Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016
Leeches and crawlers are triggering walleyes along the shallow weedlines out to 15 feet on Reno Lake, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Darling. You’ll find crappies in the 8- to 10-foot weeds and sunfish in the pencil reeds and along the shorelines of Oscar Lake, Lake Ida, Reno, and Le Homme Dieu. Bass action is strong on the sand flats and weedlines.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in 16 to 24 feet on Clearwater Lake or 12 to 18 feet on Buffalo Lake, Maple Lake, and Big Swan Lake. Crappies, sunfish, and bass continue to be found shallow on all lakes, while sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Pleasant Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake John, and Clearwater.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Crawlers and spinners or jigs and minnows are producing walleyes on the 8- to 15-foot weedlines of Rush Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Big Pine Lake, and West Battle Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in the 5- to 10-foot bulrushes of lakes such as Fish, Dead, West Battle, Rush, Silver, and Mollie Stark. Minnows are the ticket for northern pike along the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Donald Lake, Otter Tail, and West Battle, while most lakes are giving up bass in less than 8 feet.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Jigs tipped with leeches or minnows are providing steady walleye action on the 8- to 10-foot weedlines of Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Stump Lake is producing bluegills in 4 to 6 feet, and crappies are going in 8 to 12 feet on Turtle River Lake or in the reeds on Kitchi Lake. Bass are an easy catch in shallow water throughout the area.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
A jig and minnow, leeches, and crankbaits are all turning walleyes in 8 to 13 feet on Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Gull Lake. Gilstead Lake and Pimushe Lake are producing crappies, and Gull is giving up bluegills in less than 6 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Walleyes have hit shiner minnows or leeches best during the evening hours in 13 to 25 feet on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Round Lake. Look for crappies in 8 to 13 feet on Lake Edward, Cullen Lake, and North Long. Sunfish and bass are shallow and active on all lakes.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
Lindy rigs tipped with shiners or leeches are producing walleyes on Green Lake and Chisago Lake in 10 to 20 feet. Crappies are hitting best during the evening hours in 10 to 15 feet on Chisago, Green, North Lindstrom, South Lindstrom, North Center, and South Center lakes. Look for good numbers of bass and sunfish along the shorelines and pencil reeds of most lakes.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Hit Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake with leeches or nightcrawlers for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. The Mississippi River also is giving up walleyes on jigs and plastics along the current breaks, and catfish in the deep pockets. Rainbow trout are suspended at 20 feet and are hitting Shad Raps on the Pennington Chain, and there are good shore-fishing opportunities for trout at Manuel Pit and Huntington Pit. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are being caught on Serpent and Clearwater, while Bay Lake is kicking out largemouths in shallow water. Crappies reports have slowed, but bluegills are biting in 2 to 6 feet on Lower Mission Lake, East Rabbit Lake, and Bay.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
It depends on the lake, but 8 to 20 feet has been key for walleyes, with leeches and crawlers working best. Lakes such as Pelican, Sallie, Melissa, Big Detroit, Upper Cormorant, Middle Cormorant, and Big Cormorant have all produced fish. Look for crappies in 10 to 12 feet and sunfish along the shorelines or docks of Sour Lake, Severson Lake, Deadshot Bay, Little Detroit Lake, and Melissa.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Walleyes are inhaling leeches in 12 to 15 feet on Fish Lake and Island Lake. Crappies also are being caught in 12 to 14 feet at Island, Fish, and Wolf Lake. The south shore of Lake Superior has been giving up some lake trout and salmon, most of which are suspended about 20 feet down over 100 feet of water.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Sunfish are set up on the shorelines, and crappies are being caught shallow or in the weeds on Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Little Elk Lake. Northern pike are being taken on spinnerbaits and crankbaits on the weedlines of Fremont Lake and Green, while a few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods in 14 to 20 feet on Little Elk, Blue, Green, and Spectacle Lake. The Mississippi is producing smallies.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Some walleyes are being caught in 4 to 6 feet, while others are hitting in 16 to 20 feet. Look to Shagawa Lake and Pipestone or Jackfish bays on Basswood Lake for the most numbers. Small pike are active on most lakes, smallmouth can be had in 7 to 15 feet on Burntside Lake, and trout reports are limited.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Jigs are turning walleyes in 4 to 6 feet on Tuttle Lake, while leeches and minnows are working best in 8 to 12 feet on lakes Hall, Budd, and Fox. Panfish continue to be found on the shorelines of Fox, Budd, and Lake Sissiton.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Minnows are producing walleyes and perch on the 6- to 8-foot rocks on Cannon Lake. Hit the docks for sunfish or the weedlines for northern pike on Cedar Lake, and the 8- to 10-foot weedline on Lake Mazaska for panfish and pike. Roberds Lake is producing crappies and sunfish in 8 to 12 feet, and the shoreline on Shields Lake is a safe bet for bass.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Jjig and minnow or slip bobber and leech combos are producing walleyes during the evening hours on Hungry Jack Lake in 8 feet, Devil Track Lake in 4 to 12 feet, and Two Island Lake in 6 to 10 feet. Lake trout are suspended over 15 to 30 feet and are hitting minnows or spoons at Greenwood Lake, Seagull Lake, and Daniels Lake. Small spoons are producing rainbow trout in 12 to 15 feet on Kimball Lake and Mink Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Look for crappies in the pencil reeds or just outside of them on lakes Wabana, Pokegama, Loon, Vermilion, Big Splithand, Bowstring, and Sand. A jig and minnow combo continues to produce walleyes in 9 to 16 feet on Big Splithand, Deer, Moose, Bowstring, Sand, Round, and Big Cutfoot Sioux lakes. Bluegills and bass are moving to the shorelines of most lakes.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Crappies, sunfish, and bass are being found in less than 6 feet on Mound Lake, Pine Lake, Moose Lake, Little Birch Lake, and St. Mary’s Lake, among others. Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows and leeches on Little Birch and Big Birch lakes in 12 to 15 feet, and in 5 feet on Two Rivers Lake. Work the weedlines of Big Birch for northern pike.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Walleyes are hitting minnows, leeches, and crawlers in 16 to 20 feet on Ten Mile Lake and Birch Lake. Crappies have moved to the 8- to 10-foot weeds on some lakes, but remain shallow on others. Look for sunfish and bass in less than 6 feet on lakes such as Webb, Child, Pleasant, and Birch.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Minnows are producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on Echo Lake, as are leeches and minnows on Side Lake in 15 feet. Crappie action has picked up in shallow water on Dewey Lake.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Walleyes remain scattered and most active in less than 8 feet, with others coming out of 18 to 25 feet. Minnows continue to produce fish, but leeches and nightcrawlers are coming on strong as well. Sauger and some good-sized perch are hitting on the shorelines or shallow rock piles.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Walleye reports remain good, with minnows or crawlers working in 10 to 20 feet on Woman Lake, Center Bar on Little Boy Lake, and along the shoreline breaks by the island on Big Boy Lake. The reeds on Big Boy and Moccasin Lake are holding bluegills, while spinnerbaits and plastics are turning bass in shallow water on Mule Lake and Blackwater Lake.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
The Narrows, Church Bar, and Town Bay on Madison Lake are giving up walleyes, while Rays Lake is producing panfish in 8 to 10 feet. Look to Lake Francis in 8 to 10 feet for northern pike, or 4 to 6 feet for crappies and sunfish. Bass are hitting in shallow water on all lakes, and Roemhildts Lake is giving up pike and panfish in 6 to 8 feet.
White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Crappies and sunfish remain active in 2 to 4 feet on Knife Lake, Ann Lake, Mud Lake, and Fish Lake. A jig tipped with a minnow or leech is the ticket for walleyes in 5 feet on Knife and Fish.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Walleye action has been spotty, but spinners and crawlers are taking some fish on the south end of Big Stone Lake in 6 to 9 feet. Big Stone also is giving up sunfish and crappies in 9 feet around the south-end islands and silver bass on crankbaits or plastics on any rock point.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Minnows, crawlers, and leeches are all part of the mix for walleyes on Potato Lake in 14 to 18 feet and Fish Hook Lake in 18 feet. Spinnerbaits tipped with sucker minnows are producing pike on Big Mantrap Lake in 14 feet – Big Mantrap also is giving up crappies in 6 to 8 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies in 6 to 10 feet on Fish Hook and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are active in shallow water.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Crappies and sunfish remain active in 5 to 10 feet on Chesterwoods Pond and Willow Creek Reservoir. Hit Lake Zumbro in 5 to 8 feet for crappies, and Silver Creek Reservoir is providing a mixed bag of pike and panfish. Foster Arend Pond remains a safe bet for rainbow trout.
Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches along the shallow weedlines out to 25 feet on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Bass are hitting plastics or spinnerbaits in 4 to 10 feet on Horseshoe Lake, Pearl Lake, Grand Lake, Rice, and Koronis. Look for crappies on the shorelines on lakes such as Browns, Long, Horseshoe, Rice, and Koronis. Sunfish have started to move shallow.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish and crappies are being found along the shorelines and docks of most lakes. Shiners, leeches, and crawlers are turning walleyes on Sauk Lake in 6 to 8 feet and on the 18- to 24-foot humps on Lake Osakis. A slip bobber and leech combo is working best for walleyes during the evening hours.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers in 8 to 10 feet on the Mississippi River, or crankbaits in 10 feet on Lake Alexander. Crappies are being found in shallow water or in the mid-depth weeds of lakes Alexander, Fish Trap, Shamineau, and Beauty. Hit the deep holes for catfish.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow combo in 4 to 6 feet on Lake Emily or in 12 to 15 feet on Long Lake. A spinner and leech combo is working best in 15 feet on Pelican Lake, and in 14 to 24 feet out from the high school on Lake Minnewaska.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Lake Sakatah is giving up a mixed bag of fish including walleyes, northern pike, and sunfish in 6 to 10 feet. Walleyes also can be had in 8 feet with fathead minnows on Lake Tetonka.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873
Crappies and sunfish are showing up around the docks and shorelines of most lakes, with lakes Florida, Eagle, Diamond, and Nest standing out. Shallow-running crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 6 to 10 feet on Ringo Lake, South Long Lake, Solomon Lake, and Willmar/Foot Lake. Bass are an easy catch in the shallow weeds and around docks.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097