Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for July 26, 2019
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – The mud flats and gravel continue to produce walleyes during the day in 26 to 32 feet or 18 to 22 feet during low-light periods. Some form of live-bait rig with leeches, crawlers or minnows will turn fish during the day. Slip bobbers and leeches are working best during the evening hours on the rock reefs or points in less than 15 feet. Muskie reports have been light, but smallmouth bass continue to hit on the rock piles, points, and shoreline breaks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleye action remains favorable on the mud flats in 24 to 30 feet with spinner rigs and leeches, nightcrawlers, or minnows. The points, shoreline breaks, and rocks are kicking out walleyes in 12 to 18 feet as well. Live-bait rigging, Jiggin’ Raps or other “hard baits” are working on these spots. During low-light periods, slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are turning walleyes off the points and flats. Smallmouth bass are often mixed with walleyes on shallower structure.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
It’s been a strong week of summer walleye fishing with numerous patterns in full swing on the south shore. Jigging with frozen shiners or leeches, drifting spinners with crawlers, and trolling crankbaits are all working in 29 to 32 feet. Work the deep mud and reefs or the tops, sides and transition areas into mud. On the Rainy River, pulling spinners or crankbaits has been effective on the river channel edges, holes, and current breaks for walleyes. Smallmouth bass are around rock, and sturgeon continue to bite. At the Northwest Angle, spinners with crawlers, a jig and minnow, and trolling crankbaits are turning walleyes on the reefs or adjacent to reefs. There’s been plenty of smallmouth, pike, and muskies in the mix here as well.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Sunfish are hitting along the 15- to 18-foot weedlines of Lake Minnetonka and Medicine Lake. You’ll find largemouth bass on the deep weedlines of Medicine Lake, Minnetonka, and Independence – plastics have been producing bigger fish during the day and topwater baits are best during the early morning hours. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 24 feet, just off the deep weeds of Minnetonka. Walleye action is spotty and spinnerbaits are producing northern pike on top of the weeds at Medicine.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The rock reefs and mud humps are producing walleyes during the day in 18 to 26 feet and it’s key to cover water with live-bait rigs and crawlers. Early and late each day, walleyes are going in 8 to 10 feet with a jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech. A few muskies are being caught, but anglers are reporting more follows off the rock points and islands, while smallmouth bass remain active around docks and rocky shorelines.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleye activity has slowed, but some fish are being caught during the day with live-bait rigs and leeches on the bars or humps in 30 feet and during low-light periods with crankbaits in 12 feet. A spinner and crawler also is producing a few walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot flats and weedbeds. You’ll find some decent perch in the 6- to 12-foot weeds or 20- to 25-foot humps, while northern pike are going on the shorelines and weedbeds in 8 to 12 feet.
Bottom bouncers and spinners with crawlers seem to be working best on the main lake rocks for walleyes in 12 to 15 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are turning walleyes each evening along the 10- to 15-foot breaks in Walker Bay. There’s also been some daytime action with Jiggin’ Raps on the humps and points in Walker Bay. A few muskies are being seen on the rocks, while the reed beds in Steamboat Bay and Boy Bay are giving up largemouth bass.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes are beginning to show up on, or near the top of main lake reefs, breaklines, and deeper points over 12 to 24 feet. Jigs, a Lindy Rig and leech, or slip bobbers have been catching fish. Many walleyes remain shallow and continue to be caught off weedlines with spinner rigs and a crawler or minnow as well. Some smallmouth bass remain shallow 2 to 5 feet, while others are coming off the 5- to 10-foot boulders. Some crappies continue to be caught in the 4- to 6-foot weeds or a combination of rock structure and weeds, on the points, and sunken brush piles. Anglers have reported catching northern pike on most walleye-holding spots.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
If the wind and other weather issues allow people to get on the lake, walleyes can be had in 10 to 12 feet with spinners and crawlers or crankbaits – you have to cover water. Don’t be afraid to hit the shallower, shoreline breaks and reed areas for walleyes as well.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
JR’s Corner Access (320) 290-3838
Twin Cities Metro
Walleyes are being taken with minnows or crawlers on the Mississippi River, St. Croix River, and White Bear Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or spoons on the weedlines of Lake Jane, Lake Owasso and Powers Lake. Hit 10 to 12 feet on Big Marine Lake and Beaver Lake for sunfish and crappies, while Olson Lake and Demontreville Lake are kicking out largemouth bass. Look to Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear with bucktails during low-light periods for muskies.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
The 8- to 10-foot weeds are producing sunfish and bass on Lake Auburn, Parley Lake, Bavaria Lake, and Whaletail Lake. Crappie and walleye reports have been poor, but northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits in less than 14 feet on Auburn, Steiger Lake, and Pierson Lake.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Not much has changed from a week ago, which means the 15- to 20-foot weed edges continue to produce largemouth bass and sunfish during the day and a few walleyes each evening on Prior Lake. Muskie action hasn’t improved much, but northern pike are being caught with minnows or crankbaits on Orchard Lake in 10 to 15 feet.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Walleyes continue to be caught with a jig and minnow during low-light periods in 18 to 22 feet on Kegg’s Reef, North Reef, Anderson’s Reef, and Center Reef. You’ll find sunfish and crappies on Pillsbury, North, and Anderson’s reefs over 15 feet. Bass are being caught on the shallow and deep rock and weed areas, while muskie reports have been light.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Reno Lake continues to produce walleyes on a spinner and crawler in 18 feet. Walleyes also can be had with crawlers during low-light periods on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida in 20 to 25 feet. Work the 14- to 16-foot weeds for sunfish and crappies on Lake Darling, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Geneva. Bass remain an easy catch on most lakes, but muskie reports have been limited.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish during low-light periods on Clearwater Lake and Buffalo Lake in 14 to 18 feet. The 12- to 16-foot weedlines on Maple Lake, Sugar Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Clearwater continue to produce panfish and largemouth bass. Some bass are being caught in the slop and reeds on these lakes with topwater baits during the early morning hours.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
The 10- to 15-foot weedlines are giving up mixed bags of panfish on Fish Lake, Clitherall Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle Lake. Crawlers or leeches on a spinner have been best for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle, and Rush during the day, while some fish are being taken at night up shallow with crankbaits. Muskie action has been best with bucktails in 15 to 20 feet on West Battle, while bass and northern pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
You have to work a bit more for walleyes, but if you do, you’ll boat some fish. Jigs, live-bait rigs, or spinner rigs are all working with minnows, crawlers, and leeches. Work the sharp breaks in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Bemidji, Grace Lake, Turtle Lake, and Wolf Lake. Bigger pike are coming off the deep weed edges on Bemidji and Turtle River. The bass fishing remains excellent by working the deep weedlines with Texas-rigged plastic worms or jigs and plastics. Crappies and bluegills are being found in and around the deep cabbage on most lakes.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Island Lake, Round Lake, and Blackduck Lake are producing some walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. Some days are better than others and crawlers or leeches have been the preferred bait. The outside weed edges on Gull Lake, Pimushe Lake, North Twin Lake, South Twin Lake, and Gilstead Lake continue to produce bluegills and crappies.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Walleyes are scattered from 8 to 25 feet on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards. Spinner rigs and most live bait options are being used to locate fish, while slip bobbers and leeches are the way to go once they’re found. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on North Long, Round Lake, Cullen Lake, and Nisswa Lake are producing panfish and largemouth bass.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes and northern pike are being caught with a jig and minnow in 10 to 12 feet during the day on Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake. During the evening hours, crankbaits are turning walleyes on North Cedar Bar and Buck’s Bar of Cass. Work the weed edges for sunfish on Kitchi Lake, Midge Lake, and Grace Lake, while a few muskies are being caught with bucktails on the main lake bars of Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Crappies and sunfish are coming off the 8- to 15-foot weedlines of lakes such as Chisago, North Center, South Center, North Lindstrom, and South Lindstrom. Largemouth bass are an easy catch in the shallow weeds, slop, and reeds of most lakes. A few walleyes are being caught with leeches or crawlers in 10 to 15 feet on Green Lake, Chisago, and North Center.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Largemouth bass and northern pike are being taken on the weedlines of Bay Lake and Nokay Lake. The 15- to 20-foot weedlines on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake are producing a few walleyes on plastics. The 12- to 15-foot weeds on Bay and Greer Lake are giving up sunfish during the day and crappies in the evenings. Trout reports from the pits have slowed since last week.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Nightcrawlers on some form of live-bait rig continues to produce walleyes in 20 to 25 feet at Pelican Lake and Big Cormorant Lake. There’s some evening muskie action with topwater baits on top of the weeds at Lake Sallie. Look to Sallie, Lake Melissa, Cotton Lake, and Big Floyd Lake for a mixed bag of panfish in 14 to 18 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
The south shore of Lake Superior started producing walleyes on stickbaits in 20 to 30 feet. The Two Harbors and Silver Bay areas on Superior are giving up some coho and king salmon in the top 50 feet of the water column, and lake trout are being caught about 75 feet down near Duluth. Crawlers or leeches continue to turn walleyes at Island Lake and Whiteface Reservoir in 18 to 25 feet or Fish Lake in 16 to 20 feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
The established weedlines on Green Lake and Blue Lake are giving up a few largemouth bass and northern pike. Hit the Mississippi River for smallmouth bass and channel catfish or the Rum River for smallmouth. Some sunfish and crappies are being found in 7 to 14 feet on Little Elk Lake and Blue.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
A jig and leech is producing walleyes in 4 to 10 feet on Basswood Lake, Fall Lake, and Birch Lake. Lake trout are being taken with stickbaits or spoons over 40 to 80 feet at Snowbank Lake, Knife Lake, and Burntside Lake. Topwater baits or plastics are turning smallmouth bass on the rock points of Shagawa Lake, Moose Lake, and Low Lake. Miner’s Pit and Tofte Pit are safe bets for rainbow trout, while crappies and sunfish are hitting in the 5- to 15-foot cabbage beds at Low, Birch, and Basswood.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Trolling spoons on Lake Emily in 6 to 8 feet is producing northern pike, and Ruth Lake is kicking out crappies in 10 to 12 feet. Work the 6- to 8-foot bulrushes on Roosevelt Lake with spinnerbaits for largemouth bass. Hit Eagle Lake for sunfish in 8 to 10 feet, while crankbaits are turning walleyes in 12 to 14 feet at Washburn Lake during the evening hours.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crappies are being found suspended over 10 to 15 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton. Look for sunfish in 4 to 6 feet at Budd, Sisseton, and George Lake. Channel catfish are being caught by anglers fishing from shore during the evening hours on Hall and Budd, while a few walleyes are coming off Tuttle Lake and Big Twin Lake.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Heavy rains hit this area on Saturday and water levels have risen a lot on as a result. Fishing pressure has been limited to some bass coming off the shorelines of Shields Lake, Cedar Lake, and Roberds Lake. The high water has put a no-wake situation into place on all Rice County lakes.
John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787
FERGUS FALLS AREA
The 10- to 14-foot weedlines are holding sunfish on Ten Mile Lake, Long Lake, Anna Lake, and Eagle Lake. A few walleyes are being caught with spinner rigs and crawlers or leeches in 18 to 20 feet at Fish Lake during the day, and crankbaits continue to produce walleyes at night in less than 10 feet on Ten Mile.
Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are being taken with leeches on Elbow Lake in 4 to 6 feet, Poplar Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and Sea Gull Lake in 18 to 25 feet. Crawlers or crankbaits are producing smallies at Devil Track Lake and Two Island Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Look to Loon Lake for lakers at 40 to 45 feet and Greenwood Lake at 35 to 42 feet. Crawlers are turning rainbows at Leo Lake in 13 to 18 feet and Kimball Lake in 10 to 15 feet. The top 80 feet of the water column on Lake Superior has been best for coho salmon with Dipsey Divers.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
The weedlines on Bowstring Lake started giving up walleyes on live bait early and late each day. The 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake, and Sugar Lake are producing bluegills. Hit the 16- to 18-foot humps on Deer Lake with live bait for walleyes and smallmouth bass.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
The east side of Long Lake, (by the Hub Supper Club), is producing crappies in 15 feet and sunfish on the north end in 10 to 12 feet. Look to the west side of Swan Lake in 10 to 15 feet for sunfish and the east side for crappies in 10 to 15 feet. Sucker minnows also are turning northern pike on Swan in 12 to 15 feet. The weedlines on Big Birch Lake are giving up largemouth bass and northern pike, while Little Birch Lake is producing largemouth and smallmouth bass. Hit the 8- to 12-foot weeds on Mound Lake or 18 to 20 feet on St. Anna Lake (Rooney Lake) for sunfish. The Sauk River is giving up channel catfish.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Largemouth are stacked in shallow water and hitting topwater baits on Baby Lake, Birch Lake, Mule Lake, and Moccasin Lake, while smallmouth bass are going on Ten Mile Lake and Mule in less than 12 feet. A few walleyes are being taken on Ten Mile at night by trolling crankbaits near the surface over deep water. There’s also an evening bite with slip bobbers and leeches on the 5- to 8-foot humps on Woman Lake or 15 to 20 feet on Pine Mountain Lake with live-bait rigs and leeches. Crappies continue to be found during the evening hours in the cabbage on Pleasant Lake, Webb Lake, Stoney Lake, and Birch. Look for bluegills in the shallow weeds or lily pads on these lakes as well.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Last weekend’s rain once again dirtied the bigger streams, but the small streams were quite fishable early this week. Caddis and Hopper’s have been producing trout on the small streams, with some better reports coming off Gribben Creek and Duschee Creek.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
Muskie action has picked up with topwater baits on the 6- to 17-foot weedlines of Wabedo Lake and Little Boy Lake. Look for crappies and bluegills in the cabbage beds of Lake Inguadona, Big Boy Lake, and Wabedo. The deep weeds, 16 to 20 feet, are producing largemouth bass and northern pike on most lakes.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches continue to produce some walleyes in 20 feet off Second and Third points of Lake Washington. Largemouth bass are weedline-related and active on most lakes, while panfish and northern pike are hitting in 8 to 10 feet on Madison Lake. Big Jefferson Lake is producing crappies in 15 to 18 feet and sunfish in 8 to 12 feet.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
The established weedlines on Big Sandy Lake are producing crappies during the evening hours. Crappies and sunfish also can be had in 12 to 15 feet on Lake Minnewawa. Northern pike and bass remain active on the weedlines of most lakes, while a few walleyes are coming from Big Sandy in 15 to 22 feet.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Big Stone Lake is giving up perch and walleyes, north of Mallard Point, in 8 to 12 feet – crankbaits or a jig and minnow is working best. The Manhatten Island area on Big Stone is kicking out quality bluegills in less than 8 feet as well.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Work the 10- to 14-foot weedlines for panfish on Fish Hook Lake, Height of Land Lake, and Fifth Crow Wing Lake. Walleye action is best during low-light periods with leeches or crawlers in 24 to 28 feet on Long Lake, Big Sand Lake, and Fish Hook. Look to Big Mantrap Lake in 12 to 15 feet for northern pike and muskies.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RED WING AREA
Trolling crankbaits continues to produce walleyes in the Lake City area on Lake Pepin in 18 to 20 feet. Bluegill and crappie action is strong along the overhanging and submerged trees on the Wisconsin shoreline of Pepin. Nightcrawlers are turning channel catfish on the current breaks or holes of the Mississippi River.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Lake Koronis has been producing walleyes in 15 to 25 feet on leeches and crawlers or in the weeds with spinner rigs and crawlers. Look to Rice Lake for walleyes in 15 to 22 feet and panfish along the weedlines. Walleyes have been hitting crankbaits or a spinner and crawler on Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and the deeper pockets or sand flats throughout the Sauk River. Pearl Lake, Grand Lake, Cedar Island, Horseshoe, Becker Lake, and Long Lake are giving up panfish in 6 to 12 feet.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleyes are being pulled from deep water with crawlers on the mid-lake structure of Lake Osakis. A few walleyes also are coming off the northern third of Sauk Lake during low-light periods in 12 to 22 feet. Work the outside weed edges for sunfish on the north end of Osakis, Maple Lake, Cedar Lake, and Smith Lake.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
The Priest Point and Barsness Point areas on Lake Minnewaska are kicking out sunfish over 16 to 18 feet. Walleye action has been slow, but pike and largemouth bass are being taken along the bulrushes of Minnewaska. Channel catfish continue to be caught by shore anglers on Lake Emily.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Bluegills and a few crappies are being caught off the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Diamond Lake, Norway Lake, and Florida Lake. Walleye action has been best early and late each day with spinners and crawlers in 12 to 16 feet on Lake Andrew, 22 to 30 feet on Green Lake, and 6 to 8 feet on Kandi Lake. Bass and pike are hitting along the weedlines of most lakes.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097
Walleye action has been slow with a few fish being picked up occasionally on Dead Coon Lake or East Twin Lake. Hit Wood Lake, East Twin, and West Twin Lake for smallmouth bass. Lake Shetek and Lake Sarah are giving up a few crappies and perch, and catfish continue to be caught on the Redwood and Minnesota rivers.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880