LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Anglers are still finding numbers of active walleyes throughout the lake. Midday hours have been excellent on the deep mud and gravel with live bait or spinner rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers. Slip bobbers and leeches are working on the points and shallow rocks each evening. Drop-shot rigs and other plastic presentations are producing smallmouth bass on or adjacent to the rocks and points. Some muskies have been caught on the rocks and shoreline weedlines, too.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleye action continues to be excellent on the mud flats and rock points during the day with spinner or live-bait rigs. Slip bobbers and leeches are the ticket during the evening hours on the points in 18 to 22 feet. You’ll find smallmouth bass as shallow as 5 feet, while others are set up in 12 to 14 feet – look to rock piles and rock points. Northern pike are being caught in most bays, and muskie anglers are seeing fish in the bays as well.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anchoring and jigging and drifting or trolling spinners have been best for walleyes in 14 to 32 feet on the south shore. Walleyes are being caught on structure and over mud from Pine Island to Knight/Bridges to Archie’s Reef and spots between them. On the Rainy River, some walleyes and sauger are being found in current breaks and sand riffs, smallmouth bass are relating to rocks and bridges, and northern pike are in and adjacent to bays and current breaks. At the Northwest Angle, walleye fishing is strong on both sides of the border. Look for fish on flats, rocky points and over mud in 6 to 30 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Sunfish and largemouth bass are hitting on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Northern pike are chasing spoons and spinnerbaits on the 10- foot weeds of most lakes, while a few walleyes are being plucked from the weeds of Minnetonka. Look for crappies on the outside weed edges, and muskie reports have been light from Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Minnows or leeches are turning walleyes in 18 to 25 feet during the day on the rocks, points, and reefs or 4 to 8 feet during low-light periods. Smallmouth bass continue to hit plastics or minnows on the shallow sand and rock, while muskies are hitting small bucktails and spinnerbaits in Cable Bay and Stuntz Bay. Look to the shallow bays for northern pike, and a few crappies are coming off the north shore of Pike Bay in less than 8 feet.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Work the main lake bars such as Bena, Big Muskie, and Center from top to bottom during the day with leeches or nightcrawlers for walleyes. During the evening hours, jigs and shiners will still produce on top of the bars in 12 to 16 feet or shoreline breaks and points in 9 to 12 feet. You’ll find bigger perch in 20 to 25 feet from Sugar Point to Raven’s Point, and northern pike are active throughout the lake.
Spinners and crawlers or leeches and live-bait rigs are producing walleyes on the rock edges, south end breaks, and main lake structure in 12 to 16 feet. Walleyes also are hitting on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines in Portage and Sucker bays or in 9 to 14 feet off Cedar Point and Sand Point. Muskie action has been better on the weeds than rocks, largemouth are hitting in shallow water in Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay, and the south end rocks are kicking out smallmouths.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes are being found on shallow, wind-blown points, inside turns, and weedy bays in 3 to 10 feet. The go-to presentations have been jigs (casted or trolled) or spinner rigs tipped with minnows or crawlers. Current areas also have been productive on calm days in 20 to 35 feet. Look for smallmouth bass on shorelines in and around shallow boulders, while crappies continue to be caught around turns and points in the bulrushes. Look for northern pike to be in shallow water bays or shorelines and hitting spoons, larger jerk baits, and twitch baits.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Walleye action isn’t quite as strong as it was a week ago, but numbers of fish are still being caught. Jigs and minnows, crankbaits, spinner rigs, and even slip bobbers and leeches are turning fish in less than 9 feet. Look to the bulrushes for some crappies and northern pike.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the points and current breaks of the St. Croix River. Hit White Bear Lake during the evening hours with slip bobbers and leeches for walleyes in 10 to 12 feet. The weeds on Powers Lake, Wasserman Lake, and Lake Jarvis are safe bets for northern pike. Big Marine Lake, Silver Lake, and Beaver Lake are producing panfish, while Lake Olson, Lake Elmo, and Demontreville Lake have been best for largemouth bass.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
You’ll find crappies on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines and sunfish along the shorelines at Hydes Lake, Zumbra Lake, Lake Auburn, and Lake Parley. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics or spinnerbaits at Whaletail Lake and Auburn, while northern pike are taking minnows in 10 to 12 feet on area lakes.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Sunfish remain shallow in Waconia Bay and the north end shoreline. You’ll find crappies in 10 to 14 feet behind Coney Island and the Claybanks area. Low-light periods have been best for walleyes along the 10- to 12-foot weeds on Cemetery Reef, Anderson’s Reef, Harm’s Point, and the Claybanks. Muskie and pike reports have been light, but bass are active in shallow water on the north and west ends.
In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Crappies are hitting on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges of Lake Carlos, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and the east side or Betsy Ross Bay of Lake Ida. Bass and sunfish remain active in shallow water on most lakes, while walleyes are being taken with leeches or crawlers on Lake Reno in 12 to 18 feet and Lake Andrew in 16 to 18 feet. Lakes Miltona and Ida are producing walleyes at night on crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
A few walleyes are being taken with leeches and minnows on Buffalo Lake, Cokato Lake, and Clearwater Lake in 8 to 15 feet. Sunfish and bass continue to be found along the shorelines and docks of most lakes in less than 6 feet. Look to the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Sylvia, Sugar Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Clearwater for crappies during the evening hours.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows or leeches on rigs in 10 to 14 feet at Walker Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and West Battle Lake. Look for sunfish in 4 to 5 feet and crappies on the 10- to 14-foot weed edges of Bass/Elbow Lake, Rush Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Largemouth bass also remain shallow on West Battle, Spitzer Lake, and East Battle Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and West Battle. Double CowGirls are raising a few muskies on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Water temperatures have actually dropped this past week on area lakes, but that has kept the jig and minnow bite going strong. Look to the deep edge of weedlines and mid-lake humps or bars and you should find walleyes on Lake Bemidji, Grace Lake, Wolf Lake, Lake Andrusia, and Lake Plantagenet. Northern pike are hitting anything along most weedlines and bass fishing has been excellent with plastics. Crappies are slowly moving out to their summer haunts, so look to the 8- to 12-foot cabbage on most lakes.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Blackduck Lake and Island Lake are producing walleyes along the shorelines and bars on a variety of live bait options in 8 to 17 feet. Look to Gull Lake, North Twin Lake, South Twin Lake, Rabideau Lake, and Gilstead Lake for bluegills and crappies in less than 8 feet. Northern pike and largemouth bass are hitting in 5 to 8 feet on most lakes.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Leeches or redtail minnows are turning walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on Gull Lake and North Long Lake. Largemouth bass remain shallow and hitting plastics at Round Lake, Pelican Lake, and Gull. Look for northern pike to hit minnows in 6 to 10 feet on Gull, North Long, and Lake Edwards. Sunfish continue to be found on the shorelines and docks of most lakes and a few crappies are showing up on the 6- to 10-foot weedlines of Roy Lake, Lake Margaret, and North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleye action remains strong with shiner minnows when the wind blows on the 8- to 12-foot sand/gravel areas of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Jumbo perch are mixed in with the walleyes, while the bulrushes on Grace Lake, Midge Lake, and Kitchi Lake are producing bluegills in less than 6 feet. Northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes and muskies are chasing black bucktails on the cabbage of Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
You’ll find some sunfish on the shorelines and others on the first weed edges of Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Center Lake. Look for crappies in the channel between Chisago and South Lindstrom Lake and a few walleyes to hit leeches in 10 to 12 feet at North Center Lake and Green. Bass fishing has been excellent on all lakes.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Hit the inside weed edges with jerk baits or plastics for largemouth bass on Rabbit Lake, Bay Lake, Serpent Lake. Smallmouth bass remain active on the current breaks of the Mississippi River and 8 to 14 feet rock/sand areas of Clearwater Lake. Look for evening crappie action on Bay Lake in 12 to 14 feet and the south end of Nokay Lake in 10 to 12 feet. A few walleyes also can be had during low-light periods in 10 feet at Serpent and Rabbit with crankbaits or live-bait rigs. You’ll find rainbow trout down 15 to 20 feet over deep water on Mahnomen Pit #2 and Portsmouth Pit.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Leeches, nightcrawlers, and crankbaits are turning walleyes at Pelican Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, and Big Sugarbush Lake in 10 to 25 feet. Most small lakes continue to produce sunfish and crappies in 2 to 6 feet, while others have moved onto the 12- to 15-foot weedlines. Muskie action has picked on the emerging weedlines of Big Detroit Lake with plastics and bucktails.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
You’ll find walleyes in 16 to 18 feet, hitting leeches or chubs, at Island Lake or 12 to 15 feet at Whiteface Lake. On Lake Superior, Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and lake trout are being taken with spoons in the top 50 feet of the water column. Look for crappies in 12 to 15 feet at Island and Fish Lake, and bluegills remain shallow on most lakes.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Sunfish are being found along the shorelines in 3 to 7 feet, while crappies have moved slightly deeper on Green Lake, Blue Lake, and Little Elk Lake. Topwater baits are triggering northern pike and largemouth bass at Fremont Lake and Blue. Hit the Rum River for walleyes and smallmouth bass.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Birch Lake, Shagawa Lake, and Burntside Lake are producing walleyes on leeches in 5 to 10 feet during the evenings or 15 to 22 feet during the day. Crappies and sunfish are hitting at Birch, Farm Lake, and White Iron Lake in less than 8 feet. Look to Knife Lake, Snowbank Lake, and Burntside with deep-diving crankbaits for lake trout in 20 to 70 feet. Hit the docks on Basswood Lake, White Iron, and Farm with sucker minnows for northern pike. Topwater baits or plastics are turning largemouth bass on Armstrong Lake and smallmouths at Basswood and Snowbank in less than 10 feet.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Washburn Lake started giving up crappies in 4 to 6 feet and northern pike are hitting crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet on Upper Dean Lake. Sunfish are biting in less than 6 feet on Lake Emily and smallmouth bass action has picked up with plastics on the south end of Roosevelt Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Hit the docks on the east side of Ruth Lake for largemouth bass.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Look for crappies and yellow bass on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton in 6 to 12 feet or bluegills on Sisseton and George Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Tuttle Lake continues to produce walleyes on crankbaits in 4 to 6 feet, as are the channels between the lakes in town with jigs and plastics.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Bluegills remain active in less than 5 feet, and crappies have moved to the weedlines on Swan Lake, Pebble Lake, Jewett Lake, and Long Lake. Northern pike also are active on the weedlines of most lakes. Walleye action has been best in 13 to 20 feet during low-light periods on Ten Mile Lake and Fish Lake. Small jerkbaits have produced a few muskies on the deep breaks and weedlines of Hooten Wright Lake
Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Minnows or leeches are producing walleyes at Two Island Lake in 10 to 15 feet, Devil Fish Lake in 18 to 20 feet, and Sea Gull Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Rainbow trout are hitting crawlers at Trout Lake in 8 to 15 feet, Mink Lake over 12 to 20 feet, and Kimball Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Duncan Lake and Greenwood Lake with smelt or preserved minnows for lake trout over 30 to 35 feet. Devilfish Lake, Two Island Lake, and Poplar Lake are kicking out numbers of smallmouth bass in shallow water.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows or leeches on Deer Lake in 16 to 20 feet, and Lake Wabana or Trout Lake in 18 to 22 feet. The morning and evening hours have been best for panfish on the weedlines of Sugar Lake and Six Mile Lake. Largemouth bass are being found on the shorelines and weedlines of most lakes, while smallmouths remain shallow on Deer and Moose Lake.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Big Swan Lake started giving up walleyes out from the access and on the sunken island in 12 to 18 feet – nightcrawlers are working best. Walleyes also can be had with crawlers or leeches during low-light periods on Big Birch Lake in 12 to 15 feet or 25 to 28 feet. Mound Lake and Pine Lake are producing crappies and sunfish in 4 to 8 feet, while Big Birch is kicking out a mixed bag of panfish in 6 to 12 feet. Smallmouth and largemouth bass continue to be found on the shorelines or docks of many lakes.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot breaks or the cabbage edges of Pine Mountain Lake, Baby Lake, and Woman Lake. Largemouth are showing up on the mid-depth weeds and lily pads of most lakes, while smallmouths are set up on the shoreline breaks or mid-lake humps on Ten Mile Lake, Stoney Lake, Mule Lake, and Baby. Look for crappies on the emerging weedlines of Moccasin Lake, Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, and the north side of Stoney, while bluegills remain shallow on most lakes.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleyes have begun showing up on the mid-lake reefs in 22 to 27 feet – a Lindy Rig and leech has worked best. Pitching a jig and minnow in the shallow, wind-blown weeds also has produced walleyes. Northern pike are shallow with weedbeds emerging quickly, and smallmouth bass are working the shallow rocks and weedbeds. Crappies were on a tear last week in Sullivan Bay.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Heavy rains last Saturday left most streams dirty and tough to fish, but they should be mostly clear by this weekend. The small streams are fishing nicely, producing mixed bags of rainbows, brown trout, and brook trout. Spinners, small crankbaits, and large nymphs have been go-to presentations.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
Leeches or minnows are producing walleyes on the north half of Big Sandy Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Look for sunfish in less than 8 feet on Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy. Nightcrawlers or minnows are producing channel catfish in the deep holes of the Mississippi River.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Crappies and sunfish are being found in 4 to 6 feet on Knife Lake, Fish Lake, and Ann Lake. Leeches are producing a few walleyes on the points of Knife, but northern pike reports remain limited.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Walleyes are being taken on bottom bouncers and spinners with crawlers on Big Stone Lake around Mallard Point and the islands in 9 to 13 feet. Large bluegills continue to be caught on the 10-foot weedbeds around the islands on Big Stone. Perch have started hitting crawlers around the points and islands of Big Stone in 9 to 11 feet as well.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crappie and sunfish continue to be caught in 4 to 8 feet on Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes, Duck Lake, and Portage Lake. Walleyes are hitting spinner or live-bait rigs with leeches or minnows on Upper and Lower Bottle lakes in 8 to 14 feet, Long Lake in 16 to 20 feet, and Potato Lake in 12 to 16 feet. Muskie anglers are seeing fish on the cabbage beds and bulrush edges of Big Mantrap Lake. Bass and northern pike remain active, hitting spinnerbaits on most lakes in 4 to 7 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Hit Big Pine Lake in 10 to 12 feet and Rush Lake in 10 to 22 feet with minnows or leeches for walleyes. Crappies have moved out to the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Star Lake, Dead Lake, Rush, and Big Pine. These lakes will produce bluegills and bass in shallower water as well.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
The points on Lake Pepin are producing good numbers of walleye and sauger. Live-bait rigs with leeches or nightcrawlers are working in 4 to 10 feet, as is leadcore and crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet. Look for bluegills in the bays and channel or flathead catfish on the current breaks of the Mississippi River.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes in 10 to 14 feet throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes and Rice Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action is strong in shallow water with topwater baits on most lakes. Look for sunfish in the 5- to 10-foot weeds of Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, Becker Lake, Pearl Lake, Grand Lake, and Rice. Channel catfish are an easy catch on the Horseshoe Chain as well.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish are hitting along the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Fairy Lake, Lily Lake, Maple Lake, and Lake Osakis. The north end of Osakis, Maple, Long Bridge Lake, and Guernsey Lake are producing crappies just outside the weed edges in 10 to 18 feet. A sucker minnow under a bobber is turning northern pike on Big Sauk Lake and Guernsey in 10 feet, while walleyes remain active in 8 to 12 feet on Sauk or 18 to 28 feet on Osakis – minnows, leeches, and crawlers are all working.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Smallmouth bass remain active on the Mississippi River, hitting minnows or plastics along most current breaks. Channel catfish are being pulled from the deeper holes of the river as well. Sunfish are being found in 5 to 8 feet on Green Prairie Lake and Lake Beauty.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
A few walleyes are being taken with crankbaits at night on the bulrush edges of Lake Minnewaska. Hit the Glenwood end of Minnewaska for crappies in 8 to 10 feet and the bulrushes for bass and sunfish. Fishing from shore remains an option on Lake Emily for channel catfish and northern pike.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Lake Andrew is kicking out crappies and walleyes in 8 to 10 feet and some walleyes are going at Eagle Lake in 15 feet on leeches or crankbaits. Diamond Lake is giving up walleyes in 14 feet and crappies in 12 feet. The weedbeds on Big Kandi Lake started producing walleyes and Lake Elizabeth is giving up walleyes in 8 to 10 feet. Look for numbers of bass on Long Lake, Eagle, or Ringo Lake and sunfish on Nest Lake and Foot Lake in less than 8 feet.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097