Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — June 9, 2017


East – Walleyes continue to hit a variety of presentations on the rocks, mud flats, sand, and gravel. There seems to be active fish throughout the lake. Smallmouth bass are pretty much done spawning, with bigger fish now being found on the 12- to 18-foot rocks and smaller fish still shallow. Muskie reports have been favorable along the weedlines in the south-end bays, and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 feet in the bays as well.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes continue to hit in 12 to 14 feet and on top of Garrison Reef during the evening hours. Work the edges of the reefs and mud flats during midday hours and slide on top early and late each day. Numbers of big walleyes are coming off the mud flats, with most live-bait presentations producing fish. Smallmouth bass continue to be found on the 4- to 17-foot rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleyes and sauger are being taken with a jig and a frozen shiner minnow or a spinner rig and live bait in 18 to 30 feet on the south shore. You’ll still catch some walleyes on the Rainy River during the morning hours, and smallmouth bass continue to hit here. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being taken from the rock and mud in 5 to 7 feet or 19 to 26 feet. Smallmouth bass have moved shallow and active on most rock or sand shorelines.

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


Spinner rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes on the deep weed edges of Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence early and late each day. Bass are being found from the shorelines out to the deep weedlines on most lakes. Look for crappies on top of the 15- to 20-foot milfoil patches on Minnetonka. Sunfish have moved to the shorelines on area lakes.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Look for walleyes in 6 to 8 feet throughout Pike Bay, Everett Bay, and the mouth of Canfield Bay or in 30 feet on the main-lake mud flats and humps – minnows and leeches are both working. The shallow, rocky shorelines are producing numbers of smallmouth bass, while a few small muskies have been caught in the shallow weeds. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows and crankbaits in Rice Bay, Stuntz Bay, and mouth of Cable Bay. Black Bay is giving up crappies, and Greenwood Bay is producing bluegills in shallow water.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleyes are being caught in 15 to 20 feet during the day and up shallower during low-light periods on leeches or shiner minnows. The Bird Houses, Little Stoney Point, Big Stoney Point, and Raven’s Point have been most productive. Look for perch in 8 to 10 feet or in 20 to 30 feet on Horseshoe Bar and Bena Bar, while the 8- to 14-foot weeds are producing northern pike.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleye action has picked up quite a bit since last week with fish being found in Portage Bay, the Hardwoods, Second Duck Point, the Annex, and Deadhead area. The majority of walleyes are weed-related in 9 to 12 feet and they’re hitting a jig and minnow, and spinners and crawlers or leeches under floats. The pencil reeds in most bays are holding jumbo perch. Muskie action has been slow.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


A spinner rig or jig tipped with a minnow is turning walleyes along the rocky shorelines and weedbeds in 15 to 20 feet. The islands around Sand Bay and Jackfish Bay have been producing walleyes on the west end, while Black Bay and Cranberry Bay have been best for northern pike. Anglers venturing to the Kettle Falls area also are catching walleyes in the channels. Smallmouth bass are being found with the walleyes.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


A jig and minnow combo has been best for walleyes, but leeches and crawlers are starting to produce more fish as well. The 3- to 7-foot breaks throughout the lake are holding the majority of fish, and there has been scattered crappie and northern pike action as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


White Bear Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and Forest Lake are producing largemouth bass in shallow water. The Hudson area of the St. Croix River is giving up walleyes on crawlers or leeches in 10 to 15 feet. Northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes, while muskie reports locally have been light. Work the weedlines on Bald Eagle and Lake Jane for crappies, while sunfish are shallow on most lakes.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Sunfish have moved to the shorelines on most lakes, including Lake Riley and Lake Parley. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weedlines of Steiger Lake and Lake Zumbra. Largemouth bass are active in shallow water at Lake Bavaria and Lake Minnewashta. A jig and minnow combo is producing walleyes on the Minnesota River.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Largemouth bass are being taken with plastics in the shallow and deep weeds of Prior Lake. Look to Lake O’Dowd with small plastics and fathead minnows for walleyes in 7 feet. McMahon Lake is a safe bet for crappies, bluegills, and largemouth bass in less than 7 feet.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


Sunfish and crappies are being caught on the back side of the island, off Cemetery Reef, in Reinke’s Bay, and Kegg’s Reef in shallow water. Walleyes are hitting crankbaits or fatheads during the evenings on Cemetery Reef and the Claybanks in 14 to 20 feet. Largemouth bass continue to be found around the docks, shallow weeds, and sides of the reefs. Muskie anglers are seeing a few fish, but there hasn’t been much fishing pressure.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Look to Lake Reno for walleyes in 14 to 16 feet – crawlers or shiner minnows are working best. On Lake Miltona, walleyes are being caught on minnows or leeches in 16 to 20 feet. Chippewa Lake and Oscar Lake are giving up walleyes on crawlers in 12 feet. Look to the bays on Lake Ida for bass and panfish, and to the 10-foot weedlines on Lake Darling for crappies and bluegills.

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


Sunfish are being found on the sandy shorelines of Cedar Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Maple Lake, Granite Lake, and Lake John. Look for crappies in 10 to 15 feet on Sylvia, Clearwater, French Lake, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake. Bass and northern pike are hitting on the shallow weedlines of most lakes. A few walleyes are being taken with leeches or minnows on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Clearwater, Sugar, and Buffalo Lake.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Look for walleyes in 9 to 15 feet to hit leeches, nightcrawlers, and minnows at Otter Tail Lake, Silver Lake, and Walker Lake. Sunfish and crappies are biting in 4 to10 feet at Stalker Lake, West Battle Lake, Silver Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. Northern pike are being caught with sucker minnows on the 10-foot weedlines of Otter Tail, Donald Lake, South Turtle Lake, and West Battle. Spinnerbaits are producing bass in shallow water on East Battle Lake and Donald, while a few muskies have been seen in shallow water on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Perch action has picked up on the bars of Lake Bemidji in 4 to 9 feet, and you’ll catch walleyes with minnows off Diamond Bar and the DNR Bar in 9 to 15 feet. Look to Lake Plantagenet with shiner minnows for walleyes in 9 to 18 feet. Some muskies are being taken on topwater baits over shallow water on Bemidji. Crappies are being caught on the weedlines at Wolf Lake, and bluegills are starting to move along the shorelines of most lakes.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Walleyes are being taken with slip bobbers and leeches during the evening hours on Blackduck Lake, Round Lake, Island Lake, and Gull Lake in 10 to 18 feet. Crappies and bluegills have moved shallow at Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Lake Rabideau, while bass and northern pike are active on most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Look for walleyes to hit minnows or leeches along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Gull Lake, 18 feet on North Long Lake, and in 28 feet at Pelican Lake. Bass fishing is excellent in the shallow weeds of most lakes, while panfish also can be found shallow on Upper Gull Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long.

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


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the west side of Lake Andrusia in 12 feet. Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake are giving up walleyes on minnows in 24 to 30 feet. Look for perch in the bulrushes on the east shoreline of Cass, while the reeds on Kitchi Lake and Buck Lake are holding bluegills and crappies. Muskie reports are limited, but northern pike remain active on the weedlines of Andrusia or Allen’s Bay on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Walleyes are being taken with leeches on the established, mid-depth weedlines of Chisago Lake, Green Lake, and South Center Lake. Crappies are being found on the weedlines, as are sunfish and bass on the shorelines of Green, Chisago, North and South Lindstrom lakes, and North Center Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Rainbows and a few brown trout are being caught with crankbaits near the surface over deep water at Huntington Pit and Portsmouth Pit. Anglers fishing from shore on Section Six Pit and Manuel Pit also are catching trout on wax worms. Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on Clearwater Lake and Rabbit Lake in 14 to 20 feet during low-light periods, while northern pike and bass are being taken along the weedlines on the north end of Bay Lake and the east end of Serpent Lake. Panfish reports have slowed since last week.

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


Leeches or minnows are producing walleyes on Pine Lake, Cotton Lake, and Big Detroit Lake in 15 to 17 feet. Northern pike are hitting minnows on the weedlines of Floyd Lake and Big Detroit, while panfish are being found shallow on lakes Sallie, Melissa, and Big Cormorant.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Blue Lake and Little Elk Lake, among others, are producing panfish in shallow water. Fathead minnows are turning walleyes on Green Lake, Eagle Lake, Blue, and Little Elk in 7 to 14 feet. Northern pike are being taken on the weedline edges, and largemouth bass are an easy catch on the shorelines of most lakes.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Smallmouth bass are set up on the shorelines of Snowbank Lake, Burntside Lake, and Lake Shagawa. You’ll find walleyes on Shagawa in 10 feet and the west side of Basswood Lake in 10 to 20 feet. White Iron Lake, Farm Lake, and Garden Lake are giving up northern pike on frozen smelt off the docks. Lake trout reports have been limited, and a few panfish are being found on the shorelines of Low Lake.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


The northeast side of Lawrence Lake started giving up crappies in 6 to 8 feet, and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Eagle Lake in 9 to 12 feet. Look to the lily pads on Lake Emily for sunfish, while Lake Washburn is producing walleyes on leeches in 12 to 14 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Crappies and bluegills continue to hit on Amber Lake, Hall Lake, Budd Lake, Lake Sissiton, and George Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Hall and Budd are giving up a few walleyes in 6 to 8 feet, as is Tuttle Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Trolling over the 12-foot rocks has produced some big muskies on Fox Lake.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Look to Shields Lake for northern pike and panfish in 10 to 12 feet. On Cannon Lake, walleyes are hitting leeches in 6 to 12 feet, and Cedar Lake is a safe bet for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet. Northern pike and perch are coming from Union Lake in 6 feet, while Lake Mazaska is producing crappies and bass along the 8- to 12-foot weedlines.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Shiner minnows, leeches, and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on Sugar Lake and Trout Lake, Big Splithand Lake in 5 to 12 feet, Lake Wabana in 7 to 20 feet, Round Lake and Jessie Lake in 7 to 15 feet, and along the shorelines of Bowstring Lake. Crappies have moved shallow on Big Splithand, Wabana, Trout, and Lake Pokegama, but bluegill reports have been limited. The Mississippi River continues to give up a mixed bag of fish, while smallmouth and largemouth bass action is strong in shallow water on most lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleyes continue to hit minnows and leeches on Woman Lake in 14 to 18 feet, and Ten Mile Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Look for crappies and bluegills in the reeds or along the shorelines of Pleasant Lake, Webb Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are still active in shallow water on area lakes.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176


Crappies are being found in 12 to 15 feet on McQuade Lake, Stingy Lake, and McCormick Lake. A jig and minnow combo is producing walleyes at Echo Lake in 6 to 8 feet, and northern pike remain active on most lakes.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


Leeches and minnows are producing walleyes in 12 to 15 feet, while sauger and walleyes are being pulled from 22 to 28 feet. Look to the wind-blown bays and shorelines, funnel areas, Tom Cod Bay, Ash River entrance, and the current areas around Kettle Falls to hold the majority of fish. Smallmouth bass and northern pike are an easy catch along most shorelines.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Look to Lake Wabedo with minnows or crawlers for walleyes on the 8-foot weeds or 18- to 26-foot structure. Woman Lake is kicking out numbers of smallmouth bass on any rock-covered area, and some walleyes are biting here during the evenings in 12 to 18 feet. You’ll find crappies and bluegills in the reeds on Big Boy Lake or in less than 8 feet on Thunder Lake. A few muskies are being raised from the shallow weeds or bulrushes on Wabedo and Little Boy Lake.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


The narrows and Miller’s Point areas on Madison Lake are giving up walleyes in 15 to 20 feet during the day or in shallower water during low-light periods. Sunfish also are being found in shallow water and crappies are now in 10 to 15 feet on Madison, Little Jefferson Lake, and Duck Lake.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Sunfish are being found on the shorelines of Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake. Look for walleyes to hit leeches, minnows, or crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet on these lakes as well. Plastics are producing largemouth bass on Knife and Ann in less than 8 feet.

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


Walleyes continue to be caught on crankbaits around the docks and shorelines of Big Stone Lake at night. During the day, work the islands area on the south end of the lake in 10 to 12 feet. Panfish action has slowed in the shallows, but largemouth bass are hitting in the weeds.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Minnows and leeches are producing walleyes on Potato Lake in 10 to 18 feet and Long Lake in 12 to 24 feet. Crappies and bluegills are being found in 2 to 6 feet on most small lakes. Smallmouth bass are shoreline-related and hitting plastics on Island (West) and Potato.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 8 to 10 feet on Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Little Pine Lake – crankbaits also work on these lakes at night in less than 10 feet. Crappies have moved out to the 8- to 14-foot weeds and bluegills are in the bulrushes of Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Big Pine.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Walleyes are being taken on crankbaits or jigs in the flooded willow trees on Lake Pepin. Look to the sloughs and back channels for panfish and northern pike. Cut sucker minnows are producing channel catfish, and flatheads are hitting bullheads and sucker minnows on the current seams and wooded areas of the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Maple Lake, Little Sauk Lake, and Big Birch Lake are giving up crappies on the edges of the weedlines in 12 feet. Look to Big Sauk Lake with minnows, leeches, or crawlers for walleyes in 5 to 15 feet. On Lake Osakis, walleyes are going in 12 to 25 feet, and the Battle Point area is giving up crappies. Look to Big Birch for walleyes with crawlers and spinners in 8 to 10 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Sunfish are hitting in less than 6 feet on Beauty Lake, Green Prairie Lake, Pierz Lake, Fish Trap Lake, Platte/Sullivan Lake, and Lake Alexander. The Mississippi River is giving up numbers of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and a few walleyes.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Bass and sunfish are hitting along the shorelines and bulrushes of Lake Minnewaska. Walleyes also can be had on spinners and crawlers on Minnewaska in 22 to 26 feet. The west side of Lake Emily is giving up a few walleyes on crawlers, while Long Lake is producing walleyes on live bait.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Crappies, bluegills, and largemouth bass are being found in shallow water on most lakes including Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Norway Lake, Lake Andrew, Florida Lake, and George Lake. Walleyes are hitting leeches and nightcrawlers in 5 to 9 feet on Lake Wagonda, Big Kandi Lake, and Lake Elizabeth. Smallmouth bass are being found in shallow water, and a few walleyes are being pulled from 25 to 35 feet on Green Lake.

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


Crankbaits and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 2 to 10 feet early and late each day at Lake Sarah. There’s also a shallow-water walleye bite with leeches and slip bobbers after dark on Dead Coon Lake. Hit Wood Lake in 5 feet for walleyes and the shoreline weeds for crappies. Walleyes are being caught with minnows in 3 to 6 feet on Lady Slipper Lake and School Grove Lake, and several big walleyes are being taken in the Milan Bridge area on Lake Lac qui Parle.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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