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Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota/South Dakota border is a very popular spring walleye fishing destination

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BIG STONE LAKE BORDER WALLEYE OPENER — SAT. APRIL 21 Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota/South Dakota border is a very popular spring walleye fishing destination. Why? First, because the lake is border water, so it opens to the legal taking of game fish like walleyes earlier than the traditional Minnesota inland game season. The season opens this year on April 21, 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! Opening day walleyes are often in spawning mode so fishing shoreline rocks is a popular method as these fish pull up right tight Rustl ing Elms Resort www.rustlingelmsresort.com 320-839-3845 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. The ice on Big Stone is going out normal or a bit later than normal this year – so that may be a wild card. Typically that basin bite really goes mid-May, but you might see it a bit later this year. Big Stone’s booming walleye fishery has been noticed by the competitive angling crowd too. In addition to several local tournaments, the Minnesota Tournament Trail is holding a Big Stone event May 5 and 6, and the Big Stone Walleye Classic is June 16. 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. 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

BORDER WALLEYE OPENER — SAT. APRIL 21

Big Stone Lake on the Minnesota/South Dakota border is a very popular spring walleye fishing destination. Why?

First, because the lake is border water, so it opens to the legal taking of game fish like walleyes earlier than the traditional Minnesota inland game season. The season opens this year on April 21, 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!

Opening day walleyes are often in spawning mode so fishing shoreline rocks is a popular method as these fish pull up right tight

Rustl ing Elms Resort

www.rustlingelmsresort.com

320-839-3845

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. The ice on Big Stone is going out normal or a bit later than normal this year – so that may be a wild card. Typically that basin bite really goes mid-May, but you might see it a bit later this year.

Big Stone’s booming walleye fishery has been noticed by the competitive angling crowd too. In addition to several local tournaments, the Minnesota Tournament Trail is holding a Big Stone event May 5 and 6, and the Big Stone Walleye Classic is June 16.

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.

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 21, 2018. Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Hunting & Fishing Ads from Minnesota

Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

320.839.3284
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Ortonville, MN 56278

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