ALBERT LEA AREA
Walleyes are hitting leeches and northern pike are hitting minnows in shallow water at Fountain Lake. Bluegill and crappie action also improved on area lakes with waxworms or small minnows in less than 6 feet.
Albert Lea Convention & Visitors Bureau (800) 345-8414
Shiner minnows are producing a few walleyes on Reno Lake in 7 to 11 feet and Lake Andrew in 12 to 15 feet. Christopherson’s Bay and Schwab’s Bay on Lake Ida are holding crappies in 7 to 10 feet, as are the bays on Lake Miltona in 3 to 6 feet. The weedlines on Lake Mary are giving up pike, while Lobster Lake is kicking out pike, crappies, and some walleyes in 6 to 10 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes and northern pike in 5 to 7 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Silver Lake, and Walker Lake or in 10 to 15 feet at West Battle Lake. Look for sunfish in the 8- to 10-foot weeds of Mollie Stark Lake, Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake, and Blanche Lake. Crappies have bit best in 6 to 8 feet on Blanche, Elbow, and the culvert area on Ten Mile Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Shiner minnows and leeches are producing walleyes at Lake Plantagenet in 8 to 12 feet and Lake Bemidji in 6 to 8 feet. The return of cold weather has dropped water temperatures, slowing panfish action in the process. Once it starts to warm again look to lakes such as Grant, Grace, and Portage to produce bass, crappies and bluegills in shallow water.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech in 8 to 12 feet during the evenings and 14 to 16 feet during the day on Blackduck Lake and Gull Lake. Pike seem to be biting on most lakes and look for panfish to be slightly deeper until the water begins to warm again on lakes such as Medicine, Gull, Rabideau, Pimushe, and Medicine.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Catching walleyes involves hitting lakes early and late each day and being persistant. Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and North Long Lake are the best bets in 12 to 18 feet with live-bait rigs or jigs tipped with rainbow minnows. Bass are active in shallow water on most lakes, pike are hitting on most walleye spots, and North Long has been a favorite spot for shooting carp in shallow water.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Anchor and pitch a jig and shiner minnow for walleyes in 5 to 7 feet on Lake Andrusia or Allen’s Bay, O’Neil’s Point, and Turtle River Bar on Cass Lake. Walleyes also are hitting in 18 to 20 feet during the day on the south end of Andrusia and the north ends of Wolf Lake, Pike Bay Lake, and Cass. Northern pike and bass are easy to catch in 5 to 8 feet on all lakes.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Look for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet and crappies in 10 to 12 feet on lakes such as Green, East Rush, West Rush, North Center, and South Center. Walleye anglers are catching a few fish with fatheads or Shad Raps on the 12- to 16-foot structure of Green, North Center, South Center, and Chisago Lake.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
A jig and shiner minnow or slip bobber and leech is turning walleyes at Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake on the 3- to 8-foot rocks and shorelines during low-light periods. There is a daytime walleye bite on Serpent in 24 to 30 feet. Northern pike are hitting bucktails in the flooded timber of Portsmouth Pit and Huntington Pit or spinnerbaits in the shallow weeds on Serpent. Trout continue to be caught on crankbaits or Power Bait in the top 10 feet of the water column at Huntington and Pennington pits.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 6 to 12 feet on Lake Melissa and Upper Cormorant Lake. Bass continue to hit in shallow water on most lakes, while panfish continue to bite in the bays or shallow weeds of Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Little Detroit Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Eating-sized walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech at Island Lake in 10 to 12 feet, St. Louis River in 8 to 10 feet, or Boulder Lake in 6 to 10 feet. Look for bluegills on the 4- to 6- foot structure and crappies in 10 feet on Fish Lake. Trolling light green stickbaits about 30 feet down over 70 to 100 feet of water has produced lake trout, cohos, and king salmon.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Minnows are producing walleyes and pike on Little Elk Lake in 7 to 11 feet. On Briggs Lake and Lake Julia, walleyes and crappies are biting in 7 to 14 feet. Northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes and the Mississippi River is providing good walleye, smallmouth bass, and catfish action.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
Cold weather has once again dropped water temperatures and that’s had a negative impact on the local bite. Minnows are producing a few walleyes in 10 to 18 feet on Basswood Lake and Lake Shagawa. Look to Snowbank Lake for walleyes and lake trout in 10 to 30 feet or to Gabbro Lake for crappies in 6 feet and walleyes in deeper water.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Trolling suckers in 12 feet at Upper Dean Lake is producing pike. Sunfish have started hitting on the east side of Ruth Lake in 4 to 6 feet and the north end of Lake Washburn is giving up crappies in 8 to 12 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sissiton are producing walleyes on leeches in 6 to 8 feet during the evening. The shorelines and docks on George Lake, Sissiton, and Budd are safe bets for crappies during the afternoon.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Anglers fishing from shore along County Road 12 on Cannon Lake are catching walleyes on minnows, while Cedar Lake is producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Hit the 10- to 13- foot weed edge on Lake Mazaska for crappies and northern pike.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
A jig and minnow or crankbaits are turning walleyes in 12 to 15 feet on Cascade Lake and Poplar Lake, in 6 feet at the inlet on Northern Light Lake, and in 20 feet on Seagull Lake. Look for lake trout over 15 to 25 feet on Lake Saganaga, 25 to 27 feet on Greenwood Lake, and 15 to 20 feet on Seagull Lake. Splake are hitting crawlers in 10 feet at Musquash Lake and spinners in 12 feet at Esther Lake, while crawlers are producing rainbow trout over 20 feet at Leo Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes at Big Splithand Lake in 7 to 15 feet, Bowstring Lake in 7 to 12 feet, Lake Wabana in 8 to 20 feet, Moose Lake in 7 to 10 feet, and Lake Pokegama in 20 to 25 feet. Crappies have moved slightly deeper with the cool weather (7 to 19 feet).
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
A few walleyes continue to be caught with minnows on Woman Lake in 14 to 16 feet and you’ll find crappies in 6 to 10 feet on Ten Mile Lake, Birch Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Northern pike and bass are along the shorelines out to the first weedline on most lakes.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleyes are hitting jigs and shiner minnows in 8 to 12 feet on Echo Lake or 12 to 16 feet on this end of Lake Vermilion. On Long Ear Lake, crappies and walleyes are being caught on minnows in 6 to 8 feet. Sucker minnows or spoons are producing pike along the shoreline breaks of Big Sturgeon Lake.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Walleyes are being caught in 6 to 35 feet. The shallow water has produced bigger walleyes and pike, while deep depths are kicking out keeping-sized walleyes, sauger, and some jumbo perch. A jig and minnow, slip bobbers, and live-bait rigs are all producing fish.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Hit Baker’s Bay and Second Point in 18 feet with leeches or small minnows on Lake Washington for walleyes. Crappies and sunfish also can be had on Washington, but look in 12 to 15 feet when it’s cloudy and cool and as shallow as 4 feet when the sun is out and water temperatures climb. Jigs tipped with minnows or plastics continue to trigger walleyes on the Blue Earth River and Minnesota River.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Crappies and walleyes are being plucked from the weeds on Little Eagle Lake and Beebe Lake. Lake Constance, Little Pulaski Lake, and Little Cedar Lake are giving up crappies in less than 8 feet. Hit the Mississippi River and Big Pulaski Lake with minnows for walleyes, while Ramsey Lake is producing bass and crappies in 6 to 8 feet.
Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187
Walleyes are being caught with Rapalas at Knife and Fish in 5 to 8 feet, while catfish continue to hit crawlers on the Ann River and Snake River. Rough fish have started to move shallow and bow fishermen are shooting some big carp on Fish Lake.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
There’s good walleye activity on the deep rocks with slip bobbers and leeches in the LaGunna Beach and Peninsula areas of Big Stone Lake. On the south end of the lake, walleyes and largemouth bass are hitting crankbaits around the islands in 5 to 8 feet.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes are being caught on minnows at Fish Hook Lake, Potato Lake, and Island Lake in 14 feet, but the bite should really take off with some warm, stable weather. Recent cold fronts have pushed crappies back out to 10 to 12 feet on Big Mantrap Lake and the Crow Wing Chain.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Panfish and walleye action has slowed with the cooler weather and drop in water temperatures. Panfish have been extremely difficult to locate, but they should slide shallower again as it warms. A few walleyes are being caught with jigs and shiner minnows in 6 to 9 feet on Rush Lake.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
PINE CITY AREA
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and crappies during the day in 12 to 14 feet and in the evenings in 5 to 7 feet on Lake Pokegama. The Snake River is worth hitting for walleyes, sturgeon, and catfish.
Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995
RED WING AREA
Despite the return of cool weather and some added water in the Mississippi River, walleyes continue to be caught on the main river channel and in Lake Pepin from 8 to 20 feet. Leadcore and crankbaits or rigging with live bait has been most productive. White bass are being caught on jigs and plastics below the dam.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
The shallow structure and docks on Lake Zumbro and Willow Creek Reservoir continue to provide steady crappie action. On the Mississippi River, pike are hitting sucker minnows near the Bass Camp and walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows in 10 to 15 feet.
Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Prior to the recent cold front, walleyes were hitting leeches and minnows in 6 to 16 feet on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. The bridges or deeper holes on the Sauk River were also giving up a few walleyes. Bowfishermen are finding success when the wind doesn’t blow in shallow water on Vail’s Lake, Brown’s Lake, and Long Lake.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleyes are hitting spottail shiners on the bars and breaklines in 12 to 14 feet at Lake Osakis, the rock pile and Diamond Point area on Sauk Lake, Little Sauk Lake, and Maple Lake. Northern pike action has improved with minnows or perch-colored spoons at Grove Lake and Westport Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Crappies are being caught around the docks and current areas on Osakis and Sauk.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Water levels on the Mississippi River have increased and that has provided better fishing along the shorelines for walleyes, pike, and smallmouth bass. Jigs tipped with minnows or plastics have been most productive. Pike and bass continue to be caught in 4 to 8 feet on Pierz Lake, Lake Alexander, and Beauty Lake. A few crappies are being caught on area lakes, but they moved deeper with the cooler weather early this week. Reports from bowfishermen indicate better shooting two weeks ago in the Mill Park area of the river. Carp continue to be shot, but the higher and dirtier water has made it more difficult.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Shallow-running crankbaits are producing walleyes in 6 feet on Lake Emily, as are shiner minnows on Pelican Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Fishing action on Lake Minnewaska has been slow over the past week.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle
Cold, wet, and windy conditions have kept most people off area lakes. The few people that have ventured out have struggled.
Lucky Seven General Store
Walleyes and pike are along the shallow weeds on Lake Sakatah and Lake Tetonka. Spoons and minnows are turning pike, while leeches and crawlers are working best for walleyes. The lagoons on Tetonka continue to produce crappies in less than 3 feet.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
The shallow, prairie lakes such as Long and Big Kandi started producing walleyes in less than 10 feet on slip bobbers and leeches. Crappies and walleyes are being caught in 15 to 18 feet at Willmar/Foot Lake, while Eagle Lake is producing walleyes in 12 to 15 feet mainly on leeches or minnows. Carp shooting has been slower this week.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Walleyes are hitting shallow-running crankbaits on Lake Benton, Dead Coon Lake, and Lake Shetek in 4 to 8 feet. Panfish action has slowed, but carp shooting has been good in sloughs adjacent to Lake Sarah and Shetek.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880
Crappies and sunfish are being caught in the back sloughs off the main channel on the Mississippi River. Trolling crankbaits or Lindy rigs tipped with willow cats are producing walleyes below the dams, shoreline cuts, and main channel on the river. Trout action remains strong on the smaller rivers.
West End Bait (507) 452-6241