North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 19th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Mid-day walleye action has been best on the gravel and mud in 22 to 28 feet with spinner rigs or live-bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers. The shallow- to mid-depth rock reefs are producing smallmouth bass, while the weedlines in most bays are the best option for northern pike and muskies.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Work the edges of the mud flats with live-bait rigs for walleyes during the day. Slip off the edges of the mud with slip bobbers and leeches during low-light periods in 25 to 30 feet. Pike are hitting sucker minnows or crankbaits along the weed edges in the bays such as Wigwam, Garrison, and St. Alban’s. Muskie reports are limited, but the deep rocks are producing smallmouth bass.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Jigs and frozen shiners are producing limits of walleyes in 30 feet on the mud flats and reefs. Better areas this week include Arnesen’s Reef, Long Point area, Starren Shoal, North Bridges Reef, Knight and Garden islands, up to Little Oak Island. Crawlers and spinners also are turning walleyes in front of Pine Island over 32 feet and in front of the “fields” near Zippel Bay. Resident walleyes are hanging out in the 15- to 25-foot holes of the Rainy River and look for smallies to hit small crankbaits over large boulders and at river mouths. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are stacked on the 22- to 24-foot rock piles, muskies and pike are active in the weedbeds.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Walleye action has been spotty, better on the windy days, but overall it’s been tough. First and Second Duck are giving up a few fish in nine to 12 feet, while other anglers are hooking walleyes on slip bobbers and leeches in the weeds. Trolling Shad Raps during the day and at night on the rock pile edges has produced some walleyes as well. Muskie action has been slow and bass have moved to the deeper cabbage in most bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
On Lake Minnetonka, sunfish and bass are being pulled from the shorelines, floating jigs and leeches are producing a few walleyes during low-light periods in 24 to 30 feet, and spinner rigs are turning pike on the deep weed edges. Look to Lake Sarah for panfish in 13 to 18 feet, Medicine Lake is giving up walleyes in 12 to 15 feet, and a jig and leech will turn walleyes in 13 to 20 feet on Lake Independence.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The majority of walleyes are coming from the Reinier area in 30 feet, the east end by the Brule Narrows in 30 to 35 feet, and Sand Bay in 30 to 40 feet on crawlers and leeches. The Rat Root River area in Black Bay is producing crappies, and smallmouth bass are hitting along the shorelines on the Canadian side.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Walleye action has been spotty with a few fish hitting crawlers and leeches on the bars or humps in 18 to 24 feet – cloudy days have been more productive. Perch action has varied with fish coming off the 12-foot rocks one day and the 25- to 30-foot humps on others. Northern pike reports have improved along the weedbeds off most shoreline drops.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Walleye anglers are covering water during the day with spinner rigs in 20 to 30 and with crankbaits during low-light periods in 10 to 15 feet for walleyes at Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Bass action is consistent in the weeds on most lakes and Big Turtle Lake is kicking out bluegills in four to eight feet. Muskies have become more active on Bemidji, hitting bucktails in 12 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Walleyes continue to hit leeches and crawlers on the 10- to 14-foot weed edges of Gull Lake. The cabbage on Gull also is kicking out bluegills and Gilstead Lake is giving up crappies over 10 to 15 feet. Look to Benjamin Lake with Rooster Tails for rainbow and brown trout.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
The weedlines of Stanchfield Lake are giving up good-sized panfish and bass. Bass action also has been strong at Ann Lake, East Rush Lake, and West Rush Lake. Muskies and pike have been active on the weedlines of the Rush lakes as well.
65 Bait and Tackle (320) 396-9904
Leeches, crawlers, golden shiners, and redtails are turning walleyes in 22 to 30 feet at North Long Lake, 20 to 32 feet at Pelican Lake, and 18 to 28 feet at Whitefish Lake. Sunfish are an easy catch around docks or in shallow weeds at North Long, Cullen Lake, and Upper Gull Lake. Bass and northern pike are hitting on most lakes with bigger fish coming out of the deep weeds.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Crankbaits trolled along the edges of the bars in 16 to 18 feet have produced walleyes at Cass Lake. Look for perch in 10 to 12 feet on Buck’s Bar of Cass or Center Bar on Pike Bay Lake. Allen’s Bay on Cass is producing bass on topwater baits and bucktails are fooling muskies on the bars. Kitchi Lake started producing bluegills in eight to 12 feet.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows along the weed edges of Bay Lake or leeches and crawlers in 18 feet at Farm Island Lake. Anglers trolling crankbaits on the deep weedlines of Bay and Serpent Lake are catching northern pike. There’s some evening crappie action over the cabbage beds on Black Bear Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Crooked Lake, while the shallow weeds on Black Hoof Lake are holding sunfish. The shallow weeds and rocks on Clearwater Lake are giving up largemouth and smallmouth bass, while East Rabbit Lake and Black Lake are safe bets for largemouth. Trout have moved over 30 to 40 feet on the pits, but there is some shoreline action at Pennington Pit for rainbows during the morning hours.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Spinners or live-bait rigs are producing walleyes on the four- to seven-foot weedlines or 17- to 22-foot structure of Sand Lake and Bowstring Lake. Walleyes are hitting crawlers on the weedlines of Lake Pokegama, while leeches and bobbers are producing ‘eyes in seven to 14 feet during the evening on lakes Wabana and Trout. Pike action is solid with sucker minnows on the weedlines of Wabana, Trout, Pokegama, and Spider Lake. Bass continue to hit at North Star Lake, Pokegama, Wabana, or Trout and panfish action is slow.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Walleyes are hitting crankbaits or spinners and live bait along the shoreline breaks in five to eight feet or 10- to 15-foot structure. Northern pike continue to be part of the mix with many fish being caught accidentally by walleye fishermen.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Pike are hitting spoons or minnows on lakes Koronis, Pearl, Clear, and Horseshoe in 12 to 18 feet. Bass and sunfish continue to be found on the shorelines or in shallow weeds on most lakes. Look for suspended crappies over 16 feet at Rice Lake, Grand Lake, Horseshoe, and Koronis. A few walleyes are coming off Koronis in 25 feet early and late each day.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes on the bars of Lake Osakis, while a slip bobber and leech is turning ‘eyes in the weed pockets of McCormick Lake. Crappie action has been strong on Osakis in eight to 14 feet and the north end of Sauk Lake in eight to 12 feet. Look for sunfish in the 12- to 16-foot weeds of lakes Fairy, Lilly, and Long or in 12 to 20 feet at Big Birch Lake.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155