Leeches are producing walleyes on the west side of Basswood Lake in five to 12 feet, at Fall Lake in five feet, and in the current areas of Shagawa Lake. Smallmouth bass continue to hit on most lakes in less than 12 feet, as do smaller northern pike in less than 10 feet. On Burntside Lake, spoons are producing lake trout over 80 feet.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
On Lake Superior, cohos remain active in less than 100 feet and lake trout are hitting in 100 to 150 feet – spoons are working on both. Lake trout also are hitting spoons and ciscoes over 55 to 80 feet on Lake Saganaga. There’s some evening walleye action with leeches and crawlers at Seagull Lake in 20 to 25 feet, Homer Lake in 17 to 25 feet, Devil Track Lake in 20 to 22 feet, and at Cascade Lake in 12 to 17 feet. Nightcrawlers are turning smallmouth bass in six to 12 feet at Poplar Lake, East Twin Lake, and Devil Track. Sucker minnows are triggering northern pike on Northern Lights Lake and Elbow Lake, while crawlers are producing brook trout on Lost Lake in 17 feet and at Carrot Lake in 12 to 17 feet. Fly fishing during the evening hours at Esther Lake has produced rainbows and splake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
LAKE KABETOGAMA AREA
The best walleye bite on Kabetogama takes place during low-light periods near the reefs in 27 to 30 feet with leeches or minnows. Crawlers also are producing fish on cloudy days in 18 to 24 feet. Center Reef, Martin Islands, and Larken Islands have been most productive. Work the rocky shorelines for smallmouth bass and the weed edges for northern pike. The inland lakes such as Warclub, Quill, and Locator are kicking out largemouth bass via surface lures or shallow-running crankbaits. On Namakan Lake, a jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 28 to 35 feet.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
PINE CITY AREA
Shad Raps are triggering walleyes in 11 feet at Knife Lake, while sucker minnows are producing northern pike at Rush Lake in five feet. On Cross Lake and Lake Pokegama, you’ll find sunfish in 10 to 12 feet, northern pike in eight to 10 feet, or walleyes and crappies on the 10- to 20-foot breaks. At East Rush Lake, Lindy Rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes in 18 feet and sunfish are hitting on the deep rocks.
Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995