Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for June 28, 2019

Great Eight


East – Walleyes continue to be caught throughout the lake, deep and shallow, on a variety of artificial and live bait presentations. Most smallmouth bass are off the beds and set up on transition areas or deeper points and rocks. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under bobbers on the weedlines in most bays and there’s been a few big muskies taken this week from the weeds and rocks as well. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – You’ll find walleyes on the mud flats in 22 to 32 feet (depending on the time of day) or rock points in 18 to 20 feet. Live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are best during the day, while slip bobbers and leeches are more productive early and late. The smallmouth bite has been best on the rock points in 12 to 16 feet, northern pike are hitting minnows or crankbaits in Garrison Bay, Wigwam Bay, and Vineland Bay. Hit the weedlines in most bays for muskies. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleyes remain active over the structure and mud basin of Big Traverse Bay. Most anglers are anchored and jigging with frozen shiners or pulling spinners with crawlers in 25 to 32 feet. On the Rainy River, some eater walleyes are coming out of the deep holes, current breaks, and sand riffs, smallmouth bass are relating to rocks or bridges, and northern pike are adjacent to bays and current breaks. Sturgeon season opens July 1st for the catch season. At the Northwest Angle, anglers are finding walleyes in transition areas between rocks and mud. Jigging, spinners, or casting rocky shorelines with crankbaits are producing walleyes. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits on the shallow rocks. 

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH   


Sunfish and largemouth bass are being plucked from the 6- to 10-foot weeds on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Hit the 10- to 12-foot weed edges with minnows or crawlers for walleyes on Minnetonka during low-light periods. The 17-foot weedlines on Minnetonka are producing northern pike, but muskie reports have been limited. 

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The walleye bite has been “on and off” with some good reports coming out of 10 to 12 feet with crankbaits or minnows in Pike Bay, Cable Bay, and Armstrong Bay. You’ll also find walleyes on the 20- to 25-foot shoreline breaks and reefs or the Canfield Humps near Pine Island in 15 to 25 feet. The shallow rocks continue to produce smallmouth bass, Stuntz Bay and Rice Bay are kicking out northern pike, while muskie catches have been limited to a few fish off the north side of Ely Island with black bucktails.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


During the day, walleyes are being caught on most major bars in 28 to 30 feet with leeches. Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on the weed patches and shoreline breaks early and late each day in 12 to 14 feet. Northern pike are mixed with the walleyes along shoreline breaks and some perch are being found in 20 to 22 feet from Sugar Point up to the northwest corner. 

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


The 12- to 15-foot rocks, points, flats, and shoreline breaks are producing walleyes on spinners or live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches. There’s some low-light walleye action with slip bobbers or crankbaits around Pine Point and Sand Point in 9 to 12 feet. The 12- to 15-foot breaks and points in Walker Bay started producing more walleyes as well. Muskie action has been best with rubber baits or topwater on the weeds in the bigger bays.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Wind-blown points, weedy bays, and spots with current continue produce walleyes in less than 10 feet. With the water continuing to warm, the main lake reefs are giving up more walleyes in 17 to 25 feet on leeches. Topwater lures, stickbaits, and plastics are turning smallmouth bass with some fish shallow and others starting to show up off the shorelines on deeper rock. Crappie action has been limited and the weedy bays remain best for northern pike.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Walleyes are being caught, but bigger pods of fish have moved into that 8- to 12- foot on Center Bar, the rocks. Slow-death rigs and nightcrawlers are working best, but crankbaits also are turning some fish.

Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


The Prescott area of the St. Croix is producing numbers of walleyes on a jig and minnow, while the weedlines on White Bear Lake are giving up a few walleyes as well. The 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Big Marine Lake and Lake Jane are holding sunfish and crappies. Look to Olson Lake and Demontreville for largemouth bass in 6 to 10 feet and Powers Lake for northern pike. 

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Lake Zumbra, Steiger Lake, Lake Ann, and Lake Auburn in 10 to 12 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies on Lake Minnewashta, Hydes Lake, and Lake Parley on the 10- foot weed edges. Hit the weedlines of Whaletail Lake and Ann with spinnerbaits or plastics for largemouth bass.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Crappies, sunfish, and largemouth bass are being pulled off the weedlines of Prior Lake and Lake O’Dowd. Hit Marion Lake with plastics for bass and a few walleyes are being caught with leeches along the 15- to 22-foot weedlines on the north end of Prior. 

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


Sunfish remain active in the deep and shallow weeds off Kegg’s Reef, Cemetery Reef, and Pillsbury Reef. The  deeper weeds off the reefs have been best for crappies. Look for northern pike and bass on the weedlines throughout the lake. A few walleyes are coming off Kegg’s Reef, Harm’s Point, and the Claybanks during low-light periods in 12 to 14 feet. There’s been some muskie action on the reefs, but the most active fish have been small.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Lakes such as Mary, Andrew, Maple, and Reno are producing walleyes on nightcrawlers or leeches during low-light periods in 16 to 18 feet. Work the 10- to 14-foot weedlines for panfish on Chippewa Lake, Lake Ida, Lake Irene, Lake Geneva, Darling Lake, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lobster Lake. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on most lakes are kicking out largemouth bass and northern pike. 

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255


Look for bigger largemouth bass, sunfish, and crappies on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, Sugar Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Maple Lake. Walleyes are being taken with leeches or nightcrawlers on the 12- to 16-foot weed edges of Buffalo Lake, Clearwater, and Cokato Lake.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are hitting leeches, minnows, and crawlers during the day on Otter Tail Lake, Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Lake Marion in 8 to 15 feet or West Battle Lake in 15 to 20 feet. At night, crankbaits are producing walleyes on the flats of West Battle. Look for sunfish and crappies on top of the weed flats in 12 feet at Blanche Lake, Rush, Clitherall Lake, and Marion. Largemouth bass have moved to the cabbage on Dead Lake, Marion, Fiske Lake, and Rush. Trolling minnows along the 12- to 15-foot weedlines has produced northern pike on Donald Lake, West Battle, Rush, and Twin Lake. Muskie anglers are reporting more follows than hook ups on the points of West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


During the past week many area lakes experienced a mayfly hatch. Water temperatures moved up to the mid to upper 60-degree range and fishing in general has been good. Jigs and minnows are working well for walleyes in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Bemidji, Turtle Lake, and Wolf Lake. Spinners and crawlers are also producing some fish. Pike action has been excellent along and in the cabbage with just about any presentation. Crappies and bigger bluegills are off the weed edges in 8 to 12 feet and largemouth bass are hitting on the 6- to 12-foot weedlines of most lakes.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


You’ll hit walleyes on the 8- to 12-foot cabbage or off the bars in 14 to 17 feet on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake is producing walleyes in 17 to 20 feet – leeches and crawlers are now the best options. Bluegills are now scattered with some still shallow and spawning and others moving to the weedlines, while crappies are all weed-related. Lakes such as Gull, Gilstead, Rabideau, and North Twin remain safe bets for panfish.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Minnows and leeches are providing good walleye action in 6 to 22 feet on Gull Lake and a few are coming off North Long Lake as well. Sunfish reports have been best in 6 to 8 feet on Round Lake, Lake Edwards, Nisswa Lake, and Cullen Lake. A few crappies are being caught in the emerging weeds out to 16 feet on the south end of Gull, North Long, and Pelican Lake. Bass and northern pike action has been strong on the shallow- to mid-depth weedlines on most lakes.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010


Walleye action has slowed during the day, but some fish are being caught during low-light periods on the bars with leeches or crankbaits in 12 feet. Minnows and jigs are turning perch on the edges of the bars in 6 to 10 feet at Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Bluegills continue to be found in less than 6 feet on Kitchi Lake and some muskies are being raised with topwater baits in less than 12 feet just before dark on Cass and Lake Andrusia.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting on the 12- to 18- foot weed edges and mid-depth rocks of Serpent Lake, while Nokay Lake and Bay Lake are producing largemouth in the pencil reeds and outside weed edges. Hit the current breaks on the Mississippi River for smallmouth and walleyes. Sunfish reports have been strong from the shallow cabbage edges of East Rabbit Lake and a few walleyes are being caught on Serpent in 20 to 22 feet with nightcrawlers. Look for trout about 25 to 35 feet down on Pennington Pit, Portsmouth Pit, and Section Six Pit.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912


Look for crappies and bluegills on the mid-depth weedlines of Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, Floyd Lake, and Leaf Lake. Crawlers are producing walleyes in 25 to 35 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Floyd, and Pelican Lake. Bucktails or topwater baits are triggering muskies on the 8- to 12-foot weed edges of Pelican, Big Detroit, and Sallie. Cotton Lake is kicking out smallmouth bass, while northern pike and largemouth are an easy catch on most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Fish Lake is kicking out walleyes on leeches in 12 to 15 feet and Island Lake is producing walleyes and crappies in 18 to 20 feet. On Lake Superior, spoons are turning king salmon, lake trout, and a few coho salmon in the top 50 feet of the water column from Duluth to the Lester River. The Cloquet River and Island are producing smallmouth bass.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Work the 7- to 10-foot weedlines on Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Little Elk Lake for panfish. The Rum River and Mississippi River are kicking out smallmouth bass and a few walleyes. Look to Fremont Lake and Blue for northern pike in 6 to 8 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Walleyes remain active on the 5- to 10-foot rock piles of White Iron Lake, Farm Lake, and Birch Lake. Lake trout are being taken on Snowbank Lake, Ima Lake, and Knife Lake over 20 to 60 feet on spoons and tubes. Sunfish are being found in less than 6 feet at Low Lake, Birch, and Eagle’s Nest Three Lake. Look for smallmouth bass on Moose Lake, Basswood Lake, and Shagawa Lake to hit topwater or plastics in shallow water. Sucker minnows under a float are turning northern pike in the shallow bays of Basswood, White Iron, and Birch. 

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358


Island Lake started producing crappies in 10 to 12 feet and northern pike are being caught at Rogers Lake with spoons in 8 to 10 feet. Washburn Lake started giving up largemouth bass and sunfish in the 4- to 6-foot lilly pads. Hit Mitchell Lake with crawlers for walleyes in 12 to 14 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 4 to 6 feet at Tuttle Lake, while Sisseton Lake or George Lake are safe bets for sunfish in 4 to 6 feet. The channels between lakes in town also are giving up walleyes during low-light periods on jigs and plastics. Yellow bass and crappies remain active in 6 to 12 feet at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Sisseton.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Roberds Lake continues to produce a few walleyes on leeches or nightcrawlers in 9 to 12 feet. Look to the weedlines on Cedar Lake and Roberds for sunfish, while minnows are turning northern pike on the mid-depth weedlines of Roberds and Shields Lake.

John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787


Hit Big Birch Lake in less than 10 feet at night with crankbaits for walleyes. On Swan Lake, walleyes and northern pike remain active in 12 to 18 feet. Hit the weedlines of Moose Lake, Swan, Big Birch, and Little Birch Lake with plastics for largemouth bass. Big Birch, Little Birch, Pine Lake, and Mound Lake are producing sunfish in less than 8 feet and crappies on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on the 16- to 20-foot weedlines or gravel on Woman Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Pine Mountain Lake. Topwater baits or spinnerbaits are producing smallmouth bass in 4 to 8 feet on Mule Lake, Stoney Lake, Woman, and Ten Mile. Look for largemouth on the shallow weedbeds of Moccasin Lake and Birch Lake, while bluegills are starting to move off the shorelines and onto the emerging weeds of most lakes. Look for crappies along the 6- to 12-foot weedlines on Webb Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Mule.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176


Look for walleyes on the 6- to 15-foot weedlines during the evenings or deep, shoreline areas and reefs in 20 to 28 feet during the day. A jig and minnow, live-bait rigs with leeches and crawlers or crankbaits are all producing fish deep, while a slip bobber and leech has been best on the weed edges. Smallmouth bass and northern pike are still there for the taking along most shorelines and weedbeds.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Although the bigger rivers and streams remain a bit off-colored, they and the area’s small streams, are fishing fine this week. There continues to be evening bug hatches so dry fly fishing remains an excellent choice. Caddis dry flies, nymphs, spinners, and small crankbaits are all producing trout. Smallmouth bass action also is improving on the North Branch and Middle Branch of the Root River. 

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101


Walleyes are being taken with leeches and nightcrawlers in 10 to 12 feet or the 18- to 20-foot humps on Little Boy Lake, Big Boy Lake, Blackwater Lake, and Lake Inguadona. Look for crappies on the weedlines of Inguadona, Girl Lake, and Lake Wabedo. Bluegills and bass are now being found on the 8- to 10-foot weedlines of most lakes. Muskie reports have been limited to a few fish from the deep basin areas of Little Boy, Wabedo, and Baby Lake. 

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Lake Francis is giving up walleyes off Carpenter’s Point with leeches or jigs and plastics in 8 to 10 feet, the north end cattails are producing bluegills, and hit the sunken island for crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Church Bar and Cow Bar on Madison Lake are kicking out crappies over 12 to 15 feet, walleyes are going in the narrows during the evening hours in 8 to 10 feet, look for northern pike in the Grassy Island area over 8 to 12 feet, or bluegills in 3 to 5 feet. Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is a safe bet for bluegills in 4 to 6 feet and crappies in 14 to 16 feet. Second and Third Point on Washington are producing walleyes on spinner rigs in 18 to 20 feet.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


The weedlines on Aitkin Lake and Big Sandy Lake are producing sunfish early and late each day. Low-light periods also have been best for walleyes on Big Sandy in 12 to 14 feet with leeches. Bass and northern pike are hitting on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382


Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Long Lake, Potato Lake, and Fish Hook Lake along the 12- to 16-foot structure and weedlines. Bluegills are being found on the weedlines and points in 10 to 12 feet on the Crow Wing Chain and Boulder Lake. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch on the cabbage edges of most lakes.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Water conditions are a bit dirtier so the walleye bite has slowed a bit. The key is to cover water with crankbaits in 12 to 15 feet from Lake City to the north on Lake Pepin. Largemouth bass and northern pike action has been strong in the weedy bays of Pepin and off the Mississippi River. Hit the rocks on the Wisconsin shoreline of the river for bluegills and crappies. 

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Walleyes are being taken with spinners and crawlers or crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. Walleyes also are hitting leeches and crawlers on Rice Lake in 15 to 17 feet and Lake Koronis in 18 to 22 feet. Koronis also is kicking out numbers of smallmouth bass around the islands and sunfish are being caught in 6 to 10 feet on Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, Pearl Lake, and Rice.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Sunfish are being caught in the weeds on Fairy Lake, Lilly Lake, Maple Lake, the north end and Miller’s Bay on the west end of Lake Osakis. The outside weed edges are holding crappies at Osakis, Maple, Guernsey Lake, and Long Bridge Lake. Bottom bouncers and spinners with leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Sauk Lake in 8 to 12 and Osakis in 12 to 28 feet. You’ll hook northern pike on the north end of Sauk, Guernsey, and Long Bridge with slip bobbers and minnows.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Smallmouth bass remain active below the Little Falls Dam on the Mississippi River. Below Blanchard Dam, channel catfish and smallmouth bass are being taken with nightcrawlers. Leeches and jigs are producing walleyes on the mid-depth weedlines or structure of Lake Alexander. Look to the weedlines of Pierz Lake, Green Prairie Lake, and Beauty Lake for sunfish.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Largemouth bass continue to be shallow in the mornings and along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines during the day on Lake Minnewaska. Sunfish are being found in the 12- to 14-foot weeds and shallow-running crankbaits are producing northern pike in 6 to 8 feet on Minnewaska. Some walleyes are being caught after dark in less than 8 feet with crankbaits along the bulrush edges on Minnewaska. Hit Lake Villard for largemouth in 4 to 8 feet and sunfish in 12 to 14 feet, while anglers fishing from shore on Lake Emily continue to catch channel catfish. 

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Eagle Lake started giving up walleyes on crawlers in 15 feet and smallmouth bass by the inlet. Hit Norway Lake in less than 15 feet for walleyes, while Foot Lake is giving up walleyes, bass, and northern pike in 10 to 14 feet. Crawlers also are turning walleyes at Ringo Lake in 8 to 10 feet and the weedlines on Lake Calhoun are holding largemouth bass and sunfish. Big Kandi Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 10 to 12 feet and work Lake Andrew by the Bible Camp for a mixed bag of panfish. 

J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097


Anglers fishing from shore on the Minnesota and Redwood rivers are catching walleyes and catfish. Shore fishing also remains an option on East Twin Lake during the evening hours for walleyes with slip bobbers and leeches or during the day on West Twin Lake for perch. Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 6 to 8 feet on Rock Lake, Lake Stay, Goose Lake, and Wood Lake. Hit 3 to 12 feet on Lake Shetek for walleyes and crappies or Lake Sarah for walleyes. Fox Lake and Bloody Lake are producing crappies in 5 to 10 feet, while Lake Lac qui Parle is kicking out walleyes and crappies 8 to 12 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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