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Fishing - Pelican Lake
Pelican Lake is one of Minnesota's premier fishing
lakes but in order to bring in your limit, you're going
to have to spend time learning the ropes and reefs. The
bottom, fine for fish habitat, challenges the angler
with an erratic mix of sand bars, deep drops, sand bars,
sunken islands and changeable weedlines. Your best bet
is to hire a guide the first time out or watch other
anglers to see where they congregate and record the
spots for your own reference. Additionally, a depth
finder and temperature gauge is almost a must. If you
put it on the south end, find out where the line is at
the ridge of the flats that extends immediately out into
Jones Bay. That's a good spot to begin. Pelican heats up
later than many of the surrounding lakes so you won't
get much early action in the weed beds. Even when the
water warms, this is a windy lake so it's going to be a
challenge to follow the weed lines. But that's where you
need to be. You may encounter two weed breaks, one at 10
to 15 feet and another at 20 to 25 feet. Either break is
a good line to hunt. For early Bass, try the northeast
bays Moose and Nelson - fishing the edge of the
reeds with plastics and crankbaits. In summer, go deep
and find the cabbage weeds along the bars and points.
Jig minnows and leeches at 30 feet or even deeper. For
Northerns, follow much the same pattern as for Bass.
Troll or drift the cabbage beds at 20 feet with sucker
minnows and/or spinners. For Walleyes, bait a Lindy rig
with a shiner or fathead and drift the southern side of
Halverson Bay north of the rock line or go far south and
trace the two holes off Lincoln's Point and then cast
the weedlines along the southern shore. A big challenge
here is the clarity of the water. To avoid spooking the
fish, some recommend electric motors, drifting, casting
exclusively or waiting for nightfall for Walleyes. One
strong advisory, check a good navigation map before
setting out onto Pelican. Note the locations where rock
formations are just below the surface. Preparation will
make you visit to Pelican both safe and rewarding.
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