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12-13-17 

Ice conditions are pretty sketchy still, I was on leech yesterday standing on 11 inches of ice and 100 yards from me there was a 200 yard by 400 yard stretch of open water. I do not recommend using wheelers there is to much water that has just froze over to call it safe. Walleye action has been rather slow for me recently, it could be weather related, every time I have been out so far the ice has made a ton of noise and the wind has been howling. Fishing shallow water like I have been the effects of the weather is a lot more influential than deep water. Panfish have still been going nuts dispite the weather. I personally have been finding them deep, but more people than not have been doing quite well in the shallows in the green weeds still. Big Boy has been very hit and miss, they are not out deep yet and there is no sign of life in the shallows so find alternative weed beds is essential for success if that is where you are planning to go. Inguidona now has walkable ice on the south bay, there has been no traffic going across the deep part of the lake to the river bar but it is only a matter of time. Longville is supposed to warm up for this weekend meaning the bite should be picking up, but if you run into finicky panfish let me tell you my process. It always starts with live bait, generally on a spoon, it won't take long to know if it is the hottest bait in your box. If I get stood up by 3 or 4 fish I will switch to a jig with wax worms, 100% of my panfish jigs are tungsten. They fall faster, they are smaller in profile, and you will catch more fish faster. I will stick with the small jigs for longer than spoons, a little more finess is involved with these little jigs and the chance for success is greater. If that doesn't work though, I put the bait aside and start chuckin' out plastics. Trigger X has my favorite plastic the moustache worm, pink and white is my go to but chartruse works well too. I have started playing around with more this year and I have found 2 more that are going to stay in the arsenal, Powerbait Swordtails and 13 BAMF, it takes very little movement to get these baits moving and they seem to work quite well. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

12-8-17

Ice is building like a mad man, with some areas reaching 10-12 inches. This certainly is not the rule, some lakes still have open water in areas. Girl lake in town had open water until yesterday in front of the access, exersize extreme caution out there if plan to fish there. Walking is the main transport still, some people are bringing thier wheelers out on the shorelines on a few lakes but that is still not advised. Sunnies and crappies have been going nuts around here this season so far, two of us went out a couple days ago on an expedition to a lake we had never been on before. There was no cabins on it, no lake map, and no tracks so we took our time getting out there chippin' with the spud bar every few feet found around 5 inches of ice. We packed light because of how far of a walk it was so we only had a hand auger, so instead of hand drilling 30 holes what we were able to do since the ice was clear and relatively thin we poured water on top of the ice and used our graph on top of the ice to shoot down and tell depth. We set up on a weed edge and started hammering away, in just a few short hours between the two of us we had 6 over 9.5, 3 of which were over 10, and the biggest was 11.25. Not to shabby for a walleye fisherman.Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

11-27-17

Warm weather has been diminishing the ice condtion steadily, I would strongly advise if you do venture on the ice to just walk. To many people up on red have sunk their wheelers, 2 of which unfortunately have lost their lives. Walking is the safest way to get on the ice, that's all I have been doing, max ice thickness that I have found was on a little puddle of a lake and there was only 6 inches. Even so, I still wear my floating suit or life jacket, and I still use a chisel to check the ice every step of the way. That being said, fishing has been very good, we fished sunfish yesterday and between the 3 of us we caught 8 over 9.5 inches and our biggest was 11 on the nose. The gills were near the bottom in the deepest spot in the lake which was about 25 feet and tunsten was key to keep the fish under you. They seemed to lose interest if your bait didn't return in a timely fashion. 13 fishing has came out with some sweet new jigs with whats called an upper cut hook, its like a sickle hook but instead of the barb facing down it is angled up and let me tell you it is a sticky hook.  Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

11-21-17

First ice update: During the cold snap that happened near the beginning of November some of our smaller lakes capped over, and most of those stayed capped during the recent warm up. I have fished two of those lakes this week and both had a consistent 4-5" of ice. I also ventured up to Red Lake this past weekend and they were allowing ATV's out from some of the more popular resorts. Fishing was good but we were deeper than expected for this time of year. We found our fish in 13 feet of water, but resorts are reporting good fishing in 8-10 feet.

With the cold temps this week I would expect that the fishable ice will grow significantly. That being said, I'm always nervous about telling other people that the ice is safe. This time of year it's important to dress and plan for the possibility that you could fall through. For me this means a floating suit, but a life jacket does the job as well. It's always a good time to be fishing with a buddy, and use a chisel on your way out to check ice thickness regularly. We're going to have a very long ice season this year, so be careful these first few weeks! The fish will still be there in a few weeks.

Dan Ryan Guide Service-www.danryanguideservice.com

11-9-17

The first ice, brave souls have started to walk on water. Not to be recomended but it is happening here in Longville, the main longville lakes like woman, little boy, wabedo and big boy are still open wide and duck boats are keeping landings open. Little lakes like Boxell and Laura are completely ice covered and have about 2 inches as of yesterday, its currently 12 degrees... the ice is growing. Red has had people fishing since yesterday and out in about 8 feet of water I have heard as much as 4 inches of ice, people will be walking out steadily come this weekend. We have plenty of shiners, rainbows, suckers, and crappie minnows. Early ice esspecially I like to throw tip ups out with 5 inch sucker minnows in about 5 feet of water on red, BIG GATORS AND WALLEYES! Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

11-4-17

Ice is forming on the ponds but the lakes and accesses are still wide open and it is a great time of year to be taking advantage of the oppertunities that are around. Walleyes are doing one of 2 things when it hits November, they are sitting in their winter grounds willing to bite only during twilight hours or they are chasing tulibees. Now the easiest patern to target is your afternoon bite, but the tulibee bite is by far the most productive and potentially the best bite of the season. The tulibees spawn in the late fall either in shallow rocks or in the sugar sand, I tend to focus on the sand up by 5 mile myself. When I have hit this right it seems like there are birds everywhere, loons swimming gulls diving, telling you exactly where these walleyes are going to be chowing down at. Crappies this time of year are also in thier winter grounds, suspended in the deep water or in the green weeds. This time of year is the best time of year to do your homework and find fish for winter. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

10-16-17

Its truely a shame that October is only 1 month long, there is so much to do and so little time. The walleye action has been super not just on leech but seemingly everywhere I have been going. Woman lake has been hitting well the jiggin rap bite is as good as it has ever been out there, if that isn't your cup of tea try pitching a jig and a minnow along the shallow breaks of government point area an hour before dark. I fished wabedo yesterday and the water temps where still 53-55 degrees which is a good thing, I managed 5 good fish all over 14 inches and missed quite a few as well. The biggest thing out there that I found was finding the solid bottom and staying out of the muck that inhabits the majority of that lake. It seemed like that held the majority of fish that I caught/graphed. Leech is still giving up a pile of nice walleyes but that water temp is cooling way faster than the rest of the Longville area, on Saturday I found the water as low as 50.3. None of the lakes in the area that I am aware of have had fall turnover yet and hopefully they won't until after MEA weekend, I for one am not ready to put the boat away. The crazy thing that has been the trend this fall on leech is the abundance of small minnows in the stomaches of thes walleyes dozens of 1 inch perch per fish. So the trick to getting these fish to eat is use a small fat head on a jig, no kidding the small minnow out catches the big rainbows 3-1.Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

10-2-17

October is by far the best time of year to be in the Longville lakes area, the fall colors are in full swing, the fish are biting seemingly non stop, and there are tons of creatures to chase in the woods and on the water. Walleyes do some interesting things in the fall though depending on what lake your fishing. Woman lake for instance the walleye pattern tends to run pretty deep, like 20-35 feet sometimes, where onLeech they do the total opposite, there are times you can't even get your boat in as shallow as they are sitting. One thing they do have in common though is what they are eating, minnows, minnows and more minnows. Creek chubs are my favorite, they are strong swimmers, they live like your wouldnt believe, and they have the right size to them. Another thing I would like to bring up is this Sunday we have a walleye tournament on Leech out of Sugar Point Resort on Leech Lake. It is a 25 boat tournament (we have 3 openings left) and it is a catch photo release tournament. If you are at all interested in learning more about this or would like to sign up, give me a call either on my cell or give the store a call at 218-363-2252. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

9-22-17

Patients is truely a virtue.. Waiting for walleyes to pile into there fall feeding ground has been rather trying. There are a few fish off sugar and the clay banks on Leech, but not like they should be where the water temps are currently at. The wind has not been helping fish stack up either, a lot of south east winds don't bode well for my fishing grounds in the fall over on the east side of Leech. The west side has been way more productive as far as numbers go, over off of stony and otter tail. Creek chubs and sucker minnows on long lindy rigs produce walleyes this time of year and is proving it now especially if it is calm on the water. Don't be afraid to get in tight to shore, when walleyes are active they will force bait in the shallows and eat just about anything they can get their lips around. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

9-13-17

Hints of the typical fall walleye patterns are beginning to show on local Longville lakes. Last trip out I found walleyes anywhere from 10-40 feet. Bottom transitions were the link between all the spots. Anywhere I could find a hard-to-soft bottom transition I could see baitfish and walleyes mixed in. Hard body baits like a Rapala Jigging Rap or a Johnson Johnny Darter caught most of the fish, but a jig and minnow caught a few as well. Crappies are still using shallow weed patches and with the uptick in temps I think this pattern will hold through the weekend at least. The crappies like to hang near the tops of the weeds in 12-16 feet, so drifting or pitching a 16th oz jig tipped with a fathead or plastic seems to work best. The jigs drop slowly, so you want to take your time working them and make sure you're tickling the weeds every once in a while. On Leech Lake, some people are finding fish in shallow green weeds still, and it seems to be a good mix of perch, pike, and walleyes. The wind driven rocky points and shorelines have a few fish on them, but I believe it will take another good cool-down to get the fish to these typical fall spots. It could happen any day now, so if the wind looks right for your favorite fall spot don't be afraid to try the jig and minnow routine. You might just be the first to find the fall bite that we all have been waiting for. Last note: The One Stop is hosting a couple fun tournaments this fall. October 1st is a bass tournament, and October 8th is a walleye tournament. Stop in and ask if you're interested. They're well run "Catch, Photo, Release" tournaments and they're a lot of fun. Good Luck! Dan Ryan Guide Service: 507-340-8860 or www.danryanguideservice.com

9-11-17

This weather being indesisive is kind of puting a damper on my fall mood! Most of the week looks like mid 70s and 80s which in my mind could do two things, could turn fishing really on... or really shut it down. Being the eternal opptimist tells me that this is going to be great the fish will be more active but i've been wrong before. There looks to be some wind coming with the nice weather that could push these fish into a feeding mood as well. The muskies inc. tournament was this past weekend and there were a lot of fish caught on Leech, but with that there was also a ton of people fishing it as well. most of the people I know that fished it that had caught were on the rocks and they caught them early in the day.  Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

8-31-17

Labor day is just around the corner and things seem to be ahead of schedule as far as fall goes. Temps right now have been rising and falling 2-6 degrees a day and what that tells me is that in the morning walleyes are A) going to be very shallow putting their feed bags on or B) Out deep on the deep edges of break lines close to shallower water waiting for temps to rise. If you find yourself in the deep water situation do not be afraid to slowwwww doowwnnn. Putting on a smaller jig and a goldie while being verticle is a great combo for this time of year and will remain good until the temps start maxing out at 65 instead of being there at its coldest. If you do end up finding walleyes shallow lets say on a sand edge or in the bull rushes pitching a 1/4 ounce jig and a big rainbow or sucker minnow and hop it in the sand stiring it up is a good way to whack them. It has truely been and incredible summer for crappies in 2017 even with the cooler weather they are still hangin' out in the weeds eating seemingly everything that gets put near their faces which is always a good back up plan. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

8-23-17

IT'S HAPPENING, IT'S HAPPENING!!!!!!! Water temps are down as low as 65 degrees in some areas I have found. That means one thing to me, JIGS AND MINNOWS. On Sunday I had a mid day guide trip on a local area lake and we absolutely pounded them! It was very tough the first two hours of the day but once we got the first bite it was hand over fist for the rest of the trip boating 2 dozen or better wonderful walleyes. The spot we found fish was a top corner of a long narrow hump and on that section of hump there was a giant clam bed, those fish where stacked on those beds. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

 

8-15-17

Temperatures have stabiled out up here this week in the low 70's and with highs in the mid to upper 60's with rain and wind temps are going to drop. This weeks fishing has stayed pretty darn good for me, one day in fact I even ventured up to Pike Bay for a day trip and came out of there with a good batch of walleyes and jumbo perch. Fishing the typical weedline bite with good cabbage and finding areas that were not so invested with rockbass seemed to be the key. I went musky fishing a few times this week as well, the first day was after a long days rain so naturally it was garbage. This morning on the other hand seemed to have a lot of activity, throwing Slime Time Baits up into cabbage beds and bullrushes there was quite the concentration of fish. Crappies still are suicidal. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

8-9-17

It seems strange and early to me but I believe this cool down has got walleyes on leech thinking it is time to chow down on minnows. The temps in the last week have dropped to 72 ish where last week it was up to 79 in some places I had fished, which is still warm for a jig and a minnow bite but out of the 7 we caught out there in the morning 4 came off of jigs and goldies in my early fall spots. Thats good news for us fishermen but a bit surprising because it a month or so early. More exploration needs to be done to determine if this pattern will hold true for a while or if I just caught them in the right mood for minnows. These fishe were extremly shallow also, our biggest one coming in 3 feet or less and the deepest of our fish being in a little under 7. Crappie fishing remains very good in the same areas as last week, those too are biting minnows, but leave the bobbers at home and keep that bait moving this time of year you are dealing with small schools of fish not big concentrations like the spring time.Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

8-2-17

Fishing this week was surprisingly good, walleyes were active and aggressive, and crappies are suicidal right now. For the first few hours of walleye fishing I thought that it was going to be just like the past few weeks have been going, go over a lot of fish and pray one bites.. That insinuation was correct until it got to prime time. Casting a jiggin' rap on top of the break trying to hunt down a hungry walleye and boom fish on. after that fish gets scooped my fishing partner gets bit on a crawler, feeds it about two arm lengths of line she is hooked up. I switched rods to a single hooked lindy with a night crawler same as hers, and we work the break line finding arc after arc, catching fish after fish. It was the first time in about a month we had caught more than a few walleyes. I had 2 guide trips on Monday on a local lake in the morning and afternoon both on the same lake, and it was a riot! In the morning we caught walleyes and a bunch of panfish and bass all on night crawlers. In the afternoon it was slow for walleyes but we crushed big crappies, working deep coontail clumps in 18 feet of water with 1/8th - 1/16th ounce jigs working over the tops. The crazy thing was we could not catch these things on minnows or leeches, it was all on night crawlers. The biggest one of the night was 15 1/4 and many over 13, all of them released.  Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

7-27-17

Warm temps and middle of the year is the recipe for tough walleye fishing in the Longville area. Leech has been very tough for a number of reasons, the availability of forage for these fish, the high energy that they have from the warm water, the limited amounts of oxygen in the water, and the schools are much much smaller than they are during the peak times of the season like May and October. That being said there are a number of things that can be done to catch these fish. Scattered picky walleyes do have a weakness, that is in the summer months their reaction bites. Not even necessarily hungry but the reflex when something comes wizzing by makes them eat. In my tackle box there are 2 types of lures that will do that, the standard crankbait like a shad rap or flicker shad, and the body baits, the jiggin' raps and the johnny darters. The crankbaits tend to do a little better this time of year just for the fact that you can cover so much more water than you can a jiggin rap. On the littler lakes around Longville, the weedlines are the most productive for fish, leeches for me have been producing more than worms but that can change day to day. Muskie fishing has gotten a lot better in recent days, Baby, Wabedo, and the main lake of Leech with high speed bucktails seem to be triggering more fish. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-048

 

The dog days of summer have begun, and for bass fisherman this is outstanding news. for the next 6 weeks the bass of the Longville Lakes area will be predictable and easy to catch. The Summer apex brings with it a time of abundance in terms of food for both species of bass, therefore the feeding windows are smaller this time of year. I recommend early mornings and late evenings to concentrate ones efforts. For largemouth, many of the areas fish have established themselves on the deep weedlines, and will spend the majority of the summer hanging in the cabbage and coontail while feeding on bluegills and crayfish. Early mornings will see a movement of some of these deeper fish into shallow cover for low light feeding binges before slipping back into the deep. For these early morning shallow bites, I target ricebeds with frogs and reed beds with flipping jigs. Once they are out deep, I target largemouth with deep diving crankbaits,such as the Rapala DT-16, and jig-worms around inside turns and weed points. For the smallmouth, I use finesse jigs and drop shots around isolated boulders and rock/grass mixtures in anywhere from 12ft to sometimes as deep as 40ft. Both species tend to school this time of year, especially the smallmouth. Finding deep fish requires patience and some good electronics. July and August are offer some of the best bass fishing of the year. If interested in learning more about the fantastic bass fishing the Longville Lakes area has to offer or would like to book a guide, please contact Andrew's Guide Service at 218-251-6894

7-18-17

Dan Ryan and myself fished the MTT out on Winnibigoshish on Sunday, going into the tournament we had found fish in a few different areas shallow and they were more than willing to cooperate during prefishing, then of course the day of the tournament they didn't seem to be interested in what we were dangling in front of them. So we had to switch gears, and Dan with his wealth of knowledge along with  the markability of Winnies deep water walleyes we went arch hunting. Dan drove the boat from spot to spot and ran the water in the fishiest places and if we marked a walleye we hovered it and put Jraps and Johnny darters down as fast as we could, now when you are use a bait like these two you put  them on the bottom and rip your rod as if you are setting the hook on a fish and you go up and down 2 feet or so. Not to get off track but that was our most effective way to catch walleyes out there. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-048

7-14-17

It's warming up here in the Minnesota northwoods, water temps in the Longville area are in the low to mid 70s and the dog days have begun. Weedlines are extending themselves out into the deeper water, the edges I have been finding that have been productive for me have been in 12-14 feet of water and leeches for walleyes have been my best live bait the past 2 weeks. I've also been fishing some deep humps, pulling lindys with leeches and crawlers before dark and on cloudy days with some success. The tough part about this time of year is not finding fish, quite frankly there are fish most every spot I have been going the eating part is the toughest to find the magic combo.  Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-048

 

6-28-2017

The water has cooled down but the walleye bite remains fairly strong, esspecially considering where we were last year at this time. Temps in the upper 60's stable temps have given some life to the jig and shiner bite where it otherwise was lost until this cold spell. Fishing is getting more dificult on Leech so targeting smaller bodys of water in my eyes is the solution. We fished Boy yesterday and caught fish on a few different pieces of structure, there were fish on the mid lake humps as well as the shoreline breaks, and we caught all but 1 on a jig with a goldie. Musky fishing has been very slow with the cooler water and I don't believe it will be getting better until the water warms up. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-048

6-27-2017

The first big slow down in walleye fishing hit the Longville area this past week. While water temps remain cool, the normal progression and growth in numbers of baitfish and bugs in area lakes have scattered walleyes and make more of them lookers rather than biters. You can overcome this in two different ways: first, you can speed up. Pulling spinners with crawlers and leeches has been somewhat successful on Leech Lake. Covering more water and attempting to trigger a reaction bite will improve your chances when fish get finicky. Working wind driven breaklines has worked best, pulling the spinners along at 1.0-1.2MPH. The other option is to focus on the finer details of your slower presentations to try to get each fish you go over to bite. For me this means selecting the best looking bait I've got in the boat and lengthening out my leader lengths when live-bait rigging. A medium/large redtail or a large, lively leech has been best. Don't be afraid to experiment with adding a little jewelry to your live bait rig. Lastly, bite windows are going to shorten for many of the fish you find, so focus on hitting your best spots when the conditions are optimal. This means either early morning, right at dusk, or right on the edge of a weather change. Dan Ryan Guide Service: www.danryanguideservice.com

6-20-2017

Wind, weather fronts, and the mayfly hatch has made bass fishing in the Longville Lakes area an ever changing adventure the past few weeks. When the weather has allowed, I have been finding the smallmouth on sharp breaks and boulder points in 12-20 foot of water. I use topwater baits and swimbaits to locate the schools of post spawn smallies and then use a drop shot with a 4" senko to catch the majority of the fish. Early mornings are still offering up fast action on topwaters over shallow rock humps and points before the fish move off into the deeper water with the advancing of the day. The Largemouth are scattered between the shallow rice and reed beds and the developing deep weedlines where they well spend the majority of their summer. Early mornings and late evenings are offering an outstanding slop frog bite. Frogs are an excellent choice for fishing the rice beds of the Longville area lakes, as they work in the rice tendrils efficiently and locate the active fish in the area. Late June offers one of my favorite patterns of the year in the pre-summer deep weedline bite. The largemouth are following the post-spawn bluegills and sunfish in their migration to their summer haunts in the deeper weeds. I look for a mix of cabbage and coontail weeds located on inside turns and points. I use jig worms, drop shot rigs, and crankbaits to target these deeper fish. When largemouth first set up on these early season weedlines fishing can be fast and furious. Once I have located a school I will drop a marker buoy so I can target these fish more efficiently. The post-spawn/pre-summer patterns I am currently seeing from both species should last up until the July 4th weekend, in which time the Summer patterns will be emerging. The bass are always biting in the Longville lakes area. If interested in a guided trip on your local lake or just looking to talk bass fishing, give Andrew's Guide Service a call at 218-251-6894

Water temps have stayed very stable the past week staying between 67-71 depending on the different lakes, day, and wind. Jigs and minnows have really slowed down here the last week but we are still catching fish other ways. There has been a few bug hatches in the Longville area and the latest one is Leech. Yesterday was the first time I had seen a very strong hatch this year but we caught fish even so. Pulling spinner rigs with crawlers seemed to be the most successful pulling that 1.1-1.4 mph was the main speed. I was able to J-rap a couple when we hovered good marks. My color of choice is the perch color in the size 7. The smaller lakes have been a ton of fun too. Inguidona, Big Boy, Wabedo, and Woman have been good on the weed edges with minnows and leeches. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-048

6-14-2017

Fishing all over the Longville area remains good! Woman Lake has rebounded from the first big mayfly hatch of the year and walleyes were hungry once again for what we had to offer. Fishing a jig and minnow or lindy rig and minnow in depth of 12-20 feet of water led to a mixed bag of walleyes and pike. Conditions were just right for fishing to be feeding and that's why the minnow won the day. Consider rigging a crawler or a leech during mid day hours or when the wind is down and the sun is up. Leech Lake continues to provide excellent action for walleye anglers. A good mix of keepers and slot fish are inhabiting the offshore structure on the main lake. Bait preference has been different each day, and even just from spot to spot. Make sure to bring minnows, crawlers, and leeches and experiment often. It seems when you find fish near bait they are more likely to prefer a minnow. If you find fish without bait around they have preferred crawlers and leeches. Spinner season is right around the corner, so if you find yourself having a slow day, consider speeding things up and it may turn your luck. Good luck out there and happy fishing!- Dan Ryan Guide Service www.danryanguideservice.com

 

6-6-2017

After a grinder of a week prefishing and fishing the Leech Lake Classic, I have found that my hard work has paid off. Earning a 6th place plack out of 155 boats, against some of the best fishermen and women in the area,  and cashing a nice check to boot it was one of the best experiences I have had. It was one of those rare occasions where the fish that I had found spot checking the week before did not move off the spots. Finding them on rock humps that toppeed out anywhere from 8 feet to 22 feet, it didn't matter they seemed to enjoy the tops of the humps on rocky spines. Jigging a shiner caught all of our fish, not to say that a rig would not have, but why not use what is working. I am afraid to say that the jig bite is nearing its end. Hot weather and bug hatches are here and they are not going away any time soon so spinners and rigs will domminate the water.  Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

 

Early June in the Longville Lakes area is one of my favorite times to be on the water. both species of bass are coming off the spawn and are looking to regain the energy they expended building and protecting their nests, and are susceptible to a myriad of presentations from the angler. Speaking for myself, early June means one thing: topwater. For the smallies, this means throwing Zara Spooks and Rapala Skitter Pops around rock points adjacent to spawning flats and 6-12ft rock reefs. Early morning and late evening offer the best windows for topwater action, but with the upcoming warming trend the fish should be on the bite all day. For Largemouth, early June in the Longville Lakes area is a topwater nirvana. after they are finished spawing, the largemouth move directly to reed and cattail beds in pursuit of bedding bluegills. I am constantly looking in the water for the larger bluegill nesting colonies. once located, I like to throw Terminator buzzbaits in and around the nests and reed beds, which offers some of the most explosive topwater bites of the year. Another great topwater option for early season largemouth is a Terminator Popping Frog. The frog comes in handy for fishing areas with emergent wild rice, as the blade of the buzzbait is rendered mute in the clingy blades of early season rice. The frog is also an excellent choice for throwing around boat docks and emerging lilly pad fields. I prefer using white bellied frogs with a high sun and black bellied frogs in lowlight conditions. The frog is such a vital part of bass fishing in the Longville area that once tied on the spring, it doesn't come off until late October. The OneStop offers a full line of topwater lures that were mentioned above, and the helpful staff can help get you started on the early season topwater bonanza. From the beginnings of the Boy River Chain in the spring fed depths of Ten Mile Lake all the way to the rice filled bays of Leech Lake, the topwater bite for both smallmouth and largemouth bass will be hitting a crescendo in the next two weeks. If interested in learning more or booking a guided trip in the Longville area, contact Andrew's Guide Service at 218-251-6894.

5-31-17

Memorial weekend was busy on the water, but for good reason. Walleyes are biting pretty darn good out on Leech and Woman dispite the weather. I have still been jigging a minnow but a few people have switched over to leeches and crawlers with the water warming up a smidge to 55-58 depending on the lake, location, and depth. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be sunny and warm, this should trigger fish to get on the move and continue to  put the feed bag on. Targeting shallow water has been my key to success, most fish I have boated have been in 5-9 feet on wind driven rock points and adjacent flats. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

5-23-17

Walleye fishing has been very steady this season thus far nothing outstanding but never bad. The water temps have been as high as 57 on the main body of leech and woman which is pretty high for the middle of may, but the temps have now cooled down to as low as 51 degrees. That will end up being a pretty good thing for the months to come just to have that little set back in temperatures will keep these fish putting the feed bag on for a longer period of time. I have been finding all of my fish so far this season in less that 12 feet of water and most of my walleyes have been in under 6. Jigs and minnows have been the ticket thus far and that trend should continue.  Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

 

5-11-17

one of the warmest fishing openers in memory coincided with one of the best bass bites spring has to offer. the warm weather had both species of bass much further along in their spawn than one normally sees in mid-May. Smallmouths were already nest building, while the largemouth were flooding the shallows in pursuit of crappie and bluegills who were both already setting up on beds. while many smallmouth had reproduction on the brain, there were still a good deal of fish looking to eat. this time of year it is hard to beat the one-two punch of a jerk bait and tube jig. targeting rock/sand flats with boulder and reeds mixed in are key smallmouth spring locations. the boy river chain is one of the premier smallmouth fisheries in the state of Minnesota. Woman lake is infamous for its trophy quality smallmouth, while an angler looking for more numbers can find them on both Wabedo and Little Boy. don't sleep on Baby and Mann lakes, as both have healthy and vibrant populations of smallmouth as well. Lakes that may surprise you with stable smallmouth populations include Inguadona, Big Boy, and Leech. while I found many of the smallies on beds and a little hesitant to bite, the largemouth more than made up for it by chasing everything thrown at them with a fervor. while I did see a handful of largemouth on beds, the majority of them where on the feed. finding largemouth bass in the spring around the Longville lakes area is almost universal. key on wild rice flats adjacent to deep water or creeks/rivers. rice flats with lilly pad stem systems and reeds are golden. this time of year, most largemouth bass have an abundant food supply in the panfish that are flooding the shallows to spawn. therefore, using action baits such as spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and my personal favorite, swim jigs are a major producer for May bass. I prefer natural colors with some sun, and darker colors if I have low light conditions. I have also had near a dozen run-ins with our toothy friends the muskie on the past few days. I found the males set up just outside their spawning bays, presumably waiting for the females to roll in for the spawn. the two females I saw were both in current and chasing what I presume to be perch. muskie season doesn't open for a few weeks yet, so avoiding hooking into one is encouraged while bass fishing. if I see a muskie behind my bait I immediately slap the water with my rod tip. it kills the action of the lure and scares the fish away. the season is just getting started, and the Longville lakes area is primed for a banner year for both species of bass. if interested in learning more about bass fishing in the Longville lakes feel free to drop in at the One-Stop. they have an excellent selection of bass tackle geared towards the fish in our local lakes and a staff well versed in the local bite. otherwise, feel free to give me a call if you have questions, are looking for a guide, or just want to talk bass fishing! see you on the water! Andrew's Guide Service- 218-251-6894

Randy Eastvold will be on the water opening morning and this is the plan for him. It looks like there is going to be a north wind for saturday morning so he is going to start out on the north end of Big Pipe, the next spot on his list was Hogers Reef, Randy was saying that he thinks these fish are going to be shallow even if the wind isn't blowing that hard, targeting the 8 feet and less will be his main depth. Randy is going to be jigging all morning with a rainbow, depending on the wind speed he will be using a 1/4 ounce or an 1/8th ounce jig, the main colors being parrot, gold, and firetiger. Randy Eastvold and Redtail Tackle co. 507-440-8469

5-9-17

 

This week has been phenomenal for panfish, warm temps and calm winds have these fish in shallow and with an empty stomach.

That is enough panfish talk.. In 4 days walleye season will begin, the way the spring has went thus far it's going to be quite the opener. Walleyes are way past post spawn which is great for the smaller lakes in the area that don't turn on until memorial weekend or so. The water temps are plenty high for these fish to be on the shoreline breaks or on top in an agressive feeding mood. If you are going to fish Woman lake I suggest going to government point to start your morning in 6-12 feet of water with a parrot colored jig and a shiner minnow actively moving it on up and down off the bottom. If that is a bust for you head over to bungy bay and fish those shorelines in 12-16 feet and move anywhere from .5 to .8 mph until you find an active school. If you are headed to lets say Little Boy the Y bar should be going pretty good there is already some cabbage growth on the flats up top so finding the edges will be key. Winnie and Cut Foot should be out of this world this weekend, post spawned fish ready to feed... Need I say more? Leech I would believe should be excellent going out of Bevik early in the morning there WILL be fish biting on partridge point and on the clay banks. If the wind is blowning do not be afraid to get shallower than 6 feet, this time of year there is a lot of bait that push up there and you will not be sorry you tried it. The One Stop has and will have spotail shiners for the weekend and hoping to get some redtails also. Good luck this weekend I hope all goes well and you have a successfull, enjoyable, and respectful opener. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

5-3-17

Warm temps these past couple days have left crappies in a much better mood than the snow, wind and rain of the days prior. Warm sunshine and low wind pushes these fish into dark muddy bays that fill up with life in the spring. Walleye season is fast aproaching and the speculation of what is to come for the year is looking very positive. Even though the snow and cold is pretty miserable in april it serves a bigger purpose that we won't cash in on until late may/ early june. The cooling water temps will keep walleyes in shallow water longer which will make them undoubtedly easier to catch than a lazy walleye laying on the bottom in 30 feet of water all day. So at least in my eyes the snow in april and may can keep on comming! Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

4-25-17

Crappies have been active dispite mother natures attempt to make it winter again, with the snow and the rain you just have to move out a little to get these fish to go. It seems like whenever the sun comes out they move right back into the small bays where the temps warm up quickly and food is plentiful. The Woman Lake chain has been  very good in lantern, little woman and otter bay, hair jigs are always a good chioce but don't discard the classic beatle spin. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

 

4-4-17 Get your boats out of storage, the ice season is OVER! It was a season full of ups and downs from stubborn deep water crappies to super aggressive shallow water walleyes. Now it is time to change gears and start looking for open water for prespawn perch sunfish and crappies. Townline lake is 90% ice free which is one of the first to open up. Leech and Woman still have a little ways to go before they let loose but i don't feel like they will last the weekend. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3-28-17 Warm beautiful spring days are making the ice deteriorate quickly but there is still time left on the clock. I am guessing some of the smaller lakes will Not be safe to go on but the larger lakes like Leech and Winnie will still be accessible by foot possibly by wheeler, and that may be a stretch. The jumbo perch are still smacking and the gills and crappies have turned on in their spring time areas in the shallow weeds. If you have time this week and want that last little pinch of ice fishing I would not wait, get it while the gettin's good! Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3-21-17 It is truly hard to beat a warm day in March on the ice pounding JUMBO PERCH with good friends. That is exactly what we did this weekend, Bob Landreville, Eric Rutt, and I went all over Leech looking for these big perch and finally after 20 miles of driving around on the ice with side by sides, wheelers and trucks we landed on them. The group of us started with different tactics for getting the big boss hawgs, Bob started with smaller jigs like a Forage Minnow Jig with waxies or half a minnow and he undoubtedly caught more than I did but not as many keepers. Eric had a small Kenkatch Boss Spoon with just a head of a minnow and he definitely held his own. I on the other hand went very big with the biggest green Macho Minnow I could find and a half minnow. I ended up with a lot of keepers and not to many small ones, which in my eyes is a good thing, my lures down in the strike zone for longer and I don't lose my bait as much. The ice on leech is still good I drove my truck out this morning but it will certainly be my last. Wheelers for sure this weekend and we will have to wait and see what next week brings. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3-14-17 March has proven that it can be harsh and just as wintery as the months prior lows up here reached a bitter 15 below and north colder yet. With the lack of snow the cold has built a few more inches of ice on what we had already and closing up the blow holes provided from the melt off from our last two warm ups. The forecast is looking nice for fishing and with a small cold snap in the future ice fishing is going to remain with it. Perch is what I will be looking for primarily with a few crappies on the side, shallow water is all I will target from here on out looking for green weeds and bull rushes will hopefully provide the most action. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3-7-17 March so far can not make up its mind if it wants to be spring or winter. While most of the Metro has very unsafe ice if any and tornado warning , this part of MN and north are enjoying nice weather with drivable ice for the foreseeable future. The past couple days though have not come without trouble though, yesterday even though it was 50 degrees the sideways rain and 25 mph winds made it not very inviting to be on the ice, then today we have a blizzard putting a nice little layer of snow on the ground for us. Enough about the weather, I did do some fishing before the weekend. The sunfish I caught were shallow, between 4-11 feet mostly in that 8 foot area though. Crappies have still been my biggest trouble of the season, being deep at first now seemingly disappearing from areas that I "always" catch them at in the later parts of true winter. Luckily in this part of the state there are two very good options that this time of year produce in most conditions, perch and burbot. Perch are being caught on woman weeding through the smalls to get the bigs. Burbot is a nice evening activity for people like me who long for the big rod bend of big fish, withdrawals from walleye fishing are truly the cause of this, and seemingly the only option to catch a sizeable fish this time of year is a pout. One of my tricks to staying on the pout and staying warm is keeping mobile, pout are aggressive predators not the scavengers they are made out to be. At times they will chase 5-10 feet off bottom before engulfing 3 minnows on a spoon or jig, so give a hole 2-5 min max then move to the next hole. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3-1-17 Walleye season has come and gone, I fished hard until the end bell on closing day until midnight and it was a lot of fun! Although I didn't have a ton of fish come through it seemed like every one of them bit, whether they were walleyes or burbot both were aggressive. It's hard to see this season come to an end but it means we are one step closer to chasing them around in open water. I also chased around panfish this week and from what I can tell of the situation these fish are in a transition from the deep water to the shallows but they are not there yet. I punched about 100 holes in both one day in areas I generally catch fish with no sign of life other than 3-5 inch perch. With that being said I also fished perch this week and the jumbos bit well finding them up against the rushes in 3-5 feet with big spoons and a little sorting ended up with a good batch of perch. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2-24-17 Ice conditions up here are still good, I've still been driving my truck on the ice with no issues one thing to be aware of while traveling is the blow holes from the water draining through, they are at their worst where traffic is high. Perch fishing has been good since the warm up in the shallows up by the reeds and out in the deep water humps. I have had a very tough time finding crappies out deep it seems like there are a few in the shallow waters but not a lot of them, it seems to me they are in a transition to the shallows but are taking their sweet time. Sunfish are roaming around the shallow cabbage weeds and are aggressive at times. The real excitement is the eel pout fishing, that has really amped up since the warm up some are even being caught during the day!! Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2-14-17 Ice conditions seemed to be stable for now we still have snow on the ground all around the Longville lakes area, and anticipate this weekend with it reaching potentially 50 degrees the ice should still be fine. Walleye fishing continues to be very good on leech, 6-10 feet of water with spoons and gumball jigs without a rattle. Sunfish action is picking up on lakes where the weed bed bite is predominant, like Inguidona and Big Boy. Crappies are back to their finicky ways, staying close to the bottom and not wanting to chase baits up in the water column. The only way I have found to catch these buggers is a tungsten jig and a plastic like a Powerbait Swordtail or an Impulse Blood Worm with small movements and commitment will get the job done. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2-7-17 Burbot fishing is upon us!!!! Eel pout are putting the feed bags on heavy in anticipation of the upcoming March spawn, making this hard fighting fish easily targetable! A 1 ounce glow jig head and 3 fatheads through the tail is what it takes. Bouncing it off the bottom 4-5 times before raising it up and pausing the jig. The steep breaks coming from the depths are the structure to look for, starting in 30 feet and working around from there. In other news the walleyes are still chomping in the shallows and crappies are still hit or miss, the most consistent bite is in the weeds. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1-31-17 This past week has been my best fishing this winter thus far. Crappies seem to still be in 40+ feet of water but instead of hugging the bottom 6 feet they have suspended up into the low 30s over that deep water making them much easier to find, much more aggressive, and possible to catch and release. I went spearing twice this week seeing well over 20 fish in the relatively short time spent in the shack, small red and white slow swimming wood decoy paired with an 8 inch sucker seemed to do the trick. Walleye fishing has been what made this week so much fun. Less than 8 feet of water, extremely active walleyes and light action rods put a bunch of fish on the ice. Using a lighter rod in such skinny water is key in this situation too stiff of rod you set the hook on a fish that is 2 feet off bottom in 7 feet of water with a solid hookset and a crank that fish crashes against the ice and off he comes. The Green Kenkatch Boss spoon has been my go to all season, the absence of a rattle has made all the difference with these fish. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1-28-17 Walleye fishing on Leech Lake has been spotty. Fishing on the mid lake humps has slowed some, and while there are still fish to be caught, there have been some slow days mixed in for those sitting in big wheel houses. Wil and I switched gears yesterday tried a shallower shoreline break. The break was full of very small perch in the afternoon. The perch cleared out right as the sun hit the trees and we had a pretty good run of walleyes that lasted for just over an hour. A move to shallower water, and a focus on prime time may lead to better results than sitting out the day on a deeper hump. Travel on the lake is good, and besides a pressure ridge here and there you are free to travel just about anywhere you want. Always check in with the One Stop crew or stop at a local resort for up to date travel conditions. Good luck! Dan Ryan Guide Service: www.danryanguideservice.com 507-340-8860 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1-27-17 The ice is rough but it is thick, we cut a spear hole on leech yesterday and there was well over 2 feet of ice. After we cut the hole I was able to sneak 20 minutes of fishing in and got bit twice. Leech has been producing still, the fish are just scattered and keeping away from other houses is key. My advice is either go very big like a light pike sucker or go with a small fathead or a large crappie minnow. Crappies have been really deep, mid 40s within 2 feet of the bottom is where I have found them, and because they have been so deep and on the bottom I don't fish them much at all. There are not a ton of situations where a fish from that deep can be released. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1-17-17 Trucks are being driven on the majority of lakes in the area, with ice ranging from 12-24 inches depending on snow conditions and lakes. Walleye fishing has improved along with the temperatures. Using bigger minnows like a light pike sucker or a bigger goldy on a bared hook or a Gemini while jigging seems to be working. The Kenkatch Boss Spoon is my go to lure hands down for walleyes and perch when I am jigging tipped with the head of a fathead. Crappie action has slowed in the past two weeks, plastics are a must right now to entice these finicky floppers to bite. Moustache worms are my favorite but I have also been playing around with some new Powerbait called the Swordtail and it has the long tail just like a bloodworm and I have had some success with it so far. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1-11-17 The Longville area has gotten a little bit of a break from the bitter cold for a few days before the next blast of arctic air rolls in, and fisherman are taking advantage of it. With walleyes being in a mid winter pattern and becoming harder and harder to catch a lot of focus has switched to panfish. Wabedo and Big Boy have received the bulk of the fishing pressure with not a lot to show for it. Lantern Bay and Squaw Bay are giving up good numbers and size for bluegills, site fish these areas through a spear hole with jigs and wax worms or jigs and plastics. Crappies are going pretty good before dark and right at dark on Mule and Blackwater with minnow heads and Lindy Flyer spoons. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1-06-17 The ice conditions are steadily improving in the Longville lakes area, the past two days of peaking in the low positive digits and lows of -27 and -31 help that cause. Bluegills and crappies are being caught with some consistency on Inguidona and Little Rice, sitting still with finesse plastics like the Trigger X moustache worm or Northland Impulse minnows in the weeds. walleyes have been hit or miss too with the shoreline break bite fading away searching the mid lake humps are a necessity. The new Rapala Slab Rap is an excellent search bait for walleyes, it combines the sporadic action of a classic Chubby Darter with the rattle of the Rippin Rap, a combo eyes just can't refuse. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12-27-16 Fishing in the Longville Lakes are has been good! Panfish, walleye, and pike have all been biting well. Crappies have been going in your typical bowl like structures over deep water suspended, while the sunfish maintain their status in the shallow weed beds on Inguidona, Big boy, and Squaw bay. Walleyes are biting well during the low light periods in the mornings and evenings on Leech on the south end of the lake, on Woman near Horseshoe Island and off of Government point. Pike are being targeted and caught off of tip ups on shallow points and weed edges using small suckers and quick strike rigs, Big Boy, Broadwater Bay, and the east side of Leech are excellent areas to try out. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 12/24/16 Echoing what Bob reported from yesterday, fishing is pretty darn good on Leech right now. While he's been targeting shoreline stuff, I spent an evening on an offshore hump that topped out at about 20 feet with a mix of sand, gravel and rock on top. I set up on the shallowest part of the hump for the evening bite and found a mixed bag of perch and walleye. I didn't mark a walleye until right at dark, but I had a lot of perch on the screen the entire time, and had a few schools of good sized fish move through a couple times. Walleyes bit from dark right up until I filled my limit at 8:00. I imagine the bite would have lasted longer had I stayed. The new Rapala Slab Rap was a my aggressive bait, and a red glow fluttering buckshot worked as well. A few fish came on a deadstick too. 8-10" of ice out in the middle of the lake. Get out there was fishing is good! Dan Ryan Guide Service: www.danryanguideservice.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 12/22/16 The walleye fishing on Leech is good. The shoreline breaks have been producing fish. The depth of the water has been 15-18 feet of water staying on top of the breaks. The mid lake humps on top have been producing also. The ice ranges from 9-13 inches of ice on the big lake. Some full size trucks have been driving to Olsons reef. The fish have been hitting jigging spoons and do not forget the red hook and shinner on the dead stick. I think before the storm this weekend the fish should bite really well. I have been driving the four-wheeler out for now. I have a couple of rental houses out by Olsons. Remember be safe and good fishing. Bob Landreville at South Shore Guide Service/218-535-0749 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 12-21-2016 Dan Ryan Guide Service Fishing Report There is fishable ice spread all throughout the Longville area now, but ice thickness is quite variable. On Woman Lake, I've heard reports of up to 11" and as low as 4" so I would suggest staying on the safe side and planning to walk if you are fishing before Christmas. The smaller panfish lakes in the area should have enough ice for a walkout trip, but be sure to check ice thickness as you go, or stop in at the One Stop for up to date ice thickness reports. The start of the ice season came with the coldest weather in 3 years, so walleyes were slow moving and fishing wasn't great in the Longville area. The warming, stable weather should improve fishing. On the main lake fish are being caught during the prime feeding windows. These fish are tending to be slot fish, with very few keepers coming on the early shoreline break fishing locations. A shift to the mid-lake humps may lead you to more keepers and better numbers. I'll be testing this theory today and will let you know how it goes! Good luck! Dan Ryan Guide Service- www.danryanguideservice.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12-20-16 Bitter cold temperatures have limited fishing in the Longville area, but that's about to change with wonderful warm weather on the way it should make for some very enjoyable fishing around here. The ice conditions in the area despite seeing -30 overnight a few nights ago is still very spotty, the smaller lakes are seeing less ice than leech and Winnie due to snow cover. I fished yesterday on a mid sized walleye lake and found anywhere from 3-7 inches depending on where the snow was deepest, so be careful if you are thinking about driving wheelers out. leech has the most ice in the area, finding anywhere from 8-13 inches along the shoreline areas of the main lake and the bays (excluding Walker). The walleye bite on leech has been okay, you'll get your 2-5 bites in the morning and evening not much for walleyes during the day. The best luck I had out there was with a Kenkatch Boss spoon with a fathead head, jigging very aggressively off the bottom 1-2 feet along with a deadstick in the other hole with either a small sucker or a fathead. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12-11-16 The ice season has officially begun!!! I am 3 days deep into walkable fishable ice and it has had its ups and downs so far but hey I am out enjoying the ice. We took a couple trips to Red lake to find rust stained waters and 0 success, so we stuck to a small lake around Longville and we found 2.5-5 inches of ice around the shore lines and 2-4 in the area we fished, needless to say we avoided the areas that only had 2. The temps were below 0 but the sunfish and crappies did not care, it seemed like if you could get on top of the school you instantly caught one. Tungsten jigs like the VMC Tungsten Tubby worked best for me, I tend to favor them for their larger hooks on such a small jig, the bigger doesn't seem to let the fish eat the entire jig just the bait that's on it leading to easier releases. This week we plan to fish hard on the smaller lakes in search of panfish and pike in the hopes of putting some numbers up the sub zero temps in the forecast look like it will only help our cause. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11-30-16 It is not very often that I have not been on the ice before December 1 but that is the case for 2016. Cooler temps a week ago after the 19 inches of snow had me believing its possible that I may be fishing this weekend, but the temps didn't hold the snow turned to rain melting all but trace amounts of white from the woods. Most of the lakes are wide open and the past few days there have been boats on Leech and Woman. I've been keeping my eyes open for any lakes still frozen over after the rain, and there are a few in the area, while the weather looks like it might cooperate from here on out we will have to see how soon we see results. My prediction is I will try and venture out Wednesday on a small lake that is one of the first to harden up. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 10-18-2016 There has been a lot of boat traffic in the past week, mostly on the two hottest lakes in the area Woman and Leech. Walleyes on Leech are TOUGH when it is flat, but they can certainly be caught. Two tricks that I have to catching these critters is to use a 1/8th ounce or a 1/16th ounce jig tipped with a small fathead of shiner and troll it at .5-.8 MPH and let out A LOT of line. I use mono for this and a medium light rod with a lot of sensitivity, the mono and sensitive rod allows you to still fish feel the fish and the stretch of the line helps the fish hang on. Another way I get them when it is calm is to use a 1/4 ounce jig and a big redtail chub, but I rip jig them so I essentially the moment that jig hits the bottom I jig it aggressively up 6 inches then right back down. The depth range I have been finding fish on Leech is from 8- 13 feet of water. On Woman the Jigging Rap is going strong in 13-20 feet if you have some problems hooking fish try the head of a fathead on the rear hook, that gives the walleyes something to key in on instead of trying to h\mow down the entire thing at once. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 10-12-2016 Walleye fishing is near its apex for the fall, water temperatures fluctuating slightly between the low and mid 50's. Leech Lake has been the hottest lake around but if the wind is rocking a little to much Woman lake is no slouch by any means. For Leech as far as presentations go I would be pretty much a jig and a bigger minnow blue and white have been doing very well for me along with glow watermelon. Drift with these jigs on shoreline structures where the wind is blowing in, start out from the break and have it blow you towards shore, work up the break along with the flats on the tops. Woman lake if your are fishing relatively shallow water I would use a jig and a minnow, but if you are out in 14+ feet of water I would pull a lindy rig and a red tail or rainbow. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 9-30-16 Walleyes have been inconsistent this September, not to say that it has not been good it has just been spotty. Water temps have been hanging the upper 50's for the most part and the walleye fishing won't be at its best until it reaches the mid to lower 50's continuing into the upper 40's. Leech has been at its best so far when the wind is rockin', we found fish on the north end of bear in 6-8 feet of water right against the rocks as close as you safely could and this pattern should hold true if the wind is cool and the temperature keeps dropping. Duck hunting for our group has been very good as well but scouting is key. drive around at dusk and check areas that look "ducky" to see if they are holding in the rice filled area of the lakes or ponds. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484 9-14-16 September marks the beginning of some the best fishing of the year, and there are signs that the fall bite is just starting to take place. Sunday I had a guide trip and we found a good number of walleyes in 5-6 feet of water on the wind swept shorelines. We had fished quite some time at first with a jig and a fathead with no success, we then had switched to big chubs and immediately started getting bit. We had a pile of swings and misses because with such a big minnow you have to keep that same constant pressure that you had when you felt that bite and go back with it so that fish doesn't feel that jig drop, but at the same time not pulling back and putting more tension on that fish. Then when you think that fish has that minnow you set the hook hard. It will surprise you the size fish you will catch on a 4 inch creeky, in fact all of the fish we caught the other night measured 15-19 inches and even the smaller walleyes had the entire minnow in their mouths. Fall is settling in and it should be a good one. Wil Neururers North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

8-25-16

The end of August is one of my favorite windows for bass fishing. The rice is fully mature, the water is still plenty warm, and the Rusty crawfish has its second molt of the season. The rusty crayfish molt both softens the carapace of the crayfish and brightens its colors, making them much more susceptible to predation from about every predator in the lake system. The rusty crawfish has brought devastation to the Longville Lakes area cabbage beds, but has been a boon for bass fisherman. I am not necessarily looking to match the hatch during the rusty molt. Rather, I'm looking to target rice/sand/silt combinations with frogs and stick worms, as the crayfish in their red/blue/white mating colors juxtapose themselves in such substrate. Slop frogs cover a lot of water, especially when fishing long stretches of wild rice. I target points, inside turns, weed mixtures (lillypads in the rice are key,) and rice with a defined edge. One important thing to remember when fishing artificial frogs: the initial splash down of the frog is absolutely the most vital part of ones presentation. After the frog hits the water, let that sucker sit there for at least ten seconds, allowing the ripples around it to fade away. Every bass in the area heard that frog hit the water. Give them time to hone in on it. often times the bass will inhale the frog before its even moved! Stop back in September for my Fall smallmouth report. See you on the water! -Andrew's Guide Service- (218)251-6894

 

8-24-16

We had a little taste of fall weather last week cooling the surface temp 5-8 degrees around the area lakes, not cool enough for fish to be in their fall patterns but its getting closer. Walleyes are staging near their fall destinations but they don't seem to be there yet. Working a little bit deeper water near shoreline breaks is a good start, pulling spinners with crawlers or rapalas to try and pattern where the walleyes are sitting in relation to the structure, then switching to a more deadly approach like Jigging Raps, Flat jigs, and Red Tails. The musky action has also been very good, speed is the name of the game, spinnerbaits in the bull rushes and big buck tails or Bulldawgs on the breaks seem to be producing. Try to do your self a favor and make sure yourself in a good position to be successful, get up and get out early in the morning, and stay out until dark or a little after at night, this time of year that is when the fish are most active and willing to eat.

Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service- (218) 232 0484

 

Walleye fishing has been the best its been since late June for me. Finding loads of eater fish and a few big fish on some smaller weed topped humps in the early afternoons and later. REDTAILS REDTAILS REDTAILS! Its a common theme for these late summer months going into fall for good reason. The young of the year perch are little monsters when it comes to keeping crawlers on your rigs, and leeches are so hard to come by this time of year its hard to keep an invertebrate down there. The way I see it the small perch that pester your bait so much down there are excellent forage for your key species like walleyes, smallmouth and pike. Redtails are the best way to "match the hatch" in this case and with the size being equal to or greater than the size of the perch, they tend to leave you alone. There are two ways to run a redtail for walleyes, first is rigging them which in the deep water of Walker Bay is king, but in other places like Wabedo jigging them can be very effective! Wil Neururer's Leech Lake Guide Service (218)-232-0484

 8/7/2016

With water temps at their summertime high, walleye fishing has been tough in the Longvile area. The best advice I've got for walleye anglers is choose your time of day and weather conditions wisely. On Woman Lake, walleyes are beginning to show up in their early fall locations, which is a good sign, but getting fish to bite has been tricky. Fishing the early morning or late into the evening with a jig and a redtail has been best. Start your search in 18-20 feet of water, but don't be afraid to slide right up to the weed edges, or off the deeper breaks when looking for fish. If you mark fish but can't get them to bite keep moving but remember to revisit the best looking school during the primtetime hour and you should be able to get a few to cooperate. Good luck! Remember fall is right around the corner and walleye fishing should pick up soon.

Dan Ryan Guide Service- www.danryanguideservice.com or 507-340-8860

 

8-5-2016

The Musky action on Leech Lake is very good.  The fish are on the rocks and shorelines.  The walleye action also has benn good with the UV shad rsaps #5 in the evening.  Walker Bay has been producing a decent walleye bite in the eveining off of sand point also. The Leech Lake Customs Lures have been working good with using the new Revo Rocket Reel now at sale in the One Stop.  Try rubber when the action is slow using bulldogs and shadzilla.  The topwater bite is also been picking up using Top Raiders or the Mud Puppys. Enjoy your day on the water and remember take a kid fishing. Bob Landreville Shouth Shore Guide Service 218-536-0749.

 

 

 

8-5-2016 This week of Fishing was full of ups and downs, to start the week we took a little adventure to a lake back in the woods with largemouth, smallmouth and shoepack muskellunge in it. The muskies did not cooperate as they sometimes do, but the bass sure did finding them on the weed edges with a Texas rig and a junebug colored worm. That afternoon we hit a small lake that I like to walleye fish in the mid summer months, and we did quite well, boxed almost a dozen and missed a hand full of bites. Most of our fish came off of a 3D eye jig and a smaller red tail, but we did manage some on a blown up crawler on a lindy. 17-32 feet on mid lake humps but the humps had to have weeds on the tops of them. Leech though has been a tough bite, spinners and crawlers have had the most success, but crankin has also caught fish during the day and afternoon periods. Wil Neururers North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

 

Report from Andrew's Guide Service 8-3-2016 One could get the sense from reading previous fishing reports that the bite in the Longville Lakes area is tough. I have no doubt that fishing is presently underwhelming...unless you are a bass fisherman! This past week has seen the bass bite flourish, as hotter than normal water temps have the fish on the feed for longer windows than one normally sees in August. My clients and I have been finding fish on any number of patterns, with the frog and dropshot bite both being well above average. I have also been seeing more #5 fish come into my boat in the past two weeks than I can count. One reoccurring theme I am finding for these trophy fish is that when present in a school, the biggest fish are either the first one caught or the last one caught. Working through a school of #3 fish in order to get to the #5 is as a enjoyable experience as one can get fishing this time of year. If the Walleye and panfish bite has got you caught in the summer blues, give bass fishing a shot. The hotter the summer, the better the fishing! I currently have the afternoon of August 6th available for an afternoon of fish catching. Give me a call at (218)251-6894. See you on the water! -Andrew-

This week of walleye fishing has been a challenge for sure as it should be for the last week of July. For the first time ever I fished smallmouth bass and let me tell you what, it was a riot! Top water fishing with Skitter Pops and Zara Spooks across the shallow water entering deep water off of shore line breaks. We did have one fun afternoon of fishing for walleyes, we trolled Salmo Hornets, and 5 Shad Raps in the afternoon on Leech, we caught the bulk of our fish on sandy shore lines from 12-15 feet. If you are planning on trying live bait crawlers and leeches are a good idea especially since you can keep them alive for more than a few hours, but if you are like me and want to try minnows whenever you go out the best way I have found to keep them from tippin' is the Engel Bait cooler, and keep that water cool with the bubbler on, it seems like you can keep them alive for a lot longer period of time. Wil Neururers North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

7-19-16

Report from Dan Ryan Guide Service: Walleye fishing in the Longville lakes area has been tougher this past week. The midsummer patterns are setting up according to schedule, but anglers can expect to work to catch fish during the "Dog Days". Two important things to think about when planning a trip: first, try to plan your time on the water to be as productive as possible. That means fishing under ideal weather conditions, or waiting for the lowlight periods. Most fish are being caught during the peak periods of the day, especially just as the sun hits the trees. Slower, more traditional presentations such as a livebait rig or a jig are still working during these time periods. If you plan on fishing during the day, make a point to do something that will cover some ground. This means pulling spinners or crankbaits to most people, but can also include casting jigging raps at breaklines or along the edges of offshore humps. Understanding that not every fish is going to bite is important. Keep moving and be willing to switch tactics often. I used every rod in the boat on a trip earlier this week. Some specifics: Leech Lake walleyes are being found on shoreline breaks and offshore flats in 10-13 feet of water during the day. Fishing wind driven structure is always a good idea. If you are up this week, take advantage of the full moon and spend some time on the water after dark. Fishing will be better, and you will stay cooler. Good luck and happy fishing!

Next opening: Tuesday, July 26th. www.danryanguideservice@gmail.com or 507-340-8860

 

7-19-16

Well mid summer is here and the fish know it. the water is warm the forage is plenty and the fish are picky, but there are plenty of ways to get the walleyes to bite this time of year and reaction is the name of the game. Spinner rigs are a good live bait presentation this time of year at anywhere between 1mph and 1.6mph. Another good presentation are Jigging Raps, fishing them on the tops of deep gravel humps and on the deep edge of weed humps, but be sure when using these you use a stiff enough rod with strong fluorocarbon and a barrel swivel because J Raps will spin your line up. Lastly and probably the most effective is pulling crankbaits, Rapala Shad Raps at 2-3mph during the day and 1-2mph at night are great ways to especially when you have a big moon Wil Neururers North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

 

 

Bass Fishing Report 7/9/2016- Andrew's Guide Service - July marks the beginning of the two month long "summer pattern" for all species of fish in the Longville Lakes Area. For largemouth bass fisherman this means two things: Frog fishing and deep weedline fishing. As wild rice begins to mature and begin growing vertically there is no better presentation than a Terminator frog fished on heavy braid. As forage is abundant this time of year for all species of fish, feeding windows become much shorter. It is therefore of upmost importance to focus ones time and energy on these small windows of fish activity. For frog fishing largemouth bass, this means being on the water as the sun comes up and as the sun goes down. Target inside turns, points, and transition areas of mixed emergent vegetation. As the day goes along, a frog fisherman will see an exponential decrease in shallow fish activity. This is the time of day to either take a nap or move out to the deep weed edge. After the spawn, largemouth remain shallow in masse as they actively feed on spawning bluegills and crappies. Once the panfish have finished their spawn, they move out to break lines, deep hard bottom areas, and points and inside turns on the weed edges. The largemouth bass are quick to follow. From July all the way through ice- on the bulk of the largemouth population will be on these key feeding areas, moving shallow only in those key early/late feeding periods. Techniques for catching these deeper fish include jig worms, deep diving crankbaits, and drop shots. Submergent vegetation comes in many different forms, so it is key to focus on the two types of vegetation that produce the most oxygen and spawing habitat for microscopic organisms; Cabbage and Coontail. Deep weedline fishing can offer some of the most fast and enjoyable action of the summer, as bass tend to school together. Schooling fish tend to be hypercompetitive, and if one fish triggers on a fisherman's presentationit tends to trigger the entire school into a feeding frenzy. Want more lessons on fish movements and behavior? Want to learn how to pattern and locate fish on your homelake? Give me a call at 218-251-6894. See you on the water! Andrew's Guide Service

 

 

Walleye fishing has been a struggle on leech, finding fish on humps is no trouble. Finding biting fish is a different story. Spinner rigs and jigging raps are my choices, a three hook harness jb spinner with a float for the rigs, and a bright UV green jigging rap. Use fluorocarbon leaders on the jigging raps I use 15 pound, its invisible under water and it keeps the pike from biting you off near as much. Crappies have been biting on girl, inguidona and little boy on beetle spins and thumper jigs. Wil Neururers North Leech Lake guide service. 218-232-0484

7/6/16

    The walleye fishing on leech is starting to pick back up after the big bug hatch. Concentrate on 15 to 20 feet of water pulling bottom bouncers with a crawler harness or a single leech harness. If all fails, try a jigging rap on the deeper rock piles. Small mouth fishing has continued to be good on the rock reefs and shoreline.  Water temps are warming and the muskies are starting to take off! South shore guide service, Bob Landreville 218-536-0749. Next trip available on 7/25/16.

 

 

6/21/16 walleye fishing has been pretty consistent across the Longville area. Woman has been giving up nice eaters on a variety of techniques, Lindy rigging a red tail provided us with our biggest keepers, but Jigging Raps provided us with numbers. Fishing has still been best in the mornings and afternoons for all species, and in those low light period don't be afraid to go up into the weeds and shallow rocks to find fish. Over the past weekend was the full moon and people took advantage on Leech fishing in Portage Bay with shallow Rapalas in 4-6 feet in the shallow sand flats at around 2 MP. People are doing well on crappies on girl lake with beattle spins in 8-12 feet tipping the spinner with a crappie minnow and going right around a mile an hour. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service- 218-232-0484

6/7/2016

Two members of Team One Stop Outdoors fished the Leech Lake Classic this weekend and I was one of them! Bob Landrevile did very well at this tournament taking 6th place overall and being in 2nd place after day one. I on the other hand had a tougher time out there we had our bites to be very successful at this tournament but fell short, using jigging raps in 17-22 feet we had most of the bites on, but with j-raps it is hard to keep a fish from coming unbuttoned. Jigs and minnows also provided us with fish and the occasional lindy and leech. Other area lakes have been producing fish also woman has been good and little boy getting better and better with each passing day. Panfish are hitting on girl and mule too. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

6/3/2016 

The walleye fishing has been strong.  Leech and the surrounding lakes in the Longville area have been producing a very good bite.

On leech the jig bite has been good.  Concentrate on cloudy days in 6- 10 feet water, and if  the sun is out go deeper.  The fish have been moving out to the mid lake humps. Do not be afraid to also try a leech or night crawler on a JB spinner rig.  Alot of nice keeper fish are biting.  Also the crappie bite remains strong.  Remember to keep moving around when fishing pan fish.  And once you locate them, practice releasing the 13+ inch crappies. They are future!

With musky season around the corner, it will be an exciting year. Stayed tuned! Call Me for a trip at 218-536-0749.

 

5/31/2016 Bass Fishing Report From Andrew's Guide Service The past week has seen the bass fishing in the Longville Lakes go from good to great, as the warm weather has the fish moving past the spawn and looking to get their feedbag on for the two week window of the postspawn. After the spawn is complete, both Largemouth and Smallmouth look to feed aggressivly to recover from the stress of mating. For Largemouths, this means looking for large females patrolling crappie and bluegill beds looking for an easy meal. Action baits such as a buzzbait or Chatterbait are excellent tools for covering water looking for active fish, whilst a stick worm or rubber skirted jig flipped around standing vegetation and boat docks can be the ticket when the sun is high and the bite becomes a little slow. Early June is my favorite time for chasing the Longville area Smallmouths, as they are extremely aggresive and prone to school up in roving packs relating to rocks, sand, and reeds. What makes fishing for smallies so special this time of year is their propensity to activley pursue topwater presentations such as a Rapala SkitterPop or a Heddon Zara Spook. Rock reefs or rock points adjacent to spawning flats are recommended targets. Low light conditions in the early AM and evening or overcast days are the targeted windows for the best topwater action. Any lake in the Longville area connected to the Boy River have trophy quality fish of both species, and one can do no wrong picking any of the lakes on the Boy River chain from Ten Mile to Leech in pursuit of postspawn bass of both species. As always, remember to practice catch and release and keep your boat clean of invasive species to maintain the Longville Lakes area world class bass fishing. Feel free to call for tips, tactics, or a guided bass trip with Andrew's Guide Service. I have an opening Friday morning from 6-10 am...the prime time topwater window! -(218) 251-6894

 

5/31/16

Hope everyone had a great Memorial weekend up north! We enjoyed good weather and good fishing in the Longville Lakes area. Walleyes are biting on seemingly all presentations at this moment in time, Leech has been very good the past week catching both bigs and eaters off of otter tail point. Big Boy has been giving up good numbers of eater walleyes right before dark on the shoreline breaks by the island, and in front of the church camp in 8-14 feet. Wabedo has been good too on JB spinner rigs with a leech or a crawler out deep during the day in 18-30 feet and in the shallower water in the evening with a jig and shiner. A lot of bass are being caught off of Mule and Blackwater and look to Inguidona for good panfishing! My next available trip is Sunday the 5th of June. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

 

5/26/16 Report From Dan Ryan Guide Service: The past week showed signs of good fishing all over the Longville area. Water temps have reached into the low 60's and walleyes have been cooperative. Leech Lake walleyes have started to make a shift toward shallow water where they are seeking out shiners that have moved in to spawn. Look for shallow sand flats or mixed sand and rock. On Woman Lake, fish were being found in depth from 10-20 feet of water depending on conditions. Day time bites were better in the deeper water using a live bait rig and a shiner. As the sun got lower the jig bite picked up in 10-12 feet of water. The fish seemed to be schooled, hanging together in the deeper water and then shifting shallow when conditions are right. Memorial Day weekend should be great all around the region as long as the weather holds. I have one opening this weekend on Monday, May 30th. Good luck out there. Dan Ryan Guide Service: 507-340-8860

5-25-16 Walleye fishing in the Longville area was very good this weekend, leech lake gave them up on the main lake on Annex and /North Bar. Jig and a shiner was a good option but the best reports came off of red tails and a JB live bait rig when the wind was low. Woman lake has been good off of Government point giving up a bunch of tagged walleyes in 14-20 feet, if you do by chance catch a tagged fish record the tag number and bring it here to The One Stop so we can put it in our data log, Crappies have been biting very well on mule lake and on Blackwater lake in less than 5 feet on a hair jig and a minnow. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

 

 

5-22-15 Bass fishing report from Andrew's Guide Service. The week following the fridgid fishing opener has found the weather warming into the high 70's and low 80's, which has in turn kicked the Longville area bass into hyper drive in terms of the spawn. For the Smallmouth bass fisherman, this offers a golden opportunity for a chance at a 6 pound trophy, as almost all the area fish will be locked on beds up through Memorial Day weekend. Common Smallmouth spawing habitat includes protected rock flats with boulders and logs scattered throughout. 3" beaver baits and leech imitations on a drop shot are a recommended 1-2 punch. Remember, spawing fish are vital to maintaining a viable long term bass fishery. Catch and release is critically important this time of year. Use rubber landing nets and stronger than usual line to lessen the impact of the fish being caught, and have the camera and measuring tape in ready proximity to mimimize the time your trophy spends out of the water and away from protecting its bed. The Longville area Largemouth tend to spend a significant shorter time on their respective spawning beds, with females moving up and depositing their eggs in the span of a few hours with the full moom cycle. In fact, many Largemouth in some the smaller area lakes will already have finished the spawn and will be chasing action baits in one to the best feeding windows of the year: The postspawn. My favorite tactic during this time is throwing a buzzbait over rice flats and around reed clumps that have spawning bluegills and crappie. Bass will be looking to get the feedbag on in order to regain the lost energy used during the spawn, and will be aggresive and readily accesible. Keep it simple and stay shallow, as the deeper weedlines have yet to develop.If the sun is too high for the buzz bait bite, switch to a 1-2 punch of a Z-man Chatterbait and wacky rigged Senko. Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to have some tremendous bass fishing, with both species in various stages of the spawn. 100 fish days are common this time of year in the Longville lakes area, with trophy class fish of both species of bass available. Check back after Memorial Day weekend for my updated bass reports and some tips for catching postspawn Smallmouth. See you on the Water! - Andrew's Guide Service (218) 251-6894

5-18-16 Report from Dan Ryan Guide Service. Opening weekend was chilly, but fishing was good. Walleyes were found deeper than expected in 16-19 feet of water on Leech Lake. Fish were scattered along shoreline breaks and were caught fishing a spot tail shiner on a 1/4 oz JB Lures longshank jighead. Some fish were also caught on a live bait rig with a shiner. Warming weather this week makes me think fish will shift shallow following baitfish. Expect to find fish in shallow water if the wind is up or heavy cloud cover hangs overhead, otherwise don't be afraid to check the deeper side of the break in the same areas. I've got one opening this coming weekend on Sunday, May 22nd. Dan Ryan Guide Service: 507-340-8860 or www.danryanguideservice.com

 

5-18-16 Walleye season has finally begun! A busy weekend here at the One Stop with fisherman galore, despite the cold temps, strong winds, and snow flurries people endured it. I fished leech in 6-16 FOW with jigs and bigger fatheads on wind driven breaks, jigging aggressively with Kenkatch 3D eye jigs the bright green seemed to be the best color followed by parrot. Wabedo also produced in 17-20 FOW pulling JB spinner rigs and shiners along the break lines. Crappies bit after the weekend when the temps warmed up look the Girl, Blackwater, and Mule for numbers of fish. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service 218-232-0484

 

5-10-2016

 The crappie action is heating up in the area lakes.  We fished yesterday and found the fish in depths of 3 to 4 feet of water.  The tempature of the water was 62.5 and the fish were biting on little demon ice fishing jigs.  The size of the fish were from 10 to 15 inches .  The wind was blowing hard out of the East making it harder to stay on the fish.  The crappies were around the scattered cabbage and in the reeds also.  The KenKatch jigs pink in color also produced a number of fish.  Remember release the big ones for future stock. If you are looking to book a trip call me.-South Shore Guide Service Bob Landreville 218-536-0749.

 

 

 

5/10/16 In only a few short days the focus will be on targeting walleyes on the big lakes and not so much on the panfish in the shallow bays, but don't over look it if your walleye action is a little lackluster. This past weekend was great as far as the weather goes but the panfish bite lacked consistency, which tells me the best is still yet to come. I was able to slip out for a very short outing this weekend and found a few fish in 2-5 feet of water in the thickest cover we could find. Slipping into stealth mode and being quiet was the key, slide into the thick cane and wait for them to get comfortable again. Slip bobbers and VMC Hotskirts tipped with a minnow gained the most success for us. Wil Neururer's North Leech Lake Guide Service.

5/9/16

With the opener just a few days away, the Longville area lakes a primed for some great bass fishing. With the lack of winter snowpack and a hyper warm spring, both the weed growth and water temperatures will be well advanced past a normal May. Expect both the area smallmouth and largemouth to be in various stages of the spawn, depending on lake size. For smallmouth, I recommend a combination of presentations such as jerk baits, tube jigs, hair jigs, and 4" grubs worked around large rock and gravel flats with scattered boulders and grass. In addition, don't be afraid to fish the reed beds with sand and rock underneath.  For the area largemouth, its tough to beat a bladed jig, buzz bait,  or swim jig this time of year. Target rice and lilly pad flats with the warmest water. The combination of the rice and pads can be deadly. I'll be out on the water daily starting this weekend, so look for a more detailed reports in the coming weeks. Hope to see you out there! -Andrew"s Guide Service

 

 

5/3/16 It was a busy weekend here in Longville, a lot of people out fishing crappies and sunnies with very mixed reports. The best shallow water fishing came from the small bodies of water with shallow bays and low water clarity, or people fishing the bigger lakes in low light situations. The really good bite will start this week. A few reports of perch being caught on woman lake in the scattered pencil reeds in the shallow water on gumball jigs and fathead minnows and Gulp Alive. Wil Neururer

4/28/16

 

Fishing reports have been rather limited the past week due to the high winds, cold, and rain, but there has been some bold fisherman getting out there. The cooler weather has chased the crappies out of the shallow water and onto the breaks very near the shallow bays, so using your electronics properly can have a profound effec