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In this article, we will be discussing the latest fishing updates from various locations. From water temperatures to bait preferences, we will cover it all. So, let’s dive in!
According to Billy Rosner, the musky season is fast approaching on Lake Vermillion. The water temperatures have warmed up to around 60 degrees, and the muskies have finished spawning and are now moving into shallow bays. They can be found in the 3 to 6-foot range. Billy recommends using a 7-foot-3 Saint Croix downsizer rod with 65 braid. He suggests using larger baits like the number 18 Rapala, flat storm flat sticks, blue fox sprinter baits, and Booker tail in lines. The key is to go light and use smaller baits this time of year. In the afternoons, when the water temperature rises a few degrees, it can make a big difference in getting those big fish to bite. Leech Lake
The Leisure Outdoor Boys report that the fishing on Leech Lake has been fantastic. The water temperatures are in the mid-60s in certain areas, but still cold in others, especially in the deeper waters like Walker Bay. The fish are scattered and transitioning both in terms of location and what they are eating. They have had success using linear rigging with nightcrawlers and leeches in 12 to 14 feet of water. Some of the main points to target are Otter Tail Point, Stony Point, and the Hardwood Points. Jigging with shiners is also effective, especially in Walker Bay, Agency Bay, and Agency Narrows. These areas also have weeds, which attract hungry walleyes and jumbo perch. It’s important to practice selective harvest to maintain the fishery.
Jason Mitchell reports that the water temperatures on Devils Lake are steadily rising, and the fishing has been great. He recommends using a slip bobber with a heavier braided line to handle the pike that are abundant in the lake. A 14-pound Power Pro line with two bobber stops works well. For slip bobber fishing, a 12 to 14-pound fluorocarbon leader is recommended to make it pike-proof. Jason has had success using a single hook with a slip bobber, as well as casting soft plastics in shallow water. Paddle tails and boot tails in the 3 to 4-inch range with a quarter-ounce jig head have been effective. Crankbaits like number 5 shad wraps, Salmo stings, and countdowns are also working well in 3 to 7 feet of water.
In conclusion, the fishing conditions in various locations are looking promising. On Lake Vermillion, muskies are moving into shallow bays and can be found in the 3 to 6-foot range. Using light tackle and smaller baits is recommended. On Leech Lake, the fishing has been fantastic with scattered fish transitioning in terms of location and diet. Linear rigging with nightcrawlers and leeches in 12 to 14 feet of water has been successful, as well as jigging with shiners in areas with weeds. Selective harvest is important to maintain the fishery.
Devils Lake is also heating up, with rising water temperatures and great fishing. Slip bobber fishing with a heavier braided line and a fluorocarbon leader is recommended for handling the pike in the lake. Casting soft plastics like paddle tails and boot tails in shallow water, as well as using crankbaits, have been effective.
Overall, it’s an exciting time to be out fishing in these locations. The fish are easier to find and catch, and using the right techniques and baits can lead to a successful day on the water.
Stay tuned for more updates and tips on fishing in the upcoming weeks. And remember, always practice responsible fishing and help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Clean, drain, and dry your equipment before leaving any body of water.