The Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes is worth trying for crappies in
18 to 20 feet of water. Many smaller lakes such as Cowdry, Irene,
Louise, and Mill are other good choices in and around the weeds.
Lake Carlos, Lake Ida, and Lake Miltona are producing a few
walleyes off the deep, main lake structure in 26 to 35 feet during
the evening hours. Bass fishing continues to be a sure thing in
this area with lakes such as Geneva and Victoria turning out
numbers of fish. Muskie action has been slow on Lobster Lake and
Oscar Lake during the past week with the majority of anglers
reporting only a few follows.

Alexandria Outfitters (320) 763-9598


Jigs tipped with minnows or crankbaits are turning walleyes
during the evening hours on Clearwater Lake along the 12- to
15-foot weed edges. Clearwater continues to produce some good-sized
sunfish as does Sugar Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Cedar Lake. Bass and
northern pike can be along the weed edges of most area lakes. Look
to Twin Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Clearwater for crappies in the
weeds. Muskie reports off Sugar Lake have been limited to a few

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Crankbaits are producing walleyes on Otter Tail Lake just before
dark in 10 to 12 feet of water. Battle Lake also is producing a few
walleyes with crawlers or crankbaits in 18 to 24 feet of water. The
best sunfish reports are coming off South Turtle Lake and Deer
Lake, off the weed edges, in six to eight feet of water. Look to
Blanche Lake and Eagle Lake for nice bass. West Battle Lake
continues to provide limited flurries of muskie activity.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleye action is going very well on Gull Lake in 14 to 20 feet
of water and on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes in 14 to 34 feet of
water. Work the steep shoreline breaks or mid-lake structure that’s
covered with cabbage weeds. Live bait rigs tipped with redtail
chubs are turning the majority of fish. Bass and northern pike are
biting on North Long Lake, Round Lake, Gull, and most small lakes
in the area. The bigger northern pike are hitting “beefed up” live
bait rigs and large sucker minnows.

S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010


Evening trolling for walleyes is the best bet right now. Work
five to eight feet of water on Cass Lake after dark with better
areas being North Cedar Bar, East Cedar Bar, Buck’s Bar, Deadman’s
Bar, and the Knutson Dam area. The only walleye action during the
day is taking place in 20 feet of water along North Cedar Bar, East
O’Neal’s Bar, and the Hump. Perch action is slow and the best
muskie activity is taking place early in the morning on Cass Lake
with large bucktails. Northern pike are hitting spoons and
crankbaits in Allen’s Bay on Cass and on Lake Andrusia.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Rabbit Lake is kicking out a few walleyes in 27 feet of water,
as is the east side of Pelican Lake. Look for crappies on June Lake
in 12 to 15 feet of water, and the sunfish remain very active on
Rabbit, June, Perry Lake, Black Lake, and Black Hoof Lake in six to
10 feet of water. Smallmouth bass and walleyes have been caught
with regularity in the deeper holes of the Mississippi River.

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


Two presentations are producing walleyes on Whitefish Lake and
Pelican Lake. Live bait rigs trolled along the deep weed edges is
one method, while trolling crankbaits over deep water is picking
off quite a few suspended fish. Bass and northern pike are very
active along the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Crosslake and Rush
Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being caught on most area lakes
along the shallow weed beds with small jigs tipped with live

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708


The deep weed edges and sharp breaks of Island Lake, Lake
Melissa, and Lake Sallie are producing walleyes during the evening
hours. Minnows have now started to turn the majority of fish.
Sunfish action also is going strong on Big Detroit Lake, Cotton
Lake, Little Sugarbush Lake, and Big Cormorant Lake. Look to Big
Cormorant for smallmouth bass. Muskie action has been slow
throughout the area during the past week.

Early Bird Bait & Tackle (218) 847-9038


The Rum River, Elk River, and Mississippi River continue to
provide incredible smallmouth bass action. Look to the Rum River
for the area’s best walleye bite as well. The panfish bite has been
sporadic, but look to Green Lake and Blue Lake for a few fish early
and late in the day.

Tails and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


The early morning and late evening hours continue to provide
walleye action on Shagawa Lake and Basswood Lake. There have been
quite a few northern pike caught between six and nine pounds on
Snowbank Lake. Look to Bear Island Lake for largemouth bass, and
Shagawa is still kicking out numbers of smallmouth bass. Lake trout
action has been slow, but you will find an occasional feeder
suspended over deep water on Burntside Lake.

Skubie’s Bait Shop (218) 365-5358


There’s a consistent night bite for walleyes on Lake Pokegama
and Sugar Lake in six to 13 feet of water. Trolling crankbaits
after dark into the very early morning hours has been most
productive. Splithand Lake started giving up walleyes in eight to
10 feet of water during the evening hours as well. Numbers of
largemouth bass in the four-pound class are being caught on Jay
Gould Lake, while topwater presentations are producing smallmouth
on Deer Lake. Deer Lake also has been the area’s best muskie lake
during the evening hours in shallow water. Topwater or bucktails
are producing the majority of action right now. Look to Trout Lake,
Spider Lake, and Little Sand Lake for a few good-sized

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838

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