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  1. On the south end... Excellent "dog days" walleye fishing this week. The two best patterns are crawler harnesses and crankbaits over the deep basin. Although different schools of walleyes are relating to different parts of the lake, big numbers of walleyes are on the deep mud in 30 - 36' of water. Cover water by drifting or trolling. Crawler harnesses in hammered gold, pink, glow or orange. Crankbaits in colors best for stained water, orange, pink uv firetiger, chrome / blue, firetiger, and gold are good for starters. Mix up crankbait size, shape, rattling vs non rattling, speed and direction of trolling until you dial them in. Some schools are active, some inactive. Keep moving and you will have success. On the Rainy River... Walleyes are scattered on flats. Trolling crankbaits this time of year to cover water is effective. Mix of walleyes and saugers living in the river. Target sturgeon in deep holes with sturgeon rigs and crawlers or frozen emerald shiners. Smallmouth bass and pike active around current breaks, rocky areas and in bays. 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 / passenger services available to the Angle via boat. Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options. Great walleye bite this week with a nice variety of sizes. Most anglers fishing the mud adjacent to reefs and islands throughout the Angle. Spinners with a crawler or trolling crankbaits both are producing good numbers of fish. Lots of pike caught this week by walleye anglers. Pike and muskies being caught casting bays and trolling rocky point areas as well. Smallies around rocky areas in 5-15'.
  2. Looking for large leeches. I am only able to find small ones. Any bait chops still have large.
  3. Has anyone caught any muskie/musky on any of the Horseshoe/Sauk River Chain of Lakes this year?
  4. 2020 Fishing Reports - Click Here. post your fishing reports here. Any report is welcome here, the good and the bad!!
  5. I've been going up to the areas mentioned for 20 plus years now and ended up buying a cabin in the Bovey area. Looking to hear and share some fishing reports about the surrounding lakes. Never keep much besides some pesty northerns and panfish (which are plentiful) for the occasional lunch. So, I highly respect the area, but if you know the area at all, you will never be able to fish all its lakes in a lifetime... so some well informed fishing reports is always welcome. Again, I emphasize "smaller lakes," because the bigger ones (Jessie, Round, Wabana, etc) all have fishing reports available. Post if you're interested and lets get a good conversation going.
  6. 2020 Leech Lake Fishing Reports - Click Here. ♥ Book a Leech Lake Guide Service Trip - Click Here Go ahead and post your Leech Lake fishing reports and conditions in this thread. Hackensack, Longville, Walker MN area fishing reports also. Questions welcome too. Fishing Reports by the TOP Leech Lake Guides, Charter Captains & Resorts are in 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.
  7. fishing reports from the shores of upper red lake. We /Phil and I got out yesterday just for a hour before I had to go to work. Managed two fat keepers and missed a couple of fish. We were fishing down where the water get a little deeper closer to shore .Alll Our fish and misses came in six feet of water. Phil was dragging a orange floating jig with a lindy sinker about 12 inches up the line while I was slow trolling a gold and red spinner. Phil got both keepers while all I could do is swing and miss. It was still nice to see Phil catch a couple as I usaly outfish him.
  8. So I am looking for advice on successful approaches on opening weekend at Osakis. I am new to fishing Osakis and I am not asking for you spots, more what you use and types of water. I have fished many times early in the year at Otter Tail. Early on it is almost exclusively a shiner bite typically on dropoffs near shallow water. Are shiner the tickets at Osakis as well? Or are there other baits that work early in the year? Also any common depths to try etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  9. On the south end... Fishing remains excellent with a nice mix of eaters, slots and trophy walleyes. Two great ways to catch walleyes this time of year, crawler harnesses and crankbaits. Walleyes are hanging out on the deep mud in 30 - 36' of water. Cover water by drifting or trolling. Crawler harnesses (snelled spinners) in hammered gold, pink, glow or orange with a 1-2 ounce weight. The second technique is trolling crankbaits through various schools of walleyes over the deep mud. Get lures down with lead core line, a 4 ounce bottom bouncer, snap weights, 3 way rig or downriggers. Switch colors often but some starters, pink uv firetiger, chrome / blue, firetiger, and gold. On the Rainy River... Walleyes are scattered on flats and in deeper holes. Trolling crankbaits this time of year to cover water is effective. Mix of walleyes and saugers. Sturgeon anglers targeting deep holes with sturgeon rigs and crawlers or frozen emerald shiners. Smallmouth bass and pike active around current breaks, rocky areas and weed edges. 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 / passenger services available to the Angle via boat. Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options. Strong walleye bite with lots of eater fish on the mud adjacent to reefs and islands throughout the Angle. Much like the south end, spinners with a crawler or trolling crankbaits both are producing good numbers of fish. Pike and muskies being caught casting bays and trolling rocky point areas. Smallies in their summer pattern, 4 - 15' in rocky areas.
  10. When was the last time you heard anyone rant and rave about Eurasian Water Milfoil? Introduced to MN in 1987 and through the 90’s, we complained, complained, blamed the DNR, cried that this invasive weed was going to kill off many fish because the invasive plant overtook native vegetation. DNR, lake associations and others monitored lake assesses for years to prevent transfer to no avail. Were creatures of habit and don’t like change. And NO Eurasians Water Milfoil did not kill off all the fish, as lots of fish still are caught along the much easier defined weed lines. Of the 388 DNR reported infested lakes only 20 new lakes were added in the last year and ½ and no longer seen to be an issue. Now we have a Zebra Mussel invasion, introduced to MN in 1995 with the same, rant & rave as was with the EW Milfoil, fostered by the DNR and news media with all the negative effects. They will eat all the Zooplankton fish food, large attachments to solid objects, sharp shells on bottom cutting swimmers feet etc. What we hear little about Zebras each adult filters 1 quart of water daily eating algae, a single cell plant Phytoplankton, including the toxic Blue-Green algae which for years been known to kill fish, dogs and humans. A female can produce a million eggs annually so the spread in infested lakes is rapid. Within a couple years the green, brown lakes are clear promoting vegetation growth to deeper water providing more cover for smaller fish. It ticks us fishing people off because our fishing techniques used for the last 50 years no longer work as fish feeding habits change. For us avid fishing people we will learn the new fish feeding habits on infested lakes rather quickly while occasional fishers may never learn new techniques which will increase fish population. While Zebras filter vast amount of algae they secrete a highly nutrient feces on the lake bottom providing a smorgasbord for bottom feeders including many of the minnows and other bait we use. After 4 to 5 years a large number of zebra die as their algae food supply is depleted. Hang in there, 465 bodies of MN waters already infected with Zebras with70 in 2019/2020. Infestation will continue as most boat access will not be monitored and the vast majority of boaters could care less about prevention. Another infestation will most likely happen and we will no longer focus on Zebras. Just a thought. The first excel file is the DNR link to all infestations. Second file Eurasian milfoil and Zebra lakes https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/invasives/infested-waters.xlsx Zebra-Eurasion infested.xlsx
  11. I’ll be on Birch Lake - Ely - in late July. Anyone familiar with good spots?
  12. So after returning to Minnesota after living pretty much everywhere else, I have finally returned to fishing. Didn't realize how much I missed it until I started again. I'm tired of fishing the river under the bridge like a troll so I'm looking for some good spots to shore fish around Ottertail. My regular spot is too warm now and the fish have moved on. I'm one of the odd balls who's not into muskies or walleyes. Really prefer bluegill and bass. I'm a bobber, nightcrawler and beer kinda girl. Any advice on where to go? How are the lakes in Maplewood State Park.
  13. On the south end... The deep summer "Dog Days" patterns for walleyes are in full swing producing excellent fishing. As a rule, the big walleyes are hanging out on the deep mud in 30 - 34' of water. Two main techniques, drifting or trolling spinners with crawlers or leeches at about 1.0 - 1.25 MPH. Hammered gold, hammered silver and glow white are good starting colors. The second technique is trolling crankbaits through various schools of walleyes over the deep mud. Switch colors often but some starters, pink uv firetiger, chrome / blue, firetiger, and gold. Some walleyes are still being caught shallow based on forage opportunities. Different schools taking advantage of current conditions in different areas. Watch electronics and go fishing! On the Rainy River... Walleyes scattered on flats and in deeper holes. Trolling crankbaits and covering water effective. Sturgeon living in deep holes throughout river. Smallmouth bass and pike active around current breaks, rocky areas and weed edges. 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. Good walleye fishing continues north of Garden Island, around Little Oak Island and areas north and east of Little Oak with deeper mud. Spinners with a crawler or trolling crankbaits both producing good numbers of walleyes. Pike and muskies in deep bays and rocky points. Smallmouth bass in 4 - 14' in rocky areas reacting well to crankbaits.
  14. Had a fun time camping at Bowstring and fishing monday to wednesday. 95 % I would say were using jig and minnow. We fished crawlers cuz it's what we do... lol Brought 100 up there from the back yard. Didn't bring any home. Caught 32 altogether. Had a nice meal monday p.m. and brought a few home, the rest stayed there. We brought 16 nice perch back home also. Water was about 54 in the morning and would get up to 60 or so. Fish were deeper than we have fished in the past. 14 to 20 was a good area. Hope to get back up there the end of June for a couple days and then in September. Brother in law had a couple nice 19's and I had a nice 20 for our biggest. Weather was about as nice as it can possibly get which aint the best for eyes but tons better than the freeze to death that we had a year earlier !
  15. Me and my buddy are here in emily MN for the next couple days, we both love fishing and wanted to take a shot in the dark at finding someone that could get us out on the water fishing. We would pay you and pay for gas.
  16. 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.
  17. On the south end... Great walleye fishing this week. Lots of limits, plenty of larger slot fish (19.5" - 28") and trophy walleyes (over 28"). The MTT Photo and Release Walleye Tournament winners had over a 9 lb average each for 5 fish both days of the tournament. Lots of big walleyes in the lake. Different parts of the lake have different things happening. In some areas, the mayfly hatch was over. In other areas, it was just firing up. Fishing was better where the hatch was not in full force. The go to presentations are spinners with crawlers or trolling crankbaits. Nice schools of eaters on the south shore and up north around Garden Island in 10 -15' of water. More and more walleyes also staged over deep mud in 30 - 34'. Hammered gold with glow white and gold with glow red strong colors. On the Rainy River... Sturgeon anglers catching fish with the evening bite the best. Fish 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 bays, weed edges and current breaks. Walleyes 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. Fishing has been awesome up at the Angle. Schools of walleyes on structure, over sand and on mud. Nice walleyes 8 - 17' on the sand or 25 - 28' around structure. Big numbers of eaters being caught. The best presentation continues to be drifting and trolling spinners with a crawler or a minnow. Pike and smallmouth bass are active in numerous weedy bays.
  18. On the south end... In addition to anglers catching good numbers of eater walleyes, there are a lot of big walleyes being caught and released. Now is that deep summer pattern anglers look forward to. Two main techniques. Drifting or pulling spinners with crawlers or leeches. Hammered gold, glow white and glow red are good colors. The second technique is trolling crankbaits over the deep mud. Trolling is a fun technique with no snags, miles and miles of space and thousands of walleyes. 29-34' has been best. Still some walleyes are being caught in various shallow areas based on forage opportunities. On the Rainy River... Sturgeon fishing is picking up. A sturgeon rig and 3 ounce no roll sinker with crawlers and/or frozen shiners is the ticket. Focus on deep holes. Walleyes scattered on flats and deeper holes. Smallmouth bass as a rule focused on rocks. Pike scattered in bays and weedy areas. Try hitting numerous "goto" spots up and down the river casting crankbaits, spinners and jigs. Multi-species action and a fun day. 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. Good walleye fishing around Crow Duck Island, north of Garden Island and areas with deeper mud. The best presentation continues to be drifting and trolling spinners with a crawler, leech or a minnow. Big Pike and some muskies in deep bays and rocky points. Smallies in weedy bays and rocky points.
  19. - 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
  20. Just returned from our annual trip to Cass. 7 of us had a nice week. Saw several eagles during the week too. It was windy and the effects of Cristobal also brought very cool weather for most of the week. We hit Pike Bay twice, Dick's Bay twice, and Allen's Bay twice with success on Rockies and Gills and a few Largemouth and Perch. The wind and waves kept us from Kitchi and also from our evening walleye fishing after dinner. And we only landed a single Pike all week among the seven of us. We had no luck at all in the Landing Strip area from N of Birch Villa all the way down to the Marina. I zig zagged from 10' out to 20' the whole way one late afternoon and we got zip. I worry that the weeds are not what they used to be due to that darn zebra mussel invasion. But I did see a guide bring in 2 clients with their walleye limit so they are there just maybe tough to find last week for us amateurs. Half our group ventured into Windigo on Friday and did quite good on Largemouth with several between 12-17" and many others under 12. My sister hooked a beautiful 20"/4.1 lb SMALLMOUTH. It is a hog and bigger than a football and was our big fish of the week. She also caught smallest of the week - a 3" perch. My claim to fame was 2 Bullheads. The 2nd one gave me a fun fight where I thought I had a nice LMB. As usual, after just returning home we are already looking forward to Cass next June.
  21. We usually go to Canada but obviously we can't this year. Booked a resort on Vermillion mid Aug. Never fished it, this will probably be the only time. Any advice on where to start? We fish walleye, northern, and smallies. Obviously not looking for exact spots but just general info. If you can help me out with a spot or two and can email me even better and much appreciated. We only harvest to eat for the days we are having a fish fry during our stay. Thanks!
  22. 2020 Crane Lake Kabetogama-Namakan Fishing Reports - Click Here. Great info below. Newer reports are on pages that follow. Post your Crane Lake Kabetogama - Namakan fishing reports here!!
  23. - Subscribe to this fishing report. There are some great St. Croix river fishing reports here. Be sure to share your experience here as well. For the latest reports go to the highest numbered page link (upper or lower right)
  24. I haven't seen any reports locally this year. The other forums all have updated reports.
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