Walleye anglers making a transition back to minnows

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – The deep mud and gravel offers the best walleye action
during the day with crawlers, leeches or crankbaits trolled in 24
to 28 feet. At night, this deep bite continues or slide up on the
mid-depth rocks with slip bobbers and leeches once the sun hits the
trees. You’ll also find smallmouth bass on the rocks and muskies
have started to turn on a bit with the best reports early and late
in the day with bucktails or crankbaits.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – During the day, troll crankbaits or spinner rigs on the tops
and edges of the mud flats such as Sherman’s, Seven Mile, Eight
Mile, and Seguchie’s in 24 to 28 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches are
working best at night off the mud in 28 to 32 feet. The rocks are
holding smallmouth bass and some good-sized perch, while crankbaits
continue to trigger muskies in St. Alban’s Bay and Wigwam Bay. The
few anglers working muskies are seeing fish on the north-end sand
and west-end weedlines.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Spinners tipped with live bait or downrigging is producing walleyes
and sauger in 25 to 35 feet. Look to the mud along the south shore,
or areas such as Long Point, Garden Island, and the Gap. The
islands throughout the Northwest Angle continue to provide steady
walleye action in 18 to 25 feet with the same presentations. Most
rock piles at the Angle will produce smallmouth and muskies have
been hanging around the weedlines.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

A jig and minnow or spinner rig and crawler is working best for
walleyes during the day in and around the weeds, Hardwoods area,
and on the deep humps in Walker Bay. Evening hours are best spent
with slip bobbers and leeches off the points or with crankbaits
after dark in 10 to 14 feet. Muskies remain somewhat active with an
even split of fish being seen on the rocks and weeds.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

A few walleyes can be had on deep weed edges or in 28 to 34 feet in
bigger bays of Lake Minnetonka and on Lake Independence. Bass and
sunfish have bit well on the deep weedlines of Minnetonka and Lake
Sarah. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the weedlines
of most lakes and muskie action has improved a bit on Minnetonka
with bucktails and crankbaits in 12 to 16 feet.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Minnows are the best option for walleyes on the reefs near
Steamboat and Cranberry or in 35 feet around Fox Islands, and in 26
to 28 feet in Sand Bay. A few fish also have been taken in 10 to 14
feet in Saginaw Bay and Black Bay. Lost Bay is the best option for
pike with crankbaits and the Rainy River is giving up smallmouth
and pike.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The shallow bite is producing a good share of the keeping-sized
walleyes caught. A jig and minnow or Lindy Rig and leech has worked
best in the seven- to 10-foot weeds off Raven’s Point, Mallard
Point, Sugar Point, and Little Stoney Point. Bigger fish are in 15
to 20 feet on the main-lake bars. Pike are hitting minnows,
crankbaits, or spoons trolled in the weeds and perch action, at
least for bigger fish, has been best on the mid-depth rocks.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

A few more muskies have been seen chasing bucktails on top of the
shallow weeds at Forest Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. The St. Croix
River is giving up walleyes and smallmouth bass, while Big
Carnelian Lake and Lake Peltier are worth noting for panfish in 10
to 15 feet. Catfish are hitting at a good pace on the Mississippi
River and Tanners Lake. Plastics and spinnerbaits are producing
bass in the deep weeds of Demonterville Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sunfish are hitting in six feet at Pierson Lake, in 10 to 12 feet
at Lake Auburn, and in 12 to 15 feet at Lake Minnewashta. Work the
weed edges of Steiger Lake and Auburn with spoons or sucker minnows
for pike. Bass can be had on topwaters during low-light periods in
shallow water and on plastics during the day in deep water. Catfish
are active in the deep holes of the Minnesota River and you can pop
a walleye or two on jigs at the creek mouths on the river.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

A few walleyes are being taken on fatheads on the deep breaks near
Cemetery Reef, Kegg’s Reef, and North Reef. Look for sunfish on the
10- to 14-foot weedlines along the south shore and the biggest bass
are hitting plastics in the 10- to 16-foot weeds. Muskies have been
most active early and late in the day on Center Reef and Pillsbury
Reef.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Look to the weedlines of Lake Miltona with minnows, crankbaits, and
crawlers during low-light periods for the majority of walleyes. An
occasional big walleye has come off the deep weeds and breaks of
Lake Carlos and Lake Le Homme Dieu. You’ll find sunfish and
crappies in 12 to 15 feet on Le Homme Dieu, Carlos, Lake Geneva,
and Lake Darling. Bass action is strong on the flats and weedlines
of most lakes.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

An occasional walleye hits leeches or fatheads at Clearwater Lake
or Cedar Lake in 16 to 22 feet. Bass fishing has been consistent
with plastics and topwaters at French Lake, Pleasant Lake,
Clearwater, and Lake Sylvia. Eight- to 15-foot weeds on Sylvia,
Pleasant, Sugar Lake, and Lake John are worth noting for sunfish.
Crappies are being taken at Clearwater and Sugar over 10 to 18
feet.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297 www.littlejimssports.com

BATTLE LAKE

Sunfish are hitting on top of the deep weeds on Dead Lake, Stalker
Lake, Star Lake, West Battle Lake, and South Turtle Lake. On Otter
Tail Lake, walleyes can be had during the day with a jig and minnow
in 10 to 15 feet and shallower at night with crankbaits. West
Battle is producing a few muskies and pike are hitting suckers or
crankbaits in 14 to 22 feet on Otter Tail, West Battle, and South
Turtle. There’s been strong bass action on the weedlines of lakes
such as West Battle, Clitherall, Fisk, and Elbow.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

A jig and minnow, crawlers, and crankbaits will turn walleyes
during the evening on points and weedlines of Lake Bemidji. Panfish
are hitting in 14 to 18 feet on Grace Lake, Lake Hattie, and Midge
Lake. Look for evening muskie action along shallow weeds via
bucktails on Big Lake, Lake Plantagenet, and Bemidji. A few decent
perch reports have come off Bemidji in eight to 10 feet.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Large sucker minnows, spoons, and crankbaits have all produced
good-sized northern pike at Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, Pelican
Lake, and North Long Lake in 14 to 22 feet. Sunfish action is going
strong in the six- to 12-foot weeds of most lakes and bass can be
had on a variety of presentations throughout area lakes. Walleye
fishing remains good with the weeds of Gull producing the most
fish, although some ‘eyes are being caught as deep as 30
feet.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting redtails and fatheads or rigs and leeches in
20 to 25 feet on the main-lake bars of Cass Lake. The 20-foot bar
on Pike Bay Lake also has produced walleyes via live bait. Perch
action remains strong in the 10-foot cabbage and sand of Cass.
Muskies are again being seen with topwater baits, but most won’t
commit to a bait. The weedlines in Allen’s Bay on Cass, Kitchi
Lake, and Wolf Lake are giving up panfish.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831 sunsetcove-resort.com

CHISAGO AREA

The deep weedlines and rocks on Chisago Lake are giving up numbers
of bass via plastics. Trolling Rapalas during low-light periods has
produced walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on the north end of South
Lindstrom Lake. Slip bobbers and small sucker minnows are turning
walleyes and northern pike near Nelson’s Island on North Center
Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet at South Lindstrom
Lake and sunfish are being caught on most lakes in 10 to 12 feet.
On Sunrise Lake, bass, pike, and sunfish are being taken in 10 to
14 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Panfish are hitting in 12 to 14 feet at Little Rabbit Lake, Lake
Mahnomen, Black Lake, and Nokay Lake. On Serpent Lake and
Clearwater Lake anglers are catching a mixed bag of smallmouth and
largemouth bass. Walleye action is slow, but deep-running
crankbaits are turning northern pike in 20 to 22 feet on most
lakes.

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

CUSHING AREA

Redtail minnows and live-bait rigs are triggering walleyes during
low-light periods on Fish Trap Lake in 14 to 25 feet and at Lake
Alexander in 18 to 24 feet. The 15- to 18-foot weedlines on Lake
Shamineau and Alexander continue to produce muskies. You’ll hit
crappies with minnows on Alexander over 14 feet during the
evening.

Hilltop Sports (320) 749-2055

DETROIT LAKES

Sunfish and crappies are along the weedlines out to 20 feet and
some have been suspended on lakes such as Big Detroit, Floyd, Sour,
Sallie, Big Cormorant, and Severson. Muskie action has been hit and
miss with CowGirls working best on the humps of Big Detroit and
Pelican Lake. There’s been a transition to minnows for walleyes in
20 feet on Lake Melissa, Pelican, and Big Cormorant.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Sucker minnows and crankbaits are producing pike on the Rum River
and Blue Lake. Sunfish are hitting in less than 10 feet at Green
Lake, Elk Lake, and Blue. Look to the Rim River for smallmouth
bass.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleyes are scattered but not impossible to catch with minnows and
leeches. Look to Snowbank Lake, White Iron Lake, and Burntside Lake
in 14 to 22 feet. Lake trout reports have been limited with an
occasional fish coming off Snowbank over 60 to 65 feet. Smallmouths
are active on the rock reefs of most lakes and panfish can be had
in the shallow weeds throughout the White Iron Chain.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

FAIRMONT AREA

Walleye action is improving with crankbaits and leeches turning
fish in eight to 15 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake
Sissiton. Catfish are an easy catch at Hall and Amber Lake with
minnows, crawlers, and cut bait. Bluegills are being found in the
channels of Budd, Hall, and Sissiton and you’ll find crappies over
10 to 15 feet at Fox Lake.

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

FARIBAULT AREA

Anglers are finding crappies suspended over 20 feet at French Lake.
The 12- to 15-foot bars of Lake Mazaska continue to produce a
combination of sunfish, pike, and crappies. Bucktails seem to be
working best on the few muskies being caught at French.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Minnows and crawlers are turning walleyes during the day on the
deep weedlines of Jessie Lake, Trout Lake, Lake Wabana, and Sand
Lake. During low-light periods, crankbaits are the best option in
12 to 14 feet. Power Bait is producing rainbow trout at Kramer
Lake, Moonshine Lake, and Taylor’s Lake. Trolling crankbaits in 20
to 22 feet is turning pike on Lake Pokegama and Wabana. Bucktails
thrown during the evening have raised muskies on Moose Lake, Deer
Lake, and North Star Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Crappies are being taken on tube jigs or minnows on the weedlines
of Birch Lake, Five Point Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Ten Mile Lake.
Crawlers and minnows are turning walleyes during the morning and
evening in 20 to 28 feet on Woman Lake and Ten Mile and crankbaits
have worked shallower at night. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are
hitting on most lakes.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Walleyes are being caught on sharp reef edges in 30 to 32 feet with
a jig and minnow or live-bait rig and minnow. Center Reef and
Martin Islands are providing the most consistent action and expect
a few jumbo perch to be in the mix. Look for pike to hit crankbaits
on the weed edges of most bays. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are
producing plenty of smallmouths along the rock and sand
shorelines.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE VERMILION

Crawlers and minnows are turning walleyes during the day along most
weedlines, humps, and flats in 20 to 22 feet. Muskie action has
remained about the same with some fish being seen and caught on the
weedlines and humps during lowlight periods.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Panfish provide the most consistent bite with lakes such as Madison
and Washington kicking out fish in shallow water. The spoon plug
bite remains decent for pike in 16 to 20 feet on Big
Jefferson Lake. Catfish continue to hit on the Minnesota River and
bass seem to be an easy catch on most lakes in less than 12 feet
with plastics.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Waxworms have worked best for jumbo perch in 12 to 14 feet from the
Grapevine to Hartford Beach on Big Stone Lake. The east end of Lake
Oliver is giving up a few walleyes in 16 to 18 feet and most have
been caught on spinners and crawlers. The Highway 75 dam and Coral
area of the Minnesota River is worth noting for catfish.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Bluegills are being caught in 12 to 14 feet on the Crow Wing Chain
and Lake Belle Taine. Look to the weedlines of Fifth Crow Wing Lake
and Lake George with sucker minnows for pike. Crankbaits trolled
over the nine- to 16-foot weeds of Long Lake are producing a few
walleyes at night. The only muskie action reported off Big Mantrap
Lake is taking place at night with topwater baits.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED WING AREA

Walleyes are active, hitting crankbaits in 12 to 22 feet near Maple
Springs, Maiden Rock Flats, and Warren Town. Suckers and spoons are
turning pike in less than six feet in the Maple Springs area as
well. The docks in Baypoint Park and Bay City Park are good for
panfish and you will find catfish below the dam on the Mississippi
River in 20 feet.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

STARBUCK AREA

Lake Minnewaska is giving up sunfish and a few crappies in 10 to 14
feet or on the deep weedlines during low-light periods. Walleye
reports remain limited, but the weedlines and points of Minnewaska
continue to hold bass and northern pike.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Lake Tetonka is kicking out sunfish in 10 to 15 feet and crappies
over 15 to 17 feet. You’ll also find crappies at Lake Francis in 15
to 20 feet. The west end of Tetonka and Lake Sakatah are safe bets
for bass and there’s been sunfish caught around the docks on
Sakatah. Spoon plugs worked on the weedlines of Lake Elysian
continue to produce northern pike.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

www.axelstacklebox.blogspot.com

 

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