Walleye action slows but lake trout anglers off to a good start

Big Six


East – Look for walleyes on the mud flats and deep gravel in 30
feet throughout the day. The Four Mile Gravel Bar has been one of
the better spots this week. Perch continue to be caught off the
edges of the flats and on the 14-foot rocks during midday hours.
Setlines and minnows seem to be producing bigger perch.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811


West – Anglers who stay on the move continue to produce limits
of walleyes. Work the tops and edges during low-light periods and
slide off the flats in 30 feet or more during the day. Perch and
tullibee reports continue to be impressive in 32 to 35 feet on the
flats such as Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and Sherman’s.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430



Walleyes, perch, and sauger are being found about five miles out
over 32 feet. The mid-day bite has been most productive with gold
or red-glow jigging spoons and minnow heads. On the river, walleyes
are hitting best during the evening hours in 20 feet. At the
Northwest Angle, glow jigs and minnows are working best for
walleyes and sauger in 20 to 30 feet.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


The afternoon and evening hours continue to be best for walleyes
on the 28- to 36-foot humps in Walker Bay. Perch action is strong
in eight to 11 feet at Pine Point and Goose Island areas. Panfish
reports are limited with a few bluegills and crappies coming from
Shingobee Bay in 18 feet.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


On Lake Minnetonka, a few walleyes are being pulled from 24 to
30 feet in Brown’s Bay, Wayzata Bay, and Excelsior Bay during
low-light periods. The weedlines are producing northern pike in 14
to 18 feet and small sunfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet in
Black Lake. Look for a few suspended crappies over 19 feet early
and late in the day. Lakes such as Sarah, Independence, and
Medicine are kicking out crappies in 17 to 30 feet.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes are hitting around Grindstone Island in 36 to 40 feet.
The reefs around Steamboat Island and Cranberry Island are kicking
out walleyes in 35 to 42 feet. Tip-ups and ciscoes continue to turn
pike in the Rainy Lake City area in 12 to 16 feet. The North Arm
has been producing better crappie action this week.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Look for perch, tight to the bottom, on the main-lake structure
in 26 to 30 feet. Better areas this week have been Horseshoe Bar,
Moses Bar, Snaghole, and Moxes Hole. Walleyes remain active during
the last hour of daylight on the bars and island in 20 to 22 feet.
A few pike have been mixed in with the perch on the bars.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


Sunfish and crappies are biting on Lake Peltier in 10 to 12
feet. Look to Lake Jane for crappies during the evening hours in 10
to 15 feet. On White Bear Lake, crappies continue to be caught in
the eight- to 10-foot weeds. There’s an evening walleye and crappie
bite on Bald Eagle Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Tip-ups and sucker
minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Lake

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Sunfish have started hitting at Lake Minnewashta in 12 feet and
at Dutch Lake in 24 feet. Lake Zumbra and Lake Auburn are producing
northern pike in eight to 10 feet, mainly on sucker minnows and
tip-ups. Crappie action has improved on Whaletail Lake with minnows
in 14 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Sunfish and crappies have started hitting on Center Reef,
Anderson Reef, and Pillsbury Reef in nine to 15 feet close to the
weeds. The weedlines are holding northern pike in 10 to 13 feet and
most are being taken on tip-ups and sucker minnows. Look for
walleyes during low-light periods in 12 to 16 feet on the reefs
such as Kegg’s, Anderson’s, and Cemetery.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Lakes such as Miltona, Mary, Carlos, Smith, and Le Homme Dieu
are giving up a mixed bags of panfish – look for crappies in 20
feet of water and bluegills in 10 to 12 feet. Walleye action has
slowed, but tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike
on the weedlines of most lakes.

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


Sunfish are hitting on lakes Marie, John, and Francis in 10 to
15 feet and on Pleasant and Clearwater in 20 feet. The Bungalo
Island area of Clearwater is kicking out crappies over 40 feet and
Buffalo Lake, Lake John, and Francis are giving up crappies in 20
feet. A few walleyes can be had off Sugar Lake and Clearwater in 18
to 26 feet. Clearwater, Pleasant, and Pelican Lake are giving up
pike in less than 12 feet.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows in 25 to 33 feet on West
Battle Lake, in 18 to 25 feet at Eagle Lake, and in 20 to 35 feet
or 11 to 18 feet at Otter Tail Lake. Northern pike remain active
along the 17-foot weedlines of West Battle, Otter Tail, and South
Turtle Lake. Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet at South Turtle,
West Battle, Rush Lake, Pelican Lake, Dead Lake, and Star Lake.
Crappies are hitting in 20 feet at West Battle or in 15 to 20 feet
at Jollie Ann Lake, Star, Dead, and Rush.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleye reports have been limited, but perch remain active in 15
to 25 feet at Pike Bay Lake, Lake Plantagenet, and Lake Irving, or
in 20 to 40 feet at Lake Bemidji. Panfish action remains strong in
10 to 15 feet at Sucker Lake, Kitchi Lake, Grace Lake, and Lake
Beltrami. Look for northern pike along the weedlines of most lakes
in 12 to 16 feet.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


If you stay on the move at Blackduck Lake you’ll find perch in
eight to 15 feet or 20 feet of water. A few walleyes are coming off
Blackduck in 10 to 15 feet early and late in the day and Gilstead
Lake is the area’s best crappie option over 30 to 40 feet. There’s
an afternoon and evening bluegill bite on Pimushe Lake in 20 feet
of water.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Sucker minnows and shiner minnows are producing northern pike on
the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Gull Lake and North Long Lake.
Walleyes are being caught during low-light periods in 20 to 30 feet
at Gull. Glow jigs and small minnows are producing crappies in 15
to 30 feet at Gull, Lake Margaret, and Round Lake. Look to North
Long for a few decent-sized sunfish in 12 to 14 feet.

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


Crappies are being found suspended over the deep holes of
Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and South Center Lake. Look for
sunfish in six to eight feet on the south end of Chisago and North
Center Lake. A few walleyes are being caught in 18 to 23 feet
during the evening hours on the west side of South Lindstrom.
Sunrise Lake continues to produce pike in eight to 10 feet and
Kroon Lake is worth noting for crappies over 20 to 23 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


The afternoon and evening hours continue to provide a few
walleyes in 26 to 28 feet at Serpent Lake and Pelican Lake. Lakes
such as Nokay, Clearwater, Cedar, Mahnomen, Upper Dean, and Bass
are kicking out crappies and bluegills are biting on Greer Lake,
Milford Lake, and Mahnomen. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning
northern pike on the weedlines of Goodrich Lake, Lake Adney, Little
Black Hoof Lake, and Black Bear Lake.

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


The trout opener went well with shiner minnows producing fish
over 30 feet. Shiners or rainbow minnows are turning walleyes in 28
to 34 feet at Pelican Lake, Whitefish Lake, and Crosslake. There’s
some crappie action at dusk in 12 to 16 feet on most lakes and
northern pike can be had around the points and weedlines with
tip-ups and sucker minnows.

Crosslake Holiday Sports

(218) 692-2708


You’ll find sunfish and crappies in 10 to 20 feet at lakes
Melissa, Big Detroit, Little Detroit, Deadshot Bay, Floyd, and
Prairie. Walleye action has been best during low-light periods with
shiner minnows in 18 to 21 feet at lakes Sallie, Melissa, and Big
Detroit. Northern pike remain active on the weedlines of most

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Crappie action remains strong on Fish Lake in 10 to 12 feet and
look for a few walleyes here during low-light periods. A few
walleyes and numbers of pike can be had at Rice Lake in six feet on
setlines and minnows. Northern pike are being taken on tip-ups and
chubs at Boulder Lake in nine feet.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Tube jigs, Airplane jigs, or ciscoes are producing lake trout
over 50 feet on Burntside Lake and Snowbank Lake. Small minnows are
producing stream trout in 10 to 12 feet at Tofte Lake and Miners
Lake. Panfish reports are slow, but Snowbank is giving up a few
walleyes in 20 to 40 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the north end of
Kego Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. On Round Lake, a few walleyes
have been caught in 25 to 30 feet on fathead minnows. The bay on
the east side of Ruth Lake is producing panfish in 20 to 25 feet
and Lawrence Lake continues to produce crappies during the evening

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Crappies and bluegills are being caught on Lake Sissiton in 16
feet. On Hall Lake, anglers are finding a mixed bag of walleyes,
perch, and crappies over 20 to 22 feet. Hit North Silver Lake in
less than six feet with minnows or waxworms for perch.

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


Look to Lake Mazaska in 35 feet and to West Cedar Lake in 15 to
20 feet for crappies during low-light periods. The shallow
weedlines of Kelly Dudley Lake are safe bets for northern pike.
Hunt Lake is giving up a few sunfish in 15 to 18 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Ciscoes or jigging spoons are producing lake trout over 22 to 25
feet at Gunflint Lake, over 25 feet at Moss Lake, over 30 feet at
Daniels Lake, over 40 feet at Lake Saganaga, and over 20 to 25 feet
at West Bearskin Lake. Waxworms or small minnows are turning splake
in 19 feet at Musquash Lake and rainbows in 15 feet at Trout Lake.
Look to Loft Lake in 25 feet for brook trout. Walleye action has
slowed, but some fish continue to be taken at South Fowl Lake in
eight feet and at Devil Track Lake in 18 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


The best bet for walleyes is during the evening hours in 20 to
22 feet at Lake Pokegama and Bowstring Lake. Northern pike are
hitting minnows on the deep weeds of Pokegama and Trout Lake. Bass
Lake continues to produce bluegills and look to lakes Wabana, Big
Cutfoot Sioux, and Bowstring for suspended crappies over 18 to 22

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Small glow jigs and minnows are producing walleyes, perch, and
sauger in 30 to 38 feet early and late in the day. Tip-ups and
small sucker minnows are triggering northern pike near the bays in
eight to 25 feet during the day and crappie reports remain

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121



The best walleye opportunity is taking place early and late each
day in 18 to 24 feet. Sunfish have started hitting waxworms and
small jigs in Larson Bay during the day. Spearers are taking some
pike in the shallows, but not a lot of big fish have been

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052



Big Jefferson Lake started giving up crappies over 30 feet and
the northern pike continue to hit here in eight feet. Lake Elysian
and Lake Henry are producing small walleyes and the west end of
Lake Francis is giving up pike in 12 feet. Crappies and sunfish are
being found suspended over 25 to 30 feet in Baker’s Bay on Lake
Washington. There’s also an evening crappie bite off Third Point on
Washington over 28 to 32 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Pleasant Point on Lake Minnewawa is producing crappies early and
late in the day. Look to Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy Lake for
crappies as well. Walleye reports are slow, but northern pike are
active in shallow water on most lakes. A few tullibees have been
caught over deep water on the north end of Big Sandy.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382


A few perch continue to be caught from the public access to
LaGunna Beach on the south end of Big Stone Lake in 12 feet. The
north end of Big Stone is giving up walleyes during the evening
hours in 10 feet. Lake Lac qui Parle is producing crappies, as is
Long Tom Lake in 11 feet.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Crappies continue to hit minnows on Big Mantrap Lake over 25 to
30 feet during low-light periods. A few walleyes, most of which
have been small, can be had in 26 to 30 feet on Long Lake and Fish
Hook Lake early and late in the day. Look to Fish Hook for northern
pike in 14 feet and Straight Lake is giving up sunfish in 12

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


The best walleye action is coming from 13 to 14 feet with plain
red hooks and minnows or red-glow jigging spoons and minnow heads.
Better areas this week have been at the Popples, south shore rocks,
and Center Reef. Several big pike are being caught in the walleye
spots and the occasional crappie is mixed in as well.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


Walleyes and sauger remain active during the morning hours in 18
to 28 feet off Methodist Point on the Mississippi River. The docks
around Baypoint Park continue to produce panfish in eight feet.
Anglers in boats are finding walleyes and sauger below the dam on
the river in 15 to 22 feet. Most fish are being taken on hair jigs
and fathead minnows.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


A few walleyes can be had on Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, and
Horseshoe Lake in 12 to 24 feet. Crappie action remains strong at
Koronis, Rice, Cedar Island Lake, Eden Lake, and Pearl Lake in 12
to 18 feet. Northern pike are cruising the shallows of most lakes
and providing good action for spearers and anglers. Sunfish have
started hitting at Browns Lake in 20 feet.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Crappies remain active on Sauk Lake after dark in Red Barn Bay
and west of Diamond Point in 32 to 45 feet. Look to Lake Villard
for sunfish in eight to 12 feet and the north end of Lake Osakis is
producing sunfish in 18 to 22 feet. Big Birch Lake is kicking out a
walleye or two each night over 24 to 28 feet on setlines and shiner
minnows. If you want a few pike hit Fairy Lake with shiner minnows
in eight to 10 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Sunfish remain active on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska in
12 to 15 feet. You’ll find plenty of small northern pike in this
area as well. Walleye and crappie action has been slow throughout
the area.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Small walleyes and perch remain active at Eagle Lake in 10 to 25
feet. The flats on Green Lake are producing walleyes and crappies
and look to the weedlines of Games Lake for pike. Norway Lake is
giving up panfish, while lakes Florida and Andrew are worth noting
for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports

(320) 235-4097

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