Back home to winter

After a couple of weeks on the road in warm and sunny Florida, I finally made it home last week and back to our winter weather.
It’s nice to get home and see all my friends and family, and our weather was actually pretty nice so that wasn’t much of a shocker.
Since the weather was so nice over the weekend, I did get out fishing one afternoon to catch a few walleyes for dinner. Fishing was pretty good and we managed to catch a number of nice eating-size fish.
The bite was pretty slow during the earlier part of the afternoon, but things really heated up during the last hour of light and we literally were catching fish as fast as we could get our spoons to the bottom.
I had not eaten any Lake of the Woods walleye for more than a month, so that was a good treat!
During the time I was gone over the past few weeks, I stayed in touch with a number of my fishing friends and got plenty of reports of good fishing from around the region. Although the heavy snow we received this week might make things a little bit messy out on the lake, ice conditions are pretty good overall.
A couple of my buddies from Minnesota, including angling legend Gary Roach, were up recently to fish for lake trout. They spent a couple of days on Dryberry Lake with Matt Rydberg from Crawford’s Camp and they had some great fishing.
Not only did they catch good numbers of fish, they also had some big fish mixed in.
Another buddy of mine from Kenora, Jamie Bruce, has been on the hunt for some new places to fish crappies. The thing with crappies across Sunset Country is that if you can find them where they have not received too much angling pressure, then the fishing probably will be really good.
Unfortunately, too many anglers in our area keep too many fish. About 95 percent of the crappies spend their time in five percent of the water in most of the lakes across the region, so once we find them, they can be easily exploited.
As well, the limit of 15 crappies per day is way too much. When you get a fillet about the same size as you do from an eater-size walleye, a limit of six or eight fish is plenty.
Jamie has told me that he’s found a couple of new places in the Kenora area that sport some top-notch crappie fishing and nobody else is fishing them. You can be sure I will be offering up some good fishing tackle to him to share his hot-spots with me!
The word on the walleye fishing is that it has been a really strong evening bite, with slow fishing during the day, over the past few weeks. That is pretty standard mid-winter fishing and I would expect that in the coming weeks, fishing probably will improve throughout the day.
In the meantime, make sure that you are prepared to stay out and fish during that final hour just before dark if you want to catch a bunch of nice fish.

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