Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — May 26, 2017

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East: It’s still pretty easy to catch walleyes, and they seem to be biting on any presentation you want to fish. The sand, rocks, mud, and gravel are all giving up big numbers of walleyes and they are running a variety of sizes. The smallmouth bass bite has been a bit slower this week as cold weather returned. The fish being caught have been deeper, but they should move back to the shorelines and shallow rocks as water temperatures climb.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West: Walleye action remains strong on the rock points, shoreline breaks, weedlines, reefs, and mud flats – they seem to be everywhere and at a variety of depths. Live bait and artificial presentations are both working. The weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay started giving up a few more northern pike, while the rock points continue to provide consistent smallmouth bass action.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleye action remains strong across the south shore in 17 to 24 feet with a jig and minnow or spinner rigs and minnows. The reefs also started giving up walleyes in 25 to 30 feet, and there has been decent numbers of jumbo perch and northern pike mixed in. Walleyes are most active during the morning hours on the Rainy River. At the Northwest Angle, limits of walleyes are being caught on jigs and minnows around most islands in 16 to 26 feet, crappies are hitting over 20 feet on the Canadian side, northern pike are in most current areas, and smallmouth bass are on the shallow rocks.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Walleyes continue to hit minnows on the inside and outside weedlines of Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Some walleyes also are being caught at night with crankbaits along the shorelines and in the channels of these lakes. Look for largemouth bass to be shallow on most lakes, crappies on the 15-foot milfoil tops of Minnetonka, and sunfish are starting to move on the shorelines of most lakes.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Walleye action has been very good with minnows in 7 to 12 feet or 20 to 25 feet. Areas such as Seven Sisters, Raspberry Island, mouth of Everett Bay, Moose Island, Potato Island, Indian Point, and Frazier Bay are all giving up fish. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the shallow rocks, while northern pike are hitting minnows or crankbaits in Mud Creek Bay and Stuntz Bay.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes are scattered and the bite has slowed since the cooler weather arrived. A jig and minnow or spinner and crawler is working best at the Bird Houses, Bena Bar, Raven’s Point, and Mallard Point in 9 to 12 feet. You’ll find northern pike in 8 to 10 feet and some perch are being caught south of Third River in 10 feet or in 15 to 20 off Snaghole Bar.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

The walleye bite has been sporadic with spurts of activity throughout the day. A jig tipped with a minnow or leech is working best in 4 to 10 feet and fish the wind-driven shorelines. Areas such as the Hardwoods, Meadows, Goose Island, Pelican Island, Battle Point, and Sugar Point have been most productive if the wind is hitting them.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the shallow structure and rocky shorelines in Sand Bay, Cranberry Bay, and the Kettle Falls area. Northern pike have become active with good numbers of fish being caught on the emerging weedbeds. Crappie reports have been limited, but smallmouth bass are biting in the shallow bays and rock areas.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

A jig and minnow continues to turn walleyes in 4 to 7 feet along most shorelines. Cooler water temperatures have slowed the crappies from moving into shallow water. Numbers of northern pike of various sizes are being caught along with the walleyes.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Leeches or crawlers will produce walleyes and sauger on the St. Croix River in 15 feet. On White Bear Lake, walleyes and largemouth bass are hitting leeches during the evening hours in 10 to 15 feet. White Bear is giving up a few crappies in shallow water, but most have moved deeper, and sucker minnows will trigger northern pike and bass at Demontreville Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Northern pike and largemouth bass are hitting sucker minnows at Steiger Lake and Lake Zumbra in shallow water. Lake Parley is a safe bet for crappies and sunfish in shallow water, while a jig and fathead minnow is producing walleyes in the creeks connected to the Minnesota River.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Crappies are hitting in shallow water on Prior Lake, while Lake O’Dowd and Prior are giving up largemouth bass and northern pike in 5 to 8 feet. Look to Spring Lake for crappies and sunfish in less than 6 feet, and you’ll catch walleyes on minnows or crankbaits in 15 to 22 feet on Prior during the day or in less than 5 feet at night.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Cemetery Reef, Kegg’s Reef, and in front of the Claybanks. Crappie action has slowed a bit, but look to North Reef in 12 feet for scattered pods of fish. Sunfish and largemouth bass have started moving to the shorelines and docks.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Crappies continue to be found on the shallow weed edges of Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, and Lake Ida. Reno Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish in 4 to 8 feet. Look to Reno with minnows or leeches for walleyes in 14 feet, Lake Oscar in 12 feet, Stowes Lake in 7 feet, Chippewa Lake in 8 to 18 feet, and Lake Mary in 13 to 15 feet. On Lake Miltona, walleyes are hitting crankbaits after dark on the edges of the shallower flats.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Crappies and sunfish are being found on the shorelines, in the reeds, and along emerging weedlines at Lake Sylvia, Clearwater Lake, Maple Lake, Lake John, Cedar Lake, and Sugar Lake. Walleyes continue to hit minnows in 10 to 14 feet on Clearwater, Cedar, Buffalo Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Largemouth bass and northern pike are an easy catch around docks and shallow weeds on most lakes.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows in the 9- to 15- foot weeds on Otter Tail Lake, Walker Lake, and Rush Lake. Crappies and sunfish remain active in 3 to 6 feet on West Battle Lake, Stalker Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in the 11- to 15- foot weeds of Otter Tail, South Turtle Lake, and Donald Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

The north and east sides of Lake Bemidji are producing walleyes on shiner minnows in 5 to 10 feet. On Lake Plantagenet, shiners are turning walleyes in the 6- to 10- foot weeds. Lake Beltrami and Gull Lake are giving up panfish in the shallow reeds, while bass and northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes in less than 8 feet.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleyes and perch continue to hit minnows in 8 to 12 feet at Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Round Lake. You’ll find crappies in 8 to 10 feet on Round and Blackduck, while Gilstead Lake and Pimushe Lake are producing crappies in shallower water.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Shiner minnows continue to trigger walleyes in 16 to 20 feet on North Long Lake, Round Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 8 to 12 feet on Gull Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long. Look for panfish and bass in 3 to 6 feet at North Long, Gull, Round, Cullen, and Lake Edwards.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

A jig or live-bait rig tipped with a shiner minnow is turning walleyes and perch in 18 to 20 feet on Kitchi Lake and Lake Andrusia. Minnows also are producing northern pike in 6 to 8 feet on Wolf Lake and Andrusia. Crappie and bluegill action is strong over 10 to 12 feet in Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake, Wolf, Kitchi, and Andrusia.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA   

Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in 6 to 14 feet on Chisago Lake, Green Lake, and South Center Lake. Some panfish are still being caught in the bays and channels, while others have moved to the shallow, emerging weedlines on Chisago, Green, South Center Lake, North Center Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake. Bass are set up in shallow water throughout the area.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Crappies are hitting in the 7- to 12- foot weeds on Lake Mary, Emily Lake, and north end of Clearwater Lake. A jig and minnow continues to trigger walleyes at Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake in 8 to 14 feet, and sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Lower Mission Lake and East Rabbit Lake. Trout are being taken with small crankbaits or spoons on the Pennington Pit Chain and Huntington Pit.

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Walleyes continue to hit minnows on Big Cormorant Lake and Big Detroit Lake in 16 to 20 feet. Crappies and bluegills remain shallow and active on Floyd Lake, Height of Land Lake, Sour Lake, and Lake Six. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weedlines of Lake Sallie, and bass are an easy catch in shallow water on most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Crappie action has picked up during the evening hours on the shorelines of Fish Lake and Island Lake. Chubs or shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 8 to 10 feet on the St. Louis River, Boulder Lake, Rice Lake, and Fish. Heavy rains have muddied the water on Lake Superior so fishing action has slowed.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Sunfish are hitting in 3 to 6 feet and crappies are going in 6 to 9 feet on Blue Lake. Little Elk Lake is producing sunfish in shallow water. Walleyes are being caught with leeches and nightcrawlers after dark on Green Lake and Spectacle Lake in 14 to 20 feet. The Mississippi River is running high so use caution, but smallmouth bass, walleyes, and catfish have been biting.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Northern pike are hitting smelt along the shorelines of Farm Lake, South Kawishiwi River, Basswood Lake, and Garden Lake. A few lake trout are coming off Snowbank Lake over 20 to 40 feet, and smallmouth bass have started moving into shallow water on most lakes. Look for walleyes in 10 to 18 feet on the west end of Basswood Lake and the White Iron Chain of Lakes – look for current areas to be holding more fish.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

Sunfish are hitting at Lawrence Lake in 4 feet and Mitchell Lake is giving up crappies, near the island, in 4 to 6 feet. Troll sucker minnows in 8 to 10 feet on Lake Emily for northern pike, while shiner minnows are turning walleyes at West Fox Lake in 8 to 10 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Crankbaits or live bait are turning walleyes in 6 to 8 feet at Big Twin Lake, Amber Lake, Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Look to the submerged trees on Sissiton and George Lake for bluegills and for suspended crappies over 8 to 12 feet at Hall, Budd, Sissiton, George, and Amber. Trolling or casting spoons on Perch Lake has produced northern pike.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Crappies and sunfish are hitting around most docks, out to 12 feet on Cedar Lake. Troll spoons along the 8- to 12- foot weedlines of Shields Lake for northern pike, and the bridge on Cannon Lake is giving up a few walleyes.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow in 5 to 8 feet on Bowstring Lake and Big Spirit Lake, 12 feet on Jessie Lake, 7 to 14 feet on Lake Wabana, 12 to 20 feet on Sugar Lake, and throughout the Mississippi River. Bluegill action has been slow, but crappies are being caught on the weedlines of Lake Pokegama, Little Splithand Lake, Big Splithand, and Wabana.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Big Birch Lake is giving up a few walleyes on minnows or crawlers in 8 to 15 feet. Look to Big Swan Lake, Pine Lake, and Mound Lake for crappies in 4 to 8 feet – you’ll find a few sunfish mixed in as well. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting just about anything thrown at them in shallow water on most lakes, while sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Big Swan in 8 to 12 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Leeches and minnows are producing walleyes at Woman Lake and Pine Mountain Lake in 15 to 20 feet. There’s some evening walleye action at Ten Mile Lake in 2 to 8 feet. Crappie action remains strong in shallow water or in the bulrushes of most lakes, while smallmouth bass are biting on the shorelines of Stoney Lake, Ten Mile, and Baby Lake.

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

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

Crappies are being caught at McCormick Lake and Dewey Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Look to the weedlines on Side Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike and for a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Walleyes, sauger, and northern pike are hitting minnows on the shallow, shoreline points early and late each day. Midday hours are best spent in 30 to 45 feet with a jig and minnow for walleyes and sauger.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

LONGVILLE AREA

Lindy Rigs and shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 12 to 22 feet on Woman Lake. On Big Boy Lake, walleyes are being taken with a jig and shiner on the 15- to 20- foot shoreline breaks. Crappies and bluegills are still shallow on most lakes with good reports coming off Girl, Black Water, Mule, Big Boy, and Broadwater or Otter bays on Woman.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

Leeches continue to produce walleyes off Miller’s Point and the narrows area on Madison Lake. Panfish remain active on Grassy Island and in Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington. German Lake is producing walleyes on leeches in less than 10 feet and panfish at the inlet.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Crappie and sunfish action has slowed with the cooling water temperatures, but should return to the shallows on most lakes as it warms. Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow or crankbaits in 3 to 7 feet on Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

The shorelines and shallow rocks on Big Stone Lake are producing crappies and bluegills. Walleye action has been best around the islands on Big Stone in 8 to 10 feet with spinner rigs and leeches. Some walleyes continue to be caught on the shorelines and shallow rocks at night as well.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Crappies are being found in 8 to 10 feet on Big Mantrap Lake and Two Inlet Lake. The Crow Wing Chain is producing a few panfish in 6 to 8 feet and look to Potato Lake with shiner minnows for walleyes in 8 to 10 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Work the 4- to 8- foot bulrushes for bluegills and crappies on Dead Lake, Star Lake, Loon Lake, Sybil Lake, and Big Pine Lake. Walleyes are being caught with shiner minnows in 8 to 11 feet on Little Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Big Pine. Northern pike and bass seem to be hitting in less than 10 feet on most lakes.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes and sauger in less than 8 feet on Lake Pepin and the bottom end of the Mississippi River. Look to the bays and marinas for panfish as water temperatures start to again climb.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows and nightcrawlers around the bridges and channel areas of the Sauk River. Panfish action has slowed as water temperatures took a dip this week. Look for them to again move shallow on most lakes once water temperatures climb.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The 6- to 16- foot structure and current areas of Big Sauk Lake are producing walleyes with a shiner minnow. The south end of Lake Osakis also is giving up walleyes on shiners in 12 to 16 feet. Crappies are being caught in shallow water at Long Bridge Lake, Maple Lake, Gurney Lake, and Osakis, while bass and sunfish can be had in shallow water as well.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Small walleyes, catfish, and smallmouth bass continue to be caught from the Mississippi River. Rice/Skunk Lake is producing smallmouth and northern pike in shallow water. Crappie action has been slow on most lakes since water temperatures dropped.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Spinner rigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 22 to 24 feet on Lake Minnewaska. Panfish action has slowed throughout the area with cooling water temperatures over the past week.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

VIRGINIA AREA

A jig and minnow or live-bait rig and nightcrawler are producing walleyes on this end of Lake Vermilion from 3 to 30 feet – these fish are scattered at a variety of depths. Crappie and northern pike reports have been limited.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-1629

WILLMAR AREA

Minnows, leeches, and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in less than 10 feet at Lake Elizabeth, Lake Wagonda, and Big Kandi Lake. A few walleyes also can be had in 12 to 15 feet on Diamond Lake, Eagle Lake, and Green Lake or at the culvert on Willmar/Foot Lake. Panfish and bass reports have been limited, mainly due to the rain and wind that’s limited people from fishing for them.

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Minnows, leeches, and crawlers are all working for walleyes on the shorelines of Rock Lake, Dead Coon Lake, Lake Shetek, Lake Benton, School Grove Lake, Lady Slipper Lake, Cottonwood Lake, Goose Lake, and Lake Sarah. Yankton Lake and Shetek are worth hitting for crappies and East Twin Lake is producing smallmouth bass in shallow water.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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