Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 15, 2018

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Walleyes continue to be caught throughout much of the lake, with slip bobbers and leeches producing fish on the mid-depth rocks and points during low-light periods. Live-bait and spinner rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes during the day on the deep gravel and mud areas. Better numbers of smallmouth bass are being found on deep rock and structure with plastics continuing to produce fish.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Much of the south shore is producing walleyes with fish being found as deep as 20 to 25 feet during the day, but as shallow as 10 to 15 feet early and late each day. Spinners and crawlers, live-bait rigs, or jigs and minnows continue to turn fish. Walleyes also remain active at the Northwest Angle in 20 to 28 feet throughout the day.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the 12- to 15- foot weedlines of Lake Minnetonka and Medicine Lake. Look for crappies and some walleyes on the established weedlines of Lake Independence and a few walleyes from the channels or deeper weedlines of Minnetonka. Largemouth bass and sunfish have started to move onto the weedlines of most lakes as well.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Leeches continue to produce numbers of walleyes around the islands and points in most larger bays. Fish are being found in 12 to 18 feet during low-light periods, but as deep as 25 to 40 feet during midday hours. Smallmouth bass have started to pull off the shorelines and are being caught on the reefs, while muskies are chasing baits, but hook-ups have been limited.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Windy days or low-light periods continue to provide good walleye action on the points and shoreline breaks in less than 12 feet. The main lake bars and humps are holding walleyes in 16 to 22 feet as well – leeches, minnows, and nightcrawlers are all producing fish. Look for bigger perch in 14 to 18 feet and northern pike are being caught off most weedlines.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

LEECH LAKE

Walleyes have spread out a bit more with fish still being found on the points and shoreline breaks in 9 to 12 feet, while others are being caught on deep structure throughout the main lake and in Walker Bay. Minnows continue to work, especially on those shallow locations, but leeches seem to be the best option this week. Muskie anglers are hooking a few small fish on bucktails and largemouth bass continue to be caught in the reeds and wild rice area around Minnnesota Island in Steamboat Bay.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 10 to 15 feet early and late each day or in 20 to 28 feet during midday hours. Shallow or deep, these fish are structure related. The weedbeds in most bays are giving up northern pike with spoons and minnows both producing fish.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

Walleye action remains decent in 4 to 8 feet along most shorelines. Anglers are hooking fish with a variety of presentations including a jig and minnow, spinner rigs, crankbaits, or slip bobbers and leeches. Accidental catches of crappies and northern pike are being reported as well, but not big numbers of either.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

WEST METRO

Some sunfish and largemouth bass continue to be pulled from shallow water, but fish have started being caught on emerging weedlines as well, which should be starting to  grow a little deeper. Lakes such as Parley, Hydes, Bavaria, and Minnewashta have been worth hitting for sunfish. Sucker minnows or spinnerbaits are producing northern pike on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Lake Zumbra.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Walleyes continue to be caught in 8 to 15 feet of water on Prior Lake early and late each day. Prior and Spring Lake are giving up panfish in 10 to 15 feet of water, while bass and northern pike seem to be hitting on the shallow weedlines of most lakes.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Crappies are hitting in 12 to 15 feet of water on Keg’s Reef, north side of Coney Island, and Harm’s Point. Muskie reports have been limited, but some walleyes are being caught during low-light periods with leeches or minnows on Red’s Reef and Keg’s Reef in 15 to 20 feet of water. Largemouth bass and sunfish can still be found on some docks and shorelines, while others have started moving onto weedlines throughout the lake.

In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes on Lake Reno in 16 to 20 feet or Lake Mary in 10 to 15 feet. A few walleyes are coming off Lake Ida, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Miltona in 16 to 18 feet during the evening hours with crawlers. Look to the weedlines of Lake Carlos, Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, and Lake Geneva for crappies in 10 to 15 feet. Sunfish and bass continue to be plucked from the reeds or 10- to 12-foot weedlines on most lakes.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Leeches or fathead minnows are producing walleyes in 12 to 16 feet on Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake or 16 to 20 feet on Lake Sylvia. Look to Clearwater, Sylvia, Lake John, Sugar Lake, French Lake, and Maple Lake for panfish in 4 to 12 feet, with most fish now setting up on the weedlines. Northern pike are being caught on the 10- to 14-foot weeds on Clearwater and Pleasant Lake, while bass are being taken with topwater baits during low-light periods on most lakes in shallow water.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Minnows or crankbaits are turning walleyes on West Battle Lake in 16 to 20 feet during low-light periods. Rush Lake and Otter Tail Lake are giving up walleyes in 8 to 12 feet as well. Clitherall Lake, Fish Lake, Blanche Lake, and Silver Lake are producing a mixed bag of panfish in 6 to 12 feet. Minnows or crankbaits are producing northern pike on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Donald Lake and Otter Tail.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BLACKDUCK AREA

Look to the 6- to 12-foot weeds for crappies and bluegills on Rabideau Lake, Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Gull Lake. A jig and minnow or leeches are working best for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Island Lake, Blackduck Lake, and Gull. Northern pike and bass continue to be caught on most lakes in less than 10 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Leeches are producing walleyes in 12 to 18 feet on Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and North Long Lake. The south end of Gull and North Long have been best for crappies along the 10- to 14- foot weedlines. Hit the weedlines of Round and North Long for northern pike. Bass remain active on most lakes, and sunfish are hitting from 4 to 10 feet on North Long, Round, Gull, Cullen Lake and Lake Edwards.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

The main lake bars on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake continue to be best for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet, especially during low-light periods. Bluegills are being found in 6 to 12 feet throughout Allen’s Bay on Cass or Kitchi Lake. There hasn’t been a lot of muskie action reported, but the fish being seen have been raised with bucktails on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

The shallow weeds on Green Lake, Chisago Lake, North Center Lake, South Center Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake are holding bass and panfish. Leeches seem to be working best for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet early and late each day on Chisago and Green. Northern pike are now hitting on the weedlines of most lakes as well.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Crappies continue to be caught in 10 to 15 feet on Cotton Lake, Lake Sallie, and Lake Melissa. Walleyes are hitting minnows or leeches in 12 to 18 feet on Big Detroit Lake and Pelican Lake. Sunfish and bass are still being found shallow, while others have moved to the weeds on most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Anglers on Island Lake, Whiteface Lake, and Fish Lake are catching walleyes mostly via leeches in 15 to 20 feet of water. Try very slowly trolling a leech via Lindy Rig or spinner with a leech. Lake Superior anglers have been contending with a nearly unfishable water body for a couple weeks thanks to serious northeast winds. Participants in two recent fishing contests caught a few lakers but contended with 4- to 6-foot waves. Successful Superior lake trout anglers are finding fish in the top 50 feet of water 160 to 170 feet deep.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Crappies, sunfish, and a few walleyes are being caught in 14 feet on Little Elk Lake, Green Lake, and Blue Lake. The deeper holes on the Rum River are giving up walleyes, mainly with crawlers or minnows. Look for largemouth bass and northern pike on the weedlines of most lakes.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Pipestone Bay and Jackfish Bay on Basswood Lake are producing walleyes on leeches or minnows in 8 to 12 feet. The power dam area on Fall Lake and Shagawa Lake also are giving up walleyes in less than 12 feet. The shallow rocks and shoreline breaks on Farm Island Lake, Basswood, and Bear Island Lake are producing smallmouth bass. Look to White Iron Lake and Farm Lake  with sucker minnows for northern pike in 8 to 14 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

FAIRMONT AREA

Bluegills are hitting in 4 to 6 feet on George Lake, Lake Sisseton, and Budd Lake, while crappies are going in 6 to 12 feet on Hall Lake, Budd, and Sisseton. Live-bait rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on Hall and Fox Lake in 6 to 10 feet or Tuttle Lake in less than 6 feet. Channel catfish are hitting chubs at Amber Lake, Hall, and Budd.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Sunfish are being caught in 8 to 12 feet on Cedar Lake and Roberds Lake or over 20 feet at Fox Lake. The bridge area on Cannon Lake is producing perch and a few walleyes in 6 to 8 feet, while Lake Mazaska is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 8 to 12 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

FERGUS FALLS AREA

Bluegills and largemouth bass are being found in shallow water, along shorelines, in bulrushes, and around docks on most lakes. Lakes to start looking for bluegills include Bass, Middle, and Swan. Walleyes are being taken with crankbaits or spinners and leeches on the 9- to 15-foot weedlines of Pickeral Lake and many other, small, shallow lakes where weedlines are developing. Anglers also are reporting good smallmouth bass action on the shoreline of Ten Mile Lake.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Minnows or leeches continue to produce walleyes on Poplar Lake in 10 to 15 feet, Elbow Lake in 4 to 6 feet, Seagull Lake in 15 to 20 feet, and Hungry Jack Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Spoons or minnows are turning northern pike in 8 to 10 feet on Devil Track Lake and Two Island Lake. Rainbow trout are hitting nightcrawlers in 12 to 15 feet on Kimball Lake and Trout Lake or 16 to 20 feet on Leo Lake. Look to Mink Lake for a splake/rainbow trout mix in 8 to 10 feet. 

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

The walleyes have been good in the evening in Deer and Sugar Lake. Guys are switching from minnows to leeches in 6 to 16 feet of water. During the daytime, Big Splithand, Swan, Wabena, and Bowstring lakes find walleyes setting up on the weedlines in 7 to 16 feet of water, then moving out onto deep structure. Jigging has become less productive as anglers transition to rigging and spinners via leeches and crawlers. Panfish remain on beds on Bass, Grave Lake, Big and Little Splithand during warm days, then move off on cold days. Crappies have completed spawning, but anglers are finding them in shallow, pencil reeds. Try crawlers or scented plastics for stream trout on Kramer, Moonshine, and Taylor lakes. Catfish are biting on the Mississippi River south of Grand Rapids. 

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA 

Crappies and bluegills are being found in 6 to 12 feet on Mann Lake, Pleasant Lake, Moccasin Lake, Birch Lake, and Woman Lake. Leeches seem to working best for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Pine Mountain Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Little Boy Lake, and Baby Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass remain active in shallow water on most lakes.

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

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

Anglers have caught a few crappies on Side Lake in about 12 to 15 feet of water using a jig-and-crappie minnow. Echo Lake has been productive for walleyes in 8 to 10 feet of water with leech rigs. On Big Sturgeon, a few northerns are surfacing along the weedline to anglers using sucker minnows. 

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on the 22- to 28- foot sand and island points during the day, with better action in 12 to 15 feet during low-light periods. The shorelines and island areas continue to produce numbers of northern pike and smallmouth bass on crankbaits or jerk baits.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

LONGVILLE AREA

Fish the evening hours or very early first light via jig and minnow for a strong walleye bite on Little Boy. Larger fish are starting to move out to the humps. Lindy rigs via leeches and crawler are producing walleyes during the day, and the same setup is working on Woman Lake. Work 15 to 20 feet of water. Bass are biting on many area lakes. Try Mule Lake for largemouth and smallmouth. Work the weed edges for  largemouths on Woman Lake. Web Lake has been good for bass. Big Boy Lake is producing sunnies in shallow, 6-8 feet of water, via waxies and leeches. Corking ’em produces the best action. Muskie action has been slow with some activity on Wabedo, but it should pick up as the weather stabilizes and warms up. Water temperatures generally are holding in the mid-60s range.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

Spinners and leeches are turning walleyes on the shallow rocks of German Lake. Madison Lake continues to produce walleyes in 20 feet in the Narrows to Miller’s Point. East Bay on Madison, 6- to 10- foot weedlines on Duck Lake, and Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington are kicking out panfish. Largemouth bass and pike reports have been positive from most lakes as well.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

McGREGOR AREA 

Walleyes are hitting leeches in 12 to 16 feet on Big Sandy Lake and Lake Minnewawa. Bass fishing remains strong on most lakes in less than 10 feet, while crappies and sunfish remain active in 6 to 12 feet on Big Sandy and Minnewawa.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382

MORA AREA

You have to sort through some small fish, but walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers in 6 to 8 feet on Knife Lake and Fish Lake. Lakes such as Knife, Fish, and Ann continue to produce panfish in 4 feet, while sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 6 to 8 feet on Knife and Fish. 

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

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on Potato Lake, the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes, and Long Lake. The Crow Wing Chain, Fish Hook Lake, and Potato are producing panfish along the emerging weedlines. Hit Lake Belle Taine or Fish Hook with sucker minnows for pike in 12 to 14 feet. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have started to move away from shore a bit, but remain active on most lakes.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Spinner rigs tipped with nightcrawlers or leeches are turning walleyes in 9 to 12 feet or 15 to 18 feet on Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Bluegills continue to be caught in 4 to 6 feet on Loon Lake, Star Lake, Dead Lake, Long Lake, and Lake Marion. The 10- to 12- foot cabbage on Star and Dead has been best for crappies. Beers Lake is producing a few muskies, while pike and bass fishing has been very good on the weedlines of most lakes.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours in 9 to 12 feet of water or pitching minnows along the 6- to 14- foot shoreline breaks has produced walleyes on Horseshoe Lake, Lake Koronis, Rice Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Hit Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, Long Lake, and Koronis for bass in 4 to 10 feet of water. Sunfish continue to hit on most lakes in less than 6 feet of water, but look for them to start moving deeper.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

A solid sunfish bite continues on Smith Lake in 3 to 4 feet of water. Maple Lake north of Sauk Centre also has produced panfish outside of docks to 12 feet of water. Early this week, the walleye bite on Lake Osakis finally accelerated in 12 to 18 feet of water. Work leeches and crawlers on spinners in low-light periods early and late in the day or try deeper water during the midday. Smallmouth have been hitting jumbo leeches aggressively in Little Birch up in bulrushes. Northern pike, too – just troll outside of weedlines. Mayflies have started to appear, and that’s slowed the bite on some previously hot lakes.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Beauty Lake and Green Prairie Lake are giving up sunfish in shallow water, while Fish Trap Lake is kicking out crappies in 6 to 8 feet. Leeches on spinner rigs are working best for walleyes in 13 to 15 feet on Fish Trap and Lake Alexander. The Mississippi River is worth noting for walleyes and smallmouth bass.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WILLMAR AREA

After weeks of action south of town, walleyes have activated in lakes north of Wilmar. Anglers are finding a decent walleye bite in South Long, East Solomon, and Ringo pulling bottom-bouncers, spinners, and crawlers. Fish are spread out so cover water. Willmar/Foot, Eagle, Diamond, and Nest lakes have reported good walleye activity in the past week. Green Lake has been quiet but should kick in with recent rain and heat. Panfish, sunfish, crappies, bass, and pike are biting on area lakes when sun is out. Wakanda and Big Kandi lakes are producing smaller fish but some keepers for anglers willing to sort. Water temperatures are in the 75- to 80-degree range.

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Lake Sarah has been good for walleyes with crankbaits and nightcrawler harnesses. On Dead Coon Lake, use lighted bobbers and leeches near shorelines at sunset. On other lakes, like Wood, during the day, try crankbaits. Northerns are hitting on Lake Benton, as are walleyes around Stoney Point and the Inlet. Lake Chetek has been good for crappies,  and School Grove Lake has been delivering walleyes in 6-foot depths with spinner rigs and crankbaits. A couple of bass lakes, East and West Twin, have been getting better with warmer temperatures. Work shorelines with fallen trees and debris via soft baits, popper lures, and swim baits.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

WINONA AREA

Sunfish, just coming off their spawn beds in the Mississippi River backwaters, are snapping. Walleyes have moved up onto the wing dams, and anglers are catching them via crawler harnesses or rigs using willow cats and leeches. Northern pike are striking on topwaters, and largemouth bass have been hammering frogs recently. River levels have been bouncing around all spring, and the river still is running a little high for this time of year. Still, fishing has been good this spring.

Hogline Bait and Tackle (507) 474-9999

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