The weather of late has modified the walleye bite somewhat, but that will continue to improve as the water warms. With the weather forecast for the week ahead many species will start to actively feed.
Crappie fishing has been good on some of the area lakes and that also will continue to improve in weeks ahead prior to the spawn. Crappies are in the shallows feeding and moving around until you find them is key. Many anglers employ Spot Loc on their Minnkota Terrova and Ulterra bowmount trolling motors to stay in place and move in a stealth mode of silence as not to spook the fish. Some of the lakes to try are Pokegama, Little Moose, Splithand, and Little Cutfoot.
Walleye fishing has been good on most area lakes especially as the water warms and baitfish are also moving into the shallows. On the clear lakes such as Sugar (aka Siseebakwet), Trout, Moose and a few others, cloudy overcast days have been best. We are starting to get a few sunshine days that will quickly warm the surface temperatures, but remember without sufficient amounts of wind the temperatures down 8-15 feet will need to warm also for walleyes to be active. Jig and a shiner is still the best option on area lakes, but look for leeches and crawlers to take hold as an alternate presentation. The best part of early summer and late spring is upon us so get on the lakes and river and enjoy some great fishing.
A great place to swing in and pick up bait and all of your fishing equipment needs is Thousand Lakes Sporting Goods. They are located right on 4th Ave (aka Hwy 2) and across the street from Super One Foods. So you can pick up food for the cabin/resort at the same time. Thousand Lakes staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about all things fishing!
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