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- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)
Please call us or keep checking back for updates! Looking forward to opener!
- Veire's Mini-Mart
Dave, 117 E Benton St, corner of Hwy 75 and 14 (507-368-4204)
Please call us or check back for updates! Looking forward to opener!
- Timberline Sport & Tackle
Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd. (218-835-4636)
Please call us for updates! Looking forward to opener!
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Jason Freed, Toby Kvalevog, Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)
Call or see our website! Looking forward to opener!
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)
We have open water and are looking forward to the spring fishing season! Call us for current reports as they change daily this time of year!
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)
St. Louis River is giving up walleyes and crappies in 12 feet. Crappies biting 15-20 feet on Fish and Whiteface. Island Anglers fishing near shore on the north shore of Lake Superior are catching Kamloops and cohos in the French River area with spawn bags, nightcrawlers, or wax worms.
- Babe's Bait and Tackle - BabesBaitEly.com
500 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, MN, first business on the left as you are entering town of Ely from the west on Hwy 169 (218-365-6930)
3-28-We regret that we will be closing for the season to take a short break and to change over the shop from winter to summer stock. Our plans are to reopen on May 1st. See you for spring opener!
3-20-Lake trout season is rapidly coming to an end here in Minnesota and some anglers have seen some good succes catching these tackle testing fish. Burntside, Snowbank, and Basswood Lakes have definitely been placed on the list of go to places to target the species. Active jigging has proved to be the best method to achieve success. Stream trout action has been sporadic, but some anglers have managed to catch at least a few on Miners, Tofte, and High and Dry lakes.
Crappie fishing has been somewhat disappointing when compared to past seasons, although there have been some reports of decent catches. Live minnows suspended above the bottom where the fish are beginning to congregate seems to be most effective. A word of caution. Lake ice conditions are still good on most lakes in the area, but accessing some where moving water is present can be challenging. With the advent of warmer weather,it is only a matter of time when one might have to hang up the ice gear for another season. We have been fortunate here in the north country, as other parts of the state currently have no fishable ice.
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Caleb Garoutte, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
Please check our website or Facebook page for new fishing reports! We will update them here as they come in!
- Gateway Store kabfishingreport.com - gatewaygeneral.com
Phil & Ellen Hart, US Hwy 53 & Co Rd 122, 30 miles south of Int'l Falls-Canadian border (218-875-2121)
4-16-Well folks we can Celebrate and say Good-bye to hard water. The concensus is Kabetogama ice out occurred either Friday April 14th or overnight into Saturday, April 15th. This ice out is a couple weeks earlier than the norm and water levels are slightly above normal for this time period in April which could be a good combination for opener. If weather stays stable and warm weather persists the walleyes should be done spawning this month, and hopefully leave them hungry come the May opener. What depth is going to work for Opener? If the waters warm slightly that could find the smaller fish out a little deeper than usual. If the water warms in the high 50’s, bait fish will be in spawning, attracting pike and walleye into shallow depths. Let’s all have a Happy, Safe and Great Season on Kabetogama, the Lake with the nation’s Most Fantastic Sunrises and Sunsets, according to National Geographic! Gateway General Customer Appreciation and 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Hart’s is April 21st – Hope you Can Join us for Lunch, Door Prizes and the Opportunity for Us to Say Thank You for the Last 20 Years of Loyalty!! You Have All Been Great To Us – It is Hard to Believe that This is a Job and that 20 Years have Passed Us By!! Thanks for Your Friendship – Arrive at Gateway as a Customer and Leave as Our Friend!! See You Soon!!
Crabby Phil & Ellen Hart
LAKE OF THE WOODS
- Lake of the Woods Area Tourism Bureau - www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com
near Junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 172 in Baudette, (1-800-382-FISH)
4-17- The spring walleye season closed with a bang as the water cleared up and the fish had the feed bags on with walleyes and saugers of all sizes boated. Now that walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener May 13th, we turn our attention to sturgeon, pike, and sucker fishing. Many big sturgeon boated this past week. Sturgeon fishing has been excellent. Use a 3-4 ounce no roll sinker, a 1-1.5 foot leader, and a circle hook loaded (called a sturgeon rig) with frozen shiners and crawlers for best results. Anchor boat up stream of a deeper hole and pitch sturgeon rig into the hole. Heavy equipment is preferred.
Pike becoming active in bays. Ice just left the lake and most bays and water starting to warm up. Nothing heard yet on suckers running but not far off.
Up at the NW Angle, the ice is gone (in most areas) and it's open water. Remember, walleyes open May 13th, pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN and sturgeon fishing through May 15th and then again July 1st. www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)
3-30-Leech Lake is in the spring mode right now. We still have ice but it's not good ice! Open water is a few weeks away! Once the ice is gone it's time to hit the open water and find some jumbo perch or hit the bays looking for warmer water to find crappies or sunfish. Walleye opener is just around the corner so if you do not have plans already grab your jig box and come enjoy all that Walker/Leech Lake has to offer!
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - (320-630-1761)
Tullibie and perch are biting on Mille Lacs! Keep moving to find the fish. For up to the minute ice conditions call Chris anytime or stop by your local bait store. Panfish have been biting on smaller area lakes such as Platte, Sullivan, Shakopee, Knife and Ann. Work the edge of the weedlines for best results. For fishing reports and current conditions listen to Chris and Stan on Outdoor Adventures on iHeart Radio.
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)
We have open water. Look for crappies in 10-15 feet of water. Try working the channels and bays. Give us a call for reports!
MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
The red wing blackbirds are singing their songs right now in the backwaters, sand hill cranes are flocking up, bald eagles are commonly seen, and work barges are sounding their horns... This is the Mississippi River – Pool 4. This April the river does not appear to be on its way to high water, based on the snow pack in the tributaries. Which is good news to many of the rivers anglers. River levels at the start of this month are low and only about 2’ higher than normal. Rains of course bring the level up. Anglers will find the big walleyes a bit deeper than years past because of the low water. Best depth varies weekly… you can count on 10 to 15 feet of water to be a good depth for walleye in April. Saugers are normally deeper and the 15 to 25’ depth is a proven depth to get saugers.
Here are the top five presentations to take walleye and sauger:
1. Jig and minnow vertically presented
2. Drag jigs and plastics into the flow
3. Rig a Dubuque rig into the flow and current seams
4. Cast blade baits to the sand
5. Troll original Rapalas on Wolf River Rigs.
April is trophy walleye time, and the first few weeks are best for huge walleye, there are no guarantees but the chance to get a “fish of the lifetime” is real in April on Pool 4. There are many great bait and tackle shops in the Red Wing area, such as Everts bait shop. Everts is on the water and a couple miles south of the dam. Stop in there to get a handle on daily fishing trends. Pool Four is a great fishery, and on a day with a no rain and warm temperature forecast do not expect to be alone. The good news is from “the head of the lake” to the dam you can catch fish.
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Josh Severtson, www.smokeyhills.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
The 2017 Minnesota fishing opener is upon us and Park Rapids, MN is the place to make your maiden voyage. The walleye fishing is always strong early season on many of the different area lakes such as Long Lake (East), Upper & Lower Bottle Lakes, Big Sand Lake, and Fish Hook Lake to name a few. Expect this year to be much of the same. The female walleyes will be post spawn and ready to eat. The days immediately after the spawn can be tough as the fish are often tired out, that will not be the case this year as we had an exceptionally warm spring. The ‘eyes will have had sufficient time to recover and will be active. It is common for the big walleyes to feed on baits typically reserved for catching large pike or muskies in this early period. Six to eight inch swimbaits will be effective and offer results in 12 to 25 feet of water. Casting up on to shallow points next to deep water and working the bait back to the boat will bring success. The Park Rapids area lakes are often missed by those anglers driving all the way up to Red Lake or Lake of the Woods looking for lunker walleyes, stop by and speak with Josh in the fishing department of Smokey Hills Outdoor Store and he can point you in the right direction with up to date information on where and how to put an obese walleye on your wall! https://www.facebook.com/SmokeyHills/
- Wheaton Service & Bait www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400)
Well, the ice season here on Lake Traverse has come to an end early, the good news is that Lake Traverse opens for walleye on April 22! Wheaton Service and The Fishin Hole Lodge offer Lodging and guiding packages for Walleye, Catfish, or just fish in general! All full day guided packages come with a SHORE LUNCH cooked over an open fire! It doesn't get any better! Lake Traverse has the highest net count on walleye in the state of Mn. The Catfish fishing on Lake Traverse may be World Class, average cats we boated last year were 10 pounds! Check us out at wheatonservice.com or Wheaton Service, or The Fishin Hole Lodge on FB, or give us a call at 320 563-1400 and set up a guided fishing outing today! Take a Kid Fishin!
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)
We got another surprise batch of SHINERS! Also, some smaller sucker minnows were delivered as well!
We have a SALE on Extra Large Sucker Minnows, with some Decoys for $1 EACH while supplies last (Regularly priced from $1.75 to $2.50 each).
Due to much warmer February weather than usual with diminishing ice conditions, we are sad to announce our Bait Shop and Access will be closing for the Season after 6 pm Sunday, 2/19/17.
Thank you for great winter season on Lake Waconia!
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, firstname.lastname@example.org, (218-327-2312)
We are looking forward to a great spring and summer fishing season! We will update you as soon as the reports start coming in!