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April2010

With the walleye spawn slowly ending, things should start picking up

Posted: April 30, 2010

Rain and windy weather’s kept most fishermen off the lake this week. Those going out are reporting hit and miss fishing. One day the fishing will be great and the next nothing. With the walleye spawn slowly ending, things should start picking up and getting more consistent. Some of the better reports have come from the western part of the lake. Those areas tend to warm up first and usually kick off the early spring bite. For shore fisherman, anglers are fishing the Mauvee Coulee from Pelican Lake on up to Churches Ferry. The coulees to the north have slowed some and fishing there has as well. Other shore areas producing fish include most of the bridges around the lake and Channel A. In these areas anglers are pitching jigs tipped with leeches, plastic, or minnows; or cranks such as shad raps, countdowns, and wally divers. Boat fisherman are reporting some fish in the northern areas of Pelican Lake, Six Mile Bay, and at most of the bridges around the lake. Try pitching cranks such as shad raps and countdowns or jigs tipped with twister tails or powerbait into shallow shore areas, or jigging the bridges with leeches or minnows. White bass are just starting to show up in Six Mile Bay and Pelican Lake. It’s still fairly early and we expect things to really start taking off as the spawning ends and water temps increase. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy: Ed’s Bait Shop

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What an early spring.

Posted: April 26, 2010

  What an early spring. Last year at this time we still had ice on the lake. This year the Walleyes are just about done spawning in most areas. Fishing is starting to heat up. The current areas are still producing fish. Areas like the coulee bridges, six mile bay and where ever there is running water. Leeches seemed to be the anglers choice along with jigs tipped with plastics. Now that the docks are in at the boat ramp in Minnewaukan we are see more boats out ad about. Guys are catching fish pitching jigs along old Hyw 281 and any place that has rocks on the shore line. Again leeches and jigs with plastic are the key. Old hyw 281 is closed to truck traffic but you are allowed to walk, bike or take your ATV down them. there is a little water on top of the road, but for the people that put the rubber boots on and venture out are catching pike and walleye. With this early and warm spring are fishing is a good two weeks ahead. I would bet in the next 8 to 10 days the fishing will be second to none.

Keep your Line Tight

Courtesy: JJ’s Bait Shop

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Well I think the grip of winter is now departing us.

Posted: April 2, 2010

  Well I think the grip of winter is now departing us. We had our first claps of thunder this morning. As I look at the rain gauge it says about an inch. That should do it for the ice fishing. The shorelines are about done unless you want to plank out. My phone has been ringing off the hook. Are you guys flooded? I heard the town is under water? Do we still have a place to come. Yes we are still here and no we are not flooded. Yes we are getting a bit more water than last year. But not as much as they said so I think we will be fine for another year. So bring smiles and fishing gear and lets have some fun. Now back to the fishing. I have heard good reports from the few that are out ice fishing. Six mile bay, mission bay and the maulvee culee areas are doing good. We do have some run off coming into the lake around the bridge and culvert areas. Just in the last couple days I have seen some nice eyes being caught. Most guys are shore fishing or taking little boats out and putting them in over the rocks. Remember our best shore fishing months are coming up, end of April and May. We do still have some openings for Lodging and or guide service.

Thanks to all for a great winter season and we hope to hear from you soon.

Courtesy: JJ’s Bait Shop

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Time to put away that ice fishing gear and get out the long rods!

Posted: April 1, 2010

Time to put away that ice fishing gear and get out the long rods. Ice conditions have deteriorated to the point that very few anglers are still going out on the ice. While ice fishing has pretty much ended, the spring runs of pike and walleyes are just beginning. Coulees are opening and anglers are reporting pretty good pike fishing with some walleyes starting to bite as well. Some of the places anglers are reporting fish include Channel A, the Mauvee bridge, the bridges from Pelican to Churches Ferry, some of the open water spots near culverts on Pelican and the Flats, the coulees north of Webster, and most other coulees leading to Lake Alice and the Chain Lakes area. In these areas anglers are pitching some cranks, but typically this time of year a jig with a plastic tail in white or chartreuse works the best for both walleyes and pike. The best thing is that this is only the start of the open water season and fishing will get better every day as water temps increase. Also, North Dakota’s fishing season starts April 1st meaning a new fishing license is now required. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!

Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service

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