Weekly Minnesota fishing report
Lake of the Woods
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau reports that anglers have been pulling in trophy-sized walleyes along the south shore off the rock reefs and rubble piles, and around the Gap and just off of Pine Island, jig-fishing with hammered gold spinners and worms. Some downriggers have moved out into the 32- to 34-foot depths. Muskie action is reported at the Northwest Angle and islands. Northerns and smallmouth bass are hitting at the confluence of the Rapid and Rainy rivers.
Skube’s Bait says crappies are suspended in 10 to 12 feet of water, and sunnies are shallower in area lakes and hitting on nightcrawlers and leeches. Area lakes also are producing big northerns using large minnows, Dardevles and Rapalas in 10 feet suspended. The walleye bite has been slow.
Clearwater, Cedar and Granite lakes are producing walleyes along the deep weedlines in 16 to 20 feet of water using leeches and nightcrawlers on a Lindy Rig or spinner rig, according to Little Jim’s Sports. There is northern action in area lakes on the 14-foot weedlines with sucker minnows, and some anglers are having success deep trolling in 20 feet-plus with crank baits or spoon plugs. Largemouth bass have been hitting on spinner baits, plastic worms and leeches in the weeds and also down 15 feet.
Battle Lake area
Area lakes are producing largemouth bass with topwater baits in the shallow weeds, according to Ben’s Bait Shop. Also, panfish are hitting on leeches and crappie minnows on pink and white jigs in 12 feet of water. Some walleye action at night — if you want to brave the mosquitoes — off the shallow flats using leeches, nightcrawlers and Shad Raps.
The Bobber Shop reports walleye action in Washington Lake between Second and Third Points using leeches and Lindy Rigs in 16-20 feet, and crank baits suspended off the bottom in 3-5 feet. Crappies are hitting at Grassy Island on Washington Lake in 12-16 feet with minnows and small jigs. Jefferson Lake is producing big northerns on spinner baits. Largemouth bass are biting on 7-inch plastic worms in the weeds. Catfish are being caught in the Minnesota River on sucker minnows.
Mel’s Sports reports that Green Lake is producing walleyes in 30 feet or deeper using leeches, nightcrawlers and some minnows. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting on the top of the weeds up to shore and off the docks toward evening on spinner baits tipped with minnows, leeches and nightcrawlers.