According to our fishing expert Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware, we needed the rain, and in spite of it, the fishing has been pretty good.
McFarland Lake was decent this week if you avoided the rain. Try jigging with minnows or leeches in 6 to 12 feet of water. A slow drift with a live rig also seemed to work.
East Bearskin did pretty well but the fish were a little deeper -- 15 to 20 feet was the depth where people were trolling their Rapalas. Others were jigging away in 8 to 15 feet or so. Check the water temps…it matters.
Binigami was looking good jigging fairly shallow with leeches. Some were in 4 feet of water.
Northern Light Lake also started giving up a few walleyes. Plenty of water to travel the river so now might be a good time to get out there. Jig in 3 to 6 feet with minnows.
Hungry Jack’s northerns are a good place to start with a sucker minnow dropped down about 8 or ten feet. Don’t forget about the walleyes either, jigging or live rigging with leeches in 6 to 15 feet of water. The smallmouths are going crazy there as well.
Rainbows in the standard local trout lakes such as Kimball -- Esther and Trout have been producing as well. Most are sticking with crawlers from 8 to 15 feet. And don’t forget the lake trout trolling with Rapalas and spoons.