When is the Best Time to Come Fishing?

December 5, 2017

People have it in their heads that June is the best time to go fishing. But we’re here to say that you don’t have to go in June. Let’s be honest, fish don’t pack their bags and leave the lake!

You can go catch those nice fish in August ‚Äì or any month of the year. Because of the distance that we’re flying, the fishing doesn’t change much. It’s always going to be very good! You’re going to catch trophy fish, in a good quantity. Northern Pike, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout ‚Äì whatever you’re looking for.

So, when is the best time to plan a fly-in fishing trip? The answer is easy: any month May through September!

Plan your trip around the weather you like most, or really, whenever you all have an opening in your busy schedules! The only thing that will really change is your fishing technique. Dave and I put together some crib notes to help you. We’ve got the basics, like what your best catch is going to be, plus some quick thoughts on where to fish. For more details, give us a call at the base!


May & June

  • Tackle / Technique: Northern are spawning, so they’re up in the shallow waters. When the ice first goes out, find Lake Trout in the shallows. In spring, Walleye will be in the shallow waters, moving into the reefs. But they get “skinny” after they spawn! For live bait, minnows will work best.
  • Best for Catching: Trophy Northern; Lake Trout; Walleye
  • Weather: Cool


  • Tackle / Technique: Fish for Walleye off the reef mid-summer when they’re a real nice size. Post-spawn, female Smallmouth Bass will move out to feed at the first drop-off close to deep water. Bait your hook with a leech.
  • Best for Catching: Trophy Walleye, Smallmouth Bass
  • Weather: Hot

August & September

  • Tackle / Technique: Northern are coming up hungry to feed for winter. When it starts to cool off in August, Walleye will be building up fat to get through the winter, too. Don’t forget the minnows!
  • Best for Catching: Trophy Northern; Walleye
  • Weather: Perfect. Temps in the mid-70s, cools off to the 60s in the evening

Escape to the Wilderness,
Dave & Michelle

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