Minnesota Fishing Report 7-13-05
Look for an occasional walleye during the evening hours on the deep
weed edges of Lake Miltona and Lake Le Homme Dieu. A few muskies also
can be had from the weed edges of Miltona with Suicks or bucktails. The
10- to 15- foot weed edges on most lakes are holding northern pike and
panfish. Bass remain active on the bars, weed edges, and near docks
throughout the area.
Spinner rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes on Clearwater Lake
along the 14- to 20-foot weed edges. Shad Raps also have turned fish
during the evening hours closer to shore. Pleasant Lake, Cedar Lake,
and Clearwater have produced some nice bass this week on spinnerbaits
or jigs. Look to Lake Sylvia for a few crappies in the weeds, while
Sugar Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake Augusta, and Clearwater continue to
provide steady sunfish action in 12 to 14 feet of water.
West Battle Lake is kicking out walleyes early and late in the day
in 22 to 24 feet of water. On Otter Tail Lake, small sucker minnows or
leeches have been the ticket for walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water.
There's a consistent panfish bite in the area, with lakes such as Star,
Blanche, Deer, and Clitherall producing fish in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Bucktails are enticing an occasional muskie follow on West Battle Lake
and there's plenty of active bass and northern pike to be had
throughout the area.
Bass and northerns have been the hot ticket in this area. Fish them
in six to 16 feet off the weedbeds. Jig a sucker or try a bass spinner
tipped with a leech or worm. Walleyes are in slightly deeper water,
hitting redtails and leeches.
Lindy rigs with leeches or crawlers are attracting walleyes at all
depths on Cass Lake. Small jig and minnow combos also are working. If
you're fishing in the evening, try pulling crankbaits across North
Cedar Bar. Pike and muskies are hitting spinnerbaits and Suicks off
Boomerang Bar in Allens Bay. Bluegills are in 10 to 14 feet, along the
weedlines, in Allens Bay.
Largemouth bass are hitting just about anything thrown at them on
area lakes. The sunfish bite also remains strong in eight to 12 feet of
water on Kroon Lake, Little Lake, and Sunrise Lake. Sucker minnows have
produced some good-sized northern pike on the weed edges of Sunrise as
well. Crappies have moved deep and started suspending over 20 feet of
water on North Center Lake, South Center Lake, and Chisago Lake. South
Lindstrom Lake is probably the best bet for a walleye, but for the most
part, they've been tough to locate.
The best bet for catching walleyes in the DL area continues to be
bottom bouncers and spinners, or crankbaits, to cover a lot of water.
Fish the 18- to 30-foot breaks and deep weedlines. Look for White
Earth, Big Cormorant, and Many Point lakes to kick out a few fish. With
the hot weather, muskies are starting to turn on; try Detroit and
Look to Fremont Lake with small minnows or wax worms for crappies in
10 feet of water. You'll have no problem finding bass and northern pike
with spinnerbaits on most lakes. An occasional walleye can still be had
from the Rum River with crankbaits or jigs. Work the weedlines and reed
patches on Green Lake and Blue Lake for sunfish.
Worms or small leeches are turning numbers of sunfish in six to
eight feet of water on Lake Sissiton and Hall Lake. Bucktails and
topwater baits are safe options for muskies on Fox Lake. Look for
crappies on Budd Lake and Hall Lake in 16 feet of water. Nightcrawlers
or stink baits have provided steady catfish action on Hall and Amber
Work the channels of Cannon Lake with crankbaits during the evening
hours for walleyes. Live bait rigs and leeches are the ticket for a few
walleyes each evening on French Lake in 22 feet of water. The bluegill
bite remains steady in shallow water on Lake Mazaska, Shields Lake, and
Cedar Lake. Bass are easy to locate around docks and shallow weeds on
most lakes and the local muskie bite also is worth noting.
Look to Sand Lake for crappies in 12 to 14 feet of water. The thick
weed edges on Little Splithand Lake continue to produce crappies as
well. Walleyes have been scattered but not impossible to catch on Lake
Pokegama and Turtle Lake in 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are
hitting crankbaits and live bait on Pokegama and Trout Lake. Moose Lake
is the area's best bet for muskies with topwater presentations.
Crawlers and leeches have produced a few walleyes on Birch Lake in
20 to 24 feet of water. There's some decent walleye action after dark
with crankbaits or leeches on Ten Mile Lake and Stoney Lake. Look to
the sand and rocks on Deep Lake for smallmouth bass, while Big Bass
Lake and Birch Lake are kicking out largemouth. Scattered panfish
reports are coming off lakes such as Birch and Pleasant this week.
Look for walleyes to move to the mid-depth reefs. You'll want to
fish 26 to 30 feet during the daytime, more shallow in the morning and
late afternoon. Leeches and crawlers on slip sinker rigs or on colored
hooks will work best. Smallies are hitting topwater baits like
"poppers" in some of Kab's bays. Northern pike fishing is kicking into
gear again, mostly along the weeds in deep pockets.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - Leeches and crawlers on live bait rigs or spinners are
turning a few walleyes off the edges of the mud flats in 28 to 32 feet
of water. Look to the Blue Jug Flat, Seven Mile, and Eight Mile as
likely starting spots. Slip bobbers and leeches also will produce fish
on the mud after dark and on the shallow rocks in 12 to 14 feet of
water. The best bets for muskies are crankbaits, bucktails, and
topwater baits on the weed edges outside of most bays. Smallmouth bass
are an easy catch on the rocks and near docks with tube jigs or
West - Slip bobbers and leeches continue to produce walleyes after
dark in 28 to 34 feet of water. Curley's Flat, Sherman's Flat, and
Seguchie's Flat have provided the best action. The day bite has been
more inconsistent with a few fish coming off the mud. Spinner rigs
tipped with leeches or crawlers are the best way to cover a lot of
water and pick off an occasional walleye. Northern pike remain active
along the weed edges of Wigwam Bay and St. Alban's Bay. Look to these
areas for muskies with bucktails or sucker minnows.
The deep weeds are holding northern pike, most of which are hitting
sucker minnows in 15 to 18 feet of water. Muskies also continue to be
most active on top of the weeds during lowlight periods of the day, but
look to the edges during midday hours. Sunfish are set up on the inside
and outside weed edges and you will find crappies suspended on top of
the 15-foot milfoil patches. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and plastics
near docks and thick weed growth.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
High temps and sunny skies have brought on a good fish bite. Along
the south shore, anglers are pulling walleyes from the rocky reefs and
rubble piles. Hammered gold spinner rigs and worms are working on
walleyes around the Gap and off Pine Island. Big muskies are being
caught at the Northwest Angle and Islands areas. Northerns and
smallmouth bass are hitting at the confluence of the Rapid and Rainy
Sunfish continue to be caught in three to five feet of water in
Miller's Bay and Town Bay. Walleyes are scattered along the weed edges
and bars. Look for the best activity during lowlight periods of the day
with live bait rigs and leeches or nightcrawlers. Crappie action has
been slow, but the largemouth bass and northern pike action remains
strong in the weeds.
Hot weather and the mayfly hatch had walleyes tightlipped. Some
anglers were finding fish after dark while tossing crawlers in 22 to 28
feet of water. Others were catching walleyes after dark by trolling
crankbaits in eight to 12 feet. Muskies were coming off the deeper rock
Topwater baits continue to produce muskies at the swimming beach,
Center Reef, and Reinke's Reef. Largemouth bass and sunfish can be had
in most weeded areas of the lake, but look for bigger fish to now be on
the deep weed edges. Walleye action has been limited to the evening
hours when an occasional fish is caught off the deep weed edges near
Anderson's Reef and the Claybanks.
The main lake bars and humps are producing walleyes in 20 to 24 feet
of water. Leeches or nightcrawlers have worked best on Bena Bar, Big
Muskie Bar, and Center Bar. You will find a few fish in 10 to 14 feet
of water with crankbaits during the evening hours. Find a deep weed
patch and you should hit some jumbo perch with a jig and minnow.
Northern pike seem to be active throughout the lake.
Jigs and minnows or live bait rigs and leeches are producing
walleyes on the south humps in Walker Bay. There's some decent evening
walleye action with slip bobbers and leeches off Sand Point in eight to
12 feet of water. Work the breaks south of Cedar Point for walleyes
with live bait rigs and crawlers as well. Shingobee Bay and Kabekona
Bay are kicking out good-sized bluegills in 12 feet of water, while
muskie anglers are seeing more fish on the rocks and weedlines this
Catfish continue to hit large sucker minnows on the Minnesota River.
The shallow weed edges and weed pockets are holding walleyes on Lake
Washington and Lake Tetonka. Most of these fish are being taken during
the evening hours. Baker's Bay on Lake Washington is giving up some
good-sized bluegills in 10 to 12 feet of water. Sucker minnows or
spinnerbaits are providing steady northern pike action on Little
Largemouth bass continue to bite in the weeds on most lakes, but
look to Lake Minnewawa for better numbers of big fish. Crappies
continue to be caught on Big Sandy Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water early
and late in the day. Walleye reports have been limited, although there
are a few fish coming off Big Sandy Lake during the evening hours in 15
feet of water.
Fishing is very slow right now. The Minnesota River is producing an
occasional catfish and a walleye. Artichoke Lake is good for a few
walleye and maybe a crappie or two.
Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of
water on Fish Hook Lake. On Big Sand Lake, look for walleyes in 30 feet
of water during the day, but as shallow as 12 feet during low-light
periods. The weed edges of Big Mantrap Lake continue to produce an
occasional muskie and numbers of northern pike. Fish Hook Lake and the
Crow Wing Chain of Lakes are the area's best options for crappies and
bluegills in 12 feet of water.
There have been more walleyes caught on the main lake reefs this
week with crawlers and leeches in 32 to 36 feet of water. The Reinier
Bridge area and Cranberry Island are providing steady walleye action in
18 to 20 feet of water. During the evening hours, there's some decent
walleye action in Lost Bay, Saginaw Bay, and Cormorant Bay over 12 to
15 feet of water. Work the North Arm for smallmouth bass. The weedlines
in Lost Bay have produced some good-sized northern pike.
Bass and northern pike have provided consistent action along the
12-foot weed edges of Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, Big Fish Lake, and
Pleasant Lake. Look for sunfish on Bolfing Lake and Horseshoe Lake in
eight to 12 feet of water. The smallmouth bass bite on Lake Koronis
remains strong in the 10- to 12-foot sand areas near the islands. The
Sauk River continues to produce numbers of channel catfish in four to
20 feet of water.
The Starbuck and Glenwood ends of Lake Minnewaska are producing
sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. The key is to move until you locate
a pod of bigger fish. A few walleyes continue to be caught off the
points of Minnewaska in 18 to 20 feet of water during the early morning
and evening hours. The north side of Lake Reno also is worth noting for
an occasional walleye during the evening hours. Largemouth bass and
northern pike are biting throughout the weeded areas of Minnewaska.
NORTHEAST METRO - Sucker minnows are turning northern pike along the
weed edges of Beaver Lake, Demonterville Lake, and Forest Lake in 10 to
12 feet of water. Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish from
the St. Croix River, Bald Eagle Lake, and Clear Lake during the evening
hours. Small leeches are producing sunfish on Lake Peltier and White
Bear Lake in 10 feet of water. Largemouth bass are active on the inside
and outside weed edges of most lakes.
SOUTHWEST METRO - Look for suspended sunfish over 20 feet of water
on Lake Minnewashta. Lake Parley also is producing sunfish in five to
eight feet of water to the right of the access. The best crappie
reports are coming from the east side of Steiger Lake in 12 to 14 feet
of water. Lakes such as Pierson, Bavaria, Zumbra, and Minnewashta are
producing largemouth bass on spinnerbaits. Look to the Minnesota River
for catfish with crawlers and sucker minnows.
Shallow-running crankbaits have produced a handful of walleyes along
the weed edges of Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, and Lake Florida. There's
some deep walleye action taking place on Green Lake with live bait in
about 30 feet of water. Green Lake also is a safe bet for smallmouth
bass. Northern pike and largemouth bass are biting well on most lakes,
while steady panfish action can be had on North Long Lake, Nest Lake,
Games Lake, and Norway Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water.