Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pike went Crazy!

Man alive! It's been a busy first part of the season and yes the fish are bitting! Spent the day with the Kobs crew on the Whitefish Chain and what a blast. The walleye bite has been a little tough so the boys wanted some action and that's what we had. We targeted northern pike on a 8 to 10 foot weed flat. We fished with a jig and minnow. We ended up boating 64 pike in just 4 hours of fishing! Here are a few shots from the day!!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Holy Mackerel back on Leech Lake

So yepper I headed back to Leech Lake with my good friends Dave, Wayne, Randy and Jared. I was pumped as I knew where the monster school of walleyes were. We didn't get out until later but I stopped on deeper location as I marked some fish there the day before. We trolled leadcore as these fish were spread out in a large area. Nothing! So to the honey hole we headed! It didn't take long and the boys were on em' We had just a tremendous night of fishing including a 28 and 29.5 inch walleyes. We took some photos and let them go!

We headed out the second day and fished close to home for just a couple of hours. We ended up taking a boat ride and stopping on a few spots in Walker Bay catching few walleyes but nothing special.

If you are headed to Leech Lake and are looking for one of the nicest places to stay check out Chase on the Lake They are located right one beautiful Walker Bay and close to downtown Walker, MN. They have everything you could imagine from great food to bowling to a day in the spa or even a ride on their new Lady Chase Bluewater Coastal Cruiser Charter Yacht

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Leech Lake Photo Shoot

Back to Leech Lake to find a few fish for some photos. It was great pleasure to have Chuck Beasley and my little brother Joe in the boat. Our goal was to catch some quality fish, mainly walleyes, to take some photos. So we headed back to the same area right were we had caught them the day before. Nothing! We couldn't catch a fish or even mark that many. These fish are on the move! It was another flat calm sunny day making it even tougher. Through out the day we bounced around catching fish but we really had to work for them. We took a break from walleyes went up and caught a few crappies. Wouldn't you know it the wind picked up while we were fishing for the crappies so we decided to go back out to catch some walleyes. The wind died again! Flustered with the conditions and the moving fish I had to make a decision. We ended up going back out to the area we had found the fish, the day before, thinking they might have moved back and they didn't. So the hunt was on. I knew the fish were close or so I was hoping! My Mercury Verado got a workout bouncing around and all of a sudden I found em'. They were loaded and about 1/4 of a mile away from where they were the day before. The last three hours of the day was gang busters as we caught lots of fish and managed to take some really nice photos. As frustrated as we were we kept the mind frame, "the fish are bitting somewhere" and stayed positive. Sometimes that is a hard thing to do! Everything came together perfect. Our light was spot on and we had a beautiful sunset to utilize in some of the photos.

Here are just a couple of photos we were able to capture! (click on image for larger view)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I was up on Leech Lake again today and can you say HOT? There wasn't a wiff of wind and it was blazing hot. I was fishing with my new buds Dave and Richard. We started out fishing shallow weed flats as I thought we could still get some of these shallow fish to go in the morning. We caught a few but it wasn't hot and heavy and most of the fish were in the slot. I was kinda stumped as I had caught these shallow fish all year last year. So we had to adjust. We started to fish some deeper main lake locations and found some fish and started catching them. We were all alone for a little while then one boat, then two, then three and so on moved right in on us. We still continued to catch a few but the fish seemed to scatter with all the new boat traffic. We ended up bouncing around looking for deeper fish which seemed to be more active. Overall we had an O.K. trip considering we had no wind and the sun was bright as could be.

Thanks to Dave and Richard for a great day on the water!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Fishing Opener 2010


Fishing opener 2010 has come and gone. What a weekend! Well at least the for the weather. I don't think the bite was as good as what everyone had expected because I think the fish were confused as many anglers. We ended up finding some bitting fish here is the scoop.

The WalleyeDan guide group, Tim, Toby, Bruce and I took out the Lost Lake Lodge fishing maniacs on opening day on Gull Lake. It was a struggle to get on a good pattern. We caught fish in 7 feet of water all the way to 26 feet of water. Some fish bit on a jig and minnow and some bite on a rig. So we had to work for em' but we all were able to boat some walleyes for the boys.

We had pretty early spring and I think some of the fish spawn really early and some late which means some of the fish were already starting their early summer transition. What does that mean? Be versatile and look for the active school and be prepared to fish both deep and shallow until these fish decide what they want to do.

On Sunday we headed to Leech. Again another beautiful day on the water. I had my Dad and brother Jason in my boat, Tim Hanske had his Dad in Tim's boat, Joe, my little brother, Aaron, and Joe Skerik in Aaron's boat and Toby, Mike and Drew in Toby's boat. What a goon crew and there was no doubt we were going to find em.

I started fishing in the traditional spring locations. Shallow flats close to spawning grounds and we found some fish. Most of the fish were caught using a KenKatch Hair jig. It wasn't gang busters by no means. I couldn't believe the amount of boats and what a great site to see for the fishing community. It was flat calm and sunny but it seemed like when the wind picked up just a little and the clouds rolled in the fish decided to bite. We bounced from spot to spot catching fish on almost every single location. We caught our limit of keeper walleyes and some hawg bellies to boot.

So the phone rang and it was the hooligans, Joe, Aaron and Joe. "Come over Joe has a musky on!" Aaron said. We picked up and I took some shots of the boys in action. I also took a couple of other shots. Click on the photos for a larger view.

Don't forget to check out WalleyeDan Guide Group I'm so pumped to be apart of fishing with these great group of guides. We are booking up fast so make sure to give us a call and request me!