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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 20th, 2012

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Big walleyes continue to be caught during the day on live bait or leadcore and crankbaits on the deep mud and gravel. You’ll also hit big walleyes at night with slip bobbers and leeches on the mid-depth rock piles. Smallmouth bass action is strong on the rocks and muskie anglers are raising most of their fish from deeper water on large crankbaits.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Daytime walleye action has slowed, although bigger walleyes are hitting spinner rigs on the tops and edges of the mud flats. Slip bobbers and leeches are the way to go at night, off the flats in 30 feet or more – a lot of big walleyes are being caught. Smallmouth bass action is awesome on the deep rocks between Seguchie’s Point and Sherman’s Point and the majority of muskies biting have been accidentally caught by walleye anglers on the mud flats.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Pulling crawler harnesses on rock piles and reefs like Archie’s, Knight and Bridges, Starren Shoal, and off Little Oak has been very productive for walleyes. Anglers also are scoring big pulling crankbaits on leadcore, downriggers, or three-ways in 30 to 35 feet south of Graden Island, north of Long Point, in front of Graceton Beach, and around Pine Island. Walleye action is strong at the Northwest Angle as well with fish coming off the reefs in the southern portion of the Angle in 25 to 30 feet and near the exposed rocks with crankbaits as shallow as six feet. Good numbers of muskies are being caught on the rocks and weed edges with bucktails, glide baits, and crankbaits, while smallmouths are hitting on top of reefs and deep rock points.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Walleyes are hitting redtails and leeches throughout Walker Bay in 19 to 23 feet or 25 to 30 feet. Sand Point has been productive in the evenings with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits in 12 to 15 feet. Live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are turning a few walleyes on the flats around Goose Island, Otter Tail Point, Mokey Reef, Huddles, and the Annex. Bass fishing has been excellent on most shallow, weedy shelves adjacent to deep water and the best muskie reports are coming from the five- to eight-foot weed cover in the bays such as Kabekona, Agency, and Portage. Shingobee Bay started giving up bluegills in nine feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

RAINY LAKE

Walleye action is best during low-light periods with crawlers and leeches in the Brule area over 28 to 30 feet, Eight Mile area in 30 feet, and the reefs in Brown’s Bay over 20 feet. Small northern pike are hitting minnows and crankbaits in Sand Bay and smallmouth bass action has improved on the shoreline breaks and shallow reefs.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleye action is limited with live-bait rigs producing most fish on the humps and west side breaks during low-light periods. A jig and minnow is turning perch on the 10- to 15-foot breaks and you’ll find northern pike on the weedlines near the Bird Houses area.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

BLACKDUCK AREA

Lindy Rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes in nine to 14 feet on Blackduck Lake or in 12 to 18 feet at Gull Lake and Island Lake. Bluegill and crappie action is strong in the eight- to 12-foot cabbage of Gull, Gilstead Lake, and Pimushe Lake.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and live bait in the thick weeds of Gull Lake, Upper Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Pelican Lake. Walleye action has been best with leeches and nightcrawlers on the shallow weedlines of Gull and North Long, in 16 to 18 feet on Whitefish Lake, and in 28 feet at Pelican. Northern pike are hitting on the deep weedlines of most lakes and sunfish continue to be found in the shallow weeds.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits on Cass Lake during the day in 20 feet and at night in eight to 12 feet of water. Leeches and minnows also are turning walleyes on Cass when the wind blows in eight to 12 feet – Allen’s Bay, Deadman’s Bar, East Cedar Bar, and North Cedar Bar are all producing ‘eyes. Allen’s Bay also is kicking out muskies on bucktails and the 10- to 12-foot cabbage on Cass is a safe bet for pike. Bluegills and crappies are hitting on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Cass, Lake Andrusia, Buck Lake, and Kitchi Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Crankbaits started turning walleyes during low-light periods in 16 to 20 feet on Farm Island Lake and Rabbit Lake. Crappies are being caught along the deep weed edges of Island Lake and Upper Dean Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics in shallow water at Mission Lake and Black Hoof Lake, while smallmouths are taking tube jigs on the rocks at Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake. Northern pike are crushing stickbaits over 17 to 20 feet at East Rabbit Lake or sucker minnows along the milfoil of Bay Lake. Trout action has slowed, but trolling cowbells during the early morning hours has produced rainbows at Huntington and Pennington pits.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912

EMILY AREA

The north end of Lake Washburn is producing crappies in 12 to 14 feet and spoons are turning northern pike on Kego Lake in eight to 10 feet. Largemouth bass are being plucked from the lily pads on Lake Esquagamah and you’ll find sunfish in six to eight feet on Mitchell Lake.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Crappies are biting during the evening hours in 16 to 25 feet on Lake Pokegama and on the six- to 14-foot weedlines of Big Splithand and Little Splithand lakes. Sunfish action remains consistent in six to 12 feet at Graves Lake, Bass Lake, and Little Splithand. Stream trout action has been best with crawlers or Power Bait at Kramer Lake, Nickel Lake, and Tioga Pit. During the day, you’ll hook walleyes with spinners and crawlers on the six- to 10-foot weedlines or deep structure of Bowstring Lake, Sand Lake, and Jessie Lake. There’s also some evening walleye action with slip bobbers and leeches in six to 20 feet at lakes Wabana, Deer, and Moose. Look for smallmouth bass on the Mississippi River, Pokegama, and Moose.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Minnows and plastics are turning crappies in 20 to 22 feet during the day and along the shallow weeds during the evening hours at Ten Mile Lake, Webb Lake, Birch Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Plastics are producing smallmouth bass in 10 to 15 feet at Ten Mile and Woman Lake, while largemouth are sitting in the shaded areas of most lakes. Crankbaits are producing walleyes at night, most of which are suspended over deep water on Ten Mile. Spinners and crawlers are producing some walleyes on Woman in 20 to 30 feet. Look for sunfish on the deep weedlines of Birch and bucktails are raising muskies on Baby Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176

McGREGOR AREA

Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines or 12-foot breaks of Big Sandy Lake, Lake Minnewawa, Round Lake, and Rat Lake. Walleye and sunfish reports have been limited, but minnows or spoons will turn numbers of small northern pike on the weedlines of Big Sandy.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382

RED LAKE

Walleyes continue to hit crankbaits or spinners with live bait along most shorelines in four to seven feet. Walleyes also have been pulled from deep-water rock humps more consistently this week. Trolling spoons or crankbaits along the weedlines has produced bigger northern pike.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Six to 10 feet is key for sunfish at Schneider Lake, Lake Koronis, Rice Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Nightcrawlers are producing walleyes during low-light periods in six to 10 feet or 20 to 30 feet on Koronis and in six to 12 feet at Rice. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are active on most lakes.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Crappies are hitting early and late in eight feet on Sauk Lake, in the 12-foot weeds of Maple Lake, and over 30 at Big Birch Lake. Lindy rigs or slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes on the eight- to 14-foot weedlines of Sauk and on mid-lake humps of Lake Osakis. Look for sunfish in 12 to 16 feet on lakes Maple, Big Birch, Fairy, Smith, and Big Swan or in 18 to 21 feet on Osakis. Pike are hitting minnows and spoons at East Long Lake, Long Bridge Lake, and Maple.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

EAST CENTRAL MN

The slop and weedlines of Blue Lake and Little Elk Lake are kicking out largemouth bass. Drift sucker minnows on the weedlines of Green Lake and Blue for pike. A few sunfish are hitting in the weeds of Green, Blue, and Spectacle Lake, while the Mississippi River continues to produce smallmouth bass.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

 

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