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Fishing Report 5.14.2024

On the south end…   This year’s MN Fishing Opener weekend was not only great weather wise, the walleyes and saugers were caught in good numbers.  A main fish gut hauler working with a number of resorts commented it was one of the most productive opening weekends he has seen based on the amount of fish guts collected after the weekend.

The goto presentation was a jig and frozen emerald shiner.  Emerald shiners are a staple in LOW and walleyes love them.  Other minnows worked also, but emerald shiners are a favorite of anglers for good reason.

Four Mile Bay held good walleyes in 12 – 18′.  Not a surprise as the walleye bite on the river during the spring season was good and as of late, sturgeon anglers have been reporting catching walleyes on sturgeon rigs.
The Lighthouse Gap area, Morris Point Gap and just in front of Pine Island held nice fish in 12 – 15′.  Across the south shore, 18 – 22′ was holding good numbers as well.  As you can see, there are lots of fish around.  fishing
A quarter ounce jig in gold, glow white, pink, orange, chartreuse, or a combo of these colors tipped with a minnow worked well.
As a reminder, the limit of walleyes and saugers is a combined limit of six fish, up to four of the six can be walleyes.  All walleyes between 19.5 – 28.0 inches must be released.  One fish over 28.0 inches can be kept.  The possession limit in MN is one daily limit of fish.

On the Rainy River…  Some nice walleyes were caught on the river this weekend, although most anglers hit the lake.  10 – 15′ of water was the norm.

Sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River has been excellent.  The catch and release season continues through May 15th and then closes until the keep season starts up again July 1st.

Up at the NW Angle…  Some nice walleyes were caught in 18 – 25 feet of water, a little deeper than anticipated.  Points were good as were areas with structure.  The morning and evening bite was best.
As water continues to warm, go to spots for walleyes will be neck down areas, shoreline breaks, points and bays.
The goto presentation was a jig and minnow.

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