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Nisswa Guides Report

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I think its safe to say that we have had enough wind now. 9 straight days, I know that I could use a break from the gusty stuff. It was actually pretty nice on the water this morning, early before the wind picked up. I was on Gull. Seems like it was a little spotty out there. I found some big groups of walleyes that were a little turned off and holding belly to the bottom. I picked a few of them out but they weren't real hungry. Maybe the storm yesterday had an effect. Overall it was a good morning. I fished a number of spots and ended up catching a fish or two on each of the spots I tried. The walleyes wanted shiners today. I tried some chubs too. The walleyes wouldn't touch them but the pike were loving them. I caught and released quite a few from 15-20 inches along with some small northerns. I also lost one when I wasn't paying attention. It felt like a nice one until she made a run for the prop and she was gone. Everything was on the weedlines, 13-18 feet. I think that once the wind slows a little it is going to get real good out there. This weekend could be awesome.

The reports were great over the first week of the season. Gull, Pelican, North Long, and Mille Lacs have all been producing lots of fish. It has been mostly minnows with the exception of Mille Lacs. The night trollers are doing well too, pulling Rapalas in the shallows.

The livewell/baitwell pumps went out on my boat recently so today I tried Frabill's Aqua Lung tablets in the bait well with the shiners and chubs. I couldn't believe how great they worked. I didn't lose one minnow all morning. For shiners right now I think it is a winner.

Good luck this weekend. Stop by for the latest. Our guides are on the water all weekend and we'll be in the bait shop.

Jason Erlandson

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I think I'm going to put up a windmill for some extra $.By the way thanks for all the salmos,what a deal!!!2$ apiece sorry got em all. grin.gif

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Hey Jason,

Any idea about where the bass will be this weekend?

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Any luck on Whitefish? Just spent all day out there and got lots of small northerns and bass.... Couldnt find an 'eye!

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You're right about the clearance bins. There are some smoking good deals in there. It's tough to beat Salmo's for $2 a piece. I saw a few more in there yesterday, so they aren't all gone yet. But there is still a ton of great bass fishing stuff in there, and I'll be adding more to it soon.

If I was chasing bass this weekend I would be hitting the back bays and the bulrushes. I like small spinnerbaits or plastic stickbaits such as Northland's Slurpies Dip-stick worm. That is my one-two punch for early season bucketmouths.

Jason Erlandson

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Any reports for the Walleyes on Pelican?

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Pelican has been good too. We had a trip out there last week that went pretty good. Plus I have heard decent reports from anglers around the bait shop. The fish on Pelican were hanging at different depths depending on the spot. Some were relating to the weedlines, 15-18 feet, and some were hanging on the breaks from 21-28 feet. I think that you could also pop some numbers of fish slip bobbering in the evenings too. Overall the report is good.

The whitefish chain has been a little tough for the walleyes, but the northerns are going nuts up there right now. We had a guide up there last weekend. They only had a few walleyes. With all the pike action it kept them busy. The walleyes were up shallow in 7-10 feet of water.

Jason Erlandson

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