fishing

If I had to describe the perfect day to go walleye fishing it would go something like this: There would be a nice cloud cover with no precipitation, the wind would be from the southwest creating a manageable walleye chop and the water temperatures would still be cool enough to support my all-time favorite bait, the spot tail shiner.

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There are a lot of great angling opportunities going on right now but you might not want to overlook panfish. It’s sunfish we’re talking about, and it’s prime time for finding and catching the largest of this species.

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As we enter the best fishing month of the year, June, we look forward to the walleyes and largemouth bass getting active and providing some tremendous fishing opportunities as the water is finally warming into the 60’s and the weed growth is underway.

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Even with the late spring, it looks like we’ll have open water on most if not all of our major walleye lakes. Last year was a different story and my opener was delayed by a week because the lake we wanted to fish on (Leech) was still locked up.

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The first fishing excursions of the open water season here in central Minnesota are almost always the ice-out, shallow water crappies which usually signals the beginning of our open water exploits. I look forward to this early season because we are all eager to hit the water and crappies are abundant and easy to catch, especially during the early period of May.

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