North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – May 25th, 2013

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 12 to 16 feet on the rock/sand transition areas during the day. In the evenings, pitch a slip bobber and leech on the shallow rocks and it’s been important to stay off the fish under both scenarios and throw to them due to extremely clear water. There also has been some evening walleye action on top of the flats with slip bobbers and leeches.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow or rigs and leeches during the day or with slip bobbers and leeches in the evening hours on the breaks in five to 17 feet. Garrison Bay, St. Alban’s Bay, Seguchie Point, and Sherman’s Point are all worth hitting. Anglers are catching good numbers of big fish, but there has been a fair number of “keepers” in the mix.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The ice is gone and walleyes continue to hit at a torrid pace. The five- to 12-foot sand and rubble areas on the Rainy River or 20 to 25 feet on the lake have provided non-stop walleye action. Jigs and frozen shiners are working best, although crankbaits are turning fish in front of Pine Island.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

The walleye bite has been spread out, which means anglers seem to be catching a few fish on most traditional spring spots, but there aren’t piles of walleyes everywhere. The majority are being taken on a jig and minnow in five to 10 with wind-driven points and shorelines providing the most active fish.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Eating-sized walleyes are being caught on jigs and shiners in 30 feet off Birch Point in Sand Bay. Look to Black Bay for a few crappies and anglers fishing from their docks with bobbers and sucker minnows in Jackfish Bay are catching northern pike.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow at the Gap of Cutfoot in six to eight feet and from the Tamarac area to Highbanks in eight to 12 feet. On the west side of the lake, Sugar Point, Mallard Point, Raven’s Point, and the mouth of the river are producing walleyes in eight feet on jigs and minnows.
Lake Winnie Resort Association

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are hitting jigs and spot-tailed shiner minnows in four to eight feet on most lakes. The key has been to work the inlets, outlets, and other flowage locations on area lakes. Crappie reports have been limited, likely because the walleye action has been really good, but look to the shallow bays to be holding panfish on all lakes.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781

BLACKDUCK AREA

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in six to eight feet on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. Crappie action has really improved – you pick the lake. They seem to be biting everywhere in three to five feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Panfish are hitting in the narrows and channels of Upper Gull Lake, Highway 371 Bay on North Long Lake, and in shallow water at Round Lake. Suckers are producing pike in the channels by Bar Harbor on Gull Lake. Walleyes will hit shiner minnows or leeches in five to 15 feet on Gull and Round.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Pike and walleyes are hitting minnows or crankbaits during the day in less than 10 feet in the channels, inlets, and outlet areas of lakes Andrusia, Wolf, Cass, and Kitchi. Crappies are over 12 to 20 feet on Wolf, the north end of Andrusia, and in Dick’s Bay on Cass. These fish should move shallow soon.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Walleye action has improved with fish coming from shallow water on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake as well as the Mississippi River downstream of the Pine flow. Jigs tipped with shiners or rainbow minnows have been best. Crappie reports have been best in the channels and bays or six- to nine-foot weed flats of Bay Lake, Serpent, and several other small lakes. Limits of rainbow trout are being taken with slip bobber rigs or crankbaits on Manuel Pit, Huntington Pit, and Section Six Pit.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912

EMILY AREA

Look to Lake Emily with bobbers and suckers for pike in 12 feet. Sunfish have started hitting in six to eight feet at East Fox Lake and Lawrence Lake is giving up crappies in 14 feet. Sucker minnows also are turning pike on the eight-foot rock piles of Ruth Lake.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows and jigs on the Mississippi River, in six to eight feet on Big Splithand Lake, 13 to 16 feet at Deer Lake, two to five feet on Bowstring Lake, in four to nine feet at Sand Lake, and in five to 10 feet on Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux. Panfish reports have been slow.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Lindy rigs and minnows are producing walleyes in 17 to 20 feet at Woman Lake. Pitching minnows at night on the shorelines of Ten Mile Lake also has triggered walleyes. Look for crappies in the shallow bays of Ten Mile, Woman, and Pleasant Lake, while Woman and Child Lake are giving up northern pike in 12 to 14 feet.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176

McGREGOR AREA

Panfish are being found in the bays and around docks on Lake Minnewawa, Big Sandy Lake, and Camp Lake. The majority of walleyes biting have been males. They are hitting shiner minnows and coming from shallow water on Big Sandy.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits            
(218) 426-3382

RED LAKE

Limits of keeping-sized walleyes have been easy to catch along most shorelines in four to seven feet with a jig and minnow. The east shore near the Tamarac River has been especially hot. There is still fish in the rivers as well, but most are in the protected slot.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Crappie action has picked up in three to six feet on lakes Koronis, Rice, Long, Cedar Island, Goodner, Clear, and Pearl. Minnows or Shad Raps are producing walleyes in two to eight feet and pike in eight to 10 feet on Rice, Koronis, and the Sauk River Chain.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Crappies and sunfish are biting in the bay on Fairy Lake during the evening hours. Look to the lagoon on the north end of Lake Osakis for panfish as well. Walleye action has been limited, although spot-tailed shiners are producing fish at Sauk Lake in four to six feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

EAST CENTRAL MN

Fatheads are turning walleyes on the Rum River and in seven feet at Briggs Lake. Look for crappies in shallow water on Stanchfield Lake and for a mixed bag of panfish on the north end of Blue Lake. Catfish remain active on the Mississippi and Elk rivers.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
(763) 856-3985

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