Fishing in Land O' Lakes!

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Fishing in Land O' Lakes!

Not a complete opener, but still nice to be able to get out on the open water

May 6, 2018 ·

What a beautiful weekend weather wise for us in the Northwoods. Unfortunately, many of the lakes still had ice cover on them. The Eagle Chain and the river was opened for the beginning of the season with ice just coming off water temps on the surface were in the low to mid-forties but that is a far cry from what the water column is at. The only fish ready to spawn are the Perch I believe. 

Northern Pike:  They are being caught by slip bobber fisherman and people jigging walleyes it seems they will hit anything that is moving.

Walleye: This is what I found on the lakes that were ice free. These fish were still in pre-spawn sitting in the holes; a lot of small males, it seemed that they were on the sharpest breaks going down the holes.  Jig and minnow combo was the ticket for these fish.

Panfish:  Perch are being caught in the old weeds using a slip bobber combo tipped with a small crappie minnow and, a few caught with a piece of worm. Crappies are being caught in the holes mixed in with some walleyes and they are starting to stage up on the deep edge close to shallow water.

Happy fishing!  Selective harvest is the way to go.  Colin Crawford's Guide Service, (715)891-2715.  Website is or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. NPAA #94. Remember, if you hire a guide, make sure the guide is licensed as a guide.

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