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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Al Lindner

Al Lindner: Top tips for early-season walleyes

The 2024 Minnesota game-fishing season has arrived. The fishing opener – a tradition rivaled only by that of the firearms deer season – was last weekend, but the thrill of catching prime-time, early-season walleyes remains.
Some of most popular early-season destinations include Mille Lacs, Vermilion, Upper Red, Winnibigoshish, Otter Tail, and Leech lakes. There’s no question that these areas will see a temporary population spike during the first stanza of the new season.

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Early open-water walleye action on rivers about to heat up

Typically, following a long, cold, and snowy winter, many anglers yearn for a chance to fish open water. Unfortunately, for those who love the ice, it was one of the mildest winters I can remember. Whether you’re ready or not, spring is on its way. This time of year offers a sense of newness and rejuvenation that inspires many of us anglers.
Across the north country, the month of March means one thing: walleyes. Specifically, river walleyes.

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Angling’s mysteries: What makes similar lakes fish so differently?

As fishermen, we are constantly learning. Every time we’re on the water, there’s something to learn or take away from the experience. As a lifelong angler and a fan of the sport, I have spent a great deal of time working to acquire as much fishing knowledge as possible.
In my early days, I kept detailed notes regarding moon phases, weather conditions, wind speed and direction, and more. In recent years, I’ve spent more and more time talking with friends and colleagues to see what’s happening for them. The ultimate goal: to learn more about fish species and their behaviors.

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A perch resurgence in the Upper Midwest: What’s fueled the comeback?

If you spend any amount of time talking with anglers in the Midwest, the topic of perch likely will come up. They’re one of the main forage species for a number of game fish, including bass, walleyes, pike, and muskies. Plus, they’re a fan favorite of many anglers.
Anglers who lived through the 1980s, ’90s, and early 2000s can remember the premier bites that existed on many Minnesota lakes, such as Winnibigoshish, Leech, and Mille Lacs. But for nearly the past two decades, finding quality perch on many lakes hasn’t been a viable option. That is, until now.

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Simple fishing in complex times: Target your local river system

As a longtime angler and fishing communicator, I’ve spent a great deal of time following the major bass and walleye tournament trails. It’s a great way to see what’s working – and what’s not – on a given body of water at a given point in time.
These events often are the battlegrounds where new fishing strategies emerge, old ones get refined, and some serious fishing education goes to work. If you spend any amount of time following these trails, you’ll quickly notice that most of the talk these days revolves around forward-facing sonar. Trust me, I get it. But frankly, I’m kind of tired of it.

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Springtime walleye fishing sign: jigs, jigs, jigs

Spring is officially in full swing. After a winter that seemed it would never end, it’s great to be back in a boat. For many of us in the Midwest, this time of year brings walleyes to the top of the priority list. (Minnesota’s inland waters walleye season begins May 13.) The best part? Springtime walleyes are simple. In fact, the approach for walleyes during this timeframe is really as simple as it gets.

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Waiting on walleyes? Targeting rough fish can be a ton of fun this spring

Anglers who don’t have the time or resources to travel to destinations where walleye seasons are open should look at the opportunities right out their back doors.
Many fishermen spend this in-between period chasing panfish such as crappies, bluegills, and perch. They’re among the fan favorites, but they’re not for everyone. If you’re after something that pulls hard, then look no further than your local rough fish population.

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