1. Lake Kabetogama
Hot: Smallmouth bass chasing crayfish lures
Warm weather has moved fish into deeper water. Walleyes have moved to
the deeper reefs in 26 to 30 feet of water during the day. In the
mornings and evenings, the fish wonít be as deep. Phil Hart at Gateway
General said anglers caught walleyes using slip-sinker rigs with
leeches or night crawlers on red, pink or chartreuse hooks. Anglers
using minnows in 28 to 35 feet were catching sauger. Smallmouth bass
were caught on crayfish lures along rocky shoreline and near rock
walls. Bass also were biting on surface lures in the weedy bays.
Northerns have become more active in the deep pockets in the weeds and
along the deep structure outside the weedy bays.
2. Leech Lake
Hot: Muskies going after shiny lures
Not: Northern pike
Walleye fishing is still good, but has slowed recently as the fish have
moved to deeper water, said Jeff Kemp at Reedís Sports. The fish were
in 15 to 20 feet during the evening and biting on Lindy Rigs with
bottom bouncers and a night crawler. Anglers were catching fish during
the day while trolling crankbaits over 30 to 35 feet. Kemp said anglers
were still releasing more fish than they were keeping. Muskies have
started to bite more often. The best lures are silver and black or gold
and black bucktails in Portage Bay and over the Grandview flats. Other
people were catching muskies in 15 to 20 feet along the weedlines. Kemp
said the best muskie fishing is when a low-pressure system moves in
just before a storm. Panfish have been biting in the small bays. Big
sunfish and crappies were in 6 to 10 feet and going after wax worms,
pieces of night crawler and crappie minnows. Reports on northerns were
3. Detroit Lakes
Hot: Walleyes in Detroit and Melissa lakes
Not: A predictable bass pattern
Detroit and Melissa lakes have been two of the better spots for
walleyes. The fish were in 12 to 14 feet and biting on leeches under
slip bobbers. John Store at Quality Bait said most lakes in the area
have been pretty good, with fishing best in the evenings. Muskie
fishing in Detroit Lake has been great, Store said. Topwater lures with
orange coloring have worked best. One angler caught a 54-inch muskie
recently. Northerns up to 40 inches have been caught in and released
from lakes Sallie and Melissa. Medium-size sucker minnows have been the
best bait. Anglers were slow-trolling them with a spinner on the
outside of the weed edges in 15 to 18 feet. Largemouth bass have been
caught in deep water as well as heavy weeds. Spinnerbaits have been the
best lures in the weeds, while crankbaits and minnows have worked
better in deeper water. Crappies were on the edge of the weedlines
suspended three feet off the bottom in 20 feet and biting on small
jigs, twister tails and crappie minnows. Sunfish were in the weeds and
biting on anything small.
Hot: Largemouth bass in North Long Lake
Summary: Bill Erickson, owner of Koepís Sport Shop, said bass fishing
has been fantastic in the Brainerd lakes area, with North Long Lake
being the best. The largemouth bass were in the heavy weeds and going
after weedless rigs in 3 to 5 feet. Other anglers caught them in 15 to
18 feet on the outside weedline with a weedless jig tipped with a small
sucker minnow. Northern pike fishing has been average with most anglers
casting weedless spoons into the weeds or trolling crankbaits over the
top of the reefs in 15 feet. Erickson said yellow has been the best
color for crankbaits. The best lakes were Gull, North Long and the
Whitefish chain. Walleye fishing has been difficult. The best action
has been on Gull Lake, but most of the fish were small, Erickson said.
Anglers caught walleyes in 25 to 35 feet using Lindy Rigs with redtail
chub minnows and leeches. Others trolled crankbaits along the weedlines
in the evening. Bluegills were in 5 feet and very active.
5. Lake Mille Lacs
Hot: Walleyes over the rockpiles
Not: Northern pike
Walleyes on the southeastern end of the lake were in 8 to 14 feet in
the evening and going after perch-colored crankbaits trolled over the
shallow rocks. During the day, the walleyes were in 14 to 18 feet over
the rockpiles and biting on leeches and night crawlers under bobbers.
Tina Chapman at Chapmanís Lake Mille Lacs Resort said she hasnít heard
many reports from the mudflats. Jumbo perch have been mixed in with the
walleyes. There also have been few reports on smallmouth bass with the
walleye fishing still going strong. Muskies were starting to bite along
the weeds in shallow water. Chapman said the muskies were going after a
variety of topwater lures and spinnerbaits. Northerns were caught along
with the muskies, but not many people targeted them.
6. East Metro
Hot: St. Croix River shore fishing
Not: Artificial baits
The St. Croix River has been producing a wide variety of fish, with
different species caught throughout the day. Josh Stevenson at Blue
Ribbon Bait said anglers were using fathead minnows and night crawlers
to catch walleye, sauger and smallmouth bass. Walleyes and catfish were
biting at night, while smallmouth bass and white bass kept anglers busy
during the day. Some of the better reports came from anglers fishing
from shore in the bays in Stillwater and Bayport. Lakes Jane and De
Montreville have been good for largemouth bass, crappies and sunfish.
Medium-size sucker minnows have been good baits for largemouth bass in
those lakes during the day. Northerns in Lake Gervais were biting on
sucker minnows. Stevenson said anglers fishing with sucker minnows near
the points, bars and humps in the St. Paul lakes have had a lot of
success. Northerns, muskies and bass were all biting on sucker minnows.
7. Superior, Wis.
Hot: Smallmouth bass and muskies in the St. Louis River
Not: Salmon in Lake Superior
The shallow weeds and rocks in the St. Louis River have been good spots
to catch smallmouth bass and muskies. Ted Sellers at Northwest Outlet
said to use fluorescent orange, pink and gold lures in the riverís
stained water. Smallmouth bass were biting on crankbaits and
spinnerbaits. Sellers said to fish aggressively when using topwater
lures for bass. Muskies were chasing topwater lures and bucktails.
Walleyes have started to move from the river into Lake Superior.
Walleyes were along the south shore of the lake, and anglers trolling
throughout the water column in 30 feet caught fish. Anglers caught some
salmon and lake trout at a variety of depths using spoons in Lake
Superior. Sellers said the hot weather will most likely push the fish
into 80 feet of water and deeper. Muskie fishing on the inland lakes
has improved. Brown, rainbow and brook trout were biting in the Brule
River. The best lures have been Meppsí spinners sizes 1 through 3.
Anglers also caught fish using dry flies with the hex hatch in
8. River Falls, Wis.
Hot: Red and orange sulfurs
Not: Water conditions in the Kinnickinnic River
Warm weather and recent heavy rains have made fishing difficult in the
Kinnickinnic River, said Clay McNamara at Lundís Hardware. The runoff
from the rain carried a lot of dirt into the river and clouded the
water. He said it usually takes about four or five days for the river
to clear up after a lot of rain. Before the rain, anglers caught fish
on red and orange sulfurs and bead head nymphs. The mayfly hatch has
finished, and similar flies are catching fish. Other good presentations
were size 12 and 14 woolly buggers and size 18 to 22 caddis flies.
The Fishing Page is compiled by Jim Olichwier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.