North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – June 14th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – The walleye bite has been awesome and there are keeping-sized fish in the mix. Most are hitting minnows on the tops and edges of the mud flats during the day. A jig and minnow also is turning walleyes on the rocks in less than 12 feet during the evening hours. Smallmouth bass have been on fire with fish being caught throughout the lake.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – A jig and shiner minnow is producing walleyes during the day on the shoreline breaks and points in 12 to 14 feet and even on top of the mud flats. At night, slip bobbers and minnows are turning walleyes between the mud flats and shoreline structure in 22 feet. Smallmouth bass and pike continue to be caught along the shoreline breaks on jigs and minnows.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Several cold fronts have sent the fish deeper, but they continue to hit jigs and frozen shiners over Bridges, Knight, and the Garden island reefs and mud in 25 to 33 feet. There’s also been consistent walleye action produced by drifting minnows, leeches, and crawlers on sand/gravel areas at Pine Island and Zippel Bay in six to 14 feet. Plenty of walleyes and smallmouth bass are being caught at the Northwest Angle over the shallow sand or in 16 to 25 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Depending on wind direction, the points continue to produce walleyes in eight to 12 feet, especially during the evening. Stoney, Pine, Otter Tail, and Oak are all producing fish on minnows, leeches, or crawlers. Walleyes started to show up on main-lake rock reefs in 15 to 20 feet. Panfish are biting better in less than eight feet throughout Sucker and Waboose bays. Largemouth bass also have been active on the shorelines.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 20 to 28 feet during the evening in Jackfish Bay, by the Brule, and around the islands in Sand Bay. Crappie action has picked up over 20 feet in Black Bay and smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits, plastics, and minnows along the rock and sand shorelines.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Lindy rigs and leeches started producing walleyes on the main-lake bars and humps in 15 to 18 feet. A jig and shiner produces walleyes from Little Stoney Point down to the Bird Houses in seven to nine feet. Pike are being caught with the walleyes.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Shiners are producing walleyes in four to eight feet during low-light periods and in 12 to 18 feet during the day on lakes Bemidji, Plantagenet, Big Turtle, and Turtle River. Sucker minnows will produce pike on these lakes in 10 feet as well. Crappies are most active during the evening hours in six to eight feet at Grant Lake and Turtle River.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Rush Lake has been kicking out numbers of panfish, largemouth bass, and pike in shallow water. Hit Knife Lake for walleyes and crappies, while the Snake and Ann rivers are producing catfish and walleyes.
65 Bait and Tackle (320) 396-9904
Walleyes are hitting spottails on North Long Lake in 10 to 18 feet, Round Lake in less than 10 feet, and Wilson Bay on Gull Lake in 10 to 20 feet. Pike are being taken on suckers and bobbers in eight to 12 feet on most lakes and bass are shallow. Look for crappies in four to eight feet on North Long or Cullen Lake and sunfish have moved to the shorelines on most small lakes.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows on top of the bars in eight to 12 feet and in Allen’s Bay in 12 to 16 feet on Cass Lake. The shallow gravel areas on Kitchi Lake continue to kick out walleyes, while the bulrushes on the east and west sides of Star Island on Cass are producing perch. Crappies continue to be found in less than eight feet on Pike Bay Lake, Lake Andrusia, Kitchi, and in Allen’s Bay on Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Rabbit Lake is giving up a few walleyes on jigs and minnows during the evening hours in six to 10 feet. On Serpent Lake, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, and crappies are being caught in shallow water, while Black Lake is giving up sunfish in four to eight feet. Trolling has produced rainbow trout on Portsmouth Pit and shore anglers at the Pennington Pit are catching trout early and late each day. Muskie fishermen are seeing a few fish on Cedar Lake, but few have been hooked.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
EAST CENTRAL MN
Pike are hitting suckers on the seven- to 14-foot weedlines of most lakes and panfish are being found in 10 to 14 feet on area lakes. Look for bass in less than six feet at Blue Lake or Green Lake and a few walleyes continue to come off Elk Lake in seven feet.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A jig and shiner is producing walleyes at Lake Wabana in 15 feet, Deer Lake in 16 to 24 feet, Lake Pokegama in 19 to 25 feet, and Sugar Lake in seven to 20 feet. Crappies have moved into the pencil reeds on Pokegama, Wabana, Trout Lake, Big Splithand Lake, and Little Splithand Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting in shallow water throughout the area.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Minnows will turn walleyes at Woman Lake, Baby Lake, and Birch Lake in 12 to 18 feet and bass in less than eight feet. Look for crappies and sunfish in three to eight feet on Birch, Woman, and Ten Mile Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Crappies are in nine to 12 feet on Rush Lake and most other fisheries. Good-sized sunfish are being caught on the south end of Fish Lake and North Goose Lake. The walleye bite on Rush and Goose Lake has been steady during low-light periods along the weed edges and rock piles. Bass action has been strong on Skogman/Fannie Lake and Big Horseshoe Lake.
Fish Lake Bait (651) 674-4734
Minnows continue to produce walleyes in eight to 14 feet and perch in four to eight feet at Big Sandy Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being caught along the shorelines of Lake Minnewawa and Aitkin Lake, while pike are hitting sucker minnows or spinnerbaits.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
A strong walleye bite continues in five to nine feet along most shorelines. Jigs or spinner rigs with minnows are working best, although crankbaits also are putting fish in the boat. Crappies and northern pike remain fairly active in shallow water as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Rice Lake and Lake Koronis continue to produce walleyes on minnows and leeches in 12 to 18 feet. A few crappies and sunfish are being found in four to six feet at Long Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch with spinnerbaits on most lakes.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crappies and sunfish are being caught in less than six feet on lakes Osakis, Maple, Lilly, Sauk, Fairy, and Long Bridge. Jigs and spottails continue to turn walleyes in eight to 16 feet on the bars of Osakis, Big Swan Lake, Little Birch Lake, and Sauk. Bass fishing has been good around the docks and shorelines of most lakes.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155