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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – July 17th, 2015

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 8 to 10 feet or 14 to 20 feet on Reno Lake, Chippewa Lake, Lake Miltona, Lake Darling, and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Look for crappies on the 8- to 12-foot cabbage edges of Darling, Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Ida.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Slow-presented crawlers or leeches are turning some walleyes at Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake in 16 to 22 feet – stay tight to the weeds. Hit the 12- to 14-foot weedlines for bass, pike, and sunfish on Granite Lake, Lake Sylvia, Indian Lake, Sugar Lake, and Clearwater.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

During the day, leeches are turning walleyes in 13 to 20 feet on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake. Pike are hitting suckers or spoons in 15 to 20 feet on Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and Otter Tail. Look for sunfish on the 10- to 15- foot weedlines of West Battle. Stalker Lake, or Clitherall Lake and suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on Blanche Lake, West Battle, Stalker, and Otter Tail. Muskie action has been best during low-light periods on West Battle with Jakes in the 20- foot weeds.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Leeches or crawlers are producing walleyes during the day on Lake Bemidji in 25 to 30 feet and Lake Plantagenet in 18 to 22 feet. Both lakes are giving up fish at night in shallower water on Rapalas. Muskie action has been fair with bucktails on 12- to 18-foot weedlines of Big Lake and Bemidji. 

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

CASS LAKE AREA

Daytime walleye action has slowed, but trolling crankbaits during low-light periods is productive in 7 to 9 feet. Hit bars such as North Cedar and Turtle River on Cass Lake or LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay Lake. Perch are hitting on the 6- to 8-foot sand and weed areas.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA   

Bass and panfish are hitting on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Green Lake, Chisago Lake, North Center Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake. Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods on the 12- to 16-foot weedlines of Green, North Center, Chisago, and South Center Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Walleyes are hitting crawlers and leeches along the weedlines out to 22 feet on lakes Melissa, Rose, Pelican, Sallie, Big Detroit, and Big Cormorant. Topwater baits or bucktails thrown on top of the weeds have triggered muskies on Big Detroit and Pelican. 

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248

EAST CENTRAL MN

Crawlers continue to produce walleyes and smallmouth bass on the Mississippi and Rum rivers. Blue Lake is kicking out crappies in 16 to 18 feet, sunfish in 7 to 14 feet, and pike along the 10- to 14- foot weedlines. Look to the weedlines on Elk Lake for pike and panfish throughout the day.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

EMILY AREA 

Lindy rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes on Roosevelt Lake in 14 to 16 feet and Eagle Lake is kicking out pike in 10 to 12 feet. Look to Lawrence Lake for crappies in 12 to 14 feet and smallmouths are hitting plastics on Mitchell Lake in 8 to 10 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Hall Lake and Budd Lake are producing bass and catfish in 4 to 6 feet and panfish are active in 4 to 8 feet on Budd and Lake Sissiton. Tuttle Lake is giving up a few walleyes via crankbaits in less than 6 feet during the evening.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches or crankbaits near the bridge and along the shoreline of Cannon Lake during low-light periods. Hit the weedlines of Lake Mazaska for pike and crappies.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Leeches are turning walleyes at Cascade Lake in 14 to 20 feet, Homer Lake in 15 to 20 feet, Seagull Lake in 22 to 28 feet, and Hungry Jack Lake in 13 to 18 feet. Spoons or jigs and ciscoes are producing lake trout over 25 feet on Greenwood Lake, 30 to 35 feet on Daniels Lake, and 20 feet at Loon Lake. Reports off Lake Superior are slowly improving with watermelon-colored spoons working best for lake trout and salmon over 180 to 200 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Walleyes are biting live bait on the weedlines out to the 20-foot structure on Lake Pokegama, Lake Wabana, Trout Lake, and Big Splithand Lake. Hit the weedlines on Pokegama, Big Splithand, Bass Lake, and Grave Lake for panfish.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Live-bait or spinner rigs tipped with leeches are producing walleyes  on the reef edges, wind-blown rip/rap shorelines, inlet and outlet areas. Some fish are coming out of 25 to 35 feet, while others are showing up on shallower structure. Sugarbush Channel, Nashota Point, Cuculus, Blind Ash Bay, Daily Bay, and Mud Bay have been most productive. Bass and pike anglers are finding fish on the deep weedlines or rocky shorelines.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MANKATO AREA

Hit the deep holes away from current with sucker minnows on the Minnesota River for catfish. The Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers are giving up a few walleyes as well.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA 

Largemouth bass reports have been favorable off the weedlines of Lake Minnewawa and crappies continue to hit on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Big Sandy Lake. 

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits

(218) 426-3382

MONTICELLO AREA

The 8- to 12-foot weedlines of  Little Eagle Lake are holding bass and sunfish. The 6- to 12-foot weeds on Lake Constance are giving up crappies and sunfish. Pike and bass action is strong on Lake Pulaski and Maple Lake.

Monticello Bait and Tackle 

(763) 295-1187

MORA AREA

Fish Lake, Ann Lake, and Knife Lake are giving up sunfish in 5 to 7 feet and an occasional pod of crappies is found on the deeper weedlines of these lakes during the evening. Sucker minnows are producing pike in 6 to 8 feet at Knife.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

The Rocky Ledge and Shady Beach areas on Big Stone Lake are producing perch in 12 to 14 feet. Crankbaits are producing walleyes on the north end of Lake Traverse, as are Lindy rigs and leeches on Lake Oliver.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

A few walleyes are hitting crawlers during low-light periods on Long Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Hit Big Mantrap Lake and Long with suckers for pike in 12 to 14 feet, while Lake Itasca is producing bluegills in 8 to 12 feet. Muskie anglers are raising fish in shallow water with bucktails on Big Mantrap.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

PINE CITY AREA

Hit the current breaks and deep holes for catfish and smallmouth bass along the shorelines of the Snake River. Sunfish are being caught on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Cross Lake and Lake Pokegama.

Tall Tales Bait & Tackle 

(320) 629-8995

RED WING AREA

Walleyes are hitting #5 and #7 Shad Raps on the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin in 10 to 14 feet. Pike are being caught with spoons or sucker minnows in the front of the Rush River and Pine Creek. Work the flooded trees and deadfalls in most backwater areas for panfish, while channel and flathead catfish are showing up in the backwater brush and eddie areas on the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

Crappies are over 20 to 22 feet on Lake Zumbro and Power Bait continues to produce some rainbow trout at Foster Arend Pond. You’ll also find crappies in 5 to 10 feet on Willow Creek Reservoir and a mixed bag of panfish in 5 feet on Kalmar Lake (KR-7).

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

A few walleyes continue to come off Lake Koronis and Rice Lake with crawlers, tight to the weeds out to 30 feet. Hit the weedlines of Bolfing Lake, Schneider Lake, and Koronis for pike or Grand Lake and Pearl Lake for bass in 8 to 12 feet. 

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Hit the 12-foot cabbage on Lake Osakis for walleyes; slip bobbers and leeches are best. Sauk Lake is producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet and the east shore of Sauk is giving up crappies in 7 to 12 feet. Look to the outside weed edges on Long Bridge Lake for crappies and Long Lake (above Lilly Lake) is producing numbers of pike on the 13- to 15- foot weedlines. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes, smallmouth bass, and catfish on the Mississippi River from Blanchard Dam to the Little Falls Dam.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Walleye action has slowed throughout the area, but bass and northern pike are an easy catch on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Minnewaska. Some good-sized sunfish also can be had here on the points in 12 to 14 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

VIRGINIA AREA

Work the weedlines of Birch Lake with crawlers for walleyes or tube jigs for crappies. Generally, fishing has been slow including trout fishing on the pits.

Lucky Seven General Store

(218) 741-3617

WATERVILLE AREA

Sunfish continue to be caught in 15 to 17 feet on Lake Tetonka and Lake Francis. Walleyes and leeches are producing walleyes in the Rocky Point area of Tetonka in 14 feet.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

The walleyes being caught are weed-related, usually in 10 to 15 feet and hitting live bait. Lakes such as Florida, Andrew, Diamond, and Eagle are all giving up a few fish, but not huge numbers. Crawlers are producing walleyes at Green Lake in 30 feet or more. Bass action is strong in the weeds.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 

(320) 235-4097

WINONA AREA

Troll with leeches, crawlers, or crankbaits along the current breaks adjacent to deep water for walleyes on the Mississippi River. The snag areas of the river are holding perch and crappies. Stream conditions are good and anglers are using dry flies to match the hatch for their rainbow and brown trout.

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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