Fishing Reports Archive Summer 2007 Fred's Live Bait and Tackle Deer River Minnesota

Freds Bait Minnesota Fishing Archived Fishing Reports May 2007 thru October 2007

Fishing Report! Jeff Sundin 10-16-07

    These days, the weather might still be throwing a few curve balls our way, but we're being rewarded for our struggle with some quality fall fishing. This week, the turnover occurred on several area lakes and forced me to do some "moving around" to compensate. While the fishing action has been far from wide open, we have had what I'd call steady action on most days. Some days are better than others, but we are catching our fish.

    Water temperatures are now stabilized again, this time they've settled in at about 51 to 52 degrees and the fish have "scattered" but they continue to feed fairly well. We've located and caught some fish in the shallows, especially where good "green" weeds still exist or on rocks when there's a breeze. We've also found a good number of fish moving deeper on to the lakes secondary drop off areas in 20 to 30 feet of water. We spent some time looking for larger fish on Cutfoot Sioux last Saturday and I was surprised by the apparently good schools of 14 to 16 inch fish located in the 20 to 26 foot range. My expectation was that we'd find some larger fish down deep, but it turned out to be the opposite. More slot fish, especially 18 to 21 inch fish are located shallow and more "keepers" 14 to 17 inch fish are deeper, at least for the moment.

    On Tuesday we wound up on the Rainy River mainly because the rain was predicted to be lighter there than at home, lucky for us we had taken that decision because we found above average Smallmouth Bass and Walleye fishing near Pelland and we enjoyed half a day without any rain falling. Fish location was not quite what we had anticipated as higher water and current levels forced the fish into more "classic river locations" in shallow water along the numerous current breaks. The deeper holes had a few fish in them, but 8 to 10 foot flats with an adjacent current break like a point or protruding rock pile were the clear ticket for the best action.

    Typical fall presentations have applied on both the river and lakes. Jig and minnow still accounts for the lions share of what we're catching, but we've had some really good experiences on the lakes using live bait rigs with 6 to 8 inch minnows. Creek Chub, Redtails, Suckers...they all work. The real key seems to be size more than type of minnow. On the river, we actually had better action (including the Walleye) using a 1/4 ounce jig head tipped with plastic baits instead of minnows. The better performers were 4 inch Berkley Power Bait Twisters in White or Chartreuse, Walleye Assassin 4 inch tails in Clear/Chartreuse Glitter and the 4 inch Jiggin' Shad in Black/Pearl.

    Today (Wednesday) I'll be trying my hand at some mixed Walleye and Crappie fishing and I hope to polish up the report tomorrow with one last update before I get ready to wind down for the season and try to bag a duck. Good luck out there, Jeff

Smallmouth Bass Bruce Champion 10-16-07 Rainy River

Smallmouth action helps make up for sitting out in 40 degrees with rain showers. Smallmouth Bass are always fun, but add the aggressive nature of river Smallmouth and higher than normal river water levels and the strength of these fish is amplified even more.

Rainy River Walleye, Jeff Sundin 10-16-07

River fishing in fall always puts you "in the game" for larger fish. Believe it or not, we had our best luck using soft plastics. This Walleye hit a 1/4 ounce jig tipped with a 4 inch Berkley power Grub, no minnow.

Fishing Report! Jeff Sundin 10-12-07

    Dare I say it? The T-word. I've been sitting on the edge of my seat the past few days watching the surface water temperatures slipping toward 55 degrees and dreading the inevitable turnover. One sure sign that the turnover is approaching, is a period of Walleye activity that's almost too good to be true. Well we've already had that and folks that braved the windy, rainy weather earlier this week were rewarded with great Walleye action in terms of both numbers and size. Walleye activity was good during the daytime and the fish hit aggressively making them fairly easy to hook and land.

    The whole thing shifted into low gear on Thursday when the surface water temperatures fell into the low 50 degree range. Fish that previously pounded the jig, began picking, nibbling and dropping the bait like a pre-schooler trying his first asparagus. As bad as that sounds, we still caught some fish, but to be sure, there was a noticeable difference in the activity and location of the fish. We began "scrounging" around on a variety of spots and picked up a couple here, a couple there and so on.

    It's a bit early to be certain, but judging by the sudden change in activity and the shift toward deeper water, I'd say it's fairly safe to assume that we've hit the turnover. The good news is that even now, we are already in the recovery period. Soon fishing will stabilize and we'll get rewarded for our trouble with those last few nice evenings, pretty sunsets and late season big Walleye episodes.

    One key for fishing the "post turnover period" is to prepare yourself to include fishing the prime times in your game plan. Most days there will be a spurt of action just before sunset that lasts until dark. So from here on out, I'll be planning to fish right up until dark. Another key will be to focus on deeper locations that include rocky points, sunken bars and steeper drop off areas. The weedline can still be important, but finding green healthy weeds is mandatory. You'll notice that lots of baitfish that spent the summer over the weed tops on shallow flats, have moved out into open water away from the edges where dying weeds become temporarily inhabitable.

    We noticed that the colder water temperatures also drove the Crappies a couple of feet deeper and we found most of these fish in the deepest "holes" available. Although we faired a bit better with Crappies in terms of action on Thursday, we noticed a decline in the average size of the fish. The smaller fish seemed less affected by the colder water temperatures, but larger Crappie in the 11 to 13 inch range were fairly scarce. The Crappies are mainly still spread out horizontally, but there were more of the "pods" of fish that are usually common during the fall. Whenever we found the larger groups of fish, we had more consistent action.

    With only another week to go (for me), I guess the scope of my reports will be diminishing but I'll try to get at least one more update posted before I move on to some Duck hunting. Good Luck, Jeff

Northern Pike Fall Fishing

Above average Pike will be showing up more each day as the baitfish continue to stack up on steeper breaklines, rocky points and what's left of the green weed patches. Live bait rigs with 4 to 6 inch Creek Chubs, Suckers or Red Tails are a good combination to catch both Walleye and Pike on the same spots.

Sunset Walleye fishing on Cutfoot Sioux

It's getting to be that time of year when fishing the "sunset bite" pays off. After a week of rainy, cold and windy weather, it sounds like we've got a week of milder temperatures coming. We'll be planning to fish the evening bite every day from here until the end of the season.

Fishing Report! Jeff Sundin 10-5-07

    Rainy, but warm fall weather has made fishing fairly easy this week. We've had some wind, but as luck would have it, there's been plenty of Walleye action on the smaller lakes and we've been able to avoid big waves by staying off the the "big lakes". During the later part of this week our water temperatures have actually risen a degree or two. Hovering now around 59 degrees, the fall bite should continue for the next several days at least.

Walleye action tends to peak at these high 50 degree temperatures, but the other shoe drops when the surface temps fall below 54 or thereabouts. After that, we experience a temporary slow down, so I'd suggest giving it one last shot if you can make it out this week.


    Walleye location continues to center around the shallower water now whether it's the 6 to 8 foot weedlines on Lake Winnie or 20 to 22 foot weedlines of Pokegama, the principal is the same. Baitfish that lived happily in the shallow weeds all summer long begin pushing out toward the deeper weed edges. Hungry Walleyes (and other fish) find the points and pockets in the weed edge and feed heavily before the winter sets in.


    Crappies action regained some momentum this week, but we've been seeing lots of smaller than average fish. There must have been a massive hatch a few seasons back because several area lakes have large populations of 5 to 8 inch Crappies right now. If we stick to it, we are managing to get enough keepers (9 to 11 inch) to satisfy folks, so it's worth doing, but I'd say the best approach if to fish with Waxies or cut worms to bolster the odds of catching Bluegills which have been mixed in with the deeper Crappies and have often been better size fish than the Crappies.


    Largemouth Bass fishing continues to be good, I just wish I had the opportunity to do more of it right now. There are still enough green weeds to hold the fish and they are on their fall feeding plan too so we're catching them by accident every time we toss a jig into the better weed beds. They're location appears to be dependant only on having good, green cover with deeper water nearby, so the inside corners, steeper drop-off areas and points are all gathering places. When you find one, you'll find more right now, so if you catch one, stop the boat and continue to work the area.


    We've had some above average Pike action this week as well, but we've had to root 'em out of the weedlines to catch them. Casting or trolling has been okay at times, but smaller fish tend to be the ones hitting the faster moving baits. For larger fish, try a jig with a larger than normal minnow. I'd say about 6 inches is perfect and we're rigging a 17 pound fluorocarbon leader. Tie leader directly to the jig, tie a loop on the end of the leader and attach it to your line using a snap swivel. This is really simple, but effective and it protects against 90 percent of your bite off's.


Northern Pike David Chrz

We've had some above average Pike action this week as well, but we've had to root 'em out of the weedlines to catch them.


Don Landers First Bass, First Fish

It's never too late to learn a new trick. Here's Don Landers with his first fish. An avid hunter, Don decided it was time to take a jig and minnow for a test drive. Here's one of the early successes from his first outing.

Fishing Report! Jeff Sundin 9-26-07

    We've had every kind of weather nature can throw at us this week. It's been cold, hot, calm, windy, stormy and gorgeous all during the same week. It's incredible to me that the fish are even trying to bite, but evidently in the fall, the urge to feed before winter sets in is more important than weather conditions. The really good news is that surface water temperatures have stabilized, in some cases even risen from 59 degrees to about 61 degrees depending on where you check them. The most noticeable signs of the colder water have been the huge schools of bait fish now found out in the outer edges of deep weedlines and even in the deeper adjacent open water areas. There have been some days that were brutal to fish, but we've been able to consistently bag at least some Walleye every day. Limits of fish? Not necessarily, because I've been fishing mostly on "slot limit" lakes where we've been releasing roughly 50 percent of our catch. But we have been able to bring in a dozen or so "keepers" on most trips this week.
    Walleye seemed to have switched their feeding preference to minnows, but night crawlers and Leeches (if you have them) are still producing fish. My rule of thumb is to fish jig and minnow on sunnier, breezy days and use night crawlers on the calmer, more overcast days.

    Walleye location has shifted a bit toward the shallower water now and I've spent more time in the 6 to 10 foot range than I did last week. Weeds are not as important as they had been because there are huge schools of baitfish on the outer edges of bars and points adjacent to deeper water. If you cover enough water, you will find some fish.

    Crappies action regained some momentum this week, but we've been seeing lots of smaller than average fish. There must have been a massive hatch a few seasons back because several area lakes have large populations of 5 to 8 inch Crappies right now. If we stick to it, we are managing to get enough keepers (9 to 11 inch) to satisfy folks, so it's worth doing, but I'd say the best approach if to fish with Waxies or cut worms to bolster the odds of catching Bluegills which have been mixed in with the deeper Crappies and have often been better size fish than the Crappies.

    One really fun experience we've had this week was Largemouth Bass fishing. Typically we catch fish using spinnerbaits this time of year but for now, the Bass are using fairly heavy cover so when we find them, we have to "root them out" using either the Texas rigged plastic worms or jumping over the heavy cover with surface baits like a slop frog. There are still enough green weeds to hold the fish and they are on their fall feeding plan too. They're location appears to be dependant only on having good, green cover with deeper water nearby. It's a great break when you get tired of fighting the wind and rain.

Walleye, Sandy Finch

The weather has been breezy and rainy, but the fish are cooperative as fall feeding becomes more important. Jig and minnow fishing has become more consistent this week, but fish continue to be caught on night crawlers and even leeches.


Fishing Report! Jeff Sundin 9-19-07

    The cold weather of the past week gave way to warm, humid and unstable air. So I've switched from mittens and a mad bomber hat back to the summer lightweight rain suit.

    Even though the air temperature has risen, surface water temperatures are hanging in at 57 to 59 degrees depending on where you check them. The most noticeable signs of the colder water have been the huge schools of bait fish now found out in the outer edges of deep weedlines and even in the deeper adjacent open water areas. While there are some encouraging signs of a "Fall Walleye Movement" starting up, it's not universal and some places are definitely better than others.
    After I reported last week that the Walleye seemed to have switched their feeding preference to minnows, we had a reversal this past Monday where we started out catching fish early on jigs & minnows, only to discover that by day's end, night crawlers were again the preferred food. At the time, I attributed that to the typical fall cycle where calmer, grey days seem to call for abandoning the jig/minnow in favor of the live bait rigs. My guess is that once the gloomy skies break up and we get a breeze, jig and minnow fishing will be the rule of thumb again. A note about the minnows, We've been carrying some shiners and they're working, but not nearly as well as the larger (4 to 6 inch) creek chubs. Even the Perch are taking these larger minnows over the smaller shiners. If you want to give the larger minnows a spin, you can use them on a jig, but be prepared to feed line allowing the fish some time to get the bait fully into their mouth before setting the hook.

    Walleye location has been varied, some fish are hanging out in deeper water now. We've seen lots of them in 18 to 26 feet, but the deeper they go, the less aggressive they've been. I had some success this week watching these deep fish during the day and then returning to the shallower adjacent structures toward evening. When the fish moved up higher on the structures (12 to 14 feet), the bite was on. I guess that with the cooler water temperatures, we'll see more movement toward the better evening bites. Usually, that doesn't start this early, but it looks like it will be driven more by the water temperature than by the time of year.

    Crappies had been wide open for the past few weeks, but the action slowed a bit this week. It's easy to find the fish, they're out in the open water now and we can easily get on top of a school of fish, but they've just gotten a lot more finicky. We haven't tried the "evening bite", but it wouldn't surprise me to discover that they too are starting to show a preference for that "evening run" like the Walleye.

    Perch fishing has been frustrating this fall with scattered small groups of fish showing up randomly. The ones we are catching appear to located mainly in heavier weed cover and are apparently well fed because they are extremely picky and hard to hook. Hopefully, I'll have some better news on the Perch as this week allows me more time to look for them.

    Northern Pike have been located in deep water. Our best Pike action has been found in water 30 feet or deeper and our presentation has been large minnows fished with live bait rigs. You can add a spinner blade to the rig if you want to, but a simple 4 to 6 foot Snell tied on heavy mono or fluorocarbon line, a 4/0 hook and a 3/4 ounce egg sinker will do the trick. We have discovered that no minnow is too large. In fact the better Pike are completely ignoring smaller minnows. Don't be afraid of 10 to 12 inch Suckers, even bigger if you can find them.

Northern Minnesota Fall Color Arrives

The fall color has finally found us. We're looking at 5 to 10 days for the peak of color.

Creek Chub For Walleye

Don't be afraid of larger minnows for Walleye right now. These 4 to 6 inch creek chubs are working well this week. They can be fished on a live bait rig or jig head but you'll need to feed line to allow the fish time to full inhale the bait. Don't be surprised when you catch perch on these larger minnows as well.


Fishing Report! Jeff Sundin 9-3-07

    Labor Day weekend has come and gone marking the end of our summer fishing season. It's unusual to have nice weather for the entire Labor Day holiday, but that's what we had this year. Sunny skies and warm temperatures had the fisherman out in force especially on Cutfoot Sioux and Lake Winnie where I spent the majority of my time this weekend and most of the past week.

    Late summer fishing patterns persisted and water temperatures were slowly rising all week long. We started the week with 67 to 68 degree surface temperatures and ended Sunday with 71 to 72 surface water. Mixed bag fishing has been awesome with Walleyes, Bluegills and Crappies all available during the same fishing day. In fact, I think this has been one of the better late summer periods (on Lake Winnie and Cutfoot) we've had in several years.

    For Walleye, I've been hearing a lot of folks talking about fishing with jig and minnows and to a lesser extent crankbaits. But for me, night crawlers have been the clear winner for producing the best Walleye fishing all week long. Drifting or back-trolling the weedlines in 8 feet of water have produced most of the fish, but we have found a few nice schools located on shoreline related bars and points in 12 to 18 feet as well. Most days we've had our best action during the mornings and so we fish walleyes until lunch time and then shift to panfish for the afternoon. On the windy days though, Walleye action continues all day long.

    The windy days have also been best for folks trolling the crankbaits and the side benefit for them has been a nice Northern Pike bite mixed in with the Walleyes. The jury is out about which crankbaits are best this summer. Salmo's #4 and #5 hornets, #5 Shad Raps, #7 Rattlin' Raps and the 1 ounce size Rattlin' Spot are all producing their share of fish on the shallow weedlines. Fish are more closely related to the bottom this season, so it's important to keep experimenting with lures, speed and distance behind the boat until you hit the magic combination. Remember, it may change every day, so don't get locked into a groove. If what you did yesterday isn't working, coach yourself into  a new pattern and you will find some active fish eventually.

    For Pike, we've had some action casting Musky size spinnerbaits, jerk baits and trolling larger Sucker minnows or Creek Chubs. With all of the sunny weather, fishing for pike has been hit and miss. They've been active during early morning and on cloudy days. On cloudy days they remain active during most of the early part of the day, but even then the action drops off during mid day. If you really want to zero in on larger pike, get out there early and fish the first few hours of daylight and then switch to something else during mid day.

    Crappies continue to be active and we've had excellent results searching for schools of fish in open water near the shoreline. You won't need to go real deep yet, but they are starting to shift away slightly from the tight inside turns. More fish are showing up in open, meandering water in depths of 16 to 24 feet. The pattern is simple, move along slowly watching your graph for a school of fish. Stop when you find them and vertical jig with an 1/8 ounce or 1/16 ounce jig tipped with a small minnow or piece of cut night crawler. I think it's important to try that cut night crawler as I have been catching an above average number of fish on that piece of worm and it gives the Bluegills something to think about too. Many times the schools are mixed with Crappies suspended 5 to 8 feet above the bottom and Sunfish hugging closer to the bottom.

    Sunfish are still mainly related to the weedlines, but this week I've noticed more pressure on them and they are starting to move away from some of the popular spots. I see more fish showing up in the deeper water (16 to 20 feet) outside of the weedlines and I'm expecting to see that trend continue.

    From here on through to the freeze up we're looking at emerging fall fishing patterns and a return to cool water. As we start to see colder temperatures at night the weedline fishing will continue to improve, so don't put away your fishing gear just yet, there's a lot more good fishing still to come.

Smallmouth Bass Sarah Steele 8-1-07

Mixed Bag Fishing Boyd Penn Group 8-17-07

Crappies Cam and Jared Sundin 8-15-07

UPNORTH Fishing Report 8-2-2007 Jason Green- Time To Crank It Up For Shore Line Walleye.

Walleye 7-31-07 Jason Green


Another week has gone by and summer fishing seems to keep getting better!  Consistent weather and wind patterns are starting to pay off and help anglers find fish.  Water temperatures on many of the area lakes seem to be holding right around 80 degrees kicking vegetation growth into high gear.  Air temps on most days have been in the upper 80's to 90 degrees but the wind has kept us pretty comfortable on the water.

Main lake humps and bars are still holding good numbers of fish and a Roach Rig tipped with a crawler or leech is producing best.  The real frenzy lately has been crank baits back on the shore lines.

We have been targeting wind swept shore lines with heavy vegetation and/or rock and gravel.  What has worked best for us is a #4 Salmo Hornet.  Hot Perch, Blue Daze and Red Tail Shiner in 9'-14' of water has kept the fish most active bending the rods.  We have been running our line counters out to roughly 58' and pulling these hard working hornets from 1.6mph to 2.8mph with incredible success.

If you are not one who has spent much time in the boat pulling cranks now is the perfect opportunity.  Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. 

Walleye 7-31-07 UpNorth Report

Mid Lake Humps And Bars Are Still Producing Well With Roach Rigs Tipped With A Crawler Or Leech

Walleye 7-31-07 UpNorth Report

It Is A Perfect Time For Shore Line Crank Bait Action

UPNORTH Fishing Report 6-25-2007 Jason Green

Fish Fly Hatch Tests Anglers

Will the wind ever let up this summer?  I think I had one or two days on the water this week where the wind turned out to be perfect.  To top it all off many of the area lakes have been experiencing a fish fly hatch.  So far the hatch hasn't shut down the bite but you must find areas that are not totally clouding up your electronics.

Rig Fishing is still the most productive presentation.  During the early morning hours we have had success dragging a crawler and as the day progresses the bite has switched to a leech.  We are still concentrating on mid lake structure but the past couple of days have moved to the bigger bars.  We have been working the outer edges with the sharpest break.  Keeping a 5' Roach Rig in 15'-20' of water has worked extremely well.  Lately the key has been to move as slow as possible.

For the past several years I have used bullet style weights for just about every situation.  This spring Northland Tackle released a new version called a Sling-Shot Worm Weight.  This new design will do everything a standard bullet will do and more.  It is the most versatile and effective weight on the market.  It has an adjustable rubber sling that grips the line with a twist of the wrist for Texas and Carolina Rigging but can move freely when needed for Live Bait Rigging.

The Northland Sling-Shot Weight, Slip One On!!!

UPNORTH Fishing Report 6-18-2007 Jason Green

Fish Are On The Move

Walleye Jason Green 6-17-07

Talk about a mixed bag of weather thrown at us this past week.  Calm sunny days, sunny with wind, rain and don't forget the 30mph winds with a down pour and through it all we caught fish.  The past couple days have been a real learning experience

Summer patterns are now in full swing and for those of you that truly enjoy rig fishing, now is your time.  We have found good numbers of fish on mid lake humps and bars that top out around 15'-18' of water.  When working the humps and bars we have zeroed in on the areas that have rock and/or vegetation.  This type of structure has had the best concentration of fish.  We have also been doing well on the deeper clam beds.

The best presentation for us has been a roach rig tipped with a leech and on occasion a crawler has done pretty well.  On calmer days we have used a 5'-6' Snell with a 3/8oz Sling Shot Weight from Northland to stay in the strike zone but when the wind would pick up we would have to hug a little tighter with a 3'-4' snell and a 1oz rock runner.

Walleye Jim Trombley 6-17-07

UPNORTH Fishing Report 6-7-2007 Jason Green - Active Fish Are Shallow And Deep

Walleye Jason Green
Active Fish Are Being Found Everywhere!

    What an incredible week we are having in Northern Minnesota!  It doesn't seem to matter where you go.  Fish are active all over the 1000 Grand Lakes Area.

    Just about the only thing that is inconsistent is the weather.  One day we will have blue sky's with calm winds and the next clouds, rain and 20mph winds move in making mobility difficult.

    Water temperature seems to be holding in the low to mid 60's.  On days that are calm we have been venturing to the bigger lakes where the shoreline bite is in full swing.  Plenty of eaters being caught in 8' of water with an 1/16oz FireBall tipped with a shiner.  The fun thing about it is we are picking up plenty of Pike, Jumbo Perch (12"-13") and Smallies in the same spots with the same presentation.

    On the big water there is also a main lake bite going on.  If you are looking for a few photo fish we are picking up good

numbers on main lake humps that top out around 20'.  With the deeper bite a 5' Roach Rigs tipped with a leech is the ticket.

    When the wind picks up we have been spending our time on the small deeper lakes.  Water temperature still seems to be averaging around 62 degrees and the shoreline is still the way to go.  Targeting vegetation in 8'-10' water with a 1/16oz FireBall is what they are in the mood for.

    Over the past couple of days we have attempted pulling Hornet Crank Baits with some success but I think at this point the hornet's action is to dramatic.  When we run into this situation its time to switch to the Salmo Sting which is a Stick Bait with a slower wobble.  Its just what the fish want!

Northern Pike Ryan Green
Ryan Green Pictured With A 6 lbs. Pike He Caught While Jigging Shoreline Vegetation

     Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report

     Water temps are starting to warm up in the area. Most of the lakes are in the low to mid 60ís and the fish are really biting. We have been fishing Winnie still in the shallows in 7-10 ft of water with a jig and minnow. The north shore has been the place to be lately, from pigeon up to stoney. The deep water is starting to show fish also with fish in the 16-21 ft. We have been using 3/8-oz jigs with a shiner or leech or a lindy and a leech. Sand and bowstring have been producing some fish also. They are the same, some fish in the shallows and some in the deep water. We have also been hitting Cass Lake with some fish in Allenís bay in the shallower water and some fish on the bars over by the dam. Pokegama has been producing walleye in the 20-25 ft off some of the humps and deep points with a jig and minnow.

     Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report
     Wind, wind and more wind that has been the story in the northland this week. This means we have had to fish some smaller lakes since winnie has not been an option. We have fished Sand with some success, Cass has been decent and splithand has been good. Most of the bite on these smaller lakes has been in the emerging weeds on the bigger flats. We are using 1/8 or 1/16 oz fireball jig and a shiner. We have been out on Winnie a couple of the days and the fishing has been good also. The wind doesnít seem to be in the same direction for any length of time so the fish seem to be in a different place all the time, but if you keep moving you will find the active fish. I have been using jig and minnow in the 6-10 ft of water but I have heard reports of fish out on the bars with leeches in the deeper water.

UPNORTH Fishing Report 5-21-2007 Jason Green - Spring Patterns And Locations Predictable

Early Spring Walleye Action
It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!

    The first week of the Open Water Season has come and gone and weather conditions have gone from one extreme to another.

    Early in the week productive days became predictable.  We concentrated on wind swept shorelines in 5'-9' of water.  Once we would locate fish during a drift we would back up and work that particular area thoroughly.  Best presentation was a 1/16oz FireBall tipped with a shiner.  Watermelon and Bubblegum with a fast snap action produced best.

    As the week progressed the wind switched several times and a major cold front pushed into Northern MN causing more difficult situations.  The latest cold front had caused fish to scatter and suspend 1'-2' off the bottom.  We discovered long lining 1/16oz FireBalls to still produce best but found the fish to be less aggressive and would commonly tale bite our presentation.  Our answer to the tale biting was once you felt the bump or your rod to become heavy we would back reel for several seconds allowing the fish time to inhale the minnow and then set the hook.

    For the upcoming week we should hopefully see more consistent weather patterns making presentations and locations more predictable.  Hopefully we might see things heat up for a little cranking action. See You On The Water!

Walleye Steve Ladany
Northland Fishing Tackle's Steve Ladany Pictured With A Beautiful Slot Fish During The Latest Cold Front

Lake Winnie Walleye

  Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 5-21-07
    What a change the weather just keeps going from one extreme to another, the wind has been from every direction but the fish keep biting. I have been fishing Winnie most of this week and the fishing has been pretty decent for all the weather changes. I have been following the wind, wherever the wind is blowing into or across and I can fish it I have been and the fish are there. The west shore from stony to ravens has fish, the shore by Farley creek has fish and the bay and the east shore has had fish. Most of the fish have been coming from 5-9 ft of water with a 1/8 or 1/16 oz fireball with a smaller shiner.

    Grand Rapids Winnie fishing report 5-14-07
    Fishing opener is finally here and gone. One of the best we have had for weather nice temps and a breeze on both days. I spent my opener on Cass Lake and the fishing was good. The water temps were 54-58 and the fish were active in the 11-15 ft of water along the edge of the bigger emerging weed flats. As always if the wind was blowing into an area the fish were there. I have heard from my colleagues that Winnie was good on sat also with warmer water temps there also. Some of the traditional places didnít seem to hold fish but if you got to the windy side on the west-northwest side of the lake they had decent luck. Mostly jig and shiner in the 8-10 ft of water. I will be out and about the next few days and will be giving weekly reports every Monday till then good luck and be safe. Good luck fishing, Jason Boser

UPNORTH Fishing Report 5-14-2007 - A Minnesota Fishing Opener To Remember Jason Green

Could this have really been the Minnesota  Fishing Opener this past weekend?  This was a common statement in my boat this past Saturday.  Where was the rain, snow and freezing cold temperatures that pierced your body?  Not that I am complaining but it just didn't feel right.  Who would ever think that we could be comfortable or even warm on Opening Day?

To top off the comfortable conditions we caught fish, LOTS OF FISH!  I would have to say this is one of the best openers I have ever experienced.  The morning did start out a bit on the slow side for us.  Surface water temperature was 51 degrees when we first ventured out at 6:00am. During the early A.M. fish were a bit on the sluggish side where you basically had to hold the jig and minnow right in front of them before they would show any interest.  These fish were found in 9'-12' of water which was a little deeper then I expected.

By mid afternoon water temperature raised to 61 degrees and the bite was on.  During the afternoon frenzy, fish had moved up into 5' of water and it couldn't get much better.  The old standard seemed to do best for us.  We were hopping and twitching 1/16oz and 1/8oz Watermelon and Super-Glo Lumi FireBall Jigs tipped with a Shiner.  In fact, we went through a whole quart of beautiful Spot Tales.  For each eater we through in the box I would say that we would throw back 2 or 3 that were 18"-23".   After being on the water for 13 hours our hands hurt so bad that we could hardly hold onto our rods but what a great pain to deal with.

Sara Green Pictured With A Mothers Day Walleye"This Was By Far The Best Walleye Opener I Have Ever Fished"

The Big Fish Of The Day.  Dr. Chris Johnson With His 23 Incher Caught With A Super-Glo Lumi (White) FireBall Jig.  It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!

Fishing Report Sign Off Jason Green

Fishing Report! Jeff Sundin 5-12-07

Finally, I'm back in the saddle. The schedule these past couple of months has been hectic to say the least, but we finally made it to the opener and everything in life is good again.

We got the season off to a great start on Saturday with what is now our second annual fishing opener at Red Lake. Thanks in part to the sunny sky and calm water, the action wasn't as hot as we experienced in 2006, but once we got tuned in, the action was steady. We estimated that we released about 2 "slot fish" (17 to 26 inch protected) for every keeper size fish we caught and there was no problem getting our limit of 15 to 16 fish for a nice fish fry.

The Walleye have already cleared out of some of the main spawning areas and are scattered around the shoreline in smaller schools. It was evident that the larger females hadn't totally recovered from the spawning runs because we still caught mainly male fish in the 15 to 18 inch size range and the largest fish we caught was about 20 inches. In a week or so, we'll see some larger fish.

Our fishing strategy was a bit different this year because we combined the Walleye opener with a field testing session for a new line of non-toxic jigs. The jigs and rigs, "Super Natural Series" hasn't hit the tackle shops yet, so everything we fished with had never been used before. After experimenting with colors and sizes, we settled on few "new favorites" and as our confidence grew, the fishing got better. The best action for us came on lighter jigs 1/16 and 1/8 ounce sizes were the best producers. Color didn't seem to be critical, but we had good success on the blue/silver, green/orange and red/yellow. As the water warmed up we had to jig more aggressively to get the fish interested. Swimming or dragging the jigs didn't do much, but give it a good thump, keep it hopping and then the hits kept on coming. Even though the shoreline fishing in 4 to 6 feet of water was fairly reliable, the Walleye were already using the the shallow rocks away from the shoreline too.

Second Annual Sundin's Red Lake Opener


We spent a fair amount of time fishing the more isolated rocks and found Walleyes on the tops in about 6 feet of water. Once we moved to about 8 feet we caught mainly Drum. My daughter Katie has proclaimed the Sheep Head (Freshwater Drum) her new favorite fish and we saved a batch of those to eat too. I know it doesn't sound right, but they really are very good. I'll expand on that in the next couple of days as I get more time.

Until then, good luck on the lake. - Jeff