Over the last few days the weather hasn’t been ideal for Walleye fishing but we have managed to put a pattern together that has kept us on some nice fish all week. Today the weather finally broke and the bite was no different and we boated our limit in under one hour. Today the water has started to climb again and I think we are going to see some insane bites over the next couple of weeks. (Walleye and Muskie both)
Walleye Classic Review
This last weekend we fished in the 28th Annual Clear Lake Walleye Classic and with a little luck we pulled out a solid 7th place finish out of 100 boats. It wasn’t as good as our 4th place finish last year but a top 10 is always good. On Saturday of this years tournament we hooked up with a fish right out of the gate that probably went 3 or 4 pounds. It was the 1st fish of the day and it was only 8 feet away hung up on a piece of structure flopping on the surface. Now there was two things that could have happened, one the fish could have come loose so we could boat it or two the line breaks. You can guess what happened. That fish would have put us right around the top but thats fishing. It seems like every tournament many teams have a fish they loose or the big one gets away. Thats fishing!
The guiding has been fantastic this year and I appreciate all the support from you guys. We have 4 guides working trips right now and everyone is on the same page which is a good thing for our guest. We have a few different bites going as we speak and we are working on more everyday. The Crappie made a move out of the shallows and the spawn is pretty much over so we are on the hunt to find their next location.
The Walleye have been going like gang busters and that bite should only get better.
The Muskie should start heating up this week with the warmer water and the Yellows up shallow spawning.
Just a reminder on our trips we do supply everything and we can take anyone fishing regardless of age or disability. We do offer corporate outings as well and we can put together a group of very good local pros and guides that can manage a very large group. On our corporate outings the sky is the limit.
Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions or would like to book a trip.
With the weather being so crazy lately we are very happy with how well the fish have been on the chew. Yellows and Crappies are biting like mad when you can get on the school and an occasional Walleye is usually mixed in.
Its time to start thinking about the Fall Muskie bite. It won’t be long and the fall bite will start to pick up. We have many openings for later in September and Early October. October is usually a great time for Yellows and slab Crappies also. Walleyes should be rocking by then also.
Ice Fishing this year is going to be crazy awesome. Our new bait shop Clear Lake Bait and Tackle will be your best option for ice fishing gear around the Clear Lake area. We will have a great selection of shacks and tackle from all manufacturers. We have started to work on pre orders for ice gear and if there is something you need or would like to have just let us know. Thanks Kp
This year we have been targeting everything from Perch to Walleyes so it will be nice to change things up and start chasing fish with an attitude. The Clear Lake Muskie population is awesome and the DNR do a great job stocking fish on a regular basis. This lake will almost always give you a shot for a fish of a life time. Pictured is a good client Dennis Clark with a 49″ Clear Lake fish. It was CPR’d and named Lucy.
The fishing this week has been good. We have been fishing with jigs and slip bobbers on the rocks. Casting plastics has also been working well near the wind swept points. The Yellow Bass have also started to pick up over the last few days. If we can get another warm spell the Yellows are going to be on fire. Yesterday Chris and his son had 50 plus yellows and 3 big whites fishing in 4 to 5ft along the rushes.
We have some exciting news!!!
Kevan Paul and Chris Scholl have decided to open a new bait shop in Clear Lake. We will be at 524 Hwy 18 East. CLEAR LAKE BAIT & TACKLE Inc. The shop will have everything from Muskie gear to ice fishing houses. If you’re looking for a great place to shop this year give us a shot.
Two local guides running a bait shop….. It doesn’t get any better than this!
I can tell you that this ice season has been great. We have had some fantastic bites between Okoboji and Clear Lake. I want to say thank you to everyone that came to visit.
Its TIME!!!!!!! SPRING WALLEYES!!!!!!
It’s time to start thinking about spring Walleyes and Crappies. The last two years the spring fishing has been unreal. It doesn’t matter if you like Panfish or Walleyes, we will be able to put you on a great bite. The calendar fills up fast so I recommend booking sooner than later. Feel free to call for details. 641-529-2359
This week has been warm and I have been receiving multiple call in regards to the ice. The ice is fishable and will be ok for a while yet. The biggest thing is the shoreline so please keep a eye on the access points. Trucks were ok today but might not be tomorrow so please use caution.
This time of the year can be one of the best times to land that trophy that you have been looking for. Late ice locations are similar to first ice locations. You will want to look at shallow points and some areas that have moving water. Remember use caution the ice is melting so please make sure you have your safety tools along. (life jacket, spud bar, ice spikes and a rope.
The sleeper will be coming off the ice soon and we will start working on the boat. We have started to book open water spring trips and those will fill up fast. Our spring bite will be killer this year. We are going to have a killer walleye bite and also a fantastic Crappie bite.
This year we are looking forward to the Musky bite. Please feel free to call for details on those trips.
I would like to say thank you to everyone for all the support is this ice season you guys were great.
This year the sleeper shack has been doing its job by producing some nice fish. Its not lights out but its good enough to where you can chase fish during the day and pop some nice ones in the shack at night. The guide service is in neutral at this time because of the big tournament this weekend. This weekend is the 4th annual Yellow Bass Bonanza and we have 510 anglers competing for over $30k in prizes. Monday the 15th we will be in full swing again and we do have some availability before the end of the month. Please call for dates if you have interest in fishing with us before ice out. I would also like to mention spring Walleyes. The 2016 Spring Walleye bite will be one of the best in years. The fishing over the last two open water seasons has been great and this year should be nothing less. If your looking for Walleyes and Crappies book with us in April May or June. If you want Yellow Bass / Walleye Mix June and July. If you want to Musky fish book May – Oct. Please visit my rates page for all the pricing. Feel free to call anytime.
We have ice and there is some fishable ice at the IGL’S. Clear Lake will be fishable by new years and the Igls will be even better at that time. If you have plans to go out please make sure you have a spud bar and a floatation device. Another great thing to do is to call the local bait shops to get the most current ice report.
My guide service will be in full force the week of new years. If you have questions or want to book a trip please give me a call.
Our guided trips are full service. We have multiple fish houses with heaters to keep you warm and dry.
This weekend is the 3rd annual Yellow Bass Bonanza Ice Fishing Tournament. This year we have 254 teams and we are giving over $25k in cash and prizes. If your around Clear Lake this weekend please feel free to stop by Macintosh state park at 1pm for the weigh in.
Fishing Report – The fishing has been fantastic over the last week. We have been catching Crappie, Gills, and Yellow Bass out on Clear Lake. Most of the fish are being caught in 14fow or less. Crystal lake is slow but they are still catching some limits of gills. The Walleyes are being caught during low light hours on Clear but its a hit or miss on the keepers. Look for Walleyes on the rock reefs.
The fishing over the last few days have been cold but the fishing has been very good. Okoboji is kicking out some nice limits of Perch and Clear and Crystal are doing well with Crappie Gills and Yellows. Clear has been best in 16 to 24 fow small jigs with pink plastics has been best. Okoboji Waxies and spikes have been good in 18 to 24 fow. The ice on is 8 to 12 across north iowa.