Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 6, 2018

Great Eight


The main lake mud flats and deep gravel areas remain the best options for walleyes. Mid-day hours have been best spent in the 25- to 32-foot range, while 18 to 22 feet of water seems to be more productive early and late each day. Spinner rigs, slow death rigs, Lindy Rigs, or slip bobbers and leeches have all been turning fish. Muskie reports have been limited, but the fish being caught are coming off the weeds more than rocks and there’s been some big fish reported. Smallmouth bass have continued to come bite off the mid-depth rocks as well.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Anglers still haven’t had to travel far to catch good numbers of walleyes and sauger with fish being found around the islands and shoreline breaks in less than 30 feet of water. Spinner rigs tipped with a leech or crawler are producing, but anchoring and working a jig and minnow vertically continues to turn fish as well. The sturgeon harvest season is now open on the Rainy River and fish are being caught in the deeper pockets with nightcrawlers. Walleye reports from the Northwest Angle have been best off the mud and rock areas in 22 to 27 feet, while muskie action remains strong as well.

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


Sunfish and crappies are being found in and around the mid-depth weeds on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. The weedlines on most lakes continue to produce bass, and the weedlines and channels on Minnetonka continue to give up a few walleyes at night. Muskie- and northern pike-action has started to heat up on the weedlines of Minnetonka as well.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The main lake rock reefs have been best for walleyes in 16 to 30 feet –* look shallower early and late each day and deeper during midday hours with live-bait rigs and leeches. Plastics are turning smallmouth bass on most rocky shorelines. The shallow, marked rock areas (buoys) on the main lake and weed patches in most bays are providing decent muskie action with topwater baits or bucktails. 

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes on the main lake bars and north end humps in 20 to 32 feet. Some fish are being taken with crankbaits or leeches on the mid-depth weedlines as well. Northern pike have started hitting spoons on the 8- to 14-foot weedlines.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


Rocks continue to produce better numbers of walleyes during the day in 15 to 20 feet. With a good wind, you’ll still pick walleyes out of the weeds and shoreline breaks in 9 to 12 feet with spinner rigs and leeches. Trolling crankbaits at night from Sand Point to Cedar Point in less than 12 feet has produced walleyes as well. Muskie reports have been better this week than last, with fish now being raised on the weedlines and shallow rock areas.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Anglers are reporting a slow walleye bite, but some fish are being caught on the submerged reefs between Sand Bay and Brule Narrows. Jigging with a minnow in about 30 feet of water has been best. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics or jigs on the rocks along the  southern shore or the weedy edges in the bays. Rainy River walleyes are congregating in areas where there’s current, such as above and below any of the rapids and especially below the dam at International Falls. 

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Spinners tipped with crawlers and  leeches or crankbaits remain the best option for walleyes in less than 10 feet along most shorelines. Along the south shore, anglers are finding walleyes on the rock humps in 5 to 8 feet. A few more bigger northern pike have been caught in these areas this week as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Largemouth bass and northern pike are being caught on the weedlines of Demontreville Lake and Lake Jane. Work the weedlines with bucktails or topwater baits for muskies on White Bear Lake, while a few walleyes continue to be caught in the Prescott area of the Mississippi River. The 6- to 10-foot weedlines on Silver Lake and Tanners Lake are holding panfish. 

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Sucker minnows or spoons continue to produce northern pike on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Lake Zumbra and Steiger Lake. Crappies also are being found along the weedlines, suspended over 12 to 15 feet, on Hydes Lake and Lake Minnewashta. Largemouth bass and sunfish are being found along the weedlines of most lakes as well.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Sunfish, largemouth bass, and crappies are hitting on or near the weedlines of most reefs. Work the Claybanks area and weedlines with bucktails or topwater baits for muskies and northern pike. Low-light periods remain best for walleyes in 15 to 18 feet on North Reef and Cemetery Reef.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Some walleyes continue to be caught during low-light periods with nightcrawlers and leeches on Lake Miltona, Lake Ida, and Reno Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Crappies and sunfish are now weedline-related with lakes such as Le Homme Dieu, Darling, Ida, Geneva, Carlos, and Smith providing good action. There’s been a spike of muskie action during the evening hours on the weed flats of Miltona with bucktails.  

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


Work live-bait rigs during the day in 20 to 25 feet or troll crankbaits at night in less than 12 feet for walleyes on Rush Lake, West Battle Lake, and Otter Tail Lake. The 12- to 15-foot weedlines are producing panfish on Clitherall Lake, Silver Lake, Blanche Lake, and West Battle. The weedlines on West Battle continue to give up some nice muskies as well. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


A jig and golden shiner minnow or Lindy Rigs and leeches are producing walleyes on the 14- to 16-foot cabbage edges of Lake Plantagenet, Big Lake, and Lake Bemidji. Crappies and sunfish are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes and bucktails are raising muskies on Big and Plantagenet early and late each day.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Work spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches for walleyes along the 8- to 14-foot weedlines of Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Rabideau Lake are giving up good numbers of crappies and bluegills. Northern pike and bass also are weed-related and active on most lakes. 

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


The 12- to 16-foot weedlines are giving up walleyes on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Panfish also remain weedline-related with lakes such as Cullen, Edwards, North Long, and Gull producing fish. Northern pike and largemouth bass remain an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes as well.

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


The 10- to 16-foot weedlines are producing crappies and sunfish on Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake – crappies have bit best during the evening hours. Low-light periods also have been best for walleyes with crawlers or leeches on Green and North Center along the 12- to 15-foot weedlines. Spinnerbaits are producing bass and northern pike on the weedlines of Chisago and Green.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 15 to 22 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Pelican Lake, and Lake Sallie. Crappies and bluegills remain active on the weedlines in less than 15 feet at Floyd Lake, Cotton Lake, and Tamarack Lake. Bucktails during the day or topwater baits in the evenings are triggering muskies on Big Detroit, while northern pike and bass remain an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Spinner rigs and leeches are producing walleyes in 15 feet on Fish Lake and Island Lake. Walleyes also have started to hit a bit more consistently on the St. Louis River. Smallmouth bass are hitting on Island in less than 12 feet, as are crappies over 22 to 25 feet. On Lake Superior, lake trout and a few coho salmon are hitting spoons and stick baits in the top half of the water column.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Strong storms last weekend seem to be blamed for a slower walleye bite. Some fish are being caught with leeches in 4 to 12 feet on Shagawa Lake and Fall Lake. Smallmouth bass remain active with some fish still shoreline-related and others moving out to rocky structure on area lakes. Lake trout reports have been limited, but bluegills can be had on Birch Lake in 6 to 12 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Hit Roberds Lake for panfish and a few walleyes in 12 to 14 feet. Cedar Lake continues to produce sunfish and bass in 10 to 12 feet, while spoons are turning northern pike in 8 to 12 feet at Shields Lake. Look to Hunt Lake for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Leeches and nightcrawlers continue to produce walleyes in 12 to 15 feet on Two Island Lake, 15 to 18 feet on Caribou Lake, and 20 to 30 feet on Sea Gull Lake. Poplar Lake and Devil Track Lake are kicking out smallmouth bass, while northern pike action has picked up on most lakes in less than 15 feet. Crawlers remain the best option for rainbow trout on Kimball Lake in 12 to 18 feet, Leo Lake in 15 feet, and Trout Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Lake trout reports have been limited to a few fish off Greenwood Lake over 35 to 50 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Spinners and crawlers continue to produce a few walleyes on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Pokegama, Big Splithand Lake, and Lake Wabana. Work the weedlines for panfish at Big Splithand, Graves Lake, Bass Lake, and Trout Lake. Stream trout continue to hit on Kramer Lake and Taylor Lake, while catfish are an easy catch on the Mississippi River. Largemouth and smallmouth bass remain active on most lakes in less than 12 feet. 

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Crawlers and leeches are producing some walleyes on Woman Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Pine Mountain Lake – some fish are weedline-related and others are sitting over 20 feet or more. Bluegills and crappies also are being found on the 12- to 16-foot weedlines of Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, Portage Lake, Webb Lake, and Woman. Bucktails or topwater baits thrown on the weedlines of Lake Wabedo and Baby Lake have produced muskies. 

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


Despite the persistent mayfly hatch, walleye action still remains strong along island and shoreline points or when the wind is blowing, along shallow weedlines. Live bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers is the way to go. On windy days, focus on wind-swept shorelines, in 6 to 15 feet, otherwise move out to deeper water and move slow along transition areas where rocks meets sand and mud. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are still active along shorelines and weedbeds. Casting almost anything is turning fish, so just keep trying something different until you get some action.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes, especially early and late each day, on the 14- to 18-foot weedlines of Fish Hook Lake, Long Lake, Big Sand Lake, and Potato Lake. Crappies and sunfish also are weed-related with good reports coming off Fish Hook and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes. The 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Big Mantrap Lake are producing northern pike and a few muskies. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action is strong throughout the area.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Look for crappies and sunfish on the 10- to 14-foot cabbage of Star Lake, Rush Lake, Dead Lake, and Lake Marion. Walleyes continue to be taken early and late each day with crawlers or redtails in 14 to 20 feet on Big Pine Lake, Rush, and Little Pine Lake. Numbers of largemouth bass and northern pike are being plucked off the weedlines of most lakes as well.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


The Lake City area of Lake Pepin has been best for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet with Lindy Rigs and leeches or crawlers and crankbaits. Bluegills and crappies are eating mayflies along the rock shorelines of Pepin. The Mississippi River is still running high, but the current breaks are producing channel and flatheads.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Look for crappies off the weedlines in 14 to 18 feet and sunfish tight to the weed edges on Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, Rice Lake, and Pearl Lake. Trolling crankbaits in 12 to 15 feet has produced a few walleyes on Lake Koronis and Horseshoe during low-light periods. Channel catfish have become active throughout the Horseshoe Chain, while bass fishing remains strong on the weedlines of most lakes. 

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Sunfish are being caught on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Big Swan Lake, Maple Lake in 12 feet, and the weed pockets on Smith Lake. Crappie reports have improved on Long Bridge Lake and Lake Osakis in 12 to 18 feet. Lindy Rigs and leeches are producing walleyes in 9 to 12 feet on Sauk Lake or 16 to 20 feet on Big Birch Lake and Osakis. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weedlines of Westport Lake and Little Birch Lake. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Smallmouth bass continue to be caught on the Mississippi River and sunfish are hitting in 5 to 10 feet on Green Prairie Lake. Work the weedlines on Lake Shamineau with leeches or crawlers for walleyes. The weedlines on Lake Alexander continue to produce crappies during the evening hours.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Work the deep weeds during the day with live bait or the reed edges in 6 to 8 feet with crankbaits for walleyes at night on Lake Minnewaska. The Glenwood and Starbuck ends of Minnewaska are giving up sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Largemouth bass remain active on the shorelines and deep weeds of most lakes, while Long Lake continues to give up a few walleyes in 14 to 16 feet. 

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Panfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike are being found on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Diamond Lake, Lake Andrew, Eagle Lake, Norway Lake, Willmar/Foot Lake, and Lake Florida. Walleyes have bit best during low-light periods in 15 to 20 feet on Eagle and Diamond or in 25 to 32 feet on Green Lake. 

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

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