North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – June 28th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Walleyes continue to be caught at a good pace during the day with spinner rigs on the gravel or live-bait rigs on the deep edges of the flats. Work the rocks during the evening hours with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches. Northern pike are hitting minnows and crankbaits in the bays, while smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the shorelines and shallow rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – The tops and edges of most mud flats are giving up numbers of walleyes via minnows, crawlers, and leeches during the day. The evening/night bite also remains consistent on the wind-driven rock points in 21 to 23 feet. Smallmouth bass are stacked on the shorelines and shallow rocks and northern pike are hitting crankbaits on the weedlines in most bays.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Troll the sand shorelines in the mornings over seven to 10 feet with gold crankbaits or spinner rigs for walleyes. As the day wears on, move onto the 20- to 25- foot rocks and reefs with a jig and minnow. The west and east banks of Garden Island or the front of Morris Point Gap in 27 feet have been especially hot. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hanging over the reefs in 22 to 24 feet, smallmouth bass are hitting on the shallow sand areas, and muskies are being found in the bays.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
The 12- to 28-foot break in Walker Bay started giving up walleyes on minnows and leeches. Two Points, Second Duck Point, Little Hardwood, and the Goose Island areas are giving up a few walleyes when the wind favors those spots. Crankbaits are turning some fish off Pine Point during the evening hours in eight to 12 feet. Muskie, bass, and panfish reports have been limited.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleye action has picked up with a jig and minnow in Sand Bay over 10 to 15 feet. There are walleyes being taken with crawlers in 30 to 32 feet around the islands in Sand Bay and near the Brule. Jackfish Bay is giving up a few good-sized northern pike on crankbaits in 10 to 14 feet.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
A jig and minnow or leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes in six to 10 feet on Little Stoney Point, Raven’s Point, Mallard Point, Sugar Point, the break near Moxes Hole, and the Rock area on the southeast side. A six-foot Lindy rig and leech also is producing bigger walleyes on the bars such as Big Muskie, Little Muskie, and Horseshoe. Look for perch on River Bar and Long Bar in 16 to 18 feet or 20 to 22 feet.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Walleyes are hitting live bait on Lake Bemidji in six to 10 feet, Lake Plantagenet in 12 to 18 feet, and Big Turtle Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Anglers are sight fishing crappies in the shallows on Balm Lake, Turtle River Lake, and Three Island Lake. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes and muskie action has improved on Plantagenet and Little Wolf Lake with small bucktails and plastics.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Jigs tipped with minnows, Lindy rigs and leeches, or crankbaits are producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet at Blackduck Lake, Gull Lake, Island Lake, and Round Lake. Look for crappies and bluegills in four to eight feet on most lakes, highlighted by good numbers on Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, Rabideau Lake, and Gull.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Walleyes are being found in eight to 12 feet at Gull Lake and scattered over 10 to 28 feet of water at North Long Lake, most are being taken with leeches and crawlers. Bass are shallow on most lakes, while northern pike are taking sucker minnows under bobbers on the 12- to 14-foot weed edges of Gull, North Long, Lake Edwards, and Round Lake. Look for sunfish under the docks on Cullen Lake, Nisswa Lake, and North Long or crappies in the pencil reeds at North Long, Pelican Lake, and Cullen.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Leeches are turning walleyes near the six- to 10-foot cabbage on the south end of Cass Lake. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in eight to 10 feet of water on Center Bar, North Cedar Bar, and East Cedar Bar on Cass as well. A few walleyes are coming off Pike Bay Lake in eight to 12 feet, while the bulrushes on the east side of Pike Bay and southeast corner of Allen’s Bay on Cass are giving up perch. Hit Big Rice Lake in less than six feet for bluegills.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappies have moved to the weedlines and bluegills continue to be found in the pencil reeds and sandy shoreline areas of most lakes. Walleyes are hitting a jig and shiner, crawlers, and leeches on Lake Pokegama in 16 to 24 feet, Big Splithand Lake in nine to 14 feet, the 16-foot weedlines of Lake Wabana, and in 20 to 30 feet during the day or 12 to 20 feet during low-light periods on Sugar Lake. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on Pokegama, Deer Lake, and the Mississippi River in shallow water, while largemouth and northern pike seem to be biting everywhere in less than 12 feet.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
There’s an evening walleye bite with Shad Raps at Woman Lake in less than 10 feet. Look to Pleasant Lake in 18 to 20 feet and Ten Mile Lake in 20 to 22 feet for walleyes during the day. Crappies are hitting minnows in 15 feet during the day and shallower in the evenings at Pleasant and Ten Mile, while sunfish continue to be caught on the shorelines of most lakes. Bass fishing is strong and the shallow humps on Baby Lake are giving up a muskie or two each day
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 16 to 18 feet on Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, and Horseshoe Lake. Bass fishing has picked up in the shallow weeds on most lakes, but walleye action has slowed. Look to the shorelines of Cedar Island Lake, Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, Goodner Lake, and Lake Koronis for sunfish.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish are being caught in two to six feet on lakes Osakis, Big Birch, Little Birch, Fairy, Lilly, and Big Swan. Little Birch also is giving up numbers of smallmouth bass in shallow water and crappies are hitting in eight to 10 feet on Big Sauk, McCormick Lake, and Long Bridge Lake. A leech and spinner is turning walleyes on the eight- to 10-foot sand of Big Sauk and the 18- to 25-foot structure on Osakis.
Most shorelines continue to produce limits of walleyes in three to five feet and you’ll also find walleyes on the deep rock humps. Minnows remain the bait of choice, but crawlers and leeches are working as well. Crappie action remains strong on the north and south shores in shallow water.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
The shallows bays of Knife Lake are kicking out panfish during the evening hours and walleyes are hitting leeches in eight to 12 feet. The lily pads on Ann Lake are giving up largemouth bass on topwater baits.
65 Bait and Tackle (320) 396-9904(320) 235-4097