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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 19, 2022

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The heat over the past week seems to have done two things: quickly spiked water temperatures and kept a lot of anglers off lakes. With the heat, the majority of better walleye activity is happening during low-light periods of the day and at night. Trolling crankbaits or slip bobber fishing with leeches has been most productive on deeper structure or shallow to mid-depth weedlines. During the day, cover water with slow-presented live-bait rigs and pick off the few active walleyes that exist. Muskie activity has improved with most fish also active early and late each day. Trolling patterns or bucktails seem to be triggering most fish on rocks, points, and mid-depth weeds. Panfish and bass action remains strong. They seem to have piled up on established weedlines or weedbeds on most lakes. Topwater baits are producing some big largemouths in slop, but better numbers are being found along weedlines.

Great Eight


East – Smallmouth bass are being taken with plastics or crankbaits on the 6- to 12-foot rocks and points, deep boulders, and anything with rock in between. Work the mud flats and gravel bars for walleyes in 18 to 28 feet, depending on time of day, with live-bait rigs and crawlers or a slip bobber and leech. Muskie anglers are raising fish with bucktails or topwater baits, but getting them to commit has been difficult.  

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Nightcrawlers and leeches are producing plenty of walleyes on the mud flats – fish deep during the day and slide up into 20 to 24 feet during the evening hours. Smallmouth bass are spread throughout the deep and shallow rocks with live bait and plastics both producing numbers of fish. Muskie reports have been limited and the few anglers fishing them are seeing more fish than they’re hooking. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


There’s been a good bite for eating-size walleyes in 10 to 15 feet just off Pine Island and other areas along the south shore. Spinners with crawlers, trolling crankbaits, and jigging are producing fish. The 28- to 33-foot mud and reefs in Big Traverse Bay are also holding nice numbers of walleyes. Saugers, jumbo perch, pike, smallmouth bass, and the occasional muskie, crappie or sturgeon are being caught on the basin. Good fishing continues on the Rainy River where big pike are being found in backwater bays and feeder rivers and smallmouth bass are hitting around rocks, current breaks, bays, and bridges. Sturgeon anglers can catch and release fish or keep one sturgeon through the summer if a sturgeon tag is purchased. At the Northwest Angle, walleye fishing remains strong on both sides of the border on underwater points, sunken islands, and mud flats. Muskie reports also remain strong.

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


Look for sunfish in the 3- to 10-foot weeds and bass in the 12 to 14-foot weeds on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. A few walleyes are being taken with spinner rigs on the deep weedlines throughout Minnetonka and look for muskies under the clouds of bait fish in deep water on Minnetonka. Crappies are being found suspended over the 15- to 18-foot weeds on the area’s small lakes.    

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleye activity has slowed a bit, but some fish are coming out of 22 to 30 feet near the reefs, on crawlers or leeches. Plastics and leeches are turning smallmouth bass on the 6- to 12-foot rocks. Work the weedy bays with sucker minnows for pike, and muskies are chasing rubber baits around the rock points and islands – look for suspended fish. 

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418


Midday walleye action has been tough with some fish being taken on spinners and crawlers on top of the bars and humps in 15 to 18 feet. The evening hours have been better with crankbaits along the 8- to 12-foot shoreline breaks and points. Perch action remains slow, but pike are an easy catch with crankbaits in 12 to 15 feet.  

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


Walleyes are being taken with a spinner and crawler on main lake structure such as reefs, points, and flats in 14 to 19 feet – cover water. The deep humps and breaks in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes, mainly on large minnows or Jiggin’ Raps in 20 to 25 feet. There’s an evening slip bobber bite with leeches off Sand Point and Cedar Point in 10 to 15 feet. Muskie reports have been best with bucktails or crankbaits on the rocks, look to the Annex or Mokie’s Reef. Panfish and largemouth bass are relating to emerging cabbage in most bays.  

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250


 Walleyes are being taken with jigs, crankbaits, and live-bait rigs on deeper shoreline breaks during the day, but continue to be found shallow early and late each day as well. Northern pike are mixed with the walleyes, with bigger fish being found over deep water. Smallmouth bass remain active, hitting topwater baits along shorelines and shallow structure.  

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102


Winds have been lighter over the past week, that’s allowed anglers to spend more time on the water, and walleyes continue to bite. Crankbaits, a jig and leech or spinner and crawler are all turning walleyes in 6 to 8 feet during the day along most shorelines. Some fish are being found deeper as well during the day, while some evening walleyes are being caught as shallow as 6 feet.  

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro


A jig and minnow is producing crappies early and late each day along the 12- foot weed edges on Wassermann Lake, Lake Minnewashta, and Parley Lake. Wassermann is also producing sunfish off the fishing pier or southwest side of the lake in 12 feet, while the north side of Parley is giving up sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Crankbaits are turning pike in 15 to 17 feet at Lake Susan and the south end of Pierson Lake. Drop-shotting has been the ticket for bass in the 18- to 20-foot weeds throughout Lake Bavaria, Pierson, and Minnewashta.  

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Bass are hitting plastics on the deep weedlines of Spring Lake and Prior Lake. Cedar Lake and the Minnesota River are giving up a few walleyes on minnows early and late each day. Sunfish are weedline-related and active on Cedar, Prior, and Lake O’Dowd. There’s been some tiger muskies taken with bucktails on Crystal Lake. 

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle

(952) 447-6096


Bass fishing is going strong along the 15-foot weed edges on North Reef, Cemetery Reef, and Anderson’s Reef. Look for panfish on the northeast side of the island and Kegg’s Reef in 10 to 15 feet. There’s been some muskies raised on Center Reef and Anderson’s Reef with bucktails. Low-light periods have been best for walleyes on Red’s Reef in 18 to 20 feet with a jig and minnow. 

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096



A few walleyes are being caught during low-light hours with a slip bobber and leech or spinner and crawler in 15 to 18 feet on Lake Andrew, Lake Miltona, and Reno Lake. Look for sunfish in the 8- to 10-foot weeds on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, Lake Geneva, and Lake Mary. Crappies are being caught on Lake Irene in 12 feet, while largemouth bass are hitting in the shallow and deep weeds on most lakes. A few muskies are being raised with bucktails on Miltona and Lobster Lake, with more hook ups reported off Lobster.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255


Some walleyes are being caught at night with crankbaits in 5 to 7 feet or during the day with live bait in 15 to 25 feet on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being found in the shallow weeds or suspended over 20 feet at Stalker Lake, West Battle, Clitherall Lake, and Fish Lake. Topwater baits continue to turn bass on the weedlines of Fiske Lake, West Battle, and Silver Lake. Spoons or minnows are producing pike over 20 feet on South Turtle Lake, Donald Lake, and West Battle. Muskies have become more active, chasing Jakes or Grandmas, on the points throughout West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


 The walleye bite has become tougher with some fish being found in deep water or in and around thick cabbage on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Live-bait rigs with leeches or crawlers are working along sharp breaks and deep humps, while pitching jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or plastics has worked in the cabbage. Crappie, bluegill, northern pike, and bass fishing continues to be good off the deep weeds on most lakes. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172


A few walleyes continue to be caught with leeches or crawlers in or along the 15- to 20-foot weeds on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. Look for bluegills and a few crappies in 10 to 15 feet on Gull Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Rabideau Lake. Bass and pike action remains strong along the weedlines of most lakes.  

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


A few walleyes are being caught with crawlers or leeches on the deep weedlines of Whitefish Lake, Gull Lake, and Pelican Lake. Sunfish remain an easy catch in the shallow weeds on North Long Lake, Round Lake, Lake Edwards, and Nisswa Lake. Look for bigger bass in and around the deep weeds on Gull, North Long, and Edwards. Large minnows are producing pike in the 8- to 20-foot weeds on the south end of Gull, Whitefish, and Pelican.  

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010


Troll crankbaits at night for walleyes in 6 to 8 feet on the north end of Cass Lake, Pike Bay Lake, and Lake Andrusia. Some walleyes are being caught in 25 feet or more on a slow-presented spinner and crawler on Cass. Perch are being caught around Star Island and in Allen’s Bay on Cass or in Pike Bay around the 6- to 10-foot weeds. Low-light periods have been best for muskies with bucktails on the weedy bars throughout Cass. Crappies and bluegills are being taken in less than 9 feet on Kitchi Lake, Midge Lake, and Grace Lake. 

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


Some walleyes are being taken with leeches or crawlers during low-light periods in 12 to 20 feet at Green Lake, North Center Lake and South Center Lake. The weedlines or lily pads are producing bass on most lakes – plastics and topwater are both working. Work the 12- to 15-foot weedlines for a mixed bag of panfish and pike on Chisago Lake, North Center, South Center, and North Lindstrom Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


There’s some evening panfish action on Black Lake and Nokay Lake in 10 to 15 feet or Bay Lake and Serpent Lake over 16 to 20 feet. A few walleyes are coming off Pelican Lake from the weedlines out to 35 feet and Serpent in 15 to 22 feet during low-light periods. Largemouth and smallmouth bass remain active throughout the area, hitting plastics or topwater presentations early and late each day. Anglers fishing from shore with Power Bait are catching trout on Pennington Pit and Huntington Pit. Anglers in boats on these pits are down rigging and catching trout about 45 to 60 feet down as well.  

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912


Anglers are seeing walleyes on their electronics in 24 to 30 feet at Big Cormorant Lake, Lake Melissa, Big Detroit Lake, and Pelican Lake, but getting them to bite has been difficult. Largemouth bass are an easy catch in the 14- to 16-foot weeds on most lakes. Look for panfish in the 12- to 18-foot weeds on Big Cormorant, Melissa, and Lake Sallie.

Quality Bait & Tackle (218) 844-2248


Leeches are turning walleyes on Island Lake in 20 to 25 feet, Fish Lake or Boulder Lake in 15 to 20 feet, and Rice Lake in 5 feet. On the St. Louis River, walleyes are being caught in the channel over 15 feet with crawlers. Smallmouth bass remain active on Island and the Cloquet River, hitting topwater baits or plastics. On Lake Superior, lake trout and a few coho salmon are being caught north of Two Harbors about 75 feet down on spoons.   

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Topwater baits have been producing bass and northern pike on top of the weeds at Fremont Lake, Green Lake, and Little Elk Lake. Look for sunfish in 14 feet of water and crappies suspended over 20 feet of water on Eagle Lake and Mitchell Lake. Smallmouth bass and a few walleyes are being caught in the deeper holes and current breaks on the Rum River.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985


Walleyes are being caught with leeches and spinners in 12 to 18 feet at Shagawa Lake, Birch Lake, and Basswood Lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics or topwater on Snowbank Lake, Iron Lake, and Alice Lake. Lake trout action has picked up with spoons or bucktails over 40 to 80 feet at Thomas Lake, Frazier Lake, and Knife Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being found around downed trees on Johnson Lake, One Pine Lake, and Birch. Rainbow trout are being caught at Tofte Lake and Miner’s Lake by trolling crankbaits behind cowbells about 20 feet down. 

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358


Spinnerbaits are triggering pike on Lake Emily in 8 to 10 feet and Washburn Lake is kicking out crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Ruth Lake for sunfish in its 6- to 8-foot lily pads, and Roosevelt Lake is kicking out largemouth bass early in the day on topwater baits in shallow water.  

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191


Bass are being found around docks and fallen trees, hitting topwater baits or plastics, on Lura Lake, Big Twin Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton. The rock piles on Hall Lake, Budd, and Sisseton are producing yellow bass and bluegills in 4 to 8 feet. Anglers fishing from shore during the evening hours are catching catfish on Amber Lake and Hall. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Crappies and sunfish are being pulled off the weedlines at Cedar Lake, while sunfish are going along  the weedlines on Lake Mazaska in less than 6 feet. Largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits on Shields Lake early and late each day. 

Lake Country Convenience & Bait

(507) 334-9711


Troll crankbaits or large minnows on the humps in 20 to 22 feet for walleyes on Deer Lake, Lake Pokegama, and Trout Lake. The established weeds are holding panfish and largemouth bass on Pokegama, Pughole Lake, and Sugar Lake, while smallmouth bass are being caught on the humps throughout Deer and Pokegama. Throw Suicks or bucktails during the evening hours for muskies on the 12- to 15-foot humps at Moose Lake, North Star Lake, and Deer. 

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710


Sunfish and crappies are being caught along the 12- to 18-foot weed edges on Big Birch Lake. Big Birch also is producing walleyes on leeches in 20 to 22 feet during low-light periods. Two Rivers Lake is kicking out crappies over 12 to 16 feet and Moose Lake started giving up sunfish in 12 to 15 feet. Largemouth bass are going along the shorelines and deep weeds of most lakes. The swimming rafts and docks on Mounds Lake are producing panfish early in the day.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Look for walleyes during the day on the 20- to 24-foot humps on Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake, while a spinner and crawler is working best during the evening hours in slightly shallower water. Crappies and bluegills are being caught off the 6- to 15-foot cabbage at Birch Lake, Stony Lake, Ten Mile, Pleasant Lake, and Moccasin Lake – early and late have been best. Largemouth bass are an easy catch on most lakes in the slop or established weedlines, while smallmouth bass are going on the deep breaks of Baby Lake, Ten Mile, and Stony.     

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176


Live-bait rigs and leeches are producing walleyes on the reefs and other mid-lake structure in 25 to 35 feet. If it’s cloudy or the wind is blowing, a jig and leech and crankbaits will turn walleyes along weed edges in less than 12 feet. Northern pike seem active and mixed in with the walleyes.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


On the South Branch of the Root River, water clarity has improved after heavy rains last week and it should be fine for fishing this weekend. Grasshopper season has started so those patterns such as Hopper Dropper’s have started producing trout. Trico’s have started being spotted in Forestville State Park so match the hatch in that area as well.    

Root River Rod Company

(507) 467-2101


Bluegills continue to be found in 3 to 6 feet on Madison Lake, Lake Francis, and Lake Washington. Hit Madison with spinners and crawlers or crankbaits for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. Northern pike and bass are being caught on the weedlines of Madison as well. Work the weedlines throughout Washington for walleyes and crappies, while Lake Tetonka started giving up walleyes on crankbaits along the 12- to 14-foot points and weedlines.  

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Sunfish are being caught along the shorelines out to 8 feet on Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake. Topwater baits are producing largemouth bass on top of the shallow weeds of most lakes, while walleye and crappie reports have been light.  

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151


Walleyes are scattered on Big Stone Lake, so trolling crankbaits in 9 to 11 feet and covering water has been most productive. Perch and bluegills are being found in 11 to 13 feet on Big Stone, but some bluegills continue to be found along shorelines in less than 7 feet as well. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Largemouth bass are hitting on the shallow lily pads or deep cabbage throughout Toad Lake, the Crow Wing Chain, and Fish Hook Lake, while smallmouth bass are going on the shallow sand flats of Potato Lake, Lake Belle Taine, and Bad Medicine Lake. Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes during low-light periods along the 18- to 24-foot weedlines and humps on Long Lake, Potato, and Fish Hook. Panfish remain active on the 12- to 16-foot weed beds on the Crow Wing Chain, Boulder Lake, and Belle Taine. Burn bucktails on weedlines or main lake structure for muskies at Big Mantrap Lake and Many Point Lake.   

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099


Walleyes are being caught on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake with crankbaits in 5 to 10 feet during low-light periods or with slow-death rigs and crawlers in 17 to 24 feet during the day. Rainbow trout are hitting Power Bait on Bad Medicine Lake and Long Lake over 35 to 60 feet. Bass and pike are weedline-related and active on most lakes, while crappies and bluegills are being caught along the 14- to 22-foot weeds on Star Lake, Dead Lake, Lake Marion, and Big Pine.  

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Trolling crankbaits between Lake City and Maiden Rock on Lake Pepin has turned walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. The Pine Creek and Rush River areas are producing pike, while panfish are being found under overhanging trees on Pepin in shallow water. Sturgeon and catfish are hitting cut bait or crawlers below the dam on the Mississippi River – work current seams.  

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


There’s been a significant mayfly hatch over the last week and that’s slowed the local walleye bite. A few fish are coming off Lake Koronis, Rice Lake, and Horseshoe Lake with crawlers or plastics working best in less than 12 feet of water. Panfish action also has slowed, but lakes such as Pearl, Grand, Cedar Island, and Long are producing bass.  

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975


Sunfish remain active in the 12- to 16-foot weeds on Grove Lake, Lily Lake, Maple Lake, Fairy Lake, and East Long Lake. Sauk Lake is producing a few walleyes during the evening hours in the 6- to 8-foot weeds or 16- to 19-foot breaks on the north end. On Lake Osakis, walleyes are being plucked from the 5- to 12-foot weeds with a spinner and leech. Largemouth and smallmouth bass remain active in the weeds on Little Birch Lake, while largemouths remain active in the weeds just about everywhere. Large minnows are turning pike on Sauk in 12 feet. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


The Swan River area on the Mississippi River is giving up smallmouth bass, a few walleyes, and an occasional muskie. There’s some evening crappie action at Beauty Lake in 8 to 10 feet, while the 8- to 10-foot in KOA Bay on Fish Trap Lake are kicking out crappies and sunfish.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Some walleyes continue to come off Lake Minnewaska late in the day on crankbaits along the inside weed edges over 8 to 10 feet. Lead core and crankbaits or live-bait rigs and leeches are producing a few ‘eyes in the deep basin areas of Minnewaska as well. Look for sunfish along the 16- to 20-foot weedlines or off Priest Point in 10 to 12 feet on Minnewaska. Largemouth bass are an easy catch with plastics or crankbaits along the weedlines of most lakes. 

Last Cast Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239


Walleye reports have been limited, but Del Clark Lake started producing northern pike on crankbaits. Plastics are turning smallmouth bass on East Twin Lake and largemouth bass at West Twin Lake in shallow water.    

Borch’s Sporting Goods 

(507) 532-4880

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