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  1. Finally a nice day to get out on the water! My clients and I left the dock at 8:30am and returned at 4:00 pm today We boated a total of 70 walleyes, 3 pike, and 3 perch. My clients kept their limits of 14" to 16-1/2" walleyes. 3 slot walleyes, 21-1/2, 20-1/2, and 18-1/2 inchers. All 3 pike were in the slot. 26" to 32" fish. Only one perch was big enough to keep, a fat 12" fish. All fish came out of 26' to 32' of water. We used leeches,chubs, and pike suckers on lindy rigs for all of the fish. With the weather forecast for the next few days, the bite should get even better! Cliff
  2. Going up to Grand Marais on Friday for a 6 day trip. Usually fish the big lake for trout and salmon if the weather permits and inland for eyes and smallies. Any pointers would be great. First post. Thanks for any tips.
  3. Anybody know how the water levels are in the Franconia area? I'm going to put in at Franconia for the opener this weekend. Thanks.
  4. My family is coming up to ely this weekend. We are staying at Grand Ely. I am looking for input on where I could take my 4 year old son to do some shore fishing. I am not bringing the boat up on this trip but will in the future. Thanks in advance!
  5. My last post was 4 days ago and things are definitely beginning to change(at least for us). Water temperatures today were 61.7 degrees this morning. The days are becoming pleasant with warmer temperatures and lighter winds and I think it's having a very positive effect on the fishing. The big female walleyes are moving to the rocks, whether they be shallow or deeper, and the movement is bringing the higher-end eaters right along with them. It's time to chow down after the spawn, and the really good fishing is just beginning! My wife and I have been jumping around spots the past few days trying areas that offer basically everything: rocks, mud, sand, weeds, shallow water, deep water, and steep breaking contours. We've been catching a way higher percentage of 14"-16" walleyes and lots of slot sized fish. Usually, when we start catching slot fish, dinks are totally non-existent. We have had nice jumbos, gorilla smallmouths, and the occasional northern mixed right in with the walleyes. The fish have been coming from all depths(5'-35') and if I had to pick one specific depth and one specific type of structure, it would be 24' in rocks. There's lots of drawbacks to fishing rocks but that's where the big girls go to bulk back up! The last few days, we've fished a rock pile in the mouth of a shallow bay surrounded by ~22' water. The rocks top out at ~15'. It's a snaggy nasty spot that's been full of walleyes and jumbos. The best walleye we've taken from this spot was 22.5" and there have been lots of really nice jumbos and 14'-16" walleyes. This area has had the warmest water that we've fished lately (63 degrees) and leeches have been the bait of choice. There is emerging weed growth in this area. Yesterday, we tried a spot on the far east end that has a reef that rises to 15' and an adjacent 35' deep water hole. Yesterday it was bright and sunny and the walleyes were between 27' and 35'. No slot fish, but we boated 12 really nice eaters from 14"-17.5". All fish we released. These fish preferred big suckers and shiners. The Y Store has a nice mix of these minnows and I've gotten off the leech band wagon when conditions say otherwise. Today, my wife wanted to try an area that we usually wait until later to try. Good choice! We only boated 3 walleyes below the slot (15",15.5", and 16"). Our slot fish ranged from 19"- 23". We also took some HUGE bass that were down there with the walleyes. 20" was our best. We caught everything but one 15" walleye on big sucker minnows! The big walleyes were engulfing those 4"-5" suckers! Now, let's talk about the snags The snags were so bad, my wife asked me on the way home if I thought it was worth it. I'm sure she got snagged at least 20 times! and I was snagged at least a dozen times. I re-tied a minimum of 6 times! Was it worth it? Heck yes it was worth it and I can't wait to get into a school like that again! Today, we had clouds and a steady breeze and the walleyes we caught were 19'-24'. My dock fishermen are doing better on eater sized fish and they finally got a 22"er the other evening. As I said earlier, fishing is beginning to take off and I look forward to the coming season. Good Fishing, MarkB This is my wife's best walleye for the day. She wanted me to say that, although it may look like it, she DOESN'T have "man hands" The second picture is my best for the day.
  6. If you were going to fish for bass...which lake would you go to? Wabedo or Little Boy. Thanks for any replies.
  7. 1st time on the lake, not looking for specifics, just wondering where to start with depth, presentations etc. Looking for Walleyes and maybe panfish if large enough. Thank in advance for any and all info.
  8. 1st trip to Big Lake is coming up next Wed - Sun and I was just wondering if anyone can tell me how the fishing has been so far.
  9. Heading up for a few days in the end of July to do some camping in Scenic State park, wondering how the lakes are up there? looks like good pike and panfish numbers. Any info would be great, thanks
  10. The day started off pretty slow, but by 10 AM the wind was ripping and the walleyes had the feed bags on. Between 10 and 3 I managed to put a bunch of walleyes in the boat casting #5 purple/chrome shad raps. 6' was the magic depth, but I got them as shallow as 3' and as deep as 8'.
  11. Ok so we're finishing up our week of fishing here on Leech and will head back to Iowa tomorrow. It was a great time, the lake sure didn't disappoint. Pannies are in the shallows (we found 64 degree water in some bays) and the walleye's were a bit of a struggle UNTIL we got in contact with a guide (Tom Wilson). I was in a follow boat one day and that was the highlight of the trip. If you can swing it a guide like Tom is sure worth the coin. I really like how Tom not only showed us the current techniques / lures / presentations but more importantly spots to hit in the following days of our vacation. Anyway we ended up with a 28.5 walleye being the largest of the week and Two members of our family got their personal bests for eyes on this trip as well. The personal bests are still swimming in Leech as we speak. Slow death rigged Berkeley Gulp crawlers worked well for us; especially towards the end of our stay. But Leechs and slip bobbers were our go too each evening. We were unable to get on a good crankbait bite though and while trolling cranks noticed a real lack of pike hookups. While I am hoping to make it back to Leech next year a return in 2017 is probably a more realistic bet. Until then, good luck to you all, Kevin.
  12. I heard that crawlers on rigs with a small spinner or a slow death hook is working real good pulled through the cabbage weeds. Anybody doing anything out there?
  13. Leech Lake Fishing Report Well the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament is a wrap and another huge success it was. Almost 1300 fish were brought to the scales with almost 80 limits of 6 fish brought to the scale each day. The best part there was a 98% live release rate which says a lot about the success of this tournament and its incredible workers. A huge thank you goes out to everyone involved who helped make once again the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament one of the best in the Midwest. Last but not least a big congratulations goes to one of the LOA team members Aaron Murphy and his partner Pete Miskovich on their 5th place finish and the largest bag for Day 1 of the tourney. The lake is changing by the days and week. Fish can be caught so many different ways and in so many different types of locations. During the tournament anglers had success lindy rigging, with a jig and minnow, and pulling spinners. The fish are definitely transitioning into their summer patterns and haunts and as June moves along it should really get good. For the LOA team, a jig and a minnow was by far our best producer when it came to putting fish in the boat. Depending on the conditions aggressive snap jigging along sand flats, breaklines in 8-12ft of water, or pitching jigs into cabbage was the best producer. 1/8th KenKatch Long Shank Jigs were the ticket and color was key. Changing up the color during bright conditions vs. cloudy or overcast was the key to putting more fish in the boat. Many anglers had a lot of success rigging leeches and crawlers along shoreline breaks and along transition lines of rock/gravel or sand and gravel. Having a longer snell with a smaller hook and glow bead, such as 6+ feet was definitely a key to success. Spinner fishing is starting to also pick up and one of our favorite times of the year..look for rock edges on the main lake reefs or shoreline breaks around Sand Beach and Two Points to produce fish in 12-16ft of water. Speed was the key, going anywhere from 1-1.5MPH depending on the weather conditions. June is one of our favorite times to be on the lake because there are so many locations and ways to catch Mr. Walleye. The Cabelas NWT tourney is the next big event on the lake in just a little over a week. It should be fun to see many of the well known pros in action. Get out and Set the Hook! Jason Freed Leisure Outdoor Adventures
  14. Pounded these bays and Pumphouse too for Largemouth over two days and came up empty...How can such good looking areas not produce bass? Maybe I fished it wrong but used plastics and spinner baits to no avail. Shaking my confidence.
  15. Seems like things are kind of slow but wondering what others are seeing. Water temps were 50 last weekend and dropped this week.
  16. Who's fishing the tourney this weekend? The wind is supposed to be perfect for pitching jigs in the reeds. I wish I was going to be in it.
  17. Any tips, tricks, words of wisdom or even wisecracks I don't care!! Will be there in 37 days! Targeting everything! woop!
  18. Friday and Sunday’s walleye fishing was pretty decent. Friday we had strong north winds and rain most morning. It was not pleasant but the fish didn’t care and bit well. My quests were not keeping fish so we just had fun releasing walleyes all morning. We figured we boat close to 20 walleyes with the largest being just over 25”in the 3 hours we lasted. I didn’t fish Saturday. Sunday was a cold morning and a chilly boat ride. The numbers were about the same but it took twice the time. We had a decent wind and found the fish to be a little lazy in the beginning but as the day warmed the fish got active. Catching more slot then keepers, it took most the trip to get our limit but action was steady all day. Sunday’s high light was the first fish I’ve seen over the slot this season, a fat 27”. Both days saw the larger fish being a little shallower then the rest of the catch. Whereas the majority of fish were caught in 10ft the larger fish were plucked out of 8ft. Jigs are still producing for me and I have been spending most my time on large flats. Fish have seemed to be holding on the subtle depth changes, often whit only a depth change of a foot. Today (6/1) was better then decent, we fished weeds and found great numbers of keeper size fish with just a couple slots and one over. We had a perfect wind and the fish cooperated very well. This is just my theory but 10 days ago the shiners were rumored to be done and not available much longer. Well that changed with a second shiner run and the bait shops have plenty. This could explain why I am getting walleyes in the same areas as I did 2 weeks ago. The shiners came back in and so did the walleyes,,, at least to the type areas I’m fishing. Water temps have been moving around all season. I had 65 on Friday on the big lake and 59 this morning warming to 61 by mid-day. I see the jig bite lasting a bit longer then I had thought earlier. Many years I have jigged walleyes up to Fourth of July, but its not always the case. Tom Wilson
  19. Any reports on the bass activity are they getting close to pre-spawn or are they in pre-spawn will be up starting Monday the 1st and hoping they are going nuts. This is our annual fishing trip with my buddies to the cabin. Walleye fishing has been great the last few years but I am a bass fisherman at heart and with the late spring last year was really tough. Even up on Trout caught fish but not like most years. Just wondering if you guys are seeing them around and if so the depth. Cant wait and to catch some big bull Bluegills on Trout as well and have some fun with a good and sometimes loud group.
  20. Anglers reporting a good mix of eaters and slot walleyes this week using a variety of methods. Anchoring and jigging is favored. When it's windy,spinners are the go to method. The mud flats outside of Pine were good in 15-22 feet. Pine Island to Zippel Bay had walleyes in 24-30. Long Point over to 12 Mile Reef had numbers in the 19-22 foot range. Those that headed north to the reefs got lucky in 16-21 feet. Hot colors were gold, chartreuse, or pink. On the Rainy River, smallmouth bass and northern pike very active with walleyes in the mix as well. Best bite in 17-20 feet jigging with a minnow or frozen shiner on pink or gold. On cloudier days with less clarity try shallower waters in 14-16 feet. Up at the NW Angle, good fishing continues with mixed bags of fish. Walleyes and pike very active in 20-25 feet near Oak Island and Blackbird Island or the west side of Garden using gold or orange. Perch are spawning and the smallmouth bass are in the shallows as well. In Ontario waters, numerous spots producing as well. Try Falcon Island in 25 feet for walleye and crappies.
  21. Anyone try fishing down by wilson? Never even driven down there, but got the itch. Any backwater spots or is it all wide open current?
  22. I was at East Twin yesterday and the lake already had green slime floating and I talked to someone that went to School Grove last night and found the same thing. This seems danged early, especially since the lakes aren't that warm yet.
  23. Did a little trolling around the edges of a big weed flat and caught a ton of northerns, and a couple big bass. The fish were really aggressive. We trolled jigs and minnows in 8-14 fow. Good times!!! She has it down, seriously.
  24. What effect will this wind and cool down have on the fishing for the weekend? Will it move the eyes off the weedlines to deeper water?