Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 21, 2017
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Boat traffic continues to be minimal due to the walleye closure. Even bass anglers have been scarce this past week. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or crankbaits along the weedlines in most bays and some muskies and big pike are being caught via trolling on the mud flats or off the flats in 30 feet or more. You’ll find bigger smallmouth bass on the 18- to 20-foot rocks and smaller bass closer to shore.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Spinners with crawlers or minnows are putting a lot of walleyes in the boat over 16 to 30 feet. Gold, glow and bright colors continue to be solid choices. Northern pike, perch, and smallmouth bass are biting in many areas of the lake as well. Anglers on the Rainy River are finding some walleyes during the morning and evening hours. Trolling crankbaits or spinners is producing the best. Smallmouth bass are being found in good numbers along shorelines, bridge embankments, and feeder streams. Sturgeon fishing is on fire with good numbers being caught. At the Northwest Angle, fishing remains lights out. The areas by Crowduck and Garden Island are holding big schools of walleyes. Spinners with crawlers in 20 to 24 feet or crankbaits are working best. On the Canadian side, jig or pull spinners on the reefs for walleyes. Muskie fishing is good with a few 50-inch fish caught while casting bucktails over weed/rock transitions
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Look for sunfish around the weeds on Lake Minnetonka and Medicine Lake. Largemouth bass also are weed-related from 6 to 30 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on Minnetonka with live bait along the 18- to 28-foot weedlines, pike are being found suspended on the deep weedlines here, but action is slow.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
A slip bobber and leech or live-bait rig and nightcrawler continues to produce walleyes on the 18- to 24-foot rocks and humps. Work the wind-swept shorelines in 3 to 6 feet for smallies. Muskie reports have improved on the main lake rock reefs in 8 to 10 feet.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleye action has been best during the morning and evening. Trolling crankbaits on the bars in 22 to 26 feet or pulling spinners and crawlers on the flats in 12 to 18 feet has worked. You’ll find bigger perch in 25 to 30 feet on Snaghole Bar, the hump’s off Raven’s, and the north end. Trolling spoons in 9 to 11 feet has produced pike.
The past week’s heat seems to have driven walleyes deeper. Work 16 to 22 feet on the main lake rocks and breaks. Some walleyes can be had on the points and shoreline breaks in less than 12 feet during low-light periods. Muskie action has slightly improved with the rocks and weeds now showing signs of life early and late each day. Look to the cabbage in Boy Bay for bluegills and for northern pike in the weeds throughout the lake.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
The Skunk Island and Gold Portage areas in Black Bay or Cranberry Bay and Lost Bay are producing walleyes on spinners and leeches – most fish are coming from 20 to 25 feet. Crappie reports improved throughout Black Bay this week. Sturgeon continue to hit minnows and crawlers on a circle hook up and down the Rainy River.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Walleyes continue to be caught in 4 to 7 feet on most shorelines or on the 8- to 14-foot rock piles. Spinners and crawlers, crankbaits, or live-bait rigs and leeches are working best. Northern pike reports have been limited, but there hasn’t been many people specifically chasing them.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Hit the weedlines with spinnerbaits for bass on Bald Eagle Lake, White Bear Lake, and Demontreville Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weed flats of White Bear as well. The fishing pier’s on Tanner’s Lake and Power’s Lake continue to produce a few sunfish and muskie action has picked up with bucktails on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of White Bear and Forest Lake. Work the Hudson area of the St. Croix River with live bait for walleyes and smallmouth bass.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Lake Auburn, Steiger Lake, and Lake Zumbra in 8 to 14 feet. Pierson Lake is producing northern pike on spinnerbaits along the 7-foot weedlines. Bass fishing remains strong on the weedlines of Lake Bavaria, Whaletail Lake, and Auburn with topwater baits or spinnerbaits. Look to Hydes Lake and Lake Parley for crappies in 12 to 14 feet.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Hit Prior Lake for sunfish and walleyes in 17 to 23 feet or the deep weedlines with topwater baits for bass during low-light periods. Leeches are producing walleyes and sunfish in 5 to 11 feet on Spring Lake. Fish Lake is giving up walleyes on leeches in 15 feet, while the bays on Lake O’Dowd are a safe bet for bass and you’ll pluck some walleyes around the island on O’Dowd during low-light periods.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
An occasional walleye is taken at night on a jig tipped with leeches or fathead minnows – look to Cemetery Reef and Kegg’s Reef in 15 to 17 feet. The south-end weedlines are holding sunfish, northern pike and muskie. Reports have been limited, but largemouth bass are hitting plastics or topwater baits on Pillsbury and Center reefs.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Walleyes continue to hit crawlers or leeches on Chippewa Lake in 20 to 30 feet, Lake Miltona in 17 to 22 feet, Lake Ida in 22 to 25 feet, or Lake Reno and Lake Mary in 14 to 17 feet. Bass fishing remains strong on the shallow and deep weedlines of most lakes. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but having a hard time getting them to commit on the breaks and weedlines of Miltona. Look to Lake Darling, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Carlos for crappies in the 7- to 12-foot cabbage, while Reno is kicking out crappies and sunfish in 7 to 10 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are being caught on leeches or crankbaits in 18 to 28 feet at Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Sugar Lake. The 12- to 18-foot weedlines on most lakes are producing northern pike and bass. Look to Lake Sylvia, Lake John, Granite Lake, and Clearwater for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet. A few crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 20 feet on French Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Clearwater.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting crawlers or jigs and minnows on the 12- to 25-foot weedlines at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Rush Lake. Sunfish and crappies are being caught in the 10- to 15-foot weeds of West Battle, Round Lake, and Silver Lake. Bass fishing remains strong on the weedlines of Fiske Lake, Donald Lake, and South Turtle Lake, while sucker minnows are producing pike on these lakes in 15 to 20 feet. Look for muskies to hit crankbaits in 15 to 20 feet on West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are hitting leeches and nightcrawlers in 14 to 16 feet on Lake Bemidji and on the mid-lake bars and humps of Lake Plantagenet. Midge Lake and Turtle River Lake are giving up sunfish, while crappies are going on Turtle River and Lake Beltrami – these fish are weedline related. Muskie reports have improved slightly on the east side of Bemidji with bucktails thrown on the weed edges.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes on the deeper weedlines of Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Island Lake. Northern pike and bass are active and weedline-related on most lakes as well. Look for bluegills and crappies in 10 to 14 feet at Gilstead Lake, North Twin Lake, Pimushe Lake, South Twin Lake, and Gilstead Lake.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
A few walleyes are being taken with slip bobbers and leeches from the weeds on North Long Lake, Whitefish Lake, and Lake Edwards. Look for sunfish in the 6- to 8-foot weeds of Cullen Lake, Upper Gull Lake, and in the Highway 371 Bay on North Long. Look for crappies on the 7- to 12-foot weeds and bass on the deep weedlines of Gull Lake, Lake Margaret, North Long, and Whitefish.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Trolling crankbaits after dark on the bars of Cass Lake in 6 to 10 feet has produced numbers of walleyes. Bluegills are hitting in the 12-foot cabbage of Allen’s Bay on Cass and Kitchi Lake. Muskies are hitting bucktails and rubber baits on the deep sides of most main lake bars on Cass and Pike Bay Lake. Hit the thick weeds on Buck Lake for largemouth bass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes on the 9- to 21-foot weedlines and rocks of Chisago Lake, Green Lake or North and South Center lakes. Look for crappies and sunfish on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of North and South Lindstrom lakes, North and South Center lakes, and Chisago. Plastics or topwater baits are producing bass on the weedlines of most lakes.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Anglers using PowerBait are catching trout over 40 to 50 feet on Section 6 Pit and Huntington Pit. A few walleyes can be had during the evening hours with live-bait rigs on Nokay Lake in 20 feet or more. Largemouth bass are an easy catch on most lakes and smallmouth are hitting on Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake. The Mississippi River is producing channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and a few walleyes. Look to the weedlines of Big Mahnomen Lake, Little Rabbit Lake, and Black Hoof Lake for bluegills during the day and crappies each evening.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Look for walleyes to hit leeches, crawlers or small sucker minnows in 17 to 20 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie and Floyd Lake. Northern pike are being taken with crankbaits on the weedlines of Big Detroit and Big Cormorant Lake. Big Cormorant, Big Detroit, Sallie, and Melissa are safe bets for panfish in 10 to 15 feet. Big Detroit is producing a few muskies during low-light periods on bucktails.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Look to Shagawa Lake for walleyes in 11 to 14 feet and the shorelines on Snowbank Lake are giving up smallmouth bass. Basswood Lake is producing a few walleyes in 16 to 20 feet and an occasional lake trout is caught at Snowbank and Burntside Lake over 40 feet on spoons.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Walleyes are hitting crawlers after dark in 12 to 14 feet on West Fox Lake. Look to Lake Emily with topwater baits for largemouth bass. Pike are hitting spoons in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Washburn. Lawrence Lake started giving up crappies in 10 to 12 feet. Work the weedlines on most lakes for sunfish.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crappies continue to be caught on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton in 8 to 10 feet. Bluegills remain shallower on Budd and Sissiton, while bass fishing is strong with plastics around the docks on Budd, Sissiton, and George Lake Walleyes are being taken with crankbaits on Tuttle Lake or with jigs on the Blue Earth River.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Look for crappies and sunfish on Cedar Lake and Roberds Lake in 12 to 15 feet. On Cannon Lake, fathead minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in less than 8 feet. The 12- to 18-foot rocks on Lake Mazaska are giving up walleyes, crappies, and northern pike. Look to Kelley Dudley Lake for sunfish in 10 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Nightcrawlers in the weeds are producing walleyes in 12 to 16 feet of water on Lake Pokegama, 4 to 7 feet of water on Big Splithand Lake and Bowstring Lake, or in 12 to 14 feet of water on Lake Wabana. Look for crappies on the weedlines of Wabana, Big Splithand, Pokegama, Rice Lake, and Spider Lake. Bass and northern pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes, and stream trout reports remain strong off Moonshine Lake, Taylor Lake, and Kraemer Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Look for sunfish on the 12- foot weedlines of Cedar Lake or in 15 to 25 feet of water on Big Birch Lake. Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish being caught with slip bobbers and leeches in 20 to 30 feet at night on Big Birch. Largemouth and smallmouth bass reports have been good off most lakes, while the weedlines of Big Swan Lake are producing northern pike and panfish.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Spinners and crawlers have been producing a few walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water on Ten Mile Lake and Little Boy Lake. Largemouth bass continue to be caught close to shore with frogs on most lakes and smallmouth are being found in 5 to 10 feet at Baby Lake and Stoney Lake. Sunfish have been ambushing baits in the cabbage and lilly pads of Birch Lake or bays on Woman Lake. Throw bucktails for muskies on the weed edges of Little Boy and Baby.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Crappies have remained active in 12 feet of water at Shoepack Lake, Dewey Lake, and Side Lake. Look to the weedbeds on Long Lake for largemouth bass action, while northern pike have been hitting sucker minnows on the weedlines of Big Sturgeon Lake. A few walleyes have been biting on Echo Lake with minnows in 8 feet.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
During calm days, live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers are producing walleyes on the main lake reefs. If it’s windy, walleyes are being caught in 7 to 10 feet of water. Areas around Big Martin, Cuculus, and Chase islands have been best. Sucker minnows, spoons or crankbaits are all turning northern pike on the rocky shorelines and weedy bays. Smallmouth bass remain an easy catch with crankbaits on the shallow rocks.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Sunfish and crappies are being found on the 12-foot weedlines in Bungee Bay on Woman Lake, Lake Inguadona, Blackwater Lake, and Mule Lake. Largemouth bass have been hitting frogs in the slop on Girl Lake and Big Boy Lake, while smallmouth bass were hitting topwater baits in shallow water on Woman. Work the rock piles and weeds with bucktails on Baby Lake for muskies. A few walleyes are being taken with crawlers in 18 to 22 feet of water on Woman.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Anglers are finding suspended crappies on Madison Lake over 20 to 25 feet, while Lindy Rigs or crankbaits are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet here early and late each day. Look to Squirrel’s Nest Point in 8 to 10, Baker’s Bay in 22 to 25 feet, and Third Point in 18 to 20 feet for walleyes on Lake Washington. On German Lake, crankbaits have been turning up walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water, and the west end is a safe bet for crappies for those working in over 20 feet of water.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Work the weedlines on Fish Lake to locate bluegills, and throw topwater baits or plastics for bass in the weeds of most area lakes. Northern pike have been hitting sucker minnows in 4 to 7 feet of water at Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
A spinner and crawler is producing a few walleyes in 11 to 14 feet in the main basin area of Big Stone Lake. Perch action has slowed a bit, but some fish are being caught in 12 feet, as are bluegills in 5 to 7 feet from Schmidt’s Landing to Hartford Beach on Big Stone.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
The few walleyes being caught are deep, 25 to 35 feet, on Long Lake, Potato Lake, and Big Sand Lake and hitting live bait. Northern pike and bass are biting and weed-related on Fish Hook Lake, Big Mantrap Lake, and Blueberry Lake. Muskie action has picked up on Many Point Lake with topwater baits along the 14- to 18-foot weedlines. Look to the cabbage on Fish Hook and Third Crow Wing Lake for panfish
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RED WING AREA
Three-way rigs with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes in 6 to 8 feet along the main channel and Wisconsin channel. Work the mouths of the feeder creeks on Lake Pepin with spoons or sucker minnows for northern pike. Cut bait or crawlers are producing channel catfish, while suckers or bullheads are turning flathead catfish on the Mississippi River.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours in 6 to 15 feet has produced walleyes on Horseshoe Lake. Leeches are working best for walleyes around the islands on Lake Koronis in 16 to 22 feet. Work the 6- to 10-foot weedlines on Rice Lake, Horseshoe, Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, Long Lake, and Cedar Island Lake for sunfish and bass. Catfish remain active throughout the Sauk River.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish have started hitting in Miller’s Bay, the Two Mile Bar, and Three Mile Bar on Lake Osakis in 7 to 9 feet. The 12- to 15-foot weedlines on Osakis also are producing sunfish and you’ll find suspended crappies over 12 to 18 feet here on the north side as well. Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes on the mid-lake humps of Osakis, and Sauk Lake is producing walleyes in 8 to 16 feet. Look to the weedlines of Maple Lake for sunfish and crappies, and Long Bridge Lake is giving up crappies and northern pike in 12 to 14 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
The Glenwood and Starbuck ends of Lake Minnewaska are giving up sunfish in 12 feet. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are both biting well on Minnewaska – use plastics during the day in 14 feet and topwater baits in shallower water during low-light periods. Walleye action has been slow this week.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Sucker minnows or spinnerbaits are producing northern pike on Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah in 7 to 9 feet. Largemouth bass also are hitting spinnerbaits on both lakes in less than 9 feet. Look for panfish along the shallow weeds of Horseshoe Lake, Lake Francis, and Tetonka.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873
A few walleyes are being caught with leeches or nightcrawlers in 15 to 20 feet on Diamond Lake, Florida Lake, and Eagle Lake, in less than 10 feet on lakes Solomon, Ringo, and Long, or in 25 to 35 feet at Green Lake. Look for sunfish on the weedlines of Diamond, Eagle, Florida, Green, Lake Andrew, and Games Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught in shallow water on Green as well.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
A few walleyes continue to be caught in 6 to 12 feet of water on East and West Twin lakes. These lakes also are safe bets for smallmouth bass. Trolling crankbaits in 7 to 10 feet of water on Lake Sarah has produced walleyes as well.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880