Maybe see if you slide the winch back on the tongue an inch or two. The roller needs to contact the boat to keep it from bouncing. Should check to make sure the rear bunk rollers line up with the rear transom for stability.
If I have where you are right then lake Nokomis is near you. There’s lots of good walleye and crappie in there. If not I might suggest Medicine lake. There’s a handful of shore areas to fish and some easy to access kayakable areas. Lots of northerns and panfish in that lake. Look for weed edges and either cast spoons, spinnerbaits, etc for pike or bobber and work for panfish. Also some bonus walleye in there from time to time.
Wild trout are more cautious, and basically smarter. I rarely do well with flashy or bright lures on streams with wild trout. But when I fish designated trout lakes up north, it usually doesn’t matter what color I use. But I’ll give the flashy stuff a slight edge.
Went wading on the upper croix today. Started at my secret spot, but high water made it tough to get around. Fish were fairly active though. Caught 5 decent bass and a little pike. Zipped up to highway 70 bridge and gave that a try. Caught 2 really nice walleyes here. But like the other spot, high water made wading not possible. Might come back here with my boat though 🤔
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!