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The weather just won't settle down. Pierre is almost 5 inches above normal for the year making for a lot of wet anglers.The bite is favorable on Sharpe for those fishermen going out but rain and wind seems to be the norm. Oahe is spotty for walleye but good for catfish and northern pike along with smallmouth bass however right around Pierre water temps on the big lake are making for a limited walleye bite.There also just hasn't been much angling action on Oahe so reports of catches are numbered.The walleye on Sharpe are being caught on bouncer minnow/crawler rigs, pulling plugs. and pitching jigs with either gulp or minnows. Fish are just done spawning and are being caught from 3 fow water out to 20 fow depending on the area. On Oahe the pike and catfish are shallow with most of the action on dead smelt rigs. I would think that the spring weather will straighten out and if so plenty of fish will be caught as the water temps are 50 degrees on Sharpe and some places on Oahe it is getting there. Just no reports on Salmon as not many anglers out.

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On the south end... Walleye season opens Saturday, May 11th.  As of Monday, May 6th on the main basin, miles of open water with some ice patches still floating around.  Walleye and sauger populations strong, thus good opener expected.  Go to will be jig and frozen shiner.  Pike and sturgeon seasons are open and reports excellent.  Numerous trophy class pike being caught.  All pike 30-40" must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40".

On the Rainy River...  Sturgeon and pike fishing has been excellent.  The go to presentation for sturgeon a 4-6 ounce no roll sinker, sturgeon rig and a few nightcrawlers or combo crawlers and frozen emerald shiners.  Pike being caught in shallow bays.  It is expected there will be good walleyes in the river come opening day with cold water temps.  With stronger than normal current, bring heavy jigs if jigging.

Up at the NW Angle...  Mainly open water areas with some ice chunks.  A bit of boating activity this week as open water increased.  Resorts getting ready for May 11th opener.  Most will be using a jig and minnow adjacent shoreline structure, points and neck down areas.  
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Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Red Lake


The Minnesota DNR has confirmed the presence of zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake in Beltrami County after studying samples gathered last summer by biologists from the Red Lake Nation.

The DNR has been working in partnership with the Red Lake Nation for over 10 years to monitor zooplankton in Red Lake and will continue to work closely with the tribe to respond to this discovery.

Zebra mussel larvae, called veligers (VELL-uh-jers), typically indicate the presence of a reproducing population of zebra mussels. No adult zebra mussels have been identified. Eight veligers were found in a zooplankton sample taken in the middle of Upper Red Lake.

DNR research scientist Gary Montz said it is highly unlikely that these veligers were introduced to the lake in the larvae life stage.

“Unfortunately, the most reasonable conclusion is that they came from adult reproduction within the lake itself,” Montz said. “Red Lake is a unique lake system – very large and shallow – it is not possible to estimate the abundance or distribution of zebra mussels in Upper Red Lake from this sample.”

DNR and Red Lake Nation officials are working together to determine next steps. Actions will likely include a combination of continued monitoring, increased watercraft inspections in the area and additional public information efforts.

Additional waters that are connected to Upper and Lower Red lakes may be added to the infested waters list after further review. This decision will be based on the risk of movement of zebra mussels to those specific waters.

People should contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species. More information is available at mndnr.gov/ais.


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