I live in the keewaydin 55417 area and the family craves fishing, a lot of the lakes around the area are a bit high pressured it seems as we've been out as far as Lake Elmo, Clear Lake, Vadnais and Lake Peltier but to no avail ( 2-3 hours of fishing with only 1 catch on some days ) on sport fishes. Is there a creek/river/backwater that's accessable for shoreline fishing that's got good fights? I'm down for kayaking too since we have a Jackson Tuna and a F&S Shadowcaster but we don't have an anchor so river kayaking is a no go ( I'm a fairly large lazy dude ) for me.
Our next target area would be Cannon River south 30 minutes of us.
I've been out fishing recently and have been completely skunked from the bank and from a boat using ghost minnow colored squarebills, black jigs with green pumpkin trailers and white paddletails. What would you guys recommend I use from the bank and from a boat?
I moved to Rogers, MN last summer and so I decided I should try out some smallmouth fishing from shore in the rivers around here! Problem is, I struggled to catch any last fall. Before I try again this spring, I am hoping to get some feedback on the spots I am trying. I know there are smallmouth in these fisheries, but maybe these are bad spots?
- Monticello: East and West Bridge Park
- Anoka: Peninsula Point Park
- Anoka: Dam in downtown
- Under the Highway 10 bridge.
These are my main lures I have tried: Chatterbaits, Crankbaits, jigs w/craw, swim-jigs, weightless senko, spinnerbaits
Anyway, any feedback on those spots or if I should try a different approach would be appreciated. Happy fishing all! Weather is starting to get nice finally!
Just figured I’d see where everyone is planning on going Saturday.... I’m from faribault and kayak fish. I plan on hitting up a small quiet lake west of town. I haven’t been on the water yet but I’m guessing water temps are around 50 or just above. How about you??
I’m spending a few days with a friend at the end of June in Litchfield “ covid 19 pending, lol”. He’s a walleye guy and I’m a bass guy. Was looking at hitting up lake Washington for some Smallies/largemouth. I’m guessing it will be late post spawn early summer transition. Any help on locating some good fish? Smallies especially? I appreciate the help.
Hey guys! Went just over the border to Lake Okoboji this past weekend in search of smallies! It was a blast. Water temps were 39-41 degrees. Had to work the crankbaits pretty slow. Caught a nice walleye on a ned rig as well! It was my first time on the lake. I'll be back for sure! Here's a video from my adventure:
With the crazy restrictions on Mille Lacs and the uncertain opener are any of you still planning to fish Mille Lacs? Will you hit other lakes or just going to stay home this summer and hope things get back to normal? The very dedicated Walleye guys are really going to need to adjust or hit other lakes.
Businesses are going to get clobbered.
Sad situation. Hopefully there is something left in 2021.
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.
I was up last weekend(Memorial Day weekend) at the cabin on Birch Point. Where my electronics reading right that water was 64-66 degrees? Also tried up in the shallows in the pencil reads and sandy rocky bottoms of big bay, the side of the point our cabin is on, hoping to find crappies on beds, but nothing. Seems like the perfect area and water temp for all other lakes I’ve fished and there was nothin. Not a sight of beds or fish. Maybe there just isn’t good crappie numbers there? Anyone will to share some shallows for sight fishing on beds? And info on that water temp or what it currently is. and if that was right, is that still not warm enough for vermillion? Gonna be up the weekend of 6/5 to try again, and hoping to not miss it this week. Thank you
Thanks for the input, Patches and good to hear you did well in the area.
Johnson lake is a memorable one for me. I fished there for the first time about two years ago around the last week of June and as soon as we drove past Frontier my pin clip for the boat trailer fell off. Never found out why and never happened again, but I noticed it gone at the launch. I was with a buddy of mine and my father, and I told them to just troll near the launch while I went back to look for the clip. After about 15 more minutes I found it in the middle of road, right outside Pine Cone Cafe.
By the way, it was overcast with the occasional sprinkle, but the sun would spill out as well. When i got back to the launch I noticed my two fisherman pals where not eager to come pick me up. In about 20 minutes they caught 3 walleye trolling spinners in about the 10-12 foot weed line outside of the launch. We kept one feeling we were deserving giving the circumstance, but as soon as I got in the boat luck failed us again. We trolled the whole lake and only caught one more on the east side. The weather kept getting better which was probably the reason, but it seems like Johnson is like most likes in the area... where if there is a hot walleye bite its not going to last too long.
My Dad went out on Burrows the other day and got nothing too exciting besides northern while fishing the same tactic. Thats one of our "go tos," but Im currenty not in the area, but getting there soon. Hopefully i bring better reports come as well.
Smallmouth should be on beds spawning. Good time to fish smallmouth. Fishing off shallow water off rocky islands on East side of Vermilion should be in play. Troll and throw spinners to shore. Look for line where big rocks end and small rocks/gravel starts.