Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 1, 2018

Great Eight


East – Smallmouth bass action has really picked up as of late2, especially for the bigger fish on the shallow rocks with plastics. Some walleyes continue to be found in shallow water during low-light periods, but the bigger numbers of walleyes have started coming off the deep mud and gravel structure, as well. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes continue to be found close to shore, but the mud flats have started producing fish as well. Crawlers and leeches have started to produce walleyes on Seguchie Flat, Sherman’s Flat, Pike Point, Seguchie Point, and the deeper breaks in most bays. Numbers of smallmouth bass are now being caught on the 3- to 6- foot rocks with plastics.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Strong walleye fishing continues around the lake and most anglers are still using a jig and a minnow, but some report long-lining crankbaits in the shallows with good success. There’s also some success with crawler harnesses in 15 to 25 feet during the day or in 10 to 15 feet during the morning and evening hours. At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow, slip bobber rig, or snelled spinners are turning walleyes from 3 to 15 feet in the evenings and 18 to 25 feet during the day. 

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


Look for sunfish in 6 feet, while crappies have moved into the 8- to 12-foot weeds on Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, Lake Independence, and Lake Sarah. The channels on Minnetonka are producing northern pike in 10 to 12 feet and bass are tight to the shorelines on most lakes. Look for walleyes in 12 to 15 feet during the day, just outside the channels and shorelines, or in the shallower areas at night on Minnetonka and Independence.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes continue to be caught all over the lake from 5 to 40 feet of water on minnows and leeches. Work the shoreline breaks, reef edges, and around the islands in Big Bay, Pike Bay, and Daisy Bay. Crappies are being caught in the shallow areas of most bays and smallmouth bass are very active along the sandy shorelines or shallow rocks.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleyes are being taken on jigs tipped with leeches or shiner minnows, spinners and crawlers, and live-bait rigs in 8 to 12 feet. Work the shoreline breaks, Little Stoney Point, Rich’s Townsite, Bird Houses and the points on the west side of the lake such as Raven’s and Mallard. Look for perch in 14 to 18 feet and there’s plenty of northern pike in the mix.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


Walleye action has improved with a jig and minnow, crawler, or leech all producing fish. Work the points and shoreline breaks in 5 to 10 feet with a good wind or cloudy conditions or slightly deeper if the conditions are calm – windy days have been much more productive than the calm ones. Panfish and largemouth bass reports have improved from the reeds and docks in most bays.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleyes are being found in about 12 feet along the rocky shorelines and islands. Those looking for large pike are finding them at the mouths of the bays in and around the weedbeds. Rainy River walleye fishing has been best in the morning and evening from the dam to the area west of the golf course. 

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Most shoreline areas or shallow structure are giving up walleyes in 4 to 8 feet. A jig and minnow or slow-trolled minnow or leech are producing best. There have been a few slab crappies being caught as they start to slide into very shallow water.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Minnows are producing walleyes on the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers in less than 10 feet. Big Marine Lake, Beaver Lake, and White Bear Lake are giving up panfish in shallow water. White Bear is producing pike on sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet, while Demontreville Lake is a safe bet for bass, pike, and panfish in 4 to 8 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Bass fishing has been excellent on the shorelines and docks of all lakes with plastics and topwater baits. Crappies have moved deeper, 8 to 10 feet, and  seem to be most active during the evening hours on area lakes. Sunfish have moved to the shorelines and docks on Lake Parley and Hydes Lake – look for bluegills to do the same on most lakes this week. 

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Walleyes continue to hit crankbaits or leeches on Prior Lake in 4 to 15 feet. Look to Lake O’Dowd for bass, northern pike, and sunfish in shallow water. Spring Lake and Prior are giving up panfish along the shorelines, out to 15 feet. 

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


The shorelines, docks, and northwest corner bulrushes are producing numbers of sunfish and largemouth bass. Crappies are being found around docks or the 15-foot weedlines on North Reef, Pillsbury Reef, and back side of the island. A jig and minnow is turning some walleyes during low-light periods in 15 to 18 feet on Kegg’s and North reefs, while trolling spoons in the Claybanks area has produced pike.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Crappies, sunfish, and largemouth bass are being caught in 2 to 10 feet on Lake Darling, Lake Carlos, Lake Ida, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Miltona. Look to Lake Mary with crawlers for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet or Reno Lake in 15 to 18 feet. On lakes Miltona and Ida, walleyes are hitting crawlers or minnows very early and late each day in 16 feet. On Chippewa Lake, minnows or crawlers are producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet.

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


Crappie reports have been best from the reeds, while sunfish are set up around the docks and shorelines of Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Lake John, Granite Lake, Cedar Lake, Sugar Lake, Buffalo Lake, and Maple Lake. Leeches or minnows are producing walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on Clearwater, Sugar, and Sylvia. Most lakes are kicking out bass in less than 5 feet and northern pike in 8 to 12 feet

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Jigs and minnows are producing walleyes in 6 to 10 feet on Otter Tail Lake, Stalker Lake, and Rush Lake. West Battle Lake is giving up walleyes at night in 10 to 15 feet with slip bobbers and minnows or crankbaits. Look for crappies and sunfish in the bulrushes on Clitherall Lake, West Battle, Mollie Stark Lake, and Bass/Elbow Lake. Spinnerbaits are turning largemouth bass around the docks and shorelines of Clitherall, Stalker, and Fiske Lake, while the shallow rocks on Otter Tail are producing smallmouth. Trolling sucker minnows or spoons in 8 to 15 feet has produced northern pike at Donald Lake, Silver Lake, Fiske, and Otter Tail.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


The walleye bite has picked up on area lakes. Shiners and jigs, live-bait rigs, or trolling crankbaits are all working. Leeches on jigs or live bait rigs are also taking fish. Look to those emerging weedlines or shoreline breaks in 10 to 14 feet on Lake Bemidji, Lake Plantagenet, Lake Andrusia, and Wolf Lake. Bass are hitting in the shallows on topwater baits, swim baits, and a jig and plastic on most lakes. Look for panfish in shallow water, in and around emerging reeds. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Blackduck Lake is kicking out walleyes during the evening hours on slip bobbers and leeches in 10 feet. Gull Lake, Island Lake, and Round Lake are giving up walleyes on jigs and minnows in 8 to 12 feet. Bluegills and crappies are very active in shallow water on Gilstead Lake, North and South Twin lakes, Lake Pimushe, and Rabideau Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Crappies, sunfish, and largemouth bass continue to be found in less than 6 feet of water on most lakes including North Long, Nisswa, Cullen, Edwards, Gull, Round, and Pelican. Walleyes and northern pike are hitting minnows or leeches in 8 to 15 feet on Gull, North Long, Round, and Whitefish Lake – some fish are being caught shallower during low-light periods.

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


Walleyes are hitting best during low-light periods on minnows, crankbaits, or leeches on Turtle River Bar, West Cedar Bar, and Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Perch have started hitting on Lake Andrusia in the 8- foot cabbage weeds, while crappies are hitting in the reed patches on most lakes throughout the Cass Chain. Look for bluegills in 12 feet around Potato Island in Allen’s Bay on Cass – they should start to move into the reeds as well.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


The shorelines and shallow weeds are giving up panfish and bass on Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Center Lake, South Center Lake, North Lindstrom and South Lindstrom lakes. Minnows and leeches continue to produce walleyes, especially early and late each day, in 10 to 14 feet on Chisago, Green, and North Center.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake are giving up a few walleyes on minnows or plastics in 3 to 6 feet during low-light periods. Crappies and sunfish are hitting on the 10- to 12- foot weedlines, around the docks or pencil reeds on Greer Lake, Serpent Lake, Bay Lake, and the Mississippi River. The trout bite has been a bit slower, but Pennington Pit, Manuel Pit, and Huntington Pit continue to give up some fish for boat and shore anglers. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting throughout the area in shallow water.

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


Big Detroit Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Pelican Lake, and Lake Sallie started giving up walleyes on minnows or crankbaits during low-light periods in 10 to 15 feet. Crappies are hitting on Cotton Lake, Acorn Lake, Lake Melissa, and Lake Sallie in 10 feet. You’ll find bluegills and largemouth bass along the shorelines and docks on these lakes as well.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes on Island Lake, Whiteface Lake, and Fish Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Crappie action is strong on Rice Lake, Fish, and Island around the docks and shorelines. Island and Fish are providing consistent smallmouth bass action in shallow water, as well. On Lake Superior, coho salmon, Chinook salmon, brown trout, and lake trout are being taken on spoons or stickbaits over 60 to 120 feet.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Crappies and bluegills are being caught in 3 to 7 feet on Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Little Elk Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Green in 7 to 14 feet, while a few walleyes are being taken on the Rum River with nightcrawlers. Bass fishing has been excellent on all lakes in shallow water.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


The current areas in Pipestone and Jackfish bays on Basswood Lake are producing walleyes in 7 to 10 feet. There’s an evening walleye bite on Shagawa Lake in 6 to 8 feet with minnows. The Stoney River area on Birch Lake and the current areas on White Iron Lake are giving up walleyes with minnows as well. Northern pike action is strong on Farm Lake, White Iron, and Garden Lake, while you’ll find suspended crappies over 18 to 20 feet on Garden as well. 

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Perry Lake started producing sunfish in 3 to 5 feet, and Lawrence Lake is giving up northern pike via trolling crankbaits in 8 feet. A few walleyes are coming off the south end of Roosevelt Lake in the evenings with crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet. On Lake Emily, crappies are hitting in 4 feet during the morning hours, and largemouth bass action is strong in Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Largemouth bass are an easy catch with plastics around the docks on Lake Sisseton and George Lake. Yellow bass are hitting minnows on Sisseton and George in less than 6 feet, while a few walleyes are being caught on nightcrawlers in 5 to 8 feet on Tuttle Lake, Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Fox Lake. Hall, Budd, Amber Lake, Sisseton, and George continue to produce panfish in 4 to 8 feet. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Lake Mazaska and Cedar Lake are giving up crappies and sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. Look to Shields Lake for sunfish in 6 feet or French Lake for crappies along the 12- foot weed edges. Look to Roberds Lake for sunfish in 9 feet and Cannon Lake for perch in 5 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleyes are being taken with minnows or leeches on Crescent Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Devil Track Lake in 10 to 15 feet, Elbow Lake in 4 to 6 feet, and McFarland Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Northern pike action has picked up with spoons or minnows on Devil Track and Two Island Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Look to Musquash Lake with crawlers for splake in 6 to 12 feet or Esther Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Rainbow trout are going on Leo Lake in 16 to 20 feet and Trout Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Lake trout continue to be found over 180 to 200 feet and caught with spoons on Lake Superior.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Most lakes are now giving up bluegills in less than 5 feet and crappies in 8 to 10 feet. Walleye action has been spotty, but minnows or leeches are producing some fish at Big Splithand Lake in 7 to 12 feet, Jessie Lake in 5 to 12 feet, Bowstring Lake in 8 to 20 feet, and Round Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Stream trout action also has picked up with crawlers on Moonshine Lake, Kraemer Lake, Taylor Lake, and the Tioga Pit. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch in less than 6 feet on Deer Lake, Lake Pokegama, and North Star Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Sunfish and crappies are an easy catch in 3 to 6 feet on Mound Lake, Birch Lake, Pine Lake, and Big Swan Lake. Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes during the day in 8 to 10 feet or at night in 2 to 4 feet on Birch, Two Rivers Lake, and Big Swan. Bass are being found on most lakes in shallow water as well.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Leeches or crankbaits are producing walleyes during the evening hours on Pine Mountain Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Pleasant Lake, Baby Lake, and Little Boy Lake in less than 10 feet. Crappies are set up in the reeds on Pine Mountain, Ten Mile, and Mann Lake, while sunfish are hitting in shallow water on most lakes. Smallmouth and largemouth bass also are active on most lakes in 4 to 8 feet.

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


Look to Side Lake with leeches and pink jigs for walleyes in 12 to 15 feet or Echo Lake with minnows in 6 to 8 feet. Crappies are hitting on Dewey Lake in 12 to 18 feet, while Big Sturgeon Lake is producing northern pike in 6 feet with sucker minnows. 

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


With the hot weather and little wind, fishing has been mainly in deep water,  22 to 28 feet and sandy areas have been best. Leeches, minnows, and crawlers are all producing walleyes, and the wind-driven shores are best when it does blow. Work the shorelines with jerk baits for smallmouth bass and northern pike.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 11 to 15 feet on Woman Lake, while Girl Lake is kicking out crappies along the 10-foot weed edges. Big Boy Lake started giving up walleyes on a jig and minnow in 14 feet. Bluegills are hitting in 3 to 5 feet on Lake Inguadona and Big Boy. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting in shallow water on most lakes.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Look to the 8- to 10-foot rock bars on German Lake for walleyes with a spinner and leech. The channel between Big Jefferson Lake and German is giving up  crappies and a few walleyes. Crappies and sunfish remain active on Duck Lake in 8 to 10 feet, as are largemouth bass in 2 to 4 feet. On Madison Lake, walleyes are hitting spinners and leeches in the evenings in 4 to 6 feet or 20 to 25 feet during he day. Look to East Bay on Madison for panfish.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Crappies and sunfish continue to hit in less than 8 feet around the docks and shorelines on Big Sandy Lake and Lake Minnewawa. Round Lake is giving up numbers of smallmouth bass in 2 to 6 feet, while Big Sandy and Minnewawa are producing walleyes on minnows or leeches in 10 to 14 feet.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382


Crappies and sunfish are hitting in less than 4 feet on Ann Lake, Knife Lake, and Fish Lake. Trolling spinners with minnows or crawlers is turning walleyes in 6 to 8 feet on Knife and Fish. Sucker minnows are producing pike on most lakes in less than 8 feet.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151


Walleyes are being taken with minnows or leeches in 8 to 12 feet at Fish Hook Lake and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes. Crappies and sunfish remain shallow and active on Potato Lake, Long Lake, Fish Hook, and the Crow Wing Chain. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are an easy catch along the shorelines of most lakes, while northern pike are taking sucker minnows in 4 to 12 feet on all lakes.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Crappies and sunfish are hitting on the shorelines and reed beds of Rush Lake, Star Lake, Dead Lake, McDonald Lake, and Little McDonald Lake. Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, Star, and Dead are producing walleyes in 4 to 9 feet on shiner minnows or leeches. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch on most lakes in less than 8 feet.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Walleyes continue to hit crawlers or leeches in less than 10 feet at the Head of the Lakes and Bay City Flats areas on Lake Pepin. The timber in most bays and backwaters off the Mississippi River are producing panfish. Channel and flathead catfish are being taken with nightcrawlers or cut baits on the Mississippi as well.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Walleye action picked up on Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island Lake in 10 to 20 feet. Look to Rice Lake, Upper Spunk Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, and Horseshoe for panfish in less than 8 feet. Northern pike are hitting on the emerging weedlines of most lakes and channel catfish remain active throughout the Sauk River. 

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Sunfish and crappies are biting on the shorelines and docks of all area lakes. Sauk Lake continues to produce walleyes in 7 to 10 feet on shiner minnows or leeches. The pencil reeds on Lake Osakis are producing crappies, while walleyes are hitting on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines here. Sauk, Long Bridge Lake, Osakis, Little Birch Lake, and Guernsey  Lake are kicking out numbers of northern pike.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Walleyes are being taken with minnows or leeches at the “Thoroughfare” area on Lake Alexander. Look to Lake Shamineau for walleyes and crappies in 8 to 12 feet. Green Prairie Lake and Beauty Lake are producing a mixed bag of panfish in 8 to 10 feet, while spinnerbaits are turning numbers of smallmouth bass on the Mississippi River. 

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Sunfish and crappies continue to hit in the Starbuck Marina on Lake Minnewaska. The bulrushes on Minnewaska are producing largemouth bass and crappies, while slip bobbers and leeches are producing a few walleyes off the docks on Minnewaska. Look to Long for a few walleyes in 12 to 14 feet during the evening hours as well.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Sunfish and bass remain shallow on lakes George, Diamond, Eagle, Point, Henderson, Florida, and Andrew. Look for crappies in 4 to 10 feet on Eagle, Diamond, and Nest Lake. Minnows or crawlers will turn walleyes and perch in less than 10 feet on Lake Wagonda and Big Kandi Lake. The culvert area on Willmar/Foot Lake is giving up panfish and a few walleyes. On Green Lake, walleyes are hitting in 10 to 30 feet, while largemouth and smallmouth bass are active in shallow water. 

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

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