Msg 1 Posted: 10:14 AM 06/13/06 (CST)
East - The north end sand breaks continue to produce walleyes during the day and evening hours in 27 to 30 feet of water. The best evening reports are coming off Shaw's Reef in 17 feet of water. Slip bobbers and leeches or live bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are working best. Muskie action has been slow, but there are a few bigger pike showing up along the weed edges of most bays.
Johnson's Portside (320) 676-3811
West - The midday and evening mud bite remains strong on the edges of Seguchie's Flat, Seven Mile Flat, Sherman's Flat, and Eight Mile Flat in 30 to 35 feet of water. Minnows and spinners or live bait rigs tipped with leeches and nightcrawlers are working best. St. Alban's Bay continues to produce walleyes in 18 to 23 feet and the evening rock bite has been best in 12 to 16 feet of water. The rock points also are producing smallmouth bass, while a few muskie reports are coming out of the bays.
Terry's Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Twin Pines Resort (320) 692-4413
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Numbers of walleyes are being caught on a spinner or jig tipped with a minnow. The Long Point area has been most consistent in 16 to 22 feet of water. Spinners and bottom bouncers are turning walleyes in the Little Oak Island area of the Northwest Angle. This area also produced a 38-pound muskie this week.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
The Narrows, Star Point, and Joe's Point are producing walleyes on leeches and crawlers in 12 to 15 feet of water. Crankbaits have been the ticket off Stoney Point and Sand Point in four to nine feet during the evening hours. A few muskies are being seen along the weed edges in Portage Bay. Work the rice beds, Sucker Bay, and Minnesota Island areas for largemouth bass. Shingobee Bay and Walker Bay remain safe bets for panfish.
Reed's Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Bass are hitting dark-colored plastics on the outside weed edges. Look for sunfish to be on the shallow sand in six feet of water and northern pike continue to hit spinners and sucker minnows on the 13-foot weed edges. Walleyes have been hitting leeches during lowlight periods of the day in 28 feet of water in Brown's, Crystal, and Wayzata bays.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The humps located in the Reinier area of Sand Bay are producing walleyes in 20 to 28 feet of water. Work the weedlines of Cranberry Bay and Lost Bay with sucker minnows for northern pike. A few large crappies are being taken in the shallows of Black Bay.
Loon's Nest (218) 286-5850
Live bait rigs and leeches are producing larger walleyes on the bars and north end humps in 18 to 24 feet of water. The best bet for eating-sized fish continues to be in eight to 10 feet of water off Little Stoney Point, Mallard Point, and on the east end from the rocks to birches. Perch are scattered along the shallow points and hitting fathead minnows. Expect to find numbers of northern pike scattered throughout the lake.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
Sucker minnows along the weed edges are providing steady northern pike action on lakes such as Beaver, Battle Creek, and Demonterville. A jig and minnow is a safe bet for walleyes on the St. Croix River, while Clear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake have kicked out a few fish in 20 feet of water during the evening hours. Bass are active in the shallow weeds and slop of most lakes and you'll have no problem catching sunfish in the weeds of Lake Peltier and White Bear Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sunfish are very active in the shallow areas of most lakes, but look to Auburn, Eagle, Wasserman, and Stieger for bigger fish. Walleye reports have been limited, although most area lakes are kicking out plenty of largemouth bass and northern pike.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Some decent muskie action is reported on the south end of the lake. Work the shoreline weeds out to 14 feet of water with topwater baits or bucktails. Leeches and crawlers are now turning walleyes on the main lake reefs in 22 feet of water. Crappies and sunfish are using the reeds and outside weed edges in 12 to 14 feet of water. Bass action remains consistent with spinnerbaits and plastics.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Live bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes in 18 to 28 feet of water during lowlight periods of the day. Lake Ida and Lake Miltona seem to be the most consistent. Bass have moved to the flats and deep weeds but are still active on area lakes. Bluegills also can be had on most lakes in less than six feet of water and the majority of crappies are coming from the eight- to 10-foot cabbage beds.
Christopherson's Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Clearwater Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water, but leeches have started working in slightly deeper water. Bass and northern pike have become extremely aggressive along the weed edges of Cedar Lake, Lake John, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Crappie reports have been limited, but sunfish remain shallow on most lakes.
Little Jim's Bait (320) 274-5297
The morning and evenings have been best for walleyes in nine to 22 feet of water on Otter Tail Lake, Stalker Lake, Rush Lake, Walker Lake, East and West Battle lakes. Crappies continue to be pulled from shallow water on lakes such as Clitherall, Ten Mile, Elbow, Blanche, and Mollie Stark. Beers Lake gave up some muskies over the weekend, Long Lake is the best option for northern pike, and big bass have been hitting plastics on Elbow Lake and Lake Anderson.
Ben's Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Lindy Rigs and leeches are turning walleyes on the west shoreline of Lake Bemidji in 12 to 14 feet of water. A jig and shiner minnow combination is working best for walleyes at Lake Plantagenette in six to 12 feet of water. Panfish are active in the shallows of area lakes and there has been some decent shallow water muskie action from Plantagenette and Bemidji. Grace Lake and Big Lake are the area's best options for northern pike and largemouth bass.
Bluewater Bait and Sports
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Kobilka's Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000
Walleyes can be had at Blackduck Lake in 13 to 17 feet of water with a slip bobber and leech or jig and minnow combination. Bass are biting throughout the area, while Rabideau Lake and Gilstead Lake continue to produce the most panfish in shallow water.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Walleye action has been consistent in 13 to 30 feet of water on Gull Lake, Lake Edwards, and Pelican Lake. Live bait rigs or slip bobber set ups with redtails, leeches, and nightcrawlers are working best. Bass are very active in the shallow weeds and slop and northern pike are inhaling redtail minnows on the south end of Gull.
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Limits of walleyes are being caught on jigs and fatheads in four to eight feet of water on Cass Lake. There's also an improved bite in 15 to 20 feet of water with leeches and live bait rigs. Perch are roaming the four to six foot gravel areas and you'll find plenty of panfish in the shallows of Allen's Bay. The weedlines of Cass, Lake Andrusia, and Pike Bay Lake are holding northern pike in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Lowlight periods are producing walleyes on the 14- to 20-foot sand areas of South Lindstrom Lake. Sunfish are an easy catch in eight feet of water on many lakes and bass are relating to the weeds, docks, and slop. The deep weeds of Sunrise Lake and North Center Lake are producing northern pike. Look to Chisago Lake for suspended crappies over 14 to 16 feet of water.
Frankie's Bait (651) 257-6334
CROSS LAKE AREA
Leeches and Lindy Rigs have been the ticket for walleyes in 18 to 26 feet of water. The Whitefish Chain, Crosslake, and Pelican Lake are all good choices this week. Some anglers have been pulling crankbaits in 20 feet of water and catching walleyes as well. Bass and northern pike are hitting along the weedlines of most lakes and panfish remain shoreline related in less than 12 feet of water.
Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708
Bass seem to be hitting just about anything along the deep weedlines of most lakes. Walleye action also has improved along the deep weeds and breaklines at Big Cormorant Lake, Lake Lida, Lake Lizzie, Crystal Lake, Round Lake, and Little Bemidji Lake. Bluegill action remains strong in the shallows, but crappies have set up along deep cabbage on most of the area's lakes.
Dick Beardsley's Guide Service www.fishingscene.com
Walleyes are hitting leeches on Island Lake in 15 feet of water. You'll also find walleyes at Fish Lake in 10 to 12 feet and on Rice Lake in six feet of water. Lake trout and salmon action on Lake Superior has been slow. Hit Fish Lake for bluegills in less than six feet of water, small northern pike are hitting on area lakes, and Island remains the best lake for bigger bass.
Chalstrom's Bait (218) 726-0094
Green Lake and Blue Lake remain the area's best walleye options with leeches in 17 to 22 feet of water. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch along the emerging weedlines of area lakes and you will find some good-sized crappies in the shallows of Fremont Lake and Lake Dianne.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Leeches are producing walleyes in eight to 10 feet of water on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Crappies can be had on Budd Lake in three feet of water and at Hall Lake in eight to 12 feet. George Lake and Lake Sissiton are kicking out the area's largest bass and bluegills continue to be an easy catch in shallow water on most lakes.
Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225
You'll find numbers of bluegills in the shallow sand areas of Lake Mazaska and Roberds Lake. Work the nine- to 11-foot bars on Cannon Lake and the 17- to 20-foot bars on French Lake for walleyes. Small buzzbaits turned some muskies on French over the weekend, and there's a lot of nice bass being caught on Cedar Lake and Kelley Dudley Lake.
Lake's Bait and Tackle (507) 334-2768
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes tend to be scattered on most lakes in 10 to 20 feet of water. A jig and leech is working best, although no particular fishery has stood out. Lake trout have become more active over 40 to 50 feet of water on Lake Saganaga and Gunflint Lake. The smallmouth bass action has been very good along the shorelines of most lakes.
Buck's Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Look for walleyes to be hitting crawlers and leeches in 15 to 18 feet of water on Splithand Lake and in eight feet of water on the south end of Bowstring Lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting topwater presentations on the Prairie River, Lake Pokegama, Smith Lake, and Lake Wabana. Largemouth are shallow and hitting just about everywhere. Look for panfish in the shallows of Poole's Bay on Pokegama, Rice Lake, and Splithand Lake.
Ben's Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838
Ten Mile Lake is kicking out crappies and largemouth bass in six feet of water. Pleasant Lake also has provided steady bass action in shallow water. Work Webb Lake in 20 feet of water with leeches for walleyes. The weedlines of Woman Lake are the area's best bet for northern pike.
Swanson's Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Lake Ripley is kicking out panfish and northern pike in six to 10 feet of water. Lake Minnie Belle is giving up sunfish in shallow water. Crawlers and leeches are working better than minnows for walleyes. Lake Washington is providing the most consistent action in eight to 12 feet of water.
The Outpost (320) 587-8177
The majority of slot-sized walleyes are showing up at two depths: eight feet of water or 16 to 20 feet. Live bait rigs tipped with leeches and nightcrawlers are working best along the windswept shorelines or sand-bottom areas. Northern pike are biting in the weedy bays such as Mud, Daily, and Nebraska on Kabetogama and Junction or Hoist on Namakan Lake.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
The main lake bars continue to be the best option for walleyes in 15 to 18 feet of water. There is some shallower activity during the evening hours with crankbaits. Northern pike and bass are easy to find anywhere there are noticeable weeds in the lake. Panfish reports have been scarce with a few fish coming from the shallows and a few on the bars and points.
Fisherman's Corner (320) 859-2181
The evening walleye action in the mud has been excellent with long Lindy Rig snells that feature colored hooks and leeches. The daytime bite has been best with some wind in 12 to 18 feet of water. Muskie action has been slow although a 53-incher was caught over the weekend. Crappie action has slowed but bass remain an easy catch in shallow water.
Lake Vermilion Trading Company
Buzzbaits consistently are picking off largemouth bass on Lake Minnewawa and Round Lake. The current areas of Big Sandy Lake continue to provide the majority of walleye action. Look for bluegills in the shallows of Minnewawa and Aitkin Lake and most weedlines are now holding northern pike, which seem to prefer sucker minnows.
Willey's Sport Shop (218) 426-3382
Work the shallows of Buffalo Lake for crappies. Locke Lake is giving up an occasional walleye, some bass, and plenty of panfish. Eagle Lake and Lake Ida are worth noting for panfish in less than 10 feet of water. Smallmouth bass, catfish, and walleyes continue to hit very well on the Mississippi River.
Shuman's Outdoor Sports (763) 295-3222
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Fathead minnows continue to produce walleyes on Fish Hook Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. Leeches and crawlers have worked better on Big Sand Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting in the shallows of Big Mantrap Lake and Potato Lake and there's plenty of largemouth hitting on Fish Hook Lake. The Crow Wing Chain is a safe bet for panfish, while the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Long Lake and Big Mantrap Lake are holding active northern pike.
Delaney's (218) 732-4281
Walleyes continue to bite in six to eight feet of water on a variety of presentations. A few crappies also can be had on minnows by fishing suspended jigs in the same depth range. Northern pike action has been very good along the lake's shorelines and current areas.
Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657
The points and sand bars of Lake Minnewaska continue to produce walleyes in 12 to 22 feet of water. The bass and sunfish action has been very good in shallow water throughout the area. Look to the weedlines of Pelican Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
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