Friday, August 24, 2012

The bite is turning on!

I have been on Leech a bunch the last couple weeks and am happy to report that the walleyes (both eaters and 20+ inch) have been showing themselves with more consistency of late.  Typically, this time of year, we will catch them on deeper humps in Walker Bay but that bite has been very inconsistent.  Shoreline breaks and underwater points have been the most consistent over the last 2 weeks.  Lindy rigging creek chubs or redtails has produced as have jigs with minnows.  A sleeper tactic can be a lindy rig with a crawler as well.  Key depths have varied depending on what the wind is doing.  If you have wind crashing into a shoreline, they can be as shallow as 11-14; if there is no wind, they can slide out  to 18-25 feet of water.  The underwater points that I have been using, the fish have been deeper, 25-35 feet of water.  The best thing about this bite is it will only get BETTER!!  I know it is tough to get away in the fall, especially mid-week but if you can, get up to Leech.  We can get great mid-week deals in the fall for rooms at the Chase and the BIG walleyes are going to go on the chew with vengance!

Good Luck!

Jim Ernster

                           North Dakota great Jim Archibald with a 23 inch Leech Lake Walleye.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Minnesota Musky Guide and Report

What a busy summer here at L.O.A.!  All of us fishing guides have been very busy fishing Leech Lake, Gull Lake and Mille Lacs.  I have had the opportunity to film a couple of musky shows with both In-Fisherman T.V. and Jason Mitchell Outdoors.

Ace Photographer Jeff Simpson taking photo
 Fishing muskies as many of you know and some don't isn't an easy task and then add a camera to the mix makes a challenging task.  My first trip was to LOTW with Jeff Simpson, the Swede (In-Fisherman Cameraman) in hopes to capture a segment for In-Fisherman T.V.  We arrived with high hopes, fresh arms and sharp hooks.  We planned to be there for 5 days depending on the bite.  It turned out we only needed one to capture the show which included a 50 incher to close.  Make sure to tune into this coming Fall/Winter to see the show.  It's going to be a good one.

Jeff Simpson and I with the big musky to close the show

Between guiding on Leech Lake and Mille Lacs for Walleyes my second filming duties was with good friend Jason Mitchell.  Our goal was to show the story of how Minnesota Musky fishing is the best it has ever been.  Jason along with Joe Andersen, my brother and producer, meet me at Chase on the Lake on Leech Lake.  Ready to rock we headed out the first morning and only 20 minutes into the trip Jason sets the hook on a big fish.  After a spectacular jump, that Joe captured on film, we got the monster musky into the net.  Hooks out, a fish hold, quick measurement and a release.  We had a start to the show and not in a better way.  Jason landing a 53 inch musky which was his largest to date!  Again we ended up with an amazing day fishing with several other muskies boated and lost.  Joe captured some super amazing jump scenes so make sure to tune into

Jason Mitchell with the show open 53 inch musky

Another big one for the show

It costs these shows so much to come and film and for them to trust me to put them on fish is a great honor!

Do you want to experience Minnesota Musky Fishing?  Lets share my boat and go hawg hunting...

Jeff "Jiggy" Andersen

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