Northcentral Minnesota Fishing Report – June 29th, 2012
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Big walleyes continue to be caught on live bait rigs over the deep mud and gravel during the day. The best time to catch keeper-sized walleyes is at night on the six- to 12- foot rocks, with slip bobbers and leeches. A few muskies have been caught on bucktails in the weedy bays, and smallmouth bass continue to hit plastics on the shallow rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Spinner rigs tipped with minnows and crawlers or leadcore and crankbaits are turning numbers of big walleyes on most mud flats in 22 to 25 feet. At night, work off the mud in 30 to 33 feet with slip bobbers and leeches; this is the best option for keepable walleyes. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or crankbaits on the weedlines of most bays, and smallmouth bass are hitting plastics and live bait on the rocks and weed edges.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleye action continues to be awesome in front of the Gap on the south end in nine to 30 feet for anglers who are anchoring and pitching jigs. To the west, the rock piles at Zippel Bay, Long Point, and Rocky Point are giving up walleyes for those jigging or using spinner rigs. Just south of Garden Island, numbers of 17- to 19-inch fish are being caught on spinners, jigs, and crankbaits. At the Northwest Angle, the reefs in Little Traverse and the islands south of Oak Island are providing steady walleye action. Smallmouth bass are being found on the reefs and deep rocks, some muskies are being hooked, and northern pike are hitting along most weedlines.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
The deeper humps in Walker Bay started producing more walleyes on Lindy rigs tipped with redtails or leeches. The jig-and-minnow bite continues to be good along the weedlines of Agency Bay and on wind-swept points. Reports from the main lake have been sporadic, with some walleyes being taken on spinner rigs and crawlers on the structure areas in 15 to 22 feet. BullDawgs, CowGirls, and Boobie Traps have been raising bigger muskies in the four- to 10-foot weeds of Agency Bay, Portage Bay, GrandVu Flats, and the northwest corner of Kabekona Bay.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on the east end in 30 to 35 feet and throughout Sand Bay in 25 to 30 feet. There’s been a more consistent crappie bite in Black Bay during the morning hours, smallmouth bass remain active on the shorelines, and northern pike action remains slow.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Walleyes remain scattered, with crawlers or leeches producing fish in 18 to 22 feet during the day. Look to the north-end humps, Sugar Bar, and the Snaghole for better numbers of fish. There is some walleye activity during low-light periods on the points in 12 to 14 feet. Perch are being caught on jigs.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Minnows and leeches are triggering walleyes in 10 to 16 feet on Lake Bemidji and Big Wolf Lake. On Lake Plantagenet, minnows are producing walleyes and perch in 12 to 18 feet. Look for bluegills in six to eight feet on Lake Itasca and Beltrami Lake, while Midge Lake is giving up bass and bluegills in six to 10 feet. Muskie anglers are seeing fish on Bemidji, but it’s tough to get them to bite. The weedlines of Campbell Lake started giving up northern pike.
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
You have to get into the 14-foot weeds with crawlers and leeches for walleyes. Gull Lake, Round Lake, and North Long Lake are all giving up fish, but the fish are hanging tight to the weeds. The 10- to 12-foot weeds of most lakes are holding panfish, and bass fishing remains excellent in the shallow and deep weeds of most lakes.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
Nightcrawlers and shiner minnows are turning walleyes during the morning hours in 18 to 24 feet on Rabbit Lake and Clearwater Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being caught along the 12- to 16-foot weed edges of Bay Lake and Lake Adney. Plastics ripped through the weeds are producing bass during the day as are topwater baits during low-light periods on Serpent Lake and Mission Lake. For northern pike, hit the weedlines of Black Lake and Upper Dean Lake with sucker minnows. Trolling cowbells and small crankbaits during low-light periods has produced trout on the Pennington Pit.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Lake Pokegama is producing walleyes and northern pike in 12 to 26 feet, and lake trout are hitting spoons over 60 to 100 feet. Work the 16- to 22-foot weedlines of Lake Wabana with crawlers, or seven to 15 feet on Deer Lake and Moose Lake with a jig and minnow for ‘eyes. On Big Trout Lake, crawlers and leeches are turning walleyes in 14 to 30 feet. Sunfish remain active in shallow water on Bass Lake and Grave Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Crappies are suspended and are being taken on minnows along the weedlines of Ox Yoke Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Birch Lake. Crawlers are turning walleyes on Woman Lake in 20 to 22 feet. Northern pike remain active along the weedlines of all lakes. Birch is kicking out plenty of largemouth bass, and smallmouths continue to hit on Ten Mile.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleyes continue to hit spinners tipped with minnows or leeches, and crankbaits, in four to seven feet. The deeper rock humps have produced walleyes, as well. Walleye fishermen also report catching several big pike during the week.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Leeches and minnows are producing a few walleyes around Second and Third islands on Lake Koronis in 12 to 25 feet. Look to Rice Lake, Long Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Browns Lake for panfish in four to 10 feet. The 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Rice are kicking out northern pike, and bass fishing remains strong on all lakes.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
The eight- to 15-foot weeds of Maple Lake are producing sunfish and crappies, while lakes Fairy, Smith, and Little Birch are kicking out sunfish in the weeds. Look for suspended crappies over nine to 12 feet on Long Bridge Lake. Walleyes are hitting crawlers and spinners in 12 feet on Big Sauk Lake, or slip bobbers and leeches in 18 to 40 feet on Lake Osakis.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
Walleyes are hitting leeches in 18 to 20 feet during the day, or Shad Raps at night in shallower water. Jumbo perch have moved shallow, muskies are chasing bucktails, northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in Allen’s Bay, and bluegills are hitting in 10 to 12 feet.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
The north end of Blue Lake is producing sunfish in four to eight feet, and crappies on the 14-foot humps. You’ll also hit crappies on the seven- to nine-foot weed edges of Elk Lake and in 10 to 14 feet on Eagle Lake. Northern pike are an easy catch with sucker minnows on the weedlines of most lakes, and a few walleyes are being taken from Blue and Green Lake. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits during the day and topwaters during low-light periods on Blue, Elk, and Eagle. The Mississippi River is running fast, but catfish and smallmouth bass continue to be caught on minnows.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop