Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report for July 12, 2019
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Consistent walleye fishing continues on the deep and shallow structures during the day and low-light periods. A wide range of sizes are being caught lake-wide on most live bait or artificial presentations you choose to fish with. The smallmouth bite also remains strong on the mid-depth rock piles and points – plenty are mixed in with the walleyes as well. Some muskies are being raised on the points and weedlines with bucktails or topwater baits.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleyes remain an easy catch with leeches, minnows, and crawlers throughout the lake. The points, rocks, shoreline breaks, and mud flats are all producing fish during the day. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches also are working during the evening hours. Smallmouth bass remain active on the rocks, there’s a few pike on the weedlines in the bays, and muskie anglers are having success on the points and weedlines.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are being taken by jigging with frozen shiners or leeches, drifting spinners with crawlers, and crankbaits in 29 to 32 feet along the south shore. On the Rainy River, sturgeon reports have been positive from anglers, walleyes are relating to deep holes and current seams, you’ll find smallmouth bass on rocks, weedbeds and around bridges. At the Northwest Angle, drifting spinners west of Little Oak is producing a combination of eaters and bigger walleyes. Jigging or pulling spinners on and around reefs in 13 to 20 feet or around islands is producing walleyes in Ontario. Smallmouth bass are being taken on crankbaits and spinnerbaits over rocks, while several big muskies were caught and released this week.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The deep side of the weedlines, 20 to 24 feet, is producing a few walleyes with live-bait rigs during the evening hours on Minnetonka. A green jig and leech is turning walleyes on Lake Independence in 18 feet. Medicine Lake is a safe bet for bass and sunfish in 10 feet. Topwater baits are best in the mornings and plastics are working during the day for bass. Bigger muskies seem to be suspended over 20 to 40 feet on Minnetonka, just below clouds of bait.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
A significant mayfly hatch has slowed walleye action a bit. The majority of fish being caught are hitting crankbaits in 18 to 25 feet on or near the reefs, points, and humps. A few bigger muskies have been taken on the rock points with bucktails, smallmouth bass are hitting in 4 to 8 feet, and Greenwood Bay and Everett Bay are worth noting for bluegills.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleye action is tough when it’s calm, but picks up if the lake gets choppy. Jigs or live-bait rigs tipped with leeches seem to be working best on the main lake humps and bars in 20 to 25 feet. Perch reports have been limited, but northern pike are active in the weeds.
Spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes on the main lake rock in 15 to 20 feet or the 9- to 12-foot weeds in Sucker Bay. The north end humps in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes, as are the breaks off Cedar and Sand points in 12 to 14 feet. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but catching only a few on the weeds with topwater baits. Jerkbaits are turning smallmouth bass on the rocks, and plastics are working for largemouth in the bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes are being found in weedy bays or on weedy shorelines where the wind is blowing in. Spinner rigs tipped with minnows or crawlers or an 1/8-ounce jig and a minnow have been the go-to presentations. Some walleyes are beginning their transition to deep breaklines or reef tops in 20 to 35 feet as well. Look for smallmouth bass on the shallow boulders, points, and rock/weed areas. Crappies continue to be caught on the 4- to 6-foot weeds and sunken brush piles. The best pike action is coming from the 5- to 10-foot weedlines, especially wind-blown weeds, with spinnerbaits, buzz baits, topwaters, and spoons.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Center Bar, north shore, and mid-lake rocks continue to produce good numbers of walleyes. The key has been to cover water with crankbaits or spinners from the shorelines in 4 to 8 feet out to the structure in 10 to 12 feet. The north shore has been best for pike from the bulrush edges out to 8 feet.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Walleye reports remain decent off White Bear Lake in 12 to 16 feet or the current seams on the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. The weedlines on Beaver Lake, Silver Lake, and Big Marine Lake are producing panfish. Hit Powers Lake and Demontreville Lake for bass, while Lake Jane, Tanners Lake, and Powers are safe bets for pike. The St. Croix and White Bear have been best for muskies.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Panfish and largemouth bass are being caught on the 10- foot weed edge of Bavaria Lake, Lake Parley, Whaletail Lake, and Lake Auburn. Shiner minnows are turning pike at Auburn, Pierson Lake, Steiger Lake and Lake Ann in 12 to 14 feet.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Crappies and sunfish are being caught off Coney Island in 12 to 15 feet. Largemouth bass remain active, hitting spinnerbaits or plastics on the weedlines off North Reef, Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef, and the northwest side bulrushes. A few walleyes can be had with a jig and leech during the evening hours in 15 to 18 feet on Kegg’s, Red’s, and Anderson reefs. Northern pike are weed-related and muskie action has been limited.
In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Crappies are being caught during the evening hours on Lake Darling, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Geneva, and Lake Carlos in 10 to 12 feet of water. Bass are being found in shallow water during low-light periods and on the weedlines during the day at Lake Ida and the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Look for a few walleyes on Lake Mary and Reno Lake in 15 to 17 feet of water or Stowes Lake in 10 to 14 feet of water. Leeches or crawlers are working best early and late.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Crankbaits or live-bait rigs and leeches are turning walleyes on Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, Swan Lake, Cokato Lake, and Buffalo Lake in 12 to 18 feet. The weedlines on Indian Lake, Sugar Lake, Lake Sylvia, Maple Lake, Granite Lake, and Clearwater are giving up sunfish and a few crappies. Northern pike and bass are active on the weedlines of most lakes during the day, while bass also are hitting in the shallow slop or shorelines during the morning hours.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Trolling crankbaits at night in 3 to 7 feet of water has produced walleyes on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Rush Lake. During the day, a few walleyes are being caught on West Battle in 35 feet or Rush and Otter Tail in 11 to 20 feet of water. Sunfish and crappie action is strong along the 8- to 11- foot weeds on Twin Lake, Portage Lake, Eagle Lake, Rush, West Battle, and Blanche Lake. The docks and cabbage beds are holding largemouth bass on Portage, Twin, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle. Troll minnows or spoons on the 15-foot cabbage edges of Otter Tail, Portage, Fiske Lake, and West Battle for northern pike. Muskie anglers are reporting more follows than hook-ups on the deep weeds of West Battle, Mollie Stark Lake, and Clitherall.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are biting on jigs and leeches or live bait rigs and leeches/crawlers. The deeper weed edges are holding fish, as are the edges of sharp breaks on Lake Bemidji, Lake Plantagenet, Grace Lake, and Lake Andrusia. Northern pike action remains hot off the deep weedlines of most lakes and bass fishing remains excellent with plastics. Look shallow early and to the deep weeds later in the day. Crappies and bluegills are going off the deep cabbage on small jigs and plastics on area lakes.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
The 8- to 12-foot cabbage edges on Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, Pimushe Lake, or North Twin and South Twin lakes are producing crappies and bluegills. Largemouth bass are hitting in these areas as well. The weedlines on Blackduck Lake and Gull are giving up northern pike. Walleye action has slowed a bit, but some fish are being plucked from the 12-foot weeds with live-bait rigs on Blackduck and Island Lake.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes in 8 to 22 feet of water on Gull Lake and Round Lake. Sunfish are being caught in less than 10 feet of water on Nisswa Lake, North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards. Slip bobbers and minnows are turning northern pike along the weedlines of North Long, Edwards, and south end of Gull. Bass action is strong on most lakes along the shorelines early or on the weedlines during the day.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are being caught by long-lining Lindy Rigs and leeches during the day in 8 to 10 feet of water around Cedar Island on Cass Lake. Trolling crankbaits after dark on the north end of Cass has produced walleyes in 6 to 8 feet of water. Bigger perch continue to be found in the 4- to 6-foot reeds on Cass, and the few muskies being caught are hitting topwater baits at night in Allen’s Bay on Cass or early in the day on the weedlines of Wolf Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Sunfish, largemouth bass, and some crappies are being caught on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Lindstrom and South Lindstrom lakes, or North Center and South Center lakes. Walleye action has slowed a bit, with just a few evening fish being taken with leeches in 15 to 17 feet on Green and North Center.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Largemouth bass are very active on the weedlines of Little Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, Floyd Lake, and Cotton Lake. Crawlers are producing walleyes in 18 to 20 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Pelican Lake, and Cormorant Lake. Hit the outside weed edges on Floyd Lake for sunfish or Leaf Lake and Eagle Lake for crappies. Muskie reports have been best off Sallie and Big Detroit, but it’s been tough getting them to commit.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Leeches are turning walleyes on Fish Lake in 10 to 15 feet and Island Lake in 20 to 22 feet. The shorelines on Island also are producing smallmouth bass, while bluegills are being caught on the weedlines of Fish. On Lake Superior, reports have been best from the Lester River to the north. You’ll find lake trout 50 to 75 feet down and coho salmon in the top 50 feet of the water column.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Largemouth bass are being pulled from the weedlines and shallow slop on Blue Lake, Little Elk Lake, and Green Lake. Spinnnerbaits or minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Fremont Lake and Little Elk. Hit the weed pockets on Lori Lake, Blue, and the Briggs Lake Chain for panfish. The Mississippi River remains a safe bet for smallmouth bass and channel catfish.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes at Big Lake, Shagawa Lake, and Alice Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Hit Shagawa, Moose Lake, and Crooked Lake in less than 10 feet for smallmouth bass. The 4- to 10-foot weedbeds on Low Lake, Twin Lake, and Bass Lake are kicking out bluegills and spinnerbaits or minnows worked in 10 to 15 feet have produced northern pike on Basswood Lake, White Iron Lake, and Farm Lake. Look for lake trout over 40 to 80 feet on Ima Lake, Thomas Lake, and Snowbank Lake – bucktails, tubes, and spoons are working.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Crappies are being caught on Lake Emily in 6 to 8 feet, and Molten Lake started giving up walleyes on crawlers in 12 to 14 feet during the evening hours. Trolling crankbaits on Upper Dean Lake in 10 feet has produced northern pike. Hit the slop on West Fox Lake with topwater baits for largemouth bass.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Bluegills continue to be caught in the shallow trees of Budd Lake, Sisseton Lake, and George Lake, while crappies are going on Hall Lake, Budd, and Sisseton in 6 to 12 feet of water. Hall, Budd, and George are producing catfish during the evening hours. Hit Big Twin Lake in 6 to 12 feet and Tuttle Lake in 3 to 6 with crankbaits or nightcrawlers for walleyes.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Crankbaits are producing walleyes during low-light periods in 6 to 16 feet on Eagle Lake and Pickeral Lake. You’ll find sunfish on the weed edges of Anna Lake, Ten Mile Lake, or Eagle, while northern pike and muskie reports have been strong with blade baits on the weeds or rocks of Pelican Lake.
Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are being taken with leeches or crawlers on Cascade Lake in 10 to 14 feet, Elbow Lake in 6 feet, Two Island Lake in 10 to 15 feet, and Saganaga Lake in 18 to 22 feet. The shorelines and rocks on Devil Track Lake, Two Island, and Hungry Jack Lake are kicking out numbers of smallmouth bass on a variety of baits. Nightcrawlers are turning rainbow trout at Leo Lake in 12 to 16 feet and Kimball Lake in 14 to 18 feet. The top 80 feet of the water column on Lake Superior is giving up salmon on spoons.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
The 16- to 18-foot weedlines on Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake are producing bluegills and walleyes. Deer Lake and Little Jessie Lake are giving up smallmouth bass in 17 feet. Hit the humps or weedlines on Bowstring Lake early and late each day with leeches and crawlers for walleyes. Lake Pokegama is kicking out walleyes on live bait in 20 to 25 feet. Work the weedlines on Little Ball Club Lake and Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake for bluegills.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Big Birch Lake, Little Birch Lake, Mound Lake, and Pine Lake are giving up panfish along the 15- to 18-foot weeds. Walleye action has slowed, with just a few fish coming out of 20 to 25 feet of water on Big Birch during low-light periods. Largemouth bass remain active on the deep and shallow vegetation of most lakes.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Spinners with crawlers or leeches have been the ticket for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water on Woman Lake and Pine Mountain Lake. Trolling crankbaits at night over deep water on Ten Mile Lake is working for suspended walleyes. Crappies are scattered throughout the 8- to 14-foot cabbage beds on Moccasin Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Birch Lake. Work the weedbeds for largemouth bass with plastics on Mule Lake and Moccasin, while smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits or plastics in 6 to 12 feet of water at Stoney Lake, Baby Lake, and Woman.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Reefs are still producing walleyes on live-bait or spinner rigs tipped with leeches, crawlers, and minnows in 15 to 30 feet. The weedlines also are producing walleyes on live bait and with a significant mayfly hatch happening, more fish are relating to soft-bottom areas and sand flats. Smallmouth bass are still in the shallows along weedlines and rock structure. There isn’t a stand-out lure to use as smallies are aggressive and will attack just about anything. Northern pike are moving deeper as the water warms and hitting large lures over deeper weedbeds.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
The small- to medium-size trout streams are clear and fishing well with spinners, small crankbaits, and nymphs all producing fish. The big rivers such as the Root and Whitewater were still quite dirty early this week. The small tributaries going into the Mississippi River such as Garvin Brook and Pickwick Creek are producing trout as well.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
Crappies and bluegills are being found along the cabbage edges of Wabedo Lake, Lake Inguadona, and Girl Lake. Walleye action has been best early and late each day with nightcrawlers in 16 to 22 feet on Little Boy Lake, while smallmouth bass are hitting on the deep rocks and largemouth are on the weedlines of most lakes.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
The west end of Big Jefferson Lake is producing crappies in 15 to 18 feet and bluegills in 8 to 12 feet. On Lake Washington, spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet off Second and Third points. The weedlines on Washington are kicking out a mixed bag of panfish as well. Work the docks on Madison Lake for bass and northern pike or the 8- to 10-foot weed edges for panfish. All Lakes within LeSueur County remained in no-wake status early this week due to high water.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Sunfish continue to be caught on the 6- foot weed edges of Ann Lake, Mud Lake, Knife Lake, and Fish Lake. Hit the shallow weedlines on Knife and Mud with minnows for northern pike. Work plastics or spinnerbaits along the weedlines or shorelines at Fish and Knife for largemouth bass.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Walleyes, along with a few bluegills and perch, are being caught by trolling in 12 to 14 feet with bottom bouncers and propeller rigs tipped with crawlers, but the focus is starting to head to perch. They are now getting into their summer patterns and can be caught jigging with small jigs or glow ants tipped with spikes right over the side of the boat. Most are being found outside the weeds in 13 feet.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are being taken with crawlers or leeches in 20 to 24 feet on Long Lake or Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Hit the 16-foot weedlines on Big Mantrap Lake for northern pike and muskies. Portage Lake and Pickeral Lake are giving up pike in 14 to 16 feet. Work Two Inlet Lake and Boulder Lake for sunfish in 6 to 9 feet and suspended crappies over 22 to 24 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Star Lake are kicking out walleyes in 18 to 35 feet during the day on spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches. Shallow-running crankbaits also are turning walleyes in less than 10 feet on these lakes during the evening hours. The weedlines on Star, Dead Lake, and Rush Lake are producing a mixed bag of bass, northern pike, and panfish.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Water levels on the Mississippi River have risen again, the water also has dirtied, so fishing it has been tough. Some walleyes are being caught on crankbaits on the Wisconsin side of the Maiden Rock area on Lake Pepin in 16 to 18 feet. Panfish are being found in the marinas and bays.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Walleyes are being taken from the 12- to 14- foot weedlines or 24- to 26-foot breaks on Lake Koronis. Rice Lake continues to give up walleyes in 15 to 20 feet, while 7 to 10 feet has been productive for walleyes on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. Minnows, leeches, crawlers, and crankbaits are all working. Look for sunfish in, or around the weeds on Pearl Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, Becker Lake, and Rice. There is some evening crappie action along the weeds on these lakes. Largemouths and pike are active and weed-related on most lakes.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sauk Lake continues to produce walleyes in 12 to 18 feet early and late each day on live-bait rigs tipped with minnows or leeches. On Lake Osakis, minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 15 feet early and late or 18 to 30 during the day. Sunfish are hitting on the weedlines of Fairy Lake, Lilly Lake, Maple Lake, Osakis, and Cedar Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on area lakes, while slip bobbers and minnows are turning northern pike on the weed edges of Long Bridge Lake, Guernsey Lake, Smith Lake, Osakis, and Sauk.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
The Mississippi River has dirtied a bit, but smallmouth bass and channel catfish continue to be caught from the deeper holes or current seams. Sunfish have moved to the weedlines on Green Prairie Lake, Beauty Lake, and Fish Trap Lake.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Walleyes, northern pike, and bass are hitting shallow-running crankbaits along the bulrush edges of Lake Minnewaska during the day – expect more walleyes during the late evening hours in these areas. Look for sunfish on the weedlines of Minnewaska, anglers fishing from shore on Lake Emily are catching channel catfish, and Pelican Lake is producing northern pike.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Walleyes are being caught with leeches or nightcrawlers on Eagle Lake in 12 to 18 feet, Lake Andrew in 12 to 16 feet, or Big Kandi Lake and Lake Elizabeth in shallower water. Hit the weedlines on Florida Lake for sunfish and Diamond Lake for crappies, while bass and northern pike are weed-related and active on most lakes.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097
Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet at East Twin Lake and at a variety of depths scattered throughout lakes such as Dead Coon, Rock, and Goose. The deeper holes on the Minnesota and Redwood rivers are kicking out walleyes, while panfish reports have been best from Bloody Lake, Fox Lake, and Lake Shetek.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880