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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 1, 2016

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Last weekend’s strong winds limited angling pressure, but live-bait rigs continue to produce fish on the deep mud and gravel during the day. The 12- to 16-foot rocks are kicking out walleyes during the evening hours as well. Smallmouth reports have been a bit slower, as the fish continue to transition into new areas, but the rocks and points are giving up fish on a variety of artificial and live-bait options.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Spinner rigs tipped with leeches, crawlers, and minnows or a Lindy rig and leech continue to produce numbers and many different year-classes of walleyes on the mud flats. Any bay with a weedline is worth hitting for northern pike, and smallmouth bass are being found shallow out to the mid-depth rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Spinners tipped with crawlers in 8 to 17 feet or anchoring and jigging with a minnow on the reefs in 14 to 30 feet of water has provided steady walleye action. Some pods of fish also are being found in the middle of the lake in 28 to 32 feet. At the Northwest Angle, transition areas along mud has been best for walleyes in 18 to 30 feet. Pulling spinners tipped with minnows, crawlers, or leeches has worked best. Big numbers of muskies are being caught along with smallmouth bass and northern pike.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Walleyes are being caught with crankbaits or leeches on the outside weedlines of Harrison Bay and the West Arm on Lake Minnetonka or in 10 to 15 feet of water on Lake Independence. Bass are scattered between 6 and 15 feet of water and seem to prefer topwater baits during low-light periods on area lakes. Muskie reports are limited, sunfish continue to be found shallow, and crappies are suspended over deep weeds.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Leeches and nightcrawlers continue to work best for walleyes in 15 to 25 feet of water during the day, but some fish are being taken on slip bobbers and leeches in shallower water during low-light periods. Bucktails or topwater baits are producing muskies on the established weed edges, and smallmouth bass continue to be active and rock-orientated.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Spinner rigs and leeches or crankbaits are producing walleyes in 14 to 17 feet on Sugar Bar, tops of the main lake humps, and from Bena Bar to the mud hole. Some fish are being caught in 6 to 10 feet, mainly on the points and shoreline breaks during the evening hours. Perch continue to be caught on the Snaghole Bar in 16 to 20 feet or in 12 to 16 feet throughout Bena Bay.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Strong winds and a mayfly hatch have slowed walleye action, but the bite was starting to rebound early this week. Trolling Shad Raps early and late each day has produced fish on the rocks in 12 to 20 feet. Spinner rigs and leeches also are turning walleyes on the main-lake structure in 12 to 14 feet, and the humps in Walker Bay have started giving up fish as well. Muskies continue to be tough to find, with an occasional fish pulled from the cabbage.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Walleye reports have improved with minnows or leeches on Erickson’s Reef by Dryweed Island, Olson’s Reef, and the Three Sisters area in 20 to 30 feet of water. Lost Bay is giving up smallmouth bass in 8 to 15 feet; tubes and crankbaits are working best. Look for crappies in Black Bay or Rat Root Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

Walleye action has been slower, but still pretty good despite the daily weather changes. Most fish are now being caught in 4 to 8 feet of water or on the 10- to 14-foot rocks. Live-bait rigs, crankbaits, and spinner rigs are all turning fish. Some northern pike are mixed in, although most have been small.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Clear Lake is giving up walleyes in 15 feet, as is the Prescott area of the St. Croix River in 15 to 20 feet. A jig and minnow pitched on the weedlines of White Bear Lake has produced walleyes at night. Lakes Johanna, Big Marine, and Demontreville are safe bets for bass, spinnerbaits are turning northern pike on the weedlines of White Bear, and lakes Jane or Powers are giving up sunfish. Anglers are seeing more muskies than they’re catching on Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Anglers fishing from shore with sucker minnows are catching bass and northern pike at Steiger Lake and Ann Lake. Look for sunfish on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Lake Parley, Wasserman Lake, and the east end of Lake Auburn. The creeks off the Minnesota River are producing walleyes on jigs and minnows.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

A spinner and crawler is producing walleyes on Lake Reno in 14 to 18 feet or on Lake Miltona in 18 to 22 feet. Bass are set up on the shallow weeds and tops of the flats on most lakes and can be had with spinnerbaits, but muskie action has been slow. Plastics are turning crappies on the flats and 8- to 12-foot weeds of lakes Carlos, Darling, Le Homme Dieu, and Geneva, while some sunfish are biting in less than 6 feet and others in 8 to 12 feet on area lakes.

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

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting crawlers or leeches in 10 to 20 feet on Otter Tail Lake or 20 to 30 feet on West Battle Lake. Look for suspended sunfish and crappies on the 15-foot weeds of Silver Lake, Clitherall Lake, Fiske Lake, and West Battle. Jakes are raising muskies on the points and 17- to 20- foot weedlines of West Battle, bass are hitting spinnerbaits or plastics on the 15-foot weedlines of lakes Johnson, Donald, Silver, and West Battle, and northern pike action is strong on the weedlines of most lakes.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Look for walleyes on the 6- to 14-foot flats on Lake Bemidji or in 8 to 18 feet on Lake Plantagenet. Hit the 12- to 18- foot weedlines with crankbaits for walleyes or the established weedlines for panfish at Turtle River Lake. Bucktails are triggering muskies on the reed edges of Big Lake, Bemidji, and Plantagenet.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Minnows are producing walleyes and northern pike in 18 to 28 feet on Whitefish Lake. On North Long Lake, leeches are working better in 10 to 22 feet. You’ll find bass and sunfish in the weeds of North Long, Whitefish, or Gull, and crappies on the deep weedlines of North Long, Whitefish, and Round Lake.

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

CHISAGO AREA   

Crappies and sunfish remain active on the weedlines of Chisago Lake, while South Center Lake is giving up pike and panfish in 8 to 12 feet. Look to Kroon Lake for crappies in 8 to 12 feet or the north end of North Center Lake in 8 to 16 feet. Hit Comfort Lake with leeches in 8 to 16 feet or the 16- to 20-foot weedline on Green Lake with shiner minnows or leeches for walleyes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Leeches or crawlers are producing walleyes in 4 to 8 feet and 16 to 20 feet on lakes Melissa, Pelican, Sallie, Big Cormorant, Upper Cormorant, and Big Detroit. You’ll find crappies and sunfish on the weedlines of Floyd Lake, Sour Lake, Height of Land Lake, Tamarack Lake, and Severson Lake. Bass fishing is strong on all lakes, and BullDawgs or bucktails are raising muskies on Big Detroit and Pelican.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

On Island Lake, crappies are being found suspended over 30 to 35 feet of water, and walleyes are hitting chubs or leeches in 25 feet of water. Hit Fish Lake with leeches in 15 feet for walleyes or the lilly pad edges for bluegills in 10 feet pf water. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing salmon in the top 50 feet of the water column and suspended lake trout over 70 to 80 feet of water. The best stretch this week has been from the Knife River to Two Harbors.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Throwing topwater baits over the slop has produced largemouth bass at Sandy Lake, Little Elk Lake, Green Lake, and Blue Lake. Sucker minnows or spinnerbaits are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Little Elk, Blue, and Green. Look for sunfish in 7 to 14 feet on Blue or crappies in 8 to 10 feet at Fremont Lake. The Rum River is giving up walleyes, and the Mississippi River is producing smallmouth bass and catfish.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleye fishing has been spotty on Burntside Lake with some fish being taken on leeches over 10 to 15 feet. You’ll find smallmouth bass and walleyes on the shorelines in 10 feet or on the reefs of Lake Shagawa. A few lake trout are being caught on ciscoes over 20 to 40 feet on Snowbank Lake.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

FAIRMONT AREA

Spoons are turning northern pike on Perch Lake in 4 to 6 feet, and a few muskies are being hooked at Fox Lake. Look for bluegills in 3 to 6 feet on Budd and Sissiton lakes, while crankbaits or jigs and Twisters are producing walleyes in 4 to 6 feet on Tuttle Lake during the evening hours. You’ll find crappies on the docks in the evenings and in 12 to 15 feet during the day at Amber Lake, Hall Lake, and Budd.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Lake trout are being taken on ciscoes or spoons over 35 feet on Clearwater Lake, 45 feet at Loon Lake, and 25 to 35 feet at Pine Lake. Leeches are producing walleyes in 12 to 18 feet at Poplar Lake and on the 10- to 15-foot rocks at Two Island Lake. On Devil Track Lake, walleyes are hitting crankbaits or leeches in 8 to 10 feet. Nightcrawlers are the preferred bait for brook trout on Carrot Lake in 10 feet and Shoe Lake in 6 to 8 feet and for rainbow trout at Mink Lake in 15 to 20 feet and Leo Lake in 15 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GREY EAGLE AREA

Kings Lake is producing sunfish, crappies, and some walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Look to Big Birch Lake and Little Birch Lake for walleyes in 15 to 30 feet, while Swan Lake is kicking out panfish in 8 to 12 feet and walleyes around the sunken island. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action remains strong on most lakes, and Big Birch or Big Swan lakes are safe bets for northern pike.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Walleyes are taking nightcrawlers in 14 to 20 feet on Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Bass fishing for largemouths and smallmouth continues to be good on area lakes, but the local muskie bite remains slow. Work the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Birch Lake and Webb Lake for panfish.

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

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

Crappies continue to hit on Stingy Lake in 6 feet and West Two Rivers Reservoir in 4 to 8 feet. Walleye action is slow, but sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Shoepack Lake.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

LAKE KABETOGAMA

The soft-bottomed areas continue to produce walleyes, sauger, and jumbo perch in 20 to 30 feet. Northern pike are hitting stickbaits on the weedlines, channels, and bays with moving water. Smallmouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the rocky shorelines and rock pile edges.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MADISON LAKE AREA

Lindy rigs and leeches are providing good walleye action off Third Point on Lake Washington. Crappies, sunfish, and northern pike are all being found in the 8- to 10-foot weeds of Madison Lake, German Lake, and Washington.

White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

ORTONVILLE AREA

The south-end islands area on Big Stone Lake remains the best walleye option in 8 to 12 feet. Perch reports continue to improve daily on Big Stone along the 11- to 14-foot weedlines. Both bites will only improve as the wind lies down and weather conditions stabilize.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Leeches and crawlers continue to produce walleyes in 18 feet of water on Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 21 feet of water. Look for solid northern pike action on Big Mantrap Lake along the 14-foot cabbage and sucker minnows are producing bigger fish. Fish Hook is kicking out sunfish in 14 feet and crappies early and late each day on the 14- to 16-foot weedlines.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Walleyes are being taken with Shad Raps during the evenings in 6 to 10 feet of water or on the 17- to 30-foot humps with live bait during the day at Star Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Work the 12- to 20-foot cabbage edges on Star, Dead, and Marion lakes for decent panfish action, while bass are hitting spinnerbaits or topwater lures on most lakes. Minnows are turning good numbers of northern pike in 8 to 12 feet of water on Big and Little Pine lakes.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Crankbaits or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Lake Pepin in 10 to 15 feet, and the 5- to 8-foot structure in the back channels are producing panfish. Work the Rush River with sucker minnows in 3 feet for northern pike. You’ll find channel catfish below the dam and flathead catfish in the snags.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

A jig and leech is turning walleyes on Lake Koronis in 7 to 10 feet or in 16 to 18 feet on Rice Lake during low-light periods. Look to Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Rice, and Koronis for sunfish in 4 to 12 feet. Largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines of Grand Lake and Pearl Lake, while smallmouth are biting around the islands on Koronis.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

You’ll find sunfish on the 12- to 15-foot weeds of Fairy, Lilly, Long, Maple, and Smith lakes. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet on Lake Osakis, Long Bridge Lake, and Sauk Lake. Some walleyes are being taken with leeches on the main lake bars of Osakis in 18 to 35 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Fish below any of the dams on the Mississippi River and you’ll catch walleyes, smallmouth bass, and catfish. Sunfish are biting along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Moose Lake, Green Prairie Lake, Lake Alexander, and Nokasippi Lake. A few crappies are being plucked off the weedlines of Alexander and Beauty Lake, but muskie action has been slow.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WILLMAR AREA

Look for sunfish on the inside weedline or bass and pike on the deep weedlines at lakes Florida, Willmar/Foot, Norway/Games, Andrew, Eagle, and Diamond. Some walleyes are being caught with leeches at Green Lake in 30 to 32 feet or on the 15-foot weedlines at Diamond. Crankbaits or Lindy rigs and leeches are producing walleyes in less than 10 feet at Big Kandi Lake, Long Lake, and Lake Wagonda.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports

(320) 235-4097