The shallow flats and sunken islands are starting to produce
quite a few walleyes on the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes, Lake
Latoka, Lake Ida, Lake Irene, and Lake Miltona. Most area lakes
continue to produce numbers of good-sized bass. These fish are
active, but scattered throughout shallow and deep vegetation. Lake
Miltona, Lobster Lake, and Oscar Lake are giving up a few muskies,
while lakes such as Mary, Victoria, Reno, and Ida are safe bets for
Northeast Outfitters (320) 763-9598
Clearwater Lake and Pleasant Lake are producing a few walleyes
in 18 to 22 feet of water during low-light periods of the day.
Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are working best.
Clearwater, Lake Sylvia, and Lake John continue to kick out quite a
few sunfish in 12 to 15 feet of water. Bass and northern pike are
hitting on most area lakes, and anglers on Sugar Lake are reporting
more muskie follows than actual hooked fish.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
West Battle Lake is producing walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water
on leeches and live bait rigs. Walker Lake and Silver Lake are
worth noting for walleyes in deeper water as well. Sunfish are
hitting at a good pace on West Battle and Dead Lake in 10 to 12
feet of water. Elbow Lake is the area’s best bet for bass, and the
east end of West Battle Lake is kicking out a few muskies.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Lake Bemidji continues to give up walleyes in 22 to 30 feet of
water during the day. At night, crankbaits have worked best in
eight to 10 feet of water. Look to Big Turtle Lake for consistent
walleye action in 20 to 30 feet of water as well. Bass and northern
pike are hitting on most area lakes, but look to North Twin and
Grant Lake for a few bigger fish. Lake Bemidji and Big Lake are the
area’s best bets for muskies. Bucktails or topwater baits have been
Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000
Lakes such as Gull, Round, Pelican, Whitefish, Hubert, Edwards,
and North Long all are giving up a few walleyes. During the day the
best bite has taken place in 25 to 45 feet of water on live bait
rigs. Low-light periods of the day are best spent in six to 12 feet
of water with crankbaits. Bass, northern pike, and panfish are
relating to the weed edges of most area lakes in eight to 10 feet
of water. Look to Lake Wabedo for the area’s best muskie
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
Bass and panfish continue to be the big story in this area.
These fish are weed-related and very active on Chisago Lake,
Sunrise Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Walleye
activity has slowed recently, with the exception of a few fish
coming off Little Green Lake during low-light periods of the
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Sunfish are hitting at a good pace in the shallows of Little
Rabbit Lake, Hay Lake, Rabbit Lake, and Clearwater Lake. Northern
pike are actively feeding in 20 feet of water on Perry Lake and
Agate Lake. Smaller chubs and black spinnerbaits have worked best.
The evening walleye bite remains strong on Serpent Lake, Upper
Mission Lake, Rabbit, and Clearwater in 24 to 28 feet of water.
Cedar Lake started producing muskies on topwater baits. The deep
weed edges of most area lakes are a safe bet for numbers of
good-sized bass. The trout bite is very good over 50 feet of water
on most area mine pits.
Oars n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
CROSS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are aggressive and hitting crawlers in 20 to 28 feet of
water on several area lakes. Spinnerbaits and minnows are producing
numbers of northern pike and bass along the weed edges, and look
for suspended crappies over 18 to 24 feet of water on most area
Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708
Boyer Lake is kicking out walleyes and northern pike in 17 to 23
feet of water. The 15- to 17-foot weed edges of Big Detroit Lake
continue to produce a few walleyes. The weeds of Tamarack Lake are
a safe bet for panfish, while Little Floyd Lake and Cotton Lake are
giving up numbers of big smallmouth bass. Look to the weeded areas
of Big Detroit and Pelican Lake for muskies.
Early Bird Bait & Tackle (218) 847-9038
Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes in 10 to 18 feet of
water on White Iron Lake, Shagawa Lake, Farm Lake, and Fall Lake.
Ciscoes continue to produce a few lake trout over 50 to 70 feet of
water on Snowbank Lake and Burntside Lake. Smallmouth bass are an
easy catch on most fisheries, but look to Basswood Lake for numbers
of bigger fish. Crankbaits and leeches have worked best.
Skubie’s Bait Shop (218) 365-5358