Msg 1 Posted: 11:09 AM 06/23/06 (CST)
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Plastics or jigs are turning bass on the deep weeds and bars on area lakes. Look to the evening hours to provide the best walleye bite in 20 to 30 feet of water on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Miltona, and Lake Ida. There's been a definite switch to crawlers and leeches. Crappie action has slowed, but sunfish are hanging tight to the 10-foot weed edges.
Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish during the evening hours on Clearwater Lake, Lake Pulaski and Cedar Lake. Leeches have been the preferred bait in 20 to 24 feet of water. Sugar Lake, Lake John and Lake Augusta are producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look to the mid-depth weeds with tube jigs on Clearwater and Sugar for crappies. Lakes such as Sylvia, Twin, Pleasant, Clearwater, Sugar and Cedar are worth checking for bass and pike.
There's an evening walleye bite on West Battle Lake in 30 to 35 feet of water. Look to Otter Tail Lake for walleyes in eight to 14 feet or 25 to 30 feet of water. Leeches and crawlers are working best on live bait rigs. Minnows continue to produce walleyes on Rush Lake in 18 to 24 feet of water. Crappie action remains strong on Mollie Stark Lake, Elbow Lake and Clitherall Lake in eight to 14 feet of water. Look for sunfish at Annie Battle Lake, Deer Lake and East Lost Lake in shallow water.
Leeches or nightcrawlers are fooling walleyes on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenette in 15 to 20 feet of water. The weedlines of most lakes are producing northern pike. Bass continue to hit spinnerbaits or plastics on many lakes in the area. Crappie reports have slowed down, but most lakes in the area are producing sunfish in shallow water. Muskie anglers report some activity from deep water on Lake Bemidji.
The mid-lake humps on Blackduck Lake are producing walleyes in 13 to 17 feet. Look to Benjamin Lake for rainbow trout in 13 feet of water. Rooster Tails or crawlers are working best. Gilstead Lake and Lake Rabideau are producing bluegills on the 10- to 12-foot cabbage beds. Bass seem to be hitting in the weeds of most lakes.
Minnows and leeches on a live bait rig are the best bet for walleyes on Gull Lake, North Long Lake and Lake Edward. Sucker minnows under a bobber will produce northern pike on the weedlines of these lakes as well. Bass are an easy catch in the thick weed pockets of most lakes and sunfish are scattered in 10 to 12 feet of water on lakes such as Nisswa, Margaret and Upper Gull.
CASS LAKE AREA
The best daytime walleye activity is taking place on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake in 18 to 25 feet of water. Work the shallow bars on these lakes with crankbaits at sunset for walleyes. Perch can be had on fathead minnows in four to eight feet of water. Spinnerbaits have produced some big bass in Allen's Bay of Cass. Panfish action has slowed, but perch-colored crankbaits are turning northern pike along the weedlines of Lake Andrusia.
Sunrise Lake is a safe bet for sunfish, northern pike, and bass in 10 to 12 feet of water. Leeches continue to produce walleyes on South Lindstrom Lake in 18 to 20 feet of water and on South Center Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Green Lake, Chisago Lake and North Center Lake are kicking out the area's biggest bass. Plastics and spinnerbaits are working best on the deep weedlines, while top-water works well in shallow water.
Bass fishing has been very good on the weedlines of Lower Mission Lake, Rabbit Lake, and Clinker Lake with plastics. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are turning northern pike on Serpent Lake. Look for sunfish on Lake Adney, Perry Lake, and Black Hoof Lake in eight to 12 feet of water. The trout have moved slightly deeper on the Pennington Pit and Manuel Pit. Power Bait or vertically presented Swedish Pimples have worked best.
CROSS LAKE AREA
Lindy Rigs tipped with leeches or minnows are producing walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water on Whitefish Lake and Pelican Lake. Bass action is hot with anglers finding fish on the weedlines and docks with spinnerbaits and plastics. Spinner rigs and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines and panfish remain shallow on most lakes in the area.
The walleyes being caught are hitting crawlers and leeches in 12 to 30 feet of water. Fish the weed edges and sharp breaks on Pelican Lake, Height of Land Lake, Cotton Lake, Big Toad Lake and Strawberry Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting at a good pace on lakes such as Long, Floyd, Prairie, Melissa and Big Cormorant. Crappies are relating to the deep cabbage and bluegills are still up shallow.
Walleyes continue to hit in 12 feet of water on Fish Lake and in the five-foot weed pockets of Rice Lake. Leeches and nightcrawlers now are working best. Panfish action has been strong on Fish Lake in seven feet of water. The south shore of Lake Superior is kicking out walleyes, close to shore in 15 to 20 feet of water. The best lake trout reports are coming from the Two Harbors area of Superior over 130 feet of water. Look for cohos closer to the surface.
Sunfish action has been very good in shallow water on Blue Lake and Green Lake. A few walleyes have been caught on Blue Lake in 22 feet of water with leeches. Northern pike and largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes in the area. Work the current breaks and eddies of the Mississippi River for the best smallmouth bass action.
Look for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water on Lake Sissiton, Budd Lake and George Lake. Leeches and crankbaits are producing a few walleyes on Hall Lake in 10 feet of water. Lakes Sissiton and George remain the area's best largemouth bass options. Spinnerbaits or top-water presentations have produced bigger largemouths.
Look to French Lake with slip bobbers and leeches for walleyes in 17 to 20 feet of water. Panfish remain in the shallows on Roberds Lake and Lake Mazaska. The shallow weeds of Hunt Lake and Cedar Lake are kicking out largemouth bass, while the weedlines of Kelley Dudley Lake are providing consistent northern pike action.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting leeches in 10 to 12 feet of water on Devil's Track Lake, Lake Saganaga, and Elbow Lake. Lake trout and cohos are hitting ciscoes on Lake Superior over 100 to 160 feet of water. Work the weedbeds on most area lakes for northern pike.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Work the humps and bars with nightcrawlers on Bowstring Lake for walleyes in 17 feet of water. The south side of Bowstring is producing crappies in 10 feet of water. Lake Pokegama is giving up walleyes in 20 feet of water during the day. Work the weedlines of Pokegama for northern pike. Bass are hitting top-water baits on Big Trout Lake, Rice Lake, and Spider Lake.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been very active in the area. Lakes such as Ten Mile and Birch have produced big fish on spinnerbaits. Look for walleyes on Birch Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Ten Mile also has kicked out walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water. Sunfish action remains strong on Pleasant Lake in eight to 10 feet of water. Baby Lake continues to provide muskie action on top-water baits.
Panfish and bass reports have been minimal. Minnows will produce northern pike along the weed edges of most lakes. Big Swan Lake is giving up walleyes in 12 feet on crawlers and leeches. The morning and evening hours have been best.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - The 16- to 18- foot rocks provide the best walleye action during the evening with slip bobbers and leeches. The Graveyard is a safe bet. A few fish are coming off the deep edges of the mud flats, primarily on Lindy Rigs and leeches. Smallmouth bass activity has picked up on the rocks, but muskie reports are limited.
WEST - Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes during the day on the mud in 22 to 29 feet. During the evening, slip bobbers and leeches are working best. Seguchie's Flat, Sherman's Flat, Curley's Flat and the Seven Mile have been best. The weedlines of St. Alban's Bay continue to be the best bet for northern pike and the smallmouth bass bite has been very good on the rocks.
Weeds continue to hold the majority of northern pike, bass, and panfish. You'll find the best action taking place on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges. Walleyes can also be found in weedy areas, but deeper. Look to the bigger bays in 20 feet for some decent evening activity.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are hitting spinner rigs and crawlers in nine to 20 feet of water. Better areas this week have been Four Mile Bay, just outside the Lighthouse Gap and along Pine Island. Rainy River reports have been more limited, but some walleyes have been caught east of Baudette. Muskie action has been very good at the Northwest Angle and there is plenty of walleye action around Oak Island in 13 feet of water.
Walleye action has slowed a bit, but the main lake bars continue to give up a few in 12 to 20 feet of water. The wind has limited the shallow sunfish bite, but if it's calm the shallow reeds are your best bet. Northern pike are hitting on the bars and deep weedlines. Spinnerbaits have provided consistent bass action in the weeds.
During the day, walleyes can be had with slip bobbers and leeches off the big bay rock piles. Crawlers and live bait rigs have worked on the mud during the evening hours. Bass remain shallow and hitting just about anything, although a wacky-rigged Senko seems to produce bigger fish. Muskie action has been fair with most fish being seen on the rocks.
Walleye action has improved on the reefs with crawlers and live bait rigs. Slip bobbers and leeches also have turned fish during the evening hours on the deep weedlines. Muskie and northern pike anglers are seeing most of their action along the 12- to 14-foot weed edges. Sunfish and crappies are scattered throughout the deep and shallow weedbeds and the bass bite remains consistent.
The humps and bars are providing steady walleye action in 18 to 22 feet of water. Lindy Rigs tipped with leeches are working best. Under windy and lowlight conditions, you'll find active walleyes on the points in 10 to 12 feet. Perch activity also has been best on the points with a jig and fathead minnow. Northern pike are an easy catch throughout the lake.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Sand Point is producing walleyes during the evening in six to 12 feet of water. The Hardwoods area also has produced fish during the evening hours on crankbaits. Muskie anglers are starting to see more fish in the weeds of Portage Bay and the Grandview area. Bass are hitting plastics near Minnesota Island and the Bear Island area. Look to Shingobee Bay for crappies and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet of water.
Baker's Bay on Lake Washington is a safe bet for sunfish 10 to 15 feet of water. A few walleyes are coming off the Grassy Island area of Lake Washington. Rapalas or spinner rigs have worked best. On Lake Elysian, jigs and leeches are producing walleyes in six feet of water. German Lake is kicking out panfish in 10 to 12 feet of water and look for largemouth bass in the weeds of Little Jefferson Lake. Roemhildts Lake is providing crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. Large sucker minnows are producing catfish on the Minnesota River.
Crappies continue to hit on Big Sandy Lake in 14 feet of water. Look for sunfish in six feet of water on Horseshoe Lake, Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy. Leeches are producing a few walleyes on Big Sandy in 12 to 16 feet and on the shallower rock piles. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weedlines of Gun Lake.
Look to Eagle Lake and Lake Ida for sunfish in less than 10 feet of water. Sucker minnows and bobbers are producing northern pike along the weed edges of Mitchell Lake, Fish Lake and Birch Lake. The shallow weedlines of Lake Constance are giving up sunfish and a few crappies. Water levels have dropped on the Mississippi River and it's now accessible for wading. Work the deep holes for smallmouth bass, catfish and a few walleyes.
The south end rock piles of Big Stone Lake are producing walleyes during the evening hours. The Cameron's Cove area of Big Stone also has produced walleyes. Slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits have worked best. Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have turned walleyes on Lake Oliver in 15 feet.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Smallmouth bass and an occasional walleye can be had off the deep sand areas of Potato Lake. Big Sand Lake also has produced walleyes on leeches in 14 to 20 feet of water. Long Lake and Big Mantrap Lake are producing northern pike along the 12- to 14-foot weedlines. Look to the Crow Wing Chain and Lake Itasca for panfish in 10 to 12 feet.
A mayfly hatch slowed the walleye bite. Most of the fish now are hitting leeches during the evening hours in Sand Bay and Bald Rock Point in 20 to 22 feet. The islands near Saginaw Bay also are producing walleyes. Black Bay is kicking out crappies and northern pike are hitting along the weedlines in most bays.
Spinner rigs and leeches are providing the best walleye action in eight feet of water. The north end cribs are holding crappies with the majority of fish being caught on slip bobbers and minnows. Trolling with crankbaits or spoons has produced big northern pike in six to 10 feet of water just northwest of the Tamarack River.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Small sunfish and good-sized bass are hitting in 10 to 12 feet of water on lakes such as Grand, Pearl, Big Fish and Becker. Crankbaits have started producing a few walleyes on Horseshoe Lake and Pearl Lake in 14 to 18 feet of water. Northern pike are an easy catch on these lakes as well. Look for rainbow trout to be suspended over 60 feet of water on Big Watab Lake. A slip bobber and crawler has worked best.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST - Sucker minnows trolled along the weed edges have been the ticket for northern pike on Big Carnelian Lake, Lake Elmo and White Bear Lake. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and top-waters in shallow, weeded areas of Lake Jane, Demontreville Lake and Olson Lake. Sunfish are biting, but most are small. The St. Croix River, Bald Eagle Lake and Clear Lake remain safe bets for walleyes in 20 feet of water.
WEST - Sunfish continue to be caught in eight feet of water on Lake Minnewashta and Lake Auburn. A few crappies have been pulled from Whaletail Lake in shallow water. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the weed edges of Stieger Lake and Pierson Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Bass reports remain favorable from area lakes.
Ringo Lake, Diamond Lake, and Long Lake are producing walleyes in five to 10 feet of water. Leeches and slip bobbers have worked best during the evening hours. Panfish action remains strong on the shallow weedlines of Norway Lake, Eagle Lake, Lake Florida, Games Lake and North Long Lake. Northern pike and bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the weed edges of most lakes. On Green Lake, you'll find walleyes in the shallow weeds and smallmouth bass scattered between five and 20 feet of water.