Lund tournament trail hitting region

Before we talk about some new fishing tournament information hitting Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba this summer, we’re going to talk crappie fishing.
Spring is one of the best times of the year to locate and catch crappies because for a few weeks they invade the shallows to find warmer water and spawn.
Over the past weekend, my friends reported crappies were starting to show up in shallow water. By this weekend, the crappie fishing should be really good.
Usually you can time the crappie move to shallow water by when the lilacs bloom and if you go by that, it’s bang on this year (I noticed some lilacs in full bloom on Monday when I was riding around in Kenora).
When it comes to finding crappies, you need to be fishing a lake or area that has a population of fish. There is no shortage of good crappie water across Northwestern Ontario so finding areas to fish shouldn’t be that difficult.
Usually you want to look for old pencil reeds as a place to start your search. That poses a bit of problem this year because with the super-low water, a lot of the traditional spots are high and dry right now.
Just fish out in front of these areas, where there might be a mix of sand and boulders, or look for nearby cover in the water, like sunken trees or beaver lodges. They love to hang around some type of cover.
The best way to catch them when they are in shallow water is to use a small jig tipped with soft plastic—something that is about two inches in length—or even a small marabou jig.
Tie them about three feet below a slip bobber and start fishing.
Crappies typically are in a aggressive mode this time of year so if you get a bait near them, they usually are pretty easy to catch (remember that the limits for crappies were reduced to 10 fish per person last year).
They are great eating and, despite their small size, are fun to catch.
Getting back to the tournament stuff. Lund Boat Company is continuing its strong support of tournament fishing in Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba this coming season with the new Lund Tournament Trail program.
The program is based on 11 bass and walleye tournaments that are taking place around the region. Anglers who are fishing several of these events would be wise to visit the website to sign up before July 3.
The way it works is points will be awarded based on your placement at the sanctioned events. You do not need to be a Lund boat owner or even fish out of a Lund boat to qualify, though the amount of money to be won increases if you are fishing out of a Lund boat.
Points will be added up from the angler’s four best tournaments and at the end of the year, the winner will receive a cheque for $5,000 from Lund.
If the winner is fishing out of a Lund boat at all of the tournaments, the prize is doubled to $10,000!
Second place will earn $1,500 and third $1,000. The amounts again double if the winner is fishing in a Lund boat.
Pretty sweet deal if you ask me!
Remember, to be eligible, you need to sign up before July 3 and there is no cost to register.