Archive for May, 2011

Thunder Lake Fishing Report: 5-22-11

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

After cool water temps, east winds and slow fishing on the opener, water temps have begun to spike a little and fishing action is picking up because of it (relatively speaking).  I recorded surface temps around 58-59 degrees yesterday in 10 feet of water.  Mid-lake temps are now approaching 55 degrees, while the shallow bays were around 62 degrees.  Even though we had a later spring and ice-out, water temps are right on pace with the last couple of years.

Our neighbor on the lake caught two trophy walleyes off the dock  in the same night pitching a shad rap in 2 feet of water to the north of us in the bay.  He landed a 29 inch and 29.5 inch walleye.  Unbelievable considering most people never catch a walleye that big in their entire lives.  Just goes to show what type of a trophy walleye fishery Thunder can really be.

Our guests in A-frame #1 caught 5 walleyes this weekend from the dock as well throwing crank baits in 10 feet of water.  I had a chance to get out myself yesterday for a bit in the rain.  The jig and minnow bite was pretty slow so I decided to go into shallower water on mid-lake structure and off the points with shallow running cranks to see if i could entice a bite.  I picked up one 16 inch walleye, 3 largemouth which were obviously released since they aren’t in season yet, and a 5 pound pike.  I also had a much larger walleye follow my Rapala to the boat only to have it spook at the last second when it saw myself and the boat. There are still some strong schools of bait in 20-30 feet of water, but the fish seem to continue to be holding to shallower patterns at this time.

Crappie reports have been scarce, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t being caught.  I’ve seen many people out fishing for crappies in their boats the last couple of weeks.  Memorial Day Weekend always seems to be the breakout bite for crappie fishing in the spring.  Hopefully that holds true this year.  The surface temps point to that being the case, so if you are looking to change it up and put down your walleye rod for a bit, you could have some good success fishing for crappies this weekend (weather permitting).  The panfish have begun to make their annual move into the docks here at TLL, so the crappies aren’t far behind.

We’ll keep you updated and will try to post a report after the weekend bite.  We will have some guests fishing over at Big Rice Lake this weekend for pike as well.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend and good luck fishing!

“See You At The Lake”