Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for May 17, 2019
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – It’s been a solid start to the walleye season with good reports coming from most parts of the lake and with a variety of live bait options or crankbaits. The shallow points, rock reefs, and shoreline breaks are giving up walleyes and some smallies, especially early and late each day. The deep mud and gravel also is producing walleyes during midday periods; northern pike are being caught from the bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleye action has been strong on the rock points in 8 to 11 feet with minnows and crawlers. The north end sand, St. Alban’s Bay, and the shallow reefs are all kicking out walleyes on a variety of presentations. During the evening hours, walleyes are being caught as shallow as 6 feet with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches. There are decent numbers of northern pike and smallmouth bass mixed in as well.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of walleyes and sauger, including some big walleyes, are being caught the Rainy River, Four Mile Bay, and main basin on the south end of the lake. The go-to presentation is a jig and minnow in 12 to 15 feet or 18 to 25 feet. On the Rainy River, the best action was between Baudette and the Wheeler’s Point area with a bright-colored jig and frozen shiner minnow. At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow is producing walleyes adjacent to shoreline structure, points and neck down areas.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Walleyes were best at night in the channels of Lake Minnetonka on swim baits or minnows. Crappie reports were coming out of 12 feet early this week, but these fish should move shallow by the weekend with the rising water temperatures. Look to Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake for panfish.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
A jig and minnow, crankbaits, and live-bait rigs with leeches are producing walleyes in 4 to 6 feet throughout Pike Bay. Walleyes also are being found on the main lake reefs and islands throughout Big Bay over 25 to 30 feet. A few crappies have started showing up at the mouth of the river in Pike Bay, and northern pike have been very active throughout Stuntz Bay.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleyes are being taken on jigs and minnows from 8 to 11 feet in the Highbanks area to Tamarack Point, Big Stoney Point, Raven’s Point, Sugar Point, and the Birdhouses. Work those traditional shoreline breaks and you’ll find some fish – they should push even shallower as water temperatures climb. Perch action also has been good on the 10- to 12-foot flats and humps.
Walleye reports have varied, but the south end has been giving up good numbers of fish in 4 to 8 feet on jigs and minnows. Areas such as the Meadows, Hardwoods, Star Point, Oak Point, or First and Second Duck points have all been giving up walleyes. Crappies remain active in the shallow bays and harbors with better reports coming out of Portage Bay and Sucker Bay.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Minnows are producing some walleyes on the rocky shorelines near the wider, flat bottom bays in less than 12 feet – work the wind-driven areas. Water temps remain unseasonably cool, so expect the bite to improve quickly as it warms. Northern pike are active near the weedy edges of the bays and can be caught with crankbaits or minnows.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
The walleye season has started strong with limits of walleyes being caught along the shorelines, especially on the south end in less than 6 feet. A jig and minnow, slip bobber rigs, crankbaits, and live-bait rigs with minnows are all providing consistent action.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
JR’s Corner Access (320) 290-3838
Twin Cities Metro
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the points and shallow rock piles of White Bear Lake and Jarvis Lake or in 10 to 20 feet on the St. Croix River. Numbers of crappies and sunfish are showing up in the shallow bays of White Bear, Lake Peltier, Lake Jane, and Big Marine Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sucker minnows are producing bass and pike off the public docks on Steiger Lake and Lake Auburn. Crappies and sunfish continue to be caught in the bays over 4 to 10 feet at Whaletail Lake, Lake Parley, and Lake Minnewashta.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Crankbaits are working best for walleyes in 4 to 8 feet during low-light periods at the Claybanks, by the carp trap on north shore, and Rock Dock area. Sunfish and crappies are still being found in 8 to 12 feet throughout Waconia Bay and 10 feet by the carp trap, but these fish will move shallow.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Lake Mary, Cowdry Lake, and Reno Lake are producing walleyes in 9 to 12 feet on minnows and jigs during low-light periods of the day. Crappies continue to found in less than 4 feet on Lobster Lake, Lake Geneva, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Darling Lake. Most shallow bays should start producing sunfish and bass as well.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleye reports have been pretty light with a few fish being taken at Clearwater Lake and Pleasant Lake on minnows in less than 10 feet. Crappies are being taken in the shallow bays or harbors on Lake Sylvia, Sugar Lake, Maple Lake, Pleasant, and Clearwater. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Lake John, Lake Augusta, Clearwater, and Pleasant in 8 to 10 feet.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walker Lake and Silver Lake are giving up walleyes in 5 to 10 feet, as is Otter Tail Lake in 18 to 20 feet during the day with minnows. The mouths of the rivers on Otter Tail are producing walleyes at night on jigs and shiner minnows. Crappie reports have improved in the north bay on Clitherall Lake and the bays on Fish Lake in shallow water. Bass seem to be hitting on most lakes in shallow water as well.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Jigs and shiner minnows are the ticket for walleyes on most lakes. Some fish are being taken in 6 to 10 feet, while others are coming out of 16 to 18 feet on Lake Bemidji, Lake Irving, and Lake Plantagenet. With water temps only in the upper 40- to low 50-degree range, crappies just hadn’t moved into the shallows in big numbers early this week, but that’s expected to change by this weekend with warm weather moving in.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Blackduck Lake is kicking out numbers of walleyes in 6 to 8 feet on jigs and minnows during the day and there is some fish being caught on slip bobbers during the evening hours. Crappies have now moved shallow on most lakes and are being caught with small jigs and minnows – look to Gull Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Rabideau Lake as better options.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Look for a few walleyes in 5 to 12 feet to hit a jig and minnow on Gull Lake and Round Lake. Crappies and sunfish also are shallow, 6 feet or less, on Upper Gull Lake, Nisswa Lake, Roy Lake, and North Long Lake. Shiner minnows or spinnerbaits are producing northern pike and bass in 4 to 8 feet on most lakes.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and spottail shiner minnow are turning walleyes in 6 to 8 feet on Big Wolf Lake, Pike Bay Lake, and Lake Andrusia. There’s some consistent walleye action in the rivers during evening hours as well. Look to the shallow bulrushes on Kitchi Lake, Cass Lake, Buck Lake, Andrusia, and Big Wolf for crappies and bluegills. Good-size perch also are being caught from 4 feet on Andrusia.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Minnows and some leeches are being used to turn walleyes in 4 to 8 feet at Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, South Center Lake, and North Center Lake. The bigger panfish have moved into the shallows on these lakes as well.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake are giving up walleyes on jigs and shiner minnows in 5 to 10 feet along the shallow, shoreline breaks or rocks. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at Bay Lake in 4 to 6 feet, and crappie action has picked up in the shallow bays at Serpent, Little Rabbit Lake, and Nokay Lake. Trout action has been excellent with limits being caught on the pits such as Section Six, Portsmouth, Pennington Chain, and Manuel – spoons, crankbaits, or slip bobbers with small jigs and waxworms or nightcrawlers are all producing.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Trolling crankbaits has produced walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, and Big Cormorant Lake or 5 to 8 feet at Franklin Lake, Lake Melissa, and Floyd Lake. The shallow bays on Little Floyd Lake, Cotton Lake, and Melissa have kicked out good-size panfish during the afternoon and evening hours.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Slow-presented chubs are producing walleyes in less than 5 feet on Island Lake, Fish Lake, and Rice Lake. You’ll also find crappies in shallow water on Rice and Fish, while coho salmon are being caught near the surface out from Park Point and the river mouths on Lake Superior.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Walleyes are being caught in 3 to 10 feet with minnows on Green Lake, Blue Lake, Little Elk Lake and the Briggs Lake Chain. Crappies and sunfish remain shallow and active on Fremont Lake, Little Elk, and Blue, while the Rum River and Mississippi River are providing consistent walleye action throughout the day.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Minnows are turning walleyes in 20 to 30 feet during the day and in less than 10 feet during the evening hours on crankbaits at Fall Lake, Newton Lake, and Basswood Lake. Dead smelt under a float are producing northern pike in the shallow bays of White Iron Lake, Farm Lake, and Basswood. Crappies are hitting in shallow water during the afternoon hours on White Iron, Farm, and Birch Lake. You’ll find lake trout scattered from 10 to 60 feet and hitting shiner minnows or crankbaits on Snowbank Lake and Burntside Lake.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Lake Washburn is producing walleyes in 8 to 10 feet on spinners and minnows, while the island area on Mitchell Lake also is kicking out walleyes on minnows in 10 feet. Trolling spoons on Eagle Lake has produced northern pike in 6 to 8 feet and the bays on Lake Emily are kicking out crappies in less than 5 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Jigs and plastics are turning walleyes and northern pike on Tuttle Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Crappies are hitting minnows in 8 to 10 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Sisseton Lake. Yellow bass also are being found in less than 8 feet on Hall and Budd, while a few walleyes are being taken in 6 to 15 feet on Hall and Budd with live-bait rigs and minnows or crawlers.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow or crankbaits below the dams on the Cannon River and Straight River. You’ll find crappies and bluegills in shallow water on most lakes, while northern pike reports have been limited.
John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Anglers fishing from shore at Dayton Hollow Reservoir and the Otter Tail River are catching walleyes on jigs and plastics. Ten Mile Lake is giving up walleyes with minnows in 6 feet during the evening hours or 8 to 15 feet during the day. The local crappie bite remains strong in shallow water on Swan Lake, Wall Lake, Norway Lake, and North Turtle Lake.
Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows and some leeches on Poplar Lake in 8 to 15 feet, South Lake in 10 to 15 feet, Sea Gull Lake in 8 to 10 feet, and Crescent Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Gunflint Lake and Daniels Lake are kicking out lake trout on frozen smelt or sucker minnows over 20 to 30 feet. Steelhead continue to run in the Cascade, Poplar, and Brule rivers.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
A jig and shiner minnow is producing good numbers of walleyes on Bowstring Lake and Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 4 to 8 feet. The crappies being found early this week were still in deeper water, just outside those shallow, spring holding spots so they should move up on most lakes by weekend.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
McCormick Lake is giving up a few walleyes on shiner minnows in 6 feet, as is Two Rivers Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Small jigs and minnows are turning crappies in the shallow bays and channels of Mound Lake, Latimer Lake, Moose Lake, Pine Lake, and Big Birch Lake.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
The local walleye bite has been slow, but the bays on Ten Mile Lake have produced some fish in less than 10 feet. Crappie action remains strong in shallow water on most lakes including Birch, Mule, Pleasant, Girl, Moccasin, and Ten Mile. Look for bass and bluegills to start moving shallow as well.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Shallow water is are producing big walleyes with a few eaters. Deep water adjacent to these areas is producing smaller fish. A jig and minnow is the preferred presentation and staying as vertical as possible has been key. Most resort owners are stating that numbers of walleyes are coming off their docks with slip bobber and minnows. Northern pike are extremely active and mixed in with the walleyes.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Stream conditions remain excellent for fishing and trout continue to be active on most streams. An olive caddis hatch should be starting soon and the gray caddis hatch is winding down, so fly fishing is still excellent. Small crankbaits, spinners, and spoons also are producing trout. Anglers fishing the Lower Root River with crawlers are catching redhorse and some walleyes.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
Jigs and small minnows are producing walleyes during the evening hours in 12 to 16 feet on Little Boy Lake, Lake Inguadona, and Woman Lake – these fish should start moving shallower as water temperatures climb. You’ll find crappies in the shallow bays and shorelines on Inguadona, Lower Trelipe Lake, and Woman. The channel on Big Boy Lake is kicking out bluegills, and bass are being caught in shallow water on most lakes.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
The narrows area on Madison Lake is giving up walleyes in 6 to 8 feet during the day on minnows, while the daytime bite has been best in 20 to 24 feet with minnows crawlers. East Bay on Madison is kicking out crappies in 4 to 6 feet as well. Work Second Point and Third Point on Lake Washington with minnows for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet, while Baker’s Bay and Mud Bay are safe bets for crappies in 4 to 6 feet.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Crappie action remains strong in shallow water, less than 5 feet, on Lake Minnewawa, north end of Big Sandy Lake, and Round Lake. A jig and minnow or crankbaits are producing walleyes on Minnewawa and Big Sandy in 6 to 12 feet.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 3 to 5 feet on Fish Lake and Knife Lake. Crappie and sunfish action remains strong in less than 6 feet on Ann Lake, Quamba Lake, Knife, and Fish.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
The walleye bite is improving around the islands on the south end of Big Stone Lake. Spinners and crawlers or crankbaits are working best in 10 to 12 feet. Largemouth bass and a few crappies are being caught in this area.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Look for walleyes to hit minnows or leeches on Long Lake, Potato Lake, and Straight Lake in 12 to 16 feet. Crappie action has been strong in less than 6 feet on the Crow Wing Chain and Long, while bass are hitting in 3 to 8 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Walleye reports have been best in 4 to 8 feet with a jig and minnow on Little Pine Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Rush Lake. Anglers fishing from shore on the local river systems are catching walleyes on crankbaits or minnows as well.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Walleye and sauger action remains strong in the Head of the Lakes area or on the points along the upper third of Lake Pepin. Most fish are coming from 8 to 14 feet on jigs and minnows, live-bait rigs and crawlers or crankbaits. The marinas and back bays started holding better numbers of crappies and sunfish this week.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Walleyes are coming off Lake Koronis, Horseshoe Lake, and Rice Lake in 6 to 9 feet early and late each day. The river channels and bridges between the lakes throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes also are kicking out walleyes. Crappie and sunfish action has improved in the bays and shallow areas of many lakes.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
A slow-presented minnow is producing walleyes on Sauk Lake in 8 feet. Crappies and a few sunfish are being found in 4 to 6 feet on several lakes.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
Walleye reports have been limited, but Long Lake is giving up a few fish on shiner minnows in 12 to 14 feet. Crappies and sunfish remain active in the Starbuck Marina or between Fish Hatchery Bay and the old Lakeside Ballrom on Lake Minnewaska in 6 to 8 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Minnows or leeches under slip bobbers are producing walleyes at Ringo Lake in 7 feet. Minnows also are turning walleyes in 4 to 6 feet on Long Lake, Lake Minnetoga, and Kasota Lake. The bays on Diamond Lake are kicking out crappies, while crankbaits are producing walleyes in 14 feet. Look to Lake Andrew and Florida Lake for crappies in shallow water.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097