Headed to Brainerd Area July 9-11 coming from Colorado to visit friends. Well actually my girlfriend is I am tagging along to hopefully catch some fish with my flyrod And or jigs. Seeking advice on which lakes and tactics and anything else helpful to help maximize fishing time in your state. I will have access to a canoe on Hubert Lake. Any and all advice would be much appreciated if anyone is into flyfishing Stillwater and would like to go or show me some pointers on your home waters That would be awesome thanks looking forward to any responses.
Got out on Fathers day with the Kayak down the Mississippi River for some good ole Smallmouth Bass action. River was low which made a great float and the smallies were hungry! They just couldn't resist the wacky worm once again. We have such an amazing fishery here in MN, glad to call this state home. Enjoy.
Recommendations for good kayak fishing in Minneapolis or St Paul (NOT a far drive, I live downtown but love the outdoors, so accessibility is key). Species doesn't matter a whole lot, love it all - bass, walleye, northern, musky. I'm aware of where I can get to with a kayak, but am curious if anyone is willing to share something a bit more precise from their personal experience in a kayak or boat. Thanks!
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 heads up, if you haven't already heard. Camp Ripley youth hunt has been cancelled for 2020.
Public hunts will not have a lottery, information and purchase dates will be released in August. This allows for a easier cancelation of the hunts.
Just got back from vacation to the area. Fishing was good. Water temps are higher than I have experienced before in the area upper 70 to low eighty's in the mornings with them rising in the mid heat on the surface.
We fishes mostly smaller bodies of water and I was very surprised at how shallow we found most fish.
The walleye bite was fantastic in 10-16ft of water. Almost all fish were relating to the deep weed edge. Northern milfoil was #1 and cabbage #2 as far as cover preference. Cabbage relating fish were caught with spinners long lined with 1/4oz bullet sinkers pulled at .7 to .9 mph. Milfoil fish were caught with slip bobbers. Another surprise with these fish was that 70% or so we're caught between noon and 5 pm.
Bluegills are located in similar areas. Some what shallower. Leeches under a bobber or Lindy rigs caught most of the gills. Somedays they were more difficult to find then others but when you found them, you caught very nice fish.
Bass fishing usually is low on our target species, however we did find a number of very nice fish relating to offshore bait clusters in deeper water, 20 to 22 ft. These fish were turned by jig worms or drop shot rigs, electronics were key here. Reed beds in shallow is where the bulk of our shallow bass showed.
Northern pike were few this past week, the ones we caught were smaller and bite on crawler harnesses fishing for walleye.
Try lakes with motor restrictions. Fewer recreational boaters to dodge, and less fishing pressure as well. Here is a list of waterbodies in the state with restrictions by county: https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/boatwater/local_regs.pdf
I’ve fished this lake one week a year, at the end of July, for the last 8 years. We stay at Timber Bay Lodge and I have fished the SE part of the lake, all the way up to the Stony River. I almost solely target walleye. I say almost because I will fish bass or northern at times for fun. I’ve yet to target crappie on this lake and this year will be the first. I’ve caught a handful of big crappie by accident on this lake. I’ve heard they are in there. For walleye, I’ve typically used Lindy Rig with crawler or leech, and Jighead with a minnow. I typically tie a 3-5 ft leader, red hook, gold bead, 1/4 oz weight. If the wind and waves kick up I’ll use 1/2 ounce weight. I’ve often used a worm harness with gold or silver spinner too. Sometime I’ll throw crankbaits and that can the ticket. If I’m covering a flat I’ll use lindys or harnesses, if I’m hitting specific points and structures I’ll use a jighead. I’ve had the best luck in 8ft to 14ft but every year is different. For the record, I’ve never caught a huge walleye on this lake. I’ve caught countless eaters. But I’ve yet to connect with many big ones. I know they are in there. It seems like each year the fish are hot in June to mid July. Since we go at the end of July, we can be in the doldrums of Summer, so perhaps this is why Ive missed many big ones. There’s also a chance I’m targeting the wrong areas. Who knows. As for areas, I’ll typically target shorelines that have been hit by the wind for the day, or previous day. If I work an area for 15-20 min with little results, move on. I’ve experienced the fish stacking up on very specific points before too. If a point is holding fish, don’t be afraid to drift a small area and use your motor to return to the starting point, over and over. I’ve done this many times and limited out in an hour. One thing I have noticed is that the walleyes don’t seem to be active in the early morning. In fact, the best action I’ve seen has been 10am to 1pm, and 6pm to 9pm. I’ve never fished after dark. I have fished as early as 6 am on this lake and do not connect with the walleyes. I’m guessing it’s due to the dark water and low visibility. I hope this has been helpful and welcome other advice. If anyone would like to add or refute, feel free. This has been my experience on this lake and I’m welcome to hear other tactics, I’d also love some advice on the crappie. Where and what time of day? Best of luck on your trip.
Any advice on a good place to stay on Rainy? Was supposed to stay on Canadian side this week and obviously didn’t go. So now I am trying to put together a quick trip with my Dad on MN side maybe later this month instead...