Msg 1 Posted: 02:24 PM 07/12/05 (CST)
Fishing continues to be pretty good - if you don't need to catch walleyes. The 10- to 15- foot weedlines of most lakes are producing a mixture of panfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike. Plastics or crankbaits have been the ticket for bass and pike, while small leeches or waxworms are the way to go for panfish. If you're set on catching a few walleyes, work the deeper weedlines with a spinner rigs and crawlers on Lake Miltona or Lake Le Homme Dieu during lowlight periods of the day.|
The 12- to 14-foot weed edges on Clearwater Lake, Lake Augusta, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake are worth checking for sunfish and crappies. Northern pike continue to be caught on Pleasant Lake and Clearwater Lake in 12 feet of water with sucker minnows. The area bass bite remains strong and a few more reports of active muskies have been heard from Sugar Lake. Spinner rigs and crawlers have produced a few walleyes on Pleasant Lake and Clearwater Lake in 16 to 22 feet of water.
The local bass bite has been excellent, but look to Eagle Lake for better numbers of big fish. Otter Tail Lake started producing a few more walleyes in 22 to 26 feet of water on small sucker minnows or shiner minnows. Look to West Battle Lake with leeches and nightcrawlers for walleyes in 20 to 26 feet of water. There's some nice sunfish coming off Blanche Lake, Star Lake, and Deer Lake in eight to 12 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the weed edges of most lakes, while West Battle is worth noting for muskies.
Look to the mid-lake structure of Round Lake and Island Lake with live bait rigs and leeches for walleyes. On Blackduck Lake, leeches, crawlers, and crankbaits continue to turn walleyes in 14 to 20 feet of water. There's some decent crappie and bluegill action taking place in 10 feet of water on North Twin Lake and South Twin Lake.
Walleyes continue to be caught, but they are scattered in 12 to 20 feet of water. The key is to cover a lot of water with a live bait rig on lakes such as Pelican, Gull, North Long, and Round. The deeper weed edges of these lakes are providing steady largemouth bass action. The majority of panfish are being caught in 12 feet of water on lakes such as Nisswa, Nokay, Roy, and Hubert.
During the day, crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes in 14 to 18 feet of water along North Cedar Bar, Buck's Bar, Turtle River Bar, and East Cedar Bar on Cass Lake. The shallower bars also are worth checking during the evening hours with crankbaits. Perch action has improved around Star Island in six to eight feet of water. There's been several big pike caught on sucker minnows in 30 to 40 feet of water this week.
Kroon Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in eight to 12 feet of water. You'll find sunfish in eight to 12 feet of water on Little Lake, while Sunrise Lake continues to provide northern pike and sunfish action in 12 to 16 feet of water. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet of water on Chisago Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Most lakes are kicking out numbers of largemouth bass, but Chisago is probably the best bet for bigger fish.
Look to the sharp breaks and deep weedlines for walleyes with a jig and minnow, spinner rig, or a live bait rig tipped with a leech or nightcrawler. Lakes such as Big Cormorant, Lida, Lizzie, Floyd, Cotton, Shell, Height of Land, Sallie, Elbow, and Round are all giving up a few fish. Largemouth bass remain active throughout the area. Work the docks and inside weed edges with spinnerbaits or plastics. Muskie action has improved on Big Detroit Lake and Pelican Lake. Look to the deep cabbage on area lakes for panfish and northern pike.
Island Lake continues to produce walleyes on leeches and crawlers in 30 feet of water. Work the channel edges of the St. Louis River in 12 to 14 feet of water for walleyes. On Fish Lake, there's some evening walleye action taking place in 14 to 18 feet of water with small sucker minnows. The best lake trout reports off Lake Superior have come from boats fishing about 10 miles out. Spoons or plugs trolled about 50 feet down seem to be working best. Cohos have been caught closer to the surface.
Panfish remain active in the reed beds of Green Lake and Blue Lake. Crankbaits and jigs are producing nice walleyes on the Rum River. Bass and northern pike are biting very well throughout the area, while the island on Fremont Lake continues to hold crappies in eight to 11 feet of water.
Hall Lake and Amber Lake are providing steady catfish action in shallow water. Small jigs and minnows will produce crappies in 14 to 18 feet of water on Budd Lake and Hall Lake. Small leeches are producing sunfish in eight feet of water on Lake Sissiton. Fox Lake remains the best option for muskies with topwaters and bucktails.
Bluegills are biting well in six to 10 feet of water on Lake Mazaska, Shields Lake, and Cedar Lake. Look for walleyes in 24 to 26 feet of water on French Lake with leeches and nightcrawlers. A few walleyes continue to be caught on crankbaits in the channels of Cannon Lake. Kelley Dudley Lake remains a safe bet for northern pike and the local muskie bite continues to improve each week. Bass continue to be caught along the weed edges and docks on most lakes.
Northern pike are biting throughout the area and Rapalas are producing numbers of smallmouth bass on Trout Lake. Look to Turtle Lake and North Star Lake for walleyes in 22 to 25 feet of water. Smallmouth bass remain shallow and an occasional flurry of walleye action can be expected from Lake Pokegama in 22 to 25 feet of water. Leeches and crawlers are now working best during daytime hours. Sand Lake is a safe bet for crappies in 10 to 15 feet of water, as are the weed edges on Little Splithand Lake.
The shallow sand and rock areas of Big Deep Lake started giving up numbers of smallmouth bass. Largemouth also can be had in shallow water on Birch Lake. Sunfish action continues to be impressive on Birch, Pleasant Lake, and Stoney Lake in less than eight feet of water. Look for walleyes on Ten Mile Lake in 16 to 25 feet of water with a jig and leech or livebait rig and crawler. After dark, look for suspended walleyes to be hitting Rapalas on Ten Mile in deep water. The area's best northern pike action is taking place on Bowen Lake.
Shad Raps are producing walleyes after dark on Lake Jennie in six to eight feet of water. Look to Stella Lake in 12 feet of water with live bait for walleyes as well. Largemouth bass and northern pike are hitting crankbaits and spinnerbaits on Lake Jennie throughout the day.
During the day, leeches and nightcrawlers have been the ticket for walleyes in 10 to 28 feet of water. There's also some fish being taken on Shad Raps on the outside of most shallow weed edges. Northern pike have started hammering spinnerbaits and big minnows in Daily Bay, Nebraska Bay, and Blind Ash Bay. Smallmouth are set up on the rock-covered shorelines and rock reefs in two to 12 feet of water.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - A significant mayfly hatch has slowed the walleye action this week. The day bite seems to be most affected, although the mud flats continue to produce some fish in 28 to 32 feet of water. Spinners or long live bait rigs are the best options with leeches or crawlers. The evening rock bite is still the best option for consistently putting numbers of fish in the boat. Slip bobbers and leeches have turned fish off Big Point and Shaw's Reef in 12 to 14 feet of water. Smallmouth bass can be had under docks and on the rocks. Look for muskies on the weedlines located near the mouths of the bays.
West - The night bite is still productive with slip bobbers and leeches on the mud in 28 to 34 feet of water. During the day, the mud also is a safe bet, but covering a lot of water with spinner rigs and rainbow minnows or nightcrawlers has produced more fish. Northern pike action has improved as large sucker minnows started producing fish on the weed edges of Garrison Bay, Wigwam Bay, and St. Alban's Bay. A few muskies have been mixed in with the pike. Smallmouth bass are biting well on the rocks.
A spinner and sucker minnow is a safe bet for northern pike along the 15- to 18-foot weed edges. Walleye action remains slow, but muskie anglers are starting to see more fish along the weed edges. Sunfish and largemouth bass are biting very well on the inside and outside weed edges. An occasional school of crappies is found on top of the milfoil patches in 12 to 16 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A spinner rig and nightcrawler is still producing the majority of walleyes along the south shore in 24 to 26 feet of water. The Pine Island area and Gap have provided the most consistent activity throughout the day. The weed edges in most bays are now providing a steady northern pike bite. Crankbaits or large sucker minnows are producing bigger pike. Spinners and crawlers still are producing plenty of walleyes at the Northwest Angle. Better areas this week have been Garden Island and Knight Island in 20 to 28 feet of water.
The mayfly hatch has taken a toll on the walleye bite. Some anglers have managed to take a few fish off the mud flats in 20 to 26 feet of water with leeches and crawlers. Look for the rock/reef bite to pick up as the bug hatch winds down. Muskies are reluctant to eat although a lot fish are being seen. Look for largemouth bass in the weeds and smallmouth on the rocks.
LAKE WACONIA - A few walleyes continue to be caught during the evening hours on leeches and crawlers in 12 to 14 feet of water. Look to Kegg's Reef and Anderson's Reef to be holding the most fish. Sunfish continue to be caught off Anderson's Reef and near the carp trap in 12 feet of water during the evening hours. Largemouth bass remain active on the inside and outside weed edges and around most docks. Topwater baits and buck tails have turned some muskies this week at the swimming beach and Reinke's Reef.
A mayfly hatch earlier this week slowed the walleye bite in many areas. The humps and bars remain the best option in 20 to 24 feet of water with live bait rigs and leeches or nightcrawlers. Bena Bar, Big Muskie Bar, and Little Muskie Bar are worth checking out. Perch reports have been limited in recent days, but northern pike seem to be active on the bars and along most weed edges.
There's been some decent evening walleye action off the points in 10 to 14 feet of water with crankbaits or a slip bobber and leech. The day bite has been more difficult, although covering a lot of water with spinner rigs and crawlers has produced some fish in 20 to 28 feet of water on the main lake and in Walker Bay. Look to Shingobee Bay in 10 to 12 feet of water for bluegills, and the rice beds are a safe bet for largemouth bass. The cabbage beds in Walker Bay remain the best bet for muskies.
Walleyes continue to be caught from the six-foot weed patches on Lake Washington. Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes on the established weed edges of Lake Tetonka during the evening hours. Northern pike are an easy catch on Little Jefferson Lake, while Baker's Bay on Lake Washington is worth checking for bluegills in eight feet of water.
Leeches and crawlers are fooling walleyes on Big Sandy Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water. The thick weed edges of Lake Minnewawa are providing consistent largemouth bass and sunfish action. The best crappie bite is taking place on Big Sandy Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Nightcrawlers or redtail minnows on Lindy Rigs have produced walleyes on Big Sand Lake in 13 to 15 feet of water. Look to Fish Hook Lake for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water. On Island Lake, leeches and crawlers have provided steady walleye action in 15 feet of water. Big Mantrap Lake is worth noting for an occasional muskie and plenty of northern pike along the weed edges. On Fish Hook Lake, you'll find bluegills in 10 feet and some nice crappies in slightly deeper water.
A jig and minnow combination still is producing walleyes at the Reinier area in 18 to 20 feet of water. The main lake reefs such as Shorty's Reef and near the Cranberry Island started kicking out fish this week with crawlers and leeches. Early and late in the day, leeches continue to turn walleyes in 10 to 12 feet of water in Lost Bay and Saginaw Bay. The International Falls dam is a safe bet for walleyes and it's probably the best bet for smallmouth bass as well.
Walleyes have been tough to locate this week, but largemouth bass and northern pike are biting very well on Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Big Fish Lake. Watab Lake started producing rainbow trout over 50 to 60 feet of water. Most of these fish are hitting crawlers under a slip bobber. The Horseshoe Chain of Lakes is producing a few sunfish in six to 10 feet of water and you can plan on catching catfish here as well.
Sunfish continue to bite on Lake Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet of water. The Starbuck end of Minnewaska is a safe bet for suspended crappies over 12 feet of water and northern pike are hitting spoons along the edges of the bulrushes. Look for bass to be deep during the day and up shallower as the sun sets on most lakes.
NORTHEAST METRO - The St. Croix River is producing walleyes early and late in the day on Lindy Rigs and minnows. Most of the good reports are coming from Prescott to Afton in 15 to 20 feet of water. Crankbaits are turning a few walleyes on Bald Eagle Lake and Clear Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look for northern pike along the weed edges of Forest Lake, Demonterville Lake, and Beaver Lake. The deep weedlines of White Bear Lake are a safe bet for crappies and sunfish.
SOUTHWEST METRO - The Jordan area of the Minnesota River started producing quite a few flathead and channel catfish. Crawlers have worked best for the channels, while sucker minnows are turning the bigger flatheads. Bass continue to be caught on Lake Minnewashta on topwater baits early and late in the day and Carolina rigs are the best bet during midday on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines. On Lake Bavaria, look for largemouth bass on the sharp breaks of the north shore. Northern pike have yet to get real active, although small fish are biting on the weed edges of Lake Auburn. You'll find crappies on the east side of Steiger Lake and at the rock point on the southeast end of Lake Parley.