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Report from the Dock

For the most part, the majority of the state has remained relatively cool over the past week, so water temperatures have not climbed much. There’s a lot of low to mid 60-degree water temperatures being reported and that seems to have allowed those shallow walleye and panfish bites to hang in there for another week. Minnows are still in play for walleyes, but there’s been a definite transition to leeches and nightcrawlers in many areas this week. Generally speaking, most of the really solid walleye bites are taking place in less than 15 feet of water. The panfish spawn is in varying phases, wrapped up in the south, ongoing in central Minnesota, and just starting to the north. There should be plenty of excellent panfish-catching opportunities in the week ahead statewide. Bass and northern pike remain shallow and active, while muskie anglers kicked off their season last Saturday. Reports were limited, with smaller profile baits raising the majority of fish.

Leech Lake Report

Minnows continue to produce walleyes, but many anglers have transitioned to leeches or nightcrawlers. Daytime bites have been difficult, especially if the wind isn’t blowing, with some fish coming off the 12- to 15-foot breaks in Portage Bay, Trader’s Bay, the shorelines in Walker Bay, and Goose Island Flats. You’ll still find active fish during low-light periods or windy conditions on the points and shoreline breaks in 6 to 9 feet. Panfish are showing up in the bays, so look for the rice and reed beds to hold crappies and bluegills. There were some muskies caught on opening weekend, with reports indicating that open water trolling patterns were producing.

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Report from the Dock Last weekend’s cold front and persistent winds seemed to have slowed walleye action a bit in most areas. The majority of walleyes being caught remain shallow and still being taken with minnows, although leeches and crawlers have started to produce more fish in some areas. The forecast calls for warmer, stable […]

Report from the Dock What a difference a week makes. With the arrival of some very nice weather last week, lake and travel conditions have improved across the northern half of the state. The snowpack has gone down considerably, which has allowed for more truck and ATV use in most areas. This has also resulted […]

Report from the Dock Finally, some better weather has arrived across the state and that should improve fishing opportunities. Not just in the number of people getting out, but lake conditions to the north as well. Early this week, deep snow and slush was still limiting where anglers could get to across most of northern […]

Report from the Dock It’s been a tough stretch for anglers across the state, which started about two weeks ago and continues heading into this weekend. The weather patterns, which seem to change almost daily, seems to be the biggest culprit. It seems as though walleyes, panfish, and pike are being seen on electronics in most […]

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