Douglas Pirila

Doug Pirila is a local tournament angler and fishing expert near Duluth.

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June 20 Duluth Area fishing report

Posted by: Douglas Pirila Updated: June 20, 2009 - 10:40 PM

Well the weather is heating up and so is the fishing.  We had a great week.  My fishing team won the multispecies event.  Crappies were hitting and we did well on them, our bass and bluegills.
 
The crappies were in 4-6 feet of water and not overly agressive.  You had to slip bobber them, with plain hooks and crappie minnows.  We were missing fish when hooking the minnows thru the lips, but a good trick to use, that worked for us again, is to hook them thru the dorsal fin or tail.  Crappies love em and if they are not staying on the hook, it's up to you to figure out how to improve the odds.  We did and connected with solid hooksets after that little adjustment. 
 
The bluegills are spawning and using the bass beds when they can get them.  The bass are done spawning and putting the feed bags on.  Bass can be caught most any place now and are interested in biting most anything too.  Try plastics on docks, weed edges, mostly shallow, but they are moving to the mid depths already. 

The bluegills and warmouths are spawning in the shallow, 1-2 feet of water on sand and will bite anything near them.  You can get some nice ones right now.  But we released everything to keep the fishing at good levels.
 
Pike have been slower than expected on and off.  But they are still taking spoons and spinners trolled and pitched to good weeds, so don't forget them, that's some awesome fishing. 
 
Good fishing and hope to see ya on the water.
 
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June 4 Take a Kid Fishing Event - Duluth MN

Posted by: Douglas Pirila Updated: June 6, 2009 - 12:57 AM

The cold nights lowered the water temps on this small area lake to 59-62 degrees and made the pike bite tough.  We picked this lake for the nice average pike and good odds to get each kid a nice fish to wrestle with and get a photo.  It didn't disappoint.
 
Our first 1-1.5 hours was spent figuring out what the fish were willing to bite.  We had 4 anglers and boats, we worked spoons, heavy spinnerbaits, shallow to deep cranks, and finally started to produce a couple fish.  Eventually we found the right combination of baits, boat speeds, location, and started seeing good 5 pound plus northern pike.  
 
We each kept working what we felt most comfortable with.  I worked spinnerbaits in the new cabbage just below the surface.  I ran it at 2-3 mph and the pike would hit it hard.  
 
I like to run this on medium action rods that vibrate with the lure action, that way when it picks up a weed the vibration stops and you reel it in and remove the weeds.  Another great advantage with these lighter rods is that the pike put a great bend in it and the kids and parents love it.  
 
Everyone had a great time and the kids, teachers and parents were all screaming and excited for the fish caught.  We got a bunch of photos and it sounds like this will be an ongoing event.  

It's important to share our fishing with everyone and to introduce others to why we love it.  I am sure we got that across to a lot of kids today.  Thanks to the other guys that helped out. 
 
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Island Lake Reservoir fishing report and tournament results.

Posted by: Douglas Pirila Updated: May 27, 2009 - 1:07 AM
Well second multispecies event out of the way and we won this one. It was a tough night, but the key was to fish the wind blown sides of the lake. We had a limit of pike, a limit of perch, a couple walleye and a couple smallmouth bass.

The trick seemed to be fish for bass, catch the bass, but whenever you had a tap tap on the line, pitch in a tiny jig with a piece of worm on it and work it back to the boat. We caught the perch, jumbos this way.

We caught the pike on spinnerbaits, pretty normal for this time of year and most of the year. Trolling or pitching spinnerbaits are awesome for pike and something they just can't ignore. Look for the wind blown weeds and work the windy section.

The smallmouth were on rocky points and docks, but biting slow.

Walleyes are biting on slip bobbers and leeches. They need a 10 count after the bobber is down to make sure they have it good. Quite a few were caught today. Good job.

See ya on the water, or call me and we can get out fishing.

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Why join a fishing league and enter tournaments?

Posted by: Douglas Pirila Updated: May 16, 2009 - 12:50 AM

The other night there was a bass fishing tournament on Fish Lake, Duluth, Thursday May 14 for the Duluth Area Bass League.  My bass fishing partner, Al and I decided to show and fish, since we have fished DABL for a few years and are the defending champions from 2008.  We figured this would be a tough event with the cold front and the water had dropped over 3 degrees, making the fishing tough for everyone. 
 
We started out fishing some locations that hold early season bass, but were not getting any bites.  We moved to a little deeper shore, to work the negative fish.  We pulled a couple fish, including one bass over 4 pounds.  We then decided to try yet another spot and kept moving all night.  With the fishing tough we worked deep, shallow, and worked several techniques, including a combination of jigs, spinnerbaits, cranks and swimbaits.  In the end we had caught and released over 40 bass.  Click to see the results.
 
At the end of the event we weighted in with 5 bass weighing 16.75 pounds, for first place.  It was a tough bite and second place had 4 bass and 6.45 pounds.  I'll say my bass partner really has the pulse of the bass and can find them anytime.  We have a blast out fishing and are always tuning and learning. 
 
I hope everyone interested in becoming a better angler joins a fishing league or fishes a tournament, event or contest.  This is what pushes some of us to learn more techniques and meet others that share our interests and sport.  I know that I love to fish with others that have some techniques or fish species figured out more than I do.  That's how I learn the quickest and I am sure it will work for many of you.  Read, study, but most of all, get out there fishing with people that love it too.
 
Well off to sleep, another day on the water this morning. 
 
Minnesota Fishing Guide

Why join a fishing league and enter tournaments?

Posted by: Douglas Pirila Updated: May 16, 2009 - 12:50 AM

The other night there was a bass fishing tournament on Fish Lake, Duluth, Thursday May 14 for the Duluth Area Bass League.  My bass fishing partner, Al and I decided to show and fish, since we have fished DABL for a few years and are the defending champions from 2008.  We figured this would be a tough event with the cold front and the water had dropped over 3 degrees, making the fishing tough for everyone. 
 
We started out fishing some locations that hold early season bass, but were not getting any bites.  We moved to a little deeper shore, to work the negative fish.  We pulled a couple fish, including one bass over 4 pounds.  We then decided to try yet another spot and kept moving all night.  With the fishing tough we worked deep, shallow, and worked several techniques, including a combination of jigs, spinnerbaits, cranks and swimbaits.  In the end we had caught and released over 40 bass.  Click to see the results.
 
At the end of the event we weighted in with 5 bass weighing 16.75 pounds, for first place.  It was a tough bite and second place had 4 bass and 6.45 pounds.  I'll say my bass partner really has the pulse of the bass and can find them anytime.  We have a blast out fishing and are always tuning and learning. 
 
I hope everyone interested in becoming a better angler joins a fishing league or fishes a tournament, event or contest.  This is what pushes some of us to learn more techniques and meet others that share our interests and sport.  I know that I love to fish with others that have some techniques or fish species figured out more than I do.  That's how I learn the quickest and I am sure it will work for many of you.  Read, study, but most of all, get out there fishing with people that love it too.
 
Well off to sleep, another day on the water this morning. 
 
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