Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - July 27th, 2012
Look for bluegills along the weedlines of Fish Lake, on Rice Lake in four to six feet, and on Caribou Lake in eight feet. Buzz baits are producing smallmouth bass on the rocks and reef edges of Island Lake, and they’re catching muskies on the St. Louis River. Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes in 25 feet on Island during low-light periods. Cohos and lake trout are hitting spoons via downrigging in 70 to 80 feet on Lake Superior.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Floating jigs and leeches are turning walleyes and smallmouth bass on the reefs of Burntside Lake. Walleyes also can be had on the east and west ends of Basswood Lake in six to 12 feet, and on Birch Lake in 12 feet. Back Bay on Basswood is producing bluegills in six feet, while spoons are fooling a few lake trout on Burntside and Snowbank Lake over 60 to 100 feet.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
The coho salmon and lake trout bite remains strong from Lutsen to Hovland to Grand Portage on Lake Superior. Yellow and gold or watermelon-colored spoons are working best for cohos over 60 to 100 feet and for lake trout over 120 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes on Devil Track Lake in 18 to 25 feet and on the 15- to 20-foot humps on Devil Fish Lake. Jig and leech combinations are turning walleyes on Seagull Lake in 20 to 30 feet and on Crescent Lake in 12 to 20 feet. There’s also an evening walleye bite on crankbaits in 12 to 18 feet on Cascade Lake. Rainbow trout continue to hit crawlers in 15 feet on Leo Lake and 18 to 23 feet on Kimball Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
PINE CITY AREA
Cross Lake and Lake Pokegama are giving up crappies in 12 to 17 feet and sunfish along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines. Walleyes and northern pike are hitting Shad Raps in 15 feet. On East Rush Lake, sucker minnows are turning pike in 13 feet, and sunfish are biting on the 12- to 15-foot rocks. A few walleyes can be had on leeches in the Indian Mounds area of Knife Lake, and you’ll find crappies here in 11 feet in the middle of the lake. On Goose Lake, crappies are being found suspended over 30 feet, and leeches are producing some walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on the southeast side of the lake.
Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995