It is becoming harder and harder to remember when we had a regular Spring here in the Borderland, but I guess we must embrace it and say, “Welcome to Summer!” This past week the walleyes have started to embrace this extreme weather pattern as well. Big Walleye’s went from the shallow’s last week and are now seeking cooler water on drop offs and some reefs. The larger Northern aren’t far behind either. However, if you seek big Pike, troll sand/gravel/rocky shorelines in 3-7 feet with your favorite stick bait. Some of them have started to transition deep and look for Tulibees, but not in large enough numbers to target them… yet. Bass are heavy into the spawn now with the males guarding the nests. Fun Fact, the males don’t really eat anything while they are on guard. In fact, I heard of a report this week where a youngster who was camping and saw a bass in the shallows, tied on 5 different baits and that bass either body slammed them, picked up the lure and dropped it safely away from the nest, or completely ignored the baits… Until he threw a worm, he couldn’t resist the worm! (Figures!)
Guide tip of the Week:
During this time of transition Walleye are seeking water temps in the mid-50s. And while you probably don’t own a Fish Hawk X4, all you need to do is find a drop off or reef on your sonar. The walleyes will tell you where it is, they will be stacked up! Now that depth changes as you near current, deep troughs, and still bays so there is no “perfect depth.” P.S. In addition to the Mosquitoes in the evening… The black flies showed up this week…
Foraging, exploring and more:
Blueberries! We didn’t get any frost in May!! As long as these Thunderstorms didn’t damage the flowers too much, this is shaping up to be an amazing blueberry year!
Deer fawns are beginning to be spotted regularly now. Check out my previous posts to see pictures and videos of this year’s newest arrivals (Facebook and Instagram (@outdoorvalues)!
While hiking be aware that the ticks are out, so make sure you cover your pants cuffs with your socks and spray Repel clothing and gear spray. Also, check yourself after your excursion (everywhere)!
Thanks for reading and we will see you on the LAKE! -Capt. Brad Krasaway (email@example.com)
Brad Krasaway (Outdoor Values) Contributor:
Brad is a seasoned fishing, hunting, hiking, foraging and tour guide in Voyageurs National Park. While primarily focusing on Rainy Lake, he has extensive experience ranging from Crane Lake to Sand Point Lake, Namakan Lake, Lake Kabetogama, Rainy River, and Lake of the Woods! Anyone who has not traversed these waters before but would like to, should reach out to a certified boat captain. They can show you where to go, what to do, and when. For those who are seeking the elusive walleye or other game fish, these waters can be intimidating. Don’t get discouraged! Reach out to the experienced guides at www.rainydazeoutdoors.com or www.rainylakeguideassociation.com anyone through these two organizations is highly recommended!
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