Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for July 5, 2019

Great Eight


East – The main lake mud and gravel areas are producing walleyes on live-bait rigs or spinner rigs. Cover water, working the tops and edges early and late each day, or slide off the edges during midday hours. There’s also some evening walleye action with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits on the mid-depth rocks. There’s been some muskie and northern pike activity on the weedlines in most south end bays and smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on the rock points.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – The mud flats and deep rock points continue to produce plenty of walleyes in 18 to 25 feet during the day on live-bait rigs. Slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes in the evenings over slightly shallower water.  The muskies being raised have been more weed, than rock related, and smallmouth action is still going strong on the mid-depth rocks or rock points in less than 15 feet.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleye and sauger action on the south shore has been best with spinners and crawlers in 25 to 35 feet. There is some walleye activity along the shallower breaks during low-light periods. The sturgeon season is open again on the Rainy River, and crawlers and a ball of minnows on a sturgeon rig are turning fish in the deeper holes. At the Northwest Angle, a variety of live-bait presentations continue to produce walleyes on the deep rock and mud areas in 25 feet or so. Smallmouth bass reports remain favorable on the mid-depth rocks as well.

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


Everything seems to be weed-related for walleyes and northern pike on Lake Minnetonka in 12 to 18 feet. Hit the 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and Lake Independence for sunfish and largemouth bass. There’s some evening crappie action on the 12-foot weedlines of Minnetonka as well.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The main lake reefs have started giving up a few more walleyes on leeches or nightcrawlers in 20 to 25 feet. Anglers covering water with crankbaits are picking off walleyes near the islands and 10- to 12-foot breaks in the bays as well. Small bucktails and topwater baits are triggering muskies early and late each day on the shallow rock points and reefs. Work the rocks with plastics for smallmouth bass, too.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


The main lake bars continue to produce walleyes in 25 to 30 feet on leeches and live-bait rigs. With a good wind, spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches will turn walleyes on the shoreline breaks and weed edges in less than 14 feet. Look for bigger perch off the points in 20 feet or more, with more numbers being found shallower. Most weed edges and main lake structure are holding northern pike.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


Anglers are covering water with spinner rigs and leeches or live-bait rigs and crawlers on the main lake for walleyes. Hit the points, shoreline breaks, and rocks in 12 to 16 feet. The sharp, shoreline breaks in Walker Bay continue to produce walleyes, and if there’s a good wind, a jig or slip bobber and leech will turn walleyes on the points and shorelines in less than 10 feet. Muskies are being raised from the weeds, but with the recent warm up, look for the rocks to kick out fish as well. 

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleyes have been most active on the submerged reefs in 25 to 35 feet and being taken on jigs or live-bait rigs tipped with minnows or leeches.  Trolling live bait along rocky shorelines also has produced walleyes, while casting topwater baits close to shore has been working for bass. Better areas this week have been Sand Bay, Black Bay, and Cranberry Bay. These bays also have produced good-size northern pike. 

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Trolling or drifting with crawlers and leeches has been the ticket for walleyes on the rocks and Center Bar in 9 to 12 feet. Although some walleyes and pike continue to be caught off the shallower, shoreline breaks, the better action has been farther out in the lake.

Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Largemouth bass reports remain strong with spinnerbaits or plastics producing fish on the weedlines of Lake Ann, Whaletail Lake, and Lake Auburn. Sunfish are being found on the 8-foot weedlines and weed flats of Lake Parley, Lake Minnewashta, and Hydes Lake. Minnows or spoons are turning northern pike in less than 12 feet at Lake Zumbra, Auburn, and Steiger Lake.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Walleye activity remains best during low-light periods with minnows and leeches at the Claybanks, Harm’s Point, and Kegg’s Reef in 12 to 14 feet. Locate a weedline or weed patch on or near any of the reefs and you should find active sunfish. Largemouth bass and northern pike are mostly weed-related as well. The recent stretch of heat has slightly improved muskie action on top of the reefs during the morning and evening hours.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



The early morning and evening hours have been best for walleyes with live bait over 15 to 18 feet on Lake Mary, Reno Lake, and Lake Andrew. A few walleyes have started being plucked from 20 feet or more on Lake Miltona as well. Muskie reports have improved off Miltona and Lobster Lake with topwater baits during the evening hours. Hit the 10- to 14-foot weedlines for a mixed bag of panfish and bass on most lakes.

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


A slow-presented leech or crawler is turning a few walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on Clearwater Lake, Buffalo Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Largemouth bass and northern pike are being taken on the 12- to 16-foot weedlines on most lakes with spinnerbaits. Panfish also are set up on the 12- to 16-foot weedlines of most lakes, with some bigger fish coming off Clearwater, Maple Lake, Pleasant Lake, Sugar Lake, and Sylvia.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on West Battle Lake in 15 to 20 feet during the day, as are crankbaits in 10 feet at night. Live bait also is producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and Big Pine Lake. Look for panfish on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Lake Marion, Dead Lake, Blanche Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Northern pike and bass remain weedline-related and active on most lakes, and muskie action has improved over 15 to 20 feet on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Hit the 14- to 17-foot bars and established weedlines on Blackduck Lake with leeches or nightcrawlers for walleyes. Island Lake is kicking out walleyes in 17 to 20 feet, while northern pike and bass continue to hit on the weedlines of most lakes. Crappie and bluegill reports have been best off the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, Rabideau Lake, North Twin Lake, and Blackduck.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Sunfish have moved onto the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of North Long Lake, Round Lake, Cullen Lake, and Nisswa Lake. Walleye action has been best with leeches or crawlers on Gull Lake in 12 to 22 feet and North Long in 8 to 20 feet. The 12- to 14-foot weedlines on most lakes are holding numbers of bass and northern pike.

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


Hit the 12- to 15-foot sand and gravel areas for walleyes on Pike Bay Lake or Cass Lake during the day. The main lake bars on Cass are kicking out some walleyes on crankbaits or leeches in less than 12 feet under low-light conditions and perch in 6 to 10 feet. Bucktails or topwater baits are triggering muskies on the cabbage patches of Cass and Lake Andrusia. Hit the weeds in Allen’s Bay on Cass for northern pike and bass, while Kitch Lake remains the best bluegill option in 8 to 10 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


The 10- to 12-foot weed edges are producing sunfish and bass during the day on Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, Green Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Leeches are turning walleyes early and late each day on North Center and Green in 12 to 14 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Walleyes are hitting nightcrawlers and leeches in 20 to 25 feet during the day or 12 to 16 feet during the evening hours on Big Detroit Lake, Pelican Lake, and Big Cormorant Lake. Topwater baits and bucktails have triggered muskie activity on the deep weedlines of Big Detroit and Lake Sallie. Panfish action has been best on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Sallie, Lake Melissa, and Floyd Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Panfish are being taken in 8 to 10 feet on Farm Lake, White Iron Lake, Low Lake, and Birch Lake. Leeches continue to produce walleyes on the mid-depth rock piles of Birch, Farm, White Iron, and Shagawa Lake. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in the bays of Basswood Lake and White Iron, while smallmouth bass remain shoreline-related on Moose Lake and Shagawa. Spoons are producing lake trout over 20 to 65 feet on Knife Lake and Snowbank Lake.

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358


Crappies and yellow bass continue to hit in 6 to 12 feet on Budd Lake, Lake Sisseton, and Hall Lake. Look for sunfish in 4 to 6 feet on George Lake and Sisseton for sunfish. Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 4 to 6 feet at Tuttle Lake and there is some night activity for walleyes in the channels between lakes in town.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Look for crappies and sunfish on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Pebble Lake, Swan Lake, Long Lake, and Jewett Lake. Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes early and late each day in 15 to 20 feet at Ten Mile Lake and Fish Lake. Bucktails and jerkbaits have triggered muskies on the weedlines and shoreline breaks of Hooten Wright Lake. Northern pike and bass remain active on the weedlines of most lakes.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050


Leeches or nightcrawlers are the ticket for walleyes on Elbow Lake in 6 feet, Sea Gull Lake in 18 to 23 feet, and Cascade or Lichen Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Rainbow trout are hitting nightcrawlers on Leo Lake in 14 to 20 feet and Mink Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Fly fishing for trout has been good as well. For smallmouth bass, pitch plastics or crankbaits on the shallow structure of Devil Track Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Live-bait rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on Trout Lake and Deer Lake in 16 to 20 feet. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines on Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Big Splithand Lake, and Sugar Lake are holding panfish. The shoreline breaks and points on Moose Lake and Deer are kicking out smallmouth bass.

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710


The 6- to 12-foot weedlines are producing bluegills during the day and some crappies in the evenings on Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, Mule Lake, Webb Lake, and Girl Lake. A slow-presented leech or crawler is turning walleyes on the deep weedlines of Woman Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Pine Mountain Lake, and Baby Lake. Jigs and plastics or spinnerbaits are producing smallmouth bass on the 8- to 12-foot structure of Stoney Lake, Ten Mile, and Woman.

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


Leeches, crawlers, and minnows are producing walleyes on the main lake reefs in 20 to 30 feet or the 15- to 18-foot weedlines. The established weedlines and weed flats are holding pike, while smallies are relating to rocks off points and shorelines.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


On Madison Lake, northern pike are hitting minnows in the Grassy Island area over 8 to 12 feet, the narrows continue to give up a few walleyes during low-light periods in less than 10 feet, and you’ll find crappies on the main bars in 10 to 15 feet. Spinner rigs and leeches are turning walleyes along Second and Third Point on Lake Washington in 18 to 20 feet. Baker’s Bay on Washington is a safe bet for panfish in 10 to 16 feet.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Largemouths are being taken with plastics on the weedlines of Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake. Crappies and sunfish remain active on Knife, Fish, and Ann in less than 6 feet as well. Walleye and pike action remains slow.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151


Walleyes are being taken with a bottom bouncer/spinner and crawlers in 9 to 13 feet on Big Stone Lake. The key has been fishing areas with minimal weeds, and there is some evening action with slip bobbers, too. The big bluegills have also been aggressive on the south end of Big Stone from 3 feet of water off shore all the way out to the deep weeds. The perch bite has also turned on as many anglers have reported lots of perch while trolling for walleyes. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Panfish are being caught on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Boulder Lake, Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes, and Portage Lake. Walleyes continue to hit leeches or crawlers in 12 to 16 feet at Potato Lake, Long Lake, Upper Bottle Lake, and Fish Hook Lake. Bucktails are triggering muskies on the deep weed edges or bulrush edges of Big Mantrap Lake. 

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Nightcrawlers and leeches on spinner or live-bait rigs are turning walleyes at Rush Lake and Dead Lake in 15 to 20 feet or Big Pine Lake in 12 to 15 feet. The 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Star Lake, Dead, Rush, Big Pine, and Little Pine Lake are holding panfish, pike, and bass.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on Horseshoe Lake and Long Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Lake Koronis is kicking out walleyes on its 12- to 16-foot weedlines and smallmouth bass around the islands in 10 to 14 feet. Channel catfish are an easy catch throughout the Sauk River Chain of Lakes, while sunfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike are active and weedline-related on most lakes.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Smallmouth bass, catfish, and small walleyes continue to be caught with nightcrawlers below the dams on the Mississippi River. The weedlines on Lake Alexander are producing crappies and a few walleyes during the evening hours. Lakes such as Green Prairie and Beauty are kicking out sunfish in 8 to 12 feet. 

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Largemouth bass and sunfish are now weedline-related and active on most lakes, but look to Nest Lake, Foot Lake, Diamond Lake, and Lake Calhoun for better numbers. Walleye action has been best early and late each day with live bait on Norway Lake in 12 to 14 feet, Diamond in 14 to 16 feet, Ringo Lake in 8 to 10 feet, and Big Kandi Lake in 10 to 12 feet.

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

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