Despite steady wind and rain, walleyes remain cooperative – Northcentral Report
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – During the day, spinners or live-bait rigs tipped with leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on the 22- to 25-foot gravel and mud. The evening walleye bite continues to be excellent on any of the six- to 12-foot rock piles with slip bobbers and leeches. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the shorelines and shallow rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Live-bait rigs or spinner rigs tipped with live bait are producing walleyes on the tops and edges of most mud flats during the day. These patterns also will turn walleyes in St. Alban’s Bay in 18 to 26 feet of water. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes on the flats in 24 to 28 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are hitting tube jigs on the rocks and weed edges in less than four feet.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are hitting gold or pink jigs and minnows in 26 to 30 feet in the Morris Point Gap and Lighthouse Gap areas. Walleyes also are being taken on the structure near Long Point and Rocky Point. At the Northwest Angle, jigs and minnows are producing walleyes in nine to 28 feet, with the windswept points proving consistent in shallow water.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Jigs and minnows or nightcrawlers are triggering walleyes in six to eight feet off Pine Point, Grassy Island, and the Two Points area. Look to the Hardwoods in six to 12 feet for walleyes and the humps in Walker Bay are giving up the occasional big walleye. Crappies are being found in the reeds and cabbage, while bluegills are moving along the shorelines of Shingobee Bay.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Walleyes have started hitting jigs and minnows in 27 to 32 feet near Eight Mile Island and Franzen Island. Crappie and smallmouth bass reports continue to be limited, but northern pike are taking minnows and crankbaits on the emerging weedlines of Black Bay and Sand Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The wind-driven sides of the lake have been best for walleyes with a jig and minnow or leech and Lindy Rig working best. Rich’s Townsite Landing and Little Stoney Point have given up ‘eyes in six to 14 feet, as is the Highbanks area in six to 12 feet, or the bird houses area and Sugar Point in six to 13 feet. The west side has been best for perch in eight to 10 feet and northern pike are being found in 12 to 14 feet, with the walleyes.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Jigs and minnows or crawlers are turning walleyes in eight to 12 feet of water at Cass Lake or in six to 12 feet at Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving. Look for sunfish along the shorelines and crappies in the cabbage of Grace Lake and Kitchi Lake. Perch action at Blackduck Lake remains strong in 10 to 12 feet.
Bluewater Outdoors (218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Shiners, rainbow minnows, or leeches are working best for walleyes in 16 to 22 feet at Gull Lake, Round Lake, and North Long Lake and in 22 to 36 feet at Pelican Lake. Panfish remain active in the shallows of Round, the Highway 371 Bay on North Long, and Cullen Lake. Bass are an easy catch in the shallow cabbage of most lakes with spinnerbaits and plastics.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
Walleyes are hitting during the day in 14 to 18 feet and again in the evenings in six to 10 feet at Serpent Lake. Rabbit Lake and Clearwater Lake also have produced walleyes during the evenings in 12 to 16 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies in six to 14 feet at Little Rabbit Lake and Black Lake. Hit the weeds of Lower Mission Lake, Upper Dean Lake, and Black Hoof Lake for largemouth bass and pike. Look to the Mississippi and Pine rivers with topwater baits for smallmouth.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
There’s an evening crappie bite at Mitchell Lake in eight to 12 feet and you’ll find sunfish in six feet at Lake Emily. Northern pike are hitting spoons in 15 feet at Eagle Lake, while a jig and shiner minnow is working for walleyes at Island Lake in 18 feet. The shorelines of Mitchell also have provided steady smallmouth bass action.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Jigs tipped with minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in eight to 12 feet at East Bearskin Lake and Poplar Lake, in six feet at Binigami Lake, six to 15 feet at Two Island Lake, and in 20 to 25 feet at Seagull Lake. Northern pike are hitting spoons or sucker minnows in six feet at Northern Lights Lake, eight feet at Elbow Lake, and in 18 feet at Hungry Jack Lake. Spoons also are turning lake trout at Lake Saganaga over 35 to 40 feet and Greenwood Lake over 25 to 35 feet. Look for rainbow trout to hit crawlers in six to 10 feet at Esther Lake, 15 feet at Trout Lake, and 17 feet at Kimball Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
On Birch Lake, crappies are being found shallow and walleyes are hitting jigs and fatheads in 24 feet. Crawlers and minnows are producing walleyes at Woman Lake in 18 feet, while there’s a night bite with minnows for ‘eyes at Ten Mile Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Ten Mile also is giving up crappies in shallow water, as is Webb Lake in less than 10 feet. Plastics are turning bass in shallow water at Portage Lake, Woman, and Ten Mile.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleyes have moved out to 20 feet, starting hitting leeches, but most have been small at Big Sandy Lake. Panfish and bass reports have been limited with a few good-sized fish coming off the shorelines of Big Sandy and Lake Minnewawa. Northern pike continue to hit minnows on the weedlines of Big Sandy and Minnewawa.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
When the wind cooperates, jigs or spinner rigs tipped with shiners or leeches have produced walleyes along the shorelines in five to eight feet. Crappie and northern pike action has been limited due tot he wind.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
You’ll find crappies in 12 to 14 feet and sunfish along the shorelines of lakes Ripley, Grand, Pearl, Clear, Koronis, and Horseshoe. Walleyes are hitting leeches and fathead minnows at Koronis in 20 to 24 feet or Horseshoe in 15 to 20 feet. Work the shorelines and shallow weeds for bass on most lakes, while Koronis, Horseshoe, and Rice Lake have been best for northern pike.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Leeches, crawlers, and spot-tailed shiners are producing walleyes during low-light periods at Long Bridge Lake and Sauk Lake in six to 16 feet, or Maple Lake in four to 12 feet. Crappies can be had with minnows in seven feet at Long Bridge and Maple or in 12 to 14 feet in Red Barn Bay on Sauk. The south side of East Long Lake, Long Bridge, and Maple are producing sunfish in six to eight feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
EAST CENTRAL MN
Crappies and sunfish are hitting at Blue Lake and Elk Lake in six feet or less. Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes at Green Lake 12 to 14 feet and at Blue in 17 feet. Look to the shallow weeds of most lakes for northern pike and bass – live bait and artificial baits are both working.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985