MN: Plenty of bass, sunfish and crappies being found shallow Issue: 23

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Lindy Rigs and leeches are turning walleyes on the north-end
sand in 19 feet and on the edges of most mud flats. During the
evening, slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are working best
for ‘eyes on the eight- to 15-foot rocks. A few muskies have been
raised in the bays and smallmouth remain active on the shallow
rocks.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – During the day, walleyes are hitting spinner rigs and
rainbow minnows or live-bait rigs and leeches in 18 to 22 feet on
the flats, in Garrison Bay, and St. Alban’s Bay. At night, trolling
Rapalas in eight to 10 feet off the points such as Seguchie’s
Brown’s, Pike, and Sherman’s also has produced walleyes. Muskie
reports are limited, but smallmouth are active on the rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

A jig and minnow is the best walleye option in 22 to 28 feet. The
Lighthouse Gap, Pine Island area, Morris Point, and Zippel Bay are
giving up of fish. At the Northwest Angle, minnows are producing
walleyes around the islands in 20 to 24 feet.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

Minnows, crawlers, and leeches are all producing walleyes this
week. The humps in Walker Bay are holding big fish, while the
Leaning Tree area of Walker Bay has provided more keepers in 10 to
12 feet. The 10- to 14-foot main-lake rocks have been packed with
‘eyes as well. Panfish are set up in four to eight feet in
Shingobee and Sucker bays and a few muskies have been caught on the
rocks.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

You’ll find sunfish and bass on the shorelines out to 12 feet on
Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake.
Floating jigs and leeches are producing walleyes during the evening
hours on Minnetonka in 16 to 18 feet. Sucker minnows are turning
pike on top of the 12-foot weeds of Minnetonka, crappies are
suspended over 18 to 20 feet on area lakes and muskie action has
been slow.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Crappies and walleyes are hitting minnows in eight feet throughout
Black Bay. The six- to eight-foot weedlines of Jackfish Bay and
Lost Bay also are producing walleyes. The 22- to 27-foot reefs are
giving up ‘eyes during the day as well. The shallow weeds in Lost
Bay are worth hitting with crankbaits or minnows for northern
pike.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Leeches and shiner minnows are turning walleyes in 15 feet on the
bars such as Big Muskie, Little Muskie, Horseshoe, Bena, and Sugar.
The shoreline breaks and points also are worth hitting during
low-light periods and windy conditions in six to 12 feet. Perch are
being found on the shallow breaks and northern pike are mixed in
with walleyes.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

The Prescott area of the St. Croix River and Bald Eagle Lake
continue to be best for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet with leeches or
minnows. The muskie opener was slow, but northern pike are being
taken on sucker minnows at Demonterville Lake and Lake Johanna.
Sunfish are being found along the shorelines of most lakes, while
crappies remain active in six to 10 feet at Big Marine Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sunfish seem to hitting in shallow water on all lakes with some
bigger fish coming out of Lake Auburn and Lake Bavaria.
Spinnerbaits or plastics are producing bass on the shorelines of
Whaletail Lake and Auburn. Sucker minnows are working best for
northern pike in 12 feet at Auburn, Steiger Lake, and Lake
Minnewashta. Look to Bavaria for crappies in six to 10 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Low-light periods remain best for walleyes with leeches or crawlers
on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines. Panfish and bass continue to be
found along the shorelines and shallow weed areas and muskie
reports have been limited. Work the deep weeds with sucker minnows
for northern pike.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

www.intownemarina.com

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Leeches and minnows are turning walleyes along the emerging
weedlines throughout the Lake Le Homme Dieu Chain and Lake Miltona.
Look shallow for crappies and sunfish at Le Homme Dieu, Lake
Carlos, Lake Geneva, and Lake Darling. Northern pike are being
caught with the walleyes and bass are scattered in the shallows of
most lakes and hitting plastics or spinnerbaits.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Look for sunfish along the shorelines and crappies in the reeds at
lakes Sylvia, Clearwater, John, and Cedar. Minnows and leeches are
turning walleyes in eight to 16 feet at Clearwater, Cedar, and
Buffalo Lake. Pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 to 16 feet at
Clearwater, John, Lake Francis, Granite Lake, and Sugar Lake. Bass
are an easy catch along the shorelines of most lakes.

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

BATTLE LAKE

Walleyes continue to be taken on jigs and minnows in 15 to 20 feet
at Otter Tail Lake. Leeches and crawlers are working best in 16 to
20 feet at lakes Silver, West Battle, Eagle, and Walker. Spoons or
sucker minnows will trigger pike on the weedlines of Clitherall
Lake, South Turtle Lake, West Battle, and Otter Tail. The bigger
panfish continue to be found suspended over 15 feet at Clitherall,
Silver, West Battle, Stalker Lake, and Dead Lake. Look for bass on
the docks and in the shallow weeds of most lakes.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows in less than 10 feet on Lake Bemidji
and Lake Plantagenet. Anglers fishing from shore with crawlers or
Power Bait at Neuman Lake are catching rainbow trout. Northern pike
and panfish action is strong in shallow water on most lakes. Muskie
anglers are raising fish and catching a fewer small ones at
Plantagenet, Bemidji, and Little Wolf Lake.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Leeches, redtails, and shiner minnows are producing walleyes in
eight to 18 feet at Gull Lake, in 12 to 18 feet at North Long Lake,
and in 14 to 23 feet at Pelican Lake. Trolling chubs along the
weedlines of most lakes is turning pike. Bass and crappies are
weedline-related with some fish shallow and sunfish have just
started sliding up to the sandy shorelines.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting jigs or Lindy Rigs tipped with shiner minnows
in 12 to 15 feet or 18 to 20 feet at Cass Lake. Work the emerging
weedbeds with sucker minnows for pike. Panfish are in four to six
feet in Allen’s Bay on Cass, Grace Lake, and Bass Lake.

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

CHISAGO AREA

Sunfish action has been best in shallow water at Chisago Lake,
South Lindstrom Lake, North Center and South Center lakes. Walleyes
can be had during the evening with leeches or minnows in 10 to 12
feet at Chisago, South Center, and South Lindstrom. During the day,
14 to 20 feet has been best. Sunrise Lake is giving up bass and
northern pike in three to eight feet, Chisago continues to provide
steady bass action, while Lidberg’s Point on Green Lake is worth
hitting for walleyes during the day in 18 to 20 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows or leeches during the day in 18 to 24
feet and Rapalas at night in four to eight feet on all area lakes.
Crankbaits, spinnerbaits or sucker minnows are producing northern
pike on the weedlines of most lakes, while bass remain active in
shallow water. Crappies are being found in shallow vegetation and
Big Trout Lake gave up a few lake trout this week.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708

DETROIT LAKES

Walleyes are hitting in 12 feet during low-light periods and in 14
to 18 feet during midday hours at lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, Big
Pine, Little Pine, and Big Cormorant. Crappies and sunfish are
moving in and out of the shallows at lakes Floyd, Big Cormorant,
Little Cormorant, and Middle Cormorant. Pelican Lake is giving up a
few muskies via bucktails or topwater baits. Look for bass and
northern pike on most lakes from the shorelines out to eight
feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

ELY AREA

A slow-presented minnow has been the ticket for walleyes at
Farm Lake and Burntside Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Smallmouth bass have
moved to the shorelines of most lakes and Birch Lake is giving up
crappies in 12 feet. Burntside also is giving up an occasional lake
trout and northern pike via sucker minnows in 10 to 20 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA

Crappies have been hitting in four to six feet on Lawrence Lake and
in three to five feet on Lake Emily early and late in the day. The
south end of Ruth Lake has been providing steady largemouth bass
action, while bobbers and sucker minnows are the ticket for pike on
the south end of Eagle Lake.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Walleyes and crappies are being found on the 10- to 13-foot
weedlines of Fox Lake. A few muskies also have been taken along the
docks and shorelines here. Bass and panfish are hitting in shallow
water at Lake Sissiton, while crappies can be had in less than
eight feet at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and George Lake. During
low-light periods, these lakes also are giving up walleyes in 10
feet or less.

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

FARIBAULT AREA

Cedar Lake and Lake Mazaska are producing panfish, bass, and pike
in shallow water. The weedlines of Shields Lake are worth hitting
with spinnerbaits or sucker minnows for bass and pike. Leeches are
producing a few walleyes on Circle Lake in six to eight feet and
anglers fishing from shore at the County Road 12 bridge on Cannon
Lake continue to pop a few walleyes with leeches.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Jigs and minnows or leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 15 feet
at Lake Saganaga and Seagull Lake, in 10 feet at Pike Lake, 15 feet
at Poplar Lake, and in eight feet at Elbow Lake. Lake trout are
hitting spoons or minnows about 30 feet down at Greenwood Lake and
Duncan Lake. Crawlers are the ticket for rainbow trout at Kimball
Lake and Mink Lake and smallmouth bass action has been strong in
shallow water on most lakes.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Minnows remain the bait of choice for walleyes in 12 to 14 feet at
Bowstring Lake and Big Splithand Lake. Sunfish have moved to the
shorelines and docks of most lakes, while crappies are setting up
in the reeds. Look to the deeper bays of Lake Pokegama for northern
pike, while largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting in shallow
water on most lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Crawlers and spinners are producing walleyes in 18 to 22 feet at
Birch Lake and leeches are triggering a few walleyes in 12 to 18
feet at Woman Lake. Look to Child Lake for crappies in eight feet
and to Webb Lake with plastics in shallow water for largemouth
bass. Trolling sucker minnows and spinners on the weedlines of Five
Point Lake has produced northern pike.

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

LAKE VERMILION

Work soft- to hard-bottom areas with a jig and minnow for walleyes
in 18 to 35 feet. Another key has been to work slow, often
vertically, even when the wind is blowing. On the central part of
the lake, live-bait rigs and minnows are best in 13 to 15
feet.

Lake Vermilion Guides League

www.lakevermilionguidesleague.com

MANKATO AREA

Hit the shorelines of Lake Washington for sunfish. Crawlers and
leeches are producing walleyes in Baker’s Bay on Washington in 10
to 14 feet. You’ll also hit walleyes with crankbaits or leeches in
12 feet at the narrows on Madison Lake. Lake Francis is kicking out
pike and bass, while crappies are active in six to eight feet at
Madison. Bigger cats have been caught on the Minnesota River and a
jig and minnow produces walleyes here.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Sunfish have become active in the shallows of Big Sandy Lake and
bass are hitting just about anything thrown in the shallows of all
lakes. Leeches and minnows continue to trigger walleyes in 12 to 18
feet at Big Sandy, while sucker minnows are producing northern pike
in 10 to 14 feet at Lake Minnewawa.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits

(218) 426-3382

ORTONVILLE AREA

Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on Big
Stone Lake in eight to 10 feet –work the islands on the south end
and Fish Creek area on the north end. Slip bobbers and leeches
along the shoreline have worked at night. The shorelines of Lake
Traverse have been kicking out walleyes for anglers throwing
crankbaits. The Highway 75 dam on the Minnesota River is worth
noting for catfish and northern pike.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

A slow-presented Lindy Rig and leech or crawler has produced
walleyes at Potato Lake in 14 feet and at Fish Hook Lake in 18 to
20 feet. Panfish are hitting in shallow water on most lakes, while
some excellent bass fishing in the shallows of Big Mantrap Lake,
Long Lake, and Fish Hook. Sucker minnows are picking off pike in 12
feet at Big Mantrap and Fifth Crow Wing Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

PERHAM AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches in 12 to 15 feet on Big Pine Lake and
Rush Lake. Look for shallow panfish on the east end of Rush, Star
Lake, Big McDonald Lake, Little McDonald Lake, and Lake Marion.
Spinnerbaits or plastics are producing pike and bass in the
shallows and emerging weedlines.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

PINE CITY AREA

On Lake Pokegama, you’ll hit panfish in five to eight feet around
the island, walleyes in 14 feet with leeches and bobbers, and pike
in the bays. The north end of Cross Lake is giving up sunfish in
five feet, the west side is kicking out walleyes in 14 feet via
leeches and minnows, and work the bays for bass. Leeches are
turning walleyes on the five- to 11-foot breaks of Knife Lake and
suckers are working best for pike here in five to eight feet. On
East and West Rush lakes, walleyes are hitting shiners and leeches
in 15 to 18 feet.

Red’s Bait & Tackle (320) 629-1154

RED WING AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows or crankbaits in 17 to 22 feet at the
Head of the Lakes and Maiden Rock Flats. Three-way rigs with
crawlers or leeches are working best for ‘eyes on the Bay City
Flats. The Covil Park area is a safe bet for panfish in shallow
water.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Sunfish and bass are hitting on the shorelines of lakes Koronis,
Rice, Cedar Island, Horseshoe, Long, and Pearl. Leeches are turning
walleyes in 16 to 20 feet around the islands of Koronis and in 12
feet between the two points on Rice. Look for northern pike in 10
to 12 feet at Browns Lake and Koronis.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Leeches and shiner minnows are producing walleyes on Big Birch Lake
in 12 to 22 feet, Lake Mary in 12 feet, and at Big Swan Lake along
the 16- to 18-foot weedlines. On Lake Osakis, walleyes can be had
on Three Mile Bar and the north-end narrows in four to 18 feet.
Look to the Graystone Golf Course area of Big Sauk Lake for
walleyes on the 12- to 16-foot flats. Crappies are hitting in three
to eight feet on Big Sauk, Lady Lake, Maple Lake, and Lilly Lake.
The shoreline of Fairy Lake is holding sunfish and bass are hitting
everywhere in shallow water.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Leeches are producing walleyes in 14 to 18 feet in front of the
high school and Lakeside Ballroom on Lake Minnewaska. Walleyes are
hitting crankbaits in six feet on Lake Emily and shiners or
fatheads in 15 feet at Pelican Lake. Pike and bass are active on
most lakes in four to eight feet, while the bays and harbors on
Minnewaska are kicking out panfish.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

The narrows area of Lake Sakatah is kicking out walleyes at night
on slip bobbers and leeches or Rapalas. Work the shorelines of Lake
Tetonka for panfish, while the weedlines of both lakes are
producing northern pike on minnows, crankbaits or spoons.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

www.axelstacklebox.blogspot.com

WILLMAR AREA

Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes at Long Lake in six
feet. Leeches and crawlers are working best for ‘eyes on the 15- to
20-foot weedlines of lakes Florida, Andrew, Eagle, Nest, and
Diamond.

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

 

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