I hope everyone survived the fishing contest, with 48 mph winds. It got pretty brutal.
Even though the forecast wasn’t good, there was a great turnout. The fish have been still going pretty good. We had a great weekend on Gull Lake with walleyes in 20-28 feet of water on shiners. The crappies haven’t been so cooperative yet. We did get some nice pike also.
Mille Lacs Lake is still producing big fish, doesn’t seem to matter where, everyone is doing good. There is still a good walleye bite on North Long and Round lakes. Rice Lake and South Long Lake have definitely slowed for a while. Sylvan Lake has started to put out some nice crappies and sunfish. Some of the other lakes like Cullen, Roy and Mission have also been putting out some panfish.
When the panfish start to get finicky, try something new like a tungsten jig and a straightline reel, so your lure doesn’t spin. The fish really seem to like that. And with the heavy jig there is no need for a splitshot, which will also improve your odds.
JAMIE DIETMAN, S&W Guide Service and Gull Lake Ice House Rentals, may be reached at 218-820-7757.