North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – June 21st, 2013

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Smallmouth bass action has been very good on the shallow rock points and reefs and they’re hitting plastics, crankbaits, or slip bobbers and leeches. The evening rock bite has picked up for walleyes with leeches and slip bobbers, while the day bite has been best on the tops and edges of the mud flats. Walleyes also have been taken with jigs and minnows on the 12- to 16-foot rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes continue to be caught during the day with a jig and minnow on the shoreline breaks and points in 12 to 15 feet of water. Walleyes are coming off the mud flats during midday hours as well in 20 to 22 feet. After dark, slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes on the structure close to shore and on the main lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting anything thrown at them on the rocks, points, and shoreline breaks. The weedlines in most bays are worth hitting for northern pike.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleyes are biting on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits from the wind-swept shorelines in five feet out to the main lake basin in 30 feet. Pine Island, Knight and Bridges, Archie’s Reef, Arnesen’s Reef, Garden Island, and both gaps have kicked out fish. You’ll find smallmouth bass on the shorelines with boulders or river inlet areas. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting best on the reefs in 15 to 25 feet, while smallmouth bass and northern pike remain active in less than 15 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Lindy rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are producing walleyes on the flats between Little and Big Hardwoods, the Meadows, and Goose Island in 10 to 13 feet. Work the points in nine to 12 feet during low-light periods. Muskie anglers are seeing a few fish, bass reports are slow, and look for panfish in the bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Crawlers and minnows are turning walleyes near the Brule in 30 to 35 feet and around the islands in Sand Bay over 30 feet. A few crappies are coming out of Black Bay in 10 to 12 feet and the bigger northern pike have started biting in Jackfish Bay and Sand Bay. Look for smallmouth bass to hit plastics and crankbaits along the shorelines.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes continue to hit minnows, leeches, and crawlers in eight to 11 feet on the south shore, Raven’s Point, Stoney Point, towards Cutfoot, and Lower Highbanks. The main-lake bars are producing walleyes as well, although most have been big. Perch action has been best in 10 to 14 feet and northern pike are biting on the shoreline breaks and weed edges.
Lake Winnie Resort Association

BLACKDUCK AREA

Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes at Blackduck Lake in eight to 12 feet and Island Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Crappies and bluegills have moved along the shorelines of most lakes, while bass and northern pike are biting on all lakes in less than 10 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Walleyes are hitting a jig and shiner on the eight- to 12-foot weedlines of Round Lake, Pelican Lake, Lake Edwards, and Gull Lake. On North Long Lake, minnows and leeches are producing walleyes in 18 to 28 feet. Bass are located along the emerging weedlines of most lakes as well, while sunfish are on the shorelines or docks of North Long, Cullen Lake, and Upper Gull Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

A jig and minnow continues to trigger walleyes in the river mouths and on Turtle River Bar at Cass Lake during the evening hours. Leeches and spinners are producing walleyes in 15 to 17 feet off O’Neil’s Point, Buck’s Bar, and East Cedar Bar on Cass. The pencil reeds on the south end of Allen’s Bay on Cass are giving up perch and walleyes. Hit Center Bar on Pike Bay Lake in 10 to 12 feet for walleyes, perch, and rock bass and bluegills are now around the docks on all lakes.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

EAST CENTRAL MN

Northern pike are hitting minnows on the weedlines of Elk Lake and Blue Lake, while bass are shallow and active on most lakes. Look for sunfish and crappies in seven to 14 feet on Blue and Green Lake and catfish action remains strong on the Mississippi River.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
(763) 856-3985

EMILY AREA

Crappie action has picked with minnows in four to six feet at Mitchell Lake. The dam area on Lake Emily is producing northern pike in eight to 10 feet and largemouth bass are hitting in Woods Bay on Roosevelt Lake. Look to the east side of Lawrence Lake for sunfish in less than five feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

A jig and shiner is producing walleyes at Sugar Lake in 12 to 30 feet, Bowstring Lake in 20 to 24 feet, Big Splithand Lake in four to 10 feet, and in six to 12 feet at Jessie Lake. Crawlers have started turning walleyes on Lake Pokegama in six to 20 feet, or lakes Wabana and Deer in 12 to 30 feet. Crappie action has improved in the reeds of Trout Lake, Bowstring, Wabana, and Pokegama. Look to Big Splithand and Bass Lake for bluegills in two to six feet.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

A spinner and crawler is producing walleyes in 11 to 15 feet at Birch Lake, Woman Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. A slip bobber and leech will produce walleyes during the evening hours on the shallower humps of these lakes as well. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action has been consistent in shallow water on most lakes. Look for sunfish on the shorelines of Ten Mile, Birch, Woman, and Pleasant Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

McGREGOR AREA

Sunfish action has picked up along the docks and shorelines of most lakes, especially when the sun is out. Leeches and minnows are turning walleyes during the morning and evening hours at Big Sandy Lake in eight to 12 feet. Minnows are producing good-sized northern pike at Aitkin Lake and anglers are catching a mixed bag of panfish in four to eight feet on Lake Minnewawa.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits            
(218) 426-3382

RED LAKE

The more liberal 20- to 26-inch walleye slot has allowed anglers to continue putting fish in the live well. The best action is in five to nine feet with spinner rigs, crankbaits, or a jig and minnow.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Walleyes continue to hit leeches or minnows in 14 to 25 feet at Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Sunfish and crappies are being found on the shorelines out to 10 feet on Koronis, Rice, Long Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Pearl Lake, Goodner Lake, Grand Lake, and East Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Rice and Cedar Island in eight to 12 feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish are hitting on McCormick Lake, Fairy Lake, Lilly Lake, and Big Sauk Lake in less than six feet. Crappie action is strong on Big Sauk, McCormick, Long Bridge Lake, and Guerney Lake in six to eight feet. Look for walleyes on Lake Osakis to hit leeches and spottails in 16 feet, Big Birch Lake in 14 to 22 feet, and on Long Bridge in eight to 10 feet. Northern pike and bass have started hitting in less than 12 feet on most lakes.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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