Walleye fishing has been pretty good this past week. Anglers have had plenty of action, a few meals and a limit to go home, so I
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29 inch, 9 lb Walleye
Curt releasing his walleye
would say the season is starting out well. The water temperature continues to increase. This past week the surface temperature increased about five degrees now hovering around the upper fifties right now. We are starting to see the walleyes push a little deeper. The best fishing this past week have been in the 23′-26′ range although some anglers have done best fishing deep early in the day and moving shallower as the day warms up. Some current hot spots have been around the Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point and Zippel Bay. The best technique and presentation continues to be anchored and vertical jigging with a gold or orange jig, tipped with a minnow. It looks like it will be in the mid 60’s for the next 3-5 days, full sun for a few days, cloudy Friday and maybe a threat of rain on Saturday and Sunday. The guides are all geared up; give us a call to book your trip today. Don’t have a group of 6 or more? No problem we have affordable rates for you too.
Summer 2011 Outlook
According to the MN DNR we have a strong and moderate year class of walleyes reaching the size of 13-17 inches this year. We also have the same amount of trophy sized walleyes swimming like the past few. The past few years have been exceptional for both good eating and trophy walleye fishing; many guides have been known to say it is some of the best fishing they have seen in years! Lake of the Woods also has one of the largest northern pike populations in Minnesota. We are looking forward to another excellent fishing season. Come fish with us and explore Lake of the Woods this summer.
Keep those boats, rods and anchors clean
Are you transporting your boat from lake to lake this summer? Make sure you spray off your boat and gear before entering a new body of water. Those pesky spiny water fleas are known to follow. These fleas compete for the same food the fish do, so do the right thing and give that boat a spray.
2011 Fishing Seasons & Notable Dates
Walleyes – May 14, 2011-April 15, 2012
Northern Pike – Continuous
Muskie – June 18-Nov 30
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass – Continuous
Lake Sturgeon – July 1-Sept 30, Oct 1-April 23, 2012
Crappie – Continuous
May 30 – Memorial Day
June 10-12 – MN DNR Take a Kid Fishing Weekend – MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16.
June 19 – Father’s Day
July 4 – Baudette’s Annual 4th of July Celebration
Aug 25-28 – Sportsman’s Take a Kid Fishing Weekend
Sept 5 – Labor Day