We really did not have many people up during the week so the fishing report is a little sketchy. People seem to be seeing a lot of fish but they do not always want to bite. I have heard of some smaller walleyes and some nice perch being caught, along with some bigger walleyes and northern. People are starting to move out deeper and the perch action should pick up over the next week or two.
The ice is in good shape with a few cracks along the main road where the ice is really thick. Wheel houses are getting around well in all of our fishing areas.
We have a few rentals left for this weekend so we will run a 10% off special for new reservations booked after noon Friday for this weekend. If you are going to the Brainerd Tournament and need a place to spend the night and catch some fish, give us a call.
We have read the report from the DNR’s panel of experts. They were hired by the DNR, paid by the DNR, and they agreed with the DNR. Surprise, Surprise. I must say there was very little new in the report to anyone who follows the lake closely. It repeated what most around the lake already knew. It did say the DNR should control the population of larger walleyes, northerns, and to a lesser extent, smallmouth. This supports what we have told the DNR for years which is not to protect all of the larger walleyes like they have for years. We need a harvest across the entire walleye size range, not a small range of smaller walleyes. This probably is not possible as long as the DNR clings to the harvest quota in pounds like they have. Their interest in looking at new treaty management options or ideas is nil. They will use the panel’s report to say they are right and do nothing. Their idea of pro-active walleye management is to wait for the 2013 walleye class to mature. It should be interesting to see what they propose for regulations for next year. Will they allow some harvest of the 2013 year class or protect them for another year? Possibly one fish from the large group of 2013 and one larger fish? It should be an interesting next month.