Water levels on the inland lakes are up, but very fishable. Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes on Island Lake in 20 to 25 feet, Boulder Lake in 10 to 12 feet, and Rice Lake in six feet. Most lakes are now producing bluegills in five to seven feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Nightcrawlers are producing rainbow trout on Leo Lake in six to 12 feet, splake at Kemo Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and brook trout at Shoe Lake in 20 feet. Lake Saganaga continues to kick out walleyes in 25 to 30 feet on leeches. On East Twin Lake, walleyes are hitting a jig and leech in 15 feet during the day and Rapalas at night in six to 10 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
The main-lake reefs and rock piles are producing the majority of walleyes and sauger in 17 to 28 feet. A slow-presented live-bait rig tipped with crawlers or leeches has been the best presentation. Smallmouth bass are hitting leeches and crankbaits on the mid-depth rocks and weedlines. The weed edges also are holding pike, most of which are hitting minnows or spinnerbaits.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121