Report from the Dock
Weather conditions were more stable over the past week and that’s lead to some good walleye fishing. There’s no question that most midday bites have been best with leeches or nightcrawlers on deep, main lake structure or deep weedlines. There seemed to be a lot of walleyes caught on 15- to 20-foot structure or 14- to 18-foot weedlines during the day. There are some shoreline and shallow structure fish being caught at night with crankbaits as well, but most shallow water/minnow bites have dried up. Bug hatches continue to occur on some lakes, but not as noticeable as last week. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have moved out of most spawning areas and are now set up on mid-depth weeds or rock strcuture. There’s been some excellent topwater bites this week for both species of bass. Not much has changed on the muskie front – anglers continue to raise fish, but are having a tough time getting those bigger muskies to commit. Bluegills and crappies remain active, although most are now being found in the weeds or along weedlines.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Some walleyes continue to be found on shallow structure, but the best action is now taking place on the mud flats. Work the tops and edges early or late each day or slide off the flats during midday hours with live-bait rigs with leeches and crawlers or slip bobbers and leeches. Smallmouth bass also have moved deep and become more active on the deeper rocks now that the spawn is done. There’s been a few northern pike taken in the bays, but muskie action remains slow.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
You’ll find numbers of walleyes on the south shore near the Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island. Head out a few miles, watch your electronics in 5 to 32 feet and you’ll find big pods of fish. Morris Point Gap, Zippel Bay, Long Point, and Rocky Point are producing plenty of walleyes as well. Two main presentations have been working – drifting with a spinner and crawler or leech and jigging with a frozen shiner or fathead minnow. There has been some pike and jumbo perch in the mix as well. On the Rainy River, smallmouth bass are hitting on rocky areas, around bridges and current breaks, pike are cruising in bays, bay mouths and current breaks, while walleyes are hanging out in 15 to 25 feet and being caught with a jig and minnow or trolling crankbaits.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Look for bigger largemouth bass and sunfish along the 10- to 14-foot weedlines on Lake Minnetonka and Medicine Lake. Muskie reports remain limited, but northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits and minnows on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Minnetonka. Walleye action has been limited to a few fish each eveninng along the 14- to 20-foot weeds throughout Minnetonka and Lake Independence.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleye action has picked up with a Lindy Rig and crawler off the reefs in 20 to 25 feet during the day or in 15 to 20 feet during the evening hours. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on the rocks in 4 to 8 feet and Greenwood Bay is producing bluegills. Hit Rice Bay, Everett Bay, and Stuntz Bay for northern pike in less than 5 feet and muskie reports have been best with bucktails on the points and rocks in 5 to 15 feet.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleyes are being taken with 8- to 10-foot live-bait rigs and bigger minnows on the flats in 18 to 23 feet or just off the structure in 25 to 35 feet with crawlers and leeches. Trolling crankbaits on the flats over 12 to 15 feet during the evening hours has produced walleyes as well. Look for bigger perch at the mouth of Third River in 14 to 20 feet and on the bars in 35 to 38 feet.
Spinners with nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on the east side of Pelican Island in 12 to 15 feet or in 10 to 16 feet off Battle Point, Two Points, and Five Mile. A slip bobber and leech is producing walleyes during low-light periods on CCenter Reeef and the humps in Kabekona Bay. Muskie reports have been limited, but largemouth bass are hitting plastics in Boy Bay and north side of Sucker Bay.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Mayflys have started to show up so anglers are throwing a variety of live bait options at walleyes in deeper water – mainly the 20- to 30-foot breaks across the lake. Smallmouth bass have moved to the deeper rock piles and reefs, while northern pike are most active on deep cabbage.
RainyDaze Guide Service (218) 290-6102
Windy conditions continue to limit angling pressure and the water is quite stirred up. But with some persitence, a jig and minnow, crankbait, or spinner and crawler will produce walleyes in most areas of the lake in 6 to 8 feet.
West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998
Twin Cities Metro
Largemouth bass remain active on the weedlines of Demontreville Lake, hitting plastics or topwater baits. Sucker Minnows are producing pike in 10 to 14 feet on Lake Owasso and Lake Jane, while walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow in 18 to 23 feet from Prescott to the Kinnickinnic area on the St. Croix River. The fishing piers at Silver Lake, Beaver Lake, and Powers Lake are producing sunfish and some crappies are being found suspended over 20 feet on Big Marine Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Lake Minnewashta, Pierson Lake, and Lake Parley are giving up sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and crappies in 15 feet. Small sucker minnows or plastics during the day or topwater baits each evening are producing largemouth bass along the weedlines of Bavaria Lake and Wasserman Lake. Hit the weedlines of Whaletail Lake for northern pike or the creek mouths on the Minnesota River near Chaska and Carver for walleyes.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
The 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Spring Lake started kicking out crappies and bass. Sunfish and some crappies are now weedline-related on Prior Lake, Spring, and Cedar Lake. Northern pike and bass can be had along the 8- to 15-foot weedlines at Marion Lake, Prior, and Cedar with spinnerbaits.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Crappies are being found on the deep weeds of North Reef, Anderson’s Reef, and Keg’s Reef. Bucktails or topwater baits are triggering muskies on the northwest corner of the lake, swimming beach area, and reef tops. Work the 8- to 12-foot weedlines around the island for sunfish, bass seem to be hitting along any weed patch or dock, and an occasional walleye can be had at night in 13 to 16 feet on Pillsbury and North reefs.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Largemouth bass are hitting jigs and plastics on the weedlines during daytime hours or topwater baits in shallower water early and late each day. Spinners and crawlers continue to trigger walleyes on Lake Mary, Reno Lake, and Lake Andrew in 10 to 14 feet with some wind or 18 to 23 feet if it’s calm. Crappies and sunfish are weedline-related and most active during the evening hours throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Spinners with crawlers or leeches are producing some walleyes during low-light periods in 15 to 30 feet at Clearwater Lake, Big Swan Lake, and Buffalo Lake. Crappies are most active on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines each evening at Indian Lake, Lake John, Maple Lake, and Clearwater. Bass and pike are active on the weedlines of most lakes, while sunfish have moved to the weed edges on most lakes as well.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and Big Pine Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Donald Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle Lake. Spinnerbaits are turning largemouth bass on the docks and shallow weeds of Donald, Silver Lake, and Clitherall. Look for sunfish in 5 to 7 feet and crappies in 10 to 12 feet on Clitherall and Big Pine. Some muskies are being taken with Buchertails along the 15- to 18-foot weeds throughout West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
With bug hatches occurring on many area lakes, the walleye bite has slowed down a bit. Lake Bemidji, Wolf Lake, Grace Lake, and Lake Plantagenet are kicking out a few fish on live-bait rigs with leeches or crawlers on the 12- to 14-foot weed edges and mid-lake humps and bars in 16 to 22 feet. Northern pike action remains solid along the deeper weedlines and bass fishing remains excellent with plastics aalong deep weeds as well. You’ll find crappies and bluegills in and around the 8- to 12-foot cabbage beds on most lakes.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Live-bait rigs and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot mud areas on Island Lake, Round Lake, Blackduck Lake, and Gull Lake. You’ll find crappies and bluegills around the cabbage edges of Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Gull Lake. Northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes, while the weedlines on North and South Twin lakes are giving up bigger bass.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Shiner minnows or a spinner and leech continues to produce walleyes as shallow as 10 feet early and late each day or as deep as 22 feet during midday hours at Gull Lake and North Long Lake. Sunfish and crappies are being found along the 12- to 16-foot weeds at Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, North Long, and south end of Gull. Bass and pike also are weedline-related and active on most lakes.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
The early morning and evening hours have been best for walleyes with slip bobbers and leeches along the 8- to 10-foot weedlines in Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake, southwest corner of Pike Bay Lake and Lake Andrusia. Bluegill reports have been strong in the shallow weeds of Andrusia and Kitchi Lake, while the main lake bars on Cass are kicking out perch in 7 feet. Muskie action is slow, but largemouth bass remain active on most lakes in less than 12 feet.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
The 12- to 15-foot weedlines are kicking out a few walleyes on Green Lake and North Center Lake during low-light periods. Northern pike and bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the mid-depth weedlines of Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and North Center. These lakes will provide a mixed bag of panfish in 10 to 14 feet as well.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake are producing walleyes in 16 to 20 feet on live-bait rigs or crankbaits. The Mississippi River continues to produce walleyes and smallmouth bass, while the weedlines or rocks on Serpent and Clearwater are safe bets for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Work the 15- to 20-foot cabbage for panfish on most lakes and the Pennington Chain continues to produce trout by trolling cowbells or fishing from shore with Power Bait.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Small jigs and minnows are turning crappies in 10 to 15 feet on Lake Melissa, Big Toad Lake, and Height of Land Lake. Muskie reports have been limited, bit bass and pike action is strong on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of most lakes. Look to Big Detroit Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, and Pelican Lake with leeches or crawlers for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Sunfish reports have been best off Lake Sallie, Tamarack Lake, and Height of Land in 10 to 12 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
EAST CENTRAL MN
Minnows and topwater baits are producing northern pike and bass on the 8 to 12-foot weedlines of Lori Lake, Mitchell Lake, Little Elk Lake, and Green Lake. The 14- foot weedlines on Blue Lake, Green, and Little Elk are giving up panfish. Hit the deep holes or current breaks on the Rum and Mississippi rivers for smallmouth bass.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Walleyes are being taken with a slip bobber and leech in 4 to 6 feet on Crooked Lake, Basswood Lake, and Shagawa Lake. Lake trout action has picked up with spoons about 40 feet down at Knife Lake, Snowbank Lake, and Trout Lake. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch with topwater baits on Boot Lake, Basswood, and Four Town Lake. Miner’s Lake and Tofte Lake continue to kick out rainbow trout on small spoons or crankbaits, while crappies and bluegills are hitting in 5 to 10 feet on Bearhead Lake, Armstrong Lake, and Gabro Lake.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Crawlers are producing walleyes during the evening hours in 12 to 15 feet on Big Thunder Lake, while West Fox Lake is producing crappies in 8 to 10 feet. Throw topwater baits over the lily pads on Greer Lake for largemouth bass and sucker minnows are turning northern pike at Eagle Lake in 8 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Panfish and yellow bass continue to be caught in 4 to 6 feet during low-light periods or in 10 to 15 feet during the day on George Lake, Budd Lake, and Sisseton Lake. Nightcrawlers are producing channel catfish on the shorelines of Amber Lake, Hall Lake, and Budd. Work Tuttle Lake in less than 6 feet and Big Twin Lake in 6 to 10 feet with jigs and plastics for a few walleyes.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Crankbaits are turning walleyes each evening in 6 to 8 feet or drift live-bait rigs in 14 to 24 feet during the day at Ten Mile Lake and Wall Lake. You’ll find crappies and sunfish on the shallow weedlines or flats of Norway Lake, Bass Lake, and Fish Lake. Topwater baits continue to produce numbers of bass on most lakes and rubber baits have been the ticket for muskies on the 8- to 10-foot structure and weedlines of Pelican Lake.
Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
You’ll find a mixed bag of panfish along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Sugar Lake, and Little Ball Club Lake. A jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech is producing walleyes during the evenings on Deer Lake in 20 to 22 feet. Live-bait rigs with minnows or crawlers will trigger walleyes on the bars of Bowstring Lake and humps on Lake Pokegama. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics or topwater baits on the 8- to 15-foot rocks at Deer and Turtle Lake.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Walleye action has been best in 18 to 25 feet with live-bait rigs during the day or with slip bobbers and leeches at night in less than 10 feet on Little Birch Lake, Big Swan Lake, and Big Birch Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Pine Lake, Mound Lake, Moose Lake, Big Swan, and Big Birch.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Nightcrawlers or leeches are turning walleyes in 16 to 20 feet early and late each day on Pine Mountain Lake and Baby Lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting jigs and plastics along the 4- to 10-foot breaks and flats on Stoney Lake or Baby, while largemouth bass are set up on the shallow weeds of most lakes. You’ll find bluegills in the lily pads or emerging weedlines on Birch Lake and some crappies during the evening hours in the 6- to 10-foot cabbage of Birch, Ten Mile Lake, and Little Webb Lake. Muskies are being raised with small bucktails on the shallow weeds on Baby.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleyes are being found in a variety of depths as they are in transition to mid-lake reefs and island shoals. The best bite has been near these structures in 25 to 32 feet with Lindy Rigs and a crawler or leech. There’s been a slight bug hatch on certain parts of the lake, so if you do find them, dragging spinners through these areas is productive. Northern Pike are active, hitting spoons and Suicks in and around weedbeds or shallow, rocky shorelines. Smallmouth bass are are being plucked off larger boulders.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Recent rains have left the water off-colored on many streams, but there’s been trout taken via nymphing with scud patterns and prince nymphs or by skittering dry fly caddis. Look for better fishing conditions on the area’s small streams.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
Walleyes are hitting crawlers on the 20- to 22-foot mud of Woman Lake and Little Boy Lake, a jig and minnow on the 8- to 12-foot cabbage on Lake Wabedo, or spinnners and crawlers at Boy Lake in 14 feet. You’ll find crappies along the 8- to 10-foot weedlines of Girl Lake and bluegills on the cabbage edges of most lakes. Muskie anglers are seeing some fish on the shoreline breaks of Lake Inguadona and Wabedo, while largemouth and smallmouth bass remain active on most lakes.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Lake Washington continues to produce crappies over 18 to 22 feet in Baker’s Bay, bluegills in less than 8 feet off Second and Third points, and a few walleyes in 8 to 10 feet off Squirrel’s Nest Point. On Madison Lake, crappies remain suspended over the 16- to 18-foot weeds, crawlers are producing walleyes off Miller’s Point in 16 to 20 feet, and sunfish remain active in most shallow weed areas.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Fish Lake, Knife Lake, and Ann Lake remain safe bets for sunfish in 4 to 7 feet. A slow-presented sucker minnow is turning northern pike on Fish and Knife in 6 to 8 feet, but walleye action has slowed.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
The south end of Big Stone is producing bluegills in 6 feet, while the north end has been best for perch in 9 to 11 feet. Walleyes are being taken on crankbaits or spinners and crawlers on the north half of Big Stone in 11 feet.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 8 to 14 feet, as are crawlers and Jiggin’ Raps on the 17- to 25-foot humps on Star Lake, Rush Lake, and Big Pine Lake. Bass and pike are an easy catch along the 10- to 14-foot weeds of most lakes, while the 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Star, Rush, and Marion Lake are kicking out bluegills and crappies.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Walleye action has slowed a bit, but a spinner and crawler is turning some fish in 10 to 15 feet in the Maiden Rock and Lake City areas on Lake Pepin. Work the bays on Pepin for northern pike and bluegills and some smaller channel catfish are being caught below the dam on the Mississippi River with crawlers.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Rice Lake, Upper Spunk Lake, Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Long Lake are giving up sunfish in 8 to 12 feet. Look for crappies on the 10- to 18-foot weedlines of Rice, Long, and Horseshoe. Walleyes are hitting leeches or nightcrawlers on Rice, Lake Koronis, and Horseshoe in 8 to 12 feet, while channel catfish have started hitting in 4 to 15 feet throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught with shiner minnows or crawlers on Sauk Lake in 8 to 12 feet, Long Bridge Lake in 6 to 8 feet, and Lake Osakis in 20 to 40 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Wesport Lake and sunfish are now weedline-related and active on most lakes.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Work the 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Stanchfield Lake, Thunder Lake, Big Lake, and Pine Lake for sunfish and crappies. Smallmouth bass continue to be caught below the Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi River, while walleyes and a few muskies continue to be caught above it.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Crankbaits continue to produce walleyes during low-light periods in 8 to 12 feet on Lake Minnewaska. Spinners and leeches have worked best for walleyes on Long Lake by Cyrus in 12 to 16 feet. Spinnerbaits are producing bass on most lakes, while anglers fishing from shore on Lake Emily are catching channel catfish.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Norway Lake, 8 to 10 feet on Eagle Lake, 8 to 14 feet at Diamond Lake, and 10 to 14 feet on Lake Elizabeth and Big Kandi Lake. Work the 8- to 12-foot wedlines for sunfish, bass, and crappies on Foot Lake, Florida Lake, Norway, and Diamond.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097
Walleyes, crappies, and perch are hitting in 5 to 12 feet on Lake Shetek. Hit Yankton Lake with crankbaits for walleyes and pike or Lake Benton with minnows and crawlers for perch and walleyes from the shorelines out to 10 feet. Jigs and plastics or crankbaits are producing walleyes on the shorelines of Lady Slipper Lake, Wood Lake, Dead Coon Lake, aand School Grove Lake. Hit East Twin Lake for bass, walleyes, and perch or West Twin for pike and bass in 8 to 10 feet. Crawlers are turning catfish in the deep holes of the Redwood and Minnesota rivers.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880