MN: Walleye fishing continues to be difficult during daylight hours Issue: 35

Big Six


East – Live-bait rigging continues to produce walleyes on the deep
structure during the day, but crankbaits have started working
during midday hours as well on the seven- to 14-foot rock/sand
transition areas. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are working
best on the mid-depth rock piles. Smallmouth bass remain active on
the rocks and the best muskie reports continue to come off the
north-end sand.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Running leadcore and crankbaits “in the middle of nowhere”
is turning walleyes during the day. At night, slip bobbers and
leeches off the deep rocks and mud have worked best. Northern pike
are hitting crankbaits in the bays, smallmouth bass are hitting on
the rocks, and a few bigger perch have been caught this week on the
14- to 20-foot rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Anglers working the Northwest Angle/Islands area are finding a
mixed bag of fish such as walleyes, muskies, smallmouth bass, and
northern pike on the reefs. Downrigging in the Big Traverse area
continues to produce walleyes and sauger on the reefs and
open-water areas in 28 to 31 feet. On the south end, walleye action
remains strong at Morris Point and Lighthouse Gap in 23 to 27 feet
with crawlers.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers and minnows or crankbaits and
leadcore are producing walleyes on the humps in Walker Bay over 28
to 35 feet. A few fish are being caught on the Cedar Point
shoreline in 20 to 25 feet, but main-lake walleye action has been
slow during the day. At night, crankbaits continue to trigger fish
between Sand Point and Cedar Point in nine to 12 feet. Muskie
reports have been best off the rocks, but bass fishing remains
consistent in Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


A few walleyes are being caught on minnows or nightcrawlers in 25
feet or more in the big bays of Lake Minnetonka and in 18 to 22
feet at Lake Independence. Minnetonka is producing plenty of bass
and sunfish on the deep weedlines, northern pike are hitting
spinners and suckers in 12 to 14 feet, and a few more muskies are
being seen on the weed tops during low-light periods.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


A jig and minnow is working for walleyes during the evening hours
in the Three Sisters area of Sand Bay in 32 to 34 feet and at the
American Narrows in 26 to 28 feet. Work the Rat Root River area of
Black Bay for crappies and crankbaits continue to turn northern
pike in Cranberry Bay.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The northwest corner of the lake continues to produce perch in
eight to 14 feet. Walleye action remains sporadic with live-bait
rigs and crawlers producing some fish on the 12- to 14-foot
shoreline breaks and bars. Northern pike are hitting minnows and
crankbaits on the shallow weedlines.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


Crankbaits or a jig and minnow are producing walleyes in the Afton
and Prescott areas of the St. Croix River in 20 to 30 feet. You’ll
find sunfish on the edges of the bars or deep breaks of Big Marine
Lake and White Bear Lake. Bass remain active on Demonterville Lake
and sucker minnows are turning northern pike at Big Marine.
Bucktails and topwater baits are triggering muskies at Bald Eagle
Lake and White Bear in less than 10 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Hit the creek mouths for walleyes and deep holes for catfish on the
Minnesota River. Spoon plugs are producing northern pike from the
weedlines out to 20 feet at Pierson Lake. Christmas Lake is kicking
out sunfish in 20 feet, while Parley Lake is giving up crappies and
sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Look for bass to hit topwater baits at
lakes Auburn, Bavaria, and Whaletail.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


The reefs on the north side of the lake started producing northern
pike on spinnerbaits. Bass are hitting topwater baits consistently
during low-light periods on the shallow sides of the reefs. A few
muskies are being raised with bucktails on the reefs and shoreline
breaks. Look for sunfish on the deep sides of the reefs such as
Cemetery, North, and Stone.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



A few walleyes are being taken with spinners and crawlers in 25 to
34 feet on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Work the shorelines and flats
on area lakes with spinnerbaits or lipless crankbaits for bass. The
deep weedlines on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, Lake Geneva, and
Ida are producing sunfish and you’ll hit crappies on these lakes
during the evening hours in 10 to 12 feet.

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


Plastics and topwater baits are producing largemouth bass on the
shorelines of Serpent Lake, Bay Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and the
Crooked Lake Chain. A few bigger northern pike are being caught on
stickbaits over deep structure on the pits and Rabbit Lake. Panfish
action remains strong at Bay, Little Black Hoof Lake, and the
Mississippi River backwaters.

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


Minnows and nightcrawlers are triggering walleyes in 12 to 20 feet
of water at Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Pelican Lake, and Big
Cormorant Lake. Look for bluegills in 12 to 16 feet of water at
lakes Melissa, Severson, Floyd, and Big Detroit. Topwater baits are
raising muskies on the weedlines of Pelican and Big Detroit

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Some walleyes are being caught on crawlers in eight to 10 feet on
Lake Shagawa and in 12 to 14 feet with minnows on Snowbank Lake
during the evening hours. On Burntside Lake, you’ll find northern
pike in 18 to 26 feet and a few walleyes on the 12-foot reefs.
Smallmouth bass continue to be found on the shorelines and deep
structure of most lakes.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


You’ll find panfish during the day and catfish at night in the
channels of lakes Hall, Budd, and Sissiton in four to eight feet.
Crankbaits are producing a few walleyes in eight feet at South
Silver Lake during the evening hours. Look to Fox Lake for crappies
in six to 10 feet.

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


Rapalas are producing walleyes in six feet at South Fowl Lake and
in eight to 15 feet at Devil’s Track Lake. A jig and minnow
combination is working best for ‘eyes at Gunflint Lake in 25 to 30
feet and at Poplar Lake in 20 to 22 feet. Lake trout are hitting
spoons close to the bottom in 65 feet on Lake Saganaga and at Pine
Lake in 55 feet. On Seagull Lake, lakers are being found suspended
about 40 feet down over 65 feet. Crawlers continue to work best for
rainbow trout at Mink Lake in 18 feet, Esther Lake in 10 feet, and
at Kimball Lake in 18 to 22 feet of water.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Crawlers and spinners are producing walleyes on the weedlines out
to 30 feet on lakes Pokegama, Trout, and Wabana. At night,
crankbaits are working best for ‘eyes in seven feet at Sugar Lake,
Deer Lake, and Moose Lake. Crappie action is consistent during the
evening hours at Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake over 20 feet and along the
weedlines of Wabana, Pokegama, and Trout. Bluegill, bass, northern
pike, and muskie action has slowed.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


A Lindy Rig and crawler or a jig and minnow is producing walleyes
and perch in 17 feet at Woman Lake. Crappies are hitting pink and
white jigs tipped with minnows in nine to 12 feet at Birch Lake.
Look for bluegills on the weedlines of Child Lake, Five Point Lake,
Pleasant Lake, and Birch. Ten Mile Lake is giving up smallmouth
bass and an occasional walleye over 20 to 28 feet.

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


Minnows are starting to produce more walleyes in 26 to 32 feet.
Leadcore and crankbaits also have triggered walleyes in 30 feet or
more. Northern pike are hitting live bait and artificial
presentations in the bays and smallmouth bass remain active on the
shorelines and main-lake structure.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


The most consistent walleye reports are coming from the west end of
the lake in 17 to 26 feet of water on live-bait rigs tipped with
pieces of nightcrawlers. Spinner rigs, slip bobber rigs, and jigs
tipped with nightcrawlers also have produced fish. Muskie reports
from the lake continue to be limited.

Lake Vermilion Guides League


Minnows are producing catfish and walleyes on the Minnesota River.
The narrows at Madison Lake are giving up crappies and bluegills
and walleyes can be had here with crankbaits in six to 12 feet of
water. The points and weedlines on Lake Washington are giving up
panfish, northern pike, and a few walleyes. The weedlines of Duck
Lake and George Lake are safe bets for panfish as well.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


The Grapevine and Bayview areas of Big Stone Lake are kicking out
perch and bluegills in 12 to 14 feet of water. The Sodak and
Hartford Beach areas of Big Stone are giving up mainly perch in 12
feet. Waxworms and small jigs are providing the most action. The
Highway 75 dam on the Minnesota River is giving up catfish,
northern pike, and an occasional walleye on jigs and Twister Tails
or minnows.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Long Lake continues to give up a few walleyes in 30 to 32 feet via
Lindy Rigs and minnows. Northern pike also are being caught on Long
and Big Mantrap Lake with sucker minnows in 14 to 16 feet. Fish
Hook Lake and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes are kicking out sunfish
in 12 to 14 feet. Plastics are turning bass on most lakes and
muskie reports remain limited.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


On lakes Pokegama and Cross, crappies are being found suspended
over 14 to 18 feet, walleyes are hitting Shad Raps on the 16-foot
weedlines, and pike are crushing sucker minnows in 12 feet.
Crawlers and leeches started turning walleyes at Goose Lake in 20
to 24 feet. Look to the north shore of Knife Lake for panfish in
eight feet, the rock piles for walleyes, and the south end for
northern pike. On East and West Rush lakes, sucker minnows are
producing northern pike on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines and
fatheads are turning walleyes on the deep rock piles.

Red’s Bait & Tackle (320) 629-1154


Trolling crankbaits in the Rush River area in 17 feet or in the
Deer Island area in 10 to 15 feet on Lake Pepin has been best for
walleyes. Hanson’s Harbor on Pepin is producing crappies, while
sucker minnows or bullheads are turning catfish for shore anglers
near Everett’s Resort.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Crawlers or fatheads are working for walleyes at Lake Koronis in
seven to 20 feet. Look for sunfish in six to 12 feet at Koronis,
Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. You’ll find
crappies suspended over deeper water on these lakes as well. Rice
Lake and Koronis are giving up smallmouth bass in 12 to 15 feet and
largemouth bass are hitting in the weeds of most lakes.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


The Starbuck end of Lake Minnewaska is producing sunfish in the
eight-foot weeds and near the swimming beach in 12 to 14 feet. Bass
action remains strong on Minnewaska, northern pike are hitting
crankbaits along the six- to eight-foot bulrushes, and a few
walleyes are being taken during the evening hours on crankbaits in
six feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


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