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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – May 31, 2022

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From south to north, crappie fishing has been strong in shallow water. Depending where you’re at in the state, the crappie spawn is wrapped up, ongoing, or just about to start. Look to shallow weeds, shorelines, docks, and reeds or bulrushes to be holding good numbers of crappies. Bluegill activity has started in shallow water in most areas as well and should only get better as water temperatures continue to climb. Walleye reports remain mostly solid with minnows still the preferred bait in many areas since water temperatures have not risen much since last week’s reports. Leeches, crawlers, and crankbaits are also starting to turn walleyes and continue to look more shallow than deep for bigger pods of fish. It’s been a great week of bass fishing with largemouth and smallmouth bass going about their business in shallow water. While the spawn has been wrapped up in the southern part of the state, it’s just getting started in most areas, so bass are being caught consistently in less than 6 feet. 

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Daytime walleye action is best with a jig and shiner minnow in 18 feet or deeper. The evening hours remain more consistent with slip bobbers and leeches turning walleyes on the reefs in 12 to 16 feet. Smallmouth bass reports remain strong on the rocks in 6 to 12 feet.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – The majority of walleyes being caught are now coming off the mud flats – work off the mud during the day and hit the tops or edges each evening. Live-bait rigs with crawlers and leeches are best during the day, while slip bobbers and leeches are best in the evenings. Smallmouth bass continue to be found on the 10- to 16-foot rock reefs and rock points. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Anchor up and vertically jig an emerald shiner or fathead in 15 to 28 feet on the south shore. There’s also been good reports from anglers drifting spinners and trolling crankbaits – gold has been a productive color for both crankbaits and spinner blades. The Rainy River still has a lot of current with the dam wide open and high water levels, but there were some nice walleyes caught in the river this week. Find current breaks adjacent to shorelines or the mouth of bays. At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow is turning walleyes as deep as 30 feet, but others are being taken on spinners and crankbaits over the 5- to 12-foot flats or sand. There’s been a lot of big pike caught this week, and some anglers are finding nice crappies on the Ontario side in 30 plus feet of water.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

You’ll find sunfish on the shorelines out to 6 feet and crappies in 6 to 12 feet on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. Largemouth bass remain active in 6 to 12 feet on most lakes, while walleyes are hitting a jig tipped with minnows or leeches in 14 to 17 feet on Minnetonka. Spinnerbaits are producing pike in 14 feet throughout Minnetonka and Medicine. 

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

The walleye bite in Pike Bay has slowed and it appears as though they  have moved to the big part of the lake. Minnows or leeches are working best on main lake structure in 8 to 12 feet or 20 to 25 feet. Stuntz Bay and Mud Creek Bay have been best for northern pike, and smallmouth bass are starting to move shallow. On the west end, walleye activity is improving with jigs and plastics or slip bobbers and minnows in 2 to 6 feet. Crappies are being found shallow in Black Bay, the shallow sand and rock is starting to produce smallmouth, and pike are shallow and active in most bays.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

A jig and minnow or spinner and minnow continues to produce walleyes on the 10- to 15-foot shoreline breaks and points throughout the lake. Better numbers of bigger perch are being caught in 20 to 30 feet and some are being found mixed with the walleyes in shallower water. Northern pike are mixed in with walleyes as well.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

LEECH LAKE

A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes off Big Hardwood Point in 11 to 14 feet, west of Goose Island and Duck Points in 9 feet, Mounds Point in 6 to 8 feet, and the GrandVu area in 8 to 11 feet. There is a night bite in the Annex area in 9 feet with a slip bobber and leech in 8 to 10 feet. Pike and some keeping-size perch are mixed in with the walleyes and crappies are starting to show up in the rice and bulrush beds in Boy Bay. 

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Weather is topping the news in this area. Historic floods are hampering fishing opportunities, as water is expected to rise continuously through mid June. Anglers are advised to call ahead if planning on coming to this area. Walleyes have been a bit scattered with our high water. Crappies are going good on small jigs and minnows under small floats. Northern pike are active in shallow bays hitting stickbaits and smallmouth bass are just starting to show up on shallow rocks. 

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102

RED LAKE

Walleyes remain active, especially on the east shore, hitting a jig and shiner minnow in 4 to 6 feet. There has been more crappies mixed in this week as well, with the majority of them being caught right along with the walleyes. 

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Sucker minnows are turning northern pike off the fishing pier at Beaver Lake. White Bear Lake is producing walleyes at night in 20 to 25 feet on leeches and minnows. The Prescott area of the St. Croix River is still worth hitting for walleyes and sauger in 15 to 18 feet. Sunfish are being found along the shorelines and in shallow bays on many lakes.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sunfish are being caught off the public docks at Lake Auburn, Lake Parley, and Lake Susan. The Little Minnie portion of Lake Minnewashta is producing sunfish as well. Bass are hitting small spinnerbaits or chatter baits in less than 10 feet on Minnewashta, Lake Wasserman, and Lake Pierson. River fishing remains tough due to high water and crappie reports have been limited to some fish being caught in 8 to 10 feet on Parley or the east side of Wassermen.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Cedar Lake continues to produce sunfish and crappies in 6 to 8 feet, while Lake O’Dowd is kicking out largemouth bass in shallow water. Look to Prior Lake for panfish and bass in less than 6 feet and some walleyes are being caught in 18 to 20 feet with shiner minnows or leeches. Northern pike are hitting minnows or crankbaits on O’Dowd in 7 to 10 feet.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle

(952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Bass fishing has been solid in shallow water around the Rock Dock, pencil reeds in Reinkie’s Bay, and the northwest side of the lake. Trolling crankbaits out from the swimming beach and Clay Banks area has produced pike. Crappies are being found on Harm’s Point and in Waconia Bay over 8 to 12 feet and look for sunfish in shallow water throughout Wagener’s Bay or in front of the marina. Walleyes are being taken with leeches or fatheads late in the evening at the Clay Banks, Cemetary Reef, and Harm’s Point in 6 to 12 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Crappies are being found in the bays or pencil reed patches on Lake Osakis, Lake Victoria, Maple Lake, and Lake Geneva. Bluegills should start pushing into these shallow areas on most lakes as well. Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow on Reno Lake and Lake Mary in 8 to 10 feet. Largemouth bass are bunched up in shallow water and being caught with plastics on most lakes.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Look for walleyes to a hit a jig and minnow in 6 to 10 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Walker Lake, and Rush Lake. Sunfish and crappies are going in 5 to 7 feet on Fish Lake, Long Lake, and Stalker Lake. Sucker minnows are producing pike in 15 to 20 feet on South Turtle Lake and Clitherall Lake. Spinnerbaits are the ticket for bass in less than 6 feet on East Battle Lake, Silver Lake, and Otter Tail.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Off and on stormy weather last weekend kept many folks off area lakes, but the bite was pretty good. Walleyes are being caught in 9 to 12 feet with jigs and minnows on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Crappies and bluegills are up shallow around emerging reed beds on most lakes, while largemouth and smallmouth bass are up shallow, hitting swim baits.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Northern pike and bass are active in 5 to 10 feet on most lakes. A few bluegills are being caught on Blackduck in 8 to 12 feet, while crappies are staging in 6 to 10 feet on Pimushe Lake and Gull Lake – look for them to push shallower this week.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

The big lakes such as Pelican, Whitefish, Gull, and North Long are starting to produce more walleyes on  jigs and minnows or leeches in 12 to 15 feet. Crappies continue to move in and out of the shallows as water temperatures fluctuate, but look to Nisswa Lake, Lake Margaret, Gull, and North Long. Largemouth bass are hitting in less than 6 feet on most lakes and shiner minnows are the ticket for pike on Gull, North Long, and Round Lake in 10 to 12 feet.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

The river mouths on the Cass Lake Chain continue to produce walleyes on minnows, plastics, and crankbaits, especially during the evening hours. Walleyes and some perch also are being caught early and late in the day with minnows over 10 to 12 feet on Cass Lake, Wolf Lake, and Lake Andrusia. Pods of walleyes are being found on the flats around Star Island on Cass as well. The bulrush patches on Kitchi Lake and Andrusia are giving up crappies, while bluegills have been more difficult to find with a few starting to show up in shallow water as well.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

Crappies continue to move in and out of shallow water on North Lindstrom Lake, Chisago Lake, and North Center Lake. Walleyes are being taken with leeches or fatheads on the bars of South Center Lake, Green Lake, and Chisago in 10 to 14 feet. Bass are hitting plastics along the shorelines and shallow weeds on most lakes, while bluegills have yet to make a big push and stay in shallow water on area lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Bass fishing, largemouth and smallmouth, has been excellent in shallow water throughout the area – Serpent, Rabbit, and Clearwater lakes are worth noting. A few walleyes are being taken during low-light periods with slip bobbers and leeches in 12 to 18 feet in the Minister’s Point area on Serpent. Sunfish are being found along the shorelines or docks on Serpent, Black Hoof Lake, and Bay Lake. Gold spoons are producing rainbow trout on Huntington Pit, Pennington Pit, and Portsmouth Pit from the surface, down to about 10 feet. Anglers fishing from shore on Manuel Pit and Yawkey Pit are catching trout with Power Bait on the bottom. 

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Sunfish continue to move in and out of shallow water with the fluctuating water temperatures, but some crappies are being caught on Lake Melissa in 4 to 7 feet. Walleye reports have been limited, but a jig and minnow is turning fish in 10 to 12 feet on Melissa and Big Detroit Lake. Bass are shallow and active throughout the area.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Island Lake is kicking out walleyes on chubs or leeches in 15 to 20 feet, as is Fish Lake and Boulder Lake in 10 to 12 feet. A few crappies are being found on the 10- foot rock piles of Boulder or Rice Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Troll stickbaits over 70 feet of water out from the Duluth and Superior entries on Lake Superior for coho salmon, a few lake trout, and small Chinook salmon.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Blue Lake and Green Lake are giving up panfish, walleyes, bass, and northern pike in 7 to 14 feet. Crankbaits are working well for pike on Fremont Lake in 3 to 7 feet. The current breaks on the Rum River are holding smallmouth bass and walleyes.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleyes continue to hit shiners at the creek mouths on Basswood Lake, Shagawa Lake, and Birch Lake in 14 to 17 feet during the day and as shallow as 5 feet each evening. The bays on Basswood, Disappointment Lake, and Snowbank Lake are producing pike on sucker minnows or crankbaits in 5 to 10 feet. Throw plastics in shallow, rocky bays for smallies on Little Long Lake, Fall Lake, and Farm Lake. The reeds on Basswood, Birch, and Armstrong Lake are giving up crappies. 

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358

EMILY AREA 

Woods Bay on Roosevelt Lake started producing crappies in 6 to 8 feet. On Lake Emily, sunfish are going in 5 feet and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 to 12 feet. Walleyes started hitting a jig and minnow in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Esquagamah, while Ruth Lake is producing largemouth bass on plastics in shallow water.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Yellow bass and bluegills are biting on the shorelines of Hall, Budd, Sisseton, and George lakes in 4 to 6 feet. Look for crappies in 4 to 8 feet on Budd and Sisseton. Walleye activity has picked up on Hall, Budd, and Amber Lake in 8 to 14 feet with a jig and minnow. You’ll also catch walleyes on Tuttle Lake in 4 to 6 feet with crankbaits.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT/SHIELDSVILLE AREA

The shorelines on Cedar Lake, Shields Lake, and Lake Mazaska are producing sunfish. Topwater baits are triggering largemouth bass on Cedar and Shields in less than 6 feet of water. Crappie and pike reports have been light.

Lake Country Convenience & Bait

(507) 334-9711

GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA 

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 12 to 14 feet, Round Lake in 5 to 9 feet, and Island Lake by Northome in 12 feet. Look for crappies in the reeds on Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Little Ball Club Lake, and Hill Lake. Bluegills are moving in and out of shallow water on the area’s small lakes, while bass and pike are biting on most lakes.

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710

GREY EAGLE AREA

Crappies are being caught on Mound Lake and Pine Lake in 5 feet, while Moose Lake is producing crappies and sunfish in less than 6 feet of water. Bass action is strong in shallow water on most lakes, and spot-tail shiner minnows are turning walleyes on the south basin of Big Birch Lake in 8 to 10 feet. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Ten Mile Lake, Woman Lake, and Baby Lake are kicking out walleyes on minnows or crankbaits along the 10- to 15-foot breaks. The bulrush patches are holding crappies on Birch Lake, Stony Lake, and Girl Lake. A few bluegills have been mixed with the crappies, but no big numbers. Smallmouth bass are starting to move shallow, along the shorelines or rocks, hitting plastics at Ten Mile, Woman, and Stony. 

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

HUTCHINSON AREA 

Belle Lake and Big Swan Lake continue to produce walleyes on leeches, plastics, and minnows in less than 5 feet of water, especially during low-light periods. The culverts and bridges on the Crow River are also producing walleyes on plastics. Swan Lake in the town of Silver Lake is kicking out crappies, while Peterson Lake north of Grove City is giving up pike and sunfish. 

The Outpost Inc. (320) 587-8177

LANESBORO AREA 

By this weekend, the north branch of the Root River and its tributaries should be clear enough to fish after the heavy rain last weekend. The south branch of the Root remains consistently fine for trout fishing. Light Hendrickson and caddis are the two main hatches happening this week, so match your flies and other presentations accordingly.

Root River Rod Company

(507) 467-2101

MADISON LAKE AREA

Crappies and bluegills are being caught in less than 5 feet on German Lake. On Madison Lake, crappies are being caught in 3 to 12 feet, as are bluegills in the narrows area. Minnows or leeches are turning walleyes on Lake Francis in 16 to 22 feet. On Lake Washington, a spinner rig with crawlers or leeches is producing walleyes on Second and Third points in 15 to 18 feet, while Baker’s Bay is kicking out panbfish.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Sunfish and crappies are being taken on Ann Lake, Knife Lake, Mud Lake, and Fish Lake in 4 to 6 feet. A jig and minnow or small crankbaits are producing walleyes on Knife in 4 to 6 feet, while Fish is giving up bass and northern pike in 2 to 4 feet.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Bluegills and largemouth bass are being found in the pockets of shallow weeds on the south end of Big Stone Lake. You’ll also find walleyes in the weeds on Big Stone in 10 to 12 feet. Live-bait rigs with leeches or crawlers are producing fish on top of the weeds, as are slip bobbers and leeches in the weed pockets. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Minnows or leeches are turning walleyes on the 8- to 12-foot breaks and sand flats on Fish Hook Lake, Long Lake, and Potato Lake. Crappies have moved shallow, mainly in the reeds, on Boulder Lake, north end of Long Lake, Portage Lake, and the Crow Wing Chain. Bass are also shallow and active, hitting plastics on Lake Belle Taine, Toad Lake, and Potato.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Star Lake in 8 to 10 feet, although some fish are starting to be found deeper at this point. Crappies and bluegills are an easy catch in less than 6 feet of water at Big Pine, Star, Rush, and Dead Lake. Look for bass shallow and pike in 8 to 12 feet on most lakes.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

The Bay City Flats, Head of the Lakes, and Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River are producing walleyes and sauger. Crankbaits and lead core are working best in 8 to 12 feet. Panfish have started being plucked from the snags in the back channels, while bass are being caught on the shallow rocks throughout Lake Pepin or the bays off the main river.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, and the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes are producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet of water, especially early and late in the day. Look for sunfish and crappies in the shallow, dark bays on Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Rice, and Koronis. The reeds on Grand Lake and Pearl Lake are producing crappies and bass remain shallow and hitting plastics on most lakes.

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Walleyes are being taken with live-bait rigs and a shiner minnow on Sauk Lake 12 to 15 feet. Hit the moving water areas with minnows on Little Sauk Lake for walleyes as well. The shallow bays on just about every lake in the area are now producing sunfish and crappies. Bass also remain shallow and active on area lakes.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

The north shore of Lake Shamineau started producing crappies in 10 feet. Thoroughfare Bay on Lake Alexander is a safe bet for sunfish, crappies, and bass in less than 8 feet of water. The Mississippi River has been kicking out a mixed bag of fish – walleyes, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and catfish. Fish are being taken on minnows, crawlers or plastics along current breaks up and down this stretch of river.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Lake Emily and Long Lake by Cyrus are producing a few walleyes on shallow-running crankbaits in less than 6 feet. On Lake Minnewaska, walleyes are being taken with crankbaits in 6 to 9 feet or on live-bait rigs and leeches along the sandy shorelines in 6 feet. The Glenwood end and Starbuck Marina of Minnewaska continue to kick out crappies and sunfish in less than 8 feet of water. 

Last Cast Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Leeches and crankbaits are producing walleyes on Lake Sarah in 6 to 10 feet, the southwest side of Current Lake in 6 to 10 feet, and Lake Benton in 7 to 10 feet. Lake Shetek is giving up crappies in 4 to 8 feet, as is Lake Lac qui Parle in less than 7 feet of water.

Borch’s Sporting Goods 

(507) 532-4880

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