North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 12th, 2013


East – Live-bait or spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers continue to produce walleyes on the mud flats and deep gravel throughout the day. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics and leeches under floats on the shallow rock reefs. Muskie and northern pike action has improved a bit in most bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes are hitting live-bait rigs on top of the flats during low-light periods, and off the edges during the day. Slip bobbers and leeches are working best at night on the mud in 25 to 30 feet, with Sherman’s, Seguchie’s, and Eight Mile standing out lately. Smallmouth bass are hitting anything thrown their direction on the 10- to 14-foot rocks, while the weedlines in most bays are holding pike and a few muskies.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Limits of walleyes are coming off reefs and from deep mud areas. Work the west side of Big Traverse near Long Point. The reefs near Arnesen’s, Garden Island, Knight, Bridges, the Morris Point area, and Lighthouse Gaps are all producing fish. Smallmouth bass are active in the Rainy River and Northwest Angle anywhere you find a gradual slope with boulders. The reefs on both sides of the border are producing walleyes and northern pike at the Northwest Angle. Muskie anglers are hooking fish on the weedlines, rock points, and in bays with boulders.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH


Leeches and crawlers on live-bait rigs are turning walleyes in 9 to 18 feet on Big Hardwood Point, the Meadows, First Duck, Second Duck, and Big Rock. The wind-driven points also are kicking out walleyes during the evening hours in shallower water. Muskie action has been slow, but most bays are giving up bass and panfish in the reeds and cabbage areas.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleyes are being taken with live bait on most reefs in 30 to 35 feet, highlighted by some excellent reports off Community Reef in Sand Bay. The Brule area on the east end and the Ranier area also are giving up walleyes in 35 to 40 feet. Northern pike reports continue to be limited, but smallmouth bass are hitting on the rocky shorelines.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The bars and north-end humps are giving up walleyes on 6-foot live-bait rigs in 16 to 22 feet early and late each day. Horseshoe, Big Muskie, Bena, Snaghole, and Moxes Hole have been most productive. Bigger perch are being found on the north-end humps in 20 to 26 feet, and pike are cruising the shoreline weed edges.
Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleyes are scattered between 10 and 30 feet and are hitting spinner rigs on Lake Bemidji, Lake Plantagenet, and Big Turtle Lake. Muskie anglers are seeing more fish in the cabbage of lakes Bemidji, Plantagenet, Little Wolf, and Big. Crappies and sunfish remain in 4 to 8 feet on Grace Lake, Big Wolf Lake, and the Mississippi River.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on the 9- to 14-foot weedlines of Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. Bass action has been excellent on North Twin and South Twin lakes. Look to the shallow cabbage of Gull Lake for bluegills, and over 14 to 20 feet on Gilstead Lake for crappies.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636


Walleye reports have been limited to Gull Lake, where spinners tipped with shiners or crawlers are producing fish on the 10- to 14- foot weed edges. Bass are now on the weedlines of most lakes, and sunfish are still around the docks and shorelines of Cullen Lake, Round Lake, and Upper Gull Lake. Look for crappies in 10 to 12 feet on lakes Hubert, Sullivan, North Long Lake, or Round Minnows are turning pike in the 12- to 15- foot weeds of North Long, Lake Edwards, Pelican Lake, and the south end of Gull.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010


The bridges on the Rum River are giving up a few walleyes, and catfish action has improved on the Mississippi River. Northern pike and bass are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
(763) 856-3985


Pitch plastics in the 6-foot weeds of Ruth Lake for largemouth bass or troll spoons for northern pike on the north end of West Fox Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Crawlers are producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on the south side of Big Trout Lake, and Goodrich Lake is giving up crappies during the evening hours in 6 to 10 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


Walleyes are being taken with crawlers during the day in 20 to 30 feet and slip bobbers in the evenings in seven to 10 feet at lakes Pokegama, Sugar, Trout, Wabana, and Deer. Bowstring Lake and Sand Lake are producing walleyes in 14 to 24 feet. Bluegills remain shallow on lakes such as Graves, Big Splithand, Little Splithand, and Pokegama. Muskie action has improved at Deer Lake and North Star Lake, while largemouth and smallmouth bass seem to be hitting everywhere. Anglers fishing from shore with crawlers are catching trout at Tioga Pit, Taylor Lake, Moonshine Lake, and Kraemer Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers in 18 to 22 feet during the day on Woman Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Pleasant Lake, but look for them to hit crankbaits during low-light periods in shallow water. Crappies are hitting tube jigs or minnows on the 6- to 12-foot weedlines of Ten Mile, Birch Lake, or Webb Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


Trolling live bait rigs or crankbaits in 3 to 8 feet along most shorelines and on the deeper rock humps continues to produce walleyes. Crappie action has slowed.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Look for walleyes in 20 to 25 feet during the day or along the shallow weedlines during low-light periods on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Lakes such as Clear, Rice, Browns, Horseshoe, Cedar Island, Pearl, Grand, and Carnelian are giving up sunfish in 2 to 6 feet. Bass are tight to the shore out to 12 feet on most lakes.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Sunfish have moved to the weeds but remain active on lakes Osakis, Fairy, Lilly, and Long Bridge. Look for suspended crappies over 8 to 12 feet on Lilly, Long Bridge, Big Sauk Lake, Long Lake, and Guerney Lake. The main lake structure of Osakis is producing walleyes during low-light periods, while spinners and leeches are turning walleyes on Big Sauk in 8 to 12 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Long-lining spinners tipped with crawlers or minnows has produced walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on Center Bar, North Cedar Bar, and Windigo Bar on Cass Lake. Bluegills and bass are hitting on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines in Allen’s Bay of Cass, Kitchi Lake, and Lake Andrusia. Look for perch in 6 to 8 feet on Cass or the east side of Pike Bay Lake. Muskie action is improving on the weedlines.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831      

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