Posts Tagged ‘special’

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.

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Fall Special!

Monday, September 6th, 2010

After Labor Day Weekend, things get really quiet on the resort and on Thunder Lake in general.  We’d say that’s the perfect time to getaway for a few days to relax and look at the fall colors from your deck in “sweatshirt weather”.  Bring your fishing gear along because as the water temps cool down, the walleye fishing picks up.  We’ll do our best to make sure we send you to the right hot spots on the lake so that you can bring home some shorelunch to the cabin.  And hey, if you just want to get away and relax and do nothing, this is the perfect time to do it.  Bring your favorite book if you like.

2 bedroom Fall Special(Sept. & Oct.):
2 people – $129/night
4 people – $169/night

Call us today for a reservation!  218-566-2378

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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”

Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (7-4-10)

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Water surface temps are currently 70-71 degrees after a hot and humid week of weather.  After a decent two week stretch of walleye fishing, the bite has tapered off quite a bit in the last week or two.  A few walleyes are still being picked up with a jig and minnow and spinner rigs tipped with leeches in 20-24 feet of water.  The first 3 weeks of June were the best weeks of smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing we have seen here in 3 years.  Numbers and size were amazing.  It has slowed down a bit since as the bass are now moving into deeper water for the summer.  Crappies have been still being caught with small jigs and bobber & minnow setups in the bays in 10-16 feet of water.

Have a great, safe 4th of July!

“See You At The Lake”

Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (6-17-10)

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Fishing action has picked up dramatically since our last fishing report, which is to be expected this time of year.  The resort is almost full this week and our guests are getting a lot of bass and panfish action.  A few walleyes are still being picked up as well.

The crappie bite has continued to improve, but location and presentation have changed a bit.  The crappies have moved out of the shallow water bays and into deeper water adjacent to some sunken structure and deeper weed cover.  They have been being picked up in 15-20 feet of water with jigs and beetle spins.  Some slip bobber and minnow setups have still been producing fish too.  Perch, sunfish and rock bass are being picked up consistently as always.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing has been been fantastic lately as they have gotten off their spawning beds and are getting into their normal aggressive summer feeding mode, which bodes well for our bass fisherman.  Wacky worms rigs, tube jigs and crank baits have been effective presentations on the edge of weedlines in 6-12 feet of water.  The topwater bite is also starting to come around now.  Stay tuned for the next updated report on the topwater bite.

Walleye fishing has been sporadic as a few different cabins have been picking up a couple here and there.  However, Gregg Lundquist from Cottage #3 got on a great bite early this morning in 20 feet of water using a spinner rig with leech to pick up 5 walleyes, with the biggest being 21 inches.  I also had a chance to get out a few nights ago and got into a great bite with a jig and minnow in 18-22 feet of water.  I boated approximately 25 walleye that night with every single one of them being between 13 and 15 inches long.  As always on Thunder, one day can be great for walleyes, and the next can be less than spectacular.  Night trolling with crankbaits is also a good method, but rarely do we have guests who choose to try that.

Last week , father & son combo Glen and Jake Matney made the trek all the way from Kansas City, MO to join us for a week in Cottage #8 and had a great week of fishing for crappies and bass.  Jake caught his first ever walleye and Glen also boated a couple others.  On top of that, Glen caught a huge Dogfish (bowfin) that they got pictures of.  It weighed in on a run-of-the-mill Zebco spring loaded scale at 12 lbs in the boat, which we take into account aren’t always the most accurate for weighing fish.  After doing a little research, we found out that the state record dogfish in Minnesota is 11 lbs, 4 oz.  Glen was kicking himself afterwards, but who would have thought of or known that?  By far, the biggest dogfish we have ever seen.  Something unique, if nothing else.

1st time TLL’ers James Stockman and his father-in-law Richard from Cottage #11 had a pretty good week of crappie fishing.  They picked up a few walleyes as well.

The Beebe crew (yes, all 30+ of them) have been hammering the bass and crappies as always again this year.  They also have picked up a few bonus walleyes.

And finally, Chris Lund from Cottage Deluxe went out today and caught a nice crappie and a great eating-size walleye for dinner.  What’s the big deal, you say?  It just happened to be Chris’ 26th birthday.  Happy birthday Chris!!!

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Thunder Lake Lodge Fishing Report (6-5-10)

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

While fishing reports from the walleye opener were spotty, the fishing action has been steadily picking up over the last couple of weeks.

Crappies and bluegills have been being picked up in the bays in shallow water with bobber and minnow setups, small jigs and beetle spins in 6-10 feet of water.  Some walleyes are being caught during the evening bite in 20-26 feet of water with a jig and minnow and crankbaits have been producing fish during the the afternoon hours and in the evening after dark in shallower water as well.  Our fisherman on Big Rice have still been consistently catching good pike numbers with daredevils and spoons.  With the bass season opening last weekend, smallmouth and largemouth fishing will be fast and furious in the next couple of weeks.

We will continue to keep you updated throughout the summer on fishing reports and the kids fishing contest photos.

“See You At The Lake”

Winter Is Here

Friday, December 11th, 2009

This calendar year was really crazy in terms of the weather.  June was hot and muggy at times, July and August were uncharacteristically cool, September was gorgeous, October was cold and rainy, November was nice and balmy, and now December has brought the winter in a hurry.  As I am posting this, the temp outside is 6 degrees below zero.  Thunder Lake basically went from this….

to this…..

…..overnight.  Those photos were taken on back to back days earlier this week.  It’s been pretty dang cold.  With ice fishing now entering my mind, I decided to go out on the ice to see what the ice conditions were like.  In the shallow water in front of the lodge, the ice was 1″ – 1.5″ thick.  Thick enough to hold me, but not thick enough for me to want to venture out into deeper water to see the ice thickness out there.  However with this cold weather, the ice making process should be sped up dramatically.  I have heard reports of 4 inches of ice already on shallower lakes that tend to freeze a lot earlier and faster than Thunder does.

We will keep everyone updated on ice conditions throughout the winter, as well as any fishing reports we come across.  Also, you can expect to see the first snowmobile trail report sometime this month.

Remember, we have the condo units available all winter for snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiiing or for just relaxing and cozying up for the weekend next to the fireplace. We are also running a two person special throughout the winter.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

“See You At The Lake”

Timberwolf Sighting

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Back in early August, our guests in Cottage #7 had an extraordinarily rare encounter on their drive back from town on County Road #7, only a couple miles away from Thunder Lake Lodge.  One person in the car pointed out the gray wolf on the side of the road.  So they got as close as they thought they could get to take a picture.  After taking the first photo, they decided to try get a little closer and get an even better photo.  Amazingly, the wolf did not run as they approached closer.  Apparently, the wolf didn’t really pay much attention to them.  I still have yet to see a wolf myself, although I know there are plenty in the area as our deer hunters in November see them quite frequently.

Thanks for the photos, Dolan family!

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TLL Scenes

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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