Don’t ya love when the weather forecasters are wrong? S’pose to rain all weekend, but we were blessed with overcast/partly sunny weather.
Over the weekend, we fished around on 3 little lakes (all <200 acres) in Bemidji area (Clearwater county). One lake was already up to 66 degrees in the middle!
Most vegetation is still low except a few lily pads were just hitting the surface at the shallows; bulrushes are still dried/brown. With the warmer weather this week, I’ll bet the lakes will start filling out with vegetation in a matter of days and probably be growing fast.
Sunny/crappie bite was nice on Sat; dead on Sunday—had to work to find them though. (Morning bites were poor--Afternoons much better. Evening is always good…)
(males were staging; females weren’t around yet) Their location varied between hugging emergent bulrushes to being suspended at ~8 feet in ~15 feet of water. (the suspended ones weren’t biting, though) We were using slip bobbers with 1/32 flu flus and nightcrawlers.
Found some nice perch hugging the bottom in 7-10 FOW jigging with 1/16 pink/white beetle-bou jigs.
Once sonny boy starting catching northerns casting a shad rap, then princess wanted to catch a nort too; so our fishing trip shifted from casting bobbers to trolling with spoons and the norts were very cooperative—getting 1-2 strikes every time down a simple shoreline of ~100 yds. Norties were fat and healthy!
Princess caught her PB northern!
Hoping to be back fishing around in Stearns and Morrison county (central MN) this weekend and got another getaway planned for next week. Happy Fishing!
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.
I tried to search and found a few old posts regarding Superior National Forest (quoted at the end of my post). I usually go grouse hunting in the Superior National Forest every fall, but I've never been up there fishing. I'm planning to head up there in ~1 month with a couple of my friends and their families and we will be bringing canoes. We're hoping to catch some walleye ideally. When I've been up in the fall hunting we usually try to camp by one the many lakes (Wilson, Whitefish, Silver Island, Bone...). The posts at the end are over a decade old already. I'm sure that some of it hasn't changed, but I was wondering if anyone has any good tips for fishing in the SNF? I perused DNR LakeFinder for the lakes in the area we usually go to that have walleyes: Timber, Finger, Sister, Dam Five, Elbow, Frear, Ninemile, T Lake, Windy, Harriet, Wilson, Toohey, Four Mile, Whitefish, Silver Island. Anyone have any general or specific tips for this area? We'd be in canoes, so don't need a lake that has a launch, and maybe that adds benefit getting to a lake that potentially has less pressure.
"There are a number of areas you could get to easily with just about any vehicle. Lake Eighteen, Wilson, Silver Island, August... There are a couple that come to mind down some tougher roads, Seven Beavers and Harris. If you wanted to have a wilderness type experience without the permits and regs you could boat across Ojibway and take the roller portage into Triangle if you have a smaller boat. Birch Lake has a lot of the rustic campsites."
"Dumbbell is another option (I forgot to mention) and if you're interested in going after muskies would be a good option. Pretty cool campsite on a point."
"Wilson has some really nice walleyes, but because it's so clear, the best bite is after dark. Windy has a lot of eaters, plus plenty of northerns and the occasional whitefish. There are several sites scattered around the perimeter. An updated MacKenzie map should show the locations of most campsites on any lake you're looking to fish."
"Elbow, Timber, Frear - I would hit them for sure, close together and good walleye lakes. For bait I would use jig and minnows if your bringing minnows, and leeches on a snell, crawlers on the harness. I know lindy rigs and leeches work also, so bring them. Bone Lake - Great splake lake. Lots of good size fish. I love to fish splake, and I would bring in just these spoons. Kamloopers, in rainbow trout and perch colors, and Kastmasters in silver blue, and perch. These are what I only use for splake. They are the best period. Bring a few as there are good sized fish in there. Put them on a swivel and troll the shorelines and points for them, deadly approach. As for Cross River and Coffee Lake your typical walleye rigs will work as I mentioned above. I would bring some pike lures and try for some pike as well. Cross River has good size pike in there. I would also check with some bait shops or local people who have fished these lakes this year, just in case of a freeze out. We had alot of ice up this way. Lotta beaver ponds I trap froze to the bottom, and Cross Lake is shallow, and so is Coffee, but with the creeks and rivers running into them you should be OK. But I would check with the Beaver House or Bucks Hardware. Hate to hike in and the lake froze out."
Hi all. I am currently at Rush Lake near Perham at Four Seaons Resort. We’ve been here three days and have caught basically nothing. Can anyone give me some advice on walleyes here? Where to go and good baits for this lake? I’ll take any advice on any type of fish you might experience with on this lake. Never been here before.....
On the south end... Anglers had an excellent week of good fishing and fish frys. A strong walleye bite continues with best success in 17-28 feet of water. It is good to remember, not all walleyes do the same thing. Some schools are deep, some shallow. Some may be feeding on minnows, others critters in the mud. Good reports in various areas along the south shore of the lake as well as Knight / Bridges Island area. Anchored up and vertical jigging a jig and minnow or frozen emerald shiner has been very successful. Gold / pink / orange or a combo hard to beat. Drifting with spinners and trolling crankbaits also catching fish. A nice mix of eaters, slots and trophies. Some big pike and jumbo perch in the mix.
On the Rainy River... Anglers caught some good walleyes in the river this week. Best depth 12-24'. Jigs and minnows working the best. The edge of the river channel in Four Mile Bay also giving up some walleyes. Smallmouth bass in good numbers. Typical spots, rocky areas, current breaks, bridge and rip rap areas. Somie big pike still hanging out in bays. The sturgeon season is closed until July 1st when the season re-opens.
Up at the NW Angle... Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake and stay in MN waters. Some resorts are offering transport service across the lake in MN waters to the Angle prior to the border opening. Some guests are setting up with transport to follow charters in their own boats. Various south shore resorts are offering parking for guests of NW Angle resorts.
Fishing is great. Anglers fishing the Angle are catching good numbers of walleyes. Jigging rocky points in 10 - 22 feet of water producing nice walleyes. Some good fish also being caught on crankbaits in 8-12' of water. Big pike in bays and creek mouths. Smallmouth bass in bays and shallow rocks.
First post here. I've really wanted to get into smallmouth fishing. It's hard to track down reports about rivers and creeks, so I was wondering if there are any nice smallmouth creeks around Ottertail County. I live about 50 miles into southeast ND and I have a couple cabins I can stay at around Otter Tail. I would really appreciate any information you are willing to share. Thank you!
Ended up going out to the South end of the lake this weekend. Did ok for bites not knowing the lake so only brought home one pike. Saw quite a few more but they were all too big to keep with the 24-36 slot in effect. Biggest surprise was catching a small pout on my first cast yesterday. Definitely a river lake.
Nice to trip for the family it looks like.
A round home here in central MN, the fish are very much in that phase of,
Bass- they are three phase right now, some are post spawn, some are spawning and on beds, other are still pre-spawn and staging. Nice that most tactics can work on a single lake but each day is different.
Panfish are similar, most fish are still staging but alot of males are shallow and some beds are being swept.
Pike-have been all over the board here. I have figures out a great system yet.
Walleye- are still preferring shiners and other minnows right now. Leeches have not really produced well with the exception of the river bite. Most fish still biting in less than 16ft of water.
Water temps- continue to be very lake dependent. I have been seen 60-65 degrees on most smaller lakes and the bigger 2000 acre lakes I am seeing from 55-60 degrees main lake.
Sounds like you got your money’s worth!
I hunted 3 afternoons in the C season is all, due to being too busy with work and projects or too tired/lazy to get up in the morning. Didn’t take any time off work to chase with all the COVID stuff going on. The bird I did get was one one the easiest birds I’ve ever taken on the first day of the last season.
I guess what I’m saying is you EARNED that bird and should rightfully be proud!
Well I hunted just about every weekend during this turkey season and some days during the week. I just could not get a jake or Tom to come and play. Until this morning I was watching a buck and two yearlings all morning they just never presented a good photo opportunity. I was calling and I hear a gobble!! O yeah I get the crossbow Set up for an easy pick up. I look to the west and see a deer looking into the woods. I look to the east and see two turkeys making a bee line to me. At 50 yards I can’t see a beard on either of them, but I pick the crossbow up and get ready. The first turkey has a little beard at 20 yards I can see it. They go out sight and he comes up next to the blind and heads out 3-4 yards. That tiny beard looks like 15 inch rope at this point in my season and turns to give me a spine shot. Game over a full hunting season used and Turkey 🦃 wild rice soups is cooking!!
With that detail Borch I could spend all summer trying the different suggestions and combos! Very well done sir!
I might have to venture away from Pool 4 to try out some clearer water for night time eyes!
Just meaning trout waters that have natural population of trout that are born and grow in the water their entire life. Green pumpkin, browns, watermelons, black, silver/ blue, some orange. Colors those fish are used too. Insects, Minnows, crawdads etc.