North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 11th, 2014


East – Work the tops and edges of the mud flats and gravel bars during low-light periods and slide off the edges during midday hours for walleyes. Spinner rigs and crawlers or Lindy rigs and leeches let you cover water and pick off active fish. Crankbaits have produced walleyes on the reefs and shoreline breaks in eight to 14 feet during the evening. Rock reefs provide consistent smallmouth action and pike are hitting sucker minnows or crankbaits in Cove, Wahkon, and Isle bays.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Hit the edges of mud flats such as Seguchie’s, Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and Sherman’s for walleyes during the day in 25 to 30 feet or the tops in 20 to 24 feet during low-light periods. The weedlines in any bay are holding northern pike, muskie action has been slow, and smallmouth bass remain an easy catch on the rock points and reefs.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Pulling harnesses with crawlers, leeches, or minnows is the go-to walleye method, with some good reports from those jigging and trolling. From Long Point, Zippel Bay, Morris Point, and Pine Island try 10 to 14 feet with leeches or frozen shiners behind a hammered gold, orange, or green spinner. Resorts have had success around Garden Island and  Archies Reef drifting with spinners in 8 to 16 feet. The best success has been working shallower water in waves and deeper when it’s calm. At the Northwest Angle, shallow rocks are hot with good reports near Little Oak, Crow Duck and Falcon Islands drifting with spinners. Muskie hunters are doing well over sand bays and boulder areas. 

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800)382-FISH


Good numbers of walleyes have been found on the wind-blown points in 17 to 28 feet of water. Some anglers are doing well in the evenings in shallower water and there has been some action in the deeper mud flats. Crawlers on Lindy rigs have been best. Pike continue to be caught in weedy bays but have also been picked up on shallower rocky points. Smallmouths have been caught on leeches with jigs or bobbers on shoreline breaks near the rocks and also on artificials near boathouses and docks. Muskies have bit mostly during low-light conditions in emergent vegetation.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleye action has been best on the main-lake bars in 17 to 20 feet, although numbers of keeping-sized fish continue to be tough to find. Leeches and crawlers on Lindy rigs are working best. Look for bigger perch on the points and rock piles in 10 to 15 feet and northern pike can be had on the bars or along most weedlines in 10 to 15 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


The best walleye reports continue to come from relatively shallow water for this time of year. The east shore of Walker Bay, Sand Point, Goose Island, Goose Island Flats, Duck points, Hardwoods, and Meadows are all producing walleyes when the wind is hitting them in 10 to 16 feet. Trolling crankbaits is producing walleyes at night in nine to 12 feet from Sand Point to Cedar Point and along the shoreline near Pine Point. The weed or sand areas are holding muskies, most of which are chasing small bucktails.  

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Jackfish Bay is producing walleyes in 15 to 21 feet, the main-lake bars are starting to kick out walleyes in 30 to 34 feet, and the islands are giving up walleyes in 20 to 25 feet. Hit Black and Sand bays with shiner minnows for pike in 12 to 16 feet and smallmouth bass are hanging on most mid-depth rock structure.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


There is good walleye action along the north shoreline in 4 to 7 feet with decent action along the east shoreline’s 5- to 8-foot breaks. A good bite is also occurring just outside the reed line and the rock humps in 5 to 8 feet on the south shore. There is some pike action but most boats are targeting walleyes.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Hit the shallow cabbage on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet with bucktails or topwater baits for muskies. Live-bait rigs with leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 8 to 15 feet on Bemidji and Plantagenet. Panfish are on the mid-depth weedlines of Big Turtle Lake, Grace Lake, and Three Island Lake. Bass action remains strong in the area.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


The 8- to 12-foot cabbage on Gull Lake, Gilstead Lake, Lake Rabideau, and Pimushe Lake is providing panfish action. Bass and pike are on the weedlines of most lakes and hitting live bait or crankbaits. Walleye action has been best with leeches in 10 to 15 feet on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Northern pike and walleyes continue to hit leeches, crawlers, and shiner minnows in 15 to 22 feet on Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and North Long Lake. Crappies are scattered on the weedlines and most active during the evenings on North Long and Gull, while Cullen Lake, Nisswa Lake, Lake Edwards, and Lake Margaret are giving up sunfish in 8 to 12 feet. Spinnerbaits or jigs and plastics are producing bass on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of all lakes.  

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010


Spinners and crawlers or leeches and Lindy rigs are triggering bass on the bars and points of Cass Lake in 12 to 18 feet. There are some fish being caught in shallower water, on top of the bars, with crankbaits at night. Crappies have started hitting on the cabbage in Lake Andrusia and the east side of Kitchi Lake continues to give up bluegills in 6 to 8 feet. The weedlines on Cass, Andrusia, and Wolf Lake are holding pike and a few more muskies are being seen on the reed edges and shallow cabbage of Cass. 

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Crappies and sunfish are being caught in 10 to 13 feet on Bay Lake, Black Hoof Lake, and Black Lake. Look for walleyes in 18 to 21 feet to hit nightcrawlers on Serpent Lake and pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 to 14 feet on Lower Mission Lake and Rabbit Lake. 

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912


A few walleyes can be had with spinner rigs and live bait in 10 to 12 feet on Green Lake. Work the weedlines on Elk Lake, Blue Lake, and Green with sucker minnows for northern pike, while Blue and Green are giving up sunfish in 6 to 8 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


The weedlines on the south end of Washburn Lake are producing largemouth bass and sunfish, while the north end of Kego Lake is providing a mixed bag of panfish in 12 to 15 feet. The south end of Roosevelt Lake is giving up smallmouth bass and the north end is producing northern pike via spinnerbaits. Ruth Lake is kicking out bass and northern pike and a few walleyes can be had during low-light periods at West Fox Lake in 10 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Nightcrawlers and leeches on spinner rigs or Lindy rigs are producing walleyes on the weedlines of Lake Pokegama and Lake Wabana. You’ll also find walleyes in 17 to 25 feet on Deer Lake, Trout Lake, and Bowstring Lake or 12 to 18 feet on Sand Lake and Jessie Lake. Look to 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Bass Lake and Big Splithand Lake for bluegills. Stream trout action is consistent for shore fishermen at Kraemer Lake and Tioga Pit.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleyes have continued to bite, with many coming on Birch Lake, mostly on leeches and crawlers. The bass bite has improved. Moose Lake has continued to put out limits of sunfish, and a few walleyes on the sunken island. Long and Swan lakes have been putting out nice amounts of crappies and sunfish. On St. Mary’s Lake, panfish anglers have picked up walleyes.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Nightcrawlers are turning a few walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on Webb Lake and Little Boy Lake in 16 to 20 feet. Woman Lake is providing consistent multi-species fishing with walleyes, northern pike, bass, and panfish hitting along most established weed edges. Topwater baits are triggering muskies on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Baby Lake and Lake Wabedo. Look for panfish in 6 to 14 feet on Pleasant Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Birch Lake.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


Work the weedlines on Big Sandy Lake with leeches during the evening hours for walleyes, while spinnerbaits are producing bass on the 12- to 14-foot weed edges at Round Lake. Sunfish are hitting in 8 to 12 feet on Big Sandy, Aitkin Lake, and Lake Minnewawa. Look for crappies on the weedlines of these lakes during the evening hours.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits             

(218) 426-3382


Sunfish are in less than 8 feet on Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, Becker Lake, Lake Koronis, and Rice Lake or in 10 to 14 feet on Pearl Lake. Look to lakes such as Grand, Horseshoe, and Pearl for bass and pike in 12 to 15 feet. Walleyes are hitting live bait during the day in 14 to 20 feet on Koronis and Rice or crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet during the evening hours. Most lakes on the Sauk River Chain are producing channel catfish on nightcrawlers.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


On Lake Alexander, a few pike and bass have been found trolling next to weed beds, where sunfish and crappie have also been caught on feather jigs. On Lake Beauty, big sunfish have been caught on the weedbeds.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056



Categories: MInnesota Fishing Reports, North (Central)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *