As we head into late July and early August, now our thoughts turn to the transition from open water fishing to the upcoming hunting seasons which are just weeks away.
As we head into late July and early August, our thoughts turn to the transition from open water fishing to the upcoming hunting seasons, which are just weeks away.
As water levels are beginning to drop and return to normal, so are the crappies and bluegills.
I have noticed on the water lately that the schools of crappies and sunfish are now moving to their midsummer haunts and that includes staying suspended over deep water.
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.
After this unbearable winter, we have finally made it into April and we all anticipate open water and the fishing season to come. Because this winter was such a bear, you can expect some hitches in the open water dates and possibly some complications with lakes that are still ice locked.
Most anglers have the idea the more time they spend on the water, the better fisherperson they will become.
There is no doubt this winter of 2013-2014 has been one for the record books. Never in my outdoor career have I ever struggled with weather through a winter season like this one.