Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 22nd, 2016

Great Eight


Anglers continue to catch numbers of walleyes on crankbaits between Seguchie Point and Brown’s Point in 10 feet. The deep gravel and mud flats seem to be holding strong numbers of fish in 22 to 30 feet as well. Look for bigger smallmouth bass on the 15- to 20-foot rocks.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Anglers are catching good numbers of walleyes on crankbaits or via downrigging, while jig fishing or drifting spinners is putting fish in the box as well. Pods of fish are being found in the middle of the lake in 28 to 32 feet. A jig and minnow combo is producing a few walleyes at the mouth of the Rainy River and into Four Mile Bay, and smallmouth bass action is strong throughout the river. At the Northwest Angle, the north and west sides of Little Oak Island are giving up walleyes and sauger in 25 to 30 feet. Work the off-shore reefs and humps with spinner rigs or jigs and minnows since the majority of fish have moved off the islands and onto midlake structure.

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


Muskies have started moving to the shorelines in 6 to 10 feet on Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence – topwater baits are working best. Sunfish and crappies are hitting in 6 to 12 feet on Medicine Lake, Lake Sarah, Minnetonka, and Independence. The deep weedlines on Minnetonka are giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Anglers bouncing around the reefs or rock points in Big Bay continue to find good walleye fishing with nightcrawlers in 20 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the shorelines, docks, and weedlines. Bucktails are raising muskies around the islands and rock points in 8 to 10 feet, and northern pike are being taken along the weedlines in Stuntz Bay, the mouth of Everett Bay, and Frazier Bay.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleyes continue to be caught on spinners and crawlers on many main-lake bars and humps in 14 to 17 feet. There is some evening action with crankbaits along the shorelines in 6 to 12 feet as well. Look for bigger perch on the bars in 16 feet or more, and northern pike are hitting spoons and crankbaits along the 10- to 12-foot weeds.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Muskie reports have really picked up from the rocks and weeds, with topwater baits around Diamond Point and in Portage Bay or Deadhead Bay, among other spots. Trolling Shad Raps on West Goose Flats or between First and Second Duck points has produced walleyes. Leadcore and crankbaits also are producing over deep water in Walker Bay.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Erickson Reef is kicking out walleyes on shiner minnows and leeches in 30 feet, as are the reefs in Sand Bay over 20 to 30 feet. You’ll also hook walleyes at the lift bridge area in Ranier in 15 to 20 feet of water.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The bite has been up and down with all the weather fronts moving through. Crankbaits or spinner rigs and live bait are working best for walleyes. Hit the 4- to 7-foot breaks or south shore rock piles in 4 to 9 feet.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Look for bluegills in 4 to 6 feet and crappies over deeper water in the middle of Big Marine Lake. Sucker minnows are turning bass on Powers Lake in 8 to 10 feet, and spinnerbaits are working better on Centerville Lake. The 10-foot weed edges on Bald Eagle Lake and Green Lake are holding northern pike.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Muskie action has improved with bucktails or topwater baits in Wagener’s Bay and on Anderson’s Reef. The 12- to 15-foot milfoil on Center Reef, North Reef, Cemetery Reef, and the back side of the island are holding bass. Look for crappies in 10 to 15 feet on Pillsbury Reef and back side of the island.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Sunfish, bass, and northern pike continue to be caught on the weedlines of most lakes. During low-light periods use leeches or nightcrawlers for walleyes from the weedlines out to 30 feet on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. The weedlines on Reno Lake and Lake Le Homme Dieu are giving up a few walleyes as well. Miltona and Ida are safe bets for bass.

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


Look for sunfish during the day and crappies in the evenings in 12 to 18 feet on Pleasant Lake, French Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Lake Sylvia. A few walleyes are hitting early and late each day in 18 to 24 feet on Clearwater and Cedar Lake. Bass and northern pike are weed-related and plastics or spinnerbaits are the way to go on Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, Sugar Lake, and Sylvia.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are hitting crawlers or leeches in 10 to 20 feet on Otter Tail Lake and 20 to 30 feet on West Battle Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in 8 to 15 feet on West Battle, Stalker Lake, and Rush Lake. Bucher Tails are turning muskies on the 15- to 20-foot weeds on West Battle, while the 10- to 15-foot weeds on Otter Tail, Clitherall Lake, and Donald Lake are producing northern pike.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Gull Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Turtle River Lake are giving up walleyes, bluegills, and crappies along the cabbage edges on leeches and crawlers. Island Lake continues to produce walleyes on live-bait rigs and leeches in 16 to 20 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Bass fishing has been strong with topwater or spinnerbaits along the weedlines of Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards. Sunfish are being found around the docks on most lakes.

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


Trolling crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet during the evening hours is producing walleyes on North Cedar Bar and Deadman’s Bar on Cass Lake or LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay Lake. Northern pike and bass are being caught on the edges of the bulrushes on most small lakes, while muskies are hitting black bucktails during the evening hours along the cabbage edges in Allen’s Bay on Cass, Kitchi Lake, and Lake Andrusia.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


The weedlines on North Center Lake continue to kick out panfish, bass, and northern pike. Slip bobbers and leeches or shiner minnows are producing some walleyes during low-light periods in 15 to 20 feet on South Lindstrom Lake and Comfort Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Serpent Lake is producing walleyes on spinner rigs during the day in 22 to 26 feet or during the evening hours on slip bobbers and leeches in 15 feet. Thompson Point and Vinje Point are good starting spots. Northern pike are hitting spoons and stickbaits in 10 to 15 feet on Lower Mission Lake. Look for largemouth bass on the docks or in 8 to 12 feet on Horseshoe Lake and on the weedlines or bulrushes of Nokay Lake. Bluegills and a few crappies are being caught on Mahnomen Lake in 10 to 12 feet.

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


Work minnows or leeches for walleyes in 20 feet or buzzbaits along the shorelines for smallmouth bass on Island Lake. On Fish Lake, minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in 15 feet, and bluegills are biting in 10 feet. Reports from Lake Superior have been best farther north toward Two Harbors and Silver Bay. Spoons are turning lake trout in about 100 feet, and coho salmon are being caught in the top 40 feet of the water column.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Blue Lake started giving up a few walleyes on leeches in 14 to 20 feet. Look for sunfish on the weedlines of Green Lake. Blue and Green are giving up crappies during the evenings over 14 feet. Local rivers are running high and fast, making them difficult to fish.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Plastics and leeches are producing smallmouth bass on the shorelines of Lake Shagawa. On Snowbank Lake, ciscoes are turning lake trout in 60 to 80 feet and you’ll hook a few walleyes here in 40 to 50 feet. Walleyes also can be had with leeches in 20 to 25 feet on Basswood Lake.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Hit French Lake for crappies over 10 to 15 feet. Lake Mazaska is kicking out crappies from the docks out to the weedlines. On Kelly Dudley Lake, crappies and sunfish are hitting on the weedlines.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleyes are hitting leeches in 18 to 25 feet on lakes Saganaga and Seagull or in 25 to 30 feet on Gunflint Lake. Spoons and ciscoes are producing lake trout over 40 feet on Loon Lake, 50 to 55 feet on Greenwood Lake, 30 feet on Saganaga, and 35 to 45 feet on Trout Lake. Rainbow trout are taking crawlers in 14 to 18 feet on Leo Lake and in 12 to 15 feet on Kimball Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers in the weeds of Big Splithand Lake, in 25 feet on Sugar Lake, along the mid-depth weedlines on Lake Wabana, and the 4- to 7-foot weeds on Bowstring Lake. Chubs are producing walleyes on Trout Lake in 20 to 25 feet and on the deep weedlines of Lake Pokegama. Look for bluegills during the day and crappies in the evenings on the weedlines of lakes Wabana, Pokegama, Grave, Big Splthand, and Little Splithand. Tubes are turning smallmouth bass on the deep rocks on Turtle Lake, North Star Lake, and Trout.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Long Lake by St. Rose is producing sunfish and crappies, while crappies are being caught on Big Swan Lake along the 10- to 12- foot weedlines. Some walleyes continue to be caught on leeches on Big Birch Lake during the evening hours.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Crawlers are turning a few walleyes on Woman Lake in 14 to 25 feet, and bass fishing continues to be good along the weedlines of most lakes. Bluegills also are being found on the weedlines of Birch Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Woman Lake, and Child Lake.

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


Stingy Lake continues to produce crappies in 12 feet, as is Big Sturgeon Lake in 8 feet. Hit Side Lake for walleyes in 20 feet. Jigs and leeches are working best. West Two Rivers Reservoir is giving up northern pike in 4 to 15 feet on spoons or sucker minnows.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


A slowly presented crawler or leech continues to work best for walleyes in 18 to 25 feet or in 30 feet or more. Crankbaits also are turning walleyes in 14 to 20 feet, and northern pike and smallmouth bass along the shorelines. Better walleye spots this week include Nashoda Point, Martin Islands, the mouth of Blind Ash Bay, and the shoreline structure near Green and Larkin islands.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Walleyes are hitting crankbaits and slip bobber rigs at night on Woman Lake in 12 to 14 feet. A few walleyes also can be had on the weedlines of Boy Lake on crawlers and leeches. Crappies are hitting during the evening hours on Girl Lake in 17 feet, while Little Boy Lake and Lake Wabedo are giving up muskies.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Sunfish are hitting on German Lake in 6 to 10 feet, and trolled crankbaits are working for northern pike on the weedlines of Madison Lake and Lake Francis. The backwater areas on the Blue Earth River are giving up walleyes on jigs and fathead minnows.

White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Walleyes are hitting jigs tipped with leeches or minnows on Knife Lake and Ann Lake in 7 to 9 feet. Panfish action is decent, but you do have to sort through some small fish in 6 feet on Fish Lake, Ann, and Knife.

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


Numbers of perch are being caught with spikes on Big Stone Lake from the islands to Hartford Beach in 11 to 13 feet. Work the breaks and rock edges. A spinner and crawler also will produce walleyes in this same stretch of water in 13 feet.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleye reports have been pretty limited, but Fish Hook Lake is producing northern pike in 14 to 16 feet. The Crow Wing Chain of Lakes is giving up good numbers of pike on minnows as well. Portage Lake, Fish Hook, and Crow Wing Chain are giving up bluegills in 10 to 14 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Rush Lake is kicking out walleyes in 15 to 20 feet, as is Little Pine Lake in 18 to 25 feet. Jigging Rapalas or live-bait rigs and leeches are working best.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Sunfish are hitting on Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, Horseshoe Lake, and Cedar Island Lake in 8 to 12 feet. A few crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 22 feet on Koronis as well.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Sunfish action has been strong in 10 to 14 feet on Lake Minnewaska off the Starbuck Beach, north shore, and point on the south end.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Walleyes have shut down, but northern pike are hitting spoons and crankbaits on Lake Sakatah in 4 to 6 feet. Look to Lake Tetonka for crappies and sunfish in 15 feet.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873


Sunfish and a few crappies are being caught on the docks and weedlines of lakes Florida, Diamond, Eagle, Games, and Henderson. Look to Green Lake for walleyes in 30 to 40 feet.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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