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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 15, 2021

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There seemed to be quite a bit of fish movement to deeper water this week. Walleye action has been tough in many areas during the day, but the fish being caught are in that 15- to 20-foot range and being taken with spinner and live-bait rigs on, or around structure. There’s still some activity around points, shorelines, and shallow structure if the wind is blowing and during low-light periods with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches. Weeds have become an even bigger part of the mix this week. They have developed quickly this season and are now thick and green, so concentrate on weedlines, weed flats, or weed points to be holding everything from panfish to muskies. With a few exceptions, the panfish spawn has wrapped up so expect most bluegills and crappies to be out of the reeds and shoreline areas and moving onto the aforementioned weed spots. Northern pike remain an easy catch on most lakes and some of the best bass reports are coming from the shallow slop or defined weedlines with topwater presentations.

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Live-bait rigs with crawlers or leeches continue to turn walleyes on the edges of the mud flats or mid-depth structure during midday hours. There are fish being caught with jigs and minnows/plastics on the mid-depth structure or with slip bobbers and leeches during the evening hours on the tops of the flats and rock points. Smallmouth bass are done spawning, so look for them to hit plastics or swim baits on the 8- to 17-foot rock and sand areas.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes continue to be caught on the mud flats with leeches or crawlers. Work off the edges during the day or on top of the flats early and late each day. Look for smallmouth bass on the deep rock or off the edges as deep as 30 feet – live bait seems to be working better than artificial baits. There’s been a few muskie anglers around and most report seeing more fish than they’re hooking.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The majority of walleyes are coming from 25 to 33 feet on jigs and frozen shiners or leeches along the south shore. Spinners with minnows, leeches or crawlers were also turning walleyes, and trolling crankbaits has produced as well. On the Rainy River, walleyes are being caught jigging, pulling spinners and trolling crankbaits along current breaks or deep holes. Smallmouth bass are set up in rocky areas, current breaks, bridge embankments, and weed edges.  Lots of bass in the river, while pike are adjacent to weedlines, in slack water areas and in bays. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting all over from 5 to 33 feet. Key on structure, rocks, and mud with jigs, spinner rigs, and crankbaits. Northern pike are hanging out in weedy bays and smallmouth are relating to rocky points and reefs.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

A live-bait rig and leech is producing walleyes along the 20- to 24-foot weedlines on Lake Minnetonka, especially early and late in the day. Spinners and minnows trolled over the mid-depth weed tops have been the ticket for pike on Lake Independence and Minnetonka. Sunfish have moved slightly deeper, 8 to 12 feet, on Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. Bass continue to hit in the weeds of most lakes.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are working best for walleyes on both ends of the lake. On the east side, the 15- to 20-foot reefs are worth noting, while the points and humps on the west basin continue to hold fish in less than 20 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting topwater baits or plastics on the rocks or sandy shorelines on both ends, but some of these fish have started pulling off the shore. The few muskies being caught have been basin fish, roaming deeper structure, and chasing bucktails.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes are being caught during the day just off the main lake bars in 20 to 30 feet with Lindy Rigs and leeches or crawlers. Early and late in the day, 14 to 18 feet has been better on the bars and humps. Perch are scattered throughout the bars and they seem to be moving between 14 and 20 feet during different times of the day. You’ll find pike mixed in with the walleyes and perch in less than 18 feet of water.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

LEECH LAKE

The main lake walleye bite has been tough, but a spinner and crawler will turn some fish in 12 to 17 feet off Otter Tail Point and Little Stoney Point. Jump around the shoreline breaks, sand, and weeds in Walker Bay with a leech and you’ll hit some fish in 8 to 14 feet. Bass and bluegills are hitting in the cabbage beds of Agency Bay, Boy Bay, and Shingobee Bay. 

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Walleyes are beginning to transition to deeper water. This means there’s still some fish shallow, some deep and some in between. Bigger pike are also seeking deeper water, but can be found shallow with some wind blowing into the bays. Smallmouth bass are being caught on wind-blown rock piles and crappies are scattered and being caught trolling spinner rigs over 5 to 10 feet of water. There was a significant mayfly hatch recently, which might affect the bite for the next week or so. 

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102

RED LAKE

Anglers covering water with a spinner and crawler or live-bait rig and leech during the day seem to be catching more walleyes than those anchoring up in 6 to 9 feet. There is some evening action with slip bobbers and leeches on the south and east shorelines in 6 to 8 feet. 

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Sunfish continue to be found along the shorelines out to the shallow weedlines on most lakes – Jarvis Lake, White Bear Lake, and Silver Lake would be good starting spots. Walleye action has really slowed down, you’ll find bass in the weeds or slop, and sucker minnows continue to turn pike along the 8- to 12-foot weeds on White Bear and Demontreville Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Northern pike are being caught with sucker minnows in 10 to 12 feet at Steiger Lake and Wasserman Lake. Lake Bavaria is producing crappies in 12 to 14 feet, while the weedlines on Zumbra Lake, Steiger, and Bavaria are safe bets for largemouth bass. Sunfish have moved off the shores and are weedline-related in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Susan and Lake Minnewashta.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

You’ll find sunfish on Prior Lake from the shorelines out to 8 feet and crappies on the established weedlines of Cedar Lake. Walleye and northern pike reports have been light, but bass remain active in the slop or 10- to 14-foot weeds on most lakes. 

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle

(952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Look for sunfish and a few crappies along the shoreline out to the 12- to 16-foot weed edge on the back side of the island. Bigger bass are being caught on the deep weed edges on North Reef and Center Reef. A few walleyes can be had during low-light periods with a slip bobber and leech in 15 to 20 feet on Keg’s Reef or Red’s Reef. Muskie reports have been best near the swimming beach or Anderson’s Reef.

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Crappies and sunfish are being found on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Ida, Lake Darling, and Lake Geneva – some sunfish remain shoreline-related as well. Bass fishing remains strong in the shallow weeds and shoreline slop with topwater baits on most lakes. Walleye action is slow during the day, but a few are being caught on crankbaits at night along the inside weedlines at Ida, Lake Miltona, Mary Lake, and Reno Lake. 

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

A few walleyes can be had early or late each day on Clearwater Lake, Buffalo Lake, and Cedar Lake in 15 to 20 feet on jigs and leeches or spinner rigs. Sunfish remain active in 5 to 12 feet on Clearwater, Maple Lake, Lake John, Indian Lake, Lake Marie, Sugar Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Bass and pike remain active along most weedlines, while the 10- to 14-foot weed edges on Clearwater and Sylvia are worth hitting for crappies inn the evenings.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Look for crappies and sunfish in the 8- to 10-foot weeds at Rush Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle Lake. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits in the 5- to 10-foot weeds on South Turtle Lake, Donald Lake, and Stalker Lake. Look for pike to hit sucker minnows in the 15- to 18-foot weeds on West Battle, Donald, and Rush Lake. Some walleyes are being caught in 15 to 20 feet on live-bait rigs with leeches or crawlers on Otter Tail and Rush. Muskies are being raised over 15 to 18 feet with Double CowGirls on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleye fishing has been good and you’ll still find fish up in the 7- to 9-foot cabbage, especially early and late in the day or when the wind is blowing. During the day, work the deeper off shore humps and bars with a jig and minnow, crawler or leeches on Lake Bemidji, Gull Lake, and Lake Plantagenet. Pike and bass fishing continues to be excellent on the inside and outside weed edges of most lakes. There’s panfish in the deeper weeds. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleyes continue to hit leeches or crawlers on the bars and weed edges on Blackduck Lake or 14 to 20 feet at Island Lake and Round Lake. The 8- to 12-foot cabbage on Gilstead Lake, Blackduck, Rabideau Lake, Gull Lake, and Pimushe Lake are holding bluegills and crappies. Northern pike and bass are weed-related and active on most lakes as well.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Pelican Lake, Gull Lake, and North Long Lake are giving up walleyes in 8 to 24 feet on slip bobbers and leeches. A few pike are being taken in 12 to 15 feet with slip bobbers and sucker minnows at Lake Edwards, Pelican, and Gull. Bass fishing is very consistent on the weedlines or mid-depth structure of most lakes. Look for sunfish in 3 to 6 feet at Lake Margaret, Gull, Nisswa Lake, and Round, while crappies have moved to the 10- to 15-foot cabbage on Round, Margaret, and Edward.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are getting tough to find, especially during the day. There are some fish being caught on Cass Lake early and late each day in 6 to 8 feet with a jig and minnow or with leeches on a long Lindy Rig in 13 to 15 feet on Lake Andrusia. Perch are going in the reeds on Pike Bay Lake and Cass, although you will have to weed through some small fish to get your keepers. Crappie action has picked up on the bulrush edges of Big Lake, Kitchi Lake, and Andrusia. Muskies are chasing bucktails in Allen’s Bay on Cass and Andrusia in 8 to 14 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

Bass fishing has been strong on the weedlines of most lakes with jigs, chatter baits or plastics. A few walleyes are hitting during the evening hours on the rocks, bars or weed edges of South Center Lake, Green Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and Chisago Lake. Look for panfish in the bays or along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines at Chisago, North Center Lake, South Center, South Lindstrom Lake, and North Lindstrom.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake are kicking out numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass along the shorelines out to the 15- to 20-foot weeds and structure for both. Look for crappies during the evening hours along weedlines and sunfish during the day close to shore on Big Mahnomen Lake, Black Hoof Lake, and Island Lake. Bigger pike are hitting sucker minnows along the outside weed edge on Nokay Lake. Trout are tight to the bottom and being caught with Power Bait on the Pennington Pit and Manuel Pit.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

DETROIT LAKES AREA

You’ll still find a few sunfish along the shorelines, but most, along with the area’s crappies, are now weedline-related in 10 to 15 feet on Lake Sallie, Lake Melissa, Height of Land Lake, Floyd Lake, Cotton Lake, and Little Detroit Lake. Walleye action has been best early and late with leeches in 18 to 20 feet on Melissa, Little Detroit, and Big Pelican Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Island Lake is producing walleyes in 12 to 15 feet, smallmouth bass along the shallow rocks and shorelines, and some crappies in 6 to 8 feet. You’ll also catch walleyes on leeches in 10 to 15 feet on Boulder Lake and northern pike with chubs on Rice Lake in less than 6 feet. Stickbaits continue to work best for lake trout and salmon in the top 50 feet of the water column on Lake Superior.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

You have to sort through quite a few  small fish, but some decent bluegills are being caught during the evening hours in 10 to 14 feet on Green Lake and Blue Lake. The deep holes on the Mississippi River and Rum River are producing smallmouth bass on plastics or crawlers. 

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Big Lake, Horse Lake, and Triangle Lake are kicking out walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Lindy Rigs and crawlers. Smallmouth bass remain shallow, hitting topwater baits at Little Long Lake, Newfound Lake, and Boot Lake. Work the weedbeds with spoons or spinnerbaits for pike on Isabella Lake, August Lake, and Disappointment Lake. The south arm of Knife Lake, Otter Track Lake, and Lac la Croix Lake are giving up lake trout on spoons or bucktails over deep water. You’ll find sunfish on the shorelines of Bear Head Lake, Birch Lake and One Pine Lake

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358

EMILY AREA 

Crappies have started hitting on the north end of Island Lake in 10 to 12 feet and Stark Lake is producing pike on spoons in 10 to 12 feet. Hit the west side of Lake Esquagama during the evening hours with crawlers for walleyes in 15 feet. Look for sunfish on West Fox Lake in 6 feet and largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits on Ruth Lake.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappies have moved out to 8 to 15 feet on Budd Lake and Lake Sisseton and seem to be most active during the evenings. You’ll find a few sunfish along the shorelines on George Lake and Sisseton and crankbaits are turning some walleyes on Tuttle Lake in 3 to 5 feet. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FERGUS FALLS AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 15 to 28 feet on Eagle Lake, Jewett Lake, and Walker Lake. Look for sunfish in less than 6 feet and crappies in the weeds at Bass Lake, Fish Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the weedlines of most lakes, and bass fishing remains strong with topwater baits.

Little Chief Outpost

(218) 998-5050

GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA 

Round Lake continues to produce walleyes with leeches or crawlers on the 12- to 15-foot shoreline breaks or 18- to 20-foot humps. Deer Lake and Trout Lake are giving up walleyes during the evening hours on leeches in 20 to 25 feet. Smallies are hitting plastics on Deer and Big Island Lake, while crappies are being plucked from the thick cabbage on Bowstring Lake and Big Splithand Lake. Bluegills and largemouth bass also have moved to the mid-depth cabbage on most lakes. 

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710

HACKENSACK AREA 

Largemouth bass are being found in the deep weeds or shoreline slop on Birch Lake, the bays on Woman Lake, and Moccasin Lake. You’ll hook a few walleyes with a jig and leech early and late each day in 15 to 20 feet on Ten Mile Lake, Baby Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Woman. Bluegills are still shallow on most small lakes, as well as Birch and Mule Lake, while Stoney Lake and Ten Mile are kicking out smallmouth bass on tube jigs in 4 to 10 feet.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

LAKE KABETOGAMA

The walleye bite remains inconsistent with some better fishing during the early mornings and evenings. Fish are still quite scattered throughout the lake from 6 to 40 feet. With the massive forage base still in shallow water, focus on these areas during low-light hours. Deeper fish are being found, but are lethargic and mostly unwilling to cooperate. Be willing to stay on the move constantly and have a variety of presentations available. Smallmouth bass and northern pike are still extremely active, hitting just about anything you throw at them in the shallow bays and shorelines.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

LANESBORO AREA 

With water temperatures rising, it’s been best to fish trout on the small creeks, which are cooler. Hatches this week include caddis nymphs and scuds, so those patterns are working best for better numbers of trout.

Root River Rod Company

(507) 467-2101

MADISON LAKE AREA

Work the 15- to 20-foot weedlines for northern pike on Big Jefferson Lake, German Lake, and Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington. Sunfish, crappies and bass are going along the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Duck Lake, Big Jefferson, Madison, and Baker’s Bay on Washington. A few walleyes are being taken with leeches on the deep weedlines during the day or 8 to 10 feet each evening between the points on Washington.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

ORTONVILLE AREA

Big Stone Lake is kicking out numbers of bluegills and perch in the weed pockets south of Mallard Point in 8 to 13 feet. Walleyes have been difficult to find with any consistency on Big Stone, but slip bobbers and leeches in the weed pockets or crankbaits on the weed edges are turning a few early and late each day. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes early and late each day on the 12- to 16-foot structure of Long Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Potato Lake. Bluegills continue to be found in less than 6 feet and crappies are biting along the 10- to 12-foot cabbage throughout the Crow Wing Chain, Fish Hook, Boulder Lake, and Toad Lake. Look for largemouth bass along the weedlines and smallmouth on the mid-depth rocks on area lakes – topwater baits are working for both.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, Star Lake, and Dead Lake are producing walleyes on slow-death rigs and crawlers in 18 to 25 feet during the day or with spinners and crawlers, leeches, or redtails in 6 to 10 feet each evening. Bluegills and crappies are moving to the 8- to 12-foot weeds and remain active on Star, Dead, Franklin Lake, Lida Lake, Big McDonald Lake, and Little McDonald Lake. Bass and pike are an easy catch along the weedlines of most lakes. 

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Walleyes and sauger continue to come off Lake Pepin in 14 to 20 feet – trolling crankbaits north and south of Lake City has been most productive. Channel and flathead catfish are going on the current seams throughout the Mississippi River, and the bigger pike have started being caught in the feeder creeks with spoons or spinnerbaits.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Lake Koronis and Rice Lake started giving up walleyes on spinners and crawlers along the mid-depth weeds and points out to 25 feet. The Horseshoe Chain of Lakes is giving up walleyes from 10 to 15 feet on live bait or crankbaits as well. The 10- to 12-foot weeds on Rice are kicking out sunfish and crappies, while the 8- to 15-foot weeds on Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, and Pearl Lake are kicking out sunfish. Northern pike and bass are weed-related and active throughout the area.

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sauk Lake is kicking out walleyes in less than 9 feet on a variety of live bait options, while leeches and shiners are turning walleyes on Lake Osakis in 24 feet or more. Hit Little Sauk Lake with leeches or crawlers for walleyes in 14 feet and Little Birch Lake is giving up walleyes, smallmouth bass, and pike on spinners and crawlers along the 16- to 18-foot weedlines. Northern pike also can be had on Sauk in 6 to 10 feet with minnows, while crappies are going on Long Bridge Lake in 14 feet and Guernsey Lake in 8 to 10 feet. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

A few walleyes continue to be caught with leeches or nightcrawlers on Lake Alexander during the evening hours in 18 to 20 feet. Look for crappies on the deep weedlines of Thunder Lake, Coal Lake, and Beauty Lake. A few muskies have been raised with bucktails in KOA Bay on Fish Trap Lake and while water levels have dropped on the Mississippi River, the deepest holes are giving up smallmouth bass, catfish, and a few walleyes.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WILLMAR AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches or crawlers in 10 to 15 feet along Farm Bar on Eagle Lake, Ringo Lake in 4 to 10 feet during the evening hours, and 15 to 22 feet on Green Lake. Hit Nest Lake and the north end of Eagle for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet or the weedlines on Green for crappies. Point Lake started kicking out pike in 10 to 15 feet, while bass remain active on the weedlines or shallow slop areas of most lakes.

J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle 

(320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Walleye activity has slowed a bit with better action during the evening hours in 6 to 10 feet of water on Lake Benton, Dead Coon Lake, Lake Sarah, Wood Lake, and East Twin Lake with crawlers or crankbaits. Lake Shetek continues to give up walleyes and a few crappies in 6 to 10 feet of water, while Cottonwood Lake and West Twin Lake are giving up perch in 6 to 9 feet of water.

Borch’s Sporting Goods 

(507) 532-4880

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