Msg 1 Posted: 11:44 AM 07/20/07 (CST)
East_Walleye reports have dropped, but bobbers and leeches continue to produce some fish on the deep mud and gravel during the day and shallow rocks at night. Smallmouth are hitting plastics on the shallow rocks, docks, and boat lifts. More muskie anglers are showing up with some fish being seen on the weedlines of Isle Bay.|
West_During the day, rigs and leeches continue to produce some walleyes on the mud flats in 28 to 32 feet. During the evening hours, slip bobbers and leeches have worked best off the edges of the flats. Northern pike have started hitting along the weedlines of St. Albans Bay. Sucker minnows or crankbaits are triggering the most fish. Work the rock points and shallow reefs with crankbaits or tubes for smallmouth bass.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Most of the walleyes are coming from 26 to 33 feet around Long Point, Stoney Point, and Crow Duck Island. Jigging, spinners and crawlers, or down rigging is working best. Sturgeon action is going strong in the Rainy River and walleyes can be had in the Clementson Rapids area in 12 to 14 feet. Muskie activity has heated up at the Northwest Angle, while the islands remain the best option for walleyes.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Crawlers and spinners continue to produce walleyes in nine to 12 feet on the flats near the Meadows and Hardwoods. Theres a decent evening bite off Sand Point in 10 to 12 feet as well. Work the humps in Walker Bay in 20 to 30 feet for walleyes with live bait. Muskie action is "up and down" on the weeds and rocks. Bucktails are worth throwing on North Bar, West Bar, and near Pelican Island. The shallow weeds of Steamboat Bay continue to give up a few bluegills and bass action remains consistent in Steamboat and Boy Bay.
Sunfish and northern pike are being pulled off the eight- to 12-foot weedlines. Look for walleyes in Browns, Wayzata, and Crystal bays over 18 to 24 feet. A jig and fathead is working best during lowlight periods. Muskie and bass reports have been "spotty" this week, but crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 18 feet.
The main-lake reefs are producing the most walleyes in 30 to 34 feet. Look to Fox Island, Olson Reef, Community Reef, and Erickson Reef as good starting spots. The weedlines in Black Bay have kicked out a few walleyes and look to Lost Bay for pike. The area behind the dam on the Rainy River is producing walleyes and smallmouth bass, but the North Arm is the best option for numbers of smallmouth.
The north-end humps and main-lake bars are producing walleyes in 18 to 22 feet. Leeches and crawlers on live bait rigs have worked best. There is some shallow walleye activity off Ravens Point and Little Stony Point in eight to 12 feet during lowlight periods. Shad Raps or a jig and minnow are the way to go on these spots. Look to Ravens Point and the mouth of the river for perch in eight to 12 feet and northern pike tend to be scattered, but mixed with the walleyes.
Northern pike and bass are being taken on the weedlines of Big Marine Lake, White Bear Lake, and Lake Owassa. Sunfish action remains consistent at Lake Peltier and Little Lake in less than eight feet. A few walleyes and sauger are being pulled from the Prescott area of the St. Croix River. Muskies have become more active throughout the area with bucktails triggering the majority of fish. Centerville Lake and Lake Phalen are producing crappies during the evening hours.
Topwater baits have started triggering muskies on the weedlines of Wasserman Lake. Plastics seem to be producing bass on all lakes and sucker minnows are the ticket for pike in 18 feet on Whaletail Lake. Theres some sunfish being caught out from the public access on Parley Lake. Look to Hydes Lake and the south end of Riley Lake for crappies during the evening hours in 10 feet.
Bass continue to be caught on Texas-rigged plastics at Andersons Reef in 12 to 14 feet. Pillsbury Reef is producing walleyes in 18 to 20 feet as well as bass and sunfish in eight to 14 feet. The reeds in Reinkies Bay and at the northwest side of the lake have produced bass. Sunfish are scattered on the weedlines, but the bigger fish are coming off the reefs. The northwest and east sides of the island are giving up some walleyes in 18 to 25 feet. Bass and muskie reports have been limited.
Walleye action is slow, but big lakes such as Miltona, Ida, and Le Homme Dieu are giving up a few fish in 30 to 35 feet. Lakes Mary and Andrew are giving up a few fish in shallower water, mainly during lowlight periods. Bass are set up on the weedlines and plastics are turning most of these fish. Crappie action has picked up with tube jigs working best on the cabbage beds of Miltona and the Le Homme Dieu Chain.
Clearwater Lake is giving up walleyes in 17 to 26 feet during lowlight periods. Spinners and live-bait rigs with leeches are working best. Sunfish are being caught on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Granite Lake, Cedar Lake, and Clearwater. Crappie reports have been limited, but sucker minnows are turning numbers of pike on the weedlines of Clearwater, Cedar, and Sugar Lake. Bass are hitting plastics or spinnerbaits on the deep weedlines of most lakes.
The best walleye reports are coming off Battle Lake in 22 to 26 feet with leeches. On Otter Tail Lake, walleyes can be had with crawlers or redtails during lowlight periods in 14 to 18 feet. South Turtle Lake and Blanche Lake are safe bets for crappies in 14 to 17 feet. Lakes such as Clitherall and Deer are kicking out sunfish in 14 to 18 feet. Largemouth bass action is good at Fisk Lake and West Battle Lake, while Clitherall is giving up impressive smallies. Pike are cruising the deep weedlines of West Battle, East Battle, and Long Lake. Trolling large plugs in 12 to 40 feet has produced muskies at Battle Lake as well.
Hit Lake Bemidji for walleyes with leeches and crawlers in 15 to 18 feet. Sucker minnows drifted on the weedlines of Bemidji is a safe bet for pike. Muskie action has picked up on Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Most anglers now are hooking a fish or two each outing. Bluegills continue to be found shallow on area lakes and bass are an easy catch on the weedlines and docks of most lakes.
Lindy Rigs and leeches are producing walleyes during the day on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Bluegills continue to be pulled from 10 feet at Rabideau Lake and Gilstead Lake. Look to the weedlines of Pimushe Lake with minnows and small jigs for crappies.
Walleyes are biting early and late in 12 to 18 feet at North Long Lake, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Lindy Rigs with leeches or redtails have been most productive. Look for sunfish in 12 to 16 feet on most lakes, while sucker minnows or spoons worked in 12 to 18 feet have produced pike on most lakes. Bass action has been very good throughout the area.
Look for walleyes in 20 feet during the day on Deadmans Bar. Lindy Rigs and leeches are working best. The evening hours are best spent on top of the bars with Shad Raps in 10 to 12 feet. Muskies have started chasing large spinnerbaits on the mid-depth weeds. Bluegill and perch reports have been limited.
Toss a spinnerbait on the weedlines of Sunrise Lake for bass and northern pike. Chisago Lake also has a good bass bite from the docks out to the deep weedlines. Youll find suspended crappies over 20 feet on Chisago and North Center Lake. Nelsons Bar on North Center is kicking out sunfish in 12 to 14 feet.
Bass are an easy catch on plastics or spinnerbaits on lakes Edward, Rabbit, Clearwater, Lower Mission, Horseshoe, and Serpent. Active walleyes are being found during the day on Serpent Lake in 18 to 30 feet. Pike are hitting crankbaits or minnows on most lakes in 10 to 20 feet. Look for the most active trout bite during the morning hours in 30 to 40 feet in the Pennington Chain and Huntington Pit.
CROSS LAKE AREA
Leeches and redtails are producing walleyes during lowlight periods in 18 to 26 feet. Lakes throughout the Whitefish Chain, Pelican Lake, and Crosslake are worth noting. The best bass and pike action also has taken place in deep water with crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappies and sunfish are hitting small jigs tipped with worms, minnows, or waxworms on the weedlines of most lakes. Look to Upper Whitefish with leeches for bigger panfish in 22 to 24 feet.
Big Detroit Lake is kicking out walleyes in eight feet of water throughout the day on live bait. Look for crappies on Big Detroit in 15 to 20 feet. Big Cormorant Lake continues to produce walleyes in 28 feet during the day and up shallow at night. On Island Lake, youll find good-sized sunfish in 15 to 17 feet. Bulldogs triggered a couple 50- inch muskies this week at Big Detroit. Look to Spirit Lake for crappies in 21 feet and the pike and bass continue to be caught on the established weedlines of most lakes.
Leeches and chubs are producing walleyes on Boulder Lake and Fish Lake during the evening hours in 12 to 15 feet. The main channel of the St. Louis River is worth noting for walleyes as well. Rice Lake can be counted on for a few pike and bluegills are hitting in eight feet at Fish Lake. On Lake Superior, reports continue to be limited with just a few salmon being taken on stickbaits and spoons eight to 10 miles out of Duluth.
Largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines of Blue Lake, Green Lake, Elk Lake, and Fremont Lake. Blue Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in 14 to 22 feet. The Mississippi and Rum rivers are giving up numbers of good-sized smallmouth bass.
The filtration plant area on Budd Lake is giving up crappies in eight feet of water. Large plastics are triggering northern pike on the weedlines of South Silver Lake and Sissiton Lake. Hall Lake and South Silver have produced a few walleyes in eight to 10 feet during lowlight periods. Catfish continue to hit sucker minnows and crawlers on most lakes.
Muskie activity has picked up at French Lake. Sucker minnows are working best on the mid-depth breaks during the day, while bucktails or Bulldogs have worked best on top of the rock bars at night. Trolling spoon plugs in 14 to 16 feet of water has triggered numbers of northern pike on Shields Lake and Lake Mazaska. Slip bobbers and leeches are the ticket for walleyes at French Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water during lowlight periods.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Leeches and slip bobbers are producing walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot breaks of Tom Lake, Devils Fish Lake, Lake Saganaga, and Gunflint Lake. Slide up shallower with Rapalas during the evening hours. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weedlines of most lakes and Mepps spinners are a safe bet for smallmouths along the shorelines. Lake trout and a few salmon have been taken on Lake Superior near the surface over 150 feet of water. The deep water of Saganaga is holding active lakers and Kimball Lake is always worth hitting for rainbow trout.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleye action is holding steady with crawlers on Sugar Lake in 20 to 26 feet of water, a jig and minnow on Lake Wabana in 14 to 22 feet of water, and with crawlers and spinners on Lake Pokegama in 19 to 22 feet of water. Look for big pike to be hitting minnows on the deep weeds of Pokegama and Trout Lake. Theres some evening crappie action on Rice Lake in eight to 14 feet of water and in 16 feet at Spider Lake. Trolling large crankbaits over deep water on Moose Lake and Deer Lake has produced muskies. Largemouth bass are hitting on most lakes, while Pokegama and North Star are safe bets for smallmouth bass.
Trolling deep-running crankbaits during the evening hours at Ten Mile Lake has triggered suspended walleyes. A hammered gold spinner and leech is the way to go for walleyes at Pleasant Lake in 22 feet of water. Stony Lake is giving up bass, primarily on spinnerbaits, and muskies seem to be chasing baits but are reluctant to hit on most lakes. Sunfish can be had on Pleasant and Ten Mile in 20 to 22 feet of water. Swansons Bait and Tackle
A slow-worked live-bait rig and crawler is producing walleyes during lowlight periods on the 26-foot reefs of Kabetogama. Center Reef, Chase Island, Larkin Island, and the reefs near Headlight Island are worth noting. On Namakan Lake, the sharp breaks are holding walleyes and the weedy bays adjacent to deep water are safe bets for pike. Work the rock ledges and gravel areas for smallmouth with crankbaits.
Walleyes are being caught on leeches in 20 feet of water in front of Center Bar. The Four Mile Bar and Rock Pile also have produced walleyes in 20 feet. Work the One Mile Bar in nine to 12 feet for bigger sunfish. Bass continue to hit along the weeds and reeds throughout the lake. Theres an evening crappie bite in front of Holiday Resort over 28 feet.
Shad Raps trolled along the windswept shorelines and weedline edges have turned a few walleyes. The best muskie action is taking place with bucktails at, or just after dark. Smallmouth bass are still easy pickings around any shady structure.
Lake Washington started producing walleyes on crawlers and spinners or crankbaits in 16 to 18 feet. Casting crankbaits during the evening hours in the narrows of Madison Lake also has triggered walleyes. Look to Jefferson Lake with white spinnerbaits for pike and bass. Bakers Bay and Second Point on Washington are safe bets for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet.
Plastics or spinnerbaits have provided steady bass action at Round Lake. Work the weedlines of Lake Minnewawa with spinnerbaits for northern pike and bass. On Big Sandy Lake, youll find sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and some evening walleye activity with leeches in 27 feet.
Sunfish action remains consistent in two to 16 feet on most lakes with Ida, Mitchell, and Eagle leading the way. The Mississippi River is giving up numbers of smallmouth bass and catfish as well as a few walleyes. Big Eagle Lake continues to be the areas best option for pike and largemouth bass. Walleye reports from most lakes have been limited.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
The deep weed edges of Long Lake are holding walleyes. Crawlers are working best in 18 to 22 feet throughout the day. On Fish Hook Lake, sucker minnows are triggering pike in 14 to 16 feet. Bass fishing continues to be very good throughout the area with plastics or spinnerbaits in shallow water. Look for bluegills in 14 feet at Long Lake and Big Mantrap Lake continues to produce crappies over 18 to 22 feet during the day and up shallower at night.
RED WING AREA
The Head of the Lakes area on the Mississippi River is producing walleyes via crankbaits in 18 to 25 feet. The backwaters of the river are kicking out crappies on Ikes hair jigs in five to eight feet. On Lake Pepin, smallmouth continue to be taken with small crankbaits on the rock piles. The bigger flathead catfish have started hitting in the High Bridge area, while pike can be had at the mouths of the Rush and Pine rivers.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Lake Koronis and Rice Lake are producing a few walleyes in 20 to 25 feet. Look for sunfish on Long Lake, Pearl Lake, and Becker Lake in six to 10 feet. Sucker minnows are turning pike on Koronis, the Horseshoe Chain, and Browns Lake in 12 to 14 feet. The Sauk River continues to give up numbers of catfish via sucker minnows or crawlers. Crappies are hitting on Cedar Island Lake and Horseshoe Lake in 12 to 16 feet.
The Starbuck end of Lake Minnewaska is producing sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet. Light-colored spinnerbaits are producing numbers of bass throughout Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet as well. A few walleyes can be had after dark in shallow water with crankbaits on area lakes. The Minnesota River started kicking out numbers of channel catfish and the creek inlets of Minnewaska are the areas best option for northern pike.