Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 29, 2018

Great Eight


Most mud flats continue to produce walleyes – Fisher’s Flat and Eight Mile Flat have been good this week. Work the tops and edges during low light and off the edges during midday with a spinner and crawler, slow-death rigs, or slip bobbers and leeches. The 8- to 17-foot rocks have been best for smallies, and crankbaits are producing northerns along the weed edges in most bays. Muskies are being caught on the weeds and on the mud flats where there’s tullibees.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


The walleye and sauger bite has transitioned to spinners with some still using a jig and shiner. Good numbers of fish are being caught around Garden, Knight, and Pine islands and near Rocky Point in 24 to 27 feet. On the Rainy River, sturgeon harvest opens July 1. Smallmouth bass anglers are finding nice fish in and around the rocks, bridges, and current breaks. At the Northwest Angle, reports have been stellar for muskies so far. Fishing on both sides of the border has been excellent for muskies, smallmouth bass, and of course, walleyes and saugers. Spinners over mud and jigging around rocks has been most productive.

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


Look for sunfish in the 6-foot weed pockets on Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and Lake Sarah. Crappies are set up on top of the 12- to 15-foot weeds on Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Plastics or spinnerbaits are producing bass on the inside weedlines of Minnetonka. The channels or 12- to 14-foot rock piles on Minnetonka are giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods. Muskie reports have been limited, but sucker minnows are turning pike on Minnetonka in 15 to 18 feet.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


You’ll find bigger numbers of walleyes on the rock humps and reefs in 12 to 25 feet, with some fish coming out of water as deep as 35 feet. Lindy Rigs or slip bobbers with leeches are working best. Muskies are being caught with bucktails on the weedlines in most bays or the shallow, main-lake rock areas. There’s no problem catching smallies with Senkos or topwaters along the rocky shorelines in 7 feet. 

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


A spinner and crawler or Lindy Rig and leech are producing walleyes on the bars and humps during the day in 20 to 30 feet or 15 to 20 feet during low-light periods. Long-lining a spinner and crawler continues to turn walleyes on the weed edges off Stoney Point and the Duck Pass. Northerns remain active and some nice perch are being caught on jigs and minnows in 12 to 20 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


Walleye action seems to have moved off the weed edges and onto the rock piles in Walker Bay or the 15- to 20-foot rocks throughout the main lake. Slow-death rigs and crawlers are working best and some fish are being taken with crankbaits on the flats in 14 feet. The rocks also are holding muskies, but anglers are having a tough time getting them to commit to a bait. Hit the Minnesota Island area in Steamboat Bay for bass and the cabbage beds in Shingobee Bay for panfish.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleyes are being pulled from the windswept shorelines and submerged structure, but there’s no consistent pattern. The forecast calls for a week or so of warm, dry weather and that could push walleyes a little deeper to find the cooler, preferred water temperature. Smallies are being pulled from the rocky shorelines and weedy patches of the bays along the south shore. You will also find some good-size northern pike in those areas. 

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Good numbers of walleyes continue to be caught on spinners and leeches or crankbaits in 5 to 9 feet along most shorelines. The 5- to 8-foot rock humps on the south shore have been kicking out walleyes as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Steiger Lake, Lake Zumbra, and Ann Lake are producing northern pike on sucker minnows in 10 to 14 feet. Look to Lake Minnewashta and Hydes Lake for suspended crappies over the deep weeds. The weedlines on Whaletail Lake and Lake Bavaria are giving up largemouth bass, while Lake Auburn and Cedar Lake near Jordan are producing sunfish in 6 to 10 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Prior Lake started giving up bigger sunfish in 20 to 25 feet of water, and leeches are producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet of water. Largemouth bass and northern pike are hitting consistently on Lake O’Dowd in 5 to 10 feet of water. Look to Cedar Lake for sunfish and crappies in 5 to 10 feet of water. For northern pike, troll crankbaits along the shorelines of Carls Lake.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


Hit North Reef, Keg’s Reef, and Cemetary Reef with fathead minnows or leeches during low-light periods for walleyes in 14 to 18 feet. The established weedlines on most reefs are holding crappies and sunfish. Muskies continue to be seen and caught with bucktails on the weedlines, and bass fishing remains consistent on the shorelines and weed edges.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Geneva, Lake Carlos, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Ida, and Lake Darling. Reno Lake has been producing walleyes in 17 to 20 feet on nightcrawlers, as has been Lake Miltona in 16 to 18 feet during the day and up shallower at night with crankbaits. Bass fishing remains strong throughout the area and muskie reports have been best off the breaks and weed edges on Miltona. 

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


Lake John is kicking out bass and northern pike in the weeds, and some walleyes in 14 to 18 feet of water. The 12- to 18-foot weedlines on Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Pleasant Lake, and Sugar Lake also are producing bass and northern pike. Clearwater, Sugar, Pleasant, and Cedar Lake are giving up a few walleyes in 14 to 18 feet of water. Look for panfish on the weedlines of Sylvia, Pleasant, Sugar, Clearwater, Granite Lake, and Maple Lake.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are hitting live bait in 20 to 30 feet of water during the day or crankbaits in 5 to 10 feet of water at night on Silver Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and on West Battle Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies on the weedlines of Clitherall Lake, Rush, Silver, and West Battle. Spinnerbaits have been producing bass on the weedbeds of Fiske Lake, Buchanan Lake, East Battle Lake, and Stalker Lake. Sucker minnows have been turning northern pike on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Fiske, Donald Lake, Rush, and West Battle. A few muskies are being hooked with Jakes in the 15- to 20-foot weeds on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


A slip bobber and leech is producing walleyes in 8 to 14 feet during the evenings on Blackduck Lake. During the day, spinners and crawlers worked along the weed edges are turning fish. Island Lake continues to give up walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on Lindy Rigs and leeches. The 8- to 15-foot weeds on Blackduck, Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, and Pimushe Lake are producing quality panfish.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


A slip bobber and leech has been turning walleyes in 4 to 12 feet on North Long Lake and Gull Lake. Work the weedlines for bass and pike on North Long, Gull, Round Lake, Cullen Lake, and Whitefish Lake. The south end of Gull or North Long are safe bets for crappies in 10 to 12 feet and sunfish are going in the 8- to 10-foot cabbage of Whitefish, Gull, and Cullen.

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


Walleyes are hitting a Lindy Rig and leech during the morning hours in 10 to 12 feet on Buck’s Bar and the east side of Star Island. Look for bluegills in the 6- to 8-foot cabbage in Dick’s Bay or Allen’s Bay on Cass and along the reed edges on Wolf Lake. Black and silver bucktails are triggering muskies in the Kettle area and Wishbone Bar on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


The weedlines on most lakes continue to give up numbers of bass and northern pike. Crappies and sunfish are being found along the 12- to 18-foot weedlines on Green Lake, Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Center Lake. Walleye action is best during low-light periods with leeches or nightcrawlers in 12 to 15 feet at North Center Lake, South Center, and Green.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Rainbow trout continue to be caught at Huntington Pit and the east side of Manuel Pit. There’s an evening crappie bite on the weedlines of Serpent Lake, Black Lake, and Clearwater Lake, while sunfish are hitting on the 15- to 18-foot weedlines of Serpent and Rabbit Lake. Serpent also is producing numbers of largemouth bass on its weedlines and smallmouth bass on the 14- to 22- foot rocks. Northern pike are hitting stick baits on the 18- foot weedlines of Mission Lake and some walleyes can be had off Serpent and Nokay Lake with leeches in 22 to 25 feet during the day or 15 to 18 feet in the evenings.

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


Walleye action has slowed a bit, but some fish continue to be taken with leeches or crawlers in 15 feet at Cotton Lake, Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, and Pelican Lake. Look for crappies and bluegills on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Melissa, Cottin, and Tamarack Lake. Northern pike and bass are weed-related and active on most lakes, while muskies are chasing bucktails on Big Detroit and Lake Sallie.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Leeches are producing walleyes in 20 feet at Island Lake and 15 feet on Fish Lake. Hit Fish for bluegills in 10 feet or Island for suspended crappies over 25 feet. With steady east winds, reports off Lake Superior have been limited. If anglers get out, lake trout are being caught in the top 25 feet of the water column about three to four miles off shore.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Anglers are sorting through small panfish in 3 to 14 feet on Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Little Elk Lake. Walleye action is slow, but bass and pike are being taken with topwater baits on the weedlines of Mitchell Lake, Big Lake, Spectacle Lake, Blue, and Green.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


The south end of Roosevelt Lake is giving up smallmouth bass in 6 to 8 feet, and spoons are producing northern pike on Kego Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Work the east side of Big Thunder Lake with crawlers in 8 to 10 feet for walleyes. Look for suspended crappies during the evening hours over 8 to 10 feet on Lake Washburn.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Heavy rains have caused water levels to rise a lot on area lakes, and local rivers are currently unfishable due to rising water and fast current. This has resulted in limited fishing opportunities, but some crappies and sunfish continue to be caught in 4 to 8 feet on Hall Lake, Amber Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Cedar Lake is producing sunfish and bass in 6 to 8 feet and Roberds Lake is kicking out sunfish in 12 feet. Look to Cannon Lake in 8 to 10 feet for crappies and perch, while trolling spoons on Shields Lake has produced northern pike in 7 to 12 feet. 

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 21 feet on Pebble Lake. Work the current breaks or points in 8 to 13 feet for walleyes and smallmouth bass on the Orwell Reservoir. Crappies and sunfish are being plucked from the weeds and pencil reed edges on Wall Lake, while northern pike are cruising the 10- to 16-foot breaks on Hansel Lake. The south side of Swan Lake is worth hitting for largemouth bass.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050


Walleyes are hitting crawlers or leeches on East Twin Lake and Two Island Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water, and in 25 feet of water on Sea Gull Lake. Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet of water on Devil Track Lake. Rainbow trout action has been strong on Kimball Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water, Mink Lake over 20 feet (these fish are suspended in the top 10 feet of the water column), and Leo Lake in 15 feet – crawlers or spinners are working best. On Lake Superior, spoons are turning lake trout over 180 to 220 feet of water.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


A few walleyes are being plucked from the 5- to 17-foot weeds with spinner rigs on Lake Pokegama, Round Lake, and Bowstring Lake. Leeches also are turning walleyes in 18 to 20 feet on lakes Wabana, Big Splithand, and Deer. Crappies are suspended on the weedlines of Big Splithand and Trout Lake, while smallmouth bass remain active on North Star Lake, Pokegama, Trout, and the Mississippi River. 

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Some walleyes are being caught with leeches during the day in 20 to 25 feet of water or on the 10- to 12-foot weedline during low-light periods at Big Birch Lake. Big Sauk Lake continues to produce walleyes in 9 feet of water. Look to Big Swan Lake and Big Birch for sunfish in 10 feet of water or suspended crappies over 18 to 22 feet of water. Mound Lake is giving up sunfish in 8 to 10 feet of water and crappies in 12 to 15 feet of water.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Stick to soft bottom areas and wind-swept shorelines with live bait rigs and you should find walleyes, especially early and late each day. Leeches and crawlers seem to be producing best, but there is still a jig and minnow bite. Mayflies continue to hatch, which has slowed the bite a bit since last week. Larger northern pike have started moving to cooler waters as water temps jumped up quite a bit. You will still find smaller pike mixed in with smallmouth bass along most shorelines.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Many streams have dirtied and been running fast due to recent rains, but look to the small creeks and streams to clear up fastest. Early this week, Pine Creek and Rush Creek were producing brown trout on size 12 Caddis flies.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101


Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on the sand flats and cabbage edges of Woman Lake and Little Boy Lake. Hit the 9- to 14-foot weedlines on Lake Wabedo, Lake Inguadona, and Big Boy Lake for crappies and bluegills. Trolling over deep water has produced a few muskies on Wabedo and Little Boy.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


On Madison Lake, crappies are being caught on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines, bluegills are going in 4 to 6 feet, and there’s an evening walleye bite in the narrows in 6 to 8 feet with crankbaits or a jig and leech. Anglers fishing from shore at the culvert on West Jefferson Lake are catching crappies and bass are hitting topwater baits on top of the weedbeds. Hit Lake Francis with spoons for pike in 4 to 6 feet, Carpenter’s Point for crappies in 10 to 12 feet, and Cattail Point for panfish in 6 to 8 feet.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Look for walleyes on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines of Long Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Potato Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being found on the 15- to 18-foot weedlines throughout the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes. The weedlines on Big Mantrap Lake are giving up a few muskies, and bass fishing continues to be strong on most lakes in the weeds.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Walleyes are being caught with slow-death rigs and crawlers, shiner minnows or redtails in 18 to 26 feet during the day on Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake. Trolling crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet during low-light periods also has produced fish. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes, while panfish are hitting on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Rush Lake, Star Lake, and Dead Lake.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


The weedlines on Rice Lake, Eden Lake, Lake Koronis, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Long Lake are producing sunfish and crappies. Crankbaits or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on the points and weedlines throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. Bass and northern pike remain active on most lakes from the shorelines out to 12 feet.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Lake Minnewaska is producing walleyes via a crawler and spinner along the 18 to 20 foot weedbeds during the day, while shallow-running crankbaits are turning some walleyes at night in less than 8 feet. Sunfish action also is strong throughout Minnewaska in 12 feet, and the west side of Reno Lake is giving up crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Pelican Lake for suspended crappies over 16 feet, while Long Lake is kicking out a few large walleyes on leeches in 14 feet. 

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Northern pike and a few walleyes are being caught tight to the weeds on Lake Sakatah and Lake Tetonka with crankbaits or sucker minnows. Panfish reports have been light and it is worth noting that the lakes in this area have a no-wake status in place due to high water levels.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873


A few walleyes are being caught with live-bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers on Diamond Lake, Eagle Lake, Lake Florida, Lake Andrew, and Willmar/Foot Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Northern pike and bass remain active on most lakes, while the weedlines on Eagle, Diamond, Florida, and Andrew are producing crappies and sunfish.

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


Catfish action on most rivers has picked up and bass fishing remains strong on Wood Lake, East Twin Lake, and West Twin Lake. Walleyes are scattered and being taken with crankbaits or spinners and crawlers on Dead Coon Lake, Lady Slipper Lake, Lake Benton, Lake Chetek, and Lake Sarah in less than 10 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880


Crappies are hitting on the 12- to 16-foot snags off the main portion of the Mississippi River and at Lake Winona. A few walleyes continue to be caught in 12 to 15 feet throughout the backwater areas of the river and the small streams in the Rushford area are giving up brown trout.

Hogline Bait and Tackle (507) 474-9999

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