Fish Report - June 4
From bass and crappies to northerns and walleyes, the bite on area lakes has heated up with the weather in recent weeks as anglers are in a peak period of the season for catching fish.
“About the middle of last week, the water temps got up into the 60s and of course that brought on a bite,” Dick Gustafson of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said. “Before that, the crappie fishing has been really good on almost all the lakes. Crappies in the shallow water have been very good and that’s been the saving grace because the walleyes started awful slow.”
Gustafson said he was still catching crappies in the rushes and pencil weeds as of last Friday in about two to four feet of water. The walleye bite has caught up on a lot of lakes with fish concentrating in some really shallow water as of last week.
“I’ve heard reports of four to eight feet, four to 10 feet,” Gustafson said. “This [past] weekend they had a tournament on Reno and did quite well, and it was a walleye bite with jig and a minnow or crawlers, apparently crawlers were the best bite and depth was 12-15 feet.”
A lot of anglers are still jigging for walleyes with shiner minnows, but pulling Lindy Rigs with nightcrawlers and leeches also worked well in that tournament on Reno.
The bass bite has also been good with a lot of lakes in the area featuring healthy populations that can make for some great action.
“The bass bite is pretty good,” Gustafson said. “Not a lot of big bass. A lot of smaller bass in the shallows and if you can find them, the sunfish fishing has been good. They’re shallow too. They’re close to the beds.”
Gustafson said the Alexandria Chain of Lakes is a good spot to target bass throughout the summer.
“You can go out there and a good fisherman can catch 30-40 bass in a day,” he said. “A lot of times, the staple type of fishing with that is some kind of worm, plastic worms on either a jig or a plastic worm on a Texas Rig.”
The annual muskie season also opens this Saturday, meaning anglers can go after every popular game fish that the area has to offer.