the DNR test netting sampled all areas of the lake with positive results. Has anyone else had different experiences? Has anyone had good, consistent success in the southern and western areas this past season?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, I hope this year there is a change in the southern basin. I will be spending the majority of my summer working at Trapper's Landing. Should be able to squeek in a few hours each day to fish, being this will be my first year fishing Leech I won't have much to base off of. Beef, stop over and say hi when you get a chance over opener.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think that would be cool to guide the govenors opener fishing tourney. How do you go about being a guide for it? Who here has done it before and was it a good or bad experience for you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They will need guides, Just call the chamber. Hopefully the gov will get a local guide who knows the waters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

I will be out guiding for the gov opener party... Should be real interesting this spring... Hopefully this spring will be WET... We need the rain for the lake levels...

Beef


How low is the water level?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Up on Cass it is terrible... On both Cass and Leech we won't know for sure until the hard water is gone... We really need a wet spring to help get the water levels back up... Before ice up Cass and Pike Bay were WAY down.... I didn't make it out on to Leech for the last month of the open water season, but before that I noticed lower than usual water...

Beef

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Can't wait to fish the Guv Opener either! I'll have a top notch guide out there so I can get plenty of photos for the Outdoor News and WriteOutdoors.

NERD ALERT--So I checked the Federal Dam website for Leech Lake and it shows that the lake level is down just a few inches from last March. That's the good news, the bad news is that it's about a foot lower than the 10-year average. At least the data I looked at showed that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Boy is this warm weather getting me pumped. Just put a coat of wax on the rig and vacuuming and cleaning etc.,..Not long now!!! Wish I lived up there and didn't have to endure the drive though!! Still praying for some rain though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • curt quesnell
      Getting these big fish back in the water as soon as possible is important in summer heat.    
    • MinDak Hunter
      Thanks guys! JB-how do you get the Mepps down deep?
    • rundrave
      I know its not attached to you. But the issue is with it being attached to the dog and if its running full speed and it gets caught on something. The injuries can occur when its a sudden stop and the collar around the neck is pulled hard from the weight of the dog.   Sounds like to you need to get back to the basics with the check cord and get back to sit, stay and come. You can work her with the check cord in a hallway at home with the doors closed, then move to a larger  grassy area etc. Keep the sessions short and praise, praise and praise some more when she comes back when called.   You never want to give a command you cant enforce and that's where the check cord comes in handy. We have all been there before. But if your not confident with her in the water next to a road you need to go back and revisit those commands and how to enforce them until she is ready. its just not worth risking injury.   You have to make the retrieving fun and if she doesn't bring it back your done for that session, and then she doesn't get to retrieve. Let her see you put the dummy away and then start another session at a later time. Praise, praise and praise when she does it correctly.   Dogs will pick up on your body language frustrations etc.  Just takes lots of reps and keep them short and be positive and she will get there.
    • TNtoMN_HuntFish
      I actually don't have that long leash attatched to me. Its 100' I believe and the only reason I leave it on her is because Round Lake is right by a busy road so if she wants to bolt after a rabbit or something I can quickly grab that leash. Also sometimes she'll grab the dummy and want to swim around with it so I give a few tugs to let her know her job is to bring it to me, not swim in circles. It's just a safety measure because she isn't quite ready for fully off leash training just yet. I almost never actually need to grab it.    Thanks for the advice though, the last thing I'd ever want to do is hurt a dog, especially mine. I never throw the dummy past where it's safe to walk so if she did get it wrapped in cattails or something and got stuck I'd quickly get her. 
    • Buzzbait Brad Ohio
      Thanks for having me Minnesota. I wasn't able to float the Ottertail river but I did fish the lake every morning. Most fish the first 3 days came on top water whopper plopper. The last day, the water temperature heated up to almost 80 so I changed it up a little bit and fished deep water 10-20 feet and caught fish deep. Here's some of the better fish from this week. The fishing up here is great. Can't wait to make it back. 
    • ZachD
      Nice job I will be out on Sat in the boat
    • hitthebricks
      Sounds like my problem, Thanks  
    • JBMasterAngler
      Small minnow raps, #2 mepps spinners, small spoons. Don't need anything else.
    • curt quesnell
      What a great day jigging out in the mud. Little or no wind all day and it was pretty warm but fish were active, biting and large. A big change came yesterday on my close by spots that threw me for a loop but the fish a few miles away seem unphased. I will say it again a great day!
    • monstermoose78
      Thanks for the advice Dave  I dont let Finn fetch on check cord any more. I only used it when he was a pup