Minnesota and Southern Illinois Fishing Report

Ice is out on Mille Lacs according to friend Wayne Jacobson ! Will be there in a matter of days. Smallmouth bass season starts May 13 th. With this years warm start fishing should be fantastic !
Southern Illinois finds the fish shallow and spawning. Watched several fish here on Lake of Egypt on beds, didn’t bother them just like observing at this point. Still plenty of pre spawn fish to target. Starting to see the bluegill up shallow also. Water temps have been well into the 60s for some time now. Crappie of course are shallow and slip bobbers with minnows or jigs work as well as casting small spinners and the like. Moral of the story is the time is now ! Had a guide trip cancel due to wind, next time my friend 🙂 Tight lines. RD