Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for July 19
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Anglers continue to experience good walleye fishing on the mud flats and deep gravel during the day or low-light periods. The rock reefs and points also are kicking out walleyes, especially during the evening hours, but they will produce during the day as well. Smallmouth bass remain active on the rocky areas, and don’t be surprised to find walleyes mixed in with them as well. Look for muskies on the mid-depth rocks or weedlines in most bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleye action remains consistently good throughout most areas of the lake with live bait or crankbaits. Fish are being caught shallow and deep on any type of structure and with most presentations. The 7- to 10-foot rocks and reed edges are producing smallmouth bass and walleyes. Hit the weedlines in the bays for northern pike and a few muskies.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Jigging with frozen shiners or leeches and drifting spinners with crawlers are producing walleyes on the south shore in 29 to 32 feet. The main basin is starting to load up with walleyes and some nice fish are being caught on crankbaits. On the Rainy River, pulling spinners and jigging has produced some walleyes, smallmouth bass are still coming from rocky areas, weedbeds and bridges, while sturgeon action remains strong. At the Northwest Angle, drifting spinners west of Little Oak has produced walleyes. Jigging and pulling spinners on and around reefs in 16 to 24 feet is producing walleyes in Ontario. Good fishing also continues for smallmouth bass, big pike, and muskies.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Sunfish and bass are being caught along the outside weed edges on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Some walleyes are being caught with live-bait rigs in 20 to 24 feet, and crappies are suspended over 20 feet on Minnetonka. Work the weedlines on Medicine Lake with spinnerbaits for northern pike and the few muskies being caught on Minnetonka are suspended over deep water.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Mayflies continue to hatch and that seems to have impacted the live bait bite for walleyes. Jiggin’ Raps or crankbaits are turning some fish in 20 to 25 feet on the rock reefs, mud flats, and humps. Smallmouth bass continue to be caught with plastics in 6 to 12 feet along most rocky shorelines. Muskie reports have improved on the main lake rock points and mid-depth structure with small, purple and silver or white bucktails in Big Bay or Pike Bay.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Bigger walleyes are being taken on live-bait rigs with leeches and crawlers or Jiggin’ Raps on the 25- to 35-foot humps and bars. A spinner and crawler is producing more keeping-size fish in the 8- to 15-foot weeds. Perch reports have varied with some decent fish coming out of the 10- to 15-foot weeds and others being found in 30 feet or more. Northern pike have been active in the weeds and deep structure.
You need to cover water and key on low-light periods of the day for walleyes. The best reports are coming off the rocks in 10 to 15 feet with spinner rigs and crawlers. The Annex, Pelican Island, and Submarine Island are good starting points. Walleyes also are being caught on the 9- to 15-foot breaks and weeds with slip bobbers and leeches around Sand Point and Cedar Point during the evening hours. Live-bait rigs and redtails are turning walleyes on the deep humps in Walker Bay. Muskie action has been best with bucktails or topwater baits on the rocks.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes are beginning to show up on main lake reef tops, breaklines, and deeper points in 12 to 24 feet. Walleyes on the reefs are generally holding on the top or near the top of the structure. Many walleyes remain shallow and continue to be caught in and around weedlines on spinner rigs with a crawler or minnow. Some smallmouth bass remain shallow in 2 to 5 feet, while others have moved to deeper boulders 5 to 10 feet. Some crappies continue to be caught on the 4- to 6-foot weeds or a combination of weed/rock structure. Other crappies are beginning to school up on breaklines, points or sunken brush piles. Northern pike are transitioning out to main lake structure and showing up on deep points and reef tops in 12 to 25 feet.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
The walleye bite has varied for anglers – some people are catching limits and others have struggled. The best action is taking place with crankbaits, spinner rigs, or crawler harnesses in the basin areas, Center Bar in 10 to 12 feet, The Rock, and 4- to 11-foot shoreline areas. The key is to cover water and pick off those more aggressive fish.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Northern pike continue to be taken with minnows or spinnerbaits on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Lake Ann, Pierson Lake, Lake Auburn, and Steiger Lake. Water levels on the Minnesota River remain high, but a few anglers are getting on it and finding some catfish. Look for sunfish and largemouth bass in the 8- to 10-foot weeds of Auburn, Bavaria Lake, Whaletail Lake, and Parley Lake.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Sunfish, largemouth bass, and a few walleyes are being caught on the 15- to 25-foot rock and weed areas of Prior Lake. Work the shorelines or 10- to 15-foot breaks with sucker minnows or spinnerbaits on Orchard Lake for northern pike and muskies.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
The weedlines on most reefs or the areas with bulrushes continue to provide consistent bass action with plastics, topwater baits, and spinnerbaits. Muskie action has slightly improved during low-light periods near the swimming beach with topwater baits, while panfish continue to be caught on the backside of the island in 12 to 15 feet. Walleye action is limited to a few fish late in the evening off Kegg’s Reef and Anderson’s Reef in 14 to 18 feet – leeches are working best.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Bottom bouncers and slow-death rigs with crawlers are producing walleyes on Reno Lake in 17 feet or 18 to 24 feet on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, and Lake Geneva. Trolling crankbaits on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona at night in 10 to 14 feet has triggered walleyes as well. You’ll find crappies and sunfish in 15 to 17 feet in Betsy Ross Bay on Ida, Le Homme Dieu, and Geneva. Largemouth bass have moved to the deep weeds, but remain active on most lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Spinners and leeches are producing a few walleyes early and late each day in 14 to 20 feet at Clearwater Lake, Buffalo Lake, and Cokato Lake. Look for sunfish during the day and crappies each evening on the 12- to 16-foot weed edges of Clearwater, Maple Lake, Sylvia Lake, Sugar Lake, Indian Lake, and John Lake. Most bigger bass and pike are coming off deep weeds.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are being pulled from 8 to 15 feet with a jig and minnow or live-bait rigs and leeches at Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle Lake. Sunfish and crappies are set up on the 10- to 14-foot weeds of West Battle, Fish Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits in the 6- to 15-foot weeds of East Battle Lake, Marion Lake, and West Battle. Drift sucker minnows along the 8- to 14-foot weeds of Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and Otter Tail for pike and a few muskies are coming out of 15 to 20 feet on West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Water temperatures are now in the mid- to upper 70-degree range and you’ve got to work a bit more for walleyes. Spinners with crawlers or leeches are working to locate pods of fish, but then pitch a jig and leech/minnow combination at them. Look to the sharp breaks and edge of deep weedlines on Lake Bemidji, Grace Lake, and Wolf Lake. You’ll find larger pike in those same areas. Bass fishing remains excellent on the deep weedlines using plastics, while crappies and bluegills are in and around the deeper cabbage on area lakes.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Walleye reports have become more inconsistent, but hit Island Lake in 12 to 15 feet or the 10- foot weeds on Round Lake with live-bait rigs for a few fish. The 10- to 12-foot cabbage edges are still producing bluegills and a few crappies on Pimushe Lake, Gull Lake, and Gilstead Lake. Pike and bass remain active on the weedlines.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Walleyes are being caught in 6 to 24 feet with leeches, crawlers, and minnows under bobbers at Gull Lake, Lake Edwards, and North Long Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting crawlers or plastics around docks or shallow weeds on most lakes. The shallow weed edges on Gull, North Long, and Edwards are kicking out northern pike. Crappies are set up on the deep weedlines and sunfish remain active in the shallow and deep weeds at Round Lake, Nisswa Lake, and North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
It’s become pretty difficult to catch a walleye during the day on Cass Lake, but some fish are being taken with shallow-running crankbaits after dark on the east side of Star Island, Turtle River Bar, and Deadman’s Bar. On Pike Bay Lake, a jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 8 to 10 feet around sunset each day. Perch are being found on the edges of the bars in 8 to 10 feet on Cass, but you have to sort through some small fish. Wolf Lake, Lake Andrusia, and Cass are producing northern pike with bigger crankbaits in 16 to 18 feet. Muskie action has been best late in the evening on the weedlines of Wishbone Bar and in Allen’s Bay on Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
The 12- to 15-foot weedlines continue to produce a mixed bag of panfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, and a few walleyes on lakes such as North Lindstrom, South Lindstrom, Chisago, North Center, and South Center. Some walleyes also are being taken during low-light periods with leeches or nightcrawlers on Green Lake and North Center in 15 to 18 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
The 12- to 16-foot weedlines on Bay Lake and Serpent Lake are giving up largemouth bass, and topwater baits are turning smallmouth bass on the rocks of Serpent. A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods with spinners and crawlers on Clearwater Lake and Rabbit Lake in 20 to 24 feet. Look for sunfish on the weedlines of most lakes, and trout are being caught by anglers fishing from shore with Power Bait or crawlers at Alstead Pit and Mahnomen Pit No. 2.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleyes have moved deeper, 15 to 25 feet, and are hitting crawlers or leeches at Big Cormorant Lake, Pelican Lake, and Big Floyd Lake. You’ll find panfish Sallie Lake, Cotton Lake, Lake Melissa, and Big Floyd in 15 to 18 feet. Sallie and Meadow Lake are giving up a few muskies on topwater baits during the evening hours. Northern pike and bass are active on the weedlines of most lakes.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Walleyes are hitting leeches or nightcrawlers in 18 to 25 feet on Island Lake and Whiteface Reservoir. Island and the Cloquet River are safe bets for smallmouth bass and the weedlines of Caribou Lake are producing largemouth bass. The Two Harbors area and north of it, on Lake Superior is producing lake trout in the top 50 feet of the water column. In the Duluth area, you need to get down 75 to 125 feet for lake trout.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Look for panfish in 7 to 14 feet on Blue Lake and Little Elk Lake. Largemouth bass and northern pike are hitting topwater baits on the weedlines of Green Lake and Blue, while the Rum River and Mississippi River are giving up smallmouth bass and a few walleyes on crawlers.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
A jig tipped with live bait is producing walleyes in the 6- to 8-foot weedbeds of Shagawa Lake, Birch Lake, and Four Town Lake. Smallmouth bass remain active in 5 to 10 feet, hitting plastics or spinnerbaits at Shagawa, Basswood Lake, and Moose Lake. Look for crappies in the 5- to 10-foot weedbeds on Birch Lake, Basswood, and Low Lake. Trolling crankbaits at 15 feet is producing rainbow trout and brook trout at Miner’s Lake, while Tofte Lake is giving up rainbows on cow bells and nightcrawlers.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Largemouth bass have started hitting plastics or topwater baits on Big Twin Lake and Lura Lake. Look to the shallow trees on Budd Lake, Sisseton Lake, and George Lake for bluegills. Hall Lake, Budd, and Sisseton are producing crappies in 6 to 12 feet. A few walleyes continue to be taken with crankbaits or crawlers on Tuttle Lake in 3 to 6 feet or Big Twin in 6 to 12 feet. Catfish remain an easy catch on Hall, Budd, and George.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Bottom bouncers and spinners with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes in 18 to 20 on Fish Lake during the day. Ten Mile Lake and Pickeral Lake are giving up walleyes after dark on shallow-running crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet. Hit the 12- to 14-foot weed edges on Long Lake, Anna Lake, Eagle Lake, and Ten Mile for sunfish. The evening hours have been best for muskies with topwater baits at Hooten Wright Lake and Pelican Lake.
Little Chief Outpost
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Cascade Lake in 10 to 15 feet, Homer Lake and Lichen Lake in 12 to 18 feet, or 20 to 28 feet on Saganaga Lake. Rainbow trout are hitting crawlers on Leo Lake in 14 to 18 feet and Kimball Lake at 17 to 20 feet. Smallmouth bass action remains strong on Hungry Jack Lake and Devil Track Lake with live bait or crankbaits. Minnows are producing lake trout at 25 to 35 feet down on Trout Lake and Greenwood Lake at 35 to 40 feet. Spoons are turning Chinook salmon in the top 80 feet of the water column on Lake Superior.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake is producing walleyes and bluegills on spinner rigs along the 8-foot weed edges. Smallmouth bass and walleyes are being taken with leeches on the 16- to 18-foot humps of Deer Lake. A few walleyes also can be had during low-light periods in 18- to 21-feet at Bowstring Lake. The weeedlines on Sugar Lake and Little Ball Club Lake are safe bets for bluegills early and late each day.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Swan Lake, Pine Lake, Mound Lake, Big Birch Lake, and Little Birch Lake are giving up sunfish along the 8- to 12-foot weeds. Trolling small crankbaits on the east side of Swan has produced some crappies during the evening hours in 12 feet. Little Birch is giving up smallmouth bass and a few walleyes on crawlers or leeches during low-light periods in 20 to 25 feet. Topwater baits are turning largemouth bass in shallow water on most lakes, while sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Mound in 18 to 20 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Walleyes are hitting spinners and live bait in 15 to 24 feet on Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Look for largemouth bass on the cabbage flats of Birch Lake, Mule Lake, and Blackwater Lake. Smallmouth bass are being found in 8 to 16 feet and hitting plastics on Mule, Ten Mile, and Stoney Lake. Bluegills are set up on the lily pads of Birch and in Broadwater Bay on Woman, while crappies are sitting on the cabbage edges of Pleasant Lake and Stoney. Muskies seem to be most active just before a weather front moves through with bucktails raising fish on Little Boy Lake and Wabedo Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Live bait rigs and leeches or spinners and a half of crawler are producing walleyes in 8 to 14 feet during low-light periods or windy conditions. On bright, calm days, hit 20 to 30 feet with live-bait rigs and leeches. Soft plastics or spinnerbaits are turning numbers of northern pike on weedlines and in shallow bays. Jigs and plastics or topwater baits are producing smallmouth bass on the 6- to 10-foot rocks.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
MADISON LAKE AREA
You’ll find crappies in 15 to 18 feet and bluegills in 8 to 12 feet on the west end of Big Jefferson Lake. Walleyes are being caught with spinners and crawlers or leeches in 18 to 22 feet off Second and Third points on Lake Washington. The 8- to 10-foot weedline on Madison Lake is producing panfish and northern pike. Largemouth bass seem to be hitting on most lakes.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Leeches, crawlers, or fathead minnows on spinners are producing walleyes in 16 to 20 feet on Big Sandy Lake. The weeds on the north side of Big Sandy are kicking out crappies early and late each day. Some good-size northern pike and walleyes are being caught with live bait on the deep weedlines of Lake Minnewawa. Hit 12 to 15 feet on Minnewawa for crappies and some sunfish during the evening hours as well.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Largemouth bass action has picked up during the evening hours with plastics or topwater baits in 6 to 8 feet on Knife Lake. Larger minnows are turning northern pike on Knife in 8 feet, while sunfish are hitting in 5 feet at Ann Lake, Fish Lake, and Knife.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes, bluegills, and perch in 12 to 14 feet on Big Stone Lake – walleye action has been best early and late each day. Perch and bluegills also are being taken on Big Stone with small jigs and spikes on the 11- to 13-foot weed edges.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleye action is best in 24 to 28 feet with leeches and crawlers on Long Lake, Big Sand Lake, and Fish Hook Lake. Look for sunfish and a few crappies on the weedlines of Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes or Height of Land Lake. Spinnerbaits are turning northern pike on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Fish Hook, Pickeral Lake, and Big Mantrap Lake. Bass fishing has been good on most lakes, and topwater baits are turning a few muskies on the weedlines of Big Mantrap.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Work the 12- to 16-foot weedlines on Star Lake, Rush Lake, and Dead Lake for sunfish during the day and crappies during low-light periods. Cover water with a spinner and crawler or Jiggin’ Rap and you’ll hook walleyes during the day in 20 to 35 feet on Star, Big Pine Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Some walleyes also are being taken with crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet at night on these lakes. Northern pike and bass remain active on the weed edges of most lakes.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Crankbaits are producing walleyes near the Warren Town and Maiden Rock areas in 10 to 15 feet or Lake City Bay in 15 to 20 feet on Lake Pepin. Hit the backwater sloughs for northern pike and panfish, while reports off the Mississippi River have been limited.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Sunfish are being found in the weeds or on mud flats in less than 10 feet at Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Pearl Lake, Long Lake, Rice Lake, and Becker Lake. On Lake Koronis, some walleyes are being taken with spinner rigs in 16 to 22 feet or along the 12- to 14-foot weedlines. Trolling crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet has produced a few walleyes on Horseshoe during the evening hours. Smallmouth bass are being caught around the islands on Koronis or the points on Horseshoe and Cedar Island.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish continue to be caught off the weedlines of Lake Osakis, Fairy Lake, Lilly Lake, Maple Lake, and Cedar Lake. Crappie action has been best over 15 to 18 feet at Maple, Osakis, and Long Bridge Lake, while Sauk Lake and Guernsey Lake continue to produce northern pike. A spinner and crawler is turning walleyes on Sauk in 8 to 12 feet and Osakis in 12 to 28 feet during the evening hours.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
Better numbers of sunfish have started being caught on Lake Minnewaska in 16 to 18 feet. Shallow-running crankbaits continue to work best for walleyes and northern pike along the bulrush edges of Minnewaska. Largemouth bass are biting on most lakes and anglers fishing from shore on Lake Emily are catching channel catfish.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Spinner rigs with crawlers or leeches continue to produce walleyes on Lake Andrew in 12 to 16 feet, Big Kandi Lake and Lake Elizabeth in less than 10 feet, or Eagle Lake in 12 to 18 feet. The weedlines on Diamond Lake, Florida Lake, and Norway Lake are providing steady bluegill action.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097
Walleye action has slowed some since the heat arrived, but leeches and crawlers or crankbaits are turning a few fish for those willing to cover water on Dead Coon Lake, Rock Lake, East Twin Lake, and Goose Lake. Panfish reports also have slowed, although lakes such as Bloody and Shetek are worth checking out. Hit the weedlines on East Twin and West Twin lakes for largemouth bass or the Minnesota and Redwood rivers for catfish.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880