Minnesota Fish Tales
Statewide Fishing Report
Walleye action remains steady for those on the move. The fish haven't been bunched up as they were just a week or so ago. Anglers on the move seem to be doing quite well, either by dragging spinners tipped with minnows, leeches, or crawlers and crankbaits.
CO Weekly Report
CO Hannah Cowden (Warroad) worked a busy Memorial Weekend on Lake of the Woods and surrounding areas, doing angling and boat and water safety checks. Success was varied but most boats seemed to be catching a decent amount of fish. Some were even catching and keeping too many.
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Fishing & Hunting Reports
Musky opener is a success - - action good to excellent, with northern and panfish also putting on a good to excellent bite, and walleye and smallmouth bass good ; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
DNR Outdoor Report
Green Bay was very active last weekend with the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament. The water temperature average 53 degrees, the smallmouth bass action was good Little Sturgeon Bay, with several boats reported catching 20-plusfish, but action was slower in other areas.
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DNR Q & A
Q: Which fish species are the first to spawn in Minnesota lakes during the spring?
A: Northern pike usually spawn first when water temperatures are in the low 40s. There is often still ice on the main lakes when pike run into tributary streams, rivers or wetlands to spawn. Walleye spawn a bit later, followed by yellow perch, muskellunge, bass and crappie/bluegill.
Henry Drewes, DNR regional fisheries manager