Minneapolis Fishing report
1. Lake Vermilion
Nightcrawlers and leeches have taken over as the walleye bait of choice, yet minnows are still working, according to Lake Vermilion Trading Company/Big Dipper Bait. Crappies are stacked in the shallow, warmer water bays and getting ready to spawn. There’s little to report on the muskie opener. All fish have been seen on soft-bottom, shallow bays.
2. Grand Marais
Gunflint Lake is producing lake trout on No. 13 chartreuse Rapalas trolling in 30 feet, according to Gunflint Lodge. Northerns are being caught on red and white daredevils, bass on minnows, leeches, soft plastics and crank baits and walleyes on leeches using slip bobbers and jigs.
3. Duluth area
Fisherman’s Corner says the Spirit Lake area of the St. Louis River is producing walleyes; anglers have been trolling nightcrawlers in 4 to 8 feet. Fish Lake also iFishing report s producing walleyes on leeches and minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Anglers should start seeing lake trout action on Lake Superior using purple spoons fishing down 60 to 80 feet in 100 feet of water.
4. Alexandria area
Alexandria Outfitters reports the walleye bite is picking up on the Chain, Ida, Miltona, Andrew, Reno and Mary lakes in a variety of places depending on the lake. Success has been found in the shallows fishing slip bobbers with leeches in 5 to 8 feet and over sand grass flats. Also just off the weedlines in 12 to 18 feet with jigs and fatheads or shiner minnows. Bottom bouncers and Lindy Rigs with leeches or nightcralwers have targeted deeper-holding fish in 22 to 30 feet. Crappies and panfish continue to feed in the emerging pencil reeds, with nice-sized fish coming from the Chain on crappie minnows and feather jigs under slip bobbers. Bluegills and slab sunnies are hitting on wax worms and nightcrawler bits. Also small beetle spins have been effective for panfish.
5. Battle Lake area
Ben’s Bait Shop reports walleye action on West Battle in 16 to 22 feet using leeches and some shiners. Walleyes also are biting on Ottertail on shiners in 14 to 20 feet and Clitherall on leeches and shiners in 16 to 22 feet. South Turtle and Deer lakes are producing panfish with nightcrawlers in 3 to 6 feet. Area lakes also are producing largemouth bass in varied depths of 4 to 18 feet on spinner baits and worms in shallow waters and Lindy Rigs and minnows in deeper waters.
6. Lake Osakis
Fisherman’s Corner says largemouth bass are hitting on large leeches and artificials in 5 to 10 feet. Northerns are hitting sucker minnows and artificials in scattered depths of 5 to 20 feet in the weeds and on the flats. The best walleye bite has been in low light hours in 8 to 12 feet using minnows and leeches. During the day, the fish are being caught in deeper waters.