Friday, July 15, 2011

Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report

Per a reader's request, here is the Minnesota fishing report for the weekend.

Big Six


East - Crawlers and spinners are working on the gravel, as are Lindy Rigs and leeches on the mud flats. The shallow rock bite during the evening has been best if it's cloudy or windy in six to 12 feet. Muskie anglers are reporting more action but not many hook-ups and smallmouth bass are hitting on the rocks.

Johnson's Portside (320) 676-3811

West - Bigger walleyes are more active, but there's plenty of "eaters" mixed in. Spinner rigs tipped with live bait have worked best on the tops and edges of the flats such as Seguchie, Seven Mile, and Eight Mile during the day. The deep-water walleye bite has improved with leadcore and crankbaits as well. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are the ticket for 'eyes in 28 to 32 feet.

Terry's Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleye action has moved to 28 to 30 feet of water with jigs and shiner minnows or crankbaits. Work the Gap, reefs, and shoals during the day. Spinner rigs and crawlers are producing fish on the reefs in shallower water. At the Northwest Angle, walleye, muskie, and bass action is strong around the islands in 18 to 24 feet or along the shorelines.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 15 to 18 feet on the main-lake reefs, the north end of Sucker Bay, First Duck Point, and Second Duck Point. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes at night off Sand Point if the wind blows. Muskie anglers are reporting mainly small fish in the bays and you'll find crappies and sunfish on the cabbage edges.

Reed's Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Walleye action is limited to the morning and evening along the deep weedlines in most bigger bays. Topwater baits are turning bass during low-light periods, while plastics are best on the deep weeds during the day. A few bigger muskies have been seen on top of the weeds and pike can be had with spinnerbaits and sucker minnows in these locations.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The reefs around the Brule area are giving up walleyes in eight to 10 feet, as is the north side of Dryweed Island and Fox Island in 38 to 42 feet. Hit the Rainy River for walleyes. Most fish are hitting minnows or leeches. Pike are hitting spoons in Cranberry Bay.

Loon's Nest (218) 286-5850


Perch action has picked up on 10- to 12-foot rock piles with minnows. Lindy Rigs and leeches are producing walleyes on the bars such as Moses, Horseshoe, Long, and the Snaghole in 18 to 20 feet. Northern pike have been tough to find.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


A few crappies can be found suspended on the deeper weeds of Big Marine Lake. Topwater baits are raising muskies over mid-depth weeds of White Bear Lake during low-light periods. Best walleye reports are coming off the St. Croix River in 25 to 35 feet, while bass and pike can be had on the weed edges of Demonterville Lake and Big Marine.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Spinnerbaits and suckers are producing pike on weedlines at Lake Auburn, Pierson Lake, and Hydes Lake. Auburn also is giving up sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and crappies on the 12- to 14-foot weed edge by the public access. Spinnerbaits are good for bass in the weeds of Whaletail Lake and Lake Minnewashta is producing crappies in 12 to 15 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Walleye action is best after dark on the reefs in 12 to 16 feet. Muskie action is slow, but anglers seem to be seeing more fish on or near the reefs during low-light periods. Look to the deep weeds for suspended crappies, while sunfish and bass are near the docks or the 12- to 14-foot weedlines adjacent to the reefs.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Crawlers are best for walleyes in 25 to 30 feet at Lake Miltona, while leeches and Lindy Rigs are the ticket at Lake Ida in 15 to 20 feet. Look for crappies over 16 to 20 feet at Lake Le Homme Dieu and sunfish are in 10 feet at lakes Carlos, Darling, and Geneva. Bass are hitting on the deep weeds and bars of most lakes and muskie reports have been limited.

Christopherson's Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255


Walleyes are active in 18 to 24 feet at Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake. Sunfish are in 10- to 14-foot weeds of Clearwater, Lake John, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Cedar and Pleasant Lake are kicking out bass and pike along deep weedlines, and Sugar continues to give up a few muskies.

Little Jim's Bait (320) 274-5297


Shallow weedbeds of lakes Clitherall, West Battle, Stalker, and Blanche are producing sunfish, while crappies are over 20 feet at West Battle and Clitherall. During the day, walleyes are hitting crawlers in 15 to 25 feet at Walker Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle. Crankbaits are best during the evening on the flats in five to 12 feet. Muskies are hitting bucktails on the 15- to 20-foot cabbage of West Battle, while bass and pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.

Ben's Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Work the 16- to 18-foot, mid-lake structure of Big Lake, Lake Bemidji, and Lake Plantagenet for walleyes. Muskie action has improved with CowGirls and crankbaits on these lakes as well. Look for bluegills in the shallow weeds of Kitchi Lake and Rice Lake and bass are hitting on all lakes.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


There's an evening crankbait bite for walleyes at Island Lake in shallow water. You'll find bluegills and crappies scattered along the eight- to 10-foot weedlines of Lake Pimushe, Gilstead Lake, and South Twin Lake. Bass and northern pike also can be had on the weedlines of the aforementioned lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Suckers are producing pike in 12 to 18 feet at Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards. Walleyes are active during low-light periods in 14 to 24 feet at Gull, Pelican Lake, and Round Lake. Sunfish are on the shallow side of most weedlines, crappies have been tough to locate, and bass fishing is strong in the deep and shallow weeds.

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


Jumbo perch action has improved on the seven- to nine-foot weed and gravel areas of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Walleyes have set up in 20 to 25 feet around Buck's Bar, Deadman's Bar, North Bar, and East Cedar Bar on Cass or Boathouse Bar on Pike Bay. Crappies are around docks near deep water in Allen's Bay on Cass and Grace Lake continues to give up bluegills. Muskie action has improved on the weedlines of most lakes.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Sunfish are hitting in the six- to eight- foot weeds of Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and North Center Lake. Bass action has been excellent in the shallow weeds and deep cover of most lakes. Sunrise Lake is kicking out pike in 10 to 12 feet and suckers also will turn pike at Green Lake in deeper water.

Frankie's Bait (651) 257-6334


Crankbaits or Lindy Rigs and leeches are turning walleyes in 15 to 17 feet at Rabbit Lake or in 15 to 20 feet at Farm Island Lake. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Serpent Lake, Black Hoof Lake, and Little Rabbit Lake are producing bluegills. Look for crappies over 20 feet during the evening at Black Hoof and Little Rabbit. Rainbow trout are hitting on CowBells or vertically-presented jigs on the Pennington Chain and Portsmouth Pit. Bass and northern pike remain thick on the weedlines of Serpent, Farm Island, and Bay Lake.

Oars 'n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912


Walleyes are hitting crawlers and leeches in 25 to 30 feet at Island Lake, while spinners and crawlers are working best for 'eyes in the Barker's Island area on the St. Louis River. Work shorelines or structure adjacent to deep water with spinnerbaits for muskies at Island Lake. Weedbeds on Rice Lake and Fish Lake are holding bluegills and lake trout and coho salmon are being caught 30 to 40 feet down about 15 miles out on Lake Superior.

Chalstrom's Bait (218) 726-0094


Walleyes are hitting leeches in 25 to 40 feet at Burntside Lake and Basswood Lake. On Lake Two, Ensign Lake, and Lake Three, walleyes are hitting leeches along the shorelines out to 15 feet. Lake trout reports are limited, but smallmouth bass are hitting on Snowbank Lake and Burntside.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Suckers are turning pike on the west side of Lake Emily in four to six feet. You'll find sunfish and crappies on the west side of the island at Kego Lake in six to 10 feet. Walleyes are hitting leeches at West Fox Lake in 16 to 18 feet and the shallow cabbage on the south end of Lake Washburn is a safe bet for bass.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Crankbaits are producing walleyes at Big Twin Lake. The six- to 12-foot weeds of Fox Lake are good for crappies. Hit North Silver Lake for perch in less than six feet. Crappies and sunfish are active in shallow water at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton.

Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle (507) 235-5225


Walleyes are hitting leeches at Seagull Lake during the day in 25 feet and in 12 feet during low-light periods. Lake trout are hitting a jig and minnow or spoons 55 to 60 feet down at Lake Saganaga, 65 feet down at Greenwood Lake, and 40 to 45 feet down at Trout Lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and live bait along the shorelines of Crescent Lake and Devil Track Lake or in 15 feet at Hungry Jack Lake. Lake trout are suspended over 150 to 200 feet on Lake Superior.

Buck's Hardware (218) 387-2280


Live-bait rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes on humps and weedlines of lakes Wabana, Sugar, Deer, and Trout. Smallmouth bass are crushing topwaters at lakes Pokegama, North Star, Wabana, and Deer. You'll find sunfish in the shallow weeds of Grace Lake, Bass Lake, and Pokegama and a few crappies during the evening hours at Jessie Lake and Six Mile Lake.

Ben's Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Woman Lake is giving up walleyes during the day on spinner rigs and crawlers in 20 feet or via crankbaits at night in 10 feet or less. The weedlines of Woman are producing pike and crankbaits are triggering bass at Ten Mile Lake. Look to Pleasant Lake during low-light periods with minnows for crappies.

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


Walleyes are hitting slow-trolled live-bait rigs and leeches or crawlers in 18 to 28 feet on the tops and edges of the reefs. Casting crankbaits or topwater baits on the weed edges has worked well for bass and pike. For a mixed bag of fish, try trolling crankbaits along the 12- to 18- foot shoreline breaks.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Along the east end, walleyes are most active on the shallow side of the rock reefs. The rock piles and reefs on this end also are giving up walleyes in 16 to 26 feet or deeper. Look for some fish on the 20- to 27-foot transition areas and in other areas of the lake, leeches are working best for smallmouth bass and walleyes in eight to 10 feet.

Lake Vermilion Guides League


The Minnesota River is giving up walleyes via jigs and minnows. The weeds of Madison Lake also are producing walleyes and you'll find crappies in the narrows here. The weeds in Baker's Bay on Lake Washington provide steady panfish and pike action.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Waxworms produce perch in the Shady Beach, Hartford Beach, and Sodak areas of Big Stone Lake in 12 to 13 feet. A few walleyes can be had on Big Stone with spinners and crawlers in 10 to 11 feet near Goose Island and the Grapevine. Catfish are hitting stinkbaits and pike are hitting spoons at the Highway 75 dam of the Minnesota River. Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on the west side of Lake Oliver in 15 to 18 feet.

Bud's Bait (320) 839-2480


Crawlers and minnows are turning walleyes during low-light periods at Long Lake in 26 to 28 feet and at Fish Hook Lake in 25 feet. The Crow Wing Chain is producing sunfish in 12 to 14 feet, while Fifth Crow Wing Lake, Sixth Crow Wing Lake, and Big Mantrap Lake are giving up crappies right before dark in 14 feet. The muskie action has been excellent on Big Mantrap and Fish Hook is giving up plenty of pike in 16 to 18 feet.

Delaney's (218) 732-4281


Crappies are being found on the northwest side of Lake Pokegama and the north end of Cross Lake in 18 to 21 feet. Crawlers will produce walleyes in 18 to 24 feet on these lakes as well. The 11-foot breaks on Knife Lake are giving up walleyes via leeches, you'll find sunfish on the north shoreline, and largemouth bass at the mouth of the Knife River. On East and West Rush lakes, crawlers are turning walleyes in 20 to 25 feet, crappies are suspended over 25 to 30 feet, and there are plenty of bass along the shorelines.

Red's Bait & Tackle (320) 629-1154


Limits of walleyes are coming off the south shoreline while trolling the weedlines with spinner rigs or crankbaits. Fish also are being caught with a jig and minnow on the rock humps. Solid walleye action also is reported along the breaks of the north and east shores in five to nine feet.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

Mort's Dock (218) 647-8128


Walleyes are hitting crankbaits in 12 to 17 feet in the Maiden Rock Flats area of Lake Pepin. The rocks near Maple Springs on Pepin are producing panfish and spoons continue to fool northern pike at the Rush River area. On the Mississippi River, crankbaits are turning 'eyes in the Head of the Lakes area.

Ike's Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Sunfish action has picked up in six to 12 feet at lakes Koronis, Rice, Pearl, Grand, Horseshoe, Cedar Island, and Becker. A few walleyes are being taken on leeches in 20 to 25 feet at Koronis and Rice, while bass action remains strong on the weedlines of most lakes. Sucker minnows have provided steady northern pike action in eight to 14 feet at Koronis, Browns Lake, and Eden Lake.

Mike's Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Sunfish remain active on Maple Lake in six to eight feet and on the eight- to 12-foot weedlines of Long Lake. Crawlers, leeches, and redtails are turning walleyes along the weedlines of Sauk Lake. Plastics are working best for crappies on Guerney Lake in six to 10 feet.

Fletcher's Bait (320) 352-2155


Trolling shallow-running crankbaits in four to eight feet on Lake Minnewaska has produced pike. The 12- to 14-foot depths off the points of Minnewaska are giving up sunfish, you'll find bass in the bulrushes, and walleye reports have been slow here.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239


The weedlines of Lake Tetonka are producing northern pike and crappies on minnows. A few walleyes can be had on Tetonka with leeches or crawlers in 15 feet or more. Northern pike are hitting spoons or sucker minnows near the water treatment facility on Lake Sakatah and Lake Francis is giving up walleyes and crappies in 12 to 15 feet.

Axel's Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

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