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

May 17 Fishing Report

The first 2 weekends of the season are in the books.  The weather for the opener was the big story with snow and cold. However, the water temps were in the high 40’s  and the fish cooperated both early Saturday morning and then again after the snow stopped about 4pm.  A mixture of some nice ones (18-20), a few big ones (24-26) and a lot of smaller walleyes (13-15”) has been my experience these first 9 days.  Although they are done spawning they are near their spawning areas. The entire west shore from the narrows to Big Hardwood, Pine Point (especially in the evening) Stoney Point and down into Traders Bay have all produced at times. Mid week varied by day with a couple of really good days/evenings and a couple of slower days/evenings.  Shinners were tough to come by but rainbows and fatheads worked just fine. This weekend saw warm weather and calm winds and the bite slowed and so should you.  A bobber and a leech or anchor/spot lock and cast and slow retrieve triggered both perch and walleye. Memorial weekend should be the best so far with the water temps in the mid 50’s and rising with warm weather expected all week.

Dick Weinberger
651-492-1646