Bass season starts strong, and walleyes continue to be active

Big Six


East – Walleyes are hitting a slowly presented live bait rig and
leech during the day on the deep gravel and mud in 25 feet or more.
Three Mile Reef and Five Mile Gravel have been especially hot. The
evening bite also has been excellent on the eight- to 16-foot rocks
with slip bobbers and leeches. Move until you find active schools
of fish.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – The mud flats, such as Sherman’s, Seven Mile, and
Seguchie, have produced a lot of walleyes during the day in 22 to
26 feet on leeches, crawlers, and minnows – on live bait rigs. The
night bite has been best on Garrison Reef in eight to 10 feet and
the rocks off Seguchie Point in 14 to 16 feet. There have been a
lot of keepers caught on the points and reefs. Smallmouth bass have
been caught on the shallow rocks, and northern pike have been
pulled from weedlines in the bays.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


A jig and minnow combo continues to produce walleyes in 28 to 31
feet near Pine Island, Graceton Beach, and Lighthouse Gap. Walleyes
also remained active throughout Four Mile Bay in six to eight feet
early and late in the day. Look to Clementson Bay and the Rapid
River areas of the Rainy River for smallmouth bass. The best
walleye reports at the Northwest Angle are coming from Soldier’s
Point, Massacre Island, and Falcon Island.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows, leeches and live bait
rigs, and crawlers with spinners throughout the lake when the wind
is blowing. Some better areas this week have been the points such
as Pine, Cedar, Otter Tail, and Stoney. The Little Hardwoods area
and weeds in Sucker Bay also have given up walleyes. The rice in
Boy Bay is kicking out largemouth bass.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Work the inside weedlines and shorelines for sunfish in less
than five feet, and you’ll find crappies near the weeds over 15
feet. The weedlines also are holding a few walleyes and northern
pike in 12 to 16 feet. During the evening hours, shiner minnows and
leeches are producing walleyes in the channels. Bass action has
been strong on plastics in six to eight feet of water.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Minnows continue to produce walleyes in the Rainy River, Saginaw
Bay in 10 to 12 feet, and near Grindstone Island and the American
Narrows in 30 to 40 feet. The rock piles in Black Bay are holding
crappies and walleyes, while the weedy areas in Black Bay are safe
bets for northern pike. Smallmouth bass are active in the

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Walleyes are hitting jigs and shiners in the shallows out to
eight to 10 feet near Little Stoney Point, Richards Townsite, the
Birdhouses, and Sugar Point. The main-lake bars are producing
bigger walleyes in 18 to 22 feet, mainly on live bait rigs and
crawlers. The west side is kicking out perch in 14 to 16 feet, and
you’ll find pike mixed in with the walleyes.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


The bass bite has been strong with plastics at Demonterville
Lake, Silver Lake, and the St. Croix River. The Prescott area of
the St. Croix is producing walleyes in 25 to 30 feet mainly on jigs
and minnows. On Bald Eagle Lake, jigs and minnows, and slip bobbers
and leeches are turning walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Big Carnelian
Lake and Big Marine Lake are producing crappies in less than six
feet, and you’ll find sunfish in the shallows of most lakes. Sucker
minnows are producing northern pike at the fishing pier on Beaver

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Sunfish are being caught in the shallows of Lake Auburn, Lake
Bavaria, and Lake Minnewashta. Crankbaits are producing northern
pike in four to seven feet in Pierson Lake, Auburn, Minnewashta,
and Steiger Lake. Bass action has been strong on most lakes with
small plastics in shallow water.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


The bass bite has been excellent on the northwest end of the
lake and on reefs, on plastics and spinnerbaits. Crappies have
moved slightly deeper, six to 14 feet, on Pillsbury Reef and
Anderson Reef. Look for sunfish in the shallows; pike have been
slow, and walleyes are being taken on jigs and slip bobber rigs
tipped with leeches. Kegg’s Reef, North Reef, and Anderson Reef
have been best in 14 to 16 feet or 20 to 25 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows and leeches on Lake Mary in
15 feet and on Lake Miltona in seven to 10 feet at night and in 30
to 40 feet during the day. Crappies and sunfish continue to be
found in six to 10 feet on the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Bass fishing
has been strong, with good reports from the shallows and mid-depth
weedlines, on spinnerbaits and plastics.

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


The bass season started strong on most lakes with Clearwater,
John, Sylvia, Cedar, and Sugar producing numbers of fish in the
shallows. Work the weedlines of Clearwater with spinners and
crawlers for walleyes in 12 to 18 feet. Sunfish and crappies are
being found in the shallows of all area lakes, and sucker minnows
are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Granite Lake,
Clearwater, and John.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Shiner minnows are producing walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 14
to 18 feet and 21 to 27 feet. Look to West Battle Lake during
low-light periods with leeches in seven to 14 feet and to
Clitherall Lake in 14 to 20 feet. Bass and northern pike are active
on the weedlines of most lakes. You’ll find sunfish in five to 10
feet at Clitherall, West Battle, Dead Lake, Deer Lake, and Fisk
Lake. Crappies have moved into eight to 15 feet at Fish Lake,
Walker Lake, Deer, and Clitherall.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in six to 10 feet early
and late in the day and in 15 to 30 feet midday at Lake
Plantagenet, Wolf Lake, Lake Andrusia, Lake Bemidji, and Cass Lake.
Bass reports have been minimal and panfish action remains strong in
the shallows and along mid-depth weedlines on Midge Lake and Grace
Lake. Northern pike seem to be hitting on most of the walleye

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 12 feet during the day and
crankbaits during low-light periods on Blackduck Lake. North Twin
Lake and South Twin Lake are safe bets for bass with plastics or
spinnerbaits. Panfish action remains strong in the shallows of
Pimushe Lake and Rabideau Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


The north end of Gull Lake is kicking out walleyes in 16 to 18
feet near Grassy Island and Center Bar. Merrifield Bay on North
Long Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 14 to 20 feet. Redtails,
shiner minnows, and leeches are all producing fish. The Highway 371
Bay on North Long is kicking out panfish, and bass fishing is
decent with most fish coming out of the shallows. Northern pike are
active and mixed in with the walleyes on most lakes.

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


Sunfish have moved to the eight-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake
and South Lindstrom Lake. Look for crappies in 10 to 12 feet on
these lakes, as well. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows
under bobbers in eight to 10 feet on Sunrise Lake. A few walleyes
are being caught on the weedlines during low light or in 18 to 22
feet during the day at Chisago, Green Lake, and North Center Lake
on leeches and minnows. Bass are hitting plastics in the shallows
of most lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Panfish are being found in eight to 15 feet on Rabbit Lake,
Little Black Hoof Lake, Nokay Lake, and Cedar Lake. Walleyes are
hitting crawlers and leeches on Serpent Lake, Rabbit, and
Clearwater Lake in 15 to 25 feet. Bass are an easy catch with
topwater baits on most lakes, and northern pike are hitting sucker
minnows on the weedlines of Serpent. Trout action remains strong
with most fish being caught from the surface down to about 30 feet
during the day at Huntington Pit, Pennington Pit, and Portsmouth

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


Minnows, crawlers, and leeches are producing walleyes and
northern pike in six to 20 feet at Pelican Lake, Big Cormorant
Lake, Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, Big Pine Lake,
and Little Pine Lake. Panfish are hitting on the weedlines and
shorelines of lakes Franklin, Floyd, Big Detroit, and Cormorant.
Bass fishing has been excellent along the shorelines out to the
weedlines of most lakes on topwater or plastics.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers at Island Lake in 25
feet. On Fish Lake, you’ll find walleyes in 12 feet and crappies in
the narrows over 10 to 12 feet. Sucker minnows are turning northern
pike at Rice Lake in less than six feet, and the bluegills started
hitting in the shallows of Fish Lake. Look to the shallows of
Island for smallmouth bass; the south shore of Lake Superior is
producing cohos near the surface.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Look to Blue Lake with minnows for crappies in six feet. A few
walleyes are being taken on fathead minnows in 16 to 22 feet at
Blue and Green Lake. The deep holes of the Rum River are holding
walleyes, with crawlers and minnows working best. Bass and northern
pike are hitting spinnerbaits or minnows on the weedlines of Elk
Lake and Spectacle Lake.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Walleyes are hitting leeches and minnows during the evening
hours at Shagawa Lake in five to seven feet. A few walleyes can be
had during the day at Basswood Lake in 20 to 25 feet and up
shallower at night. Snowbank Lake is producing numbers of bass, and
lake trout are hitting deep-diving Rapalas over 30 to 35 feet. Look
for crappies over 15 to 20 feet at White Iron Lake and Farm Lake.
Smallmouth bass are hitting along the shorelines of most lakes and
northern pike are hitting at Birch Lake, Farm, and White Iron in
six to eight feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Ruth Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in six to eight
feet. There’s an evening walleye bite with a jig and shiner minnow
at Thunder Lake in 12 feet. The six- to 10-foot weedlines of Lake
Washburn are producing bass on plastics and sucker minnows. On East
Fox Lake, northern pike are being taken on Rapalas along the

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Lake Sisseton continues to produce bluegills and crappies in
four to eight feet of water. Budd Lake is a safe bet for crappies
in 10 to 15 feet. Look to Hall Lake with minnows for crappies and
small walleyes during the evening hours in shallow water.
Crankbaits are the ticket at Tuttle Lake for walleyes and pike in
less than six feet.

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


Walleyes are hitting leeches at Shields Lake and Lake Mazaska on
the 10- to 12-foot weedlines. On Roberds Lake, leeches are turning
walleyes on the eight- to 12-foot rocks. The docks on Mazaska,
Shields, and Cedar Lake are producing panfish. Cannon Lake is
giving up bass on plastics and spinnerbaits.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Fatheads near weeds seem to be producing the majority of
walleyes at Lake Saganaga in six to 10 feet, Hungry Jack Lake in
nine to 12 feet, Crescent Lake in eight to 10 feet, and at Devil
Fish Lake in eight to 12 feet. Lake trout are suspended and hitting
jigs and minnows over 40 feet at Saganaga, over 20 to 25 feet at
Daniels Lake, over 30 feet at Trout Lake, and over 35 to 40 feet at
Greenwood Lake. Crawlers, Mepps spinners, or fly fishing have been
productive for rainbow trout at Leo Lake in 15 feet, Mink Lake in
17 feet, and at Trout Lake in 20 feet. Brook trout are hitting
crawlers in 12 to 15 feet at Carrot Lake and in 15 to 18 feet at
Loft Lake. Minnows and spoons are turning northern pike at Hungry
Jack, Northern Lights Lake, and Seagull Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Look for walleyes on lakes Wabana, Deer, Trout, Jessie, and Sand
in nine to 14 feet during the day and up shallower at night.
Leeches and minnows are both working. Sunfish are shallow and
active on most lakes, with Pokegama, Grave, Bass, Cutfoot, and
Splithand leading the way. You’ll find crappies off the weedlines
of most lakes, while the bass bite has been excellent in shallow

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Crawlers are triggering walleyes at Ten_Mile Lake in 14 to 17
feet and on Woman Lake and Birch Lake in 15 to 20 feet. There are
some fish being taken at night on crankbaits on these lakes, as
well. Crappies continue to be found on Pleasant Lake and Ten Mile
in shallow water. Bass fishing has been excellent on most lakes,
with Ten Mile and Larson Lake providing the most numbers.

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


During the day, sharp shoreline breaks are producing walleyes,
and during the evening hours, the mud bite seems to best with a jig
and minnow in shallower water. When the wind blows, troll
crankbaits along the windswept shorelines. The emerging weedlines
are providing bass, panfish, and northern pike.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052


Crappies and sunfish remain active in the shallows of Lake
Washington and Madison Lake. Flathead catfish have started hitting
sucker minnows and bullheads in the deeper holes of the Minnesota
River. Walleye and northern pike action has slowed, but bass
fishing has been strong on most lakes.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


The bass opener started very strong, with spinnerbaits and
plastics producing fish on all lakes. Crappies remain active on
Lake Minnewawa in 10 feet, and you’ll find sunfish up shallower.
Walleye reports have been mixed, but Big Sandy Lake remains the
best option in 18 to 24 feet with leeches or crawlers. Sucker
minnows and crankbaits are triggering northern pike on the
weedlines of Minnewawa and Big Sandy.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382


The first few miles of Big Stone Lake on the South Dakota shore
are producing walleyes in eight to 10 feet on crawlers and
spinners. On the Minnesota side, 10 to 12 feet has been best near
Mallard Point. White bass have been very active on Big Stone in
eight to 12 feet. The Highway 75 dam on the Minnesota River is
kicking out northern pike on spoons, and catfish on crawlers.
Artichoke Lake continues to give up a few walleyes on spinners and
leeches in eight to 12 feet of water. Look for crappies during the
evening hours on Artichoke in five feet. Lake Oliver started giving
up walleyes, as well.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleyes are hitting leeches at Fish Hook Lake in 21 to 25 feet
of water and at Island Lake in 21 feet. Northern pike are hitting
sucker minnows at Big Mantrap Lake and Potato Lake in 14 feet. Look
to Lake George and the Crow Wing Chain for bluegills in four to six
feet; crappies are biting on the Chain in three to 14 feet.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass reports vary, but the best action
seems to be in shallow water.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


This entire stretch of Mississippi River and Lake Pepin has been
hot for walleyes. Leeches and floaters are producing fish in six to
eight feet of water on the Bay City Flats, while anglers report
trolling bright-colored Shad Raps has worked best in 15 to 20 feet
of water on the Maiden Rock Flats, No Point area, and Hoksila Park
area. Large sucker minnows are turning catfish below the dam and
the backwaters, and Baypoint Park docks continue to produce

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Sunfish are hitting in the shallows of Horseshoe Lake, Rice
Lake, Pearl Lake, Grand Lake, Goodner Lake, and Cedar Island Lake.
The bass bite has been strong on spinnerbaits and plastics in the
shallow weeds of most lakes. Lake Koronis and Rice Lake are giving
up a few walleyes in the weeds or in 25 to 30 feet on crawlers,
leeches, and minnows. The weedlines of Lake Francis, Long Lake, and
Koronis are holding northern pike.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Crappies continue to be caught on Sauk Lake and Maple Lake
around the docks and shorelines in less than four feet of water.
Sunfish action seems strong on all area lakes in three to six feet.
Walleye reports are very limited, with the exception of Lake
Osakis, which is producing numbers of small fish in deep water.
Little Birch Lake and Big Birch Lake are giving up a walleye or two
in 18 to 24 feet. Bass fishing has been good along the shorelines
and shallow weeds of most lakes in the area.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Sunfish are being found off the docks or in 12 feet of water on
Lake Minnewaska. Bass fishing has been very good in the bulrushes
of Minnewaska on spinnerbaits. Look to Long Lake, Pelican Lake, and
Lake Emily for a few walleyes with live bait in less than 10 feet.
Northern pike can be had on minnows along the weedlines of most

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Solomon Lake and Lake Elizabeth are kicking out walleyes in
shallow water, mainly on live bait during low-light periods. Look
to Eagle Lake for walleyes in 12 to 16 feet and crappies on the
six- to 10-foot weedlines. Green Lake is a safe bet for walleyes
hitting live bait in 40 feet. Sunfish continue to be found shallow
on most lakes, and bass action has been very good along the
shorelines and shallow weeds of area lakes.

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

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