FISHING REPORT - Four Seasons, Red Wing: Fishing's good and is going to get better on the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Right now, water is a bit cool; another 5-10 degrees will really help. This weekend, try lead-core line fishing with crankbaits, or
Camp LaCupolis, Reads Landing: Fishing is spectacular, with anglers finding walleye or sauger in 5 to 20 feet of water. Some are casting crankbaits or jigs in shallower waters, others are trolling them in deeper water. Walleyes turned on about 10 days ago when water temperature began to rise.
Dave's Bait and Tackle, Wabasha: Fishing has been great, with everything biting once water warmed. Leeches and crawlers are good live bait, often fished with a floating jig head.
Prairie Bait and Tackle, Kellogg: Water still needs to get warmer for better fishing; fishing has been sluggish. Large crappies have been biting, often in the evening, though that has been slowing.
Magnum Sports, Chatfield: Trout fishing has been excellent, with midges, elk-hair caddie and blue-wing olive patterns best for trout. Smallmouth fishing, which becomes legal Saturday, usually doesn't get great until July and August.
Mauer's, Elba: Trout fishing was good in the past week, with nymphs a good pattern. Warmer water would help. Entries in the tavern's trout fishing contest are slowing.