North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 4th, 2014
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Tubes or slip bobbers and leeches are producing numbers of smallmouth bass on the rock reefs and shoreline rocks. Walleye action has been best on the deep mud and gravel during the day with spinners and crawlers. In the evenings, crankbaits continue to turn walleyes in six to 12 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in most bays in 10 to 16 feet.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Spinners and crawlers, Lindy rigs and leeches, or slow-death rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes on the mud flats. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or crankbaits on the weedlines in most bays and there’s no problem catching smallmouth bass on the rock points and reefs.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes along the entire south shore in areas such as Twin Islands, Long Point, the Fields, Zippel Bay, Morris Point, and Lighthouse Gap in five to 15 feet. Big Traverse Bay, Garden, Knight, Bridges, and Little Oak Islands also are giving up fish in 12 to 30 feet with some reports of walleyes being caught on jigs in 26 to 32 feet. At the Northwest Angle, jigging or spinner rigs are producing walleyes in 20 to 30 feet around Little Oak, Flag, and Brush islands.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Walleye action has been best during the morning and evening hours on the 10- to 20-foot wind-driven shorelines and rock reefs with a shallower bite taking place in the evenings. Crawlers and leeches are working best, but minnows and crankbaits are producing fish as well. Northern pike catches have been consistent along the weedlines in most bays and smallmouth bass are hitting tube jigs on the rocky shorelines.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
With the exception os some bigger fish coming off the main-lake bars, walleye action has been slow throughout the lake. You will find plenty of northern pike on the bars in 16 to 18 feet and numbers of perch along the shoreline breaks in eight to 15 feet.
The shoreline structure in Walker Bay continues to produce walleyes in 10 to 18 feet of water. If the wind is blowing into the northwest shore, areas such as the Meadows, West Goose Flats, and Hardwoods produce walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on crawlers and leeches. A spinner and crawler has started turning walleyes on the mid-lake rock reefs. Bass fishing has been strong on the rice beds in most bays and muskies are showing up on the shallow sand.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers in Jackfish Bay over 15 to 20 feet and around the islands past the Brule in 20 to 25 feet. Northern pike are inhaling shiner minnows in 10 to 12 feet throughout Black Bay and Sand Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
There’s still a solid walleye bite along the five- to eight-foot breaks on the north and east shorelines. There’s also consistent walleye action coming off the south-shore rock humps and reed edges in four to seven feet. A few nice pike remain in the mix, but crappie reports have become more rare.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Leeches, crawlers, or crankbaits are producing walleyes along the six- to eight-foot cabbage on the north end of Lake Bemidji and in the six- to 14-foot cabbage on Lake Plantagenet. Crappies and bluegills are hitting in six to nine feet on Turtle River Lake and three to six feet at Three Island Lake. Look to Grant Lake and Grace Lake for sunfish in six to 10 feet and muskies are chasing small bucktails in the shallow cabbage on Bemidji.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Drifting leeches or crawlers in 10 to 14 feet has been the ticket for walleyes at Blackduck Lake, Gull Lake, and Island Lake. Hit the cabbage or reed edges on Gull and Pimushe Lake for bluegills or Gilstead Lake and Pimushe for crappies. Northern pike and bass are active on the weedlines of most lakes.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Walleyes and northern pike are taking leeches, nightcrawlers, and shiner minnows in 14 to 20 feet on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Pelican Lake. You’ll find sunfish on the shorelines out to the first weedline at North Long, Cullen Lake, and Lake Edwards. Bass are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes and a few crappies are showing up on the weedlines of North Long and Gull.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Lindy rigs and leeches are producing walleyes in 12 to 20 feet on Wishbone Bar, East Cedar Bar, and Paul’s Point on Cass Lake. The six-foot sand on Cass is holding perch and the weedlines on Lake Andrusia, Wolf Lake, or Cass are producing northern pike. Bluegill reports remain strong on the east side of Kitchi Lake in six feet.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Lindy rigs tipped with crawlers are producing walleyes in 18 to 21 feet at Serpent Lake and Farm Island Lake. A mixed bag of panfish is coming off the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Black Lake, while northern pike and bass are most active in 10 to 14 feet on Bay Lake and Rabbit Lake. Shore fishing with Power Bait is a productive choice for rainbow trout at the Section Six Pit.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
EAST CENTRAL MN
High water levels and fast current continue to prevent anglers from fishing on area rivers. Bass action remains strong with topwater baits on all lakes and northern pike can be had with minnows or spinnerbaits in eight to 12 feet on Green Lake, Elk Lake, and Blue Lake. Hit Blue and Green for sunfish in less than eight feet and a few walleyes can be had via nightcrawlers on Green in nine to 12 feet.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
The north end of Kego Lake is producing crappies and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet and spinnerbaits are turning northern pike in 15 to 18 feet on the north end of Roosevelt Lake. There’s an evening walleye bite with crawlers on West Fox Lake in eight to 10 feet and anglers fishing from the pier on Ruth Lake are catching sunfish.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Live bait has been the best option for walleyes on the 17- to 25-foot weedlines of Lake Pokegama, 14- to 20-foot weedbeds on Deer Lake and Lake Wabana, in 17 to 25 feet on Trout Lake, 20 to 24 feet at Bowstring Lake, or 12 to 20 feet on Sand and Jessie lakes. Sunfish are moving in and out of the shallows on Pokegama, Bass Lake, Big Splithand, and Little Splithand lakes, while bass and panfish action is solid on the weedlines of most lakes. Shore fishing with crawlers has produced stream trout at Kraemer Lake, Moonshine Lake, Taylor Lake, and Tioga Pit.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
You’ll find sunfish on the sunken island of Moose Lake in 12 feet and on the weedlines of Swan Lake, while Long Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish along most weedlines. A slip bobber and leech is producing walleyes right in the weeds or along the 12- to 15-foot weedlines on Big Birch Lake. Hit Little Birch Lake in 13 to 16 feet for walleyes and smallmouth bass and rubber frogs are turning largemouth at Mound Lake.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on Webb Lake and 16 to 20 feet on Little Boy Lake. Look to Little Boy for crappies in six to 14 feet, while Long Bay on Ten Mile Lake and Birch Lake are giving up bluegills. You’ll find walleyes from the weedlines out to 24 feet on Woman Lake. Anglers are raising muskies from the shallow weeds with bucktails during the day or topwater baits in the evenings at Baby Lake, Mann Lake, and Lake Wabedo.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleye action has improved in 12 to 20 feet on Lake Koronis, eight to 12 feet at Rice Lake, and 10 to 15 feet on Horseshoe Lake. Sunfish continue to be found on the shorelines out to eight feet on lakes Koronis, Rice, Cedar Island, Horseshoe, Long, Becker, and Pearl. Bass fishing is consistent on the weedlines of most lakes and northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits or suckers on the weedlines of Rice and Horseshoe.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Spinners and crawlers are triggering walleyes on the mid-lake humps of Lake Osakis in 18 to 30 feet of water. You’ll find crappies on the weedlines of Osakis or in eight to 12 feet on Sauk Lake and Long Bridge Lake. Start working the weedlines of all lakes for sunfish, bass, and northern pike.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Lake Alexander are producing sunfish, smallmouth bass, and northern pike. Look for sunfish in the bridge area of Sebie Lake and crappies and sunfish in the 10- to 12-foot weeds of Green Prairie Lake, Fish Trap Lake, and Lake Shamineau. A few muskies have started being raised on the Mississippi River, Fish Trap, and Alexander, while smallmouth and catfish are being caught along the current breaks of the river.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
A jig and frozen shiner combination or bottom bouncers and crawlers are producing walleyes in five to 10 feet of water on this end of Lake of the Woods. Some of the most consistent reports are coming from Muskeg Bay to the south tip of Buffalo Bay during the day.
Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200