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What a wild weekend here in the Nisswa area. There were people absolutely everywhere in the area. With the Professional Walleye Trail pros in town the bait shop was packed all weekend, it sure kept us on our toes. I guess they figured out where to get the best bait.

The fishing was pretty good over the weekend. We had some great trips on a variety of lakes. Gull has been pretty good for walleye. We've been getting them from all the way up in the weeds(9 feet) out into the mid twenties. Seems like fish are active on both the north end and south end of the lake. One group of customers had three guide boats out there on Saturday. It was windy but they had an awesome day, about 50 walleyes in total. What a great trip! Other lakes are really turning on too. Round has had a hot bite going but most of the fish are running on the small side. Pelican is heating up with a few limits being caught. Key depths on Pelican are 24-27 feet. My sleeper lake this week is Whitefish. A few limits were caught over the weekend in some specific areas for angler using leeches on a live bait rig or a slip float. The weedlines are the ticket right now up there. Seems a little early yet for whitefish but I think it is worth a shot. The walleyes are slurping up shiners, redtails, or leeches. This morning I was pre-fishing with Nisswa Guide Richie Boggs for the upcoming PWT tournament on Mille Lacs. Without going into details, I have to say that Mille Lacs is red hot right now. Nice fish are biting all over the lake.

We even did a crappie fishing trip on Sunday. It went better than expected. With the crappies disappearing after the spawn we had to search a little deeper. There they were holding just at the weed edge in 10 feet of water. It was a slab fest. Good job Todd on a great trip.

The pike fishing continues to be very good on Gull. Troll anything with a spinner and you will get plenty of pike action. 6-15 feet is a good depth to key on.

We'll keep you posted on the latest happenings. Give us a call if you would like to cash in on the good fishing.

Jason Erlandson

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daddyducker

Hey Jason.

Thanks for the report. You do an awesome job of keeping all of us informed and I thank you whole heartedly.

It's nice to have someone who knows what is happening give some inside intel for a change. Seems like the majority of the population up there is so tight lipped...like I am going to catch every last fish in the lake; get real.

I would be lucky to catch a limit, if I got out.

Thanks again!!!

I continue to send people your way as far as the bait shop goes because we both know that you have some of the best bait in the state!

Wish I could find some time, I would love to get on the water with you!

Good Luck

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Curly

Wow, you must have some pretty good bait if all those pwt pros are driving 40 miles to get it.

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daddyducker

Best in the State of MN!

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deerwoody

Nice report!

Pelican been better on shiners or redtails lately?

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TrophyEyes

I had really good luck on Leeches this last weekend on Pelican. Leeches and a red and white spinner trolling the weed edge. I also got 6 really nice walleyes on bobbers with leeches right before sun down in about 8 feet of water. The biggest was about 25".

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deerwoody

Sounds like a good time!Any general area to try?

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Sportland_Bait

We just got dumped on this afternoon. It was a much needed rain. Sorry for the delay. Its taken me a little while to catch up after the weekend.

Thanks for all the kind words. We get lots of emails from customers of the bait shop and the Nisswa Guide Service. We always try to do our best to give people the straight reports and tips to get everyone headed in the right direction. We are blessed to be able to live in the area we love and to work in the business we love. The customers are a big part of that.

As far as good bait goes, we try to do our best. We have some of the best suppliers in the state and we do our best to keep up with the demand. Over the last few years the demand has grown many times over. I think people enjoy buying bait that is fresh. We try not to stockpile anything. That way everyone is always getting the good stuff.

The fish lately have been hitting on a variety of baits. Over the last week I've caught fish on fatheads, shiners, chubs, leeches, and crawlers. It is the time of the season where it changes from day to day. I like to have at least a couple of choices with me on trips. Usually I'll bring two types of minnows and either a crawler or a leech. Let the fish tell you what they want, don't force feed them.

Good Luck everyone!

Jason Erlandson

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TrophyEyes

Deerwoody, how well do you know the lake? Around Gooseberry there is a hump that goes up to about 7 or 8 feet. The bottom composition is sand with rocks (size of softballs) and sparse weed clumps. You have to be there the last 45 minutes of sunlight. Bobber rigs with a small jig and a leech were working. My bobber stops were set at about 4 1/2ft-6ft. They were pounding them when they hit. As soon as you start catching Rock bass, leave, there are no more walleyes coming through. It will only work for another week or so, then they change their pattern. It's one of those early season spots, might work in the fall, but never tried it. If you are off by 50 yards you can get nothing. That is as detailed as I am going to get. Sorry can't spoil the spot.

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deerwoody

TrophyEyes,that will do just fine.Thanks for the tips.I dont know the lake that well but I feel I'm good at reading structure so that will do just fine. grin.gif

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    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I agree with the others Tommy! I always enjoy your bits of wisdom and humor! Cliff
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      They are all coming in from the main lake. Cliff
    • FishinCT
      We used to camp on hinsdale all the time. There is one spot on the south shore closer to the east end we stayed almost every time. It's got a big rock outcrop on a small point that slopes down to the water. The picnic table and fire ring are in the open up top. Wide open space and a good breeze will keep the bugs off you. Tent site is fairly hidden. That's the best spot we ever found. Only downside is boat parking. I remember tying up on a log off the the side so probably the same site mentioned earlier.  We stayed there a ton when I was younger and never had any bear encounters, but the bear boxes are there for a reason!
    • meerkat
      I always wondered,  are the walleyes coming over the dam?   or are they swimming in from Pike?
    • Slopfishin
      Why delete your post?  I actually enjoyed reading that story. Seeing stories like yours is half the reason I like checking out this site (I like to check out all the different lake boards on fishingminnesota). 
    • delcecchi
      Hey, we need a little color and humor and Musky Tom does it best.  
    • TomWehler
      Good info to me even. Cliff you can delete my story n junk. Most people don’t know me round here anymore n for sure the humor of life is of no interest. Under stand only want the facts mama. Just the facts. 😎 I endeavor to persevere.  Beef!   
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      The ice on the Pike River between the dam and the lake is opening up fast! Should be wide open in a couple of days at the present rate of melt! The DNR will be trapping walleyes soon!!!  The walleyes are already starting to move in! Pike Bay ice is  also starting to deteriorate quickly! Finally starting to look like we may get some open water for the fishing opener! Cliff 
    • chucker1101
      These aren't campsites to bring your Ranger fiberglass or decked-out Lund into. They're better fitted for smaller 14-16 ft alum boats, something you can drag on shore. Though i'm sure you can figure out how to secure something bigger. Cliff is right, most have sandy/pebble shorelines to pull a smaller boat onto. Almost all of them are well-protected from the prevailing WSW wind. You're gonna get wakes rolling into shore from passing boats, though, as it's a pretty well traveled section of the lake.
    • brrrr
      I camped at a couple sites a few years ago.  no docks, but most of the sites had a half way decent place to put the boat in.  one had a decent log to tie to.  another I threw a couple anchors out back and was able to tie off to a couple trees to keep the boat close yet off the rocks.