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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 14, 2022

Report from the Dock

It has been a major week of transition in many parts of the state in both fish location and what anglers are using to catch them. Many of the better walleye reports involved deeper fish, relating to structure or sharper breaks, and a switch from minnows to leeches, nightcrawlers, or some form of artificial presentation. Don’t completely give up on minnows, especially if you’re still finding walleyes in shallow water and vegetation, which remains the case in a lot of spots across northern Minnesota. Panfish action is going strong with most crappies done spawning or just finishing up, while bluegills are bit behind the crappies as far as the spawn. Whether or not you find them in spawning areas this weekend will depend how far north you’re fishing. If their done, look to the emerging weed edges to start holding better numbers of quality bluegills and crappies. Bass, northern pike, and walleyes are starting to use these developing weeds as well, so expect a mixed bag. 

Great Eight


East – Leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes on the mud flats and gravel bars in 28 to 32 feet during the day and slightly shallower each evening. Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes on the points and rock reefs in 16 to 18 feet during the evening hours as well. Look for smallmouth bass to hit plastics on the rock points, reefs, and rocky shorelines from 8 to 18 feet.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – During the day, live-bait rigs with leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes on the mud flat edges in 25 to 30 feet. A slip bobber and leech is the ticket during low-light periods on the flats in 22 to 24 feet. Plastics are producing smallmouth bass on the 5- to 19-foot rock points, reefs, and shorelines – Pike Point, Sherman’s Point, Seguchie’s Point, and Garrison Reef have stood out. Muskie anglers are seeing a few fish along the weed edges in the bays. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Good numbers of walleyes are being caught in 18 to 30 feet. Anchor up and vertical jig with an emerald shiner or fathead minnow. Gold, glow, pink, orange, chartreuse or a combination of these colors can be lights out. On bright days, darker color jigs can be good as well. Some anglers are reporting success drifting or trolling spinners with a minnow or half crawler. The Rainy River still has a lot of current, but current breaks are producing a mixed bag including walleyes, saugers smallmouth bass, and pike. Work current breaks off the main channel for walleyes and sauger, the bays have been good for pike, while rocky areas, feeder streams and bridge embankments are best for smallmouth bass. At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow has been the most common method for walleyes in 18 to 30 feet.

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


Sunfish continue to be found along the shorelines in less than 6 feet on most lakes. Bass are hitting plastics in 8 to 10 feet on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Sucker minnows are turning pike in 16 to 18 feet throughout Minnetonka and a few walleyes are being taken on the deep side of the weeds with leeches and fathead on Minnetonka. Look for crappies on top of the standing weeds in 8 to 10 feet, while small baits are triggering a few muskies in 10 feet on Minnetonka. 

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Look for walleyes to hit a Lindy Rig and leech, jig and minnow, or plastics. Fish remain active, but scattered from the shorelines in 5 feet out to 20 feet on the reefs in Big Bay, Armstrong Bay, and Pike Bay. Smallmouth bass are being taken with plastics along the shorelines and shallow rock areas, while a few smaller muskies are being taken on the rock points in less than 12 feet. Look for crappies and bluegills throughout Pike Bay in less than 5 feet. On the west side, leeches and crawlers are the ticket for walleyes on the rocks or points in 10 to 17 feet. Crappies and bluegills are also being found shallow here.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418


Walleyes continue to be caught on the main lake bars in 24 to 30 feet during the day on leeches or minnows. During low-light periods or windy conditions, the points, shoreline breaks, and tops of the bars are giving up walleyes on crankbaits, plastics or minnows in 12 to 15 feet. Northern pike have become more active in 12 to 15 feet and look for bigger perch on the west side of the lake in 13 to 15 feet. 

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes off Sand Point, Cedar Point, and other shoreline breaks throughout Walker Bay in 10 to 15 feet. With some wind or low-light conditions, Stoney Point, Otter Tail Point, and the Duck Points are producing walleyes on crawlers in 10 to 14 feet. Small baits are raising muskies on the shallow rocks and weeds, but there aren’t a lot of fish being hooked. Most bays are kicking out panfish and bass in 5 to 8 feet of water.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250


Walleye action has been strong along shallow rock shorelines and wind-blown pencil reeds. Anglers are pitching jigs and plastics and even suspending jerk baits. Crappies are still showing up in shallow water spawning grounds and hitting a small jig and minnow. Smallmouth bass are really loading up on beds and being caught on a variety of techniques. Larger pike can be caught throwing stick baits on back bay break lines. Water levels have crested and forecasted to finally drop a few inches this next week. 

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102


Walleye activity remains strong, although anglers are starting to use more variety with presentations and covering a bit more water. Minnows are still producing, but leeches, crawlers, and crankbaits are all part of the mix this week along the shorelines in 5 to 8 feet.

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro


A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes and sauger in the Prescott and Stillwater areas of the St. Croix River – work the current seams in 8 to 25 feet. Sucker minnows or topwater baits are turning bass in the 8- to 12-foot weeds throughout Big Marine Lake and Demontreville Lake. The fishing pier on Powers Lake remains a safe bet for sunfish.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421


The dock on Steiger Lake continues to give up largemouth bass and a few northern pike on shiner minnows. The creek mouths on the Minnesota River are producing walleyes on jigs with plastics and some catfish on crawlers. Hit the shorelines on Lake Minnewashta and Lake Parley for sunfish and a few crappies in 10 to 12 feet. Bass activity remains strong on Minnewashta, Pierson Lake, and Lake Bavaria with plastics. 

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Crappies and sunfish are being found in and around the weeds on Prior Lake, Spring Lake, and Cedar Lake. Bass are hitting topwater baits on most lakes with better numbers of big fish off the weeds throughout Prior. Tiger muskies are being taken on sucker minnows or bucktails in 8 to 16 feet on Orchard Lake, Pierson Lake, and Crystal Lake. A few walleyes are being taken with leeches on Prior in 15 to 20 feet.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle

(952) 447-6096


Look for sunfish in less than 5 feet and crappies in 10 to 15 feet on the back side of the island, Wagener’s Bay, and Rock Dock area. Walleye action during the day has been most productive with spinners and leeches on North Reef and Anderson’s Reef in 10 to 5 feet or 8 to 10 feet at night with crankbaits or a slip bobber and leech. Bass fishing remains strong throughout the lake, especially along the 5- to 10-foot weeds, and some shorter muskies have been caught on the reefs in less than 12 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096



Crappies and sunfish are now being caught in the 8- to 10-foot cabbage on most lakes with some bigger fish coming off Reno Lake, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Geneva. Walleye anglers have transitioned to crawlers or leeches in 15 to 20 feet on Lake Miltona, Lake Mary, and Reno. Muskie anglers are raising fish with small bucktails on the 10-foot sand flats throughout Miltona and Lobster Lake. Bass are being found on the shorelines out to the weedlines on area lakes.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255


Bass and sunfish are being found along the shorelines of most lakes as they wrap up their spawn. Northern pike are active along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lake Sylvia. A few walleyes are being taken with leeches or fatheads in 12 to 15 feet early and late or 25 to 20 feet during the day on Clearwater, Sylvia, and Buffalo Lake. Water levels remain high and several lakes are still in no-wake designation. Little Jim’s is still recovering from a fire in mid March and will start rebuilding soon. The staff will continue to provide weekly fishing reports through the rebuilding process.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleye action has been best in 6 to 10 feet during low-light periods at the inlets and outlets of Otter Tail Lake, Walker Lake, Rush Lake, and Silver Lake. Look for sunfish on the shorelines and crappies on the developing weed edges of Fish Lake, Long Lake, Rush, and Clitherall Lake. Northern pike are being taken on spoons or suckers in 15 to 20 feet at South Turtle Lake and West Battle Lake. Spinnerbaits are working well for bass on East Battle Lake, West Battle, and Silver. 

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleye fishing remains good on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet in 10 to 14 feet. A jig and minnow is still turning fish, as are live-bait rigs with crawlers or leeches. Panfish remain active in shallow water in the emerging reeds on most lakes. Large and smallmouth bass fishing is starting to heat up and those fish are also being found shallow and along the edge of the emerging weedlines. Pike action is crazy good, and they seem to be hitting just about anything thrown at them. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172


Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes on mid-lake structure in 10 to 14 feet on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake in 14 to 20 feet. Look for pike along emerging weedlines and bass on the shores of most lakes. Bluegills and a few crappies are being taken on Blackduck in 8 to 10 feet, while Gull Lake and Pimushe Lake are giving up bluegills in 5 to 8 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Walleyes are being taken on leeches, crawlers, and minnows from 8 to 22 feet on Gull Lake and Pelican Lake, or Whitefish Lake in 25 to 32 feet. Sunfish and crappies are being found along the shorelines or bulrush patches on Nisswa Lake, Lake Edwards, North Long Lake, and Round Lake. Spinnerbaits are triggering bass in shallow water on North Long, Gull, and Edwards, while bigger pike are being found in 10 to 20 feet at Gull, Pelican, and Edwards.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010


Bluegills, rock bass, perch, and some crappies are being caught in the bulrushes on Cass Lake, Kitchi Lake, Lake Andrusia, Wolf Lake, Lake Thirteen, Lower Sucker Lake, and Grace Lake. Walleyes continue to hit minnows in 15 to 20 feet during the day or crankbaits and swim baits at night on top of the bars and weed edges throughout Cass and Andrusia. Fast-moving presentations seem to be producing more fish.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


You’ll find crappies on the weedlines and sunfish on the shorelines of North and South Center lakes, Chisago Lake, and North and South Lindstrom lakes. Minnows are producing pike on the emerging weedlines throughout Green Lake, North Center, and South Center. Walleyes are hitting leeches on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines on North Center, South Center, and Green. Bass remain shallow and active on all lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Lindy Rigs with leeches are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet on Serpent Lake, Rabbit Lake, and Clearwater Lake. Hit the Mississippi River for smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Anglers fishing from shore with Power Bait or crawlers are catching rainbow trout on Manuel Pit, Pennington Pit, and Section Six Pit. Serpent and Clearwater are safe bets for smallmouth bass, while the weedlines on Bay Lake are kicking out quality largemouths. The crappie spawn is wrapping up, so look for them on the 15-foot weeds, while bluegills remain shallow on Big Rabbit Lake, Little Rabbit Lake, and Black Bear Lake .

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912


Look for bluegills on the shorelines or lily pads throughout Fish Lake, while crappies are being found on Boulder Lake in 10 to 14 feet and Rice Lake in 7 feet. Leeches are producing walleyes on Island Lake in 15 to 18 feet and Fish or Boulder in 12 to 14 feet. Smallmouth bass are shallow and active on Island, while largemouth are going on Rice in less than 6 feet. On Lake Superior, boats are heading out about 10 miles out of Duluth and finding fish up in the water column over 160 feet. Spoons have been triggering lake trout and a few coho salmon. 

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Topwater baits are producing northern pike on Fremont Lake in 7 feet. The shorelines on Eagle Lake, Mitchell Lake, and Green Lake continue to hold sunfish. A jig and plastic is turning a few walleyes along the current breaks on the Rum River, while largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits or topwater presentations on most lakes.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985


Walleyes are being caught with a spinner and crawler or jig and minnow on the 15- to 20-foot reefs at Shagawa Lake, Birch Lake, and Basswood Lake during the day or in the evenings over 4 to 7 feet with a slip bobber and leech. Topwater baits are producing smallies on the shorelines of Little Long Lake, Low Lake, and Horse Lake. Crappies are being caught on the weedlines and submerged trees, as are bluegills on the shorelines of Birch, Armstrong Lake, and Low Lake. Sucker minnows or spoons are producing pike on White Iron Lake, Farm Lake, and Garden Lake in 5 to 10 feet. Anglers fishing from shore are catching rainbow and brown trout on Miner’s Lake or rainbows and splake at Tofte Lake. Lake trout reports have been limited. 

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358


Kego Lake started giving up crappies in 10 to 12 feet and largemouth bass are hitting plastics on the 6- to 8-foot weeds throughout Roosevelt Lake. Trolling crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet has triggered pike on West Fox Lake, while Big Thunder Lake started giving up walleyes in 8 to 10 feet. 

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191


Bluegills and yellow bass are being caught on Budd Lake, Lake Sisseton, and George Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Walleyes are hitting leeches or crankbaits at Hall Lake and Big Twin Lake in 8 to 14 feet, and crankbaits with planer boards on Tuttle Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Look for crappies on Amber Lake and Hall in 8 to 14 feet during the evening hours. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


You’ll catch sunfish in 4 to 6 feet on Lake Mazaska and off the fishing pier on Shields Lake. The bridge area on Shields continues to give up a mixed bag of panfish, and the fishing pier on Fox Lake remains a crappie spot.

Lake Country Convenience & Bait

(507) 334-9711


Minnows continue to produce walleyes early and late in the day on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 9 to 15 feet or Round Lake and Island Lake in 7 to 12 feet. Throw plastics on the shallow rocks for smallmouth bass on Deer Lake, Lake Pokegama, and Turtle Lake, while largemouth bass are active and shallow on most lakes. Small bucktails have turned a few muskies on Moose Lake and North Star Lake in 15 feet. Crappies and bluegills remain shallow, often in bulrushes, throughout the area.

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710


Crappies are being found in 6 to 8 feet at Big Birch Lake, Two Rivers Lake, Moose Lake, and Pine Lake or in 8 to 10 feet at Mound Lake. Walleyes are being taken in 15 feet with live bait during the day or in 6 feet with crankbaits each evening on Two Rivers. Cedar Lake, Big Birch and Little Birch lakes continue to produce a few walleyes during low-light periods in 14 to 18 feet on slip bobbers and leeches. Look to Swan Lake and Long Lake by the Hub Supper Club for sunfish in 5 to 8 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Crappie action remains strong in shallow water on the big lakes such as Ten Mile, Stony, and Pleasant, while weedlines are holding more crappies on the area’s small lakes. Largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits on Birch Lake, Moccasin Lake, and Baby Lake, while smallmouths are now post-spawn and active on the first shoreline breaks of Stony, Baby, Woman Lake, and Ten Mile. Look for walleyes on Baby and Ten Mile in 15 to 18 feet – plastics or leeches are working best.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176


Lake Washington is giving up sunfish in less than 6 feet of water and crappies in slightly deeper water. Belle Lake continues to produce walleyes on leeches in 15 feet of water or so, while northern pike and largemouth bass action has picked up on most lakes. 

The Outpost Inc. (320) 587-8177


The main key to putting walleyes in the boat is to work crawlers on live-bait rigs, leeches under slip bobbers, or jigs and minnows slowly. The mid-lake reefs have been most productive in 20 to 24 feet of water early and late each day. Casting plastics on the shorelines, into the trees and submerged rocks, is the ticket for  smallmouth bass and a few pike. Water levels continue to go down and floating debris has become less noticeable.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


A size 18 pheasant tail nymph has been working well for brown trout on all streams. Dry fly fishing is going strong with grasshopper, cricket, ant, caddis, and some light Hendrickson patterns all being used for trout. Streams are clear and very fish-able and trout action is going well throughout area streams.

Root River Rod Company

(507) 467-2101


Woman Lake is giving up walleyes during the day with leeches in 16 to 18 feet or on a jig and minnow in 8 feet early and late each day. Walleyes also can be had on the cabbage edges and humps of Boy Lake in 16 to 22 feet with a Lindy Rig and leech, or on minnows and crawlers in the 6-foot weeds at Wabedo Lake. You’ll find bluegills on the docks and reeds and crappies on the cabbage edges and points of Boy, Lake Inguadona, and Girl Lake. Bass and pike action is going strong and small baits are raising muskies on Wabedo and Woman in less than 10 feet.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Sunfish are being found along the shorelines of Madison Lake and a few walleyes are being caught here with leeches in 16 to 22 feet. On Lake Washington, walleyes are being taken with leeches and crawlers between Second and Third points – look shallow with some wind or low-light conditions and deeper during the day. Crappies and sunfish also are going in Baker’s Bay on Washington. Anglers fishing from shore on Duck Lake are catching a mixed bag of panfish and northern pike. 

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Crappies are set up in 5 to 7 feet at on Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Quamba Lake. Sunfish are still shoreline-related in less than 5 feet on Fish Lake, Ann, Knife, and Quamba. Walleyes are being taken with leeches, crawlers, and crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet on Knife during low-light periods.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151


Bluegills are being found along the shorelines or 10- to 12-foot weed pockets on Big Stone Lake. The 10- to 12-foot weeds on the south end of Big Stone are producing walleyes on a spinner and crawler early and late each day. Largemouth bass action remains strong throughout Big Stone as well.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Minnows and leeches are producing walleyes along the 12- to 16-foot weedlines or sand flats on Long Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Lake Belle Taine. Crappies and bluegills remain active in shallow bulrushes and weeds throughout the Crow Wing Chain, Boulder Lake, and Toad Lake. Bass also remain shallow and pike are hitting along emerging weedlines on most lakes. Throw small bucktails on Big Mantrap Lake for muskies in 10 to 12 feet. 

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099


You’ll catch walleyes with a jig and minnow in 8 to 10 feet or in 20 to 30 feet with live-bait rigs and crawlers on Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, Lake Lida, and Star Lake. With weedlines and cabbage developing, bass and pike are hitting just about anything thrown along them. You’ll find crappies and bluegills along the 6- to 10- for cabbage edges on Big Pine, Star, Rush, and Lake Marion. 

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Walleyes and sauger are hitting from Bay City to Maiden Rock on Lake Pepin in less than 8 feet – crankbaits, leeches, and crawlers are working best. Panfish are being found on the shallow snags throughout the Mississippi River, while the bays off the main river are holding northern pike, and look for flathead catfish on the rocks throughout the river.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Sunfish continue to be found along the shorelines and crappies have moved to the weed edges on Lake Koronis, Rice Lake, Pearl Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, and Becker Lake. Walleyes are being taken on a variety of live bait presentations on Koronis in 6 to 10 feet or 20 to 25 feet, Rice in 10 to 20 feet, and Horseshoe in 8 to 15 feet. Bass, and pike seem to be active from the shorelines out to about 10 feet on most lakes.

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975


Sauk Lake continues to produce walleyes on leeches, minnows, and crawlers – work 6 feet during low-light periods or 18 to 20 feet during the day. Look to the 4- to 8-foot weeds on Lake Osakis with leeches for walleyes, while Long Bridge Lake is kicking out walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on minnows or leeches. Northern pike are hitting minnows along the weed edges of Sauk, Osakis, and Long Bridge. Sunfish have moved along the shorelines out to 10 feet and crappies have moved to the weeds on most lakes.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Crawlers and leeches are turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Long Lake or 20 to 25 feet in the Old Mill area on Green Lake. Trolling Shad Raps in 12 to 15 feet has produced walleyes on Diamond Lake. George Lake is kicking out crappies and sunfish in 4 to 10 feet and spinnerbaits are producing pike on the Crow River. Hit the shorelines on Green for smallmouth bass, while largemouths seem to be shallow and active on most lakes.

Mel’s Sport Shop (320) 796-2000


The current breaks below both dams on the Mississippi River are giving up walleyes, smallmouth bass, and catfish. The Mill Park area on the river is also kicking out plenty of catfish and smallmouth bass. Hit the weedlines on Lake Beauty for largemouth bass and crappies, while the thick weeds in the Thoroughfare area on Lake Alexander is giving up crappies as well. A slip bobber and leech is turning walleyes at night on the east side of Alexander just off the weeds in 20 feet.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleyes are being taken with spinners and crawlers or leech in 7 to 12 feet of water on Lake Minnewaska. Lake Emily continues to give up a few walleyes on nightcrawlers in 6 feet of water, while fatheads are producing walleyes on Lake Charlotte in shallow water. Bluegills and some crappies are hitting in front of Lakeside Ballroom and the DNR access in 7 to 12 feet of water on Minnewaska. 

Last Cast Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239


Walleyes are being taken on live-bait rigs and leeches or crankbaits on the shorelines out to 12 feet at Lake Sarah, Dead Coon Lake, and Del Clark Lake. Bloody Lake started producing crappies in 6 to 8 feet at the inlet to Lake Shetek. 

Borch’s Sporting Goods 

(507) 532-4880

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