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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – May 29th, 2015


Crappie action remains favorable with minnows at Fountain Lake in less than 6 feet. Walleyes and northern pike also are being taken on Fountain in slightly deeper water.
Albert Lea Convention & Visitors Bureau       (800) 345-8414


Sunfish reports have been slow, but crappie action really picked up in 1 to 5 feet on Lake Reno, Lake Ida, Lake Carlos, Lake Darling, and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Walleyes are being caught on minnows and leeches in 10 feet on Reno and at Lake Miltona in 12 to 15 feet. Bass fishing remains strong on most lakes with plastics in 2 to 7 feet.   
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       (320) 763-3255


Walleyes are hitting minnows or leeches in 10 to 14 feet of water on Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake. The shorelines and bays on lakes such as Sylvia, Pleasant, French, Sugar, Clearwater, and Cedar are giving up panfish. Bass fishing has been good along the docks and shorelines of most lakes and northern pike are an easy catch on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of all lakes.  
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are hitting minnows at Otter Tail Lake, Walker Lake, and Fish Lake in less than 5 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish in 5 to 8 feet at Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake, and Wall Lake. Northern pike reports have been limited, but bass continue to be found along the docks and shallow weed areas of Fiske Lake and Elbow.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


The 5- to 8-foot shoreline structure of Lake Bemidji or 10- to 12-foot breaks on Lake Plantagenet are producing walleyes on shiner minnows. The shallow reeds on most lakes are now kicking out crappies and Gull Lake is producing bluegills in 3 to 6 feet. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch around the docks or 3- to 5-foot weeds on area lakes.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


Low-light periods have been best for walleyes in 10 to 14 feet with slip bobbers and leeches, crankbaits, or jigs and minnows on Blackduck Lake, Gull Lake, and Island Lake. Look for bluegills in 2 to 6 feet and crappies in the 4-foot reeds on Rabideau Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Blackduck. 
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636


Crappies and some sunfish are set up in the reeds or over shallow weeds on Cullen Lake, Lake Edward, Upper Gull Lake, Nisswa Lake, and Gull Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows or leeches in 12 to 20 feet with spurts of more consistent activity during the evening hours on North Long Lake, Whitefish Lake, and Gull. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch in the shallow weeds and shoreline areas of most lakes. 
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010


During the day, fatheads and leeches are turning walleyes on the east side of Lake Andrusia or the Norway Beach area, O’Neil’s Point, and north-end rocks on Cass Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Walleyes are hitting crankbaits during low-light periods on these lakes in less than 6 feet. The sand flats on Cass and Pike Bay Lake are holding perch in 6 feet, Allen’s Bay on Cass is a safe bet for bass, the lily pads on Kitchi Lake are producing bluegills, and crappies are being pulled from 2 feet of water at Kitchi, Andrusia, and Buck Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Plastics or crankbaits are fooling bass in less than 6 feet at Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Center and South Center lakes. These lakes will also produce sunfish and a few crappies in 5 to 12 feet. Walleye action is slow with a few fish being taken on minnows or leeches in 12 to 18 feet on the points of Green, Chisago, and South Lindstrom Lake.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


You’ll find walleyes from 4 to 6 feet, and out to 21 feet, on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, and Lake Melissa; minnows and leeches are working best. Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 2 to 5 feet on Little Detroit Lake, Deadshot Bay, Big Detroit Lake, Sour Lake, Little Pelican Lake, and Melissa. Bass and northern pike reports have been favorable from the shallow breaks and weeds on most lakes.  
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Island Lake is giving up walleyes on minnows and leeches in 15 feet, as is Fish Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Walleyes also can be had with minnows and crawlers in 8 to 10 feet on the St. Louis River. Look to Fish for bluegills in 3 to 6 feet and crappies in 10 feet as well. The Wisconsin side of Lake Superior is giving up a mixed bag of lake trout and coho salmon, down 30 to 50 feet over deeper water. Stickbaits and spoons are both producing fish.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Leeches and fatheads are turning walleyes on Little Elk Lake in 7 to 10 feet. You’ll find sunfish and crappies on Blue Lake from 2 to 8 feet – look shallower when the sun is out. Minnows are producing walleyes in 14 to 17 feet and northern pike in shallower water on Green Lake. The Mississippi River started kicking out numbers of walleyes on crawlers or fatheads.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop 
(763) 856-3985


Leeches or plastics are turning smallmouth bass in 10 to 15 feet on Burntside Lake and Lake Shagawa. Walleyes can be had with minnows or leeches in 6 feet on Shagawa or 10 to 17 feet on Snowbank Lake. Spoons also are producing lake trout on Snowbank in 10 to 30 feet.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Crappies and sunfish are hitting on Lake Emily in 3 to 5 feet and Molten Lake is giving up northern pike in shallow water via spinnerbaits. A few walleyes are being caught on Round Lake in 13 feet with a jig and minnow. Look to Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt Lake for largemouth bass in 4 to 8 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


Cannon Lake continues to produce walleyes on leeches and spinners in 6 to 8 feet and from shore at the bridge on County Road 12. Hit Fox Lake for walleyes and sunfish in 8 to 12 feet, while Cedar Lake is producing sunfish and northern pike around the docks.  
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the 12- to 14-foot rocks at Two Island Lake and 8- to 12-foot rocks on Crescent Lake. Walleyes also can be had with Rapalas at Devil Track Lake in 8 feet, with minnows in 12 to 15 feet at Seagull Lake, and with leeches in 15 to 18 feet at Hungry Jack Lake. Ciscoes, suckers, or spoons are turning lake trout in 20 to 30 feet at Greenwood Lake, 25 feet on Loon Lake,  and 12 to 15 feet at Kemo Lake. Spoons, minnows, or crankbaits are triggering northern pike at Northern Light Lake in 6 feet, Hungry Jack in 14 feet, and Poplar Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Musquash Lake continues to produce splake on flies in 12 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Walleyes continue to hit minnows, but leeches and nightcrawlers have started turning fish as well. Look to Bowstring Lake, Deer Lake, Sugar Lake, and Sand Lake again this week in 10 to 15 feet. Sunfish have been tough to find, but crappies have made a move into their spawning areas on most lakes, with good reports coming off Lake Pokegama, Lake Wabana, and Bowstring. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are an easy catch along the shorelines of most lakes with leeches or plastics.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleyes are being caught with spot tail shiners in 10 to 32 feet on Big Birch Lake and 15 feet on Swan Lake. Leeches have worked better for walleyes on Little Birch Lake in 13 feet. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch on area lakes, sunfish reports have been best off Little Birch in less than 6 feet, and crappies can be had on Mound Lake, St. Mary’s Lake, Pine Lake, or Big Birch in less than 5 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Most live-bait options are now producing walleyes on Woman Lake, Birch Lake, and Ten Mile Lake in 13 to 15 feet or 18 to 22 feet. Crappies and sunfish have moved to their shallow spawning areas on Pleasant Lake, Birch, and Woman. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are active along the shorelines of most lakes.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


Crappies are very active in shallow water at Echo Lake, Stingy Lake, Side Lake, and Myrtle Lake. The shallow weedbeds on Big Sturgeon Lake are holding northern pike, most of which are being caught on spoons or sucker minnows. Walleye reports have been slower this week, but look to Long Ear Lake for a few in less than 10 feet. 
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


Walleyes are now being caught on most live-bait presentations from 15 to 28 feet, with some keeping-sized fish coming out of 35 to 38 feet. Tom Cod Bay through Three Sisters Island have been most productive. Crappies have started to show up in Lost Bay, Sullivan Bay, and Lost Lake on Kabetogama or in Kohler Bay on Namakan Lake. Northern pike seem to be biting everywhere, with some bigger fish now on the emerging weedlines. 
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Crankbaits and live-bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes off Second Point and in Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington in 18 feet of water. Washington also is providing the area’s best crappie and sunfish bite in less than 6 feet of water, while the Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers are kicking out walleyes on jigs tipped with minnows or plastics. 
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Walleyes and some keeping-sized perch are being caught with minnows at Big Sandy Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Horseshoe Lake also is giving up walleyes on leeches or minnows in 8 to 11 feet. Hit the weedlines of Lake Minnewawa with sucker minnows for northern pike and sunfish have bitten best on Minnewawa in less than 6 feet.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits             (218) 426-3382


Pelican Lake is producing largemouth bass and northern pike in shallow water and you’ll find crappies and bass in less than 4 feet of water at Lake Constance. The mid-depth weeds on Little Eagle Lake are giving up crappies, bass, and a few walleyes. Hit Indian Lake for crappies in 2 to 4 feet, Buffalo Lake for walleyes and catfish in 10 to 12 feet of water, and Big Lake for bass, pike, and sunfish in 3 to 8 feet. Crappies are being found in 2 to 5 feet on Big Eagle Lake and the Mississippi River is giving up catfish and smallmouth bass.
Monticello Bait & Tackle 
(763) 295-1187


Knife Lake and Ann Lake are giving up walleyes on jigs and minnows in 5 feet of water. Work the bridge area on the Ann River for walleyes as well. Crappies and sunfish continue to be found in less than 6 feet of water on Knife, Ann, and Fish Lake, they seem to be moving up to spawn. 
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 
(320) 679-2151


Slip bobbers and leeches or spinner rigs are turning walleyes during the day in 10 to 12 feet on Big Stone Lake. At night, crankbaits continue to trigger walleyes along the shorelines and docks. Crappies, largemouth bass, and silver bass are being caught in 4 to 6 feet around the islands on the south end of Big Stone. Hit Peterson Lake and Botker’s Slough for crappies and Lake Oliver with crawlers or leeches for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 


Walleyes are hitting minnows, leeches, and crawlers in 14 to 16 feet of water on Fish Hook Lake, Potato Lake, Lake George, Upper and Lower Bottle lakes. The Crow Wing Chain of Lakes is giving up sunfish in less than 6 feet and Big Mantrap Lake remains the best bet for crappies in 4 to 6 feet. Fish Hook and Long Lake are kicking out northern pike in 8 to 12 feet, mainly on sucker minnows.  
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Crappie reports have improved in the reeds and around some docks on Dead Lake, Star Lake, and Little McDonald Lake. Walleyes continue to be found shallow, less than 10 feet, on Little Pine, Big Pine Lake, and Rush Lake. Look for northern pike to be mixed with the walleyes and bass hanging around the shorelines or docks on most lakes – both have bitten well.   
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Everything has stayed consistently good from a week ago, which means crappies are hitting in 5 to 8 feet on Willow Creek Reservoir or in 1 to 3 feet on Lake Zumbro. The Mississippi River is giving up walleyes in 10 to 15 feet, while bass and northern pike are an easy catch on most area fisheries in less than 8 feet of water. 
Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982


Walleyes are being caught on minnows, crawlers, or leeches from the shorelines out to 20 feet of water on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Crappies and sunfish are being found along the shorelines or in the shallow weeds of Rice, Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Pearl Lake. Northern pike are hitting minnows in 8 to 12 feet on most lakes.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Spottail shiner minnows have been the hot bait for walleyes on Lake Osakis, Long Bridge Lake, and Maple Lake in 6 to 12 feet of water. Crappies are hitting marabou jigs or plastics with minnows in 6 to 10 feet of water on most lakes and bass fishing has been excellent everywhere in shallow water. However, sunfish reports have slowed. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 8 to 12 feet on Guerney Lake, Long Bridge, Maple, and Osakis.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours on the outside weed edges of Lake Alexander has produced walleyes. Sunfish are moving into the shallows and crappies are moving out to the weedlines on most lakes in the area. Northern pike remain active and the Mississippi River is worth hitting for walleyes and smallmouth bass. 
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Shallow-running crankbaits and most live-bait options are producing walleyes on Lake Emily in less than 6 feet. On Lake Minnewaska, walleyes are being caught in 22 to 27 feet with jigs and minnows during the day and as shallow as 6 feet with crankbaits during low-light periods. Bass fishing has been tremendous in shallow water on all lakes and a few crappies are being caught on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska in 4 to 6 feet. 
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239


Walleyes are being caught on leeches in the 10- to 15-foot weeds of Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah. Largemouth bass also can be had on these lakes in much shallower water, mainly around docks. Sunfish reports have been limited, but crappies are biting in 6 to 8 feet on Lake Francis, Horseshoe Lake, Tetonka, and Sakatah.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Big Kandi Lake is giving up walleyes on leeches, minnows, and crawlers in less than 10 feet of water. On Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, and Willmar/Foot Lake, walleyes are hitting live bait in 10 to 20 feet of water. Look for crappies in less than 6 feet on Willmar/Foot and spottail shiner minnows started turning walleyes on Green Lake in 20 to 30 feet. The shallow weeds and docks on all local lakes are holding bass and northern pike.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 
(320) 235-4097


Crankbaits or leeches are producing walleyes on the wind-driven sides of Dead Coon Lake and Lake Benton in 4 to 7 feet. Crankbaits also are turning walleyes in less than 8 feet on Lake Shetek, Lady Slipper Lake, and School Grove Lake. Panfish action has been limited to a few crappies on Shetek and some perch on Lake Sarah – both in less than 5 feet.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880


Suckers under floats are triggering northern pike in the secondary sloughs and small pools off the main river. The deeper holes of the Mississippi River are holding catfish, most of which are hitting cut sucker minnows. Crappies and sunfish are being caught in 1 to 4 feet in many back sloughs and a few walleyes can be had with willow cats or leeches along the shorelines during low-light periods or cloudy conditions and in as much as 20 feet during midday. Fly fishing seems to be most productive for trout in Garvin Brook and the south branch of the Whitewater River.
West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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