Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 28, 2017

Great Eight


Muskies and some big pike are being caught via trolling crankbaits on the north end in 12 to 16 feet. Smallies have been more difficult to catch this week, but small, scented tubes are producing some fish on top of the reefs, down to the 16- to 18-foot rocks.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Spinners tipped with leeches, crawlers, and minnows are producing walleyes and sauger on the 15- to 30-foot structure. Pike are hitting all over the lake, perch are scattered, while smallmouth action has been excellent. The Rainy River is giving up walleyes early and late each day on crankbaits or spinner rigs, smallmouth are an easy catch around any dock, and sturgeon action remains strong. At the Northwest Angle, spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes in 20 to 24 feet around Little Oak, Little Massacre, Northwest Point, and the Bridges. On the Canadian side, spinners or crankbaits are producing walleyes on the reefs and bucktails are producing muskies on the weed/rock transition areas.

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


Largemouth bass and sunfish are being found in the weeds, from the shorelines out to 18 feet throughout Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, Medicine Lake, and Lake Sarah. Spinnerbaits tipped with small sucker minnows are producing pike on the weedlines of most lakes, and crappies are scattered and suspended on the deep weedlines of Minnetonka. A few walleyes are hitting after dark on the weedlines in the bigger bays of Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes are being taken in 18 to 25 feet on the rock humps and other submerged structure with live-bait rigs and crawlers or leeches. Bucktails are providing consistent muskie action on the rock points and around shallow rock reefs in Big Bay. Smallies are hitting on wind-swept rock ledges and pike continue are in the weedy bays.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Pulling spinner rigs through the weeds on the shoreline flats has produced walleyes in 10 to 12 feet. Bigger walleyes are being caught on Bena Bar, all the way to Long Bar in 18 to 20 feet and off Tamarack Point with spinners and crawlers in 8 to 12 feet. Look for perch on Snaghole Bar in 20 to 23 feet and off Sugar Point in 15 to 20 feet. Spoons, and crankbaits are producing pike on the 8- to 12- foot breaks.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Crankbaits or slow-death rigs with crawlers are producing walleyes on the 9- to 14-foot weedlines or main lake reefs in 17 to 25 feet. Muskie action has improved with bucktails in Sucker, Portage, and Kabekona bays. Look for largemouth in the reeds and weeds of Boy Bay, Portage Bay, and Sucker Bay or smallies on the 17- to 20- foot rocks.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleyes continue to hit spinners and leeches in 20 to 25 feet throughout Cranberry Bay, Black Bay, and Lost Bay. Sturgeon action remains strong on the Rainy River, some crappies are coming out of mid-depth water in Black Bay, and smallmouth are being caught on the rocky shorelines and reefs.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


The 8- to 14-foot rock piles or 4- to 7-foot shoreline breaks continue to produce walleyes. Most live bait presentations continue to work best. There are pike being caught with the walleyes.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Bass, pike, and a few walleyes are being caught tight to the weed edges of Lake Elmo in 10 to 15 feet. On White Bear Lake, crappies are being caught in the 10-foot weeds and muskies are hitting bucktails on the deep points in 15 to 20 feet. Crawlers are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass throughout the St. Croix River from 8 to 16 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Spinnerbaits, plastics, and topwater baits are producing bass on the weedlines of Lake Bavaria, Lake Auburn, and Whaletail Lake. Pike are hitting suckers on the 8- to 14-foot weedlines of Steiger Lake, Lake Zumbra, and Auburn. Sunfish action is slow, but crappies continue to bite in 12 to 14 feet at Hydes Lake and Lake Parley.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Work the island area on Lake O’Dowd and Fish Lake in 15 feet for walleyes during low-light periods. Prior Lake is kicking out walleyes, sunfish, and bass along the weedlines out to 24 feet. Look to Spring Lake with leeches for walleyes and sunfish in 6 to 11 feet, and O’Dowd continues to produce nice bass as well.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


The weedlines off most main lake reefs are giving up bass on plastics or topwater baits. Muskie reports have slightly improved on the south end of the lake and most weedlines are holding pike, too. Sunfish are being caught on Cemetery Reef and in Waconia Bay, while walleye action is limited to a few fish after dark on Kegg’s and Cemetery reefs in 15 feet or more.

Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Trolling crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet on Lake Miltona has produced walleyes during the evening hours. Work Lake Ida with live-bait rigs and crawlers over 30 to 50 feet, leeches on the 12- foot weedlines of Chippewa Lake, and Lake Reno in 14 to 17 feet for walleyes as well. Muskie anglers are reporting follows and a few hook ups of small fish on Miltona. Look for bass in shallow water during the morning hours and on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines during the day throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes. Crappies are being found in the cabbage on Lake Carlos, Lake Darling, and Lake Geneva.

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


Sunfish are being taken on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Granite Lake, Lake Sylvia, Sugar Lake, and Lake John. Walleye reports have been more sporadic, but leeches are the best option in 20 to 26 feet on Clearwater and Cedar Lake. Bass and pike remain active on the weedlines.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Look for walleyes in 6 to 10 feet to hit crawlers and spinners at Silver Lake, Rush Lake, and Otter Tail Lake or in 18 to 20 feet on West Battle Lake. Sunfish and crappies are being found in 10 to 15 feet on Fish Lake, Silver, Rush, and Bass Lake. Sucker minnows are producing pike in 15 to 20 feet on Fiske Lake, Donald Lake, and Otter Tail. Bass are cruising the weedlines on most lakes, while muskies are being taken in 15 to 18 feet with CowGirls on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Lake Bemidji is producing walleyes on crankbaits in 5 to 15 feet or on crawlers in 22 to 32 feet. Look to Lake Plantagenet with leeches and crawlers in 13 to 18 feet for walleyes. Hit the pencil reeds on Gull Lake for sunfish and Turtle River Lake is giving up crappies in 18 to 22 feet. Big Lake started giving up muskies on bucktails or topwaters.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Crappies and bluegills continue to be found along the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, North Twin Lake, and South Twin Lake. Pike and bass are being caught along the weedlines of most lakes with minnows or plastics. Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 16 to 22 feet at Island Lake, Gull Lake, and Round Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Walleye action continues to be limited to a few fish being plucked from the weeds with slip bobbers and leeches on North Long Lake and Whitefish Lake. Crappies are being caught in 8 to 12 feet on Gull Lake, Lake Margaret, and North Long, while sunfish are being found in the 6- to 8-foot weeds of Cullen Lake and Highway 371 Bay on North Long. Bass fishing continues to be good in the shallow and deep weeds of most lakes.

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


Trolling crankbaits during the day in 15 to 20 feet or at night on top of the bars has produced walleyes at Cass Lake, Wolf Lake, Lake Andrusia, and Pike Bay Lake. You’ll find perch in the 6- to 8-foot weeds and bluegills in Allen’s Bay on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


The 12- to 14-foot weeds continue to give up bass, pike, crappies, and sunfish on Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and North Center Lake. Walleyes are hitting leeches and nightcrawlers on the 10- to 18-foot rocks and weedlines of Chisago, South Center, and Green Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Hit Serpent Lake for crappies in 14 feet and walleyes in 18 to 22 feet. Smallmouth and largemouth reports have been strong on Clearwater Lake and Rabbit Lake. There’s some evening crappie action on the weedlines of Greer Lake and Black Lake, while the rice bed edges on the Mississippi River are producing sunfish. Shore anglers at the Huntington and Manuel pits are catching trout with Power Bait.

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


Leeches or small sucker minnows are producing walleyes on Lake Melissa and Big Detroit Lake in 15 to 20 feet during the day, as are crankbaits in shallower water during low-light. The weedlines on lakes Sallie and Melissa are producing panfish and the weedlines of Floyd Lake are giving up pike, panfish, and a few walleyes. CowGirls are triggering muskies in the shallow weeds of Big Detroit and Melissa.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Leeches are producing walleyes at Island Lake in 18 to 22 feet and Whiteface Lake in 15 feet. Look to Comstock Lake in 15 to 18 feet for crappies and on the 10-foot weedbeds of Fish Lake for bluegills. Reports from Lake Superior have been better from Two Harbors to Silver Bay, about 50 to 70 feet down, for a mixed bag of salmon and lakers. Muskie reports have improved on the St. Louis River with bucktails and large blade baits.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Sunfish and a few crappies are being caught on Blue Lake in 7 to 14 feet, Green Lake in 14 feet, and along the weedlines of Little Elk Lake. Pike and bass remain active on the weedlines of most lakes and the Rum River is producing a few walleyes with crawlers.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Burntside Lake is producing a few walleyes on sucker minnows in 25 to 30 feet, as is Snowbank Lake on leeches in 20 to 25 feet. A few lakers are being found in 80 feet on Snowbank, and Basswood Lake is producing numbers of pike and a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Look to White Iron and Garden Lake for crappies in 15 to 18 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Sunfish have started hitting on Lake Esquagamah in 15 to 20 feet ,and there’s an evening bite for pike in 8 to 10 feet at Eagle Lake with suckers. A few walleyes are being caught at night by long-lining crankbaits over the deep water areas of Roosevelt Lake – these fish are suspended near the surface after dark. Look to Ruth Lake with topwater baits for largemouth bass. Lawrence Lake continues to produce crappies in 14 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sissiton continue to kick out crappies in 8 to 10 feet. A few walleyes are being caught with jigs and plastics on the Blue Earth River or with crankbaits on Tuttle Lake in shallow water. Bass fishing remains strong on most lakes, while bluegills are hitting in 6 to 8 feet on Budd and Sissiton.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Walleyes are being caught with minnows or leeches at Crescent Lake in 10 to 15 feet, Pike Lake in 8 to 12 feet, Cascade Lake in 10 feet, and Devil Track Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Look to Daniels Lake with salted minnows in 15 to 20 feet and Duncan Lake over 30 feet or Greenwood Lake with spoons over 25 feet for lakers. Rainbow trout are hitting crawlers in 14 to 18 feet on Kimball Lake, Leo Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and Mink Lake over 20 feet. On Lake Superior, salmon are suspended and hitting spoons over 30 to 80 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Walleyes are being taken with crawlers in 12 to 15 feet on Lake Wabana and Lake Pokegama or in 4 to 7 feet on Bowstring Lake and Big Splithand Lake. Bass and pike action remains strong on the weedlines of most lakes, while stream trout are hitting on Taylor Lake, Moonshine Lake, and Kramer Lake. Crappies and a few sunfish can be had on the 10- to 16-foot weedlines of Spider Lake, Hill Lake, Rice Lake, Wabana, Big Splithand, and Pokegama.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Sunfish continue to hit on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Swan Lake, Little Birch Lake, Big Birch Lake, and Cedar Lake. Mound Lake and Big Birch are giving up bass, while the weedlines on Big Birch and Swan are safe bets for pike. Bass Lake is worth hitting for crappies, and Big Birch is producing a few walleyes at night in 15 to 20 feet on leeches and slip bobbers.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


A slow-trolled leech or nightcrawler is producing walleyes in 10 to 30 feet around the islands, reefs, and shoreline points. Pike and smallies are hitting Mepps spinners in shallow water. Some perch are mixed in with the walleyes.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Little Boy Lake is producing walleyes and smallies on spinners in 9 to 15 feet. On Woman Lake, redtails are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet, and the west side of Big Boy Lake is kicking out a few walleyes on jigs and leeches in 16 feet. Muskie reports have been limited to a few fish coming from Muskie Bay or the island area on Lake Wabedo. Look to the cabbage edges on Blackwater Lake and Webb Lake for panfish.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Duck Lake started giving up crappies and sunfish in 8 to 10 feet, as is the Church Bar area on Madison Lake in 15 feet. Live-bait rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on Madison. Leeches and crawlers continue to turn walleyes in 22 to 25 feet in Baker’s Bay or 18 to 20 feet off Third Point at Lake Washington.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Crankbaits, leeches, and crawlers are producing walleyes in 15 feet in the Maiden Rock and Head of the Lakes areas on Lake Pepin. The back bays off the main river are giving up pike, and you’ll find panfish in the snags of the back channel. Channel cats are hitting crawlers or cut bait below the dam on the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Rice Lake started giving up walleyes in 8 to 18 feet and sunfish along the 10- to 16-foot weedlines. Sunfish and crappies are being caught in 8 to 12 feet at Eden Lake and Horseshoe Lake. Look to Lake Koronis for walleyes in 20 to 30 feet and smallies bass in 12 to 16 feet. You’ll find crappies around the docks or suspended over 20 feet on Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, and Horseshoe.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Walleyes continue to hit minnows, leeches, and nightcrawlers on the north end of Sauk Lake in 4 to 8 feet. Walleyes also can be had at Lake Osakis with crawlers and spinners along the 16- to 22-foot structure. You’ll find suspended crappies in the Battle Point area of Osakis over 18 feet, and on Little Sauk Lake in 4 to 8 feet. Look to Three Mile Bar, Town Bay, and Miller’s Bay on Osakis for sunfish in 7 to 10 feet. Pike reports have improved with bobbers and suckers on Sauk in 6 to 8 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Sunfish action is strong in and around the weeds of Beauty Lake, Green Prairie Lake, Sebie Lake, Pierz Lake, and Mississippi River. Catfish and smallies bass also remain active on the river. Walleye and muskie reports have been limited, but the pencil reeds on Lake Alexander are holding crappies.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Bluegill action remains strong on the Minnewaska end in 10 to 12 feet and the Glenwood end in 7 to 9 feet on Lake Minnewaska. A few walleyes can be had during low-light periods on Minnewaska with live bait in 20 to 24 feet. Minnewaska also is producing pike on spoons in 8 feet and bass in the weeds.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Sunfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike are being found along the weedlines on Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Green Lake, Florida Lake, Games Lake, and Lake Andrew. A few walleyes are coming off Green in 35 to 40 feet or from 15 to 20 feet on Eagle and Diamond – leeches and crawlers are the primary baits. The shallow structure on Green is worth hitting for smallies.

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


Crankbaits are turning a few walleyes on Lake Sarah in 6 to 8 feet and in 8 to 12 feet on Lake Lac qui Parle. Live bait and artificial presentations are producing smallies on East Twin Lake.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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