North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 5th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Slip bobbers and leeches or trolling crankbaits have produced walleyes during low-light periods on the eight- to 15-foot rocks. Mid-day hours have been best on the edges of the mud flats or deep gravel with live-bait rigs or spinners tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches. Muskie reports have been limited, but smallmouth bass are being found along the shorelines and mid-depth rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Spinners or live-bait rigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches continue to turn walleyes on the mud flats in 20 to 23 feet during the day. With a good wind, a jig and minnow will produce walleyes on the shoreline breaks and points. Anchor and pitch a slip bobber and leech for walleyes at night in 21 to 23 feet. The weedlines in most bays are holding northern pike and smallmouth bass are an easy catch throughout the lake.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Consistent walleye fishing continues, with most live-bait presentations producing fish. Work the shallow sand (eight to 10 feet) out to the main-lake structure in 20 to 27 feet. Better areas this week include Morris Point Gap, Garden Island, Knight and Bridges, and most reefs. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being caught on the reefs in 22 to 25 feet and smallmouth bass reports remain favorable on the sand and rock.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Walleyes seem to have spread out more than they have been in recent weeks and there’s been a noticeable transition to leeches and crawlers. The 14- to 25-foot break and humps in Walker Bay, the breaks off Sand Point, West Goose Flats, and Goose Island area are all giving up a few fish. At night, crankbaits are working best for ‘eyes off the wind-driven points in nine to 12 feet of water. Bass are hitting around the bulrushes in Steamboat Bay and muskie action has been limited.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Spinner rigs tipped with minnows or crawlers are producing walleyes in the evenings near the Brule on the east end in 35 feet or around the islands in Sand Bay over 30 to 35 feet. The mouth of the Rat Root River in Black Bay is giving up crappies and a few northern pike have been mixed with the walleyes.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The wind-driven points such as Sugar, Raven’s, Little Stoney, and Mallard are giving up walleyes in less than 10 feet. Hit the main-lake bars with a Lindy rig and leech for walleyes in 14 to 18 feet. Northern pike continue to be caught with the walleyes and bigger perch are being found in 16 to 20 feet on River Bar or the rocks off Raven’s.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on Lake Plantagenet in 12 to 18 feet and Lake Bemidji in eight to 12 feet. Some fish have started biting in deeper water on these lakes as well. Crappies are being plucked from the edges of the pencil reeds or first weedline on Turtle River Lake and Three Island Lake. Throw bucktails on Plantagenet for muskies and sunfish are now in eight to 12 feet on most lakes.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Crankbaits or leeches are the tickets for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Island Lake, Blackduck Lake, and Round Lake. Bass and northern pike are hitting everywhere, while panfish are being found in six to 10 feet on Lake Pimushe, Gull Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Rabideau Lake.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike in 12 to 14 feet at Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Lake Edwards. Look for walleyes in 14 to 28 feet on North Long Lake or 12 to 16 feet on Gull. Pelican Lake, Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long are safe bets for panfish in six to 10 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
The main-lake bars of Cass Lake are giving up walleyes via leeches and spinners during the day or crankbaits in the evenings over eight to 10 feet. Big Rice Lake and Kitchi Lake are producing panfish in six to 10 feet and the shallow sand areas of Pike Bay Lake and Cass are worth hitting for jumbo perch.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
EAST CENTRAL MN
Anglers fishing from shore with sucker minnows on the north end of Fremont Lake are catching northern pike. Green Lake is giving up sunfish and catfish action has picked up on the Mississippi River. Bass are biting in the shallow weeds and slop on most lakes and look to the Rum River with crankbaits or a jig and minnow for walleyes.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Live bait continues to trigger walleyes in 16 to 28 feet on Sugar Lake, 16 to 24 feet on Lake Pokegama, 11 to 14 feet on Big Splithand Lake, and 16 feet at Lake Wabana. Big Splithand, Pokegama, Bass Lake, and Bowstring Lake are giving up panfish in six to eight feet. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action remains favorable throughout the area and northern pike are hitting minnows on most lakes in 12 to 14 feet.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Spinner rigs tipped with leeches, minnows, or crawlers are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet at Ten Mile Lake, 11 to 15 feet at Woman Lake, or 18 to 20 feet on Pleasant Lake. Crankbaits also are working for walleyes in shallower water on these lakes during low-light periods. Panfish action has been best in eight to 12 feet on Pleasant, Ten Mile, Woman, and Birch Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass continue to be caught in less than 10 feet on area lakes.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Look to Big Sandy Lake with leeches or nightcrawlers for walleyes in 10 to 14 feet. Lake Minnewawa and Aitkin Lake are giving up northern pike, most of which are hitting minnows or crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet. Minnewawa and Big Sandy are giving up a few panfish in eight to 10 feet.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits
Not much has changed here, which means another week of steady walleye fishing. The deep humps and four- to six-foot shoreline breaks throughout the lake are giving up walleyes on minnows, crawlers, leeches, and crankbaits. Northern pike remain part of the mix for anglers chasing walleyes.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Sunfish are still being found along the shorelines, but they are starting to move into six to 10 feet on lakes Koronis, Grand, Pearl, Horseshoe, Long, and Cedar Island. A few walleyes are coming off Koronis and Rice Lake during the evening hours in 12 to 16 feet. Catfish action is consistent on the Sauk River, while bass are an easy catch with spinnerbaits on most lakes in less than eight feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look for walleyes to hit leeches and nightcrawlers on Sauk Lake in eight to 10 feet, Big Birch Lake in 18 to 24 feet, or Lake Osakis in 18 to 25 feet. Sunfish continue to be caught on lakes Fairy, Lilly, Big Swan, Little Birch, Osakis, and Big Birch. Long Bridge Lake and McCormick Lake are safe bets for crappies over 10 feet and Sauk started producing largemouth bass via spinnerbaits or plastics.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155