Minnesota fishing report
Leech Lake: Muskies are on the move and very active, reports Reed’s Sporting Goods. Best action is in Portage Bay and Sucker Bay inside the weed beds using bucktails in 7-12 feet. Cold front days troll crankbaits 14 feet down over 60 feet. Walleyes hitting nightcrawlers and leeches in the shallow weeds in 7-12 feet. Largemouth bass can be found on the wild rice beds behind Bear Island and north of Minnesota Island using topwater baits.
Lake Minnetonka: Lots of sunnie and largemouth bass action on the shorelines using wax worms, angle worms and nightcrawlers, according to Wayzata Bait. Best bet for catching northern is fishing early morning using small sucker minnows on the weedlines. Muskie and walleye are dormant because of the heat-causing low oxygen levels.
Bemidji Area:Kobilka’s Sporting Goods says Lake Bemidji is producing muskies on spinner and topwater baits in 9 feet and walleye on jigs and minnows in 5-9 feet. Sunnies coming out of area lakes using small leeches or worms in 9-12 feet. Area lakes also producing largemouth bass using topwater baits in the shallows.
Lake Osakis:Pretty good sunfish bite going on, according to Fisherman’s Corner. Fish are moving deeper to 8-28 feet and hitting on wax worms, angle worms and small leeches. Walleye are mixed in and hitting on leeches and nightcrawlers. Best action in the Half-Mile Bar area. Largemouth bass are on the deeper breaklines in 15 feet, hitting crankbaits and large leeches.
Faribault Area:Andy Nagel’s Live Bait reports sunnie and crappie action in Lake Mazaska using worms and small minnows in 10-12 feet. Also seeing a few walleye among them. Northern and bass coming out of Cedar casting artificials along the weedlines.
Stillwater-St. Croix River:Walleye action in 10-20 feet using fatheads and nightcrawlers, according to Brothers Bait & Tackle. Catfish are starting to move and hitting on catfish baits like stink baits and bits of large sucker minnows fishing on the bottom.