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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 13th, 2012


East – Big walleyes continue to hit better than usual for this time of year, but you have to look deep with leadcore and crankbaits during the day on the mud and gravel. You’ll catch more keeping-sized walleyes on the eight- to 16-foot rocks with slip bobbers and leeches during low-light periods. Smallmouth bass remain active on the rocks and shorelines, but muskie reports have been limited.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Work the tops and edges of the mud flats during the day with minnows and crawlers for walleyes. At night, get off the flats with a slip bobber and leech. Crankbaits are triggering northern pike on the weedlines of most bays and a few muskies were hooked this week in Vineland Bay and the north-end sand. Smallmouth bass remain an easy catch on the rocks.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Crankbaits or hammered-gold spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes in 32 to 35 feet off Long Point, in front of Graceton Beach and the south side of Garden Island. Walleyes also are hitting in six to 25 feet at the Lighthouse Gap and the reefs off Knight and Bridges islands. At the Northwest Angle, Little Oak Island and the north side of Garden Island are holding numbers of walleyes and northern pike, as are the reefs in Big and Little Traverse. Muskie action has been hot with glide baits, crankbaits, and twitch baits on the rocks near bigger islands.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH


The hot weather of late has made daytime walleye fishing difficult although some fish are being caught on Lindy Rigs and crawlers or leeches on the humps in Walker Bay and deep, main-lake structure. The night bite has been better with crankbaits between Sand Point and Cedar Point in 10 to 15 feet. Northern pike have become very active on most weedlines and muskie anglers are raising most of their fish from the weeds as well. Panfish action has slowed, but bass are hitting around Minnesota Island.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Shiner minnows or leeches are turning walleyes on the reefs in Sand Bay over 30 to 32 feet. Crappie action has picked up at the mouth of the Rat Root River in Black Bay, while northern pike and smallmouth bass reports remain limited.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Walleye action continues to be spotty at best – the fish are scattered and not real active. The best action is taking place with Lindy rigs and leeches on the north-end humps, Raven’s Point, Sugar Point, and Sugar Bar. The rock piles are holding decent numbers of perch, but northern pike action is slow.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226


Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet at Wolf Lake and Lake Plantagenet. Work the 10-foot weedlines of Turtle Lake and Lake Beltrami for bluegills, while pike can be had on the east side of Lake Bemidji and Campbell Lake with sucker minnows. Bright bucktails seem to be the ticket for muskies on the weedlines of Wolf and Bemidji.
Bluewater Outdoors
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Shiners, crawlers, and leeches are producing walleyes on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Gull Lake and Round Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on the south end of Gull and bass seem to be hitting plastics in the weeds of most lakes. Look for sunfish in  the six-foot weeds of North Long Lake, Upper Gull Lake, Nisswa Lake, and Cullen Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010


Walleyes are hitting crawlers and leeches during the day in 12 to 20 feet or crankbaits in six to eight feet at dusk on Cass Lake. Cass and Pike Bay Lake are kicking out perch in 10 to 14 feet, while panfish and bass are hitting on the lily pad edges of most lakes. Muskie action has picked up on Cass with small bucktails.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Crankbaits are working best for walleyes during low-light periods on Clearwater Lake and Rabbit Lake in 17 to 20 feet or 28 to 40 feet. Crappie action has improved with tube jigs on the deep weed edges at Island Lake and Clearwater. Work the thick, six- to 12-foot weeds on most lakes for sunfish, while northern pike and bass can be caught on plastics or spinnerbaits over weed humps and points at Serpent and Lower Mission Lake. Long-lined crankbaits are producing rainbow and brook trout during the morning hours at Pennington Pit and Huntington Pit. Anglers fishing from shore also are catching trout on Trout Dough.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912


Largemouth bass are an easy catch with topwater baits on the lily pad edges of Ruth Lake. Spoons are turning northern pike on the south end of Eagle Lake in 12 to 15 feet and crappies are being found suspended over 15 feet on Smokey Hollow Lake. The northeast end of Lawrence Lake is giving up sunfish in eight fee..
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Bluegills are hitting along the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of lakes Pokegama, Bass, and Big Splithand. Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes in 20 to 30 feet on Sugar Lake, in 16 to 20 feet on Pokegama, and in 14 to 16 feet or 20 to 24 feet on Trout Lake. Lake trout are suspended 30 to 60 feet down and hitting spoons at Pokegama and Pit Lake, while stream trout are hitting Power Bait on Kramer Lake and Tioga Pit.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Hit the weedlines of Woman Lake and Birch Lake for panfish. There’s an evening walleye bite with crankbaits in 10 to 20 feet on Ten Mile Lake and muskie anglers are raising fish at Baby Lake and Mann Lake. Largemouth bass action is strong on most lakes and smallmouth can be had on Woman and Ten Mile with crankbaits or plastics.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176


The 4th of July storm churned up the water a bit and that slowed walleye action for a few days, but it has since cleared and the fish are again hitting. Trolling spinner rigs or crankbaits in four to seven feet continues to work best throughout the lake. The recent warm spell seems to have turned the bigger pike on as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Leeches are triggering a few walleyes at Rice Lake on the eight- to 10-foot weedlines and at Lake Koronis in 12 to 22 feet of water. Sunfish remain active in eight to 12 feet on Koronis, Rice, Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, and Browns Lake. Sucker minnows are turning pike in 10 to 14 feet on Rice and Horseshoe and the Sauk River Chain continues to provide numbers of channel catfish.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


The deep weedlines of lakes Fairy, Maple, Big Birch, and Smith are producing sunfish. Crappie action has been best on the weed edges of Maple, Sauk Lake, and Long Bridge Lake. Leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes on the 18- to 40-foot humps on Lake Osakis, while rigging has been best on Sauk in seven to 11 feet. Largemouth bass seem to be hitting everywhere and Little Birch Lake is kicking out smallmouth bass.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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