Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 14, 2017
LAKE MILLE LACS
With the walleye season now closed, fishing pressure has been light. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics or crankbaits on the 16- to 20-foot rocks. Trolling crankbaits on the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay, Garrison Bay, Vineland Bay, and Wigwam Bay has produced northern pike, while a few muskies are being found suspended on the flats.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A jig tipped with leeches or minnows or spinners and crawlers continue to produce walleyes and sauger in 14 to 20 feet or 28 to 30 feet. Perch, northern pike, and smallmouth bass are mixed in throughout the south shore as well. The morning and evening hours remain best times for walleyes on the Rainy River, smallmouth bass are biting, and sturgeon reports have been strong. At the Northwest Angle, crawlers and spinners are turning walleyes in 18 to 28 feet around Little Oak, Crowduck, and Garden islands. Muskie and walleye reports from the Canadian side also have been excellent.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Largemouth bass and sunfish are hitting in the deep and shallow weeds of Lake Minnetonka. Spinnerbaits tipped with sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Spinner rigs and live bait have turned a few walleyes in Brown’s Bay, Wayzata Bay, and Smith Bay in 18 to 26 feet on Minnetonka, while muskie reports have been limited.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Nightcrawlers or leeches are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet along the wind-driven shorelines. Smallmouth bass continue to hit on the main lake rock humps or under docks and boat houses. Muskie action remains strong on the reefs, many fish are suspended in 8 to 12 feet, and trolling has worked best. Stuntz Bay, Rice Bay, and Everett Bay are all safe bets for northern pike.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Look for walleyes to hit crawlers and spinners in the 8- to 12-foot weeds or in 30 to 35 feet. Perch fishing has picked up on the north end humps in 25 to 30 feet and Snaghole Bar in 20 to 30 feet. Trolling spoons along the shorelines in 8 to 12 feet has provided steady northern pike action.
Walleyes are being caught on a variety of live-bait and artificial presentations. The shoreline breaks in Walker Bay, Goose Island Flats, and main lake rocks continue to produce fish in 12 to 16 feet. If the wind blows, the 6- to 10-foot weeds and points also will kick out walleyes. At night, slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits will turn walleyes off Sand Point in 8 to 12 feet. Muskie action has been spotty with some fish being caught in the weeds of Portage Bay.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Crawlers and leeches are turning walleyes on the 25-foot main lake structure or around the islands in 6 to 15 feet. The weedy bays on the south shore are producing smallmouth bass via topwater baits. The areas above and below the dam on the Rainy River are giving up walleyes, and sturgeon action has started strong.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Trolling spinner rigs or crankbaits in 4 to 8 feet along the reed edges has produced walleyes. The south shore humps in 8 to 9 feet or 13 to 15 feet are holding walleyes as well. Crappie and pike reports have been light.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
The fishing piers on Tanner’s Lake, Beaver Lake, and Power’s Lake are producing sunfish and crappies. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike at Lake Owasso, Tanner’s, and Power’s. Largemouth bass reports have been best off Lake Jane, Demontreville Lake, and Silver Lake. Hit the St. Croix River for smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Trolling crankbaits or spoons on the 7- to 12-foot weedlines of Pierson Lake, Hydes Lake, and Lake Auburn has produced northern pike. Largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits on Whaletail Lake, Lake Minnewashta, and Lake Bavaria. You’ll find sunfish on Lake Riley and Minnewashta in 8 to 14 feet and a few walleyes are being caught with a jig and minnow on the Minnesota River.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Largemouth bass are hitting plastics on the weedlines of Lake O’Dowd, and sucker minnows have produced a few muskies on Orchard Lake. Leeches are turning walleyes on the weedlines of Spring Lake and Prior Lake. You’ll also find sunfish on the weedlines of Prior.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Look for sunfish in 8 to 14 feet and crappies in 15 to 17 feet on the reefs and back side of Coney Island. Walleyes continue to hit leeches and fathead minnows in 18 to 25 feet during low-light periods on Cemetery, Kegg’s, North, and Center reefs. Muskie reports are improving on Pillsbury Reef, the Claybanks, and swimming beach area. Northern pike and bass are hitting in the weeds throughout the lake.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Walleyes are hitting crankbaits at night in 8 to 12 feet on Lake Miltona, Reno Lake, and Lake Ida. Look to Chippewa Lake and Reno during the day with live bait on the 16- to 18-foot weedlines for walleyes as well. Work the mid-depth cabbage for panfish on Lake Carlos, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, and Reno. Muskie anglers are seeing more fish than they’re hooking on Lobster Lake and Miltona, while the local bass bite remains strong with plastics in 12 to 16 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Spinners and crawlers continue to produce walleyes on the deep weedlines of Clearwater Lake. Bass fishing is strong along the deep weeds with plastics during the day or with topwaters during low-light periods in shallow water at Lake Sylvia, Cedar Lake, Lake John, Sugar Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Clearwater. Sunfish and northern pike are being caught on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Clearwater, Sugar, Sylvia, and Maple Lake.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Trolling crankbaits after dark in 3 to 5 feet or drifting leeches and crawlers in 12 to 30 feet during the day has turned walleyes at Otter Tail Lake, Silver Lake, West Battle Lake, and Fish Lake. Look for crappies in the 10 to 15 feet weeds and sunfish in the reeds on West Battle, Round Lake, and Silver. Bass action is strong on most lakes with spinnerbaits, and northern pike are hitting on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, Clitherall Lake and Round. A few muskies are being caught with bucktails in 10 to 20 feet on West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Bluegills and crappies are being found on the 10- to 14-foot weed edges of Gull Lake, Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, North Twin Lake, and South Twin Lake. Live-bait rigging on the weedlines of Round, Gull, and Island Lake has produced walleyes. Northern pike and bass remain active in the weeds of most lakes.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Bass, northern pike, and panfish are being found along the shallow weedlines on the north end of Gull Lake, North Long Lake, Lake Edwards, and Hubert Lake. Walleyes are scattered, but Gull, North Long, and Whitefish Lake are giving up some fish in 12 to 32 feet – most live bait options have been working.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
During the day, a jig and minnow or crankbaits are turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on the main lake bars of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. After dark, troll crankbaits in these same areas over 6 to 8 feet. Bluegills are being caught in the 6-foot cabbage of Kitchi Lake or Dick’s Bay and Allen’s Bay on Cass. You’ll find perch in the bulrushes and muskies hitting topwater baits during the evenings in the cabbage of Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Crappies and bluegills are being caught in 12 to 15 feet on Big Mahnomen Lake, Serpent Lake, and rice bed edges on the downstream portion of the Mississippi River. Clearwater Lake and Serpent are giving up largemouth along the weedlines and smallmouth bass on the rocks. Upper and Lower Mission lakes are producing northern pike on sucker minnows in 10 to 20 feet, while Portsmouth Pit is producing trout – look for fish 30 to 40 feet down over deeper water.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Northern pike action has picked up with sucker minnows in 16 to 18 feet at Floyd Lake and Big Cormorant Lake. Big Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa are giving up walleyes on leeches and crawlers in 17 to 19 feet. Look for sunfish on Big Cormorant in 17 feet and crappies on Lake Sallie, Rock Lake, Island Lake, and Melissa in 15 feet. Trolling spinnerbaits on Big Detroit and Melissa has produced muskies in 18 to 20 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 20 to 25 feet on Island Lake or in 15 feet on Fish Lake and Boulder Lake. Fish also is giving up bluegills in 10 feet, and lake trout are being found on Lake Superior about 50 to 70 feet down, while salmon seem to be biting above them – reports have been best north of the immediate area.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Blue Lake is producing sunfish and a few walleyes in 7 to 9 feet. Largemouth bass are being taken at Green Lake with topwater baits, while northern pike are biting on Little Elk Lake and the St. Francis River. Look to the deep holes on the Rum River for smallmouth bass and a few walleyes.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Snowbank Lake and Shagawa Lake are producing smallmouth bass in 12 to 18 feet. A few walleyes are being taken on Basswood Lake with leeches in 18 to 22 feet and look to Burntside Lake with spoons for lake trout over 40 feet
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Crappies have started hitting on Eagle Lake in 8 to 10 feet, while Greer Lake is producing northern pike on spoons in 6 to 8 feet. A few walleyes are being taken in 10 to 12 feet with leeches on Washburn Lake during the morning hours. Look to the shorelines and lily pads with topwater baits for bass on Lake Emily.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crappies are being caught shallow early and late each day or in 10 to 15 feet during midday hours at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Crawlers or crankbaits are producing walleyes on the Blue Earth River, Tuttle Lake, and Big Twin Lake. Look to Hall, Budd, and Amber Lake for channel catfish and largemouth bass. Sunfish continue to hit in 4 to 6 feet at George Lake and Sissiton.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Sunfish are hitting on Cedar Lake along the 10- to 12- foot weedline and on the 15- foot rocks at Lake Mazaska. The weedlines on Roberds Lake are giving up panfish and largemouth bass. Look to Shields Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in 8 to 10 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet on Devil Track Lake, leeches and minnows at McFarland Lake and Poplar Lake in 15 feet, and leeches on Devil Fish Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Hungry Jack Lake and Devil Fish are producing smallmouth bass in 3 to 8 feet. Leo Lake and Trout Lake are giving up rainbow trout on minnows in 14 to 18 feet, while lake trout reports have been best at 35 to 45 feet with spoons on Loon Lake, Seagull Lake in 25 to 35 feet, and Greenwood Lake in 25 to 40 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Spinner rigs and live bait are turning walleyes in 6 feet on Bowstring Lake and Big Splithand Lake. There’s some evening walleye action with live bait in 7 to 25 feet on lakes Wabana, Sugar, Deer, and Pokegama. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting well on area lakes and channel catfish are biting on the Mississippi River. Look for crappies and bluegills in the reeds or on shallow weedlines at Bass Lake, Little Splithand Lake, Trout Lake, Grave Lake, and Pokegama. Stream trout action has picked up at Taylor Lake, Moonshine Lake, and Kramer Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Sunfish action remains strong on the weedlines of Swan Lake, Long Lake, Lady Lake, Big Birch Lake, Pine Lake, and Mound Lake. Look for crappies over 15 feet at Swan and Long, while Big Birch is giving up walleyes during low-light periods in 18 to 20 feet on leeches or nightcrawlers. The east side of Moose Lake also is kicking out a few walleyes in 12 to 15 feet on nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are hitting on Little Birch Lake in 15 to 20 feet, and largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines of most area lakes. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Big Birch and Swan. Hit the Sauk River near Melrose for channel catfish.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Nightcrawlers and spinners are producing walleyes on Woman Lake in 15 to 20 feet, Ten Mile Lake in 20 to 25 feet, and Webb Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Largemouth are being found in the weeds on most lakes, and smallmouth bass are hitting in shallow water during low-light periods. A few muskies have been caught on Little Boy Lake and panfish reports have been best on the weedlines of Birch Lake and Moccasin Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
A live-bait rig and leech is producing walleyes on the weedlines and reefs in 22 to 26 feet. Crawfish-colored crankbaits are turning numbers of smallmouth bass along the shorelines and trolling deep-diving crankbaits in 18 to 24 feet has produced some big northern pike.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Lindy Rigs and leeches are the ticket for walleyes in the 9- to 11-foot weeds of Lake Inguadona. The Government Point and Stoney Point areas on Woman Lake are giving up walleyes in 16 to 22 feet. Muskies are hitting small bucktails on Baby Lake, and hit the weedlines on Big Boy Lake for bluegills. Bass action is strong on most lakes.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
Sunfish are being caught on the weedlines at Knife Lake, Mud Lake, and Ann Lake. Crappies are scattered between 9 and 11 feet on Knife and Ann. Sucker minnows under bobbers are producing northern pike in 3 to 5 feet at Knife and Mud. Jigs and plastics are turning largemouth bass in the weeds of Knife and Ann.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Perch action has picked up in 11 to 14 feet from Smith Landing to Hartford Beach on Big Stone Lake. Walleyes also can be had in this area or on the weed edges during low-light periods. Some bluegills continue to be caught on the rock piles of Big Stone as well.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Look for walleyes along the 16- to 19-foot weedlines on Long Lake and Potato Lake. Big Mantrap Lake and Blueberry Lake are giving up northern pike on sucker minnows or chatter baits. The 8- to 12-foot cabbage on Lake Belle Taine is producing crappies, and muskie reports have improved on Many Point Lake and Big Mantrap. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting on most lakes, and the weedlines on Fish Hook Lake are holding bluegills.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake are giving up walleyes on spinners and crawlers in 8 to 10 feet, as are slow-death rigs and Jigging Raps in 18 to 25 feet on Star Lake, Rush, and Big Pine. Buchanan Lake, Dead Lake, and Little McDonald Lake are kicking out panfish in 12 to 18 feet. Look to Bad Medicine Lake and Long Lake for rainbow trout over 40 to 50 feet, while bass and northern pike action is strong on most lakes.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 6 to 12 feet on Lake Pepin, as is leadcore and crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet in the Head of the Lakes area. Look for panfish in the marinas and back channel and a few northern pike at the creek mouths on Pepin. Nightcrawlers are producing channel catfish and sturgeon below the dam on the Mississippi River.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Walleyes continue to hit crawlers or crankbaits on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes from 6 to 18 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet on Schnieder Lake and Cedar Island Lake. A few walleyes and crappies are coming off Rice Lake in 15 to 18 feet, and the bars on Lake Koronis started producing some walleyes. Sunfish action has picked up on the weedlines of Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Koronis.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
A crawler and slow-death rig is producing walleyes in 9 to 12 feet on Big Sauk Lake. Miller’s Bay on Lake Osakis started giving up sunfish, and the weed edges on Maple Lake are producing crappies. Crappie action also picked up on Little Sauk Lake in 9 to 12 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
The Mississippi River continues to provide numbers of channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Lake Alexander started producing walleyes during low-light periods, while the weedlines on Green Prairie Lake and Beauty Lake are producing sunfish.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Look to the Starbuck end of Lake Minnewaska for crappies in 12 to 14 feet – a minnow and small spinner is working best. Sunfish also can be had throughout Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet, and spoons are turning northern pike here in 8 to 10 feet. Walleyes continue to be found in 22 feet on Minnewaska early and late each day. Look for smallmouth and largemouth bass to hit crankbaits in 14 feet on Minnewaska as well.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Largemouth bass, panfish, and northern pike are being caught on the weedlines of Eagle Lake, Nest Lake, Diamond Lake, Green Lake, Florida Lake, Norway/Games Lake, Lake Andrew, and Willmar/Foot Lake. Walleyes continue to hit leeches or crawlers in less than 10 feet on Ringo Lake and Solomon Lake, especially early and late each day.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Work the weedlines for northern pike and dead trees for smallmouth bass on East Twin Lake and West Twin Lake. Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 7 to 9 feet on Lake Sarah and Lake Shetek, and the area rivers are giving up catfish. Look to Dead Coon Lake in 4 to 7 feet for northern pike and walleyes, while the Del Clark Reservoir started producing walleyes as well.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880