Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 7, 2017

Great Eight


Walleyes bit well throughout the lake this past week, but it’s worth noting that the walleye season is now closed – from July 7-27 – and that only artificial baits may be used during this time period for other species as well. There is an exception made for sucker minnows greater than 8 inches in length for anglers targeting northern pike and muskies. Smallmouth bass are being caught on the reefs and rock points in 6 to 18 feet, with crankbaits or plastics. Look for northern pike on the weedlines in most bays, and a few muskies have been taken on the north-end sand via trolling and on the weedlines with bucktails and surface baits.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleye action remains strong along the south shore, with fish being taken on jigs and minnows or spinners and crawlers from the shorelines as shallow as 10 feet out to the structure in 22 to 30 feet. Sturgeon reports have been consistently good in the deep pockets of the Rainy River, with nightcrawlers or frozen minnows catching them. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being taken on leeches or crawlers on the shorelines and islands in 20 to 26 feet. On the Canadian side, walleyes and perch are being caught near the islands in 24 to 28 feet, muskie reports are improving in the bays and on mid-depth rocks, and smallmouth bass are being found on the rocks as well.

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


Look for walleyes on the deep weed edges in most bigger bays on Lake Minnetonka during the day, with some fish hitting on the inside weed edges during low-light periods. Muskie reports have improved on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Minnetonka and on Lake Independence with bucktails. You’ll also find bass, northern pike, and panfish on the shallow to mid-depth weedlines of Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes are spread out but active on the 18- to 25-foot breaks, hitting leeches and nightcrawlers. Some of the better areas this week have been the mouth of Everett Bay, Armstrong Bay, Indian Point, and Canfield Bay. Mud Creek Bay and Stuntz Bay remain safe bets for northern pike, but muskie reports continue to be up and down with the changing water temperatures. Look for smallmouth bass on the docks and shorelines in less than 6 feet.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleyes are being taken with live-bait or spinner rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers on the main-lake bars. Work the tops early and late each day and slide off the edges into deeper water during midday hours. Some fish continue to be caught on the points in 10 to 17 feet during low-light periods as well. Perch are scattered from shallow to deep with bigger fish often coming in 20 feet or more. Northern pike remain active throughout the lake.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


The main-lake rocks continue to give up walleyes on nightcrawlers in 10 to 14 feet, but with a good wind, a jig and minnow will still produce fish on the shorelines and points. The humps and breaks in Walker Bay started giving up a few more walleyes as well. Look for muskies around the cabbage in Portage Bay and Steamboat Bay, while bass action has been best in the reeds around Minnesota Island.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


A jig and minnow combo is producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. The best action is taking place on the wind-driven sides of islands, shoreline breaks, and main-lake structure in the bigger bays. Smallmouth bass remain active on the rocky shorelines or weedlines in most bays. Walleyes also are being caught in 12 to 14 feet on the Rainy River below most current areas. Sturgeon reports also have been good here, with nightcrawlers or minnows.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Walleyes continue to be caught in 4 to 8 feet on most shorelines, and some fish are being taken on main-lake areas in similar depths. Spinners and crawlers, jigs and minnows, and crankbaits all continue to produce walleyes. Crappie reports have been limited, but good numbers of northern pike are mixed in with the walleyes.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Hit White Bear Lake during the evening hours with leeches for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on the St. Croix River in 10 to 30 feet near Afton and Hudson. Muskie action has been best during low-light periods, while topwater baits along the weedlines of Bald Eagle Lake and the 10- to 14-foot weedlines on Big Marine Lake are producing northern pike. You’ll find a mixed bag of panfish  and largemouth bass on the weedlines of most lakes, and smallmouth bass continue to be caught on the St. Croix.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Steiger Lake, Ann Lake, and Lake Zumbra. Plastics pitched in the weeds on Lake Bavaria, Wasserman Lake, and Lake Minnewashta are turning largemouth bass. You’ll find a mixed bag of panfish in the weeds of Lake Parley.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


The weedlines on Prior Lake continue to kick out a mixed bag of fish, including sunfish, bass, and a few walleyes. Look to Spring Lake and Thole Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike – Spring is giving up a few walleyes in 12 feet as well, while Fish Lake and Lake O’Dowd continue to give up largemouth bass.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


Walleye reports have been best during low-light periods, with leeches or fathead minnows on Cemetery Reef and Keg’s Reef in 14 to 18 feet. The weedlines on most reefs are holding northern pike and bass, while sunfish reports have been best in 6 to 12 feet and some crappies are being found on the north side of the island in 12 feet. Muskie action continues to be limited, but should pick up soon.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Spinner rigs and live-bait rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 18 to 20 feet on Lake Mary, Reno Lake in 15 to 20 feet, and the weedlines of Lake Miltona. Muskie action on Miltona and Lobster Lake has picked up on bucktails and surface baits, although anglers continue to report more follows than hook-ups. Look for panfish, northern pike, and largemouth bass on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes.

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


Clearwater Lake remains the area’s best bet for walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines. The 8- to 14-foot weedlines of Cedar Lake, Lake John, Lake Sylvia, Sugar Lake, and Clearwater are producing bass and panfish. Sucker minnows and spinnerbaits are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, Maple Lake, and Cedar.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake are giving up walleyes on leeches in 12 to 22 feet. Bluegills and crappies are hitting along the weedlines of Clitherall Lake, Silver Lake, South Turtle Lake, and West Battle. Bass action remains strong on the weedlines of most lakes, and a few muskies have been raised with bucktails on West Battle in 10 to 15 feet.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


The 14 to 18- foot weedlines on Lake Bemidji and 7- to 10-foot weedlines on Lake Plantegenet are producing walleyes on leeches or nightcrawlers. Look for bluegills in 6 to 8 feet on Turtle River Lake and crappies on the weedlines of Beltrami Lake and Grace Lake. Perch continue to be caught in the 6-foot cabbage weeds of Bemidji, and Plantagenet is giving up a few muskies on bucktails in less than 12 feet.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Walleyes are hitting leeches and nightcrawlers in 15 to 20 feet on Blackduck Lake, Round Lake, and Island Lake. Panfish reports remain strong on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Gull Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Pimushe Lake. The weedlines on most lakes continue to kick out bass and northern pike as well.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Work the 8- to 12-foot weedlines for panfish on Cullen Lake, North Long Lake, Nisswa Lake, and Gull Lake. Walleyes are hitting leeches and nightcrawlers in 14 to 26 feet on Whitefish Lake and North Long. Bass and northern pike continue to hit on the 12- to 16-foot weedlines of most lakes.

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


The main-lake bars on Cass Lake are the best option for walleyes during the day in 12 to 15 feet with live bait, or during low-light periods with crankbaits in less than 6 feet. Some walleyes are being caught with leeches on the 16-foot weedlines in Pike Bay Lake as well. Bucktails are raising muskies on the cabbage beds of Cass, and look for bluegills on Kitchi Lake, Buck Lake, and Dick’s Bay on Cass in 8 to 10 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Leeches and nightcrawlers continue to produce walleyes early and late each day along the 14- to 16-foot weedlines of Green Lake, Chisago Lake, and North Center Lake. You’ll find sunfish in less than 10 feet and a few crappies suspended over deeper weeds at South Center Lake, Chisago, North Center, and Green. The shallow and deep weeds on most lakes are providing consistent bass action.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Although walleye reports continue to be slow, panfish are providing consistent action in 12 to 15 feet on Big Mahnomen Lake, Serpent Lake, and Little Rabbit Lake. Stream trout are being found suspended over deep water at Huntington Pit and Portsmouth Pit. Crankbaits and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 14-foot weedlines of Lower Mission Lake and Horseshoe Lake.

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


Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 10 to 12 feet at Height of Land Lake, Cotton Lake, Floyd Lake, Lake Melissa, and Lake Sallie. Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Big Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Melissa. Throw bucktails over 15 to 18 feet on Pelican Lake or Big Detroit for muskies. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch along the weedlines of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Fish Lake is giving up walleyes in 15 feet, and Island Lake is producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet and smallmouth bass in 8 to 12 feet. Leeches are working on both lakes. Look to Caribou Lake, Pike Lake, and Fish for bluegills in 6 to 8 feet. Minnows are producing northern pike in less than 6 feet on Rice Lake.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Little Elk Lake are giving up panfish in 6 to 8 feet. The Mississippi River is a safe bet for a few walleyes, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish. Look to Eagle Lake and Blue for a few walleyes in 8 to 14 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Walleyes continue to hit leeches in the deep current areas of Fall Lake or 8 to 12 feet on Burntside Lake. Lake trout reports have been limited to a few fish being found suspended over 40 to 80 feet on Snowbank Lake, and the rocky shorelines on Shagawa Lake are producing smallmouth bass.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Crappies continue to be found suspended over 10 to 15 feet at Hall Lake, Lake Sissiton, and Budd Lake. Channel catfish and largemouth bass are hitting throughout Amber Lake, Hall, and Budd, while sunfish remain active in 4 to 6 feet at Sissiton and George Lake. Crankbaits are turning a few walleyes during the evening hours at Tuttle Lake and Big Twin Lake.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Crappies are being caught in 12 to 15 feet at Fox Lake and 15 feet on Roberds Lake, while a mixed bag of panfish can be had at Cedar Lake in 10 to 12 feet, French Lake in 16 to 20 feet, and Lake Mazaska in 15 feet. Walleye reports have been limited, but Cannon Lake is worth hitting for northern pike.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Leeches are the ticket for walleyes on Hungry Jack Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and Cascade Lake and Two Island Lake in 8 to 12 feet, Devil Track Lake in 6 feet, and Gunflint Lake in 22 to 24 feet. Rainbow trout are hitting nightcrawlers in 15 to 18 feet at Kimball Lake and 10 to 20 feet at Mink Lake. The sand or rock shorelines of Devil Fish Lake and Hungry Jack are producing numbers of smallmouth bass.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Lake Wabana, Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake,Trout Lake, Grave Lake, Little Splithand Lake, Bass Lake, and Pokegama Lake are kicking out bluegills and crappies. A spinner and nightcrawler combo is turning walleyes on the 15- to 18-foot weedlines of Bowstring Lake, Sugar Lake, Big Splithand Lake, Sand Lake, and Lake Wabana. Northern pike, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass continue to be caught on most lakes in less than 12 feet.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleyes are being caught on leeches or nightcrawlers on Baby Lake in 18 to 22 feet, Woman Lake in 20 to 24 feet, and Pine Mountain Lake in 17 to 20 feet. The mid-depth rocks on Stoney Lake continue to produce smallmouth bass, and largemouth are being caught on the weedlines or slop on most lakes. The 10- to 14-foot cabbage on Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Portage Lake continues to produce panfish.

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


Walleyes and sauger are being caught on the deep, main-lake reefs and along the breaks of most islands with leeches in 24 to 30 feet. The rock points and sandy shorelines are giving up smallmouth bass, while the weedlines in Mud Bay and Tom Cod Bay are producing northern pike on stickbaits or minnows.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Hit the 6- to 10-foot boulders for smallmouth bass or the 14- to 22-foot humps for walleyes at Woman Lake. Big Boy Lake is producing some walleyes during the evening hours on crawlers in 10 to 14 feet, and Little Boy Lake remains a safe bet for walleyes in 16 to 22 feet. Toss bucktails or topwater baits on the weedlines of Little Boy and Lake Wabedo for muskies, while Big Boy, Lake Inguadona, and Mule Lake are giving up panfish along the established weed edges.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Spinners and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 11 to 13 feet on Big Stone Lake. The area from Kight’s Island to Shady Beach continues to be best. Bluegills are being found on the rocks and weeds of Big Stone in 4 to 6 feet.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows on the 14- to 16-foot weedlines of Lake Belle Taine and Big Mantrap Lake. The 16- to 20-foot weedlines on Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake are giving up a few walleyes. Hit the north end of Fish Hook for panfish in 4 to 8 feet. The weedlines on Big Mantrap are producing a few muskies.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Leeches and live-bait rigs are turning walleyes in 15 to 26 feet on Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Look to Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Rush for bluegills and crappies in 10 to 14 feet. The weedlines on most lakes continue to hold numbers of largemouth bass and northern pike.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


A jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler is producing walleyes in 10 to 16 feet on Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island Lake. On Rice Lake, a spinner and crawler is the ticket for walleyes in 10 to 18 feet. Lake Koronis is giving up smallmouth bass and an occasional walleye in less than 10 feet during the evening hours. The entire Sauk River Chain of Lakes is producing channel catfish in 8 to 15 feet, and lakes such as Grand, Pearl, and Long are safe bets for largemouth bass. Sunfish are being found on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Horseshoe, Rice, and Becker Lake.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Leeches or crawlers are producing walleyes in 25 to 35 feet at Green Lake or 10 to 15 feet on Eagle Lake. Bass, northern pike, and panfish are all being found on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Diamond Lake, Nest Lake, Florida Lake, Norway/Games Lake, and Eagle.

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

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