When is the best time to go fishing? Here in the north woods, every day is the best day. Our area contains a wide range of lakes with varied depths, shoreline structure, and a wide range of fish species. Seasoned anglers know success requires patience and a willingness to try different techniques. If you have a youngster in the group, they will most likely catch the biggest fish - it always happens. So, maybe no technique is a good strategy too. For those interested in learning about lake structure, water quality, or creel surveys we encourage you to visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Lake Finder page. Area lakes will either be found in St. Louis or Lake County. Minnesota Fishing Regulations
Weekly Fishing Report
Week of 05/05/2021 - Arrowhead Outdoors
Crappies - Crappie anglers finally got a nice stretch of warm weather and sun to help with the crappie bite. Anglers reported finding crappies in deeper water just outside shallow bays early in the day. By the afternoon, crappies were being located in water as shallow as 3 feet. Small tube jigs, hair jigs or plain hook and minnow, fished under a bobber were the go-to regardless of depth.
Pike - It’s important to note that pike fishing is only open on waters along the U.S./Canada border. Anglers have been making the trek north to find cooperative pike. Anglers reported catching good numbers of pike. Spinnerbaits and spoons accounted for good numbers of pike around the 30” mark. Dead bait fished under a bobber accounted for many of the bigger pike pushing the 40” mark. Key areas were shallow bays and river mouths in 10 feet of water or less.