Summer Fishing Reports
August 29, 2016
Fall fishing is on its way!
Summer is quickly passing us by, but some of the best fishing is on its way also! Through the month of September most fish will be transitioning into their fall patterns. The walleye are already moving and changing habits daily. One day you can catch a pile of walleye on leeches, the next day they want minnows and the day after that they've moved locations all together. For these reasons the month of September is my least favorite time to fish walleye.
Lucky for me, the month of September is when the smallmouth bass start their heavy feeding patterns. This can make for some of the best fishing of the year. Smallmouth are extremely aggressive and schooled up during this time period. Over the next 6 weeks my boat will see hundreds upon hundreds of smallmouth and many of them will be close to trophy caliber. If you like big hard fighting fish don't miss out on this ridiculously fun time to fish. I'll be posting pictures along with my favorite techniques each week. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Good Luck!
August 19, 2016
The great fishing we've had this summer just continues. Granted the walleye fishing isn't as easy as it was in June and July, but there are still reports of some nice catches. The majority of the walleye are being caught at dusk and dawn in 18-24' with live bait. The best techniques to use are still Lundy rigs and spinner rigs, but with nice quality leeches becoming less available crank baits trolled shallow and deep have been a nice alternative. Panfish have also been biting very well. There are quite a few lakes right now putting out very nice sunfish and crappie. The best techniques seem to be the one you have the most confidence in. I've heard everything from small crank baits to just a plain hook and worm. My go-to technique for sunfish is a 1/32 oz jig and leech under a bobber. I use the same setup for crappie only I switch out the leech for a small twister tail plastic and fish it just above the weeds. It depends on the lake but I've been catching crappie and sunfish in 3-16' of water. The main thing I look for is standing green weeds. The fish have been very aggressive so just keep moving until you find some nice sized fish. Good Luck!
August 5, 2016
The daytime walleye bite has finally slowed around the Alexandria area. We are still getting good action in the low light time periods as well as the days that are breezier. In general though the bite is much slower than we’ve been experiencing most of the summer thus far.Most of the fish are coming from the outside weed line in 18-24’ feet of water. The preferred techniques have still been Lindy rigs and spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers. Look for fish to be holding to normal structure like points and inside turns. When I’m searching an area for fish I like to look for a thick weed edge, rocks or some type of physical structure for the fish to hold too. I refer to these spots as the spots with in a spot. Keep in mind that location is everything and close isn’t generally good enough. Keep moving until you find fish then concentrate on catching them.
I see all too often, people trying really hard to catch fish when there are no fish under them. It sounds obvious but if you keep on the fish your catch rate will only improve. Good luck!
July 22, 2016
Not much has changed this week. There has still been excellent catches reported. Limits of nice eater walleye 15”-20” with the biggest walleye caught and released being just over 9lbs! Nice fish! The majority of the walleye are still on the outside weed edge (18’-22’) but lately the shallower fish (10’-16’) have been cooperating better than the deeper ones. Leeches and crawlers on a Lindy rig, spinner or bobber have all been producing some very nice fish. Just move until you mark some fish on your locator and then sit on them until they bite. Good Luck!
July 15, 2016
Well we had to dodge the rain again this week but fishing was good for those that got out. I’ve been able to find walleye in about every depth from shallow to deep, but the most fish seem to be in 18’-22’. Live bait has still been my go to. Leeches or crawlers on a lindy rig, spinner or bobber are still putting fish in the boat. As evening approaches don’t be afraid to troll small crank baits in 3’-10’. My go to crank bait is #5 Lindy Shadling in a perch pattern. Troll it at around 2mph and hold on. This is a great technique to put a true trophy in the boat as well as eater sized walleye. Good luck!
July 8, 2016
After the beautiful weather over the holiday weekend we knew it had to come to an end, and come to an end it did. This past week has been a mix of storms and calm weather with blue bird skies. As many walleye anglers know, when you have unpredictable weather you will have an unpredictable walleye bite as well. There were reports all over the board this week from very good to very poor. So if you ended up somewhere in the middle consider yourself lucky. As the weather stabilizes over the coming days so will the walleye bite. We’ve been doing well on spinners, lindy rigs and bobbers tipped with leeches or night crawlers in 18’-24’ of water. There have also been good reports on #5 and #7 crank baits in shallower water. With surface water temps over 75 deg, we are finally to the time of year where nothing would surprise me. Walleye are scattered and hungry, so nearly any technique can work at some point. Find the fish and then try the technique that best suits the location and mood of the fish. As always if you have a specific question feel free to shoot me an email. Good luck!
June 28, 2016
The walleye fishing the past week was still pretty good, but it is showing signs of slowing down. Instead of easy limits everywhere-everyday now they are more sporadic. Limits are still being had across the area but there are definitely days where you have to work for everyone you catch. It appears most of the walleye have migrated out to deeper water and are schooled up on the outside weed edges in 16’-24’ feet of water. For me a simple Lindy rig and a leech or crawler has been working the best. Some anglers are using spinners and cranks already too with decent success. A bobber and a leech on these deeper breaks are also producing some walleye in the low light hours. Good luck!
June 19, 2016
The fishing is still extremely good around the Alexandria area. We’ve been catching most of our walleye in 16’-22’ of water on leeches. A week ago the weeds were full of hungry walleye and as each day passed you could see more and more fish migrate to the outside weed edge. There are still fish in the weeds but nowhere near as many as there was. I’d recommend fishing the outside weed edges with a leech or night crawler on a lindy rig. With water temps in the 70’s I wouldn’t be afraid to try faster presentations like trolling spinners and crank baits.Sunfish and crappie have also been biting well. I’ve noticed the fish will be up in 2-3 feet of water on one lake and out in 9-12’ on the next, so it’s hard to pin point exactly where they’ll be. The good thing is they’re quite aggressive, so finding them hasn’t been all that difficult. Good luck!
June 10, 2016
Fishing remains good to excellent for walleye around the Alexandria lakes area. There are numerous lakes kicking out good numbers of walleye 14”-20” walleye with even a few big fish to throw back. The best depth has been 15’-20’ of water. Minnows are still working, but the preference is definitely leeches and night crawlers on most lakes. I’d still recommend using slower techniques. The water is in the mid 60’s but spinners and crank baits aren’t going to work quite as well as they will in a few weeks. Stick with Lindy rigs, jigs and bobbers for now and you should have plenty of success. As for panfish I’d recommend fishing over the weeds. Concentrate on 9-14 feet of water for crappie and shallower for the sunfish. Use a small jig and plastic twister tail. Slowly swim it above the weeds with short pulls. This will usually trigger bites from the most finicky fish. Good Luck!
June 1, 2016
The fishing over the holiday weekend was very productive and continues to be excellent! Most people are reporting good numbers of walleye 14”-19” with some lakes even kicking out a few larger fish to through back. Water temps are rising fast, so you will start see the walleye transition away from minnows and show a preference toward leeches and night crawlers. Most lakes are well into the 60’s and I’ve seen shallow areas in the high 70’s. I have been using jigs, lindy rigs and bobbers for my walleye recently. 12’-18’ feet of water has been best. As always for walleye look for structure…weeds, rocks, under water points are all great places to start. Good Luck!