North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – July 25th, 2014

LAKE MILLE LACS 

East – The deep gravel and mud flats are producing walleyes during the day in 25 to 32 feet. The shallow rock reefs are the best option at night with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits. The bays are giving up bigger pike in 12 to 15 feet and smallmouth bass are hitting on shallow- to mid-depth rock reefs.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Look for walleyes on the tops and edges of the mud flats early and late each day or off the edges during midday periods. Spinners, live-bait rigs, and slip bobbers are all producing fish at different times of the day. Smallmouth bass are hanging on the 15- to 20-foot rocks. Crankbaits or suckers are producing pike on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Limits of walleyes are hitting hammered gold spinners and crawlers in 26 to 28 feet off Stoney Point, west bar of Garden Island, and Starren Shoal. The Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island areas have been most productive in eight to 16 feet and there are reports of good action via downrigging starting. Trolling crankbaits has produced pike along the south shore in six to eight feet. At the Northwest Angle, the rocks, Crow Duck, Four Blocks, and Little Oak are producing walleyes on the Minnesota side, while deeper current areas, 25 feet or more, are producing best on the Canadian side. Bass fishing is strong with topwater baits on shorelines with boulders.

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

LAKE VERMILION

Jigs or live-bait rigs tipped with a half piece of nightcrawler have produced walleyes, as is downrigging or leadcore with crankbaits in 20 to 30 feet. Pitching jigs and plastics into the rocks and docks has produced smallmouth bass and the same presentations will work for largemouths in the thick weeds. Good numbers of pike have been caught on Mepps spinners, small bucktails, or crankbaits in the weedy bays. Trolling crankbaits in open-water basin areas, weeds, and rock piles has been getting muskies in the boat.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Lindy rigs with leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 15 to 24 feet on the main-lake humps, Long Bar, and Rock Fence. Trolling spoons along the 6- to 10-foot weeds has produced pike. Look for perch in 15 to 22 feet on Hunter’s Hump and Snaghole Bar.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Muskie action has improved with bucktails and topwater baits on the rocks. Walleye action has been best with leeches west of Goose Island and in Sucker Bay over 9 to 12 feet. Crankbaits also work at night off Sand Point in 10 to 14 feet. Bass fishing has been good along the reed or cabbage edges.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Lindy rigs or spinners tipped with leeches are producing walleyes in 20 to 22 feet in Saginaw Bay and Black Bay. Pike and smallmouth bass are hitting along the shallow sand and rocks on the east end and a few crappies are hitting at the mouth of Rat Root Lake.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

If the weather cooperates, walleyes continue to be caught on crankbaits or spinner rigs in 4 to 7 feet along most shorelines. Northern pike action has been limited to a few accidental catches by walleye anglers.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on the weedlines out to the 25-foot structure  on Lake Bemidji. Work the pencil reeds and weedlines of Big Lake and Lake Beltrami for panfish. Small bucktails are triggering muskies in the shallow vegetation of Bemidji, while bass fishing remains consistent on the deep weedlines of Beltrami and Grant Lake.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

Gull Lake and Island Lake are producing walleyes along the 11- to 14-foot weed edge. On Blackduck Lake, leeches are producing walleyes in 10 to 14 feet. Look for consistent  panfish action on Gull, Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, North Twin Lake, and South Twin Lake. 

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Look for walleyes in 14 to 32 feet on Gull Lake and Whitefish Lake – Lindy rigs and leeches are best. Pike can be had with minnows in these same areas. Bass fishing has been best on the deeper weed edges with spinnerbaits at North Long Lake, Cullen Lake, and Upper Gull Lake. The docks and weedbeds on Cullen, North Long, and Round Lake are producing sunfish.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches in 18 to 20 feet on North Ceder Bar and East Cedar Bar on Cass Lake or LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay Lake. The southwest corner of Lake Andrusia is kicking out walleyes in 16 to 20 feet. Look for perch on the nine-foot rocks on Cass, Pike Bay, and Kitchi Lake. Bluegill action has improved around the lilly pads in Allen’s Bay on Cass and a few muskies are being raised with small bucktails on Cass in deeper water.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Crankbaits or plastics are turning largemouth bass in 12 to 20 feet on the Crooked Lake Chain and Serpent Lake. An occasional walleye is caught in 20 to 25 feet on Rabbit Lake with deep-running crankbaits during the evening. Hit the 12-foot weedline with sucker minnows for pike on Black Bear Lake and Mahnomen Lake. Crappies and a few sunfish can be had during the evenings in eight to 10 feet on Serpent and Adney Lake. 

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

EAST CENTRAL MN

Crawlers or cut baits are producing catfish on the Mississippi River and walleyes have started hitting in the deep holes on the Rum River. A few walleyes can be had with crawlers on the weedlines of Green Lake and the north end of Blue Lake is producing sunfish. Bass and northern pike are relating to the weeds on Blue, Green, or Elk Lake and can be had with live or artificial baits.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes are hitting on the weedlines out to 30 feet on lakes Pokegama, Trout, and Wabana. You’ll find crappies on the weedlines of Pokegama, Bowstring Lake, and Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake and sunfish in the 6- to 10-foot weeds of Bass Lake, Big Splithand Lake, and Little Splithand Lake. Trout action is strong at Taylor Lake, Tioga Pit, Moonshine Lake, Kramer Lake, and Erskine Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Sunfish are hitting in 13 to 15 feet at Mound Lake, Big Birch Lake, and St. Mary’s Lake, while Moose Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in 15 feet. The north basin of Big Birch is giving up walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on crawlers or fatheads, as is Mound in 18 to 22 feet on leeches, and Cedar Lake in 6 to 10 feet with slip bobbers and leeches. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA

Crappies are sitting in 13 to 15 feet and sunfish are biting in 10 to 22 feet at Ten Mile Lake, Webb Lake, Woman Lake, and Birch Lake. Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 16 to 21 feet on Woman and Little Boy Lake. Trolling crankbaits at night has produced suspended walleyes over deep water on Ten Mile. Throw bucktails over the weed flats on Little Boy and Lake Wabedo for muskies.

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

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

A few walleyes can be had on Lake Koronis from the weedlines out to 30 feet, and on Rice Lake in the 10- to 12-foot weeds. Crappies are dock-related in 4 to 6 feet on Long Lake, Browns Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Rice. Look for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet on Koronis, Browns, Cedar Island Lake, Clear Lake, Grand Lake, and Pearl Lake.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Look for sunfish on Smith Lake and Lady Lake in 12 to 14 feet, or Long Bridge Lake in 6 to 8 feet. The docks around Lake Osakis are producing crappies during the evening hours, as is Red Barn Bay on Sauk Lake and Long Bridge. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Big Birch Lake and Osakis. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Hit Rice/Skunk Lake for smallmouth bass, and the 10-foot weedline on Lake Alexander for sunfish. The Blanchard Dam area on the Mississippi River is kicking out smallmouths and a few walleyes. Walleyes also can be had with leeches or crawlers on the points and rock piles of Pierz Lake and Lake Shamineau. Hit the weed pockets of Green Prairie Lake, Beauty Lake, and Pierz for sunfish.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

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