Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 13, 2018

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

Walleye activity has slowed a bit, especially during the day, but you’ll still catch walleyes on the mud flats with crawlers and leeches on live-bait rigs in 25 to 30 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches are working during the evening hours in 20 to 25 feet, while leadcore and crankbaits are turning fish in the deep basin areas during the day as well. Smallmouth bass are being found on the rocks in 6 to 20 feet and the bays are worth noting for northern pike. Look to the weedlines in Vineland Bay for muskies.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Drifting and trolling spinners and crawlers or crankbaits has been the ticket for walleyes in 26 to 30 feet along the south shore. On the Rainy River, the sturgeon fishing harvest season is now open and the bite has been strong.  Smallmouth bass anglers are finding big fish on the rocks, bridges, and current breaks. Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye, sauger, perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and muskie fishing are all hot on both sides of the border. Walleyes are being found in some shallow areas, but most are doing best along off shore structure. The area north of Garden Island to Four Blocks has been good. 

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

The inside and outside weedlines on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake are giving up sunfish and largemouth bass. Walleye and muskie reports have been slow, but some northern pike are being caught over 15 to 20 feet on Minnetonka. Look to the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Lake Sarah for crappies and sunfish.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes have moved to the points and rock reefs in 16 to 25 feet throughout the lake. Nightcrawlers and leeches continue to work best on Lindy Rigs or slip bobber presentations. Muskie reports have been best with bucktails off the 10-foot rocks and hazard buoys. Smallmouth bass action has been best on the rocks as well and there has been some nice perch caught around Ely Island in 12 to 15 feet. Look to the weeds in most bays for crappies and northern pike.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Work the main lake humps in 30 to 35 feet or the bars in 20 to 30 feet with live-bait rigs for walleyes. A spinner and crawler also is producing some walleyes on the north end weeds in 14 to 16 feet. Perch are starting to school up with some fish coming off the north end in 15 to 20 feet. Look for northern pike on the 12- to 15-foot shoreline breaks throughout the lake.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

LEECH LAKE

A slip bobber and leech or live-bait rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes in the weeds of Trader’s Bay, Sucker Bay, and off Sand Point during the evening hours. The humps in Walker Bay started giving up a few more fish and some walleyes are being caught at night by trolling crankbaits from Sand Point to Cedar Point in 9 to 14 feet. Reports on the main lake have been slower, likely due to a significant mayfly hatch. The cabbage in Shingobee Bay is producing bluegills, and muskie reports have been best off the south end rocks or weeds in Portage and Sucker bays.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Reports from anglers have been mixed, the bite has been a little slow and concentrations of walleye a little harder to find. However, smallmouth bass have been more active and can be found along the rocky shorelines and weedy edges of the bays along the south shore. Walleye anglers expect the upcoming stretch of stable warm weather will cause the walleye to start congregating on the submerged structure throughout the lake, try checking in about 30 to 35 feet of water. The Rainy River is giving up bass below the dam at International Falls, and river stretches near Birchdale are popular for sturgeon.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

Frequent storms moving through the area have slowed the shoreline bite from 5 to 10 feet. The deeper humps are putting out decent numbers of walleye in 8 to 14 feet. Trolling live bait rigs or crank baits near the humps or a jig and minnow right over the rocks has been best.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

The 10- to 14-foot weedlines on Big Marine Lake, Powers Lake, and Beaver Lake are producing panfish. Work shallow vegetation early and late or deep weeds during the day for bass on Lake Jane and Demontreville Lake. Sucker minnows have been the ticket for pike on Josephine Lake and Tanners Lake. A few walleyes are being caught with leeches at Big Marine and Bone Lake in 15 to 20 feet. White Bear Lake and Jarvis Lake have been best for muskies with bucktails.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Fishing reports haven’t changed much in the past week, which means northern pike continue to hit spoons and sucker minnows on the 12-foot weedlines of Lake Zumbra and Steiger Lake. The weedlines on most lakes continue to provide consistent sunfish and bass action as well. Crappies are being found suspended over 12 to 16 feet on Hydes Lake and Lake Minnewashta.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Largemouth bass are hitting plastics or topwater baits on the weedlines of Prior Lake, Lake Marion, Spring Lake, and Lake O’Dowd. Prior continues to produce walleyes on leeches or crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet or 15 to 20 feet. You’ll find sunfish and a few crappies on Prior over 20 to 25 feet, while sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Carls Lake.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

A few walleyes are coming off Lake Ida in 18 to 22 feet with spinners and crawlers. Lake Miltona also is producing walleyes during low-light periods in 6 to 8 feet with crankbaits. Crappies are being caught at Ida off the deep weedlines and bass fishing has improved in and around the cabbage areas of most lakes. The weedlines on Lake Darling, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, and Lake Geneva also are holding crappies. Look to the deep weeds and points on Miltona and Lobster Lake with CowGirls for muskies.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Work the deep weedlines on Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Lake John, Pleasant Lake, and Cedar Lake for sunfish and northern pike. A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods with leeches on Clearwater, Cedar, and Sugar in 16 to 26. Bass are being found in shallow water during low-light periods and along the deep weedlines during the day on most lakes.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Trolling crankbaits after dark has produced walleyes on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Rush Lake in 9 to 11 feet. During the day, leeches and crawlers have produced some walleyes in 20 to 30 feet on these lakes, and Fish Lake as well. Look for sunfish and crappies on Fish, Bass/Elbow Lake, Buchanan Lake, and Blanche Lake in the 10- to 15-foot pencil reeds. You’ll hook bigger bass in 10 to 12 feet with spinnerbaits at Fiske Lake, Silver Lake, and Stalker Lake. Sucker minnows or spoons are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Otter Tail, West Battle, and Donald Lake. Muskie anglers are seeing big fish but primarily hooking small fish on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Despite the stormy weather this past week, fishing has held up quite well. Jigs and minnows are still turning walleyes but spinners and crawlers are producing better. Look along the sharp breaks and deep weed edges in 12 to 24 feet on Lake Bemidji, Lake Plantagenet, Lake Julia, and Lake Andrusia. The pike are hitting anything you throw at them along the weedlines of most lakes and bass fishing continues excellent with a good topwater bite going early in the morning then plastics working the deep weed edges. Crappies and bluegills are in and around the cabbage in 8 to 12 feet. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

The 10- to 14-foot weedlines on Blackduck Lake, Gull Lake, Island Lake, and Round Lake continue to produce walleyes on live-bait rigs with crawlers or leeches. Look for bluegills and crappies on the weedlines of Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Gull Lake. Largemouths are active in the weeds of North and South Twin lakes, while smallmouths are hitting on Lake Beltrami and Island.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Look for walleyes in 10 to 32 feet, most of which are hitting leeches or crawlers, on North Long Lake and Whitefish Lake. Northerns are an easy catch with sucker minnows on the shallow weedlines of North Long, Whitefish, and Cullen Lake. Largemouth bass remain active on the weedlines and shorelines of most lakes. Sunfish are hitting in the shallow weeds of Upper Gull Lake, North Long, and Lake Edwards. 

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Trolling crankbaits during low-light periods in 6 to 8 feet has been best for walleyes on Buck’s Bar, Deadman’s Bar, and the Cedar Island area on Cass Lake. Lindy Rigs and crawlers trolled on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines has produced walleyes on Pike Bay Lake. Topwater baits are producing bass on the lily pads on Cass and Buck Lake or Kitchi Lake are worth noting for bluegills around the shallow lily pads. Small bucktails are turning muskies in less than 12 feet throughout Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

Crappies are being found in 15 to 20 feet, as are sunfish on the weedlines of most lakes. A sucker minnow under a float has been the ticket for northern pike on the deep weedlines of most lakes. Walleyes are hitting leeches or crawlers on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines or deep rocks on North Center, South Center, Green, and Chisago lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Largemouth bass reports have been strong on Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake along the outside weedlines or thick weed cover in less than 8 feet. Look to the outside milfoil edges with sucker minnows on Bay Lake for pike, while walleye reports have been limited to a few fish during the evening hours on Serpent in 17 to 25 feet. Rainbow trout action has picked up over deep water on Sagamore Pit, Manuel Pit, and Huntington Pit. Crappies are hitting best during the evening hours on the weedlines of Black Bear Lake and Black Lake. 

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Crappies and sunfish are hitting along the 12- to 15-foot weedlines on Cotton Lake, Pickeral Lake, Buffalo Lake, and Little Floyd Lake. Look for walleyes to hit leeches or crawlers on Big Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa in 15 to 18 feet, while muskies are hitting bucktails on the weedlines of Big Detroit and Lake Sallie.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

EAST CENTRAL MN

Look for sunfish in 7 to 12 feet and crappies in 10 to 14 feet on Blue Lake, Little Elk Lake, and Mitchell Lake. Topwater baits are producing largemouth bass in the shallow weeds of Green Lake, and Blue. Sucker minnows  or spinnerbaits are turning pike on the weed edges of most lakes. 

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Four Town Lake is kicking out walleyes on leeches in shallow water or current areas. The east side of Basswood Lake is worth noting for walleyes on the  15- to 18-foot reefs. The Kawishiwi River started giving up walleyes as well and the shorelines on Shagawa Lake are giving up a few walleyes at night. Smallmouth bass are hitting leeches or topwater baits on White Iron Lake, Farm Lake, and Bear Island Lake. Northern pike reports are strong with spoons on the weedlines of Moose Lake, Shagawa, Birch Lake, Snowbank Lake, and Farm. A few lake trout are being found suspended with spoons over 40 to 80 feet on Snowbank.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

East Fox Lake started giving up crappies over 20 feet – look for suspended fish at about 15 feet. Molten Lake is giving up walleyes on leeches during the evening hours in 10 to 12 feet. Topwater baits are producing largemouth bass in shallow water on Lake Emily. Trolling crankbaits on Upper Dean Lake has produced northern pike in 8 to 10 feet. 

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappies, yellow bass, and bluegills are being caught on Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sisseton in 4 to 6 feet. Trolling crawlers or crankbaits on Tuttle Lake in 4 to 6 feet or Hall and Budd in 6 to 8 feet has produced walleyes. George Lake and Sisseton are worth hitting for largemouth bass.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Crappies and sunfish are hitting on Cedar Lake in 8 to 12 feet and Shields Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Shields also is producing a few walleyes and pike in 15 feet. Lake Mazaska is giving up northern pike and panfish on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines. Kelley Dudley Lake is a safe bet for sunfish in 12 to 20 feet, and Cannon Lake is kicking out perch and white bass in 6 to 8 feet. 

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

FERGUS FALLS AREA

Look to Clear Lake with a Lindy Rig for walleyes in 16 to 18 feet early and late each day. Bass Lake is kicking out bluegills in 14 feet, as is Johnson Lake and Long Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Crappies remain active on the weedlines or pencil reeds of Wall Lake in 8 to 14 feet.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on Sea Gull Lake in 15 to 22 feet, Devil Track Lake in 10 to 12 feet, Two Island Lake in 10 to 15 feet, and McFarland Lake in 10 feet. Rainbow trout action has picked up with crawlers or Mepp’s spinners on Mink Lake in 15 to 20 feet, Trout Lake in 12 to 18 feet, and Leo Lake in 10 to 12 feet. On Lake Superior, spoons and stickbaits are turning lake trout between 180 and 220 feet. 

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Walleye action has picked up with leeches and crawlers in the weeds of Lake Pokegama in 13 to 18 feet, Swan Lake in 10 to 14 feet, Big Splithand Lake in 5 to 7 feet, Bowstring Lake in 6 to 9 feet, or 12 to 20 feet on Lake Wabana and Deer Lake. Bluegills are being plucked from the shallow weeds on Little Splithand Lake, Trout Lake, Wabana, and Big Splithand. Crawlers are producing trout on Tioga Pit, Moonshine Lake, and Taylor Lake. Bass and pike action is strong on the weedlines of most lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Big Swan Lake is kicking out sunfish in 6 to 8 feet and crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Look to Mound Lake and Moose Lake for sunfish and a few crappies in 8 to 12 feet. Big Birch Lake is producing a few walleyes during low-light periods in 16 to 18 feet or 20 to 25 feet during the day. Largemouth and smallmouth bass reports have been very good on the weedlines or shorelines of most lakes.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Crankbaits or spinner rigs and crawlers are turning scattered walleyes on Woman Lake and Pine Mountain Lake on the 18- to 24-foot flats. Smallmouth bass are hitting topwater baits early and late each day on Mule Lake, Stony Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. Largemouth also are hitting topwater baits in shallow water on most lakes. Work the 9- to 14-foot cabbage during the evening hours for crappies in Broadwater Bay on Woman, Moccasin Lake, and Birch Lake. Sunfish are being found on the weedlines of most lakes, and muskie action has improved with bucktails or topwater baits on Little Boy Lake. 

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Even though the mayfly hatch increased in intensity it didn’t seem to affect the bite. Anglers are starting to find some success on the mid-lake reefs, but they still seem to be inactive and scattered. The best walleye fishing is still working the wind, but recently a little deeper, 12 to 25 feet, around island and shoreline points. Live-bait rigs tipped with a leech or crawler has taken over unless you are heading down to Namakan where a jig and minnow seems to work well. Multiple areas producing fish, including Picnic, Ram and Etling, with bays like Nebraska and Daly producing fish as well. Larger northerns are being caught, and smallies are active along most shorelines.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

LANESBORO AREA 

Streamer fishing for brown trout has been good on the south branch of the Root River starting at Preston. Most small creeks are fishing well with nymphs and caddis dry flies turning trout in the evenings.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101

LONGVILLE AREA

The 17- foot weedline on Girl Lake is producing sunfish, as are the shallower cabbage beds on Lake Inguadona. Northern pike are active on the weedlines of most lakes, while the 12- to 15-foot weedlines on Webb Lake are giving up crappies. The 17- to 22-foot structure on Lake Wabedo is kicking out walleyes.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

The 10- to 14-foot weedlines on Madison Lake are holding largemouth bass, northern pike, and crappies. You’ll also hook some walleyes in 20 to 24 feet with crankbaits or crawlers on Madison during the evening hours. On Duck Lake, panfish are hitting on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges and the north end is a safe bet for pike in 8 to 10 feet. The culvert on the east end of West Jefferson Lake is producing crappies and sunfish, while the fishing pier on the south end is giving up pike and a few walleyes. 

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Sunfish continue to be caught at Ann Lake, Knife Lake, Fish Lake, and Mud Lake in less than 6 feet. Bass are hitting topwater baits Knife and Ann, while walleye and northern pike action has been slow.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

Big Stone Lake is kicking out perch in 13 to 14 feet from Rocky Ledge to Gray Barn. You’ll find bluegills in these areas as well in 6 to 10 feet, but walleye action has been slow.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

A few walleyes are being caught with spinners and crawlers or Jiggin’ Raps on Long Lake in 18 to 20 feet or Big Sand Lake in 22 to 25 feet. Look to the 14- to 16-foot cabbage edges on Big Mantrap Lake for muskies with bucktails or topwater baits. Sucker minnows or spinner baits are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Big Mantrap and Eighth Crow Wing Lake. Bluegills also are weed-related on Fish Hook Lake, Portage Lake, and Boulder Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

RED WING AREA

Crawlers or leeches have been turning walleyes in 14 to 16 feet in the Lake City and Maiden Rock areas of Lake Pepin. The rocks on the Wisconsin shoreline are producing panfish. Though the Mississippi is high, catfish are being caught in the current seams.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Walleyes continue to be caught with crankbaits or spinners and crawlers on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes in the 6- to 10-foot weeds. Rice Lake is kicking out walleyes in 7 to 20 feet, while Eden Lake, Lake Koronis, and Rice Lake are producing panfish in the 6- to 10-foot weeds. Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, and Horseshoe Lake are giving up sunfish in 4 to 6 feet. 

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Look for sunfish in and around the weeds on Maple Lake, Swan Lake, Little Birch Lake, and Smith Lake – 8 to 12 feet seems to be key. A few walleyes are coming off deep humps and bars of Lake Osakis with spinners and live bait during low-light periods. Little Birch is kicking out northern and an occasional walleye in 12 to 16 feet. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

The current breaks on the Mississippi River are producing channel cats and smallies. Sunfish and crappies are being found on the weedlines of Beauty Lake and Green Prairie Lake. Hit the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Fish Trap Lake for crappies as well. 

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Sunfish action has picked up throughout Lake Minnewaska in 12 feet. The Glenwood end is kicking out crappies in front of Fish Hatchery Bay in 14 to 16 feet. Walleye activity also has picked up on Minnewaska with spinners and crawlers in 20 to 22 feet or Reno Lake in 16 to 19 feet. Look to Pelican Lake for crappies in 16 feet and northern pike on the 12-foot weedlines.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

A few walleyes are being caught with leeches or nightcrawlers on Point Lake, Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Norway Lake, and Willmar/Foot Lake in 15 to 20 feet. On Green Lake, walleyes are hitting crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet during low-light periods or 25 to 30 feet during the day on live bait. Crappies and sunfish are being found on the weedlines or around docks at Eagle, Diamond, Lake Florida, and Lake Andrew.

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

WINONA AREA

Walleyes continue to be caught in the backwater areas and current breaks on the Mississippi. Hit the deep snags on the river for crappies or the current breaks for cats. Bass are hitting topwaters at Airport Lake and Lake Winona.

Hogline Bait and Tackle (507) 474-9999

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