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Big Stone Lake is a very popular spring walleye fishing destination

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BIG STONE LAKE Big Stone Lake is a very popular spring walleye fishing destination. WHY? First, because the lake is a Minnesota/South Dakota border water. The walleye season is now open year round and walleye numbers have been increasing since 2013. Second, the lake is full of walleyes of all sizes, so not only can early spring anglers scratch their early season fishing itch, but the odds of finding some cooperative walleyes is pretty good! Early season walleyes are often in spawning mode so fishing shoreline rocks is a popular method as these fish pull up right tight to the shorelines at this time. When staying tight to shore, that means landing your jig right at the spot where water meets rocks! Landing that jig tight to shore is key during early season in order to catch spring Big Stone walleyes. If you land the jig a couple feet out from shore, you’re often too far from the fish. Small jigs tipped with small minnows are the key at this time of the year. The always-popular 1 ⁄16-ounce Fire-Ball Jig tipped with a fathead get lots of play when pitching to shallow Big Stone walleyes. A few 1 ⁄16-ounce parakeet-colored Fire-Balls and a scoop of fatheads and you’re in business on opening day. Most Big Stone experts favor fishing mid-lake and north and tight to shore for early season Big Stone success. As the water warms, however, the bite gets better to the south and the fish head deeper as well. By mid-May, look for fish around the islands. During low light or when the wind blows, you’ll still want to get tight to the rocks, but during mid-day fishing deeper and even into the basin pulling spinners or crankbaits starts to produce big catches too. When referring to “the basin”, you’re looking at those 12- to 16-foot depths – some of Big Stone’s deepest waters – out from the shore. Typically that basin bite really goes mid-May, but you might see it a bit later this year. Walleyes are the main Big Stone draw during spring and summer, but the lake also has a good population of big bluegills and crappies as well as an emerging largemouth bass population. During winter, Big Stone’s perch attract anglers from all across the Midwest. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Bowling • Bar • Restaurant Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 320-839-7044 (North of the Econo Lodge) NEWLY RENOVATED ROOMS CABLE TV • HBO •WIFI CLOSE TO BEAUTIFUL BIG STONE LAKE Under New Ownership Formerly Vali-Vu Motel Excellent Fishing and Hunting Opportunities 960 U.S. Highway 75 • Ortonville, MN 56278 Reservations Call (320) 839-2558 Lakewood Rental House and Campsites 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath • Rent by the week or weekend 320-760-7927 Six Campsites Full hook Ups Cable Available Conveniently located next to supper club For a FREE LAKE MAP and more info contact: Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 320-839-3284 or visit us at WWW.BIGSTONELAKE.COM

BIG STONE LAKE

Big Stone Lake is a very popular spring walleye fishing destination. WHY?

First, because the lake is a Minnesota/South Dakota border water. The walleye season is now open year round and walleye numbers have been increasing since 2013.

Second, the lake is full of walleyes of all sizes, so not only can early spring anglers scratch their early season fishing itch, but the odds of finding some cooperative walleyes is pretty good!

Early season walleyes are often in spawning mode so fishing shoreline rocks is a popular method as these fish pull up right tight to the shorelines at this time. When staying tight to shore, that means landing your jig right at the spot where water meets rocks!

Landing that jig tight to shore is key during early season in order to catch spring Big Stone walleyes.

If you land the jig a couple feet out from shore, you’re often too far from the fish. Small jigs tipped with small minnows are the key at this time of the year. The always-popular

1

⁄16-ounce Fire-Ball Jig tipped with a fathead get lots of play when pitching to shallow Big Stone walleyes. A few

1

⁄16-ounce parakeet-colored Fire-Balls and a scoop of fatheads and you’re in business on opening day.

Most Big Stone experts favor fishing mid-lake and north and tight to shore for early season Big Stone success. As the water warms, however, the bite gets better to the south and the fish head deeper as well. By mid-May, look for fish around the islands. During low light or when the wind blows, you’ll still want to get tight to the rocks, but during mid-day fishing deeper and even into the basin pulling spinners or crankbaits starts to produce big catches too.

When referring to “the basin”, you’re looking at those 12- to 16-foot depths – some of Big Stone’s deepest waters – out from the shore. Typically that basin bite really goes mid-May, but you might see it a bit later this year.

Walleyes are the main Big Stone draw during spring and summer, but the lake also has a good population of big bluegills and crappies as well as an emerging largemouth bass population. During winter, Big Stone’s perch attract anglers from all across the Midwest.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Bowling • Bar • Restaurant

Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

320-839-7044

(North of the Econo Lodge)

NEWLY RENOVATED ROOMS

CABLE TV • HBO •WIFI

CLOSE TO BEAUTIFUL BIG STONE LAKE

Under New Ownership Formerly Vali-Vu Motel

Excellent Fishing and Hunting Opportunities

960 U.S. Highway 75 • Ortonville, MN 56278

Reservations Call (320) 839-2558

Lakewood Rental House and Campsites

4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath • Rent by the week or weekend

320-760-7927

Six Campsites Full hook Ups Cable Available

Conveniently located next to supper club

For a FREE LAKE MAP and more info contact:

Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 320-839-3284 or visit us at

WWW.BIGSTONELAKE.COM

Mar 22, 2019. Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Travel Ads from Minnesota

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Ortonville, MN 56278

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