General Phillips Area Fishing Report,
What a difference a year makes.
Last season we were wondering if our favorite lake would be ice free for the fishing opener and this year some lakes have had open water for a month already and the walleye finished their spawn weeks ago. Most anglers that hit the water for last weekend's opener were reporting some good fishing. Crappie and other panfish were moving shallow and were easily caught on plastics, worms and minnows.
Look for the fish to be anywhere where there is some wood in areas with high sunlight. I like using small plastics like twisters, tubes and sliders on a small 1/32 ounce jig under a float for these shallow water areas.
Walleye action was great but they seem to be scattered in the water column from reports coming into Ross's. Some anglers reported catching walleye in shallow flats using stickbaits like Rapalas and Storms. Other anglers are reporting catching good amounts of walleyes in 5 to 15 feet of water using Bottom Feeder Tackle Jigs tipped with Berkley Gulp or fatheads.
Northern action was great with most of the pike being taken in shallow water near last seasons weed edges. Twitching Husky Jerks and casting spoons or spinnerbaits was getting most of the action. Bright colors like Firetiger patterns were topping the list of pike catching colors this early in the season.