Jerry Pohlman, owner of Nelson’s Resort reported the following: “Our guests had good walleye fishing with some in the 20”-25" range released and plenty of slot fish for eating. We also have a party that is targeting smallmouth and they are doing very well catching between 50 and 100 fish a day all released many in the 19-20" range. We also had a 51" sturgeon caught off the dock also released.”
Bruce Beste, owner of Cabins on Crane, had a very happy group of 13 guests. Fish limits were caught and they had a big fish fry on Saturday evening. Topping off the weekend, on Sunday morning while casting for northern , one guest caught a large Musky, estimated 20 pounds. Other areas where fish were caught were in the Gorge, King Williams and Kicker Boulevard.
Meanwhile, Breanna, a guest at Pine Point Lodge, Resort and Motel, reported her 42” or bigger northern pike caught and released on Saturday, May 14, using a black and orange jerk bait. She said she didn’t have anything big enough to measure it and was worried about getting it back in the water. It sure was a fatty. Another guest, Jim, caught and released a 37” pike. He used a jumbo sucker minnow. Guests, Jeff and Nick, caught most of their walleyes in 8-12‘ of water, or sometimes even shallower, with jigs and a minnow. Their tip was to look for warm water at 50 degrees or above. Besides a limit of eating sized walleyes, they landed and released a 22 ½” walleye. Their crappie fishing has been awesome, using a slip bobber and minnow with most being caught about a foot off the bottom. Returning guest Roger, the bass fishing expert, reported that the bass are hungry and moving to the shallows. The pre-spawn bite is on! Crank baits and jerk baits with a 5-8 second pause have been the preferred baits and presentation. He caught and released several footballs. His comment, “Go for the Gold” as in, that seems to be the color of choice.
Jim Janssen, owner of Voyagaire Lodge reported: “We had similar results here. We had two groups on Sunday that brought fish to our lodge for us to fry up for them. One group who had limits by 10 am enjoyed a fish fry at 5 on an island on Sand Point. What a fantastic way to enjoy the area.
Paul and Sarah Tufte, owners of Norway Lodge reported a great opener as well. The gorge was best and the Crane Lake Narrows was good too. Here are a few fish photos from them: Tune in next week as our goal is to have a fresh report each week. Good luck fishing!