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

June 7th Fishing Report

This past week saw the transition from shinners to leaches and crawlers complete. Early in the week all three were good. By mid week leeches were head to head out producing shinners. By the end of the week I saw the first crayfish showing up in some of the walleyes, which means the crawler bit is about to take off. The water temps rose all week and are now in the mid to upper 60’s. The fish continue to pull away from the shore lines and are settling into their summer spots. I found the best fishing in rocks but also found them on summer sand/weed flats and deeper edges in several bays. Many have moved from the second break to the third. During the day especially with calm winds the 12-15 foot depths are a good place to start.

Dick Weinberger
651-492-1646

May 31st Fishing Report

Last week we saw the water temps actually go down a couple of degrees with the below average air temps and cool nights. Even with the strong winds mid week the bite was a bit off for this time of the year. We defiantly caught fish and the average size was up, with more 16-19 inch fish than previous weeks. We did have to work harder and move around more to get them. While some of the walleyes have moved off shore, others are still in the shallows especially in the evening or during the day with a good wind. Sucker Bay action picked up this week after being slower than normal this spring. Shinners are still the bait of choice and probably will be through this weekend. The leach bite has picked up and as always crawlers are affective for those that know how to fish them. For those proficient at fishing the weeds you will be rewarded for your efforts in both Sucker and Portage Bays.

Dick Weinberger
651-492-1646

May 25 Fishing Report

Water temperature and wind was the story this week. The water got into the low 60’s and the fishing picked up. The beginning of the week the wind blew and fishing was excellent with both numbers and size. The holiday weekend saw calm winds and fewer big fish but still plenty of action. Good numbers of 13-15 inch walleyes with an occasional 20+ along with a few perch and northern kept the young anglers attention. Shiners were plentiful and the bait of choice for most. With the calm winds some used leeches or crawlers with a slower presentation on the rocks and were rewarded for their efforts. The next 2 weeks should be some of the best fishing of the year.

Dick Weinberger
651-492-1646