Report from the Dock
That summer funk for walleyes seems to have kicked in a bit earlier this year. It’s been tough to consistently catch walleyes, especially during the day, with warm water temperatures and mayfly hatches likely adding to the slower-than-normal walleye activity. Most anglers finding success are covering water with crankbaits or spinner rigs and crawlers on main lake structure and deep weedlines during low-light periods on most lakes. The aforementioned weedlines continue to be primary locations for mixed bags of fish as most larger panfish, pike, and bass are now relating to them. Work live bait or your favorite artificial in or along the weeds and you should be able to pull something out. There was a noticeable increase in muskie activity over the past week and there seems to be more people fishing for them. Bucktails and topwater baits seem to be the two main presentations on the mid-depth rocks or established weedlines. There’s also been some trolling for muskies over deep basin areas – these fish have been suspended.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Walleye season is now closed through July 15 and live-bait is not allowed unless it’s a minnow bigger than eight inches. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on the rock points and reefs in 10 to 24 feet throughout the day. Muskie and northern pike reports have been limited to a few fish that are weedline-related in the bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Some areas of the lake are experiencing a mayfly hatch and other bug hatches. So this is a good time to work spinners with crawlers, leeches or minnows on the mud flats in 25 to 33 feet. With fish scattered across big mud basins, covering water by drifting crawler harnesses or trolling crankbaits is effective. There’s still some walleyes on shallow, rock areas from 5 to 15 feet. There’s been a mixed bag of fish coming from the Rainy River. Walleyes this time of year are in current breaks and holes, look for smallmouth bass on rocks, current breaks, bridge embankments, and weed edges, and pike are at river mouths, in bays and around current breaks. The sturgeon “keep” season is now open. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being found in rocky areas and over mud. Anchor up with jigs and minnows on structure or drift spinners and crawlers over deep mud areas. Northern pike are hanging out in weedy bays and smallmouth are relating to rocky points and reefs.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
A few walleyes have started being taken in 25 to 30 feet on crawlers or leeches on Lake Minnetonka, but most continue to be caught along deep weed edges. The 15- to 20-foot weeds on Minnetonka and Lake Sarah are producing sunfish and a few crappies. Look for bigger bass and pike relating to deep weeds on most lakes, but muskie reports have been limited to a few accidental catches on Lake Independence and Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The mayfly hatch has mostly wrapped up on the west end and the bigger muskies and pike continue to be found suspended over open, main lake areas. Tullibees are up chasing the remaing mayflies so the pike and muskies are following them. Slip bobbers and leeches are working best for walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot humps and you’ll find plenty of smallmouth bass on the mid-depth rock shelves. On the east basin, mayflies are more evident, but the 20- to 25-foot structure in Big Bay or Fish House Reef at the mouth of Pike Bay are giving up walleyes on leeches or crawlers. Bucktails have been best for muskies on the shallow weeds or rock points, while pike remain active in the weeds throughout Greenwood Bay, Rice Bay, Stuntz Bay, and Everett Bay. Plastics or topwater baits are turning smallmouth bass on the rock piles and docks and some bluegills are being caught in the Raspberry Island/Cable Bay area.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418
The warm weather and a significant mayfly hatch has slowed walleye action quite a bit since last week. Daytime hours have been especially tough, but some fish are being caught with crankbaits during the evening hours on top of the main lake bars and flats in 14 to 18 feet. Northern pike and perch activity also has been limited this week and the fish being caught have run small.
Walleyes have been tough to catch, although some fish are coming off the main lake rock with bottom bouncers, spinners, and crawlers. The flats and shoreline breaks in 14 to 20 feet also are giving up some walleyes, but you have to cover water with some form of a live-bait rig and pick off those aggressive fish. Slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are turning some walleyes at night off Sand Point and Cedar Point over 10 to 14 feet. Muskie reports continue to be best off the rocks and the cabbage in most bays are holding bass and panfish.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company
The lake is on the tail end of an aggressive mayfly hatch and this has made walleye fishing a bit tough as fish are gorging themselves on flies. Walleyes have been coming on leeches and crawlers in 20 to 28 feet. Northern pike are being found on break lines or in shallow bays, while smallmouth bass are being found on shallow, wind-blown rock piles and hitting topwater baits.
RainyDaze Guide Service
Walleyes have bit fairly consistent this week. Cover water with crankbaits or spinners and crawlers in 5 to 8 feet. The evening hours have been best, but they are biting through short windows all day long. There’s been a few pike and an occasional crappie mixed in with the walleye catches.
West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998
Twin Cities Metro
Walleyes continue to be caught on the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers with crawlers or crankbaits. Northern pike are hitting spoons or sucker minnows on the weedlines of Jarvis Lake, Tanners Lake, and Lake Jane. Muskie action picked up on Forest Lake, Bald Eagle Lake and St. Croix River with bucktails or topwater baits. The mid-depth weeds on Silver Lake, Carver Lake, and Beaver Lake are giving up crappies and sunfish.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
The sunken island on Lake Minnewashta is producing crappies during the evening hours and sunfish during the day. Troll crankbaits on the weed edges throughout Lake Susan for northern pike, while bass fishing remains strong in and around the weeds on most lakes. The fishing pier and north side of Steiger Lake are producing pike and bass on sucker minnows.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Sunfish continue to be caught in 4 to 10 feet on Keg’s Reef or around the island. Crappies are being caught on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on the reefs and island area as well. Bigger bass are being caught with plastics or spinnerbaits on the reefs such North, Center, and Cemetery. Walleye action has been best late in the day with fatheads on jigs or spinner rigs by Keg’s Reef, North Reef or Anderson’s Reef in 15 to 18 feet. It’s been one of those stretches where it’s not uncommon to catch a northern pike or muskie on big spinners or big crankbaits on the reefs or swimming beach area.
Sunfish and a few crappies are being caught in or along the 8- to 12-foot weeds at Lake Mary, Lake Geneva, Lake Victoria, and Lake Le Homme Dieu. A few walleyes can be had with leeches or crawlers from the weedlines out to 20 feet at Lake Reno and Lake Ida or along the 12- to 15-foot weed edge on Mary. Bass and pike are active on the weedlines of most lakes, but muskie action remains slow.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
Walleyes are being caught with leeches or crawlers on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Big Swan Lake, and Cedar Lake. The 8- to 15-foot weedlines on Clearwater, Sugar Lake, Lake John, Maple Lake, Lake Sylvia, Maple Lake, Lake Marie, and Indian Lake are producing mixed bags of panfish, bass, and pike.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
You’ll find crappies in 14 to 16 feet and sunfish in 4 to 6 feet at Rush Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle Lake. Bigger bass are hitting spinnerbaits in 8 to 12 feet at South Turtle Lake, Donald Lake, and Stalker lake. Sucker minnows are turning pike on the 15- to 17-foot weedlines on Fiske Lake, Rush Lake, and Donald. Leeches or crawlers are producing walleyes on Otter Tail in 20 to 25 feet or Clitherall and West Battle in 30 to 35 feet. Look for muskies on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are being caught on live-bait rigs with crawlers or leeches and jigs and minnows on the deep weedlines and sharp breaks. Mid-lake structure is also holding fish where Puppet Minnows are working well, especially on those deeper fish at Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantangent. Pike action has been strong with jigs and minnows and bass fishing has been excellent with plastics off the weedlines. You’ll find crappies and bluegills near, or in deep water cabbage.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service
Walleye action has slowed a bit, but fish continue to be taken with crawlers or leeches on Blackduck Lake in 16 feet or the outside weed edges on Island Lake and Round Lake. Bluegills and a few crappies also can be had along the deep weedlines on Gull Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Gilstead Lake. Northern pike and bass are weed-related and active on most lakes.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Walleyes are being caught in 16 to 22 feet on slip bobbers and leeches or Lindy Rigs and crawlers at Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and Pelican Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish on the 8- to 10-foot weedlines of North Long, Nisswa Lake, and Cullen Lake. Bass are active on most lakes in 6 to 8 feet and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the 8- to 10-foot weeds at Gull, Whitefish, and Lake Edwards.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/
Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleye activity has slowed, although a long-lined Lindy Rig with leech or bigger minnow is producing a few in 10 to 12 feet on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Trolling crankbaits at night on the 6- to 8-foot bars of Cass has produced fish as well. You’ll find eating-size perch on North Cedar Bar of Cass or LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay. Work the weedlines on Grace Lake and Midge Lake for bluegills, while muskie reports have been best with bucktails along the cabbage on Kitchi Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Drift sucker minnows on the weedlines for northern pike at Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and North Center Lake. Bass and panfish remain active in the 10- to 15-foot weeds of most lakes, especially early and late each day. Walleyes can be had with a slip bobber and leech in 12 to 16 feet on Green Lake, Chisago, North Center, and South Center Lake.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Sunfish are being caught along the 15- to 20-foot weedlines on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake. You’ll pluck a few crappies during the evening hours on the deep side of the weeds at Little Rabbit Lake and Bay Lake. Largemouth bass are weedline-related and active on most lakes, while smallmouth are being found on the rocks of Clearwater Lake. Slip bobbers and leeches are turning a few walleyes late in the day on Serpent and Clearwater in 17 to 22 feet. You’ll find suspended trout at 45 to 50 feet over deeper water throughout the Pennington Chain – small spoons or downrigging is working best.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleye action has slowed a bit with some fish being found on the 15-foot weedlines and others in 20 to 25 feet at Big Detroit Lake and Lake Sallie. Crappies and sunfish remain active in the 10- to 15-foot weeds at Sallie, Lake Melissa, Floyd Lake, Cotton Lake, and Tamarack Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle
Leeches are turning walleyes on Fish Lake in 15 feet and Island Lake in 25 feet. Smallmouth bass remain shallow and active on Island hitting topwater baits, while the St. Louis River continues to produce a few walleyes on crawlers in the deeper water by Duluth Harbor. You’ll catch sunfish around the 6- to 8-foot lily pads on Fish. On Lake Superior, trolling spoons 75 to 100 feet down about 10 miles out of town from McQuade’s Landing to the Knife River has been best for lake trout and a few coho salmon.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
You have to sort through some small fish, but Blue Lake and Green Lake are giving up sunfish and crappies in 7 feet. Hit the deeper holes on the Mississippi River for channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
Spinner rigs with crawlers are turning walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot sunken islands throughout Snowbank Lake, Ensign Lake, and Birch Lake. Lake trout are being caught on Knife Lake and Snowbank, by trolling leadcore and crankbaits or jigging bucktails about 30 feet down over deep water. Throw topwater baits early or plastics during the day on the shallow rock piles for smallmouth bass at Trout Lake, Snowbank, and Miner’s Pit. Look for sunfish and crappies on Low Lake, Birch, and Bass Lake in the 6- to 10-foot weeds and rock piles.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits on Lake Emily in less than 6 feet and trolling crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet on Upper Dean Lake has produced pike. Hit Lawrence Lake in 10 to 12 feet for crappies, while Lake Waukenabo started giving up a few walleyes during the evening hours on crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet. Sunfish are going in the 6-foot lily pads throughout Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt Lake.
Redding Sports and Spirits
Not much has changed since last week so look for crappies in 8 to 12 feet on Budd Lake and Lake Sisseton or sunfish in 4 to 8 feet at Hall Lake, George Lake, and Sisseton. Yellow bass remain active out to 15 feet on Budd and Sisseton, while crankbaits are turning a few walleyes on Tuttle Lake in less than 5 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Walleyes are being caught with crankbaits or crawlers during the day in 15 to 20 feet or shallower during low-light periods at Stalker Lake, Jewett Lake, and Eagle Lake. Northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes and bluegills have moved to the cabbage on German Lake, Fish Lake, and Lake Anna. Smallmouth bass remain active, hitting plastics or crankbaits on the mid-depth rock and sand at Ten Mile Lake and Orwell Reservoir.
Little Chief Outpost
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
Chubs are producing walleyes on the humps and bars, as are spinners and crawlers along the weed edges of Lake Pokegama. The bars on Bowstring Lake and Round Lake are giving up walleyes on crawlers or leeches as well. Bluegills and crappies are tucked in the 10- to 12-foot weeds on Little Ball Club Lake, Bass Lake, and Pughole Lake. Hit the weedlines on Big Ball Club Lake for northern pike, while muskie anglers are seeing fish on Deer Lake and Moose Lake, but it’s been tough getting them to bite.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Kings Lake is giving up panfish and an occasional walleye in 12 to 15 feet. Hit Rooney Lake for sunfish in 20 feet, while Big Birch and Little Birch lakes are kicking out panfish in 12 to 15 feet. Work the weedlines on Little Birch with crawlers during the evening hours for walleyes and the weedlines on Mound Lake are kicking out bass, pike, and sunfish.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
A few walleyes can be had with leeches or crawlers off the 20- to 30- foot humps at Ten Mile Lake or 20 to 30 feet on Woman Lake. Bluegills are being found on the deep weed edges or lily pads at Birch Lake, Ten Mile, Pleasant Lake, and Mule Lake. Crappie action has picked up along the 10- to 15-foot cabbage bed edges on Birch, Webb Lake, Little Webb Lake, and Stoney Lake. Largemouth bass are an easy catch in the slop with topwater baits or jigs on Moccasin Lake and Birch, while smallmouth are more scattered in less than 10 feet on Ten Mile and Stoney.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle
Walleye have changed their feeding habits and are now focused on the recent mayfly hatch. It has walleyes more concentrated and easier to find in 18 to 24 feet. Active fish are starting to school up off mid-lake reefs and shoreline pointsand hitting Lindy Rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers early and late in the day. If the wind is blowing, move into and along the deep weedlines. Pitching a jig and half crawler into these areas can be deadly. During the day, spend your time targeting pike over weedbeds and shallow reefs as they have been extremely active. Smallmouth bass can also be found in these areas.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
This area received some much needed rain this week so water levels are good and water temperatures have cooled and that’s kept the trout bite strong. Concentrate on attractors such as ants, beetles, and grasshopper flys on most streams. Small jigs and Power Bait also have been productive in the deep holes on the Root River.
Root River Rod Company
Look for crappies on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines at Girl Lake, Lake Inguadona, and Woman Lake. Walleye action has been slow, but a few are being taken on Wabedo Lake and Little Boy Lake with spinners and crawlers or Jiggin’ Raps in 11 to 25 feet. Look to the deep cabbage on Wabedo for muskies and bluegills are weed-related on Girl, Woman, and Wabedo in 12 to 14 feet.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
Perch and sunfish continue to be caught in the Mallard Point area of Big Stone Lake in 9 to 11 feet- expect a few walleyes mixed in as well. Look for a pocket in the weeds and you’ll catch a mixed bag of fish.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes are being taken on live-bait rigs and chubs or slow-death rigs and crawlers along the 8- to 12-foot cabbage late in the day or in 20 to 25 feet during midday hours at Potato Lake and Long Lake. Hit the deep weedlines on Height of Land Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes for panfish and bass. There’s been a few muskies caught by trolling crankbaits or casting bucktails on the inside weed edges at Big Mantrap Lake and Many Point Lake.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors
Walleyes are being caught in 20 to 30 feet on live-bait rigs and leeches, Jiggin’ Raps or spinners and crawlers at Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Star Lake. Hit the 8- to 14-foot cabbage on Lake Marion, Rush, Big Pine, and Star for bluegills and crappies. Bass and pike are an easy catch on the 8- to 12-foot weeds at Rush and Star.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Walleyes and sauger are being caught with crankbaits in 16 to 20 feet in the Lake City and Maiden Rock areas of Lake Pepin. Spoons or sucker minnows are turning larger northern pike around the feeder creeks. Low water levels on the Mississippi River has kept fishing activity on it at a minimum.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Walleyes are being caught with leeches or crawlers in 15 to 25 feet on Lake Koronis. The 12- to 15-foot weedlines on Rice Lake are giving up sunfish and a few walleyes. Hit the 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Schneider Lake for sunfish and crappies. Walleyes also can be had with crankbaits from the weedlines out to 15 feet on Horseshoe, while the weedlines on Clear Lake are kicking out a mixed bag of panfish.
Channel Marine and Sports
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleye action has slowed, but sunfish remain active on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines of most lakes including Fairy Lake, Maple Lake, Lily Lake, Smith Lake, and the north end of Lake Osakis. Troll spinners and minnows along the weedlines of most lakes for northern pike as well.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Crappie action has picked up in 5 to 8 feet on Coal Lake, Thunder Lake, and Beauty Lake. Leeches or minnows under a bobber are producing walleyes on the rock pile, out from the access, on Lake Alexander. Find a deep hole on the Mississippi River and it will hold smallmouth bass and catfish.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
The Farm Bar on Eagle Lake is producing walleyes in 15 feet and the north end of the lake is producing sunfish in 5 to 10 feet. Hit Point Lake for sunfish in 15 to 17 feet, while the bars and Old Mill Inn area on Green Lake are kicking out walleyes in 20 to 30 feet. Big Kandi Lake and Lake Henderson started giving up walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. Hit Ringo Lake for walleyes in 4 to 12 feet early and late each day.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle
Live bait is producing walleyes and largemouth bass from 6 to 25 feet on East Twin Lake. On Lake Lac qui Parle, crappies and pike have started hitting in 8 to 14 feet. Cover water with crankbaits or spinners and crawlers for walleyes in 6 to 12 feet on Lake Shetek, Lake Benton, and Lake Sarah.
Borch’s Sporting Goods