Msg 1 Posted: 11:00 AM 06/30/06 (CST)
Walleyes are biting best early and late in the day over 20 to 35 feet. Crawlers and leeches are working best on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona. Crappie fishing has improved on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain; use tube jigs. Look for bass in the shallow and deep weeds with plastics or top-water baits.|
Clearwater Lake is kicking out walleyes in 15 to 24 feet of water. Bass continue to hit in the area, with lakes such as Clearwater, John, Pleasant and Sugar producing bigger fish. Look for crappies and sunfish on Lake Sylvia, John, Sugar and Clearwater in 12 to 14 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weed edges of most lakes. Sugar Lake is giving up a few muskies during the evening hours on top-water baits.
The flats of Otter Tail Lake are producing walleyes in seven to nine feet of water during the evening hours. Leeches have provided the best walleye activity on Mollie Stark Lake and Clitherall Lake in 20 feet. Sunfish are hitting in 20 to 30 feet of water on West Battle Lake. Look to Blanche Lake for sunfish in the shallow weeds. Bass are hitting on most lakes, and Rush Lake is the best bet for northern pike with sucker minnows.
Shad Raps are turning walleyes after dark off Diamond Point Bar on Lake Bemidji. The north end of Bemidji also has produced walleyes during the evening hours. On Lake Plantagenette, a jig and shiner or nightcrawler has produced walleyes in seven to 12 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weed edges of Grace Lake. Big Bass Lake, Big Lake and Grace are safe bets for bass, and muskie anglers are reporting more follows than hooksets.
The mid-lake bars of Blackduck Lake started producing walleyes. The evening hours have been best in 15 feet of water with leeches. Panfish are hitting at a good pace on Rabideau Lake, Gilstead Lake, North Twin Lake and South Twin Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Leeches, nightcrawlers and redtails are producing walleyes on the 17-foot weed edges of Gull Lake, North Long Lake and Whitefish Lake. The deep weedlines of most lakes are providing steady bass action. Crappie action has picked up on the 10- to 14-foot weed edges of most lakes, and sunfish continue to be caught on most lakes with small leeches in 12 feet.
Sunfish remain active on the eight- to 12-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, North Center Lake and South Center Lake. Plastics are providing steady bass action on Chisago, South Lindstrom and Green lakes. Slip bobbers and minnows are turning crappies on Kroon Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. The east side of Chisago is kicking out walleyes in 12 to 14 feet. Sunrise Lake is the area's best bet for bigger northern pike.
Look for active walleyes during the evening hours in 20 feet of water on Serpent Lake. Bass are hitting plastic worms or jigs on the deep weedlines of Rabbit Lake and Clinker Lake. Northern pike remain active on the 10- to 14-foot weed edges of most lakes. Power Bait or Rapalas are producing rainbow trout at the Pennington Pit. Sunfish are hitting small leeches or worms in 10 to 12 feet of water on Perry Lake, Black Hoof Lake and Lake Adney.
Fuzzy Grubs and leeches are turning walleyes on the deep weedlines and sharp breaks of Big Cormorant Lake, Lake Lida, Crystal Lake, Big Toad Lake, Pelican Lake and Lake Melissa. Work the deep cabbage on most lakes for crappies and sunfish. Bass continue to hit at a good pace, with tubes or jigs turning bigger fish on the docks, deep humps and weedlines.
Leeches are working best for walleyes on Island Lake in 25 to 30 feet and on Fish Lake in 15 feet of water. Fish Lake also is providing the area's best panfish action in less than eight feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weed edges of Rice Lake. Look for walleyes and a few sturgeon in the shipping channels of the St. Louis River in 22 to 30 feet of water. Downrigging with plugs or spoons is producing lake trout and king salmon on the south shore of Lake Superior. Most of these fish are being caught 65 to 120 feet below the surface. On the north shore, the Silver Bay area has produced cohos near the surface.
Blue Lake continues to produce sunfish in less than eight feet of water. Smallmouth bass are hitting tube jigs and crawlers on the Rum River and Mississippi River. Northern pike and largemouth bass are easy to catch on the weedlines of most lakes. Look for walleyes on Blue, Elk Lake and Green Lake in 20 to 22 feet during the day and up shallower at night.
The shorelines of Budd Lake, Lake Sissiton and George Lake are holding sunfish. Crawlers are producing walleyes in 12 to 14 feet on Hall Lake and Budd Lake. Bass are hitting plastics on most lakes, but northern pike action remains slow. Crawlers are turning catfish on Hall and Budd in 10 to 12 feet of water.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
On Lake Superior, lake trout are hitting 65 to 120 feet below the surface and you'll find salmon down 40 to 60 feet. Squids and flashers are working best. Leeches are producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet of water on Devil's Track Lake, Elbow Lake and Lake Saganaga. Smallmouth bass remain active along sand and rock shores of most lakes.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Smallmouth bass are hitting top-water baits on Deer Lake, Trout Lake and Lake Pokegama in 10 to 15 feet of water. A few walleyes can be had on the north-end humps of Bowstring Lake in 17 feet of water. Leeches and crawlers have been the ticket for walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on Trout Lake. Balsam Lake and Spider Lake are providing steady northern pike action along the deep weedlines.
Look to the weedlines of Birch Lake for crappies and largemouth bass. Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on Ten Mile Lake in 22 to 25 feet of water. Crankbaits have been the ticket for muskies on Baby Lake. Sunfish action remains strong throughout the area in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Lindy Rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes during the evening hours in 12 to 28 feet of water. A few fish also have been caught in 30-plus feet of water on a jig and minnow combination. Smallmouth action is strong, with leeches or Mepps spinners turning fish on the rock piles.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - The deep rocks and mud flats are producing walleyes in 22 to 30 feet of water. Spinner rigs and crawlers or a live bait rig and leech have worked best. The evening slip bobber and leech action remains strong with limits of walleyes being caught in the Three Mile and Graveyard areas. An occasional muskie has been pulled from the weeds, and smallmouth activity remains consistent on the shallow rocks.
WEST - Slip bobbers and leeches are the best option during the evening hours off the mud flats in 35 feet and on the rock points in 24 feet of water. Spinners and crawlers also are turning walleyes during the day in 22 to 25 feet of water on Sherman's Flat and the Seven Mile Flat. Muskie action is improving almost daily, while tube jigs continue to produce smallmouth bass on the rock piles.
Sunfish and bass are biting along the 16- to 20- foot weedlines. Look for walleyes to hit leeches on the deep weedlines in the big bays. Northern pike are on top of the weeds and hitting spinners with sucker minnows. An occasional report about crappies has been coming off the milfoil edges, but you'll find bigger concentrations of fish suspended over 30 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island areas are producing walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water. Anchoring and jigging is still the best option, although live bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have started producing fish as well. The flats in front of Zippel Bay are holding big walleyes, with at least two fish caught this week over 30 inches. Eating-sized walleyes are hitting near the Clementson Rapids of the Rainy River in 12 feet of water. Northern pike action also remains strong on the river. At the Northwest Angle/Islands area, the reefs and bays are producing walleyes in 15 to 25 feet. A few muskies were caught in this area as well.
Shad Raps are turning walleyes along the weedlines of Two Mile Bar, the Outlet and east-end sand flats. Evening fishing has been best in 10 to 12 feet of water. Sunfish are hitting in the shallow bulrushes near the outlet and Three Mile Bar. Northern pike are very active along the weed edges, while spinnerbaits remain the best option for bass in the shallow weeds.
A crawler drifted during the evening hours in 10 to 14 feet of water is producing walleyes. Slip bobbers and leeches have produced walleyes in 18 to 28 feet on the reefs. Hair baits, glide baits and top-waters are the best bets for muskies in the weeds. Smallmouth bass continue to hit Senkos along the rocky shorelines.
Work the pencil reeds and docks with top-water baits or tube jigs for largemouth bass. Sunfish can be found near Kegg's Reef in 17 to 22 feet of water. Kegg's Reef also is producing some walleyes in 18 to 23 feet of water during the evening hours. Crappie action has slowed, but a few fish have come from the deep reefs. Northern pike are an easy catch with sucker minnows along the weedlines. Large spinnerbaits have triggered a few muskies on Cemetery Reef.
The north end humps are producing walleyes on leeches and nightcrawlers in 15 to 25 feet. The morning and evening hours have provided better activity than midday periods. The deep sides of the bars are holding fish, but a significant mayfly hatch has slowed the bite in these areas. Look for perch in the eight- to 10-foot weed patches with a jig and minnow. Northern pike remain active throughout the lake and can be had on minnows or artificial presentations.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The evening walleye bite has improved with shallow-running crankbaits off Sand Point working well. You'll also find walleyes hitting live bait on the weedlines, Goose Island Flats, Walker Bay Narrows and Second Duck Point. The reefs in Walker Bay are the best bet for muskies; look to the rice beds for largemouth bass. Sunfish continue to be found in Shingobee Bay in 10 to 12 feet of water.
A jig and leech is producing walleyes on Lake Elysian in six feet of water. Rapalas continue to fool walleyes in the Grassy Island area of Lake Washington during the evening hours. Look to German Lake and Baker's Bay on Lake Washington for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. Sucker minnows are providing steady northern pike activity along the shallow weedlines of Little Jefferson Lake. Sucker minnows also are turning numbers of catfish in the deep holes of the Minnesota River. Roemhildts Lake remains the area's best crappie option in 12 feet of water.
Limestone Lake is kicking out sunfish in four to eight feet of water. Work the deep weed edges of Maple Lake for bass; you'll also find sunfish in six to 10 feet of water. There's an evening walleye bite on Lake Pulaski in 30 feet of water with jigs and leeches. Work the deep holes of the Mississippi River for smallmouth bass and catfish.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Potato Lake is producing walleyes in 16 feet of water. A jig and leech or crankbaits are working best during the evening hours. On Long Lake, 16 to 20 feet has been key for walleyes with similar presentations. Third, Fifth and Seventh Crow Wing are producing crappies and sunfish in eight to 10 feet of water. Bass and northern pike are hitting along the weed edges of most lakes.
The main lake reefs are producing walleyes in 20 to 32 feet of water. Look to Saginaw Bay and Black Bay for walleyes in 15 feet of water. Most live bait options will produce fish during the day, and there are some fish being taken on Shad Raps during the evening hours. The north arm is kicking out numbers of smallmouth bass. Crankbaits are turning northern pike along the weedlines of Lost Bay.
Walleyes continue to be caught in six to 10 feet of water on spinner rigs tipped with leeches, crawlers and minnows. Look to the "popples" area and out from the Tamarack River. The cribs are holding crappies, most of which are being caught by anglers using slip bobbers and minnows. Spoons, crankbaits and sucker minnows are producing northern pike throughout the lake.
RED WING AREA
Crankbaits are providing steady walleye action on Lake Pepin in 14 to 18 feet of water. Look to the Rush River tributary for northern pike. The bigger fish are hitting Red Eye spoons, Dardevles or crankbaits. Crappies and smallmouth bass are being found on the shallow rock piles of Lake Pepin.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Becker Lake, East Lake and Pearl Lake are safe bets for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. Northern pike and largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the weed edges of Grand Lake, Big Lake, Rice Lake and Pleasant Lake. There's an evening walleye bite with crankbaits on Lake Koronis in 10 to 12 feet of water. On Rice Lake, leeches are turning walleyes during the morning hours in 20 to 22 feet. Nightcrawlers and stink baits are producing catfish on the Sauk River.
A few walleyes are hitting in 24 to 28 feet on Lake Minnewaska. The high school area has been best with spinners and crawlers. Crankbaits also are luring walleyes during the evening hours off the points. Sunfish started biting in 12 feet of water throughout Minnewaska. Look for crappies on the points on the south end of the lake in 12 to 15 feet of water. Northern pike, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are easy catches.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST - Work the St. Croix River from Afton to Prescott for walleyes with a jig and minnow in 20 feet of water. Clear Lake is producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet. Sunfish action remains strong on Lake Peltier and Little Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weed edges of Lake Owassa, Big Marine Lake, Big Carnelian Lake and White Bear Lake. Look for bass in the deep and shallow weeds of Forest Lake, Lake Jane and Big Marine.
WEST - Sunfish and crappies can be had in 10 to 14 feet on Lake Minnewashta, Lake Auburn and Lake Bavaria. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the weed edges of Pierson Lake and Ann Lake. On Lake Parley, look for suspended walleyes and crappies over 20 feet of water. Spinnerbaits and plastics remain the best options for largemouth bass on most lakes.
Jigs or live bait rigs tipped with leeches are producing walleyes on the eight-foot weedlines of Lake Tetonka. The west end of Tetonka is kicking out northern pike and panfish in six to eight feet of water. The treatment plant area of Lake Sakatah is a safe bet for bullheads and northern pike. The flooded timber of Lake Francis is holding crappies.
Sunfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet of water on Games Lake, North Long Lake, Lake Florida and Norway Lake. Walleyes remain scattered with flurries of activity during the early morning and evening hours. Leeches and crankbaits have worked best in less than 12 feet of water, with lakes such as Long, Ringo, Eagle, Diamond and Florida all producing a few fish. Largemouth bass and northern pike are active along the weedlines of most lakes, while Green Lake continues to produce smallmouth bass