Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 22, 2018
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Summer patterns have developed, which means more walleyes are being caught on the deep mud and gravel. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the 6- to 18-foot rocks throughout the southeast side of the lake. A few big muskies have been caught on the rocks, and bass anglers have reported muskies chasing their baits. Suckers produced a few pike on the 6- to 12-foot weedlines.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – There’s been no complaints with the walleye bite as numbers of fish are coming off the mud flats such as Seguchie’s Sherman’s, Eight Mile, and Curley’s. Slow-death or live bait rigs are working best during the day on the edges, while slip bobbers and leeches are the way to go in the evenings. Smallie action has picked up with plastics or live bait on the 8- to 15-foot rocks and muskie reports have been limited.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes and sauger are being caught around the entire lake with the mayfly hatch two weeks early this year. Some areas are holding keepers (under 19.5 inches) with some slots mixed in (19.5- to 28-inches) and some mainly holding slot fish with the occasional trophy being caught. Typically, after the mayfly hatch, the spinner bite really turns on. Jig and a minnow was the main tactic used this week while some pulled spinners when the wind was right. Some shallow walleyes are being caught on spinners in 5 to 10 feet near Pine Island when the wind blows in. On the Rainy River, smallmouth bass are being caught up and down the river on shorelines, inlets, and docks. At the Northwest Angle, spinners are turning walleyes and saugers of all sizes in multiple depths on the Minnesota side. There’s been some nice muskies being caught in back bays and over rock points on both sides of the Angle.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Lake Minnetonka is producing walleyes during low-light periods along the outside weedlines in 18 to 20 feet – crankbaits or leeches are working best. Largemouth bass are being taken with plastics in 2 to 20 feet, and crappies are being caught on top of the 15-foot milfoil in Minnetonka as well. Look to Medicine Lake for sunfish and bass in 10 feet, while Lake Independence continues to produce small walleyes and crappies in 15 to 18 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes continue to be found all over the lake, but 20 to 35 feet seems to be most productive during the day. The rock reefs and rocky shoreline breaks have been best with Lindy Rigs and leeches or nightcrawlers. Some fish also are being caught early and late each day in less than 12 feet with slip bobbers and leeches. Muskies are being caught with topwater baits or bucktails on the shallow rocks, often times around hazard buoys or shallow rock points. The weedlines in most bays are holding pike and smallmouth bass action remains excellent on any rocky shoreline with Senko’s.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Live-bait or spinner rigs tipped with leeches are now turning walleyes on the main lake bars in 16 to 30 feet. Better areas this week have included Big Muskie, Big Bend, Eelpout, Horseshoe, and Snaghole – it just depends on wind direction. The north end weeds also are producing walleyes on crawlers in 14 feet. Perch are scattered with the occasional keeping-size fish caught, while northern pike are mixed with the walleyes.
Spinner rigs with leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes in around the 6- foot weeds and main lake rock piles. The wind-driven shorelines also have been productive in 9 to 12 feet. The humps in Walker Bay are producing walleyes during the evening hours as well. Muskie reports have been good, but the weeds have been more productive than rocks this week.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleye fishing has been pretty good on Rainy Lake and Rainy River. On the lake, anglers are still finding walleyes in about 20 feet of water near the rocky shorelines, but they are also starting to show up around the submerged structures in a little deeper water. The shoals east of Brule Narrows are likely spots.On the Rainy River, walleye fishing has been best in areas with stronger current such as above and below the Ranier Rapids and below the dam at International Falls. Some northern pike and smallmouth bass are being pulled from the same areas in the river
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Rain and storms hit the lake this past weekend, which slowed the action for a day or two. With stable weather, the bite has picked back up along most shorelines in 5 to 10 plus feet. Covering water either trolling or with a good drift has been putting walleyes in the boat.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Walleyes are being caught with crawlers on the Mississippi River or the Prescott area of the St. Croix River. Look to Silver Lake, Crystal Lake, and Tanners Lake for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet, while Lake Jane and Demontreville Lake are giving up plenty of bass. Muskie reports have been best with bucktails on the weedlines of White Bear Lake and Jarvis Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sucker minnows are producing northern pike at Lake Susan and Ann Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Crappie reports have been limited, but the shorelines and weedlines on lakes such Bavaria, Whaletail, and Zumbra are giving up numbers of largemouth bass. Look to Lake Auburn for sunfish in 4 to 10 feet
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Bass fishing remains strong with bigger fish being found on the bars and deeper weedlines. Fatheads and leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods on North Reef, Keg’s Reef, and Cemetary Reef in 14 to 18 feet. You’ll find crappies on the weedlines off the reefs, while sunfish continue to be found shallow. There’s been some decent muskie action with bucktails or larger crankbaits on the north end weedlines and Claybanks area.
In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Bass fishing has been very consistent along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines on lakes Le Homme Dieu, Darling, Carlos, and Geneva. Look to Lake Miltona with leeches for walleyes in 16 to 22 feet early and late each day. Crappies continue to hit on Le Homme Dieu, Carlos, Lake Ida, and Lake Darling in 6 to 12 feet, while sunfish continue to be found in shallow water on most lakes. Miltona has given up a few muskies on small bucktails in 8 to 14 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Sunfish are scattered with some still on their spawning grounds and others relating to weedlines on Clearwater Lake, French Lake, Lake John, Sugar Lake, and Lake Sylvia, while a few crappies are being found on the weedlines of Clearwater and Sugar during the evening hours. Walleyes are hitting leeches in 12 to 14 feet on Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lake Sylvia. The weedlines on most lakes continue to produce numbers of largemouth bass and northern pike.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are being taken with shiner minnows or leeches on Otter Tail Lake Silver Lake, and Blanche Lake in 8 to 12 feet or 15 to 20 feet. The shallow bays on Clitherall Lake, West Battle Lake, Blanche, and Rush Lake are still giving up bluegills – Clitherall also is producing crappies on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines. Hit Fiske Lake and Donald Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleye fishing remains good on lakes such as Bemidji, Big, Plantagenet, Wolf, Andrusia, and Turtle. Look to shoreline breaks and mid-lake bars and humps in 10 to 18 feet with live-bait rigs and crawlers or leeches or jigs and minnows/leeches/crawlers. Crappies and bluegills can be found in and around the cabbage in 6 to 12 feet. Bass fishing is excellent using plastics along the deeper weed edges and early in the day around docks. Northern pike continue to hit on just about anything.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Walleye action remains strong on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 14 feet or Island Lake in 12 to 20 feet. A jig and minnow is still working, but summer presentations such as live-bait rigs and leeches have started to work better. Hit Gilstead Lake for crappies and bluegills in 8 to 12 feet, while Gull Lake is producing bluegills in the 6- to 10-foot cabbage.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
The 14- to 17-foot weedlines on the south end of Gull Lake, Lake Edwards, and North Long Lake have been giving up walleyes on live bait – stick tight to the weed edges with your presentations. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at Round Lake, Cullen Lake, Gull, and North Long along the 8- to 16-foot weeds. Crappies have moved out to 14 to 17 feet and sunfish remain shallow on Cullen, North Long, Round, Roy Lake, and Lake Margaret.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
Nightcrawlers or leeches are turning walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot rocks on Green Lake or weedlines on North and South Center lakes. You’ll find sunfish in the weed pockets and crappies on the 15- to 18-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, Lindstrom Lake, North and South Center, and Green. The weedlines on most lakes are holding pike and bass as well.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Hit the pits such as Huntington and Manuel for rainbow trout, with some fish being found suspended and others tight to the bottom. Serpent Lake is giving up largemouth along the weedlines and smallmouth bass on the rocks. The 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Black Lake are giving up crappies and bluegills, while the inside and outside weed edges on Bay Lake are safe bets for northern pike.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleyes are being caught with leeches or nightcrawlers in 15 to 20 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Otter Tail Lake. Look to Tamarack Lake, Floyd Lake, and Cotton Lake for crappies in 10 feet and plenty of northern pike are being caught along with the walleyes. The west side of Little Detroit Lake, Tamarack, and Melissa are giving up sunfish in less than 10 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Spinners and leeches continue to produce walleyes in 15 feet at Island Lake and Fish Lake or Rice Lake in 6 feet. Crappies are mixed with the walleyes on Island and smallmouth bass remain shallow and active here. Between wind events, stick baits or spoons are producing coho salmon in the top 25 feet of the water column on Lake Superior. Anglers have been finding success in warmer water about 4 miles off shore.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Shagawa Lake is producing walleyes on leeches in 6 to 8 feet, as is the power dam area on Fall Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Bluegill action has been strong in Back Bay on Basswood Lake or Birch Lake in less than 6 feet. Lake trout are hitting in 50 feet on Snowbank Lake and Burntside Lake in 25 feet – large jigs or flutter spoons have been the ticket.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Largemouth bass are hitting crankbaits during the evening hours on Ruth Lake in 2 to 4 feet. Look to West Fox Lake with Lindy Rigs and leeches for walleyes in 10 to 12 feet. On Stark Lake, northern pike are being caught on crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet, while Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt Lake is a safe bet for crappies and sunfish in less than 5 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Lakes such as Amber, Hall, Budd, and Sisseton are kicking out crappies in 6 to 10 feet, while bluegills are going on Sisseton and George Lake in the 4- to 6-foot flooded trees. Tuttle Lake, Hall or Fox Lake are worth hitting for walleyes with live-bait rigs and leeches or crawlers working in less than 8 feet. Channel catfish remain active on Amber, Hall, Budd during the evening hours.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Largemouth bass and a few crappies are coming off Cedar Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Look to Roberds Lake for crappies and an occasional walleye in 12 to 14 feet. Hunt Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet, while the 6- to 12- foot humps on Shields Lake are holding sunfish.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Crankbaits are producing walleyes on Eagle Lake in 23 feet, while Fish Lake and Pelican Lake have been productive on the 10- to 12- foot weeds with crawlers and spinners. The 12- to 15-foot weedlines on Middle Lake, Swan Lake, and Island are holding bluegills, and Ten Mile Lake continues to produce smallmouth bass on the 8- to 12-foot rocks.
Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Look for walleyes on Two Island Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Crescent Lake in 8 to 12 feet, Caribou Lake in 15 to 18 feet, and South Fowl Lake in 5 feet – minnows or leeches are working best. Smallmouth bass are biting from the shorelines out to 10 feet on Poplar Lake and Devil Track Lake. Lake trout are hitting spoons at Greenwood Lake over 30 feet, Daniels Lake in 30 feet, and Sea Gull Lake over 25 to 35 feet. Crawlers are turning rainbow trout in 13 to 18 feet on Leo Lake, Mink Lake in 15 to 20 feet, and Trout Lake in 9 to 15 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes are being caught on spinner rigs or slip bobbers rigs with leeches in the 4- to 7-foot weeds on Big Splithand Lake, the reefs on Trout Lake, Lake Wabana in 12 to 18 feet, or Sugar and Deer lakes in 14 to 28 feet. You’ll find sunfish in less than 6 feet and crappies on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Graves Lake, Bass Lake, and Big Splithand. Shore anglers are catching channel catfish on the Mississippi River, while crawlers are producing stream trout on Kramer Lake and Taylor Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Crappies and sunfish have moved deeper, 8 to 10 feet, on Pine Lake, Big Swan Lake, and a few off Big Birch Lake. Mound Lake is producing a few sunfish and numbers of largemouth bass, while Little Birch Lake is a safe bet for smallmouth bass in less than 10 feet. A walleye or two is coming off Little Birch in 8 feet, but walleye action has been inconsistent throughout the area.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Lindy Rigs with leeches or crawlers are producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on Woman Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Pine Mountain Lake. Crappies are being found in the deep weedbeds and hitting late in the day on Birch Lake, Portage Lake, and Webb Lake. Look for largemouth bass on the established weedlines on most lakes and post-spawn smallmouths on Portage, Woman, and Stony Lake. Bluegills remain shallow on most small lakes, and there are active muskies being raised with bucktails in the weeds on Wabedo Lake and Baby Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Heavy rains over the past week have really limited fishing opportunities for anglers. There’s been quite a bit of flooding and water levels on area lakes have been rising. Look for some good fishing to continue once everything settles down again.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Walleye fishing continues to be good, but more summer-like patterns are taking shape with fish more frequently being found on reefs. That being stated, jigs and minnows are still turning fish, but split-shot rigs tipped with a leech or half crawler is starting to be more productive off the edges of the mid lake reefs. Soft-bottom areas are still your go-to when looking for active fish as the first mayfly hatch of the season seems to be upon us. Northern pike are being caught with regularity casting shorelines with just about anything and smallmouth bass are extremely active right now on most shorelines.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
The big streams have muddied with recent rains, but are expected to be cleared up by this weekend. The small streams such as Duschee Creek, Gribben Creek, and Diamond Creek are clear, fishable, and producing browns and brook trout. A caddis dry fly or soft hackle fly have been the most productive.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
Little Boy Lake continues to produce walleyes in the evenings with leeches in 15 to 17 feet. A few walleyes are being pulled from the 9- to 12-foot weeds on Lake Inguadona, and the 12- to 15- foot shoreline breaks on Big Boy Lake are giving up walleyes and good-size crappies. There’s some evening walleye action on Woman Lake with leeches or crankbaits in 15 to 20 feet, and Girl Lake is kicking out sunfish in the 8-foot weeds.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Madison Lake is kicking out crappies between the narrows and Miller’s Point in 10 to 12 feet, the back side of Miller’s Point is worth hitting for walleyes with Lindy Rigs and leeches or crankbaits in 20 to 24 feet, and the Cow Bar area is a safe bet for bass and pike in 8 feet. Hit Duck Lake for crappies along the 8- to 10-foot weed edges or the north end for sunfish in 4 to 6 feet. On Lake Washington, Baker’s Bay is holding sunfish in 6 feet, walleyes are hitting leeches between Second Point and Third Point in 18 to 20 feet, and the Grassy Island area is kicking out pike in 8 to 10 feet.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Look for crappies and sunfish in 3 to 5 feet on Knife Lake, Fish Lake, and Ann Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits on Knife, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 6 feet at Knife and Fish.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Trolling spinners and crawlers through the main basin of Big Stone Lake continues to produce walleyes and a few nice perch early and late each day. Bluegills also are being caught on Big Stone in less than 4 feet.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes in 16 to 20 feet on Long Lake, Big Sand Lake, and Potato Lake. Hit Big Mantrap Lake and Potato with sucker minnows for northern pike in the 8- to 12-foot cabbage. Crappies are little tougher to find, but the weed edges on Third and Eighth Crow Wing lakes, and Fish Hook Lake are giving up a few along with sunfish. Jerk baits are raising a few muskies on Big Mantrap, while smallmouth bass fishing remains consistent on Lake Belle Taine and Long.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Lakes such as Big Pine, Rush, and Little Pine are kicking out walleyes in 15 to 25 feet with leeches and crawlers. Bluegills and crappies have set up on the 12-foot cabbage on Rush, Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Lake Marion. Largemouth bass and northern pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes as well.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
The Maiden Rock and Pine Creek areas on Lake Pepin are giving up walleyes in 11 to 16 feet mainly on crankbaits or three-way rigs and live bait. Work the current seams on the Mississippi River for channel and flathead catfish. Water levels have risen and clarity has diminished on the river due to recent rains.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Walleyes continue to hit crankbaits or crawlers in 6 to 18 feet on Horseshoe Lake, Rice Lake, Schneider Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Zumwalde Lake, and Great Northern Lake. Sunfish remain shallow on Rice, Clear Lake, Pearl Lake, Lake Koronis, and Horseshoe. Look to the weedlines, shoreline breaks, or islands on Koronis for walleyes and smallmouth bass. Channel catfish are hitting throughout the Sauk River Chain, and largemouth bass are being found shallow and along the weed edges on most lakes.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Sauk Lake in 9 feet. Leeches have worked best for walleyes on the mid-lake humps of Lake Osakis in 16 to 18 feet. Crappie and sunfish reports have been best off Maple Lake and Smith Lake, with the crappies generally running deeper.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Smallmouth bass are being caught on the Platte River, Mississippi River, and Rice/Skunk Lake. Look for sunfish in 5 to 10 feet on Lake Alexander, Pierz Lake, Beauty Lake, Fish Trap Lake, and Lake Shamineau. A few walleyes are being taken with leeches on Alexander along the 12- to 15-foot weedlines.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes on Lake Minnewaska in 16 to 18 feet and Reno Lake in 14 to 16 feet. The west side of Reno is producing crappies, while sunfish and bass continue to be caught off the docks and shorelines of Minnewaska.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Live-bait or spinner rigs tipped with crawlers are producing a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on lakes such as Eagle, Diamond, Florida, Andrew, Nest, and Willmar/Foot. The same presentations are working on Green Lake in 25 to 32 feet – the key is to cover a lot of water and pick off the aggressive walleyes. Northern pike, bass, and panfish are now being caught on the weedlines of most lakes.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on most lakes. Lakes such as Dead Coon, Wood, Sarah, School Grove, Lady Slipper, Benton, and Chetek are all producing walleyes from the shorelines out to about 8 feet. East and West Twin lakes continue to give up bass, while a few crappies can be had on Chetek.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880