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Carrie Laabs reeled in this northern near the dam at Lake Nokomis while fishing with family and friends.
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Carrie Laabs reeled in this northern near the dam at Lake Nokomis while fishing with family and friends.
5/13/2017 7:29:00 AM
Mixed reports on opening fishing weekend
Cold weather leaves anglers chilled

Beckie Gaskill
Outdoors Writer

With the high winds and cooler temperatures this past weekend, many anglers struggled to find fish. Many reports had walleyes still in the shallows in as little as 3 feet of water.

Jeff Smith from J & J Sports in Lake Tomahawk said he was hearing reports that walleyes were positioned near or just off the first breaks. Anglers who found flats in 3 to 4 feet of water and a break line dropping into 6, 8 or 9 feet would often find the fish just as their jig hopped off the break. The action was fairly good on flowages and on the river, he said, while some anglers fishing area lakes were not as lucky.

In the way of panfish, Smith said crappie were not easy to find, but perch fishing was good.

Chuck from Chuck's Sport Shop in Tomahawk said he thought the number of anglers in his area was about average. He, too, reported perch fishing as good but said with the water temperatures in the 40s, it was still too cold for bluegills. Fishing for walleyes in the area was good and anglers were reporting good numbers. Legal-sized fish, however, were harder to come by. There were some pre-spawn crappies in the shallows. While their numbers were not great, they were reported as good quality fish.

Crappies and bluegills were reported to be mostly deep. Many of them had come up prior to the last snowstorm, but moved back deep again. Since then, the water temperature has not increased measurably.

Overall, most bait shops reported business was fairly good, but also heard many anglers were not seeing many boats on the water. With the bluebird skies and hefty winds, some anglers either did not hit the water or were only out for a short time. Those willing to fight the wind had the most luck. While creature comforts were at a minimum, those willing to brave the conditions were largely rewarded.

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