Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013
Muskies are hitting topwater baits on the St. Louis River and Island Lake. Look for bluegills in six to eight feet on Rice Lake and Fish Lake, while Island is kicking out numbers of smallmouth bass. On Lake Superior, anglers are boating a mixed bag of cohos, lake trout, and king salmon from Two Harbors up to Grand Marais over the top 50 feet of the water column. Leeches and crawlers continue to produce walleyes at Boulder Lake in 12 to 14 feet and on Island in 16 to 20 feet of water.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Bluegills have been very active during the evening hours along the shoreline weeds of One Pine Lake, Johnson Lake, and Little Long Lake. A few lake trout are being found suspended at 30 to 60 feet of water on Burntside Lake and topwater baits will turn smallmouth bass on most lakes. Walleye action cooled with a few fish hitting on the reef edges of Basswood Lake.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleye action has been strong with Rapalas in six to 12 feet at Crescent Lake, Devil Track Lake, and Hungry Jack Lake. A jig and leech is working best in 12 to 18 feet on Poplar Lake and 11 to 15 feet at McFarland Lake. On East and West Twin lakes, leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes in nine to 15 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting crawlers in 12 to 20 feet on Hungry Jack, 10 to 15 at Poplar, and along the shorelines of Devil Track. You’ll find suspended lake trout over 50 to 60 feet at Greenwood Lake, over 30 to 45 feet at Lake Saganaga, and over 60 feet at Gunflint Lake. Crawlers are producing rainbow trout in 17 to 20 feet at Leo Lake and Rose Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Walleyes are being taken with crawlers and leeches in 18 to 25 feet around Martin Islands, Chase Island, and Cuculus down to Green Island. Jig and minnow anglers are finding perch, sauger, and walleyes in 35 feet. Northern pike are hitting crankbaits along the weed edges in Lost Bay, Blind Ash Bay, and Nebraska Bay. Look for smallmouth bass along gravel shorelines and rock piles.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
The conclusion of a mayfly hatch combined with the emergence of young-of-the-year baitfish has made walleye fishing very difficult this week. Smallmouth bass, bluegills, and perch action remains strong on the eight- to 15-foot rock piles, while muskie reports remain favorable with topwater baits and bucktails.
Lake Vermilion Guides League