If you're in search of fast summer fishing action, you may want to consider tossing a crankbait for largemouth bass on the deep weedline. Largemouth bass often roam weedlines in good numbers during the summer, and they are usually pretty easy to hook. Plus, not much fights harder than a summer largie! Not only are bass numerous and fun to catch on the weedline, but you'll probably encounter some bonus pike, a walleye or two, and maybe even some big panfish when crankin' summer weedlines.
Winter finally gave up and walleye season is here this Saturday! Now that the season is here, having a good game plan for opening day and the rest of the early season can mean the difference between spring fishing success and frustration. Choosing the right lake is often key to opening day success, with water temperature being a top consideration. For that reason, I usually like to start on a small, shallow lake that warms quickly. With this year's seemingly never-ending winter this consideration probably becomes even more important.
Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota/South Dakota border is a very popular spring walleye fishing destination. It's popular because, as a Minnesota-South Dakota border water, it opens to the legal taking of walleyes earlier than the traditional Minnesota inland game season. The season opens this year on April 21. The lake is also popular because it has a healthy walleye population, many of which are willing biters around the opener.
The ice season is nearing an end. With that end, however, comes a new beginning as the open-water season soon follows. With a new season just around the corner, lots of us start thinking about trying new fishing methods, finding the next great lure and ultimately catching more fish. Those things obviously are important and are an enjoyable part of what we do. This story, however, is a simple reminder to anglers that there is lots to enjoy about the fishing experience beyond the fish. For me, the best part of fishing now is spending time outside with people I enjoy.
Recently, I wrote a story about some top walleye fishing destinations I was fortunate to fish last summer. This story is of a similar nature, except the target and topic species is bass. These are destinations and fishing techniques anglers may want to consider when making fishing plans for 2018! Central Minnesota I live in central Minnesota, so this isn't a destination for me, but I mention it because central Minnesota flat out "has 'em" when it comes to largemouth bass!
I recently spent some time on the ice with Big Stone Lake fishing guide Tanner Arndt. Our goal was to find fish for Tanner's upcoming guide trips. We were also hoping to film an episode for Fishing the Midwest TV. The day's weather had Tanner a bit apprehensive about the bite as we headed out that morning. Bright, sunny days are often best as Big Stone's perch seem to move the most and bite the best when the sun shines. Unfortunately, on this day, and contrary to the forecast, we were greeted by overcast and wind.
My summers are dominated by time on the water fishing, mostly guiding others. I certainly enjoy that time. By fall, however, I am ready for a change of pace and the solitude of being alone in a tree. I took up bowhunting several years ago and I've learned (made mistakes) far more than I have experienced success, particularly when it comes to trying to arrow big whitetail bucks.
By now the hot early ice walleye bite has passed on many lakes and many ice anglers are looking for some biting fish. One bite that is often good this time of the year is a deep-water basin bite for crappies. Mid-winter crappies roam deep basins searching for food. Lots of the basin areas I fish are in the 20-to-30-foot depth ranges, some of the deepest water available in my favorite lakes. Other lakes, however, have deeper basins where crappies can be found.
I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel across the Midwest sampling some of the good walleye fishing this region offers. This past summer, I got in on several good bites. Here is a look back at some of those trips. These walleye destinations might be places anglers want to consider visiting and fishing in 2018. Rainy River Last spring, a friend from Minneapolis, Kevin Kerkvliet, met me at the Rainy River on the Minnesota-Canada border for the spring walleye run that occurs there each spring.
A great time to catch winter walleyes is during the month or so after when safe ice first forms. Walleyes now are often still feeding aggressively before the tougher bite of mid-winter usually sets in. Here are some suggestions for finding and catching walleyes during this often-productive period. I target lakes at early ice that had a good fall walleye bite as the fall open-water action usually continues to early ice. On some of the shallow "prairie lakes" I fish, that usually means walleyes holding on the edges of flats with remnant weed growth.