Fish a leech or crawler tight to the weedlines during the
evening and you’ll catch walleyes on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Ida,
and Lake Miltona. The west side of Lake Reno also is producing
walleyes on minnows in 15 feet. Sunfish are wrapping up the spawn
and can be found shallow on most lakes. The bigger bass and
crappies are relating to weedlines and bars on the Le Homme Dieu
Chain. Muskie anglers are raising fish on Lobster Lake and Miltona
with topwaters.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255


Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes during low-light
periods in 16 to 24 feet on Cedar Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Sugar
Lake. Crappies are on deeper weedlines of Clearwater, Pleasant
Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Bass and pike are active on the weedlines of
most lakes, and sunfish can be found in less than eight feet
throughout the area.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 12 to 15 feet on Otter
Tail Lake as is a Lindy rig and leech in 20 to 24 feet. On lakes
such as Clitherall, West Battle, Stalker, and Eagle leeches are
best in 18 to 24 feet. Sucker minnows are turning pike in 12 to 20
feet on Otter Tail and the bass continue to hit on most lakes. Look
for sunfish in less than seven feet on lakes Blanche, Star, South
Turtle, and Elbow. Crappies are in four to eight feet on Mollie
Stark Lake, West Battle, and Stalker.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Largemouth bass and bluegills are shallow on most lakes. Crappie
action has shifted to the 12- to 16-foot weedlines and muskie
reports are limited. Walleyes are being caught in 12 to 18 feet on
Lake Bemidji during the day and shallower at night on

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Evenings have been best for walleyes on Blackduck Lake with jigs
and leeches or slip bobbers and leeches in 10 to 16 feet. On Island
Lake and Gull Lake, walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 14
to 18 feet during the day and in shallower during the evenings.
Lakes such as Gull, Rabideau, Pimushe, North Twin, and South Twin
are safe bets for panfish in shallow water.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Lindy rigs and redtails or leeches are producing walleyes in 15
to 18 feet on Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, North Long Lake, and Round
Lake. The six- to 10-foot cabbage on most lakes is holding bass and
you’ll find plenty of panfish in the weeds as well. A small sucker
minnow has produced several big pike on the weedlines of Gull.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218)


Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows or Shad Raps in less than
nine feet on the bars such as Turtle River, Cedar, Tom’s, and East
Cedar, on Cass Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being found in the
shallows of Allen’s Bay on Cass, Kitchi Lake, and Rice Lake. You’ll
find perch in the bulrushes of Cass and Pike Bay Lake. Muskie
action is limited, although a few have been taken on topwater baits
in the shallow cabbage of Allen’s Bay.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods in the
weeds or in 18 to 20 feet on South Lindstrom_Lake and North Center
Lake. Chisago Lake continues to provide excellent bass action and
sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 10 feet at Sunrise
Lake. Sunfish are biting on the shorelines or shallow weeds of most
lakes and you’ll find crappies suspended over 20 feet on Chisago
and Kroon Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Numbers of 17- to 20-inch smallmouth bass are being caught on
topwater baits in the shallows of Sand Point Lake and Namakan Lake.
There’s consistent walleye action on the 15- to 18-foot reefs of
Crane Lake with a jig and minnow or crawler and jig. Some walleyes
also have been pulled from the weeds in 10 feet or less.

Crane Lake Visitors & Tourism Bureau (800) 362-7405


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers during low-light
periods on Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Work
the docks and weedlines of most lakes with a spinnerbait and you’ll
catch bass. Spinnerbaits also have produced pike on the weedlines
and crappies are being found in eight to 14 feet. The bigger
sunfish are now hanging on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines throughout
the area.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708


Topwater baits are turning bass on most lakes and there’s a good
crappie bite on Fish Trap Lake in eight to 12 feet. Walleye reports
are limited to a few fish at night on Lake Alexander in 15 to 18
feet. Muskies are getting more active around the docks and 12-foot
weedlines of Alexander and Lake Shamineau.

Hilltop Sports (320) 749-2055


Walleyes are hitting crawlers and leeches during the day in 17
to 20 feet and in 10 to 12 feet during low-light periods on lakes
Sallie, Melissa, Big Detroit, Sour, Pelican, and Big Cormorant.
Sunfish and crappies remain active from the shorelines out to the
12-foot weedlines on lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, Floyd, Tamarack,
and Height of Land. CowGirls and BullDawgs are triggering muskies
on the edges of the humps on Big Detroit. Bass and pike seem to be
hitting on most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleyes are being caught at Island Lake in 20 to 25 feet on
leeches and live-bait rigs. Fish Lake is producing walleyes in 15
feet, as is Rice Lake in six feet – also on leeches. Lake Superior
is kicking out lake trout over 60 feet and a mixed bag of lakers
and cohos in deeper water on spoons and stickbaits. Look to Fish
Lake and Whiteface Lake for bluegills in four feet and Island Lake
is giving up smallmouth bass in shallow water.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Green Lake and Blue Lake are producing panfish from the
shorelines out to the 12-foot weedlines. Bass are hitting in the
thick weeds of Elk Lake. The Rum River and Mississippi River
continue to kick out smallmouth bass and a few walleyes. Look to
the deep holes on the Mississippi for channel catfish.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


The south end of Ruth Lake is producing numbers of largemouth
bass. The rock pile in the middle of Ruth is holding crappies. On
Eagle Lake, northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 15 to 20
feet. Crappies are going on West Fox Lake in 15 to 18 feet early
and late in the day. Walleyes have started hitting leeches or
crankbaits to the right of the access on Lake Esquagamah in 10 feet
during low-light periods.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Crankbaits are triggering walleyes during low-light periods on
Fox Lake and Hall Lake in six to eight feet. Crappie action remains
consistent in eight to 10 feet on George Lake, Budd Lake, Sissiton
Lake, and Hall. Northern pike also remain active on most lakes and
can be had with minnows or spoons.

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


Bass are hitting plastics in the weeds of Cedar Lake, Hunts
Lake, and Lake Mazaska. Rapalas continue to produce walleyes at
night on the shorelines of Cannon Lake. Leeches are the ticket for
walleyes on Fox Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Hit Shields Lake and Fox
Lake in less than 10 feet for sunfish and the pike bite also
remains consistent on the weedlines of Shields.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes in 12 to 20 feet at
Northern Lights Lake, Devil’s Track Lake, Poplar Lake, Cascade
Lake, and Tom_Lake. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the
shorelines of most lakes and Kimball Lake is producing rainbow
trout. Lake trout have moved over slightly deeper water but remain
active on Gunflint Lake and Clearwater Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


The deep structure, 20 to 24 feet, on Bowstring Lake is
producing walleyes. You’ll also hit walleyes on Sand Lake in 14 to
20 feet, at Trout Lake in seven to 30 feet – depending on time of
day, and on Lake Pokegama along the 16- to 24- foot weedlines.
Crappies are in the deep weeds on Spider Lake and Pokegama. Pike
are hitting a jig and minnow in 16 to 25 feet on Pokegama and Trout
lakes. Look for muskies during the evening hours on Deer Lake and
Moose Lake. Smallmouth bass action is strong on lakes Wabana, Deer,
and Pokegama.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


The shallow and deep weeds are producing bass on most lakes.
You’ll find sunfish in less than six feet and crappies in the 12-
to 16-foot cabbage of Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, and Ten Mile Lake.
Walleyes are taking leeches and crawlers during the day in 20 to 30
feet and Rapalas at night in shallow water on area lakes.

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


Lindy rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are producing
walleyes during the day in 22 to 30 feet. Smallmouths are on the
shorelines and hitting anything thrown at them and look for
crappies on the weed edges in most soft-bottomed bays. Jerkbaits
are triggering northern pike in the bays over 12 to 15 feet.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Leeches on live-bait rigs or under bobbers are triggering
walleyes in 12 to 18 feet on the Half Mile Bar, Two Mile Bar, and
Four Mile Bar. There is evening action in shallow water with
Rapalas. Miller’s Bay is producing panfish in less than eight feet
and largemouths are hitting spinnerbaits in the bulrushes.

Matt’s Bait (320) 859-2181


Walleyes are hitting slip bobbers and leeches at night in the
shallows. The day bite also is strong on the reefs with live bait.
Generally speaking, big fish are coming off the west end and the
east end is giving up more small fish. Crappies and bass continue
to be found shallow throughout the lake and northern pike are
hammering white spinnerbaits and #5 Mepps spinners on the deep
weeds. Muskie action is “fair” with fish starting to show up on the
rocks and deep weedlines.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052


Lake Tetonka is producing a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. The
weedlines of Lake Washington and the shorelines of Lake Hanska give
up an occasional walleye during low-light periods. Madison Lake and
the points on Washington are holding panfish in shallow water and
Little Jefferson Lake remains a safe bet for northern pike.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Look for walleyes during low-light periods on Fish Hook Lake and
Long Lake in 18 to 24 feet to be hitting leeches and crawlers.
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Big Mantrap Lake in 10
to 12 feet. Largemouth bass are very active on Lake Belle Taine in
shallow water. Panfish are hitting on Eagle Lake and Island Lake in
less than six feet. Muskie reports are sporadic, but Big Mantrap
has kicked out a few fish in shallow water. The brown trout are
hitting crawlers or flies on the Straight River.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow, slip bobber and leech,
spinners and crawlers, or crankbaits in six to eight feet. Limits
remain very easy along the shorelines and mouth of the Tamarack
River. The bigger pike have started hitting more consistently in
eight feet and you’ll still find crappies in the shallows on the
north shore.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


Bright-colored crankbaits on three-way rigs or leadcore and
planer boards are producing walleyes on Lake Pepin in 20 to 25
feet. The docks in Coville Park and Baypoint Park are holding
sunfish. Catfish have started hitting sucker minnows and stinkbaits
on the Mississippi River in 10 to 30 feet. Look to the mouth of the
Rush River for northern pike.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Sunfish are active in less than six feet on Cedar Island, Rice,
Koronis, Long, Browns, Horseshoe, and Becker lakes. Walleyes are
tough to find with Rice and Koronis kicking out a few on leeches
along the weedlines. Bass and pike action is strong in the weeds of
most lakes, while Watab Lake and Mud Lake started giving up rainbow
trout. The catfish bite on the Sauk River has improved with

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Sunfish are hitting in three to seven feet on Guernsey Lake,
Sauk Lake, Long Bridge Lake, Jurgeons Lake, Maple Lake, and Lady
Lake. Look for crappies on the docks of Sauk, Guerney, and Big Swan
Lake. Big Birch Lake continues to produce some walleyes in 21 to 24
feet, while sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the
weedlines of Little Birch Lake, Lake Villard, and Big Swan.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Sunfish action is good on Lake Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet. Look
to Lake Ann with spoons for pike and bass are an easy catch on all
lakes. Minnewaska is producing walleyes via live bait in 22 to 26
feet in front of the high school. Crawlers and spinners are working
on Minnewaska on the 12- to 16-foot flats, too. On_Lake Mary,
fatheads are the ticket for walleyes in 12 to 15 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

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