Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 16, 2017

Great Eight


East – Most live bait options, crankbaits, and plastics continue to produce numbers of walleyes. Fish are being found as shallow as 8 feet during low-light periods and as deep as 30 feet during the day throughout the lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the weedlines in most bays and a few muskies continue to be hooked on the south end. Smallmouth bass action has improved on the rocks in 12 to 20 feet.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes continue to be caught on the shoreline breaks, points, rocks, and mud flats. You’ll find fish from 12 to 30 feet throughout the lake, depending on the spot. Smallmouth bass have started hitting better again on the 6- to 10- foot rocks; live bait and artificials are both working.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Big numbers of walleye and sauger are being caught on spinner rigs or jigs on the reefs and mud in 18 to 30 feet. Trolling crankbaits along the shorelines in 5 to 11 feet has produced walleyes on the south shore as well. The bays, feeder streams, rock, and weed edges on the Rainy River are holding smallmouth bass and walleyes. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes and sauger are being caught in 18 to 26 feet around Little Oak Island, Big Oak Island, Flag Island Flats, and Four Blocks area.

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


A few walleyes are being taken on spinner rigs and live bait on the deep weedlines or in the channels after dark with a slip bobber and leech on Lake Minnetonka. On Lake Independence, a jig and leech is producing walleyes in 18 feet. Bass fishing has been good throughout the area in deep and shallow water. Sunfish continue to be found along the shorelines of most lakes, and a few crappies are being found suspended over the deep weedlines on Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Slip bobbers and leeches continue to be caught in 3 to 10 feet on the wind-driven shorelines. If it’s calm, live-bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are producing more fish in 20 to 30 feet. The Potato Island area and mouth of Everett Bay also are giving up walleyes on the shallow and deep breaks. The sand and rock shorelines are holding numbers of smallmouth bass – the Seven Sisters area and Raspberry Island have been two of the better spots. The majority of muskies being caught have been small and northern pike reports have been best from the shallow bays.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleyes are hitting leeches in 8 to 10 feet in the Birdhouses area, the flats in 12 to 15 feet, and the main lake bars in 14 to 16 feet. A few good-sized perch are being found in the Rich’s Townsite area over 8 to 10 feet, and northern pike are an easy catch throughout the lake.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


It’s been a consistent week of walleye fishing with leeches, nightcrawlers, and minnows. Most fish continue to be found in less than 12 feet and they’re often weed-related. The Hardwoods, Duck points, Goose Island, Pine Point, GrandVu Flats and the breaks in Walker Bay are all producing some fish. Bass fishing reports are strong from the rice and reed beds, but panfish reports have been slow. Look for better muskie action on the mid-depth weeds or shallow rocks.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Minnows continue to trigger walleyes and smallmouth bass along most shorelines in 12 feet – look for emerging weedbeds to hold the most fish. Better areas have been Sand Bay, Jackfish Bay, Black Bay, and Cranberry Bay on the west side. Heading east through the Brule Narrows, walleyes and smallmouth are being caught around Kempton Channel or the channels from Kettle Falls to Rabbit Island.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Walleyes remain active in 4 to 7 feet along most shorelines. A jig and minnow continues to produce fish, but trolling spinners or live bait rigs with leeches or crawlers has provided good action as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Smallmouth bass and walleyes are being caught from Afton to Prescott on the St. Croix River. Look for crappies on the weedlines and bluegills or largemouth bass along the shorelines of most lakes. Big Marine Lake and White Bear Lake are giving up northern pike along the 8- to 12- foot weedlines. Bucktails have turned muskies in 8 to 15 feet on White Bear and Bald Eagle Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


The Crow River started giving up walleyes on a jig and minnow, and the main channel area on the Minnesota River is producing walleyes, as well. Bass fishing has been good with plastics at Lake Minnewashta and Whaletail Lake. Look to Pierson Lake and Lake Zumbra with spoons or sucker minnows for northern pike.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Sunfish and bass are being found on the shallow weeds and shorelines of Lake O’Dowd, Prior Lake, and Carl’s Lake. The south end of Prior is producing walleyes on leeches in 15 to 22 feet during the day and as shallow as 7 feet after dark.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


There’s an evening walleye bite with fathead minnows or leeches on Cemetary Reef and Kegg’s Reef in 15 feet. Crappie action remains strong on North Reef in 12 feet, and sunfish are being caught along the shorelines. Muskie reports have been limited, but the weedlines on the north side of the island and the swimming beach area are producing northern pike. Look for bigger bass on the main-lake reefs, with more numbers of small fish along the shorelines.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Trolling crankbaits at night in 6 to 10 feet has produced walleyes on Lake Miltona. Nightcrawlers and leeches are turning walleyes on Reno Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Crawlers also are triggering walleyes in 12 to 14 feet at Chippewa Lake and Oscar Lake. The weedlines on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, and Lake Ida are holding panfish and bass. Muskie reports have improved a bit with bucktails on the mid-depth weedlines of Miltona.

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


Some sunfish remain on the shorelines, while others have moved to the weeds on Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake John, Maple Lake, Granite Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Crappie reports have been limited, but bass and northern pike are being found on the shallow weedlines of most lakes. Look for walleyes on the established weedlines of Clearwater and Buffalo Lake.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 15 to 20 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, Walker Lake, and Silver Lake. You’ll find panfish in the 10-foot weeds of West Battle, Silver, Stalker Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. Spinnerbaits or plastics are turning bass on East Battle Lake, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of South Turtle Lake, Donald Lake, West Battle, and Otter Tail. A few muskies continue to be raised on bucktails from shallow water on West Battle as well.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Leeches or shiner minnows are producing walleyes at Lake Bemidji from the weedlines out to 16 to 20 feet and on Big Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Bluegills are set up in shallow water at Turtle River Lake, and crappies have moved to the deep weedlines on Beltrami Lake. A few muskies are being seen in shallow water on Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Perch action remains strong on Bemidji in 4 to 10 feet.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Live-bait rigs or slip bobbers and leeches continue to produce walleyes in 12 to 18 feet at Round Lake, Blackduck Lake, Gull Lake, and Island Lake. Look for crappies on the weedlines and bluegills on the shorelines or reeds on Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Rabideau Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Leeches, nightcrawlers, and minnows are turning walleyes in 18 to 20 feet on North Long Lake, 10 to 12 feet on Gull Lake, and 28 to 32 feet at Pelican Lake. Look for crappies on the weedlines and bluegills closer to shore on Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, Upper Gull Lake, Gull, and North Long.

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


Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow on the south and east sides of Star Island on Cass Lake or the east side of Pike Bay Lake in less than 10 feet. Leeches also are producing walleyes on the west side of Lake Andrusia. The shallow sand on the north side of Star Island on Cass is producing perch. The cabbage areas in Allen’s Bay on Cass or Pike Bay are giving up crappies, and muskie anglers are seeing a few fish in the cabbage of Allen’s Bay.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Crappies, bluegills, and largemouth bass continue to hit on the weedlines of North Center Lake, South Center Lake, Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake. Leeches are producing walleyes on the 12- foot weedlines of Chisago and Green, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on most lakes in 12 to 14 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Leeches and nightcrawlers are working best for walleyes in 15 to 18 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Pine Lake, and Cotton Lake. Look for panfish on the weedlines or near shore on lakes Sallie, Melissa, Floyd, Sour, and Big Cormorant. Northern pike and bass action is strong throughout the area in less than 12 feet, but muskies continue to be hard to find.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Leeches or minnows will produce walleyes in 15 to 20 feet and smallmouth bass along the shorelines at Island Lake. Look to Fish Lake with live bait in 15 feet for walleyes as well. Bluegills have moved into 6 to 8 feet on most fisheries with Caribou Lake, Pike Lake, and Fish standing out. Windy conditions and weather fronts have limited Lake Superior reports.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Minnows or leeches are turning walleyes in 7 to 14 feet at Eagle Lake, Green Lake, Blue Lake, and Little Elk Lake. Panfish reports continue to be favorable on most lakes on the shallow weeds or shorelines in less than 8 feet. The Mississippi River is giving up a few walleyes, channel catfish, and smallmouth bass.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Smallmouth bass have started hitting along the rock and sand shorelines of Snowbank Lake. Snowbank also is giving up walleyes on leeches in 6 to 10 feet during the evening hours. Look to Burntside Lake over 45 feet for lake trout and along the shorelines with leeches for walleyes. Hit Shagawa Lake with minnows or leeches for walleyes in 8 to 20 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Largemouth bass are being taken on plastics along the shorelines of Ruth Lake and smallmouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits in 10 to 12 feet at Mitchell Lake. Upper Dean Lake is giving up northern pike in 8 to 10 feet. Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt Lake is producing crappies in 3 to 6 feet, while the south end of West Fox Lake is kicking out sunfish in 4 to 6 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Walleyes remain active in 4 to 6 feet at Tuttle Lake or in 6 to 8 feet on Hall Lake and Budd Lake. Bluegills and crappies are an easy catch in less than 6 feet on Budd, Hall, George Lake, Amber Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Trolling bucktails or crankbaits remains the best option for muskies on the rocks of Fox Lake.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Roberds Lake is producing sunfish, crappies, and a few walleyes in 8 to 12 feet. Union Lake is giving up walleyes, perch, and northern pike in 6 to 8 feet, while Lake Mazaska is kicking out crappies over 8 to 15 feet. The bridge area on Cannon Lake is producing walleyes, and Cedar Lake is a safe bet for sunfish in 6 to 8 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleyes are hitting leeches on Devil Track Lake in 12 to 18 feet, Two Island Lake in 15 feet, Poplar Lake in 8 to 12 feet, or Saganaga Lake and Seagull Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Look for lake trout in 20 feet at Loon Lake and Greenwood Lake in 18 to 25 feet, and Gunflint Lake over 18 to 20 feet. Crawlers are producing splake on Mink Lake in 12 feet and Esther Lake in 15 feet, while rainbow trout are hitting crawlers at Leo Lake in 15 to 17 feet and Trout Lake in 15 feet. The shorelines or shallow weeds on Hungry Jack Lake and Devil Track are safe bets for smallmouth bass.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet at Big Splithand Lake, 6 to 8 feet on Big Jessie Lake, 6 to 12 feet at Lake Wabana, and 18 to 22 feet on Bowstring Lake. There’s some evening walleye action with a jig and minnow in 13 to 20 feet on Lake Pokegama, Trout Lake, Sugar Lake, and the Mississippi River. Bluegills and bass remain shoreline related on most lakes, while crappies have set up on the weedlines of Pokegama, Wabana, Bowstring, and Big Splithand. Northern pike action also is strong on the weedlines of most lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Sunfish are biting along the shorelines of Big Birch Lake, Mound Lake, Pine Lake, Big Swan Lake, and Little Birch Lake. Crappies continue to be found on the weedlines or shorelines at Pine, Big Birch, and Swan. Look for walleyes on Big Birch in 10 to 20 feet and Big Swan in 8 to 10 feet – minnows, leeches, and white crankbaits are all working. Bass are an easy catch on the shorelines of most lakes.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Crappies have moved to the weedlines and sunfish remain shallow at Webb Lake, Woman Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Birch Lake. Look to Ten Mile Lake in 20 to 24 feet of water or the 14- to 18-foot structure on Woman for walleyes – leeches and nightcrawlers are now working best.

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


Crappies remain active in 12 feet of water at McCormick Lake, Dewey Lake, and Shoepack Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Big Sturgeon Lake in 8 to 10 feet of water, and Echo Lake is giving up walleyes in 6 to 10 feet of water on minnows and jigs.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


A jig tipped with minnows or leeches is producing sauger on the 5- to 12- foot weedlines, while spinner rigs and crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes in 24 to 28 feet. Look to the wind-driven mouths and shorelines in Tom Cod Bay, Mud Bay, and Daley Bay for the best action. Most rocky shorelines are producing smallmouth bass on crayfish-colored crankbaits, and northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines in most bays.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow at Lake Inguadona and Lake Wabedo in 5 to 12 feet. Work the big boulders in less than 10 feet at Woman Lake for smallmouth bass. Crappies are scattered on the weedlines of Big Boy Lake, and bluegills are being caught in less than 5 feet on most lakes. Mule Lake and Blackwater Lake are safe bets for largemouth bass and a few muskies are being caught on the shallow weedlines of Wabedo.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Sucker minnows started producing northern pike on the weedlines of Big Jefferson Lake. Look for sunfish in 6 to 8 feet and crappies in 10 to 15 feet on Madison Lake, Duck Lake, and Little Jefferson Lake. Walleyes remain active in shallow water each evening or in 15 to 20 feet during the day in the Miller’s Point area of Madison.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


You’ll still find bluegills on the 4- to 6- foot rocks and weeds of Big Stone Lake. The weed edges or weed tops throughout the main basin of Big Stone have been best for walleyes. Casting crankbaits or plastics has worked best.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 10 to 14 feet during the evenings or 15 to 20 feet during the day on Potato Lake, Blue Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Long Lake. Bluegills are being found in shallow water on Fish Hook and the Crow Wing Chain, while northern pike and bass activity has increased on the weedlines of most lakes.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Spinner rigs and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes during the day in less than 12 feet, as are crankbaits in 5 to 8 feet at night on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake. Look for bluegills on the shorelines or bulrush areas and crappies on the weedlines of Big Pine, Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Rush.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Crankbaits or live-bait rigs and crawlers are turning walleyes on Lake Pepin in 6 to 16 feet. The back channels and sloughs are kicking out panfish and bass, while the current seams and flooded timber continue to provide decent numbers of channel and flathead catfish on the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Crankbaits or crawlers are producing walleyes on the 6- to 8- foot weedlines throughout the Sauk River Chain of Lakes. Lake Koronis started giving up a few walleyes on leeches in 16 to 20 feet. Sunfish and a few crappies are being plucked from the weeds on Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Grand Lake, and Pearl Lake. Bass fishing also is strong on all the aforementioned lakes.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


The weedlines on Maple Lake and Little Sauk Lake are giving up crappies. Look for walleyes to hit live-bait rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers on Big Sauk Lake in 6 to 18 feet. The weeds on Maple and Fairy Lake are holding sunfish.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Anglers fishing from shore at night with slip bobbers and minnows are catching walleyes on Lake Emily. Spinner rigs and live bait also are turning walleyes on Lake Minnewaska in 22 to 24 feet. Largemouth bass and sunfish are being found along the shorelines, around docks, and in the pencil reeds of Minnewaska as well.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in less than 10 feet on Long Lake and Big Kandi Lake or in 25 to 35 feet on Green Lake. Northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish remain shallow and active at Lake Andrew, Norway/Games Lake, Diamond Lake, Eagle Lake, and Lake Florida. Work the docks and shorelines on Green for smallmouth bass.

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


Walleyes are being caught at night with leeches and minnows in shallow water on Rock Lake, Dead Coon Lake, and Lake Shetek. Hit the 5- foot shoreline and weed areas of Wood Lake for crappies and walleyes. Cottonwood Lake, Yankton Lake, Lady Slipper Lake, and School Grove Lake are producing walleyes as well. On Lake Sarah, nightcrawlers or crankbaits are triggering walleyes in 2 to 10 feet during low-light periods.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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