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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – June 5th, 2015


Plastics are producing numbers of bass in 3 to 10 feet on Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Darling. On Reno Lake, walleyes are hitting leeches in 8 to 12 feet and crappies are being plucked from the reeds. Lake Mary is giving up walleyes on crawlers in 12 to 14 feet and sunfish action has been best in less than 4 feet on lakes Victoria and Geneva. Look for crappies in shallow water at Lake Ida and Darling.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       
(320) 763-3255


Panfish continue to be caught in 2 to 5 feet on Lake Sylvia, Clearwater Lake, Lake John, Cedar Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Sugar Lake. Walleyes are hitting fatheads or leeches in 10 to 15 feet on Clearwater and Cedar, while bass and northern pike fishing remains strong in 4 to 8 feet on most lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are deeper, 13 to 16 feet, on Silver Lake, West Battle Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and Ten Mile Lake; minnows and leeches are working. Bass fishing has been best in 8 to 14 feet with spinnerbaits on Ten Mile, Pickeral Lake, Blanche Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Look for pike on the 10- to 15-foot weeds of Donald Lake, Blanche, Otter Tail, and West Battle. Crappies are suspended over the 8- to 15-foot weeds on Stalker Lake, Silver, West Battle, and Clitherall, while sunfish are in 5 to 8 feet at Stalker, West Battle, and Clitherall.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Minnows and jigs continue to produce walleyes on Lake Bemidji in 8 to 12 feet, Lake Plantagenet in 10 to 14 feet, or on Wolf Lake and Lake Andrusia in 12 to 14 feet. Crappies have shown up in the reeds on Big Turtle Lake and Turtle River Lake and sunfish are biting in 3 to 5 feet at Walker Brook Lake. Northern pike and bass remain active throughout the area in 4 to 10 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


Walleyes are hitting leeches or a jig and minnow in 10 to 15 feet on Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Gull Lake. The bulrushes on Gull, Rabideau Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Blackduck are holding crappies and sunfish.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636


Look for walleyes to hit shiner minnows in 8 to 18 feet on Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake in 18 to 32 feet, and at North Long Lake in 16 to 18 feet. Crappies are being caught in 3 to 6 feet on Gull, North Long, and Round Lake, while northern pike are hitting minnows on North Long and Gull in 8 to 18 feet. Sunfish and bass are hitting along the shorelines of most lakes. 
S & W Bait & Guide Service/
Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010


Hit O’Neil’s Point, Turtle River Bar, and East Cedar Bar on Cass Lake in 15 to 18 feet for walleyes. The east shore of Pike Bay Lake also is producing walleyes in 15 to 18 feet and any form of live bait is working on both lakes. Perch are being found in the 6- foot sand and bulrushes areas on Cass, while spinnerbaits are producing northern pike on the shallow weeds of Midge Lake and Grace Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Look for crappies in the 3- to 5-foot weeds on lakes such as Chisago, North Lindstrom, South Lindstrom, North Center, and South Center. Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches during the evening hours at Chisago, North Center, South Center, and Green Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Bass and bluegills are in shallow water on  most lakes, while sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 10 to 12 feet on Chisago and North Center.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting plastics on the rocks and shorelines of Serpent Lake, Rabbit Lake, and Clearwater Lake. A slip bobber and leech has produced walleyes in 6 to 8 feet or 14 to 18 feet off Vinje Point and Minister’s Point on Serpent. Trout reports have been best with crankbaits worked 20 to 30 feet down on Huntington Pit, Pennington Pit, and Alstead Pit. Spinnerbaits are turning northern pike along the weedlines of Lower Mission Lake, look for bluegills in 1 to 5 feet on most lakes, and crappies are hitting in 5 to 10 feet at Bay Lake and Serpent.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912


Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 20 feet on lakes Melissa, Pelican, Big Detroit, Upper Cormorant, and Middle Cormorant. Bass are in 2 to 5 feet and pike are hitting in 8 to 12 feet on most lakes. Look for crappies and sunfish in the shallow weeds or bulrushes of Floyd Lake, Deadshot Bay, Little Pelican Lake, and Little Detroit Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Island Lake is giving up walleyes on leeches and fatheads in 15 to 20 feet, while Fish Lake is producing bluegills off the weedbeds in 6 to 8 feet. On Lake Superior, people fishing the mud lines are catching lake trout and coho salmon down 20 to 30 feet on green stickbaits and spoons. Walleye reports have been favorable on the St. Louis River with minnows in 10 feet. 
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


You’ll find sunfish in 3 to 6 feet and crappies around the island at Blue Lake. The Mississippi River is producing walleyes and smallmouth bass, while Little Elk Lake is kicking out walleyes on fathead minnows in 7 feet. Northern pike are hitting along the weedlines of most lakes and largemouth bass remain active along most shorelines.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop 
(763) 856-3985


A few walleyes are being caught with minnows on Burntside Lake in 10 to 20 feet and Shagawa Lake in 18 to 15 feet. Smallmouth bass and northern pike reports have been limited, but lake trout are hitting on Burntside in 10 to 15 feet. Generally, last weekend’s cold front really slowed the local bite.   
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


The bridge on Roosevelt Lake is holding sunfish in 6 feet and the north end of Lake Washburn is giving up crappies in 6 to 8 feet. Look to Molten Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in 8 feet and West Fox Lake is producing some walleyes in 10 to 14 feet mainly on Lindy rigs and leeches.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


A few walleyes continue to come off Cannon Lake in 7 to 10 feet and the shorelines are producing crappies and sunfish. Hit Cedar Lake for panfish in 3 to 5 feet and the weedlines for pike. Lake Mazaska is giving up crappies around the docks and boat lifts when the sun is out.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Minnows or leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 15 feet on Cascade Lake, 12 to 14 feet on Pine Lake, 10 to 14 feet on Two Island Lake, 15 feet at Crescent Lake, and 20 to 25 feet on Lake Saganaga. Lake trout are hitting ciscoes on jigs in 18 to 30 feet on Saganaga, 20 to 30 feet on Gunflint Lake, and 18 to 23 feet at Loon Lake. Hit Leo Lake in 10 to 15 feet for rainbow trout, and Esther Lake in 8 to 12 feet for splake
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Walleye action is fair with a jig and minnow or leech at Big Splithand Lake in 7 to 12 feet, Sugar Lake in 7 to 22 feet, Lake Pokegama in 14 to 22 feet, Lake Wabana in 12 to 14 feet, and Bowstring, Round, or Deer lakes in 7 to 12 feet. Reeds and shorelines of Little Splithand Lake, Trout Lake, Pokegama, Deer, and Wabana are holding crappies. 
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 3 to 6 fet on Mound Lake, Pine Lake, St. Mary’s Lake, and Swan Lake. Swan also is producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet and pike in 12 to 15 feet. Hit Big Birch and Little Birch lakes with leeches for walleyes in 10 to 30 feet, while Big Birch is producing crappies in less than 6 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Walleyes continue to hit minnows or leeches in 12 to 16 feet during the day or 10 to 14 feet during low-light periods at Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Bass, crappies, and sunfish moved back out to the first shoreline break on most lakes, but they will move shallow as soon as the water warms again. 
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


Crappies continue to provide the area’s most consistent bite in less than 6 feet at Stingy Lake, Echo Lake, Myrtle Lake, and Side Lake. Sucker minnows are turning pike on Big Sturgeon Lake in 6 to 9 feet.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


Walleyes are being caught on live bait during the day in 18 to 25 feet and in shallower water during low-light periods. Areas worth noting include the bays such as Tom Cod, Peterson, El, Mud, Daily, and Lost. The deeper reefs off Natasha Point, Martin Islands, and Ram Island also are worth hitting for walleyes. Bigger pike are hitting sucker minnows on the deep weed edges in most bays.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Lindy rigs and live bait or crankbaits are producing walleyes in 18 feet off Second Point and in Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington. Jigs tipped with minnows are producing walleyes in the deeper holes and eddie areas of the Minnesota River and Blue Earth River. Look to Washington for panfish in 3 to 5 feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Walleyes are hitting leeches or nightcrawlers in 10 to 12 feet on Big Sandy Lake and Horseshoe Lake. Crappies and sunfish are around docks on Big Sandy and Lake Minnewawa. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are cruising the shorelines of most lakes.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits             
(218) 426-3382


Hit Pelican Lake for northern pike, largemouth bass, and crappies or Lake Constance and Little Eagle Lake for crappies and bass in less than 10 feet. Indian Lake is producing crappies, Cedar Lake is kicking out sunfish and bass, and Briggs Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 3 to 7 feet. A few walleyes are coming off Birch Lake and the eddies throughout the Mississippi River are holding smallmouth bass. 
Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187


Sunfish are hitting in 2 to 5 feet on Knife Lake, Ann Lake, Fish Lake, and Mud Lake. Crappies continue to be caught at Knife in 4 to 6 feet and a few walleyes are being caught with Rapalas at Ann and Knife in 3 to 6 feet. Bass fishing has been strong with spinnerbaits or plastics along the shorelines and shallow weeds of most lakes.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151


Trolling spinners tipped with leeches or crawlers has triggered walleyes from Rocky Ledge to Bayview on Big Stone Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches also are producing walleyes on Big Stone on the rock piles at LaGunna Beach and Manhattan Reef. The south end of the islands down to the Peninsula on Big Stone is kicking out crappies and bass in 4 to 6 feet. The Minnesota River is a safe bet for pike and a few walleyes.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 


Walleyes continue to be scattered on Long Lake, Potato Lake, Island Lake, and Fish Hook Lake in 12 to 18 feet; minnows and crawlers are turning fish. Pike are hitting suckers on Big Mantrap Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Bass fishing is strong along the shorelines of most lakes. Hit the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes for crappies and sunfish in 4 to 12 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


A jig and shiner is producing walleyes in 5 to 7 feet at Rush Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Leeches or redtails also are turning walleyes in 27 to 35 feet on Big and Little Pine lakes. Northern pike are an easy catch everywhere and bass fishing has been consistent on Dead Lake and Star Lake. Panfish are being pulled from the bulrushes on Big Pine, Rush, Dead, Star, Tamarack Lake, Lake Marion, and Little McDonald Lake. Rainbow trout are hitting Power Bait over 40 feet on Bad Medicine Lake. 
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Look for walleyes on Lake Pokegama to hit shiner minnows or leeches in 15 feet and crappies can be had in 10 to 15 feet on Cross Lake and Pokegama.
Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995


The Maiden Rock area on Lake Pepin is giving up walleyes on leeches and crawlers in 15 feet. The flooded timber in the back channels are worth hitting for crappies and sunfish, while pike and bass are hitting in any bay off the Mississippi River. Flathead catfish are being caught in the deep channels and channel catfish are along most current breaks.  
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Work the docks, brush piles, and rocks with small jigs and plastics in 4 to 8 feet for crappies at Lake Zumbro. Panfish and bass are hitting in shallow water at Silver Lake, while crappies and sunfish are being caught in less than 5 feet at Willow Creek Reservoir. The trout bite on Foster Arend Pond has slowed a bit, but Power Bait or small minnows continue to produce some fish.
Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982


Hit Rice Lake and Lake Koronis for walleyes in as shallow as 5 feet during low-light periods or in 10 to 20 feet during the day. Grand Lake and Pearl Lake are providing steady bass action, crappie action has slowed, but sunfish are in less than 4 feet on Pearl, Grand, Clear Lake, and Horseshoe Lake. The entire Sauk River system is producing channel catfish.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Work the rock pile, Narrows Bridge, and sand flats west of Diamond Point with leeches and crawlers in 8 to 12 feet for walleyes on Sauk Lake. At Lake Osakis, walleyes are being caught with spottail shiners in 6 to 12 feet. Crappies are biting in 2 to 6 feet of water on Sauk or in the 4- to 6-foot reeds on osakis. Northern pike are hitting spoons and minnows at Grove Lake, Westport Lake, Guerney Lake, Maple Lake, Long Bridge Lake, and Osakis.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Minnows and nightcrawlers are producing catfish and walleyes between the Little Falls and Blanchard dams on the Mississippi River. A few walleyes are hitting spinners and minnows on Beauty Lake, the weed edges on Lake Alexander are producing pike, while bass and sunfish are being caught in 2 to 4 feet on Pierz Lake and Green Prairie Lake.  
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleyes are hitting just about anything thrown their direction on Lake Emily in 4 to 6 feet. Walleyes also are coming off Lake Minnewaska in 22 to 27 feet during the day or in 6 to 8 feet during the evening hours..
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               
(320) 239-2239


Hit DNR Bay on Lake Tetonka for crappies, catfish, or the 12-foot weed edge for walleyes. Lake Francis is producing crappies in 6 to 8 feet and suckers or spoons are producing pike on the north side of Lake Sakatah.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Crappies and sunfish are along the docks and shorelines of lakes Florida, Andrew, Eagle, Nest, and Norway/Games. A jig and shiner minnow is turning walleyes at Green Lake in 28 to 32 feet, as are leeches, fatheads, and crawlers in less than 10 feet on Big Kandi Lake. Walleyes also can be had with crawlers and fatheads at Eagle Lake and Diamond Lake in 15 to 20 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097


Crankbaits are best for walleyes in 5 to 8 feet on Lake Yankton, Rock Lake, Lake Sarah, Steep Bank Lake, and Dane Lake. Pike can be had on these lakes in less than 8 feet.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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