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Fishing report

June 27, 2009

Minnesota Fishing Report: Updated June 28

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Fish a leech or crawler tight to the weedlines during the evening and you’ll catch walleyes on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Ida, and Lake Miltona. The west side of Lake Reno also is producing walleyes on minnows in 15 feet. Sunfish are wrapping up the spawn and can be found shallow on most lakes. The bigger bass and crappies are relating to weedlines and bars on the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Muskie anglers are raising fish on Lobster Lake and Miltona with topwaters.

ANNANDALE AREA

Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods in 16 to 24 feet on Cedar Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Sugar Lake. Crappies are on deeper weedlines of Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Bass and pike are active on the weedlines of most lakes, and sunfish can be found in less than eight feet throughout the area.

BATTLE LAKE

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 12 to 15 feet on Otter Tail Lake as is a Lindy rig and leech in 20 to 24 feet. On lakes such as Clitherall, West Battle, Stalker, and Eagle leeches are best in 18 to 24 feet. Sucker minnows are turning pike in 12 to 20 feet on Otter Tail and the bass continue to hit on most lakes. Look for sunfish in less than seven feet on lakes Blanche, Star, South Turtle, and Elbow. Crappies are in four to eight feet on Mollie Stark Lake, West Battle, and Stalker.

BEMIDJI AREA

Largemouth bass and bluegills are shallow on most lakes. Crappie action has shifted to the 12- to 16-foot weedlines and muskie reports are limited. Walleyes are being caught in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Bemidji during the day and shallower at night on crankbaits.

BLACKDUCK AREA

Evenings have been best for walleyes on Blackduck Lake with jigs and leeches or slip bobbers and leeches in 10 to 16 feet. On Island Lake and Gull Lake, walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 14 to 18 feet during the day and in shallower during the evenings. Lakes such as Gull, Rabideau, Pimushe, North Twin, and South Twin are safe bets for panfish in shallow water.

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  • Minnesota Fishing Report: Updated June 28 MANKATO AREA
    Lake Tetonka is producing a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. The weedlines of Lake Washington and the shorelines of Lake Hanska give up an occasional walleye during low-light periods. Madison Lake and the points on Washington are holding panfish in shallow water and Little Jefferson Lake remains a safe bet for northern pike.

    June 27, 2009