Msg 1 Posted: 09:20 AM 07/05/05 (CST)
The best walleye action has taken place during low-light periods of the day. Leeches and nightcrawlers now are providing the best bite along the deep weed edges of Lake Miltona, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Ida. Tube jigs or small flies are fooling sunfish and crappies in the 8- to 14-foot cabbage beds throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Bass are scattered but active near docks, weed edges, and main lake flats on most fisheries. Muskie anglers are seeing plenty of fish on Lake Miltona, but cant get most of them to eat.|
Work the 12- to 15-foot weed edges on Clearwater Lake for sunfish, northern pike, and walleyes. Pleasant Lake and Lake Augusta also are safe bets for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. French Lake, Lake Sylvia, Sugar Lake, and Pleasant are producing crappies on top of the deep weeds. Northern pike and largemouth bass continue to hit on most lakes. Sugar Lake is worth checking for muskies early and late in the day with topwater presentations.
Leeches have produced a few walleyes on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake in 20 to 30 feet of water. The weed edges of West Battle are giving up an occasional muskie as well. Small leeches are producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water on Blanche Lake, Star Lake, and Dead Lake. Small minnows will turn crappies on these lakes as well. The local bass bite has been excellent.
Walleyes are hitting leeches, nightcrawlers, and redtails in 12 to 22 feet of water. Look for more numbers on Gull Lake, but Pelican Lake and North Long Lake are producing bigger fish. Largemouth bass and panfish have moved from the shallows and are setting up along the 10- to 12-foot weed edges on most lakes.
Catching walleyes is not impossible, but it does involve more work. Spinner rigs and crawlers are working best on the deep weed edges out to about 30 feet on Round Lake, Lake Sallie, Elbow Lake, Juggler Lake, Cotton Lake, Shell Lake, and Island Lake. Bass fishing remains good during the morning and evening hours on most lakes. Topwaters, tubes, and jigs are turning bigger fish. Look for crappies and bluegills off the deep cabbage; a large minnow and jig should produce northern pike along the weeds.
A significant mayfly hatch has slowed the local walleye bite. The only fish caught now are coming during low-light periods of the day on Fish Lake in 14 to 16 feet of water and on Island Lake in 30 feet. The weedlines of Island lake are producing northern pike on sucker minnows. Muskie action has picked up on the St. Louis River on bucktails and topwater presentations. Most anglers on Lake Superior are now catching lake trout and salmon near the surface about 12 miles out from shore. Look for bigger pods of fish to be suspended over 100 to 120 feet of water.
Crappies have moved deeper, to 16 feet, but remain active on Budd Lake and Hall Lake. Worms and small leeches will provide steady sunfish action along the shorelines of Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton. Walleye activity has slowed, but the channel catfish bite has picked up on Hall and Amber Lake. There have been some good-sized perch coming off Hall Lake, and bucktails and Suicks are triggering muskies on Fox Lake.
Leeches and live bait rigs are producing a few walleyes on French Lake in 22 to 24 feet of water. Countdown Rapalas are a safe bet for walleyes during the evening hours in the channels of Cannon Lake. Bluegill action remains strong on Lake Mazaska, Shields Lake, and Cedar Lake. Spoon plugs are turning northern pike along the weedlines of Mazaska, Shields, and Kelley Dudley Lake. Plastics have been the ticket for largemouth bass in the shallow weeds on Cedar Lake and Hunt Lake. The hot weather of late has turned the muskie bite on in this area as well.
Crappie action has improved in nine to 12 feet of water on Sand Lake and the Bowstring River. The 15-foot weed edges on Little Splithand Lake also are holding crappies. Look to Lake Pokegama for walleyes in 20 to 22 feet of water, and the rock bars are a safe bet for smallmouth bass. Numbers of smallmouth bass are being caught with Rapalas on Trout Lake as well. Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes on Turtle Lake and North Star Lake in 22 to 25 feet of water. The weed edges of Balsam Lake are kicking out northern pike, while topwater baits have been the ticket for muskies on Moose Lake.
Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and jigs are producing largemouth bass and northern pikeon Lake Jennie. A few walleyes have been caught at night on Shad Raps in six to eight feet of water on Jennie as well. Look to Collinwood Lake for an occasional walleye, and Lake Minnie Belle remains the best option for sunfish.
Sunfish have moved to the weedlines and started biting best in three to five feet of water. Town Bay, Three Mile, Millers Bay, and the Outlet all have produced fish this week. The only walleye bite to speak of takes place from 8 p.m. to midnight each night on the bars. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch in the weeds.
Walleyes have transitioned to the rock reefs, especially during the evening hours when a slip bobber and leech rig is working. Crawlers are still working best in soft-bottom areas that lie in 12 to 16 feet of water. Muskies are starting to be seen in the rocks and weeds with a few being taken on topwater baits. Tube jigs and Senkos are turning numbers of smallmouth bass on the shallow, rock-covered shorelines.
The main lake bars have been the best bets for numbers of walleyes. Live bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are turning the majority of fish in 18 to 23 feet of water. A jig and minnow combo remains the best option during the evening hours off Little Stoney Point in 10 feet of water. Ravens Point is producing some perch in 16 feet of water, as are the north-end humps in 22 to 26 feet. Northern pike are biting consistently throughout the weeded areas of the lake.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The sand points and shoreline breaks along the south shore are holding pods of walleyes in 24 to 26 feet of water. A hammered gold spinner tipped with any live bait option is still producing the majority of fish. Sucker minnows or crankbaits have provided steady northern pike action on the weed edges in Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay. At the Northwest Angle, spinners and crawlers have been the ticket for walleyes near Garden Island, Knight Island, and Bridge Island. The Baudette Airport area of the Rainy River is still a safe bet for walleyes, northern pike, and smallmouth bass.
Bottom bouncers and spinners have been the best bets for walleyes in the 20- to 30-foot troughs on the main lake during the day. Slip bobbers and leeches have worked better during the evening hours off Sand Point in nine to 12 feet of water. Muskie activity has improved on top of the cabbage patches and breaks in Walker Bay. Shingobee Bay and Steamboat Bay are kicking out bluegills in eight to 10 feet of water.
East - There's been some improved midday action on the mud flats with deep-diving crankbaits. Slip bobbers and leeches continue to produce walleyes during the day on the 20-foot rocks as well. After the sun sets, work the edges of the flats or shallow rock piles with bobbers and leeches. Smallmouth bass are feeding on the rocks and mouths of most sandy bays. Muskie action has improved, although follows are more common than bites.
West - Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or rainbow minnows have produced walleyes during the day from the top, down to the edges, of the mud flats. Slip bobbers and leeches remain the best bet during the evening hours in 28 to 34 feet of water. A few more perch have been caught on the mud this week, and northern pike remain active along the weed edges of St. Albans Bay. A few muskies are being seen, while smallmouth bass are easy to catch off the points and rock piles.
The west arm and rock piles on Potato Lake started producing walleyes in 18 to 28 feet of water during low-light periods of the day. Big Sand Lake continues to produce a few walleyes in 32 feet of water, and a leech or crawler is now the best option on both lakes. Sucker minnows have provided steady northern pike action in 12 feet of water on Big Mantrap Lake. The Crow Wing Chain is a safe bet for bluegills in 12 to 14 feet of water, and bass seem to be biting on most lakes. Muskie anglers are hooking a few fish on Big Mantrap Lake with shallow-running crankbaits and topwater presentations.
Jig and minnows are producing walleyes in 22 feet of water above the Reinier Bridge in Sand Bay. Theres a good leech bite in the shallows of Lost Bay, Red Gut Bay, Saginaw Bay, and Cormorant Bay. The North Arm is the best bet for smallmouth bass, and the weedlines in Lost Bay have kicked out some nice northern pike. Look for crappies to hit small minnows and jigs in eight to 10 feet of water in Black Bay.
NORTHEAST METRO - Northern pike are inhaling sucker minnows along the weed edges of Beaver Lake, White Bear Lake, and Forest Lake. Look for sunfish on Lake Peltier in eight to 10 feet of water and hitting small leeches. Largemouth bass are biting throughout the area, but walleyes have been slow. Big Marine Lake and Demonterville Lake have produced the biggest bass, on plastics and topwater presentations.
SOUTHWEST METRO - Look for suspended sunfish on the south end of Lake Minnewashta over 24 feet of water. Theres an evening sunfish bite in five feet of water to the right of the access on Lake Parley. White topwater baits are producing numbers of largemouth bass during low-light periods of the day on Pierson Lake, Lake Bavaria, and the northeast end of Lake Zumbra. Red Cedar Point on Minnewashta is a safe bet for northern pike with spinnerbaits, although Pierson Lake is kicking out bigger pike in 14 to 16 feet of water. The only crappie bite worth noting is taking place on the south end of Lake Riley in six feet of water.
Diamond Lake is giving up walleyes on slip bobbers and leeches in five to 10 feet of water. On lakes such as Florida, Andrew, and Eagle, shallow-running crankbaits have produced walleyes along the weed edges. Bass and northern pike continue to be caught on most lakes, primarily in the weeds, while 12 to 14 feet of water is a safe bet for panfish on Nest Lake, North Long Lake, and Lake Florida.