Msg 1 Posted: 03:34 PM 06/22/07 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA |
During the day, leeches or crawlers on spinners are turning walleyes in 30 feet on lakes Le Homme Dieu, Miltona, and Ida. These same lakes will produce fish during the evening hours along the shallower weedlines. Theres a crankbait bite during the evening hours on Reno Lake as well. The 12-foot weedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain are holding crappies, but pike and muskie reports remain limited. Work the weedlines and bars of most lakes with spinnerbaits for bass.
Crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes in 18 to 20 feet at Clearwater Lake. Crappie action has picked up on the 10- to 14-foot weed edges of Clearwater, French, Buffalo, Cedar, and Pleasant lakes. Spinnerbaits or sucker minnows remain the best bet for pike and bass on the weed edges of most lakes. Sunfish continue to be found in two to four feet throughout the area.
Look for walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in nine to 20 feet, at Battle Lake in 15 to 22 feet, and on Clitherall Lake in 15 to 25 feet. Sunfish and crappies are hitting well in 10 to 15 feet at Mollie Stark, Blanche, Walker, and Clitherall. Muskie anglers are reporting some follows on West Battle Lake, while sucker minnows will trigger pike on the weedlines of Otter Tail and West Battle.
Long-lining redtails or crawlers from nine to 30 feet at Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet is a safe bet for walleyes. Bluegills and crappies are on their beds and active on most lakes. A few muskies were taken on bucktails and topwater baits at Lake Bemidji. Bass action remains strong on most lakes and pike tend to be mixed with the walleyes.
Work the 12- to 14-foot mid-lake structure of Blackduck Lake for walleyes. Gull Lake and Island Lake are producing walleyes during the evening hours in similar depths. Panfish action remains strong in shallow water at Rabideau Lake and Gilstead Lake. Twin Lake remains a safe bet for largemouth bass.
CASS LAKE AREA
Jigs tipped with shiners or leeches are producing walleyes in 12 to 22 feet during the day, while Shad Raps are working best during lowlight periods in eight feet. The most fish this week have come off ONeils Point and North Cedar Bar. North Cedar also has produced some perch in six feet of water. Muskie, panfish, and pike action has been limited.
Spinnerbaits and plastics are producing bass on the docks and weedlines of most lakes. Panfish also can be had on the docks and shallow weed areas of Chisago Lake, Kroon Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and North Center Lake. Walleye reports have been limited, but some good-sized pike continue to be taken on sucker minnows at Sunrise Lake in 10 to 12 feet.
Walleyes continue to hit best during the evening hours at West Rabbit Lake, Serpent Lake, and Mississippi River. Plastics are turning bass on the weedlines of Serpent, Rabbit, Horseshoe, and Edward lakes. Pike are hitting minnows on most lakes with Serpent, Rabbit, Nokay, and Lower Mission leading the way. For panfish, give Mahnomen, Black Hoof, East Rabbit, and Clearwater a try. Trout are hitting about 15 to 25 feet from the surface in most pit lakes and a few muskies have been caught on Cedar Lake.
CROSS LAKE AREA
The best walleye action is taking place during lowlight periods throughout the Whitefish Chain. Live bait rigs tipped with leeches or redtails are working best in 18 to 26 feet. The weedlines of most lakes are producing pike, while bass are hitting plastics or spinnerbaits near docks and other shaded areas. Look for suspended crappies over 12 to 18 feet and sunfish can be had in the shallows.
Walleye action has slowed down, but a few fish continue to be caught at Fish Lake and Boulder Lake in 10 feet of water. Hit Rice Lake and Fish Lake with sucker minnows for pike. Fish Lake also is a safe bet for bluegills between six and eight feet of water. At Island Lake, smallmouth bass are hitting near the docks, shorelines, and shallow rock piles. Lake trout are hitting about 40 feet down and coho salmon can be had near the surface of Lake Superior. Most boats now are fishing further north up the shore and out about eight miles. The St. Louis River might be worth checking for muskies.
Crankbaits or nightcrawlers are turning smallmouth bass and a few walleyes at the Rum River. Work the weedlines of Green Lake and Blue Lake for panfish with small jigs. Northern pike action has tapered off, but Fremont Lake continues to give up good-sized bass.
Walleyes can be had on spinners tipped with crawlers and leeches in 10 to 15 feet of water at Long Lake, Fall Lake, and Shagawa Lake. Look for suspended lake trout over 65 feet of water or more at Burntside Lake and Moose Lake. Trolling spoons along the shorelines of Fall Lake has produced some big pike. Smallmouth are cruising the four- to 10-foot rock-covered shorelines of Burntside and White Iron Lake. Work the shallows of Armstrong Lake for crappies.
Walleye and pike reports have been nonexistent this week, but crappies continue to hit on lakes such as Hall, Budd, George, and Tuttle in four feet. Largemouth bass also are very active in the shallows of most lakes.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Look to Devils Fish Lake and Elbow Lake for walleyes in five to 12 feet with leeches. Theres some evening walleye action on Lake Saganaga in shallow water with rattling crankbaits. Lake trout reports have been less impressive this week, but rainbow trout can be had on many of the small lakes along the Gunflint Trail.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes continue to hit a leech or crawler on Big Splithand Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Sugar Lake is a safe bet during the day with crawlers in 20 to 26 feet and at night with crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet. Work the 16- to 20-foot weedlines of Pokegama with leeches, while crankbaits and live bait are working on Bowstring Lake in 18 to 22 feet or seven to 10 feet. On Sand Lake, limits of walleyes are being pulled from nine to 11 feet. Crappie action has picked up in 14 to 20 feet at Lake Wabana and Jessie Lake. Bluegills are shallow on most lakes and some bigger pike are coming off the weedlines of Lake Pokegama. Muskie reports have been limited with just a few fish raised on Deer Lake and North Star Lake.
Walleyes now are hanging in the weeds over 14 to 18 feet and hitting jigs tipped with leeches or minnows. Crankbaits are producing walleyes during lowlight periods in 10 to 15 feet. Birch Lake continues to produce numbers of bass and pike seem to be hitting along the weedlines of most lakes. Work the reed edges of Five Point Lake for good-sized bluegills. Small spinners tipped with minnows are turning crappies in 12 to 16 feet on many lakes, while a few muskies have been triggered by dark-colored bucktails.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST The shallow rock reefs and points are producing walleyes at night. The mud flats continue to provide walleyes after dark as well. Slip bobbers and leeches remain the best option during lowlight periods. Midday is best spent on the deep gravel areas with live-bait rigs and leeches in 22 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting tube jigs, crankbaits, and some spinnerbaits on the rock reefs and rock-covered points. Perch and muskie reports have been limited.
WEST Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or rainbow minnows are producing limits of walleyes on the mud flats during the day. The key is to work these rigs on three-ways or bottom bouncers so they stay off the bottom. Seguchies, Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and Shermans are your best options in 22 to 25 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches are the way to go after sunset, on the mud, in 25 to 32 feet.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Work the milfoil patches in Browns Bay and Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka with a jig and leech for walleyes during lowlight periods. A few crappies now are showing up in the channels of Minnetonka. Topwater baits are providing quite a bit of muskie activity on Lake Independence. Sunfish continue to be found in six feet of water on Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and Lake Sarah.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A jig and minnow combination continues to produce limits of walleyes in 27 to 31 feet at the Lighthouse Gap, Zippel Bay, and Pine Island areas. Spinners and downrigging are starting to turn fish as well. The Oak Island area of the Northwest Angle is providing steady walleye action in 22 feet of water. On the Rainy River, walleyes, sauger, smallmouth bass, and some huge sturgeon have been part of the mix.
The best walleye bite is taking place early and late in the day. Look to the north-end humps and main-lake bars for the biggest pods of fish in 16 to 20 feet. Leeches, jigs and shiners, and crawlers all are producing fish off Bena Bar, Big Muskie Bar, Moxes Hole, and Horseshoe Bar. Pike reports have been limited, but good-sized perch continue to be caught in eight feet at the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Leeches are producing walleyes in 30 feet during the day and in much shallower water during lowlight periods. Minnows remain the ticket for saugers and perch on the sand and soft-bottomed areas. Troll or flip crankbaits over the weed tops in most bays for pike.
Walleye action really picked up this week on the weedlines and bars. Leeches and crawlers are producing the majority of fish in 14 to 18 feet. For sunfish, look to the shallow weeds or Three Mile Bar in 12 to 16 feet. Crappie action remains limited, but bass are hitting topwater baits throughout the lake. Work the weedlines with crankbaits or minnows for numbers of pike.
Work the eight-foot weedlines on the north end for sunfish. Walleye action remains decent during lowlight periods on main lake structure. Look to North Reef, Keggs Reef, and Harms Point in 22 to 24 feet with leeches. The weedlines off Center Reef continue to give up crappies, while bass and pike are easy to find on the established weedlines.
Leeches and crawlers worked off the bottom are producing some walleyes in 16 to 22 feet. Muskie anglers are seeing a few fish on the rocks and weeds, but getting them to bite remains difficult. Pike are set up in the weeds and hitting anything white. Bass remain shallow and can be easily caught with Rapalas, Senkos, or small spinnerbaits.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting leeches and minnows off Otter Tail Point in 18 to 20 feet, at the Red Shed in 10 to 12 feet, and the breaks near First and Second Duck points. Look to Sand Point for perch in 14 to 18 feet and Steamboat Bay continues to produce numbers of bass. Bucktails have raised a few muskies on the rocks near Bear Island. Reeds Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Work Bakers Bay on Lake Washington in less than eight feet for panfish. Leeches are producing walleyes in 14 to 18 feet on German Lake during the evening hours. Rattlin Raps continue to trigger walleyes in the narrows of Madison Lake and theres a morning walleye bite in 16 to 22 feet with leeches on Washington. Sucker minnows are turning numbers of pike on the weedlines of Little Jefferson Lake and German Lake remains the areas best option for big bass.
Spinnerbaits or plastics are turning numbers of bass at Round Lake and Lake Minnewawa. Walleye action has slowed, with just a few fish coming off Big Sandy Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Work the weedlines of Big Sandy and Minnewawa with sucker minnows for northern pike. Sunfish remain shallow on most lakes with a few bigger fish coming off Minnewawa and Big Sandy.
Suckers or spinnerbaits are triggering pike and bass on the weedlines of White Bear Lake, Big Marine Lake, and Big Carnelian Lake. Sunfish are an easy catch in two to four feet at lakes Peltier, Little, and Big Carnelian. Work the St. Croix River from Prescott north with a jig and minnow for walleyes, sauger, and white bass. Clear Lake and Lake Phalen give up an occasional walleye and some crappies can be had in 12 to 15 feet during the evening hours at Bald Eagle and Big Marine lakes.
Three-to-a-pound sunfish are easy to find in the shallows of lakes Parley, Steiger, and Minnewashta. The Minnesota River sand bars are producing channel catfish and some walleyes can be had at the river creek mouths. A bobber/leech combo is producing walleyes on the eight-foot humps on the north end of Lake Parley. Troll a jointed Shad Rap on the weedlines of lakes Pierson and Auburn for pike. Some bigger bass are being caught in 14 feet at Lake Bavaria and Lake Wasserman has produced a few muskies.
Several areas of Big Stone Lake are producing walleyes. Crankbaits thrown over the weeds in six to eight feet have worked near Mallard Point, crankbaits also have been the ticket at the Sodak area in 15 feet, and along the weedlines near LaGunna Beach. Trolling spinners and live bait is a safe bet for walleyes on the east end of Lake Oliver.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crappie action has picked up in 16 feet on Long Lake. Long, Big Sand Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and the Crow Wing Chain are producing walleyes during lowlight periods in 12 to 30 feet. Bluegills continue to be found in the shallow sand areas of most lakes and northern pike are cruising the cabbage beds of Big and Little Mantrap lakes.
Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes in Black Bay over 15 to 25 feet, Saginaw Bay in 12 to 15 feet, the weedlines of Lost Bay, and on the Sand Bay reefs. The dam area of the river is producing walleyes and northern pike. Black Bay started giving up more crappies and the North Arm remains the best option for smallmouth in shallow water.
RED WING AREA
The bigger northern pike have started hitting Red Eye spoons or sucker minnows at the mouth of the Rush River. Crankbaits on leadcore or three-way rigs are turning numbers of walleye and sauger on Lake Pepin in 17 to 25 feet. Live bait is triggering smallmouth bass on the shallow rocks of Pepin and the Baypoint Park area continues to produce sunfish.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
The islands area on Lake Koronis continues to kick out walleyes in 15 to 25 feet. Look to Rice Lake and Horseshoe Lake for suspended crappies over 20 feet of water. Sunfish can be had along the shorelines of lakes Grand, Pearl, Becker, and Cedar Island. Rice and Koronis continue to produce pike and smallmouth bass, while largemouth seem to be hitting on most lakes.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish action is going strong in two to eight feet on lakes such as Sauk, Fairy, Lilly, Grove, Little Birch, and Big Swan. Cast small spinners in the eight-foot weeds of Sauk Lake for crappies. Leeches and crawlers are triggering an occasional walleye at Little Birch and Big Birch lakes in 16 to 32 feet. Bass are an easy catch on plastics throughout the area.
Look to Lake Minnewaska for sunfish in two to four feet and some crappies on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines. Minnewaska continues to provide steady walleye action via leeches and crankbaits in 14 to 18 feet. Shallow-running crankbaits are producing walleyes during the evening hours on Lake Emily. The weedlines of Lake Mary are holding a few walleyes and northern pike as well.
Blue and white Watervillians are triggering muskies and pike along the 15-foot weedlines of Lake Tetonka. Rapalas are producing numbers of bass on Tetonka as well. Hit Lake Sakatah with sucker minnows for northern pike. On Lake Elysian, youll hit some walleyes with leeches in eight to 10 feet. Panfish are shallow and active on lakes such as Tetonka, Clear, and Francis.
Bass and panfish have provided the most consistent action near the docks and shallow weeds of lakes Norway, Games, Nest, Diamond, and Andrew. Green Lake continues to produce smallmouth and a few walleyes can be had here in 30 to 40 feet. Limited walleye reports also are coming off Eagle Lake and Diamond in 10 to 14 feet of water.