Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 8, 2018

Great Eight


East – Spinner rigs or live-bait rigs and leeches are producing walleyes on the mud flats and gravel in 18 to 28 feet, depending on the time of day. Slip bobbers and leeches also will turn fish early and late each day on the mid-depth rock piles and points. Plastics continue to turn numbers of smallmouth bass on the shallow rocks, but some fish have started moving deeper.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – The mud flats have started to consistently produce big numbers of walleyes. Work the tops and edges early and late or slide off the edges during midday hours with live-bait rigs or spinner rigs. There’s also been some good evening walleye action with slip bobbers and leeches on the 14- to 20-foot rocks. Smallmouth action remains strong with plastics on the 6- to 10-foot rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Most anglers are still using jigs and minnows, but trending toward pulling spinners and crawlers in 5 to 25 feet throughout the day and evening hours. On the Minnesota side of the Northwest Angle, walleye fishing with a jig and minnow or spinners is bringing in limits of walleyes and sauger in 5 to15 feet in the evenings or 18 to 27 feet during the day. On the Canadian side, walleyes are going in 22 to 26 feet.

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


Jigs tipped with minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in the channels of Lake Minnetonka in 6 to 15 feet. Crappies and walleyes are being pulled off the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Lake Independence. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 15 feet on Minnetonka and Medicine Lake, while some crappies are being found in 15 feet on Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes continue to hit in 5 to 18 feet early and late each day or 30 to 40 feet during the day. Leeches and minnows are producing the majority of fish around Whiskey Island, Hoodoo Point, and Cherry Island Reef in Pike Bay or the mouth of the bay. Smallmouth bass are hitting on most shoreline reefs, and a few more crappies are being caught in shallow water near Raspberry Island and the east end of Pine Island.  

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleye action remains strong on the shoreline breaks and points in 8 to 12 feet with a jig and minnow or spinners and nightcrawlers. Some fish have started showing up on the main-lake bars in deeper water as well. Northern pike remain active throughout the lake, but perch reports have been lighter this week.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on most wind-driven shorelines and points. Better areas this week have been the east and west shorelines of Walker Bay in 15 to 25 feet, West Goose Flats and Stoney Point in 7 to 15 feet, Trader’s Bay in 8 to 12 feet, and back side of Pine Point in 6 to 10 feet. Bass action has been strong, but muskie reports have started out slow.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


The rock reefs, points, shoreline breaks, and islands continue to give up walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. With the cooler weather last weekend, there hasn’t been a push of fish onto deep structure at this point. Most bays or weedlines are producing northern pike.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


With a steady string of days with strong winds and cold fronts moving through, the walleye action has been just so-so since last weekend. When the weather settles for a day or two look for fish along the 4- to 8-foot-plus depths along most shorelines. While a jig and minnow will still work, trolling spinners with leeches or crankbaits will be a better option soon. 

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Most lakes continue to produce sunfish in shallow water, highlighted by some nicer fish off White Bear Lake, Beaver Lake, and Big Marine Lake. The St. Croix River remains the area’s best option for walleyes, with minnows, in 12 to 18 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Demontreville Lake and White Bear, while bass are an easy catch on most lakes in 3 to 8 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Prior Lake and Spring Lake are producing sunfish and a few crappies in 10 to 15 feet. Look to leeches or crankbaits for walleyes in 5 to 15 feet during low-light periods. Lake O’Dowd continues to give up numbers of bass and northern pike in 6 to 10 feet.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


Leeches or fathead minnows are turning walleyes on Red’s Reef and Keg’s Reef in 15 to 20 feet and 22 to 26 feet on the east side of the island. Work the shorelines and docks for sunfish and largemouth bass. Crappies are being found on the north side of the island, Harm’s Point, Keg’s Reef, and North Reef in 12 to 15 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Slip bobbers and leeches are producing a few walleyes on Mary Lake and Reno Lake in 16 to 22 feet. The pencil reeds on most lakes are producing sunfish, while Lake Geneva, Lake Darling, and Lake Le Homme Dieu are giving up crappies along the 8- to 15-foot weeds. Bass fishing remains strong along the docks and shallow cover on most lakes as well.

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


Walleyes are hitting leeches in 12 to 14 feet on Cedar Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Clearwater Lake or 15 to 17 feet on Lake Sylvia. You’ll find northern pike on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines and bass or sunfish in less than 6 feet on most lakes. Crappies are hitting on the 10- to 15-foot weed edges of Clearwater, Sugar Lake, French Lake, and Rock Lake.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Jigs and minnows are producing walleyes in less than 10 feet on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and Fish Lake, or West Battle Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Sunfish and largemouth bass continue to be found shallow on Fish, Blanche Lake, Stalker Lake, and Silver Lake. You’ll find northern pike on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and Otter Tail. A few crappies can be had early and late each day on the mid-depth weedlines of Clitherall Lake, Stalker, West Battle, Blanche, and Fish. 

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


The walleye bite continues to be good on Bemidji area lakes. Live-bait rigs and leeches seem to be working well, but jigs and minnows/leeches also are working. Look to those 12- to 14-foot breaklines and emerging weed edges. Lakes such as Bemidji, Plantagenet, Wolf, Big, Andrusia, and Gull are all producing fish. Crappies and bluegills can be found in the reeds and cabbage in 4 to 6 feet. The bass bite continues to be good with topwater baits and plastics in 6 to 12 feet on most lakes.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


A slip bobber and leech combo is producing walleyes during the evening hours in 10 to 15 feet on Blackduck Lake, while a jig and minnow combo is working best on Island Lake and Gull Lake. Crappies are being found in the cabbage, and bluegills are shallow on Gull, Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Rabideau Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


A few walleyes are hitting shiners and leeches during low-light periods in 10 to 17 feet on North Long Lake, Round Lake, Gull Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Crappies have moved to the weedlines of Cullen Lake, North Long, and south end of Gull. Bass and bluegills are an easy catch in 2 to 5 feet on most lakes.

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


The extremely clear water has allowed anglers to sight fish walleyes with a jig and minnow on the bars of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Lindy rigs and minnows are turning walleyes and northern pike around Potato Island in Allen’s Bay on Cass. Look for bluegills in 8 to 12 feet on Kitchi Lake or Allen’s Bay on Cass. Small bucktails are raising muskies on Lake Andrusia and Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


Largemouth bass are hitting on most lakes, while smallmouth bass are biting on Serpent Lake and the Mississippi River – both are in shallow water. Crappies are being taken on the 12- to 15-foot weed edges of Bay Lake and Serpent. Bluegills have moved to the docks and shallow reeds on Rabbit Lake, while some walleyes can be had with minnows or leeches during the evening hours on Serpent in 12 to 16 feet. Hit the Pennington Pit and Section Six Pit for rainbow trout. Most fish are suspended at about 30 feet over deep water.

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


Big Pine and Little Pine lakes, Big Detroit Lake, and Pelican Lake are kicking out walleyes with shiners and leeches in 15 to 18 feet. Look for crappies in 10 to 15 feet on Lake Sallie, Cotton Lake, and Lake Melissa. Sunfish and largemouth bass are hitting in less than 5 feet on most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


The power dam area on Fall Lake, Pipestone Bay on Basswood Lake, Shagawa Lake, and Birch Lake are giving up walleyes in 8 to 12 feet. Minnows and leeches are both working. Bluegills have moved onto the shorelines of Armstrong Lake and the back bay on Basswood. Smallmouth bass also can be had on the shallow rock or sandy shorelines of Farm Island, Birch, Bear Island Lake, and Basswood.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Lawrence Lake is producing northern pike on sucker minnows and bobbers in 8 to 10 feet. Look to the island area on Mitchell Lake with leeches for walleyes in 6 to 8 feet during the evening hours. Lows Lake is giving up crappies in 10 to 12 feet and Lake Esquagamah is kicking out largemouth bass on topwater baits in shallow water.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches at Hungry Jack Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Poplar Lake in 10 to 15 feet, Cascade Lake in 8 to 12 feet, and Seagull Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Crawlers are producing rainbow trout on Kimball Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and Mink Lake is giving up rainbows and splake in 8 to 10 feet. Minnows are turning rainbows on Leo Lake in 15 to 18 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Look for crappies in the bulrushes and bluegills along the shorelines of Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux, Bowstring Lake, Jessie Lake, Lake Wabana, Lake Pokegama, Trout Lake, and Big Splithand Lake. Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow during the evening hours in 6 to 14 feet on Wabana, Trout Sugar Lake, and Deer Lake, or crawlers on the 20-foot structure of Bowstring. Largemouth bass are shallow on most lakes, while lakes Pokegama, Trout, North Star, and Turtle are giving up smallmouth bass in 3 to 6 feet.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting in less than 6 feet on Swan Lake, Mound Lake, Birch Lake. Look for crappies in 6 to 8 feet and sunfish on the shorelines of Mound, Big Birch, Little Birch Lake, Kings Lake, Swan, and Pine Lake. Walleye action has been slow, but Two Rivers Lake is producing a few in 6 to 8 feet on leeches and minnows.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Baby Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Woman Lake, Little Boy Lake, and Pine Mountain Lake are giving up walleyes in 8 to 15 feet on jigs and leeches. A few muskies are being caught with small bucktails on Little Boy in 6 to 12 feet. Smallmouth and largemouth bass remain shallow on area lakes, while lakes such as Birch, Pleasant, Woman, and Moccasin are producing bluegills and crappies in less than 10 feet.

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


Most streams are now experiencing evening bug hatches, which is normally the case this time of year. As a result, dry flies are working on the South Fork – light Hendrickson’s, Crane flies, and size 18 sulfers are working best. The Lanesboro town run of streams also are giving up trout on Prince nymph’s.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101


Hit the 6- to 10-foot weedlines for crappies or the shorelines in 4 feet for bass and pike on Duck Lake. A live-bait rig and leech is producing walleyes between Second and Third Point on Lake Washington, while Baker’s Bay is kicking out panfish in 4 to 6 feet. On Madison Lake, leeches are producing walleyes in 20 to 22 feet from the Narrows to Miller’s Point, East Bay is giving up panfish in 4 to 6 feet, and the Grassy Island area is a safe bet for pike.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


A few walleyes are being taken with jigs and plastics on the deep rocks or main basin structure of Big Stone Lake. The rocks, shallow weeds, and shorelines on Big Stone have been producing quite a few large bluegills as well.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleyes are being taken with leeches and crawlers in 8 to 12 feet on Potato Lake, Long Lake, and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes. Crappies and bluegills are being found on the shorelines or mid-depth weedlines on Fish Hook Lake and the Crow Wing Chain. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have moved slightly deeper, but remain active on most lakes.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Sauger and walleyes are hitting crankbaits, crawlers, or leeches in 7 to 10 feet at the Head of the Lakes and Bay City Flats area of Lake Pepin. Work the bays for panfish and northern pike, while channel catfish continue to hit below the dam on the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow or crankbaits on Rice Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Long Lake along the 7- to 10-foot weedlines. Sunfish are being found in 2 to 4 feet on Rice, Horseshoe, Cedar Island, Lake Koronis, Pearl Lake, Grand Lake, Carnelian Lake, and Becker Lake. Largemouth bass are an easy catch on the shorelines of most lakes and channel catfish are hitting throughout the Sauk River Chain.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


A few more walleyes are being caught on Lake Minnewaska in 16 to 18 feet during the day on spinners and crawlers. These fish seem to be more active along the shorelines at night. Look to Long Lake with crankbaits for walleyes in 9 to 11 feet. Largemouth bass and sunfish are hitting on the shorelines and docks of Minnewaska and Pelican Lake.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the east side of Lake Sakatah. Look for sunfish on the shallow, sandy shorelines of Lake Tetonka. Bullheads are biting on most lakes and rivers. 

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873


Look for sunfish in 2 to 4 feet and crappies along the weedlines of Diamond Lake, Eagle Lake, Norway/Games Lake, and most small bodies of water. Walleyes have been tough to find on the big lakes, but you’ll catch numbers of bass on most lakes from the shorelines out to 10 feet. A few walleyes continue to be pulled from the prairie lakes such as Big Kandi, East Solomon, Ringo, and Wagonda in 6 to 8 feet.

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


Crankbaits are producing walleyes early and late each day on Lake Sarah. Minnows or leeches will turn walleyes and crappies on Yankton Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Hit Lake Shetek with crankbaits in 6 to 9 feet for walleyes or the shorelines for crappies. School Grove Lake is producing walleyes in 6 feet, while Wood Lake is giving up walleyes and largemouth bass in shallow water. Northern pike and walleyes can be had on Dead Coon Lake with minnows in 4 to 8 feet. 

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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