Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – May 25, 2018
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Good walleye fishing continues on jigs and plastics in less than 12 feet. Live-bait rigs and leeches are producing walleyes on the 12- to 24- foot structure, while slip bobbers and leeches are working during the evening hours on the reefs and rock points. Smallmouth bass are showing up in higher numbers on the shallow rock reefs as well.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – A jig and shiner minnow combo is producing walleyes on the 5- to 8-foot shoreline breaks early and late each day. The rock points and bays are giving up walleyes during the day in 18 to 20 feet, while slip bobbers and leeches are working during the evening hours on the points and rocks in 7 to 13 feet. A few smallmouth bass have been taken on the rocks as well.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Great fishing continues, with good numbers of walleyes and sauger being caught from Rocky Point, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Pine Island, Knight Island, and in the basin. A jig and frozen shiner is the ticket, while you’re anchored in 15 to 23 feet during the day. Some fish are sliding into 10 to 13 feet during the evening hours. The Rainy River was pretty quiet this past week, with only a morning bite being reported. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being found in 5 to 10 feet or 17 to 23 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Crappies are being found in shallow water on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Sunfish and largemouth bass have moved shallow on these lakes as well. Walleyes are being caught on minnows or crankbaits in the channels of Minnetonka at night, or the 10- to 15-foot breaks on Medicine and Independence.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Pike Bay remains a safe bet for walleyes in less than 10 feet of water. The main-lake structure in 12 to 22 feet also is producing walleyes during the day. The mouths of the main bays are worth hitting for walleyes, with minnows or leeches in 10 to 18 feet working best. Northern pike continue to hit in most bays over 5 to 10 feet of water, and crappies have started showing up in shallow water around the islands and in some bays.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleyes continue to hit jigs and shiner minnows in 8 to 12 feet. Work the shoreline breaks and points throughout the lake or structure in 14 to 16 feet. Perch also remain active on the bars and breaks in 16 to 20 feet, while northern pike just started hitting on most walleye spots.
A jig and shiner minnow combo is producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on GrandVu Flats, Pine Point, Bear Island, and in Trader’s Bay. Fish the wind-driven shorelines, regardless of where you’re at. Northern pike are mixed in with the walleyes, while bass and panfish have started showing up in the shallow bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes continue to cooperate along the rocky shorelines in 8 to 12 feet. Anglers expect they will be even more active as water temperatures rise. A minnow and jig is still the best presentation. The forecast looks like some chance of rain coupled with warmer weather, and both those factors have the potential to increase walleye activity. You might try trolling a large minnow in warmer bays for big northern pike.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
The walleye bite has picked up after the rain and wind of last weekend. Most shorelines are giving up fish in 4 to 7 feet on a jig and minnow. A few smaller pike and some slab crappies are being caught by walleye fishermen. With the cool water, a slow troll has been working best.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
The bays and shorelines of Lake Waconia continue to produce a mixed bag of panfish. You’ll also find sunfish and crappies in 4 to 8 feet on Lake Bavaria and Lake Minnewashta. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or spinnerbaits in 8 to 12 feet on Lake Zumbra and Lake Susan.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Walleyes are being taken on leeches, crankbaits, and minnows on Prior Lake in 4 to 15 feet. Panfish are hitting in the shallow bays of Prior Lake and Spring Lake during the afternoon hours. Northern pike and bass seem to be active on most lakes in 6 to 12 feet.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Crappies are being found in shallow water on Lake Geneva, Lake Ida, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Carlos. Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches during the evening hours in 16 feet on Lake Miltona and Ida. Look to Reno Lake for crappies in 3 to 6 feet and a few walleyes during low-light periods in 6 to 12 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on Chippewa Lake and Lake Mary in 10 to 12 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in less than 10 feet on Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Big Swan Lake, and Sugar Lake. Crappies and sunfish continue to be found on all area lakes in shallow water. Look to the bays, harbors, shorelines, and bulrushes. Bass also are shallow on most lakes, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the 10-foot weeds.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting a jigs and minnows in 4 to 10 feet, especially around creeks river mouths, in Rush Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and Walker Lake. Panfish are being found in the shallow bays and weedlines of Clitherall Lake, West Battle Lake, and Mollie Stark Lake. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Donald and Fiske lakes.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
With the warmer weather and water temperatures now in the upper 50- to low 60-degree range, the walleye bite is picking up. Look to Lake Bemidji, Lake Irving, Lake Plantagenet, and Lake Julia for a decent walleye bite on jigs and minnows. Emerging weedlines and shoreline breaks are holding fish in 8 to 12 feet on these lakes. Look to those midlake humps and bars as walleyes are starting to move to those areas as well. Panfish and bass continue to be found in the shallows of most lakes, while northern pike are hitting on about anything off the emerging weedlines.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Sunfish are biting in 2 to 6 feet on North Long Lake, Nisswa Lake, and Lake Edwards. Crappies are being found in the 3- to 5-foot bulrushes on Gull Lake, North Long, and Cullen Lake. Bass are hitting in shallow water on most lakes, and walleyes are hitting shiner minnows in 6 to 8 feet on Gull, North Long, and Round Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes in 6 to 8 feet on Lake Andrusia, Wolf Lake, Cass Lake, and the channels between them. Crankbaits have started to produce walleyes during the evening hours around Cedar Island and the north shore of Cass. You’ll find crappies around the docks and bulrushes in Buck Lake and southeast corner of Kitchi Lake. The bigger bluegills are still in 15 to 18 feet, just outside their spawning areas, in Allen’s Bay on Cass and Kitchi. Look for nice perch in the 8-foot sand areas of Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Sunfish, crappies, and bass are being caught in the channels and shallow bays on most lakes in the area. A jig and minnow or live-bait rig and leech are producing walleyes on the rocks and weedlines of Chisago Lake, North and South Center lakes, and Lidberg Point on Green Lake. Northern pike are an easy catch in many places.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Look for crappies in the reeds and bulrushes on the south and north ends of Clearwater Lake or Little Rabbit Lake. Hit the current breaks on the Mississippi River with a jig and minnow for walleyes and smallmouth bass. Minnows also are turning walleyes on Serpent Lake early and late each day in 7 to 15 feet, while northern pike are active in less than 8 feet on most lakes. Trout are high in the water column and are hitting crankbaits on Huntington Pit, Portsmouth Pit, and Pennington Pit.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleyes continue to be taken with jigs and minnows in 6 to 10 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, and Lake Sallie. Rock Lake and Cotton Lake have been best for crappies in 4 to 8 feet, while Lizzie Lake is a safe bet for largemouth bass in less than 10 feet. Northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits or minnows on most lakes in 8 to 12 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Island Lake is producing walleyes on minnows in 12 feet and crappies around the docks or shorelines in 6 to 8 feet. Fish Rice Lake with leeches to catch walleyes in less than 5 feet. On Lake Superior, lake trout, coho salmon, and brown trout are being caught in the Park Point area over 20 to 60 feet of water. These trout and salmon are cruising the top 25 feet of the water column.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Crappies, sunfish, and a few walleyes are coming off Eagle Lake in less than 8 feet. Green Lake is kicking out walleyes and crappies in 7 to 9 feet, while the north end of Blue Lake is worth hitting for sunfish in 3 to 5 feet. The emerging weedlines on most lakes are producing northern pike, and bass are active in shallow water throughout the area.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or frozen smelt on the White Iron Chain in 6 to 10 feet. Lake Shagawa is producing walleyes on minnows in 4 to 8 feet, as is Basswood Lake in less than 10 feet. Look to the White Iron Chain and Farm Lake Chain for crappies over 18 feet – they should start moving into the shallow weeds soon. Rainbow trout are hitting nightcrawlers along the shorelines out to 18 feet on Miners Lake.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
The north end of Washburn Lake is giving up crappies in 4 to 6 feet and Ruth Lake is producing sunfish near the access in shallow water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Upper Dean Lake in 8 to 10 feet, while smallmouth bass are being taken on Roosevelt Lake in less than 8 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Hall Lake, Budd Lake, Lake Sisseton, George Lake, and Amber Lake are kicking out crappies in 4 to 6 feet. Look to Sisseton and George for bluegills in 6 to 8 feet. Yellow bass are being caught mixed with the crappies on Sisseton and Budd. Live-bait rigs and crawlers are producing a few walleyes at Tuttle Lake, Fox Lake, Budd, and Hall in 5 to 8 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Cedar Lake is producing crappies, sunfish, and a few walleyes in 6 to 10 feet. Hit the bars on Cannon Lake in less than 10 feet for perch, crappies, and an occasional walleye. Crappies and sunfish are biting on Lake Mazaska in 10 to 12 feet and hit the 8- to 10-foot rocks on Roberds Lake for sunfish. Shields Lake is producing sunfish on the 8- to 12- foot humps and northern pike in 6 to 10 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Minnows are producing walleyes at Two Island Lake and Crescent Lake in 10 to 15 feet – some fish are being caught along the shorelines during evening hours. Minnows are turning walleyes in 5 feet on Elbow Lake and Lake Saganaga in 12 to 18 feet. Lake trout are hitting spoons or bucktails over 40 feet on Gunflint Lake, Greenwood Lake in 32 to 40 feet, and Daniels Lake in 35 to 40 feet. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing lake trout over 200 feet. A few splake are being caught on Musquash Lake with crawlers in 10 feet and Birch Lake in 15 to 20 feet on minnows.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Big Splithand Lake is giving up walleyes and panfish in 6 to 12 feet, while the Gap on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake is producing walleyes in less than 12 feet. You’ll also catch walleyes with minnows in 7 to 15 feet on Lake Wabana and Deer Lake, Bowstring Lake in 3 to 9 feet and the current breaks on the Mississippi River. On Sugar Lake, walleyes are hitting in 26 feet during the day and 7 feet at night. Hit the reeds on Spider Lake and in the bays of Lake Pokegama for crappies.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
The Grass Island area or small bays on Big Birch Lake are producing numbers of crappies. Walleyes are hitting spot-tail shiner minnows on Big Birch and Two Rivers Lake in less than 6 feet. Hit the docks on Mound Lake for crappies and sunfish, while Big Swan Lake and Pine Lake are giving up crappies in 4 to 8 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Walleyes continue to hit minnows or crankbaits on Pleasant Lake, Pine Mountain Lake, Baby Lake, and Woman Lake during the evening hours in 6 to 10 feet. Look for crappies around the docks, shorelines, and bulrushes on Moxen Lake, Pleasant, and Webb Lake. Tube jigs are producing smallmouth bass on the shallow rocks of Baby Lake, Portage Lake, Stony Lake, and Woman.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on Side Lake in 5 feet or 15 to 20 feet – look shallower when the wind blows. Echo Lake is giving up walleyes in 8 to 10 feet early and late each day. Shoepack Lake and Echo started giving up crappies in 5 to 7 feet, as is Dewey Lake in 10 to 12 feet.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Larger walleyes are still being caught in shallow water, while the eater-size fish are deeper, over 20 to 30 feet. Although dock fishing has slowed a bit, it is more than likely due to the multiple weather fronts that have moved through recently, which has pushed many walleyes a little deeper. Shoreline and island points are producing more frequently, especially Martin, Cuculus and Three Sisters, as well as entrances to Peterson Bay and Slatinsky Bay. Windswept areas will produce more fish. Northern pike are an easy catch, smallmouth bass are becoming more active, and the occasional jumbo perch and sauger also are being caught.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Most larger streams and rivers have cleared up since last week, but there hasn’t been much for bug hatches above the surface. Soft tackle and small streamers have worked best for brown trout on Gibbon Creek and Trout Run.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
Little Boy Lake is giving up walleyes on crankbaits during the evening hours in 5 to 7 feet. The “Stairs” area on Woman Lake is producing walleyes on crawlers or a jig and shiner in 15 feet. Largemouth bass are hitting in shallow water on most lakes, while Woman is producing smallmouth bass on the shallow rocks. Look for sunfish and crappies in shallow water on Blackwater Lake or Lantern Bay and Otter Bay on Woman.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Madison Lake is kicking out walleyes after dark in the narrows and Miller’s Point area, or during the day in front of Grassy Island in 18 to 20 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet or on the shallow shorelines, while East Bay is producing bluegills in 5 feet on Madison as well. Eagle Lake started giving up walleyes around the cattail points in 5 to 6 feet on a jig and minnow. You’ll catch crappies in 8 to 10 feet in front of the culvert and northern pike a in the 5-foot weeds on Duck Lake.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Sunfish have moved into the shallow bays and docks on Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake. Minnows are producing a few walleyes and northern pike on Big Sandy in 10 to 14 feet. Crappies are biting on both lakes, but the majority of them have been small.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Crappies continue to be found shallow on Fish Lake, Ann Lake, Knife Lake, and Mud Lake. Sunfish are just starting to move shallow on these lakes as well. Minnows are producing walleyes on Knife and Fish in 7 to 9 feet. Largemouth bass are being taken with plastics or topwater baits on most lakes.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
The south end of Big Stone Lake started producing quite a few large bluegills. A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes during the evening hours on the 5-foot rocks along the south end or shorelines on the north end of Big Stone. Several area sloughs have started giving up walleyes as well.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows in 3 to 12 feet on the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes and Potato Lake. Crappies are being caught in the shallow reeds on most lakes – Fish Hook, Potato, and the Crow Wing Chain are good starting spots. Bass are being found along the shorelines and docks on most lakes.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
A jig tipped with redtails or shiner minnows is producing walleyes on Little Pine Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Rush Lake. Work the inlets and outlets during low-light periods or 4 to 8 feet during the day. The shallow bays on Rush, Dead Lake, Star Lake, and Little McDonald Lake continue to provide steady panfish action.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Walleyes and sauger are being caught with crankbaits or leeches and crawlers in 10 to 15 feet at the Head of the Lakes area. With the water warming, look for the majority of fish to start moving into Lake Pepin. Most bays are producing panfish and northern pike.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
A few walleyes are being taken with minnows in 8 to 15 feet on Horseshoe Lake and Long Lake or in 10 to 14 feet at Rice Lake. The bays or shorelines on Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe, Long, Pearl Lake, Rice, and Lake Koronis are now holding panfish.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sauk Lake, Long Bridge Lake, and Guernsey Lake continue to produce walleyes on spot-tail shiners in 3 to 8 feet. Northern pike are hitting shiner minnows on Westport Lake, Lake Osakis, and Sauk in less than 10 feet. Crappie and sunfish reports have been limited.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Crappies are hitting in 4 to 6 feet on Lake Shamineau, Lake Alexander, and Fish Trap Lake. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 6 to 12 feet on Alexander and Shamineau. The Mississippi River is providing steady walleye and smallmouth bass action with minnows or plastics.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
A few walleyes are being caught at night with spot-tail shiners along the shorelines and docks of Lake Minnewaska. Crappies and sunfish are being caught in the Starbuck Marina on Minnewaska, while the Glenwood end of Minnewaska is kicking out crappies in 5 to 7 feet. The west side of Lake Emily continues to produce channel catfish.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Northern pike continue to be taken with sucker minnows and artificial baits on Lake Sakatah in 6 to 8 feet. Sunfish and largemouth bass are hitting in the lagoon on Lake Tetonka and in less than 6 feet on Sakatah.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873
Look to the docks on lakes Florida, Eagle, Diamond, or Andrew for panfish and largemouth bass. A few walleyes continue to be taken on the shallow prairie lakes such as Lillian, Big Kandi, and Wagonda. The shoreline on Willmar/Foot Lake is producing panfish and a few walleyes. Minnows and leeches are turning some walleyes on Ringo Lake in 10 to 12 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports
Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 5 to 8 feet and you’ll find crappies tight to the shore around fallen trees on Lake Shetek. Walleyes also are biting on the shoreline out to 7 feet on Lake Sarah, Current Lake, Russel Lake, School Grove Lake, and Lady Slipper Lake. Slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes at night along the shorelines of Dead Coon Lake, while Yankton Lake is giving up crappies and walleyes in 4 to 6 feet.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880