Minnesota fishing report

Weekly Minnesota fishing report
Lake Vermilion

Continued hot weather has made walleye fishing the best in late evening and after dark, reports Lake Vermilion Trading Co. Fish are hitting nightcrawlers in 16-22 feet in soft-bottom areas. Anglers also are using crank baits in 8-14 feet along windswept shores and weedlines. Muskie action has been picking up on the east end of the lake using bucktails on the rocks and topwater baits at dusk.

Grand Rapids area

Walleyes are hitting in Lake Pokegama in the evening in 15-20 feet using leeches and nightcrawlers on Lindy Rigs, according to Ben’s Bait. Also, smallmouth bass are hitting artificial worms in 10-15 feet. Walleyes are being taken on Winni by anglers fishing the flats with nightcrawlers and leeches in 20-30 feet.

Mille Lacs Lake

Johnson’s Portside reports walleye action in 30-plus feet during the day on the flats and mud, and in 24 feet in the evening on the shallow rock pile edges using leeches and some nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are on the weed beds.

Nisswa-Brainerd area

Koeps Pro Shop reports fantastic largemouth action with fish up to 23 inches coming out of North Long and the Gull chain on 7-inch, dark-colored plastic worms in 2-18 feet. Smaller lakes are producing sunfish using slip bobber rigs with small leeches, angleworms and wax worms in 3-6 feet, with larger fish hitting in 10-12 feet.

Chisago City area

Frankie’s Bait reports largemouth action in Chisago on spinner baits and plastic worms in 5 feet on the weedlines and out to 10-12 feet. Area lakes are producing panfish using waxworms and small leeches in 5-10 feet. Some walleye action is reported on North and South Center lakes on leeches in 17-24 feet in early morning and early evening.

Alexandria area

Alexandria Outfitters says these are good days for panfishing. The Chain of Lakes is seeing action in 10-12 feet just outside standing cabbage weeds using slip bobbers and small leeches, crawler bits or waxworms. The Chain, Miltona and Mary lakes are producing bass on jig worms, skirted jigs and Senkos.

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