Report from the Dock
Consistently strong winds and hot weather seemed to limit the number of people fishing over the past week. Many reports indicated that angler participation was down, but those that went out continued to do well for a mixed bag of fish. Vegetation is developing quickly and those emerging or established weedlines are currently holding a little bit of everything. There were a lot of weed-walleyes caught since last week and most are being taken with simple presentations such as a slip bobber and leech or live-bait rig. With the exception of some mostly northern locations, bluegills have now pulled off their spawning grounds and are also set up in the weeds. You’ll find crappies along with them moving forward. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action has been exceptional and there doesn’t seem to be a problem catching pike along the weed edges as well. It’s that time of the year – new weeds means new life, and good fishing.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – There’s a good evening walleye bite with slip bobbers and leeches, especially with some wind, on the reefs 6 to 12 feet. Deep mud and gravel has been best during the day. Use your electronics to find pods of fish and work them, they seem to be bunched up in specific areas. A few smallmouth bass remain shallow, but most are now post-spawn and being caught on the mid-depth rocks and rock points. Muskie reports have been mixed with some fish coming out of the bays or just outside of them.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Drift a live-bait rig and leech on the mud flats during the day for walleyes in 24 to 30 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches are working best each evening on the flats or deep rock points. Smallmouth bass action has picked up again on the 5- to 18-foot reefs and rock points. Muskie anglers are seing more fish than they’re catching, with the emerging weeds and mud flats being most productive.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are being caught in literally 4 to 30 feet of water, as different schools of fish are targeting various forage along the south shore. Anglers are jigging or drifting with spinners and a crawler or minnow. Trolling crankbaits hasn’t been as popular, but has been effective in shallow and deep water. You’ll find northern pike in bays, shoreline structure, and the tops of rock reefs. The Rainy River still has a lot of current, but walleyes, sauger, smallmouth bass, and pike are being caught – sturgeon season reopens July 1st. Work current breaks off the main channel for walleyes and sauger, bays for pike, and look for smallmouth bass near rocky areas, feeder streams and bridge embankments. At the Northwest Angle, walleye fishing continues to be very good on both sides of the border with a jig and minnow or crawler harnesses in 15 to 30 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Sunfish and bass are weedline-related throughout Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and Lake Sarah – look for deeper weeds. Troll spinners and minnows over the weed tops on Minnetonka and Sarah for crappies. A few muskies have been caught with sub-surface baits in 10 to 18 feet on Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish during low-light periods along the weed edges on Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The 6- to 10-foot rocks are producing walleyes with a slip bobber and leech. Crawlers also are turning walleyes on the deeper reef edges during the day. Throw spoons or crankbaits in Stuntz Bay, Cable Bay, and Armstrong Bay for northern pike. Smallmouth bass are wrapping up their spawn so look to the rock shorelines or mid-depth rock just off the shore.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418
Walleye action has remained steady with decent daytime action around the bars with leeches or crawlers in 24 to 30 feet. Low-light periods have been better on top of the bars, points or shoreline breaks in 12 to 15 feet. Perch are starting to spread out with some bigger fish being found on the bars in 15 feet or more and along the shoreline breaks in 12 to 16 feet. Northern pike continue to be caught throughout the lake in 12 to 15 feet.
Walleye reports have been spotty with some fish being taken on leeches or crawlers throughout Horseshoe Bay in 18 to 20 and slightly shallower off Diamond Point. Sand Point continues to produce walleyes on slip bobbers and leeches in 11 to 13 feet, while spinner rigs are turning walleyes in the Second Duck Point area in 10 to 13 feet. A few muskies are being caught by trolling basin areas and most bays are kicking out panfish and bass.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company
Jerk baits, jigs and plastics, or leeches are all producing walleyes on mid-depth rocks and shoreline breaks. There’s been some quality smallmouth bass coming off the rocks and big northern pike continue to be caught with crankbaits in the bays and along shoreline breaks.
RainyDaze Guide Service
Consistently strong winds have limited fishing activity on certain days over the past week, but when anglers can get out, walleyes continue to be caught. Leeches, crawlers, and crankbaits are all turning fish along the shorelines in 5 to 8 feet. There continues to be some big crappies and a few pike mixed in.
West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998
Twin Cities Metro
Spinnerbaits and sucker minnows continue to produce largemouth bass in the 7- to 10-foot weeds throughout Demontreville Lake. Hit the weedlines on Lake Jane and Silver Lake for crappies. White Bear Lake is producing a few walleyes on leeches in 12 to 15 feet and muskies along the established weedlines. The Hudson area of the St. Croix River is kicking out a few walleyes and sauger in 10 to 22 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
Bass fishing remains strong with plastics in the 10- to 12-foot weeds on Lake Minnewashta, as does northern pike action on the west side of the lake in 12 feet with minnows. Hit Lake Parley, straight out from the access or north end, for sunfish in 5 feet and crappies in 8 to 10 feet. Hydes Lake continues to produce sunfish in 10 to 12 feet, while Lake Auburn is giving up pike on crankbaits in 4 to 8 feet. The creek mouth by Chaska on the Minnesota River is giving up walleyes and channel catfish.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Low-light periods have been best for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Anderson’s Reef and North Reef with leechs or crankbaits. Look for a mixed bag of panfish along the 10- to 12-foot weed edges around the island and in Wagener’s Bay. There’s been a few muskies raised on the reefs in 8 to 12 feet, while bass and pike remain active on the developed weedlines.
Walleyes are hitting crawlers or leeches on Reno Lake in 6 to 15 feet, Lake Miltona in 15 to 18 feet, and Lake Mary in 8 to 18 feet. Look for crappies on the weedlines and sunfish from the shorelines out to the weed edges on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Geneva, Mary, Reno, and Lake Carlos. A few muskies are being raised on Lobster Lake along the 12- to 15-foot weeds and topwater baits are producing bass on most lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are being taken with leeches or crawlers in 10 to 14 feet on Otter Tail Lake and Rush Lake. You’ll find bluegills and crappies in less than 10 feet of water on Fish Lake, Long Lake (by Stalker), Stalker Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Troll sucker minnows or spoons in 10 to 15 feet fo pike at South Turtle Lake, West Battle Lake, Donald Lake, and Otter Tail. Spinnerbaits are producing bass on shallow structure at East Battle Lake, Silver Lake, West Battle, and Otter Tail. A few muskies are being raised from 10 to 15 feet with Jakes on West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
The walleye bite has slowed down a bit on area lakes, but a mayfly hatch this past week hasn’t helped. Wind has also been a limiting factor. Jigs or live-bait rigs tipped with minnows, leeches, or crawlers are turning some fish on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet in 12 to 14 feet. The pike and bass bite continues to be good along deeper weed edges during the day, although you’ll find active bass in shallow cover early in the day. Crappies are starting to move out to deeper cabbage, but bluegills are still shallow.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service
Work leeches or crawlers for walleyes on Island Lake in 15 to 20 feet and Blackduck Lake, Round Lake, and Gull Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Bluegills are being found in the reed beds, as are crappies on cabbage edges throughout Blackduck, Gull, Pimushe Lake, South Twin Lake, and Gilstead Lake. Bass and pike are weed-related and active on most lakes.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Walleye action has picked up along the weedlines with a jig and leech or slip bobber and leech on Gull Lake, Lake Edward, and Pelican Lake. Bass fishing remains strong on the weedlines of most lakes with plastics, while northern pike are being found in 15 to 20 feet on the south end of Gull, Edward, and Whitefish Lake. Look for a mixed bag of panfish on the 6- to 10-foot weeds of Gull, Lake Margaret, North Long Lake, and Hubert Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/
Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
The evening hours have been best for walleyes in 8 feet on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake – troll crankbaits or pitch jigs. Bigger perch are being found on Lake Andrusia and Cass in 8 to 10 feet, while Grace Lake, Midge Lake, Lake Thirteen, and Lower Sucker Lake are producing panfish in less than 8 feet. A few muskies are being caught late in the day along the bigger bars and points with vegetation on Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Work the 8- to 12-foot weedlines for a mixed bag of panfish on Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Walleyes are being caught on the 10- to 15-foot weeds with leeches at Green Lake and North Center. Bass remain active on all lakes with some in shallow cover and others now weedline-related. Northern pike are hitting minnows or crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet at Green, Chisago, and North Center.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Lindy Rigs and crawlers or a slip bobber and leech are turning walleyes on the 16- to 20-foot weedlines of Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake. There is a night bite on the rocks on the Deerwood end of Serpent as well. Anglers fishing from shore are catching trout with crawlers or Power Bait at Manuel Pit and Section Six Pit, while boat anglers on Pennington Pit are catching trout with crankbaits about 20 to 30 feet down. The 10- to 15-foot weeds on Bay Lake and Nokay Lake are giving up a mixed bag of panfish. Work the weedlines on Bay for largemouth bass and the rock piles on Clearwater Lake for smallmouth.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Leeches, crawlers, and redtails are turning walleyes early and late each day on Pelican Lake in 16 to 25 feet. Live bait is also the ticket for walleyes on Big Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Lake Melissa in 15 to 22 feet. Work the 15- to 20-foot cabbage on Tamarack Lake, Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Floyd Lake for panfish. Muskie reports have been light, but bass and pike are an easy catch in the cabbage of most lakes.
Quality Bait & Tackle (218) 844-2248
Spoons are producing coho salmon and lake trout out from McQuade’s Landing on Lake Superior – troll about 30 feet down over 150 feet of water. Crappies are being caught in 15 feet on Fish Lake and 10 to 14 feet on Boulder Lake. Lakes such as Fish, Island, and Boulder are kicking out a few walleyes on leeches in 12 to 18 feet. Hit Rice Lake for pike and Island for smallmouth bass in less than 6 feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Sunfish remain shallow and active on Mitchell Lake, Eagle Lake, and Green Lake. Spinnerbaits or minnows are the ticket for pike on Fremont Lake in 5 to 7 feet. Largemouth bass are an easy catch along the shallow and deep vegetation on most lakes, while jigs and plastics continue to produce walleyes on the Rum River.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
Leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes on Basswood Lake, Birch Lake, and Shagawa Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Look for smallmouth bass to hit topwater baits or plastics in less than 10 feet at Ella Hall Lake, Basswood, and Snowbank Lake. Crappies and bluegills remain active at Armstrong Lake, Low Lake, and Grassy Lake in 5 to 8 feet. Rainbow trout are being taken on Tofte Lake and Miner’s Lake by trolling small crankbaits over deep water.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the weedlines of Mitchell Lake, while crankbaits are turning pike on Upper Dean Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Lake Emily started giving up bluegills in 6 to 8 feet and Lake Esquagamah is producing crappies over 14 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits
A few walleyes continue to be caught with crankbaits at Tuttle Lake in 4 to 6 feet and with leeches or crankbaits in 8 to 14 feet at Hall Lake and Big Twin Lake. Bluegills and yellow bass remain active in less than 6 feet at Budd Lake, George Lake, and Lake Sisseton. There’s an evening crappie bite in 8 to 14 at Hall and Amber Lake.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
The emerging weedlines on Lake Mazaska, Shields Lake, and Cedar Lake are producing sunfish and crappies. Topwater baits are turning largemouth bass on Shields, while trolling crankbaits or spoons along the outside weedlines of Mazaska has produced pike.
Lake Country Convenience & Bait
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
Live-bait rigs or spinner rigs with crawlers and leeches are turning walleyes on the 6- to 12-foot weeds throughout Jessie Lake. Work the humps and weed edges for walleyes and smallmouth bass on Island Lake. On Lake Pokegama, walleyes are being taken on the 25-foot humps during the day or weed edges each evening. Muskie anglers are seeing fish on the emerging weeds at North Star Lake and Moose Lake. Crappies are now weedline-related and bluegills remain shallow on most lakes.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
Walleye reports have been spotty with leeches producing a few fish in 15 to 18 feet on Ten Mile Lake and Baby Lake. Crappies are being found in the reeds out to 10 feet at Stoney Lake, Ten Mile, and Webb Lake, while smallmouth bass are mostly post-spawn and active on Ten Mile and Stony. Look for bluegills along the shorelines of Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake and largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits along the shorelines of most lakes.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle
Stream conditions remain in excellent shape and trout continue to be caught consistently. Brown drake mayfly patterns are working best on streams in the Forestville area, while streamer and nymph patterns are the ticket on most other streams.
Root River Rod Company
Woman Lake continue to produce walleyes in 16 to 20 feet and smallmouth bass on the shallow to mid-depth rocks. Leeches are turning walleyes on Boy Lake and Little Boy Lake in 15 to 22 feet. The cabbage edges are producing bluegills and crappies on Girl Lake, Lake Inguadona, Boy, and Woman – some bluegills continue to be found shallow as well. Largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits on most lakes and a few muskies continue to be hooked on Wabedo Lake in 10 to 15 feet.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington continues to produce panfish. Washington also is giving up walleyes on live bait between Second Point and Third Point. On Madison Lake, leeches are producing walleyes in 16 to 22 feet and sunfish are being found along the shorelines out to the first emerging weedbeds.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
A few walleyes continue to be taken during low-light periods with crankbaits or leeches on Ann Lake and Knife Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies in 5 to 7 feet at Fish Lake, Quamba Lake, Knife, and Ann.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop
Perch action has picked up throughout Big Stone Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Troll spinners and crawlers or crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet on the north end of Big Stone for walleyes – there seems to be less weeds in this stretch. A few bluegills are being found mixed with the perch.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crappies and bluegills continue to be found in the bulrushes on Boulder Lake, Crow Wing Chain of Lakes, and Big Mantrap Lake. Leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes along the 8- to 14-foot weedlines or structure on Fish Hook Lake, Long Lake, and Big Sand Lake. Look for largemouth bass on Toad Lake and smallmouth bass on Lake Belle Taine – both are shallow water bites. Muskies are hitting bucktails along the cabbage edges of Many Point Lake and Big Mantrap.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors
Walleyes are being taken with leeches, crawlers, and plastics in 20 feet during the day or 8 to 10 feet early and late on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Lake Lida. The 6- to 12-foot cabbage on Star Lake, Dead Lake, Lake Marion, Rush, and Big Pine are producing panfish. Bass and pike also are weed-related and active on area lakes.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Walleyes and a few sauger are being caught with crankbaits or live-bait rigs with leeches or crawlers in less than 10 feet of water along Maiden Rock Flats and the Lake City area on Lake Pepin. The creeks flowing into the Mississippi River are giving up northern pike, while the back channels and sloughs are producing a mixed bag of panfish.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Lake Koronis is kicking out walleyes on live bait or plastics from 8 to 18 feet. On Rice Lake, walleyes are biting, but you have to sort through quite a few small fish in 8 to 20 feet – pitch slip bobbers and leeches in the evenings and jigs in the weeds during the day. Horseshoe Lake and the river stretches between lakes are giving up walleyes on crankbaits or a spinner and crawler. Sunfish remain shoreline-related and crappies have moved to the deeper weeds on most lakes. Bass fishing has been strong in the weeds on area lakes with plastics.
Channel Marine and Sports
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Big Sauk Lake and Lake Osakis are giving up a few walleyes along the 15- to 20-foot weedlines during low-light periods on leeches or crawlers. Sunfish action remains strong on most lakes in less than 5 feet with Fairy Lake, Maple Lake, Lily Lake, and Smith Lake standing out. Look for crappies on the outside weed edges at Big Sauk, Lily, and Long Lake (above Lily). Big Sauk and Long Bridge Lake are giving up pike on sucker minnows in 8 to 10 feet. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are going strong on Little Birch Lake.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Crappies are being caught on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines throughout Lake Pepin and Pierz/Fish Lake. Walleyes, smallmouth bass, and catfish continue to be caught above and below both dams on the Mississippi River. Hit the rock piles and weedlines on Fish Trap Lake for crappies and walleyes during evening hours.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Walleye reports have slowed, but hot and windy conditions kept a lot of anglers off area locals over the past week. A spinner rig tipped with crawlers or leeches is turning a few fish on Lake Minnewaska in 7 to 14 feet or 15 to 20 feet. Look to Lake Charlotte for a few walleyes in less than 10 feet. A mixed bag of panfish can be had on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska in 7 to 12 feet out from Lakeside Ballroom.
Last Cast Bait and Tackle
Fishing pressure dropped quite a bit over the past week with hot and windy conditions limiting the number of people going out. That’s resulted in limited reports, although leeches or crankbaits are turning a few walleyes on Lake Sarah and Lake Shetek in 8 to 10 feet.
Borch’s Sporting Goods