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Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (7-9-12)

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Fishing in general has slowed in recent weeks as a result of the heavy rains, rising water levels and hot temps.  With water surface temps reaching 80 last week, walleye fishing has slowed to a crawl here on Thunder Lake.  Panfish are still being caught, but crappies have been tougher than normal lately for this time of year.  Both largemouth and smallmouth bass continue to be the most consistent bite on live bait rigs and soft plastics.

Most of these photos are from the mid to late June bite before all the rain and rising water.  The fishing action was hot as always in June.

We will keep you posted!

“See You At The Lake”

Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (6-12-12)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Happy Spring and Summer to everyone!  We have been hard at work on the resort (no different than any other resorter) for the last few months, so we apologize for the lack of blog posting lately.  Some of our followers on Facebook, Twitter and the blog have scolded us lately for not being on top of the blog posts.  We will for sure be more on schedule throughout the course of the summer months from now on with fishing reports, kids fishing contest results and miscellaneous photos of the resort guests, wildlife and the outdoors in general.

Fishing this spring has been up and down so far.  Opener was cooler as always and the bite was a little lethargic overall.  The following weekend we had some guests finally start to get a few walleyes here and there on jig and minnow presentations.

Memorial Day Weekend seemed to be a turning point for the crappie activity here on the lake with multiple guests having success in 4-6 feet of water with jigs and slip bobber/minnow setups.  The walleye bite was still tougher, but the largemouth and smallmouth bass bite has been solid since then and the most reliable bite in terms of action.  Bass of both species were caught in every way imaginable using live bait rigs and artificials.  Northern Pike fishing was at fever pitch over on Big Rice Lake as always.  In terms of numbers, we aren’t sure if we have ever heard of or seen more pike caught over there than what we saw from the Olson Family Reunion this year.  Size and quantities were plentiful and the bonus walleye and perch action over there was noteworthy to say the least.

While the weather was hot and humid all last week with surface temps around 74 degrees, the recent rain and following cold front has dropped water temps a few degrees.  We still feel the best bite for Thunder Lake walleyes is yet to come and will keep you updated in the next couple weeks.

Feature Fisherman of the Week:  We had 2 guests potentially vying for this presitigious award.  Both caught walleyes for their nominations, however one of them gets the nod over the other based on the ‘story’ behind their catch.  Gregg Lundquist from Cottage #3 caught the biggest walleye of the 2012 season thus far with his 28 incher, which was caught with a lindy rig and crawler – a great fish in any circumstance or time of the year.  However, our award goes to Trevor Zimmerman, (pictured below) who caught his first ever walleye on his own in the boat with his dad John and grandfather Denny tutoring him along the way.  The 7 year-old landed his 17 inch walleye on Sunday morning in a boat with 3 generations of Zimmermans from The McCleary Cabin.  What a great family story and photo – the Thunder Lake Lodge ‘experience’ at its finest.

“See You At The Lake”!/ThunderLakeLodgwild

Thunder Lake Fishing Report (9-19-11)

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Ten days ago the surface temps had dropped to 68 degrees.  Then we had the warmup last week that raised the water temps to 73 degrees.  In the last 7 days with the recent cool down, the surface temps have dropped 12 degrees and as of yesterday, I had 61.  Had a chance to get out in the boat to see if the walleyes are grouping up in their fall spots yet, but didn’t see a whole lot.  Still need another week or two I think before the walleye bite gets going, depending on the weather obviously.

I decided to try the smallmouth bite last night right before dark with the calm water and had a blast with it.  I was throwing topwater surface lures in 6-12 feet of water and the smallies were smashing it very aggresively, sometimes taking multiple swipes at it.  I boated 4 fish in about 30 minutes with the biggest being the first fish of the evening, which was a 19.5″ football.  I also caught a couple 17 inchers and a 15 incher.  I must have missed 5-6 other fish who flat-out missed the lure.  It was great action and a great reminder how fun the trophy smallie fishing can be on Thunder Lake.

Crappies have moved off their shallow holding spots and have probably moved to deeper water with the cool down.  We haven’t had many people fishing for them lately, but I imagine if someone wanted to, they could have some good success with crappie minnows and slip bobber setups.

Start making your reservations to catch the good fall bite for walleyes, smallies, largemouth and crappies!

“See You At The Lake”

Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (8-19-11)

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Fishing for the last month has been slower, especially for walleyes.  Water surface temps soared to 80 degrees as of a week ago or so and that really made walleye fishing tough for our guests.  As of today, the surface temps are around 73 degrees.  Temps will probably gradually decline during the next month or so and that will trigger the walleyes to go into “fall feedbag” mode and we will definitely see improved fishing for them.

Crappie fishing has been pretty consistent for the last few weeks.   We have had a few guests picking up fish in 8-14 feet of water using crappie minnows on bobber setups.  However just a plain jig with a plastic body has probably outproduced the live bait method.  Specifically within the last week and half or so, we have seen more crappies being brought in by our guests.

Bass fishing has still maintained its success rate numbers as well.  Smallmouth and largemouth have been being caught in a variety of ways.  Big smallies (18-19 inches) are still very common, but we haven’t seen the bigger largemouth being caught.  Soft plastics and topwater plugs have been producing smallies in shallower water during the evening bite, while live bait rigs have been picking up “cruisers” in deeper depths.

This is the time of year when we start to see an upswing in the fishing for all species.  The dog days are coming to an end and the fish will instinctively become more active for feeding, especially the walleyes.  The fall bite is coming and you can be sure I will be out as much as I can to give everyone a report.  We’ll keep you updated.  Feel free to come take advantage of our cheaper fall rates for some great fishing.

“See You At The Lake”

Thunder Lake Fishing Report (7-18-11)

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The recent constant heat during the last 2 weeks had surface temps as high as 78 degrees, which really depressed the bite for fishing.  Water temps as of yesterday were down to 75 again, but with this heat spell it will no doubt go up again towards 80 degrees.

Walleye fishing has been very spotty, with only a few people even reporting to have caught a walleye during the last couple weeks.  Because of the warmer water temps, the walleyes are going to deeper water to stay cool, find oxygen and chase the ciscoes and tulibees for food.  The best bet for walleyes right now is the night time crankbait trolling bite.

Crappies have also become tight-lipped and haven’t been easy to catch.  More often than not, you can see a bunch of them, but getting them to actually bite is another story.  This summer has been tougher so far than last year for the crappie bite.  Hopefully the best is still yet to come.

We did have a few big pike caught recently.  Chris Peryam landed 2 big pike, measuring 38″ and 37″, within 24 hours of each other.  He caught and released both fish.  Thanks, Chris!

Smallmouth and largemouth bass, as always, are the go-to bite during tough times.  Both species have consistently been caught all summer long for both numbers and size.  Live bait rigs and soft plastics have both produced a lot of fish.

We hopefully will have a more positive fishing report in the next weeks.  We’ll keep you updated!

“See You At The Lake”

Post-Memorial Day Fishing Report

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Cool air and water temps are still the story here.  57-58 degree temps on the water yesterday and more east winds today.  It has been a bizarre spring for winds.  We had 2 weeks straight of east winds, which I had never seen before.  Normally east winds mess up the fishing, but when they are consistent for that long, the fish tend to adjust.  The good dock fishing on our side of the lake lately explains that.

Crappies are beginning to bite in shallower water on minnows and jigs.  Had our guests here in Cottage #3 at the resort do pretty well last weekend on the crappie bite.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing is officially “on” and action has been very good lately for both.  Crankbaits have been producing the majority of the fish.

Walleyes have been tricky given the circumstances.  No real consistent bite yet, but a few have been brought in for dinner in a variety of ways.  Jig and minnow in 20-30 feet, crank baits in shallow water and slip bobber rigs in shallow water have all produced fish.  It’s a pretty unstable bite right now, but if the weather and winds straighten out soon, the walleyes could move into their spring holding patterns and the good bite could pop within the next week or so.

Our annual Memorial Day Weekend guests also did well over on Big Rice for northern pike again this year.  Sizes were down, but numbers were up and a few bonus walleyes were picked up there too, with the biggest being 26″.  As always, cane poles with daredevils were the ticket.

We’ll keep you updated!

“See You At The Lake”

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”

Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (10-23-10)

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

The last three weeks has seen surface temps at 58 degrees, with a rise to 62, and a steady decline to where it is today at 52 degrees.  The last couple of weeks there has been a steady bite for walleyes.  I was catching walleyes in 18-22 feet of water last week.  This week was a different story.

In what was the best fall bite I have experienced since our time here on Thunder Lake, I boated 42 walleyes in the last 2 nights with the full moon.  The bite was fast-paced in 23-28 feet of water with the biggest fish being a 18.5″ walleye.  Nothing too big, but if you were looking to have a meal, you would have had your pick of consistent 15-17 inch fish.  Perfect size for the frying pan.  Jig and minnow setups have been the go-to choice for me.  I have been using rainbow chubs throughout the fall.

Haven’t fished crappies lately since I have been so intent on chasing the walleyes, but I know there are people still hitting the crappie bite as well.  Not sure how long that bite will last.

Given the forecast for the coming week and the cool down that will occur, I have a feeling the crappie fishing will slow down, but the walleye fishing bite still should probably be good until the water temps dip to the low 40’s and approach turnover.

These last two nights got me thinking about Thunder Lake as a fishery.  Between the continuing stocking program in odd years by the DNR and the natural reproduction that occurs, I think it’s safe to say that Thunder Lake has a bright future for walleye fishing and that the stocking program has been working. The numbers are definitely there and I have seen an increase over the last 3 year on the average size of walleyes being caught.

Heading out tonight again in the coldfront and east winds.  We’ll see if it has a big effect on fishing.  I’ll keep you updated.

“See You At The Lake”

Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (9-29-10)

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Water surface temps are now down to around 60 degrees as the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler.  We have had abnormal east winds for the last 2 weeks or so, which definitely has an effect on fishing.  The weather has started to become a little more stable and normal for early fall.  The fall colors are absolutely gorgeous on Thunder Lake right now.

Crappie fishing has been great all year and has still been good within the last week.  We can’t believe how consistent the bite has been.  Little crappie jigs have been working over mid-lake structure adjacent to deeper water where the crappies are holding and suspending in 15-20 feet of water.  I have to also believe that bobber and minnow setups would still be a good option as well.  Perch, sunfish and bluegills still are being caught all over the lake, but not much for size to report.

Bass fishing for smallmouth and largemouth is still pretty good as well.  Our guests have been catching largemouths on spinnerbaits in shallower water.  Smallmouths have been being caught on topwater poppers and have also been being caught accidentally while fishing for walleyes with jig and minnow and lindy rig setups.  Both species of bass have begun to put the feedbag on to prepare for winter.

Walleye fishing has still been slow lately.  A few were picked up by some of our guests last week, but overall nothing too hot.  The water temps are getting to the point where soon enough I think the walleye bite will pop and the good fall fishing bite will be on.  I have been trying to get out myself a little lately to see when that happens.  When it does, I will be sure to post it on here.

Stay tuned.

“See You At The Lake”

Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (8-3-10)

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Surface water temps are around 75 degrees and the walleye fishing report has been strange lately to say the least.  Fish have been hitting on crankbaits in 30 feet of water over 60-80 feet while chasing schools of suspended ciscos and tullibees.  Most of the action for this method has occurred during the evening hours.  Walleyes were also picked up by our guests recently in 7-10 feet of water adjacent to steep dropoffs on spinner rigs with minnows.  These fish were picked up during all hours of the day.  This is probably the most walleye action we have seen in the first week of August in our time here.

Crappie fishing is still holding strong and has been consistently the best bite all year.  Numbers of crappies have been caught by our guests throughout the year on all sorts of different presentations.  Right now, bobber and minnow setups in 15-20 feet of water have been producing the best.

A few northern pike have also been taken recently.  Nothing huge, but numbers have been up compared to prior years.

Smallmouth and largemouth fishing continues to be great as well.  Pretty much anything you throw at them has been working lately.  The bass have definitely moved to deeper water and structure lately however during the warmer last few weeks.  Deep-running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jig ‘n’ pig combos have been producing fish.

“See You At The Lake”