Island Lake and Boulder Lake are producing walleyes in 15 feet via minnows. Crappies have started hitting at Island over 20 feet and Fish Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Muskie and pike are hitting large sucker minnows in 6 feet on Island and the St. Louis River. The Knife River, Two Harbors, and Silver Bay areas of Lake Superior are giving up lake trout and a few cohos over the top 50 feet of the water column. A couple of bears have been brought in but baiting slowed with the rain last week.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Minnows are turning walleyes at Ball Club Lake in 14 to 18 feet and East Twin Lake in 15 feet. Lake trout are hitting ciscoes or spoons at 50 to 60 feet on Greenwood Lake, 35 to 45 feet on Daniels Lake, and 45 to 55 feet on Lake Saganaga. Rainbow trout are being caught on crawlers in 12 to 15 feet on Kimball Lake or 18 feet on Trout Lake and Mink Lake is producing splake in 18 to 20 feet. Bear hunting has been OK.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes, sauger, and some good-sized perch on the reefs in 25 feet. Northern pike are chasing jerkbaits along the shoreline breaks and deep weed edges. Smallmouth bass reports have been spotty.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Smallmouth bass are hitting sucker minnows in 30 feet on Burntside Lake, Basswood Lake, and Shagawa Lake or topwater baits in shallower water on Birch Lake, Farm Lake, and Garden Lake. Minnows are working best for walleyes in 27 to 30 feet on Basswood and Pipestone Lake. Look for suspended lake trout over 60 feet on Snowbank Lake.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Sunfish, pike, and crappies are hitting on Knife Lake in 8 to 10 feet and Ann Lake is giving up panfish in slightly shallower water. Hit the weedlines on Fish Lake for bass and 5 feet for sunfish and crappies.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Minnows are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass on the middepth structure of most lakes. Trout action has slowed, but largemouth bass are hitting on most small lakes and ponds. Bear hunting action has been limited during the first couple days of the season, likely due to an abundance of berries.
Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617