North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – June 22nd, 2012


East – Bigger walleyes are being caught on the deep, main-lake structure with spinner rigs and leeches or leadcore and crankbaits during the day. Most keeping-sized fish continue to be caught with slip bobbers and leeches during the evening hours in 15 feet or less. Smallmouth bass remain an easy catch on the rocks, but muskie action has been limited.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Spinners tipped with crawlers or rainbow minnows are turning walleyes during the day on the tops and edges of the mud flats. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are working best for ‘eyes off the flats in 28 to 32 feet. Crankbaits are producing northern pike on the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay and Wigwam Bay. Look for smallmouth bass to hit plastics on the shorelines and shallow rocks.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleyes are hitting jigs on the 28- to 32-foot mud on the south end and on the reefs near Long Point and towards Garden Island. Spinner rigs and crankbaits trolled in 14 to 20 feet also have produced walleyes near the Lighthouse Gap and Morris Point Gap. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes have been most active in current areas such as Cyclone Channel and Big Narrows. Muskie and northern pike have been active in deep water and smallmouth bass are on the shorelines.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH


Lindy rigs and leeches or a jig and golden shiner minnow has worked best for walleyes in 14 to 22 feet at the Hardwoods, Pelican Island, and Duck Point. There is some evening crankbait action around Sand Point in nine to 12 feet as well. Muskie reports have been best from the shallow weeds of Portage Bay and panfish continue to move in and out of the shallow reeds. Look for bass in the established cabbage of Steamboat Bay.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes in 18 to 20 feet in the Reinier area. The Three Sisters area of Sand Bay also is giving up walleyes in 25 feet. Plastics and minnows continue to produce smallmouth bass along the shorelines and shallow structure, while northern pike and crappie action is slow.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Walleyes remain difficult to pattern, but some fish are being taken with leeches on Big Muskie Bar and Bena Bar in 18 to 22 feet. The weedlines near the Bird Houses area also have produced walleyes. Perch reports are best on the mid-depth rocks and west-side breaks in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226


Minnows and Rapalas have produced walleyes during low-light periods in six to 12 feet on lakes Plantagenet, Big, and off Diamond Point on Lake Bemidji. Muskie anglers are reporting a lot of follows from the shallow weeds of Bemidji and Plantagenet. Midge Lake and Grace Lake are kicking out panfish in four to eight feet, and the shallow weeds of Midge and Bass Lake are kicking out bass.
Bluewater Outdoors
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Walleyes continue to be caught in the shallow weeds with slip bobbers and leeches or in 10 feet on crawlers at Blackduck Lake during low-light periods. On Gull Lake and Island Lake, leeches and live-bait rigs are producing walleyes in 10 to 14 feet. Look for panfish to be most active in six to eight feet at Rabideau Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Gilstead Lake. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636


The 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Gull Lake started producing walleyes. Look slightly deeper on North Long Lake and Round Lake for walleyes with leeches and crawlers. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits will produce bass on these lakes in 10 to 12 feet. Crappies are scattered between 12 and 20 feet of water on most lakes, look for sunfish in the shallow weeds, and northern pike are hitting spinners and minnows along the weedlines on the south end of Gull.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010


The north end of West Fox Lake is giving up sunfish in eight to 10 feet, while sucker minnows under bobbers are producing northern pike in 12 to 15 feet at Lake Emily. The north end of Round Lake is giving up walleyes via rigs and leeches in eight to 12 feet. Pitch tube jigs on the west side of Kego Lake for crappies in 15 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are producing walleyes in 11 to 16 feet on Lake Pokegama, in 18 to 26 feet at Trout Lake, and in 18 to 24 feet at Bowstring Lake. On Deer Lake, a jig and minnow is turning ‘eyes in 16 to 30 feet. Largemouth bass are hitting in the weeds of most lakes and smallmouth bass can be had on Pokegama and the Mississippi River. Panfish reports have slowed, but northern pike are hitting minnows on the weedlines of Pokegama and Ball Club Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Jigs and plastics are turning smallmouth bass on the weed edges of Ten Mile Lake and Woman Lake. Look for crappies on the weedlines of Ten Mile, Woman, and Birch Lake. Walleyes are hitting live bait during the early morning hours in 18 to 22 feet at Ten Mile and Woman. Largemouth bass remain active on most lakes, but muskie action has been slow.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


The new slot has allowed anglers to put some 18- and 19-inch walleyes in the box recently. However, strong winds have stirred the water up so the action has been slower. When the wind allows people to fish, spinner rigs and live bait or crankbaits are turning walleyes in five to eight feet along most shorelines. You’ll hook an occasional good-sized northern pike along with the walleyes.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


The catfish spawn is on in the Grand Forks area as anglers are catching numbers of catfish, just not many big fish. The key is to keep moving with sucker minnows or shrimp. The Drayton area has been excellent with numbers and big fish in the mix. The cats appear to be gorging themselves before they head off to spawn in this stretch of river.
Brad Durick Outdoors
(701) 739-5808


Rice Lake and Lake Koronis are kicking out walleyes in 16 to 25 feet on leeches and crawlers. Northern pike are hitting spoons or sucker minnows in eight to 14 feet at Koronis, Rice, Long Lake, and Horseshoe Lake. Catfish are hitting crawlers on the Sauk River, bass can be had in the 10- to 14-foot weeds of most lakes, and sunfish remain along the shorelines of Horseshoe, Clear Lake, Grand Lake, and Pearl Lake.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Walleyes are hitting crawlers and spinners in 12 feet during low-light periods on Sauk Lake. Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes in 12 to 21 feet on Lake Osakis, while slip bobbers and leeches or fatheads are working best for ‘eyes at McCormick Lake in seven to 10 feet. Crappies are being taken with tube jigs and minnows in 12 feet at Long Bridge Lake and in 16 feet at Maple Lake. Look for sunfish in 12 to 16 feet at Fairy Lake or in less than 10 feet at McCormick. Sucker minnows and bobbers are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Lilly Lake and Long Lake.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Hit Blue Lake for sunfish in seven to 14 feet and the weedlines of Blue and Green Lake for northern pike. Eagle Lake is giving up a few walleyes on leeches in 14 feet and you’ll find bass in the slop of most lakes. Catfish action has improved with crawlers on the Mississippi River.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
(763) 856-3985

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