Msg 1 Posted: 12:20 PM 06/16/06 (CST)
Scattered walleye reports are coming during the evening from Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Ida and Lake Miltona. Leeches and crawlers are best in 20 to 35 feet. Crappies are in cabbage throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Plastics and jigs are producing bass along shallow and deep weed edges. Sunfish are can be found in eight- to 12-foot weedlines.|
Lakes such as Pleasant, Clearwater and Cedar are giving up walleyes and northern pike in 15 to 20 feet of water. Morning and evening have been most productive with minnows or leeches. You'll find some panfish in the shallows, but most have set up on 10- to 12-foot weedlines. Sugar Lake, Lake Sylvia, Twin Lake, Cedar and Clearwater are kicking out bass on weed edges.
Leeches and minnows are turning walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 17 to 24 feet. The 20-foot humps on Silver Lake are holding walleyes and there's evening activity on Battle Lake in 17 to 24 feet of water. Lakes such as Stalker, East Lost, Deer, Blanche and Mollie Stark are kicking out panfish in 12 feet of water. Bass are hitting in the weeds of most lakes and northern pike are taking sucker minnows on Clitherall Lake and Otter Tail.
Most lakes are producing bass on three- to 12-foot weed edges. Spinnerbaits have worked deep, while top-waters turn bigger fish in shallow weeds. Redial minnows or leeches on Linty Rigs work best for walleyes in 13 to 20 feet on Gull Lake, North Long Lake and Lake Edward. Trolling sucker minnows along the shallow weed edges of Gull and Edward is safe for pike. Sunfish seem to be biting on area lakes in shallow water.
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleye action has slowed, but a jig and minnow will produce some fish on Cass Lake in 16 feet of water. Look to Allen's Bay on Cass for bluegills in shallow and pencil reeds in Cass and Pike Bay Lake are holding perch.
Leeches are turning walleyes on the 18- to 20-foot sand areas of South Lindstrom Lake. There's an evening bite on the 12-foot rock island of South Center Lake. Panfish are hitting through the area, while bass are hitting plastics on Green Lake and Chisago Lake. Look to Sunrise Lake for northern pike, bass and panfish in 10 to 12 feet of water.
There's night walleye activity on Rifle Bar and Lincoln Point of Pelican Lake. Leeches are producing walleyes on Serpent Lake in 28 feet of water, and a jig and fathead minnow is working on Rabbit Lake in 24 to 28 feet. Jigs have been the ticket for crappies on weedlines of Black Hoof Lake. Small sunfish are easy to find and look to the docks of Serpent Lake for big bass. Trout continue to hit Power Baits or crawlers on the Pennington Pit.
CROSS LAKE AREA
Whitefish and Pelican lakes are kicking out walleyes in 18 to 28 feet. Lindy Rigs and leeches or minnows are best early and late. Bass and northern pike anglers are working weedlines with spinnerbaits and plastics and reporting good action. Sunfish are in shallow water and some of the best crappie reports are coming from 12- to 16-foot weedlines.
Small leeches are fooling sunfish on 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Blue Lake. Look for walleyes to hit leeches and crawlers in 17 to 22 feet of water on Green Lake and Blue Lake. Crankbaits are best for smallmouth bass in the Rum River.
Sunfish are shallow on Roberds Lake, Lake Mazaska and Shields Lake. During the day, a few walleyes are biting in 17 to 20 feet on French Lake. This bite has been better during lowlight periods with slip bobbers and leeches in 12 feet. The 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Cedar Lake are holding good-sized bass.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Spinnerbaits are producing smallmouths along shorelines of most lakes. Leeches are best for walleyes in six to 10 feet, with better action on Lake Saganaga and Gunflint Lake.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
There's an evening walleye bite on Sugar Lake with Rapalas in 12 feet. During the day, leeches and spinners are best in 12 to 20 feet. Leeches are producing walleyes on Trout Lake in six to 12 feet, on the weedlines of Lake Wabana in 12 to 16 feet, and on 20-foot bars and humps of Bowstring Lake. Sunfish are shallow on Splithand, Pokegama and Wabana lakes. Deer Lake and Moose Lake are providing evening muskie action with top-waters. Best northern pike reports are from 12 feet on Pokegama with shiners.
Nightcrawlers will turn walleyes on eight- to 16-foot rocks of Birch Lake and Woman Lake. Northern pike and panfish action is strong, while smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting plastics in the weeds. A few muskie reports are coming off Baby Lake during the morning and evening.
Walleye action is improving. The bulk of the activity is along windswept bays and points or reef edges in 20 to 28 feet of water. A slow-presented live bait rig tipped with a leech or crawler is best. A few fish have been taken on a jig and minnow in 35 to 40 feet. Crayfish-patterned baits or plastics are fooling smallmouth bass along rocky shorelines. Northern pike are hitting spoons, crankbaits and sucker minnows along the weed edges.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - The best bet during the day is gravel in 20 feet of water with leeches. Evening hours provide action on shallow rock reefs in 12 to 14 feet. A slip bobber and leech is best on rocks like Shaw's Reef and Sloppy Joe's.
WEST - Spinner rigs tipped with rainbow minnows or crawlers are turning fish on the mud flats during the day in 22 to 29 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches have worked at night on the mud. Work the weed edges of St. Alban's Bay for northern pike and smallmouth bass are active on the rock points and reefs.
Most fish are weed oriented. Work inside and outside weed edges with plastics for largemouth bass. Leeches have produced walleyes during the evening along the 20-foot weed edges of Brown's Bay and Wayzata Bay. Spinners and sucker minnows have been the ticket for northern pike along the 12- to 14-foot weedlines and panfish seem to be scattered in the shallow weed areas of the lake.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The south shore is producing limits of eating-sized walleyes. Best reports are from Long Point in six to 20 feet with hammered gold spinner rigs tipped with crawlers and leeches. The Pine Island area has produced walleyes in five to 20 feet on spinners. Down-rigging success was reported on Three Mile Reef with worm harnesses. Jigging or slow trolling produces on reefs and transition areas in 10 to 35 feet at the Northwest Angle.
Consistent walleye action is taking place on bars in 12 to 20 feet of water. Lowlight periods have been best with slip bobbers or live bait rigs and leeches. Northern pike and largemouth bass are an easy catch in the weeds and the bigger sunfish started showing up in the shallow sand and reeds.
Evening walleye action is strong in soft-bottom areas in eight to 14 feet of water. During the day, work the reefs in large bays with a slip bobber and leech. The muskie bite has been fair. Fish are being seen in weeds and rocks, usually triggered by top-water or hair baits. Northern pike are in the weeds and hitting almost anything white.
Sunfish and bass are around shallow reeds and docks. Slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes on the reefs and deep weedlines. Look to Center Reef with sucker minnows for northern pike and deep weeds hold crappies. Muskie anglers have seen fish along the mid-depth weed edges.
In a strong wind, you'll pull walleyes off shallow points. Most are coming off main lake bars and north end humps in 17 to 24 feet. Leeches and Lindy Rigs are best. Perch will hit in eight to 12 feet off Little Stoney Point, Raven's Point and Third River area.
There's an evening bite with Shad Raps off Sand Point in seven to 14 feet. Leeches and floating jigs are turning walleyes in 12- to 18-foot weed patches of Walker Bay. Bass are hitting top-waters in rice around Minnesota Island and the north end of Sucker Bay. Look to pencil reeds in Shingobee and Steamboat bays for perch, crappies and bluegills. Muskie anglers are seeing fish on deep edges of Cedar Point and the Grandview Flats.
Largemouths will hit buzzbaits and spinnerbaits on Lake Minnewawa and Round Lake. Look for sunfish in less than six feet on Big Sandy Lake. Flowage areas of Big Sandy offer the best opportunity for walleyes in 14 feet of water. Northern pike are an easy catch.
Panfish, bass and northern pike are being taken off the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Big, Locke and Buffalo lakes. Mary Lake is providing the best walleye action with leeches. Work current breaks of the Mississippi River for catfish, smallmouth bass and walleyes. Crawlers or minnows are best.
On Big Stone Lake, spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes from Schmidt's Landing and points north in 12 feet of water. Trolling with crankbaits on the north end of Lake Lac Qui Parle has produced walleyes. Leeches are the ticket for walleyes on the west side of Oliver Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are hitting leeches in 14 to 20 feet on Big Sand Lake. Work 10- to 14-foot weed edges of Long Lake with suckers for northern pike. Jigs and plastics have turned largemouth bass on Long Lake. Crankbaits or leeches have provided steady smallmouth action on Potato Lake. Lake Itasca is kicking out bluegills in less than 10 feet.
Minnows and leeches are producing the best walleye catches from the humps to Sand Bay in 16 to 18 feet of water. Saginaw Bay is kicking out walleyes in 12 to 14 feet and Rapalas are turning fish in shallower water in Black Bay. The two best spots on the Rainy River are at the mouth of the Little Fork River and dam. Crappie action is slow, but numbers of "average-sized" northern pike can be had along the weedlines with sucker minnows.
The walleye bite has slowed, but limits are being caught on slip bobber rigs with minnows and leeches in six to eight feet of water. Trolling presentations are producing big northern pike on breaks near the Tamarack River. Crappies can be had in shallow, but some fish have been taken off the cribs.
RED WING AREA
Shad Raps are producing walleyes on 16- to 18-foot rock flats at the mouth of Lake Pepin and the Bay City Flats. Sunfish action has picked up in two to five feet at the Lake City Pier and Baypoint Park areas. Look for crappies and smallmouth bass on the shallow rock piles of Lake Pepin.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Deep and shallow weed edges of Grand, Pearl and Pleasant lakes are holding bass. Rice Lake is kicking out walleyes in 15 to 22 feet. Sunfish are shallow on lakes such as East, Becker, Pearl and Pleasant. Most crappies are coming from 12 feet of water.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish activity is good in less than six feet of water at Sauk, Fairy, Maple, Long Bridge and Big Birch lakes. Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 16 to 19 feet on Big Birch as well. McCormick Lake is providing steady walleye action with leeches or slow-trolled minnows. Little Birch Lake and Sauk Lake have kicked out walleyes in 15 to 17 feet and bass are hitting on most area lakes.
Largemouths will hit spinnerbaits in less than 10 feet on Lake Minnewaska. Sunfish are in shallow sand and dock areas of most lakes. Work the points of Minnewaska with spinners and leeches in 20 to 22 feet of water for walleyes.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST - Surface baits on top of shallow weeds produced bass action Demontreville, Jane, Olson and Owasso lakes. A jig and leech is producing walleyes in 20 to 22 feet of water on Bald Eagle Lake and Clear Lake during the evening. Look to the St. Croix River for walleyes between Prescott and Afton. You'll have to sort through some small fish, but sunfish are hitting on most lakes and northern pike remain active along the weedlines of Big Carnelian Lake, Lake Elmo and Forest Lake.
WEST - Panfish are hitting in shallow water on Lake Minnewashta, Lake Auburn and Lake Bavaria. Sucker minnows will produce northern pike along the weedlines of Pierson Lake, while Stieger Lake is providing a mixed bag of fish including panfish, bass and northern pike. Sucker minnows or nightcrawlers are safe bets for catfish on the Minnesota River.