Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 10th, 2016

Great Eight


East – Walleyes remain active, especially during the evening hours in 6 to 12 feet. The deep gravel and mud are giving up good numbers of big walleyes during the day in 20 to 25 feet. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on any of the shallow rock piles and reefs, sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 10 to 15 feet, and a few muskies have been caught on this end of the lake as well.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – The bigger walleyes are coming off the mud flats, and most live-bait options are working. Work the tops of the flats early and late and the edges during midday hours. The rock points and reefs also are producing walleyes in the evenings, and you’ll find plenty of smallmouth bass on the rocks as well.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Jigs and minnows remain the best option for walleyes in 18 to 28 feet on the south shore and reefs. Trolling crankbaits in the shallows also has worked during the evening hours. On the Rainy River, walleye fishing has been best at the mouth and into Four Mile Bay. At the Northwest Angle, crawlers or jigs and minnows are turning walleyes in 20 feet or less. Smallmouth action also has been strong here in shallow water.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH


Walleyes are being taken on shiners and leeches along the inside weedlines at night and the outside weedlines during the day on Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Most lakes are producing sunfish along the shorelines in 2 to 4 feet, and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in the channels of Minnetonka. Bass are scattered from the shorelines out to 20 feet and are hitting plastics on area lakes. You’ll find crappies along the 15- to 18-foot weeds of Medicine Lake, Minnetonka, and Independence.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleye action remains consistent with slip bobbers and leeches in 5 to 8 feet during low-light periods. Live-bait rigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches are working best during the day over the 25- to 30-foot rocks. Smallmouth bass have started hitting on the shorelines and docks, and a few muskies are being caught in the shallow bays.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleyes are hanging in 6 to 10 feet or 12 to 17 feet and hitting jigs and minnows or leeches and live-bait rigs. Work the points and main-lake bars or humps for better numbers of fish. Perch are being found in 10 to 14 feet off Raven’s Point and in shallower water in the Third River area. Northern pike seem to be active throughout the lake.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


The south-end rock, main-lake rock, First Duck Point, Second Duck Point, and the Hardwoods are all producing fish. Look for wind-driven areas to hold the most active fish. The weeds in Sucker Bay and Portage Bay are producing walleyes as well. A jig and minnow or live-bait rigs with crawlers and leeches are producing fish. A few muskies have been caught in the cabbage weeds, and northern pike are biting throughout the lake.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Look for walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot reefs past the Brule area; minnows continue to work best. Crappies are being found at the mouth of the Rat Root River and in the river itself. Anglers fishing from shore at the park in Black Bay are catching walleyes on minnows and jigs. Smallmouth bass are showing up along the shallow weedlines, with topwater baits working best.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


A jig and minnow, spinners and crawlers, and crankbaits are all producing walleyes on most shorelines in 4 to 7 feet. There hasn’t been a big push of crappies into shallow water, but some are being caught. Northern pike also remain part of the mix.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Walleyes and sauger are hitting minnows and jigs in the Hudson and Afton areas of the St. Croix River in 14 to 18 feet. Demontreville Lake is kicking out bass and northern pike, while sunfish remain shallow and active on Big Marine Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and Demontreville. Bucktails are raising muskies on Bald Eagle and White Bear Lake in 8 to 12 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Crappies and sunfish are being caught in shallow water on most lakes, with Bavaria, Auburn, and Zumbra the most popular. Northern pike and bass are being found shallow and along weedlines on Auburn and Steiger lakes.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Sunfish continue to be found along the shorelines and docks throughout the lake, while crappies and bass have moved to the mid-depth weed areas. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Kegg’s Reef and North Reef during the evening hours in 14 to 20 feet. Muskie reports have been limited.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Crappies are hitting tube jigs in 10 to 12 feet, and sunfish are in the shallower water of Lake Darling, Lake Carlos, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lobster Lake, and Reno Lake. Lake Miltona, Lake Reno, and Lake Ida are producing walleyes on crawlers and leeches in 12 to 15 feet during the day and as shallow as 6 feet during low-light periods. Largemouth bass and northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits on most lakes in 8 to 12 feet.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255


Leeches, crawlers, and minnows are producing some walleyes in 9 to 12 feet or 16 to 24 feet on Clearwater Lake, Buffalo Lake, and Maple Lake. Look for sunfish and bass to be on the docks and shorelines of most lakes, while crappies have slid to the mid-depth weedlines. Northern pike continue to hit on the weedlines of most lakes as well.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Jigs or spinner rigs with crawlers and leeches worked in the 8- to 15-foot weeds on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake are turning walleyes. Hit the bulrushes in 5 to 10 feet for crappies and sunfish at Mollie Stark Lake, Silver Lake, Fish Lake, and West Battle. Sucker minnows and spoons trolled on the 15-foot weedlines of Donald Lake, West Battle, and Otter Tail are producing pike, while bass are taking spinnerbaits around the docks on East Battle Lake, Donald, and West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleye action has slowed a bit, but a jig and minnow or leech is producing fish on Lake Bemidji in less than 8 feet. At Lake Plantagenet, walleyes have bit sporadically in 12 to 14 on live bait options. Crappies have moved to the weedlines on most lakes and sunfish are sliding to the shorelines and docks. Trolling bucktails on the weedlines of Bemidji and Plantagenet has triggered a few muskies.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes in 8 to 14 feet or on the bars not from shore on Blackduck Lake. Gull Lake and Island Lake also are giving up walleyes on minnows in 10 to 15 feet. Bluegills have moved shallow on most lakes, with Gull and Pimushe producing nice fish. Look for crappies on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Gilstead Lake, Gull, and Pimushe.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Look for walleyes to hit chubs, leeches, and shiners in 13 to 28 feet in the Merrifield bay on North Long Lake, Round Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Bass and sunfish continue to be found in 1 to 4 feet on most lakes, and the majority of crappies have moved to the weedlines on Gull, North Long, and Whitefish.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010


Leeches and minnows are producing walleyes during the day in 12 to 15 feet on Cass Lake. There’s also an evening crankbait bite for walleyes around Star Island on Cass. Muskies are being raised from the cabbage, and perch are hitting in the east-side bulrushes of Cass. Crappies and sunfish are being caught on the east shore of Kitchi Lake and sandy shorelines of Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Walleyes continue to hit minnows, leeches, and nightcrawlers at Serpent Lake, Nokay Lake, and Rabbit Lake in 16 to 18 feet. Crappies are being found in 2 to 15 feet on Serpent, the north end of Clearwater Lake, and most of the area’s small lakes. Sunfish have moved along the shorelines and docks on most lakes, and smallmouth bass fishing remains strong on the Mississippi River. Rainbow trout continue to be caught on Manuel Pit, Huntington Pit, and the Pennington Chain over 15 to 25 feet.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912


Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes on the 7- to 18-foot weedlines at Pelican Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, Upper Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Lake Sallie. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines are kicking out panfish on Severson Lake, Lake Melissa, Little Detroit Lake, Deadshot Bay, and Sallie. Muskies are biting, but most have been on the small side, with the cabbage beds on Big Detroit and Pelican Lake giving up the most fish.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Leeches have started turning walleyes on Island Lake in 12 to 15 feet and Boulder Lake or Fish Lake in 12 feet. You’ll find crappies on the weedlines and mid-depth structure and bluegills along the shoreline of Fish. On Lake Superior, stickbaits are producing lake trout, coho salmon, and a few king salmon over 100 feet; most fish are being taken in the top 30 feet of the water column.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Walleyes are being taken on minnows in the 5-foot mud areas on Lake Shagawa during the evening hours. Pipestone Bay on Basswood Lake is giving up walleyes in 10 feet, and ciscoes are turning lake trout here over 60 feet. Look to Big Lake and Farm Lake for walleyes in 6 feet during low-light periods. Farm Lake is producing northern pike as well, while Birch Lake is giving up walleyes in 6 to 8 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Bluegills have moved toward the shorelines of Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton, while lakes Hall, Budd, and Sissiton are giving up crappies in 4 to 12 feet. You’ll find bass hitting spinnerbaits on the docks of Budd and Sissiton, and some walleyes are being taken on rigs and leeches in 8 to 12 feet at Hall and Budd.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Sunfish are hitting on the shorelines and northern pike are on the weedlines of Cedar Lake. Hit Roberds Lake in 8 to 12 feet for walleyes and crappies. A few walleyes, crappies, and northern pike are coming off French Lake in 20 to 30 feet, and Kelley Dudley Lake is giving up crappies in 8 to 12 feet. The 6- to 8-foot rocks on Cannon Lake continue to produce perch and walleyes.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Jigs tipped with minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in 6 to 12 feet on Bowstring Lake, Sand Lake, and Jesse Lake. Slip bobbers and leeches or a jig and minnow are turning walleyes in 8 to 16 feet on lakes Pokegama, Sugar, Deer, Moose, Wabana, and Big Splithand. Panfish have moved out of the shallows, but should be back in on most lakes as it warms again. The bulrushes and weedlines on Big and Little Splithand, Bass Lake, and Pokegama are producing bass.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Look for sunfish on the docks and shorelines of Big Swan Lake, Mound Lake, Pine Lake, Big Birch Lake, and Little Birch Lake. You’ll find walleyes in 8 to 12 on Little Birch and Big Swan or in 12 to 15 feet on Big Birch. Shiners, leeches, and crawlers are all working. Crappies have moved out to 8 to 10 feet on most lakes, while bass and northern pike remain active throughout the area.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Walleye action has been spotty at best, but the wind has limited fishing activity over the past week. Crappie reports have improved around the docks out to the emerging weedlines on Ten Mile Lake and Stoney Lake.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176


Crappies are hitting in the 3- to 4-foot weeds of Big Sturgeon Lake, Stingy Lake, and Dewey Lake. The weedlines of West Two Rivers Reservoir are producing northern pike on sucker minnows. Look to Echo Lake with minnows or leeches for walleyes in 12 feet.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


Live bait is producing walleyes in 16 to 24 feet during the day and 6 to 14 feet in the evenings on Woman Lake, Little Boy Lake, and Lake Wabedo. Woman and Little Boy also are giving up smallmouth bass, while panfish action has been strong in 8 to 12 feet on Girl and Blackwater lakes.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


The weedlines on Fish Lake are kicking out largemouth bass and northern pike. Hit German Lake in 6 to 8 feet and Little Jefferson Lake in 4 to 6 feet for panfish. Walleye reports have been limited.

White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Crappies and sunfish continue to be found in 2 to 5 feet on Fish Lake, Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Mud Lake. Some walleyes are being taken on leeches or crankbaits in 4 to 6 feet on Knife and Fish.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151


Work the 5- to 7-foot weedlines with crawlers and spinners for walleyes around the islands, Schmidt’s Landing, and Peninsula area. Bluegills, largemouth bass, and white bass are being caught in 4 to 5 feet on the south end of Big Stone.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleye action has been sporadic with Fish Hook Lake, Potato Lake, and Island Lake giving up some fish in 16 to 21 feet on live bait. Big Mantrap Lake is producing northern pike on sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet, and crappies are going in 12 to 14 feet on Fish Hook and Big Mantrap. The Crow Wing Chain of Lakes remains a safe bet for sunfish in 4 to 10 feet, and plastics are turning largemouth bass in shallow water on most lakes.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in 6 to 10 feet or spinners and crawlers in 20 to 30 feet on Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Hit the bulrushes or 10- to 12-foot cabbage on lakes such as Star, Dead, Big McDonald, and Little McDonald for panfish. Power Bait is producing rainbow trout on Bad Medicine Lake, while bass and pike seem to be hitting everywhere.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Walleyes are hitting live bait in less than 10 feet on the Bay City Flats and Head of the Lakes areas on Lake Pepin. Hit the back channels for northern pike and crappies, the log jams are producing flathead catfish, and channel catfish are being caught below the dam on the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Lake Koronis is producing walleyes from the weedlines out to 25 feet on minnows and jigs. Rice Lake gives up an occasional walleye during low-light periods in 13 to 18 feet, and most lakes on the Horseshoe Chain are giving up catfish. Sunfish and bass are set up on the shorelines and dock areas on all lakes, while northern pike are active in 8 to 15 feet on Rice, Koronis, and Horseshoe Lake.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Crappies continue to be found along docks and pencil reeds out to 7 feet on Fairy Lake, Guerney Lake, Lake Osakis, and Long Bridge Lake. Look to Osakis for walleyes in 18 to 25 feet during the day and in shallower water during low-light periods. Minnows, leeches, and crawlers are all working. Northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes with sucker minnows, spoons, or crankbaits.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Lake Emily continues to produce walleyes in less than 6 feet on slip bobbers and leeches. On Lake Minnewaska, bass and sunfish are in the reeds and around docks, and northern pike are hitting shallow-running crankbaits on the 6-foot weedlines. Walleyes are biting at night at Minnewaska, mainly on crankbaits in less than 7 feet. Hit Pelican Lake with spinners and crawlers for walleyes in 12 to 15 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Fathead minnows are turning walleyes off Best Point on Lake Tetonka in 10 to 13 feet. Lake Sakatah is a safe bet for northern pike in 5 to 7 feet, and you’ll find sunfish on the shorelines and crappies in 8 feet on Tetonka and Lake Francis.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873


Walleyes are hitting crankbaits in 5 to 7 feet at Lake Benton, Lake Sarah, Lake Shaokatan, Lake Lac qui Parle, and Dead Coon Lake. Northern pike are being taken with crankbaits on Lake Hendricks and Dead Coon.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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