By: Jennifer Bateman | Thursday, April 17, 2014
I changed the timeline photo on our Facebook page to get you in the mood for this blog post, which is about walleye fishing. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a picture of five opening day walleyes on the table in our fish cleaning house. They are each about 14-16 inches long - the perfect eating size. The picture above is of a 29" walleye caught and released in late September. They sure are a pretty fish!
Minnesota's fishing opener is May 10th, and we're getting ready .................. especially Bob. Walleye fishing is what he likes to do in his spare time, and every year he fishes the opener in Park Rapids, MN, and more specifically, on Two Inlets Lake. Walleye is his favorite fish, and over the years he's come to really understand them.
Following is an excerpt from our fishing page about walleye fishing. If you'd like to learn more about fishing for crappies, northerns, large mouth bass or pan fish, please visit our resort fishing page for information.
"Two Inlets Lake has a good population of walleyes and is unique in that it benefits from both stocking and successful natural reproduction. Walleye fishing starts out slowly depending on the weather in May, and really gets going the last week in May to the first week in June. I usually start out with small jigs and minnows for opener and move to a light lindy type rig with a leech or crawler by June.
Walleyes will start out in the shallows near the spawning areas and move out to the nearest structure or bait shortly thereafter, eventually setting up on midlake structure or in cabbage beds near the shoreline. As the water warms and midsummer approaches, walleyes move deeper off of the structure and come up only to feed. There is a population of fish that roams the basin just above the thermocline chasing ciscoes.
If I have one tip to give walleye fishermen at Two Inlets Resort it is GO SLOW. You need a fish locator to find the fish and then once you find them you need to work them very slowly. When September arrives and the water begins to cool, walleyes become more active and we eventually switch back to jigs and minnows until freezeup. Walleyes can be caught throughout the summer by experienced fisherpeople, but the best most dependable bites occur the first two weeks in June, the last two weeks in September and the first two weeks in October."
Note that the best time to catch walleyes on Two Inlets Lake is early and late in the season, which is when we have cabin openings and our rates are at their lowest. We'd love to have you stay with us and do a little walleye fishing.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Two Inlets Resort is a great place to stay if you plan to visit the Park Rapids, MN area to do some walleye fishing.