Gary Korsgaden, About Fishing
My wife is slowly replacing summer decorations transitioning to gold and brown. Summer has come to an end in our house it would seem. Warm days and cool nights are the indicator a change is in the air, signaling better fishing days are ahead. Fewer people on the lakes creates an overwhelming sense of stillness in the air. Fishermen, look forward to the next next few months, fondly called fall. Afterall, fishing is supposed to be better right; it certainly is in my book. Personally, I'm enthused to spend every minute of the day on the water with good reasons.
The remaining days of summer are prime time for crappie. The Park Rapids region is fortunate to have an abundance of prime crappie waters. Greg Clusiau, crappie angler extraordinaire, raves about the lakes of our area. To be successful on crappie, late summer is a choice of Clusiau with deep cabbage weed lines. Ten to 12 feet of water is the magic depth. Prime fishing time is always when the sun starts touching the treetops, a time crappie will move to the outside of the deep weed edge looking for small minnows and insects for food. This proves an easy, effective and productive method.
Catch and releasing fish for some is a reason anglers justify staying on a hot bite. Grab a limit, then enjoy catching additional fish to be released. It is all good right, after all the fish will make it? Clients that hire guides want to maximize time on the water, fish caught to dollars and cents paid, catch and release makes sense to keep customers fishing and happy. Clients might frown on catching a limit of walleyes quickly then head in. To accommodate clients a guide stays out for the full duration of the hire, releasing fish caught.
Fishing sharpies know when it's best to fish. Kevin Lindow of Nevis is one of them. Lindow recommends the two dozen days or so after Memorial Day weekend is not the time to slack off fishing. "If I was going to take a fishing vacation in the Park Rapids region the weeks after Memorial Day weekend would be my choice." Lindow says. "Mother Nature turns up the heat with warmer daytime and nighttime temperatures. Water temps shift into the 60 degree range and fish move up for one thing - to feed."
Dan Kittilson of Park Rapids grew up on a small natural environmental lake. "When I was growing up my interest in lakes, nature, wildlife, my frogs and minnows began to flourish. Passion for fishing and the lakes became further enhanced during my teaching career with family time spent in the outdoors," Kittilson recalls. "My love of nature and the natural environment continued to grow. A goal was to live on a lake but one that I wasn't able to achieve until I got close to my retirement. In 1994, we moved to Little Sand Lake."
The red drop leaf table in the kitchen was the place for my dad to sit us down to discuss what was on his mind, including household conversations on outdoor ethics. Unpleasant at times. Recalling an incident when my older brother and I spent opening day of duck season learning duck identification 101, dad found out we had shot redheads during a special teal season. At another meeting, dad summoned myself and fishing buddies to the "red table." It was spring and dad was upset. In his opinion, we were catching and keeping too many crappies.