Definitely a night bite
on Big Stone Lake for the walleye season opener. Low light
hours were also beneficial. Big Stone Lake's water clarity is amazing
right now which made the day time bite on Saturday a challenge. Those
that reported the most success were fishing at night.
Word is the spawn is on
with mostly males being caught in very, very shallow water. The
typical shallow water presentation of a jig/minnow or stick baits
worked the best. A very slow presentation also helped. The largest
walleye reported for the opener was a 29" caught and released shortly
after midnight Saturday morning.
Reports of perch
following lures and jigs right up to the boat, but so far, they are
keeping their mouths shut. Appears to be a good year class of
northern pike in the 3-4 pound range as a couple of them have been
hooked right off our docks. One angler was able to put together a
northern and a couple of 16-17 inch walleyes right off the docks just
before sun up.
This is just the
beginning of a great season of setting the hook on Big Stone Lake.
Schmidt's Landing Resort
caught these two fish off the docks just prior to sun up on Saturday
morning. Kicking off the fishing opener!
Bucket of perch caught last Thursday!
Ron get a nice assortment of perch, crappie, blue gill and
even a couple green sunfish.
and his pile of perch
Don and Rod and their pile of perch, a northern and couple of dandy
inch blue gill
and Roy get one of their limits of nice perch!
and Barb also get on some nice perch and go home with plenty
for the freezer!
Craig has a limit of perch after
a windy day on the water.
Don and Justin are very happy
with their first net full of fish.
Bob and Jim always find the fish
when they hit Big Stone.
Kevin gets his fish before
heading home Sunday.
Justin gets a net full of perch
with dad Don
Gabby and her grandfather
hit a honey hole on perch Friday just prior to the weekend.
Gabby had to share with her friend, Rae Ann.
With their perch limit
full, Gabby and grandpa seek out the blue gill and do well.
and Gary show off the 9 inch and 10 inch blue gill from their
pile of perch caught anchoring.
Gary, Barry, Gene and
Chad have a table full to clean
displays the 26 inch walleye caught pulling crankbaits
Barry, Gene and Chad after a walleye focused fishing trip...one nice
25 incher starts the line up
Stansbury/Macland family hit the honey hole for this
nice assortment of perch.
Rick and Larry get a few
dandy perch and a super blue gill
in one outing on Big Stone.
Giessinger family hit a Big Stone hot spot for just over 30 perch.
Vankirk's got their limit of perch just before the rain showers set
and Dustin have a blast casting for white bass.
Leon and Dusty work
the spinners hard to get three nice walleye,
a northern and a few perch.
Greta shows off the bluegill dad caught along with the perch....
good job Dad!
Lester hit the honey hole on perch
adds her perch to the cleaning table
Ashley's all smiles over her 18" walleye
Renee and Ashley hit the perch
and Ron could not be out done by the girls... here is their perch!
Sedrick and Jesse show
off their walleye.
a Louie head west to a Glacial Lake and target the northern bite.
hit the bullseye!
and Sedrick cast for some dandy largemouth bass
Corey and Jason with a few walleye and some very nice perch!
Riley and Jennifer show off the catch from the three families boats
that targeted the Hartford Beach area
and Mike focus on the perch and do well in the Lagoona Beach area
Larry's one over
Saufferer family did well on their first Big Stone outing
shows off the catch from his families boat early in the week
angler found some perch!
shows off the day's catch with Grandma and Grandpa
26.5 walleye caught and released
27 walleye caught and released
day's catch made for a busy fish cleaning house
Cleaning a limit of
walleye and a perch
Reese catch three nice walleye
family's three person limit
VanDenTop family go fishing with Jim and get a table full of fish
Todd shows off one of Big Stone's walleye
gets a northern off the dock!
caught and released 5-11 on Big Stone.
Rich caught it with a jig and minnow in 7 ft of water!
Kevin got a limit of walleye on Saturday evening!
Photos from the 2013 Season...
A great catch off the docks for the Hanes'.
An 15 perch limit in just over an hour
Don's 21 inch walleye
A couple nets full of fish ready to clean from the boys out of Kansas!
Steve and Jeannie do well their first afternoon out on the lake
A 15 perch limit in just 2 hours off the Grape Vin