North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 18, 2014
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – During the day, work the deep gravel in 22 to 26 feet or mud in 30 feet with spinners and crawlers for walleyes. At night, slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are turning walleyes on the shallow rock reefs. Smallmouth bass remain an easy catch on the shallow rock reefs or near the buoys marking those rock areas. Look for pike to hit sucker minnows in 12 feet throughout the southern bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleye action has been best on the tops, edges, or off the mud flats with spinners and minnows during the day. At night, pitch slip bobbers and leeches off the edges of the mud flats in 30 feet or more. The mud flats also have given up more good-sized perch this week than people have seen in quite some time. Look for smallmouth bass on the rocks in 14 to 20 feet, northern pike are being caught on the weedlines in most bays, but muskie reports have been limited.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Drifting spinners has produced walleyes in 22 to 28 feet at Long Point, Zippel Bay, and Graceton Reefs or in 12 to 18 feet at Morris Point and Pine Island. Reports of trolling or casting crankbaits in less than 10 feet have improved as well. Across the lake, Garden Island and Stony Point are giving up walleyes via jigs or spinner rigs in 18 to 21 feet. On The Rainy River, walleyes are hitting minnows or crawlers in 13 to 20 feet. At the Northwest Angle, 15 to 30 feet has been best near Oak, Flag, Little Oak, Crow Duck, and Brush islands.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Walleyes are on the sand and rock reefs and most are being taken on Lindy rigs and a piece of crawler. The midday bite has been best. Slip-bobber rigs, plastics, jigs, and leeches are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass on the shallow, rocky shorelines. Trolling with crankbaits has started to produce walleyes much better this week. Muskie action has picked up in the weedy bays, with trolling presentations over deep water working best.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleyes remain difficult to catch, but they are showing up on the bars and humps in 17 to 20 feet of water. Anglers are seeing plenty of fish on their electronics and have basically been grinding out bites – catching a fish or two and moving onto the next piece of structure. Northern pike have bit better in the weeds this week and perch are scattered off the weeds in 6 to 10 feet.
Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes at Little Hardwoods into the Meadows in 10 to 12 feet of water. Pelican Reef is holding walleyes, and some of the humps in Walker Bay are producing fish in 28 to 32 feet. Trolling at night with crankbaits also is producing walleyes in 9 to 12 feet of water from Sand Point to Cedar Point. Muskie reports have been limited, bass fishing is strong in most bays, and northern pike are an easy catch in the cabbage.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
The east end of the lake, past the Brule, is producing walleyes in 25 to 30 feet of water with minnows and crawlers both working. Northern pike are hitting spoons in Jackfish Bay and Black Bay in 14 to 16 feet. The main-lake reefs have started giving up a few walleyes as well in 22 to 32 feet.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
If the wind isn’t blowing, walleyes continue to be caught. Trolling crankbaits or spinner rigs in 5 to 8 feet of water along most shorelines has put fish in the box. Northern pike action has improved and most are being caught along with the walleyes.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
The outside weed edge in 10 to 14 feet on Lake Bemidji is holding walleyes. Sunfish are being found in the reeds and crappies are on the weedlines of Big Lake and Big Buzzle Lake. Small bucktails have been best for muskies on Little Wolf Lake, Lake Plantagenet, and Bemidji in the shallow weeds.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
The 8- to 12-foot cabbage is producing bluegills on Gull Lake and Pimushe Lake, crappies on Gilstead Lake, and a mixed bag of panfish on North Twin and South Twin lakes. The 12-foot cabbage edge also has been best for walleyes hitting leeches or crawlers on Gull, Island Lake, and Blackduck Lake.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Walleyes can be had with creek minnows or leeches in 14 to 24 feet on Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and Pelican Lake. Northern pike are mixed with the walleyes, and sunfish are being found from 5 to 12 feet on Round Lake, North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards. Bass fishing remains strong along the weedlines on Round in 8 to 12 feet, and crappies have been tough to find.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Leeches are producing walleyes in 16 to 18 feet on Big Wolf Lake and Lake Andrusia. On Cass Lake, walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows in seven to nine feet when the wind blows, while North Cedar Bar or Deadman’s Bar on Cass are giving up perch in 10 to 12 feet. Look for crappies in the Potato Island area in Allen’s Bay on Cass and northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
The lilly pads on the north end of Blue Lake are giving up sunfish. A slowly presented leech or nightcrawler will produce walleyes on the weedlines of Green Lake, while northern pike and bass are hitting on Elk Lake, Blue, and Green. River levels are coming down, so look for decent smallmouth bass, catfish, and walleye action on them by the weekend.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
The south side of Big Trout Lake started giving up walleyes during the evening hours on crawlers in 12 to 14 feet. Spoons are producing northern pike in 10 feet on the east side of Round Lake, and plastics are turning bass near the island on Ruth Lake. Look for sunfish in 6 to 8 feet on Lake Emily.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are being taken on live bait from the weedlines out to 30 feet on lakes Pokegama, Trout, Sugar, Deer, and Wabana. Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on the 6- to 8-foot weedlines of Bowstring Lake, Sand Lake, and Round Lake. Panfish reports have been limited, but largemouth and smallmouth bass are biting on most lakes. Downrigging has produced lake trout over deep water on Pokegama, while stream trout action remains strong on Taylor Lake, Erskine Lake, Kramer Lake, and the Tioga Pit.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Panfish continue to bite, with Pelican Lake by St. Anna producing sunfish in 15 feet. So is Swan Lake in 5 to 12 feet. You’ll find crappies suspended over 15 feet on Pepin Lake in Swanville and a mixed bag of crappies and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet on Pine Lake and Mound Lake. The north end of Swan is producing crappies in 15 to 18 feet, and Big Birch Lake is giving up sunfish in 12 to 17 feet. Lindy Rigs and fatheads are turning walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot weed edge of Mound Lake, as are leeches on Big Birch in 18 to 25 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on the 16- to 18-foot weed edges or rocks of Woman Lake and on Little Boy Lake in 13 to 15 feet. Crankbaits are triggering suspended walleyes over 50 feet or more on Ten Mile Lake at night. Birch Lake, Webb Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Woman are all producing crappies during the evening hours on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines. Look to Baby Lake, Lake Wabedo, and Little Boy for muskies via bucktails or topwater baits. Bluegills and bass are hitting in 12 to 16 feet on most lakes.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleye action has been extremely slow this week, but smallmouth bass continue to hit leeches or crankbaits along the shorelines of Lake Minnewawa. Crappie action also has been decent around the docks and bridges of Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake during the evening hours.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Lake Koronis is giving up walleyes and smallmouth bass from the weedlines out to 25 feet. Look for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet on Rice Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, and Koronis. Northern pike and largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits or minnows on the weedlines of most lakes. The Sauk River Chain of Lakes continues to provide numbers of channel catfish from 4 to 15 feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleyes continue to hit live bait at Lake Osakis on the 16- to 22-foot mid-lake humps. Big Sauk Lake is kicking out numbers of crappies in 6 to 8 feet during the evening hours, and Osakis is kicking out crappies from Town Bay, along the east shore, up to the north end bay. Look for sunfish in the weeds on Osakis and Smith Lake, while Long Bridge Lake is giving up northern pike via crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Smallmouth bass reports have been favorable throughout the Mississippi River with nightcrawlers. On Lake Alexander, leeches are producing walleyes on the 10- to 25-foot rocks or breaks and the 10- to 15-foot weedline is giving up a mixed bag of panfish. Sunfish action is strong in the weed pockets of Beauty Lake, Green Prairie Lake, and Pierz Lake.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
The Blinker area, Swift Ditch, and south tip of Buffalo Bay are producing walleyes in 10 to 16 feet on Lake of the Woods. Jigs and minnows or spinners and crawlers continue to produce the most fish and the wind has limited fishing action throughout the area.
Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200