Walleyedan’s Fishing Report

February 24, 2015
Hello!  I am not so sure what your feelings are, but I am getting ready for spring!  Turkeys and fish, boats and gobbles!!  Right now we have about 3 feet of ice covering our Brainerd Area lakes and the pan fish action is about to fire-up!  I was out last Friday and had a good trip, we caught the crappies in 34 feet of water about 7-12 feet off the bottom.  This is fun, but the real fun begins when the fish slide up to the shallow flats and you can lay down on the ice and watch them feed.  I have been doing this since I was a kid and it is one of the most effective ways to put fish on the ice in March and April.  All you need to do is block out the light and hop from hole to hole in search of the ones you want to catch.  I have been really getting the itch to head back up to Lake Winnipeg in search of the giant greenbacks.  Anyone else getting the fever?  I might put together a trip for late March, not 100% sure yet.  If you are ready to book your 2015 open water guide trips, call or email at anytime.  The www.walleyelotto should be fun, and you wont be able to win unless you fish with our guide service!  Say goodbye to the remainder of February and lets get on with some warmer temperatures!!  Good bye for now, Walleyedan

January 21, 2015
Good morning from Lake Shore, MN.  What a beautiful day it is, except for some pretty slick roads this morning.  It’s almost Extravaganza time and I think everyone and their brother-in-law will be fishing this year!  2 feet of ice, temperatures near 30 degrees and easy traveling on the lake.  Saturday morning the party begins and the lines can be dropped (baited) at noon.  The contest will run until 3:00 p.m. and the winners will be made known.  For you first timers, here are some things to keep in mind:  It might be slippery out there, but some ice creepers to attach to your boots.  Make sure you are legal (MN fishing license and 1 or 2 tickets depending on how many holes you want to fish.  No shelters!  You can bring your sonar and cameras, but don’t bring the kitchen sink because you might have a good walk.  Although you could bring a sled.  The contest area covers a large area and the depths vary from 5-70 feet approximately.  I am going to fish between 40 and 60 feet and I will be rigged with braided line merged to a length of monofilament or fluorocarbon.  On the business end, I might just have to use a 1/8 ounce Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoon tipped with a minnow or some worms!  The area can produce a wide variety of fish, from eelpout to rock bass, perch, walleye, cisco, pike and who knows maybe a largemouth, smallmouth or even sucker!  Bottom line, say your prayers and have a blast!  The walleye action was really good yesterday for Nick Miltimore (one of our guides), let’s hope things stay this way!  See you on Saturday!!  If you don’t like ice, head down to the Minneapolis Boat Show and check out the new Larson FX fishing boats and make a deal!  Out of here, Walleyedan

January 13, 2015
Good morning!  That was the fastest I think I have ever seen the temperature rise!  It went from 20 below zero to 10 below zero in about 15 minutes!  We are having a heat wave and hopefully it hangs on long enough to make it through the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza!!  The big day is coming up on January 24th and it runs from noon until 3:00 on Hole-in-the-Day Bay, Gull Lake.  If you are reading this and have not ever experienced this charitable event, you owe it to yourself!  Go to www.icefishing.org to find out everything you would ever need to know about it.  It is not too late to enter, buy your tickets at Mills Fleet Farm today and you could drive away with a new truck.  Brother John, brother-in-law Ryan and a many others are going to be coming from all over the country and world to fish this spectacle and you should too.  The ice conditions are awesome and the fishing is o.k..  The weather report is looking favorable and we are hoping it holds out long enough to make it through the day on the 24th!  This warm up will hopefully get the fish a little more active too.  As far as what to use, where to fish, etc., keep tabs on the Walleyedan Facebook page.  I will try to keep you clued in.  Have a good day and keep your eyes on the PRIZE!  Walleyedan

December 31, 2014
I hope you are all healthier than I am right now!  Not the greatest way to finish out 2014, but I guess it could be worse and maybe I am just getting the sickness out of the way and 2015 will be a dream!  2014 was a good year and I am praying and hoping that 2015 will be even better.  Many thank to many people including the my wife Shelley, all of our awesome sponsors (check the sponsors page), all of the awesome people we met along the way this year while filming “We Love It! Outdoors”, our guides, all you customers and loyal readers, watchers and listeners.  Thanks most of all to our Creator and the gift that was sent to us in Jesus!  Things don’t just happen, things happen with His direction and we will just have to see what shakes out in the new year!  The fishing has been fair to slow on Gull (during the times I have been out) and I have not heard a lot of rip-roaring reports.  Elizabeth is heading over to Mille Lacs tonight on a sleepover, can’t wait to get the report and hear the details of this trip!  Mac and his buddy Eric are going to do a little SnoBear fishing tonight and that should be interesting as well.  The ice conditions are good right now and will only get better with each day.  Trucks and big wheel houses are scattered throughout Gull and there is good ice.  We have been fishing the weed edges and have been catching fish on small jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads.  The new season of “We Love It! Outdoors” starts this week, tune on in and have a happy and healthy New Year!  Walleyedan

December 12, 2014
We are going to have a little melt-down for the next few days, but thankfully we have a foot of ice on most of the lakes in the area.  Please continue to play it safe and smart, because there are pressure ridges and area that are not “up to snuff”!  Fishing has been good and it sure has been nice to get an early jump on things up here.  Hard to say what the rest of the winter will bring, but so far so good!  The SnoBear (take a look at our SnoBear video) is getting booked pretty solid and I’m looking forward to that first trip of the season.  We just returned from Bluff Bucks Outfitters the other day and let’s just say we have a show!  Things did not pan out the way we would have liked, but Jeremy Moore of Dogbone shot a beauty of a buck (on film) the day before we arrived!  With Christmas just around the corner, there are so many things that need to be done.  I’m guessing you have a list a mile long too, today I will try and shorten that list by a 1/4 mile or so.  Unless I get distracted by a deer, my MN archery tag is still open.  So, enjoy today and take advantage of the Minnesota heat!!  God bless you all, Walleyedan

November 26, 2014
We have ice!  We also have some open water yet and I think this means that the ducks will get cracked at one more time before the close of the season (Nov. 25th around here in the Brainerd area).  There are definitely anglers out and about on our area lakes and the temperature today is going to make it above freezing for the first time in awhile!  I have been focused on hunting and it has been a good season thus far.  I have not tagged a MN or a WI deer yet, but it’s going to happen.  I am not sure that I will get out on the ice before the St. Paul Ice Show because like I say, hunting is still ruling the brain.  The new SnoBear will be with me at the Ice Show on the 5th, 6th and 7th of December and it is rigged with the latest from Vexilar (FLX28 sonar), Humminbird/Lakemaster mapping and the a Jiffy Pro 4 propane auger!  Yes, it also is loaded with St. Croix ice rods and everything else a guy or gal would need or want on the ice!  We are not renting fish house’s this year, but we will be guiding out of them along with the SnoBear.  If you would like to book a guided trip, please call or email and we will try and get you on the calendar.  Make sure to stop by the SnoBear, Vexilar/Samo and Jiffy booths at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show and say hello!  I will be there Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday morning before heading to Bluff Bucks to drop a bruiser with the muzzleloader!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving and reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for!  Also, be safe on the ice and in the woods (and on the roads)!  Blessings to all of you!!, Walleyedan

October 23, 2014
October has been beautiful here in central Minnesota and it looks like it will hang on for awhile yet.  I am without a fishing boat, but that will soon change!  I am expecting to get word from Larson Boats any day now letting me know that my new 2020T is ready.  And I am really excted to see and fish from this awesome craft.  It has been another very busy guiding season and if you are looking to get one more trip in, our guides are still ready!  Call Shelley today and book:  218-839-5598.  Hunting season is in full swing too and the whitetail “rut” is about to get hot.  I have been on stand a few times here in MN and will also be heading back to WI to try and pick one off with my crossbow.  The other night here near home was awesome, it was a gorgeous night and I had a good looking spike walk right under my stand.  This is another reason I love bow hunting, you see so many cool things while spending time in the tree.  We are grooming a number of future bow hunters at the Mills Shooting Range.  At archery league we have about 25-30 youth shooters and they are getting dialed in.  This is our future, lets make sure to keep on encouraging them!  Speaking of Mills, make sure that you spread the word amongst your friends that live in district 8, that they vote for Stewart Mills lll!  He is sharp, he is motivated to help our area and this country and he is a hard working American that has (along with his family) helped many, many people out over the years!  And I do not know of any family that has been so gracious with their giving!  Vote Mills for congress!  Enjoy today and I will talk at you later!, Walleyedan

p.s.  The Sno Bear is ready!

September 11, 2014
Hello!  Not sure about you, but I have thought many times about those that were killed, injured or lost loved ones 13 years ago today in NY!  And it sounds like we are going after the next group of radicals too, I would not want to be them!  We sure are going through some interesting times.

On a different note, it’s hunting and fishing season!  Minnesota and Wisconsin archery season opens on Saturday and I plan on being involved in both of the states archery seasons this year.  I will open up the Minnesota season with my son Mac and then head over to the neighbors (WI) and crack one down with my new Excalibur crossbow.  I will certainly keep you posted on what shakes down there (and here).

The fishing is going to get good, REALLY soon!  I had a good trip last Friday with Dave Copham, Rick and Mick.  We fished Gull and caught 11 walleye’s for the pan.  The next day I was on Mille Lacs with Brian and Ray Dewitt and we were after musky.  We ended up with two follows and saw another.  Later that afternoon my wife and son joined me for some nice smallmouth bass action, we caught some big ones!

There is so much to talk about, I don’t know where to quit.  I am excited to pick up my new SnoBear and also excited to order my new Larson FX fishing boat.  The SnoBear is still for sale as of today but the 2014 Larson FX 2020 DC has been sold to E.B.!  And how can I forget, it’s almost time for our 2nd annual Walleyedan’s Fishing To End Hunger walleye tournament.  The big day is October 4th and it’s headquartered at Bar Harbor on the Gull Lake Chain.  This is a charity event and the beneficiary is Kids Against Hunger Brainerd Lakes Area.  For more information, go to www.fishingtoendhunger.com!  Sign up today, spaces are becoming limited!!

August 1, 2014
August 1st!  Where has the summer gone?  Our guides have been busy, the fish have been cooperating most days and hunting season is just around the corner and through the woods.  Gull Lake continues to produce walleye’s in 14-24 feet using jigs and fatheads as well as Lindy Rigs and red tail chubs.  We have spent some time up on the Whitefish chain as well this week and we caught a mixed bag of fish up there too.  Caught some big bass with Matt, Jason and Evan the other day.  Have you signed up for the 2nd annual Walleyedan’s Fishing To End Hunger tournament yet?  It’s coming up on October 4th and you can win some serious cash!  Go to www.fishingtoendhunger.com for more information.  Are you flinging arrows yet?  Me too, I am excited to hunt with my new Bear Motive 7 compound bow.  Thank you to Marty at the Mills Shooting Range in Baxter, MN for helping me get rigged and ready.  We will put that baby to the test on the Wyoming prairie very soon.  I also need to get the Excalibur crossbow tuned for a hunt with Todd Hess in WI.  Call today to book your guided fishing trips and make sure you tune into www.weloveitoutdoors.com!  Out of here, Walleyedan

July 18, 2014
TGIF!  It’.s a beautiful day in the lakes area of Minnesota.  The temperature is up and so is the south wind.  I am planning on heading out this afternoon with Dennis Kamstra and Dennis Neeser for a little walleye fishing.  Tomorrow it’s over to Mille Lacs with the Joseph clan for some walleye’s and smallmouth bass.  Fishing has been pretty darn good over the past few weeks and I’m hoping it continues.  Our guides have been fishing numerous lakes, but Gull has been the main lake for quite some time now.  The walleye’s are biting on the edge of the weeds and are also showing up and eating on some mid-lake structure as well.  If you get get red tail chubs, they are hard to beat but we are also catching them on jigs and minnows.  Some of the guys are pulling spinners too, just depends on the spot and who your guide is.  We all have different fishing styles!  Bass action has been pretty good and we are also picking up some northerns.  Pan fish?  They should be easy to find and catch right now too, they are tasty!  Did you know that they are lifting the night ban on Mille Lacs Monday?  Well, they are and this will make for some pretty happy campers.  The We Love It Outdoors television program is going strong and we are continuing to film for the 2015 season.  In fact, we just returned from southwest Wisconsin where we were prepping for the upcoming crossbow hunt.  If you want more information on the television show, go to www.weloveitoutdoors.com.  If you are looking for fishing guide services make sure to call Shelley today at 218-839-5598.  Have a great day and I hope you enjoy browsing through the new website!  God bless you all, Walleyedan

May 12, 2014
The fish are biting and it is about to get really good.  I was out this morning on The Gull Lake Chain with Tim Stockness and we caught about a dozen walleyes, 3 bass and a sucker!  The walleyes were all males and still “ripe”, which means the spawn is still finishing up.  We caught the fish in 8-18 feet of water using Northland Fireball Jigs tipped with spot tail shiners.  The crankbait bite has been good too, but during the early morning hours and again in the evening and at night.  A Salmo Hornet will produce some nice fish in the 4-10 foot zone.  The crappies have been going pretty good but we could use another rday of sun and it should get really good!  Puddle Jumpers are tough to beat, but if the cold front moves in I would suggest the real deal (crappie minnows).  Our guides are rigged, ready and will pick you up if you are ready to hit the water!  Call today!!, Walleyedan

March 25, 2014
Good morning to you! It’s is supposed to be spring, but it sure is not acting like it. The northwest sport show starts tomorrow in Minneapolis and I believe there will be a lot of people with spring fever marching down the aisles of the Minneapolis Convention Center. I will be one of them. I do enjoy all seasons and I still have the Winnipeg “itch”. We just returned from the big lake where we filmed an episode of “We Love It Outdoors” with Alex Keszler and Roger Stearns. It was a good time and we caught the fish we were looking for. This fishery is quite amazing and if you get the chance, you must make the trek and drop your baits in on some of these giant greenbacks. There is still many feet of ice up there, and we needed a 20′ plus extension to get through! Rattle baits, plastics, spoons, you name it, it works on Lake Winnipeg. If you are looking for a chance at the largest walleye of your life, this is the place to go! I might just possibly close the season out up there over the weekend but I am going to play that by ear. I was thinking of trying to get my 11 year old son up there to experience this fine fishery..we’ll see. First thing is first and that means showing the Larson FX series of fishing boats at the sport show this week/weekend in Minneapolis. I’m sure some of you still have pan fish on the brain and that is good, have fun and good luck! It’s hard for me to think pan fish right now after just fighting with some greenbacks. Turkey season is almost up on us too and then you can’t forget Rainy River sturgeon and walleyes either. Hard to say how things will unfold, but at this rate we are going to have ice for a while yet. For now, it’s time to take one thing at a time and I hope to see you at the Larson Boats booth this week! Enjoy the day and we’ll talk to you soon! God bless you all, Walleyedan

February 20, 2014
Good morning! The next round of winter is knocking at the door and it sounds like our little melt-down is OVER! I was getting very accustomed to the awesome temperatures and was starting to think open water! Our whole Larson FX Team was thinking open yesterday as we had our annual plant tour and team meeting. Thanks Jimmy Bell for putting this together, it was awesomely informative and we can’t wait to see our new Larson FX fishing boats. They will be rigged and ready for the Governors Fishing Opener on Gull Lake in May! Actually well before that. We are hoping to get them on the Rainy River so we can jig up some walleye’s and horse in some sturgeon. Speaking of, have you been tuning in to “We Love It! Outdoors”? You can catch the latest shows on the tube or if you have missed them, go to www.weloveitoutdoors.com. The show is on many of the Fox affiliates as well as the Pursuit network and Tuff TV! Well, I best get going, I have a guide trip this afternoon and it’s time to check some other things off the list. Blessings to all of you and GO USA HOCKEY…and BRAINERD HOCKEY! Walleyedan

January 27, 2014
Good morning! It’s cold, in fact school is cancelled once again here in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is in the books for 2014! A man from Pequot Lakes caught a .39 perch in the hole right next to me (in about 60 feet of water), but I could not get a fish to bite. Not many fish were caught period, but another local (from Nisswa) caught a walleye that was almost 5 pounds and he was the grand prize winner!! Fishing in general has been pretty tough and I will blame it on the wicked cold fronts that have been moving in and out of the area. I have open water on the brain and I am getting excited to order my new Larson FX fishing boat. I think I am going to order a 2020 wheel boat this year, so if any of you are interested in buying it at the end of the season please let me know. I am excited to see what this season brings for both Larson and Walleyedan’s Guide Service. And of course “We Love It! Outdoors”! Things have been going very well and I am thankful to all of you followers and customers. If you would like to keep up to date, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too. If you can’t wait for spring to come, book a guided trip out of the Sno Bear or a fish house today by calling 218-839-5598. If you want to try to forget about winter, come on down to the Minneapolis Boat Show and check out the line of Larson FX fishing boats. I’ll see you there!, Walleyedan