The bite continues in the shallows ranging from 7-13 FOW. Jigs and minnows seem to be working best for us, both chubs and shiners. Snappiing the jig consistently now has become the best option. We are finding the 1/4 oz Northland Fishing Tackles Gumball jigs in the parrot or glow watermelon to be the colors of choice. Speeds are pushing up towards the 1.0 MPH mark most days and we should see the shalows stay full of hungry walleyes for another 10 days or so and then watch the fish start sliding out into mainlake structure.
The walleyes are staging up for a great shallow water bite that we should see in the next few days. The fish are starting to concentrate on there typical spring spots and we are finding large schools in these area in the 11-13 FOW. Northland Gumball jigs tipped with a silver spot tail shiner is a great option. Gumball or parrot have been our best two colors. Looks for the next 2 weeks to be a bite that happens in the 4-8 FOW pending the wind and time of the day. Great time to get to the water and catch some walleye frenzy!
Tough conditions both Saturday and Sunday made for some challenging fishing for most. Leech lake provided a consistent bite most of the morning until about 11:00 am and then the fishing slowed on the North end for the remainder of the day and Sunday as well. We did find most of our fish in the new weed growth areas in the 6-9 FOW with our most consistent action coming in the 7 fOW. A Northland Fishing tackles Gumball jig in the Glow watermelon tipped with a shiner or fathead did the job for us. Water temperatures dropped from 52 to 48 degree from Friday to Saturday and we starting to warm up by the time we left the water Sunday. As the weather stabilizes and sunshine concentrates those shiners, look for the 4-7 FOW to get crazy soon. I hope everyone had a fun and safe openeing weekend and for me it felt great to be back on the water and now let the fish cooperate!
The week which all anglers look forward to each season, the final week before the opening day of the Minnesota Fishing Opener! Wow, what a great feeling and the excitement in the area is amazing again this year. I hope everyone had a good winter, well as good as one like that can be and you’re ready for Spring and Summer open water fishing and outdoor activities! Before moving into this weeks fishing information I wanted to say HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all you wonderful moms out there, hope you have a great day!
So with Opening day knocking on the door and the single digit countdown upon us, what is the last minute preparation for making opening day a fun day on the water? A few things to think about before heading out:
1.) Did you grease those bearing on the trailer?
2.) Did you spool up new line on those reels?
3.) Did you buy that new boat license?
4.) Do you have the proper amount of lifejackets in the boat?
5.) Do you have a throw cushion in the boat?
6.) Did you replace of fill the lower unit in the motor with oil?
So now that you’re about ready to hit the water, what are some good lake options for opener? Winnie, Leech, Bowstring, Splithand, Round, Red Lake and a few others are all good options each year and I’m sure these lakes will be producing some solid action. As for presentations, it’s very difficult with water temperatures pushing the low to mid 50’s already, to use much but jigs and minnows. I would expect that good concentrations of walleyes will be in the 8-12 feet of water on most of the listed lakes and those jigs will be a simple way to put plenty of fish in the boat.
We will be trying our luck on Leech Lake this season and from 6 am until noon I, along with KQ 105.5 Jason Manning will be updating you on the bite live from Leech on Saturday. We will be kicking off our Friday Radio Show that we will be doing every Friday morning around 7:40 am. We will be talking about the latest and greatest bites, presentations and much, much more each Friday, so be sure to tune in! A Huge thanks goes out to the sponsors of the show, Rays Sport and Marine, Deerwood Bank, and Glens Outdoors!
I can’t hardly wait to get back on the walleyes and look forward to bringing you the reports week to week and hope you have a fun and enjoyable season and remember to save a few fish for me.
See you out there!
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Before heading to the opener, we have been out chasing panfish and having some success even with the crazy weather. We have been fishing POkegama and finding the panfish, crappies and gills in 13-23 feet of water. We have tipped both pink or white Northland Fishing Tackles 1/16 oz Guball jigs with a crappie minnow and fan casting it around the large school and letting it slowly fall into the fish. When doing this keep an eye on the line as typically on can sense the bite with a sudden movement in the line. Water temperatures were ranging from 42-46 degree, note this was fishing deep open wter area, not in the shallow bays.
As for the walleye fishing, we should be in good shape if we can get the weather to stay warm for the next two weeks we could have an excellent openeing as the fish have completed there annual spawn last week and now are in rest mode for most area lakes, the fish should be willing and ready to play come opener.
Look for the 8-12 feet of water to be a good starting spot and with the ongoing West or NorthWest winds, I would think the West shorelines should be full of fish and bait.
We will be fishing Leech lake the first wekend before spreading out to Winnie and then getting to Pokegama in June. Track our daily activity on Facebook, just click to be friends as I will be updating regularly ther as well as here. Hope you’re ready for a fun-filled season and we will see you out there!