Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for June 7, 2019
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Water temperatures were 55- to 62-degrees early this week, and the walleye bite has been excellent. Depths are really irrelevant at this point with fish coming from the shallows, rocks, points, shoreline breaks, and deep structure – live and artificial baits are both working. Smallies are in mid-spawn and continue to be found on the rocks in less than 12 feet. A few muskies have been caught on the shoreline breaks, and northern pike are being found mixed with the walleyes.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleyes continue to be caught just about everywhere, on just about anything, and at a variety of depths. The shoreline breaks, points, shallow rocks, mud flats, sand, and gravel are all holding active fish early or late and throughout the day. Smallmouth bass are in spawn mode and are being caught on the shallow rocks and points.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are sliding a bit deeper, 15 to 30 feet this week. Anchor up and jig with minnows and frozen shiners along the south shore or around Knight and Bridges islands. On the Rainy River, walleyes and sauger are being caught in deeper holes, current breaks and sand riffs. Smallmouth bass and pike anglers are finding nice fish, too. At the Northwest Angle, some walleyes are coming from the 6- to 8-foot mud on spinner rigs. Walleyes are relating to points in 20 to 27 feet as well. Most anglers are jigging. Smallies remain deep and will slide into the bays.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Crappies are being found in less than 4 feet, while sunfish and bass have started moving along the shorelines of Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Trolling spinnerbaits in 10 to 15 feet on Minnetonka has produced pike and muskie action has picked up here with BullDawgs in 8 to 12 feet. A few walleyes are being caught after dark in and around the channel areas on Minnetonka with minnows.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Minnows continue to produce walleyes in 5 to 12 feet or 20 to 26 feet at the mouth of Stuntz Bay, mouth of Everett Bay, and the deep rock reefs. Smallmouth bass action is strong with plastics or crankbaits along most shallow, rocky shorelines. Stuntz Bay is producing pike in less than 10 feet, and muskie reports have been favorable from the shorelines in Cable Bay and Armstrong Bay with spinnerbaits.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
The water is warming so there has been better walleye activity on the main lake bars and flats in 16 to 18 feet. That’s not to say you can’t catch walleyes on the points and shoreline breaks during low-light periods or windy conditions. A jig and minnow or leeches are both producing fish. Northern pike activity has picked up throughout the emerging weedbeds in 9 to 12 feet.
There’s been a bit of transition with the walleyes over the past week with more fish being taken on crawlers and leeches on the 12- to 14-foot structure, especially during midday hours. Walleyes also are hitting minnows or leeches during low-light periods and windy conditions on the shoreline breaks and points in 6 to 9 feet. Largemouth bass action has been excellent in the shallow weeds and reed areas and some muskies are being raised from shallow vegetation as well.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes are being caught in bays where water temperatures are slightly above that of the main lake. Wind-blown shorelines and points have been most productive with a 1/16- to 1/8-ounce jig tipped with a minnow or plastic. Cool water temperatures seem to be keeping smallmouth bass from moving shallow. Most fish are being caught near their traditional spawning areas, but staging on windy points, large boulders or any other significant structure near potential spawning sites. Suspending twitch baits have worked great. Crappies are shallow, in the 3- to 5-foot range, on turns and points in bullrushes or sunken rocks. Spinnerbaits, spoons, and suspending twitch baits have been most productive for northern pike in the bays.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Walleye action continues to be very good with a jig and minnow or shallow-running crankbaits in 5 to 8 feet. The south shore has been especially consistent, but most shorelines are kicking out numbers of walleyes. Crappies have started showing up more frequently on the south shore in less than 6 feet.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
The Prescott area of the St. Croix River is kicking out walleyes and white bass with minnows or plastics. The river continues to be in no-wake status. Hit Pool No. 2 on the Mississippi River for walleyes, and Big Marine Lake is producing crappies in 8 to 12 feet. Demontreville Lake is a safe bet for largemouth bass, the fishing pier on Powers Lake is worth hitting for northern pike, and sunfish have moved shallow on all lakes.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sunfish and crappies are being found in less than 4 feet at Lake Minnewashta, Pierson Lake, Hydes Lake, and Lake Parley. Look for bass and northern pike on these lakes in slightly deeper water, while walleye reports remain light.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Largemouth bass, sunfish, and crappies have moved shallow along the shorelines and docks. Trolling crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet around Pillsbury Reef has produced northern pike and some walleyes are hitting minnows during low-light periods in 16 to 18 feet on North Reef and Kegg’s Reef. Muskie anglers are seeing and hooking smaller fish at the Claybanks, swimming beach, and Carp Trap areas.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Largemouth bass, crappies and sunfish are being found in the bulrushes, around docks, and along shorelines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain, Lake Miltona, and Lake Lida. A few walleyes are being caught on Reno Lake and Lake Mary and they’re scattered between 8 to 22 feet – minnows or leeches on jigs and live-bait rigs are working best.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Sunfish and largemouth bass have moved along the shorelines of most lakes in less than 5 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Pleasant Lake, and Maple Lake. Clearwater, Sugar Lake, Sylvia, and Pleasant are giving up some walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on minnows or leeches.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Look for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and Clitherall Lake – minnows or leeches are working. Sunfish and crappies are being found in the 5- to 8-foot weeds or reed edges on Deer Lake, Clitherall, and Rush. Spinnerbaits are triggering bass on the docks and shallow structure of East Battle Lake, Spitzer Lake, and West Battle. Work the 10- to 15-foot weedlines with sucker minnows or spoons for northern pike at Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and Twin Lake. Look to the 15- to 20- foot weedlines on West Battle for a few muskies.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Water temps have finally moved into the low 60s on most lakes and that has really helped the walleye bite. Walleyes are starting to move to their summer areas. Look to the deep weed edges and mid-lake bars or humps in 12 to 18 feet with jigs and minnows or live-bait rigs and leeches. Lakes Bemidji, Grace, Irving, and Wolf are all kicking out some walleyes. You’ll find crappies, bluegills, and bass in the emerging, 4- to 6-foot reed beds of most lakes.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
A jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech is producing walleyes in 8 to 10 feet during the evening hours on Blackduck Lake or 10 to 12 feet at Island Lake. Panfish reports continue to be limited, but start looking to the shorelines, shallow weeds or pencil reeds on lakes such as Gilstead, Gull, and Pimushe for bluegills and crappies.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Minnows continue to produce walleyes in 5 to 12 feet at Gull Lake, Round Lake, and North Long Lake. Crappies, sunfish, and bass remain shallow, along the shorelines of Upper Gull Lake, Lake Edwards, Nisswa Lake and most small lakes in the area. The best northern pike action has come from less than 10 feet with minnows on most lakes as well.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and shiner minnow continues to produce walleyes on Wishbone Bar, O’Neil’s Point, and North Cedar Bar of Cass Lake during the evening hours in 6 to 10 feet. Midday hours are best spent off the structure in 15 to 20 feet. Cass and Lake Andrusia are producing numbers of good-size perch in 6 feet. The reeds on Kitchi Lake and in Allen’s Bay on Cass are holding panfish. Small bucktails have turned muskies in Allen’s Bay during the evening hours.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Minnows or leeches are producing walleyes on the 6- to 12-foot rock piles, bars, and weedlines of Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Center Lake, South Center Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake. Bass and sunfish are set up along the shorelines of these lakes as well, while crankbaits are turning northern pike on the 6- to 12-foot weedlines of most lakes.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Rainbow trout have moved deeper but remain active over 20 to 30 feet on Portsmouth Pit, Pennington Pit, Huntington Pit, and Sagamore Pit. Minnows, crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes on Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Sunfish and crappies have moved to the shorelines and pencil reeds of most lakes, while the weedlines on Bay Lake and Rabbit Lake are giving up largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass action also has picked up in shallow water at Serpent and Clearwater.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Leeches and minnows are producing walleyes in 10 to 20 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Pelican Lake, Floyd Lake, and Big Cormorant Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being found in less than 8 feet at Height of Land Lake, Floyd, Cotton Lake, Lake Sallie, and Lake Melissa. Topwater baits have produced a few muskies on Big Detroit and Pelican Lake, while bass action is strong in shallow water on all lakes.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Walleyes continue to hit minnows or leeches at Island Lake in 10 to 15 feet, Fish Lake in 10 to 12 feet, and Rice Lake in less than 6 feet. On Lake Superior, coho and a few king salmon are being caught along the mud lines with spoons or stickbaits in the top 50 feet of the water column. A few lake trout also are being taken about 75 to 100 feet down.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Panfish are being found in less than 7 feet on Green Lake, Blue Lake, Knife Lake, and the Briggs Lake Chain. Walleyes are hitting minnows on the Briggs Chain in 7 to 14 feet during the evening hours. Work the weedlines for northern pike on Fremont Lake and largemouth bass at Little Elk Lake and Knife.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Walleyes are being taken in 5 to 15 feet with a jig and minnow at Shagawa Lake, Big Lake, and Ima Lake. Smallmouth bass are sitting on the shallow shorelines or points and hitting tubes at Moose Lake, Shagawa, and Hegman Lake. You’ll find crappies up shallow on Big, Basswood Lake, and Fall Lake. Miner’s Pit and Tofte’s Pit continue to give up rainbow trout on crawlers in the top 10 feet of the water column. Large sucker minnows or dead smelt are turning northern pike at Snowbank Lake, Basswood Lake, and Birch Lake in 10 feet or so. Lake trout are cruising 10 to 60 feet and hitting crankbaits on Knife Lake, Thomas Lake, and Snowbank.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Northern pike are hitting crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Emily and crappies are being found on Lawrence Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Hit Mitchell Lake with leeches in 18 feet for walleyes during the evening hours. The north end of Roosevelt Lake is kicking out sunfish in less than 5 feet, and Ruth Lake is giving up largemouth bass along the shorelines on topwater baits.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crankbaits or plastics are turning walleyes in shallow water at Tuttle Lake and Big Twin Lake. Crawlers and leeches are working best for walleyes on Hall Lake and Budd Lake in 6 to 12 feet. Crappies and yellow bass remain active in 6 to 15 feet on Budd, Hall, and Lake Sisseton. The shorelines and trees on George Lake and Sisseton are holding bluegills. Early this week, all the lakes in Martin County remained in no-wake status.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Sunfish and crappies are hitting on Cedar Lake, Shields Lake, French Lake, Lake Mazaska, and Roberds Lake in less than 6 feet. Muskie action has been good on French Lake with spinnerbaits or large sucker minnows in 8 feet or so. Bullheads and catfish are being caught below the dams on the Cannon River.
John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Walleyes continue to hit shiner minnows at Ten Mile Lake in 20 feet during the day or 12 to 14 feet during the evening hours. Hit Fish Lake for crappies in less than 5 feet and walleyes along the wind-driven shorelines. The shallow weeds and shorelines on most small lakes are now giving up sunfish. Look to the shallow rocks on Pelican Lake for a few muskies.
Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Splake are being taken in 10 to 15 feet with crawlers at Esther Lake, while rainbow trout and splake are going in 15 to 18 feet at Mink Lake. Lake trout are hitting smelt at Daniels Lake in 35 to 40 feet and minnows on Greenwood Lake in 25 to 30 feet. Minnows and leeches continue to produce walleyes on Crescent Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Hungry Jack Lake in 8 to 12 feet, Elbow Lake in 6 feet, or Sea Gull Lake and Saganaga Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting spinners or crankbaits in less than 6 feet at Fowl Lake and Devil Track Lake. On Lake Superior, lake trout are hitting spoons or stickbaits between 180 to 190 feet down from the surface.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
Crappies and bluegills are being caught along shorelines or in the reeds at Bass Lake, Big Splithand Lake, and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake. Look for walleyes to hit a jig and minnow on the deep points of Deer Lake. Bass are being found in shallow water on area lakes, and Moose Lake is giving up a few muskies.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Crappie reports have been excellent on Big Birch Lake in 7 feet, Mound Lake and Pine Lake in less than 4 feet, Little Birch Lake in 6 to 8 feet, and Moose Lake in 4 to 8 feet. Big Birch and Little Birch are safe bets for walleyes with shiner minnows or leeches in 8 to 15 feet during the evening hours. Sunfish and largemouth bass have started to move along the shorelines of most lakes in less than 6 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Leeches, nightcrawlers, and minnows are producing walleyes on Pine Mountain Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Baby Lake in 12 to 18 feet. You’ll find crappies on the 8- to 10-foot cabbage beds at Birch Lake, Mule Lake, Stoney Lake, and Webb Lake. Start looking for bluegills to move along the shorelines of most lakes or smallmouth and largemouth bass in less than 6 feet throughout the area.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
A 3/8-ounce jig and minnow is producing many “keeper” walleyes, as well as big fish over 30 to 36 feet of water. You’ll also find some walleyes in 6 to 12 feet hitting smaller jigs and minnows – use bright colors on bright days and dark colors on cloudy days. Warming temperatures are starting to move smallmouth bass to the shorelines and crankbaits seem to be the most productive, while northern pike seem to be active everywhere.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Most streams have cleared up or should be by this weekend, and there’s been excellent dry fly hatches during the evenings. Olive Caddis (Nos. 16 and 18), Light Hendrickson’s, Yellow Sallies, Brown Drake’s, and Sulfers are all producing trout, especially late in the day.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
Crappies are hitting best during the evening hours on Girl Lake, Big Boy Lake, and Lake Inguadona in 7 to 10 feet. A jig and shiner or live-bait rig and leech is turning walleyes on Woman Lake early and late in 18 to 24 feet or Little Boy Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Lake Wabedo is giving up a few muskies in less than 6 feet, while bass and bluegills are starting to move along the shorelines and lily pads of most lakes.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Sunfish are now active in shallow water along the shorelines of most lakes. Crappies continue to hit on Church Bar and Cow Bar on Madison Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Walleyes are being taken with leeches or nightcrawlers off Miller’s Point on Madison in 20 to 22 feet. Second Point and Third Point on Lake Washington are safe bets for walleyes, and hit Baker’s Bay for crappies.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Sunfish and some crappies are being found along the shorelines of most lakes including Knife, Fish, Ann, and Quamba. A few walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow or leeches around the islands and points on Knife and Fish.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Crappies and bluegills are being found in shallow water, 4 to 6 feet, on the mid-lake shorelines of Big Stone Lake. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes during the evening hours in 6 to 8 feet and during the day in 12 to 14 feet on Big Stone.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crappies remain active in less than 5 feet on Boulder Lake, Eighth Crow Wing Lake, Portage Lake, and Fish Hook Lake. Bluegills have moved along the shorelines of most lakes as well. Sucker minnows or spinnerbaits are producing northern pike in 6 to 10 feet on Big Mantrap Lake, Pickeral Lake, and Sixth Crow Wing Lake. Minnows or leeches are turning an occasional walleye on Long Lake and Potato Lake in 16 to 18 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RED WING AREA
Live-bait rigs with leeches or nightcrawlers and crankbaits are producing walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on the Bay City Flats or Head of the Lakes on Lake Pepin. Panfish are being caught in the marinas and bays in shallow water. A few catfish are being taken below the dam on the Mississippi River, but water levels are still up.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Sunfish are being found tight to the shorelines on most lakes including Horseshoe, Cedar Island, Rice, Koronis, Long, Becker, Grand, Pearl, and Eden. The emerging weedbeds on these lakes will produce crappies as well. Walleyes remain active throughout the Horseshoe Chain in 9 to 14 feet and on Koronis in 6 to 12 feet.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows on Sauk Lake in 8 feet and the Four Mile Bar on Lake Osakis early and late each day. Look to Guernsey and Long Bridge Lake with minnows or spoons for northern pike in 12 feet. Bass have moved shallow on most lakes, the north end of Osakis is producing crappies in 4 to 6 feet, while Fairy Lake, Maple Lake, and Smith Lake are producing sunfish in 2 to 4 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Sunfish and crappies are being found in less than 6 feet at Beauty Lake, Pierz Lake, Fish Trap Lake, and Lake Alexander. Smallmouth bass and small walleyes remain active along the shorelines of the Mississippi River below the Little Falls Dam.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Lake Pomme De Terre started producing crappies in 5 feet and anglers fishing from shore on Lake Emily are catching channel catfish and northern pike. On Lake Minnnewaska, largemouth bass action has been strong along the shorelines or bulrushes, and sunfish are hitting in Bottle Bay on the Glenwood end in less than 6 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Panfish and bass remain active in shallow water at Eagle Lake. Ringo Lake is producing walleyes, crappies, and perch in 6 feet. On Lake Florida, panfish action has picked up along the shorelines, while trolling crankbaits in 12 feet has turned walleyes and northern pike. Anglers fishing from shore at Foot Lake are catching walleyes and crappies in less than 10 feet, and Long Lake is giving up walleyes 5 to 8 feet.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097
Walleyes are being taken with crankbaits and live bait in less than 6 feet at lakes Shetek, Bloody, Fox, Rock, Dead Coon, Current, Island, and Sarah. Lake Lac qui Parle is giving up walleyes and crappies in 5 to 10 feet, while East and West Twin lakes continue to produce smallmouth bass, walleyes, and perch.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880