North East Minnesota Fishing Report – June 21st, 2013
Island Lake is producing walleyes on leeches in 15 to 20 feet and Fish Lake is giving up panfish in less than six feet. Smallmouth bass have been very active along the shorelines of Island and Lake Superior started giving up lake trout and coho salmon in the top 40 feet of the water column. Pink and purple spoons or stickbaits have worked best.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Numbers of bass and bluegills are being pulled from the shorelines on all lakes and Birch Lake is producing crappies in six to eight feet. Walleyes are hitting leeches or minnows in eight to 12 feet of water at Snowbank Lake, White Iron Lake, Lake Shagawa, Burntside Lake, Farm Lake, and Birch. Northern pike have been hitting minnows on most lakes, while lake trout reports have been limited.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in four to 10 feet on Northern Light Lake, Two Island Lake, Devil Fish Lake, Devil Track Lake, and Crescent Lake. Smallmouth bass are taking crawlers or crankbaits in 12 to 18 feet at Hungry Jack Lake, Northern Light, and Devil Track. Crawlers are turning brook trout in 18 feet at Lost Lake or in 12 to 15 feet at Shoe Lake. Lake trout are suspended and hitting spoons over 40 feet at Gunflint Lake and over 35 feet at Seagull Lake and Lake Saganaga.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
A jig and shiner minnow is turning walleyes in 26 to 35 feet as are crankbaits in 15 to 18 feet, while perch and sauger continue to be caught off docks and shorelines. Northern pike are active and hitting a variety of baits, smallmouth bass are cruising the shorelines, and crappie action has been slow.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Long-snelled Lindy rigs and leeches are producing walleyes during the day in eight to 16 feet and there has been some fish taken with slip bobbers and leeches on the rock humps. Smallmouth are hitting plastics on the bigger rocks that transition into gravel and sand, while crappies are being found tight to the shorelines and in trees. Muskie action has improved with several fish over 50 inches taken during the afternoons and evenings on glide baits and plastics. Northern pike are inhaling crankbaits and inline spinners in the weeds.
Lake Vermilion Guides League