June 7, 2007 at 7:55 a.m.
Following the Memorial Day weekend, reports from local shops and anglers regarding the bass opener were very positive. Numbers of fish were caught on Chisago and other area lakes. Look at the outside and inside weedlines for active fish.
How about tangling with some over-sized northern pike? I'm told that pike fishing is stellar. There have been many big fish caught during the past week and there's no reason to believe that it won't be great this weekend. I received word that one specific lake is giving up numbers of extremely large pike. Stop in at Frankie's Live Bait and Marine and Brad will point you in the right direction.
Walleyes are still occupying and actively feeding in their post-spawn haunts. Chisago, North Center and South Lindstrom Lakes are still rewarding walleye anglers with good eating-size fish and plenty of them. Work the 10-12 foot weedlines with a leech or fathead under a slip-bobber. Also jigging and live-bait rigging are effective techniques. Remember to do these lakes and future anglers a favor by releasing the larger fish. Keeping some mid to upper teens fish for the frying pan is great, but put the larger fish back in the lake.
The panfish bite remains very good following the spawn, so look for bluegills and crappies in a bit deeper water along the weedlines (8-12 feet) for consistent action. Slip-bobbers and small leeches or waxies on light jigs have been turning numbers of fish.
Good luck out there, take a kid fishing and I'll see you on the water.
Dan Brown's weekly outdoor column is brought to you by Frankie's Bait and Marine, in Chisago City, and St. Croix Outdoors, in St. Croix Falls, Wis.