White’s Corner Bait Shop Fishing Report – Panfish, Walleye and Pike
By Joe Steck – Mankato Times
MADISON LAKE, MINN. — This looks to be another good weekend for fishing in the area. The panfish have been biting on all the lakes and walleye and pike have also been hitting.
Before we get into the fishing report, I would like to talk about the Minnesota Fishing Event for Life that will take place this weekend on Madison Lake. The cost is $100 for a two person team with the funds going to support MN Adult & Teen Challenge (tax deductible).
For almost 30 years, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Their mission is to assist teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
This is a great multi species event for all skill levels. This is a chance to do something you enjoy while giving back. The cost includes dinner and there are over $8,000.00 in prizes and guide trips from some of the kindest and best pro’s in the fishing industry (Glenn Vinton, Mark Schutz and James Lindner).
Contestants must attend the Friday, June 5th rules dinner at 6:00 pm this Friday at Cross View Covenant Church, 2000 Howard Drive North Mankato. You can learn more by visiting the events facebook page or by calling 507-317-3071.
Remember that this weekend is take a kid fishing is June 5-7. This is where any adult can take a youth 15 and under out fishing without a license.
I ran into Jeff Schwab and his daughter Kyara at White’s Corner Bait Shop picking up some night crawlers.
“We have been out a few times this spring,” said Jeff “This is a great time for us to spend together. Kyara likes to talk about everything while we fish.”
Jeff and Kyara were heading out to Elysian Lake in Waseca County hoping to catch some crappie.
Kyara, who is heading into 6th grade said he likes to go fishing with her father but isn’t too keen on baiting her own hook yet.
“I don’t have to bait the hook,” said the happy young fisher “I doesn’t work well with me touching worms or fish.”
When you take your child or any youngster out fishing, it isn’t about touching of worms or fish; it is about the conversation and the lasting memories that are formed by spending quality time together.
On to the report:
People are always looking to catch walleyes. A few good points to remember is that walleyes have two primary functions while they are alive – to reproduce and to eat. When the fish are reproducing, they are of course in the shallows. However, too many anglers forget about the second function of the walleyes, and that is to eat. The primary baitfish for the walleye lives in the shallow weeds or rocks, and that is where the walleyes will be, especially in the spring.
Madison Lake: Great reports of people catching panfish and walleye in the weeds. People have been using lindy rigs with leeches. Wax worms, minnows and crawlers have also been effective. Artificial Gulp has also been working well for pan fish.
German Lake: There have been a lot of great reports of walleyes and panfish in the shallows. Wax worms, leeches, minnows and night crawlers. If you are not landing the pan fish, try using Gulp.
Little Jefferson/West Jefferson: Pan fish have been biting on the east shore. If you are looking for Northern, try some afternoon fishing, especially with sunlight. They are active in the weed lines, especially on the east shore.
City park pond in Eagle Lake was stocked with pike, bluegill, crappie and a few largemouth bass by the DNR. This is a catch and release only but is a nice place to take little kids who are just learning to fish.
Stop into White’s Corner Bait Shop, 500 Walnut Ave, Madison Lake and talk with Ryan about a complete fishing report. He can help you out with all of your bait and tackle needs