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  1. Hello everyone. I have not seen or heard from anyone on the form so I thought I would post some pictures of opening weekend on rainy lake, May 16 and 17. Water is about 18” low from July levels and water temperature is 56 degrees as of Sunday. The walleyes and bass were caught on jig and minnows in 8’- 12’ of water.
  2. 2020- Lake Vermilion Fishing Reports - Click Here. Click Above for 2020 Fishing Reports↑↑↑↑ Lake Vermilion Fishing Reports from 2011 to 2020 are below ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓ I thought it was about time to post how the first 10 days of the season have gone for my wife and myself. Things started out pretty slow for us. We found the fish virtually everywhere we expected them with sonar but only a scattered "biter" here and there. The bite has really picked up for us since about last Thursday. We are finding a more consistent bite in specific areas(as opposed to here and there) and the depths have been 23'-32'. All of our fish the last couple of days including today came from steep shoreline breaks with the optimum depth being 27'. Bottom varies from mud to gravel to rock. With the exception of one "leech" fish, we have caught everything on rainbows. Backtrolling and controlled drift has been our presentation. The biggest walleye we have caught so far has been a 24". We have caught very few slot fish so far this spring. 14"-15" fish have been far and away the most numerous and we have caught a sprinkling of 16" and over fish. I have stayed with my bottom bouncer rig and my wife has used the traditional Lindy rig with a no-snag sinker. By the way, they're just kidding when they call those things "no-snag". The dock bite has really picked up also. We go down for an hour or so in the evening and have a ball watching the bobbers go down. Most of our bite is before we even turn on the bobber lights! Water temperatures today were 52.3 degrees in the far east end of Big Bay, 56.6 degrees at Moose Island, and 58.9 degrees at Banana Island. It appears fishing will keep getting better, but then again, what do I know? I'm retired! Don't think for a second that this is all fun ! Good Fishing, MarkB
  3. I haven't seen any reports locally this year. The other forums all have updated reports.
  4. The Leech Lake walleyes are on the move and our guides have been chasing them! With a recent fly hatch and some heat moving in this week has been a grind but we are still finding limits. A few keys to putting fish in the boat have been the location, the presentation and the wind. Most of our fish have been on Sucker bay and the main lake. Duck point, Ottertail point and Stoney point have all been good and putting out fish. We have been focusing on the 11-14 feet of water and covering ground has been important. Both Duck and Ottertail points have nice break lines that top out around 8 and bottom at 20, which, is what we have been focusing on. Try to run your boat along the break line and make note of where the fish tend to be. If they are on the top of the break fish there and likewise for the deeper water. Our presentation of choice, when the wind allows it, has been bottom bouncers with spinners. Gold, pink and white, and green have all been getting the Leech Lake walleye guide fish in the boat. Try to run these at 1.3-1.8 mph with just enough line out to “bounce off the bottom.” The wind has been a nice advantage the past few days. Use the wind to push your boat along the desired path for a nice easy drift. As stated above the places we have been focusing on are actually in the same area but with different layouts. this allows you to make sure you are fishing in the waves and not in flat calm water. As you may know, leech is very clear so on a flat calm and sunny day it can be tough. Find the waves and find the action. We do still have some openings for July yet. Give us a call to see what we have open. https://leechlakeguideservice.com Dennis Carlson with his Biggest walleye 27 inches. Caught on a green spinner rig
  5. On the south end... Lots of limits of nice walleyes this week with plenty of larger slot fish (19.5" - 28") and trophy walleyes (over 28"). Schools of fish all around the lake. From the Lighthouse and Morris Point Gap area which is adjacent to Pine Island to Zippel Bay to reefs and mud near Long Point and Rocky Point all producing. Garden Island area also holds nice schools of walleyes. The go to presentation is pulling spinners with crawlers or leeches at 1.0 - 1.3 mph. Some anglers are doing well trolling crankbaits as well on lead core line or downriggers. Nice schools of walleyes also staged over deep mud. Some fish are shallow, 7- 15', other fish holding in 23 - 31'. Hammered gold, gold/glow, pink, and orange hot colors this week. On the Rainy River... Sturgeon anglers catching some good fish as the season opened on July 1st. Fishing holes in the river with a 3 ounce no roll sinker and sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers and/or frozen shiners. Nice smallies in rocky areas. Pike are also active cruising weedy bays, bay mouths and current breaks. Walleyes hanging out on flats and can be caught with crawler harnesses or trolling crankbaits. Up at the NW Angle... Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters. There are shuttle services available and fishing for multi species has been excellent. Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options. Excellent fishing for walleyes, pike and bass continue. Schools of walleyes on structure, over sand and on mud. Nice walleyes 8 - 17' on the sand or 25 - 28' around structure. The best presentation is drifting and trolling spinners with crawlers or a minnow. Pike and smallmouth bass active in weedy bays. Bucktails for pike retrieved slow working well.
  6. 7.6.20 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report Minnesota Lake of the Woods Walleye action continues in less than 10’ casting Rapala’s, floating leeches or pulling crawlers in rocks and sand bays. Walleye are also showing back up on classic structure including points and main lake reefs. Trolling deep diving Rapala’s has been producing very large pike and slot walleye in 12 to 18 ft. of water. Lake of the Woods Musky opener was successful in shallow, weeded areas. With one over 50” boated and the rare 49.5” as well as many mid 40” fish. With water temps increasing into the high 70’s this week, Rock areas are heating up. Smaller bass sized baits and blades have been favored by these toothy critters. Current musky anglers are seeing up to 10 fish a day!
  7. Got out on Fathers day with the Kayak down the Mississippi River for some good ole Smallmouth Bass action. River was low which made a great float and the smallies were hungry! They just couldn't resist the wacky worm once again. We have such an amazing fishery here in MN, glad to call this state home. Enjoy.
  8. any current musky info? Looking for new water since can’t get to LOW.
  9. Current Brainerd Fishing Reports- Click Here. Show us your pics. Here's how things are looking on the chain...
  10. going to be heading up that way the 20th of aug and its been pretty quiet here in the deer river forum. my intent is to fish bowstring, maybe sand and some other lakes in the area. can anyone give me a little heads up on how fishing is?? thinkin even of dragging my 2 teenage granddaughters along can anyone tell me about dora lake. been there once, would like to maybe try it again. bugs still bad????
  11. MNredneck

    sturgeon

    I was looking to go sturgeon fishing on the st croix river, what parts of the river hold a fish-able population of sturgeon. i was hoping to be near st croix or wild river state parks.
  12. Hit the ice for the first time today about 6 inches of ice and lots of slush 3-5 inches deep. The snitch handled the work load with amazing results. The busy end was the smallest pug bug with a maki mino the crappies were racing up am crushing it. The gills would come up slowly but would eat it. Had a 3 to 4 pound walleye break me off in the top of the hole.
  13. Hey everyone, Normally I don’t ask for help but I’ve been skunked last three summers on Side lake / Sturgeon Lake Chain for walleye. I’ve spent most time on Big Sturgeon and Side for eyes but have come up short. I’m heading up for a long weekend and hoping to change my luck with some advice. I’d appreciate anything as it’s been a grind... thanks !!
  14. On the south end... The lake just keeps producing walleyes. Good fishing in numerous spots across the south shore, near the Lighthouse and Morris Point Gaps in 8-10' and around Garden Island. Big numbers of walleyes also staged over deep mud in 25 - 31'. Most anglers drifting or trolling harnesses (spinners) with crawlers or leeches. Hammered gold is hard to beat but glow, pink, chartreuse and orange are also popular in the stained water. Some fish are still being caught jigging on structure or rock to mud transitions. Anglers catching plenty of eater walleyes along with good numbers of saugers. Larger slot fish (19.5-28") along with trophy walleyes over 28" being caught often. On the Rainy River... Sturgeon anglers looking forward to sturgeon fishing reopening on July 1st. Big numbers of sturgeon await. No roll sinkers and sturgeon rigs along with crawlers and frozen shiners available locally. Smallmouth bass in rocky areas, around bridges and current breaks. Pike are also active cruising weedy bays, bay mouths and current breaks. Both species don't get much attention and are present in good numbers. Walleyes hanging out in 20-25'. Up at the NW Angle... Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake and stay in MN waters. Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options. Walleye fishing is worth the trip. Schools of walleyes on structure, over sand and on mud. Most fish showing up in 8 - 14' or 26 - 28'. The best presentation is drifting and trolling spinners with crawlers or a minnow. Pike and smallmouth bass active in weedy bays. There are hundreds around the Angle. Try a spinnerbait or spoon.
  15. - Subscribe to this fishing report. Just curious if anyone has been on the Lake ice fishing by Frontenac? What are the ice conditions like? Just looking to walk out, been itching to use my brand new ice shack! Also how is the bite? Thanks DB
  16. The week is fast approaching (July4-11) and the boys (and the three dads) are excited. Any advice (species is far less important than consistent action) would be greatly appreciated. Staying mid-lake so east or west are options. Thanks and good fishing!
  17. Just got back from our annual Grand Marais trip. Fishing was pretty good, despite this being the latest in the month I’ve ever been up there. This year was always planned to be a camping trip, but because several of the campgrounds are still closed (including the one I planned to stay at), I luckily was able to get a spot on Flour Lake. Weather was darn near perfect the whole week. We setup camp slower than expected, so we got a really late start on West Bearskin. Only caught 5 bass. But I didn’t fish any of the normal spots I hit. Tuesday, we fished Hungry Jack Lake. Holy cow was the resort a zoo! I’ve never seen that place so busy! Which is good...those guys have always been really good to us. Kids caught a bunch of sunnies off the dock. Bass fishing was normal. There were still a few late bloomers on beds. Caught about 35 fish, including a 19.5, 19, and 18.75 inch smallies. Also caught a skinny 20 inch walleye. Wednesday we fished our favorite, Greenwood Lake. We caught 100 bass. Mostly the typical small ones, but my son landed a 16.75 incher, which was his personal best. Also caught 1 little northern. Never caught one out of here for 25+ years. Now, ever since we caught the first one a few years ago, we always catch at least one every time we fish here. Lakers have moved away from the shallows. I marked a lot of them, but I didn’t get any to bite. Thursday was Loon Lake. Caught about 35 fish. They were tiny as usual, but for some reason my son’s favorite fish is rock bass, so he was happy to catch a bunch of them. I caught a 30 inch pike. Had several more follows from pike of similar size. Decided to go for a drive up the trail after fishing, instead of going back to camp. Good decision! We saw a moose and a lynx! Wanted to fish Two Island on our way home, but it just didn’t work out. Things in town were a mess! Between the road construction, and the coronavirus, it just wasn’t the same fun atmosphere. Unfortunately, it looks like the road construction will be even worse next year. Oh well, we still had fun. As always, wished the trip lasted longer.
  18. Opener 2020 tomorrow - anyone here going out? Heck with the full moon tonight this weekend should be really good. If I get to spend some time out it’ll be in central MN. The river maybe, or Alexander. Shamineau is on my list this year as I’ve never fished it at all. Plenty of lakes to try. I’d like to see what you guys are pulling in this year! Hear some stories or good advice! I hope to have some to share.
  19. How’s the bass fishing this year? Weeds? Water clarity?
  20. I am going to try to access pug hole lake from roosevelt lake with my canoe. The 1978 fishing report marked multiple 15-20 lb pike. Has anyone been back there and is there a better access?
  21. Anyone been into trout yet. Thinking about going Tuesday. Wondering how the walking is. I would think after the warm temps this weekend it should add a nice crust to walk on top of.
  22. Let's see your pics!!! 2020 Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports - Click Here Click Above for 2020 Fishing Reports↑↑↑↑ 2009-2020 Lake of the Woods Fishing Reports below↓↓↓↓ Go ahead and post your Lake of the Woods fishing reports and conditions in this thread. More current Fishing Reports - Click the >> link above to the right after the NEXT link. For 2019 LOTW Fishing Reports - Click here. Questions welcome too. Fishing Reports by the TOP Lake of the Woods Fishing Guides, Charter Captains & Resorts are in here - Click Here. Lot's of good info and our best members posting below already. Newer Reports are on pages that follow. Be sure to give back and share your fishing reports here as well Thanks.
  23. This past week, MN Governor Tim Walz began allowing resorts and hotels to open with numerous guidelines for safety. Many Lake of the Woods resorts and hotels are welcoming guests back. Properties are taking a variety of safety measures in many aspects of their businesses to ensure guest and employee safety. The US and Canada have agreed to keep the international border shut until May 20th. Residents of the NW Angle and necessary supplies can travel across, others including visitors and land owners for the time being cannot. Some resorts are offering transport service via boat across the lake in MN waters to the Angle prior to the border opening. On the south end... The majority of Big Traverse Bay is still ice covered, which is quite typical of this time of year. Warm weather is in the forecast and more and more open water is showing up daily. Things are looking very good for the opener May 9th. Some big pike are being caught in the open water of bays. The pike season on LOW never closes. On the Rainy River... The Rainy River is open into Lake of the Woods. The sturgeon bite has been strong with many boats out and successful this weekend. Find a hole in the river, anchor up with a sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers or combo of crawlers and frozen emerald shiners. The sturgeon "keep season" continues through May 7th. May 8-15 is catch and release only. May 16th the sturgeon season closes until July 1st. Up at the NW Angle... Ice is melting and open water is expanding quickly. The larger basins are still ice covered. Resorts are preparing and looking forward to the open water season.
  24. apparently I am a financial casualty of this COVID-19 virus and was told that sept 30th will be my last day at the union hall as a rep. I have a few options but am choosing to retire at 63. my point is, i'll be able to follow all you guys around this winter ice fishing!!!!!!! where is everyone anyway?????? nuttin for anyone???????????
  25. The Largemouths have been biting more and more on Lake O'dowd in Shakopee. I landed this dude at around 8:30 last night in about 4-7 feet of water using a Berkley plastic worm on a Texas Rig. Lots of fun catching him from my kayak The ruler is a little blurry, but I marked him at right around 17 inches.
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