I went out and fished White Bear Lake for the first time from a boat last night with a friend. Neither of us had fished it other than 1 or 2 lousy outings during the late winter.
It was fairly slow in general, we tried pulling some spinners with a fathead along the deep edge of some weedlines but got nothing for our efforts. We switched up so fishing some gentle breaks from 25ft on the deep side up to 19 feet on top. We fished this area with a jig and minnow and plastic swim baits.
This area was holding some fish for us, only ended up with one decent crappie and one 10-12 inch walleye though. Both me and my friend had other bigger fish on that came unhooked. The walleye hit very lightly, we also missed several other very light bites.
All in all not a terrible night considering it was our first time out on the lake. Our main strategy was to fish deeper water with some nice adjacent weed lines that were away from the crowds, I think if we could have stayed later than 8:30 our plan would have panned out and provided some better results.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988