Leeches and crawlers starting to produce more walleyes - Northeast Report
Rice Lake is producing walleyes on chubs and panfish on minnows or leeches in less than six feet. Shiner minnows are turning walleyes at Boulder Lake in six feet and at Island Lake in 10 feet. Walleyes are being taken with shiners and leeches on the St. Louis River in less than 10 to 12 feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Walleyes are hitting leeches and minnows during the evening hours in four to six feet of water at Fall Lake. On Shagawa Lake, walleyes are hitting crawlers and leeches after 6 p.m. in less than 10 feet. Small northern pike continue to be caught on bobbers and minnows in six to 10 feet of water throughout the White Iron Chain of Lakes. Crappie reports continue to be limited to a few fish off Birch Lake in shallow water.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
A jig and leech combination is producing walleyes at Two Island Lake in six to 12 feet and Hungry Jack Lake in eight to 10 feet. Fathead minnows are turning walleyes and perch in eight to 12 feet at Deeryard Lake, while Rapalas are producing walleyes at Homer Lake in 12 to 15 feet. On Lake Saganaga, minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in 20 feet and you’ll find lake trout here in 25 feet. Lake trout also are hitting near the surface at Loon Lake on spoons or bucktails. Look for rainbow trout in 15 to 18 feet of water at Trout Lake or in 18 to 22 feet at Kimball Lake. Waxies or crawlers are triggering splake in 16 to 22 feet of water at Musquash Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Walleye action is steady, but sauger activity has been excellent with a jig and minnow or live-bait rig and leech on the mid-depth structure. Crappie anglers seem to be finding a few fish in the shallows, but no big numbers, and northern pike are hitting minnows in the bays or just outside many of them in eight to 12 feet.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Walleyes continue to feed on mayfly larva in deep water and that’s provided a good bite throughout the entire day. With water temperatures rising, more walleyes are showing up in shallower water and a variety of live bait is producing fish.
Lake Vermilion Guides League