Msg 1 Posted: 08:53 PM 06/18/07 (CST)
ANNANDALE - B.J.s Bait & Tackle, Bill, west side of Clearwater Lake, between the two public accesses (320-274-3730) The walleyes are biting in 12 to 15 feet of water on Lindy rigs or still fishing under a slip bobber on the humps in the middle of the lake. The northerns are in 10 to 15 feet on the weedlines fishing with suckers under bobbers. Lots of 1 to 2 pound bass are being caught with the occasional big one. The sunnies are going on the weedlines and the few crappie reports weve seen are of them being caught suspended out in 15 feet of water half way down along the weedlines.
ANOKA Actions Fishing, Jack, 809 West Hwy 10 (763-422-4890) The smallmouth fishing on the Rum and Mississippi was excellent over the weekend. In-line spinners, rattletraps, topwater baits and tubes all worked well, redtails and creek chubs and crawlers if you prefer live bait. Walleyes are biting on Crooked, Diamond and Clearwater on large leeches and Minnows. The crappies are going on Green, Crooked, Clearwater, Blue and Baxter. Sunnies are biting on Rush, Goose and Clear Lake.
BATTLE LAKE Bens Bait & Tackle, Josie, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596) The walleye bite on W. Battle continues to be good. Most are out in 18 to 24 feet of water using leeches and shiners. They are also biting on Ottertail in about 10 to 15 feet of water and some are having success out in 17 to 24 feet of water. Most are using minnows, small suckers and redtails, and some are using crawlers. And for walleyes on Rush, look in 15 to 22 feet of water using shiners and redtails. The northerns are biting well everywhere, look on the deep weedlines (15 to 20 feet deep). The sunnies are biting on Dead, East Lost and Lake Anna. For crappies try Deer, W. Battle and Dead Lakes. Some muskies where caught on West Battle Lake.
BEMIDJI Bluewater Bait & Sports, Mark Cook, 1 mile north of the Hwy 2 & 71 Intersection (218-444-2248) The walleyes are biting on Bemidji, Plantagenet and Cass Lakes. Target the 10 to 12 foot water range with leeches on rigs. The crappies are biting in 4 to 10 feet of water in a few area lakes. Stop in for lake specific details. And the muskie bite is slow, the few caught were done so by trolling very slow.
BLACKDUCK - Timberline Sport & Tackle, Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd (218-835-4636) The walleye bite stayed strong on Blackduck. The fish are starting to move out to the mid lake structures, lindy rigging and bobber fishing in about 13 to 15 feet of water has been the best. Island and Gull Lakes are also producing some walleyes. The crappies are reportedly biting on Moose Lake and the walleye bite continues to be strong on Upper Red Lake.
CHISAGO CITY Frankies Live Bait and Marine, Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and Co Rd 77 (651-257-6334) The panfish and bass bite has been very good on all area lakes. For bass, target the docks and the first weedline using a jig and a worm. The walleye bite is slowing down as the weeds come up, target them on the transition line between sand and silt out in 18 to 20 feet of water. Sunrise Lake has been very good for northerns.
CROSBY - Oars-N-Mine Bait and Tackle, Jesse Williams, 22640 Hwy 6 N (218-546-6912) Walleye reports are pretty consistent, with the best coming from Rabbit and Serpent in the mid to late afternoon hours. Most of the fish are being caught on Lindy rigs with crawlers or redtails. Pike have been active on the weedlines and deep water alike, with the majority of fish coming on Rapalas or spinnerbaits. Panfish have been very active in 4-12 feet of water on lakes such as Manhomen, Roosevelt, Blackhoof, Black and Serpent. For bass fish a plastic worm on Rabbit, Horseshoe, Edward or Serpent. Look to Portsmouth for the better trout bite in the area. Stop in for the up-to-the-minute fishing report 7 days a week!
CROSSLAKE - Holiday of Cross Lake, Lee (218-692-2708) Helds Guide Service (218-820-0989) Walleye action on Whitefish, Crosslake and many smaller lakes has been good. Focus on the outside edge of the weedline with jigs and leeches or minnows. Also try Lindy-rigs with longer snells in the 16 to 24 feet, look for sharp drop-offs. Northern action has been hot with fish hitting spinner rigs and pike minnows worked along weed lines. Bass are active in 4 to 8 feet of water plastic worms or spinner baits should provide plenty of action. This weeks warmer weather will make surface lures an added attraction. Crappies and panfish are hitting small jigs tipped with worms, waxies, and minnows. Look for suspended fish in 12 to 18 feet of water.
DULUTH - Fishermans Corner, Scott, 7 miles north of Miller Mall on Hwy 53 (218-729-5369) The good walleye reports keep coming in for Fish Lake. Leeches and slip bobbers on the weedlines in about 8 feet of water. Island Lake they are biting on mostly minnows in about 18 to 22 feet of water. And on Boulder Lake, minnows are still doing the best. For crappies look in about 14 feet of water and the walleyes are in about 8 to 10. They are catching some big walleyes on Lake Superior along the south shore on ripsticks and bombers. The cohos are biting too on pink/silver stick baits on the top water. Catfishing on the St. Louis River is starting to go good too.
DULUTH - Marine General, 1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833) There is excellent fishing happening on Lake Superior right now. Cohos, lakers and some Chinook and lots of walleyes are being caught right now in the Duluth entrance right now. Orange stick baits, or purple and spoons are beginning to be good. Again, the orange or chartreuse colors with black dots seem to be the best. Out to as much as 80 foot water fishing 20 to 40 feet down with trolling speeds about 1.5 knots.
ELY - Babe's Bait and Tackle, 451 W. Sheridan St., Ely, MN, first business on the left as you are entering town of Ely from the west on Hwy 169 (218-365-6930) Fishing has begun to take on a summer pattern on most lakes. Many anglers are catching limits of walleyes, but they have to do some searching to find them. The eyes are beginning to school, so once you find them, it's best to stick with the area and work it. The bite is changing a bit, with more anglers catching fish using crawlers and leeches as well as minnows. Big pike seem to be eager everywhere now, with fish to 20 pounds being reported. Best method seems to be fishing live suckers under a float at the weed edges. The lake trout bite has cooled as fish move deeper. The trout are now being caught in depths of 65 feet or more. Smallies are now bedding for the spawn, which makes them easy targets. Look for lighter patches on the bottom, and cast across and begin your retrieve. Please release the fish as much as possible as these are our future stocks that we're dealing with here. It's hard to pinpoint specific lakes at this time as good catches are coming in all over the area. Stop in at Babes, "the best little bait shop in Ely" and get the most recent updates as the reports come in.
FOREST LAKE - Mike's Bait on 8, 1/2 mile east of 35 on Hwy 8, Rich, (651-464-5150) Fishing has been good in general in the area. Some nicer walleyes are being caught out on Comfort Lake. Some muskies were caught out on Forest Lake. The panfish bite is happening out on Chisago and Green Lakes.
GLENWOOD - Fish On Bait & Sport, Kyle, 201 S Franklin St, 2 blocks south of stoplights in Glenwood (320-634-3667) Call us for a report.
GREY EAGLE - Nancys 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) Big and Little Birch continues to be the top walleye lakes in the area. 15 to 18 feet of water on Lindy rigs at night seems to be the most productive setup. A lot of walleyes are being caught on Swan but they are smaller, 12 to 14 inches in size. The panfish bite is still strong on Swan and Moose Lakes. The sunnies are in about 6 to 8 feet of water and the crappies are a little deeper in 12 to 15 feet of water, fishing them about 2 feet down. Saint Maries has been putting out a lot of nice bass. Big Swan is your best area lake for larger northerns.
HACKENSACK - Swansons Bait & Tackle, Jim Tuller, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176) The wind is still blowing but the fish are still biting. Temps reached 85 degrees early week with a steady wind from the southeast. That means it is time to take a nightcrawler fishing. Most of the successful walleye reports involved nightcrawlers. The rock reefs and humps on the main body of Leech Lake produced walleyes over the weekend. A few still went for the jig and shiner combo but most fell for the nightcrawler on a long snell. Birch Lake and Ten Mile have also turned on to the nightcrawler bite. Fish Birch Lake in 18-24 feet of water with a 36 to 48 inch spinner rig. On Ten Mile look to deeper water, 22-28 feet, with a 48-60 inch rig. The most success has been on a snell without a spinner. Pleasant Lake walleyes are still looking for minnows and leeches. One group of anglers caught some nice walleyes on Pleasant Lake in 18-22 feet of water fishing a 36" spinner rig with leeches. Another group claimed a blue jig and fathead was the key to success. The crappie bite has remained decent. Over the weekend most anglers caught a few crappies, there is no real "hot spot" right now. For the best odds, pick your favorite lake and fish the evening hours with a minnow. Bass have been active during the past few days. Some calm water would make it easier to fish for them. In the mean time, throw a natural colored spinnerbait or fish a small sucker minnow on a jig. The muskie season is underway. A lot of people are seeing fish follow the lures but few are hitting. Two fish that I did hear of being caught were triggered by a black bucktail. One on Leech Lake and one on Baby Lake.
KABETOGAMA-NAMAKAN Gateway Store, US Hwy 53 & CO Rd 122, 30 miles south of Intl Falls-Canadian border, Phil Hart (218-875-2121) Weather fronts moved in and out throughout the week chasing anglers off the lake, as well as forcing them to change shorelines for angling. Windward, shallow shorelines and bays kept anglers happy with a shallow bite. Many consistent reports of nice walleyes, both harvest size and non-harvest size were caught. Some saugers, bass and lots of smaller northern pike were taken with the live bait offerings and artificial lures. Jig fisherman experienced pretty good success fishing structures at 40-45', mostly in the east end of Kabetogama on into Namakan. Anglers using lindy rigs with leeches and crawlers near the weekend were having limited success at the 26-32' depth range; however, Sunday the reports were more positive. It appears the strong shoreline bite is giving way to a typical summer pattern. Expect walleyes to become reef creatures; best bet is the windward side of a gradual drop-off from a reef top. Probable depth success is 24-30' mid-day and 16-20' in the evenings. Pike will be amongst the weeds or just outside the weed edges. Casting jerk baits or trolling with artificials should work well. Reports of smallmouth spawning are in. Look for them on rocky shorelines and points. Smallies will be aggressive towards crayfish, match that with live bait or artificial lures that resemble crayfish. A reminder to all: It is illegal to capture and fish with crayfish in Voyageurs National Park waters. Kabetogama, Namakan and adjoining lakes have a harvest slot of under 17". All walleyes 17 to 28" must be released immediately.
LAKE OF THE WOODS Area Tourism Bureau, Denelle, near junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 172 in Baudette (1-800-382-FISH) If you want to catch fish, The Walleye Capital of the World Lake of the Woods, Minnesota is the place to be! A variety of locations are producing great fish this summer. The South Shore area has been limiting out with Walleyes and Saugers. Fishing has been good around Twin Rock along Twin Island all the way towards Zipple Bay and out of the gap and along Pine Island. Anchored and Jigging is still working best. With some anglers trying the spinners and plugs but anchored with a jig has been the most productive fishing in a variety of depths from 10-17 feet of water. Along the Rainy River anglers have been seeing a catch of some northern and also a few smallies. The smallies have been in the weed line and are best caught with snag less lures. With the river receiving an additional 3 inches of rain on top of what weve had has brought up the levels up yet again. The fishing at the Northwest Angle and Islands has been showing best results in the bay and along the shoreline. Jigging and some bottom bouncers producing the best results.
LEECH LAKE Andersons Resorts, Tim (1-800-516-0077) Leech Lake has been great this week. The warm weather has just made things better. Many people are still limiting out on nice walleyes. Little Hard Woods, Bigrock Reef and Pelican Island are all very hot right now. Pike and muskie are very active with Bear Island and Walker Narrows being very good. Panfish are coming around also. Fishing is back up here on Leech - come and enjoy!
METRO AREA EAST Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle, Josh, Oakdale (651-777-2421) The sunnies are biting on Little by Lindstrom, White Bear, Peltier and some on Phalen. For crappies, some descent ones on White Bear, Big Marine and Big Carnelian. Some walleyes on the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers, and some on Bald Eagle in the evening. The northerns are biting well everywhere, White Bear, Forest Lake and Big Marine.
MILLE LACS LAKE Chris Kuduk's Guide Service, Chris Kuduk (320-630-1761) Bobber fishing on Mille Lacs continues to be hot on the rocks. And on the mud, lots of big fish and eaters are being caught on the south end. We have had many 50 fish days. Call now for a guided trip, spots are filling fast.
MILLE LACS LAKE Malmo Market, Lynwood Elliott, State Hwy 47 and 18 East, NE corner of Mille Lacs (320-684-2295) The Mille Lacs walleye fishing still above average. Anglers are starting to transition out to the mud flats; anglers are also starting to report better luck on crawlers. Muskie season also started off well as we had a 49" fish brought in that an angler was unable to revive. As of 12:01 June 11th the night ban was lifted, meaning you can stay out past 10 pm and are able to start fishing before 6 am. Anglers have done well fishing Blue Jug, Deans flat and Schultz's flat. Start on the edges. Long lined rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers seem to be working well. The 2 mile area has also been holding out, try fishing deeper water in the area. Agate reef has also been a good spot to slip bobber fish towards evening.
MILLE LACS LAKE Johnson's Portside, Kelly or Steve, 1 mile north of Isle on Hwy 47 SE side of the lake (320-676-3811) HOT~ thats all I can say about the walleye bite this weekend. Deep mud and gravel seemed to be the ticket. Lindy rigging in 22-30 feet. Night time bobber fishing with a leech also worked very well. I still am waiting for negative reports, but dont think I will be getting them any time soon.
LAKE MINNETONKA - Wayzata Bait & Tackle, Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227) The fish are totally in the weeds. The best times for walleyes are in the morning and at night. For northerns try suckers and spinners along the weedlines. A jig and a minnow is working the best for the crappies that are in 8 to 15 feet of water. The bass are hitting plastics inside the weedlines. The sunnies are everywhere and hungry. The muskies are biting on Independence using large bodied cranks trolling slowly.
LAKE MINNETONKA Minnetonka Outdoors, Gary or Gregg, south frontage road to Hwy 7 between Vine Hill Rd & Old Market Blvd in Shorewood (952-470-8800) Fishing is in full swing with all species of fish open now. The crappie bite that had been very good has slowed way down. Panfish are still up pretty shallow and easy to get. Bass are mostly up on beds in shallow water and reports of some big ones being caught shallow at all times of the day. The usual fickle walleye bite continues on Lake Minnetonka. Early evening, leeches or nightcrawlers in about 8 feet of water seems to be the most consistent bite but reports much deeper in the middle of the day can work on overcast days as well. Not many reports of large muskies yet but the pike bite is on. Hot selling items this week have been leeches of all sizes, walleye jigs and many types of plastics. We're open at 6am everyday and reel repair is all caught up if you're having trouble with your reels, bring them on in. We also bulk spool line for fishermen and have a full line of tackle ready to hunt your favorite species.
NISSWA - Daves Sportland Bait & Tackle, Jason, 2 miles south of Nisswa at the Intersection of Hwy 371 and Cty Rd 77, next to Schaefers Foods (218-963-2401) What an amazing weekend here in the northwoods. I wouldn't go so far as to call it the bite of the century but it has been very good. Over the past few days we have been spending time on the big water of Mille Lacs Lake. It has been phenomenal. There must have been over 1000 boats out there. The walleyes are active all over the lake in all depths. We have been catching most of our fish on either a Roach Rig tipped with a leech or a spinner tipped with a nightcrawler. Northland Tackle's holographic spinner blades outshined everything else we through at them. One guide boat reported catching 50 fish during the four hour trip. I highly recommend giving us a call soon if you would like to get in on this nonstop fun. Our guides still have a couple of openings this week. We have been catching dozens of big fish up to 29 inches and plenty of smaller fish perfect for a fish fry. The fishing has been hit or miss here on the smaller lakes. We've had a few decent reports from Gull, North Long, and Whitefish. Redtail chubs or a leech are providing steady action along the weedlines. The bass fishing is really starting to heat up in the Brainerd area. Some of the best bassin lakes have been Hubert, Gull, North Long and Cullen. Our go to lure has been any of the Slurpies tubes or Dip-stick worms fished weightless. Bass are cruising the shallow flats in 3-8 feet of water. Panfish have been pretty active out in 6-10 feet of water. Worms or leeches will keep you busy.
LAKE OSAKIS - Holiday Resort, Adam, 115 miles west of Twin Cities on I-94W, take 71N to Co Rd 10W to Falcon Dr in Osakis (320-859-4360) Walleye action continues to be good on Osakis. Two mile bar producing lots of quality fish at sunset and thereafter. Bobber fishing with leeches and shiners were the preferred methods for nicer fish. Bass have really taken off with many fish in the two pound range coming out of the outlet area. Spinner baits, or bobber fishing with jumbo leeches are both being effective. Northerns are everywhere on Osakis this year, with lots of fish around the pound and a half to three pound range. The bigger the live bait the better, big suckers, creek cheebs, and big golden shiners all producing nice northerns along the deeper weed edges 10-16 feet. Panfish remain elusive on Osakis, as the water begins to warm some sunnies have started to move in, another week or so should see them in the shallows.
PARK RAPIDS Delaneys Sport Center, Kevin, East 1st St (218-732-4281) The walleyes are still biting on Potato Lake in 16 feet of water on leeches and crawlers. The northerns are going on the Crow Wing Chain in 9 to 12 feet of water on spoons and spinners. The crappies on Big Man Trap are in 9 to 12 feet of water and the bass action has been good using spinners in the shallows. The muskies are biting on Big Man Trap on top water baits.
PELICAN RAPIDS Park Region Sport Shop, Lee Brenna, Intersection of Interstate 59 and 108 in downtown Pelican Rapids (800-962-8553) The walleye fishing has still been god on leeches and crawlers now. The water temps are a little lower then normal still because of all the rain weve been having and the water clarity is a little lower then normal too. The walleyes are in about 15 to 18 feet of water. The sunnies are on their beds right now, and they are biting. The crappies have moved deeper now. The northern and bass bite is going great, and the smallmouth fishing has been good.
RAINY LAKE Rainy Lake Tourism (1-800-FALLS-MN) Walleye fishing has been very good on Rainy Lake. Try some of the submerged reefs in about 25 feet of water. Jigs and minnows are reportedly working best, but trolling a spinner rig with a leech or worm is also working for some. Some of the popular spots have been in Sand Bay, near 8-mile Island and community reef. Cranberry and Cormorant Bay have been good spots to try for walleye, but anglers are also catching some good size northern pike. Smallmouth bass have been busy with the nesting process. Try some of the shallower bays on the Lake, or try the deeper channels in a wide bend on Rainy River.
RED WING Ike's Bait & Tackle, Ken, 2109 Old W Main St, Red Wing (651- 388-2111) They are pulling plugs now on the Madian Rock flats, shad raps in 17 to 24 feet of water. The panfish are still on their beds in Baypoint Park, and the smallies are on the rock piles. Fish are biting in the back channels on leeches and crawlers and plain hooks, and the crappies are good too.
SAINT CLOUD Stop Light Bait, 8th Avenue SE, St. Cloud (320-255-9689) Sunfish have been biting on Pearl, Clearwater, Briggs and Browns Lakes. Anglers have been fishing the 8-10 foot depths with wax worms, angle worms and leeches. Crappies are biting on Sugar, Pearl, and Julia Lakes. Walleye fishermen are catching fish on Minnewaska, Koronis, Big Birch and Alexander Lakes. Walleye anglers that have fished Mille Lacs recently have had good luck. Northerns and bass have been biting well on Clearwater, Pearl and Big Birch Lakes. Mississippi River anglers are catching walleyes, crappies, smallmouth bass and channel catfish. The river bite has been good. We continue to carry panfish leeches, jumbo leeches, and lake run leeches in bulk quantities.
SAINT PETER Hermie's Bait, Brad, 43539 French Hill Rd. St.Peter MN 56082 (507-931-6875) The walleyes have been biting on Lake Washington on the 2nd and 3rd points. The sunnies are going on German Lake and the crappies too.The walleyes are biting on the river and Madison. The northerns have been good on Madison too.
SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA Axel's Tackle Box, Axel, 2 blocks north of Hwy 60 on Hwy 13, next to Caseys, on Lake Sakatah in Waterville (507-362-4444) The area lakes are smoking right now, I tell the customers if you cant catch fish better put your poles up for sale. Northern action is great on Tetonka using mainly spoons, walleyes being caught on area lakes are being taken with large/jumbo leeches. Using crawler/leech rigs have been producing some real good results. Panfish are hitting hard so are the bass on nightcrawlers. I dont believe right now I could tell you which area lake is doing better then the next. I have people that lived here for years and cant believe the catches they are getting lately. Also some nice cats have been landed right from shore even. Anybody reading this should put the Waterville area lakes in their next vacation list of choices, you wont be disappointed.
STARBUCK - Minnewaska Bait, Larry Jensen, Hwy 29 near the Starbuck Marina (320-239-2239) We have great fishing still on the lake. The bass fishing is hot around the docks with leeches and bobbers, and also using spinners down the north side working the rushes. The walleyes are out in 14 to 18 feet of water on the drop offs off the points using spinner rigs and leeches. The sunnies are spawning now in 4 to 5 feet of water and people are getting them on little leeches and waxies. Lake Emily and Mary also continue to have good walleye bites going still.
STILLWATER - Jimmy's Bait and Tackle, Stillwater (651-430-2554) Anglers are going out for walleyes on the river using fatheads and crawlers. The crappies are biting in spots on the river too.
WACONIA - Mases In Towne Marine, Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096) We had 46 and 43 muskies caught last week out by Center Reefs and a lot have been seen. The sunnies are in shallow reeds on the north side and the bass are around the docks. The walleyes are biting out on Kegs and Andersons reefs and by the clay banks in about 16 to 20 feet of water on fatheads. And crawlers are starting to be better for fishing now too.
WINNIBIGOSHISH Walleye Visions, Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids (218-327-2312) This last week on Big Winnie has been a roller coaster ride with the winds. Some days you have to run all over the lake just to put your boat in, because of the wind. The walleye fishing has been good and the spots change daily. Stony Point was great one day and tough the next. Musky Bay, Little Stony and the Duck Houses have been pretty consistent. Jig and shine or a leech and a rig have been doing the most damage. The deeper walleyes are starting to show up, and there is a mix of big fish, and keepers. As the weather settles down the fishing will stabilize. There have been no measurable bug hatches yet, but that will change soon. The northern pike fishing has been slow, but with the emerging of the weedbeds that too will improve. The walleye bite below the Winnie Dam has been good and even the shore fishermen have been doing well. Things are about to change rather quickly, so bring different baits along and try the ones that work. The water levels are coming up, so there are no worries about launching.