Summer sunnies remain top option along thick weedbeds
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - Leeches and crawlers on live bait rigs or spinners are turning a few walleyes off the edges of the mud flats in 28 to 32 feet of water. Look to the Blue Jug Flat, Seven Mile, and Eight Mile as likely starting spots. Slip bobbers and leeches also will produce fish on the mud after dark and on the shallow rocks in 12 to 14 feet of water. The best bets for muskies are crankbaits, bucktails, and topwater baits on the weed edges outside of most bays. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the rocks and near docks with tube jigs or crankbaits.
Johnson's Portside (320) 676-3811
West - Slip bobbers and leeches continue to produce walleyes after dark in 28 to 34 feet of water. Curley's Flat, Sherman's Flat, and Seguchie's Flat have provided the best action. The day bite has been more inconsistent with a few fish coming off the mud. Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are the best way to cover a lot of water and pick off an occasional walleye. Northern pike remain active along the weed edges of Wigwam Bay and St. Alban's Bay. Look to these same areas for muskies with bucktails or sucker minnows.
Terry's Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt's Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
High temps and sunny skies have brought on a good fish bite. Along the south shore, anglers are pulling walleyes from the rocky reefs and rubble piles. Hammered gold spinner rigs and worms are working on walleyes around the Gap and off Pine Island. Big muskies are being caught at the Northwest Angle and Islands areas. Northerns and smallmouth bass are hitting at the confluence of the Rapid and Rainy rivers.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Jigs and minnows or live bait rigs and leeches are producing walleyes on the south humps in Walker Bay. There's some decent evening walleye action with slip bobbers and leeches off Sand Point in eight to 12 feet of water. Work the breaks south of Cedar Point for walleyes with live bait rigs and crawlers as well. Shingobee Bay and Kabekona Bay are kicking out good-sized bluegills in 12 feet of water, while muskie anglers are seeing more fish on the rocks and weedlines this week.
Walker Bait Company (218) 547-2248
The deep weeds are holding northern pike, most of which are hitting sucker minnows in 15 to 18 feet of water. Muskies also continue to be most active on top of the weeds during lowlight periods of the day, but look to the edges during midday hours. Sunfish are set up on the inside and outside weed edges and you will find crappies suspended on top of the 15-foot milfoil patches. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and plastics near docks and thick weed growth.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
There have been more walleyes caught on the main lake reefs this week with crawlers and leeches in 32 to 36 feet of water. The Reinier Bridge area and Cranberry Island are providing steady walleye action in 18 to 20 feet of water. During the evening hours, there's some decent walleye action in Lost Bay, Saginaw Bay, and Cormorant Bay over 12 to 15 feet of water. Work the North Arm for smallmouth bass. The weedlines in Lost Bay have produced some good-sized northern pike.
Loon's Nest (218) 286-5850
The main lake bars and humps are producing walleyes in 20 to 24 feet of water. Leeches or nightcrawlers have worked best on Bena Bar, Big Muskie Bar, and Center Bar. You will find a few fish in 10 to 14 feet of water with crankbaits during the evening hours. Find a deep weed patch and you should hit some jumbo perch with a jig and minnow. Northern pike seem to be active throughout the lake.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
TWIN CITIES METRO
Sucker minnows are turning northern pike along the weed edges of Beaver Lake, Demonterville Lake, and Forest Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish from the St. Croix River, Bald Eagle Lake, and Clear Lake during the evening hours. Small leeches are producing sunfish on Lake Peltier and White Bear Lake in 10 feet of water. Largemouth bass are active on the inside and outside weed edges of most lakes.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Look for suspended sunfish over 20 feet of water on Lake Minnewashta. Lake Parley also is producing sunfish in five to eight feet of water to the right of the access. The best crappie reports are coming from the east side of Steiger Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Lakes such as Pierson, Bavaria, Zumbra, and Minnewashta are producing largemouth bass on spinnerbaits. Look to the Minnesota River for catfish with crawlers and sucker minnows.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Topwater baits continue to produce muskies at the swimming beach, Center Reef, and Reinke's Reef. Largemouth bass and sunfish can be had in most weeded areas of the lake, but look for bigger fish to now be on the deep weed edges. Walleye action has been limited to the evening hours when an occasional fish is caught off the deep weed edges near Anderson's Reef and the Claybanks.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Look for an occasional walleye during the evening hours on the deep weed edges of Lake Miltona and Lake Le Homme Dieu. A few muskies also can be had from the weed edges of Miltona with Suicks or bucktails. The 10- to 15- foot weed edges on most lakes are holding northern pike and panfish. Bass remain active on the bars, weed edges, and near docks throughout the area.
Christopherson's Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Spinner rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes on Clearwater Lake along the 14- to 20-foot weed edges. Shad Raps also have turned fish during the evening hours closer to shore. Pleasant Lake, Cedar Lake, and Clearwater have produced some nice bass this week on spinnerbaits or jigs. Look to Lake Sylvia for a few crappies in the weeds, while Sugar Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake Augusta, and Clearwater continue to provide steady sunfish action in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Little Jim's Bait (320) 274-5297
West Battle Lake is kicking out walleyes early and late in the day in 22 to 24 feet of water. On Otter Tail Lake, small sucker minnows or leeches have been the ticket for walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water. There's a consistent panfish bite in the area, with lakes such as Star, Blanche, Deer, and Clitherall producing fish in 12 to 14 feet of water. Bucktails are enticing an occasional muskie follow on West Battle Lake and there's plenty of active bass and northern pike to be had throughout the area.
Ben's Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Bass and northerns have been the hot ticket in this area. Fish them in six to 16 feet off the weedbeds. Jig a sucker or try a bass spinner tipped with a leech or worm. Walleyes are in slightly deeper water, hitting redtails and leeches.
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers are attracting walleyes at all depths on Cass Lake. Small jig and minnow combos also are working. If you're fishing in the evening, try pulling crankbaits across North Cedar Bar. Pike and muskies are hitting spinnerbaits and Suicks off Boomerang Bar in Allens Bay. Bluegills are in 10 to 14 feet, along the weedlines, in Allens Bay.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Largemouth bass are hitting just about anything thrown at them on area lakes. The sunfish bite also remains strong in eight to 12 feet of water on Kroon Lake, Little Lake, and Sunrise Lake. Sucker minnows have produced some good-sized northern pike on the weed edges of Sunrise as well. Crappies have moved deep and started suspending over 20 feet of water on North Center Lake, South Center Lake, and Chisago Lake. South Lindstrom Lake is probably the best bet for a walleye, but for the most part, they've been tough to locate.
Frankie's Bait (651) 257-6334
The best bet for catching walleyes in the DL area continues to be bottom bouncers and spinners, or crankbaits, to cover a lot of water. Fish the 18- to 30-foot breaks and deep weedlines. Look for White Earth, Big Cormorant, and Many Point lakes to kick out a few fish. With the hot weather, muskies are starting to turn on; try Detroit and Pelican lakes.
Dick Beardsley's Guide Service www.fishingscene.com
Look to Fremont Lake with small minnows or wax worms for crappies in 10 feet of water. You'll have no problem finding bass and northern pike with spinnerbaits on most lakes. An occasional walleye can still be had from the Rum River with crankbaits or jigs. Work the weedlines and reed patches on Green Lake and Blue Lake for sunfish.
Tails and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Worms or small leeches are turning numbers of sunfish in six to eight feet of water on Lake Sissiton and Hall Lake. Bucktails and topwater baits are safe options for muskies on Fox Lake. Look for crappies on Budd Lake and Hall Lake in 16 feet of water. Nightcrawlers or stink baits have provided steady catfish action on Hall and Amber Lake.
Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225
Work the channels of Cannon Lake with crankbaits during the evening hours for walleyes. Live bait rigs and leeches are the ticket for a few walleyes each evening on French Lake in 22 feet of water. The bluegill bite remains steady in shallow water on Lake Mazaska, Shields Lake, and Cedar Lake. Bass are easy to locate around docks and shallow weeds on most lakes and the local muskie bite also is worth noting.
Faribault Bait and Tackle (507) 334-2768
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Look to Sand Lake for crappies in 12 to 14 feet of water. The thick weed edges on Little Splithand Lake continue to produce crappies as well. Walleyes have been scattered but not impossible to catch on Lake Pokegama and Turtle Lake in 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and live bait on Pokegama and Trout Lake. Moose Lake is the area's best bet for muskies with topwater presentations.
Ben's Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838
Crawlers and leeches have produced a few walleyes on Birch Lake in 20 to 24 feet of water. There's some decent walleye action after dark with crankbaits or leeches on Ten Mile Lake and Stoney Lake. Look to the sand and rocks on Deep Lake for smallmouth bass, while Big Bass Lake and Birch Lake are kicking out largemouth. Scattered panfish reports are coming off lakes such as Birch and Pleasant this week.
Swanson's Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Look for walleyes to move to the mid-depth reefs. You'll want to fish 26 to 30 feet during the daytime, more shallow in the morning and late afternoon. Leeches and crawlers on slip sinker rigs or on colored hooks will work best. Smallies are hitting topwater baits like "poppers" in some of Kab's bays. Northern pike fishing is kicking into gear again, mostly along the weeds in deep pockets.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Sunfish continue to be caught in three to five feet of water in Miller's Bay and Town Bay. Walleyes are scattered along the weed edges and bars. Look for the best activity during lowlight periods of the day with live bait rigs and leeches or nightcrawlers. Crappie action has been slow, but the largemouth bass and northern pike action remains strong in the weeds.
Fisherman's Corner (320) 859-2181
Hot weather and the mayfly hatch had walleyes tight-lipped. Some anglers were finding fish after dark while tossing crawlers in 22 to 28 feet of water. Others were catching walleyes after dark by trolling crankbaits in eight to 12 feet. Muskies were coming off the deeper rock piles.
Lake Vermilion Trading Company
Catfish continue to hit large sucker minnows on the Minnesota River. The shallow weed edges and weed pockets are holding walleyes on Lake Washington and Lake Tetonka. Most of these fish are being taken during the evening hours. Baker's Bay on Lake Washington is giving up some good-sized bluegills in 10 to 12 feet of water. Sucker minnows or spinnerbaits are providing steady northern pike action on Little Jefferson Lake.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Largemouth bass continue to bite in the weeds on most lakes, but look to Lake Minnewawa for better numbers of big fish. Crappies continue to be caught on Big Sandy Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water early and late in the day. Walleye reports have been limited, although there are a few fish coming off Big Sandy Lake during the evening hours in 15 feet of water.
Willey's Sport Shop (218) 426-3382
Fishing is very slow right now. The Minnesota River is producing an occasional catfish and a walleye. Artichoke Lake is good for a few walleye and maybe a crappie or two.
Bud's Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water on Fish Hook Lake. On Big Sand Lake, look for walleyes in 30 feet of water during the day, but as shallow as 12 feet during low-light periods. The weed edges of Big Mantrap Lake continue to produce an occasional muskie and numbers of northern pike. Fish Hook Lake and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes are the area's best options for crappies and bluegills in 12 feet of water.
Delaney's (218) 732-4281
ST. CLOUD AREA
Bass and northern pike have provided consistent action along the 12-foot weed edges of Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, Big Fish Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Look for sunfish on Bolfing Lake and Horseshoe Lake in eight to 12 feet of water. The smallmouth bass bite on Lake Koronis remains strong in the 10- to 12-foot sand areas near the islands. The Sauk River continues to produce numbers of channel catfish in four to 20 feet of water.
Corky's Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567
The Starbuck and Glenwood ends of Lake Minnewaska are producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. The key is to move until you locate a pod of bigger fish. A few walleyes continue to be caught off the points of Minnewaska in 18 to 20 feet of water during the early morning and evening hours. The north side of Lake Reno also is worth noting for an occasional walleye during the evening hours. Largemouth bass and northern pike are biting throughout the weeded areas of Minnewaska.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Shallow-running crankbaits have produced a handful of walleyes along the weed edges of Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, and Lake Florida. There's some deep walleye action taking place on Green Lake with live bait in about 30 feet of water. Green Lake also is a safe bet for smallmouth bass. Northern pike and largemouth bass are biting well on most lakes, while steady panfish action can be had on North Long Lake, Nest Lake, Games Lake, and Norway Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Brad's 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097