Minnesota Fish Tales
Statewide Fishing Report Lake of the Woods - The spring walleye season ended in a big way. Lots of boats with lots of success. The river was full of walleyes. Largest we heard of was over 32"! Walleye season opens back up May 14. Sights are turned to Pike now as the season never closes. Big pike over 40" are traditional in Four Mile Bay, Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay which have open water. Majority of lake is still ice covered.
MN DNR Enforcement
CO Weekly Report CO Ben Huener (Roseau) followed up on a turkey hunting complaint involving people shooting from the road. Grygla’s ATV Safety class was attended and the laws were presented. Maintenance was performed on the station’s boat, and an ATV complaint was investigated near Skime.
DNR Outdoor Weekly Report Anglers took advantage of the nice calm weather this weekend out on Green Bay and Lake Michigan and were out in high numbers trolling close to shore for brown trout and walleye.
MN DNR Q & A Q: Which fish species are the first to spawn in Minnesota lakes during the spring?
A: Northern pike usually spawn first when water temperatures are in the low 40s. There is often still ice on the main lakes when pike run into tributary streams, rivers or wetlands to spawn. Walleye spawn a bit later, followed by yellow perch, muskellunge, bass and crappie/bluegill.
Henry Drewes, DNR regional fisheries manager
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