There’s an evening crankbait bite for walleyes in 10 to 14 feet
at Reno Lake. Lake Miltona,_Lake Ida, and Reno also have produced
walleyes during the day in 16 to 22 feet. Panfish action remains
strong on the weedlines of lakes Mary, Geneva, Darling, and Le
Homme Dieu. Bass are now set up on the main-lake bars and tend to
prefer crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Muskie reports have been limited
this week.

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


Walleyes are hitting minnows on Clearwater Lake in 18 to 24
feet. Look for consistent sunfish action on the weedlines of lakes
Sylvia, Sugar, and Clearwater. Spoon plugs and crankbaits are
triggering northern pike in 20 to 25 feet at Pleasant Lake, Cedar
Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Bass action remains consistent on most lakes
in the slop out to about 14 feet.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake are giving up walleyes via
jigs and minnows in 10 to 12 feet. Northern pike are hitting spoons
or sucker minnows on the weedlines of Otter Tail, West Battle, and
Clitherall Lake. Look for sunfish in 15 feet at Dead Lake and Star
Lake and a few crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 20
feet on West Battle. Topwater baits have produced several big
muskies on West Battle this week.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Crankbaits or minnows are producing walleyes during the evening
hours on Lake Bemidji in eight to 14 feet. Muskie anglers are
turning fish with bucktails and topwater baits on Bemidji and Lake
Plantagenet. Crappie and bluegill action is getting better each day
with lakes such as Pimushe, Lower Sucker, Grace, and Ball Club all
kicking out fish. Bass and northern pike are cruising the deep weed
edges of most lakes and can be had on crankbaits or large

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Walleyes are hitting minnows or crankbaits during the evening
hours in 10 to 16 feet at Gull Lake, Blackduck Lake, and Island
Lake. Northern pike and bass remain active on most lakes and
panfish can be had on the deep side of most weedlines throughout
Rabideau Lake, North Twin_Lake, Gilstead Lake, and South Twin

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


The north and south ends of Gull Lake are giving up walleyes in
16 to 32 feet, mainly on Lindy Rigs and redtails. Minnows also are
turning a few walleyes during the evening hours in 14 to 26 feet at
Round Lake and North Long Lake. Northern pike are biting along with
the walleyes and bass continue to hit on the deep weedlines and
bars of most lakes. Look for sunfish in the shallow weeds of North
Long, Pelican Lake, and Cullen Lake.

S & W Bait/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010


Minnows and leeches are producing walleyes in 25 feet along East
Cedar Bar and Buck’s Bar on Cass Lake. The evening bite with Shad
Raps also remains good on Cass in six to eight feet on the north
side of Star Island, O’Neal’s Point, and North Cedar Bar. On Wolf
Lake, spinners and minnows are triggering walleyes along the
weedlines. The best perch action is being found on the seven- to
nine-foot sand flats and bluegills are being caught on Boomerang
Bar in Allen’s Bay of Cass. Muskie action is slow, but Lake
Andrusia started kicking out pike.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


The deep weedlines of Chisago Lake are providing a mixed bag of
fish including bass, sunfish, and some walleyes during the evening
hours. Sunrise Lake is worth noting for sunfish and northern pike
in 10 to 15 feet. North Lindstrom Lake and South Center Lake are
safe bets for panfish as well in 10 to 14 feet of water.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Crankbaits are producing walleyes after dark in eight feet on
the reefs and bars around Slug Island on Pelican Lake. The 12-foot
holes on the Mississippi River also have given up walleyes. Look to
Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake with crankbaits or plastics for bass.
The 13-foot weedline on Horseshoe Lake is kicking out bluegills,
pike, and bass. The best northern pike action is coming off the
Mississippi River between Little Rabbit Lake and Rice Lake or on
the Sagamore Pit.

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


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 20 to 24 feet at lakes Sallie,
Melissa, Big Detroit, Pelican, and Big Cormorant. The deep cabbage
of Island Lake, Floyd Lake, Big Detroit, and Melissa is providing
decent panfish numbers. Work the humps of Big Detroit and Pelican
Lake with CowGirls for muskies. Northern pike and bass can be had
on the deep weedlines of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleyes are hitting minnows and stickbaits at Fish Lake in 12
feet and on Island Lake in 15 to 30 feet. Look to Rice Lake for
pike and bluegills in six feet. On Lake Superior, spoons have been
turning good numbers of king salmon about 30 to 40 feet down in the
Gooseberry Falls and Silver Bay area.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Crankbaits or minnows are providing steady walleye action in 15
to 25 feet at Burntside Lake, Lake Shagawa, One Pine Lake, and Bear
Island Lake. During low-light periods, some decent catches have
come from six to 10 feet as well. Crappies are being found over 30
feet and sunfish continue to cruise the weedlines and humps on most

Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930


Minnows started producing some walleyes at Fox Lake during the
evening hours. Look for crappies and bluegills in eight feet at
Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and George Lake. Northern pike reports are
limited, but bass are hitting plastics on lakes Sissiton and

Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle (507) 235-5225


Leeches continue to produce walleyes on Lake Mazaska in 12 to 14
feet. Spoons, crankbaits, or spoon plugs are all triggering
northern pike on the weedlines of Shields Lake. Sunfish action is
strong in six to eight feet on Mazaska and Hunt Lake. Jigs are the
ticket for bass on the deep milfoil patches of Cedar Lake. Muskie
anglers are reporting quite a few follows on French Lake with

Lakeside OneStop (507) 332-4050


A few walleyes can be had on minnows in 15 to 18 feet at Devil’s
Track Lake, Two_Island Lake, and Seagull Lake. Slip bobbers and
crawlers are turning rainbow trout on Kimball Lake and Trout Lake,
and brook trout at Carrot Lake. Jigging spoons have turned lake
trout at Kemo Lake and sucker minnows continue to provide numbers
of northern pike at Tom_Lake and Northern Lights Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the 17- to 26-foot
bars of Trout Lake. On Lake Wabana, a leech and spinner is working
best in 16 to 22 and on Lake Pokegama a crawler and spinner is
turning walleyes in 22 to 26 feet. Pokegama continues to kick out
big pike in 25 to 35 feet as well. There’s an evening crappie bite
on the deep weedlines of Pokegama and Prairie Lake. Bass Lake
remains the area’s best sunfish spot in 16 to 18 feet and muskies
have yet to turn on.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleyes are hitting crankbaits or jigs and minnows on the
eight- to 12-foot weedlines or 28- to 34-foot reef edges. Northern
pike have been taken on the deep weedlines with minnows, while
smallmouth bass continue to be found on the eight- to 15-foot rock
edges and rock piles.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Look for sunfish in 12 feet on the north end of the lake and Two
Mile Bar. Redtails are turning walleyes in 18 to 28 feet on the
Four Mile Bar. Spinners and sucker minnows have been the ticket for
pike in 12 to 14 feet. Bass remain active on the weedlines, with
plastics or spinnerbaits producing bigger fish.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181


Minnows are starting to produce a few more walleyes on the
saddles and breaks. The key is to stay on the move and pick off a
fish here and there. Crankbaits also have started working for
walleyes on the weedlines and main-lake breaks. Muskie anglers are
offering mixed reports with some fish being raised on the windswept
shorelines and points. Sunfish are an easy catch in the

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052


Bluegill action remains consistent in 10 to 12 feet at Lake
Washington and Lake Francis. Rattle Traps are producing walleyes in
five feet at Lake Tetonka and Shad Raps have worked well for
walleyes in six to eight feet on Lake Hanska. Look for suspended
crappies over 14 to 20 feet at Madison_Lake. Sucker minnows are the
ticket for pike on Big Jefferson Lake in 12 to 14 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Walleye action is slow, but the jumbo perch have started hitting
on Big Stone Lake. Work the Grapevine, Schmidt’s Landing, Rocky
Ledge, and Windmill Reef areas in 12 to 14 feet with minnows or
waxworms. Nightcrawlers continue to produce catfish on the
Minnesota River throughout the day.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleyes are hitting minnows or crawlers on Long Lake in 25 to
30 feet. of water. The Crow Wing Chain and Island Lake are worth
noting for bluegills in 12 to 14 feet. Muskie anglers are raising
fish with topwater baits on Big Mantrap Lake. Troll or drift sucker
minnows on the weedlines of Big Mantrap for northern pike.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Crankbaits continue to work best for walleyes and sauger on Lake
Pepin in 20 to 25 feet. The backwater areas of the Mississippi
River are providing steady panfish action. Work the rock piles on
Pepin with crankbaits or minnows for smallmouth bass. Northern pike
continue to hit spoons or minnows at the mouth of the Rush

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


A few more walleyes have been taken with minnows on the
weedlines and shoreline breaks of Lake Koronis and Horseshoe Lake.
Sunfish and crappies can be had in six to 10 feet at Cedar Island
Lake, Pearl Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Long Lake. The Sauk River is
a safe bet for channel catfish with crawlers or minnows. Minnows or
crankbaits are producing northern pike at Pearl_Lake, Rice Lake,
and Grand Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Both ends of Lake Minnewaska are producing sunfish in 12 to 14
feet. Walleyes are still hitting crawlers on Minnewaska in 14 to 18
feet, but look for the shallow, evening crankbait bite to kick in
very soon. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting plastics in
the weeds and shoreline areas of Minnewaska.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


The weedlines of Diamond Lake are producing sunfish and a few
walleyes during low-light periods. Sunfish also have bit well in 10
to 15 feet on lakes Andrew, Nest, North Long, Games, Eagle, and
Norway. Look to Green Lake for walleyes and smallmouth bass in 12
to 25 feet.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports

(320) 235-4097

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