Msg 1 Posted: 08:11 AM 07/18/07 (CST)
Work 25 to 35 feet of water during the evening hours for walleyes. Leeches and crawlers are working best on lakes such as Miltona, Ida, and Le Homme Dieu. Crappies are cruising the mid-depth weedlines of Lake Geneva and Lake Darling. Plastics and spinnerbaits are the best options for bass throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain.
Sunfish action remains steady in 12 to 14 feet on Lake Augusta, Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake. Walleyes can be had during the evening hours in 16 to 22 feet on Clearwater. Bass and pike remain active along the weedlines of most lakes, but look for the areas biggest fish to come from Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, and Lake Sylvia.
Leeches and redtails are producing walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 10 to 22 feet. At Battle Lake, walleyes are hitting leeches during low-light periods in 18 to 24 feet or 30 to 35 feet. Sunfish action is strong in 12 to 16 feet on lakes Clitherall, West Battle, Blanche, and Deer. Look for crappies on Big Pine Lake and East Battle Lake. Long Lake, Eagle Lake, and Stalker Lake are kicking out bass. Muskie anglers continue to do best on Battle Lake.
Crawlers and spinner rigs with red blades have been deadly for walleyes on Lake Bemidji in seven to nine feet or 18 to 22 feet. A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes and perch on Lake Plantagenet in 10 to 12 feet. Crappies are hitting in 15 feet on Lake George. Look to Grace Lake for largemouth bass and Kabekona Lake for smallmouths.
Limits of walleyes are being caught with crawlers in eight to 12 feet on Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Gull Lake. Panfish action is going strong in six to 10 feet at Rabideau Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Pimushe Lake.
The eight- to 24- foot weed edges of most lakes are holding a mixed bag of fish including walleyes, bass, and northern pike. Leeches, redtails, and crawlers are working best during low-light periods. Whitefish Lake, Gull Lake, and Round Lake are good places to start. Sunfish are cruising the 10- to 12-foot weed edges of most lakes, as well.
CASS LAKE AREA
The tops of the bars have produced a lot of muskie action this week. The key is to burn bucktails or topwater baits during the evening hours. North Cedar Bar and Deadmans Bar are producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet.
Trout activity at the Portsmouth and Huntington pits continues to be impressive. Look for numbers of pike and bass on the weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Serpent Lake, and Horseshoe Lake.
Work the 17- to 20-foot weed edges with leeches or redtails for walleyes at Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa. On Pelican Lake, trolling crankbaits through the shallows during low-light periods has produced walleyes. Sunfish are active on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges of lakes Detroit, Island, Cormorant, and Stump. Muskies are hitting topwater baits at a good pace on Pelican Lake and Detroit Lake.
Walleyes continue to be caught at a good pace with leeches and minnows in 12 to 20 feet on White Iron Lake, Burntside Lake, and Shagawa Lake. Crappie action remains consistent in six to 12 feet on lakes Armstrong, Fall, and One Pine.
Crappies are an easy catch in six feet of water at Hall Lake, Tuttle Lake, and George Lake. Catfish continue to hit crawlers during the day on Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and George Lake.
Northern pike are inhaling spoon plugs in 15 to 18 feet at Shields Lake. Work the deep holes of French Lake and Lake Mazaska for crappies. Mazaska and Shields also have produced sunfish in 12 to 15 feet.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
On Lake Superior, ciscoes and spoons are turning lake trout in 100 to 150 feet. Crawlers are producing rainbow trout at Mink Lake and Kimball Lake.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappie action is going strong on the weed edges of Lake Pokegama, Lake Wabana, and Big Jessie Lake. Weedlines and main lake structure is the best bet for midday walleye action at Swan Lake, Trout Lake, Bowstring Lake, Cutfoot Sioux, and Pokegama. Bluewater Lake continues to produce numbers of smallmouth bass.
The evening crappie action has been excellent at Birch Lake over 18 to 24 feet. Leeches and spinner rigs in 24 to 28 feet have produced walleyes on Ten Mile Lake. At Birch Lake, walleyes are hitting crawlers south of the island. Bass are hitting everywhere.
The flats and wind-driven islands and points are producing walleyes. Live bait rigs or spinner rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers have worked best in 10 to 30 feet. The weedlines of most bays are producing pike. Crappie action has been limited.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Crankbaits are producing walleyes during the evening hours off Sand Point in 12 to 16 feet. Live bait rigs and leeches are working best off Otter Tail Point in 21 to 25 feet and on the south-end humps in 18 to 26 feet. Muskie action is improving on small bucktails. Work the weedbeds in Portage Bay and Walker Bay. The rice beds off Minnesota Island are worth noting for bass.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East Daytime walleye action has been limited, with a few fish being taken on crankbaits or live bait rigs on the deep mud and gravel. The evening slip-bobber bite with leeches remains the best option on the shallow rock reefs. The heat has cranked up the smallmouth bass action on the rocks and points, and muskie anglers are seeing a few more fish in the weeds.
WestWork the flats such as Shermans, Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and Seguchies in 22 to 26 feet during the day and in 28 to 34 feet at night. The evening bite has been best with slip bobbers and leeches, while spinner rigs are the way to go during midday hours. Muskie reports are limited, but you can pick up some good-sized pike on the weed edges of St. Albans Bay.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Sunfish are active on the inside and outside weed edges of Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. The deep milfoil patches of Minnetonka are producing crappies during the evening hours. Bass are hitting a variety of presentations on most lakes. Muskies continue to chase topwater baits on Minnetonka and Lake Independence.
Crankbaits trolled on the weed edges and shoreline breaks have produced walleyes during the evening hours. Some midday action can be had with live bait on the 14- to 18- foot humps. Muskies remain reluctant to hit, but topwater baits are raising them on the weedlines.
The best walleye action is taking place during low-light periods on the main lake reefs in 12 to 16 feet. A few more muskies have been raised on the weedbeds adjacent to these reefs. Sunfish and pike can be had on the weedlines of Waconia Bay, and most docks, rafts, and weedlines are holding bass.
Walleyes are scattered on the north-end humps in 16 to 20 feet. Long Bar, Bena Bar, Moxes Hole, and Big Muskie Bar are producing fish, most of which are hitting spinners and leeches. For good numbers of perch, work the points in six to 10 feet; the bigger perch are coming off the deep humps.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anglers are finding more walleyes the farther north they travel. Areas such as Garden Island, Little Oak Island, Stony Point, and Four Blocks have been best, with spinner rigs and live bait working best in 21 to 29 feet. Large sucker minnows are working best for sturgeon in the Rainy River, over 15 feet of water.
Sunfish can be had in eight feet of water throughout Bakers Bay on Lake Washington. Crankbaits are turning walleyes during the evening hours in the narrows of Madison Lake, and theres some morning walleye activity on Washington in 16 to 22 feet with leeches and nightcrawlers.
Manhattan Reef and the Goose Island area of Big Stone Lake are producing bluegills and perch in 12 feet. For walleyes on Big Stone, troll spinner rigs during the day in 12 feet at the Peninsula or Islands, and slip bobber-fish with leeches during the evening hours at Windmill Reef and Rocky Ledge. Crankbaits have turned numbers of walleyes on the north end of Lake Traverse in eight to 10 feet.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes continue to come off Long Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Fifth Crow Wing Lake is kicking out pike in 14 to 18 feet. Most lakes are producing largemouth bass, while smallmouth action at Potato Lake is picking up. The established weed edges of Big Mantrap Lake are holding crappies.
Work 28 to 32 feet with crawlers and leeches for walleyes. Better areas this week have been Community Reef, Sand Bay, and Cranberry Bay. The North Arm continues to produce the best smallmouth bass action. Black Bay is a safe bet for crappies in shallow water.
Spinners and crawlers are working best for walleyes in six to eight feet during the day and as shallow as four feet during the evening hours. Trolling minnows, spoons, or crankbaits in six to eight feet at the Tamarack River has produced a lot of nice pike.
RED WING AREA
Bright-colored crankbaits are producing walleyes over 18 to 25 feet on Lake Pepin. Jigs tipped with crawlers also are triggering walleyes in the 10- to 12-foot back channels of the Mississippi River. Topwater baits are providing steady smallmouth bass action on the deep rock piles of Pepin.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Theres some steady sunfish action in six to 10 feet at Pearl Lake, Becker Lake, and Long Lake. The sharp, six- to 20-foot breaks and weedlines of Lake Koronis are holding walleyes. The Sauk River is a safe bet for catfish.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish are keeping anglers busy in this area. Hit 10 to 14 feet on lakes such as Maple, Fairy, Lilly, Sauk, and Little Birch and you should find plenty of fish.
Suckers and bobbers are producing numbers of pike at the creek inlets of Lake Minnewaska. Bass action has been best during low-light periods throughout the area.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO Muskie anglers are hooking more fish this week, primarily with bucktails or topwater baits on Forest Lake and Lake Owasso. The 15-foot weedlines of Lake Phalen and Bald Eagle Lake are producing crappies. Northern pike and bass are hitting spinnerbaits and sucker minnows on most lakes. Look to lakes Peltier, Little, Big Carnelian, and White Bear for sunfish in six to 10 feet of water.
WEST METRO The weedlines of Lake Zumbra, Lake Bavaria, and Piersons Lake are producing bass and northern pike. Catfish action remains strong on the Minnesota River, and Riley Lake is giving up a few walleyes during the evening hours. Sunfish continue to be found in less than 10 feet, but youll have to sort through some small fish on lakes Minnewashta, Steiger, Parley, and Hydes.
The swimming beach area of Lake Tetonka is giving up numbers of crappies. Small minnows or tube jigs are working best. Muskie and pike action has picked up in the south bay of Tetonka as well. Hit Clear Lake in 12 to 15 feet and Gorman Lake in 17 to 20 feet for sunfish.
Walleye action has been poor, but panfish continue to be caught at a good pace. Lakes such as North Long, Andrew, Florida, Games, Nest, and Calhoun are all producing fish. Green Lake continues to kick out smallmouth bass.