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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – July 31st, 2015

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Sunfish action has been best in 18 to 20 feet on Lake Darling, Lake Ida, and Chippewa Lake. Look for crappies to hit plastics in the 12- to 16-foot weeds  on Lake Carlos, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Darling. Walleyes continue to hit spinners and leeches during the day in 16 to 20 feet on Lake Miltona, Ida, and Reno Lake or Shad Raps in shallower water at night. Muskie action is slow, but bass and pike can be caught off the weedlines or flats of most lakes.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Leeches and crawlers are turning a few walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water at Cedar Lake and Lake Sylvia and in 16 to 24 feet on Clearwater Lake. An occasional muskie is caught or seen on the deeper weedlines of Sugar Lake and bass and pike remain active in 12 to 14 feet on most lakes. Look for panfish to be suspended off the 12-foot weedlines of French Lake, Lake John, Clearwater, Cedar, and Sugar.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

During the day, walleyes are hitting leeches or crawlers in 16 to 20 feet of water on Rush Lake and West Battle Lake or jigs and minnows on Otter Tail Lake. Rapalas are producing fish after dark on all three lakes in 5 to 7 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in the 15- to 20-foot weeds of Fiske Lake, Donald Lake, and Otter Tail, while bass are hitting spinnerbaits in 8 to 15 feet at Blanche Lake, Stalker Lake, Donald, Fiske, and West Battle. Sunfish are suspended above the 10- to 15-foot weeds on West Battle, Stalker, Donald and Clitherall Lake and crappies are going in 15 to 20 feet of water on West Battle, Blanche, Stalker, and Donald.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes throughout Lake Bemidji in 7 to 9 feet or 22 to 28 feet. Lake Plantagenet also is giving up walleyes in 14 to 20 feet. Balm Lake is a safe bet for bass and the lily pads on Turtle River Lake are producing sunfish. Medicine Lake is giving up crappies in 14 feet and small baits continue to work best for muskies on the weedlines of Bemidji and Little Wolf Lake.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Bass fishing remains consistent with spinnerbaits in the 15- to 22- foot weeds of Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Pelican Lake. Bobber fishing on the weedlines of these lakes also has produced some walleyes and pike. Sunfish action is best in the 10- to 14- foot weeds of Gull, North Long, Roy Lake, and Cullen Lake.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League 

(218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

A jig and minnow or leech combination is producing walleyes in 12 to 20 feet on Buck’s Bar and North Cedar Bar on Cass Lake or the “Stair-Steps” area on Pike Bay Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. Crankbaits are working in 7 to 9 feet on both lakes during the evening hours – work the tops of the bars. Buck Lake is producing bluegills and the 12- to 15-foot weed edge on Kitchi Lake is giving up crappies. Muskie action has slowed down, but northern pike are an easy catch with crankbaits on the weedlines of Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

sunsetcove-resort.com

CROSBY AREA

Jigs tipped with minnows or plastics are turning walleyes on the Mississippi River in 14 to 20 feet of water; you’ll find catfish here as well. Largemouth bass are hitting along the weedlines of most lakes and topwater baits are producing smallmouth during the evening hours on the shallow rocks of Serpent Lake. Crappies are biting early and late each day off the weedlines of Lake Adney, Upper Dean Lake, and Black Hoof Lake, while trolling crankbaits has worked for pike on Greer Lake and Upper Mission Lake.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Walleyes are biting best during the evening hours on crawlers or small sucker minnows in the 15- to 20-foot weeds of lakes Melissa, Sallie, Big Detroit, and Big Cormorant. Shallow-running crankbaits also are turning fish on these lakes in shallow water after sunset. Look for sunfish in the 15-foot weeds of Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, Sour Lake, Melissa, and Sallie. Casting bucktails or trolling blades have triggered some muskies along the weeds of Pelican Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248

EAST CENTRAL MN

Hit the Mississippi River for catfish and smallmouth bass. Sunfish are being caught in the lily pads of Blue Lake, while bass and pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of Blue, Green Lake, and Little Elk Lake.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes during the late evening hours on Shagawa Lake in 12 feet. There’s a daytime walleye bite with leeches on the east side of Basswood Lake in 20 to 25 feet and smallmouth bass are hitting topwater baits along the shorelines of Shagawa. You’ll find suspended crappies over 25 feet on White Iron Lake and a few lake trout are being caught at Burntside Lake about 30 to 40 feet down over deeper water.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

Spinnerbaits are producing bass on the north end of Lake Washburn, while suckers and bobbers are working for pike at Upper Dean Lake in 12 feet. A few walleyes are being taken on Lindy rigs and crawlers at West Fox Lake in 14 to 16 feet. You’ll find crappies around the island at Ruth Lake in 14 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Bass and catfish are hitting in less than 6 feet at Budd Lake and Hall Lake, while Sissiton Lake and Budd are producing crappies, sunfish, and perch in 4 to 7 feet. Hit Amber Lake for perch in 6 feet and Tuttle Lake with crankbaits for walleyes in 2 to 4 feet.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Look for walleyes on the 13- to 25-foot bars and humps of Sand Lake or along the weedlines of lakes Pokegama, Trout, Splithand, and Bowstring. Bass and pike action remains strong on most lakes, while bluegills are being found on the weedlines of Big Bass Lake, Little Splithand Lake, and Pokegama. Crappies are hitting during the evening hours on the weed edges of Lake Wabana, Portage Lake, Bowstring, and Pokegama.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

The weedlines on Mound Lake and Pine Lake continue to produce sunfish, while the weedlines on Swan Lake and Moose Lake are giving up crappies and sunfish. The 14-foot mud flats on Big Birch Lake are holding sunfish and walleyes also can be had here in 18 to 20 feet of water during low-light periods on crawlers and leeches. Bass and northern pike action remains strong on all lakes.

Nancy’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Lindy rigs and minnows are turning walleyes and pike on the 18- to 25-foot weedlines of Woman Lake. Hit the weedlines for crappies and sunfish on Birch Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Bass fishing remains consistent on most lakes with plastics during the day and topwaters in the evenings.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Anglers are finding eating-sized walleyes in 20 feet or more with bigger fish coming out of 7 to 10 feet. Better areas this week include Sugarbush Island, both sides of the channel, Martin Islands, west side of Chase Island, and Yoder Island. Use Lindy rigs with crawlers or leeches during the day in deep water or slip bobbers and leeches in the evenings in the shallows.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

ORTONVILLE AREA

The fishermen who are trolling crankbaits around the islands on Big Stone Lake are catching a few walleyes, but the perch bite has been strong here in 12 to 14 feet of water around Manhattan Reef, Rocky Ledge, and the Bonanza. Crankbaits also are turning walleyes on Toqua Lake in 6 feet and around the Milan Bridge on Lake Lac qui Parle. The Corral Bridge area on the Minnesota River is producing catfish on stinkbaits.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods on the 18- to 26-foot weedlines of Long Lake and hit Fish Hook Lake for pike in 12 to 14 feet. You’ll find bluegills in the 8- to 12-foot weeds throughout the Crow Wing Chain and crappies during the evening hours in 12 to 14 feet on Fish Hook and Big Mantrap Lake

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

RED WING AREA

Walleye action is slow, but pike are being caught with sucker minnows or spoons at the mouth of the feeder creeks on both shorelines of Lake Pepin. Look for crappies and sunfish in 6 to 10 feet around the flooded tress on Pepin and the Mississippi River. Flathead and channel catfish are hitting near the log jams and current seams on the river.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

Lake Zumbro is giving up crappies in 10 to 12 feet and white bass in 4 feet, mainly on small hair jigs. On Silver Creek Reservoir, crappies, sunfish, and pike are biting in 6 feet of water.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982

ST. CLOUD/

EDEN VALLEY AREA  

Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish off Rice Lake and Lake Koronis in 20 to 25 feet, but both lakes are kicking out good-sized smallmouth bass. Largemouth are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes and pike are hitting minnows or spoons in 8 to 12 feet at Horseshoe Lake, Pearl Lake, Rice, and Koronis. Look for sunfish in 6 to 8 feet on Goodner Lake, Browns Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Rice.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Although walleye fishing has slowed, you can fish a weedline on just about any lake and pick up a mixed bag of fish. Bass, northern pike, panfish, and some walleyes are all being pulled from the same weeds on every lake. Among the top choices this week are lakes Osakis, Sauk, Long Bridge, Long, and Smith.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Hit the Mississippi River with crawlers for catfish and walleyes in 15 to 25 feet and the shallow, shaded areas with Mepps spinners for smallmouth bass. Panfish and bass are hitting on the weedlines of Beauty Lake and Green Prairie Lake, Fish Trap Lake is producing panfish in 12 to 15 feet, and Lake Alexander is a safe bet for pike.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Anglers are catching two to three walleyes per evening with crawlers and spinners throughout Lake Minnewaska in 18 to 20 feet. Bass and pike continue to hit on the 12-foot weedlines of Minnewaska and you’ll find sunfish in 10 to 12 feet from Lawrence Point to the high school.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

The channel between Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah is giving up pike, bass, panfish, and a few walleyes. The docks on Tetonka are producing bass and Rocky Point on Tetonka is worth hitting for sunfish and walleyes in 12 to 15 feet of water. Crappie reports have been best in the weeds on Clear Lake in Waseca.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Sunfish continue to be caught from the docks of lakes Florida, Eagle, Andrew, or Games and there is some evening crappie action in 8 to 10 feet on Eagle and Florida. Crankbaits are producing bass and pike on the weedlines of most lakes, but walleye reports have been limited to a few fish off Green Lake in 15 feet or 28 to 32 feet.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 

(320) 235-4097

WINONA AREA

Sucker minnows are producing catfish in the deep channels on the Mississippi River. The river also is giving up sunfish on the current breaks or secondary sloughs, and smallmouth bass along the shorelines on topwater baits. Rainbow and brown trout continue to be caught by fly fishermen on the Whitewater-area streams.

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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