Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – May 27th, 2016
Leeches, crawlers, and minnows are all producing walleyes on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Lake Reno and Mary Lake. Crappies and sunfish are showing up in the reeds of Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, and Lake Miltona. Hit the inside weed edges with plastics for bass on most lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleye action is starting to pick up, with minnows or leeches producing some fish in 12 to 22 feet on Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake. Panfish are being found along the shorelines and shallow bulrushes of Clearwater, Lake John, Maple Lake, Pleasant Lake, Granite Lake, Sugar Lake, and Lake Sylvia.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are being found in 6 to 12 feet and are hitting minnows and leeches on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Walker Lake. You’ll find sunfish and crappies on the 8- to 10-foot weedlines of Mollie Stark Lake, West Battle, and Fish Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in Clitherall Lake and Donald Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Look for a jig and minnow combo to produce walleyes in 3 to 9 feet on Diamond Bar, DNR Bar, and out of the Northwoods Access on Lake Bemidji. The north end of Big Turtle Lake is producing walleyes in 9 to 12 feet, as is Lake Plantagenet in 15 to 18 feet on minnows as well. Big Turtle and Movil Lake are giving up crappies and sunfish in the shallow weeds.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Walleyes are being taken on minnows and leeches on the 10- to 14-foot shoreline breaks of Blackduck Lake, Gull Lake, and Island Lake during the evening hours. Crappies and bluegills are starting to move shallow on most lakes, with good reports coming off Gilstead, Pimushe, and Gull in less than 8 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
The majority of walleyes are being caught on minnows in 15 to 25 feet on Gull Lake and North Long Lake during the morning and evening hours. Crappies are being found in the emerging weedbeds over 4 to 8 feet on North Long, Round Lake, and Nisswa Lake. Bass are an easy catch on most lakes in less than 6 feet, and northern pike are hitting on the south end of Gull and Whitefish Lake in 15 to 18 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and shiner minnow combo is turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet around Star Island and the north shore of Cass Lake or the east and west shorelines on Pike Bay Lake. The bulrushes in Allen’s Bay and the west side of Star Island on Cass are kicking out crappies and bluegills. Look to the 6- to 8-foot weeds on Lake Andrusia, Midge Lake, and Cass for northern pike.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Look for crappies and sunfish in the channel of Chisago Lake and North Lindstrom Lake in 2 to 8 feet. Shiner minnows are working best for walleyes in 14 to 17 feet on Chisago and Green Lake. Northern pike and bass seem to be biting in the shallow weeds of most lakes.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Walleyes are being caught in 10 to 17 feet on minnows, crawlers, and leeches on Serpent Lake, Rabbit Lake, and Nokay Lake. Crappies continue to be caught in the bulrushes on Rogers Lake, at the north end of Clearwater Lake, and on Serpent. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are shallow and active on most lakes, while trout are being found in good numbers on Section Six Pit, Manuel Pit, and Pennington Pit. Spoons, crankbaits, and slip-bobber rigs are all working.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Crappies and sunfish are being found in 2 to 4 feet on Deadshot Bay, Little Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, and Big Detroit Lake. Walleyes are starting to show up on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines and hitting minnows and leeches on Big Detroit, Pelican Lake, Island Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, and Sallie.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Minnows are producing walleyes in 15 feet on Island Lake and 10 feet on the St. Louis River. Leeches have turned more walleyes on Fish Lake in 10 to 12 feet and Rice Lake in 7 feet. Hit Island in 12 feet for crappies as well. On Lake Superior, coho salmon and lake trout are being taken on spoons and stickbaits about 25 feet down over 70 feet of water.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Crappies are being caught in 2 to 4 feet on Little Elk Lake, Blue Lake, and Green Lake. Sunfish are being found in 4 feet on the north end of Blue and Little Elk. A few walleyes are coming off the 9- to 14-foot weedlines of Blue, Little Elk, and Green. Smallmouth bass action has been strong on the Mississippi River, and the deep holes on the Rum River are a safe bet for walleyes.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
The walleye bite has been up and down with some fish being taken on minnows on Crooked Lake in 18 to 21 feet, Lake Shagawa in 6 to 15 feet or in Pipestone and Jackfish bays on Basswood Lake in 6 to 20 feet. Small northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes, while trout and crappie reports have been limited.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Walleyes continue to come off Tuttle Lake in 4 to 6 feet and Hall Lake and Budd Lake in 8 to 12 feet; minnows and leeches are both working. Crappies remain active on Budd, Sissiton, and George Lake in 4 to 8 feet, while Sissiton and George are producing bluegills in shallow water as well. Look to Fox Lake for a few walleyes and perch in 4 to 12 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
A few walleyes and perch are being caught on Cannon Lake in 8 feet, and Cedar Lake is kicking out sunfish, crappies, and northern pike in 8 feet. Look to Roberds Lake for sunfish and crappies around the docks, while Shields Lake is giving up northern pike and crappies in 6 to 8 feet. On Circle Lake, crappies, sunfish, and pike are biting in 8 to 12 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in 6 to 10 feet on Devil Track Lake, 10 to 15 feet on Poplar Lake, 4 to 6 feet on Elbow Lake, and 4 to 12 feet on Cascade Lake. Minnows are turning lake trout near the surface on Greenwood Lake, Trout Lake, and Loon Lake. Rainbow trout are taking crawlers in 15 feet on Mink Lake and Kimball Lake and over 20 feet on Leo Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on Big Splithand Lake in 11 to 15 feet, Bowstring Lake in 5 to 12 feet, Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 12 to 14 feet, and below any dam on the Mississippi River. Walleyes also are hitting minnows during the evening hours on lakes Wabana, Deer, and Moose in 8 to 16 feet. Crappies are showing up in the pencil reeds on Big Cutfoot, Little Cutfoot, Trout, Bass, Pokegama, and Big Splithand lakes.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 4 feet on Two Rivers Lake and Little Birch Lake in 12 feet. You’ll find crappies on Two Rivers, Little Birch, Pine Lake, and Mound Lake in less than 8 feet. Hit the sandy shorelines on Mary Lake and most other lakes for sunfish with the rising water temperatures.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Leeches and minnows are producing walleyes in 6 to 15 feet on Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Northern pike are active along most weedlines, as are bass on the shorelines of most lakes. Crappies continue to be found shallow on Birch Lake, Webb Lake, and Child Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
A jig and minnow combo is turning walleyes in 30 feet or more during bright conditions and in 7 to 18 feet in the bays, shoreline structure, and island areas during low-light periods. The west-end islands have produced good numbers of fish. Northern pike seem to be hitting just about anything thrown or trolled in 10 to 14 feet.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
A jig and shiner minnow combo is turning walleyes in 14 to 20 feet during the day and in shallower water during low-light periods on Big Boy Lake. Drift a Lindy rig and redtail minnow on the 16- to 18-foot weed edges of Lake Wabedo for walleyes as well. Crappie action has picked up in 2 to 6 feet on Big Boy, Mule Lake, and Blackwater Lake.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Leeches or fatheads are producing walleyes between Miller’s Point and the narrows on Madison Lake in 12 to 16 feet. The sand bar area on German Lake is giving up walleyes in 14 to 18 feet, while panfish and bass are now an easy catch on most lakes in shallow water.
White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Crappies and sunfish are being found along the shorelines of Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake. Look for walleyes to hit crankbaits or minnows on Knife and Ann in less than 5 feet early and late each day.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Spinners and crawlers have been the ticket for walleyes in the Rocky Ledge, Schmidt’s Landing, and islands areas of Big Stone Lake in 11 to 13 feet. Big Stone also is giving up panfish in shallow water near the south-end islands and white bass along the wind-driven points throughout the lake.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes have starting hitting minnows and leeches on Potato Lake in 18 feet and Fish Hook Lake in 21 feet – most lakes are now giving up a few walleyes. Northern pike are being found mixed with the walleyes on most lakes and crappies remain active in 12 to 14 feet on the Crow Wing Chain, but bluegill reports are limited.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
A Lindy rig or jig tipped with a shiner minnow is providing consistent walleye action in 5 to 8 feet or 12 to 16 feet on Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Crappies and sunfish are biting well in 4 to 6 feet or the 10-foot weeds of Dead Lake, Star Lake, and Lake Marion. Bass and pike are an easy catch on most lakes from 4 to 8 feet.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Walleye reports have been best on the north end of Lake Pepin with crankbaits or leeches in 10 to 16 feet. The backwater sloughs and marinas are kicking out panfish. Channel and flathead catfish are hitting bullheads or cut suckers in shallow water at night and in the deep holes during the day on the Mississippi River.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
Crappies continue to be caught on Lake Zumbro in 5 to 8 feet, while the Willow Creek Reservoir and Chesterwoods Pond are giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 5 to 10 feet. On Silver Creek Reservoir, panfish and a few northern pike are being caught in 4 to 8 feet, and rainbow trout are being taken at various depths from Foster Arend Pond.
Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows along the shallow weed edges or in 20 to 24 feet on Lake Koronis. Rice Lake is giving up some walleyes on the 6- to 9-foot weed edges or 12- to 15-foot bars. The channels and bridges throughout the Sauk River Chain are giving up walleyes as well. Crappie and sunfish reports have improved on Rice, Koronis, Long Lake, and Horseshoe Lake in less than 5 feet, while bass and northern pike are hitting on most lakes in 4 to 8 feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look for northern pike to hit minnows on Westport Lake in 7 feet and Big Birch Lake in 6 to 18 feet. The Diamond Point Flats, rock pile, and Narrows Bridge on Sauk Lake are producing walleyes on spottail shiners. The mid-lake bars and humps in Lake Osakis are giving up walleyes on shiners as well.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Crappies are hitting in less than 6 feet at Fish Trap Lake, Lake Alexander, Lake Shamineau. Alexander also is giving up walleyes on shallow-running crankbaits on top of the weeds during low-light periods. The deeper holes on the Mississippi River continue to produce walleyes and catfish.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Walleyes have started to hit shallow-running crankbaits on Lake Emily and minnows in 15 feet on Long Lake and Pelican Lake. You’ll also catch walleyes on nightcrawlers during low-light periods on Lake Minnewaska in 18 to 20 feet along School House Bar. Bass fishing has been strong in the shallows of most lakes, but panfish reports have been limited.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Crappies have started showing up in shallow water on most lakes, especially during the afternoon hours. This end of Lake Vermilion continues to produce walleyes on jigs and minnows close to shore.
Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-1629
The shallow weed edges on Lake Tetonka continue to produce walleyes on minnows during low-light periods. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits on Lake Sakatah has triggered northern pike, and you’ll find crappies in 8 to 10 feet on Lake Francis and sunfish in shallow water near the swimming beach on Tetonka.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873
The shallow prairie lakes such as Ringo, South Long, East Solomon, Willmar/Foot, Big Kandi, Wagonda, and Elizabeth are all producing walleyes on live-bait rigs or crankbaits in less than 10 feet. Look for sunfish in 2 to 4 feet and crappies slightly deeper on Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Florida Lake, Lake Andrew, Henderson Lake, and Elkhorn Lake. You’ll find northern pike on the weedlines and bass along the shorelines of most lakes.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
During the evening hours, slip bobbers and leeches or jigs and Twisters are producing walleyes, while daytime action has been on crankbaits. Most fish are coming from 6 to 8 feet on lakes Sarah, John, Rock, Benton, Lady Slipper, and Shaokatan. Dead Coon Lake and Lake Hendricks are producing a few walleyes and northern pike in 4 to 6 feet.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880