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Minnesota Great Eight Fishing Reports

MInnesota Great Eight Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – The north-end sand is providing consistent walleye action in 12 to 22 feet. Leeches and minnows are working best, and anglers are finding a wide range of walleye sizes throughout the lake.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleye reports have been consistently good with a slip bobber and leech during the evening hours in 12 feet or with a jig and shiner minnow in 16 to 20 feet during the day. St. Alban’s Bay and Garrison Reef have been two of many areas producing numbers of walleyes. Northern pike can be had in these areas, and smallmouth bass are being found on shallow rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Jig and minnows are turning walleyes in 10 to 28 feet on the main basin. On the Rainy River, walleyes are being found from Four Mile Bay all the way to Birchdale in 5 to 15 feet. At the Northwest Angle, 20 to 27 feet of water has produced numbers of eating-size walleyes.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

The walleye bite has been sporadic, but some fish are being caught on crankbaits after dark on the 3- to 5- foot weed tops in Lake Minnetonka. During the day, rigging with minnows has turned some fish in Minnetonka along the 18- to 20-foot weedlines. Panfish action has slowed since last weekend’s cold front came through.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes are being caught in 25 to 30 feet with a Lindy rig and minnow during the day, or in 4 to 6 feet with a jig and leech in the evening. Pike Bay, Duffy Islands Narrows, the mouth of the Pike River, Whiskey Island, and Fish House Reef are all producing fish.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes seem to spread out but are active in 10 to 16 feet during the day or 7 to 10 feet during the evening hours. A jig tipped with shiner or rainbow minnows is working best on Snaghole Bar, Little Stoney Point, Mallard Point, and Big Stoney Point. Perch and northern pike can be had in these areas, as well. 

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Some of the best walleye reports are coming from 10 to 12 feet with a jig and minnow. The fish seem to be more scattered, and it’s helped to stay on the move if the bite slows in a specific area. Varying degrees of success are coming from the Duck Point area, Hardwoods, GrandVu Flats, Portage Bay, and Sugar Point.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Walleye reports have been limited, mainly due to the weather, but a few crappies are being caught in Black Bay over 15 to 18 feet. Cranberry Island is giving up occasional walleyes, on minnows, in 18 to 20 feet, and sturgeon reports continue to be good on the Rainy River.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

With cold and windy weather to start the walleye season, it’s been tough to consistently find fish. The bite seemed to be improving this week with some fish being caught on jigs and minnows at the mouth of the Tamarack River, the south shore, and the northeast shore in 4 to 8 feet. A few crappies have started showing up in shallow water on the north shore, as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

NORTHEAST METRO

Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows in the Prescott area of the St. Croix River in 12 to 16 feet. Bass are hitting plastics in shallow water on Lake Demontreville, Powers Lake, Big Marine Lake, and Big Carnelian Lake. Toss spinnerbaits in the 5- to 7-foot weeds for northern pike on Green Lake, Lake Peltier, White Bear Lake, and Big Carnelian. Crappies and sunfish remain active in 4 to 6 feet on Demontreville and Silver Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Some walleyes are being found shallow and others are as deep as 20 feet on area lakes. Lotus Lake is kicking out decent numbers of walleyes, just out from the access. Bass fishing has been good on Lake Wasserman and Lake Minnewashta, while a few crappies are coming from Whaletail Lake in 10 feet. Look to Ann Lake and Steiger Lake for bass and pike in less than 8 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Crankbaits are producing walleyes during low-light periods in 6 to 10 feet near the Carp Trap, Rock Dock, and Claybanks areas. During the day, a jig and minnow has worked best in 15 feet on Kegg’s Reef and Harm’s Point. Look for crappies over 16 feet in Waconia Bay. Bass and sunfish continue to be found along the shorelines.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Reports

Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report - May 20th, 2016

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Look for walleyes and northern pike to hit a jig and minnow along the 8- to 14-foot weedlines of Reno Lake and Lake Mary. Crappies and bass continue to be found in the bulrushes on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, Lake Geneva, Lake Ida, and Lake Carlos. 

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Walleye reports have been limited, but a few fish are being caught on minnows in 14 to 24 feet at Maple Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Cedar Lake. Last weekend’s cold weather seems to have slowed the local panfish bite, and northern pike reports have been poor, as well.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting jigs and shiner minnows on the Otter Tail River, Silver Lake, Walker Lake, Deer Lake, and Otter Tail Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Trolling the creek mouths with crankbaits on West Battle Lake or drifting leeches on Clitherall Lake in 10 feet has produced walleyes, as well. Crappies and sunfish continue to be found in 10 feet in Mollie Stark Lake and West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

The northwest and east sides of Lake Bemidji are producing walleyes, as is Cabin Point and the northeast corner of Lake Plantagenet in 5 to 10 feet – a jig and shiner is working best. The entire Turtle River Chain of Lakes is worth noting for panfish and bass in shallow water.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

A jig and minnow combo is turning walleyes on Blackduck Lake most consistently, with a few coming off Island Lake and Gull Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Panfish action has slowed, likely due to the cool weather last weekend, but it should pick up again on lakes such as Gilstead, South Twin, and North Twin in 4 to 10 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

The majority of walleyes are hitting minnows in 15 feet at Gull Lake and North Long Lake. Northern pike also can be had on minnows in 10 feet on Gull, Whitefish Lake, and North Long. Crappie reports have improved in shallow water at Round Lake, Lake Margaret, Booming Out Bay on Gull, and Merrifield Bay on North Long.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Jigs tipped with shiners or leeches are turning walleyes in 16 to 18 feet on Lake Andrusia during the day. During the evening hours, the Turtle River Bar on Cass Lake is giving up walleyes in 6 to 8 feet. Allen’s Bay on Cass and the north end of Andrusia are kicking out crappies and sunfish in 18 to 20 feet. Northern pike have been easy to catch on both lakes, as well.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

Shiner minnows are working best for walleyes on the 6- to 11-foot weed edges of Green Lake, Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Look for sunfish in 4 to 12 feet on Chisago and South Lindstrom or crappies in 10 to 12 feet on North and South Center. Bass are cruising the shorelines of most lakes, and Little Lake is producing panfish and walleyes in 10 to 12 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

A few walleyes are being caught on minnows and jigs in 2 to 6 feet on Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake or in slightly deeper water on the Mississippi River. Panfish action has slowed, but look to Little Rabbit Lake and Black Hoof Lake to again produce fish as the water warms. Limits of trout are being caught on spinners or small jigs by boat anglers on Pennington Pit and Portsmouth Pit and from anglers fishing off shore at Manuel Pit.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Lindy Rigs or jigs tipped with minnows are turning some walleyes in 8 to 15 feet on Big Cormorant Lake, Floyd Lake, Lake Sallie, and Lake Melissa. Crappies have started hitting again on Big Detroit Lake, Sour Lake, Severson Lake, Upper Cormorant Lake, Cotton Lake, and Sallie in 4 to 7 feet. Northern pike seem to be active on most lakes in 10 to 12 feet, and bass are being caught in shallow water throughout the area, as well.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Minnows have been the hot bait for walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on Island Lake and Boulder Lake. Walleyes also are hitting spinners and crawlers or jigs and minnows on the St. Louis River in 8 to 10 feet. Look for crappies on the 8- to 10-foot weeds and structure on Fish Lake and Boulder or in 6 to 8 feet on Rice Lake. Some coho salmon continue to be found near the surface, but close to shore on Lake Superior.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MN

Walleye fishing has been tough, but a few fish are being taken with minnows on the 7- to 14-foot weedlines on Blue Lake or Green Lake, and in the deep holes of the Rum River. Northern pike are an easy catch on the 4- to 9-foot weedlines on Little Elk Lake and Blue, while panfish action has slowed.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleyes are being caught with minnows in 6 to 10 feet on Basswood Lake, Lake Shagawa, Birch Lake, and Fall Lake – some fish are being taken in slightly deeper water during midday hours. Northern pike also are biting on these lakes, but the majority of them have been on the small side.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

FAIRMONT AREA

Tuttle Lake continues to produce walleyes on live-bait rigs and minnows in 4 to 6 feet.  Hall Lake and Budd Lake also are giving up walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on leeches or minnows. A minnow under a float is turning crappies on lakes Budd, Sissiton, and George, along the shorelines in 4 to 6 feet. Look to Fox Lake for keeping-size perch in 4 to 8 feet. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Minnows are turning walleyes on Cannon Lake from the shorelines out to 8 feet. Look to Roberds Lake and Circle Lake for a few walleyes as well in 6 to 8 feet. Crappies continue to hit on Cedar Lake in 5 to 7 feet, but sunfish and northern pike action is limited.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

A few walleyes and perch are being taken with a jig and minnow on Elbow Lake in 6 feet, while Crescent Lake and Poplar Lake are kicking out walleyes in 5 to 10 feet. Lake trout are hitting minnows or frozen ciscoes on Moss Lake and Daniels Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Northern pike can be had with sucker minnows or crankbaits in 4 to 8 feet on Devil’s Track Lake and East Twin Lake. 

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

A jig and shiner minnow is producing walleyes in 12 to 16 feet during the day and in 6 to 8 feet during the evening hours at Big Splithand Lake, Jessie Lake, Dixon Lake, Deer Lake, Sugar Lake, and Bowstring Lake. Look to Sand Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Some of the most consistent walleye action is happening below the dam on the Mississippi River. Crappies are moving into the shallow bays during the afternoon hours on Lake Pokegama, Lake Wabana, Big Cutfoot and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes, and Big Splithand.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Spottail shiner minnows have been the ticket for walleyes on Two Rivers Lake in 2 to 6 feet or Big Birch Lake in 15 feet. Big Birch also is giving up northern pike in 12 to 15 feet, crappies can be had in 2 to 4 feet at Mound Lake or Pine Lake, and St. Mary’s Lake and Pine are producing sunfish in 4 to 6 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Minnows are producing walleyes from 4 to 16 feet at Pine Mountain Lake and Ten Mile Lake. The key is to keep moving in and out of these depths and picking off the aggressive fish. Crappies continue to be found in the 4- to 8-foot weeds and bulrushes on Birch Lake, Webb Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Child Lake.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Fishing action has picked up daily since opening day. Walleyes, sauger, and perch are being caught with a jig or live-bait rig and minnow on the 8- to 12-foot sand or soft-bottomed areas. Some walleyes also are being caught off docks during the evening hours.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

LONGVILLE AREA

Lindy Rigs and shiner minnows are triggering walleyes in 16 to 20 feet on Lake Wabedo or the wind-swept points  and shorelines on Woman Lake. A few crappies are being found in 8 to 10 feet on Girl Lake, but these fish should move shallow again throughout the week on other lakes such as Big Boy and Inguadona.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

Trolling crankbaits between Second and Third Point or in Baker’s Bay in 14 to 18 feet has produced walleyes on Lake Washington. The Blue Earth and Le Sueur rivers are providing decent walleye and northern pike action, while a jig and minnow is turning walleyes off Miller’s Point in 12 to 14 feet and in the narrows over 4 to 12 feet on Madison Lake.

White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

A few small walleyes are being caught on area lakes, but the majority of reports have been limited. You will find sunfish in the shallow bays on Fish Lake, Knife Lake, or Ann Lake and look for the crappies to move shallow on these lakes by this weekend as well.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

A few walleyes are being taken with slip bobbers and leeches or jigs and minnows off the docks at Big Stone Lake after dark. The bite has been tough during the day with a few fish hitting on the rocks. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes in 9 to 20 feet on Fish Hook Lake, Long Lake, and Island Lake. The deeper holes on the Mississippi River have given up good numbers of walleyes as well. Crappies are being found in 8 to 10 feet on Lake Belle Taine and Big Mantrap Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

A jig and shiner minnow is turning walleyes and northern pike in 6 to 8 feet or 10 to 12 feet on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake. Look to Loon Lake, Buchanan Lake, and Little McDonald Lake for crappies when the weather improves.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

The majority of walleyes seem to be migrating toward the Head of the Lakes area on Lake Pepin. Crankbaits are turning fish in 8 to 14 feet. Panfish and catfish action has been slower this week on the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

Silver Creek Reservoir is giving up crappies, bass, northern pike, and perch in 8 to 12 feet. Look to Foster Arend Pond and Chesterwoods Pond for panfish in 5 to 10 feet, while Lake Zumbro is kicking out crappies in 8 to 10 feet. Some walleyes are being caught on crankbaits in 7 to 10 feet or with jigs and minnows on the points at Lake Pepin.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

Spinner rigs or jigs tipped with minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in 9 to 15 feet on Rice Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, and the Sauk River. Panfish action has slowed this week, but catfish remain active on the Sauk River.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Walleyes are being taken on the north end flats, rock piles, and north-end bridge on Sauk Lake in 4 to 8 feet and the north and south ends of Lake Osakis in 12 to 18 feet. Spottail shiner minnows are working best. Walleyes and northern pike can be had with shiners on Little Birch Lake in 6 to 18 feet, while Westport Lake is a safe bet for pike in 7 feet. You’ll find crappies in the bays of Sauk.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

The Mississippi River is kicking out good numbers of walleyes, smallmouth bass, and northern pike. A few walleyes also have been taken with minnows on Fish Trap Lake and Lake Alexander in 10 to 12 feet. Look for crappies to move back to the shallow reeds and shorelines with a few days of warm weather.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Walleye action has been slow to start this season, with just a few fish being caught on shiner minnows or spinners and crawlers in 12 to 15 feet on Turtle Lake. Look for Lake Minnewaska and Lake Emily to start producing fish. 

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Anglers fishing from their docks are catching walleyes with minnows on Lake Tetonka, as are those fishing near the bridge on Lake Sakatah; both bites have been best during low-light periods. Northern pike also are active on these lakes.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Walleye action has been sporadic. Spottail shiners are producing a few walleyes in less than 10 feet on lakes such as Big Kandi, Wagonda, Ringo, Norway/Games, South Long, Solomon, and Willmar/Foot. You’ll also pluck an occasional walleye off Green Lake in 25 to 30 feet or the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Diamond Lake. 

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Most lakes are kicking out walleyes  with minnows, leeches, crawlers, and crankbaits all working. Look to Lady Slipper Lake, Lake Sarah, School Grove Lake, Lake Benton, and Rock Lake as good starting spots. Crappies continue to be found in shallow water on Sarah and Lake Shetek. Northern pike are hitting on Cottonwood Lake.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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