I've spent a lot of time on Leech Lake fishing and the lake is known as a walleye factory. But, the perch fishing is fantastic as well and I just had a great time fishing for them this past week. Consant action and great for the frying pan, these finatical fish are a blast. If you want to entertain your kids or your neighbor's kids, then this is the fish to fish for.
We all just had a blast watching these fish bite as we were fishing them in 4 to 6 feet of clear water. You could take it away from the smaller ones and let the bigger ones take the bait. Sorting was the key as 8 to 10 inchers were the ones to keep. Nothing huge, but fun.
Our tackle was pretty simple... light action rod, line, and a small #2 hook, X-Change Jig tipped with a minnow. Lower it to the bottom and work up towards the surface. We would drift with the wind and if the wind was too strong, then we would anchor.
Try it sometime.. it can become addiciting! Oh, and by the way, we caught several walleyes between 24 to 26 inches, so that was a great time
Being one of my first outings on Lake Winnibigosh during open water, I found the lake to be a ton of fun with lots of fish. I spent most of the week trolling open water flats with spinnners and in line weights only to be aggravated most of the week. Some big fish, but very inconsistent. Finally, I switched to bottom bouncers and Lindy Rigs on the sharp breaklines (which I am more comfortable with especially on a Minnesota lake with one rod per person). This proved to be the right pattern because I went from 26th place on the first day to 14th on the second. Unfortunately, due to a violent wind storm, the tournament was cancelled on the 3rd day.
Nonetheless, I had a great time figuring out the bite and felt good about making such a good move. That's all you can ask for while fishing... pose a challenge to yourself and figure it out. It's like solving a big jigsaw puzzle.
Looking forward to the fall with big fish bites all over the place and a little pheasant hunting. Can't wait!!!
Just got back from the AIM tournament on Green Bay and what a fishery! Lots of fish in the 24 to 26 inch category were caught and the weather was pretty spectacular. Here's one of the walleyes that I caught while trolling Lindy Hatchet Blades and Snap Weights. Most of my fish were suspended over 24 to 30 feet of water. Controlling your boat speed was important as I tried to keep the boat at around 1 to 1.2 mph. This pattern was good enough to get me an 11th place finish. It's always nice to score a check in any tournament. Hope everyone's catching some fish in Minnesota! Heard the bite has been awesome on Mille Lacs. I've got to catch up as I've been gone for the past 2 weeks. Good Fishing!
I had the opportunity to fish on Leech Lake for the past two days... One with Chris Niskanen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the 2nd day with some wonderful folks at Anderson Trucking Service out of St. Cloud. We had some of the best fishing I have had on Leech with several over 26 inchers coming on both days. Attached is a photo of Scott Anderson with the largest of the trip.. a gorgeous 29 incher , which was caught on a Rattln' NO-SNAGG Lindy Rig and a big redtail chub out of Walker Bay. We also caught quite a few nice keepers from 16 to 17-3/4 inches on both days. The keepers came on a bottom bouncer and a Red Devil Supreme spinner rig tipped with a crawler on Grand Vu flats.
I was a little surprised by the good bite, as both days were accompanied by relatively light winds. I've always had better fishing when the wind is blowing on Leech, but this was a definite exception. We all had a blast and, while there, I even took a third place finish at only my second professional poker tournament at the casino. Whoo hoo!
Just got my new Lund Pro V GL out on the water last week out on Francis Case reservoir in South Dakota. Man, what a ride and with the new MinnKota I-Pilot Terrova, is it so easy to manuever and control! I was out there helping out with the Scheel's University where they bring a whole bunch of sales associates out on the water for training.
If you haven't heard, the I-Pilot is a remote control device which works with the Terrova and Power Drives. It has a ton of new features, like Spot Lock, Recordable tracks, Advanced Auto Pilot, and Cruise Control, in addition to the traditional Co-pilot features like left/right, speed up/down. It actually steers the boat by itself once you have given it a recordable track or pressed the Spot Lock button. Pretty cool technology.
As for the fishing on Francis Case, the water is high and the fish are on the move. It was pretty easy to catch a limit and it seems like the fish on average are larger than in years past. The shallow water pitching jigs bite was tough around Chamberlain, but lights out further south by Kiner's bluffs. Trolling Lindy Shadlings on leadcore was the ticket for around town. Water temps were in the low 50's.
I also got a report that the bite has picked up on Lake Sharpe, which is the reservoir above Francis Case. Limits are easy by pitching jigs on the shallow sand bars below the city of Pierre.
Well, it sure was fun, even though it was a work trip (okay... someone has to do it). I hope all of you get a chance to get out soon. Minnesota walleye opener is right around the corner.