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Minnesota Great Eight Fishing Reports

Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East - Walleyes continue to hit crankbaits or leeches under floats during the evening on shallow rock reefs and shoreline breaks. During the day, spinners and crawlers are working for walleyes off the edges of the deep rock, sand, and mud. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch with plastics, leeches, or crankbaits on the shallow rock reefs. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West - Walleyes continue to bite very well on the mud flats such as Seguchie’s, Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and Sherman’s. Spinner rigs, slow-death rigs, and Lindy rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are working best. Fish the tops of the mud early and late and get off the sides during the day. Pike can be had on the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay, Garrison Bay, and Vineland Bay. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Limits of walleyes and sauger are being taken on spinners and live bait or by anchoring and jigging in 6 to 25 feet. Hit the mud flats off Pine Island, Morris Point Gap, in front of Zippel Bay, and Archie’s Reef near Long Point. The rocky areas toward Crow Duck and Little Oak also are producing walleyes. Jigging has been best for walleyes on the Rainy River in 18 to 20 feet from Lighthouse Gap and east to Timbermill Park. At the Northwest Angle, crawlers are working for walleyes just west of Little Oak Island. On the Ontario side, jig and minnows are best in 18 to 24 feet. Muskies are in weeds and rocks.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Bass and sunfish are on inside and outside weedlines on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, Medicine Lake, and Lake Independence. Look for walleyes in the weed pockets and deep weedlines to hit leeches and Lindy rigs on Minnetonka during the day or slip bobbers and leeches at night. Topwater baits are producing muskies along the shorelines and shallow weeds of Independence.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Leeches, crankbaits, and minnows continue to produce walleyes on the shoreline breaks and main-lake humps in 12 to 15 feet during the evening. Smallmouth bass are hitting minnows or plastics along the shorelines and points. Work rock points with topwater baits for muskies and most bays are kicking out northern pike in 5 to 15 feet.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Lindy rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 17 to 32 feet on the bars such as Sugar, Horseshoe, Snaghole, Big Muskie, and Little Muskie. The shallow weeds will produce walleyes on windy days as well. Bigger perch are off the main-lake bars and humps in 30 to 32 feet. 

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Spinners and crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes in 8 to 10 feet off Sand Point, Mounds Point, Cedar Point, and the narrows. The 22- to 25-foot structure in Walker Bay is holding walleyes and 10 to 12 feet has been productive at the Hardwoods, Meadows, and Snake Pit. The rocks such as Annex and Submarine are holding fish in 10 to 14 feet. Bass are being caught in the weeds of Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay. 

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

The Eight Mile Island area is producing walleyes on minnows and spinners in 20 to 30 feet. The Three Sisters area is giving up walleyes in 22 to 32 feet and the reefs in Black Bay are holding walleyes in shallower water. Smallmouths are hitting best on the Canadian side.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

Spinners and live bait, jigs and minnows, or crankbaits all continue to produce walleyes along most shorelines in less than 8 feet. Anglers are finding a few crappies and pike in the mix.  

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

NORTHEAST METRO

Small bucktails or spinnerbaits are triggering muskies on the 6- to 8-foot weedlines of White Bear Lake. Hit Big Marine Lake, Demontreville Lake, and Big Carnelian Lake for bass or drift sucker minnows in 10 to 12 feet for pike at Big Marine, West Rush Lake, Long Lake, and Lake Owasso. Walleyes are hitting crankbaits and fatheads in Pool #2 on the Mississippi River, St. Croix River bluffs area, and Clear Lake. Centerville Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

The east side of Lake Auburn and northeast side of Lake Parley are giving up sunfish and crappies. Hit Dexter Bay on Whaletail Lake for bigger crappies. Pike can be had with sucker minnows out from the access on Lake Auburn, the north end of Lake Riley or off the fishing piers on Steiger and Ann Lakes. 

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Walleyes are hitting fatheads tight to the weeds in 17 to 22 feet off Kegg’s Reef and North Reef. Anderson’s Reef and the north side of the island have been best for muskies in 8 to 12 feet with spinnerbaits and bucktails during the morning and evening. 

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Reports

Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Crappies are hitting tube jigs in the 10- to 12-foot cabbage of Lake Darling, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Carlos. Look to Lake Mary, Lake Ida, and Lake Reno for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. Muskie reports have improved in the cabbage weeds of Lake Miltona with bucktails. Sunfish and bass are in the shallow weeds of most lakes. 

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Look to lakes Sylvia, Cedar, and Clearwater for walleyes in 16 to 24 feet; leeches and crawlers on spinners are best. Sunfish are in 4 to 10 feet on Indian Lake, Lake John, Lake Marie, Clearwater, and Sylvia. Crappies are over the 12-foot weeds at French Lake, Sugar Lake, Clearwater, and Sylvia.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleye reports have been consistent with leeches or crawlers in 6 to 8 feet on the west side of Lake Bemidji, while crawlers or crankbaits are working best for walleyes at Turtle River Lake in 12 feet. A few muskies have been caught with stickbaits or small bucktails on the weedlines of Big Lake, Lake Plantagenet, and Bemidji.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake in 10 to 14 feet. The weedbeds on Gilstead Lake are a safe bet for crappies. The weeds on most lakes are now holding bass and pike as well.  

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Walleyes are hitting creek minnows, leeches, and crawlers on North Long Lake in 14 to 26 feet and Whitefish Lake in 18 to 32 feet. Bass fishing has been consistent in the weeds of most lakes and sunfish continue to be caught in 3 to 8 feet on North Long, Nisswa Lake, and Roy Lake.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Spinner rigs and minnows, crawlers, or leeches are turning walleyes on North Cedar Bar, East Cedar Bar, Buck’s Bar, and Deadman’s Bar on Cass Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Center Bar on Pike Bay Lake is giving up walleyes on similar presentations and depths. Look for bluegills on the 12-foot weed edges of Kitchi Lake and in Allen’s Bay on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting on Serpent Lake and the Mississippi River is kicking out walleyes and catfish on crawlers. The weed edges on Portage Lake are holding crappies and sunfish. 

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

DULUTH AREA   

Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes in 15 to 17 feet on Island Lake, Boulder Lake, and Pike Lake. Buzzbaits or suckers are turning pike on most lakes and the St. Louis River is giving up walleyes in the 10- to 12-foot channels. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing lake trout about 60 feet down just past the Knife River area.   

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

The Mississippi River provides consistent smallmouth bass and catfish action. Hit the north end of Blue Lake for sunfish in 7 feet and the south island area for crappies in 12 to 14 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches and suckers in 12 feet at Burntside Lake. On Lake Shagawa, walleyes are biting at night in 6 feet and the White Iron Chain is producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet. Vertical jigging has worked best for lake trout at Burntside in 40 feet and Snowbank Lake over 25 to 40 feet. 

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

FAIRMONT AREA

Trolling crankbaits has produced walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Budd Lake and Hall Lake or in 4 feet on Tuttle Lake. Catfish action is strong on Hall during the evening hours.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Walleyes are being caught at the bridge on Cannon Lake with leeches or fatheads. On Cedar Lake, sunfish are hitting on the inside and outside weed edges and Shields Lake is kicking out walleyes during the evening hours in 8 to 12 feet on Rapalas.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Drifting minnows or leeches has produced walleyes at Elbow Lake in 6 feet, Two Island Lake in 8 to 12 feet, and Caribou Lake in 15 feet. On Devil Track Lake, Rapalas are producing walleyes in 10 feet, as are leeches on the 15-foot rock piles. Crawlers are producing rainbow trout in 8 to 12 feet on Leo Lake and 12 to 15 feet at Trout Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Walleyes are hitting leeches or crawlers on the mid-lake structure and weedlines of Trout Lake, Big Splithand Lake, Lake Wabana, and Lake Pokegama. Smallmouths can be had along the shorelines of Trout, Pokegama, Deer Lake, or North Star Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Walleye reports have been strong off Little Birch Lake in 10 to 18 feet with leeches and crawlers, while sunfish and crappies are hitting on the weed edges of Kings Lake. Hit Lattimer Lake for walleyes and pike in 15 to 18 feet. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Leeches on “light” jigs or under slip bobbers are turning walleyes in the cabbage at Woman Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Stoney Lake. Muskie reports have been limited, but smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle      

(218) 675-6176

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

Minnows are producing pike on the 8- to 10-foot weedlines of Sturgeon Lake throughout the day. Crappies are over 15 to 18 feet on Side Lake.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Live-bait rigs and crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes in the soft-bottomed bays and on wind-swept structure. Hit the Sugarbush Island channel, Nashota Point, Cuculus Island, Blind Ash Island, Larkin Island, and Lost Bay. Crayfish-colored crankbaits are turning smallmouth bass  on the shallower rock structure and gravel. 

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

McGREGOR AREA 

Panfish and smallmouth bass are in the shallow weeds and shorelines out to 12 feet on Round Lake. Panfish are around the docks on Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits             

(218) 426-3382

MORA AREA

Sunfish continue to found on the shorelines and around the islands on Knife Lake and Fish Lake. You’ll find crappies in 4 to 6 feet on these lakes as well. Knife is giving up a few walleyes on crawlers in 7 to 10 feet.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Big Stone Lake is kicking out walleyes on spinners and crawlers in 10 to 12 feet from the Peninsula to Kite Island. Slip bobbers and leeches also are turning ‘eyes on the rock piles near LaGunna Beach and Rocky Ledge. Perch action is improving on Big Stone with crawlers or spikes at Schmidt’s Landing and Kraemer’s Resort.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

PARK RAPIDS AREA

The early morning and evening have been best for walleyes on Fish Hook Lake in 20 to 24 feet and Potato Lake in 18 to 24 feet; leeches and crawlers are best. Bluegill action is consistent on the Crow Wing Chain along the 12-foot weedlines. Muskie anglers are raising a few fish with bucktails in 5 to 10 feet on Big Mantrap Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

PINE CITY AREA

Look for crappies in 14 to 17 feet during the day or in 8 to 10 feet during low-light periods on lakes Pokegama, Cross, and Rush. The deeper pockets on the Snake River south of Pine City and near Grafton are giving up walleyes and catfish on crawlers.

Tall Tales Bait & Tackle 

(320) 629-8995

RED WING AREA

Walleyes are hitting jigs and nightcrawlers in 4 to 10 feet on the north end of Lake Pepin, the Wisconsin channel, and much of the Wisconsin shoreline. Flathead catfish are hitting sucker minnows in the backwater areas and channel cats are being caught throughout the river on stink baits.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

Largemouth bass are an easy catch on lake such as Pearl, Grand, and Horseshoe, while smallmouth bass are hitting in shallow water on Lake Koronis. Look for pike on the weedlines of Koronis, Pearl, and Long.  

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Crappies are biting on the weedlines of Sauk Lake, Lake Osakis, and Long Bridge Lake. On Osakis, walleyes are being taken with leeches, crawlers or shiner minnows in 25 to 35 feet during the day and in shallower water during low-light periods. Pike continue to be caught on sucker minnows and crankbaits along the weedlines of most lakes. Bass also have been hitting on the weedlines of most lakes.  

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Walleyes  and catfish are below the Little Falls dam or along current edges and smallmouths are along the shorelines of the Mississippi River. Crappies have moved out to the weedlines of Fish Trap Lake and Lake Shamineau. An occasional muskie report comes off Fish Trap and Lake Alexander, but the bite has been inconsistent.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Look for walleyes during the day in 20 to 24 feet to hit jigs and minnows or shallow-running crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet during the evening on Lake Minnewaska. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska is giving up a few sunfish at a variety of depths.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               

(320) 239-2239

VIRGINIA AREA

Whiteface Lake is giving up crappies  and walleyes around the docks out to the first shoreline break. Look for numbers of largemouth bass on Jammer Lake. Sunfish have moved to the weedlines on most lakes in the area and can be caught with small leeches or crawlers. 

Lucky Seven General Store                 

(218) 741-3617

WILLMAR AREA

Sunfish continue to be found around the docks on Eagle Lake, Lake Florida, Elkhorn Lake, and Lake Andrew. Crawlers and leeches are turning walleyes in 27 to 35 feet on Green Lake, 6 to 10 feet on Big Kandi Lake, and along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Eagle, Florida, Andrew, and Diamond Lake.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 

(320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Trolling shallow-running crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet continues to work best for walleyes at Lake Yankton, Lake Benton, Shakotan Lake, and Lady Slipper Lake. Panfish, pike, and bass reports have been limited.

Borch’s Sporting Goods 

(507) 532-4880

WINONA AREA

Crappies and sunfish are in the secondary sloughs and snag areas off the main river in 12 feet. Catfish are being taken on sucker minnows and cut baits on the river in 3 to 5 feet, while spoons or sucker minnows are turning pike in the back bays. Hit the current breaks and slough mouths with willow cats or leeches for walleyes. Fly fishing has been best for trout with a good mix of rainbows, brookies, and browns biting.

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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