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ALEXANDRIA – Christopherson’s Bait & Tackle, Dana Freese, 2 blocks east of Big Ole, (320-763-3255) The panfish are biting good on area lakes, you can still find them shallow as the bluegills are still spawning. The crappies have been found on the weed lines in a bit deeper water. The bass have been doing very well. The best bets for bass are using spinner baits and topwater baits in 1 to 10 feet of water. The walleye fishing has been spotty. Your best bets for walleyes are on Ida or Miltona during the early morning hours or late evening. Leeches & crawlers, in 18 to 30 feet of water have seemed to bring the best results.

ANNANDALE - B.J.’s Bait & Tackle, Bill, west side of Clearwater Lake, between the two public accesses (320-274-3730) Call or email Bill for a report!

ANOKA – Action’s Fishing, Jack, 809 West Hwy 10 (763-422-4890) Call Jack for a report!

BATTLE LAKE – Ben’s Bait & Tackle, Josie, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596) Walleyes have been biting on Stocker, W. Battle and Ottertail. The walleyes have been found in anywhere from 9 to 22 feet of water, they have been biting on shiners but the best luck has been on leeches and jigs or Lindy’s. The best reports for crappies have been coming from Molly, Annie Battle, and Stocker. The crappies have been hitting minnows in 11 feet of water. Try the same lakes for panfish using small leeches or crawlers. Bass reports have been excellent, try using a spinner bait, buzz baits, or plastics for best results. Northerns have been hungry on Ottertail, Battle and Clitheroe, trolling sucker minnows in 15 feet of water on the edge of weeds.

BEMIDJI – Bluewater Bait & Sports, Mark Cook, 1 mile north of the Hwy 2 & 71 Intersection (218-444-2248) The walleye bite has slowed; the biters are coming on leeches and crawlers. The water temps are reported to be in the 70’s. The panfish bite has been good in shallow water. Bass fishing is excellent and the crappies have been spotty.

BIG STONE – Bud’s Bait & Tackle, Greg or Jim Rasset (320-839-2480) Call for a report!

BLACKDUCK - Timberline Sport & Tackle, Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd (218-835-4636) Walleyes have been found on Blackduck in 13 to 17 feet of water using leeches or minnows. Try Gilstad or Rabideau for panfish, good reports have been coming in.

BRAINERD LAKES AREA – Brainerd Guide Service, John Blong (218-825-8965) The walleye fishing continues to be strong in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The hottest bite is happening on Mille Lacs Lake. Good numbers, and size have been the norm for the last few weeks. The local lakes, like Gull and Pelican continue to be good, but walleye size has been on the smaller side. Leeches on Lindy rig have been the best bait. The local bass are in the pencil reeds at the current time. Tube baits, and lightly weighted jig worms have been effective baits for these shallow fish. Search out large dock complexes, most of the nicest bass are being caught off these docks at the present time. The sunfish action continues to be strong. Most of the area sunfish are on the beds at the present time.

CHISAGO CITY – Frankie’s Live Bait and Marine, Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and Co Rd 77 (651-257-6334) It was a great weekend for fishing. The walleyes have moved deeper and are being caught in 18-20 feet of water. S. Lindstrom has been the best bite for walleyes in the area. The panfish bite has been excellent in all area lakes. Bass fishing is still great. For crappies try Kroon Lake. If you're looking for pannies try Sunrise, the bass and northern bite is also good there.

CROSSLAKE - Holiday of Cross Lake, Lee (218-692-2708) Walleye action on the Whitefish Chain as well Crosslake and Pelican is good with fish being caught on leeches with lindy rigs in 18 to 26 feet of water. Some fishermen are trolling with crankbaits and reporting lots of action in about 20 feet. Bass and northern anglers are reporting finding fish along the weed lines. Spinnerbaits and plastics for the bass and spinner rigs with northern minnows for the northern, work points and drop-off areas. Crappie and panfish are still being found next to the shore lines in 8 to 12 feet of water and hitting on small jigs tipped with minnows or worms.

DETROIT LAKES - Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service (218-846-9230) The largemouth bass fishing has been fantastic in the Detroit Lakes area the past week! They are hitting just about anything you’re throwing at them - from surface baits to fishing the deep weedlines with plastic worms. Many of those fish have not spawned yet so please practice catch and release on these great fighting fish! The walleye bite is starting to pick up with the fish now pretty much in their summer patterns. The deep weedlines and breaks using a Lindy rig and leech or crawler are working well. Pelican, Big Cormorant, Lida, Lizzie, Crystal, Round, Little Bemidji, are all kicking out some fish. The bluegill bite remains strong on area lakes in the shallow water areas. The crappies, for the most part, have moved out into deeper water and in and along the deep cabbage.

DULUTH - Fisherman’s Corner, Scott, 7 miles north of Miller Mall on Hwy 53 (218-729-5369) Call for a recent fishing report!

DULUTH - Marine General, 1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833) The recent ALS Tournament on Island Lake proved that the walleye bite is great. Most anglers were successful. On Lake Superior the trout and salmon fishing has been good. The walleyes on superior are a little slower with the best reports coming from the state line. If you’re going to the St. Louis for walleyes try the harbor area and use crawlers and spinners.

EDEN VALLEY – Mike’s Bait & Tackle, Mike, right off Hwy 55 (320-453-2248) The sunfish bite has been excellent on all area lakes. Walleyes have been slow with the best reports coming from Koronis and Rice. The bass fishing has been very good on all area lakes with the best bite in the shallows.

GRAND RAPIDS - Rapids Tackle, Don Wendt, 2 blocks west of Jerry’s Liquor Warehouse (218-326-9838) We have had a good week of fishing. The walleyes are starting to act more like they should. They are showing up on the bars more often. They are also starting to hit on rigs with crawlers or leeches more everyday. There are still fish in the shallows because the minnows are still spawning. On Winnie look at the west side, around Raven’s Point and Mallard. The High Banks region has been good on cloudy days. Bowstring and Splithand Lakes have been getting better right along. Use crawlers and leeches for starters here. Most of the bass lakes have been hot. A lot of top water baits are doing well. You can also use plastic at the weed edges. Muskie action was kind of slow.

GREY EAGLE - Nancy’s Bait & Tackle, Rex, on CR 2, four miles east of the Rock Tavern on Big Birch Lake, four miles west of Upsala (320-285-2405) Call for a current report.

HACKENSACK - Swanson’s Bait & Tackle, Jim Tuller, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176) The panfish and bass fishing has been great! Smallmouth females have been moving into beds with the largemouth being found in the shallows. The crappies have moved out to 8 to 10 feet of water. Your best bet for walleyes would be on Woman Lake but they have slowed in the area.

KABETOGAMA-NAMAKAN – Gateway Store, US Hwy 53 & CO Rd 122, 30 miles south of Int’l Falls-Canadian border, Phil Hart (218-875-2121) Finally fishing has picked up the pace on Kabetogama and Namakan. Resort anglers and guides have been surprised and pleased with the turn-a-round from the slow early season start. Slot walleyes from the 2001 hatch are showing up eager to bite in the 8-foot shallows as well as at the 16-20’ range. Mid-week to the weekend the bite was on for walleyes. The favored bait was leeches, with crawlers running a close second. Slip sinker rigs out performed ball jigs. Soft bottom and sand bottom structures on the windward sides of shorelines and reefs gave up more walleyes than the rock reefs being occupied now by smallmouth bass. Early evenings the walleyes are going shallow in the hunt of perch minnows and daytime they seem to be active in the 16- to 25-foot depths. Northern pike action has let up some, reports are they can be found in the weedy bays or on the edge of same. Bays like Mud, Daily and Nebraska on Kab and Hoist Bay and Junction Bay on Namakan. Smallmouth action should be heating up as they complete spawning. Water temperatures in the high 60’s reaching well into the 70’s in the daytime sun. Best tip this coming week is to be armed with leeches and crawlers for walleyes and start using lures for pike and smallmouth.

LAKE OF THE WOODS –Area Tourism Bureau, Jane, near junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 172 in Baudette (1-800-382-FISH) Lake of the Woods produced yet another successful weekend for fishing. Catching and releasing fish was the trend this past weekend as the fish were practically jumping into the boat. Anglers wouldn’t even have a fish out of the net, and the net was needed for another fish. June is generally thought of the easiest month to catch fish, it’s proving accurate this year. Drift with a spinner and a minnow or tie a jig on and anchor or drift, either way, walleyes are cooperating. Fish were being caught right along Pine Island by Long point. Most success came from gold spinners and minnows. Walleye caught were between 12- 15 inches, perfect for a fish fry at the end of the day. The long point area did produce some larger fish, but still within the slot limit. The Northwest Angle created some great fishing for anglers as well. Spinners and bottom bouncers showed the most success on the Northwest Angle. Little Oak Island seemed to be the hot spot for walleye. Limits were being caught in 3-4 passes meaning large amounts of fish were being released daily. Walleye weren’t the only fish biting as one angler caught and released a 38-pound muskie.

LEECH LAKE – Anderson’s Resorts, Tim (1-800-516-0077) Fishing has been good on Leech Lake. The bright calm weather has made the walleye bite a lowlight deal. Sand Point has had a great night bite for keeper walleyes. Walker Bay and the Narrows have also been producing some keeper size walleyes. Perch have been on a feeding frenzy with some real jumbos in the mix. Agency Bay has had a good number of jumbo perch coming in up by the Roosevelt Channel. Fish are moving out of the shallow bays so work the close drop-offs. Northern are very active in any bay you choose.

MANKATO – The Bobber Shop, North Riverfront Drive (507-625-8228) For crappies try Bakers Bay on lake Washington in 7 to 12 feet of water using flu flu’s. Also try in front of the cracker box on Lake Washington as well. Sunfish and crappies have been going on Duck Lake and the west end of Francis, panfish have been biting in 7 to 12 feet of water.

METRO AREA EAST – Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle, Oakdale (651-777-2421) The St. Croix is still excellent for walleyes. If you haven’t gotten down there do it. Bass have been doing well in the area. The best action has been on Demontreville, Jane and Elmo in the evenings. Powers Lake in Woodbury has been good for northerns and bass.

MILLE LACS – Lundeen’s Tackle Castle, Bill Lundeen, Onamia (320-532-3416) We’re seeing some excellent fishing on the mud flats the past five days - good mix of keepers and throw-backs have kept anglers busy so far this week. Sherman’s, 7-mile and Seguchie are good starting spots. The walleye have been active from 22-35 feet, but you’ll find most of the fish on the deep side of the break in 28+. Leeches and crawlers have both been good. The gravel is starting to produce a little better but it’s still a week or so off from “good”. In the evenings, look to the smaller rock piles along the south end and the east side. Fish these areas in 8-18 feet with a slip bobber/leech. The bass opener came and went with mixed reports - gusty winds made sight fishing difficult. Many of the smallies are still on the beds... look for them to make the transition to their summer haunts soon. Northern fishing has been best in Isle Bay so far - small suckers are working the best.

MILLE LACS – Chris Kuduk's Guide Service, Chris Kuduk (320-630-1761) The gravel and the mud are doing very good. Spinner and crawlers have been the best presentation on the gravel. The bite on the mud has been good on both crawlers and leeches. Work the edges of the flats slowly with a ten-foot leader, colored hook and an orange bead for bets results. The shallow rock bite is still good in the evenings and on windy days. Smallmouth have been doing very well. Try the bays and rocks. One angler reported a 50 fish day just last weekend. It should be a good year for muskies as well.

MONTEVIDEO – DJ’s Sporting Goods, Jon Dahlvang, east Hwy 7, south side of Hwy, (320-269-7265) Call for a current report.

NISSWA - Dave’s Sportland Bait & Tackle, Jason, 2 miles south of Nisswa at the Intersection of Hwy 371 and Cty Rd 77, next to Schaefer’s Foods (218-963-2401) We are now starting to catch a mixed bag of fish in the Nisswa area. The bass are practically jumping in the boat. Anglers are catching a ton of bass on small spinnerbaits, plastic worms, or tube style baits. Bass are hanging in the shallows and out on the shallow weed flats from 3-10 feet. The pike action is also heating up. The south end of Gull is producing some nice fish up to 10 pounds on live bait rigs and redtail chubs or sucker minnows. Trolling has also produced the pike. The crappies are still a bit of a mystery since they spawned. Look for the crappies to start showing up in 10-12 feet of water along the weed edges. Bluegills are spawning and are easy targets. Just throw some worms or small leeches in the shallows for some great action. Walleye action has been fantastic on Mille Lacs. We are seeing some great catches from all over the lake. You can catch them on the mud flats, rock reefs, or on the north end sand. A Lindy and a leech or a slip bobber and a leech is really putting fish in the boat. Other lakes that are producing are Gull, Edwards and Round. Try fishing redtail chubs in 12-22 feet for the best action. The lakes are pretty quiet from the lack of boat traffic. So enjoy it while you can, July is coming soon.

PARK RAPIDS – Delaney’s Sport Center, Kevin, East 1st St (218-732-4281) Call for a report!

PELICAN RAPIDS – Park Region Sport Shop, Lee Brenna, Intersection of Interstate 59 and 108 in downtown Pelican Rapids (800-962-8553) The fishing in the area has been fantastic. Good reports have been coming in for northerns, panfish and crappies. The walleye reports are not as good but everything else is biting. The bass has been reported as excellent as well. No specific lakes have been hotter than others. Good Luck!

RAINY LAKE – Rainy Lake Tourism (1-800-FALLS-MN) There are plenty of fish in the lake, and the river for that matter. Anglers have been hitting walleye in 6-10 feet of water on the river and along the shorelines of Rainy Lake in just slightly deeper water. Minnows worked on jigs seem to be the best bet right now, and northern pike have been very aggressive at attacking lures trolled on weed edges. There’s been little talk of smallmouth bass, but some anglers have found plenty of crappie action in Black Bay. Some of the best fishing reports have been coming from the west end of Rainy Lake and from the confluence of the Littlefork on Rainy River.

RED WING – Four Seasons Sport Shop, 2301 W Main St (651-388-4334) The walleye bite has been good on the Bay City flats in 8-10 feet of water. Try trolling with shad raps & spinners or leeches and jigs.

SAINT CLOUD – Corky’s Gas & Bait , Main Street in Rockville (320-251-1567) The panfish fishing has been excellent in 7-12 feet of water. Use waxworms and small jigs. The crappies have been found in 10-15 feet of water outside of the weeds, using flu flus and crappie minnows. Walleyes have been picking up on Pearl Lake and Rice Lake, try using a leech and jig combo working he deeper water near weeds. The best reports have been in the early morning or late evenings. The bass are really biting on the inside edges of the weeds. Northerns have been hot on the outside edges of the weeds using sucker minnows or spinnerbaits. If you're looking for catfish try the holes in the Horseshoe, good reports have been coming in. For catfish use artificial cat baits or crawlers.

SAINT CLOUD – Stop Light Bait, 8th Avenue SE, St. Cloud (320-255-9689) Call for a report!

SPICER - Mel’s Sportshop, Hwy 23 and Ruth Street (320-796-2000) Call for a report!

STARBUCK - Minnewaska Bait, Larry Jensen, Hwy 29 near the Starbuck Marina (320-239-2239) The bass fishing has been excellent in the shallows, near docks, and Starbuck marina using spinnerbaits. Walleye have been biting in 20 to 24 feet of water on Minnewaska in front of the high school on crawlers and leeches. Sunfish have been found in the bull rushes and anglers have had success using waxworms or small leeches.

STILLWATER - Jimmy's Bait and Tackle, Stillwater (651-430-2554) The St. Croix walleyes have been hanging out in 15-20 feet of water during the daytime, and in the shallows for the evening bite. Good reports of Muskies being caught are coming from Bald Eagle, Forest and Owasso. Try bright colors or bucktails. For more up to date info visit

WACONIA - Mase’s In Towne Marine, Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096) Walleyes have been biting well in 22 feet of water; there was a nice 29¼ inch walleye that came in this past weekend. Leeches and crawlers have been best for walleyes. Sunfish and crappies are biting well in the shallows on crappie minnows, if they aren’t there try a little deeper; we have had reports of fish being caught in the 12-14 foot range as well. Muskie fishing has been reported as good on the south shore. Bass fishing is excellent all over on spinnerbaits or weedless hooks.

WAYZATA - Wayzata Bait & Tackle, Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227) Muskies are on the flats in 12 feet of water and have been responding well to bucktails. Northerns are in 10-15 feet of water and biting spinners and suckers. The sunfish are on their beds and biting on waxworms and small jigs. Crappies are being found in 6-10 feet of water. The bass fishing has been good overall. Walleyes are being found in the evenings in 18-24 feet of water using chartreuse floaters with a bottom bouncer and leeches.

WINNIBIGOSHISH – Walleye Visions, Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids (218-327-2312) We are going through some weather that no one in the Big Winnie area has ever seen in fifty years. The surface temperatures are warmer than we even see in July at times, and that has put the skids to the walleye fishing slightly. We know the walleyes are around but they are changing locations almost daily. The weed bite on jig and shiner has been the saving grace, but if you want to tangle with the bigger fish then they are starting to show up on the bars and humps. Roach rigs and a leech and a crawler seem to be working better than the jig and shiner. The shiners are done running and they have vacated a lot of the shallow areas and that means that the walleyes will be right behind them forever where they go in the Summertime. We haven't had a significant bug hatch as we speak, but that will come any day now. The northern pike have been showing up in the weed beds and many pike over 5 pounds have been taken this past week. The crappies are either done spawning or finishing on the beds and the bluegill fishing was red-hot in Little Cufoot last week. Remember, this is Northern Minnesota and things can change quickly. We can still have a lot of cooler weather in the next few weeks. Enjoy your days on the water, keep on thinking, and be safe.

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