Minnesota Fishing Report The weed edges on Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Miltona started producing walleyes just before dark. It’s worth looking for walleyes on the west end of Reno Lake and in 10 feet of water on Lake Mary. Leeches and crawlers started turning more fish this week. Bass action has been good on most lakes. Work the flats with Senkos and you shouldn’t have any problem catching fish. A tube jig and minnow is a safe bet for crappies on the Le Homme Dieu Chain.
During the day look for walleyes in 18 to 24 feet of water on lakes such as Pleasant, Clearwater, and Cedar. The shallow weed edges of these lakes also will produce fish during the evening hours. Bass are biting on most lakes with Clearwater and Lake Sylvia providing the area’s biggest fish on spinnerbaits, plastics, or topwater presentations. Look for crappies and sunfish around the docks in two to five feet of water on Lake John, French Lake, and Granite Lake. Spinnerbaits or sucker minnows are safe bets for northern pike throughout the area.
Shiner minnows continue to produce walleyes in 20 to 22 feet of water during the evening hours on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake. Topwater baits have been the ticket for bass on Stalker Lake, Blanche Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Sunfish are relating to the shallow weed patches of South Turtle Lake, Clitherall Lake, Rush Lake, and Dead Lake. Look for consistent crappie action on Silver Lake and West Battle in six to 10 feet of water.
Leeches and shiner minnows have been the best baits for walleyes on Lake Bemidji. These fish get most active during the evening hours in seven to 21 feet of water. Minnows also have produced walleyes on Lake Irvine in seven feet of water. Look for northern pike to be cruising the shallow weed edges on most area lakes.
Leeches, minnows, and crawlers have produced walleyes during the evening hours on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 14 feet of water. The shallow water panfish action remains strong on North and South Twin Lake. Northern pike are an easy catch on area lakes, but most continue to be small.
Look for walleyes to be most active early and late in the day on North Long Lake and Gull Lake. Live bait rigs tipped with leeches or shiner minnows have worked best in 12 to 18 feet of water. Northern pike and largemouth bass are biting consistently on area lakes in less than 10 feet of water and you will find plenty of crappies still in shallow water.
Slip bobbers and shiner minnows have produced walleyes off O’Neil’s Point on Cass Lake in eight feet of water. There’s also an evening walleye bite with a jig and minnow combination in the Turtle River area of Cass. During the day, Lake Andrusia is kicking out walleyes in 25 feet of water on leeches and crawlers. The top of Wishbone Bar on Cass Lake is a safe bet for jumbo perch. Look to Kitchi Lake and Allen’s Bay on Cass for crappies in shallow water. Trolling a spinner rig and sucker minnow is a safe bet for northern pike on Midge Lake and Grace Lake. Lake Thirteen has provided the area’s best bass action.
Work the 10- to 12-foot weed edges and points with leeches on Chisago Lake for walleyes. A sucker minnow under a bobber is still the best bet for northern pike on Sunrise Lake in eight to 10 feet of water. Panfish are biting well around the docks on area lakes and the bass action has been good on all area lakes.
The Pennington Pit and Portsmouth Pit continue to produce numbers of rainbow trout. Most of these fish are biting in the top 10 to 15 feet of the water column. Look to Pelican Lake during the day for walleyes in 21 to 24 feet of water with minnows. These fish also have been active in water as shallow as 10 feet during lowlight periods of the day. Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake also are producing walleyes with similar patterns. Crappies and sunfish have started moving to their spawning areas and largemouth bass are easy to catch on most lakes in less than six feet of water. Look to Bay Lake for the most numbers.
Walleye anglers are picking up fish in 18 to 26 feet of water on Whitefish Lake and Pelican Lake. The key is to work a live bait rig and leech or jig and minnow very slow. Spinners and minnows are producing northern pike along the weed edges of most lakes and the first week of bass season has been great in shallow water. Crankbaits or spinnerbaits worked close to the surface provide plenty of action. Look to the emerging weed edges in three to six feet of water for panfish.
Bass are biting well in five to eight feet of water, just off the emerging weedbeds. Spinnerbaits or tube jigs have produced bigger fish. Walleye action continues to improve on lakes such as Prairie, Crystal, Round, Floyd, and Sallie. Little nipper jigs are producing panfish in shallow water on most lakes.
Fatheads or small sucker minnows on a jig have produced walleyes on Island Lake in 17 to 25 feet of water. Work the edge of the deep channel near the Boy Scout Landing on the St. Louis River for walleyes as well. Kimball Bay on the St. Louis River started producing nice crappies in shallow water. You’ll find an assortment of lake trout, cohos, and king salmon hitting stickbaits near the surface on Lake Superior.
Crawlers on a floating jig have been the ticket for walleyes on Green Lake in 11 to 18 feet of water. You’ll also find some nice sunfish in the shallows of Green Lake. Northern pike are hitting minnows on Blue Lake and you will find walleyes and panfish in the shallows here. The bass bite has been consistent on area lakes, but look to Blue Lake for better numbers of big fish.
Leeches and livebait rigs are producing walleyes on Hall Lake in 16 to 18 feet of water. Look to the power plant area on George Lake for crappies and bluegills. Largemouth bass action has been very good on George and Hall as well.
Cannon Lake and Lake Mazaska still are producing walleyes during the evening hours with Rapalas in shallow water. On Shields Lake, leeches have worked best in 14 to 16 feet of water. Panfish have moved into their spawning areas on lakes such as Hunt, Shields, and Mazaska. The bass bite has been very good in shallow water on most lakes and you’ll find plenty of small northern pike hitting minnows along the weed edges of Cedar Lake and Shields Lake.
Walleye action has improved on the north and south ends of Bowstring Lake in eight feet of water. Look to Big Splithand Lake in eight to 10 feet and the Gap on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water for walleyes with jigs and minnows. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are producing bass on the Mississippi River, Long Lake, and Lake Pokegama. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weed edges of Balsam Lake.
A jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes on Ten Mile Lake in 25 feet of water. Webb Lake is kicking out walleyes in six to eight feet of water and in 22 to 24 feet of water. Pine Mountain Lake also is providing steady walleye action in 10 to 14 feet of water. The shallows of Girl Lake, Birch Lake, and Pleasant Lake continue to produce crappies. Spinnerbaits are fooling largemouth bass on Birch Lake, Portage Lake and Bass Lake.
On the west end of Kabetogama anglers were catching walleyes from five feet during the evening hours and in 20 to 28 feet midday. Areas around mid-Kabetogama that have been producing walleyes are Martin Islands and Nashata Point in 30 to 38 feet of water on a jig and minnow. Eastern Kabetogama and western Namakan were producing walleyes on the steep ledges in 35 to 45 feet of water. Perch and sauger have been mixed in. Smallmouth bass action is improving daily on rock piles.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Leeches and live bait rigs continue to turn numbers of walleyes on the north end sand breaks in 15 to 25 feet of water during the day. The rock points and shallow sand have provided steady walleye action during lowlight periods of the day in eight to 15 feet of water. Slip bobbers and leeches are the best bet with Big Point being a primary shallow location. Shiner minnows are a safe bet for northern pike in Isle Bay. Shallow-running crankbaits are producing smallmouth bass on the rocks.
West – Work the 14- to 20-foot breaks in St. Alban’s Bay for walleyes with a Lindy Rig and leech or rainbow minnow. The mud bite continues to improve with fish being caught during the day and evening hours in 23 to 28 feet of water. Leeches also have produced the majority of fish off Sherman’s Flat, Curley Flat, and the Seven Mile Flat. Slip bobbers and leeches are the way to go late in the evening off any of the points in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Northern pike and sunfish are active along the shallow weed edges that run from six to 10 feet of water on Lake Minnetonka. Crappies can be had on top of the milfoil in eight to 10 feet of water. The 14-foot weed edges on Lake Independence are holding walleyes, most of which are being caught on leeches and live bait rigs. The bass bite has been very good on most lakes in eight to 10 feet of water. Jigs, spinnerbaits, and plastics are producing the most bites.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of eating-sized walleyes have been common along the south shore and the bigger fish also have started biting this week. A jig and minnow or spinner/minnow combination is working best in 18 feet of water. The Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay, Pine Island, and Zippel Bay are worth noting. The wind blown points are producing numbers of walleyes at the Northwest Angle. On the Rainy River, anglers are catching smallmouth bass and northern pike in the Clementson Rapids area.
Walleyes continue to be caught during the day off Johnson’s Bar, Three Mile Bar, and Half Mile Bar with leeches and slip bobbers. Look to the shallow weed edges and tops of the bars during lowlight periods of the day. Bass are being caught in shallow water and a few good-sized crappies have started setting up in the thick weed patches.
Walleye reports are mixed with some anglers doing well fishing shallow late in the day with slip bobbers. Others were finding walleyes on rock piles, reefs, and submerged islands during the day. Crappies and northern pike remain shallow and very aggressive.
The shallow reeds and bulrushes on the north end of the lake are giving up numbers of bass. Work the southeast side of Anderson’s Reef and Cemetery Reef with plastics and topwaters for bass as well. Look for crappies and sunfish in the reeds and along docks with small jigs. Walleyes are most active during lowlight periods of the day. Minnows and crankbaits are working best on Pillsbury Reef and the Claybanks.
The walleyes seem to be more spread out this week. You’ll find active fish in eight to 23 feet of water, but as a general rule, expect more walleyes over 20 inches in deep water. Horseshoe Bar, Bena Bar, Sugar Bar, and Big Muskie Bar are a few deep spots holding fish. The evening hours are best spent in nine to 12 feet of water with jigs or spinners tipped with minnows. Little Stoney Point, Sugar Point, Highbanks, and the Bird Houses have been best.
Fish the windy side of most points in 12 feet of water and you’ll catch walleyes with a jig and minnow. Minnows also are turning walleyes in Walker Bay over 18 to 25 feet of water. The shallow crappie bite remains strong on the north end of Kabekona Bay, Steamboat Bay and Shingobee Bay. Northern pike are biting very well along the emerging weed edges of Shingobee as well.
There’s a consistent evening walleye bite taking place in six to 10 feet of water in Black Bay and Jackfish Bay. The sharp breaks in Sand Bay also have produced walleyes with a jig and minnow. The smallmouth bass bite will get better as the water warms, but you will find a few fish setting up in shallow water now. Look to Black Bay for crappies in six to eight feet of water during the afternoon hours.
Lake Emily, Long Lake, and Lake Minnewaska are producing walleyes at a variety of depths. Minnows, crawlers, and leeches are producing fish during the evening hours. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits in the shallows of Lake Minnewaska.
NORTHEAST METRO – Sucker minnows are fooling northern pike along the weed edges of Big Marine Lake, Big Carnelian Lake, and White Bear Lake. Crappies continue to bite in shallow water on Forest Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and Big Marine. Look for sunfish in four to six feet of water on Lake Peltier, Lake Jane, and Forest Lake. Minnows and leeches have been the best bet for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water on Clear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. On the St. Croix River, fatheads are producing walleyes in 10 feet of water north of Stillwater.
SOUTHWEST METRO – Chartruese jigs and waxworms have been the ticket for sunfish in three feet of water on the north side of Lake Minnewashta. Work the sunken island and north end of Lake Parley for sunfish as well. Crappies seem to be active throughout the area with numbers of small fish caught under docks, while the bigger fish continue to be suspended over 10 to 12 feet of water. Bass are an easy catch with plastics in four to six feet of water and sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike on lakes such as Auburn, Zumbra, and Stieger. Lindy Rigs and leeches are producing walleyes on the north end of Lake Parley in 10 feet of water.
By Outdoor News
The Associated Press