Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report – May 31st, 2013
Look for walleyes at Island Lake to hit a jig and minnow in 15 feet, while Boulder Lake and Whiteface Lake are producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet. A few crappies have started hitting in eight to 10 feet at Fish Lake and Boulder, but look for them to move shallow soon. Recent rains have muddied the water on Lake Superior, which has slowed the lake trout and coho bite. Rice Lake and Fish are kicking out northern pike on sucker minnows in less than eight feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Walleyes and northern pike are hitting minnows in less than eight feet at lakes Shagawa, Garden, Fall, White Iron, and Snowbank. Jackfish Bay and Pipestone Bay on Basswood Lake are giving up walleyes and pike and look to Back Bay on Basswood for crappies. A jig and minnow has turned some lake trout in 10 to 20 feet on Snowbank.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Look for walleyes on Elbow Lake in two to six feet, Crescent Lake, Seagull Lake, Homer Lake, and East Twin Lake on the five- to eight-foot rocks, and Two Island Lake in four to six feet. Look to Lake Saganaga for lake trout and walleyes in 15 feet and the smallmouth bass bite has been best on Hungry Jack and Devil Track Lake in shallow water.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
The 15- to 18-foot sand and gravel areas are producing walleyes, but there has been fish coming out of 26 to 35 feet as well. A jig and shiner minnow is working best and look for some sauger in the deeper depths as well. Northern pike are shallow and hitting a variety of artificial and minnow options.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
PINE CITY AREA
The shorelines of Knife Lake are producing panfish and a few walleyes, while the Lower Snake River is giving up walleyes, pike, and catfish. On Cross Lake, minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 15 feet and the north and south bays are safe bets for panfish. Hit the north end of Lake Pokegama for crappies and sunfish or the shallow points for walleyes.
Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995
Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow in 35 to 45 feet, although larger walleyes are hitting jigs or bobber rigs in shallow water. Crappie action seems to be getting better each day as they begin to stage near their spring spawning areas. Small crankbaits worked over old weed beds are producing northern pike and smallmouth bass are hitting swim baits on the rock shorelines.
Lake Vermilion Guides League