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Good Fishing Right Now

  • Weekender
    Participant
    Southcentral MN
    Posts: 410
    #2129084

    I’ve been out fishing a couple times since my last report and it’s really starting to pick up right now. Weeds are getting to their prime (or are at their prime) and all species of fish are cruising the edges and staging within the weeds.

    Pike, walleye, crappies bluegills, bass and rough fish are all there. Water surface temps, depending on the lake, are bouncing around 68 to 72 degrees.

    I’ve personally gone away from minnows and am having great success with 1/16oz to 1/8oz jigs & crawler chunks, or 1/4oz mooneye jigs with split-tail plastics. Crankbaits haven’t produced for me as of yet, but the action on jigs is hard to abandon.

    For the most part, just simply pick a weedline and start pitching jigs. If the weedline is shallow (6ft or less) be sure to stay off the weedline and pitch to it. Getting along super shallow weeds will effectively kill your chances at a better day. Deeper weedlines (8ft to 10ft) you can get to the edge and get parallel.

    This is one of the best times of year in this region right now. Load the boat, grab the wife and kids and hit your favorite lake! You’ll likely be rewarded!

    Good fishing!

    Weekender

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    FinickyFish
    Participant
    Posts: 207
    #2129217

    Nice. Keep up the reports. Moved away from Southern MN but nice to hear good tidings from down that way.

    ganderpike
    Participant
    Alexandria
    Posts: 513
    #2129224

    Good reading. Weed-lines in Alex area are just starting to pop up, didn’t find much for fish on them last night. Im not sure what the spottail populations look like in Southern Mn lakes, but up here the spottails go and hang out over sandgrass in 14-20 fow. Those are great areas to key in on around dusk.

    Jake D
    Participant
    Watertown, SD
    Posts: 283
    #2129230

    Good reading. Weed-lines in Alex area are just starting to pop up, didn’t find much for fish on them last night. Im not sure what the spottail populations look like in Southern Mn lakes, but up here the spottails go and hang out over sandgrass in 14-20 fow. Those are great areas to key in on around dusk.

    or 3-5 feet underneath docks shock

    ganderpike
    Participant
    Alexandria
    Posts: 513
    #2129238

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>ganderpike wrote:</div>
    Good reading. Weed-lines in Alex area are just starting to pop up, didn’t find much for fish on them last night. Im not sure what the spottail populations look like in Southern Mn lakes, but up here the spottails go and hang out over sandgrass in 14-20 fow. Those are great areas to key in on around dusk.

    or 3-5 feet underneath docks shock

    No kidding. At night that’s pretty common, never would have guessed during the day. Those guys are in a different league

    Weekender
    Participant
    Southcentral MN
    Posts: 410
    #2129429

    Going to do a little “guiding” tomorrow. Taking my kids and my nephew out.

    Kids are set up for jigs/crawler fishing. I’m gonna cork with a leech.

    We’ll see how it goes. waytogo

    klee103
    Participant
    Nevada, Iowa
    Posts: 15
    #2131258

    Enjoyed your report and the comments. Keep fishing and posting.
    Haven’t had the opportunity to get out yet but, planning to do so.

    Weekender
    Participant
    Southcentral MN
    Posts: 410
    #2131400

    Thanks klee. My last outing was with the kids on June 12. Overcast with east/southeast wind and I thought it would be good on the west/northwest side of the lake. But, the area I had pounded them 3 days before was somewhat dead. We picked up a few keeper eyes, a couple nice Gills and some throw back pike, but that was it for a solid 2-3 hours in that area. Jigs & crawlers worked best. Nothing on the cork nor plastics.

    For the last 1.5hrs we moved to the calm side of the lake. Water was much clearer and the sun came out. I didn’t think we’d get a thing, but we actually had much better fishing. Caught some nice keeper eyes and a few too small, then ended our day. It leads me to believe the cleaner, clearer water made a difference.

    My next outing will be this Sunday. Taking my daughter and her boyfriend out for a while. Hope the weeds are still in decent shape after all the heat and wind.

    Weekender
    Participant
    Southcentral MN
    Posts: 410
    #2132560

    Took my daughter and her boyfriend out Sunday in all that wind. It was difficult to say the least. We did catch a couple small bass, a few small Gills, a few small eyes and one 25″ pike that I cleaned for the boyfriend and his family.

    Yesterday I got done with work early so my daughter and I hit my favorite early season lake. The water was 80-81 degrees, lots of algae, and the weeds have died off mostly. We did boat a few small eyes and missed on some other hits. Was a beauty afternoon to be out, but I won’t be back to that lake until opener next year.

    Next outing may be this coming weekend. But that might be my last local outing for a while as I have some minor boat fixes and things to get done before our Canada trip.

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