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Northeastern Minnesota
International Falls

On Rainy Lake, the reefs around Blueberry Island are producing walleye in 30-40 feet of water. Black Bay is giving up walleye in depths of 8-10 feet. The islands inside of Sand Bay are also providing steady walleye action. Gold spinners and minnows are working best, however a jig and minnow combination is also working well. Look for crappies in Black Bay. The weedlines of Lost Bay have started giving up northern pike. The Canadian side remains good for smallmouth bass.

Grand Rapids

Crawlers and leeches worked in 8-14 feet of water are providing steady walleye action around the islands on Lake Pokegama. An evening walleye bite is being reported by anglers using minnows on Lake Wabana in depths of 8-12 feet. Look to the south end of Trout Lake in 12-16 feet of water for a few walleye as well. King’s Bay and Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama are giving up sunnies and crappies in depths of 3-5 feet. Bluegills remain active on Bass Lake in 5-8 feet of water. Bass action remains strong throughout the area. Depths of 20-30 feet on Lake Pokegama have been good for northern pike.

Grand Marais

Leeches and lindy rigs are producing walleye in 20-30 feet of water on Saganaga, Seagull, and Aspen lakes. Slip bobbers and leeches are working best in depths of 15-20 feet on Devil’s Track Lake. Lake trout can be found suspended at 40-50 feet of water when using ciscoes on Greenwood Lake. Kimball and Mink lakes have been best for rainbow trout. Fly fishing has produced whitefish near the surface on Tom, Greenwood, and Devils’ Track lakes.


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows worked in 5 feet of water on Rice Lake, and in depths of 6 feet on Fish Lake. A few walleye are coming in on leeches worked in 8 feet of water on Fish Lake. Look for bluegills and crappies in depths of 10 feet on Fish Lake. Leeches and crawlers drifted in 10 feet of water have triggered walleye on the St. Louis River. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing lake trout roughly 30 feet down, with some coho salmon taken near the surface.

Northcentral/West Minnesota

On Lake of the Woods, walleye are being taken from 5-10 feet of water and from depths of 22-28 feet around Pine Island, the Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point, and Zippel Bay. Jigs or live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or minnows are producing the majority of fish. The deeper holes of the Rainy River are giving up walleye and northern pike.


On Upper Red Lake, spinners and leeches are turning walleye in 6-8 feet of water along the east shore. The Tamarack River is producing large walleye in depths of 8 feet, mostly on jigs and minnows. Anglers are taking northern pike by speed-trolling crankbaits and spoons throughout this area. For crappies, work the cribs and rock piles.


Lindy rigs and live bait are turning walleye on Blackduck Lake in 14 feet of water. Island Lake continues to produce walleye in depths of 10-14 feet. Panfish action has picked up on the weedlines of Gilstead and Rabideau lakes. Bass are hitting plastics and spinnerbaits at the emerging weeds of most lakes.


Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits on Deer, Thirteen, and North Twin lakes. Panfish are coming from the shallows of Grace and Midge lakes. Look for walleye on lakes Bemidji and Plantagenet using a jig and shiner in 6 feet of water. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but few have been netted. Northern pike are hitting minnows on most area lakes.

Cass Lake

Walleye are hitting leeches in 8-12 feet of water throughout Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake. Crankbaits have been best during evening hours at Deadman’s and North Cedar bars. Walleye are coming in on fatheads worked in depths of 10-12 feet on Big Lake. Look for perch in 4-6 feet of water on Cass Lake. Buck Lake is giving up crappies. Muskies are chasing topwater baits throughout the Cass Lake Chain. Grace Lake continues to provide plenty of bass action.


On Lake Winnibigoshish, leeches and crawlers are producing walleye on the main-lake bars and humps in 16-20 feet of water. Sugar, Bena, and Big Muskie bars, as well as The Snaghole, have been the most consistent locations. A jig and shiner continues to produce walleye on the points and shoreline breaks in depths of 8-12 feet when the wind is blowing. Perch and northern pike reports have been limited.


On Leech Lake, walleye are coming in on crankbaits trolled in 10-14 feet of water at the points and flats during evening hours. Lindy rigs tipped with crawlers, leeches or minnows have worked best at the main-lake structure during midday hours. Boy and Steamboat bays are kicking out bass. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but few have been caught. Shingobee Bay is giving up panfish in less than 10 feet of water.


Anglers using minnows and crawlers in 10-17 feet of water on Woman Lake are taking walleye. The weedlines of Woman and Ten Mile lakes are giving up northern pike on minnows and crankbaits. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action remains strong on most area lakes. For panfish, hit the south end of Pleasant Lake.

Park Rapids

Leeches and crawlers are producing walleye on Big Sand Lake in 18 feet of water. Walleye are also coming from depths of 20-22 feet on Fish Hook Lake, and from 16 feet of water on Long Lake. Big Toad, Potato, and Eagle lakes, as well as the Crow Wing Chain, remain good for sunfish in depths of 8-10 feet. Work the weed edges of Two Inlets Lake for crappies. Lots of smallmouth bass are being pulled from Potato and Belle Taine lakes. Most area lakes are producing largemouth bass.

Detroit Lakes

Look for walleye at the 10- to 16-foot weedlines of Big Detroit, Sallie, Melissa, and Buffalo lakes. Crawlers, leeches, and shiners are all working well. Sunfish have moved into 6-12 feet of water on Big Detroit, Little Detroit, Floyd, Cotton, and Big Cormorant lakes. Bass remain an easy catch on most area lakes. Muskie anglers are reporting more follows this week on Big Detroit Lake.

Battle Lake

Sunfish are being pulled from 3-8 feet of water on Deer, Long, Star, Dead, Norway, Rush, and West Battle lakes. The 12- to 17- foot weedlines of Blanche, Stalker, Walker, and East Battle lakes are holding crappies. Walleye are being taken on leeches worked in depths of 18-25 feet on East Battle, Walker, Little Pine, Silver, and Clitherall lakes. On Otter Tail Lake, crawlers have worked best in 18-22 feet of water, and in depths of 27-32 feet. Northern pike are cruising the weedlines of Long, Otter Tail, and South Turtle lakes. Anglers using crankbaits and bucktails are taking muskies on West Battle Lake. Most area lakes are producing bass.


Walleye are hitting crawlers and leeches worked in 15-20 feet of water on Lake Mary, and in depths of 12-15 feet on Lake Reno. A jig and minnow combination continues to produce walleye at the weedlines and in 18-22 feet of water on Ida and Miltona lakes. Bass are hitting plastics and rattle traps at the weedlines of most area lakes. Look for crappies on the rock piles and at the cabbage weeds of lakes Carlos, Darling, and Le Homme Dieu. Sunfish have started moving to the first weedline throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain.


Sunfish are scattered throughout Lake Minnewaska in depths of 10-14 feet. Walleye continue to hit leeches in 12-18 feet of water on Lake Minnewaska. Bass are hitting just about anything thrown their way on most area lakes.


On Lake Osakis, walleye are hitting leeches and crawlers at the 8 foot weedlines of Miller’s Bay, and Two Mile and Four Mile bars. Sunfish are starting to move onto the flats in 10-12 feet of water. Anglers are taking northern pike by trolling crankbaits at the weedlines and shallow flats. Bass can be found at the established weed edges, and seem to prefer large plastics and spinnerbaits.

Sauk Centre

Walleye are hitting leeches worked at the 18-foot flats of Big Birch Lake, and in 12-14 feet of water on Maple Lake. Look for sunfish along the shorelines, out to depths of 10 feet, on lakes Villard and Maple, as well as on the north end of Sauk Lake. The north end of Sauk is also kicking out crappies in 3-18 feet of water. The 12- to 16-foot weed edges on Fairy Lake have been good for northern pike and largemouth bass.


Walleye are scattered in 8-32 feet of water, with lindy rigs and live bait working best in the shallower depths. Just some of the area lakes to check out include Gull, Round, and North Long. For northern pike, work the weedlines using sucker minnows. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and plastics throughout the area.


Spinner rigs and live bait are producing walleye in 18-24 feet of water during evening hours on Pelican, Serpent, and Rabbit lakes. Northern pike are being taken during the day on spinnerbaits worked in depths of 8-12 feet on Lower Mission, Nokay, Mahnomen, and Bass lakes. These lakes are also giving up bass to anglers using plastics. Look for panfish on Black, Black Bear, Crooked, and Ross lakes. Limits of rainbow trout can be found suspended at roughly 35 feet of water in Manuel Pit.


On Lake Mille Lacs, the east end is producing walleye on lindy rigs tipped with leeches, and on crankbaits, worked at the 25- to 30-foot gravel and mud areas during the day. After dark, hit the 14- to 20-foot rocks and gravel using slip bobbers and leeches. Smallmouth bass continue to be pulled from the rocks and points. Northern pike action has been limited. Muskie anglers are seeing a few fish during evening hours in the bays. On the west end of the lake, walleye are hitting spinner rigs and live-bait rigs in 24-30 feet of water during the middle of the day and early in the evening. After dark, use a slip bobber and leech either on the shallow rocks or off the flats in depths of 30 feet or more. A few good-sized northern pike have been taken off the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay. Smallmouth bass are coming from the rocks. Muskie action remains limited.

St. Cloud/Eden Valley

The shallow weeds of Lake Koronis and Rice Lake are producing walleye on leeches and crawlers. Panfish remain active in the shallows of Horseshoe, Cedar Island, Long, Rice, and Koronis lakes. Bass continue to hit spinnerbaits in the weeds of most area lakes. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under bobbers on Browns and Horseshoe lakes in 10-12 feet of water. Catfish have been an easy catch throughout the Sauk River.

Elk River/Zimmerman

The deeper holes of the Rum and Mississippi rivers are producing smallmouth bass and a few walleye. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows worked in 10-12 feet of water on Blue and Green lakes. Sunfish can be found in the shallows of Green Lake. The weed edges of most area lakes are producing largemouth bass.

Twin Cities vicinity
Prior Lake/West Metro vicinity

Walleye are hitting leeches on the 7- to 14-foot reef edge of Parley Lake. Flathead catfish continue to hit sucker minnows on the Minnesota River. Topwater baits are turning bass on most area lakes. Lakes Auburn and Pierson have been good for northern pike. Sunfish remain in the shallows on lakes Minnewashta and Steiger.


On Lake Waconia, look for sunfish on the northwest end in 8-16 feet of water. A few muskies are coming from the weedlines and swimming beach area. Large bass have moved to deeper waters off Cemetery, North, and Center reefs. A few walleye are being taken off Harm’s Point and from the south side of Cemetery Reef. For the most fish, hit depths of 10-12 feet using crankbaits or leeches during low-light hours. The Clay Banks and Red’s Reef are producing a few crappies.


On Lake Minnetonka, slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleye, with fish found tight to the weedlines in 17 feet of water. Crappies are scattered at the tops of most weed flats. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at the 15- to 18-foot weed edges. Sunfish remain along the shorelines. Bass are an easy catch in depths of 6-10 feet. While muskie anglers report lots of follows, few fish have been caught.

Chisago City

Sunnies and crappies have moved to the outside weed edges on most area lakes. Walleye are hitting leeches and shiner minnows worked tight to the weeds in 10-12 feet of water, especially on Chisago and South Lindstrom lakes. Bass are coming from the shallow and deep weeds on most area lakes. For northern pike, drift sucker minnows over the 6 foot weed tops on Sunrise Lake.

White Bear Lake/Northeast Metro vicinity

A few walleye, sauger, and white bass are being taken from 12-15 feet of water on the St. Croix River. The smallmouth bass bite has greatly improved, with lots of fish coming from the river on crankbaits and live bait. Bone and Centerville lakes started to produce crappies. Lots of small sunfish are being pulled from most area lakes. Northern pike anglers are taking quite a few small fish from the weedlines. Muskie anglers report lots of follows on Bald Eagle and White Bear lakes.

Southern Minnesota

Muskies are hitting small bucktails and crankbaits worked at the weedlines of French Lake. Northern pike are hitting spoons trolled along the weedlines on Shields and Mazaska lakes. Crappies can be found suspended over 15-20 feet of water on the bars of Shields and French lakes. While walleye reports have been limited, good numbers of large bass are being pulled from the slop on most area lakes.


The weedlines on the south side of Lake Sakatah are holding sunfish and northern pike. The Highway 13 Bridge area on Lake Sakatah is giving up quite a few crappies. Lake Tetonka is producing some smaller walleye in front of the lagoon. On Horseshoe Lake, walleye are hitting leeches worked in 13 feet of water.


Anglers casting X-Raps at the 6- to 8-foot weedlines in the east bay of Madison Lake are taking walleye. The dredge lines and southeast end of Lake Hanska is giving up walleyes to anglers using spinners and crawlers. Northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits on Little Jefferson Lake. Lakes Washington and Madison have been good for sunfish. Bass seem to be active on all area lakes.


Walleye anglers are having success trolling crankbaits on Big Twin Lake during evening hours. On Fox Lake, walleye can be found during evening hours when using live-bait rigs and leeches. Crappie action remains strong along the shorelines of Hall, Budd, George, and Sissiton lakes. The weedlines of Tuttle Lake have been good for northern pike and an occasional walleye.


Lake Oliver is producing walleye on spinners and crawlers worked in 8-10 feet of water. The south end of Artichoke Lake is giving up crappies in depths of 8 feet, with walleye coming from the north end on crankbaits worked in 10 feet of water. On Big Stone Lake, anglers are taking walleye by trolling crankbaits along the north end.


Green Lake is giving up a few walleye in 30-40 feet of water. Florida, Eagle, and Diamond lakes are producing walleye on leeches. For sunfish, hit the shallow weedlines of Games, Nest, and Andrew lakes. Bass and northern pike seem to be active at the weedlines of most area lakes.


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