Walleyes over the 17-inch slot are still most common, but
reports of slot fish are coming out of 28 to 32 feet of water. Jigs
tipped with minnows are still turning fish near Cuculus Island,
Natasha Point, and Martin Islands. Trolling minnows or spoons will
produce northern pike near the mouths of most weedy bays. Look for
a few smallmouth bass in 8 to 12 feet of water.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


The panfish bite was slow as of this writing, but if the weather
remains warm, look for them to flock to the shallow bulrushes.
Walleyes continue to hit slip bobber and leech combinations in 12
to 18 feet of water. The bars are your best bet as the sun goes
down. Northern pike and largemouth bass are biting well along the
established weed edges.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181


Walleyes have been tough to find, yet some fish are being taken
during the day on crawlers in 20 feet of water. As usual, press
into the shallows at dusk with leeches. Muskies have been seen on
the rocks and weeds but few are willing to commit. Stick with
smaller presentations until water temperatures rise. Bass and
panfish are nesting in the shallows.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052


Big Sandy Lake and Lake Minnewawa are kicking out walleyes on
minnows and leeches in 8 to 12 feet of water. The early morning and
late evening hours have provided the best action. Minnewawa and
Ratt Lake are safe bets for sunfish near the shallow docks.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382


Horseshoe Lake and East Lake are producing walleyes early and
late in the day in more than 10 feet of water. On Lake Koronis,
walleyes can be had on leeches during the day in 20 to 22 feet, and
in much shallower water at night; use crankbaits. Look for numbers
of sunfish from Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Long
Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Bass and northern pike remain
active in the weeds. Spinnerbaits, live bait, and plastics all are
producing fish.

Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567


The sunfish bite has started in front of the Starbuck Marina on
Lake Minnewaska in 12 feet of water. Northern pike and largemouth
bass also are active along the weed edges of Minnewaska. The best
walleye reports are coming from Lake Emily where shallow-running
crankbaits are turning fish during the evening hours.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Green Lake is providing the most consistent walleye bite in 30
feet of water. Scattered walleye reports continue to come from the
weed edges of Norway Lake, Lake Florida, Lake Andrew, and Nest Lake
as well. Crawlers and leeches are now the best bait option. Bass
and northern pike are hitting on most lakes; panfish are biting on
Norway and Games.

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

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