Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014


You’ll find sunfish and bass along the shorelines out to 15 feet on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. A few walleyes are being caught after dark in the 10-foot weeds of Minnetonka or on Independence in 14 to 16 feet. Look for crappies in the 18-foot milfoil during the day or in the channels during low-light periods on Minnetonka. Minnetonka also is giving up northern pike via suckers and spinners along the 18-foot weeds.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting in the 15-foot weeds of White Bear Lake and Big Marine Lake is producing sunfish in eight feet. Muskies are chasing BullDawgs in 15 to 20 feet on Bald Eagle Lake. Hit the Prescott area of the St. Croix River with leeches in 20 feet for sauger. The 13- to 15-foot weeds on Demontreville Lake and Olson Lake are giving up bass and northern pike.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421


Pike are hitting crankbaits or spoon plugs in 16 to 18 feet on Lake Auburn and Pierson Lake. The creek mouths and deeper holes on the Minnesota River are giving up walleyes and catfish.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Slip bobbers and leeches or fathead minnows are producing walleyes at night in 9 to 12 feet on Center Reef and Anderson’s Reef. Pillsbury Reef, North Reef, and Kegg’s Reef are giving up sunfish, bass, and crappies in 10 to 14 feet. Bucktails are raising muskies.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096


A few walleyes are coming off Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Sugar Lake in 16 to 22 feet on leeches and crawlers. Work the weedlines for sunfish and crappies at  Clearwater, Cedar, Pleasant Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Lake John. The weedlines on most lakes are producing bass and pike and muskie anglers are seeing a few fish on the weedlines of Sugar. 

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


The weedlines off Nelson Island on North Center Lake and Holts Point on South Center Lake are safe bets for walleyes with leeches and crawlers. Bass fishing is strong with plastics on deep weedlines of Green Lake, Chisago Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake. 

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Walleyes are hitting leeches and fatheads on the weedlines of Locke Lake. You’ll find catfish, walleyes, and smallmouth bass along the shorelines and current breaks of the Mississippi River from Monticello to Clearwater. Anglers fishing from shore on Lake Martha are catching largemouth bass, and minnows are producing pike at Little Eagle Lake.

Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187



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North West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014


Crappies and sunfish are hitting at Reno Lake, Lake Darling, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Carlos in eight to 12 feet. Lake Miltona and Lake Ida are giving up walleyes during low-light periods in 20 to 25 feet on crawlers and leeches. The deeper weeds are holding bass and muskie reports have improved on the weedlines of Miltona and Lobster Lake with topwater baits.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       

(320) 763-3255


Walleyes are taking leeches or crawlers in 10 to 20 feet West Battle Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Look for pike in 15 to 20 feet to hit spoons or suckers on Fiske Lake, Otter Tail, and West Battle. Bass fishing is strong in eight to 12 feet at South Turtle Lake, Elbow/Bass Lake, and Eagle Lake. Panfish action has been best in 10 to 15 feet on Bass Lake in Underwood, Mollie Stark Lake, and Clitherall.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes in 16 to 18 feet at Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, Lake Melissa, or Upper and Middle Cormorant lakes. Crappies and sunfish are hanging in the 12- to 15-foot weeds of lakes Severson, Floyd, Sour, Big Detroit, and Upper Cormorant. Topwater baits have been best for muskies over the weed tops of Big Detroit, Pelican Lake, and Deadshot Bay. 

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleye reports have slowed, with a few fish hitting leeches during low-light periods on Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake in 18 to 30 feet. Big Mantrap Lake and the Crow Wing Chain are producing pike in 14 to 16 feet on sucker minnows. The Crow Wing Chain and Toad Lake continue to give up bluegills in 12 feet, while Big Mantrap is giving up a few muskies on crankbaits. The 14-foot weedline on Fish Hook is worth hitting at sunset for crappies.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Big Pine Lake and Rush Lake continue to produce walleyes and crappies in 6 to 8 feet on shallow-running crankbaits. The 10- to 12-foot cabbage on lakes Marion, Big McDonald, Little McDonald, Rush, Star, and Buchanan are producing sunfish and crappies. 

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355



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North East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - July 18, 2014


Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Island Lake in 15 to 20 feet, and the smallmouth bite here has been very good, with buzzbaits in shallower water. A few muskies have been caught on Island and the St. Louis River, with topwater baits along the shallow structure. Crappies are showing up at Fish Lake and Boulder Lake in 15 feet, while bluegills are hitting on Fish along the 6-foot weed edge. On Lake Superior, stickbaits are producing cohos and lake trout near the surface. 


Walleyes are starting to move onto the reefs in 6 to 13 feet on Burntside Lake and on Shagawa Lake in 6 to 8 feet in the evenings or 18 to 20 feet during the day. On Fall Lake, look in 8 to 10 feet or to the shallower mud flats for walleyes. Walleye action remains shallow on Birch Lake, while the White Iron Chain is giving up smallmouth bass along the shorelines and a few walleyes during the evening hours on the mud flats. Lake trout reports have been best from Snowbank Lake in 45 feet or Burntside over 20 to 50 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Two Island Lake is kicking out walleyes on leeches in 15 to 17 feet, while Brule Lake is giving up walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on slip bobbers and leeches. Look for walleyes on Lake Saganaga in 25 to 30 feet and on Homer Lake; walleyes are biting in 15 to 18 feet. Smallmouth bass reports have been favorable from Hungry Jack Lake and Poplar Lake in 8 to 12 feet or Northern Lights Lake in 6 feet. Rainbow trout are hitting slow-trolled crawlers about 20 feet down on Kimball Lake, on Trout Lake over 15 feet, or Leo Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Greenwood Lake is producing lake trout about 30 feet down. Lake Saganaga is worth hitting for lakers about 60 feet down, as is Duncan Lake at 40 feet.  

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Poor weather has made for tough fishing during the past week, although crappies are hitting minnows in 9 feet on Stingy Lake and Side Lake. Walleye action has been slow, with a few fish coming off the 9- to 12-foot weed edges of Stingy. Smallmouth bass are providing the area’s best action, with consistent reports coming from the shorelines of Big Sturgeon Lake.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on main-lake reefs, although leeches and crawlers are working, too. Work reefs around Headlight Island and Martin Islands down to the east end of the lake into Namakan. The bigger pike have started to hit spoons and crankbaits on the 15-foot weed edges, while smallmouth bass are taking crayfish-pattern lures from the shoreline out to 15 feet.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Lakes such as Ann, Knife, and Fish continue to produce sunfish in three to six feet. Knife also is giving up walleyes via leeches in 8 feet and northern pike on sucker minnows in 6 to 8 feet. Bass fishing has been strong with wacky worm rigs on the weed edges of Knife and Quamba Lake.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151


Catfish action has been consistent throughout the Snake River Chain including Lake Pokegama, Cross Lake and down to the St. Croix River. Northern pike are hitting spoons or sucker minnows on most lakes, while crappies remain active in 20 feet at Cross and 14 feet on Pokegama. With water levels returning to normal on the Snake River, smallmouth bass and walleye action has improved.

Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995


Trolling spoons or ciscoes or jigging tubes in deep water has produced lake trout on the Ore-Be-Gone Pit and Lake Mine. Rainbow trout action has been improving with consistent reports coming off Tofte Lake. Walleyes remain scattered with a few fish being caught via live bait on the flats and humps of the Whiteface Reservoir.

Lucky Seven General Store                 (218) 741-3617


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North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014


Smallmouth bass and walleyes are hitting in 12 to 18 feet on Island Lake. Look to the 15-foot weed edges on Fish Lake and Boulder Lake for crappies and in shallower water for bluegills on Fish. Stickbaits remain the best option near the Lake Superior surface for cohos and a few lake trout. 

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


The majority of walleyes caught are now on the reefs in eight to 14 feet at Burntside Lake, Shagawa Lake, Basswood Lake, Farm Lake, Garden Lake, and White Iron Lake. Lake trout are scattered between 27 and 50 feet and hitting spoons, jigs, or ciscoes on Burntside.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in 6 to 8 feet on Elbow Lake, leeches in 14 to 18 feet at McFarland Lake, crankbaits in 12 feet at Devil Track Lake, and leeches on the 18-foot humps of Lake Saganaga. Spoons are best for suspended lake trout at Saganaga in 50 to 60 feet, Greenwood Lake in 45 to 55 feet, and Loon Lake over 35 to 40 feet. Rainbow trout are hitting crawlers in 12 to 15 feet at Trout Lake and 15 to 18 feet at Kimball Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Small jigs tipped with minnows are producing crappies in 9 to 11 feet on Dewey Lake and Stingy Lake. Work the shoreline breaks on Echo Lake with leeches for walleyes.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


Walleyes are biting best in the mid-Kabetogama Lake area and Namakan Lake. Leeches and crawlers are turning fish from 12 to 30 feet, depending on the area. Pike action is picking up on the weed edges with crankbaits or spoons. Look for sauger and perch in 30 feet or more. 

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Crappies are hitting minnows in 10 to 12 feet at Ann Lake, Knife Lake, and Lake Pokegama. Look for bigger sunfish in 4 to 6 feet at Fish Lake, Knife, and Ann. Topwater baits or plastics are turning bass at Quamba Lake and sucker minnows are producing pike in six to eight feet at Knife and Quamba.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151



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South Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

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South East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southeast Minnesota Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014


Look to Hunt Lake for sunfish, bass, and pike in 10 to 12 feet, while Lake Mazaska is producing panfish in 10 to 12 feet and walleyes are being found suspended in 20 to 25 feet. On Cannon Lake, small walleyes, catfish, and pike are hitting in 6 to eight feet off County Road 12. Look to French Lake for muskies during the evening hours.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


The 5- to 10-foot brush areas of Chesterwoods Pond continue to give up bass and panfish. Crappies and sunfish remain active in 5 to 10 feet on the Willow Creek Reservoir. Panfish are biting in 5 to 10 feet, and trout continue to hit in 10 to 15 feet on Foster Arend Pond. Lake Zumbro is a safe bet for crappies in 10 to 12 feet.

Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982


Leeches and willow cats are turning walleyes in the deep channels, wing dams, and back sloughs of the Mississippi River. You’ll also find panfish in the current breaks and catfish in the deep holes of the river. Trout anglers are reporting better action early and late each day since the heat arrived, with fly fishing gear or worms working best on streams throughout the Whitewater area. 

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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South West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014


Crappies and sunfish are in 2 to 5 feet at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Hall and Budd. Catfish will hit crawlers on all lakes. Bass fishing is strong with Budd, Sissiton, and George Lake producing bigger fish.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Suckers or spoons are producing pike on the east side of Stella Lake. Look to Diamond Lake with leeches for walleyes in 14 feet and sunfish are biting during the afternoon and evening off the fishing pier on Lake Ripley.

Litchfield Outpost (320) 593-0025


Lake Washington is giving up sunfish in 10 feet, walleyes on crankbaits in 12 feet, and crappies in 14 feet. Suckers are turning flathead catfish in the slack water and brush areas on the Minnesota River. Catfish and a few walleyes can be had on the Blue Earth and Le Sueur rivers and Big Jefferson Lake is producing bass and walleyes in 14 to 16 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods on the 8- to 10-foot inside weed edges on Lake Minnewaska. Minnewaska also is giving up sunfish in 10 to 12 feet.  

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239


Walleyes are hitting frozen shiners, leeches, and crawlers in 14 to 16 feet or 20 to 24 feet in the Blinker area, Springsteel Sand Bar, and south tip of Buffalo Bay on Lake of the Woods. Jigs and spinner rigs continue to produce most fish throughout the day.

Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200


The no-wake restriction has been lifted on area lakes. Spinnerbaits are producing northern pike and bass on Lake Sakatah. Walleyes are hitting crawlers in 10 feet off Best Point and in Antil’s Bay on Lake Tetonka. Look for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Little Jefferson Lake and Lake Francis.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Work the 20- to 30-foot humps and rocks with live bait for walleyes on Green Lake. Walleyes also are hitting leeches and crawlers during low-light periods in 10 to 20 feet on Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Lake Florida, and Lake Andrew. Panfish are biting on the weedlines or in weed pockets on Henderson Lake, Lake George, Elkhorn Lake, Games Lake, and Green.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097


Fishing reports have been limited to some walleye action on shallow-running crankbaits on Lake Benton in 6 or 7 feet. Brauner Lake in Camden State Park remains a safe bet for sunfish and bass in less than 10 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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