Summer patterns are producing walleyes here in western Minnesota on lots of lakes! Look at mid-lake structure like sunken humps and the weed edges along shallow main lake underwater islands. Stay on the move searching for fish using your depth finder. Sunken hump fish are in 18-30 feet of water, while the weed edge pattern on the islands is often in that 10-18 foot depth ranges. Bottom bouncers, plain snells, and nightcrawlers have been most productive on guide trips. Another useful tip, especially on the weed edge pattern, has been to target the windy sides of the islands to find the most cooperative walleyes!
Alexandria (MN) Area
MOON PHASE (4%)
71° - 75° F
61° - 65° F
The walleye bite in western Minnesota is now transitioning from the spring minnow bite around spawning areas to more summer-like patterns with off-shore structure like main lake flats and sunken humps now starting to hold fish. Depth ranges are shifting too as the 12-25-foot ranges are starting to produce more fish now as well. While minnows on jigs and rigs will produce fish, leeches and nightcrawlers are putting fish in the boat now as well too. The key to fishing success is to stay on the move as the fish are moving and an area that produced fish a few days ago may be "dead" water now.
MOON PHASE (78%)
66° - 70° F
56° - 60° F
The walleye bite in western Minnesota is going strong! Lots of small shallow lakes are putting out fish in the 6-12 foot depth ranges, while some of the bigger deeper lakes are also producing fish. The best bite still is on livebait rigs and jigs, tipping them with minnows. Fatheads work well in lots of the small lakes, while spot-tail shiners are the "minnow of choice" in the deeper lakes.
In addition to a strong walleye bite, the panfish are up shallow now and feeding aggressively. Small jigs beneath bobbers are accounting for good catches.
It looks to be a good bite for the holiday weekend in western Minnesota!
MOON PHASE (69%)
The Minnesota 2016 "Walleye Opener" is in the books! Extreme cold and big winds kept lots of anglers off the lakes in western Minnesota on Saturday. Today (Sunday), however, the weather cooperated and so did the fish. We fished a small, shallow lake with off-colored water and found lots of 15-18" walleyes on the lake's east side -stands to reason after the big northwest blow of the past 48 hours!
These fish were eating small jigs and fathead minnows. The most productive jig was a 1/-8-ounce Stand-Up Fire-Ball in the glow watermelon pattern tipped with a fathead. Slowly drifting or trolling around .5 mph was most productive. Subtle jigging actions rather than aggressive snaps seemed to be what these walleyes wanted.
As the weather and water warms, I look for the walleye fishing to get even better, and the crappies and bluegills should be cooperative in the shallows as well!
MOON PHASE (65%)
46° - 50° F
51° - 55° F