Deep weeds and low light keys to angling success

Big Six


East – Big walleyes, and the occasional keeper, are hitting
deep-diving crankbaits over the 30- to 32-foot mud and gravel
areas. Some evening crankbait action has started in shallower water
as well. The north-end sand breaks and weedlines in most bays
remain the best bet for muskies during low-light periods. Hit the
docks and mid-depth rocks for smallmouth.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Northern pike remain active along the weedlines of St.
Alban’s Bay and off Brown’s Point. The best walleye action is
taking place during the evening hours, off the flats, in 28 to 32
feet. Slip bobbers and leeches have worked best and there is some
deep crankbait action during the day. Muskie anglers are offering
mixed reviews with more follows than hook sets reported.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341


Two patterns remain consistent on the south end: the deep
downrigging bite in 32 to 35 feet and the live-bait rig or jig and
minnow combination on the 14-foot reefs. Muskie action remains
strong at the Northwest Angle and there are walleyes being taken
around Oak Island with crawlers. On the Rainy River, spinners and
crawlers are turning walleyes and smallmouth bass in 20 feet.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Cover a lot of water with Shad Raps during the evening hours and
you’ll hook walleyes. Better areas this week have been Sand Point,
Walker Bay Narrows, and Otter Tail Point in 12 to 14 feet. The
weedlines of Kabekona Bay and Shingobee Bay are producing bluegills
and a few crappies. Work the rice beds in Boy Bay for bass and the
best muskie reports now are coming off the mid-depth weeds.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Muskies continue to hit on established weed edges near deep
water, especially during low-light periods. The bigger sunfish are
being found in 16 to 20 feet throughout Brown’s Bay and Wayzata
Bay. Sucker minnows worked tight to the weedlines and in the deep
channels are producing pike. A few crappies are being found on top
of the deep milfoil and bass remain an easy catch in the milfoil
pockets with jigs and plastics.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Look for walleyes off Blueberry Island in 40 to 50 feet, in Sand
Bay over 35 feet, and near Franzen Island in 40 feet. Minnows have
started turning fish, but crawlers continue to work as well. The
smallmouth bass action has been ‘awesome’ on the North Arm rocks
with crankbaits. Black Bay is producing a few crappies and the
weedlines of Lost Bay are a safe bet for pike.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The west-end points, Little Stoney Point, and the Highbanks area
are giving up walleyes in eight to 12 feet. Find an established
weed edge and work it with Shad Raps or minnows for the most fish,
especially early and late in the day. The mid-depth rocks are
giving up perch and pike remain active on the shallow

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


Sucker minnows are the ticket for northern pike on the weedlines
of Big Marine Lake, Forest Lake, and Bald Eagle Lake. Muskie action
also remains strong with topwater baits at White Bear and Bald
Eagle. A jig and minnow pitched in 18 to 20 feet is producing
walleyes and sauger on the St. Croix River. Sunfish are hitting in
10 feet of water at Lake Peltier and Little Lake, while crappies
continue to be found at Centerville Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Look for sunfish and crappies in eight to 10 feet at lakes
Minnewashta and Riley. The weedlines of Pierson Lake and Wasserman
Lake are producing northern pike. Parley Lake is giving up a few
walleyes during the evening hours and the area’s biggest bass are
being pulled off the weedlines of Steiger Lake.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Anderson’s Reef, the swimming beach, and North Reef are
providing the most muskie activity. The deep weeds off Anderson’s
Reef and Cemetery Reef are safe bets for bass. Crappie and pike
action remains slow, but sunfish are being caught in 10 to 12 feet
off Harm’s Point and Pillsbury Reef. The only opportunity for
walleyes is during low-light periods, mainly off the reefs.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Bass anglers are finding fish off the deep weeds of Lake Le
Homme Dieu and Lake Miltona. Look for walleyes with crawlers during
the evening hours in 25 to 35 feet at Lake Ida and Miltona. There’s
also some evening crappie action on the weedlines throughout the Le
Homme Dieu Chain and sunfish remain active in 12 to 14 feet
throughout the area. Muskies remain sluggish with some activity
taking place during low-light periods.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255


Crankbaits have started producing walleyes on the weedlines of
Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake. Look for sunfish in 10
to 12 feet at Lake Augusta, Lake John, Clearwater, and Sugar.
Northern pike and bass remain an easy catch on the weedlines of
most lakes and muskies have started chasing topwater baits on
Sugar. Crappie reports have been limited.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


A jig and minnow pitched in the weeds is producing walleyes on
Otter Tail Lake during the evening hours. West Battle Lake and
Silver Lake also have evening walleye activity with leeches in 20
feet of water. Trolling sucker minnows on the weedlines of Otter
Tail and West Battle is a safe bet for pike. Muskies are chasing
baits on West Battle but few have bit. Sunfish action remains
strong in 10 to 20 feet at Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Bass are hitting plastics and spinnerbaits on the weedlines of
Big Lake, North Twin Lake, and South Twin Lake. Work the weedlines
of Swenson Lake and Big Lake for panfish and pike. Walleyes remain
active during low-light periods in 16 to 30 feet of water at Lake
Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Redtails and crawlers are working
best on jigs or live bait rigs.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000


Panfish are hitting on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges of Pimushe
Lake and Gilstead Lake. Walleye action remains strong via
crankbaits or minnows on Blackduck Lake and Round Lake in seven to
10 feet. Spoons or sucker minnows are the ticket for northern pike
at Gilstead and Rabideau Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Pike and bass are hitting along the weed edges of most lakes.
Walleyes are biting during the evening hours on the 14- to 20-foot
weedlines and bars of Gull Lake and Whitefish Lake. Panfish can be
had in 10 to 12 feet on most lakes with Gull and Lake Hubert giving
up a few bigger crappies and sunfish.

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


During the day, the main-lake bars are producing walleyes in 30
to 40 feet of water on Cass Lake. The evening hours are best spent
on top of the bars or weedlines with a jig and minnow or Shad Rap.
Perch have become more active, preferring a jig and minnow in eight
to 12 feet throughout Cass. Muskie action continues to be good with
many reports of active fish chasing topwater baits during low-light
periods. Look to Grace Lake, Kitchi Lake, and Dick’s Bay on Cass
for panfish in 12 to 15 feet of water.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Bass and sunfish are hitting at a good pace. Look to the 12- to
18-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and South
Center Lake for the majority of them. Northern pike are taking
sucker minnows in 12 feet of water at Sunrise Lake, while walleyes
are starting to bite more regularly during low-light periods in
deep water.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


There’s some evening walleye action with live bait at Pelican
Lake, Serpent Lake, and the Mississippi River. The weedlines of
lakes such as Rabbit, Clearwater, Horseshoe, and Cedar are
producing numbers of bass and northern pike. Cedar Lake remains the
area’s best bet for muskies as well. Look for sunfish in 10 to 14
feet at Black Hoof Lake, East Rabbit Lake, and Little Rabbit

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


Walleyes are being pulled off the 15- to 17-foot weedlines of
Big Detroit Lake with minnows. Minnows also have turned walleyes on
the 15-foot weedlines of Island Lake, Pelican Lake, and Lake
Melissa. Some good-sized pike are coming from Melissa as well. Bass
are hitting on area lakes and sunfish are being targeted in 12 feet
at Floyd Lake, Prairie Lake, and Melissa. Big Detroit continues to
produce muskies during low-light periods.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Crankbaits have started producing walleyes in 25 feet at Island
Lake. Boulder Lake is a secondary walleye option with live bait in
15 feet. There’s a steady bluegill bite on Fish Lake in 10 to 12
feet, while bass remain active in most lakes. On Lake Superior, the
best salmon and trout reports are coming from more than 100 feet
where suspended fish are being found out of the Duluth area.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Work live bait during low-light periods at Blue Lake in 20 feet
and you will pick off an occasional walleye. The Rum River and
Mississippi River continue to kick out smallmouth bass via crawlers
or crankbaits. Weedlines are holding active bass and pike at lakes
Green, Elk, and Fremont. Blue Lake is a safe bet for sunfish and
crappies in 15 to 18 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Leeches are producing walleyes in six to eight feet at White
Iron Lake and Shagawa Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 14 to
20 feet at One Pine Lake and Bear Island Lake. Smallmouth action
has been very good on the west end of Burntside Lake. Drift or
troll sucker minnows on the 10-foot weedlines of Little Long Lake
and Fall Lake for pike.

Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930


Crappies are being caught in eight to 10 feet at Hall Lake.
Crankbaits are producing small walleyes during the evening hours at
Hall and South Silver Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Catfish are crushing
sucker minnows on most lakes and muskie anglers are reporting
mainly follows on Fox Lake.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225


Muskie anglers are doing well with CowGirls after dark on French
Lake. The 15- to 20-foot breaks of Fox Lake are giving up a few
walleyes during low-light periods. Hit Cedar Lake with plastics for
bass and sucker minnows are triggering pike at Kelley Dudley Lake.
Sunfish action has improved with Shields Lake standing out again
this week in 12 to 14 feet.

Lakeside OneStop (507) 332-4050


Walleyes continue to hit Rapalas during the evening hours on
Lake Pokegama. Minnows are producing walleyes at Lake Wabana, Trout
Lake, and Sugar Lake in 15 to 35 feet. The deep weedlines of Spider
Lake, Wabana, and Pokegama are worth noting for crappies during the
evening hours. Topwater baits are raising muskies after dark on the
weed edges of Deer Lake and Moose Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth
bass are very active throughout the area and there’s a consistent
pike bite with crankbaits in 20 feet on Pokegama.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


You’ll find suspended crappies over 15 to 24 feet at Birch Lake,
Ten Mile Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Pleasant Lake kicked out a few
sunfish this week in 14 feet as well. Woman Lake gives up an
occasional walleye in 25 to 30 feet and deep-diving crankbaits are
the way to go for pike at Ten Mile. Muskie action is picking up on
area lakes with topwater baits.

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


Look for walleyes during the day to be hitting live bait in 30
to 35 feet. The shoreline structure in eight to 12 feet is the best
bet during low-light periods with a jig and minnow. The Martin
Islands area has been productive again this week. Northern pike are
hitting minnows and artificial baits outside the weed-covered bays
such as Mud, Daily, and Ash. Pitch a topwater lure on the rocks for
smallmouth bass.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Sunfish continue to provide the best bite with the main-lake
bars kicking out fish in 10 to 12 feet. A few walleyes can be had
during the evening hours off the bars as well. Northern pike are
hitting sucker minnows on the 12- to 14-foot weed edges and a few
crappies are being found suspended over 25 to 30 feet on the north
end. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and plastics on the deep

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181


The catfish bite on the Minnesota River is very good. Large
sucker minnows have produced numbers of fish. There’s some evening
walleye action with crankbaits on Lake Washington in 15 to 20 feet.
The points and weedlines of Washington and Madison Lake are
producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Big Jefferson Lake is providing
numbers of northern pike via spinnerbaits or sucker minnows.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


The docks and 12-foot weedbeds of Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy
Lake are holding crappies. The weedlines of Minnewawa continue to
produce northern pike as well. Minnows or crawlers have triggered
more walleyes during the evening hours at Big Sandy Lake in 22 to
27 feet. Look to Round Lake for the area’s best bass action.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382


The Mississippi River continues to produce numbers of catfish
and smallmouth bass. Look for sunfish in the six- to 18-foot weeds
of Eagle Lake and Lake Ida. Largemouth bass and pike are hitting
crankbaits on the deep weedlines of Big Lake, Mitchell Lake, and
Eagle. A few walleyes have started hitting crankbaits on Lake
Pulaski during low-light periods.

River’s Edge Outfitters (763) 295-3222


Fish Hook Lake is the area’s best option for northern pike in 16
feet of water with sucker minnows. Long Lake is producing some
walleyes in 23 to 28 of water feet and topwater lures continue to
trigger muskies on Big Mantrap Lake. Hit Island Lake for sunfish
and crappies in 16 to 30 feet and Potato Lake is worth noting for
smallmouth bass.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Walleyes are scattered in six to 12 feet of water. The rock
piles are holding the most fish, which are being taken with jigs,
crankbaits, and spinners. Trolling the east shore with spoons,
minnows, or crankbaits is the ticket for big northern pike. Crappie
action is minimal with just a few fish coming off the north-end
cribs in 10 to 12 feet of water.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


Lead-lining stickbaits over the 18- to 25-foot holes of Lake
Pepin is triggering some walleyes. Suckers or stinkbaits are
producing catfish by the dam on the Mississippi River. Work the
backwaters of the river for panfish and the Rush River area is a
safe bet for pike. Smallmouths remain active on the rock piles of
Pepin, especially early and late in the day.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111


Consistent sunfish reports are coming off Horseshoe Lake and
Cedar Island Lake in six to 10 feet and off Pearl Lake in 12 feet.
The north shore of Lake Koronis started giving up sunfish in six to
eight feet and crappies in 16 to 20 feet. Work the weedlines of
Koronis and Rice Lake for pike and catfish action is very good on
the Sauk River.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Scattered walleye reports are coming from McCormick Lake, Little
Birch Lake, and Lake Amelia. The depths have varied, but minnows
and leeches are working best during the evening hours. Sunfish
action continues on most lakes with Villard, Big Birch, Big Swan,
Maple, and Lady lakes standing out this week. Sauk Lake is always a
safe bet for largemouth bass.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


The 10- to 14-foot weedlines are producing some walleyes on Lake
Minnewaska. Work the points and bulrush edges after dark for
walleyes as well. Sunfish are biting in 12 to 14 feet throughout
Minnewaska and a few crappies are showing up on the 12-foot weed
edges. Bass and northern pike are hitting minnows or spinnerbaits
on the deep weedlines of most lakes.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Large spinnerbaits are turning muskies on Lake Tetonka. Working
spoon plugs on the weedlines of Tetonka has provided steady pike
action and the south end of Tetonka is producing walleyes during
low-light periods of the day in 15 to 17 feet of water. Leeches or
crankbaits have triggered the most fish. Look to Lake Francis for
sunfish in 10 feet of water and Clear Lake is a safe bet for
crappies over 15 to 20 feet.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


The main-lake structure in 30 to 50 feet of water is holding
walleyes on Green Lake, most of which are being taken on live bait.
At Diamond Lake, trolling Shad Raps at night has produced walleyes
in six feet. Panfish have bit consistently on the weedlines of
lakes such as Andrew, Green, Nest, North Long, Games, and Eagle.
Bass are being plucked off the docks of most lakes, with Florida
Lake giving up better numbers of big fish. Northern pike continue
to be active on the deep weedlines of most lakes.

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

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