Northcentral Minnesota Fishing Report – June 15th, 2012


East – There’s been no shortage of big walleyes caught with spinners and crawlers on the gravel and mud in 20 to 24 feet. You’ll catch more keeping-sized fish on the four- to 12-foot rocks during low-light periods with slip bobbers and leeches. Muskie reports have been limited, but smallmouths are  hitting plastics or crankbaits on the rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes continue to be caught on spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or rainbow minnows on the tops and edges of the mud flats during the day and off the edges at night with slip bobbers and leeches. Northern pike action has picked up with crankbaits on the weedlines in St. Alban’s, Wigwam, and Garrison bays. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits or tube jigs on the shallow rocks.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleye and sauger action remains strong in front of Long Point near Twin Islands in 30 feet and near Graceton Beach in 29 to 32 feet. Anchoring and pitching a jig and minnow continues to work best, although crankbaits or spinner rigs are producing fish shallower when the wind blows. At the Northwest Angle, live-bait rigs are producing walleyes on the mid-depth rocks and with the may flies starting to hatch, the mud is giving up walleyes as well.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH


Walleyes are hitting #5 and #7 Shad Raps during low-light periods between Sand Point and Cedar Point in eight to 12 feet. The humps in Walker Bay are holding fish in 28 to 30 feet and the structure in South Walker Bay is producing ‘eyes in 12 to 30 feet. The shallow cabbage throughout the main lake is producing walleyes via jigs and minnows in four to 10 feet. Battle Point, Sugar Point, Portage Bay, and Duck points also have produced walleyes in less than 12 feet. A Lindy Rig and minnow is turning walleyes on the mid-lake reefs such as the Annex and Mokey. Muskie anglers are hooking fish on the shallow weed edges in most bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


The east end of the lake is producing walleyes in 25 to 30 feet, mainly on shiner minnows. In Black Bay, you’ll find walleyes in 20 to 25 feet around the islands. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in the Rainy Lake City area, while crappie action remains slow.  Look for smallmouth bass along the shoreline of Sand Bay, most of which are hitting plastics or minnows.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Walleyes continue to be scattered on the bars and humps in 16 to 20 feet, as shallow as seven feet on the shoreline breaks and west-side points, and in nine to 14 feet off Little Stoney Point. A jig and minnow or spinner and crawler seems to be turning most fish, but it’s been difficult to establish a pattern or location. Northern pike remain an easy catch throughout the lake and perch also have scattered among the rocks and weeds along the west side.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226


Muskies are scattered at various depths on Lake Plantagenet; small bucktails are  triggering bites. A jig and minnow is producing daytime walleyes, as are crankbaits at night in four to 10 feet on Lake Bemidji and Plantagenet. Look for bluegills on Turtle Lake and Little Turtle Lake.
Bluewater Outdoors
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Slip bobbers and leeches are being used to pull walleyes from the weeds during the day and in six to 10 feet during the evening hours at Blackduck Lake. Leeches also are turning walleyes in eight to 14 feet on Island Lake and Gull Lake. Minnows are the ticket for northern pike on the weedlines of Gull or Blackduck and bluegills remain shallow on Pimushe Lake and Gull.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636


Hit the weedlines out to 24 feet for walleyes and the shallow weeds for bass on Round Lake. The weedlines on the Merrifield end of North Long Lake are producing bass and a few walleyes, while the Highway 371 end is kicking out sunfish in shallow water. Leeches and shiner minnows are producing walleyes on the weedlines or in 25 to 30 feet at Gull Lake. Look for crappies in 10 to 12 feet on North Long, Cullen Lake, and Hubert Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010


Plastics tossed on the weedlines of Mitchell Lake have produced smallmouth bass and tube jigs are turning a few crappies in the weeds. Work the north end of Eagle Lake for sunfish and crappies in eight to 12 feet. There’s an evening bite with suckers for pike at Washburn Lake in 15 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers at Sugar Lake in 14 to 24 feet, spinner rigs and crawlers at Lake Pokegema in 14 to 20 feet, jigs and minnows in 24 to 30 feet at Deer Lake, and a jig and minnow or crawler in 18 to 24 feet at Bowstring Lake during the day. At night, these lakes also will produce walleyes in seven to 10 feet on Rapalas. Crankbaits are turning northern pike in 20 to 35 feet on Pokegama and Trout Lake. Look for crappies on the weedlines of Pokegama and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake during the evening hours and bluegills remain along the shorelines of Bass Lake, Splithand Lake, Graves Lake, and Pokegama.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet during the day at Woman Lake, Birch Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. Shad Raps also trigger fish during low-light periods in shallow water on these lakes. Look for bluegills in shallow water at Birch and Pleasant Lake, while muskies have been actively chasing jerkbaits and topwater baits on the cabbage flats of Baby Lake and Little Boy Lake. Largemouth bass are shallow on most lakes and smallmouths can be had on the six- to 12-foot breaks of Woman, Ten Mile, and Stoney Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


Crappies and sunfish are being caught on the shorelines out to six feet at Round Lake and Lake Minnewawa. Leeches and minnows are turning walleyes on Minnewawa in 18 to 20 feet and on Big Sandy Lake in 20 to 24 feet. The shorelines of Big Sandy are giving up a few panfish, while bass are hitting in the weeds of Round and northern pike in the weeds on Minnewawa.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits             (218) 426-3382


Walleyes continue to hit leeches on Lake Koronis in 18 to 24 feet and on Horseshoe Lake in 16 to 20 feet. Look for sunfish along the shorelines out to eight feet on Koronis, Horseshoe, Long Lake, and Becker Lake. Northern pike and bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the weedlines of Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, and Rice Lake. Catfish action is strong with nightcrawlers throughout the Sauk River.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


The north end of Blue Lake and Little  Elk Lake are producing panfish in seven to 12 feet. The weedlines of Green Lake and Blue are producing bass, and northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits in seven to nine feet on area lakes. As water levels on the Rum River continue to recede, the smallmouth bass and walleye action should improve.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
(763) 856-3985


Lindy rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are triggering walleyes during the evening hours in 14 to 20 feet at Serpent Lake, Rabbit Lake, and Clearwater Lake. Trolling stickbaits over the 10- to 15-foot weed tops has produced northern pike at Bay Lake, Black Hoof Lake, and Upper Dean Lake. Upper Dean and Lake Adney are giving up crappies in eight to 12 feet and bass are hitting crankbaits or plastics in six to 10 feet at Serpent and Lower Mission Lake. Trout action has been best during low-light periods with long-lined Rapalas at Pennington Pit and Section Six Pit.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912


Walleyes continue to hit jig and minnow combinations or spinner rigs tipped with nightcrawlers and leeches in four to eight feet of water along the north and east shorelines and in three to six feet along the south shore. Crappies have been scarce, but a few bigger pike have been mixed in with the walleyes.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


A gold spinner/crawler combination is turning walleyes at Sauk Lake in 12 to 15 feet. On Lake Osakis, leeches and minnows are turning walleyes during the day in 20 to 22 feet and in 10 to 12 feet during low-light periods. A jig tipped with minnows or leeches is producing smallmouth bass in three to five feet and walleyes in 20 to 24 feet at Little Birch Lake. Look for sunfish on the shorelines of Cedar Lake, in eight to 12 feet at Maple Lake, and in four to eight feet at Long Bridge Lake. Bass seem to be biting everywhere and northern pike are taking minnows at the narrows bridge on Sauk and along the weedlines of Long Bridge and Osakis.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Walleye action has slowed, though leeches and shiner minnows are turning some fish on the 20-foot main-lake structure of Cass Lake. Pike are hitting crankbaits on the weedlines of Lake Andrusia and perch are being found in the reeds of Cass. Bluegills are shallow on Kitchi Lake and in the pencil reeds in Allen’s Bay on Cass, while crappies are in the lily pads in Buck Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

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