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  Fishing Report 8-29-04 - Jason Green

Cool Water and Fall Patterns

 Cool foggy mornings, tree lines with a hint of yellow and red, and a slight pepper smell in the air means fall is on the way.  It just amazes me that the seasons are progressing this quickly, what is next, down hill skiing by the end of September? This is my favorite time of year!  Many people are buzzing that bear season is right around the corner but for me I am stringing decoys for the upcoming waterfowl season and participating in what I think is the best time of year to be on the water in search of "Old Marble Eyes". Fall patterns have begun, the water is cooling and the bite is heating up.  We have had a remarkable week on the water.  Pulling cranks over deep water flats and structure is still working on calmer days but keying in on wind blown shorelines will keep your rod bending.  The fall feeding frenzy seems to have begun!  We have been concentrating our efforts in 6'-8' of water using a Northland Fireball or Stand Up Fireball tipped with a Golden Shiner.  No one type of presentation seems to be working consistently so we have been mixing it up between rip jigging and a slower hoping action.

Check back often, UPNORTH Duck Hunting Reports will begin shortly. See You On The Water!

Good Luck!   (218) 327-8183 jason@upnorthinc.com - www.upnorthinc.com


Fishing Report Updated 8-26-04 Jeff Sundin

Hints of Fall, Crappies Capture the Lead in Action Fishing

Many areas of the 1000 Grand Lakes Region were treated to the first killing frost of the season last week. The trees are showing some early fall color, some of the shallow weed growth is beginning to thin and water temperatures have cooled down to the low 60’s.

Crappies have shown us the first glimpse of the fall fishing to come. On several area lakes, these fish suspending in fairly large groups over open water, sometimes near shoreline weeds or deeper main lake structures like meandering bars and softer bottom humps. On several other lakes they are still using the weeds and can be found in areas of mixed Cabbage and Coontail adjacent to deeper water. Key depths have been from 12 to 24 feet depending on the type of structure they’re using. Although these fish are beginning to group up, they have not formed the huge schools that we will begin to see in a couple of weeks.

Searching the structures with your electronics, try to locate the larger schools of fish and work vertically over the top of these Crappies with jig/minnow combinations. Some of the schools are feeding aggressively while others aren’t. So it really pays to be persistent. Don’t give up until you’ve tried several schools of fish. If you haven’t been able to locate larger schools of fish, follow the deeper drop-off edges and fish slowly with a live bait rig using a five-foot leader and tip the hook with a small, lively minnow. As you move along, you’ll pick up some of the small groups of fish. When you locate a groups that shows some potential, stop the boat and try the vertical approach for a few minutes and repeat the process as needed.

The early signs of fall, a glimpse of color, cooler water and lots of Crappies! Just the way we like it.

Walleyes are on the move, following the minnows and it’s frustrating to have to try and locate a new school of fish every day. Thanks to the cool weather, many of the lakes have unusually clear water right now and the fish are using the heavier shallow weeds for cover. On windy days, these fish have provided enough action to keep us interested. Keep the boat in or near the best weed patches and use a Jig & Minnow for the most action. We’ve still had some success with Crawlers, but it’s been a slower process and working in heavy weeds with "yard bait" can be frustrating. On clam days, these fish are spreading out on mid depth flats and we’ve had mixed results fishing with Crank Baits and Spinners. It’s easy enough to spot fish on the electronics, but some of these fish just won’t bite (perhaps during daylight hours they are holding on the flats, waiting to make an evening run). Occasionally we can get one of these small groups of fish interested and when we do, it’s been best to switch from trolling back to a jig & minnow and stay with the school as long as possible. When it breaks up or gets spooky, we go back on the prowl.

Northern Pike have also moved out on to these flats and many of the areas we find Walleyes are also holding small to medium size Pike. To key in on more Northern Pike, troll your crank baits in areas with good stretches of mixed rock and gravel. Watch for some of the steeper drop-offs and do your best to hug these edges.

Perch action that was fairly good last week, has become sluggish again with many of the "weed fish" getting smaller and less numerous. The better fish we’ve caught have been in deeper water and are somewhat scattered on the flats. Hopefully, I’ll have better news next week.

Largemouth Bass are now mainly occupying the deeper weed edges and heavier weed patches up on the weed flats. Small plastic worms rigged Texas Style or on 3/16 ounce jig heads and fished slowly down the drop off edges will still produce some bass. It’s important to fish each spot more thoroughly because these fish are not moving very far out of cover to hit the bait. They can still be caught, but it may take several casts to the same fish before your bait gets close enough to entice a strike.

Smallmouth Bass remain grouped up on deep-water rock/gravel points and humps. They can still be caught on artificial baits with Tube Jigs and crank-baits leading the way. Live bait rigging with large lively minnows or Leeches will also produce some nice catches, but be careful not to allow the fish too much time to swallow live bait. In general, we release all Smallmouth and live bait fishing can put some of these fish at risk. So try the artificial baits first, then go to the live bait only as needed.

www.jeffsundin.com    jsundin@paulbunyan.net   Copyright © Jeff Sundin 2004


UPNORTH Fishing Report 8-22-04 - Jason Green

Cool water triggers "fall-like fishing conditions" - Variety fishing action can't be beat!

If you wait long enough, even a cold front turns into good news. With water temperatures falling into the low sixty degree range, the "action bite" is going strong and reminds me of the fall fishing patterns that we don't normally see until mid September. Leading the way -

 

Crappies are biting well on at least a dozen of the 1000 Grand Lakes Area's better known panfish lakes. The patterns are varied with some of the lakes producing fish that are suspended over deep water on main lake bars, while other lakes have a much better deep-weedline pattern going on right now. In either case, a simple jig and minnow fished vertically will out produce most other baits. At times, we've found fish that were hugging closer to the bottom and a live bait rig with a five foot leader, tipped with a lively minnow helped trigger some of the less active fish. Boat control is the key to getting these fish into the boat. Once you locate a school, mark the area and do your best to keep the boat directly over the suspended school of fish. Once the school dissipates, move on until you locate another group of fish.

Bass and Northern Pike are also using the deep weed edges on some of the smaller lakes and fishing with jigs & minnows has yielded the same kind of "Mixed Bag" results, while affording us some protection from the big winds we've had to deal with this week.

The best approach has been to hold the boat outside of the deeper weed edges and pitch the jigs a short distance into the weeds. Work the jig all the way down to the bottom, then re-cast until you find fish. At times, we've had some bite-offs thanks to aggressive Pike. A short piece of 17 to 25 pound mono will work as a leader, protecting you from some of the Pike, while allowing a subtle presentation for Bass and Walleye.

Walleye Action can still be found primarily on the shoreline weed edges and shallow rock bars on "Big Winnie" and there are plenty of other fish mixed in to keep the action going through the day. A typical mixed bag consists of some Walleyes, Perch and Northern Pike all caught in random order using a jig & minnow and while fishing the same weedline areas. We've had some success trolling the deep weed edges with crank baits as well as using live bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches. There are also still a few locations where Walleyes can be found out deep on main lake bars, so if you get caught on a slow day, don't be afraid to "go deep" for a while.

      

Who would ever turn down a few nice Jumbo's like these? We caught this one while jigging the weeds for Crappies. Northern Pike, Bass and even a few Walleyes are roaming along with them, so there's plenty of action to keep us busy all day long.

Good Luck!   (218) 327-8183 jason@upnorthinc.com - www.upnorthinc.com


Fishing Report Updated 8-21-04 Jeff Sundin

Late Summer Weather Changes Force a Change in Fishing Tactics

Here we go again! We had just about fully recovered from the passage of the last cold front and here comes another front gushing in from the Arctic Circle. On Wednesday we had enough wind to make almost everyone run for cover by mid day and I can honestly say that this was one of the few times I’ve ever seen the wind so strong that it made even the smaller lakes "un-fishable". After the last front blew through just over a week ago, we found that the Northern Pike and Perch action had picked up a bit. Then as the weather stabilized and temperatures warmed, the Walleye fishing gradually recovered as well. I’d expect the recovery to come somewhat more rapidly this time, because the water temps had already taken the big plunge from the last front and because the storms that blew in ahead of this front were nowhere near the severity of the last ones. In another couple of weeks the fall patterns will begin to emerge and we’ll be looking forward to these cooler temperatures.

Here’s the pattern I’d be watching for in the next few days. By this past Sunday, Walleyes were following the minnows and it was common to find the fish moving freely and remaining in one spot only so long as the minnows were still in that area. Even though the majority of this movement had been in shallow water with weed cover, there were still small groups of fish using main lake structures like humps and small bars. We had been consistently catching fish on jigs and minnows until the warm weather took hold on Tuesday. The speed of presenting the baits became more important and Spinners tipped with crawlers or minnows, as well as crankbaits became a better approach. In fact, Tuesday was one of the better Walleye trips this month and we caught almost all of the fish on crankbaits. Trolling the shallow weed line from 8 to 10 feet of water (depending on the weeds), with either Salmo’s "Sting series" or the old stand by Shad Rap was the clear ticket. You need baits that run just barely over the top of the deeper weeds, so don’t get too worried about hitting the bottom of the lake. These more active fish will come up for the bait. The same approach has worked out on the deeper flats except you’ll need baits that get down to 16 to 20 feet. Salmo’s "Perch Series" has been the ticket for these areas. Whenever we’ve contacted fish that won’t take the crankbaits, we always make a pass or two using rigs or jigs and we’ve picked up plenty of fish. The one thing that has been consistent is that the fish will move. You’ll have to be prepared to go find another group every couple of hours.

Smallmouth Bass remain grouped up on deep-water rock/gravel points and humps. They can still be caught on artificial baits with Tube Jigs and crank-baits leading the way. Live bait rigging with large lively minnows or Leeches will also produce some nice catches, but be careful not to allow the fish too much time to swallow live bait. In general, we release all Smallmouth and live bait fishing can put some of these fish at risk. So try the artificial baits first, then go to the live bait only as needed.

Crappies are showing signs of moving to their fall patterns and are occasionally suspending in fairly large groups over open water, sometimes near shoreline weeds or deeper main lake structures like meandering bars and softer bottom humps. Searching the structures with your electronics, locate the larger schools of fish and work vertically over the top of the school with jig/minnow combinations. Some of the schools are feeding aggressively while others aren’t. So it really pays to be persistent. Don’t give up until you’ve tried several schools of fish.

Perch action has really picked up, with the best action in heavy to moderate weed cover. It’s even better if you can locate weed patches adjacent to gravel or light rock. Our best approach has been to fish along the weed edges pitching a jig and minnow into the heavier weeds. Once we locate an area that has some potential, we slow the boat down to a crawl and try to fish vertically over the school of fish. Whenever the action slows down, start fan casting around the area. This helps draw more fish closer to the boat. When the action slows down, repeat the process until you find the next batch of fish.

Last week was a Musky bonanza in the area and I know of at least 20 fish that were caught. Most of the fish have been coming on top water baits fished over weed/sand breaks. Try one of the tail spinning surface baits like a Turbo Jack or Dinner Bell and hold on tight.

Northern Pike have been plentiful, but not too large in the shallow weed areas. We’ve caught them on crankbaits while Walleye fishing as well as on jig/minnow combinations and even some fair size fish on jerk baits while we were Musky fishing. The better size fish still seem to be out on the flats and breaklines into deeper main lake areas. Tolling crankbaits or fishing with large Sucker Minnows on giant spinner rigs has been the ticket for dragging some of these fish out of the deep water. Concentrate on the deeper main lake flats with crankbaits that can run 16 to 20 feet deep and cover a lot of water. Take note of any special features like rocks or points that seem to be holding fish and then search for other similar structure.

Largemouth Bass are now mainly occupying the deeper weed edges and heavier weed patches up on the weed flats. Small plastic worms rigged Texas Style or on 3/16 ounce jig heads and fished slowly down the drop off edges will still produce some bass. It’s important to fish each spot more thoroughly because these fish are not moving very far out of cover to hit the bait. They can still be caught, but it may take several casts to the same fish before your bait gets close enough to entice a strike.

www.jeffsundin.com    jsundin@paulbunyan.net   Copyright © Jeff Sundin 2004


Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 8-10-04 - Jason Boser
After one of the toughest weeks we have had for fishing Walleye things are going to mellow out abit around here. We have been struggling alittle with the big cold front last week; it seemed like the walleyes just shut right down. With the southerly winds and warmer temps it should get up to speed soon. We found some walleye in the weeds on winnie yesterday and look for the bite to get better. The perch were also scattered in there with a few Northerns. Try any side of the lake with the wind blowing into or adjacent to and it has been working pretty well. Use as lite a jig as you can get by with in those weeds and rip it right through. Bowstring has been alittle slow too, but its saving grace has been the crappies out in the main basin. Look around on the edges of the humps and look for the schools on your depth finder and drop a jig on them and you are in buisness. Sand has also started to pick up on the crappies with the same presentation working there.
Good luck fishing
Jason Boser - Fishing fever guide service - 218-327-2191 -  boser@grandrapidsmn.com


UPNORTH Report - Jason Green - Mother Nature Puts Anglers To The Test

Multiple cold fronts and thunder storms put anglers to the test this past week.  The walleye bite has been off a bit but not impossible.  We have been graphing eyes in all different types of locations but working the shoreline fish seems to be working somewhat better. 

Working in the weeds with a 1/16oz to 1/8oz Northland Fireball tipped with a shiner is producing well.  Most anglers when using a jig tend to let it fall to the bottom but in this case you will want to use a snapping action.  When snapping the rod picture the jig hoping across the tops of the weeds.  Keep it light and moving quick.  This will allow you to fish more instead of getting hung up on the summer vegetation.  These same locations and presentations are producing well for magnum perch but at the same time working the deeper cabbage with a jig and minnow combination will keep the rod bending with those tasty morsels.

The best action lately has been on Smallmouth Bass.  We have been finding most of our smallies in shallow water.  Pitching a Northland Lip-stick jig with a Berkley GULP! Crawler onto ledges covered with gravel and thin weeds.  These areas have been in 6'-10' of water with a sharp drop off leading to open water.  Pitch the jig onto the ledge and work it back off the drop off.

 See You On The Water!

(218) 327-8183 - jason@upnorthinc.com - www.upnorthinc.com


Fishing Report Updated 8-13-04 Jeff Sundin

Cold Front Blows Out Walleyes and Blows in Northern Pike and Perch

Thanks to what is one of the most dramatic Mid Summer Cold Fronts I can remember, some types of fishing have been set back this week. Water temperatures have dropped from the low seventies down into the mid sixties in the past few days. While we are still managing to catch some fish, the action has dropped off for walleye, Musky and Bass. Interestingly, the Northern Pike and Perch action has actually improved and some of these fish have been better size than we were catching before the front.

Northern Pike have really perked up during the past week and even though we’re not seeing any really large Pike, we have been catching lots of the good "eating size" fish in the 2 to 4 pound range. We’ve been catching the better fish by casting Jerk baits like the Suick and shallow running crank baits like Salmo’s 7 inch Whitefish. A slow, deliberate retrieve giving the fish plenty of time to zero in on the bait has worked best. Another option for catching Pike is to drift across weed flats while fishing with Sucker Minnows and bobbers. This slower approach gives some of the more finicky fish a chance to locate and bite the bait and when you set up a good drifting pattern, there can be several people casting, while someone else is bobber fishing. Now you can cover both bases at once and there’s usually enough action to keep everyone interested.

Walleye fishing has moved in large part to the shallow weeds and we’ve been forced to get in and grind out enough fish to make a respectable catch. There are still nice fish being caught if you’re willing to work a bit more intensely on the project. Jigs tipped with minnows or live bait rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers are working equally well. Make sure you use a light enough bullet sinker or small egg sinker to allow you to wiggle the rig through the weeds. At times you’ll encounter groups of Perch or other panfish and I’d recommend slowing down and fishing the area thoroughly for them before moving on.

Perch action has really picked up, with the best action in heavy to moderate weed cover. It’s even better if you can locate weed patches adjacent to gravel or light rock. Our best approach has been to fish along the weed edges pitching a jig and minnow into the heavier weeds. Once we locate an area that has some potential, we slow the boat down to a crawl and try to fish vertically over the school of fish. Whenever the action slows down, start fan casting around the area. This helps draw more fish closer to the boat. When the action slows down, repeat the process until you find the next batch of fish.

Largemouth Bass are now mainly occupying the deeper weed edges and heavier weed patches up on the weed flats. Small plastic worms rigged Texas Style or on 3/16 ounce jig heads and fished slowly down the drop off edges will still produce some bass. It’s important to fish each spot more thoroughly because these fish are not moving very far out of cover to hit the bait. They can still be caught, but it may take several casts to the same fish before your bait gets close enough to entice a strike.

Smallmouth Bass remain grouped up on deep-water rock/gravel points and humps. They can still be caught on artificial baits with Tube Jigs and crank-baits leading the way. Live bait rigging with large lively minnows or Leeches will also produce some nice catches, but be careful not to allow the fish too much time to swallow live bait. In general, we release all Smallmouth and live bait fishing can put some of these fish at risk. So try the artificial baits first, then go to the live bait only as needed.

Crappies are starting to show early signs of their fall patterns and are occasionally suspending in fairly large groups in open water, near shoreline weeds or main lake rock structure. The fish have been finicky and we’ve located several schools of fish that won’t bite the first time we see them. If we wait and return later in the afternoon or early evening, we can sometimes get them going. Vertical jigging with 1/8 or 1/16 ounce jigs above the school seems still to be the best approach, but we’ve had moderate success by rigging slip bobbers and casting to the school, rather than sitting on top of them.

www.jeffsundin.com    jsundin@paulbunyan.net   Copyright © Jeff Sundin 2004


Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 8-10-04 - Jason Boser

Well here comes another cold front our way. We are looking at highs of 55 today should be an interesting day of fishing. Winnie is still putting out good numbers of fish. They are scattered all over the lake. Some in the weeds, some on the humps, some on the rocks. We have been lindy rigging them on the humps with leeches and crawlers, we have been jigging and lindy rigging them in the weeds and it has been a good jig bite on the rocks in the right conditions. What has been good one day hasn’t been good the next day so we have had to use them all. Bowstring is doing well with crawlers and jigs and minnow both, some in the weeds and some out in the deeper water. Sand is starting to give up some decent fish. Pokegama is doing all right with a jig and minnow on the weed edges. Some nice sunnies coming from little cutfoot. It is our typical August bite. You have to put alittle time in and try lots of different presentations to get something going but you can always get a fish somewhere.

Good luck  Jason Boser Fishing fever guide service 218-327-2191 boser@grandrapidsmn.com


Fishing Report Updated 8-5-04 Jeff Sundin

Walleyes on the Flats Makes an Interesting Chase!

Walleye Fishing always has its twists & turns and this week has been no exception. One day we have great fishing on the main lake bars or humps in deep water, the next day we catch a good bunch in the weeds. But the most interesting twist has been their irksome habit of spreading out on main lake flats that meander for miles. It’s like taking a handful of marbles and flinging them across a gym floor. You know that all of the marbles are there, but you have to hunt them down one by one. On some of those days when the fish just seem to disappear, we generally assume that they have suspended in deep water. But in many cases, these fish are active and feeding up on the top of these large flat areas. Lately, we’ve had some very successful afternoons by moving across these flats in 18 to 22 feet of water trolling with deep diving crank baits. Salmo’s Perch series has been one of the better baits for us because they run so true, we hardly ever have to "tune them up" and they run well at a fast speed, around 3.3 miles per hour.

Jerry Bellfy with a nice Walleye caught while cranking the flats with a Salmo Perch model. This pattern helps put fish in the baot at times when "Nothin's - doin'"

Using this system, we pick up some fish with the crank baits and as we move along, I watch my graph for signs of larger schools of fish. When I think I’ve spotted a larger school, we stop and fish the area with the traditional Walleye baits like a plain live bait rig tipped with crawlers or leeches. More than a few times, these larger groups of fish have been using areas with patchy gravel and mixed rock. The spots are noticeable on your graph because the bottom reading changes, but they’re generally not associated with a significant change in water depth. We fish the area until the group of fish seems to have dissipated or moved, then go back to the trolling until we locate another group of fish.

This is a new system for a lot of folks and it’s really worth a try because you will learn a lot about the structure and about the movements of these fish. I can remember many days in the past when we’ve had slow fishing on the traditional spots and made the mistake of believing that they weren’t biting. On many of these days, the fish were up on the flats biting like crazy. We just didn’t think of going up there and hunting ‘em down.

Northern Pike are a bonus side benefit of this trolling pattern because they also use these large flats and are commonly caught while trolling with the crankbaits. There are some differences in the preferred colors, so if you experiment with colors, you’ll find some that trigger more Pike than Walleye.

Largemouth Bass are now mainly occupying the deeper weed edges and heavier weed patches up on the weed flats. We’ve still been able to catch some fish on spinnerbaits, but fishing the outside edges with plastic worms, has produced a lot more fish. Twelve to twenty feet of water, mixed Cabbage and Coontail and a good drop into deep water have been key areas for us.

Smallmouth Bass remain grouped up on deep-water rock/gravel points and humps. They can still be caught on artificial baits with Tube Jigs and crank-baits leading the way. Live bait rigging with large lively minnows or Leeches will also produce some nice catches, but be careful not to allow the fish too much time to swallow live bait. In general, we release all Smallmouth and live bait fishing can put some of these fish at risk. So try the artificial baits first, then go to the live bait only as needed.

Bluegills have begun showing up in the mid depth weeds and are being caught primarily in the evening using small jigs or plain hooks tipped with a simple cut piece of night crawler. Poke along the weeds slowly and fish until you make contact, then concentrate on that area until you’re convinced there’s a good school of fish. If the action tapers off, move on to a new location.

Perch action continues to improve with most of the fish coming from mid depth gravel bars that are home to small Crawfish or deeper water humps that harbor schools of young (3/4 inch) Perch minnows. Jig and minnow will catch some of these fish, but spinners or even a plain live bait rig tipped with a minnow will do nicely too. We’ve had some really nice fish, although I’d say numbers are down a bit compared to a normal summer. This means the best is probably still to come.

Crappies are starting to show early signs of their fall patterns and are occasionally suspending in fairly large groups in open water, near shoreline weeds or main lake rock structure. The fish have been finicky and we’ve located several schools of fish that won’t bite the first time we see them. If we wait and return later in the afternoon or early evening, we can sometimes get them going. Vertical jigging with 1/8 or 1/16 ounce jigs above the school seems still to be the best approach, but we’ve had moderate success by rigging slip bobbers and casting to the school, rather than sitting on top of them.

Muskies are still on the prowl and even though I haven’t continued to fish them this week, friends are reporting several sightings each day. Some of our better moon phases are still approaching, so I’m looking forward to some good Musky experiences in the next 10 to 20 days. Surface baits have out produced the others recently, but fish are still coming in to buck-tails and jerk baits as well.

Good Luck! Check Back For Updates!

 www.jeffsundin.com    jsundin@paulbunyan.net   Copyright © Jeff Sundin 2004


Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 8-03-04 Jason Boser

It’s the first week of August and it’s hard to believe the walleye fishing is as good as it is. Winnie is still putting out fish like a champ with most of the fish coming out of the deep water. Seems like all the humps have a few fish on them but only a couple have a good bunch of fish. So that means you gotta move around till you find a good bunch of fish. Long lindy rigs seem to be the best right now too. Make sure to start with at least a 6-7ft leader. The perch after being on the rocks for the last couple weeks have kinda disappeared but I think they will start showing up on the humps real soon. The Northern and muskie action have been pretty good the last week with some nice fish coming into them weeds.

Bowstring is still going well with limits of fish being caught off the humps, shoreline, and the main lake break. Pokegama also is putting out some walleyes, Northerns and Bass all day long. So if your coming up to the Grand Rapids area you have a lot of choices right now to get to some of our area’s beautiful resorts and still get some fish

Good luck fishing - Jason Boser Fishing fever guide service 218-327-2191 boser@grandrapidsmn.com


Fishing Report Updated 8-2-04 Jeff Sundin

Finally! Muskellunge Action Picks up and Sightings Become Hook-Ups

After a solid week of looking at vacant weed beds and waiting patiently for the occasional Musky sighting, The full Moon and weather finally converged to activate some of these fish. During the past several days, Musky activity in the shallow weeds has steadily picked up and now we're  seeing many more fish, including some hook ups and some nice catches.

Above: Jeff Sundin and Right: Steve (Dr. Freud) Slaughter with Muskies both caught and released on the same day using top water baits over sparse weed beds. These fish had been sighted several times before finally hitting the big pay-off.

Best baits for us have been top water tail spinners like the Wades Hoggler that caught both of these fish. We also had some hook-ups on Suicks and the trusty Black Bucktail. Sand breaks with sparse to moderate weed edges have held enough fish to make life exciting.

Jeff Sundin www.jeffsundin.com


UPNORTH Winnie Report 8-2-04 Jason Green - Time To Crank It Up And Stay On The Move!

For the past four days my wife and I have had the privilege of staying at Bowen Lodge on Big Winnibigoshish. Owners Bill and Gail Heig and their staff did a remarkable job making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Service and accommodations are nothing but the best! Not only does Bowen Lodge cater to people who love to fish but there are plenty of planned activities from a meet the family Pot Luck for all the guests to a exciting sit on the edge of your seat minnow race for the kids. Throughout the generations, many have considered Bowen Lodge their "UpNorth" get away and now you can add UPNORTH to that list. If you are looking to experience Northern Minnesota and what it has to offer I would suggest planning a trip to Big Winnie and making Bowen Lodge your first call. For more information go to www.bowenlodge.com .
Big Winnie continues to produce a remarkable amount of eaters but anglers must be prepared and think outside the box. In the past four days we experienced just about every situation. In low light periods pulling a roach rig with a crawler across shallow bars that top out at 9' or trolling cranks on the shoreline are producing well. As the day progresses and the sun begins to peak the bite has been moving out to the main lake. Working deep bars and humps with a Northland Fireball tipped with a shiner a majority of the time has worked best.
This time of year can be difficult but if you go back to the basics and locate structure and take in account the time of day you can have a successful trip.

See You On The Water!

(218) 327-8183 - jason@upnorthinc.com - www.upnorthinc.com


July 2004

Fishing Report 7-29-04 - The Early Bird Jeff Sundin

Full Moon Triggers Pike and Musky Action

After a week of sluggish fishing for Northern Pike and Muskies, the approaching full moon, together with the rainy weather that moved in on Wednesday, teamed up to produce some above average action. We’ve been casting and trolling on Leech Lake, Moose Lake, Cutfoot Sioux, Winnie and Cass Lake for the past week and only seen a few fish, but yesterday we had five Muskies working our baits and caught a ton of small to medium sized Pike to boot. Some of these well-known areas were empty of fish as recently as this past Monday, so their sudden arrival was welcome to say the least. While we had some action on bucktails and tandem spinnerbaits, our best lure was the Suick fished at a slow-steady pace. Black & Orange combos were best, with plain Black and Blue also producing some decent fish. If this plays out like past experiences, the action spurt will last until this weekend when the moon begins waning or until the weather gets sunny again whichever comes first. If the weather is predicted to be sunny, I’d recommend starting really early in the morning (before daylight if possible). Even on the worst days, there has been some movement in early morning or late evening.

Bluegills and Crappies have begun showing up in the mid depth weeds and are being caught primarily in the evening using small jigs or plain hooks tipped with a simple cut piece of night crawler. Poke along the weeds slowly and fish until you make contact, then concentrate on that area until you’re convinced there’s a good school of fish. If the action tapers off, move on to a new location.

Mixed weeds are always a good choice for almost any species of fish. We've had good luck locating crappies in weeds surrounded by open pockets. A 1/16 ounce jig tipped with a small minnow or cut piece of night crawler will do nicely.

Walleye fishing is well above average for this time of year as these fish continue to move in the shallows on breezy days and provide steady action in deeper water on the calmer days. We’re still doing well using live bait rigs with leeches or night crawlers, but crankbaits are becoming more reliable.

Nine year old Sarah Steele was the star of the show when she caught these and many other nice Walleyes on her afternoon outing "with the boys". Sarah is definately dream team material all the way.

We’ve been able to key in on some deep trolling as well as some shallow weedline trolling for Walleyes. Thanks to a friend of mine who got me interested in the Salmo line of crankbaits, we’ve been able to give the fish a look at some "new" baits and I’ve been very impressed with the high quality and great accuracy of these crankbaits. We’ve also had some good action on certain days with spinners tipped with live bait. A number 2 Colorado blade in orange, gold or red has been good for me and has produced some great Perch as a bonus. Perch action continues to improve with most of the fish coming from mid depth gravel bars that are home to small Crawfish or deeper water humps that harbor schools of young (3/4 inch) Perch minnows. Jig and minnow will catch some of these fish, but spinners or even a plain live bait rig tipped with a minnow will do nicely too. We’ve had some really nice fish, although I’d say numbers are down a bit compared to a normal summer. This means the best is probably still to come.

Largemouth Bass are also moving deeper, but can be caught on spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished along the bulrushes and mid depth weed flats. We had some good largemouth action this week while we were searching for Muskies. We found the largemouth in heavy coontail mats located on the large weed flats. We fished the coontail as if it were a separate structure from the rest or the weed flat. Using spinnerbaits and hitting the pockets and points, we had a nice run of Bass in the 2 to 3 pound range. Not huge, but really nice average fish. Don’t overlook the fish on the deep weed edges, plastic worms fished in 12 to 20 feet of water will also produce good results right now.

 

Brooke Hastings with a solid Walleye caught by clever handling of a Jig & Leech.

Smallmouth Bass are grouping up on deep-water rock/gravel points and humps. They can still be caught on artificial baits with Tube Jigs and crank-baits leading the way. Live bait rigging with large lively minnows or Leeches will also produce some nice catches, but be careful not to allow the fish too much time to swallow live bait. In general, we release all Smallmouth and live bait fishing can put some of these fish at risk. So try the artificial baits first, then go to the live bait only as needed.

Good Luck! Check Back For Updates! TheEarlyBird-Jeff Sundin www.jeffsundin.com

jsundin@paulbunyan.net Copyright ã Jeff Sundin 2004


 UPNORTH Fishing Report July 26, 2004 - Steady Action for Grand Rapids Area Anglers Continues

Another week of "dual citizenship" for Walleyes in the 1000 Grand Lakes area. With nice groups of fish in the shallow weeds and plenty of fish still out on main lake bars, there's action for most anglers no matter what weather conditions they find when they get here. Most consistent approach for Walleye continues to be live bait rigs with Leeches and Crawlers, but there are also some nice fish being caught trolling crank baits like the "Salmo minnow series, Perch Color" in the shallows. Lures that run well in less than 8 feet of water are the key and trolling along weed edges and shallow rock spines are prime locations. The trolling approach works better on certain days than others, so it's worth a try each time you locate a school of fish in the shallows. Panfish Action is heating up too and there are plenty of good ideas for folks looking for some high speed action. Bluegills are using deep weeds with mixed cover. Coon-tail, Cabbage and Northern Milfoil has been a great mixture for us and if we find Rocky areas along these weed-lines, Bass are present as well. Really nice mixed bags are coming from fishing 1/16 ounce jigs tipped with a small piece of cut worm. Crappie action has been best in the evening, but if you can locate them in heavy cover like brush piles or cabbage weeds, they can be caught fishing vertically with a jig and minnow. Plastic tubes or twister tails can be substituted when you locate a more active group of fish. Pike action has been best in deeper water trolling crank-baits or large spinners tipped with 6 to 8 inch chubs.

Mixed bag angling with nice Bluegills as the star performers! Mid-summer fishing can be hard to beat when you've go action like this.

See You On The Water! Jason Green - UPNORTH  (218) 327-8183 jason@upnorthinc.com  www.upnorthinc.com


Fishing Report 7-22-04 - The Early Bird Jeff Sundin - Stable Mid Summer Weather Pushes Variety Fishing into High Gear

With the bulk of the Mayfly hatches finished and water temperatures moving toward the mid- seventies, my favorite time of the year is heading our way. Mid-summer is the time for mixed bag fishing and when you plan your trip to the right lake, you can catch 3, 4 or more species of fish all in the same trip. This week we’ve enjoyed the Walleye, Perch and Northern Pike mix.

Samantha's 28 inch Walleye came on a live bait rig and night crawler. Simple, but effective.

Walleyes have moved in and out of shallow water with the wind this week, but on calm to moderately breezy days they are still generally showing a preference for the deeper water bars and humps. Fish that were feeding heavily on insect larvae are now pumping in the young perch minnows that can be found almost everywhere. Primary choice of baits are live bait rigs with night crawlers or leeches, but on some days we’ve had a little better luck with spinners tipped with leeches. When you want to pick up some bonus Perch and Northern Pike you can add minnows to the mix. Jigs, spinners or live bait rigs tipped with lively minnows will attract more Perch and Pike in the same areas that the Walleye are using. Perch are particularly vulnerable to the spinner & minnow combo. For Walleyes in the shallows, try using the live bait rig with a lighter ¼ or 1/8 ounce bullet or egg sinker that slips easily in and out of the weeds and fish with crawlers or leeches. When the wind really blows, we’ve had some success with jig & minnow too.

Magnum Perch are showing up in the deep water water Walleye haunts. With Perch like these, wouldn't you mix it up a little?

Northern Pike have been concentrated mostly in deeper water and the two best ways of catching them have been live bait rigging with larger hooks, heavy mono leaders and large minnows like a 6-inch Creek Chub or by trolling deep running crank-baits over open water in the main lake. The deep trolling passes should take you near deep structures like bars and humps where the fish are often hanging nearby. As the boat approaches these structures plan your route to run parallel to the structure as often as possible. Deep down Husky Jerks, Number 9 Deep Shad Raps, deep running Reef Runners or Salmo baits are all producing some nice Pike. When you hit the right color you’ll even pick up some bonus Walleyes on the crank-baits as well.

Walleyes on a flyrod? Carl Bergquist, a pioneer of flyrod Walleye fishing proved it can be done. There's still some perfecting to do, but he's hot on the trail.

Smallmouth Bass are grouping up on deep-water rock/gravel points and humps. They can still be caught on artificial baits with Tube Jigs and crank-baits leading the way. Live bait rigging with large lively minnows or Leeches will also produce some nice catches, but be careful not to allow the fish too much time to swallow live bait. In general, we release all Smallmouth and live bait fishing can put some of these fish at risk. So try the artificial baits first, then go to the live bait only as needed Largemouth Bass are also moving deeper, but can be caught on spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished along the bulrushes and mid depth weed flats. Whether you’re fishing for Smallmouth or Largemouth locating weedlines adjacent to rock stretches or have scattered rock mixed in will tip the odds in your favor.

Bluegills and Crappies have begun showing up in the mid depth weeds and are being caught primarily in the evening using small jigs or plain hooks tipped with a simple cut piece of night crawler. Poke along the weeds slowly and fish until you make contact, then concentrate on that area until you’re convinced there’s a good school of fish. If the action tapers off, move on to a new location.

Good Luck! Check Back For Updates!

TheEarlyBird-Jeff Sundin www.jeffsundin.com

jsundin@paulbunyan.net Copyright ã Jeff Sundin 2004

  Up North Fishing Report July 19, 2004 - Don't rule out the shallows for mid summer action!

It's been an interesting week for Walleye anglers in the 1000 Grand Lakes Area and especially on Big Winnie. We had all dialed in to the deeper water Walleye fishing on the mid-lake bars and humps when a massive mayfly hatch began grinding the deep action to a snails pace by the end of last week. This weekend proved to be a whole new ball game for anglers who found the hot action was now in the shallow water weeds. Fishing with live bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches was the standard approach, but lots of fish were caught using jig & minnow and there were some fish caught on shallow running crankbaits as well. There are still fish located in the deep water too, so try checking a couple of your favorite deep water spots each time you head out. Be sure to keep an eye on the shallows and stop by the weeds for some Walleye fishing too.  Crappies are running on the deeper weedlines and on humps with good cover like weeds, brush or broken rock and the Perch are finally showing up on some of the mid-depth structure. Points and humps that contain good stretches of gravel and mixed rock will produce some nice Perch and it's well worth dropping a jig and minnow into a few of these spots each time you head out.     

Nice Perch like this "Magnum" are showing up in the shallow rock areas that hold young Crawfish. Perch like these are common when you dial in to these Crawfish spots and fish with a jig & Minnow.

See You On The Water! Jason Green - UPNORTH  (218) 327-8183 jason@upnorthinc.com  www.upnorthinc.com


Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 7-19-04

The warm weather is here. It’s been hot and humid up in the Northland and the flies have hatched. That usually means bad fishing and in a lot of the area lakes it has been a bugger for the walleyes. Winnie has been our one bright spot; fish are still being caught granted it has slowed abit but not a bad bite for this time of the year. Fish are being caught on the main bars and humps in 19-24 ft of water, and along the shoreline. Farleys, Pigion, Stoney, and ravens all have fish, the biggest thing you need is the wind to get those fish biting. Jig and minnow are still working, but they seem to like the lindy with a crawler or leech alittle better. Bowstring is still going pretty good at times; check out the north humps or the main break on the south end of the lake. Only spotty reports on the crappies yet. Pokie is doing all right for the northerns and the Bass but not real hot for the walleyes. Trout is a hit or miss thing the past week it seems you need the right weather to get them going.
Good luck fishing Jason Boser - Fishing fever guide service 218-327-2191 boser@grandrapidsmn.com


Captain "Ron Hunter" Winnie Report 7-16-04

What another great week of catching Walleye. A lot of limits with a LOT of 18" to 25" slot Walleye to release. Most all the humps are holding Walleye from the tops out to 26', Center bar on the point west at 18' to 20', backside of Long bar, backside of the Mud Hole bar and Horseshoe bar from 18' to 20'. Best bait is a Roach rig out to 50" red bead or chart bead and tip it with a Leech or a crawler. Sugar point grass hump on the lake side in 7' to 9' and Raven's point rock ridge on the north side of it. Best bait is Northland's 1/8oz glow watermelon or chart fire-ball jig tipped with a fathead minnow. Sugar grass hump you can also use a Roach rig out to 30" to 40" tipped with a leech.


Fishing Report 7-15-04 - The Early Bird Jeff Sundin - Mayflies, Baitfish and Sunny Skies! Real Summer Arrives With a Vengeance.

The tables are being turned on anglers who have enjoyed Walleyes that were on an "Auto Pilot" bite for the past couple of months. The Walleyes have found their own "Mother Load" of food and are now feeding on Mayflies, huge schools of young Perch minnows and other assorted mid-summer snack food. The fishing action has tapered off from its peak, but is still fairly good and when you get favorable conditions, great catches are still possible. During the next several weeks it will be common to have one great day followed by a slow day and so on. The fish have so many feeding opportunities that is they who will call the shots about when and where they will be active.

This nice Walleye was caught on a live bait rig and large golden shiner combo.

Best fishing approaches have been live bait rigs with a 5 to 7 foot leader using a large, lively Leech. Spinners with bottom bouncers using either minnows or Leeches are also producing some nice fish, we’ve had our best luck with a #2 silver Indiana blade, but red, pink and yellow have produced some fish as well.

Another approach that’s producing some nice Walleye is flat line trolling crankbaits over open water near mid lake bars and humps. We just returned from a trip to Rainy Lake where there were Walleyes were suspended over very deep water and the use of Lead Core Fishing Line helped get the baits down into the strike zone. Watch your graph and determine how deep the suspended fish are, then select your crank baits based on how deep you can fish them. For anglers who put in their time, there will still be plenty of Walleyes to make it interesting.

We've found some of the better Walleye fishing by concentrating on lakes where the bug hatches aren't as heavy. If you aren't limited to one lake right now, try moving around a bit.

Mayflies are hatching on area lakes offering Walleye plenty to eat. It's not the end of the world, but it slows things down for us. If you can, try finding lakes that aren't in the midst of a big hatch and concentrate your efforts there for a while.

Smallmouth Bass have been scattered and we’ve caught a few on top water baits, spinnerbaits and jigs. They have mainly moved out of shallow spawning areas and are heading for the deeper water points and rock piles. As they go deeper, live bait rigs with large minnows or leeches will catch these fish. Don’t feed line to these fish as you would with a Walleye on a live bait rig. Just hold the line steady while you feel the fish take the bait. Set the hook early to avoid letting the fish swallow the hook. Largemouth Bass are also moving deeper, but can be caught on spinnerbaits or crankbaits fished along the bulrushes and mid depth weed flats. Whether you’re fishing for Smallmouth or Largemouth locating weedlines adjacent to rock stretches or have scattered rock mixed in will tip the odds in your favor.

 

 

Smallmouth are scattered but catchable. As they move deep, schools will build and action will pick up.

 

Northern Pike have also been susceptible to the deep-water crankbaits. In fact, some of the better Pike we’ve caught in the past couple of weeks have come in on the crankbaits we’ve used during our Walleye fishing. There are certain colors that seem to be preferred by the Pike and we’ve found that by switching colors occasionally, we will eventually stumble into one or two that seem to catch mostly Pike. The colors have changed from day to day, so I’d recommend having a variety of colors to choose from. Deep Diving Reef Runners, Salmo and "Deep-Down" Husky Jerks are all producing some nice fish. Muskellunge anglers are starting to see and catch some nice fish. The best success has been late evening to dark and fishing main lake weeds with large bucktails.

Bluegills and Crappies have begun showing up in the mid depth weeds and are being caught primarily in the evening using small jigs or plain hooks tipped with a simple cut piece of night crawler. Poke along the weeds slowly and fish until you make contact, then concentrate on that area until you’re convinced there’s a good school of fish. If the action tapers off, move on to a new location.

We've also had some good Crappie fishing in deeper water where we can locate cover in the form of brush piles or "cribs". These fish love to hit baits that are slowly sinking, so these spots are best fished by lowering your jig slowly into or near the brush and enticing the Crappie up to hit your bait. Repeat the process often by lifting up your rod tip above your head and walking the jig back down on a tight line.

Nice Walleyes like this "Rainy Lake Special" are coming on crankbaits trolled over deep water.

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Summer Progression in the 1000 Grand Lakes Area Jason Green 7-12-04


What an incredible week on the water! This summer has had the most consistent bite I have ever seen in the Grand Rapids Area. As water temperatures start to rise another cold front hits and a "spring like" bite would be back in action. I have been setting my customers up with both live bait rigs and jig presentations. For a jig presentation a Northland Fireball Jig tipped with a minnow. Most of the time walleyes have been hitting the jig fast and hard but most cases walleyes are tale biting so using a trailer hook has been a necessity. For live bait rigging a Northland Roach Rig with a crawler has been producing quite well. For your Roach Rig a red "Blood Thirsty" hook with a single chartreuse bead is working the best. Key in on mid lake bars and humps in roughly 20' of water and you will be surprised with how good the mid summer fishing is.       See You On The Water! Jason Green - UPNORTH  (218) 327-8183 jason@upnorthinc.com  www.upnorthinc.com

 


Fishing Reports - Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report Jason Boser 7-12-04
Wow what a cool storm on sat. night, you would think storms like that would slow down the fishing alittle, but they just keep biting. I was at the women on water contest yesterday at the Pines resort. What a neat contest 40 boats of teams of 2 women in a boat doing it all. It is a good contest. They came in with not so many fish but we all had fun. There are lots of walleye in the lake but most of them haven’t gotten to that 14 in. range yet. Lots of fish coming off the humps and bars yet in that 21-24 ft of water, still some fish coming in on stony and ravens and even up shallow in by the three sisters. Shiners are hard to come by they get some river shiners and they will work well but for the most part we are using rainbows and chubs. The bar fish can all be caught on leeches and crawlers and the cranks are starting to go pretty well too. The only thing that can shut us down now are the hatches, we have had a couple but not the big ones too much yet.
Other area lakes are still doing pretty well too. Sand has started going pretty well on the humps west of the island and the bars to the north, Bowstring is still doing well,Trout lake is still kicking out those big fish (that need to be released) out in the deep water,swan and splithand also biting real well. In July now we cant expect days of fishing like we did in the earlier part of the year but for mid summer bite it is going pretty well. Its time for family and friends going out catching fish and having a good fish fry so don’t forget to try our fish breading. Charlies gone fishing and fishing fever you won’t be disappointed.
Good luck fishing - Jason Boser - Fishing fever guide service - 218-327-2191- boser@grandrapidsmn.com


June 2004

Fishing Report 6-29-04 - The Early Bird Jeff Sundin - The Re-Birth of summer! Stable weather returns and Walleyes are on the move in the 1000 Grand Lakes Area.

A warming trend and calmer seas are heading our way. This will fuel the "fish fly" hatches that are already underway in the area. With clouds of these insects hatching on the mid-depth flats, Walleyes are roaming out from the shallows in search of the new feeding opportunities. On several lakes, these hatches are already intense, but are mainly limited to areas of semi deep water (12 to 18 feet) and the larger May Flies are not yet present on most of the lakes. With a warming trend, we’ll soon see clouds of the larvae out in the deeper (mud flats) water too and this will signal a major Walleye move to deeper water.

Look close over the tops of these trees and you'll see clouds of "fish flies" hovering above. Not the big Mayflies just yet, but they won't be far behind. For a closer look, click on the photo.

The Fish tend to be traveling in schools of similar sizes, so if you're fishing Winnie and want "eaters". Move out of areas where you're catching the over sized "slot fish". There are plenty of the 2001 year class to go around.

The best news about these movements is that you can fish a variety of presentations and enjoy catching some fish on most of them. During the past week bottom bouncers with spinners & crawlers have been good search baits on these large flats. In fact some of the larger fish have been caught with this method. Keep moving until you locate a school of fish with the spinners and then fine tune your presentation with jig & minnow or rigs & leeches. During the early stages of this movement, expect the locations to change on an almost daily basis and try to get in the habit of checking a variety of spots every time out. On any given day a hump or bar that was empty yesterday may be filled with fish tomorrow. The large flats with water depths of 12 to 18 feet have subtle structures like dips, gravel, rocks and inside turns that will hold fish during these transitional periods.

On windy days we fish the shallows and on calmer days we fish the deeper bars. We’re still catching plenty of fish on jig & minnow too, so if that’s your favorite, go that way and you’ll be safe for another week or maybe more.

Last week when we found a small rock pile that was holding fish, we had a great experience using slip bobbers and leeches. This is a lot of fun and works great, but you must have the fish "pinned down" in a small area where you can predict the accurate placement of your bait. Set the slip knot about 18 inches above the bottom and use a 1/16 or 1/8 oz jig head. Make sure that the leeches are swimming strongly and replace them when they start to get tired looking.

A slip bobber and leech was the clear ticket for us when we found a nice school of fish on a small rock pile.

I'm a little behind right now because of the hectic times, but I'll catch up on the rest of this report tomorrow.

Good Luck Fishing!

www.jeffsundin.com


1000 Grand Lake Area-Jason Green 6-29-04

High winds and rain but the bite continues! Winds out of the West, Northwest with heavy rain limited the number of areas anglers could fish.  Most of the week anglers would have to hug the west shoreline on bigger bodies of water but targeting breaks and weed lines with a jig and minnow still produced good numbers. As we went into the weekend and the winds let up anglers and fish were on the move.

More proof of the abundance of the great "eating size" Walleye that are available right now. There are some larger fish coming too, but if you're after a fish fry, right now is probably as good as it gets for most folks.

Keying in on humps and mid lake flats with a jig and minnow combination was the answer for a successful shore lunch.  Depending on the wind and cloud cover we found fish in anywhere from 29' to 15' but always right on the bottom.  Whoever thought we would still be jigging and the end of June? Silver shiners are becoming difficult to find at local bait shops and I would guess by the end of the week you won't see any but the goldies are plenty and working well. See You On The Water UPNORTH 3003 SW 3rd Ave Grand Rapids, MN  55744 (218) 327-8183 jason@upnorthinc.com           www.upnorthinc.com

Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 6-28-04-Jason Boser
Another week of sheer enjoyment. The fish have been on a great bite up here in the Grand rapids area. The whether might not be the warmest but the fish are biting. Winnie is about the same as last week. Fish are moving out to the humps and bars more and more. Sugar, Zoomers all the big bars have fish and most of the small humps have plenty too. The 3/8 oz gumball from Northland and a Med light rod from St Croix is all you need to get them fish going. Leeches really haven’t started taken off yet. The shoreline is still producing fish too. Stoney, mallard, ravens even in 3 sisters they are getting some fish. G.R lakes are about the same too. Swan, Sand, Bowstring, Pokie Splithand, are all good bites right now.

Good luck fishing - Jason Boser  Fishing fever guide service 218-327-2191 boser@grandrapidsmn.com


Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 6-20-04 Jason Boser

What to tell you this week? How about that winnie, Sand, Bowstring, Jessie, splithand, trout, pokegama, Swan and almost every other lake in our area is really producing some fish. You probably are not going  to believe me, but its true. Its been many years since you could say that about almost all the area lakes.
Winnie still has a nice shoreline bite going stoney was good, high banks, muskie, ravens and mallarrard were all good depending on where the wind was blowing. I was out on some of the humps and bars the first ones from shore they are starting to show lots of fish and they were very catchable. We were using ¼ and 3/8 o/z gumballs (I like the long shank jigs when it comes to the deeper water) look for them on your graph and stay in that area and they really bit nice.
Now we talk about going deep in winnie but the other area lakes are the same some are going deep there too. It’s the same bite just a different lake. The one thing I really have to stress is that on winnie you have to throw the big ones back, that’s the law. On other lakes without the slots you can keep them. So please when you go into these other area lakes practice catch and release it keeps our fisheries healthy and there is no need to butcher them fish over 20 in you should have plenty under that for a great fish fry.
Good luck fishing Jason Boser Fishing fever guide service 218-327-2191 boser@grandrapidsmn.com


Fishing Report 6-17-04 - The Early Bird Jeff Sundin - Summer Peak? Fishing remains good to excellent in the 1000 Grand Lakes Area!

Walleye anglers are still enjoying consistent fishing. I know it sounds like a broken record, but the fish just keep biting in the shallows and jig & minnow fishing is still the best and fastest way to key in on them. The extended shallow bite this season is probably the result of water temperatures that remain in the low to mid 60-degree range coupled with the abundance of fish from the 2001-year class.

We're always showing you the big ones, but here's a look at one of the thousands of the "Class of 2001 Walleye" we've been catching. These "eaters" have put a smile on many a face this spring and early summer!

The wind has been another key to the good shallow water fishing. Because it’s been rare to get stuck with a flat calm day this season, we’ve been able to drift and jig the shallows in a number of areas. During the few calm times we’ve had, we have been able to find enough fish in the deeper water to keep us busy while we waited for the wind to pick up. The average size of the fish on the main lake bars and humps has been larger than the schools of fish in the shallows, but there are signs of increased fish movement to the deeper structures and some insect hatches are beginning to occur. Once the bug hatches get going, the deeper, softer bottom areas will gather fish quickly.

Even though we continue to catch plenty of fish with the jig & minnow, I have been fishing with live bait rigs and leech a little bit each day. At the moment, leeches are coming on strong and most days we could get plenty of fish by using leeches for everyone. I’ve gotten a few reports that spinners and/or live bait rigs with crawlers are also producing some nice catches, but we haven’t fished this way just yet.

As has been the case recently, the Walleye fishing on most of the better known Walleye lakes in 1000 Grand Lakes area are producing enough fish that you don’t have to get boxed into one lake or one style. Do your research and you’ll find at least 20 lakes with good to excellent potential and you’ll find that there is a good bite on most of these lakes right now.

Bluegill anglers are in heaven at the moment as well. These fish have moved onto the spawning beds and are providing folks with some great action. Spawning areas are located in shallow, mixed sand, gravel and silt bottoms. The beds can be seen from some distance and it’s best to sight fish by locating the beds and cast small jigs toward them. You can catch lots of the fish with a 1/32 or 1/16 ounce jig dressed with a 1-1/2 inch tube or twister tail in colors like black, brown or some of the darker greens. Be careful not to move in close enough to "spook" these fish.

Crappie fishing has been the highlight of the season for me so far. I can never remember more consistent or reliable action. Slowly but surely the spawning areas are becoming vacant and the Crappies are gathering in the deeper holes and weed beds near these spawning areas. Although we’ve still spotted some fish in bedding areas, these deeper fish are much more concentrated and have been willing biters. My favorite approach is to locate deep pockets of "Cabbage Weeds". Crappies can be caught in and near these weeds by fishing with either a slip bobber/jig/minnow or by fishing with a jig tied direct to your line and cast toward the weeds and lift drop retrieved slowly back to the boat. In calmer water or toward evening, this casting & retrieving approach is far better than the bobbers and will get you some amazing bonus fish. Depending on the lake you can catch Walleye, Bass, Pike and Bluegills in the same areas and you can come back with the true, mixed bag.

Here's a truly mixed bag. Sunfish, Pike, Bass Crappie and Walleye. All you have to do is jig the weed line. Work slow, Use light tackle and be prepared to be amazed.

A key to this type of fishing is to let the jig drop into the weeds, so you need to use light equipment that will handle 1/16 oz or even 1/32-oz jigs. A light rod like my 7 foot G.Loomis SR842 lets me cast the light baits and I can really "feel" the structure. I can't emphasize enough the importance of using a light, sensitive rod and light line. If your equipment is too heavy, you'll have trouble casting the light baits and feeling the structure.

Cast the jig into the outer edges of these weeds and let it begin to fall, if the jig hits weeds, drop your rod tip so the line goes slack, then sharply "pop" the tip of the rod upward and most of the time the jig will be free. Let the jig fall again and continue this type retrieve until you have fished it out of the cover. If you go too heavy on the jigs, they will plow into the weeds and you will have problems getting stuck. You could become frustrated and eventually give up before you realize how great this system really works.

Perch action is available in a variety of covers and situations. Some fish are using the shallow gravel bars where hatching Crawfish are available. Other Perch are being found in the deeper weed patches and are frequently mixed in with the Crappie and Walleye we’ve been catching and still other schools of Perch are located on the deeper points and main lake bars. This past week, we’ve discovered that a spinner and minnow is out producing all other methods we’ve tried. The spinners can be a number two Colorado or Indiana blade on about a four-foot leader. Fish through the areas at a steady pace.

Northern Pike fishing remains consistent and with the arrival of some larger fish has become more interesting. We’re still catching tons of smaller pike on the jig & minnow combo’s, but now we are seeing some big Pike too! Casting large spoons and Spinnerbaits are producing Pike of excellent quality and in numbers good enough to make a full day out of Northern Pike fishing. The big Pike turned on this week when they moved in to the shallow areas where Walleye have been feeding. We’ve found Walleye in the stomachs of some of the Pike we’ve cleaned and I presume that there were also Walleye in the larger fish we’ve been releasing. The big Pike location is fairly simple, stay with the first drop off from the shallow areas where Walleye, Perch or Crappie are plentiful and concentrate your efforts along the edge of this sallow drop off. Casting is my favorite, but trolling and bobbers rigged with a live sucker minnow will produce nice fish too.

In deeper main lake areas where you find schools of Walleye or Tulibees, try using a special live bait rig that you can make yourself. Tie a 2/0 hook on to a five-foot leader made of 17 to 20 pound mono line. Fish the rig with a larger (6 to 8 inch) lively minnow. Creek Chubs, Red Tails, Suckers or even large Rainbow Chubs will all work. This rig is fished in the same manner that you’d fish a live bait rig for Walleye. In fact, you’ll catch some nice Walleye fishing this method as well.

Bass fishing has escaped my attention so far this season, but the reports are good. I will try to focus on some of the key Bass information for next week’s report.

Good Luck and please check back for updates.

The Early Bird-Jeff Sundin

Big Winnie Fishing Report 6-16-04 - "Captain Ron" Hunter

Another great Walleye catching week. The shallow water bite is still going strong at Mallard point, west of Mallard along the sand, 3rd river side of big Stony point. Fish from 7' to 9' of water depending on overcast or sunshine. Choice of bait is Northland Tackles glow water melon or Parrot color fire-ball jig. Tip your jig with a shiner or a fathead minnow. Humps and some of the main bars are giving up some nice Walleye mid day in 18' to 19' useing a Roach rig out to 50" and tipped with a leech.


Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 6-14-04 Jason Boser

Winnie is on the move. The fish are finally starting to make their move to the big lake. You can look for fish now on the main break, Bena bar and the humps. They are biting on leeches, Minnows and even crawlers. Now just because they have started moving out to the deeper water don’t think that you can’t catch any fish in the weeds because the shoreline bite will stick around all year. So some of the normal shoreline bites are still going strong with mallard to ravens still one of the best places to start. Other area lakes are starting to really pick up also, so if you get blown off Winnie or just want a change of pace try some of these lakes. Bowstring , sand, trout,Pokegama,Splithand are all starting to really go right now. It is the same fishing look for the windy sides of the lake look for a developing weed line and give them a shot.
I saw some beautiful catches of Bluegills again this week off cutfoot and little cutfoot. I know a lot of the area lakes the panfish are going pretty good right now.
So if you get a chance get up here to our beautiful area and check out some of the best fishing around. When you get that mess of fish to fry up try our new batter Fishing Fever all purpose fish batter or Charlies gone fishing all purpose batter, you wont be disappointed.
Good luck fishing - Jason Boser -Fishing fever guide service - 218-327-2191 - boser@grandrapidsmn.com


Fishing Report 6-12-04 - The Early Bird Jeff Sundin        Big Fish Season Is Upon Us!

Walleye action continues to be good in the 1000 Grand Lakes Area and anglers continue to enjoy the benefits of the record breaking 2001year class of 13 to 14 inch fish. But now there’s a new twist. Larger fish have fully recovered from this year’s spawning runs and are feeding actively. At times they’ll be mixed in with the large groups of smaller males that still frequent the shallows, but to key in on some great catch and release sport fishing, head for the main lake bars in deeper water. You won’t find as many fish out there just yet, but the larger fish are finding their way to these structures. This is a sign that the summer peak draws near and soon the action will be centered on many of the bars, humps and deep-water points.

Jig and minnow fishing is still reliable. We’ve been able to get good catches this past week with my favorite "Bug Eyed Shorty" tipped with either shiners or rainbows. Live bait rigs with Leeches are also producing right now and on calmer days, I’d recommend rigging part of your crew with rigs/leeches and part with jig & minnow. As one method emerges as the preference for that day, switch everyone over to the preferred bait. On windy days when the boat is moving faster, it’s likely that the jigging will work best and on calmer days, rigging leeches is an advantage.

This is a great time to experiment because virtually all of the area’s better Walleye lakes are producing some nice fish. Most anglers who do their homework will be rewarded with good catches. Here’s a tip on trying new lakes; Avoid trying new water on "tough fishing days". After a cold front or on calm sunny days, use your old reliable locations. During stable weather and when conditions are favorable to you, try the new areas. You’ll learn more and learn it faster when the fish are cooperating.

Crappie fishing continues to be strong!

Lot's of folks are experiencing great catches of Crappies. This has been one of our best spring Crappie runs ever!

This is one of the best early season Crappie bites that I can remember. Most anglers are doing very well, and for the most part the Crappie report is the same as last week. Crappies can be found in 3 to 8 feet of water in areas that contain gravel and light rock. These spawning stretches should be located near heavier cover like cabbage weed, bulrush or even coon tail patches. Slip bobber/jig & minnow combinations are one good choice, but we have also had great success by using a 1/16-ounce Jig tipped with a small size fathead minnow. Another nice approach is to use a 1/8-oz Beetle Spin with a twister tail. Cast the jig and fish it back toward the boat using a slow, vertical pumping motion.

Here’s a conservation tip for spring Crappie fishing; if you want to minimize your impact on your favorite Crappie lake, select the Crappies that have turned really dark black for harvesting and release the ones that look more "normal" or appear to be full of spawn. During the spawning period it is the male Crappie that takes on this distinctive dark black color and you can catch plenty of these aggressive males to feed the family, leaving behind the females to spawn again. This will help maintain a balance in the population and give you better fishing in the future. Really!

Bluegills and Bass are still in the early stages of the spawning run to shallow water. With some fish fanning beds in one to 3 feet of water. Bluegills are still spooky and you’ll need to go into these shallow areas in stealth mode, but some of the fish can be caught on light jigs. I like to use a feather jig like a flu-flu in 1/32 oz or 1/165 oz sizes. It shouldn’t be necessary to tip these with live bait unless the fish are extremely spooky and your attempt to catch them on the plain jig is frustrated.

Northern Pike fishing has been the highlight of the week for me as the arrival of some larger fish has caught our attention. We’re still catching tons of smaller pike on the jig & minnow combo’s, but now we are seeing some big Pike too! Casting large spoons and Spinnerbaits are producing Pike of excellent quality and in numbers good enough to make a full day out of Northern Pike fishing. The big Pike turned on this week when they moved in to the shallow areas where Walleye have been feeding.

Big Northern Pike are starting to Roam the shallows. Casting spoons is all Jerry Volkert needed to capture and release this great Pike!

We’ve found Walleye in the stomachs of some of the Pike we’ve cleaned and I presume that there were also Walleye in the larger fish we’ve been releasing. The big Pike location is fairly simple, stay with the first drop off from the shallow areas where Walleye, Perch or Crappie are plentiful and concentrate your efforts along the edge of this sallow drop off. Casting is my favorite, but trolling and bobbers rigged with a live sucker minnow will produce nice fish too.

Perch action has really started picking up. We found some small Crawfish in the stomachs of a recent catch of nice Perch and with the arrival of Crawfish hatches, come the schools of Perch to the gravel and rock bars in shallow water. Jig and minnow or live bait rig with a minnow is the preferred choice for catching these fish and one you locate a good stretch, the fish will be more than cooperative. Perch like a vertical presentation best, but I will often cast out away from the boat and retrieve the jig to drag schools of Perch closer. Once the fish have moved in, switch back to vertical jigging until the action slows down. Repeat the process as needed.

Good Luck! Check Back Often - Jeff Sundin


The bite heats up in the 1000 Grand Lakes Area - Jason Green - 6-10-04

With water temperatures finally in the mid 60's most of the area lakes have drastically changed. Bait fish have moved into the shallows to spawn making the small minnows available at the area bait shops. With the warm up and the bait fish going shallow fish are on the move.
For the past couple of weeks the walleye bite has been good but with water temps on the rise the bite has gone to great on most the area lakes. Mid morning is when the current bite is hitting hard but it doesn't seem to be shutting down through out the day, just slowing down some. Playing the wind and looking for shoreline flats with minimal structure such as dips and dimples seem to be holding more active fish. Use a Northland 1/8 oz Fireball tipped with a shiner and rip jig (aggressive) in shallow water.
If you have not experienced a good strong crappie bite now is the time to hit the lake. It doesn't seem to matter what lake you hit, they are on the move and they're hungry! Look for crappie in shallow water around 5'-8'. Targeting small humps and bumps are holding more active fish. Slowly jig a Northland 1/16 oz Fireball tipped with a fathead or crappie minnow for roughly 5-10 seconds and pause. When your jig starts to settle hold on!

See you on the water!- UPNORTH  (218) 327-8183 jason@upnorthinc.com


Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 6-7-04

WOW what a week. The weather has turned around for us up here and it was beautiful. Sunny and calm just perfect days for Red Lake, So off we went. I know red lake is a drive and all but if you have never experienced it you have to take the plunge. Limits of 10 crappies all 13-15 inches long is the norm. little fatheads and an 1/8 oz fireball are all you need. Make sure you use bright colors cause the water is like ice tea up there.
Winnie just wont quit the walleyes have been going better all the time. The west shore seems to be holding the most fish right now in the 7.5-9 ft of water. With the weather calm I have had to go down to a 1/16 oz jig at times but the fish are still going well. If you need a smaller lake try out Split hand, Sand, Bowstring, Jessie all have been doing ok but I’m guessing with this warm up things are really going to take off.

Good luck fishing-Jason Boser-Fishing fever guide service 218-327-2191 boser@grandrapidsmn.com


Fishing Report 6-3-04 - The Early Bird Jeff Sundin Fishing Action Takes A Turn for the Better!

Walleye fishing has been steadily improving this week for folks that are searching for "Ol’ Marble Eyes". Water temperatures are slowly (but steadily) rising and we’ve actually broken the 60-degree barrier on a few of the darker water lakes in the area. Although, most lakes are still showing surface temps in the middle to high 50’s, with about 57 now being the average.

I am still asking my customers to fish jig & minnow for Walleyes, but I’ve seen some folks that are already catching Walleyes with live bait rigs using lively minnows as bait. An excellent minnow for the "rigging approach" is a 4 to 5 inch rainbow chub, hooked lightly in the lips. The swimming action helps attract fish and really keeps their attention and convinces them to bite. We observed another group of anglers this week that were using slip bobbers rigged with Leeches and fishing from an anchor position on the point or "tip" of a main lake bar. This family had 8 nice Walleyes the day we talked to them and thanks to the slip bobber approach, the kids were doing most of the catching!

We’ve all been talking about the colder water temps this spring and even though they are still below normal, the calendar is at work too. With some minor insect hatches going on, there are signs of the fish beginning to move toward deeper structures. They are also starting to be more concentrated on rock/gravel structures during windy periods especially. Main lake bars that connect to shoreline structure are also hosting some small, but active groups of fish. These are locations that will become the predominate fishing areas in the next week to ten days.

Crappie Fishing has turned on in many of the area lakes and Crappies can be found in 3 to 8 feet of water in areas that contain gravel and light rock. These spawning stretches should be located near heavier cover like cabbage weed, bullrush or even some coon tail patches. Slip bobber/jig & minnow combinations are one good choice, but we have also had great success by using a 1/16 ounce Jig tipped with a small size fathead minnow. Cast the jig and fish it back toward the boat using a slow, vertical pumping motion.

Here’s a conservation tip for spring Crappie fishing; if you want to minimize your impact on your favorite Crappie lake, select the Crappies that have turned really dark black for harvesting and release the ones that look more "normal" or appear to be full of spawn. During the spawning period it is the male Crappie that takes on this distinctive dark black color and you can catch plenty of these aggressive males to feed the family, leaving behind the females to spawn again. This will help maintain a balance in the population and give you better fishing in the future. Really!

Northern Pike action is great, but the average size fish is running a bit on the small side. In fact, some of us are trying to keep as many of these small Pike as possible to use for pickling, smoking and canning. The fish are delicious to eat and according to our DNR Regional Fisheries folks, we probably can’t even put a dent in Pike populations by harvesting these smaller fish. The cold water of early spring/summer is perfect for these fish and they will continue to bite until the baitfish move out of the shallows. If you have youngsters who like fast action, rig them up with a 1/8-oz jig head using a 12 inch leader you make yourself by using a swivel and 17 pound test monofilament line. This leader stays flexible, but really reduces bite-offs. I have posted several recipes on my web site. These are great ways to utilize these fish, so your family will love going out to catch them.

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Perch action has really started picking up. We found some small Crawfish in the stomachs of a recent catch of nice Perch and with the arrival of Crawfish hatches, come the schools of Perch to the gravel and rock bars in shallow water. Jig and minnow or live bait rig with a minnow is the preferred choice for catching these fish and one you locate a good stretch, the fish will be more than cooperative. Perch like a vertical presentation best, but I will often cast out away from the boat and retrieve the jig to drag schools of Perch closer. Once the fish have moved in, switch back to vertical jigging until the action slows down. Repeat the process as needed.

Good Luck! Check Back Often.

Jeff Sundin


UpNorth Report-Jason Green 6-1-04

This past week high winds and heavy rain have put many anglers to the test. Larger bodies of water are still producing good numbers of walleyes but getting to the spot that is holding fish seems to be a problem. Anglers have been taking a real beating! The early morning bite has slowed down with fish being found in the 14' range but as the surface temperature warms throughout the morning walleyes are moving into 7'-8' of water and the bite is picking up.

With the high winds the past two days we have moved to a couple smaller lakes and have done surprisingly well. Heavy rain has caused walleyes to scattered from 8'-17' of water. Dragging an 1/8 oz Northland Fireball tipped with a small shiner and using a slow popping action has produced the best. Closer to the 7' mark this same presentation produced some of the largest jumbo perch I have ever seen. After finding an inside break using the same presentation in 15' of water we got on a school of crappie that were 12"-13.5" in size.
The 1000 Grand Lakes Area truly has something for everyone. See You On The Water! Jason Green-UpNorth


May 2004

Grand Rapids,  Winnie fishing report 5-31-04- Jason Boser - Fishing fever guide service

Happy Memorial day to all out there. Another week of cold and wind up here in the Northland. Winnie is just at 54 degrees water temp as of yesterday. The good news is the fishing is still pretty good. The North shore, Tamarack bay, west shore between Ravens and Mallard point all are doing well. Jig and shiner is still the top bait and they are still in the deeper water 9-11 ft. The deeper humps and bars are even producing some fish but most are over the slot limit.
Sand is producing some nice fish, look for the long flat shorelines or the bars out in the middle of the lake with a jig and minnow. Round Lake is doing well, there the shoreline is the best but they
are starting to get them on the main bar too. Boswstring is also getting fish this year around the river channel and the north shore.
The fishing is starting off to a nice year with lots of fish around the area lakes. Good luck fishing and if you need more info contact me. 218-327-2191 e-mail boser@grandrapidsmn.com


1000 Grand Lakes Area Fishing Report The Early Bird-Jeff Sundin 5-26-04

Even though Walleye locations are somewhat different than we’ve come to expect during the early season, the fish are aggressive feeders and we’ve found several lakes in the 1000 Grand Lakes Area that are producing consistent catches of Walleye. The spawning success of the year 2001 was fantastic and area lakes reflect the abundance of these 13 to 14 inch fish. That was a record breaking year for spawning on many of the area lakes and you can expect to see lots of fish in the 13 to 14 inch range this summer. Conversely, there is something of a shortage of fish in the 15 to 17 inch ranges. Don’t expect to land a pile of whoppers right now, but you will get plenty of action and gather a catch of perfect eating size fish.

The exception seems to be Leech Lake, where fish have been few and far between for most folks with and average size of 19 to 22 inches.

Walleyes like this nice one caught by Jim Moe are hitting on jig & minnow in 8 to 10 feet of water.

With cold surface temps, some of the spring runs of baitfish have been delayed and many of the old standby Walleye areas are turning up dry. Alternative areas in deeper water adjacent to the shallow flats are producing much better results. We’ve had success in water depths of anywhere from 15 feet to as shallow as 5 feet, but the key areas have been near the deeper, open water. For me, moving frequently and adapting to the fish movements has been essential.

On calm days we’re using a 1/16 oz jig with a lip hooked Rainbow or Shiner minnow and fishing with a wiggling action (just shake the rod tip gently to keep the minnow moving in the water). When the wind blows, we switch to a 1/8-oz Bug Eyed Shorty Jig and use a more aggressive hopping or snapping jigging approach. We’ve found that many of the fish will hold on to the jig very softly and we’ve had to two the fish for 30 seconds or more before we can set the hook. If you give them enough time, they will eventually finish eating the bait. If you’re too impatient to wait ‘em out, you’ll miss more than half of the fish that bite!

Crappie Fishing has turned on in many of the area lakes and Crappies can be found in 3 to 8 feet of water in areas that contain gravel and light rock. These spawning stretches should be located near heavier cover like cabbage weed, bullrush or even some coon tail patches. Slip bobber/jig & minnow combinations are a good choice. One of the Grand Rapids area hot spots for spawning Crappies is a shallow area between two lakes with some current. The fish are moving in these areas near dark, with the best action during about the last hour of daylight each evening.

Northern Pike action is great, but the average size fish is running a bit on the small side in several of the area lakes. In fact, some of us are trying to keep as many of these small Pike as possible to use for pickling, smoking and canning. The fish are delicious to eat and according to our DNR Regional Fisheries folks, we probably can’t even put a dent in Pike populations by harvesting these smaller fish. The cold water of early spring/summer is perfect for these fish and they will continue to bite until the baitfish move out of the shallows. If you have youngsters who like fast action, rig them up with a 1/8-oz jig head using a 12 inch leader you make yourself by using a swivel and 17 pound test monofilament line. This leader stays flexible, but really reduces bite-offs. I have posted several recipes on my web site. These are great ways to utilize these fish, so your family will love going out to catch them.

1/8 oz Bug Eyed Shorty is a great choice for Early Season Walleye

When you want to try something a little different, go with a 1/16oz jig like these "Sneaky Petes" and fish  slow (like you would a lindy rig) and give the jig a wiggling action. You won't feel a great strike, just a sensation of extra weight.

Perch have been hard to find until yesterday. They are beginning to show up on some of the shallow points and weed lines. Jig and minnow is the right bait, but we had to present it in a much slower and more vertical manner. Fish are hanging on the bait lightly and the secret to catching them was using a soft "wrist flick" type hook set. Set the hook too hard and watch the fish swim away!

The average size fish has begun to improve and we're seeing a lot more fish in the "release category". The action is steady and there are still plenty of eaters coming in.

Memorial Day weekend is always a busy time on the water. Please do everything you can to make this a safe and fun boating weekend. We've already seen a couple of boating accidents in the area and this weekend is a perfect chance to show that we can keep it safe on the water.

Good Luck, Check in often!


Captain Ron 5-24-04
What a great Walleye limit catching week here on Big Winnie. Sat and Sunday did slow down some with the cold front, wind & rain. A lot of the 13" Walleye being caught and most being put back. High Banks resort south to just past Birches campground at 7' or the 11' to 12' depths. Sugar point 10' to 12', Ravens point north along the clam beds at 8' or out to the 10' weed line. Mallard point at 7' to 8' and Stony point along the north side at 10'. Reports of some nice size Walleye off Stony point rigging with crawlers. Most action was with the 1/8 oz glow watermelon Fire-ball or the parrot color Fire-Ball, tip them with a Shiner. I'm excited about all the different areas where our Walleye are being caught, this tells me we should have a super good Walleye bite all summer.


Grand Rapids,  Winnie fishing report 5-24-04- Jason Boser - Fishing fever guide service
What a week up here, nothing but cold and wind. The wind doesn’t seem to be out of the same direction for 2 days in a row. Only in Minnesota. The best bite I can tell you about is still happening on winnie, the fish are out deeper in the 9-12 ft but when you find an active bunch they can go pretty fast and furious for awhile. Shiners are still available so I would say use them when you can with a nice 1/8 oz round head or fireball from northland that has been the killer. There are a few other fairly decent bites going on in the area. You can check out splithand, Round, Lawrence Lake all good reports on those too. Some of the other area lakes it seems like the water temps and the weather are just too cold to get anything consistent going yet. The Northerns were biting good on Spider and Wabana yesterday right along the edges of the old weed beds with a jig and minnow, and pretty decent size.The crappies are out there on some area lakes. Little winnie ,little cutfoot, Lawrence lake just to name a few have been putting out some nice catches.
Good luck fishing and I’ll see you on the water. 218-327-2191boser@grandrapidsmn.com


Captain Ron 5/16/04
What a great opener, Sat wind, a little rain great company in the boat. Why even the Walleye & Perch made there presence known in a few places. Sat a few limits of Walleye and a lot of Perch were caught. Sunday produced the most fun with a lot more limits of Walleye. Happy to see a lot of nice Walleye in the to 25+ Walleye being released.
Our boat would have had a 26+ Walleye if the netter knew what to do. Sugar Point grass hump in the morning and late day in 8to 9 feet of water. Ravens point in 8 to 9 and work it towards Mallard Point. Mallard point had several schools of Walleye in 8 to 9 feetof water. The dead tree west of Farley Creek in 9 to 10 feet of water. In front of Birches campground to in front of High Banks resort in 12 and 16 feet of water. Best baits we found was the 1/8 oz line green/chart Lip-Stick jig with a chart tail, glow Watermelon 1/8 fire-ball jig and the stand up Parrot color Fire-Ball. We found the Shiner minnow the best to tip them with.


Opening Day Was Full Of Surprises Jeff Sundin 5-15-04

Water temperatures in the 47 to 49 degree range tested angling skills for all of us on opening day. The traditional "shallow bite" was not in full play as it has been for most openers. We were fortunate and managed to put together a catch of a dozen Walleyes mixed with some nice Perch and quite a few smaller Northern Pike. We wound up having to fish two lakes to get the job done but it was worth every minute. Preliminary reports from friends are similar. Pockets of active fish were found in a variety of lakes in the Area, but no single lake has emerged as the "hot spot" just yet.

Our best approach was to use a 1/8 oz Bug Eyed Shorty in the Green/Orange and Glow Pink combinations and fish on the deeper edges of the main shoreline drop offs. We had a mix of Shiners and Rainbows and we caught fish on each of them. Although it did seem like there was an advantage when we used the Shiners. The fish were rarely up on top of these break lines and as I would pull the boat deeper on the edge, we would have a spurt of action. As the wind pushed us back on top (shallower) we would begin catching Perch. Even though the water water was cold, we had our best results when we jigged fairly aggressively.


 

April 2004

Ice fishing report 4-7-04 Bill Powell

I couldn't have asked for a better end to my ice fishing season Sunday we tried for some of the famous Red Lake Crappies well we ended up with four Crappie but had some of the wildest catch and release of Walleyes that I have ever experienced with several in the three to five pound range its unbelievable how the fisheries have turned the Walleye population around in this lake. Tuesday we headed for the long point area of Lake of The Woods the action wasn't fast and furious but was the best action I've had on the big lake this winter with lots of small fish keeping us busy we were able two keep two nice meals of Walleye Sauger and big Perch and also had the privilege to catch and release a twenty five inch eye at dusk I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my Ice fishing season. The famous "Bug eye Shorty" jig has been the top producer the last two outings so its not just for open water use.The ice fishing is perty much over with the sixty degree day and rain in the forecast. The Rainy River is open for boat traffic from I Falls to Four Mile Bay but the fishermen have been struggling the last few days the muddy waters have made the Walleyes hard to come by but the Sturgen seem to be able to fill in for those looking for action. If you just cant stand staying home the next couple weeks throw your fish pole in the truck grab some crawlers and small minnows and try under many of the bridges many will have open water under them and are magnets for Crappie Gills and Perch with the warming water and structure.

March 2004

Ice fishing report 3-24-04 Bill Powell

The fish are starting there late ice moves the Perch have really got aggressive the last couple days moving shallow looking for minnows you might have to sort a few but should be able to catch a meal easley. My Dad and Brother went to Lake of the Woods , Long Point area and had a fair day end up renting a house cause of high winds but catching about thirty and keeping twenty but there has been a good bite happing there in the evening closer to shore. The Birchdale area on the Rainy River is starting to get active with boats being slid over shore ice hopefully by the weekend it will be cleaned up for easier access. For those planning trips this weekend should bring ATVs the shore lines might get bad with the warm weather.

Ice fishing report 3-16-04 Bill Powell

Well Mother Nature wasn't nice to those hoping to get there boat on the Rainy but sounds like a few are planning trips later this week. The Perch action was very good to the Winnie fishermen last week with those that stayed mobile getting there fish. Getting around was a little tuff with the frozen snow and slush but mobility is getting easer and should improve daily. The Perch are starting to push shallower with the warmer days 15 to 25 feet seems to be the average. Bluegill and Crappie action has been very good on many of the smaller lakes and should just keep getting better as the sun gets higher in the sky and water starts seeping through the ice this is also the time when Red Lake starts giving up many consistent limits.

Ice fishing report 3-7-04 Bill Powell

The Crappie fishing is kicking into high gear I fished some of the smaller lakes this past week and about 5:30 its like somebody opens a gate one minute there's nothing and the next there so much action you can keep only one line in the water. Small glow jigs tipped with small minnows is my bait of choice if you bobber fish setting your stop 4 feet off the bottom has been a good bet many times I have found crappie floating 2 to 4 feet off the bottom in 20 to 25 feet of water if you fish with electronics and can see your jig let it fall through the school then raise it slowly many times you can see a fish start to follow it up and a couple feet above the rest then will inhale your bait.The Perch are working there way to shallower water although there are still some in the 30 foot range the majority are fishing 15 to 20 feet there has also been some found as shallow as 5 feet with the forecast of warmer weather many shallow Perch should be found in the next week. The Walleye action on Lake of the Woods is starting to get better with reports of many limits in the last week. I think by next weekend there will be a few boats sliding over the ice to fish the Rainy River .

February 2004

Ice fishing report 2-23-04 Bill Powell

Took my Dad and Son to Winnie yesterday for a day of fun in the sun went out to several of the humps in the middle of the lake seemed like there was fish where ever we tried but most were just lookers only ended up with a hand full but nice ones so we headed for the shore line and found some nice 9 to 10 and a half inchers on a point
in 17 feet of water my Son and I ended up with 19 and Dad had about the same not to many true jumbos in this group but when I cleaned them only five were females. I learned later in the day that the north shore was the place to be with lots of limits caught. The snow restricted us to the plowed roads or paths where pickups have been keeping it packed down. lots of mixed reports coming from Red Lake one bunch does good the next gets zip but they're sure beauties when you get them.

Ice fishing report 2-18-04 Bill Powell

After a week or so of poor fishing reports I'm starting to hear many good ones the last couple of days the Perch have been active on Winnibigoshish. If you hunt around the 30 to 35 foot depths along the main lake humps you should be rewarded with some of Winnies famous 10 to 12 inch Perch there has also been a good bite happening around the Third River area in the 15 to 20 foot range med. sized fat head minnows are still the most preferred bait. The Crappies are also getting active with the sunny days and warm nights it is time to try out your favorite honey hole. The Blue Gills will also start cooperating if this weather holds there has been a few caught with the Crappies but should be also found along deep weed edges. The Trout haven't been jumping out of the holes but with the nice weather I expect better reports mostly cause its so much easier to move around to find them. Hope you all can get out and get some fresh air in the next few days.

Ice Fishing Report Updated Friday 2/5/04 - Jeff Sundin

Late winter movements are beginning to show. Heavier snow cover, lots more ice and fish concentrated in deeper water are the sure signs that the ice season marches on. It seems like we just started talking about ice fishing, but we’re already only a couple of months from open water. The snow cover is a factor on many of the lakes now and you’ll have to check with the resort and bait shop owners about driving on them. In some cases you are still free to move around, but in others we are depending on the roads provided by the resort operators. There are snow drifts and pressure ridges that must be avoided on almost all of the larger lakes.

Yesterday we fished on Lake of the Woods and the resort operators have moved a good number of the rental houses out into water of about 35 feet with more houses gathered up to make the move. Lots of fish are out there moving with the schools of minnows and the variety of species and sizes of fish amazed us. We caught Walleye, Sauger, Eelpout, Tulibee and Giant Perch. I’m always the first one to be a skeptic when I hear that about magnum size Perch, so I took some photos of these "Eye Poppers" to convince you this is for real. How about a "pound and a quarter" weighed on a postal scale? That’s one large Perch! Although the fishing was a little sluggish, there was enough action to keep each of us interested and hopeful that the next bite was just around the corner. Went you rent a house like we did, you hope for the best and take what the lake gives you. The majority of Walleye and Sauger we caught were in the 12 to 15 inch range and there weren’t any of the larger fish caught, we did wind up with plenty of fish for everyone to have a great fish fry. As a bonus, we got 15 nice Tulibees that are heading for the smoker. For some of us, these fish alone would be worth the trip up there.

Closer to home (for me), the Walleye and Perch action on Winnie continues to be reliable. The deeper water pattern is also evident out there and the fish are following the same pattern we’ve seen in recent weeks. Walleyes are using the tops and higher edges of the structures, while the Perch prefer the deep flats adjacent to the bars and humps. For the time being, feeding fish are keying on schools of young Perch minnows in open water. But, there will be an increasing number of Perch feeding on insect larvae in the soft bottom areas and the normal seasonal movement back to shallower water is only a couple of weeks away.

Northern Pike remain semi-active and are being caught in deep water while jigging or with tip ups. There are still some good fish moving in the shallows as well. Some of the folks spearing them are reporting good success, including some mighty big ones this winter. We’ve heard reports of several fish over 20 pounds and lots of 10 to 15 pounders have come in from all around the area.

Crappies are still doing fairly well in the area and fish are being caught early in the morning and late in the evening. Red Lake anglers are still reporting success and the fishing has become more consistent in the past couple of weeks. Most folks that head up there are catching at least some fish and the average size being reported is large. We’ve heard of some Crappies as large as 17 inches, with the average size somewhere between 13 and 15 inches. Crappies on several of the Grand Rapids area lakes are averaging closer to 10-12 inches.

For those of you who like to snowmobile, this is your best opportunity in several years. Plenty of snow and plenty of places to go! This has been a real boost for lots of folks who had cobwebs on their machines for the past few winters. Polish ‘em up and get out there.

January 2004

Ice Fishing Report Updated Tuesday 1/27/04 - Jeff Sundin

Snow, just like the old days! Welcome back to a real winter in Minnesota. It was a little tough getting through the blast of cold weather last week, but once the front blew through, the fish are adjusting and making a comeback. The larger lakes have been plowed and access is fairly good. With all of the wind that came with our snow, open areas on the lakes are still accessible by truck, but watch out for protected areas and some of the back woods roads where drifting could be a problem. Snowmobiler’s are smiling now because there’s plenty of snow and that equals a bunch of nice spots without too much traffic on them.

Perch fishing has become a bit spotty. Some folks are finding great action while others are struggling. There is one key pattern that seems to tip the scale in your favor, find the deepest portion of structure and locate your holes where the humps or bars meet the soft bottom flats. Although there are still plenty of fish chasing schools of minnows in open water, it seems that the fish that locate near these structures are the most active biters. If you get out too far from the structure, you’re spending a lot of time waiting for schools of fish to move through. The average size has been better lately, so there’s a nice trade off if you’re willing to work at it.

Walleyes are continuing to use the tops of the bars and humps and can be seen on the locator throughout the day, many of the fish turn and swim away without biting, but there are some biters mixed in. When you find an area with lots of fish "looking, be sure to get set up in that area for the evening bite. Probably because of the unsettled weather, the Walleyes are more likely to bite slower presentations right now. Bobber-rigs, tip-ups or spoons fished with little or no jigging action are the best producers. Don’t overlook a simple plain hook and live minnow. Some of those less active fish still can’t pass up the easy meal.

Northern Pike are active in the deeper water near the breakline or relating to deeper bars and humps. We’ve had some consistent action setting tip ups with medium size sucker minnows out in deep water. The fish don’t really seem to be following a pattern though, they act more like they’re roaming around looking for good schools of bait. Some of the folks spending time spearing in the shallower water are reporting some good pike too. A friend of mine had great action on nice fish last week, even when the rest of us were suffering a slow down.

Crappie fishing is staying on a slow but steady course. No one is reporting a really hot bite, but it has been common to hear from people who are consistently catching 5 to 8 fish every trip out. Morning action has probably been a little better than the "evening bite" which has been a quick spurt, followed buy a long wait for the after dark bite. The morning bite is starting just before daylight and can drag out for an hour or two before ending. The Crappies are also responding to more natural baits fished slowly. Small blade baits and perch eye imitations with tail hooked minnows have been working well for me.

Trout fishing is about average for this area. If you fish 4-8 hours at a time, you will get a couple of "follows" and maybe one or two bites. Fishing 20 to 30 feet of water, using a Castmaster (or similar jigging spoon) are producing some fish. There are mixed reports about the size of fish being caught, but there are enough nice ones coming in to make it interesting.

Ice Fishing Report Updated 1-21-04 Bill Powell

This weeks adventure took me to Lake of The Woods and the Long Point Resort this is one of my favorite ice fishing areas and try very hardto get here 3 to 5 times a winter. I have always went to this area with portable houses but on this occasion rented from the resort and end up very happy with this decision and would very much recommend this to anyone wanting to take a parent or grandparent fishing or just treat yourself they have very clean houses close to the water and warm on a cold windy day. This was not one of those 100 fish days you here so much about but still good fun was had by all. It took a little time to figure out what would turn the fish on I could see the on the Vex. after changing baits several times my Dad started scoring with a Whistler jig and we all started changing and the bite was on we ended keeping 18 Walleyes and Sauger and turning back about that many a couple Eelpout also made things very excitingfor a little while its to bad there are not a couple more lakes of this nature in our back yard.

Ice Fishing Report Updated Tuesday 1/13/04 - Bill Powell

This past week has been a little frustrating for the Winnibigoshish Perch fishermen seems like most can find the fish but getting them to bite is the big ticket its like there window shopping looking for the perfect presentation. Something that has been helping me in these situations is a four inch dropper line below a jigging spoon with a single red hook and smaller minnow the spoon is a good attractant but the finicky biters wont take it in with the dropper hook it gets there attention and sometimes they will hit a small minnow floating freely below it. There has also been a good evening Walleye bite happening on some of the bars in about 27 feet of water most perchers are fishing 30 to 35 feet. Many of the smaller lakes like the Bowstring and Sandlake chain have been giving up a few Perch during the day and Walleye and Crappie in the low light periods. If you have a favorite spot to catch Walleye around the first two weeks of June set up on them now in the late afternoon and they will put out a few Perch and lots of times will have a 45 minute window of Walleye action before dark then it's over for the day.

Ice Fishing Report Updated Tuesday 1/13/04 - Jeff Sundin

Ice conditions remain excellent and snow cover is still really light. Most anglers are free to travel freely on nearly all lakes by vehicle now. On the larger lakes like Winnie, Cass and Red Lake, there are plowed roads available. Although they are relatively unnecessary at this time, I would still suggest going through one of the resorts that’s keeping a road open because of "ice heaves" or "pressure ridges" that are becoming a problem. These resort owners are in better touch with the changing locations and possible routes around them. The weather forecast for tonight (Tuesday 1-13) is calling for some snow and if we get it, the plowed roads may become important for the up-coming weekend.

Inland lake Trout fishing season opens this Saturday 1-17-04 and I made myself a promise last year to get out there and work hard on these Trout this year. So I’m going to put away my Perch and Walleye gear for a while and get after the Trout. There have been some good fish stocked in the Grand Rapids area lately, so I think we’ve got a great chance for some action this winter.

Walleye and Perch fishing have continued to be reliable choices for Deer River and Grand Rapids area anglers. Although there are still some fish available on shoreline breaks and points, the best action has definitely moved to the deeper main lake areas. Fishing humps and bars is the key to locating both Perch and Walleye. The Perch are biting during the day and are located mainly on the flats located out deeper from the humps. As evening approaches, move up to the edges of the structures to catch the Walleye on their evening move. Presentation has shifted a bit and the fish seem to be showing a preference for more natural looking baits. Swimming jigs with a tail hooked minnow, plain hooks with bobbers and small size Perch Eye imitators are all doing nicely.

Northern Pike are active in the deeper water near the breakline or relating to deeper bars and humps. We’ve had some consistent action setting tip ups with medium size sucker minnows. On Saturday we had a half dozen flags up in a couple of hours and the same thing on Sunday. Although, we haven’t been catching many large pike, we’ve been getting fish that are great eating size in the 2 pound range. The action is consistent enough to keep it interesting and I think a full day spent on it would get you some nicer fish. We rig the tip ups with a ¼ oz egg sinker, barrel swivel and a 3 foot long leader made of 17 pound test monofilament and a 2/0 hook (see photos). This gives you the advantage of the clear mono line with enough strength to prevent most of the bite offs.

Crappie fishing locally has been spotty for us. We are getting some fish in 26 to 32 feet of water using glow in the dark swimming jigs or Demons and a tail hooked Crappie Minnows. The fish are present and we can locate them on our Vexilars, but they have been biting in short spurts and have been reluctant to hit until last light. There are still a few groups of anglers making consistent catches on Red Lake and the reports are of really nice fish coming in. In fact, one report late last week was of fish in the 16-inch neighborhood. Now that’s a nice Crappie! So the good news is that it can be done and if you’re hungry for Crappies, you can probably still get enough for a meal.

Ice Fishing Report Updated Saturday 1/3/04 - Jeff Sundin

Ice conditions are great! Thanks to a warm up last weekend that melted the existing snow cover, most of the area lakes are in terrific shape for travel. The snow cover is only a couple of inches deep and a nice cold snap helped to re-freeze the wet/slushy areas that existed last weekend. There are still certain lakes that have uneven ice thickness or problems associated with current areas. A good rule of thumb right now; if you want to drive on the lake, go where others have already been driving. If you’re unfamiliar with the lake there’s no point in taking a risk.

Perch action has continued to be excellent on the east side of Big Winnie and has shifted to deeper water this past week. Many of the Perch anglers on the lake have moved out into water as deep as 30 feet, but we’ve found that fish relating to the breakline at 22-24 feet have been more consistent. On Friday we tried to follow the fish movement by working parallel to the drop off and soon discovered that the movement was from deep to shallow and then back deep, rather than along the break. At one point in the day we had good action on top of the flat at about 16 feet, by 5:00PM that action stopped and the fish moved even shallower for the "evening run".

Walleye fishing has also been good and is following the traditional pattern for our area, moving during the last hour of daylight. Locations are still somewhat varied, but the proven method of finding the deeper humps and points will get you in on some fish right now. We watch the Vexilar during the daytime and pay close attention to areas where we see fish that won’t bite. Many times these are Walleyes and when we return to these areas for the evening run, they do bite. We tried many different baits and our most consistent producers were the simple ¼ oz. Round jig head with a tail hooked minnow, the 1/8 oz. Rocker (Swedish pimple type) spoon with a minnow head, or a simple plain hook-split shot-bobber with a Shiner Minnow. In fact the largest Walleyes were caught with the plain hook/Shiner. Best Colors were White, Glow/Lime and Silver.

The Crappie and Bluegill reports are coming in strong from many lakes in the Grand Rapids area. Many of the medium size lakes like Pokegama, Splithand, Bowstring and Portage have the better Crappie fishing right now. The best bluegill action has been on the smaller lakes or in the back bays of the larger ones. On lakes with mixed Bluegill and Crappie populations, the fish are hanging near the deeper holes with Crappies occupying the deeper, open portions and Bluegill hugging the edges and staying nearer to the bottom. These panfish are also looking for meat right now and we’ve had better luck sticking with the simple plain hook and minnow or for Bluegills a small, but heavy jig head with a wax worm has been good.

December 2003

Fishing Report 12/29/03 - Bill Powell

This past week with all the different fronts coming through it has been a struggle for some and a bonanza for others you would think with the thick layer of ice it wouldn't make a difference but they know! The perch seem to be at many different depths there are some aggressive ones in the shallow weed line edges but it takes some sorting to get a nice mess. The nice ones are any where between 25 to 35 feet being very mobile is the ticket there are lots of structure holding fish but not all are biters keep moving till you find the hungry ones. This past week has been a good one for the walleye fishermen lots of numbers being iced but many on the smaller side. Steep structure edges and staying till dark is where most are finding success. The nice weather brought allot of families looking for crappies and it sounds like the crappies are hungry the little honey holes kicked out many its nice to see this over Christmas vacation lots of years the weather turns cold around New Years keeping the youngens house bound and every one knows its hard to catch fish sitting on the couch so get out and get some fresh air.

Fishing Report 12/20/03 - Jeff Sundin

Excellent ice conditions are expanding the fishing opportunities in the area every day. With anywhere from 11 to 18 inches of good clear ice, we were confident enough to begin driving out on many of the area lakes although we’re still staying near the edges over shallow water. Thanks to very low snow cover, we are not depending on plowing roads and we can drive most anywhere we think it’s safe. On the larger lakes, ice heaves are showing up and beginning to be a problem. There’s no way to stay on top of where all of these cracks are, so stay in touch with the area resorts. These folks are usually the ones plowing the roads and they have a good idea where the obstructions are.

Reports of Perch action are still coming in from Winnie and there are a fair number of decent Northern Pike and Walleye being caught as well. Most of the action has been in the shallow water 6 to 10 feet deep, but there is a movement under way and many of these fish are starting to show up in the 20-24 foot range as well. These are mainly shoreline or primary structures. Perch are hitting well on rocker spoons tipped with a minnow head, or even a plain jig head fished on the bottom. We had some luck with a small perch-eye imitation tipped with a smaller than average minnow and hooked through the tail.

Walleyes (mainly small size) are still running some of the shallow points and weed edges during the last hour or so in the afternoon but they too are showing up on the deeper main lake structures. Swedish Pimple or other jigging spoons with a minnow head will continue to produce now. A nice approach is to fish one hole jigging and set up another hole nearby with a simple bobber, plain hook and a lively shiner. The jigging rod often attracts fish into the area, but the free-swimming shiner catches the ones that won’t jump at the jig.

Crappie fishing has been a little spotty, but anglers are catching some fish mainly "eating size" fish are reported locally at the moment. Some of the lakes that were fished hard during the past couple of years are not producing great catches this winter, Crappie populations tend to build up in a lake until they’re discovered or noticed by a few anglers. Once the word spreads, pressure builds and the population gets worked down to a point where fishing declines. If you want to be consistent, it’s important to keep exploring new places and locate larger schools of "new fish". The traditional approach of locating the deeper holes and fishing with small jigs, teardrops and plain hooks with crappie minnow will all produce some fish. Glow in the dark jigs kept charged with a flashlight, does seem to give you an edge and is worth the effort to try.

Ice Fishing Report 12-12-03 Jeff Sundin

Plenty of ice and plenty of action are now the rule throughout the area. Ice conditions are improving by the hour thanks to the very low temps at night. On Thursday morning Cass Lake reported 15 degrees below zero and it’s plenty cold again this morning. So far, most everyone in the Deer River, Winnie and Cass Lake Areas are using four wheelers to get out to their houses, but with 8-10 inches of ice and more coming, there will be some folks venturing out in vehicles this weekend. In fact, there are already folks traveling by vehicle on Red Lake just an hour North of us.

Reports of fast Perch action are plentiful on Winnie and there are a fair number of Pike and Walleye being caught as well. Most of the action has been in the shallow water 6 to 10 feet deep. Perch are hitting well on rocker spoons tipped with a minnow head, or even a plain jig head fished on the bottom. One of my favorite tricks is the "Stand Up Cicada" with a minnow on it. Leave it lay motionless on the bottom and jump it every 10 seconds or so. Walleyes are running the shallow points and weed edges during the last hour or so in the afternoon. Swedish Pimple or other jigging spoons with a minnow head will produce now. A nice approach is to fish one hole jigging and set up another hole nearby with a simple bobber, plain hook and a lively shiner. The jigging rod often attracts fish into the area, but the free-swimming shiner catches the ones that won’t jump at the jig.

Crappie fishing has been a little spotty, but anglers are catching some fish. Some of the lakes that were fished hard during the past couple of years are not producing great catches this winter, so it may be a good idea to strike out and look for some new water to try. The traditional approach of locating the deeper holes and fishing with small jigs, teardrops and plain hooks with crappie minnow will all produce some fish. Glow in the dark jigs kept charged with a flashlight, does seem to give you an edge and is worth the effort to try.

Ice Fishing Report 12-11-03 - Bill Powell

Fished Winni yesterday it’s hard for me to go someplace else when I know I can catch fish here. The Perch were very active had a nice limit in about forty-five minutes then I tried for something else and ended up catching a couple northerns and nice walleye. Something new to me I’ve been trying this year is a Rattling Rapala I’ve always thought these were summer time baits but they work very well through the ice my count on them so far is six northerns and two walleyes and a couple of times I have seen walleyes come in and chase it around then go over to my other pole and hit a jig and minnow. The ice is growing looked like two more inches since last time.

Ice Fishing Report 12/5/03 - Bill Powell

I fished Winnie again yesterday with good results but you had to move from hole to hole six here four there seemed the pattern in about ten feet of water. I don’t seem to catch many true jumbo’s in this early season shallow water like there is out on the main lake humps later on but there are lots of numbers if I can get my limit between eight to ten inches I’m satisfied. Once these are cleaned and fried they make some of the best table fare. I like to put a tip-up out when I’m in this shallow water and most times will end up with a couple northerns in the five pound range one pole jigging for Perch is enough any ways. I chatted with a few spearers and seems many have seen a Musky that is believed to be between fifty-five to sixty inches so check your target twice. The north end of Bowstring seems to be getting popular in the evenings might have to check that out soon to see what the buzz is all about.

Ice Report 12/3/03 - Jeff Sundin

Ice conditions are improving daily now thanks to a string of cold nights and clam winds, some of the area lakes now have up to 6 inches of ice. The majority of deeper lakes that were slow to freeze are finally ice covered, although it’s doubtful that there are more than a couple of inches in these spots. The benefit is that this new ice is clear and hard and will be a much better base than the rough, broken ice that formed earlier this month.                                                                              On a tour of area lakes today I found a couple of icehouses on Ball Club Lake, located in the shallower South end where there are about 5 inches of ice. Winnibigoshish is by far the center of activity in this area with at least 100 icehouses on the lake and several people traveling by four-wheeler. Bowstring, Jessie, Sand, North Star and Round Lakes all have a house or two positioned on the shoreline and ready to be put out this weekend. The outlook is good for anyone who wants to get out there, but I’d recommend staying with the shallower lakes and/or lakes that have some traffic on them already.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Early fishing reports are that the Perch fishing is going well on Winnie in water 6 to 10 feet deep. The Northern Pike are moving slowly right now, but there are some fish coming in. Some folks are catching Crappies already on Bowstring, There is early Crappie action on a variety of the smaller lakes too, fishing in the typical locations. I’ve talked to a couple dozen people who are ready to go this weekend and by Saturday; we’ll be getting reports from lots of folks fishing the area.

Get out there if you can and be careful!

ICE Report 12/1/03 - Bill Powell

One of the siblings and I found enough ice to hold us on Winnie. I took the hand auger and started out with him following with the wheeler seemed to be a good six inches out to where we wanted to fish. Had a good three hours of fishing we caught well over forty perch keeping twenty over eight inches and two pike around five pounds. Something I noticed when we fished in ten feet of water, we could see the bottom clearly in the house there seamed to always be perch there but not always biting. I would then let my Angle Eye with a minnow head lay on the bottom pretty soon it would go scooting along the bottom pick it up and there would be one on. .Sure was great to be on the ice again. Looks like the spearing Gods were looking out for a lot of people there were lots of houses popping up. - Bill Powell

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