Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — June 2, 2017
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – The shallow rocks continue to hold numbers of walleyes and smallmouth bass. Walleye action also is strong on the deep mud flats and gravel areas. Overall, the walleye bite has been excellent, but the smallmouth bite has slowed. Anglers catching the most smallmouth have offered a slow presentation on the 6- to 12- foot rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Smallmouth bass reports have slowed a bit since last week – likely due to the fact that these fish might be wrapping up their spawn on the shallow rocks. Walleyes remain active on the shoreline rocks and points, on the mud flats, Garrison Reef, 18- to 24- foot rocks in Wigwam Bay, and on the breaks in St. Alban’s Bay.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A jig and minnow or spinner rig and minnow continues to trigger walleyes and sauger in 18 to 24 feet on the south shore. The main lake reefs also are giving up walleyes and sauger in 23 to 32 feet and there are plenty of jumbo perch and northern pike in the mix as well. There’s a decent walleye bite in the Rainy River during the morning hours with a jig and minnow. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being taken around the islands such as Oak, Little Oak, Hay, and Garden among others.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Largemouth bass are being caught in 5 to 15 feet on Lake Minnetonka and the north side of Medicine Lake in shallow water. Look for walleyes to hit live-bait rigs and leeches along the 15- to 18- foot weedlines on Minnetonka on jigs and leeches in 13 to 16 feet on Lake Independence. Crappies are transitioning to summer locations, which means the 15-foot milfoil on Minnetonka. Sunfish are being found along the shorelines of most lakes and spinnerbaits are producing pike in 12 to 15 feet on Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes remain active, hitting minnows or leeches, over 20 to 30 feet throughout the lake. Better areas this week include Daisy Bay, Moose Island, Canfield Bay, Armstrong Bay, Indian Point, and Cable Bay. Some fish are coming from 7 to 10 feet in Pike Bay as well. Mud Creek Bay, Stuntz Bay, and Rice Bay are giving up northern pike via sucker minnows in shallow water, while smallmouth bass continue to be plucked from the shorelines.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Between cold fronts, walleyes are being caught with shiner minnows in 8 to 14 feet on Big Stoney Point, Little Stoney Point, the Bird Houses, Mallard Point, Sugar Point, and Raven’s Point. Nightcrawlers also are turning fish on the bars in deeper water. A few perch continue to be caught in 14 feet on the north and west sides, while northern pike seem to be hitting throughout the lake in 8 to 14 feet.
Look for scattered walleyes to hit minnows, leeches, and crawlers in 6 to 10 feet. Fish are being caught in a lot of areas, just not big numbers on most spots. Work the wind-driven shorelines around Goose Island, Battle Point, the Hardwoods, Sugar Point, Pine Point, and Otter Tail Point – stay on the move. Bass are showing up on the shorelines in most bays and remain in pre-spawn mode.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Minnows are producing walleyes on the weedbeds and rock shorelines in 15 to 20 feet. Look to the Brule Narrows, Kettle Falls area, and Cranberry Bay for bigger concentrations of fish. Smallmouth bass remain active in shallow water along most rocky shorelines, while sucker minnows are turning northern pike at the mouths of Cranberry Bay and Black Bay.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Walleye action remains strong on most shorelines in 4 to 7 feet. A jig and minnow is working best, but leeches and crawlers are starting to work as well. A few crappies are now being caught on the north shore in shallow water, and northern pike are mixed with the walleyes in less tthan 7 feet.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
The St. Croix River continues to give up walleyes on leeches and crawlers in 15 to 20 feet, while crappie action slowed a bit, but a few are being found on the 10-foot weed edges of Bald Eagle Lake and Lake Jane. You’ll find bluegills in shallow water on White Bear Lake, and there is a northern pike bite on the weedlines of White Bear with spoons or crankbaits.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Anglers fishing from the pier on Steiger Lake are catching northern pike and bass. A jig and minnow continues to produce a few walleyes on the Minnesota River, while Lake Parley continues to give up panfish in 4 to 7 feet.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Hit Lake O’Dowd and Prior Lake for walleyes, crappies, and largemouth bass in 7 to 15 feet. Cedar Lake and Thole Lake are producing crappies and sunfish in 4 to 6 feet. On Spring Lake, crappies remain active in less than 7 feet.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Crappies are being found in 8 to 12 feet along the north shore weedlines, Pillsbury Reef, east side of the island, and North Reef. Leeches and minnows are turning walleyes 15 to 18 feet on Cemetary Reef, Kegg’s Reef, and Claybanks area. Look for largemouth bass and sunfish on the shorelines or in 8 to 12 feet throughout the lake.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Leeches, minnows, and crawlers are producing walleyes Lake Mary, Chippewa Lake, Reno Lake, and Oscar Lake in 15 feet. Lake Ida, Miltona Lake, and Lake Darling are giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet during the day and up shallower in the evenings. Largemouth bass and sunfish have started to show up on the shorelines of most lakes if the sun is out.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
A few walleyes are coming off Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Pleasant Lake in 12 to 15 feet. You’ll find crappies, largemouth bass and sunfish in less than 8 feet on Clearwater, Lake John, Sugar Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Sucker or shiner minnows are producing northern pike along the 8- to 12- foot weedlines on most lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows or leeches in 8 to 10 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Silver Lake, and Rush Lake, or on West Battle Lake in 15 feet. You’ll find crappies and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Clitherall Lake, Fish Lake, Stalker Lake, Donald Lake, and Rush. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 12-foot weedlines at Donald, Stalker, West Battle, and Otter Tail. Bass fishing is strong with topwater baits in shallow water on East Battle Lake, Stalker, West Battle, and Clitherall.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Shiner minnows or leeches are turning walleyes in 7 to 9 feet on Lake Plantagenet or 6 to 10 feet on Lake Bemidji. You’ll find bluegills in 3 to 6 feet at Big Bass Lake, and crappies are moving in and out of the shallow reeds with the recent water temperature changes on most lakes.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Minnows and leeches are producing walleyes in 8 to 14 feet at Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, Round Lake, and Gull Lake. Crappies and bluegills are staging outside the shallows in 10 to 15 feet on Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Rabideau Lake. Look for crappies in 8 to 14 feet on Island, Blackduck, Round, Gull.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
CASS LAKE AREA
Bigger walleyes are being found on the edges of North Cedar Bar and Deadman’s Bar on Cass Lake in 8 to 10 feet and the north end of Pike Bay Lake in 8 to 10 feet. You’ll find more eating-size walleyes in 30 to 35 feet throughout Allen’s Bay on Cass. Hit the bulrushes on Kitchi Lake for crappies and bluegills. The 10- to 15- foot weedlines on Lake Andrusia and Wolf Lake are giving up northern pike and walleyes. Look to the Potato islands area on Cass for bigger perch.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
You’ll find crappies and sunfish on the weedlines of North and South Center lakes, Green Lake, Chisago Lake, and North and South Lindstrom lakes. Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of South Center, Green, and Chisago, while bass are cruising the shorelines and shallow docks on most lakes.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches during low-light periods in 6 to 8 feet or during the day in 15 to 20 feet on Serpent Lake. Northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows along the weedlines at Serpent, Rabbit Lake, Mitchell Lake, and Mission Lake. Look for crappies in shallow water on most lakes, and trout reports continue to be good in the top 10 feet of the water column on the local pits. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are an easy catch in shallow water on most lakes.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 17 feet on lakes Sallie, Melissa, and Big Detroit. Crappies and sunfish are going over 8 to 13 feet on Big Cormorant Lake, Floyd Lake, Sallie, and Melissa. Northern pike remain active in the weeds on most lakes, while Big Detroit and Toad Lake are kicking out largemouth bass in shallow water.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Leeches and minnows are turning walleyes on Fish Lake in 10 feet, Island Lake in 15 feet, Boulder Lake in 8 to 10 feet, and on the St. Louis River. Hit Whiteface Lake and Fish for crappies in 8 to 10 feet. Spoons or stickbaits are producing lake trout and smaller kings in the top 50 feet of the water column on Lake Superior. The best reports have come about 10 miles out of Duluth.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Green Lake is giving up walleyes in 14 to 17 feet and crappies in 7 to 14 feet on minnows. Look to the shorelines of Blue Lake for bluegills, and Little Elk Lake is producing walleyes in 9 feet. Northern pike and largemouth bass are an easy catch on the shallow weedlines of most lakes. Hit the Rum River for walleyes and the Mississippi River for smallmouth bass.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Walleyes and smallmouth bass are being caught on Shagawa Lake with minnows in less than 12 feet. Northern pike are hitting frozen smelt on the shorelines of Farm Lake, Garden Lake, and White Iron Lake. Look to Snowbank Lake for walleyes and smallmouth bass in 16 feet.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt Lake is producing crappies in 5 feet and the east side of Lawrence Lake is giving up sunfish in 4 to 6 feet. A sucker minnow under a float is turning northern pike on Eagle Lake in 8 to 10 feet and near the island on Ruth Lake in 10 to 12 feet. A few walleyes can be had at Mitchell Lake in 12 to 14 feet with nightcrawlers.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crappies remain active around the docks and shorelines of Amber Lake, Hall Lake, Lake George, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Walleyes are hitting leeches or crawlers at Hall and Budd in less than 7 feet. Trolling crankbaits or live-bait rigs at Tuttle Lake has produced walleyes in 4 to 6 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Hit Cannon Lake in 8 feet for walleyes and perch or Cedar Lake in 4 to 12 feet for crappies. Sunfish and northern pike are biting in 8 to 12 feet at Roberds Lake, and a few walleyes are being taken on leeches at Union Lake in 4 to 6 feet. On Shields Lake, crappies, sunfish, and northern pike are biting in 8 to 12 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are being taken on leeches or minnows in 8 to 15 feet at Hungry Jack Lake, Two Island Lake, Poplar Lake, and McFarland Lake. Lake trout are hitting spoons or smelt 15 to 20 feet down on Greenwood Lake, 10 to 18 feet down on Daniels Lake, and 20 feet down at Loon Lake. Rainbow trout are hitting minnows and crawlers in 10 to 18 feet on Leo Lake, 12 feet at Trout Lake, and 15 to 20 feet at Kemo Lake.On Lake Superior, spoons are producing lake trout about 150 feet below the surface.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Shiner minnows continue to work best for walleyes on Big Splithand Lake and Bowstring Lake in 5 to 10 feet of water, Sugar Lake and Lake Wabana in 7 to 15 feet, or Squaw/Round Lake in 5 to 12 feet. Crappies are staging on the weedlines outside their spawning areas on Lake Pokegamaa, Little Splithand Lake, Big Splithand, Bowstring, and Wabana. Walleyes also are being caught below the dam on the Mississsippi River.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Spot-tailed shiner minnows or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes at Big Birch Lake in 8 to 18 feet and Big Swan Lake in 5 to 15 feet. Panfish action is strong in shallow water at Big Swan, Pine Lake, and Mound Lake.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Wind-blown shorelines and funnel areas are holding active walleyes over 12 to 40 feet – minnows continue to work best on a jig or live-bait rig. Northern pike can be had in just about any bay with some weed growth and smallmouth bass are an easy catch on any rock or sand shoreline.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Lakes such as Wabedo, Little Boy, Mule, and Blackwater are giving up crappies and sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. Crawlers are producing walleyes in 8 to 10 feet during low-light periods or 15 to 20 feet during the day on Woman Lake. On Big Boy and Little Boy lakes, walleyes are hitting minnows in 12 to 14 feet. Smallmouth bass are aggressively hitting a variety of presentations in shallow water at Woman.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
Knife Lake is producing sunfish in 3 feet and walleyes in 3 to 5 on a jig and minnow. Trolling minnows along the weedlines of Ann Lake also has turned walleyes and Quamba Lake is giving up sunfish in 3 to 5 feet.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
The daytime walleye bite on Big Stone Lake continue to be slow, but a bobber and leech, crankbaits, or plastics are turning walleyes at night on the shorelines. You’ll find crappies and a few bluegills on the 3- to 5- foot rocks of Big Stone as well.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes continue to hit shiner minnows in 12 to 16 feet on Fish Hook Lake, Potato Lake, and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes. Crappies are in the bulrushes on Fish Hook and the Crow Wing Chain, while bluegills have moved shallow on most small lakes. Hit Boulder Lake in less than 6 feet for largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Northern pike and walleyes are hitting minnows in 9 to 13 feet at Big Pine Lake, Star Lake, Rush Lake, and Little Pine Lake. The 3- to 6- foot bulrushes on Dead Lake, Star, Big Pine, and Little McDonald Lake are producing crappies and bluegills. Bass fishing has been very good in shallow water on all lakes.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Work the current seams in the flooded trees over less than 8 feet with live bait for walleyes and sauger at the Head of the Lakes. Trolling crankbaits also has triggered fish in 10 feet on Lake Pepin. A few panfish are being found in the shallow sloughs and backwaters, flathead catfish reports have been slow, but channel catfish are hitting below the dam on the Mississippi River.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught on the Sauk River, Horseshoe Lake, Great Northern Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Zumwalde Lake in 5 to 10 feet. Eden Lake, Lake Koronis, Long Lake, Becker Lake, and Horseshoe are producing panfish in less than 6 feet. Look to shallow water on Koronis for smallmouth bass and the shorelines on the Horseshoe Chain, Pearl Lake, or Grand Lake for largemouth.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Shiner minnnows remain the ticket for walleyes on Big Sauk Lake in 6 to 16 feet and the south end of Lake Osakis in 12 to 16 feet. Northern pike action has improved with shiner minnows on the shallow weedlines of Westport Lake, Gurney Lake, Big Sauk, and Osakis. Sunfish reports have been limited, but crappies are an easy catch on most lakes in less than 6 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Crappies and sunfish are being caught in shallow water at Beauty Lake, Green Prairie Lake, Fish Trap Lake, Platte/Sullivan Lake, and Lake Shamineau. Catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleyes continue to be caught on the Mississippi River.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Spinners and crawlers are triggering walleyes in 22 to 24 feet on Lake Minnewaska or on the points in 15 feet at Pelican Lake. Hit the north side of Long Lake in 12 to 14 feet with shiner minnows or the west side of Lake Emily with crawlers in 6 feet for walleyes as well. Spinnerbaits are producing bass on the docks and bulrushes, while the Starbuck Marina is a safe bet for sunfish on Minnewaska.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Most live bait options are turning walleyes in less than 10 feet at Big Kandi Lake, Lake Wagonda, Long Lake, Ringo Lake, and Lake Elizabeth. Diamond Lake and Green Lake also are producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish on the shorelines and docks of Eagle Lake, Florida Lake, Lake Andrew, George Lake, and Henderson Lake.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Leeches, minnows, and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 5 feet at Dead Coon Lake, Lady Slipper Lake, Steep Bank Lake, and School Grove Lake. Hit Lake Sarah for walleyes and perch or Lake Shetek for crappies and walleyes in 4 to 6 feet. Smallmouth are active in shallow water at East and West Twin lakes, as are largemouth bass on Wood Lake.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880