On the 23rd I spent a few hours fishing at the hydroelectric dam in Royalton, MN. It was partly cloudy most of the time I was there and lightly rained for a short time. After dark the mosquitos became almost unbearable, but I stuck it out a little longer. I drifted cut sucker on a 6/0 circle hook on a slip sinker rig with a 2 oz. bank weight. I ended upwith 6 catfish mostly in 1-5# range. I have never fished this spot before and was pretty happy with the results.
Recently I spent the weekend at Snake Creek Recreation Area near Platte, SD. Originally our plan was to fish for walleyes over flooded tree tops with dowriggers, but as this proved to be unproductive my focus soon changed.
Day 1: After unpacking and scouting for a good shore fishing spot I set up on shore fishing the edge of a sandbar. I fished slip sinker rigs with a 3/0 circle hook baited with worm. I fished until about an hour after sunset and caught several small channel catfish and a carp.
Day 2: We started the day by fishing spinner rigs on bottom bouncers to see if we could find the walleyes, 5 hours and one small catfish later we gave this up and went in for dinner. Later I set up in the same spot as the day before and caught 8 channel catfish on worms and dipbait and kept 5 of the smaller ones.
Day 3: We fished shad raps on downriggers all day with no success aside from a few smallmouth bass and mooneyes. I kept one of the mooneyes to use as cutbait later on for catfish. After dinner I set up to fish the sandbar again, this time with cutbait instead of worms. I used the same rig as before, but swapped the 3/0 hook for a 6/0. I fished from 8pm-2am and caught about 22 channel catfish with a few blues mixed in. The largest was around 12 pounds and I kept 8 from 2 to 5 pounds.
Day 4: After packing up I managed to fit in another 45 minutes of fish during which I was able to get 2 more catfish before starting the 7 hour trip home.
I know this post is rather late, but I figured I should probably put something up being that this was one of my biggest trips of the year. The fishing was a little slow by Lake of the Woods standards, but was still phenomenal compared to most places. I didn’t take as many pictures as past years. The pictures below are some of the highlights, details in the captions.
26.5″ walleye, this was the biggest walleye of the trip
38″ pike, this was the biggest pike of the trip
One day’s limit
This is a recipe I like to use with trout, but it can be done with most fish species. My measurements are not exact, I just add as much as I feel is necessary and experiment til I get it right. Cooking times will vary depending n the thickness of your fish and the temperature of your fire. This recipe can be done in an oven as well if you’d like to do it at home.
- 3-5 trout (or other fish) gutted with skins on per aluminum foil packet
- Your choice of vegetables, I used onions and morel mushrooms
- Butter, 1/3 of a stick per packet
- your choice of seasoning, some suggestions: dill, lemon pepper, cajun, or seasoning salt.
Preparation & Cooking
- Lay out enough foil to cover your fish, I recommend using 2 layers to stop leakage
- Place your cleaned fish on the foil
- Add chopped vegetables, place some inside the fish and leave the rest loose in the foil
- Add butter
- Seal foil tightly
- Place on a grate over the fire for 15-20 minutes or until the fish flakes all the way through
- Let cool then enjoy
Tightlines (and full stomachs),
This past weekend I went on a trout fishing trip in the Yellow River State Forest. The area where I camp on Little paint creek gets a lot of fishing pressure and the fishing tends to be pretty tough in many of the main pools and there are not many larger fish left. For this reason I try to get off of the beaten path. Most of the fish were caught on small in-line spinners, small dry flies, and beadhead nymphs. The average fish was 10-12 inches I could see larger fish in some of the pools, but could get very few of them to rise to a bait. My largest was a 17 inch brown trout on a Copper John Beadhead Nymph, pheasant tail nymphs, brassies, Parachute Adams, and Griffith’s Gnat also were producing a few fish. I got a limit of five fish each day and released quite a few as well.
Day 2 Limit
Day 1 Limit
Rainbow Trout on a Parachute Adams fly
Brook Trout on a Brassie
Brown Trout on a Griffith’s Gnat
Day 3 Limit
On Saturday I went looking for morel mushrooms. Looking around the bases of elm trees with peeling bark. between four of us we picked about 4 pounds.
Unidentified Fish: One of my younger cousins caught small fish on the creek with a dipnet, my first thought was that it was a sculpin of some kind, comment any other details you may have. I made sure it was released alive and well back into the creek
Big Trout=Big Bait: When cleaning trout I usually check the stomach contents so I can “match the hatch”. In one of the larger Brown Trout I found a fairly large frog in its gullet. Even though these fish are often caught on tiny baits this goes to show they sometimes take in very large meals.
Gathering your own nightcrawlers is a good way to save some money and its easy once you get the hang of it. All you need is a headlamp, a container for your worms. Nightcrawlers can be found after dark on almost any night, but nights after a rain are the best. Once you start looking get low to the ground and scan 4-6 feet ahead of you. be sure to walk softly, worms are very sensitive to vibrations. once you spot one quickly pin it against the ground and pull softly and steadily to pull the worm all the way out of the ground without breaking it. On a good night it is not uncommon to gather 2-3 dozen worms. worm population varies depending on rainfall and the soil type of your area.
We went camping with extended family in Iowa last weekend. We camped at Little Paint campground in the Yellow River State Forest, this a beautiful area of Iowa with a rolling landscape of river bluffs and crystal clear trout streams. Paint creek runs through the campground and is stocked with rainbow, brook and, brown trout. The fishing was tough because the water was so clear and the fish were easily spooked, and at times you could drop your bait right on there nose and they wouldn’t even move. I started fishing at 6:00 on Saturday morning and caught this beautiful 11″ brown trout on a beadhead nymph on my fly rod,
then moved up stream and got this 11″ rainbow about an hour later on a live nightcrawler on a slip sinker rig.
After breakfast I went back upstream and flyfished with nymphs around a foot bridge and picked up two 11″ inch brook trout.
A little while later I got this little rainbow on a nymph further downstream.
Later on that evening we drove to a spot on the yellow river and my great aunt and I fished while the rest of the family went looking for morel mushrooms. We caught 6 brown trout 3 of which were too small to keep, as well as 4 river suckers ranging from 8″-14″.
Meanwhile the rest of the family found us a nice mess of mushrooms,That night we had a feast of fire cooked trout and fried morels.
Sunday morning I got up and started fishing around 6:00 again and had a fairly productive morning and caught 2 rainbows on nightcrawlers and a 14″ brown on a small in line spinner.
That afternoon we packed up and left, I’m already looking forward to another trip to Iowa later this summer.
Walleye and northern pike season opened in Minnesota at 12:00 AM on May tenth, I went to Splithand lake near Grand Rapids minnesota. Over all it was a very good opener, we boated over 35 walleye including 12 keepers. We started fishing at 12:00 AM and the fishing was very slow until about 5:30, then it started to pick up. We caught 10 walleye saturday morning and went in for breakfast at 8:00 AM. An hour later we went back out and the fishing was a little slower we only boated a couple fish all of which were over the slot limit. The fishing saturday night was slow with several we caught 3 fish 2 of which were keepers. Saturday evening we did not go out in the boat, but I fished off the dock for an hour and caught a couple of crappies. Sunday morning the fishing picked up and we got 8 fish including several keepers, and 5 more fish that night. Monday morning was our last time out before heading home, it was cold and raining but we decided to go anyway, and we caught ten fish, a 22″ that was my biggest fish of the weekend and 4 keepers. All the walleye caught this weekend were caught on a slip bobber rig with a 1/32 oz. jig tipped with a leech or a shiner minnow, fished in 7′-11′ of water.
Here a few pictures.
the lake friday evening
22″ walleye (caught by my aunt)
2 keepers from saturday morning
22″ walleye (my uncle photo bombing in the background)
Last saturday I finally got the chance to get out on the ice and wet a line. We didn’t get out on the ice as early as I would have liked but once we were out things went pretty smoothly. We went to a spot where we have done well fishing for bluegills in the past and drilled a dozen holes scattered through out the 6-12 foot range. I started out by setting a 1/32 oz. tungsten jig tipped with a wax worm under a slip bobber 2 feet off the bottom in 8 foot of water. I walked back to the truck to get my other pole, when I got back my bobber was down and and i nailed this nice 9″ bluegill on the first drop.
I re-baited and set te line back to the same depth, and proceeded to set the other rod at the same depth (I fished this one without a bobber, and kept the bait in motion). About 10 minutes later I was checking the other line and got this nice 14″ walleye (which I immediately released, walleye season has come to a close here in Minnesota).
The next two hours were uneventful except for the fact that it was steadily getting colder and windier. Then at about 11:00 am i added two more keeper bluegills to the pile.
The next hour passed without incident, and we packed up and headed home at noon.
Tight Lines, NSAngler