North central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 6th, 2012
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Spinner rigs or leadcore and crankbaits are producing big walleyes on the deep mud and gravel during the day. At night, the six- to 12-foot rock piles are giving up more keeping-sized walleyes via slip bobbers and leeches. Muskie anglers are seeing fish on the weedlines of most bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – During the day, spinner rigs and crawlers or minnows are turning walleyes on the tops and edges of the mudflats. At night, leeches and slip bobbers are producing walleyes (more keepers) off the mud flats in 30 to 32 feet. Look for pike and muskies on the weedlines of most bays.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleye reports are consistent with jigs and spinner rigs producing fish on the south end in 10 to 28 feet. There has been deeper fish caught with crankbaits and downriggers. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting live-bait rigs around the islands and on most mid-depth reefs. The deep rocks and reefs also are holding smallmouths.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Walker Bay is kicking out walleyes via live-bait rigs with redtails or crawlers in 15 to 30 feet. There’s been a good walleye bite between Sand Point and Cedar Point in eight to 15 feet for anglers using slip bobbers and leeches or trolling Shad Raps. Perch action has picked up off Pine Point and Otter Tail Point and muskie action has improved. Topwaters, CowGirls, and jerk baits are raising fish on the weedlines of Portage Bay, Agency Bay, and Sucker Bay. These same bays are giving up bass.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
The Three Sisters area of Sand Bay is producing walleyes via crawlers in 25 to 35 feet. The Reinier area and east end of the lake have kicked out walleyes on crawlers and leeches in 25 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the shallow rocks, but bigger pike have been tough to locate.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The best option for walleyes is a Lindy Rig tipped with a leech or crawler on the bars and north-end humps in 18 to 22 feet. These fish are scattered so you have to move and pick off fish as you go. Look for bigger perch on the deep rocks and northern pike are hitting on the bars and weedlines.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Midge Lake, Lake Beltrami, Lake Itasca, and Grace Lake are giving up bluegills and crappies in eight to 10 feet. Walleye action has been best with leeches and crawlers in 12 to 18 feet on Plantagenet and Bemidji, while the shallow weeds have produced a few muskies. Bass and pike activity has picked up on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines.
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Rabbit Lake and Clearwater Lake are the best walleye options in 20 to 24 feet with Lindy rigs and crawlers. Suckers are triggering pike in the 10- to 15-foot weeds of Bay Lake, Upper Dean Lake, and Black Lake. The 12- to 16-foot weedlines of Lake Adney and Bay continue to produce panfish and bass action has been strong on most lakes.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Jigs tipped with minnows or leeches are turning walleyes on the 15- to 22-foot weedlines of Deer Lake, Bowstring Lake, Moose Lake, and Lake Wabana. On Lake Pokegama, pike and walleyes are coming out of 15 to 30 feet. Pike also can be had with minnows on Big Splithand Lake in 14 to 20 feet. Muskie action is slow and bluegills can be had in eight to 12 feet on Graves Lake, Splithand, and Bass Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes, while Ten Mile Lake and Woman Lake are giving up smallmouth bass. Woman is the best walleye option with crawlers and leeches in 20 to 22 feet. Sunfish, pike, and crappies are on the weedlines of Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Ten Mile.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Spinners and live bait or crankbaits are turning walleyes in five to seven feet along most shorelines. The rock humps in deeper water are producing walleyes on live bait as well. You can expect to catch pike in the same areas where the walleyes are hanging.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Lakes Cedar Island, Horseshoe, Long, Pearl, and Rice are giving up sunfish in four to 10 feet. Walleye action has been best with leeches or minnows during low-light periods on Lake Koronis and Horseshoe in 12 to 22 feet. Bass are being found on the deep weedlines and slop areas of Grand Lake, Horseshoe, and Pearl.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes at Lake Osakis in 20 to 35 feet, while crawlers and spinners are best for ‘eyes on Big Sauk Lake in 12 to 14 feet. The 10- to 12- foot weedlines of Smith Lake, Little Birch Lake, Fairy Lake, and Maple Lake are producing sunfish. Pike are hitting minnows on the weedlines of Lilly Lake and a few crappies can be had at Long Bridge Lake in nine to 12 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
EAST CENTRAL MN
Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and topwater baits during the day and plastics in the slop during low-light periods at Blue Lake, Elk Lake, and Eagle Lake. Sucker minnows worked on the weedlines of Blue and Green Lake are turning pike.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop