May 17, 2012
Jason Durham, Go Fish! Guide Service Inc.
Last weekend’s fishing opener was good for some anglers and not so good for others. Good numbers of walleye’s were caught but depth and bait of choice varied widely from lake to lake. Anglers reported catching walleye in 3-30 feet, though the best concentrations were in 10-16 feet of water. Nightcrawlers and leeches fished on Northland Roach Rigs were the most productive though some anglers also did well with Fireball jigs tipped with a minnow and shallow diving crankbaits.
The northern pike were voracious over opening weekend and some very nice northerns were landed. Shallow to mid depth weeds in 4-12 feet have good numbers of pike right now. Flashy in-line spinners did well in addition to various minnow presentations.
The most consistent action this weekend went to anglers targeting panfish. Big crappies and bluegills have been easy targets up in the reeds that are brown, old growth leftover from last season. A small jig and crappie minnow suspended beneath a bobber and 1/16th and 1/32nd ounce Mimic Minnow jigs were equally attractive to the crappies, the bluegills opting for the jigs with a plastic body or the bobber set-up with a worm or maggots instead of a minnow. This bite should continue for a couple more weeks but expect the fish to begin moving toward deeper locales toward the Memorial Day weekend.
Jason Durham Go Fish! Guide Service Park Rapids, MN 218-252-2278 http://go-fish-guides.com