Family Fishing Fiesta

Jigging for lakers is a family effort.

I am often asked what is the best time to fish at Two Moon Lodge. While my smart-ass answer is “evening or morning,” the is question usually about what time of year, or which weeks are the best for fishing. The real answer, of course, depends on what type of fishing you enjoy.

June is generally regarded as having some of the best fishing. Walleye are shallow and actively feeding in the bays and the half hour after sunset will produce some of the highest numbers of fish that we’ll see anytime throughout the year. Daytime walleye fishing can be slow but bass and lake trout are usually active. However, the mosquitos and blackflies and the possibility of frigid weather definitely become a factor that limits the spring fishing to the hardiest anglers.

If you are looking for a family fishing adventure, then summer is the time. July walleye fishing generally takes place close to shore and islands, off points and drop-offs. If you like trolling, this part of the summer is hard to beat. Plus, the weather is great and the water warm enough for swimming.

By late summer, walleye begin to gather up on the mid-lake shoals where the minnows are schooled. Jigging or drop shotting from an anchored boat positioned above the reef is the preffered technique as the fish are closely congregated in 30 to 20-foot depths. This makes it an awesome time to fish with children. Oh, and the mosquitos are almost finished by late August. These days the morning bite occurs between 6:15 and 7:15 and the evening bite can turn on as early as 5:30 PM. Jig with light tackle and small hooks and the kids should be able to hook into a few fish each outing. Get the perfect conditions on your side, and it could be an unforgettable experience for you and your children. Like this morning, when three of us caught and released 23 slot-sized walleye (and one over-slot) before 7:00 AM. No, it’s not always like that, but every so often the perfect conditions come together.

One of the 24 walleye we caught before 7 AM.

One family staying here this week has been nailing the walleye every day, and, to switch things up during the afternoon, they deep jig for lake trout using tube jigs. A lot more fun for the youngsters than trolling, the kids have a ball hauling up these big trout on light gear. Never mind the fish, these kids are hooked!

So, while each period of the fishing season has its advantages, it’s hard to beat the last few weeks of summer for a pre-back-to-school family fishing adventure.

The week’s biggest: another 26″ walleye live released.
Jigged-up lake trout about to be released.