Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — May 19, 2017

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – The rocks, sand, mud, and gravel are all producing numbers of walleyes. A wide range of walleye sizes are being caught on a variety of artificial and live bait presentations from 8 to 34 feet. Smallmouth bass are active and hitting crankbaits, plastics, or live bait on the shallow rock and sand areas.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleye action has been very good with a wide range of sizes being caught. St. Alban’s Bay, Garrison Reef, Seguchie Point, Sherman’s Point, Brown’s Point, and the flats all produced fish. The rocks, sand, and mud have drawn lots of fish, which seem to be biting on just about anything in shallow to deep water. Look for smallmouth bass on the rock points and northern pike in the bays.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The entire south shore has been giving up walleyes in 20 feet on minnows and jigs. Other anglers have been pulling spinners in 6 to 12 feet or on the reefs in 25 to 30 feet and catching plenty of walleyes. The Rainy River and Four Mile Bay are worth hitting for walleyes with a jig and minnow as well. At the Northwest Angle, limits of walleyes are being caught around the islands, neck-down areas, points, and reefs in 6 to 20 feet.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

The evening bite on Lake Minnetonka has been best for walleyes with shiner minnows and bobbers on the inside weedlines in 6 to 10 feet. The weed edges on Lake Independence are holding walleyes, bass are active in shallow water on most lakes, and a few crappies are still being found in shallow water, but look for them to start moving onto the weedlines soon.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Look for walleyes around the islands and points in Pike Bay over 5 to 7 feet. Walleyes also are being caught on the mud flats off Potato Island and Taylor Island in 25 feet or more or in Frazier Bay in 10 feet – minnows have been the best bet at this point. A few smallmouth bass are being caught on the shorelines, crappie reports have been limited, and northern pike seem to be mixed with the walleyes.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes are being caught with a jig and shiner minnow in 6 to 12 feet. The fish are spread out along the points and shoreline breaks throughout the lake. Some bigger walleyes have been taken on the main lake bars in 15 to 18 feet as well. Northern pike and keeping-size perch are mixed in with the walleyes.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Walleyes seem to be more spread out than expected with fish coming off most wind-driven shorelines and points in 6 to 10 feet. A jig and minnow is working best, but live-bait rigs are producing as well. The routine involves picking off the aggressive fish within a given area and move to the next spot and do the same. Crappies and bluegills are being found in the bays and boat harbors in shallow water.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Sand Bay, Cranberry Island, and Birch Point have been best for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet with a jig and minnow. Some walleyes also are being caught in shallower water during the evening hours. A few crappies are being found in Black Bay over 15 to 17 feet, but look for a push into shallower water soon.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 4 to 7 feet along most shorelines. A few big northern pike are being caught in the same areas and there has been some limited crappie success in 2 to 5 feet along the north shore or in some channels.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

The Prescott, Stillwater, and Afton areas of the St. Croix River are giving up walleyes in 17 feet. White Bear Lake is kicking out walleyes on crankbaits in the evenings on the 5- to 8- foot sand areas. Hit Demontreville Lake and Lake Jane for largemouth bass in shallow water and the north end of Bald Eagle Lake is holding crappies in less than 6 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Panfish and largemouth bass have moved along the shorelines at Lake Virginia, Lake Auburn, and Lake Bavaria. Look to the weed edges of Hydes Lakes and off the fishing pier at Stieger Lake for northern pike. Walleye reports have been best with a jig and minnow in front of the creek mouths on the Minnesota River.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Crankbaits or minnows are turning walleyes during low-light periods in 9 to 15 feet on Cemetery Reef, North Reef, Kegg’s Reef, and the Claybanks. Panfish and northern pike are set up in the 2- to 6- foot reeds along the north shore, back side of the island, and in Waconia Bay. Bass are cruising the shallow parts of most reefs, shorelines, and docks.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Chippewa Lake in 14 to 16 feet, Reno Lake in 18 to 20 feet, Stowes Lake in 7 to 10 and Lake Mary in 14 feet. Largemouth bass are shallow and active on most lakes, while crappies remain active at Lake Ida and Lake Carlos in 2 to 6 feet.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

A few walleyes are being caught with minnows and leeches at Cedar Lake, Pleasant Lake, Clearwater Lake, Buffalo Lake, and Swan Lake in less than 10 feet. Crappies and sunfish remain active in shallow water on Clearwater, Lake Sylvia, Lake John, Maple Lake, and Sugar Lake. Look for bass on the shorelines and docks of most lakes, and sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the emerging weedlines of Clearwater.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

A jig and shiner minnow is turning walleyes in 5 to 10 feet on Silver Lake, Walker Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and West Battle Lake. You’ll find crappies, largemouth bass, and bluegills in the shallow weeds and shorelines at Stalker Lake, West Battle, Silver, Fish Lake, and the Ten Mile Lake culvert. Look for northern pike in 11 to 15 feet on Otter Tail, Donald Lake, South Turtle Lake, and West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are hitting a jig and shiner minnow in 4 to 9 feet on the north end of Lake Bemidji, Lake Irving, and west shore of Lake Plantagenet – generally, anglers are finding some walleyes in shallow water on most lakes. Look to the emerging cattail beds on Turtle River Lake for crappies and bluegills.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781

BLACKDUCK AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Blackduck Lake, Round Lake, and Island Lake in 7 to 10 feet. Panfish are being found in less than 10 feet at North and South Twin lakes, Blackduck, Round, and Gilstead Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Crappies are hitting in 3 to 6 feet on Gull Lake, Upper Gull Lake, North Long Lake, Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, Roy Lake, and Round Lake. Walleyes are biting best early and late each day in 10 to 12 feet, mainly on crawlers and minnows, on Round Lake or in the channels on Gull. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows in 8 to 15 feet at North Long, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish Lake.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

You’ll find walleyes most active early or late each day and hitting a jig and minnow in less than 6 feet or along the emerging weedlines on Lake Andrusia. The weedlines in the Cedar Island area of Cass Lake are giving up walleyes as well. Wolf Lake, Allen’s Bay on Cass, and Andrusia are producing crappies in 6 to 8 feet or shallower in the harbors. Bluegills are hanging around the docks on most lakes, and perch are being found on the shallow gravel.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA   

The 6- to 12-foot weedlines, rocks, and sand areas are producing walleyes via jigs and minnows at South Center Lake, Chisago Lake, and Green Lake.The channels and bays on lakes such as North Center, South Center, Chisago, Green, and South Lindstrom are giving up panfish and largemouth bass.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Rabbit Lake, Serpent Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Nokay Lake are giving up a few walleyes on a jig and minnow in 5 to 12 feet. Limits of trout  are being taken on Pennington Pit and Portsmouth Pit with small crankbaits or spoons trolled near the surface. Anglers fishing from shore on Section Six Pit and Manual Pit also are catching trout. Depending on the lake, panfish are tight to the shoreline or out in 10 to 12 feet – look to Black Hoof, Lower Mission, Greer, and Island lakes.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Shiner minnows or leeches are providing steady walleye action on Big Detroit Lake and Pine Lake in 14 to 17 feet. Crappies and bluegills continue to be found shallow on Floyd Lake, Deadshot Bay, Sour Lake, Height of Land Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Big Detroit. Northern pike are being caught along with the walleyes, while bass are an easy catch on the shorelines and docks of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Lindy Rigs or jigs tipped with minnows are turning walleyes in 10 feet at Fish Lake, 10 to 15 feet at Island Lake, and 8 to 10 feet on the St. Louis River. Crappie action also remains strong in 10 feet at Fish and Island.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Walleye reports have been light, but largemouth bass are active on most lakes in shallow water. Crappies and sunfish remain shallow at Little Elk Lake, Green Lake, and Spectacle Lake. The slack water areas on the Mississippi River are holding smallmouth bass and a few walleyes.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

The current areas on Fall Lake, Basswood Lake, and White Iron Lake are producing numbers of walleyes on minnows in 16 to 20 feet. The current areas on Birch Lake are producing a  mixed bag of walleyes and smallmouth bass in 6 to 8 feet. Frozen smelt are producing northern pike in the bays of White Iron in 4 to 10 feet and look to the shallow bays on most lakes to start holding crappies.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

Crappies continue to hit in 3 to 5 feet on Lake Emily and sunfish have started hitting in the bay on Ruth Lake in shallow water. Look to Eagle Lake with minnows and live-bait rigs for walleyes in 12 to 14 feet, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at Lawrence Lake in 8 to 12 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Crankbaits, minnows, and leeches are triggering walleyes in 4 to 8 feet at Amber Lake, Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Jigs and Twister Tails are producing walleyes at Tuttle Lake, spoons are working for northern pike at Perch Lake, and there’s a shallow water perch bite on Big Twin Lake and North Silver Lake. Crappies remain an easy catch along the shorelines of Hall, Budd, Sissiton, Amber, and George Lake.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

A few walleyes are being caught with minnows or leeches at Fox Lake in 12 feet and Cannon Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish around the docks on Lake Mazaska, French Lake, and Cedar Lake. Some perch are being caught in 8 feet on Cannon, and the Cannon River is giving up northern pike on small sucker minnows.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes on Cascade Lake, Hungry Jack Lake, Northern Light Lake, and McFarland Lake in 2 to 6 feet. Northern pike are hitting minnows at Loon Lake and Devil Track Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Trout reports have been limited on the inland lakes, but steelhead remain active in the Flute Reed River, Brule River, and Cascade River.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in 4 to 7 feet on Bowstring Lake, 7 to 14 feet on Lake Wabana, 11 to 17 feet on Sugar Lake or in 7 to 10 feet on Big Splithand Lake and Round Lake. Walleyes also can be had with minnows above and below the dam on the Mississippi River. Look for crappies in 14 to 16 feet on Lake Pokegama or in 5 feet on Big and Little Splithand lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Spot-tail shiner minnows are the ticket for walleyes, some shallow and some deep, on Big Birch Lake. Crappies can be had in 2 to 5 feet on Pine Lake, Big Swan Lake, the bays on Big Birch, Two Rivers Lake, and Mound Lake. Bass and sunfish are starting to move shallow on most lakes.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

A few walleyes are being taken with minnows and leeches in 10 to 18 feet at Ten Mile Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Birch Lake. Crappies are hitting in the shallow bays and bulrushes on Webb Lake, Birch, and Ten Mile. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are showing up in shallow water.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Sauger and walleyes are being caught with minnows under a float in 12 feet. Live-bait rigs with minnows produced more walleyes in 24 to 32 feet. Look for crappies to start showing up in the shallow bays, and northern pike are being found on the emerging weedbeds.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

LONGVILLE AREA

A jig and rainbow minnow is producing walleyes off Government Point and in Bungee Bay on Woman Lake in 8 to 18 feet. A few walleyes also are coming off the weed edges of Wabedo Lake in 10 feet and the Church Camp area on Boy Lake in 12 feet. Panfish reports have been best from the bulrushes and shorelines at Woman, Girl Lake, Blackwater Lake, Mule Lake, and Boy in less than 8 feet.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

The narrows and Miller’s Point areas on Madison Lake are giving up walleyes on leeches. Look to Baker’s Bay and around Grassy Island on Lake Washington for crappies and sunfish. The inlet on German Lake is holding panfish in shallow water and a few walleyes are being pulled from 8 to 10 feet on German with leeches as well.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Minnows or crankbaits are producing walleyes on Knife Lake, Fish Lake, and Ann Lake in 3 to 6 feet. Sunfish and a few crappies are hitting on Knife and Mud Lake in 2 to 5 feet.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Walleyes continue to be caught with crankbaits on the south end and mid-lake areas of Big Stone Lake. The south end rocks on Big Stone also are giving up crappies and bluegills in less than 8 feet.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

RED WING AREA

The majority of walleyes are now moving from the river into Lake Pepin with good reports coming from the Bay City Flats and Head of the Lakes area. Crawlers, leeches, and crankbaits are producing the most fish in 8 to 15 feet. The snags within the back channel off the Mississippi River are holding northern pike and panfish.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

The lakes within the Sauk River Chain and the river itself are giving up walleyes in 2 to 15 feet on crankbaits or a minnow and jig. Largemouth bass are around the shorelines on most lakes and northern pike are hitting along the emerging weedbeds of Rice Lake and Horseshoe Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in less than 6 feet at Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, Rice Lake, Pearl Lake, and Horseshoe.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Spot-tail shiner minnows are producing walleyes on Big Sauk Lake in 4 to 16 feet, and the south end of Lake Osakis is giving up a few walleyes in 10 to 16 feet on minnows. Look to Sauk, Osakis, and Long Bridge Lake for crappies in shallow water, usually on the edges of the reeds.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows, nightcrawlers, and crankbaits early and late each day on the shallow breaks of Lake Shamineau, Fish Trap Lake, and Lake Alexander. The Mississippi River is a safe bet for walleyes, smallmouth bass, and northern pike, while panfish are now set up in shallow water on most lakes.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes early in the day on Lake Emily in 6 feet. On Lake Minnewaska, minnows are working for walleyes during the day in 24 to 26 feet or during low-light periods in 22 feet. Hit Pelican Lake with minnows for walleyes in 15 to 18 feet, while Long Lake towards Morris is giving up walleyes and crappies in 12 feet. Crappies and sunfish are still being caught in the Starbuck Marina on Minnewaska.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Northern pike and bass are hitting minnows or leeches on Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah in 6 to 8 feet. The west end of Tetonka is giving up a few walleyes in 10 feet, and work the lagoons on Tetonka for panfish in 4 feet.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873

WILLMAR AREA

A variety of live bait options are turning walleyes in 4 to 10 feet at lakes Wagonda, Big Kandi, Little Minnetoga, and Lake Lillian or in 12 to 18 feet on Eagle Lake and Diamond Lake. Panfish and largemouth bass continue to be found in less than 6 feet on Diamond, Eagle, Green Lake, Nest Lake, Willmar/Foot Lake, George Lake, and Elkhorn Lake.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes on the shorelines of lakes Benton, Dead Coon, Rock, School Grove, Lady Slipper, Cottonwood, Shetek, Sarah, and Goose. Crappies remain active at Shetek and Yankton Lake, Island Lake is giving up northern pike, and West Twin Lake is a safe bet for perch. Look to East Twin Lake for smallmouth bass or Wood Lake for largemouth.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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