SE Minnesota trout Fishing
April 27, 2003
Most small streams are very clear making trout fishing a little less easy. It's still good fishing, but you need to be careful that the trout don't see you. If you take the time to find streams that are have even a slight haze, it makes your tasl a little easier. The hatches are going so flyfishing in stealth mode can be productive. If you are a spin fisherman don't be afraid to toss spinners, 9-11 Raps (stick), and float livebait under the cuts. There are some nice trout to be had in the 10-12 inch range. Don't be surprised if you run into one of those 20" plus trout, because they are in there and they are biting.
Brainerd Lakes Area
April 20, 2003
Fishing! What's that? I am still not quite in the mode, but with the sun coming back out this week I think I will get the "bug". My boat is clean, and the oil is changed but I have still have major preparations before I get on the water. I would have to say that with the cool, rainy, weather we have been experiencing since Wednesday that the bite is slow. It's just a guess!! But I would say that by Friday things should start picking up. If you are looking for crappie spots in the Brainerd area, there are a ton! Most of the bays and channels that warm up fast will be producing crappies and sunfish. Everyone has their favorite crappie spot, but of course those are sacred.
The river is heating up from Pool 2 down to Pool 8. Look for scours in the bottom. Slack current will carry walleyes and deeper faster current will have sauger. Jigs seem to be working the best. On occasion 3 way rigging will be the ticket. Get out and enjoy the open water while the bite is still hot.
April 17, 2003
Rainy River is open through Baudette. Good fishing is reported. Wind can be a factor and trolling motors are helpful at times. Fishing has been best right next to Birchdale and down river from Frontier about 4 miles. Look for well defined current breaks and fish em.
April 16, 2003
Ice fishing up here is definitely a done deal, however, there are now open-water fishing opportunities available. Some very small lakes in the area opened this weekend and if the weather stays warm this week, there will be even more open-water fishing opportunities by this weekend.
April 16, 2003
Very little action on Kabetogama, shoreline ice is getting marginal. Access onto ice is by foot or 4-wheeler with caution needed near channels and pressure ridges. If temperature remains above freezing I suspect safe fishing will be terminated by next weekend. Crappie action has been slow for the last few weeks.
Bemidji Lakes Area
April 16, 2003
Well as most of you may have guessed fishing on the ice has pretty much become a thing of the past (until next winter). A few people are still walking out on some area lakes, but their conditions vary from lake to lake. Lake Bemidji was putting out Perch of Cameron bar in 22-25 ft of water. The ice is really separating from the shore, and with the weather forecast for the next week I think your best bet is to start working on the boat and spooling fresh line.
Red River Area
April 11, 2003
I wondered by the Oxbow Dam, and a few other areas on the Red River system last night. I caught a couple walleye 14" and under, nothing much bigger. It is great to see the amount of 14" and under walleye being caught on the system. A very good indication the natural reproduction is doing well on the system. Since no stocking is done on the Red River, we must assume the increased number of 14" walleye is predominately due to natural reproduction. I also see it as a very good indication the spring conservation regulations are achieving there long term goals. Sustainability by maintaining the natural stocks already in the system. Keeping the whole system healthy is the ultimate goal..
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Mille Lac Lake Area
April 10, 2003
Time to call it an ice season for the big lake. here is water all around the lake. The creeks are running and the shoreline is really bad. Talked to two guys who were out Tuesday and they needed 15 foot planks to get on the ice and when they got back in to get off the lake, they barely made it back.
Lake Vermilion Area
April 9, 2003
As of Friday 4/4 the ice in this area has continued to hold up for atv and foot travel. There was 25 to 30 inches of solid but slightly honeycombed ice on the lakes I have been on. There has not been much melting away from shore either. The crappies and sunfish continue to bite well. I have been getting them in 30 to 32 feet of water. They are still suspended at 15 to 26 feet down. If we get the warm weather predicted for this week end the end of hard water fishing may be near for me.
Detroit Lake Area
April 1, 2003
For the most part the ice fishing season is done here in the Detroit Lakes area. Not to say that you can't get out, but on most lakes the ice is pulling out from
shore enough to make it very difficult! If you do venture out on the ice be very careful. Now is the time to get your open water gear set and ready to go! It won't be long and the crappies will be going in those shallow water areas. Be ready!
March 31, 2003
This will be our last ice fishing and ice report for the season. A person can still find shore lines to go out with ATVS or by walking. After getting away from shore we still have over 26" of ice. Did get some great reports of nice 11" to 13" Perch coming off Moses bar on the south end. Snag Hole was mixed reports. People that moved up and down the bar did great in 20' of water. West Winnie campgrounds did give up some nice Perch but had to sort out a lot of small Perch. The deep rock pile south of Ravins in 20' is still producing some nice 10"+ Perch. My next report will be the first week in May just before the opener.