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Minnesota Fishing Report – May 26, 2020

Report from the Dock

It’s been an incredible week of fishing across the state with walleyes, panfish, bass, and pike all keeping anglers busy. Water temperatures really jumped up since last week and that’s got the fish going nuts. Everything is happening very fast with the rising water temperatures as well. Crappies are done spawning, in the process of it, or just starting – depends on the area you’re at. There was a lot of reports this week surrounding bleugills and crappies hanging in reeds or bulrushes, around docks, and along shorelines. Largemouth and smallmouth bass activity also has improved in shallow water as they continue or start to go through their spawning process. Walleyes continue to hit minnows in most areas, but there’s been a quick transition to leeches and nightcrawlers as well. Low-light periods or windy conditions will still produce walleyes in shallow water, but they are spreading out to mid-depth structure as well. The bait shops have been busy with high numbers of anglers getting out and experiencing really good fishing.

Great Eight


East – Walleyes remain active throughout the lake hitting jigs and plastics in less than 5 feet, live-bait rigs on the deep structure, and slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits in the evenings along the points, shallow rocks, and shoreline breaks. Smallies are on the rocks in less than 12 feet. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Consistently strong walleye action continues on the rock points, in St. Alban’s Bay, north end sand, mud flats, and shoreline breaks. Minnows, spinners and crawlers, leeches and bobbers, or live-bait rigs and leeches are all producing fish. Look for smallies on the shallow rock points and shorelines, while a few pike are hitting crankbaits in St. Alban’s Bay.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430



A strong walleye bite continues in 17 to 28 feet of water, some schools are deep and others are shallow along the south shore as well as the Knight/Bridges Island area. Anchor and vertical jig a minnow or frozen emerald shiner, drifting with spinners and crankbaits also are catching fish. On the Rainy River, a jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 12 to 24 feet. The edge of the river channel in Four Mile Bay also is giving up some walleyes and smallies. At the Northwest Angle, until the US/Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake and stay in Minnesota waters. Some resorts are offering transport service across the lake to the Angle prior to the border opening.

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


Sunfish and bass are being found along the shorelines of Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. Look for northern pike to hit sucker minnows on the deep weed edges or channels of Minnetonka. Jigs and leeches are producing walleyes on Independence over 20 feet, as are the deep weedlines on Minnetonka with live-bait rigs – walleyes also are hitting in the channels at night. Crappies have moved to the weeds and are being taken with small spinners and minnows on Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227



Rainbow minnows are turning walleyes on the 20- to 30-foot mud flats or reef breaks in Big Bay around Taylor Island or Fish House Reef, Cherry Island, Raspberry Island, Armstrong Bay or Mud Creek Bay. You’ll find a few crappies near Raspberry Island and Indian Point in 18 to 20 feet, while smallmouth bass are moving onto the shallow rock shorelines.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430



The wind-driven points along the south and west shorelines continue to produce walleyes and perch in 6 to 14 feet on a jig and minnow. The main lake bars have started holding more walleyes in 16 to 18 feet – leeches or minnows are turning walleyes on main lake structure.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   



Minnows are still producing walleyes  on the wind-driven points and shorelines in 6 to 9 feet. If it’s calm or bright, anglers are having more success in 10 to 14 feet mainly on main lake structure with minnows, crankbaits and leeches. Crappie and bluegill action has picked up throughout the reeds in Boy Bay and Shingobee Bay, while bass are relating to docks and shallow weeds.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250



A jig and minnow continues to turn walleyes, but leeches also have become productive on the rock structure and shoreline breaks in 12 to 17 feet. There’s been a few more crappies and northern pike showing up in the bays as water temperatures climb and weeds begin to grow in shallow water.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766



High numbers of anglers and plenty of good walleye action continues throughout the lake in less than 8 feet. A jig and minnow, crankbaits, slip bobbers and leeches, or live-bait rigs with minnows and leeches all continue to produce fish. There’s been some bigger northern pike mixed in and a few crappies are showing up in the reeds or harbors.

Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Largemouth bass are being found along the shorelines of Lake Bavaria and Lake Minnewashta hitting plastics or chatter baits. Sunfish also have moved shallow on the west side of Minnewashta and its 10-foot weeds are producing crappies. The inlet or outlet areas on the Minnesota River are giving up walleyes on jigs and plastics. On Lake Parley, crappies are being caught on the hump out from the public access, as are sunfish on the north side shoreline. Sucker minnows are turning pike off the fishing piers at Steiger Lake and Ann Lake.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022



Spring Lake is producing walleyes on leeches in 8 to 12 feet early and late each day. Work the current breaks on the Minnesota River for walleyes as well. Carls Lake is giving up sunfish in shallow water and the emerging weedlines on Prior Lake are worth hitting for crappies. Bass and northern pike action has been good on most lakes in less than 10 feet.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096



Crappies and sunfish are being caught on the north side of Coney Island, North Reef, Center Reef, and in Waconia Bay over 12 to 15 feet. Largemouth bass are being found tight to most shorelines and crankbaits are producing pike in 8 to 12 feet. Crankbaits are turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet in the Claybanks area, as is a jig and minnow on Kegg’s Reef and North Reef in 13 to 16 feet. 

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Crappies, bass, and sunfish are now being found in the bulrushes or along the shorelines and docks on most lakes. Look for walleyes on Mary Lake, Reno Lake, and Lake Andrew to hit minnows or leeches in 6 feet early and late each day or 18 to 20 feet when it’s bright or calm. 

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



Sunfish and bass have started to move into the shorelines or reeds on most lakes, while crappies are being found along the weedlines or reeds on Clearwater Lake, Maple Lake, Lake Sylvia, Maple Lake, and Sugar Lake. Walleyes are being caught on Big Swan Lake, Buffalo Lake, Clearwater, and Sugar with leeches or minnows in 16 to 26 feet. Look for northern pike along the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Clearwater, Sylvia, and Cedar Lake.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297



Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in 9 to 15 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, Silver Lake, and Walker Lake. Sucker minnows are producing pike in the 10- to 15-foot weeds on Donald Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle Lake. Bass are an easy catch on the shorelines or shallow weeds at Donald, Silver, Clitherall, Buchanan Lake, and East Battle Lake. Sunfish and crappies are being caught in the shallow bulrushes on Clitherall, Silver, Blanche Lake, and East Battle. 

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596



The emerging weedlines and mid-lake structure are producing walleyes on a jig and minnow. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits from dusk to midnight over some of the bars and cabbage in 6 to 8 feet also is producing walleyes. Look to Lake Bemidji, Grace Lake, and Lake Plantagenet. Crappies and bluegills are tucked up close to emerging reeds in 3 to 6 feet and bass fishing has been excellent in the shallows with swim jigs or a jig and plastic. Northern pike are hitting pretty much anything you want to throw at them along the weed edges of most lakes.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172



Island Lake and Blackduck Lake are producing walleyes at night with slip bobbers and leeches in 8 to 12 feet. Crappies are moving into the shallow reeds on Gilstead Lake, as are bluegills and crappies on Gull Lake. Bass are cruising the shorelines on most lakes and there’s no problem catching northern pike with minnows along the 8- to 12-foot breaks and weedlines.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636



Sunfish and crappies are showing up along the shorelines and shallow weed areas of North Long Lake, Cullen Lake, Nisswa Lake, and south end of Gull Lake. Walleye action is best in 16 to 22 feet with spottail shiners or leeches on the south end of Gull, big part of North Long, and Hay Lake. Bass are active, shallow, and hitting spinnerbaits on most lakes. 

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



A jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech is producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Hit the 10-foot weeds on Cass for perch or the bulrushes on Kitchi Lake, Big Lake, and in Allen’s Bay on Cass for crappies. Northern pike are hitting minnows in 8 to 12 feet and crappies are going in the bulrushes on Lower Sucker Lake.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              



Spinnerbaits are producing northern pike on the 8- to 10-foot weedline of Green Lake and walleyes are hitting leeches under slip bobbers on the 8- to 14-foot weedlines of Green, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Crappies and sunfish are set up on the shallow weeds, shorelines, and around docks on most lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334



Hit Serpent Lake for walleyes in 3 to 20 feet, look shallow during low-light periods and deeper during the day with leeches, nightcrawlers or crankbaits. Trout action remains strong with fish being caught from shore and from boats down about 20 to 25 feet on Pennington Pit during the morning or cow bells during the day. Panfish are set up in the reeds at Rabbit Lake, Bay Lake, Crooked Lake, and Portage Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting in less than 6 feet on most lakes as well.

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



Walleyes are being taken with jigs and minnows on Big Cormorant Lake and Pelican Lake in 4 to 8 feet. Look for crappies in 8 to 10 feet at Floyd Lake, Height of Land Lake, Lake Melissa, and Cotton Lake. Sunfish are hitting in shallow water on Toad Lake, Lake Sallie Tamarack Lake and Height of Land. Northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes, while largemouth bass are going on Long Lake, Floyd, and Toad in less than 6 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248



Walleye action has picked up with leeches in 10 feet at Fish Lake or 15 feet on Island Lake. Island also is producing crappies in 12 to 15 feet, but they will move shallower soon. Northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes in 10 to 15 feet, while Lake Superior action has been hit and miss as consistent east winds have kept many anglers off of it over the past week.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094



Crappies and sunfish are being caught in 1 to 5 feet on the shorelines of Blue Lake, Lori Lake, and Lewis Lake. The current breaks on the Rum River and Mississippi River are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass on a jig and minnow. The shorelines on Blue, Little Elk Lake, and Eagle Lake are kicking out largemouth bass, while the weedlines on area lakes are giving up northern pike. 

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985



Jig and minnows are producing walleyes on Shagawa Lake, Birch Lake, and White Iron Lake in 5 to 12 feet during the evening hours. Crappies have moved into the bays on South Farm Lake, Basswood Lake, and Birch. Spoons are turning stream trout on Miner’s Lake and Tofte Lake, while anglers fishing with sucker minnows off their docks are catching northern pike at Farm Lake, Fall Lake, and Garden Lake.

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358



Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 8 to 10 feet on Lake Emily. Lindy Rigs and shiners are turning walleyes on the north end of Roosevelt Lake in 12 to 15 feet. The docks and shorelines on Ruth Lake are holding largemouth bass, while Kego Lake started producing crappies in 6 to 8 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191



Crappies are hitting minnows on Budd Lake, Sisseton Lake, and George Lake in 4 to 6 feet, while yellow bass are going on Hall Lake, Budd, and Sisseton in less than 6 feet. Look for bluegills on Sisseton and George in 6 to 8 feet. The current areas on Hall and Tuttle Lake are producing walleyes and plastics are turning bass on Big Twin Lake, Hall, Budd, and Sisseton in shallow water. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225



The shallow weeds on Roberds Lake are producing largemouth bass, while Cedar Lake and Lake Mazaska are giving up crappies and sunfish in less than 4 feet. Look to French Lake for northern pike or Fox Lake and Hunts Lake for sunfish in less than 4 feet. Pike also are biting below the dam on the Cannon River.

John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787



Crappie action has been strong in shallow water on Wall Lake, Swan Lake, Anna Lake, Fish Lake, and Pebble Lake. Orwell Reservoir continues to kick out walleyes on minnows in 5 to 12 feet and smallmouth bass are hitting in 8 to 12 feet on Ten Mile Lake or the current breaks on Dayton Hollow Reservoir and Orwell Reservoir. 

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050



A jig and spottail shiner minnow is producing walleyes in 6 to 9 feet at Round Lake and Bowstring Lake. Crappies have moved into the reeds on most lakes, highlighted by some excellent reports coming off Bowstring and Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake. Look for bluegills to move shallow this week on most lakes, while northern pike and bass remain active on most lakes as well.

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710



Crappies and sunfish are going in 6 to 12 feet on Kings Lake and in shallower water on Big Swan Lake. Shiner minnows are turning walleyes on Big Birch Lake, Little Birch Lake, and Big Swan in 12 to 20 feet. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes in less than 8 feet. Work the 4- to 8- foot reeds on Big Birch and Little Birch for crappies. Mound Lake and Pine Lake are providing steady panfish action in less than 8 feet as well.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405



A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on Pleasant Lake, Pine Mountain Lake, and Baby Lake in 15 to 18 feet during the day or 10 to 15 feet during low-light periods. Jiggin’ Raps or minnows are turning walleyes on Woman Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Look for crappies at Mule Lake, the bays on Woman, and Birch Lake in 6 to 12 feet during the day or 2 to 6 feet each evening. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on Stoney Lake and Baby in 4 to 8 feet, while largemouth bass and bluegills are set up along the shorelines of most lakes. 

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



A jig and minnow or Lindy Rig and minnow is producing walleyes in 24 to 32 feet during the day, but much shallower early and late – even around docks. Walleyes are scattered so you’ll find them in bays, around islands, and on rock piles. Northern pike are mixed in and a few crappies are being caught, but they have yet to move shallow.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121



Recent rains have clouded the Root River where the south and north branch meet, but the small to medium-size streams continue to fish well. Light Hendrickson’s should be hatching soon so look for that. Currently, spinners, Rapalas, streamers, and nymphs are all producing trout.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101



Walleyes are hitting leeches off Carpenter’s Point on Lake Francis and the narrows or Miller’s Point areas on Madison Lake. Shiner minnows are working best on Big Jefferson Lake for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet and the shallow weedlines here are giving up crappies during the evening hours.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464



Look for sunfish on the shorelines and crappies in 4 to 6 feet at Knife Lake, Fish Lake, and Ann Lake. Crawlers or crankbaits are turning walleyes on Knife and Fish in 6 to 8 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or spinnerbaits in 3 to 5 feet on Knife.

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



Leeches or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes during the day between the islands and Shady Beach on Big Stone Lake. Slip bobbers and leeches also are turning walleyes off the docks at night. Big Stone also is giving up bluegills around the islands in 5 feet, perch in 4 feet near Mallard Point, and numbers of white bass on plastics along most rock points.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480



Crappies are being found in less than 4 feet on the Crow Wing Chain, Fish Hook Lake, and Boulder Lake. Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 6 to 8 feet on Potato Lake, Long Lake, and Fish Hook. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being found along the shorelines of most lakes, as are northern pike along any shallow weedline.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099



Minnows continue to produce walleyes in less than 10 feet on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake. Look for northern pike in 6 to 10 feet and largemouth bass on the shorelines of most lakes. The shorelines or bulrush areas on Star Lake, Dead Lake, Big Pine, and Rush are kicking out a mixed bag of panfish in less than 6 feet.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355



Walleye action has become a bit more sporadic, but crankbaits or live-bait rigs with crawlers are turning some fish in 15 to 18 feet around Maiden Rock and Lake City on Lake Pepin. Work the bays and marinas for panfish, while crawlers or cut bait are producing channel and flathead catfish on the wooded, current seams of the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334



Sunfish and crappies are being found along the shorelines of Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, Pearl Lake, Grand Lake, and Becker Lake. A few walleyes are being taken with leeches or minnows during the evening hours on Rice, Koronis, and the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes in 8 to 14 feet. Look for bass along the shorelines of most lakes in less than 6 feet.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975



Walleyes continue to hit minnows and leeches on Sauk Lake in 4 to 8 feet or 19 to 22 feet. Work the 6- to 11-foot weeds for crappies on Long Bridge Lake, while Lilly Lake and Long Lake are giving up northern pike with crankbaits. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155



Minnows are turning smallmouth bass below the Blanchard and Little Falls dams on the Mississippi River. Sunfish are being found along the shorelines at Green Prairie Lake and Pine Island Lake, while a mixed bag of panfish is coming off Stanchfield Lake in 4 to 7 feet.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056



Long Lake, by Cyrus, is producing walleyes on minnows in 10 to 12 feet. The northeast part of Lake Emily is producing northern pike and crappies  in less than 5 feet, while anglers fishing from shore on the west side of the lake are catching channel catfish. You’ll catch walleyes in 22 to 24 feet out from the high school with spinners and shiner minnows, largemouth bass in the bulrushes, sunfish in the Starbuck Marina, and crappies on the Glenwood end in 8 feet on Lake Minnewaska. Look to Ann Lake with spinner rigs and shiners for walleyes in 12 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239



Walleyes are hitting crawlers in 7 to 14 feet of water and sunfish are going in 5 to 8 feet of water on Long Lake. The bay on Nest Lake is producing crappies, while Eagle Lake is giving up crappies in 2 to 6 feet of water and walleyes on Farm Bar in 10 feet of water. Lake Minnetoga, Big Kandi Lake, and Kasota Lake are producing walleyes on live bait in 6 to 10 feet of water. Anglers fishing from shore on Foot Lake are catching crappies, while Ringo Lake is kicking out crappies in less than 5 feet of water and walleyes in 8 to 10 feet of water.

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



The shorelines and inlet areas on Lake Shetek are holding crappies and walleyes. Work the shorelines of Lake Benton and East Twin Lake for perch and walleyes. There’s some evening walleye action on Lake Sarah in shallow water, while lakes such as Lady Slipper, Rock, Wood, and Grace are giving up walleyes in less than 8 feet – crankbaits and live bait are working on walleyes.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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