Fishing Report: Slow bite greets anglers on opener
The poor weather that hit the area leading up to the northern and walleye opener on Saturday didn’t do anglers any favors, but at least they were able to get on the water.
Dana Freese of Christopherson Bait in Alexandria said the report from fishermen this past weekend was that the bite was pretty slow.
“We’ve had some cold, crummy weather and the ice hasn’t been gone that long,” Freese said. “Having said that, there were some guys fishing in the creeks after dark that caught some nice fish. For the coming week, concentrate on smaller lakes, shallower lakes. Mary and Reno, there were a few fish caught on those two and a jig and minnow is probably your best bet.”
Some anglers were able to have success going after crappies, but those too have been a little harder to find.
“Guys are catching some crappies,” Freese said. “Those are moving in and out with the cold weather, but if you put in your time, they’re definitely up in the shallow, muddy-bottom bays…in the middle of the bays where the old weeds are. That’s kind of the place to look for them.”
Last year’s extended cool temperatures actually prolonged the walleye bite in the area with water remaining at ideal temperatures for a long period of time. It’s too early to say that it will be a similar situation this summer, but so far the relatively late ice out and cool temperatures seem to be following a similar pattern.
“If we go from this 50, 60-degree stuff and right before Memorial Day we start getting 85 degrees for 10 days and it’s hot in June, you could still end up having that bite slowed up by July,” Freese said. “On the other hand, if it stays cool, sometimes those walleyes will bite practically all summer, kind of similar to what they did last year.”