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Sportland_Bait

Nisswa Guide Service Report

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It sure has been busy around the bait shop and in our guide boats. Over the last couple of weeks we've hosted former Minnesota Vikings wide receivers as well as a bulldog pitcher that brought home a world series trophy for the Twins. You just never know who you are going to bump into here at the store. Fishing just keeps going and going. It has been awesome for the largemouth bass. Gull, Hubert, Whitefish, and North Long have all produced some great trips for our guides. Pitching jigs tipped with plastics or minnows has been working. Weedlines are holding the largest concentrations of fish. We had a trip earlier this week where the guide and customers started the morning by catching about 60 bass and then switched lakes and went chasing pike. After another 40 fish they called it a day. They slept good that night, a 100 fish day can really where out the cranking arms.

The pike fishing continues to go pretty good on Gull, Whitefish, and Lake Edwards. Lindy rigs or spinner rigs have produced along the deep weedlines. We've found pike from the weed edges out to 32 feet. You can also catch them with a bobber rig and a big sucker minnow. Coming up are the dog days of summer. Look for the big pike to get very active.

The walleye fishing is still a little spotty. Seems like we are still catching a few here and there along with the other species. But it seems a little tougher to go out and target just walleyes. Mostly we have found them hanging along the weedlines. Redtail chubs or leeches have been working best. The evening bite has been a little better than the day bite. We did have one lucky customer hook a dandy 27 incher the other day out on a trip with Todd. Catch and release is a big reason why our fishing continues to be the best in the nation. Let them go so they can grow.

The big sunfish have been tearing up leeches and worms. Many lakes are going good for panfish. Some of the best are North Long, Gull, Hubert, Cullen, and Whitefish. You can find sunnies on the weed edge in 12-16 feet. Crappies are starting bite in the evenings in 12 feet of water. Northland Thumper jigs are the ticket.

Jason Erlandson

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    • Borch
      It usually pays off finding your own fish.   Nice report.
    • Borch
      Welcome to the forum.  Lots of good options already given.  Have some fun!
    • ozzie
      The fish are out there and they go hot and cold on the bite but they are catchable!  Anytime you can get the kids out fishing is worth it in my opinion!  Take them up and wet a line is about the only way you will find out if they can catch anything or not.  The main thing to look for before going to Red is the week leading up to the date you plan on fishing is to watch the wind speed and direction.  If blowing from the west for a few days the water stirs up and gets hard to fish. 
    • ANYFISH2
      Welcome TheEyesofanAngler! A ton of good bass lakes around the area.  For numbers of 2 to 4 lb bass, the eastern Todd County lakes near Burtrum and NW Morrison county are hard to beat as well.
    • Wanderer
      Good job guys!
    • YellowFinRed
      Have only been out a couple of times now but did get a 5.5 lb walleye my first 10 minutes out in 16 feet of water. Lots of fish in the 16-20 feet range. No jumping in the boat but catching fish on the mid lake areas. I'll be darned if I'll sit under a bridge with other boats when you can catch fish out on the lake without others boaters around.
    • Gillraker
      Any reports from Buffalo?  I would imagine that they are doing OK right out in front of the marina/beach.  Anybody?
    • DonkeyHodey
      agree with gimruis.  look to the river. Your chances of catching a 3# bass or better are exponentially better on the river.  (There's a reason SC/mississippi was chosen for the Gov's opener last year--the Mississippi around here is really a world class smallmouth fishery.)  (most river rats will tell you that you can essentially catch smallies any time of year and often as by-catch while targeting other species.)  Below the SC dam is pretty much catch and release only (all 12-20 inchers must be released) but it's quite loaded with big smallies! (and lots of good shore areas on public land)  Just be prepared to lose a few lures on snags... Frankly, If you want to stick to lakes, I think you can pretty much pick a lake in a 30 mile radius...--most produce bass in good quantity, it's just years may vary in terms of sizes.  Clearwater is good.  Consider Bass lake adjacent to it.  (...it's not just a clever name.)
    • Wanderer
      Haha!  Based on our conversation at the truck I’m going to edit that comment a teeny bit!  Cuz I know both of us had a workout.  I was still sore yesterday but it was a good sore. 😎
    • gimruis
      I like Clearwater too.  I haven't fished in in a couple years now but I used to and we caught a lot of fish out there.  The one negative was all the competition - there seemed to be a tournament almost every weekend. Another overlooked place to target smallmouth: RIVERS.  The Sauk River and the Mississippi between St Cloud and Elk River is plum full of bass and receives minimal fishing pressure (its just my opinion but rivers in general are very under fished here in MN).