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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 24th, 2016

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Walleye action remains amazingly good on the deep gravel and mud during the day. During the evening hours, crankbaits are producing walleyes on the shallow rocks. Smallmouth bass continue to be found on the shallow rock piles and points as well, but they should start moving deeper soon.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – It’s been another strong week of walleye fishing on this end with the bays and rock points still giving up numbers of fish in 8 to 24 feet. The mud flats also are kicking out a lot of walleyes; work the tops early and late and the edges during midday hours – Seguchie Flat and Sherman’s Flat are full of big walleyes. Northern pike are biting in the bays and smallmouth bass are still on the rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 8 to 17 feet on the south shore and islands areas. A jig and minnow also is producing walleyes in 15 to 30 feet, as are crankbaits in the shallows each evening. On the Rainy River, walleyes and smallmouth bass are being caught near the mouth of the river and into Four Mile Bay. At the Northwest Angle, areas with current or shorelines from 6 to 30 feet are holding walleyes; leeches, crawlers, and minnows are all working. The first weekend of muskie fishing produced numerous fish for those chucking the big baits.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

The 5- to 10- foot weeds are holding crappies, sunfish, bass, and northern pike on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. Look for walleyes on the deep weed edges of Minnetonka and Independence, while the west side of Minnetonka is giving up a few muskies. You’ll also find a few muskies suspended over 40 feet of water.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Walleye action has slowed a bit, but fish are being caught with leeches and crawlers on the 15- to 25-foot structure, bottom transition areas, and wind-swept shorelines. Smallmouth bass continue to be caught on the rock-covered shorelines and points; live bait or plastics are both working. Muskie anglers are reporting more follows than hook ups this week, with the occasional fish being caught on black and silver or white bucktails along the weed edges.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

You’ll catch walleyes on crankbaits or spinner rigs in 14 to 17 feet from Bena Bar to the Mud Hole and on top of the main lake humps. A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes in 6 to 10 feet on the shorelines and points. Perch action has picked up over 16 to 20 feet on the Snaghole Bar or in 12 to 16 feet in Bena Bay.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Spinners and crawlers or live-bait rigs and leeches are turning walleyes on the 12- to 14-foot rock areas such as the Annex and Submarine Island. Work the Meadows in 7 to 12 feet, the Snake Pit in 15 to 18 feet, and Cedar Point in 16 to 20 feet with the same presentations. Largemouth bass are hitting in the cabbage in most bays and smallmouth bass remain active on the main lake rocks. Muskie angling pressure has been light with a few reports coming out of Portage and Sucker bays.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Look for walleyes on the reefs in Sand Bay over 30 feet – Community Reef, Eight Mile Island, and Three Sisters Island have been best. Minnows and leeches are both working on jigs or spinner rigs. Some crappies are being found in 10 to 15 feet at the mouth of the Rat Root River in Black Bay. Cranberry Bay is giving up walleyes in 10 to 15 feet and smallmouth bass are being caught along the shallow weeds in most bays.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

Walleyes are being caught on a wide range of live bait presentations and the majority of them continue to be found in less than 8 feet on most shorelines. Northern pike are biting better and are usually found with the walleyes and crappie action has been limited.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Walleyes are hitting leeches or fathead minnows in 12 feet on Clear Lake and in the Prescott area of the St. Croix River. Hit lakes Jane, Silver, Powers, and Beaver for sunfish in 4 to 8 feet. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines on White Bear Lake and Big Marine Lake are kicking out pike, while bucktails and topwater baits are raising muskies on the bars and weedlines of White Bear.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sunfish continue to hit on Pierson Lake, Lake Parley, Hydes Lake, and Lake Auburn in 2 feet or the 12-foot weeds. Bass are hitting plastics and topwater baits in the weeds on Lake Minnewashta, Steiger Lake, and Lake Bavaria. Hit Steiger, Auburn, and Pierson lakes with sucker minnows for northern pike in 10 to 12 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Hit Lake Ida and Lake Miltona in 18 to 20 feet of water, Reno Lake in 14 to 16 feet of water, and Lake Chippewa in 17 to 20 feet of water with leeches and crawlers for walleyes. Lake Darling and Lake Le Homme Dieu are producing crappies and sunfish in the cabbage, and the pencil reeds on Reno are worth noting for crappies. The Le Homme Dieu Chain is kicking out largemouth bass along the 10- to 15-foot weeds, but muskie reports have been limited.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Sunfish continue to be caught on most lakes in 2 to 5 feet of water or along the mid-depth weedlines. Leeches are producing walleyes in 16 to 24 feet of water on Big Swan Lake, Buffalo Lake, Cokato Lake, and Clearwater Lake. Hit the 12- to 15-foot weedlines on lakes John, Sugar, and Sylvia for northern pike and largemouth bass.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Lindy Rigs and leeches are turning walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in the 8- to 12-foot weeds on West Battle, Silver, Johnson, and Stalker lakes. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the 8- to 15-foot weedlines on Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and Stalker, while minnows are producing northern pike on the 10- to 15-foot weeds of Donald, Fiske, and Otter Tail. Muskies are chasing Double CowGirls on the 15- to 20-foot weeds on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on Lake Plantagenet from 6 to 18 feet of water, look shallower during low-light periods and windy conditions or deep if it’s calm or during midday hours. On Lake Bemidji, walleyes are being taken on leeches or redtails in 15 to 24 feet of water. Look for sunfish in less than 5 feet on most lakes and crappies on Deer Lake along the weedlines out to 35 feet of water. Crankbaits or Headlocks are turning muskies over the deep, main basin areas of Bemidji and Plantagenet.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleyes are being taken on live-bait rigs with crawlers and leeches in 10 to 14 feet at Blackduck Lake, Gull Lake, and Island Lake. Bluegills are hitting on Gull and Blackduck along the 8- to 10-foot weeds. Hit Island Lake for smallmouth bass or North Twin and South Twin lakes for largemouth bass, most of which continue to be pulled from less than 8 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

North Long Lake and Whitefish Lake are producing walleyes in 14 to 32 feet on a variety of live-bait options. Bottom bouncers and crawlers are producing walleyes along the shallow weedlines on Gull Lake. Bass remain active on the weedlines of Gull, North Long, and Whitefish. Sunfish are hitting in 2 to 5 feet on most lakes, and northern pike are taking sucker minnows on Gull in 8 to 20 feet or slightly deeper on North Long.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guides League  (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Trolling crankbaits during low-light periods in 6 to 8 feet has produced walleyes on Cass Lake. Perch are hitting in the 6-foot bulrushes on the east and west sides of Star Island on Cass. The bulrushes on Buck Lake, Lake Thirteen, and Kitchi Lake are worth hitting for bluegills. The north side of Allen’s Bay on Cass is producing crappies, and trolling crankbaits and bucktails over deep water has triggered muskies. Look for suspended fish.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA   

You’ll find sunfish around the docks and crappies on the established weedlines of Chisago Lake. Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 16 to 21 feet on Chisago, Green Lake, and Comfort Lake. Northern pike and bass seem to be mixed with the walleyes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Big Cormorant Lake is producing walleyes in 18 feet, as is Big Detroit Lake in 12 to 15 feet. On Lake Sallie, walleyes are hitting in 18 feet, and Upper Cormorant Lake is worth hitting in 20 feet – leeches, crawlers, and small sucker minnows are all working. Bass and northern pike are biting on the weedlines of most lakes, while crappies and sunfish are hitting on the weedlines of Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, Little Detroit Lake, Sour Lake, and Sallie. A few muskies are being caught on the cabbage of Pelican Lake and Big Detroit.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

EAST CENTRAL MN

Crappies are being found in 10 to 15 feet, and sunfish remain shallow on Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Little Elk Lake. A few walleyes are being taken with crankbaits on Blue and Green in 10 to 17 feet. Northern pike and largemouth bass are easy catches on most lakes. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the Rum River.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

FARIBAULT AREA

Sunfish, bass, northern pike, and the occasional walleye continue to be caught on the weedlines of Cedar Lake. Hit Roberds Lake for sunfish and walleyes in 10 to 12 feet, while Cannon Lake is giving up a few perch and walleyes in 8 feet. Look to Circle Lake for crappies and perch in 10 to 12 feet, and Lake Mazaska is kicking out crappies in 12 to 14 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes on Crescent Lake in 10 to 12 feet, Seagull Lake in 15 to 20 feet, Gunflint Lake in 18 to 20 feet, and Two Island Lake in 8 to 15 feet. Rainbow trout are being caught with nightcrawlers in 10 to 20 feet on Mink Lake and Kimball Lake or in 15 to 18 feet on Leo Lake. Look for suspended lake trout to hit spoons on Loon Lake over 25 to 35 feet, Greenwood Lake over 25 feet of water, and Kemo Lake over 15 to 25 feet of water.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes along the 16- to 22-foot weedlines on Lake Pokegama, the bars and reefs on Trout Lake, Big Splithand Lake in 9 to 16 feet, and on Sugar Lake and Bowstring Lake in 16 to 22 feet. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are active throughout the area, while bluegills continue to be on the shorelines of lakes Pokegama, Bass, Trout, Wabana, and Little Splithand. Stream trout also are biting on Kraemer Lake, Moonshine Lake, Taylor Lake, and Tioga Pit.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA 

Look for walleyes to hit leeches and crawlers on Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Sunfish and crappies have moved to the weedlines of Webb Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Birch Lake. Muskie reports have been limited, but bass fishing has been consistent on most lakes along the shorelines out to the 15-foot weedlines.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176

LAKE KABETOGAMA

A Lindy rig and leech is turning walleyes on the soft-bottomed areas in 18 to 28 feet. Crankbaits also have produced walleyes, smallmouth bass, and northern pike on the shorelines out to 25 feet during the evening hours. The few crappies and perch being caught are being found suspended over deep water.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

LONGVILLE AREA

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on most lakes in less than 10 feet. Little Boy Lake is kicking out walleyes on leeches and crawlers in 16 to 20 feet. Hit Blackwater Lake and Mule Lake for panfish in 8 to 10 feet, while Lake Wabedo is producing some muskies on jerk baits.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

German Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish in 6 to 10 feet of water, and you’ll find crappies on Duck Lake or on Church Bar and Miller’s Point at Madison Lake in 10 to 14 feet of water during the evening hours. Madison also is producing walleyes on crankbaits during the evening hours in the Grassy Island area and sunfish on the 4- to 6-foot weedlines.

White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Sunfish continue to hit on Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Mud Lake in 4 feet. Topwater baits are producing bass on Knife and Fish Lake, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Knife in 3 to 5 feet.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Big Stone Lake is giving up walleyes on the 8- to 11-foot rock piles and weedlines near the south end islands. Big Stone also started producing perch in 11 to 14 feet from Hartford Beach to Schmidt’s Landing, bluegills around the islands, and white bass on the wind-driven points.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Long Lake is producing walleyes on crawlers in 16 to 18 feet, as is Fish Hook Lake in 21 feet. Lake George started giving up northern pike on sucker minnows in 14 to 16 feet. The Crow Wing Chain continues to produce crappies in 9 to 14 feet, and bluegills are hitting on Fish Hook in the 10- to 12-foot weeds.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Panfish action has slowed as they begin to move from the docks and shorelines out to deeper weedlines, but northern pike and bass are hitting on most lakes at a good pace. Walleyes are being caught on crawlers, redtails, and leeches on the humps in 12 to 20 feet on Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet in the Vermilion River or in 10 to 14 feet in the Maiden Rock area of Lake Pepin. Work the shorelines and current seams with crawlers or cut baits on the Mississippi River for channel and flathead catfish. The shallow weeds of Pepin are producing largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

A few walleyes are coming off Rice Lake in 15 to 18 feet and Lake Koronis from 8 to 30 feet – it depends on the time of day. Sunfish are being found in 6 to 10 feet on Rice, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Long Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting in shallow water on most lakes, and northern pike are taking sucker minnows on Koronis, Rice, and Horseshoe in 12 to 14 feet.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Walleye action has been best during the evening hours with leeches and crawlers on Sauk Lake in 8 to 16 feet      and on the 10- to 12-foot cabbage edges of Lake Osakis. Tube jigs and minnows are producing crappies in 7 to 12 feet on Sauk, Osakis, and Long Bridge Lake, while the weedlines on Fairy, Maple, and Smith lakes are holding sunfish.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Leeches and spinners are producing a few walleyes during the day on Lake Minnewaska in 20 to 24 feet, but the bite has been better at night with shallow-running crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet. Sunfish are biting in the 12- to 14-foot weeds on Minnewaska, and bass remain an easy catch along the shorelines, pencil reeds, and weedlines here.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

VIRGINIA AREA

A slip bobber and leech is producing smallmouth bass and walleyes on the 4-foot weed edges or 15- to 25-foot reefs on this end of Lake Vermilion. Crappie and trout reports have been light, but northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weedlines of Murphy Lake and Birch Lake.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-1629

WATERVILLE AREA

Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 4 to 10 feet on Lake Sakatah, and you’ll find walleyes on the 8- to 12-foot weed edges of Lake Tetonka. Sunfish are biting on both lakes in 15 to 20 feet during the day and up shallower in the evenings.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873

WILLMAR AREA

Look for sunfish on the inside weed edges and docks of most lakes, and the deeper weedline on Norway Lake is producing bass and northern pike. There’s some evening walleye action on Green Lake in 25 to 35 feet, and a few walleyes also can be had on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of lakes Andrew, Diamond, and Eagle. Leeches and crawlers on live-bait rigs are working best.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Walleyes are being taken with crankbaits on Lake Sarah, above the dam on Lake Lac qui Parle, and on the shoreline of Del Clark Lake. Panfish, pike, and bass reports have been poor this week.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880