Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for May 24, 2019
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Walleyes are being found on the shoreline breaks, points, and rock piles and most live bait presentations are working during the day, as are crankbaits during the evening hours. There’s also been good walleye reports coming off the deep mud and gravel areas. Numbers of smallmouth bass are being caught on the shallow rock and sand areas with plastics or live bait.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – A jig or live-bait rig with a shiner minnow is producing walleyes during the day, but crawlers and leeches have started producing fish as well. The breaks in St. Alban’s Bay, north end sand, rock points and reefs, and mud flats all seem to be holding active walleyes. Smallmouth bass have made a push onto the shallow rocks and points.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of walleyes and saugers continue to be pulled from Four Mile Bay, Lighthouse Gap and along the south shore. The go-to method is anchoring and jigging with a minnow. On the Rainy River, good numbers of walleyes are still being caught on jigs and frozen shiners. At Northwest Angle, anglers are catching walleyes on shoreline structure and areas with current.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The channels continue to produce walleyes on minnows in 6 to 14 feet, though you’ll find fish shallower after dark. Look for crappies in 6 to 8 feet on Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Bass have started moving shallow.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The Whiskey Island area of Pike Bay is producing walleyes in 6 to 8 feet, as is the mouth of Pike Bay in 8 to 12 feet. The 17-foot hole by the Pike River Inlet is giving up walleyes, pike, and crappies. In Big Bay, Fish House Reef is kicking out walleyes in 22 to 30 feet, as is the mouth of Everett Bay in 10 to 20 feet. Fectos Point by Frazier Bay is a safe bet for walleyes in 6 to 8 feet or 18 to 24 feet – minnows on jigs or live-bait rigs are working in all areas. Pike are hitting crankbaits or sucker minnows along the weedlines in Stuntz Bay.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
A jig and shiner minnow is producing walleyes in 6 to 12 feet along the shoreline breaks, Tamarack Point, Highbanks area, Bird Houses, Raven’s Point, Mallard Point, or Little and Big Stoney points – fish the wind-driven spots. The 12- to 14- foot flats and bars on the north end have been best for perch; Pike action has been slow.
If the wind is blowing, walleyes continue to be caught on the wind-driven points and shorelines with a jig and minnow. On those bright, calm days, walleye action has been best in 10 to 15 feet with minnows or crawlers. Bigger perch have set up on the points and flats in 6 to 10 feet, while crappie reports remain favorable out of Shingobee Bay, Pumphouse Bay and Sucker Bay.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Anglers are finding walleyes on the rocky shorelines in somewhat shallow water, and there’s speculation that the bite will be much stronger as water temperatures rise. There were also reports of crappie and pike being caught in the shallow bays that warmed faster. Expect to find walleyes or crappies where there’s some structure. Minnows are the preferred bait, on a spinner rig or jig.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Limits of walleyes continue to be caught with a jig and minnow, slip bobbers and minnows, live-bait rigs and minnows or crankbaits in 5 to 7 feet. Most shorelines have been productive, it just depends on the direction the wind is blowing.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
The shallow bays on lakes such as Jane, Peltier, White Bear, Big Marine, and Bald Eagle are giving up crappies and sunfish when the sun comes out. High water on the St. Croix River is limiting boat access options and the river remains in a no-wake situation. A few walleyes can be had with minnows or leeches in 12 to 14 feet on Bald Eagle and White Bear.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Work the 4- to 10-foot bays on Lake Parley, Whaletail Lake, and Lake Minnewashta for crappies and sunfish. Pike and bass are being taken with sucker minnows or spinnerbaits in 10 to 16 feet on Lake Ann, Lake Auburn, and Steiger Lake.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Walleyes are being caught on Spring Lake, Prior Lake, and Cedar Lake on a jig and minnow or crankbaits in 5 to 15 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies around the docks, in shallow bays, rock piles, or channels of Prior, Cedar, and Spring. Pike and bass are hitting in less than 8 feet on most lakes as well.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Crappie and sunfish reports remain favorable in 6 to 10 feet throughout Waconia Bay and the north end shallows. Work the shallow reeds for bass and the emerging weedlines in Waconia Bay for pike. Walleyes are hitting minnows during low-light periods in the Claybanks area over 4 to 8 feet.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on Lake Mary, Reno Lake, Stowes Lake, and Lobster Lake in 10 to 12 feet. The bays on Lake Ida, Mary, Lobster, Darling Lake, and Lake Le Homme Dieu are producing crappies in 3 to 5 feet. Bass are hitting in less than 6 feet on most lakes as well.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Minnows are turning walleyes on Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, French Lake, and Cokato Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Look to the bays on Clearwater, Sylvia, Cedar Lake, Sugar Lake, Maple Lake, and Rock Lake for bluegills and crappies. The emerging weeds in 6 to 10 feet on Clearwater and Lake John are giving up bass and northern pike.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
A jig and shiner minnow is turning walleyes in 8 to 10 feet on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and Walker Lake. The 5- to 8-foot weeds on Bass/Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake, and Rush are holding crappies and bluegills. Pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 10- to 15-foot weeds of Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and Twin Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
The walleye bite has been quite good on area lakes, although not many people were out last weekend with the rain, cold, and windy conditions. Water temps are still only in the mid 50s. Look to Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet for walleyes in 8 to 18 feet. Jigs and shiners or live bait rigs and shiners are working well. Some fish are being taken on slip bobbers and leeches. The crappies are making their push into the shallows with small jigs and plastics turning a lot of fish. Bass fishing has been good with fish being caught shallow and deep.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Walleyes remain active on Blackduck Lake early and late each day, hitting a jig and minnow, in 7 to 12 feet. North Twin and South Twin lakes are giving up crappies in 8 to 10 feet, but look for these fish to move shallow soon. Gilstead Lake started giving up bluegills and crappies in 6 to 8 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Minnows continue to produce walleyes at Round Lake in 18 feet, or Gull Lake and North Long Lake in 6 to 10 feet. Crappies are being found in 3 to 5 feet when the sun comes out on North Long, Nisswa Lake, and Upper Gull Lake. Shiner minnows are producing northern pike in 6 to 10 feet on the north end of Gull, Pelican Lake, and Lake Edwards. Look for bass in less than 8 feet on most lakes.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are being caught on jigs tipped with shiner minnows or plastics on Cass Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Hit Lake Andrusia, Wolf Lake, and Kitchi Lake with minnows during the day for walleyes in 6 to 12 feet. Numbers of good-size perch are being caught on Cass in less than 6 feet, while crappies and bluegills are being found in the bulrushes throughout Allen’s Bay on Cass or Kitchi Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Most live bait options are now turning walleyes in 4 to 10 feet at Green Lake, Chisago Lake, North Center and South Center lakes. Panfish and bass continue to be found in the shallow bays of area lakes.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Rainbow trout and a few browns continue to be caught with spoons or small crankbaits, near the surface, of Portsmouth Pit, Section Six Pit, and Pennington Pit. Crappies are moving in and out of the shallows with the changing weather patterns on Bay Lake, Little Black Hoof Lake, Little Rabbit Lake, and backwaters of the Mississippi River. A few walleyes are coming off Nokay Lake and Clearwater Lake with minnows in less than 10 feet.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Smallmouth bass have started hitting plastics in shallow water on Cotton Lake. Walleyes are being found in 10 to 15 feet at Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, and Floyd Lake – shiner minnows remain the best bait. Hit Lake Lida, Lake Melissa, and Little Detroit Lake in less than 6 feet for crappies and bluegills.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Rice Lake and Fish Lake are giving up some crappies in shallow water and look for other lakes to start giving up panfish in shallow as the water warms. Cool water also is limiting walleye activity, but a slow-presented chub is turning a few fish in 3 to 6 feet at Island Lake and Rice. Lake Superior reports have been limited, mainly due to strong winds over the past week.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Fishing pressure has been limited over the past week, mainly due to poor weather conditions. Heading into this weekend, look for walleyes and northern pike to hit minnows or leeches on the emerging weedlines of Green Lake, Little Elk Lake, and Blue Lake. Panfish will continue to be found in shallow water on most lakes due to cool water temperatures and river levels rising, so fishing them has become difficult.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Walleyes continue to hit minnows or plastics in less than 10 feet on Fall Lake, Newton Lake, and Basswood Lake. Dead smelt or sucker minnows under a float have been working for northern pike in 5 to 10 feet at Basswood, White Iron Lake, and Birch Lake. Smallmouth bass have started hitting jerkbaits in shallow water on Moose Lake, Basswood, and Snowbank Lake. Look for crappies in the shallow bays of Birch, Gabro Lake, and Farm Lake. Trolling white crankbaits over 10 to 60 feet has produced lake trout on Burntside Lake and Snowbank, while brook trout are hitting small spoons on Cub Lake and Miner’s Lake close to shore.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Trolling spoons in 6 to 8 feet on West Fox Lake has produced northern pike, while Kego Lake started giving up sunfish in 5 feet. The north end of Roosevelt Lake is kicking out walleyes during the morning hours in 10 to 12 feet – Lindy Rigs and shiner minnows are working best. The north end of Ruth Lake is producing crappies in 4 to 6 feet on small jigs and minnows.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Yellow bass and crappies remain active in 4 to 8 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton. Check the shallows, 4 to 6 feet, on George Lake and Sisseton for bluegills. Tuttle Lake continues to produce walleyes and northern pike in 4 to 6 feet on jigs tipped with minnows or plastics.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Crappies continue to hit in shallow water on Tonsetch Lake, North Turtle Lake, Wall Lake, and Norway Lake. Walleye action has been sporadic with some fish coming from shallow water at night or 15 to 20 feet during the day on Ten Mile Lake with shiner minnows. Start looking to the deeper holes of the Otter Tail River for walleyes as well.
Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are being taken with minnows on Devil’s Track Lake in 4 to 12 feet, Cascade Lake in 6 to 12 feet, Poplar Lake in 8 to 15 feet, and McFarland Lake in 4 to 10 feet. Spoons, crankbaits, and minnows are producing northern pike on Elbow Lake and Poplar Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Lake trout reports have been light, but rainbows are hitting crawlers on Leo Lake and Kimball Lake in 12 to 15 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
The dark water lakes, such as Bowstring and Jessie, are producing walleyes on a jig and shiner minnow in 4 to 8 feet with some wind. Look to the shallow reeds and shorelines on Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake for crappies and bluegills or the shallow rock piles on Bowstring for crappies.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Look to Little Birch Lake and Big Birch Lake with shiner minnows for walleyes in 18 to 25 feet or Two Rivers Lake in 4 to 8 feet. Crappie action is slowly picking up with fish being found shallow around the grass island on Big Birch, the bay on Mound Lake, Big Swan Lake, Moose Lake, and Pine Lake. Pike and bass seem to be active in less than 10 feet on most lakes.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Crappie action has picked up in the bays and shoreline areas of Pleasant Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Woman Lake. Look for walleyes to hit minnows on Woman in 5 to 10 feet and Pine Mountain Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Bass are being caught with swim baits in shallow water on most lakes.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Look for walleyes near transition areas and if the wind is blowing, stay shallow, focusing on wind blown shorelines, points and bays. Otherwise, start looking for that first transition area in a little deeper water as walleyes begin to move. Dragging jigs or Lindy Rigs with minnows is working best midday. Early in the morning and just before dusk you can’t go wrong with a shiner under a bobber on most docks.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Heavy rains last weekend muddied most big streams and rivers, but small- to medium-size streams continue to fish fine. The south and north branches of the Root River are expected to be cleared up by the weekend. Spinners, and streamers continue to work best.
Root River Rod Company
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes early and late each day on the shoreline breaks of Little Boy Lake. The bays or reed edges on Thunder Lake, Girl Lake, Lake Inguadona, and Big Boy Lake are producing crappies in 4 to 6 feet. Bass have started hitting in shallow water on most lakes.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
The northwest end of Duck Lake is producing crappies in 8 to 10 feet. On Madison Lake, Miller’s Point and the Narrows are producing walleyes, while Church Bar and the Narrows are giving up crappies. Hit the rock bars on Lake Elysian with minnows or leeches for walleyes. Second Point and Third Point on Lake Washington continue to produce walleyes in 18 to 20 feet.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Prior to last weekend’s cold front, walleye and panfish action was good. Once the weather improves, shiner minnows should continue to produce walleyes in less than 6 feet on Knife Lake and Fish Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in 3 to 5 feet at Knife, Fish, Ann Lake, and Quamba Lake.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crappie action remains strong in less than 6 feet on the Crow Wing Chain, Fish Hook Lake, and Long Lake. Potato Lake and Long are producing a few walleyes on minnows in 14 to 16 feet. Bass fishing has been good in shallow water on most lakes and northern pike are hitting minnows in 6 to 12 feet on Lake Belle Taine.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Shiner minnows are turning walleyes on Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake in 3 to 8 feet. The river systems at the mouths of these lakes are producing plenty of walleyes as well. Crappies are just starting to move into the bays of Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Big Pine. Northern pike are hitting in less than 10 feet on most lakes.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
The upper third of Lake Pepin and Head of the Lakes area continue to produce walleyes and sauger in 8 to 12 feet. Live-bait rigs with crawlers and leeches or leadcore and crankbaits are working best. The marinas and bays on Pepin also are kicking out panfish, but swift current is limiting catfish anglers from hitting the Mississippi River.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Look for walleyes to hit minnows on Two Rivers Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Cedar Island Lake or the channels between the lakes on the Horseshoe Chain in 6 to 10 feet. The bays, channels or pencil reeds on Long Lake, Cedar Island, Horseshoe, Lake Koronis, Grand Lake, and Pearl Lake are producing crappies and sunfish.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Shiner minnows are turning walleyes on Sauk Lake in 8 feet and the south end of Lake Osakis along the Half Mile Bar and Two Mile Bar Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Look for crappies in the bays on the lower end of Sauk in 4 feet during the afternoon hours. The north end of Osakis and East Long Lake are kicking out crappies in 3 to 5 feet as well.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
Walleyes are being caught with spinners and minnows on Long Lake in 12 feet and Lake Emily in less than 6 feet. Anglers fishing from shore on Emily are catching channel catfish as well. Crappies, sunfish, and largemouth bass are being caught in the Starbuck Marina and Fish Hatchery Bay on Lake Minnewaska.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Crappies and walleyes are hitting on Eagle Lake in less than 10 feet. Ringo Lake is kicking out walleyes in 6 to 8 feet, as is Long Lake in 10 to 12 feet – leeches and minnows are both working. The bays on Nest Lake and Diamond Lake are producing sunfish and crappies, and the inlet area on Lake Andrew is giving up crappies.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097
Minnows or leeches are turning walleyes in 3 to 6 feet on Rock Lake, Dead Coon Lake, Current Lake, and Goose Lake. Hit Lake Shetek in 2 to 8 feet for walleyes, crappies, and perch or Lake Lac qui Parle in 6 to 10 feet for walleyes and crappies. There’s a night bite for walleyes on Lake Sarah with jigs and minnows, while Yankton Lake is producing perch and a few walleyes.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880