Heavy rains limit fishing activity in many areas
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Walleyes are being taken with crankbaits or slip bobbers
and leeches off the mud and gravel in 27 feet or deeper. Muskies
are being spotted ‘everywhere’ with the north-end sand, Isle Bay,
and Hennepin Island area producing the most strikes. The smallmouth
bass bite has been hot with crankbaits or tube jigs on the 10- to
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – The evening hours remain best for walleyes on the mud
flats. Work the edges and tops with crankbaits or slip bobbers and
leeches. Some fish have been taken at night with crankbaits in
shallower water as well. The weedlines of St. Alban’s Bay continue
to produce pike with crankbaits or spinners and minnows working
best. The rock points and rock reefs continue to produce smallmouth
and perch action remains slow.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The best walleye action is taking place with downriggers and
plugs in 31 to 35 feet along the south shore. On the Rainy River,
walleyes and pike continue to be pulled from 16 to 20 feet from
Clementson Rapids all the way east to Vidas Landing. Jigs and
crawlers are the way to go for walleyes around Oak Island and Flag
Island at the Northwest Angle.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes at the Hardwoods in
nine to 12 feet. There’s some evening crankbait action taking place
in seven to 12 feet off Sand Point, Cedar Point, and Pine Point.
The bulrushes in the Walker Bay Narrows are worth noting for
panfish and the rice beds of Minnesota Island and in Boy Bay are
holding bass. Muskies are hitting bucktails on the rocks off
Pelican Island and Pelican Reef.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Brown’s Bay and Wayzata Bay are giving up a few walleyes during
the evening hours in 28 feet via leeches. Muskies are being caught
on top of the weeds that are adjacent to deep water. Numbers of
sunfish and bass can be had in the four- to 12-foot weeds and the
mid-depth weedlines throughout the lake are holding northern
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The North Arm on the Canadian side and Brule Channel area on the
American side are safe bets for smallmouth bass. Some good-sized
pike are hitting minnows on the mid-depth reefs. Walleyes are
scattered and hitting crawlers or shiner minnows. Better areas this
week have been Sand Bay and Community Reef in 26 to 30 feet, Black
Bay in six to eight feet, and the reefs outside Saginaw Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The best walleye action continues to come from eight to 12 feet
with Shad Raps, rigs and leeches, or jigs and minnows. Work the
shoreline breaks and wind-driven points for the most active fish.
The main-lake bars are giving up a few walleyes in 16 to 20 feet as
well. Perch action is picking up with the bigger fish coming off
the 12- to 18-foot rocks near Raven’s Point. Northern pike are
being found on the east- and west-side breaks in six to eight
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
CowGirls and Dream Catchers are triggering muskies at Bald Eagle
Lake and White Bear Lake. Shad Raps are the ticket for walleyes on
the St. Croix River during the evening hours. Look to Lake Peltier
for sunfish in 10 feet. Northern pike reports have been
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Look for panfish in eight to 12 feet at Hydes Lake and Lake
Parley. The weedlines of Lake Minnewashta are producing northern
pike and the Minnesota River continues to give up numbers of
catfish. Steiger Lake is the area’s best bet for bigger bass, but
walleye action remains slow.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Muskies continue to hit bucktails and topwater baits at the
swimming beach, Nelson’s Flat, and Pillsbury Reef. Bass action
remains strong along the weed edges of Keggs Reef and Cemetery
Reef. Look for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet in Reinkie’s Bay, off North
Reef, and Keggs Reef. Crappies also have been taken in these
locations over slightly deeper water.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Look for walleyes at lakes Ida, Miltona, and Le Homme Dieu.
Crankbaits have worked on the weedlines, as have jigs and redtails
in 25 to 35 feet. Bass continue to hit plastics or crankbaits on
the deep weedlines and there’s plenty of crappies to be had in 12
to 20 feet throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Bluegills are being
found in 12 to 15 feet on most lakes and muskie reports remain
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
The 12- to 18-foot weed edges of Clearwater Lake are holding
walleyes, sunfish, and northern pike. On Lake Sylvia, anglers are
catching sunfish, bass, and pike in 12 to 15 feet. Muskie action is
improving at Sugar Lake with topwater baits and there’s plenty of
pike and bass being pulled off the weedlines of Cedar Lake and
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
At Otter Tail Lake, walleyes are being taken with a jig and
minnow on the eight- foot flats or with leeches on the 15- to
20-foot breaks. West Battle Lake is giving up walleyes during the
day in 18 to 25 feet via minnows or up shallower with crankbaits at
night. Leeches continue to work best for walleyes at Silver Lake in
18 to 24 feet. Look for bigger sunfish in 20 feet at lakes such as
Fisk, Blanche, and Clitherall. Crappies are being found suspended
over 20 to 22 feet at Clitherall and West Battle. Bass and pike
action remains strong and muskie anglers are reporting more follows
than hooked fish at West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Topwater baits are triggering muskies off Cameron Point on Lake
Bemidji. Redtails and live-bait rigs are turning walleyes on
Bemidji in 20 to 25 feet. Minnows also have been the ticket for
walleyes on Lake Plantagenet in 12 to 15 feet. The northwest corner
of the sunken island on Grace Lake is holding bluegills and
crappies in 15 feet. Bluegill action also is strong on the
weedlines of Marquette Lake.
Bluewater Bait and Sports
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000
Crankbaits are producing walleyes on the eight- to 12-foot weed
edges of Blackduck Lake, Round Lake, and Island Lake. Lakes such as
Rabideau, Gilstead, and Pimushe continue to produce bluegills and
crappies. Generally speaking, the crappies are deeper than the
sunfish. Bass and pike remain active on the weedlines of most
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Good walleye fishing is reported off the 15- to 22-foot
weedlines of Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and Pelican Lake. Jigs or
live-bait rigs tipped with redtails or rainbow minnows have worked
best. Northern pike and bass action is going strong on the
weedlines of most lakes, but panfish reports have been limited.
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
Home of Walleye Dan’s Guide Service
A few walleyes have been taken with leeches in 20 to 25 feet off
Deadman’s Bar, North Rock, and the Hump. If the wind is blowing,
perch and walleyes become active in eight feet on Cedar Bar.
Muskies continue to hit bucktails and topwater baits after dark on
the weeds. Dick’s Bay is producing a few sunfish and Rapalas are
the way to go on the weedlines for pike.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Northern pike and bass are an easy catch with spinnerbaits off
the docks and weedlines of Chisago Lake. Some walleyes also have
been taken with fathead minnows on Chisago in eight to 10 feet
during low-light periods. Look to Green Lake for pike and Little
Lake started giving up sunfish and crappies in 10 feet of water.
There’s been some good crappie action at South Lindstrom Lake in 15
to 20 feet and Chisago continues to produce sunfish in 12 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Walleyes are being caught on the weedlines of Serpent Lake and
Rabbit Lake, as well as the deeper pools on the Mississippi River.
Bass are being taken on topwater baits along the lily pads of most
lakes and pike seem to prefer sucker minnows on the weedlines of
area lakes. For panfish, give Little Rabbit Lake or the Mississippi
a try. The area’s biggest sunfish are coming from the river. Cedar
Lake continues to give up muskies well after dark each day.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Muskies continue to hit Double CowGirls on the humps and
weedlines of Big Detroit Lake. Minnows are producing walleyes and
northern pike in 17 to 20 feet on Detroit as well. Walleyes also
can be had in 20 to 30 feet at Pelican Lake and Big Cormorant Lake.
Look for crappies in 16 feet at lakes Melissa, Big Cormorant, and
Big Detroit. Sunfish action remains strong in 12 to 14 feet at
Floyd Lake and Island Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
There’s some evening walleye action with chubs or crawlers at
Fish Lake in 10 to 15 feet and at Island Lake in 15 feet. Look to
Caribou Lake and Fish Lake for panfish and the St. Louis River
started producing a few muskies. On Lake Superior, spoons are
producing lake trout, cohos, and kings in the Two Harbors area.
Most of these fish are being caught about 70 feet down, two miles
onto the lake.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Smallmouth bass remain active in the Rum and Mississippi rivers.
Spectacle Lake is a safe bet for panfish over 20 feet of water
during the morning and evening hours. The weedlines of Blue Lake
and Elk Lake continue to produce largemouth bass and pike.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Crankbaits or live bait are producing limits of walleyes on the
nine- to 14-foot sunken islands and reefs of White Iron Lake. The
crappies coming out of White Iron have been near the two-pound
class and hitting tubes or small minnows. Little Long Lake is
producing a mixed bag of fish including crappies, sunfish,
walleyes, and pike. On Basswood Lake, slow-trolled spinners and
minnows are providing steady walleye action. Anglers in search of
trout are finding success at Miners Lake, the Glacier Ponds, and
Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930
GRAND MARAIS AREA
A jig and leech is producing walleyes on the 20- to 25-foot
breaks of lakes Saganaga, Elbow, Gunflint, Seagull, and Devil’s
Fish. Spinners are triggering smallmouth on the shorelines of most
lakes and pike are hitting sucker minnows throughout the area as
well. On Lake Superior, Dipsey Divers are turning salmon near the
surface and lake trout at 100 to 150 feet. Drifting a crawler over
15 feet on lakes such as Kimball, Duncan, and Daniels has produced
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Bass action remains consistent on most lakes, while northern
pike are hitting in 15 feet at Big Balsam Lake and over 30 feet on
Trout Lake. Look to Bass Lake for sunfish and Rice Lake for a
sunfish/crappie mix. Lake Pokegama is giving up crappies in 14 to
16 feet and Jay Gould Lake is providing sunfish out of seven to 12
feet. Slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes in 14 feet at
Lake Wabana and over 20 feet at Deer Lake. During the evening
hours, work Sugar Lake and Pokegama with crankbaits in seven feet
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Minnows or plastics are producing walleyes in 16 to 20 feet
during the evening hours at Woman Lake. Trolling crankbaits in less
than 10 feet at Ten Mile Lake also has triggered walleyes during
low-light periods. Bass action remains strong on most fisheries,
while Pleasant Lake and Birch Lake are the area’s best panfish
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Water temperatures have dropped and the walleyes have schooled
tighter. Some fish are being taken with minnows over 30 feet and
Shad Raps have started triggering fish during low-light periods on
the shallower reef ledges and shoreline areas. Leeches or crawlers
on a live-bait rig are turning walleyes and bass on the shorelines
and soft-bottomed bays in eight to 20 feet. Look for pike on the
outside edges of most deep weedlines throughout Namakan and
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Sunfish continue to be caught in eight to 14 feet off Four Mile
Bar, Half Mile Bar, and the north-end bay. A jig and fathead minnow
started producing a few walleyes off the 35- to 40- foot hole near
Four Mile Bar. Live bait and artificial presentations are taking
bass and pike on the north end weedlines.
Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181
Lindy rigs and crawlers are producing good-sized perch along the
thick weedlines. Work the wind-driven saddles and points for
walleyes during low-light periods. Muskies continue to hit
bucktails and topwater baits after dark and bass remain active
under the docks or shaded areas.
Lake Vermilion Trading Company
Work the weedlines adjacent to sharp breaks for sunfish and
crappies at Big Sandy Lake. Walleye action is limited, but bass are
biting well on the weedlines of Round Lake and Lake Minnewawa.
Minnewawa is the area’s best bet for pike as well.
Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382
Bluegills are hitting on the eight-foot weedlines between Goose
Island and Manhattan Reef as well as Skeleton Island on Big Stone
Lake. The LaGunna Beach area of Big Stone is worth noting for
bluegills and perch and there is some evening walleye action taking
place with crankbaits on the north end of the lake in 10 feet of
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crawlers are producing walleyes during the evening hours in 24
to 28 feet of water at Long Lake and Potato Lake. Hit Fifth and
Sixth Crow Wing for bluegills in 12 to 14 feet of water. Some nice
bass have been pulled from Lake Belle Taine with plastics and
sucker minnows are producing pike in 12 to 14 feet of water at Fish
Hook Lake. Big Mantrap Lake continues to give up muskies via
bucktails and you will hit some suspended trout at Long Lake and
Bad Medicine Lake.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
The six- to eight-foot bends of the Tamarack River are producing
larger walleyes. A few fish continue to be pulled off the eight-
foot main lake structure as well – mainly on a jig and minnow
combination. Crankbaits are turning some pike on the six- foot
breaks and an occasional crappie report is heard off the cribs.
Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657
RED WING AREA
Northern pike are inhaling spoons in the Pine Creek and Rush
River areas of the Mississippi River. Crankbaits and leadcore are
the ticket for walleyes in 18 to 25 feet at the Head of the Lakes
and Maiden Rock Flats areas. The rock piles in the Maple Springs
area of Lake Pepin are safe bets for smallmouth bass.
Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Consistent sunfish action is reported from six to 12 feet at
Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, and the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. Bass
activity remains strong and the Sauk River is a safe bet for
channel catfish. Minnows pitched in the weeds of Koronis and Rice
have produced walleyes. The weed pockets of Grand Lake and Pearl
Lake are holding crappies.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
Sunfish action continues to be strong on Lake Minnewaska in 12
to 14 feet. Some crappies also have been caught in 14 feet on the
Glenwood end of Minnewaska. Bass and pike are cruising the deep
weed edges and points of most lakes and you will find some evening
walleye action on Minnewaska. Most of these fish are weedline
related and hitting minnows or crawlers.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239