Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for May 31, 2019
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Walleye action remains strong during the day in 18 feet or more, while the shallow, evening rock bite remains hot, too. Minnows, leeches, and crankbaits are producing walleyes. There’s been plenty of good-size smallies mixed in the lake and they are hitting artificial or live bait presentations as well.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleyes are being caught off Pike Point during the day in 17 to 19 feet with a jig and shiner minnow. In St. Alban’s Bay, Lindy Rigs with minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in 16 feet, as is Seguchie Point in 22 feet. Garrison Reef and the mud flats are kicking out walleyes. Smallies are being caught along with the walleyes on most spots, while jigs and shiners are producing pike in 15 to 18 feet in St. Alban’s Bay.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Big schools of walleyes are being found in 15 to 30 feet from Lighthouse Gap to Rocky Point and up to the islands. Most people are anchored and jigging with minnows and frozen shiners. On the Rainy River, some walleyes are being caught along with smallmouth bass, pike, and sturgeon. At the Northwest Angle, reports of walleyes are coming from island and shoreline structure such as points and areas with current on minnows and jigs.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Walleyes have moved deep, 25 to 35 feet, and continue to hit minnows on Lake Minnetonka. Crappies are being found in 10 to 15 feet on Lake Independence or Minnetonka, and even northern pike are coming out of 20 feet or so on most lakes. Water temperatures remain cool, so work slow presentations since most fish are being found deeper than normal.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Minnows or crankbaits continue to produce walleyes at the mouth of Pike Bay in 6 to 8 feet, the shorelines in Big Bay, and the south shore around Pine Island in 12 to 20 feet. You’ll hook northern pike in Stuntz Bay with crankbaits or small bucktails on the 3- to 7-foot weedbeds, and a few accidental crappies are being caught by walleye anglers in shallow water.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleyes continue to hit jigs and shiners, and leeches are starting to produce in 8 to 12 feet along most shoreline breaks, flats, and points. Some walleyes are starting to come from 16 to 18 feet as well, while perch are being found on the 16- to 18- foot bars or off the west side points and shorelines in 8 feet. Pike action has picked up.
Walleye action continues to be strong along most wind-driven points and shorelines in 6 to 10 feet. Depending on wind direction, spots such as the Hardwoods, Pine Point, GrandVu Flats, Meadows, Duck Points, Star/Oak, and the Mounds are worth hitting. You’ll find nice perch mixed in and despite cool water temperatures, bluegills and crappies are being found in the shallow water of most bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
With water temperatures remaining cool, walleyes continue to be caught with minnows on the shallow rock, sand, and shoreline areas. With the bays starting to warm, crappie and northern pike activity should improve.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Walleye action was a bit sporadic over the past week with strong winds churning the water up. When it calms down, 3 to 11 feet has been most consistent with a jig and minnow, slip bobbers and minnows, crankbaits, or spinner rigs. Northern pike action is slow, but some crappies are being caught in 5 to 7 feet and they should push into the reeds as the water continues to warm.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
The St. Croix River is kicking out walleyes, crappies, and white bass at a variety of depths from shallow water out to 20 feet or so. Look to Demontreville Lake for largemouth bass in shallow water, and sunfish are going in less than 6 feet at Tanner’s Lake and Powers Lake. You’ll find crappies on Big Marine Lake and Big Carnelian Lake in 8 to 10 feet, while minnows or crankbaits are producing northern pike on Powers in 6 to 8 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Largemouths are hitting plastics or spinnerbaits in shallow water on Lake Zumbra and Lake Auburn, while sucker minnows are producing pike and bass off the fishing pier at Steiger Lake. Crappies continue to move in and out of the shallows with the changing water temperatures, but Wasserman Lake and Whaletail Lake continue to produce. Look for sunfish on Lake Susan and Ann Lake in 4 to 8 feet.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Crappies and sunfish are being found on shallow sand and rock, shorelines, and dock areas at Spring Lake, Prior, and Cedar. Minnows, crankbaits, and leeches are turning walleyes in 8 to 14 feet on Prior Lake and Cedar Lake.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Crappies continue to be caught in 8 to 12 feet on the north end, Waconia Bay, and Claybanks area. Bass are active on the shorelines or docks, and northern pike are hitting crankbaits on the northeast end in 10 to 12 feet. A few walleyes can be had during the evening hours with a jig and minnow or leech and slip bobber off Harm’s Point in 4 to 8 feet.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Minnows continue to work best for walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on Reno Lake and Lake Mary or 18 feet on Lake Andrew. You’ll find crappies in 4 to 8 feet at Lake Ida, Lobster Lake, and Darling Lake. Bass action has improved on the shorelines and shallow weeds of most lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Lake Sylvia, Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Big Swan Lake are producing walleyes on minnows or leeches in 10 to 15 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish in 4 to 7 feet on Clearwater, Cedar Lake, Pleasant Lake, Lake John, Maple Lake, Rock Lake, and Sylvia. Bass and pike action has picked up on the shorelines out to the first weedline on most lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes in 8 to 10 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, Fish Lake, and Eagle Lake. Crappies are moving in and out of the shallows with the changing water temperatures, so look in less than 5 feet on some lakes or 10 feet on others depending on the day – Bass/Elbow, Rush, Deer, Clitherall, Mollie Stark, and Blanche are safe bets. Bass are being found around the docks on East Battle Lake, Spitzer Lake, Rush, and West Battle, while a few pike are coming off the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, Rush, and Twin Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Not much has changed since last week with water temps still hovering in the low 50s and walleyes scattered from 8 to 18 feet on Lake Bemidji, Grace Lake, Julia Lake, and Lake Plantagenet. Jigs and shiners and some leeches are producing best. Crappies have been in and out of the shallows with small jigs and plastics/minnows working well on area lakes. Northern pike are hitting just about anything along the emerging weedlines, while largemouth and smallmouth bass are roaming the shallows and hitting swim baits and tubes.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Walleyes are hitting best during the evening hours on crankbaits, jigs and minnows, or slip bobbers and minnows in 10 to 12 feet at Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Round Lake. Panfish reports have been somewhat slow, although Gull Lake and Gilstead Lake are giving up a few crappies and bluegills in shallow water.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Crappies and sunfish are being found in 3 to 9 feet on most lakes, with North Long Lake, Lake Edwards, and Upper Gull Lake standing out. Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow in 3 to 10 feet at Gull Lake, Round Lake, and North Long. Minnows are producing pike in 4 to 10 feet on Edwards, Gull, and Cullen Lake, while bass have yet to move into the shallows due to cool water.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and shiner minnow continues to produce walleyes in 6 to 8 feet on Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake. The Star Island and Cedar Island areas on Cass are producing nice perch in 10 feet. You’ll find bluegills and crappies in the bulrushes of Kitchi Lake, Grace Lake, Big Wolf Lake, and Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Crappies, sunfish, and bass are hitting in 3 to 6 feet on lakes such as Chisago, Green, North Center, South Center, South Lindstrom, and North Lindstrom. Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet at Chisago, Green, North Center, and South Center during the evening hours. Pike reports have been strong along the emerging weed edges of most lakes.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Rainbow trout are hitting small crankbaits or crawlers and small jigs under a float throughout the Pennington Pit Chain in the top 10 feet of the water column. Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes on the 6- to 8-foot rock piles of Serpent Lake during low-light periods. During the day, crankbaits are producing walleyes on Serpent along the deep weed edges. The backwaters of the Mississippi River, Crooked Lake Chain and most small lakes are giving up a mixed bag of panfish in less than 6 feet.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Minnows remain the best option for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, Big Floyd Lake, and Lake Melissa. Crappies and sunfish are being found along the shorelines and shallow weeds on most lakes including Big Floyd, Melissa, Little Detroit Lake, and Lake Lida. Sallie and Floyd have been best for bass in shallow water, and northern pike are hitting in 10 to 12 feet on most lakes.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Look for walleyes to hit minnows or leeches at Island Lake in 12 to 14 feet, Fish Lake in 10 to 12 feet, and Rice Lake in 5 feet. Crappie reports have been limited in shallow water, but a few fish are coming from 10 feet or so on Fish. Consistent east winds have limited fishing opportunities on Lake Superior, but if the weather allows people to get out, king salmon and lake trout are hitting pink or orange stickbaits over 110 to 120 feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Walleyes are hitting minnows or crankbaits in 4 to 15 feet on Shagawa Lake, Birch Lake, and Fall Lake. Sucker minnows or dead smelt under a bobber is the ticket for pike in the shallow bays of Basswood Lake, Snowbank Lake, and White Iron Lake. Smallmouth bass are showing up in less than 10 feet on Basswood, Shagawa, and White Iron. A slip bobber and worm or fly fishing has produced rainbow trout on Miner’s Pit and Tofte Pit. Look for crappies in the shallow bays on Farm Lake, Fall, and Birch, while trolling crankbaits over 10 to 60 feet has turned lake trout on Snowbank, Knife Lake, and Basswood.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Crappies have started hitting on Eagle Lake in 4 to 6 feet, while Upper Dean Lake is giving up northern pike on crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet. Trolling leeches on the west side of Roosevelt Lake in 6 to 8 feet has produced walleyes, and Ruth Lake is kicking out numbers of largemouth bass in 4 to 8 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Walleyes continue to be caught in 4 to 6 feet with crankbaits or jigs tipped with plastics or minnows on Tuttle Lake. Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton are giving up crappies and yellow bass in 6 to 15 feet. Look for bluegills on George Lake and Sisseton around the shallow trees in 6 to 8 feet, while live bait is producing walleyes in 6 to 12 feet at Hall and Budd.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Look for walleyes to hit minnows on Elbow Lake in 4 to 6 feet, Devil Track Lake in 8 to 15 feet, Poplar Lake in 6 to 12 feet, and Crescent Lake in 4 to 10 feet. Lake trout are being taken on Sea Gull Lake and Greenwood Lake with minnows at 15 to 25 feet or Trout Lake at 12 to 20 feet. Look to Leo Lake with crawlers for rainbow trout in 15 feet or Mink Lake in 18 to 22 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
A few walleyes are being taken with shiner minnows in less than 10 feet on Round Lake and Bowstring Lake. Crappies are being caught in shallow water on Little Ball Club Lake, Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake, and Bowstring – the afternoon hours have been best on those days when the sun shines. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have started showing up in shallow water on most lakes.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Crappie action has been strong in 3 to 5 feet on Moose Lake, Pine Lake, Mound Lake, and Big Swan Lake. Shiner minnows continue to produce walleyes on Little Birch Lake, Big Birch Lake, and Two Rivers Lake in 6 to 10 feet or 15 to 18 feet with crankbaits. Start looking for largemouth and smallmouth bass to move along the shorelines of most lakes.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Crappies are being found in 6 to 14 feet during the day or 4 to 6 feet during the evening hours on Birch Lake, Webb Lake, Pleasant Lake, Mule Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. Smallmouth bass action has picked up with plastics in less than 8 feet on lakes such as Mule, Baby Lake, Stoney Lake, Woman Lake, and Ten Mile. Minnows continue to produce walleyes in 10 to 16 feet during the day and shallower at night on Pine Mountain Lake, Pleasant, Baby, and Woman.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Look as deep as 20 to 35 feet for walleyes when the sun is high or low wind conditions A jig and minnow combination is still king, but Lindy Rigs can be just as effective to cover more water when looking for fish. Work the traditional areas like Harris and Cuculus or the gauntlet between Nashata and Sugarbush. Pike are extremely active and found mixed in with the walleyes. Smallies have yet to move shallow to spawn, but that should happen quickly and crappies are still hanging deep with the cool water temperatures.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Heavy rains last weekend have risen water levels and dirtied most streams and rivers – current flows and water levels are twice as high as they should be. Look for the small- to medium-size streams and rivers to be cleared up by this weekend, while the three main branches of the Root River might take another week or so to clear up.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
MADISON LAKE AREA
Some crappies are being found shallow on Madison Lake, but most are coming from 12 to 14 feet on the Church Bar or the weedline on Cow Bar. Madison also is giving up walleyes between the narrows and Miller’s Point in 20 to 22 feet on live-bait rigs and leeches or crawlers. Look to Second and Third Point for walleyes or Baker’s Bay for crappies on Lake Washington. Hit the culvert area or fishing pier on West Jefferson Lake for panfish.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Water levels have risen a lot on area lakes since last week, limiting access on some and the entire area was in a no-wake status early this week, so check on that heading into this weekend. People were getting on Knife Lake and catching sunfish, crappies, and some walleyes in 6 feet.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Largemouth bass and panfish are being caught in less than 4 feet on the south end and Schmidt’s Landing area of Big Stone Lake. Trolling spinners and crawlers or crankbaits during the day has produced walleyes in 9 to 11 feet – the key is to cover water. Some walleyes are being caught after dark off docks as well.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crappie action has been strong in 5 feet at Long Lake, Boulder Lake, and the Crow Wing Chain. Minnows and leeches are turning some walleyes in 8 to 16 feet on Fish Hook Lake, Potato Lake, and Long. The larger northern pike have become active, hitting minnows, on Long in 6 to 8 feet. Smallmouth and largemouth bass activity is improving on area lakes in shallow water.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Shiner minnows continue to produce walleyes in 3 to 8 feet on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, Star Lake, Rush Lake, and Dead Lake. Northern pike and bass reports have improved off most lakes in less than 10 feet with spinnerbaits. Crappies and sunfish are hitting in shallow water on many small lakes, but reports have been limited off the large lakes – they should move up as water temperatures climb as well.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
The flats in the Head of the Lakes area of Lake Pepin have been best for walleyes and a few saugers. Leeches and crawlers are now working best in 15 to 20 feet. Bass and northern pike are being caught in the Baypoint area, Covill Bay, back channels, and bays. River levels were rising early this week and some accesses were again closed, so call ahead.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sauk Lake continues to produce walleyes on shiner minnows from the narrows bridge up to the north end in 8 feet. Panfish are moving in and out of shallow water with the fluctuating water temperatures. When it warms they move up and the bite has been good.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
Largemouth bass are hitting along the shorelines, docks, and bulrushes on Lake Minnewaska. Lake Emily continues to produce walleyes on shallow-running crankbaits, while anglers fishing from shore are catching catfish with cut bait. A few sunfish are being caught in the Starbuck Marina on Minnewaska, but crappie reports have slowed.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Minnows are producing walleyes and crappies in less than 6 feet at Lake Shetek, Bloody Lake, and Fox Lake. On Lake Sarah, walleyes are hitting at night, as are perch during the day in 4 to 6 feet. Walleyes also can be had at Rock Lake, Current Lake, Dead Coon Lake, and Island Lake in less than 6 feet. East and West Twin lakes are producing walleyes, perch, and smallmouth bass, while the inlets and outlets of Cottonwood Lake are safe bets for northern pike with plastics.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880