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Fishing Reports for the week of May 14, 2018
Dick’s Guide Service – Dick Weinberger
The best way to describe the first 5 days of the walleye season is spotty. The opener was greeted with calm winds, water temps in the mid 40’s and a very limited supply of spot tail shiners. Many of the usual spots were very slow while some experienced feeding windows that produced a nice limit with enough slot fish to make it a great day. On Saturday fishing with shiners & rainbows made a difference in the same area at the same time vs those with just fatheads. The evening bite found them less picky with some success with fatheads. At times Pine Point, Big Hardwood, 2 Points and Traders Bay have all produced. Crawleres and leaches have also produced. With only a few females with eggs and a few males with milk we are at the end of the spawn. Based on the water temp now up into the mid to high 50’s expect many of the usual spring spots to turn on as we head into the 2nd weekend.
Capt. Phil Bauerly – Outright Angling
It’s been a great start to the walleye season, awesome weather and a darn-good bite. Nice fish are scattered in loose schools in 5-10 feet of water. If you have sonar with side imaging, you can locate these concentrations a bit quicker. The fish are biting in windows, so if you are on fish, you may have to grind a bit until the bites come. Avoiding crowds, and getting the jig and bait away from the boat seems to really help. Minnowbaits and 4″ plastics are getting hard bites when the ol’ jig-and-minnow isn’t working. I’m looking forward to putting more golden fish in the net in the weeks to come.
Cheers and hook-sets,
Capt. Phil Bauerly – Leech Lake
Steve Nosbisch – Leech Lake Fishing Guide
Opener 2018 is in the books, and fishing on Leech Lake this weekend was fantastic! Plenty of fish were caught along with a lot of big fish.
Although fish were tough to find at first, once they were found they were more than willing to bite a jig tipped with a minnow. It seemed like the afternoon bite was a little stronger than the morning bite once the water warmed up a little. Nearly every fish caught out of my boat this weekend came from some sort of a sand bottom. 6-9 feet of water with a sand/sand grass mixed seemed to hold the majority of the fish. The water is still cold at 48-53 degrees and as it warms up the fishing should only get better in the near future. Here are some of the fish caught this weekend.