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Minnesota Fishing Report – June 16, 2020

Report from the Dock

It’s been a strange weather week across the entire state with cool temperatures in many areas giving away to very hot and summer-like conditions early this week. Strong winds also threw a wrench in many fishing plans over the last seven days, but when people have been able to get out, they are catching fish. Water temperatures started jumping quite a bit and that’s brought about some bug hatches on many lakes. That’s resulted in more anglers turning to live-bait or spinner rigs and nightcrawlers as their bait of choice for walleyes. Muskie reports also improved since last week, although most of the fish being caught have been small, while bigger muskies are being seen and not hooked. More weeds than rocks for muskies this week and weedlines or weedbeds have quickly become primary targets for largemouth bass, panfish, northern pike, and even walleyes. It seems early, but weeds are developing quickly and they are already giving up a mixed bag of fish in many parts of the state. Look for those weed bites to remain strong.

Great Eight


On those days that the wind hasn’t forced anglers off the lake, walleyes continue to be caught. You’ll still pluck some fish off the rocks, but the more consistent reports are coming off the mud flats with slip bobbers and leeches or live-bait rigs and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth action has slowed a bit with the post-spawn phase underway, although topwater baits are turning some fish on the deeper rock points. Look for northern pike on the emerging weedlines in most bays.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430



Some walleyes are shallow on the south shore, in 4 to 10 feet, and being caught with crawler harnesses and crankbaits. Anglers are still anchoring on or near structure with a jig and frozen shiner or leech in 15 to 30 feet, while others are drifting crawler harnesses in 23 to 28 feet with good success. There’s been plenty of big pike showing up in shallow water as well. On the Rainy River, smallmouth bass are being caught around bridges and rocky areas. Pike also are active cruising in bays, bay mouths and current breaks, while walleyes are hanging in 15 to 25 feet and being caught with a jig and minnow. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being taken by pulling spinners with minnows or crawlers in 12 to 23 feet and by jigging rocky points in 10 to 20 feet.

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


Work the 10- to 12-foot weedlines for largemouth bass and sunfish on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. A few walleyes continue to be caught early or late each day with leeches on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines throughout Minnetonka and Lake Independence. The few muskies being seen have been suspended over deep water and northern pike are going on top of the 14- foot weeds of Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227



There’s been some better crappie reports off Indian Point and around Raspberry Island, while Stuntz Bay and Rice Bay have been best for northern pike. Walleye action has been up and down and windy conditions have limited fishing opportunities on some days. Look for active fish to hit live bait on Lindy Rigs around the reefs and main lake structure in 15 to 30 feet. Muskie reports have been limited, but smallmouth bass continue to hit plastics along most shorelines in less than 7 feet.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430



Live-bait rigs with leeches are turning walleyes on many main lake bars during the day in 20 to 25 feet and at low-light periods in 15 to 18 feet. Bena Bar, Horseshoe Bar, and Big Muskie Bar have been a few of the most consistent spots. Look for bigger perch on the deep side of main lake bars or the humps on the northwest corner in 25 to 35 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association



There’s been a significant bug hatch since last week so nightcrawlers have become the bait of choice for walleyes on the main lake humps, bars, and rocks in 14 to 18 feet. The main basin rock piles are giving up smallmouth bass, while largemouths are hitting topwater baits in the reeds or cabbage beds of most bays. Muskie and panfish action has been slow.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250



Walleyes are starting to spread out, with some shallow (3 to 10 feet), some in 25 to 30 feet, and others between those depths. Stickbaits or plastics and jigs are working best in shallow water, while live-bait rigs or jigs with minnows are better deep. Smallmouth bass are off their beds and starting to hit on the wind-blown points and rock piles. Northern pike are active and generally being caught along with the walleyes.

RainyDaze Guide Service (218) 290-6102



Consistently strong winds over the past week have limited when anglers could get on the lake. Depending on wind direction and speed, walleyes are being caught, although the bite has been a bit more spotty than it has been. Most fish are being caught on spinners and minnows in 8 feet along the shorelines that have been favorable to work.

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro


The Prescott area of the St. Croix River is producing walleyes on a jig and minnow in 14 to 20 feet. Spinnerbaits or minnows are turning bass and northern pike in 8 to 12 feet on Demontreville Lake, Lake Jane, and White Bear Lake. Panfish and muskie reports have been light in the immediate area.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421



Sucker minnows are producing largemouth bass off the fishing piers on Steiger Lake and Ann Lake. Work the weed pockets over 7 feet of water for sunfish on Lake Riley, Lake Minnewashta, and Lake Parley. The 12- to 14-foot weedlines on these lakes are giving up a few crappies as well. The point near the access on Pierson Lake started giving largemouth bass and northern pike, while the deeper holes on the Minnesota River are holding channel catfish.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022



Largemouth bass are hitting jigs and plastics along the 8- to 15-foot weeds on Prior Lake, Marion Lake, and Cedar Lake. You’ll find some bluegills shallow and others on the weedlines of Prior, while crappies are sitting on the 10- to 15-foot weeds at Prior, Cedar and Spring Lake.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096



Muskies have become more active hitting bucktails on top of the reefs, north and northwest shorelines, and swimming beach area. Leeches or fathead minnows are turning a few walleyes during the evenings in 13 to 16 feet on Pillsbury Reef, Keg’s Reef, and North Reef. Look for crappies off the reefs such as Anderson’s, North, and Keg’s over 15 to 20 feet and sunfish around Coney Island or the north shore weedlines.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Walleyes are hitting leeches or nightcrawlers on live-bait rigs in 15 to 20 feet at Reno Lake, Miltona Lake, and Lake Ida. Muskie anglers have raised a few more fish with bucktails on the mid-depth weedlines at Lobster Lake and Miltona this week. Look for crappies on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines and sunfish in 4 to 6 feet on Mary Lake, Lake Geneva, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Carlos. Bass are being found on the shorelines and main lake bars throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes.

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



Sunfish are being found in 4 to 6 feet on Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Sugar Lake, Granite Lake, Lake Francis, and Lake Marie. Crawlers and leeches are turning a few walleyes on Sylvia, Clearwater, Buffalo Lake, and Big Swan Lake in 18 to 26 feet. Look for crappies along the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Clearwater, Lake John, Indian Lake, and Maple Lake. Largemouth bass remain shallow and northern pike are weedline-related on most lakes.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297



Walleyes are being caught in 10 to 15 feet with a jig and minnow or leech and live-bait rig on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and Big Pine Lake. Spoons or sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Donald Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle Lake. Spinnerbaits tossed around docks or shallow weeds are producing largemouth bass on East Battle Lake, Donald, and West Battle. Look for sunfish in 4 to 7 feet and crappies along the weedlines on Clitherall, Big Pine, and Silver Lake. A few muskies are being taken with bucktails on the 15- to 18-foot weedlines of West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596



The wind has been a big problem this past week – along with a mayfly hatch on Lake Bemidji and other lakes, the walleye bite has been a bit slower. Live-bait rigs and crawlers or leeches are turning some walleyes and jigs and minnows are still working. Look towards the deep weed edges and some of the sharper shoreline breaks on Bemidji, Lake Andrusia, Wolf Lake, and Lake Plantagenet. Pike are biting on about anything along the weed edges and bass fishing continues excellent on area lakes with shaky head jigs and tubes along deeper weedlines. Crappies and bluegills are being caught along the 10- to 12-foot cabbage areas on most lakes. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172



Round Lake, Blackduck Lake, and Island Lake are producing walleyes on leeches or crawlers along the 10- to 12-foot weeds. The weedlines on Gull Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Gilstead Lake also are holding crappies and bluegills. Work the 10- to 12-foot weedlines on any lake for northern pike and largemouth bass.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636



Crappies are being caught with small leeches over 12 to 20 feet on the south end of Gull Lake, the bays on North Long Lake, and Cullen Lake. A spinner and leech or jig and shiner minnow have been the tickets for walleyes in 8 to 22 feet on Gull, Lake Edward, and the Merrifield end of North Long. Look for bass in the emerging weedbeds of most lakes and sunfish continue to be caught in shallow water on Nisswa Lake and North Long.

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



Small bucktails have raised more muskies this week along the weedlines in Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake, Pike Bay Lake, and Lake Andrusia. Largemouth bass reports are strong with topwater baits and bluegills remain in less than 6 feet on area lakes. Live-bait rigs with nightcrawlers or leeches are producing walleyes on Cass and Pike Bay during the day in 15 to 18 feet, as are crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet during low-light periods.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              



Bass are being found around docks or along the weedlines of Green Lake, Chisago Lake, and North Lindstrom Lake. Sunfish remain shoreline-related and northern pike are hitting spoons or minnows on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of most lakes. A few walleyes can be had with leeches in 12 to 14 feet on Green and South Center Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334



Trout action remains strong with lead-core and crankbaits, a slip bobber and crawler or cowbell presentations about 20 to 35 feet down on the Pennington Chain. Anglers fishing from shore on Manuel Pit also are catching trout on slip bobbers and crawlers at 20 feet. Walleyes are being taken with leeches or crawlers on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake in 16 to 25 feet. Hit the 12- to 15-foot weedlines with stickbaits on Bay Lake, Crooked Lake, and Serpent for northern pike. The deeper holes on the Mississippi River are producing smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and a few walleyes. Largemouth bass are active around the docks and weedlines on most lakes, while panfish action has been slow.

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



Slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes during low-light periods in 8 to 11 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Toad Lake, and Big Cormorant Lake. Look for crappies and bluegills on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges of Lake Sallie, Tamarack Lake, and Height of Land Lake. Muskie action is slow, but northern pike and bass seem to be hitting on the weedlines of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248



Walleyes are hitting leeches on Boulder Lake and Fish Lake in 10 to 14 feet. You’ll find crappies on the 8- to 10-foot structure of Fish and the 6- foot rock piles on Rice Lake. Smallmouth bass action has picked up with topwater baits around the docks, stumps, and shorelines of Island Lake or the deeper holes of the Cloquet River. Strong winds have limited fishing opportunities on Lake Superior over the past week.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094



Sunfish and crappies are hitting in 7 to 14 feet at Blue Lake, Little Elk Lake, and Eagle Lake. Topwater baits are producing largemouth bass in less than 10 feet on Little Elk, Mitchell Lake, and Lori Lake. Work the weedlines with crankbaits or sucker minnows on any lake for northern pike and the Rum River is giving up a few walleyes and numbers of smallmouth bass.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985



A slip bobber and leech is producing walleyes in 5 to 10 feet or on the 10- to 15-foot sunken islands at Shagawa Lake, Basswood Lake, and Birch Lake. Hit Basswood, Birch, and Armstrong Lake for crappies and bluegills in 5 to 10 feet, while topwater baits are turning smallmouth bass on Bear Head Lake, Shagawa, and Armstrong. Lake trout are being taken with lead-core and spoons over 40 to 80 feet on Trout Lake and Snowbank Lake.

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358



Kego Lake started giving up sunfish in 6 feet and Washburn Lake is kicking out walleyes on spinners and crawlers in 12 feet. Hit Stark Lake with spoons in 8 to 12 feet for northern pike and topwater baits are producing largemouth bass over the lily pads on Roosevelt Lake. Lake Emily continues to produce crappies in 4 to 6 feet on Flu Flus and minnows.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191



Budd Lake, Sisseton Lake, and George are producing sunfish, crappies, and yellow bass during the day in 10 to 15 feet or at low-light periods in 4 to 6 feet.  A few walleyes are being taken with crankbaits or jigs and plastics on Hall and Big Twin Lake in less than 10 feet or Tuttle Lake in 6 feet. The shorelines on Budd, Sisseton, or George are safe bets for bass and hit Hall, Budd, and Amber Lake for channel catfish at night with live bait on the bottom.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225



Sunfish are being caught in the emerging weedbeds of Cedar Lake, Roberds Lake, and Shields Lake. Largemouth bass are active, hitting topwater baits in shallow water on most lakes. Look for suspended crappies over 14 to 18 feet on Lake Mazaska and Roberds.

John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787



Leeches continue to produce some walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on Ten Mile Lake and Orwell Reservoir. Look for crappies and sunfish in the 6- to 10-foot weeds of Pleasant Lake, Anna Lake, Norway Lake, and Fish Lake. Work the 12- foot weeds with minnows or crankbaits for pike at Bass Lake and North Turtle Lake. Topwater baits or plastics are producing smallmouth bass in less than 10 feet on Dayton Hollow Reservoir, Pickeral Lake, and Ten Mile.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050



Live-bait rigs with minnows, crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes on Devil Track Lake in 11 to 24 feet and Elbow Lake in 6 to 9 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting topwater baits and plastics along the shorelines of most lakes. Small crankbaits or nightcrawlers are producing rainbow trout near the surface of Trestle Pine Lake and Elbow Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280



Plastics are turning smallmouth bass on the 7- to 15-foot rock points of Deer Lake and Big Turtle Lake. A spinner and crawler is the ticket for walleyes on the 22- to 25-foot humps or 12- to 15-foot weedlines on Lake Pokegama. Live-bait rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes on the 18- to 20-foot bars of Bowstring Lake as well. Work the weed edges on Little Ball Club Lake and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake for panfish, while bucktails thrown over the weed tops on North Star Lake has triggered muskies.

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710



Pine Lake, Mound Lake, Swan Lake, Big Birch and Little Birch lakes, and Moose Lake are producing sunfish in 4 to 6 feet and some crappies on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines. Largemouth bass action is strong on most lakes with plastics or topwater baits. Hit Big Birch with slip bobbers and leeches during low-light periods for walleyes in 22 to 25 feet, while Big Swan is giving up walleyes during the day in 18 to 25 feet on leeches or crawlers.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405



Nightcrawlers and live-bait rigs are turning walleyes during the evening hours on Woman Lake, Baby Lake, and Pine Mountain Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Crappie action picked up along the cabbage beds at Birch Lake, Stoney Lake, Webb Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Moccasin Lake. Look for bluegills along the shorelines of Birch and Ten Mile, while smallmouth bass are hitting plastics in 5 to 10 feet on Mule Lake, Stoney, and Baby. A few muskies are being raised on Baby with small bucktails and largemouth bass are going on the weedlines of most lakes.

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



Walleyes are extremely scattered throughout the lake with the best bite still on the 5- to 12-foot wind-blown areas. A jig and minnow is still producing, but pulling spinners, especially along weedlines, is working as well. Some walleyes have transitioned to mid-lake structure, but they are holding in deep water and not as active. Northern pike are active over emerging weedbeds and smallmouth bass are shallow and hitting just about anything thrown at them. 

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121



After heavy rains, water levels and clarity are back to normal on most streams, although the South Fork of the Root River was still muddy early this week. Trout are biting well, hitting No. 16 olive caddis or light Hendrickson dry flies, while orange scuds and pheasant tails have been the best nymph presentations.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101



On Lake Washington, crappies are going in 18 to 22 feet in Baker’s Bay, Squirrel’s Nest Point is producing walleyes and crappies in 8 to 10 feet, and bluegills are hitting in shallow water on Second and Third points. At Madison Lake, the shorelines or shallow weeds are producing bluegills, crappies are being found suspended over the 16- to 18-foot weeds, you’ll catch pike on the 12- foot weed edges, and Miller’s Point is giving up walleyes on crawlers in 16 to 20 feet during low-light periods.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464



Look for sunfish in 4 to 7 feet on Knife Lake, Fish Lake, and Ann Lake. A few walleyes are being taken with minnows and Lindy Rigs on Knife in 12 to 14 feet during low-light periods. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on Knife and Fish in 6 to 8 feet.

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



Nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 11 feet farther north on Big Stone Lake from Shady Beach to Hiawatha. You’ll find some bigger perch mixed in and small leeches are producing bluegills in less than 5 feet throughout Big Stone.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480



Live-bait rigs with leeches or redtail minnows are turning walleyes in 12 to 14 feet on Long Lake, Potato Lake, and Boulder Lake. Look for crappies on the mid-depth weedlines throughout the Crow Wing Chain and Fish Hook Lake. Muskie action has picked up on Big Mantrap Lake and Many Point Lake with bucktails late in the day.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099



Lindy Rigs and leeches or crankbaits continue to produce walleyes in 14 to 18 feet around Maiden Rock and Lake City area on Lake Pepin. Channel and flathead catfish are being found in the deep holes on the Mississippi River, while Pepin is producing panfish and bass in shallow water.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334



Look for sunfish in 6 to 8 feet and suspended crappies over 10 to 14 feet on Rice Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, Browns Lake, and Long Lake. Hit Rice in 12 to 15 feet or Koronis and Horseshoe in 8 to 18 feet for a few walleyes – crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are working best. Topwater baits are producing largemouth bass on most lakes in 5 to 10 feet.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975



Sunfish are being caught on most lakes along the shorelines out to the 8- to 12-foot weeds. Sauk Lake continues to produce walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on live-bait rigs and brassy shiner minnows or leeches. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes at Long Bridge Lake in 6 to 8 feet, as are the 18- to 42-foot humps on Lake Osakis. Slip bobbers and minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Sauk and Westport Lake.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155



Smallmouth bass and channel catfish are being caught below the Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi River and a few muskies are being caught above it. On Lake Alexander, muskies are being seen on top of the 4- to 8-foot weeds and its 12- to 18-foot rock piles started producing walleyes. The 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Fish Trap Lake are worth hitting for crappies and pike.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056



Walleyes continue to hit crankbaits during low-light periods on Lake Minnewaska in 8 to 12 feet. Anglers fishing from shore on Lake Emily are catching catfish and bass seem to be active and hitting topwater baits on most lakes. Spinners with leeches or minnows are producing some walleyes in 12 to 16 feet on Gilchrist Lake and Long Lake. 

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239



Spinner rigs and crawlers are turning walleyes on Eagle Lake in 8 to 10 feet, Diamond Lake in 8 to 14 feet, and on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Big Kandi Lake and Lake Elizabeth. You’ll find panfish in the developing weedbeds of Diamond, Foot Lake, Lake Florida, Henderson Lake, and Norway Lake. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.

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



Nightcrawlers or crankbaits are turning walleyes in 8 to 10 feet on Yankton Lake, Lake Benton, Lake Sarah, Goose Lake, and Lake Shetek. Anglers fishing from shore at night with a slip bobber and minnow or leech also are catching walleyes on these lakes. Hit East and West Twin lakes for bass or Sarah and Island Lake for perch in less than 6 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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