Minnesota Great Eight Fishing Reports
Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015
Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - The cool weather has kept fishing patterns pretty much the same as last week, which means walleyes are hitting leeches and minnows during the day on the rocks in 12 to 22 feet. Smallmouth bass continue to be caught on the shallow rocks with plastics, crankbaits, and live bait.
West - The evening walleye bite with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits is strong in 12 feet in St. Alban’s Bay and on most rock points. During the day, work the 16- to 20-foot breaks in these areas with live-bait rigs tipped with minnows or leeches. Hit the shallow rock points for smallmouth bass and the weedlines in most bays for northern pike.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anglers are catching limits of keeping-sized walleyes, some trophy-caliber fish, saugers, and pike as well. Pine Island and Lighthouse Gap have been productive in 15 to 19 feet or 22 to 26 feet. Heading west, fish the rocks west of Zippel Bay, near Gull Rock Reef, or Twin islands in 18 to 22 feet or 26 feet; look deeper during the day. Anchoring and pitching a jig and minnow or drifting with spinners and minnows has produced fish. On the Rainy River, mornings and evenings have been best in 18 to 22 feet for walleyes, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. At the Northwest Angle, fish are being found in 18 to 20 feet or 25 to 30 feet on the points south of Oak Island and in current areas.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The 12- to 15-foot weedlines in the western bays of Lake Minnetonka are producing walleyes during the evening on minnows and leeches. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on Center Bar and the northwest corner of Lake Independence in 15 to 18 feet. Bass remain active along the shorelines of most lakes and crappies are set up over 10 to 15 feet on Minnetonka, Independence, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. You’ll find sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Minnetonka and the north side of Medicine. Bow fishermen report clear water on most lakes and they expect to see more rough fish sliding up shallow soon.
Jigs or Lindy rigs tipped with minnows are producing walleyes on the 30- to 40-foot breaks and on the deeper mud flats in Big Bay. A few crappies have been caught in Pike Bay, but the cold water has limited that action.
Walleyes seem to bite well one day, but it’s tough to put back-to-back good days together. A jig and minnow is best in 9 to 12 feet on Big Stony Point, Bowen’s Flat, and the Highbanks area. Perch action has slowed, but pike are an easy catch on most points and shoreline breaks in less than 11 feet.
A jig and shiner minnow continues to provide steady walleye and pike action in 7 to 12 feet. Fish wind-driven shorelines and points such as Stoney, Pine, First Duck, Second Duck, and the Hardwoods.
Spinner rigs or jigs tipped with minnows are producing walleyes in Cranberry Bay over in 25 feet and in the back end of Saginaw Bay in 10 to 15 feet during the evening. Smallmouths are hitting crankbaits in Black Bay and along shorelines in less than 12 feet. Look to the mouth of Black Bay for crappies.
A jig and minnow, slip bobber and minnow, or a live-bait rig and minnow are all producing walleyes in 4 to 8 feet. Anglers are finding northern pike and the random crappie mixed in with the walleyes as well.
Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports
Metro Area Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015
Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015
Smallmouth bass and walleyes are hitting jigs or crankbaits around the bridges of the St. Croix River. Look for crappies and sunfish in 3 to 5 feet on Carver Lake, Tanners Lake, and Silver Lake. Numbers of small bass and pike are hitting in less than 8 feet on most lakes.
The few crappies being caught have moved out to 8 to 15 feet on most lakes, while the south end of Lake Susan is giving up sunfish in 5 feet. Sucker minnows under floats are turning pike in 6 to 8 feet on Lake Auburn and Pierson Lake. Hit the creeks between Chaska and Jordan on the Minnesota River for walleyes and catfish. Carp shooting had been good on the Crow River, but cool weather early this week has limited success along the shorelines; warm weather will quickly provide better shooting opportunities.
Look for crappies in 8 to 12 feet in Waconia and Wagener’s bays. During the day, walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows or slip bobbers and leeches on the northwest side of Ken’s Reef and Cemetery Reef. Evening fishing has been best with crankbaits or slip bobber rigs at Harm’s Point, the Rock Dock, and Carp Trap areas. Plenty of smaller bass are being caught on the north side of the island in shallow vegetation. The lake is clear, which should provide good bowfishing as soon as the water warms and carp slide shallower.
Statewide Minnesota Fishing Reports
Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report - May 22nd, 2015
Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015
ALBERT LEA AREA
Walleyes are hitting leeches and northern pike are hitting minnows in shallow water at Fountain Lake. Bluegill and crappie action also improved on area lakes with waxworms or small minnows in less than 6 feet.
Shiner minnows are producing a few walleyes on Reno Lake in 7 to 11 feet and Lake Andrew in 12 to 15 feet. Christopherson’s Bay and Schwab’s Bay on Lake Ida are holding crappies in 7 to 10 feet, as are the bays on Lake Miltona in 3 to 6 feet. The weedlines on Lake Mary are giving up pike, while Lobster Lake is kicking out pike, crappies, and some walleyes in 6 to 10 feet.
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes and northern pike in 5 to 7 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Silver Lake, and Walker Lake or in 10 to 15 feet at West Battle Lake. Look for sunfish in the 8- to 10-foot weeds of Mollie Stark Lake, Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake, and Blanche Lake. Crappies have bit best in 6 to 8 feet on Blanche, Elbow, and the culvert area on Ten Mile Lake.
Shiner minnows and leeches are producing walleyes at Lake Plantagenet in 8 to 12 feet and Lake Bemidji in 6 to 8 feet. The return of cold weather has dropped water temperatures, slowing panfish action in the process. Once it starts to warm again look to lakes such as Grant, Grace, and Portage to produce bass, crappies and bluegills in shallow water.
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech in 8 to 12 feet during the evenings and 14 to 16 feet during the day on Blackduck Lake and Gull Lake. Pike seem to be biting on most lakes and look for panfish to be slightly deeper until the water begins to warm again on lakes such as Medicine, Gull, Rabideau, Pimushe, and Medicine.
Catching walleyes involves hitting lakes early and late each day and being persistant. Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and North Long Lake are the best bets in 12 to 18 feet with live-bait rigs or jigs tipped with rainbow minnows. Bass are active in shallow water on most lakes, pike are hitting on most walleye spots, and North Long has been a favorite spot for shooting carp in shallow water.
CASS LAKE AREA
Anchor and pitch a jig and shiner minnow for walleyes in 5 to 7 feet on Lake Andrusia or Allen’s Bay, O’Neil’s Point, and Turtle River Bar on Cass Lake. Walleyes also are hitting in 18 to 20 feet during the day on the south end of Andrusia and the north ends of Wolf Lake, Pike Bay Lake, and Cass. Northern pike and bass are easy to catch in 5 to 8 feet on all lakes.
Look for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet and crappies in 10 to 12 feet on lakes such as Green, East Rush, West Rush, North Center, and South Center. Walleye anglers are catching a few fish with fatheads or Shad Raps on the 12- to 16-foot structure of Green, North Center, South Center, and Chisago Lake.
A jig and shiner minnow or slip bobber and leech is turning walleyes at Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake on the 3- to 8-foot rocks and shorelines during low-light periods. There is a daytime walleye bite on Serpent in 24 to 30 feet. Northern pike are hitting bucktails in the flooded timber of Portsmouth Pit and Huntington Pit or spinnerbaits in the shallow weeds on Serpent. Trout continue to be caught on crankbaits or Power Bait in the top 10 feet of the water column at Huntington and Pennington pits.
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 6 to 12 feet on Lake Melissa and Upper Cormorant Lake. Bass continue to hit in shallow water on most lakes, while panfish continue to bite in the bays or shallow weeds of Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Little Detroit Lake.
Eating-sized walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech at Island Lake in 10 to 12 feet, St. Louis River in 8 to 10 feet, or Boulder Lake in 6 to 10 feet. Look for bluegills on the 4- to 6- foot structure and crappies in 10 feet on Fish Lake. Trolling light green stickbaits about 30 feet down over 70 to 100 feet of water has produced lake trout, cohos, and king salmon.
EAST CENTRAL MN
Minnows are producing walleyes and pike on Little Elk Lake in 7 to 11 feet. On Briggs Lake and Lake Julia, walleyes and crappies are biting in 7 to 14 feet. Northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes and the Mississippi River is providing good walleye, smallmouth bass, and catfish action.
Cold weather has once again dropped water temperatures and that’s had a negative impact on the local bite. Minnows are producing a few walleyes in 10 to 18 feet on Basswood Lake and Lake Shagawa. Look to Snowbank Lake for walleyes and lake trout in 10 to 30 feet or to Gabbro Lake for crappies in 6 feet and walleyes in deeper water.
Trolling suckers in 12 feet at Upper Dean Lake is producing pike. Sunfish have started hitting on the east side of Ruth Lake in 4 to 6 feet and the north end of Lake Washburn is giving up crappies in 8 to 12 feet.
Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sissiton are producing walleyes on leeches in 6 to 8 feet during the evening. The shorelines and docks on George Lake, Sissiton, and Budd are safe bets for crappies during the afternoon.
Anglers fishing from shore along County Road 12 on Cannon Lake are catching walleyes on minnows, while Cedar Lake is producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Hit the 10- to 13- foot weed edge on Lake Mazaska for crappies and northern pike.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
A jig and minnow or crankbaits are turning walleyes in 12 to 15 feet on Cascade Lake and Poplar Lake, in 6 feet at the inlet on Northern Light Lake, and in 20 feet on Seagull Lake. Look for lake trout over 15 to 25 feet on Lake Saganaga, 25 to 27 feet on Greenwood Lake, and 15 to 20 feet on Seagull Lake. Splake are hitting crawlers in 10 feet at Musquash Lake and spinners in 12 feet at Esther Lake, while crawlers are producing rainbow trout over 20 feet at Leo Lake.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes at Big Splithand Lake in 7 to 15 feet, Bowstring Lake in 7 to 12 feet, Lake Wabana in 8 to 20 feet, Moose Lake in 7 to 10 feet, and Lake Pokegama in 20 to 25 feet. Crappies have moved slightly deeper with the cool weather (7 to 19 feet).
A few walleyes continue to be caught with minnows on Woman Lake in 14 to 16 feet and you’ll find crappies in 6 to 10 feet on Ten Mile Lake, Birch Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Northern pike and bass are along the shorelines out to the first weedline on most lakes.
Walleyes are hitting jigs and shiner minnows in 8 to 12 feet on Echo Lake or 12 to 16 feet on this end of Lake Vermilion. On Long Ear Lake, crappies and walleyes are being caught on minnows in 6 to 8 feet. Sucker minnows or spoons are producing pike along the shoreline breaks of Big Sturgeon Lake.
Walleyes are being caught in 6 to 35 feet. The shallow water has produced bigger walleyes and pike, while deep depths are kicking out keeping-sized walleyes, sauger, and some jumbo perch. A jig and minnow, slip bobbers, and live-bait rigs are all producing fish.
Hit Baker’s Bay and Second Point in 18 feet with leeches or small minnows on Lake Washington for walleyes. Crappies and sunfish also can be had on Washington, but look in 12 to 15 feet when it’s cloudy and cool and as shallow as 4 feet when the sun is out and water temperatures climb. Jigs tipped with minnows or plastics continue to trigger walleyes on the Blue Earth River and Minnesota River.
Crappies and walleyes are being plucked from the weeds on Little Eagle Lake and Beebe Lake. Lake Constance, Little Pulaski Lake, and Little Cedar Lake are giving up crappies in less than 8 feet. Hit the Mississippi River and Big Pulaski Lake with minnows for walleyes, while Ramsey Lake is producing bass and crappies in 6 to 8 feet.
Walleyes are being caught with Rapalas at Knife and Fish in 5 to 8 feet, while catfish continue to hit crawlers on the Ann River and Snake River. Rough fish have started to move shallow and bow fishermen are shooting some big carp on Fish Lake.
There’s good walleye activity on the deep rocks with slip bobbers and leeches in the LaGunna Beach and Peninsula areas of Big Stone Lake. On the south end of the lake, walleyes and largemouth bass are hitting crankbaits around the islands in 5 to 8 feet.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes are being caught on minnows at Fish Hook Lake, Potato Lake, and Island Lake in 14 feet, but the bite should really take off with some warm, stable weather. Recent cold fronts have pushed crappies back out to 10 to 12 feet on Big Mantrap Lake and the Crow Wing Chain.
Panfish and walleye action has slowed with the cooler weather and drop in water temperatures. Panfish have been extremely difficult to locate, but they should slide shallower again as it warms. A few walleyes are being caught with jigs and shiner minnows in 6 to 9 feet on Rush Lake.
PINE CITY AREA
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and crappies during the day in 12 to 14 feet and in the evenings in 5 to 7 feet on Lake Pokegama. The Snake River is worth hitting for walleyes, sturgeon, and catfish.
RED WING AREA
Despite the return of cool weather and some added water in the Mississippi River, walleyes continue to be caught on the main river channel and in Lake Pepin from 8 to 20 feet. Leadcore and crankbaits or rigging with live bait has been most productive. White bass are being caught on jigs and plastics below the dam.
The shallow structure and docks on Lake Zumbro and Willow Creek Reservoir continue to provide steady crappie action. On the Mississippi River, pike are hitting sucker minnows near the Bass Camp and walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows in 10 to 15 feet.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Prior to the recent cold front, walleyes were hitting leeches and minnows in 6 to 16 feet on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. The bridges or deeper holes on the Sauk River were also giving up a few walleyes. Bowfishermen are finding success when the wind doesn’t blow in shallow water on Vail’s Lake, Brown’s Lake, and Long Lake.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleyes are hitting spottail shiners on the bars and breaklines in 12 to 14 feet at Lake Osakis, the rock pile and Diamond Point area on Sauk Lake, Little Sauk Lake, and Maple Lake. Northern pike action has improved with minnows or perch-colored spoons at Grove Lake and Westport Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Crappies are being caught around the docks and current areas on Osakis and Sauk.
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Water levels on the Mississippi River have increased and that has provided better fishing along the shorelines for walleyes, pike, and smallmouth bass. Jigs tipped with minnows or plastics have been most productive. Pike and bass continue to be caught in 4 to 8 feet on Pierz Lake, Lake Alexander, and Beauty Lake. A few crappies are being caught on area lakes, but they moved deeper with the cooler weather early this week. Reports from bowfishermen indicate better shooting two weeks ago in the Mill Park area of the river. Carp continue to be shot, but the higher and dirtier water has made it more difficult.
Shallow-running crankbaits are producing walleyes in 6 feet on Lake Emily, as are shiner minnows on Pelican Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Fishing action on Lake Minnewaska has been slow over the past week.
Cold, wet, and windy conditions have kept most people off area lakes. The few people that have ventured out have struggled.
Walleyes and pike are along the shallow weeds on Lake Sakatah and Lake Tetonka. Spoons and minnows are turning pike, while leeches and crawlers are working best for walleyes. The lagoons on Tetonka continue to produce crappies in less than 3 feet.
The shallow, prairie lakes such as Long and Big Kandi started producing walleyes in less than 10 feet on slip bobbers and leeches. Crappies and walleyes are being caught in 15 to 18 feet at Willmar/Foot Lake, while Eagle Lake is producing walleyes in 12 to 15 feet mainly on leeches or minnows. Carp shooting has been slower this week.
Walleyes are hitting shallow-running crankbaits on Lake Benton, Dead Coon Lake, and Lake Shetek in 4 to 8 feet. Panfish action has slowed, but carp shooting has been good in sloughs adjacent to Lake Sarah and Shetek.
Crappies and sunfish are being caught in the back sloughs off the main channel on the Mississippi River. Trolling crankbaits or Lindy rigs tipped with willow cats are producing walleyes below the dams, shoreline cuts, and main channel on the river. Trout action remains strong on the smaller rivers.