Bob Stulich of the Two Inlets area loves crappie fishing. While most area anglers focus on the pursuit for walleyes, smallmouth or big pike and musky, for Stulich it's fall crappie fishing.
October holds the best fishing of the season for all game fish. In my opinion, it's a prime time for catching quantity and quality of freshwater game fish. Lakes transition from summer warmer water temperatures of 70 degrees to cooler water with temps in the 50s. Game fish become easier to find this time of year. They are active, eager to take anglers' offerings, then actually move out of the weed beds and edges looking for food into deeper water and easier for anglers to catch.
Stable weather is very important to fishing success, but that’s not always the situation. July is vacation time, a week looked forward to for months. If on a fishing vacation, it can be frustrating to be on shore when severe weather rolls through the area. Rainfall run off will bring large amounts of food and nutrients into the lake.
Friends are those special people in our lives who leave a permanent mark. Dave Speral was one of those friends. Together we shared a love of the outdoors on many a hunting and fishing escapade. That is, if we weren’t fishing, getting ready to go fishing, tying jigs, rigging boats and scouring sporting goods stores for the latest and greatest in fishing tackle and equipment.
Weeks remain before the opening day of the Minnesota walleye season. Anglers have a lot of time to pursue one of the state’s top-rated fish: the crappie.
Jeff Forester, Executive Director Minnesota Lakes and River Advocacy Group, appeared with a number of other aquatic invasive species (AIS) experts and community leaders for a presentation Tuesday at Riverside United Methodist Church. These invited guests of Chip Nielson included Julie Kingsley, Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District; Nicole Kovar, Minnesota DNR AIS Specialist; and Lynn Goodrich, President of Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations.
Sam Cook, nationally prominent outdoor writer, enjoyed a day in Northern Minnesota doing what he loves most - reporting on the outdoors, which included winter crappie fishing. When the article came out he included the name of the lake, which in some people’s opinion was not a good idea. Myself, I’m reluctant to give out my best crappie lakes and spots for fear the throngs of anglers converge on the lake. In the mix to consider, fishermen who overharvest on trip after trip, taking more than their limit when the crappies are on a bite.
Backing into one of our area lake accesses, docks on shore, is evidence that the open water fishing season is all but over. For some of us it isn’t over until it’s over. Trophy sized northern pike and musky are on the prowl right now. Few anglers go after these massive fish. Now is the time to put percentages in fisherman favor. Want a trophy, the time is now! Walleye anglers, the few that have their boats out, find action restricted to the first hour or so of daylight and again at dusk, typical ice fishing hours.