Early Bird Fishing Guide

Planning for the Opener on Early Bird Fishing Guide

May 7, 2021

Jeff Sundin joins Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show for Early Bird Fishing Guide.  This week they talk about boat designs and what type of boats to use on bigger lakes.  Jeff says that with the lakes opening so early this year people should forget the traditional thinking for the opener and fish like you may have on Memorial Day in past years.  They talk about the minnow shortage last summer and Jeff predicts this year will be better with a wide variety of baits available.

Early Bird Fishing: DNR Stocking Walleye on Area Lakes

Apr 30, 2021

Early Bird Fishing Guide Jeff Sundin talks with John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show.  They discuss how and where the DNR chooses to stalk the area lakes with walleyes.  Jeff says that with the surveys, test netting and lake checking it is an uphill battle to stay on top of it all.

Early Bird Fishing: DNR Walleye Spawning

Apr 22, 2021

Every Thursday morning Jeff Sundin joins Heidi Holtan and John Bauer for Early Bird Fishing Guide.  Jeff talks about the challenge of fishing in the wind but reports the crappies were biting on the trip he took last week to the Bemidji area.  He reports that DNR walleye spawning has started out slow but hopes the warmer weather today may speed things up.  Red Lake has reduced their walleye bag limits from four to three, allowing you to keep one over 17 inches and 2 under 17. 

Early Bird Fishing: Water levels are on the rise.

Apr 16, 2021

Early Bird Fishing Guide Jeff Sundin talks with John Bauer and Heidi Holtan on the Thursday Morning Show as he prepares for a day of crappie fishing.  They talk about the recent rise in water levels in the area with Jeff saying “Mother Nature, she’s got a flare for being able to ruin a perfectly good prediction”.  With the recent rain, water levels have gone from low to nearly flood level, making catching fish a bit trickier but good for spawning and reproduction for every species of fish.

Early Bird Fishing: Hurry up and wait!

Apr 8, 2021

Jeff Sundin joins Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show for Early Bird Fishing Guide.  Jeff talks about the lakes opening up early this year leaving a lull in the areas fishing action right now.  He reports that Little Cut Foot is open but the fish are not moving yet. With a shortage in new boats available this year, Jeff suggests people upgrade what they have with new electronics or replacing your boat trailer with a new one.

Early Bird Fishing: Pike Season on Lake of the Woods

Mar 25, 2021

Jeff Sundin joins John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show for Early Bird Fishing Guide.  Jeff tells us that the Rainy River is wide open with very little traffic right now, perhaps because it is catch and release only there.  He gives us some tips on how to release fish so they remain healthy in the water.  John and Jeff talk about the spring pike runs on the northern border lakes as the fish move up into the creeks and rivers to spawn.  They talk about panfishing, perch fishing and the Mille Lacs anglers now being able to keep one fish during the early fishing season.  They end their conv

Jeff Sundin On Ice Fishing & Open Water Fishing

Mar 18, 2021

Early Bird Fishing Guide Jeff Sundin joins John Bauer and Heidi Holtan on the Thursday Morning Show.  This week Jeff tells us not to put our fishing gear away yet, the colder night temperatures has helped to improve ice conditions.  He advises people not to drive vehicles on the ice but walk out or use an ATV and he recommends wearing cleats.  There is open water on Rainy River and people are catching walleyes from their boats.  The season is open until April 15th, Jeff gives us tips on the size of fish to expect and reminds us it is catch and release only.

Jeff Sundin: This is the time of year for catching panfish!

Mar 11, 2021

Jeff Sundin joins John Bauer and Heidi Holtan on the Thursday Morning Show for Early Bird Fishing Guide.  Jeff informs us that panfish are biting all through the listening area this time of year.  He gives us tips on what depth to fish them and what lures to use.

Early Bird Fishing Guide Jeff Sundin joins Heidi Holtan and John Bauer on the Thursday Morning Show. This week they talk about Minnesota’s Quality Bluegill Initiative, a program to increase the size of bluegills across the state.  This regulation puts a 5 fish bag limit on lakes that have a biological potential to grow large bluegills, effecting about one hundred Minnesota lakes.

Jeff Sundin joins John and Heidi from the shores of Lake of the Woods for Early Bird Fishing Guide.  Jeff is getting ready to head out fishing and reports the walleye are biting and there is a foot more of ice on the lake after the recent cold snap making him second guess his earlier ice out prediction.  He reminds us this is the last week of the walleye season except for those lakes sharing a border with Canada.  Fish houses have to be off the lakes for all lakes south of MN200.  Jeff talks with John and Heidi about getting a fishing license either on-line or at your local bait store.

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