Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake Herald, Minn.

June 29, 1998

Area lakes fishing report

If you've been in the same boat as me, there hasn't been much in the way of fishing to report.

Like a lot of anglers, I'm not that interested in heading to the lake when it's cold and rainy out. But when the weather is nice and the bass, sunfish, and northern pike are biting, I'd almost give up a professional baseball contract to wet a line.

The truth is the fish are biting, no major league scouts have been beating down my door, and if I've had a good opportunity to spend even half day fishing in the past month, I wish someone would have pointed it out to me or at least told me to go when I had the chance.

Well, my father-in-law did that for last week. He rented a cabin on Clearwater, near Annandale - we didn't have time for a longer drive - and said we're going fishing for a few days.

He pointed out the opportunity, and as soon as I finish this column that's where I'm headed. My chance has finally arrived and in next week's column, I'll let you know how we did.

Other reports from the area have walleyes hitting on Collinwood at night, Waconia giving up dandy bass at a good pace, and the western bays of Lake Minnetonka producing sunfish.

Radtke's Bait and Tackle near Winsted reported: Crappie action on Granite Lake has been excellent and Lake Ida has been giving up sunnies on the south end near the high bank. Also on Ida, anglers have been picking up a few small northern pike on sucker minnows.

Outdoor notes

  • Summer is officially here.
  • Many lakes in our area have already become very weedy. As summer drags on, several lakes or certain portion of lakes like Mary may become very difficult to fish because of the dense weed growth.
  • Don't wait any longer to plan your fall hunting trips.
  • The DNR is proposing changes to the September Canada goose hunting season. An opportunity to hunt over water during part of the September season may occur.
  • Pheasant chicks are out. In the past few weeks I've seen several young broods of pheasants.
  • Get out the bug spray. When the sun goes down, the mosquitoes have been coming out in hoards.

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