Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 23, 2017

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Walleyes of various sizes remain very active throughout the lake. The shallow rocks and shorelines, deepest basin areas, and everything between them seems to be producing walleyes. Crankbaits, plastics, and live bait are all turning fish. Smallmouth bass anglers have offered mixed reports with the best action happening on the mid-depth rocks.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Catching walleyes continues to be pretty easy on the shoreline breaks, rock points, mud flats, and reefs – fish are biting consistently from shallow to deep water. Northern pike are being caught on the weed edges of St. Alban’s Bay, Wigwam Bay, and Garrison Bay. Look for smallmouth bass on the deep rocks piles and points, while muskie reports have been limited.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Spinner rigs and crawlers or jigs tipped with shiner minnows or leeches are producing walleyes on the south shore in 11 to 18 feet or 30 to 32 feet. Some fish are being caught as shallow as 5 to 11 feet, and tighter to the shore where the shiners are spawning. Troll crankbaits early in the morning on the Rainy River for walleyes, and smallmouth bass remain active in the bays and feeder stream areas. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes continue to hit on the wind-driven shorelines and islands in 4 to 14 feet or 16 to 26 feet. Topwater baits have produced muskies here on the rocks.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Sunfish, northern pike, and bass remain active along the inside and outside weedlines at Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and Lake Independence. The 8- to 15-foot humps on Lake Sarah are giving up crappies and sunfish. Muskie action has picked up in 15 feet on Independence and along the shorelines of Minnetonka. A few walleyes are being caught after dark in the channels of Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Look for walleyes on the shallow rock edges or 12- to 20-foot structure – leeches and nightcrawlers are working best. Better areas have been the mouth of Canfield Bay, Indian Point, mouth of Everett Bay, Potato, Stonich, and Taylor islands, Frazier Bay, Daisy Bay, and Pike Bay entrance. A few muskies are being taken on the shallow rocks, and the wind-swept shorelines remain a safe bet for smallmouth bass. The weedlines in Mud Creek Bay and Stuntz Bay are producing northern pike.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

A spinner and crawler or live-bait rig and leech has worked best for walleyes and northern pike in 10 to 17 feet. The Bird Houses, Raven’s Point, Sugar Bar, and Big Stoney Point have been most productive. Perch action has been best in 10 to 12 feet near the West Winnie Campground or 16 to 20 feet on Bena Bar. Horseshoe Bar is giving up perch and walleyes in 20 to 30 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Crawlers or leeches on a live-bait rig or spinner are turning walleyes on the rocks in 7 to 9 feet – Pelican Island area and the Annex have been two of the better spots. Walleyes also can be had during the evening hours with live bait on the 10- to 12- foot flats. Muskie reports have been quiet, but the reeds in most bays are producing largemouth bass.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Leeches, minnows, and nightcrawlers are all working for walleyes on the wind-driven sides of the islands and points in Sand Bay or north and east of the Bohman Landing. Some crappies have started being caught just south of the big ramp at the Rainy Lake Visitor Center in Black Bay. Smallmouth bass remain active on the rocky shorelines.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

Strong winds limited fishing options over the past week. When weather conditions allow people to get out, walleyes are being caught in 4 to 7 feet with a jig and minnow, spinner and crawler or crankbaits. There’s been a few nice northern pike mixed in, and crappie action is slow.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

WEST METRO

Topwater baits are producing largemouth bass on Lake Bavaria and Lake Minnewashta. Sucker minnows are turning bass and northern pike at Ann Lake, Lake Zumbra, and Steiger Lake. Sunfish and crappies continue to be found in the shallow weeds on Lake Parley, Whaletail Lake is giving up crappies in the 8- to 10- foot weeds, and the weedlines on Wasserman Lake are giving up largemouth bass.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Largemouth bass are hitting plastics in shallow water on Fish Lake and Lake O’Dowd. Look to Prior Lake for walleyes in the 12- to 15- foot weeds or sunfish and bass on the docks. Hit Spring Lake for crappies and an occasional walleye in 12 feet, while the weedlines on Cedar Lake are kicking out crappies and sunfish.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Crappies are being caught on the north side of the island in 12 feet, and walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow on Cemetery Reef and Kegg’s Reef along the 13- to 18-foot weedlines. Sunfish are on the weedlines and shorelines throughout the lake, and muskie action has been slow. Northern pike remain active on the weedlines of most reefs and north end of the lake.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Walleyes continue to hit crawlers on Reno Lake in 16 feet, Lake Mary and Chippewa Lake in 14 to 16 feet, and on the 16- to 20-foot weedlines of Lake Miltona. The 8- to 10-foot weedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain are worth hitting for largemouth bass. Look for crappies in the cabbage weeds of Lake Darling and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Muskie reports have been limited, but sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of most lakes.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches and nightcrawlers at Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake and Sugar Lake in 16 to 22 feet. Drift sucker minnows on the 12- to 15- foot weedlines for pike at Cedar, Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, Granite Lake, and Maple Lake. Sunfish remain active in 2 to 5 feet on most lakes, and bass fishing has improved on the weedlines of Clearwater, Sugar, and Lake Sylvia.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

A jig and minnow or live-bait rig with crawlers are turning walleyes at Otter Tail Lake in 12 to 16 feet and West Battle Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Look for crappies and bluegills in 6 to 10 feet at West Battle, Clitherall Lake, and South Turtle Lake. Northern pike are being caught with a jig and sucker minnow on the 11- to 15-foot weedlines of West Battle, Otter Tail, and Donald Lake. Toss spinnerbaits in shallow water for bass on Spitzer Lake, Fiske Lake, and East Battle Lake, while a few muskies have been pulled from 10 to 15 feet on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BLACKDUCK AREA

Look to Island Lake, Blackduck Lake, and Round Lake with leeches or nightcrawlers for walleyes in 12 to 20 feet. You’ll find bluegills and crappies on the emerging weedlines of Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Gull Lake. Look for bass to be shallow and northern pike on the weedlines of most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

CASS LAKE AREA

Work the 18- to 20- foot weedlines with leeches or nightcrawlers for walleyes in Allen’s Bay, East Cedar Bar, and West Cedar Bar on Cass Lake. The 16- to 18-foot weeds on the west side of Pike Bay Lake also are producing walleyes. The Pughole area heading into Kitchi Lake is giving up bluegills, and the bulrushes in Lake Andrusia continue to hold crappies. BullDawgs are triggering muskies on the cabbage beds in Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Look for bluegills during the day and crappies in the evenings along the weedlines of Hay Lake, Serpent Lake, and the Crooked Lake Chain. Bass are hitting plastics in shallow water at Serpent and East Rabbit Lake. Leeches or crawlers will produce walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Clearwater Lake and Serpent. Vertically-jigged spoons are taking trout at Portsmouth Pit and Huntington Pit in 25 to 30 feet.

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Look to Big Detroit Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, and Lake Melissa with shiner minnows, leeches or crawlers for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. A few crappies are coming off the weedlines of Floyd Lake and Cotton Lake, while bluegills are hitting in less than 8 feet on Height of Land Lake and Lake Sallie. Bass and northern pike reports remain favorable from the shallow to mid-depth weeds on most lakes, and a few muskies have been raised on Pelican Lake in 15 to 18 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

ELY AREA

Walleyes are being taken with leeches at Burntside Lake in 9 to 14 feet, and Shagawa Lake is producing smallmouth bass along the shorelines. Snowbank Lake is giving up a few lake trout over 30 to 80 feet, walleyes in 20 feet, and northern pike along the shorelines. Look to the current areas of Fall Lake with leeches and minnows for walleyes in 10 to 20 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

Look to Eagle Lake in 8 to 10 feet for crappies, and Roosevelt Lake is kicking out smallmouth bass on plastics in 6 to 8 feet. Leeches are producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet at Lake Washburn and spoons are turning northern pike on Greer Lake in 6 to 8 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappies are being found suspended over 8 to 15 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Look for bluegills under the submerged trees at Sissiton and George Lake. Crawlers are producing walleyes on Tuttle Lake in 5 feet and Big Twin Lake in 8 to 12 feet.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Union Lake is producing walleyes, northern pike, and perch on minnows or crawlers in 6 to 9 feet. Look to Fox Lake for crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Cedar Lake is kicking out sunfish in 10 to 12 feet, and French Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 20 feet. Work the 12- to 15-foot rock piles on Lake Mazaska for panfish.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Minnows or leeches are producing walleyes on the 10-foot rocks at  Crescent Lake, Cascade Lake in 8 to 12 feet, Two Island Lake in 10 to 12 feet, and Gunflint Lake in 22 to 25 feet. Lake trout are being caught on jigs at Greenwood Lake in 18 to 25 feet, trolling spoons at Loon Lake in 20 feet, and on Saganaga Lake with minnows in 25 to 30 feet. Look for rainbow trout on Trout Lake in 15 feet and Mink Lake in 15 to 20 feet. On Lake Superior, lake trout are being taken with spoons down 150 to 200 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Crawlers and spinner rigs are turning walleyes on the 11- to 14-foot weedlines of Bowstring Lake and Big Splithand Lake. There’s some evening walleye action in 7 to 16 feet on lakes Pokegama, Trout, Sugar, Wabana, and Deer. Look for bluegills in 6 to 10 feet at Big Splithand, Little Splithand Lake, and Hill Lake, while Bass Lake is giving up crappies and bluegills. Stream trout are being found suspended and hitting crawlers over deep water on Kramer Lake and Taylor Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass reports have been favorable off most lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Look for sunfish in the reeds on Big Swan Lake, Big Birch Lake, Mound Lake, Pine Lake, and Big Birch Lake. Crappies are hitting in 12 feet on Big Swan and Big Birch. Smallmouth and largemouth bass remain active from the shorelines out to the first weedline on most lakes. Look to Big Birch with crawlers and leeches for walleyes in 12 to 18 feet or 30 feet or more.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Leeches or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes at Baby Lake and Woman Lake in 18 to 22 feet or 20 to 24 feet on Ten Mile Lake. Largemouth bass have moved to the shallow weeds on most lakes, and smallmouth bass are hitting in 4 to 10 feet on Stoney Lake and Woman. Crappies are hanging over the 10- to 16-foot weeds, and bluegills remain shallow at Birch Lake, Lantern Bay on Woman, and Pleasant Lake.

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

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

Crappies continue to be caught on Shoepack Lake, McCormick Lake, and Dewey Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Walleyes are hitting leeches at Echo Lake and Lake Jenette in 9 to 12 feet of water.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

LAKE KABETOGAMA

The mid-depth, soft-bottomed areas are producing walleyes and sauger and some fish have started showing up on the deep reefs as well. Minnows or leeches have been the best bait options this week. Work the rocky shorelines for smallmouth bass and the shallow bays with emerging weeds for northern pike.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MORA AREA

Sunfish remain active in less than 3 feet and crappies are being found in 4 to 5 feet at Knife Lake and Fish Lake. A fair number of walleyes are being caught with leeches or crankbaits in 5 to 8 feet on Knife.

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

PERHAM AREA

Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake are producing walleyes on live-bait rigs and leeches in 13 to 28 feet. The weed edges on Star Lake and Dead Lake are giving up panfish, while northern pike and bass are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Look for walleyes on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis in 12 to 20 feet or on the 15-foot weedlines of Horseshoe Lake – leeches and nightcrawlers are working best. Sunfish and crappies also are weed-related on Long Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, Grand Lake, and Pearl Lake. Bass fishing remains strong throughout the area, and the entire Sauk River Chain of Lakes is producing channel catfish.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sauk Lake and Lake Osakis continue to produce walleyes on crawlers or leeches in 5 to 16 feet of water. Panfish are hitting in the weeds on Fairy Lake, Maple Lake, and Smith Lake. Look to Little Sauk Lake for crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water, and bass fishing remains good on all lakes.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

The Mississippi River is giving up a few walleyes and numbers of channel cats and smallies on minnows or crawlers. Lake Alexander started giving up walleyes in 16 to 20 feet. Sunfish are hitting in 8 to 12 feet on Beauty Lake and Green Prairie Lake.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WILLMAR AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches in 10 to 15 feet on South Long Lake or in 25 to 35 feet at Green Lake. Bass and panfish are biting well along the weedlines of lakes Andrew, Florida, Nest, Diamond, Eagle, and Norway/Games. The culverts on Willmar/Foot Lake are providing decent panfish action and a few walleyes for shore fishermen.

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

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