Extended heat drives walleyes and panfish to deep weeds

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Walleye action is slow with some big fish being taken on
deep-diving crankbaits off the deep mud and gravel areas. Muskie
anglers are seeing more fish on the north end sand, in Isle Bay,
and off Big Point and some of the best action is taking place after
dark. Smallmouths remain an easy catch with crankbaits or plastics
on the rock points and reefs.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – There’s some mid-day walleye action with deep-diving
crankbaits off the mud flats in 32 to 35 feet. Slip bobbers and
leeches continue to work best after dark on the edges of the flats
in 28 to 32 feet. Anglers continue to hit some good-sized pike with
sucker minnows or crankbaits on the weedlines of St. Alban’s Bay.
Muskies seem to be most active during the evening and night hours,
while smallmouth bass can be had on the shallow rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The walleye bite has been strong on the eight- to 10-foot reefs
with crawlers and bottom bouncers. Other anglers are having success
pulling plugs or downrigging in 33 to 35 feet. Smallmouth bass are
hitting at a good pace in Baudette Bay and the Rainy River.
Eating-sized walleyes also are coming from the Rainy on jigs in 20
to 23 feet. At the Northwest Angle, jigs or bottom bouncers are
turning walleyes on the reefs around Oak Island. Several muskies
over 50 inches have been caught this week at the Angle as well.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

Surface baits are triggering muskies and some big pike anywhere
you find established cabbage beds. Walleyes continue to be caught
on live bait during the day in 14 to 20 feet and on crankbaits
during the evening hours in 12 to 14 feet. Better areas this week
have been the Sheep Pasture and Walker Bay Narrows. Panfish action
has improved on the weedlines of Shingobee Bay, Kabekona Bay, and
Bear Island. Work the rice beds of Boy Bay for largemouth bass.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA

Sunfish and bass continue to be found on the six- to 10-foot
weedlines. Bull Dawgs and bucktails are triggering muskies on top
of the weed flats that are adjacent to deep water. Trolling
spinnerbaits tipped with sucker minnows has provided steady pike
action over 15 feet in the deep bays.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Walleyes are being found in 40 to 50 feet off Blueberry Island
and in 40 feet in Sand Bay and near Franzen Island. Crawlers or
shiner minnows worked vertically have produced the most fish. There
is some evening walleye action over 30 to 40 feet at the American
Narrows. Northern pike activity has been limited, but crankbaits
are producing numbers of smallmouths throughout the North Arm.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Most of the consistent walleye action is coming off the eight-
to 10-foot weedlines with a short Lindy Rig and crawler or jig and
minnow. The north-end humps are giving up walleyes in 18 to 22
feet. The west-side rocks off Raven’s Point are producing perch in
12 to 14 feet. Look for northern pike on the seven- to nine-foot
weedlines throughout the lake.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Topwater baits are producing numbers of bass at Big Marine Lake
and Big Carnelian Lake. Look for northern pike along the 10- to
12-foot weedlines of Big Marine, Forest Lake, and Bald Eagle Lake.
Walleyes, sauger, and silver bass are hitting a jig and minnow in
18 to 20 feet in the Hastings area of the St. Croix River. Lakes
such as Peltier, Little, and Battle Creek are safe bets for sunfish
and surface baits are triggering muskies at White Bear Lake,
Forest, and Bald Eagle.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Lakes such as Hydes, Minnewashta, and Riley are kicking out
sunfish and crappies in eight to 10 feet. Spoon plugs or sucker
minnows are producing pike along the weedlines of Pierson Lake.
There’s a steady catfish bite on the Minnesota River during the
evening hours and bass continue to hit spinnerbaits on the
weedlines of most lakes.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

The best muskie reports are coming from the swimming beach and
south side of the island via bucktails and topwater baits. Bass are
being found on the deep and shallow weeds with some of the biggest
fish hitting on the south side of Cemetery Reef. Sunfish remain
active in deep water off the reefs, but walleye reports are
minimal.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Leeches and crawlers are producing a few walleyes during the
evening hours on lakes Ida and Miltona in 25 to 35 feet. Look for
bluegills on the 12- to 25-foot weedlines throughout the Le Homme
Dieu Chain. Bass continue to be caught on most lakes in the weeds
and there is some evening crappie action on the deep weedlines of
lakes Le Homme Dieu, Darling, and Geneva.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Bass and northern pike are hitting on the deep weedlines of
Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Cedar Lake. Sunfish action
remains strong on the 12-foot weed edges of Clearwater, Sugar Lake,
and Lake Sylvia. The 10-foot bar on Lake Augusta is giving up
sunfish as well. Crappies are active on the weedlines of most lakes
during the evening hours. Muskie anglers are reporting a few
follows from Sugar Lake, while Clearwater remains the best bet for
walleyes, during the evening hours, in 18 to 24 feet.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Leeches and minnows are producing some walleyes at Clitherall,
Silver, Blanche, Walker, and Rush lakes in 18 to 25 feet. There’s
some evening walleye action on Otter Tail Lake in seven to 11 feet
with sucker minnows. On West Battle Lake, walleyes are being found
in 30 to 35 feet during low-light periods. Muskie anglers are
hooking fish on the weeds of West Battle Lake with sucker minnows.
Look for sunfish in 14 to 18 feet at Deer Lake, Dead Lake, and
Norway Lake. Bass and northern pike are hitting well on most lakes
in 16 to 20 feet.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes in the six-foot
cabbage beds of Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Rapalas and
redtails also have worked on these lakes in 14 to 16 feet. Muskie
action has been slow, but Big Lake is giving up crappies in 12 to
14 feet. Work the weedlines of Lake Swenson for pike and bluegills
have been on the bite in 12 to 14 feet on most lakes.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000

BLACKDUCK AREA

Panfish action continues to be very good on the 10- to 12-foot
weed edges of Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, North Twin Lake, and
South Twin Lake. There’s an evening walleye bite at Blackduck Lake
with crankbaits and leeches on the 10-foot weedlines. Bass and
northern pike can be had with minnows or spinnerbaits on the
weedlines of most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

The weed edges of most lakes are producing pike and bass early
and late in the day. Sunfish action also remains strong on the
weedlines with small jigs and waxworms or panfish-sized leeches.
Walleyes continue to be caught during the evening hours in 12 to 20
feet. The key has been to stay tight to the weeds with a live-bait
rig and redtail.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Mid-day hours are best spent off the bars of Cass Lake with a
leech and live bait rig in 20 to 25 feet for walleyes. During the
evening hours and after dark, Shad Raps are turning walleyes on top
of the bars in 10 to 12 feet. Muskie and perch action remains slow,
but Grace Lake and Kitchi Lake continue to give up panfish in 12 to
14 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Pike action has been excellent throughout the area with sucker
minnows or spinnerbaits taking most fish. Bass also have bit well
with lakes such as Rabbit, Serpent, Clearwater, and Horseshoe
standing out. Pelican Lake and Serpent Lake are giving up a few
walleyes after dark. Sunfish remain an easy catch on the weedlines
of Black Hoof Lake, Little Rabbit Lake, East Rabbit Lake, and
Turkey Bass Lake. Look for crappies to be suspended at Serpent and
Mahnomen Lake. Jigging spoons tipped with Power Bait have produced
trout during the early morning hours at Manuel Pit and Huntington
Pit.

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

DETROIT LAKES

Walleye action is strong on Big Detroit Lake, during the morning
in 10 to 17 feet. Look to the weedlines of lakes Melissa, Island,
and Sugarbush with minnows for as well. Bass will hit spinnerbaits
on most lakes and sunfish are hitting on the deep weedlines of
Floyd Lake, Prairie Lake, and Melissa. Look for suspended crappies
over 19 to 24 feet at Melissa during the evening. Muskies are
hitting topwater baits at a good pace on Big Detroit Lake during
low-light periods.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Look to Island Lake with crankbaits for walleyes in 25 to 30
feet. The docks and reefs of Island are holding numbers of
smallmouths and a few walleyes can be had on Boulder Lake and Fish
Lake as well. Fish Lake will produce good-sized bluegills in 15
feet. On Lake Superior, the best salmon and lake trout action is
seven miles out of Duluth about 100 feet below the surface.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

ELY AREA

Slab crappies will fall for minnows or tube jigs at Fall Lake,
White Iron Lake, Low Lake, and Little Long Lake. Walleyes are
scattered between four and 30 feet and active during low-light
periods. Limits of eaters, as well as some trophy-caliber walleyes,
have come from Basswood Lake, Burntside Lake, Fall, and White Iron.
Early-morning smallmouth bass action is consistent on most lakes
with topwater baits and northern pike are hitting just about
anything thrown on the weedlines.

Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930

FAIRMONT AREA

Fathead minnows started producing walleyes on Hall Lake during
the evening. Catfish action is strong on most lakes and there’s an
evening crappie bite in eight to 10 feet at Budd Lake. Look to Fox
Lake during the evening hours for an occasional walleye and
muskie.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Sunfish action remains strong at Shields Lake in 12 to 14 feet.
Bass are hitting plastics and jigs on the deep milfoil of Cedar
Lake. Muskies are chasing topwater baits at night up shallow or
Bull Dawgs during the day in deep water on French Lake. You’ll also
find suspended crappies over the 40-foot hole on French. Spoon
plugs and Shad Raps are producing numbers of pike on the weedlines
of lakes Mazaska, Shields, and Cedar.

Lakeside OneStop (507) 332-4050

GRAND MARAIS AREA

The coho salmon and lake trout bite has picked up on Lake
Superior. The majority of fish are down about 100 to 150 feet and
being taken with Dipsey Divers. On Lake Saganaga, walleye action
has picked up via leeches in 20 feet during the day and in 10 feet
during low-light periods. Devil’s Track Lake, Seagull Lake, Elbow
Lake, and Gunflint Lake also are producing walleyes, primarily
during the evening hours.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Deep weedlines of Lake Pokegama will produce walleyes and bass.
Evening walleye action is holding up well at lakes Wabana, Trout,
and Deer via crankbaits. Mid-day walleyes are being found on these
lakes on the 20-foot weeds. Muskie anglers are seeing fish on Moose
Lake and Deer Lake, but few fish have committed. Spider Lake and
Rice Lake are worth noting for crappies during the evening in 10 to
15 feet. Topwater baits are producing smallies at North Star
Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Look for suspended crappies over 16 to 24 feet on Birch Lake and
Ten Mile Lake. The 14- to 16-foot cabbage areas of Pleasant Lake
also have produced crappies. Woman Lake started giving up walleyes
during the evening hours in 25 to 30 feet. Muskie anglers are
reporting more follows, but most continue to come up empty-handed.
Jigs and live bait are producing pike and bass on the deep weeds of
Pleasant and Birch lakes.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

During the day, look for walleyes on 30- to 40-foot reef edges
and sharp breaks around Martin Islands. Low-light periods are best
spent on top of the reefs, the shallow bays, and wind-driven
shorelines. Pike are hanging in deep water adjacent to shallow bays
like Slatinski, Mud, Daily, Nebraska, and Blind Ash bays. Some
sauger and perch are in very deep water.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE OSAKIS

Large sucker minnows are producing pike on the 12- to 14-foot
weedlines and flats. The sunfish bite is strong on the Half Mile
Bar, Center Bar, and north-end weed edges in 12 to 15 feet. Look
for walleyes during the evening off the bars in 12 feet. Bass are
on the weedlines but crappie action is limited.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits on 10- to 14-foot weedlines. If
you’re fishing live bait, low-light and night periods are best.
Muskies are everywhere in the weeds and rocks, but getting them to
commit to anything has been difficult. The best bets are bucktails
and topwater baits after dark. Smallmouth bass continue to be found
on the docks and sunfish action remains strong in the weeds.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

McGREGOR AREA

Crawlers are producing a few walleyes in 27 feet at Big Sandy
Lake. Work the docks and weedbeds of Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy
with small jigs or minnows for crappies. The weedlines of Minnewawa
are holding northern pike and Round Lake is providing the area’s
best bass action.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382

MONTICELLO AREA

The deep channels of the Mississippi River are kicking out
smallmouth bass and catfish. Sunfish and crappies are active on the
four- to 16-foot weedlines of lakes Constance, Ida, and Eagle. Bass
and pike are hitting crankbaits or minnows on the weedlines of Big
Lake, Mitchell Lake, and Silver Lake.

River’s Edge Outfitters (763) 295-3222

www.riveredgeoutfitter.com

ORTONVILLE AREA

The Manhattan Beach and Meadowbrook areas of Big Stone Lake are
producing bluegills and perch in 12 feet of water. Look to the weed
edges of Oliver Lake with minnows for crappies. Trolling Rapalas on
the north end of Lake Lac qui Parle has been productive for
walleyes in six feet.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

There’s an evening walleye bite on Fish Hook Lake in 22 feet
with crawlers. Northern pike are active in 16 feet at Long Lake and
the Crow Wing Chain. Look to Big Mantrap Lake with topwater baits
for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Big Mantrap is kicking out
muskies as well.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

Walleyes remain active on the rock piles and gravel bars out of
Washkish in 10 to 12 feet. A spinner and crawler has worked on the
edges during the day, while a jig and minnow has turned more fish
on top of these areas during low-light periods. A few more crappies
were pulled from the cribs this week and northern pike are inhaling
bucktails along the east shore in six to eight feet.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

RED WING AREA

Trolling crankbaits in 18 to 25 feet at Lake Pepin has produced
walleyes. The big pike continue to hit spoons or sucker minnows at
the mouth of the Rush River on the Mississippi River. The Maple
Springs area of Pepin is producing smallmouth bass. Hair jigs and
leeches have worked best.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

The Sauk River is producing numbers of channel catfish. Northern
pike and sunfish are biting well at Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island
Lake, Becker Lake, Grand Lake, and Pearl Lake in six to 12 feet.
Smallmouth bass are hitting on Lake Koronis and Rice Lake while
largemouth action has slowed. A few walleyes can be had on
crankbaits after dark on Koronis in 10 to 16 feet.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Look to Big Birch Lake for suspended crappies over 18 to 24
feet. Sunfish action is strong in five to 14 feet at Sauk, Maple,
Lilly, Villard, Big Swan, and Fairy lakes. Walleye reports are
limited, but Sauk Lake continues to produce numbers of largemouth
bass. Sucker minnows worked on the 10- to 16-foot weedlines of most
lakes are safe bets for pike.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

More walleyes were caught this week on Lake Minnewaska in 12 to
20 feet with fathead minnows and spinners. Sunfish are active in 10
feet on Minnewaska and bass are an easy catch on the docks and
reeds early and late in the day.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

Categories: Archive

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *