Sept 13th Fishing Report

The walleyes are transitioning to their fall pattern. They have started to move back to their spring spots. They are also responding to a jig and minnow presentation as well as rigging. Although we are marking a lot of fish getting them to bite has been a challenge. Wind sweep points as well an 9-11 foot shorelines have produced really nice fish with most in the 16-22 inch range. So even though the numbers are not in full fall swing the size is. Try deep shoreline edges in Walker Bay with a rig and minnow (Chub) or crawler for a trophy type fish. I have had better success with rainbows vs fatheads. Jigs with blue or orange/yellow are a good place to start. The perch are just showing up in the narrows and should be in their other usual spots later this week as we are looking at some cooler nights. Water temps have now dropped into the upper 50’s and we will soon be in full fall mode.

Dick Weinberger
651-492-1646

August 9th Fishing Report

The walleyes are now in their summer mid lake pattern. This past week during the day I had success pulling Raps in 9-11 feet of water in mid lake flats. When that slowed I also found fish in the 12-14 foot range adjacent to the 9-11 foot areas. For the evening bite Walker bay is a good place to start. I caught walleye with bottom bouncers and leeches with chartreuse being the top producing color. Others in the same area were having success bobber fishing.

Dick Weinberger
651-492-1646

July 19th Fishing Report

The walleyes are getting to their summer mid lake pattern. This past week I split time between bottom bouncers and pulling Raps. We had success with both but with the abundant food supply it is now time to cover more water faster which mean pulling Raps in open water. Most of the walleyes still had crayfish in them so a crayfish color Rap is a great place to start. I also like a silver shad or perch color. Some days it doesn’t matter other days it does. I like to get out several different
colors and change to the hot color if you see a pattern. Muskie action and sightings have been slow but with the warm water temps they should be moving into shallow water. Weeds are a good place to start but rocks and even 5-7 foot sand should not be overlooked.

Dick Weinberger
651-492-1646

July 5th Fishing Report

This past week bug hatches continued but slowed. Most of the walleyes had crayfish in them. A few had bugs and the rest various size minnows or perch. That is the reason I continue to use bottom bouncers and crawlers as much as possible. At times the small perch are so relentless I have gone to a leech on the spinner rig with good success. As we transition into the time of the year with the highest natural food supply in the lake you need to adjust a bit. Number 1 for walleyes: be mobile. There will be feeding walleyes in the school just less of them at anytime. You are more likely to get a couple and then have to move on. Number 2: slow down. Rigging with leeches and crawlers can entice a non aggressive to feed as they still struggle to pass up an easy meal. During low light conditions speed up and cover water looking for aggressive fish. I prefer to match the hatch with crank baits and that means crayfish and perch. With the water temps now around 80 the Muskies will need to feed more and should start showing up in the weeds. Look for scattered cabbage in Sucker and Portage Bay.

Dick Weinberger
651-492-1646

June 28th Fishing Report

This past week we had a lot of bug hatches and much warmer weather. The walleyes are scattered and you have to cover water to find active fish. Crawlers with a bottom bouncers is a great way to do just that. The perch can be a nuisance but you just have to put up with it. I have started to use leeches with a bottom bouncer due to the perch and a couple of days the leech actually out preformed the crawler. With the water temps getting into the low 70’s this weekend I spent some time trolling open water for Muskie. We caught two, one just at sunset and the other just at sunrise. Another option is to troll the open water and when you find a school of bait, stop and throw the edges of the bait. With the warmer temp I would look for the Muskie to start showing up in the shallow bays around the scattered cabbage.

Dick Weinberger
651-492-1646

June 21st Fishing Report

Weather was the story this past week. Strong winds and heavy rain presented challenges. The winds at times prevented me from getting to the places I wanted to fish. When I could get there the fishing was steady with a nice mixture of small medium and large walleyes. Crawlers with a bottom bouncer is my first option this time of the year. Some places the perch caused me to switch to a leech. I had success both jigging and rigging the leech. If you are on the East side of the lake try pulling a rap over the tops of the rock humps for active fish and the edges with a crawler or leech on a rig for less aggressive fish.

Dick Weinberger
651-492-1646