Once early-summer water temperatures in the shallows reach about 70 F, big pike seem to disappear. In effect, they head to deeper, cooler water, suspending above or inside summer thermoclines, lying across basins, or shifting toward areas where cool-water springs enter a lake. Warmer temperatures just plain stress them out, and fish exceeding 10 pounds or so hightail it for cooler options, in areas where most pike anglers don’t fish. Thus, when you fish classic weedbeds, deep weedlines and shallow structures during midsummer, the biggest pike simply may not be around.
Mille Lacs Lake is nearing its limit for walleye fishing,The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday.
A creel survey conducted last week on estimated walleye harvests, releases and kill on Mille Lacs Lake during the first two weeks of July showed drastic increases that could result in the state reaching the limit by July 29, the DNR said in a release.
Concrete and steel dams once served to generate electricity and provide water for domestic use and irrigation in the Red River basin, but they took their toll on fish populations by preventing fish migrations, a problem that contributed to wiping out lake sturgeon from the basin and reduced fishing opportunities in many streams.
Minnesota resident veterans with 100 percent service-connected permanent disability can apply for a free permanent card that allows them to receive a free small game and either-sex deer hunting license each year.
Spiny waterflea has been confirmed in Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota.
Anglers reported suspected spiny waterfleas to Department of Natural Resources staff and supplied a specimen to the DNR fisheries office in Tower, where it was positively identified.
“I been in the right place…but it must have been the wrong time.”—Dr. John
Dr. John must have spent a fair amount of time in the boat, because his lyrics apply remarkably well to summer walleye fishing.
In summer, being “there” when the bite occurs is huge.
Experience the fun of mountain biking during introductory programs on Saturday, July 25, and Saturday, Aug. 29, at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton, about 140 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. Three I Can Mountain Bike! sessions will take place each day, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., from noon to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
The 27-mile “Wildlife Drive” through the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 20 miles northwest of Roseau, will be open to vehicular travel July 18-26 and the following weekends through Aug. 16. The drive traverses wetland, woodland, brushland and farmland habitats, providing visitors ample opportunity to see wildlife.
While April showers bring May flowers, names can be deceiving. Mayflies, for example, are usually most abundant throughout the northern states in June & July, and often play a key role in early summer walleye fishing.
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