Walleye bite remains consistent as June arrives
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – There’s a strong walleye bite on the 25- foot gravel
areas, off Hennepin Island in 18 feet, and near Doe Island in 23
feet with Lindy Rigs and leeches during the day. The evening hours
are most productive with slip bobbers and leeches on the 12- foot
rock reefs. Muskie reports have been limited, but smallmouth
continue to hit on the shallow rocks and sand areas.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Sherman’s Flat, Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and Seguchie’s
Flat are producing walleyes during the day in 22 to 30 feet.
Spinner rigs with a #2 or #3 hammered gold or silver blade are
working best when tipped with rainbow minnows or nightcrawlers.
During lowlight periods, slip bobbers and leeches are the way to go
on top of the flats.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anchoring and pitching a gold or pink jig tipped with shiners
has produced a lot of walleyes this week. The south shore has been
most consistent from Long Point to the Lighthouse Gap in 20 to 25
feet. An occasioanl flurry of walleye activity has come from the
Rainy River and several big sturgeon were caught this week as well.
At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow is providing steady
walleye activity around the islands.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow continues to provide the best walleye bite in
12 to 18 feet of water. Better areas this week have been Otter Tail
Point, Five Mile, Pelican Reef, and Big and Little Hardwood. Bass
reports have been limited, but look to Boy Bay for the best action.
Perch are hitting minnows in six to 12 feet off Pine Point and the
Meadows. The shallow docks of Steamboat Bay remain the best option
for crappies and bluegills.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Walleye action has slowed with an occasional fish being pulled
with a jig and leech on the 15- to 18- foot milfoil edges of Lake
Minnetonka. Plastics are producing some bass along the shorelines
out to about six feet of water and northern pike continue to hit
sucker minnows in the channels. The milfoil edges in the North Arm,
West Arm, and Wayzata Bay are holding crappies. Large crankbaits
have triggered a few muskies on the 10- to 12- foot weed edges of
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleye action is improving with a jig and minnow combination
turning the majority of fish. Look to Cranberry Bay and Cormorant
Bay in eight to 10 feet, Kettle Falls in 30 to 40 feet, and Eight
Mile Island in 26 to 28 feet. Cranberry Bay remains the best option
for northern pike in 10 to 12 feet of water. Small jigs and minnows
are producing crappies in Sand Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Lindy Rigs and jigs tipped with minnows or leeches are producing
walleyes in seven to 12 feet at the south end of Highbanks and off
Little Stoney Point. The main lake bars started giving up a lot
more fish this week in 16 to 20 feet with Big Muskie Bar and Bena
Bar leading the way. The mouth of the river on the west side of the
lake is producing perch in six feet and northern pike contiue to be
caught on most of the walleye spots.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
TWIN CITIES METRO
Sucker minnows worked on the 10- to 12- foot weedlines are a
safe bet for northern pike at Big Marine Lake, Forest Lake, and Big
Carnelian Lake. Expect walleyes to hit a jig and minnow in 15 to 20
feet at Clear Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and Forest Lake during
lowlight periods. Sunfish can be had in the shallow sand and weed
areas of lakes Phalen, Peltier, and Little. Bass action is going
strong on most lakes, but crappie and muskie reports have been
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Slowly-presented plastics are triggering bass in the five- foot
weeds of lakes Bavaria, Hydes, and Riley. Northern pike are hitting
sucker minnows and spinners on the west side of Lake Minnewashta,
while #5 Mepps Spinners have worked best south of the access on
Hydes Lake. There’s a leech bite taking place for walleyes in 12
feet on Lake Parley and minnows are turning some ‘eyes at the creek
mouths between Chaska and Belle Plaine on the Minnesota River.
Sunfish continue to be found in one foot of water on lakes such as
Hydes, Stieger, and Parley.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Leeches are producing walleyes in 17 to 19 feet off Harm’s
Point, Kegg’s Reef, and North Reef. Sunfish and crappies are being
found on the emerging weedlines and shallow weed areas. Northern
pike and bass continue to inhale live bait or spinnerbaits on the
five- to 10- foot weedlines and near most docks.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
The first deep weedlines on Lake Mary and Lake Andrew continue
to hold walleyes, but the best walleye action is taking place on
the bigger lakes such as Ida, Miltona, and Le Homme Dieu in 25 to
35 feet during the day and in 16 to 22 feet during lowlight periods
or cloudy conditions. Bass remain active in shallow water on most
lakes and tend to prefer soft, plastic jerkbaits. Bluegills are
shallow on most lakes, while the emerging cabbage beds of Darling
and Geneva are producing crappies in eight to 12 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Crawlers and leeches are triggering walleyes at Clearwater Lake
and Cedar Lake in 12 to 20 feet. Sunfish are now in less than two
feet of water on most lakes, while the 10- to 12- foot weedlines of
Lake Sylvia, Pleasant Lake, Clearwater, and Cedar are worth noting
for crappies. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch in the
vegetated areas of most lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Work 18 to 22 feet with leeches or small sucker minnows on Otter
Tail Lake for walleyes. Some good-sized perch also can be had here
in 12 feet of water. On West Battle Lake, leeches are providing
steady walleye action in 22 to 24 feet. Spinnerbaits are turning
bass on most lakes with Middle, Elbow, and Eagle producing bigger
fish. Clitherall Lake and West Battle remain the area’s best bets
for crappies, while East Lost Lake and Rush Lake continue to
produce sunfish in shallow water.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
There’s a decent crankbait bite, after dark, on the eight- to
10- foot flats of lakes Bemidji and Plantagenet. A jig and shiner
will work during the day on these lakes in four to six feet. A few
musies have been raised from the shallows of Bemidji and
Plantagenet, while bass and crappies continue to be found in
shallow water on most lakes.
Bluewater Bait and Sports
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000
Blackduck Lake continues to produce limits of 16- to 18- inch
walleyes. A jig and minnow is working best during the day in nine
to 11 feet, while a crankbait is the way to go after dark. Island
Lake and Gull Lake have provided steady walleye action as well.
Bass reports have been limited, but Rabideau Lake and Pimushe Lake
continue to produce crappies in less than 12 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Shiners, redtails, and leeches on a Lindy Rig are triggering
walleye action in 14 to 28 feet at Gull, Pelican, and Whitefish.
Trolling sucker minnows or spoons on the shallow weed edges of most
lakes is a safe bet for northern pike. Bass and panfish are set up
on the shallow, inside weed edges.
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
Home of Walleye Dan’s Guide Service
CASS LAKE AREA
If the wind is blowing, hit four to 10 feet and if it’s calm, 18
to 22 feet has been best for walleyes on Cass Lake. A jig and
shiner or Lindy Rig and leech have worked best. Perch are being
found in the shallow sand areas of Cass and Pike Bay Lake, while
panfish action is picking up in the shallows as well. Some
excellent bass reports are coming off Lake Thirteen and Grace
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Panfish activity is very good in the shallows of Chisago, South
Lindstrom, Kroon, North Center, and South Center lakes. Minnows and
leeches are producing walleyes in 18 feet at Chisago Lake and the
north end of North Center is kicking out walleyes and crappies in
10 to 12 feet. Look to Sunrise Lake for pike and bass, while the
Lower St. Croix River is a safe bet for catfish.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
The points and bars of East Rabbit Lake are producing bluegills,
as is the shallow weed areas of West Rabbit Lake. Other panfish
options include Little Rabbit, Black, Nokay, and Black Hoof. Lakes
such as Lower Mission, Edward, Mahnomen, and Rabbit are kicking out
pike. Bass action is going strong with lakes like Clearwater,
Serpent, Horseshoe, and Rabbit leading the way. Look to Serpent
Lake and the Mississippi River for walleyes and the best trout
reports are coming off the Pennington Chain.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
There’s some decent muskie activity with Bulldogs during the
early morning hours on Detroit Lake. Walleyes continue to hit
shiners and leeches in 17 to 25 feet at Detroit, Lake Melissa,
Pelican Lake, and Island Lake. Panfish are active throughout the
area with the majority of crappies coming from 10 to 12 feet and
the sunfish in less than six feet. Bass and pike are an easy catch
on most lakes in the weeds.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Look for bluegills inh less than four feet of water at Fish
Lake, Boulder Lake, and Rice Lake. Island Lake is worth noting for
crappies in 17 to 20 feet. Fish Lake and Boulder Lake are kicking
out walleyes in 12 feet via minnows and leeches. Sucker minnows are
producing pike at Rice Lake. Coho’s are hitting spoons near the
surface, about seven miles out from Duluth on Lake Superior.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Green Lake is producing a mixed bag of fish including walleyes,
crappies, bluegills, and northern pike. Work the shoreline weed
edges out to about 17 feet. Plastics and crankbaits are worth
throwing in the Rum River for smallmouth bass and a few walleyes.
Blue Lake continnues to produce crappies and walleyes in 14 to 18
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Wonder Bugs tipped with minnows are producing crappies in two to
four feet on lakes Hall, Budd, Sissiton, and George. Budd Lake is
providing the area’s best shallow bluegill action as well. Catfish
are an easy catch on most lakes, but walleye, muskie, and pike
action is limited.
Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Look to Lake Saganaga and Elbow Lake for walleyes in five to 10
feet with chubs or Rapalas. Ciscoes are turning lake trout on the
shorelines of Saganaga and Gunflint Lake. Smallmouth bass are an
easy catch on the sandy shorelines of most lakes.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 17 feet at
Bowstring Lake, Sand Lake, Big Splithand Lake, and the Mississippi
River. Most lakes are giving up panfish in shallow water, with
lakes Pokegama, Wabana, and Bowstring leading the way. Bass are
biting very well throughout the area and northern pike action is
improving as the weedlines start developing on area lakes.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
A jig and minnow or Lindy Rig and leech is producing walleyes on
several lakes. Leading the way is Ten Mile in 20 to 26 feet or Pine
Mountain and Pleasant in 18 to 24 feet. Bass action has been very
good on most lakes, while Pleasant Lake is producing good-sized
crappies in four to six feet. Sunfish are in the shallow sand areas
of most lakes.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
During lowlight periods, a jig and minnow is turning walleyes in
the shallow sand and soft-bottomed bays. During the day, live bait
rigs are the way to go in 24 to 30 feet on East Kabetogama and
Namakan. Northern pike can be had on the outside weed edges with
minnows or Husky Jerks, and smallmouth are an easy catch in the
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes in nine to 12 feet
at the Spillway and Buck Point during the evening hours. The north
end bay is kicking out crappies in 10 to 12 feet and the shallow
sand areas of the north end are holding sunfish. Most docks are
holding bass and northern pike are hitting minnows and artificial
baits along the shallow weedlines.
Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181
Crappies have ‘invaded’ Wake ‘m Up Narrows and Wolf Bay. Most of
the fish are concentarted next to the rushes or wood in three to
six feet. Walleyes continue to be pulled from 18 to 26 feet during
the day and close to shore in the evenings. A Lindy Rig and leech
is the way to on the gravel and mud. Muskie reports are limited
with a few fish coming off the rock humps, points, and small
islands adjacent to a shallow bay.
Lake Vermilion Trading Company
Baker’s Bay, Mud Bay, and Third Point on Lake Washington
continue to produce plenty of panfish in shallow water. Look to
Second Point on Washington for walleyes in 14 to 18 feet. The south
end of Lake Elysian and the narrows of Madison Lake are producing
some walleyes as well. Spinnerbaits are turning bass on most lakes
with German and Big Jefferson producing the biggest fish. Sucker
minnows trolled on the weedlines of Little Jefferson Lake are
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Leeches are producing walleyes in 14 feet of water at Big Sandy
Lake. Work the shorelines of Round Lake and Lake Minnewawa for
bluegills. The weedlines of Big Sandy are providing consistent
northern pike action. The bigger fish are taking minnows.
Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382
The flats and slack water areas of the Mississippi River are
producing numbers of smallmouth bass and catfish. Work the current
areas for walleyes. Northern pike are hitting spoons or sucker
minnows on the weed edges of Big Lake, Mitchell Lake, and Limestone
Lake. Sugar Lake is producing walleyes and look for panfish in two
to eight feet on most lakes.
River’s Edge Outfitters (763) 295-3222
A spinner and nightcrawler is triggering walleyes and perch on
Big Stone Lake. Look for the most fish in 10 to 12 feet near
Windmill Reef and LaGunna Beach. Crappies continue to stage in the
shallows and hit minnows on Artichoke Lake and Long Tom Lake.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Leeches and crawlers are the ticket for walleyes on Potato Lake
in 14 feet of water. The eight- to 10- foot weedlines of Fish Hook
Lake are producing numbers of pike via suckers or spinnerbaits.
Look to Big Mantrap Lake and Fish Hook for bass, while topwater
baits are raising muskies on Big Mantrap. The Crow Wing Chain and
Straight Lake are worth noting for bluegills in shallow water and
Big Mantrap or Fish Hook are safe bets for crappies.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Walleyes continue to hit on the six- to eight- foot breaklines
near the Tamarack River. Spinners or a jig and minnow have worked
best. The south shore rock piles and humps are giving up crappies
in four to eight feet. The big pike continue to hit in six to eight
feet out from the Tamarack River.
Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Lake Koronis and Rice Lake continue to produce walleyes in eight
to 14 feet or 22 to 24 feet on leeches and crawlers. Sunfish are
shallow and active on most lakes with Horseshoe, Eden, Grand, and
Pearl lakes leading the way. Bass are active in the weeds of most
lakes, while the weedlines of Koronis and Browns Lake are worth
noting for pike. Hit the Sauk River for numbers of channel
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleyes continue to be found on the 15- to 18- foot weedlines
of Little Birch Lake, Big Swan Lake, and Sauk Lake. McCormick Lake
continues to produce some walleyes in shallower water as well. The
area sunfish bite is picking up in the shallows with lakes such as
Fairy, Lilly, and Sauk leading the way. Bass and pike can be had on
the shallow weedlines of most lakes.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
The points and bars of Lake Minnewaska are safe bets for
walleyes in 16 to 20 feet. Long Lake and Lake Emily also are
kicking out walleyes in less than 12 feet of water. Sunfish are
hitting in 10 to 12 feet throughout Minnewaska and largemouth bass
are hitting spinnerbaits on the docks out to 16 feet. Crappie
action is limited.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
The channel between Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah is producing
crappies in five feet. The shallow weeds on Clear Lake are kicking
out crappies as well. Cut up pieces of sucker minnows are the
ticket for catfish on Tetonka, while bass continue to be caught on
most lakes with plastics or spinnerbaits.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
Diamond Lake is providing steady walleye action with leeches and
slip bobbers in five to 15 feet. Look to Eagle Lake and Lake
Florida for walleyes in 20 feet of water. On Green Lake, walleyes
continue to hit in 25 to 35 feet throughout the day. Panfish are
shallow and active on lakes Florida, Nest, and Green. Bass are
hitting on most lakes with spinnerbiats triggering some big fish on
Norway Lake, Long Lake, and Solomon Lake.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097