Although some species (walleyes and crappies) have been slower, the fishing has been fun. For Pelican Lake, you can almost always count on big bass, northern pike and bluegill fishing to pick up the slack.
Usually toward the end of August on Pelican Lake the weather and water are beginning to cool off. Cooler water temperatures typically trigger good crappie fishing in the deeper water as well as late summer walleye fishing. Warm temperatures have prevailed this summer in Northern Minnesota much like the rest of the country which is lending to a very steady 70-80 degree surface temperature still at the end of August. Some algae bloom has affected water clarity, but nothing overly dramatic. Cooler temperatures are in the forecast for next week and many anglers are hoping the fish will reactivate as a result.
Bass fishing is still good in shallow water around the shorelines and rock piles. There are three pictures below of what turned out to be a 4.5lb large mouth caught here off the dock at Cabin O’ Pines on Tuesday evening by Jake Riley. Jake was likely using a rubber bait, either a Googan or Wacky rig.
The giant sunfish was also caught in shallow water. Described by the fisherman Bruce as the biggest and healthiest sunfish he had ever seen, it was caught in Saunders Bay.
Thanks to the rest of the guys who joined us here at Cabin O’ Pines and who gave us permission to show off their catch.