Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 30, 2017

Great Eight


East – Walleye action continues to be excellent in most areas, but the gravel bite has picked up with spinners and crawlers, as is the deep basin bite with leadcore and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass reports have been best off the 6- to 18-foot rocks, muskies are being taken via trolling on the weedlines, and northern pike continue to hit in most bays over 9 to 15 feet.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes are being caught with Lindy Rigs and leeches, or slow-death rigs and spinners tipped with nightcrawlers. The mud flats and deep rocks have been especially strong this week for numbers of fish. The weedlines in most bays are producing northern pike. Smallmouth bass action has slowed a bit with the cooler weather, but look to the rock reefs and rock points for them.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


A jig and minnow, jig and leech, or spinners tipped with crawlers or minnows are all producing walleyes and northern pike from 7 to 30 feet along the south shore. Walleyes also remain active in the Rainy River early and late each day. Smallmouth bass are hitting along the shorelines and feeder streams here. At the Northwest Angle, spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes on the 22- to 26-foot mud areas. On the Canadian side, Monument Bay, Skeet Island, and Kennedy Island are giving up walleyes and perch in 24 to 28 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting in the Tranquil Channel and mouth of Johnston Passage. Muskie reports have been best in or near the shallow bays.

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


Bass are being plucked from the weed pockets with plastics on Lake Minnetonka and Medicine Lake. Look for crappies on top of the weeds over 18 feet on Minnetonka, while spinnerbaits are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Minnetonka, Medicine, and Lake Sarah. Muskies are chasing sub-surface baits in 15 feet on Independence.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes continue to be caught on the shallow rocks when the wind blows, but more fish are coming off the 14- to 20-foot structure on the main lake, around the islands, and in many bays. Mud Creek Bay and Stuntz Bay are the best options for northern pike, while muskie action is improving on the rocks and wind-driven shorelines with bucktails and topwater baits. Smallmouth bass remain an easy catch along most rocky shorelines.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Spinners and live-bait rigs continue to produce walleyes and northern pike in 10 to 17 feet. The main lake bars are now producing more fish, but the Bird Houses, Raven’s Point, and Stoney Point are worth noting as well. You’ll find numbers of perch in 10 to 12 feet near the West Winnie Campground area, but bigger fish in 16 to 20 feet off Bena Bar.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Crawlers, leeches, and minnows are producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet around Pelican Island, Pelican Reef, Red Rock Reef, and the Annex. Throwing topwater baits over the weeds in Portage Bay has triggered a few muskies. Work the cabbage in Boy Bay for crappies.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


A jig and minnow or spinner and leech is producing walleyes in 15 feet around the islands and in most smaller bays. You’ll find smallmouth bass and a few crappies in these areas as well. You’ll also find walleyes below the dam at International Falls and downstream of the Little Fork River on the Rainy River. Smallmouth bass reports have been strong on the river from the dam to the golf course.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


A jig and minnow, spinner and crawlers, and crankbaits continue to produce walleyes and northern pike in 4 to 8 feet along most shorelines. The cool, windy weather of late has slowed the bite and angling pressure a bit.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Walleyes are being taken on live-bait rigs and crawlers from Hudson, Wis., to Afton on the St. Croix River in 8 to 35 feet. A few walleyes can be had on White Bear Lake and Big Carnelian Lake in 15 to 20 feet as well. White Bear is worth noting for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet, and the St. Croix is kicking out crappies in 10 to 15 feet. Bucktails and topwater baits are triggering muskies on the weedlines at Bald Eagle Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Leeches are producing walleyes, sunfish, and bass on the deep weedlines of Prior Lake. The docks on Carls Lake are holding sunfish and crappies, while the shorelines on Lake O’Dowd are kicking out largemouth bass. Look to Orchard Lake in 15 feet for muskies and northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits or sucker minnows on the weedlines of Spring Lake and Thole Lake.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


Look for sunfish in the 6- to 12-foot weeds and crappies on the 12- to 16- foot weedlines. Walleye and muskie reports have been limited, but the north side of the island is producing northern pike. Bass fishing remains strong on the shorelines and deeper weedlines of most reefs.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Walleyes are hitting a spinner and leech during the day on the weedlines or crankbaits at night in 8 to 12 feet on Lake Miltona. Walleyes also are being caught at a good pace with nightcrawlers or leeches at Lake Mary in 18 to 20 feet, Lake Ida in 17 to 22 feet, and at Reno Lake and Lake Andrew in 15 to 20 feet. The weedlines on Miltona are holding northern pike, bass, and crappies, and there’s been some excellent bass reports from 12 to 15 feet on lakes Darling, Le Homme Dieu, Geneva, and Carlos.

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


Leeches are producing walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on Cedar Lake and Clearwater Lake. Crappies, sunfish, and bass are now sitting along the 8- to 14-foot weedlines of Clearwater, Cedar, Sugar Lake, Lake John, Lake Sylvia, and Granite Lake. Sucker minnows continue to trigger northern pike in 12 to 15 feet on Clearwater, Cedar, Granite, Maple Lake, and Pleasant Lake.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Look for walleyes in 12 to 25 feet on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Silver Lake. Crappies and sunfish are hitting in the 10- to 15-foot weeds at West Battle, Silver, and Round Lake. Bass are being pulled from the weedbeds and docks with plastics on Silver Lake, Fiske Lake, Donald Lake, and South Turtle Lake. Spinners and sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the 15- to 20- foot weedlines of Donald, Fiske, Silver, and Round Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Shiner minnows are producing walleyes on the 7- to 10-foot weedlines of Lake Plantagenet. Bluegills are being found in shallow water at Three Island Lake and Turtle River Lake, while crappies are going on the weedlines of Grace Lake and Wolf Lake. Lake Bemidji continues to give up perch around the 6- foot weed patches, but muskie action is slow throughout the area.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Island Lake and Round Lake are giving up walleyes on leeches or crawlers in 15 to 20 feet. Look to the 10- to 15-foot weed edges on Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Gull Lake for crappies and bluegills. Northern pike and largemouth bass also can be had from the weedlines of most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Largemouth bass action is strong on the weedlines with spinnerbaits or plastics at Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Cullen Lake. A few walleyes are being taken on the 8- to 28-foot weedlines with leeches or nightcrawlers at Lake Edwards, North Long, and Whitefish Lake. Look for northern pike on the weedlines of Cullen, North Long, and Whitefish, while panfish reports have been best at Cullen, North Long, Hubert Lake, and the channels on Gull.

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


Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on West Cedar Bar and the Kettle area on Cass Lake in 12 to 15 feet and the weedline on the southeast end of Lake Andrusia. Trolling crankbaits at night in 4 to 6 feet along Tom’s Bar on Cass has triggered walleyes. The southwest end of Allen’s Bay on Cass is giving up perch, while bluegills and a few crappies are being caught in Buck Lake, Dick’s Bay, and Allen’s Bay in the 8- to 10-foot cabbage. Bucktails have raised muskies on the established weedlines of Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


The 14- foot weed edges of North and South Center lakes, Chisago Lake, Green Lake, and Comfort Lake are producing walleyes on leeches or nightcrawlers. North Center, South Center, Green, and Chisago are giving up crappies in 12 to 14 feet and sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. Bass fishing is strong with topwater baits over shallow water or plastics in the deep weeds of most lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Look for crappies in 12 to 14 feet and sunfish in 8 to 10 feet on Big Mahnomen Lake and Little Rabbit Lake. The Deerwood end of Serpent Lake is giving up crappies during the evening hours in 12 to 15 feet. Trolling stickbaits on the weedlines of East Rabbit Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Lower Mission Lake has produced pike. Walleye reports were limited, but largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on most lakes. Trout were found about 30 feet down on Huntington Pit and Portsmouth Pit.

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


Walleyes are hitting leeches on Big Detroit Lake, Pine Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Big Cormorant Lake in 16 feet. Look for pike on the weedlines of Floyd Lake, and panfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet at Sallie, Melissa, Island Lake, and Rock Lake. Big Detroit and Melissa are kicking out a few muskies on bucktails.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleyes are hitting leeches in 6 to 9 feet on Burntside Lake, while Shagawa Lake is giving up smallmouth bass and some walleyes in less than 10 feet. Look to Snowbank Lake for a few lake trout, most of which are suspended over 50 feet or more. Panfish reports have been limited, and the pike caught on most lakes have been small.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Work the bay or slop with topwater baits on Ruth Lake for largemouth bass. Trolling crawlers in 12 to 14 feet has produced walleyes on Big Thunder Lake. Lawrence Lake is producing crappies in 8 to 10 feet. Trolling crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet has been the ticket for northern pike at Upper Dean Lake.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Crappies are being found suspended over 10 to 15 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Look to George Lake and Sissiton for sunfish in 4 to 6 feet, while catfish and bass are hitting on Amber Lake, Hall, and Budd. A few walleyes are coming off Big Twin Lake and Tuttle Lake with crankbaits or nightcrawlers.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Look for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet on Cedar Lake, Lake Mazaska in 15 feet, and on the 12- foot humps of Shields Lake. Crappies are biting in 15 feet on Roberds Lake, and Cannon Lake is giving up northern pike and bass.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleyes are being taken with leeches on Elbow Lake in 4 to 6 feet, Caribou Lake in 10 feet, Hungry Jack Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Devil Track Lake in 6 feet, and Two Island Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Look for lake trout to hit smelt or spoons on Clearwater Lake in 25 feet, Rose Lake in 30 to 40 feet, and Seagull Lake over 25 to 35 feet. Rainbow trout are hitting crawlers at Muckwa Lake in 15 feet, Kimball Lake in 15 to 18 feet, and Mink Lake in 10 to 20 feet. Smallmouth bass action is strong in 10 feet at Hungry Jack and Devil Fish Lake with plastics. Trolling spoons or stickbaits over 150 to 200 feet on Lake Superior has produced lake trout.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Work the weedlines or mid-lake humps with a spinner and crawler for walleyes at lakes Wabana, Bowstring, Sand, Sugar, and Big Splithand. Crappies also have moved onto the weedlines of lakes Pokegama, Trout, Wabana, Big Cutfoot, and Little Cutfoot. Largemouth and smallmouth bass reports have been excellent throughout the area. You’ll find bluegills on the weedlines of Grave and Bass lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


The weedlines and shorelines on Cedar Lake, Mound Lake, Big Birch Lake, and Little Birch Lake are producing bass. Look for sunfish in 6 feet and crappies in 10 to 12 feet on Big Birch, Mound, and Pine Lake. Walleyes continue to hit leeches or crawlers in 16 to 20 feet on Big Birch.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Look for walleyes to hit crawlers in 20 to 22 feet at Birch Lake, Pine Mountain Lake in 17 to 21 feet, and Baby Lake in 18 to 22 feet. You’ll find sunfish and crappies in the 8- to 14-foot cabbage of Pleasant Lake, Portage Lake, and Birch. Smallmouth bass are being caught on the shallow rocks of Stoney Lake and Baby, while largemouth are hitting on the weedlines of Birch, Portage, and Moccasin Lake.

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


Poor weather slowed fishing activity over the past week, but crappies remain an option in 10 to 12 feet on McCormick Lake, Dewey Lake, and Shoepack Lake. Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning a few walleyes in 9 to 12 feet on Lake Jeanette and Echo Lake.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


A short-snelled Lindy Rig and leech is producing walleyes on the wind-blown shorelines and entrances to most bays. Areas such as the Cutover, Yewbush, Three Sisters, and Tom Cod Bay have been particularly good. Northern pike are hitting on the weedlines in most bays and smallmouth bass remain active on the rock points and sandy shorelines.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


A jig and minnow or Lindy Rig and crawler are turning walleyes on the 10- to 14-foot shoreline breaks of Big Boy Lake. Crawlers also are turning walleyes on the 14- to 24-foot humps in Woman Lake. On Little Boy Lake, leeches are producing walleyes during the day in 16 to 22 feet, as are crankbaits at night in 8 to 10 feet. Work the weed edges of Girl Lake and Mule Lake for crappies, and the 6- to 8-foot weeds of Big Boy and Lake Inguadona for bluegills. Jerkbaits have been the ticket for muskies on the weedlines of Lake Wabedo.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Bass are being caught on plastics along the weedlines of Lake Francis, and the weedlines on Lake Elysian are producing northern pike and walleyes. Look to Big Jefferson Lake in 4 to 6 feet for crappies and sunfish or to Second and Third Point on Lake Washington for bluegills and a few walleyes on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Topwater baits have been producing numbers of bass on most lakes, while sunfish are biting in 2 to 4 feet at Knife Lake and Fish Lake. Crappies also can be had from Knife and Fish in 4 to 5 feet, and a slip bobber and leech is producing a few walleyes in 5 to 8 feet on Ann Lake, Fish, and Knife.

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


Walleyes are being taken in 13 feet with nightcrawlers from Kight’s Island to Shady Beach on Big Stone Lake. Bluegills also are hitting on the 4- to 6-foot rocks or points, and white bass can be caught on the wind-driven points of Big Stone.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes on the 16- to 20-foot weedline of Long Lake and 14 to 16 feet at Lake George. The north end of Fish Hook Lake is producing bluegills and crappies in 4 to 8 feet. Hit Big Mantrap Lake and Lake Belle Taine with sucker minnows for northern pike in 16 to 18 feet. Big Mantrap and Many Point Lake are starting to provide a more consistent muskie bite along weed edges.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Crankbaits and live bait are producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet in the Bay City Flats, Warren Town, and Maiden Rock areas of Lake Pepin. The snags in the back channel are holding panfish, pike are in the bays, and catfish are hitting below the dam.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Walleyes continue to hit crankbaits or spinners and crawlers on Rice Lake in 6 to 18 feet. Crawlers also are turning walleyes on Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Long Lake in 10 to 20 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish on the weedlines of Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Grand Lake, and Goodner Lake.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Walleyes continue to be caught in 8 to 16 feet on Big Sauk Lake with Lindy Rigs and leeches or spinner rigs and leeches. On Lake Osakis, walleyes are biting leeches in 18 to 24 feet during the day and shallower during low-light periods. Find crappies on rock piles and bars of Osakis or on the weedlines of Maple Lake and Latimer Lake. Look for sunfish in the weeds at Smith Lake, Fairy Lake, Lilly Lake, Lady Lake, and Maple.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Lake Alexander is producing a few walleyes on spinners and crawlers in 14 to 18 feet. The Mississippi River remains a safe bet for channel cats, smallies, and a few walleyes. Look for sunfish on the shallow weedlines of Pierz Lake, and Green Prairie Lake.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Lake Minnewaska is producing walleyes in 22 to 24 feet on nightcrawlers or leadcore and live bait. Bass and sunfish remain active in the pencil reeds or around docks on Minnewaska. Work the weed pockets with a jig and minnow for walleyes on Lake Emily and the weedlines on Pelican Lake are worth hitting for northern pike.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in 6 feet at Wood Lake and Cottonwood Lake, as is a slip bobber and leech at East. Anglers fishing from shore at Tyson Slough are catching walleyes. Dead Coon Lake is kicking out walleyes after dark. Lake Sarah is giving up perch and a few walleyes in 5 to 8 feet. The Minnesota River is giving up catfish and walleyes.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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