Last Friday the walleye "ban/drought/prohibition/closure" was lifted along with the widely-loathed "live bait ban". We saw more people come to celebrate the pseudo-opener than we would usually see on a given Friday in August... but not the flood of folks that some expected. The bite was good by mid-August standards, but noticeably slower than when we left off on July 7th. Saturday was a little better, and by the end of the weekend we had chatted with a number of anglers who had catches into the teens and low-20's. Most of these fish were in deeper (24-32 feet) water on the gravel bars and mud flats. Spinners/crawlers were good, also leeches under slip bobbers. Most of the leeches are running small, discouraging some from running leeches on a live-bait rig. News flash... they still work! The smallmouth bite continues to confound some people, while others are pounding 'em just a short distance away. Dropshot rigs are the top approach, followed by a mix of jerkbaits, swimbaits and topwaters. In other words, you'll likely change baits numerous times before you hit the perfect combination. 8-12 feet has been good through the low-light periods, and 12-20 feet during the mid-day. Northern action is unchanged from the past few weeks.
The weather for the weekend (according to the National Weather Service) looks like this:
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the morning.
Friday Night: Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 54. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Saturday: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 79. Light west wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
The new moon is 8-21-17.
Have a great weekend!
Lundeen's Tackle Castle
38752 Twilight Road
Onamia, MN 56359