Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports
Metro Area Fishing Report - June 14th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2013
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Look for crappies and bass in four to six feet on Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, Lake Sarah, and Lake Independence. Walleyes are hitting fathead minnows during the evening in 17 to 24 feet in the big bays on Minnetonka and in 12 to 14 feet on Independence. You’ll find sunfish along the shorelines of most lakes.
Crappies and bass continue to hit on Demontreville Lake in less than eight feet, while Powers Lake and Tanners Lake are giving up crappies and northern pike. The emerging weedbeds on Big Marine Lake are producing bass and crappies.
Sunfish and crappies have moved along the shorelines at Lake Zumbra, Lake Bavaria, Whaletail Lake, and Lake Auburn. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits along the shallow weedlines on Auburn, Whaletail and Lake Parley. Look for northern pike to hit spoons, spinnerbaits, or sucker minnows at Parley and Auburn in 10 feet.
Beetle Spins are producing crappies on Anderson’s Reef and the back side of the island in 10 to 12 feet. Muskie anglers are seeing fish on the shoreline weed edges and bass continue to be found shallow on the northwest side of the lake. A few walleyes are being taken with fatheads on Cemetery Reef, Keggs Reef, and the Claybanks in 10 to 12 feet during the evening hours.
Panfish action has been slow, but bass and pike are being caught on spinnerbaits or plastics on the weedlines of Lake John, Lake Sylvia, and Clearwater Lake. Walleye action has been steady with leeches, crawlers, and fatheads producing fish in 14 to 20 feet at Clearwater, Cedar Lake, and Sugar Lake.
Shiners under bobbers are the ticket for walleyes in 18 to 21 feet during the day or 10 to 12 feet in the evenings at Chisago Lake, Green Lake, and the north end of North Center Lake. Bass and sunfish are starting to move along the shorelines of Chisago and South Lindstrom Lake, while Sunrise Lake is kicking out northern pike, crappies, and bass in four to 10 feet.
North West Minnesota Fishing Reports
Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - June 14th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2013
Lake Reno, Lake Miltona, and Lake Mary are kicking out walleyes with minnows and leeches in nine to 14 feet. On Lake Ida, minnows are turning walleyes in 12 to 22 feet. Look to lakes Ida, Darling, Carlos, Le Homme Dieu, and Geneva for crappies and sunfish in less than eight feet. Bass and northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits along the shorelines out to eight feet on most lakes.
Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 10 to 14 feet at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, Rush Lake, and Silver Lake. Look for pike in 14 to 20 feet at Otter Tail, East Battle Lake, and Donald Lake. Panfish remain shallow on lakes such as East Battle, East Lost, and Bass/Elbow, while bass are hitting jigs or spinnerbaits in the shallows of most lakes. A few muskies are being caught in 20 to 24 feet at West Battle.
Lakes such as Big Detroit, Pelican, Big Cormorant, Walker, Sallie, and Melissa are kicking out walleyes on minnows or leeches in eight to 16 feet. Crappies and sunfish are shallow at Height of Land Lake, Severson Lake, Tamarack Lake, Little Detroit Lake, Sallie, and Buck Lake. Bass and pike are hitting and look for muskies at Big Detroit, Pelican, and Beers Lake in 10 to 14 feet.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Minnows are producing walleyes at Fish Hook Lake in 14 feet and at Long Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Pike are hitting sucker minnows in nine feet at Big Mantrap Lake, while bass are hitting on the shorelines of most lakes. Crappies and sunfish have moved into the pencil reeds and shorelines on Fish Hook and the Crow Wing Chain.
Walleyes continue to hit a jig and shiner in six to 10 feet on Big Pine Lake, Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Crappies have moved into the bulrushes on Little McDonald Lake and Big Pine, while Little McDonald is kicking out sunfish in three to six feet.
North East Minnesota Fishing Reports
Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - June 14th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2013
Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes at Island Lake in 16 to 18 feet, Rice Lake in six feet, and Boulder Lake in 10 feet. Fish is kicking out pike in eight to 10 feet and bluegills along the weedbeds as well. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing cohos and lake trout from the surface down to 50 feet and muskie action has improved on the St. Louis River.
Minnows are producing walleyes and smallmouths on Snowbank Lake in six to 12 feet and spoons are turning lake trout over 20 to 30 feet. On Burntside Lake, minnows produce walleyes in eight to 10 feet and pike in 14 feet. Hit Birch Lake and Shagawa Lake for walleyes in six to 12 feet and the bays on Birch are giving up crappies.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Jigs and minnows are turning walleyes at Lake Saganaga in 10 feet or 20 to 25 feet, Crescent Lake and East Twin Lake in eight to 12 feet, and Hungry Jack Lake in four to 12 feet. Lake trout are hitting spoons or ciscoes near the surface over 40 feet at Daniels Lake, near the bottom over 25 feet at Duncan Lake, over 35 to 40 feet at Trout Lake, over 20 to 50 feet at Greenwood Lake, and off the bottom at Saganaga over 30 feet.
Walleyes and sauger are in eight to 26 feet on the soft-bottomed areas of the lake. Work a jig and minnow or short Lindy rig and minnow slowly on the silt or muck-bottom locations. Pike have moved slightly deeper into 12 to 18 feet, crappies have started to spawn in the bays on the east end, and the shorelines are producing plenty of bass.
The shallow bays are as much as 10 degrees warmer than main-lake areas and that has pushed the walleyes into them. Most are hitting leeches or nightcrawlers. Muskie anglers are raising fish, some of which are still spawning, but the smaller males are chasing bucktails and glide baits. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics along the shorelines, docks, and shallow points, while largemouth are an easy catch in the shallow, weedy bays. Crappies and northern pike continue to be found shallow.
North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports
North Central Minnesota Fishing Report - June 14th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - The walleye bite has been awesome and there are keeping-sized fish in the mix. Most are hitting minnows on the tops and edges of the mud flats during the day. A jig and minnow also is turning walleyes on the rocks in less than 12 feet during the evening hours. Smallmouth bass have been on fire with fish being caught throughout the lake.
West - A jig and shiner minnow is producing walleyes during the day on the shoreline breaks and points in 12 to 14 feet and even on top of the mud flats. At night, slip bobbers and minnows are turning walleyes between the mud flats and shoreline structure in 22 feet. Smallmouth bass and pike continue to be caught along the shoreline breaks on jigs and minnows.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Several cold fronts have sent the fish deeper, but they continue to hit jigs and frozen shiners over Bridges, Knight, and the Garden island reefs and mud in 25 to 33 feet. There’s also been consistent walleye action produced by drifting minnows, leeches, and crawlers on sand/gravel areas at Pine Island and Zippel Bay in six to 14 feet. Plenty of walleyes and smallmouth bass are being caught at the Northwest Angle over the shallow sand or in 16 to 25 feet.
Depending on wind direction, the points continue to produce walleyes in eight to 12 feet, especially during the evening. Stoney, Pine, Otter Tail, and Oak are all producing fish on minnows, leeches, or crawlers. Walleyes started to show up on main-lake rock reefs in 15 to 20 feet. Panfish are biting better in less than eight feet throughout Sucker and Waboose bays. Largemouth bass also have been active on the shorelines.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 20 to 28 feet during the evening in Jackfish Bay, by the Brule, and around the islands in Sand Bay. Crappie action has picked up over 20 feet in Black Bay and smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits, plastics, and minnows along the rock and sand shorelines.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Lindy rigs and leeches started producing walleyes on the main-lake bars and humps in 15 to 18 feet. A jig and shiner produces walleyes from Little Stoney Point down to the Bird Houses in seven to nine feet. Pike are being caught with the walleyes.
Shiners are producing walleyes in four to eight feet during low-light periods and in 12 to 18 feet during the day on lakes Bemidji, Plantagenet, Big Turtle, and Turtle River. Sucker minnows will produce pike on these lakes in 10 feet as well. Crappies are most active during the evening hours in six to eight feet at Grant Lake and Turtle River.
Rush Lake has been kicking out numbers of panfish, largemouth bass, and pike in shallow water. Hit Knife Lake for walleyes and crappies, while the Snake and Ann rivers are producing catfish and walleyes.
Walleyes are hitting spottails on North Long Lake in 10 to 18 feet, Round Lake in less than 10 feet, and Wilson Bay on Gull Lake in 10 to 20 feet. Pike are being taken on suckers and bobbers in eight to 12 feet on most lakes and bass are shallow. Look for crappies in four to eight feet on North Long or Cullen Lake and sunfish have moved to the shorelines on most small lakes.
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows on top of the bars in eight to 12 feet and in Allen’s Bay in 12 to 16 feet on Cass Lake. The shallow gravel areas on Kitchi Lake continue to kick out walleyes, while the bulrushes on the east and west sides of Star Island on Cass are producing perch. Crappies continue to be found in less than eight feet on Pike Bay Lake, Lake Andrusia, Kitchi, and in Allen’s Bay on Cass.
Rabbit Lake is giving up a few walleyes on jigs and minnows during the evening hours in six to 10 feet. On Serpent Lake, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, and crappies are being caught in shallow water, while Black Lake is giving up sunfish in four to eight feet. Trolling has produced rainbow trout on Portsmouth Pit and shore anglers at the Pennington Pit are catching trout early and late each day. Muskie fishermen are seeing a few fish on Cedar Lake, but few have been hooked.
EAST CENTRAL MN
Pike are hitting suckers on the seven- to 14-foot weedlines of most lakes and panfish are being found in 10 to 14 feet on area lakes. Look for bass in less than six feet at Blue Lake or Green Lake and a few walleyes continue to come off Elk Lake in seven feet.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A jig and shiner is producing walleyes at Lake Wabana in 15 feet, Deer Lake in 16 to 24 feet, Lake Pokegama in 19 to 25 feet, and Sugar Lake in seven to 20 feet. Crappies have moved into the pencil reeds on Pokegama, Wabana, Trout Lake, Big Splithand Lake, and Little Splithand Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting in shallow water throughout the area.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Minnows will turn walleyes at Woman Lake, Baby Lake, and Birch Lake in 12 to 18 feet and bass in less than eight feet. Look for crappies and sunfish in three to eight feet on Birch, Woman, and Ten Mile Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Crappies are in nine to 12 feet on Rush Lake and most other fisheries. Good-sized sunfish are being caught on the south end of Fish Lake and North Goose Lake. The walleye bite on Rush and Goose Lake has been steady during low-light periods along the weed edges and rock piles. Bass action has been strong on Skogman/Fannie Lake and Big Horseshoe Lake.
Fish Lake Bait (651) 674-4734
Minnows continue to produce walleyes in eight to 14 feet and perch in four to eight feet at Big Sandy Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being caught along the shorelines of Lake Minnewawa and Aitkin Lake, while pike are hitting sucker minnows or spinnerbaits.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
A strong walleye bite continues in five to nine feet along most shorelines. Jigs or spinner rigs with minnows are working best, although crankbaits also are putting fish in the boat. Crappies and northern pike remain fairly active in shallow water as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Rice Lake and Lake Koronis continue to produce walleyes on minnows and leeches in 12 to 18 feet. A few crappies and sunfish are being found in four to six feet at Long Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch with spinnerbaits on most lakes.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crappies and sunfish are being caught in less than six feet on lakes Osakis, Maple, Lilly, Sauk, Fairy, and Long Bridge. Jigs and spottails continue to turn walleyes in eight to 16 feet on the bars of Osakis, Big Swan Lake, Little Birch Lake, and Sauk. Bass fishing has been good around the docks and shorelines of most lakes.
South Central Minnesota Fishing Reports
South East Minnesota Fishing Reports
Southeast Minnesota Fishing Report - June 14th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2013
ALBERT LEA AREA
At Fountain Lake, walleyes are hitting leeches and fatheads in the channel and by the dam, pike are being taken with Rapalas or spinners and minnows in Edgewater Bay, and Bancroft Bay is kicking out bass and bluegills in less than five feet. You’ll also find panfish in the channel, Hatch bridge area, and around Katherine Island on Fountain. Catfish are biting on green nightcrawlers.
Sunfish and crappies are being pulled from Cedar Lake in less than four feet and Roberds Lake is giving up sunfish and bass in shallow water. On Cannon Lake, anglers are fishing along County Road 12 and catching walleyes and northern pike near the bridge, while the docks around Shields Lake are holding sunfish.
South West Minnesota Fishing Reports
Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - June 14th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2013
Fox Lake started giving up walleyes on spinner rigs and crawlers in eight to 12 feet. Hall Lake is producing walleyes at night in five to eight feet on slip bobbers and leeches. Panfish are hitting in less than five feet at Budd Lake, Hall, and George Lake. Bass are hitting shallow on most lakes and Fox is giving up muskies in six to 10 feet.
Walleyes are being taken with crawlers, leeches, or crankbaits on the south end of Big Stone Lake in 10 to 12 feet during the day and close to shore at night. The docks and shorelines on Big Stone also are holding perch and crappies. Anglers fishing from shore on the Minnesota River are catching walleyes on jigs and plastics.
Spinner rigs tipped with minnows or leeches are producing walleyes and pike in 16 to 20 feet on Lake Minnewaska and crankbaits are turning walleyes in five feet on Lake Emily. Panfish action has slowed, but bass action has been strong from the shorelines out to 12 feet on Minnewaska with spinnerbaits or live bait.
Pike are hitting minnows in five feet on Lake Sakatah and sunfish are on the shorelines of Lake Francis, Lake Tetonka, and Sunfish Lake. The Highway 13 bridge on Sakatah is producing crappies in nine to 13 feet and the northwest corner of Tetonka is producing white bass on jigs and plastics.
Panfish are being caught in three to six feet at lakes Florida, Eagle, Diamond, Andrew, Nest, and Norway/Games. Walleyes have started hitting leeches and crawlers in 10 to 20 feet at Diamond, Eagle, Nest, Andrew, and Florida or in 20 to 30 feet at Green Lake. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch with spinnerbaits or crankbaits in eight to 12 feet on most lakes.