Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report – June 28th, 2013
Leeches are turning walleyes at Island Lake in 20 feet and at Boulder Lake and Fish Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Hit Rice Lake for panfish and pike in less than six feet and Fish is producing bluegills in six to eight feet. Smallmouth bass continue to be found in less than three feet at Island and a few muskies have been taken on the St. Louis River with topwater baits. On Lake Superior, work the Pumphouse and areas north in the top 50 feet of the water column for salmon and lake trout.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
At Snowbank Lake, walleyes and smallmouth bass are hitting minnows in eight to 10 feet and lake trout are taking jigs over 80 feet. The power dam area on Fall Lake is producing walleyes in eight feet, as are the reefs on Basswood Lake in 12 feet. The White Iron Chain is kicking out walleyes in 10 to 14 feet during the day and shallower in the evenings, while Birch Lake is giving up crappies and walleyes in eight to 10 feet. There’s an evening walleye bite with leeches in 10 to 12 feet on Shagawa Lake and Knife Lake is producing lake trout over 50 feet with ciscoes or spoons.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in three to 10 feet during low-light periods at Hungry Jack Lake, Caribou Lake, Two Island Lake, East Twin Lake, and Seagull Lake. Northern pike are hitting suckers in three to six feet on Homer Lake, Lichen Lake, Hungry Jack, and Northern Light Lake. Smallmouth action has been best in six to 15 feet at Hungry Jack, Poplar Lake, Pike Lake, and Devil Track Lake. Rainbow trout are being caught with crawlers in 12 to 15 feet at Esther Lake and Leo Lake, while the streams along the north shore are kicking out brook trout.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Look for walleyes in 10 feet during the morning hours, but slide deeper as the day wears on. Work the soft-bottomed areas with a live-bait rig and leech. Pitch a jig and minnow on the 30- to 38-foot rock reefs for keeper walleyes, sauger, and perch as well. Northern pike are hitting a variety of presentations throughout the lake and smallmouth bass are moving to deeper, summer haunts and hitting crankbaits.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121