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  1. Hi, After reading Smuts post I live in Darwin I have Avoided Washington like the plague.Been there 2 times 1. hit a sand bar/rock in the middle of no where. 2. got caught in a bad storm not pretty. Anyway hate to waste a good fishing resource. Can any one tell me where the Rocks are, locations roughly? I would go out on Ellsworth landing Any thing bad around there? Thanks for your help going to try this weekend
  2. I have been thinking it would be nice to have a thread for fishing reports specifically on the West End lake. Everyone knows that the east has more walleyes so it seems most of the reports are geared toward the east end. Not always, but it often seems The fishing report from the east vs west can be very different and I think a separate thread might help people (myself included) out who fish the west end.
  3. It starting!

    Just spent yesterday in a small but deep carry In lake in the Walker area fishing for bass and panfish. The panfish in this area are really close to spawn, the shorelines are covered with sunfish in male and female groups. And are quite ferocious in about 4 ft of water. Baits and lures are no importance it seems as well as they hit anything. Crappies were near anywhere there was bullrush, however, not in them or on any visible beds. We did find some Bedding activity in flooded wood. As is always said, be careful with these vulnerable fish this time of year, so we can enjoy what seems to be an improving panfish population in this state. Good luck.
  4. Heading NW this weekend (with the rest of the herd). Going to be camping near Lake Amelia for just one night. I've fished the big lakes near Alex in the past, just never been to this lake. Curious about current water temps, and if anyone has any tips on this lake or other lakes nearby. Since I only have time to go fishing for one day, I was hoping the community can give a guy a little help!? PM me if you wish! Thanks guys
  5. Does anyone know where I can park and fish from shore on Pepin? I know the boat launches provide some fishing, but there must be something better. I am saving money to fix my boat and have been land bound. Thanks' Steve
  6. Hello I will be heading up to Kabetogama in June and was just curious if anyone has any info on the depth of the water behind cutover island? I have never been on the backside (north side) of the island and I am curious if it is ok to pass between the island and the mainland there? Just wondering in case we happen to visit the rock gardens or fish around that area if we can go thru there or if it would be better to go around the island to the south? thanks for any advice!
  7. Popped down for an hour with a twister tail and caught a few fish. No monsters but still fun. River has really dropped over the last couple weeks.
  8. When my husband passed away last fall his 80 brother didn't get a chance to come up and be with him. He has now decided to come up June 20-26 for probably his last fishing trip to Minnesota. I know I will take him out on Pokegama at least one day, but I am trying to figure some other lakes to try. I have fished Spider a few times and Wabana only once ( I live not to far from there) but I am looking for some other lakes to try. He used to be mainly a bass fishing guy, but we got him spoiled on Walleyes years ago. My boat is not very big, 16 foot Lund Rebel with just a 25 hp Mercury on it so I am looking for small to medium sized lakes up by me to try. Any suggestions would be helpful. We will be interring my husbands ashes at Fort Snelling during his trip which is going to be rough on both of us. I just hope I can show him a good time while he is here.
  9. Wondering if anyone could share some experience on smallies out there what structures are key and types of baits used. Heading out there memorial weekend to do some fishing wouldn't mind chasing them. Any info is appreciated
  10. Got out with rick g for a couple hours today. had a dandy on right away in a spot I like to hit but lost it. went back an hour later and wham! fun battle in the yak! 19 3/4 incher. 4 inch stick bait yellow and black wacky style.
  11. Does anyone fish here? I have heard about nice fish being caught here but what do you use and which lake is better in this chain of lakes? (Harriet, Calhoun, Cedar, Lake of the Isles, Brownie, Nokomis, Hiawatha) Thanks! -Will
  12. Well the 2016 Minnesota Walleye Opener is in the books. I think many of us were confused whether we were prepping for the Deer Opener or Walleye Opener because of Mother Nature’s decision to give us below freezing temps and bitter winds. What we as anglers were feeling the walleyes were not. Leech Lake once again proved to have a bountiful and sustainable walleye population this past weekend. In regards to the fishing report, walleyes were scattered throughout the lake and in various depths. Some of our best fishing was in 6-7 feet of water, but also many fish, especially males were caught in 10-12 feet of water. Once catching a walleye, it was very important to pay attention to the depth, straying away often time meant mixed results where as dialing in on that certain depth meant more hook sets. Perch and pike were mixed in when catching fish. A couple different bites and locations worked best. Any where you could find green cabbage meant finding hungry walleyes, as well as working sand flats and sand grass edges. The traditional wind blown points such as Pine, Stoney, Duck, Ottertail, Oak, Star, etc. all produced fish as well, but saw alot of boat traffic and pressure. On the West side of Lake, West Goose Flats, Hardwoods, and Mounds points produced solid results. On the East and South end of the Lake, Five Mile, Portage Bay, Battle Point, Partridge Point, Diamond, and Rogers also saw quality fishing. When working these areas key in on speed and jig cadence. Finding what the walleyes are wanting is the key. This can mean switching out jig colors, jig profiles, or changing your speed and going faster or slowing down. At times during the afternoon or when fishing a pressured area, walleyes were wanting a 1/4oz or 1/8oz jigged dragged through the sand, but when you found a less pressured area snap jigging and going faster mean putting the net under more fish. Leech Lake is off to a great start and the upcoming weekends and warmer temps should continue to help the bite. Be sure to be safe, use proper etiquette, and protect our great fishery! Until next week Tight Lines! Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures
  13. Anybody know how the water level is? The access on the west side was in bad shape last year. Thanks!
  14. In the spirit of community service, I will post any water temp readings I have. Feel free to add whatever you have. Today was 57 to 61 on the wild west end.
  15. I'll save anyone the trip to Schmidt Lake. As of 5/15 the lake has been Posted as Private Property and boats are not allowed on it. The water levels are really low, so I'm sure it is past the right of way now.
  16. Heading up to upper bottle for the weekend on Thursday afternoon. Is there any tricks or presentations that excel better than others out there?? Any info would be greatly appreciated thanks...
  17. I dug this video out from last years openers. Same spot, same technique. The slot fish weren't in there this year like last year.. Check it out
  18. Went out this weekend for trout Saturday morning. 27 degrees and I had to thaw out the drain hole in my boat to thread in the plug. Was on the water at 4:45 and we were bundled up tight but it was cold going across the water. At one time the phone said it was 17 windchill. We fished till 1 pm, fishing was slow but managed 7 trout (20", 16, 4 12-14"). After a well deserved afternoon nap we went to try a lake by Perham that the girlfriend has a lake place on and we went out to a crappie hole well when we got there with no live bait and medium light/UL gear notice they are all walleye fishing. I didn't have any live bait so used a 2.5" gulp on a jig and was jigging that around on the break near shore. Few norts up shallow but when you got 11-16 fow they fish were actively chasing bait fish. I ended up getting a 17.5" eye, lost one right next to boat, and I hooked something that felt huge but with only 4 pound test I had to baby it and I lost it. Went out the next day same lake and northerns were crazy feeding up shallow and saw a few eyes being pulled out on lindy's on the breaks of the weeds with shinners. Everything was associated with standing cabbage. How was everyone else's opener?
  19. We battled the heavy wind and cold temps Saturday out on Superior. The surface bite is still pretty much nonexistent on the Duluth side. The water temp is 39.8 on the surface and 39.8 on the bottom all the way out to 150 feet. There are a fair number of lakers and smelt in the deep water right off the bottom. I had a hard time getting the boat slow enough to target the fish on the bottom because of the wind gusts. ( I was running a 60" trolling bag off the main side and 36" bag off the opposite) On the morning trip we ended 7 for 11 on the lake trout. All of our fish were caught using flashers and flies right on the bottom. None of the fish had smelt in them but they were present on the graph everywhere we found active fish. We had an afternoon intro to Lake Superior trolling class and we caught one 7lb laker while the guys were learning to use the gear. The weather looks way better the next few days. Hopefully we have some surface action in the next couple weeks.
  20. Anyone on here ever fish Lake Ponto near Backus? All I know about lake Ponto is it is a very deep clear lake.
  21. Did you get out? The fish were biting when the wind let you fish
  22. Trolling for walleyes and my son caught this muskie-just shy of 50". I took a picture that didn't show the whole fish, my buddy is holding the full length shot.
  23. Anybody get out this weekend and have some success? Wanted to hit Superior but the wind and temps kept me home,