Alexandria area: Anglers are wetting their lines in Lake Miltona and Lake Ida for the best walleye bite, throwing crankbaits at 8 to 12 feet. More good walleye action can be found on the chain (Lake Le Homme Dieu, Carlos and Geneva), at deeper depths of 18 to 24 feet, using a Lindy rig with a leech. Plastic worms are the bait of choice for bass on the chain. Northerns can be caught on Lake Ida with spinner baits or crankbaits.
Faribault area: Sunfish are taking waxworms at 4 to 6 feet on Roberds Lake and Mazaska Lake. Anglers were catching some bass on Cannon Lake and Cedar Lake casting spinner baits near shorelines. Mazaska, Shields Lake, and Cedar Lake have been the best spots for northerns, trolling with a spoon.
Lake Vermilion: Anglers are experiencing good walleye action using slip bobbers and leeches, fishing the humps and breaks in 14 to 22 feet in the early mornings or evenings. Anglers can also try trolling crankbaits outside of the weed edges. Muskies are in the weeds and on the rocks, taking Bucktails and top-water lures around sunset.
Lake Winnibigoshish: With the walleye bite on the humps slowing down, most anglers are cruising towards Rabens Point, using spinner baits with a nightcrawler at about 15 feet. Another good spot for walleyes is on the northeast side of the lake near High Banks Resort in the mornings in about 13 feet of water using No. 5 or No. 7 Shad Raps. The northern bite has been active off Mallard Point near weedlines at about 12 feet, pulling crankbaits or spoons.
Mankato area: Walleyes and bass action has been slow but Lake Hanska has produced some walleyes using small jigs near shorelines. Madison Lake has been a good spot to catch sunfish at 4 to 7 feet, using waxworms or crappie minnows. Washington Lake has produced nice crappie action at 8 to 10 feet using minnows.
Ottertail Lake area: The mid-lake humps have been the best spot to catch walleyes using crankbaits or No. 5 Shad Raps during the evenings at 8 to 10 feet and a crawler or a leech at 20 to 30 feet during the day. West Battle has produced nice muskies using Bucktails or Cowgirls at 20 to 25 feet. Dead Lake, Elbow Lake and West Battle are the lakes targeted by anglers for panfish action.
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