Fishing report: July 24 - 30
Pictured is Mary Beth Scott with guide Bill Luney. Mary Beth's beautiful walleye was 26 inches, definitely worthy of her happy smile.
Walleye fishing has been great; due to the hot weather, they are being found on humps in 18 - 26 feet of water. White and pink jigs have been the "hot colors". Muskie fishing has been very active as well (see last weeks blog for an impressive list of those caught); they are being found on rock piles using bucktails #6-8 blades in gold with silver. Northern pike are along rocky shorelines and Mepps and spinner baits are producing big fish. Bass are on rock piles, crawfish colors of crank baits are working well.
Some of the nice fish being caught are:
Duane Kaiser (Bemidji, MN), a 25 ¼ inch walleye
Dave Hengel (Bemidji, MN), a 25 inch walleye and 17 inch smallmouth bass
Jim Fankhanel (Bemidji, MN), a 24 ½ inch walleye
Chuck Lindner (Warroad, MN), a 24 inch walleye
Jim Golden (Bemidji, MN), a 22 ½ inch walleye and 32 inch northern
Tracy Pogue (Bemidji, MN), a 32 inch northern
Dave Schultz (Bemidji, MN), a 21 ½ inch walleye
Duane Kaiser (Bemidji, MN), 17 walleyes caught in one afternoon, with ½ being greater than 18 inches
Brent Malcom (Edina, MN), a 27 inch walleye
John Baeyen (Burnsville, MN), 26 ½ and 22 inch walleyes
Bill Malcom (Watertown, SD), a 25 inch walleye
Jake Wiesner (Omro, WI), a 25 ½ inch walleye and 38 inch muskie
7 year old Elliott Bair (Urbandale, IA), a 16 inch walleye
Mike Flynn (Hillsboro, OR), 37 and 35 inch northern pike and 43 and 37 inch muskies
Willie Malcom (Edina, MN), a 16 inch smallmouth bass
Ted Bair (Urbandale, IA), a 48-50 inch muskie (estimated by guide Bill) caught on a jig and a minnow; they have amazing video of it coming in and jumping completely out of the water before breaking the line.