MN: Minnows providing consistent walleye action in many areas Issue: 21
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Live-bait rigs and leeches are producing walleyes on the
north-end sand in 19 to 21 feet during the day and in six to 12
feet during the evening hours. Slip bobbers and leeches are turning
walleyes on the 19-foot rocks during the day and on the six- to
12-foot rocks during low-light periods. Crankbaits also have
triggered walleyes on the shallow rocks during low-light
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – During the day, Lindy Rigs and live bait are the ticket for
walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. St. Alban’s Bay, Garrison Bay, Seguchie
Point, Pike Point, and Sherman’s Point have been best. At night,
work crankbaits in seven to 10 feet or slip bobbers and leeches in
10 to 18 feet in these same areas.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anchoring and pitching bright-colored jigs and minnows in 23 to 26
feet has provided steady walleye action. Better areas this week
have been the Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point, and Zippel Bay. If the
wind blows, you will find active walleyes in shallower water.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
A jig and shiner continues to produce walleyes on the wind-driven
points and shorelines. Big and Little Hardwoods, the south end of
Goose Island, and Stoney Point are worth hitting if the wind is
right. Crappie action also has picked up in the bays and boat
harbors throughout the lake.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Lindy Rigs and minnows are turning walleyes in eight to 16 feet in
Brown’s, Wayzata, and Excelsior bays of Lake Minnetonka. Walleyes
also are being caught in the channels during the evening hours.
Look for crappies on the six- to eight-foot inside weed edges of
Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Spinners and
sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 12 feet on Minnetonka
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The reeds in two to four feet throughout Black Bay are holding
crappies and shiner minnows will turn walleyes here in eight to 10
feet. The Kettle Falls area is producing walleyes via minnows in 10
to 12 feet and walleye reports off the river are improving. Sucker
minnows have triggered northern pike on the weedlines near
Cranberry Creek and in Lost Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
A jig and shiner minnow continues to provide limits of walleyes in
six to 14 feet. The points on the west side, Little Stoney Point,
the bird house area, and Tamarack Point are all producing fish –
work the wind-driven areas. There has been plenty of perch and
northern pike being caught in these areas as well.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
The weed edges of Big Marine Lake are producing northern pike and
you’ll find crappies in six to eight feet here. Silver Lake is
kicking out panfish and pike in shallow water, while crappies
continue to be found in six to eight feet at White Bear Lake.
Demonterville Lake is a safe bet for crappies and northern pike in
less than 10 feet and minnows are turning walleyes in 20 feet at
Bald Eagle Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Spinnerbaits or suckers are triggering pike in four to eight feet
at lakes Auburn, Stieger, and Whaletail. A jig and minnow is
turning walleyes and white bass at the creek mouths of the
Minnesota River. A few walleyes have bit leeches at Lake Parley in
eight to 12 feet, while Pierson Lake and Lake Bavaria are kicking
out sunfish in four to six feet.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Low-light periods have been best for walleyes with Shad Raps or
leeches and slip bobbers in six to 10 feet off Harm’s Point, the
Rock Dock, and reef edges. A few daytime walleyes can be had on the
eight- to 13-foot weed edges.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Minnows or leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods
in 10 to 15 feet at Lake Andrew, Lake Le Homme Dieu, or Lake
Miltona and in nine to 11 feet at Lake Mary. Crappies are now set
up in the reeds at lakes Carlos, Geneva, and Darling.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
Minnows or leeches have produced a few walleyes in 16 to 24 feet at
Clearwater Lake and along the weedlines of Big Swan Lake. Crappies
started to move into the reed beds of Clearwater, Cedar Lake, Lake
Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Lake John, Sugar, and Clearwater are safe
bets for pike in 12 to 16 feet.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297 www.littlejimssports.com
Shiner minnows continue to produce walleyes on the eight- to
12-foot rocks and weeds of Otter Tail Lake and Walker Lake. Look
for sunfish and crappies in shallow water on Clitherall Lake, Elbow
Lake, and the culvert on Ten Mile Lake. Northern pike are an easy
catch with sucker minnows at Otter Tail, Clitherall, and West
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are inhaling shiners in six to 12 feet at Lake Bemidji,
Lake Plantagenet, Big Wolf Lake, and Lake Andrusia. Crappies seem
to be hitting at a steady pace on most lakes in shallow water and
pike are biting in the same areas as walleyes on most lakes.
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Spot-tailed shiners or leeches are producing walleyes at Gull Lake,
North Long Lake, and Round Lake in six to 10 feet during low-light
periods or in 10 to 23 feet during the day. Blue jigs and minnows
are the ticket for crappies in six to 15 feet at Gull, North Long,
and Pelican Lake. Sucker minnows continue to trigger northern pike
in six to 18 feet at Upper Gull Lake and North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218)
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleye fishing is excellent with shiner minnows around all current
areas and main-lake bars throughout the Cass Lake Chain. Better
areas have been the Mississippi River, Turtle River, Turtle River
Bar, Buck’s Bar, Stoney Point, Tom’s Bar, and the gravel bars of
Kitchi Lake. Pike are in the cabbage of most lakes and crappies
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831 sunsetcove-resort.com
Crappies remain shallow and active at lakes Melissa, Little
Detroit, Big Detroit, Deadshot Bay, Floyd, and Severson. Walleyes
are scattered and hitting minnows in 10 to 25 feet on Big Detroit,
Big Cormorant Lake, Middle Cormorant Lake, Big Pine Lake, and
Little Pine Lake. Sunfish action is consistent in shallow water
with Deadshot Bay and Floyd standing out in recent days for
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 10 feet at Boulder Lake,
Fish Lake, and Island Lake. On Rice Lake, minnows are turning
walleyes and pike in six feet. Crappies have moved into the
shallows on most lakes.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Smallmouth bass have been hitting on the shorelines and current
areas of Burntside Lake and Lake Shagawa. Jigs tipped with minnows
or leeches are producing walleyes in six to 10 feet at Shagawa,
White Iron Lake, and Ensign Lake. White Iron also has kicked out
plenty of good-sized northern pike, while jigs and minnows are
producing lake trout along the shorelines and bays of
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Crappies are hitting minnows in four to six feet at Lake Emily and
Mitchell Lake. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in the evening
at Ruth Lake in 12 feet. Spoons are producing pike on eight- to
10-foot weedlines at Eagle Lake. You’ll find sunfish at East Fox
Lake where lily pads are breaking through.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Minnows and leeches are producing walleyes in six to 10 feet at
Amber Lake and catfish have started hitting crawlers on Hall Lake.
Look to Hall and Budd Lake for crappies in less than six feet,
while Lake Sissiton is giving up a mixed panfish bag in shallow
water. The rock piles at Fox Lake are holding crappies and northern
pike can be had with crankbaits or minnows in three to six feet at
Tuttle Lake and Charlotte Lake.
Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle (507) 235-5225
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow during low-light periods at
the bridge area of Cannon Lake. Circle Lake is giving up a few
walleyes on minnows in five to seven feet and Cedar Lake is a safe
bet for crappies in eight to 10 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows in six to 10 feet at McFarland Lake
and Devil Fish Lake, in 10 to 12 feet at Poplar Lake, and in 15 to
20 feet at Seagull Lake. The weedlines of Elbow Lake are kicking
out walleyes and perch via minnows. Lake trout are hitting spoons
or Rapalas in the top 20 feet at Lake Saganaga, Loon Lake, and
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Jigs and shiner minnows are providing consistent walleye action in
seven to 11 feet at lakes Pokegama, Big Splithand, Bowstring, and
Sand. Minnows also are turning walleyes in 17 to 21 feet at Sugar
Lake and Deer Lake during the day, but look shallower at night.
Crappies are hitting in shallow water at Pokegama, Big Splithand,
and Jay Gould Lake. Sucker minnows will trigger northern pike in
six to 10 feet throughout Pokegama.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
A jig and minnow or leech and Lindy Rig is the ticket for walleyes
on the 12- to 14-foot rock piles of Woman Lake and the shoreline
breaks of Pine Mountain Lake. Crappies remain shallow as well with
lakes such as Pleasant, Birch, and Ten Mile providing consistent
numbers of fish.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Small jigs tipped with minnows under a float are producing crappies
in Norwegian Bay and Black Bay. Trolling crankbaits on the shallow
sand and gravel has produced walleyes in Wakemup Bay. Live-bait
rigs are turning fish on the west side in 16 to 22 feet as are slip
bobbers and leeches on Hibbing Point during low-light periods. Deep
mud seems to be key for walleyes on the east end with rigs and
minnows or stickbaits on downriggers.
Lake Vermilion Guides League
A jig and minnow pitched along the shoreline of Lake Hanska has
worked great for walleyes. On Lake Washington, minnows are turning
walleyes in eight to 12 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker
minnows on the weedlines of Lake Francis and panfish are holding in
Baker’s Bay and Mud Bay on Washington.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Leeches and minnows are producing walleyes at Big Sandy Lake in
eight to 12 feet. Panfish are active in shallow water at Big Sandy.
On Lake Minnewawa, a few walleyes are hitting minnows in 12 feet.
The crappie bite has been strong in the flowage area.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits
Trolling crankbaits or spinners and crawlers in eight to 12 feet on
the south end of Big Stone Lake has provided consistent walleye
action. There’s also some evening action with slip bobbers and
leeches along the shorelines. Daredevils are hooking pike near the
Highway 75 dam on the Minnesota River. Work the shorelines of Lake
Traverse with minnows for a few walleyes and pike.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Minnows continue to produce walleyes in 12 to 14 feet at Island
Lake and Eagle Lake. Walleyes also are being caught at the dam on
the Fish Hook River. Pike are hitting sucker minnows on the
emerging weedlines of Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake. Panfish action
remains strong on the shorelines and in the shallow bays of most
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Walleyes are hitting a jig and shiner minnow on most lakes in four
to 10 feet. Rush Lake and Little Pine Lake have stood out this
week. Look for bluegills and crappies to be shallow on area
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
PINE CITY AREA
Pike and panfish can be had in shallow water at Cross Lake and Lake
Pokegama. The east side of Cross is producing walleyes via leeches
in 12 to 18 feet, while Shad Raps or leeches are turning walleyes
on the west-side points of Pokegama. The bays on the east side of
Knife Lake are holding crappies and you’ll hit walleyes with
leeches and bobbers along the shorelines. Work the rock piles on
East Rush and West Rush lakes for walleyes.
Red’s Bait & Tackle (320) 629-1154
The walleye bite is strong in five to seven feet along the north,
east, and south shorelines. A jig and minnow or spinners and
minnows are working best. A few limits of crappies are being taken
in three to five feet along the north shore and there has been
several big pike caught by walleye fishermen.
Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleyes are hitting fatheads or leeches during the day on Lake
Koronis in 16 to 22 feet, while crankbaits trolled on the
shorelines are working at night. Walleyes can be had with minnows
at Rice Lake in 12 to 14 feet or at Cedar Island Lake and Horseshoe
Lake in eight to 17 feet. Look for crappies in shallow water at
Browns Lake, Eden Lake, or Rice and sunfish are hitting in five to
eight feet at Carnelian Lake, Pearl Lake, and Koronis.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Hunter’s Bay on Big Birch Lake and the bay on Long Lake are
producing sunfish. Look for crappies in Bailey’s Bay on Big Sauk
Lake and the north bay on Lake Osakis. Walleyes are hitting minnows
below the dam on the Sauk River, the narrows bridge on Sauk, in 12
to 15 feet at Little Birch Lake, and in 15 feet at Maple Lake.
Sucker or shiner minnows are turning northern pike at Long Bridge
Lake and Guerney Lake.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
Shallow-running crankbaits or minnows are producing numbers of
walleyes, pike, and some slab crappies at Lake Emily in four to six
feet. Walleyes also can be had with a jig and minnow at the mouth
of Starbuck Marina and the Lakeside Ballroom area of Lake
Minnewaska in 14 to 20 feet. Crappies can be had on Minnewaska in
Fish Hatchery Bay and the Starbuck Marina, while northern pike are
hitting minnows on most lakes.
innewaska Bait and Tackle