MN: Nightcrawlers seem to be producing the most walleyes Issue: 31

Big Six


East – Walleye activity remains limited during the day, but often
improves at night with slip bobbers and leeches on the deep gravel
and rocks. You can throw just about anything in the water and catch
a smallmouth bass on the rocks. Muskie action has picked up this
week with better numbers of fish being raised on the mid-depth

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes at night off
the mud flats in 30 feet or more. During the day, you have to cover
a lot of water with live-bait rigs on the edges of the mud flats
for walleyes. Northern pike and muskie reports have improved on the
weedlines in most bays. There’s also been some decent muskie action
on the north-end sand breaks. You’ll find smallmouth bass
throughout the weedlines and rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


The Clementson Bay area of the Rainy River is giving up numbers of
good-sized pike. Along the south shore of the lake, bottom
bouncers, live-bait rigs, and crawlers are turning walleyes on the
10- to 20-foot reefs. Towards the north, downrigging and live-bait
rig fishing has been producing walleyes around Garden Island and
Little Oak Island.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Daytime walleye action has been poor, but a few fish are being
caught with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches at night in
eight to 12 feet near Sand Point and Cedar Point. Bucktails and
jerkbaits are providing consistent muskie action in the weeds of
Sucker Bay and Portage Bay. Work the weedlines of Boy Bay and
Steamboat Bay for bass. A few bluegills can be had in nine to 12
feet in Sucker Bay and Shingobee Bay.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Work 30 to 40 feet with crawlers and leeches for walleyes on Lake
Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Sunfish are hitting in the deep
and shallow weeds on Minnetonka, Independence, and Lake Sarah. The
channels of Minnetonka are producing crappies during low-light
periods. Muskie reports are limited, but you’ll find a few northern
pike tight to the weeds on most lakes. Bass fishing remains strong
on the deep side of the weeds throughout Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The deep reefs, 30 to 40 feet, seem to be producing the most
walleyes. Minnows continue to trigger fish, but live-bait rigs
tipped with crawlers or leeches are working as well. You’ll also
find some concentrations of walleyes in 20 to 30 feet around Fox
Island and Sand Bay. Walleye and northern pike reports have
improved on the Rainy River and the bigger pike continue to cruise
the weed edges in Lost Bay.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Perch continue to hit minnows in the northwest corner of the lake
in six to 13 feet. Northern pike action is improving on the
shoreline breaks and weedbeds. Look for walleyes to hit best with
some wind or overcast skies on Long Bar in 18 to 20, Horseshoe Bar
in 16 to 18 feet, and the north-end humps in 20 to 25 feet. Raven’s
Point towards Third River gives up walleyes in six to eight feet
when the wind blows. Nightcrawlers seem to be working best this

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


The warm-water discharge area on the St. Croix River is producing
sturgeon, walleyes, and catfish. Muskie reports have improved on
the deep weedlines of Bald Eagle Lake during low-light periods.
Silver Lake continues to produce crappies, while Demonterville Lake
is kicking out sunfish and crappies. Beaver Lake is giving up bass
and northern pike are hitting minnows at Silver and Bald Eagle
during the morning and evening hours.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Trolling crankbaits and spoon plugs along the deep weedlines of
Lake Auburn and Pierson Lake has produced northern pike. A few
sunfish can be had in 12 to 14 feet at Pierson and Lake Zumbra.
Bass fishing has been best with topwater baits during low-light
periods at Whaletail Lake and Lake Bavaria. On Steiger Lake, sucker
minnows are triggering bass and northern pike in 12 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Fatheads and leeches are producing a few walleyes at night on the
12- to 14-foot weedlines of North Reef and Kegg’s Reef. Bass
fishing is strong around the docks and reefs, while sunfish can be
had on the south shoreline and north-shore reeds. Muskie reports
have been inconsistent with a few fish raised in Waconia Bay to the
swimming beach.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Walleyes are hitting crankbaits or spinners and nightcrawlers
during the evening hours in 12 to 16 feet at Lake Miltona and Lake
Ida. Panfish are hanging along the weedlines on lakes Darling, Le
Homme Dieu, Geneva, and Carlos. Topwater baits and bucktails are
turning muskies in 10 feet on Lobster Lake and Miltona. Bass
fishing, at least for bigger fish, has been tough on most

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255


During the day, crawlers are producing walleyes in 15 to 25 feet at
Otter Tail Lake, Walker Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle Lake.
During the evening, Shad Raps are turning ‘eyes in five to 10 feet.
Sucker minnows or spoons are triggering northern pike on the
weedlines of Otter Tail, West Battle, and Fiske Lake. Crappies are
suspended over 15 to 20 feet at West Battle and Clitherall Lake and
you’ll find sunfish in six to 10 feet at Clitherall, West Battle,
Stalker Lake, and Blanche Lake. Throw topwater baits on the reed
edges of West Battle for muskies.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleyes are hitting nightcrawlers during the day in 18 to 22 feet
on the north end of Diamond Bar on Lake Bemidji. Crankbaits are
working best in shallower water during low-light periods. The deep
break near the river mouth at Wolf Lake is worth noting for
walleyes and the weedlines are producing sunfish here. The humps
and points on Lake Plantagenet are giving up a few walleyes and
muskies, while the cabbage beds on Bemidji are holding muskies and
northern pike.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in the seven- to
nine-foot weeds at Blackduck Lake. On Island Lake, you’ll find
walleyes hitting crawlers in 12 to 16 feet. Panfish reports are
consistent at Pimushe Lake, Gull Lake, North Twin Lake, South Twin
Lake, and Gilstead Lake. Bass and northern pike action also is very
good on most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Redtails or sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 12 to 28
feet at Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Walleyes
are hitting minnows, crawlers, and leeches along the shallow
weedlines at night or in 18 to 20 feet during the day at Gull and
Whitefish. Bass are an easy catch on most lakes and panfish reports
have been limited this week.

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


Crappies and bluegills are hitting along the nine-foot weedlines in
Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake. Muskie action remains consistent with
bucktails and topwater baits along the cabbage of Cass. You’ll
catch walleyes in two areas of Cass – 40 to 60 feet off the bars
during the day on leeches or nightcrawlers or on top of the bars at
night with crankbaits.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Sunfish continue to be found on the weedlines of Chisago Lake,
North Lindstrom Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and Little Lake. Sucker
minnows are the ticket for northern pike in 10 to 14 feet at
Sunrise Lake and South Center Lake. A few walleyes can be had
during low-light periods on the weedlines of Chisago and South
Lindstrom. Bass fishing has been excellent with plastics at Chisago
and Green Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


A few walleyes are being taken with spinner rigs and crawlers in 16
to 20 feet at Rabbit Lake and in 26 to 35 feet at Serpent Lake.
Pitching a jig and minnow in the deep weeds of Bay Lake and East
Rabbit Lake has produced northern pike. Largemouth bass are hitting
plastics on most lakes and the Mississippi River is providing
consistent smallmouth bass action via crankbaits. Look for panfish
in eight to 10 feet at Greer Lake, Black Lake, and Nokay Lake.
Trout are down about 40 feet on the pit lakes and hitting vertical
spoons tipped with waxworms.

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


A few walleyes are being caught in the weeds or in 20 feet on
leeches and crawlers at lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, Pelican, and
Big Cormorant. Sunfish are in 10 to 12 feet at Big Detroit, Little
Detroit Lake, Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, and Cotton Lake. A few
muskies have been caught at Beers Lake, Pelican, and Big Detroit on
CowGirls. Bass and northern pike are active on most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Look to Island Lake with leeches or nightcrawlers for walleyes in
18 to 25 feet. On Boulder Lake, you’ll find walleyes in 15 feet
early and late in the day. Bluegill action has been best along the
12-foot weed edges at Fish Lake and you’ll find crappies in 18 feet
here. Reports off Lake Superior have been best north of Duluth
where salmon and lake trout are being found scattered throughout
the water column. Muskie anglers continue to raise fish with
bucktails and double-bladed spinnerbaits on the St. Louis

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Sunfish and crappies are hitting at Blue Lake in seven to 11 feet
and northern pike can be had on the weedlines of Elk Lake and
Baxter Lake with sucker minnows. Topwater baits are producing bass
on most lakes during low-light periods.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


The bridge area on Roosevelt Lake is producing largemouth bass via
topwater baits. On Ruth Lake, spoons are turning northern pike on
the eight- to 12-foot rock piles early and late in the day. The
north end of Lawrence Lake is giving up crappies in 10 to 12 feet
on plastics. Look for sunfish on Little Emily Lake in six to 10

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Muskie anglers are doing best during the evening at French Lake
with bucktails along the weedlines. French is producing panfish as
well in eight feet. Look to Lake Mazaska for crappies and sunfish
in eight to 12 feet. Kelley Dudley Lake is producing sunfish in 12
to 14 feet and spoons are turning northern pike on the weedlines at
Shields Lake.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleyes are hitting crawlers during the day in 18 to 30 feet at
Lake Saganaga and Seagull Lake and in 20 feet at Hungry Jack Lake.
During the evening hours slip bobbers and leeches are working best
in shallower water. Smallmouth bass are hitting live bait and
spinners in five to 30 feet on Northern Lights Lake and Poplar
Lake. Look for lake trout suspended at 50 to 60 feet on Saganaga
and Greenwood Lake. Brook trout are hitting flies at Lost Lake and
rainbow trout are taking crawlers at Moss Lake in 12 to 18 feet,
Kimball Lake in 23 feet, and at Esther Lake in 15 to 18 feet. On
Lake Superior, salmon are suspended at 20 feet over 40 feet and
lake trout are slightly deeper – both are hitting
watermelon-colored spoons.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


The weedlines and main-lake structure of Sand Lake, Lake Jessie,
and Bowstring Lake are producing walleyes. You’ll also find
walleyes in 19 to 25 feet at lakes Wabana, Shallow, Trout, Sugar,
and Pokegama. Look for bluegills on Pokegama and Little Splithand
Lake and crappies on Wabana and Trout early and late in the day.
The deep rocks of Deer Lake and Pokegama are holding smallmouth
bass. Northern pike are suspended over deep water on most lakes,
while muskie are doing best at night at Deer, North Star Lake, and
Moose Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the weedlines at Ten
Mile Lake. There’s some decent crappie action during the evening
hours on Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, and Webb Lake in eight to 12
feet of water. Ten Mile is kicking out walleyes on a jig and minnow
in 25 to 27 feet, while smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting
throughout the area.

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


Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes on Lake Kabetogama in
17 to 24 feet and Namakan Lake is giving up walleyes in 26 to 32
feet on minnows. Work the weedlines with spinnerbaits or spoons for
northern pike and smallmouth bass are an easy catch along the
shorelines and rock piles. Anglers also have found some nice perch
mixed in with the walleyes.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


A spinner rig or live-bait rig tipped with a nightcrawler seems to
be the go-to presentation for walleyes this week. Work the rocky
shoreline north of Pine Island in 16 to 19 feet or the west-end
sand flats in 19 to 27 feet. The west end of the lake also has
produced a mixed bag of walleyes and smallmouth in 14 to 18

Lake Vermilion Guides League


The Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers are producing walleyes and
sauger with a jig and minnow. The slack-water areas on the
Minnesota River started to kick out catfish. Sunfish and crappies
can be had on Lake Washington in 10 to 15 feet, while the shallow
weeds here are holding a few walleyes. Lake Francis is producing
northern pike on spoons and spinnerbaits in less than 12

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Trolling spinners and crawlers has produced walleyes on the east
side of Lake Oliver in 18 to 20 feet. Perch action continues to be
good on Big Stone Lake with waxworms near Manhatten Reef in nine to
11 feet and from Kramer’s Landing to Hartford Beach in 12 to 14
feet. On the Minnesota River, walleyes, catfish, and northern pike
are being caught near the Highway 75 dam.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Leeches or nightcrawlers will produce a few walleyes during
low-light periods on Long Lake in 28 feet. Northern pike are
hitting sucker minnows in 14 feet at Big Mantrap Lake and waxies
are producing sunfish throughout the Crow Wing Chain in 12 feet.
Look to Big Mantrap with bucktails for muskies and to Big Sand Lake
and Potato Lake for smallmouth bass in 18 to 20 feet. Long Lake,
north of Park Rapids, continues to produce rainbow trout.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


On Cross Lake and Lake Pokegema, you’ll find panfish suspended over
22 feet, walleyes hitting crawlers in 18 to 20 feet, and numbers of
bass around the docks. Jigs tipped with fathead minnows or leeches
are producing walleyes on the 11-foot rock piles of Knife Lake.
Knife also is giving up panfish in eight feet. On East Rush and
West Rush lakes, slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes on
the 16-foot weedlines and sucker minnows are turning northern pike
in 10 feet of water.

Red’s Bait & Tackle (320) 629-1154


When the wind isn’t blowing anglers are catching walleyes in five
to nine feet along the east shoreline or in six to 12 feet of water
on the rock humps along the south shore. Trolling spinner rigs and
jigs with leeches or minnows is working best. Crankbaits started
turning bigger northern pike along the reed edges.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Sunfish continue to be caught in six to 12 feet on Long Lake, Cedar
Island Lake, Pearl Lake, and Brown’s Lake. The weedlines of Rice
Lake and Lake Koronis are giving up northern pike, but walleye
reports have been poor. Nightcrawlers and minnows are producing
channel catfish throughout the Sauk River.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Look for sunfish in 12 feet at Maple Lake and crappies along the
weed edges of Sauk Lake. Walleye action has been best during
low-light periods on the bars along the east shore of Lake Osakis
in 12 to 18 feet, the rock piles and bars of Big Birch Lake and
Little Birch Lake, and in 15 to 20 feet at Sauk. Big Birch also has
produced numbers of smallmouth bass this week.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Sunfish action has picked up in 12 to 14 feet on the Starbuck end
of Lake Minnewaska. You’ll find plenty of northern pike along the
edges of the bulrushes throughout Minnewaska. Spinnerbaits and
crankbaits are turning some good-sized smallmouth and largemouth
bass in 10 to 14 feet at Minnewaska as well.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Bass and northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of Lake Tetonka
and Lake Sakatah. Spinnerbaits, plastics, and minnows are all
working. Panfish action has improved on Lake Francis and Tetonka in
13 to 15 feet of water. Walleye action has been slow on all

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Walleyes, panfish, and bass can be had with leeches in six to eight
feet on Lake Solomon. Green Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 30
to 40 feet, mainly on live-bait rigs and crawlers, while largemouth
bass are hitting plastics on the weedlines of all area lakes.
Crappies have been tought to locate, but sunfish are being taken in
eight to 12 feet on Games Lake, Lake Andrew, Lake Florida, and
Diamond Lake.

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


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