North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Walleyes are hitting crawlers and spinners over the gravel and mud areas in 22 to 28 feet during the day. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are working best off the flats in 25 to 30 feet or on the rock reefs in 15 to 20 feet. These same rock areas are holding numbers of smallmouth bass and a few muskies and northern pike are being caught in the bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on top of the mud flats early and late each day or off the edges during midday periods – Eight Mile, Seguchie, Seven Mile, and Sherman’s have been most productive. Smallmouth bass continue to hit on the rock points and crankbaits or sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines in most bays. Muskie reports have improved with the most and biggest fish being caught on top of the mud flats.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Good numbers of walleyes and sauger are being caught over both shallow and deep reefs and over deep mud. Anchor and fish with a 3/8-ounce jig and frozen shiner on calm days in 30 to 33 feet or drift spinners and crawlers when the wind blows. Big and Little Traverse, north of Garden Island, the rock piles and shorelines in eight to 13 feet north of Zippel Bay, or 20 to 25 feet west of Zippel Bay are all producing fish. The Rainy River has been high with stronger current and walleyes are being caught around rock structure and deeper holes. At the Northwest Angle, jig the 28- to 32-foot rock reefs with spinner rigs for walleyes. Muskie, northern pike, and smallmouth bass action also has been strong.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Muskie reports have improved with anglers finding active fish on the shallow rocks and cabbage areas. The walleye bite has been tough, limited to some evening or after-dark trolling action with crankbaits on the edges of the rock reefs and wind-driven points. Panfish and bass reports also have been limited.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Look for walleyes to hit crawlers or minnows on live-bait rigs in the Reinier area over 30 to 35 feet of water. Community Reef in Sand Bay also has produced walleyes in 30 to 32 feet. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and minnows around the islands in Sand Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The majority of walleyes continue to come off the tops of main-lake structure such as Center Bar, the Horseshoe Flats, flats off Raven’s Point, and established weedlines. Spinners and crawlers seem to be working best during the morning and evening hours. Perch are scattered at a variety of depths and involve some sorting and northern pike are biting on the weedlines, although big fish have been scarce.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Crawlers or leeches are producing a few walleyes in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Plantagenet and Big Turtle Lake. On Lake Bemidji, anglers are finding suspended walleyes and catching them with crankbaits over 18 to 45 feet. Muskies are hitting bucktails at night on Plantagenet in eight to 10 feet. Bass fishing continues to be consistent on all lakes and you’ll find panfish on Grant Lake and Kitchi Lake in six to 12 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on the bars and weedlines of Blackduck Lake. Bluegills and crappies are being found in the cabbage of Gull Lake, Rabideau Lake, and Gilstead Lake. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of all lakes.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Chubs, leeches, and crawlers are turning walleyes off the weedlines of Gull Lake in 16 to 28 feet, North Long Lake in 18 to 30 feet, Pelican Lake in 22 to 28 feet, and Whitefish Lake in 20 to 28 feet. Bass action remains strong in the weeds of most lakes and sunfish continue to hang in shallow water. Look for crappies off the deep drops of most cabbage areas on Sullivan Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long while northern pike are mixed with walleyes on area lakes.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
A few walleyes are being caught with live bait on the bars of Cass Lake and LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay Lake in eight to 10 feet. North Cedar Bar, Buck’s Bar, and East Cedar Bar on Cass are worth hitting for perch in less than 10 feet. Crawlers and spinners are producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Big Wolf Lake and Lake Andrusia. Work the cabbage in Allen’s Bay on Cass for bluegills.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
A few walleyes are being taken with crawlers and spinners at Farm Island Lake or with jigs and minnows at Bay Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Look for a decent evening crappie bite in 12 feet of water at Bass Lake and Black Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on the deep weed edges and rock piles of Serpent Lake. Trolling large crankbaits and bucktails in the flooded timber areas of the pits has produced pike and trout action has been best in the mornings at Pennington and Huntington pits.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
EAST CENTRAL MN
The lily pad edges on Green Lake and Blue Lake are holding sunfish and you’ll find crappies in 14 to 16 feet on Blue. Northern pike and bass are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes. Work the deep holes of the Rum River for walleyes and the Mississippi River for catfish.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Trolling spinners along the 13- to 25-foot weedlines of lakes Wabana, Pokegama, Trout, and Sugar has produced walleyes. Look for crappies on the weedlines of Big and Little Splithand lakes, Pokegama, and Wabana, while bass fishing remains excellent on all lakes. Northern pike reports have improved and muskies are hitting during the evening hours on the shallow reefs and cabbage beds of Deer Lake, North Star Lake, and Moose Lake. Anglers fishing from shore at Kremer Lake, Taylor Lake, and Moonshine Lake are catching a mixed bag of rainbow, brook, and brown trout.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Panfish and bass reports have improved on the mid-depth weedlines of Pleasant Lake and Birch Lake. Walleye action has been slow, although a few fish are being caught at night on Shad Raps on Ten Mile Lake over deep water.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes continue to hit live-bait rigs during low-light periods at Long Lake in 21 to 24 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 14 feet on Fish Hook Lake and bass are being found in two to 10 feet of water on most lakes. Big Mantrap Lake is producing crappies over 18 to 20 feet and sunfish action remains strong on the Crow Wing Chain in 12 to 14 feet. Hit Bad Medicine Lake with slip bobbers and crawlers for rainbow trout over 30 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Wind has limited fishing pressure over the past week, but when people got out, the fish have bit. Trolling spinner rigs or crankbaits in five to nine feet of water along the east and south shorelines has produced walleyes. Walleyes also are coming off the 14- to 15-foot rock humps via live bait and northern pike continue to be mixed in with the walleyes in most spots.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Sunfish, bass, and northern pike have set up along the six- to 12-foot weedlines of Pearl Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Grand Lake, and Clear Lake. The lakes within the Sauk River Chain are giving up piles of channel catfish and a few crappies can be had on Long Lake and Cedar Island Lake over 14 to 18 feet. Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish coming off Lake Koronis during the day in 20 to 25 feet with live bait or after dark along the shorelines with crankbaits.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish are biting in eight to 12 feet on Smith Lake and along the deeper weedlines of lakes Fairy, Lilly, Long, and Big Birch. Crappies continue to hit in eight to 14 feet on Big Sauk Lake, Lake Osakis, Lilly, and Long. Walleyes are scattered between 10 and 40 feet at Osakis and hitting leeches or crawlers.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155