With summer patterns shaping up nicely in Northern Minnesota the fishing has remained steady. My main target species has been walleyes and the bite has been pretty wide-spread. I’m still finding fish shallow in the cabbage, pulling a variety of live bait on a Lindy rig. Deeper water has also started to produce some fish for me.

Recently, main lake humps and underwater points have been started to show more and more fish. With the help of my graphs, I can find these fish hanging on the edge of the breaks in 12-25 feet. I always drive the structure I’m going to fish before I fish it to find the schools of fish and that gives me a good idea for a starting point, and also the depth the fish are at. Again, a Lindy rig and a leech, crawler or big minnow have been best here, but a jig and minnow can be very deadly to an active school of fish.

With water temps in the 66-70 degree mark, some muskies are starting to get active. Burning a bucktail over cabbage or close to pencil reeds can be a very effective way to target these fish right now and I expect that it is only going to get better for them with waters warming up.

Tight Lines,

Matt Newell
Newell’s Bemidji Area Guide Service
Team Yukon Outdoors