North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – June 8th, 2012


East – Slip bobbers and leeches continue to produce limits of walleyes during the evening hours on the six- to 12-foot rock piles. During the day, you can pretty much pick your presentation (leeches, crawlers, spinner rigs, live-bait rigs, or crankbaits) and catch walleyes on the gravel and mud in 22 to 26 feet of water. Anglers sight-fishing the shallow rocks with tube jigs are catching numbers of smallmouth bass.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Spinner rigs tipped with nightcrawlers or rainbow minnows are producing numbers of walleyes on any of the mud flats in 20 to 24 feet. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes on the rocks and mud in 24 to 26 feet. Northern pike have started hitting crankbaits on the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay. Look for smallmouth bass on the shorelines and shallow rocks.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleye action has been excellent in 30 to 32 feet with bright-colored jigs and shiner minnows northwest of the Lighthouse Gap to Long Point. A significant bug hatch has provided the ingredients for a decent spinner bite in three to 10 feet as well. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are an easy catch in 18 to 20 feet with a jig and minnow.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH


Most live-bait options are turning walleyes off Sand Point and south of Cedar Point in 15 to 20 feet. The 14- to 18-foot main-lake rocks and the area between First and Second Duck points in seven to 10 feet has produced walleyes as well. Crappies remain active in the reeds of Sucker Bay, while bass and bluegills are moving to the shorelines of Shingobee and Sucker bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Walleye action has been sporadic, but a jig and minnow combination is turning some fish in 25 to 32 feet of water at the Franzen Island area. Look to the weedlines with sucker minnows for northern pike in Black Bay and Sand Bay. Smallmouth bass have started showing up on the shallow rocks and shorelines.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


A jig and shiner minnow continues to produce walleyes on the humps in 16 to 20 feet, off the west-side points in 14 feet, and the tops of the bars in 14 to 16 feet. During the evening hours, Little Stoney Point is kicking out walleyes in nine to 12 feet. Northern pike are mixed in with the walleyes over 10 to 14 feet and the best perch reports are coming from the bird houses area in eight feet.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226


Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in 10 to 12 feet at Blackduck Lake, Lake Bemidji, and Lake Plantagenet. Bluegills are moving to the shorelines with good reports coming off Grace, Middle Sucker, and Lower Sucker lakes. Bass action has been excellent in shallow water, while topwater baits are turning muskies in three to eight feet on Bemidji and Plantagenet.
Bluewater Outdoors
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Golden shiner minnows or leeches are triggering walleye action in 17 to 28 feet at Round Lake, the south end of Gull Lake, and in 20 to 28 feet at North Long Lake. Spinnerbaits are turning bass and northern pike in the shallow weeds of Gull, while Round Lake is producing sunfish in two to five feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010


Limits of rainbow and brook trout are being pulled from the pits such as Pennington, Mahnomen #1 and #2, Portsmouth, and Huntington. Anglers fishing from shore are using Little Nippers and waxworms under a float, while boaters are trolling small crankbaits and cowbells. The shoreline weeds and lily pads on Little Rabbit Lake, Greer Lake, and Mahnomen Lake are producing sunfish. Walleyes are hitting live-bait rigs and leeches during the evening hours in 12 to 18 feet at Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake. For northern pike, throw a spinnerbait along the shorelines of Black Lake, Perry Lake, and Upper Dean Lake. Bass are hitting plastics in the bulrushes of most lakes.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912


The north end of Lawrence Lake is giving up crappies in 15 feet. Pike are hitting sucker minnows near the dam on Lake Emily in 10 feet and plastics are producing bass near the bridge on Roosevelt Lake. Roosevelt also has produced sunfish in six to eight feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


Minnows are producing walleyes and pike on the weedlines out to 22 feet on Bowstring Lake. Leeches, crawlers, and minnows are turning walleyes at Trout Lake in 18 to 22 feet, Lake Pokegama in 11 to 22 feet, and at Deer Lake in 24 to 30 feet during the day or eight feet during low-light periods. Bluegills are along the shorelines of lakes Pokegama, Big Splithand, Jay Gould, Bass, and Graves.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Crappies remain shallow, but start to look deeper as the water continues to warm on Ten Mile Lake and Birch Lake. Woman Lake, Pine Mountain Lake, and Pleasant Lake are kicking out walleyes on a variety of live bait in 16 to 22 feet. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being found on the shorelines and shallow weeds of most lakes, while muskie and bluegill reports have been limited.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


Limits of walleyes are being caught with jigs or spinner rigs tipped with minnows and leeches. The north, east, and south shorelines have been most productive in five to eight feet. The rock piles on the south shore also are holding walleyes. Pike reports have been sporadic; look for crappies in two to five feet.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Leeches are turning sunfish along the shorelines and walleyes in 16 to 25 feet at Lake Koronis. Sunfish and bass are an easy catch along most shorelines. Drift suckers in 10 to 12 feet for pike on Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, Rice Lake, and Horseshoe Lake.Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Walleyes are hitting crawlers and spinners in 10 to 16 feet during low-light periods at Big Sauk Lake. Leeches are producing walleyes at Maple Lake in six to 12 feet early and late each day. Look for crappies in seven feet at Long Bridge Lake and Maple, while sunfish are even shallower on the south side of East Long Lake, Cedar Lake, Long Bridge, and Maple. Bass fishing has picked up.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Walleyes are hitting a jig tipped with shiners or leeches in six to 22 feet at Cass Lake, Pike Bay Lake, and Kitchi Lake. Perch are staging in 12 to 18 feet on Cass and should be moving shallower along with bluegills and crappies as the water warms on area lakes. Muskie reports have been slow and bass are hitting spinnerbaits in Allen’s Bay on Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


There’s plenty of small catfish being caught with some big fish in the mix around the Grand Forks area. Look to the first drop off the bank, around wood piles, and around fast water breaks with sucker minnows. Many of the big cats are being pulled from the deep cuts with current or log jams near deep water.
Brad Durick Outdoors
(701) 739-5808

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