Saturday's CJ Johnson updates the fishing action from Minnesota!
Listen live at www.kfgo.com Saturday around 4:10 for the upate from CJ!
International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River
Anglers are taking some very large northern pike from the border waters
of Rainy Lake and Rainy River, with most of the larger fish coming from
Rainy Lake's warmer bay. The best locations have been close to the dam at
Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River
Walleye action was exceptional early on and all signs point to similar success
continuing. 14- to 20-inch walleye are more abundant than usual this year.
Sauger measuring 12- to 15-inches are also more abundant this year. The
Lake of the Woods fishery is healthy and in position to keep anglers happy!
Check out charter fishing on this lake of 12-thousand islands.
Early on anglers were finding crappies moving into the shallows in many
area lakes. The best activity has generally been late in the day, after the sun
has had a chance to warm the water in some of the deeper lakes. Crappies
move into the shallows to feed this time of year, with bass, crappies and
sunnies usually spawning when water temperatures reach between 68- and 72-
degrees. The spawn is pretty much over at this point.
The stream trout season is now open and anglers reported decent action on
opening weekend. One area stream, the Straight River, is considered one
of the best trout streams in the Upper Midwest, with a trout population
estimated at 8,000 trout per mile of stream…that means your chances are
great this spring.
The panfish bite remains good on area lakes. Anglers are having the most
success on warm and sunny days. Most crappies have been suspended a
few feet down in 4-9 feet of water. A small jig and bobber with a minnow or
plastic worm. Sunfish are everywhere. Stay on the move until you locate a
school of larger fish. Detroit Lakes has some fabulous walleye fishing.
Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs
There is a new 17- to 28-inch protected slot for Lake Mille Lacs walleye --
one walleye 28-inches or longer may be included in the four-fish limit. The
fisheries staff is expecting the great winter bite of walleyes to carry over into
this summer. If you know Mille Lacs…you know the reefs…if you know the
reefs, you know you will find walleye.
West Central Minnesota
Fishing has been very good for anglers pursuing crappies and sunnies,
especially on sunny, warm days. Areas to check out include Florida, Andrew,
Long, Willmar and Foot lakes, as well as Diamond Lake's Dogfish Bay, and
all bays on Nest Lake.
South West Minnesota
Ortonville - Big Stone Lake
Anglers are taking good numbers of walleye from Big Stone Lake on days
with a slight walleye chop. Some nice fish, measuring 17- to 19-inches, are
being caught close to shore, off the windy points. The favorite method is a
jig and minnow combination, pitching into the rocks along the shorelines or
rocky points. Once fish move into a summer pattern, fish troll the 5- to 7-foot
range which will make setting the hook less of a challenge.