Minnesota’s Upper Red Lake continues to reward walleye fans with some of the fastest action in Lindy Land.

“It’s almost as simple as, ‘Find water, catch fish,’” said veteran guide and Lindy pro staffer Jonny Petrowske. “We have an incredible jig bite going on right now. Baitfish are stacking up in six feet of water along the edge of the last sandbar off shore, and walleyes are taking advantage of it.”

Petrowske says search tactics are helping many anglers zero in on hot zones. “A lot of fishermen are trolling Lindy Spinner Rigs to find the fish, then anchoring up and casting a 1/8-ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a fathead minnow. If you want to fish a shiner minnow instead, beef your jig weight up to 3/8-ounce.” Top jig colors include shades of orange, pink, chartreuse, blue, white and gold, he adds.

He’s quick to note the tactic isn’t necessarily vertical. “Cast out, let the jig fall to bottom, and then make a slow, dragging retrieve,” he advises.

Properly executed sleights of hand are often rewarded with a fat, feisty walleye. “Many of the fish are keepers under 17 inches,” says Petrowske, explaining there is a 17- to 26-inch protected slot in place right now. “You’ll get bigger fish mixed in for the fun of it as well.

“Once you get your two keepers, you can take the same jig head and minnow combination, and put it under a Thill Wobble Bobber for slab crappies,” he continues, explaining that two to three feet of water along the edge of emerging bulrush beds is producing good numbers of fish in the 12- to 15-inch range.

“Upper Red is a bit behind schedule for this time of year, so the crappie bite is just starting to heat up,” he says.

Geneva Update

A long cast to the southeast, fellow Lindy guide Dave Duwe reports the crappies are just beginning to show up in their springtime haunts on Lake Geneva as well.

“Fishing overall has been average, with fluctuating air and water temperatures being a challenge,” he says. “Hopefully stable weather and warm days will create some really good fishing in the coming weeks.”

Duwe has also been hooking up with largemouths, smallmouths and sunfish on Geneva, while nearby Delavan has yielded largemouths, pike, bluegills, crappies and walleyes. “Walleye fishing has been average, with most of the fish on the outside weedlines,” he says.