Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – June 14, 2019
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Walleye action remains strong throughout the lake, from shallow structure to deep, main lake flats and gravel. Midday hours are still providing strong walleye activity with most live bait presentations, but the bite gets extremely good in the evenings with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits. Smallmouth bass are spawning or wrapping up the spawn so some fish are being found along the shorelines and shallow rocks and others are moving deeper. Muskie reports also have been good and there’s been quite a few accidental muskie catches by walleye and smallmouth anglers.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – During the day, walleyes are being caught on the mud flat edges and deep structure with spinner rigs, live-bait rigs, and jig and minnow combinations. The evening walleye bite has been even better on Pike Point, Seguchie Point, Indian Point, and Brown’s Point with slip bobbers and leeches in 20 to 22 feet. Smallmouth bass reports remain consistent on the shallow- to mid-depth rocks, and northern pike are being found in most bays.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of walleyes and sauger with big fish are being caught along the south shore in 24 to 32 feet. Anchor and jigging, drifting with spinners, and pulling crankbaits are all working from Pine Island to Knight and Bridges Islands, north of Garden Island, Zippel Bay, and Long Point. On the Rainy River, walleyes and saugers are being found in deep holes, current breaks, and sand riffs. Smallmouth bass are relating to rocks and bridges, while northern pike are in adjacent to bays and on current breaks. At the Northwest Angle, walleye fishing is strong on both sides of the border. Anglers in Minnesota are finding walleyes in 18 to 26 feet and Ontario waters have been best in 22 to 26 feet. Sauger, pike, perch and bass also are in the mix.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Sunfish and largemouth bass are being caught on the shorelines out to 8 feet on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Look for crappies on top of the milfoil over 15 feet and northern pike in 10 to 12 feet on Minnetonka. A few walleyes are being caught with a jig and minnow at night in the channels of Minnetonka or in 20 to 25 feet during the day.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes are being taken with minnows on the rock points and reefs, mouth of Everett Bay and Stuntz Bay, or around Potato Island in 18 to 25 feet. The north shore of Pike Bay continues to produce crappies in less than 4 feet, and smallmouth bass remain active, hitting plastics on the rock and sand shorelines. You’ll find active muskies and northern pike hitting crankbaits on the weedlines in most shallow bays.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
With some wind or cloudy conditions, walleyes are being caught on top of the bars in 15 to 18 feet, but if it’s calm, slide out to 25 feet or more. Spinners and leeches or jigs and minnows are working best on Bena Bar, Horseshoe Bar, and Sugar Bar. Early and late each day, the 9- to 12-foot shoreline breaks off Stoney Point or the Bird Houses also has produced walleyes. Northern pike are mixed in, but perch action has been spotty with some better reports coming off Raven’s Point or out from Third River Flowage in 20 to 22 feet.
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on the wind-driven points and shorelines in 7 to 10 feet. Walleye action also has picked up on main lake structure such as the rocks and deeper points with leeches or nightcrawlers in 9 to 14 feet. Northern pike have become active in the emerging weeds throughout the lake, the reeds in Boy Bay are holding panfish, and largemouth bass reports have been excellent from the shallow bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes are being caught in bays along wind-blown shorelines and points on jigs tipped with a minnow or plastics. Walleye action on spinner rigs is starting to pick up as well. Smallmouths are starting to spawn and most are being caught near their traditional spawning areas such as points, large boulders or any other significant structure related to potential spawning sites. Suspending twitch baits, plastics, and hair jigs are go-to options. Crappies are hitting in the 3- to 5-foot range along turns and points in bull rushes or on submerged rocks. Northern pike remain shallow in most bays.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
If the wind isn’t blowing and limiting angling opportunities, walleyes continue to be caught in clean water areas in 5 to 7 feet. Minnows and spinners, a jig and minnow, or crankbaits are all producing fish. Crappies are starting to be found in the bulrushes along the south shore, and some nice northern pike are mixed in with the walleyes.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Walleyes and white bass are more spread out, but remain active, hitting minnows or leeches throughout the St. Croix River. Crappies are going on Big Marine Lake in 10 to 12 feet, you’ll still find sunfish on the shorelines of most lakes, and sucker minnows are producing bass in shallow water at Demontreville Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Northern pike are being taken with spoons or spinnerbaits in 6 to 9 feet on Lake Minnewashta and Pierson Lake. Sunfish continue to be pulled from 2 to 5 feet on Hydes Lake, Lake Parley, Minnewashta, and Pierson. There’s no problem catching bass around docks or along shorelines of most lakes.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Crappies, sunfish, and largemouth bass are being caught in 2 to 5 feet on Prior Lake, Spring Lake, Cedar Lake, O’Dowd Lake, and Carl’s Lake. A few walleyes are coming off Prior and Fish Lake in 15 feet – leeches have started to work best early and late each day.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Some sunfish and crappies continue to be found shallow, but look for bigger panfish in 8 to 15 feet on the backside of the island, North Reef, and Cemetery Reef. A jig and minnow is turning a few walleyes during low-light periods along the 16- to 19-foot weedlines on Kegg’s and North reefs. The northwest side of the lake is producing northern pike in 8 feet and muskie anglers are raising some fish in less than 10 feet on Cemetery and Pillsbury reefs.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Walleyes are hitting crankbaits during the evening hours in 6 to 10 feet on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Hit Reno Lake and Lake Mary with leeches for walleyes in 15 to 18 feet or Stowe Lake in 6 to 15 feet. Crappies are being found on the shallow weedlines of Miltona, Ida, Lobster Lake, and Lake Geneva. Bass and sunfish continue to be found along the shorelines and docks of most lakes, and muskie reports have been limited.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Leeches and some minnows are being used for walleyes on Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Lake Sylvia in 10 to 16 feet. Sunfish and bass continued to be found along the shorelines of most lakes early this week, while crappies have slid out to the 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Sugar Lake, Lake John, Pleasant, Clearwater, Sylvia, and Maple Lake.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Minnows and jigs continue to produce walleyes on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and Silver Lake in 8 to 15 feet, while live-bait rigs and leeches are working best on West Battle Lake in 25 to 30 feet. You’ll find crappies and sunfish on the 5- to 12-foot weeds of Bass/Elbow Lake, Deer Lake, Clitherall Lake, and Rush. Bass remain active in shallow water on East Battle Lake, Spitzer Lake, Fiske Lake, and West Battle. Trolling sucker minnows along the 12-foot weedlines of Donald Lake, Fiske, Rush, and Twin Lake has produced northern pike.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Look to Lake Bemidji, Wolf Lake, and Grace Lake with jigs and minnows for walleyes in 8 to 18 feet. Bass fishing is excellent with spinnerbaits in shallow water or plastics on the deeper weed edges of most lakes. Bluegills are up shallow, and crappies are being caught on the outside edge of emerging reeds throughout the area.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on the bars of Blackduck Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Bluegill action has picked up in shallow water on Blackduck, Gilstead Lake, and Rabideau Lake. Bass and northern pike are active in shallow water on most lakes as well.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow in 3 to 5 feet or 12 to 18 feet on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Whitefish Lake. You’ll find sunfish on the shorelines and docks of Nisswa Lake, the Highway 371 Bay on North Long, and Cullen Lake. Bass remain active on the shorelines of most lakes, and northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows in 8 to 12 feet on Lake Edwards, Gull, and North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake are producing walleyes during the day with shiner minnows and jigs in 8 to 12 feet or during low-light periods with Lindy Rigs and leeches in 12 to 16 feet. Perch, crappies, and bluegills are being found in the reeds throughout Allen’s Bay on Cass, Kitchi Lake, Midge Lake, and Lake Andrusia. Bass action remains strong in shallow water on most lakes and muskies are chasing bucktails during the evening hours on top of the shallow cabbage of Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Some largemouth bass and sunfish continue to be found along the shorelines, while others have moved out to the first weedline on Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, South Center Lake, and North Center Lake. Walleyes are being picked off with leeches or minnows on the weedlines or rocks in 8 to 12 feet on Green Lake, Chisago, and North Center. There’s no problem catching northern pike on the weedlines as well.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Walleyes are being taken with live-bait rigs and leeches or crawlers on Rabbit Lake, Serpent Lake, Bay Lake, and Clearwater Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Some fish are hitting crankbaits in shallower water as well. Smallmouth and largemouth bass remain active in less than 6 feet on most lakes, while sunfish remain active around the docks and shoreline weeds on all lakes. Look for trout over 25 to 30 feet at Pennington Pit, Section Six Pit, and Manuel Pit.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Leeches and crankbaits are producing walleyes on Cotton Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Big Cormorant Lake and Big Detroit Lake also are giving up walleyes in 10 to 20 feet. Eagle Lake, Leaf Lake, Floyd Lake, Lake Melissa, and Cotton are safe bets for bluegills in 3 to 5 feet and crappies in 6 to 10 feet. Shoreline areas have been best for bass on most lakes with plastics.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
EAST CENTRAL MN
Sunfish are being found in 2 to 5 feet on Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Little Elk Lake. Look for crappies in 5 to 10 feet on Blue and Green, while northern pike and bass are hitting on the shallow weedlines of most lakes. Water levels are starting to recede on the local rivers, and some walleyes are being caught on the Rum, while the Mississippi is giving up walleyes and smallmouth bass.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in 6 to 8 feet on Eagle’s Nest Three Lake, Shagawa Lake, and Birch Lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting topwater baits along the shallow shorelines and points of Triangle Lake, Shagawa, and Snowbank Lake. Large shiners or sucker minnows under a bobber are the ticket for northern pike at Farm Lake, White Iron Lake, and Birch in less than 10 feet. Brook trout are being caught off the docks at Miner’s Lake, as are rainbow trout on Tofte Lake. Look for crappies on Garden Lake, Fall Lake or the back bay on Basswood Lake in 3 to 5 feet.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
West Fox Lake started producing crappies in 6 to 8 feet, and largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits in Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt Lake. Look to Big Thunder Lake with leeches for walleyes in less than 6 feet, while Eagle Lake is giving up northern pike on spoons in 6 to 8 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crappies and yellow bass are being found in 6 to 15 feet on Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sisseton. Crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes on Hall in 6 to 12 feet, as are plastics and crankbaits in less than 6 feet on Tuttle Lake. Look to the shorelines and trees on George and Sisseton for bluegills.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Sunfish are being found in 1 to 4 feet along the shorelines of Cedar Lake, Shields Lake, and Lake Mazaska. Look for crappies in 10 to 12 feet on Cedar or below the King Mill Dam on the Cannon River. This area of the river is giving up catfish and a few walleyes as well.
John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Minnows, leeches, and crawlers are producing walleyes on the outside weed edges of Wall Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Fish Lake. Bluegills and bass have moved to the shorelines of most lakes, and crappies are being found in the 6- to 8-foot weeds of Bass Lake, Swan Lake, and Fish. Northern pike remain active in less than 12 feet on most lakes as well.
Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows or leeches at Elbow Lake in 6 feet, Crescent Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and Saganaga Lake and Sea Gull Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Smallmouth bass continue to be found along the shorelines of Fowl Lake and Devil Track Lake. Hit Mink Lake in 15 to 18 feet for rainbow trout and a few splake or Daniels Lake and Greenwood Lake for lake trout in over 30 to 45 feet of water.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows or leeches at Deer Lake during the evening hours in 16 to 20 feet and the north end of Bowstring Lake in 12 feet. Bluegills, largemouth bass, and crappies remain active in shallow water on most lakes. Hit Big Turtle Lake, Moose Lake, and Deer for smallmouth bass. Look to the reed edges of Moose for decent muskie action as well.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Crappies and sunfish are being found in shallow water on Moose Lake, Mound Lake, Big Birch Lake, Pine Lake, and Swan Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been very strong on area lakes in less than 6 feet. Look to Big Birch and Little Birch Lake with leeches or nightcrawlers for walleyes in 15 to 18 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Crappie action remains strong on the shallow weedlines of Ten Mile Lake, Webb Lake, Mule Lake, and Stoney Lake. Pleasant Lake, Stoney, and Woman Lake are producing largemouth and smallmouth bass in less than 6 feet. Look to Birch Lake and Pleasant for walleyes in 16 to 20 feet – minnows are still working, but leeches and nightcrawlers are starting to turn more fish.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
A jig and minnow or leeches under a slip bobber continue to produce walleyes. If it’s windy or overcast look shallow and on those sunny or calm days, slide out to adjacent deeper water. Crappies are still in a transition period, but some are finding a few shallow in Lost Bay. The northwest and east ends of Kab have produced a few crappies as well. Smallmouth bass are also slow to move into the shallows, but there has been a definite increase in catch rates, on the shallow, rocky shorelines.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
The rivers and streams have cleared up, allowing for better fishing opportunities and an improved bite. Trout are being taken with light Hendrickson’s, size 18 Caddis, Midges, March Brown’s, and nymphs.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
Walleye action has picked up with minnows in 16 to 20 feet on Lake Inguadona and Little Boy Lake. Crappies continue to be found in the pencil reeds on Girl Lake, Big Boy Lake, and Inguadona. Bluegills and bass are in shallow water on most lakes as well.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Hit the Carpenter’s Point area of Lake Francis for walleyes and crappies or the north end cattails for sunfish. The weedlines of West Jefferson Lake are kicking out crappies and northern pike, while Church Bar and Cow Bar on Madison Lake continue to give up crappies in 10 to 14 feet. Second and Third points on Lake Washington are producing walleyes in 14 to 16 feet, as is Miller’s Point on Madison in 20 to 22 feet.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in 10 feet and crappies in 6 to 8 feet on Big Sandy Lake. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are being caught along the current breaks of the Mississippi River on minnows or plastics, and sunfish are being found along the shorelines of most lakes.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Sunfish continue to be found along the shorelines of Knife Lake, Fish Lake, Quamba Lake, and Ann Lake. Northern pike and crappie action has slowed, but some walleyes can be had around the islands and points of Knife and Fish with live bait.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Bottom bouncers with spinners and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 11 to 13 feet on Big Stone Lake. Crappies have moved off the shorelines of Big Stone, but bluegills, largemouth bass, and white bass remain shallow and active.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Sunfish are being found in less than 5 feet on Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes, Height of Land Lake, and Boulder Lake. Look for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet to hit minnows and leeches on Lake Belle Taine, Long Lake, or Fish Hook Lake. The west arm of Potato Lake, Eighth Crow Wing Lake, and Boulder are producing crappies in 6 to 8 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RED WING AREA
Sauger and walleyes are being taken with live-bait rigs and leeches or nightcrawlers on the points in 12 to 20 feet from Lake City to Head of the Lakes on Lake Pepin. Flathead catfish are hitting sucker minnows, and channel catfish are being taken with crawlers or cut suckers in the backwaters and current breaks below the dam on the Mississippi River. Hit the marinas and bays for bluegills.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught in less than 6 feet on crankbaits or a jig and minnow at Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, and the channels between the lakes throughout the Sauk River Chain. Sunfish are set up along the shorelines of most lakes, and you’ll find crappies in 6 to 10 feet on Long, Becker, and Rice Lake. Smallies are hitting on the shallow sand of Lake Koronis, and channel catfish action is strong on the Sauk River Chain in less than 8 feet.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleyes continue to hit minnows or leeches on Sauk Lake in 8 to 10 feet and Lake Osakis in 12 to 20 feet early and late each day. Fairy Lake and Lilly Lake are producing sunfish in 6 to 10 feet, while crappies have moved to the mid-depth weedlines on Osakis, Fairy, and Maple Lake. Bass are being caught shallow.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Hit the current breaks of the Mississippi River with nightcrawlers and minnows for smallmouths. Sunfish and largemouth bass are being found in 1 to 5 feet on Lake Beauty, Green Prairie Lake, Fish Trap Lake, and Pierz Lake. Walleye reports have been limited, while a few crappies are coming off Fish Trap and Lake Alexander in 8 to 12 feet.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Largemouth bass and sunfish are being caught in the shallow bulrushes throughout Lake Minnewaska. Anglers fishing from shore on Lake Emily are catching pike and catfish on sucker minnows. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska is giving up a few crappies in 8 to 10 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Leeches are producing walleyes at Long Lake in less than 10 feet and Solomon Lake in 8 feet. You’ll also pull walleyes off Diamond Lake in 14 feet with crankbaits and Green Lake in 18 to 20 feet with leeches or nightcrawlers. Work the 8- to 10-foot weedlines on Lake Florida for sunfish and crappies or the shorelines of Eagle Lake and Willmar/Foot Lake for sunfish. Bass and northern pike action remains strong in the shallow weeds and shoreline areas of most lakes.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097
Crankbaits and nightcrawlers have been turning walleyes in 5 to 10 feet of water on Lake Shetek, Bloody Lake, Dead Coon Lake, Current Lake, Lake Sarah, Island Lake, and Rock Lake. Lakes such as Bloody, Fox, and Shetek continue to produce crappies in 3 to 6 feet of water and hit East Twin Lake for perch in 3 to 12 feet of water.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880