The Free Press, Mankato, MN

June 27, 2009

Minnesota Fishing Report: Updated June 28

By Outdoor News

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.

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA
Lindy rigs and redtails or leeches are producing walleyes in 15 to 18 feet on Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, North Long Lake, and Round Lake. The six- to 10-foot cabbage on most lakes is holding bass and you’ll find plenty of panfish in the weeds as well. A small sucker minnow has produced several big pike on the weedlines of Gull.

CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows or Shad Raps in less than nine feet on the bars such as Turtle River, Cedar, Tom’s, and East Cedar, on Cass Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being found in the shallows of Allen’s Bay on Cass, Kitchi Lake, and Rice Lake. You’ll find perch in the bulrushes of Cass and Pike Bay Lake. Muskie action is limited, although a few have been taken on topwater baits in the shallow cabbage of Allen’s Bay.

CHISAGO AREA
Leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods in the weeds or in 18 to 20 feet on South Lindstrom_Lake and North Center Lake. Chisago Lake continues to provide excellent bass action and sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 10 feet at Sunrise Lake. Sunfish are biting on the shorelines or shallow weeds of most lakes and you’ll find crappies suspended over 20 feet on Chisago and Kroon Lake.

CRANE LAKE AREA
Numbers of 17- to 20-inch smallmouth bass are being caught on topwater baits in the shallows of Sand Point Lake and Namakan Lake. There’s consistent walleye action on the 15- to 18-foot reefs of Crane Lake with a jig and minnow or crawler and jig. Some walleyes also have been pulled from the weeds in 10 feet or less. Crane Lake Visitors & Tourism Bureau (800) 362-7405

CROSS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers during low-light periods on Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Work the docks and weedlines of most lakes with a spinnerbait and you’ll catch bass. Spinnerbaits also have produced pike on the weedlines and crappies are being found in eight to 14 feet. The bigger sunfish are now hanging on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines throughout the area.

CUSHING AREA
Topwater baits are turning bass on most lakes and there’s a good crappie bite on Fish Trap Lake in eight to 12 feet. Walleye reports are limited to a few fish at night on Lake Alexander in 15 to 18 feet. Muskies are getting more active around the docks and 12-foot weedlines of Alexander and Lake Shamineau.

DETROIT LAKES
Walleyes are hitting crawlers and leeches during the day in 17 to 20 feet and in 10 to 12 feet during low-light periods on lakes Sallie, Melissa, Big Detroit, Sour, Pelican, and Big Cormorant. Sunfish and crappies remain active from the shorelines out to the 12-foot weedlines on lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, Floyd, Tamarack, and Height of Land. CowGirls and BullDawgs are triggering muskies on the edges of the humps on Big Detroit. Bass and pike seem to be hitting on most lakes.

DULUTH AREA
Walleyes are being caught at Island Lake in 20 to 25 feet on leeches and live-bait rigs. Fish Lake is producing walleyes in 15 feet, as is Rice Lake in six feet - also on leeches. Lake Superior is kicking out lake trout over 60 feet and a mixed bag of lakers and cohos in deeper water on spoons and stickbaits. Look to Fish Lake and Whiteface Lake for bluegills in four feet and Island Lake is giving up smallmouth bass in shallow water.

EAST-CENTRAL MINN
Green Lake and Blue Lake are producing panfish from the shorelines out to the 12-foot weedlines. Bass are hitting in the thick weeds of Elk Lake. The Rum River and Mississippi River continue to kick out smallmouth bass and a few walleyes. Look to the deep holes on the Mississippi for channel catfish.

EMILY AREA
The south end of Ruth Lake is producing numbers of largemouth bass. The rock pile in the middle of Ruth is holding crappies. On Eagle Lake, northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Crappies are going on West Fox Lake in 15 to 18 feet early and late in the day. Walleyes have started hitting leeches or crankbaits to the right of the access on Lake Esquagamah in 10 feet during low-light periods.

FAIRMONT AREA FARIBAULT AREA
Bass are hitting plastics in the weeds of Cedar Lake, Hunts Lake, and Lake Mazaska. Rapalas continue to produce walleyes at night on the shorelines of Cannon Lake. Leeches are the ticket for walleyes on Fox Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Hit Shields Lake and Fox Lake in less than 10 feet for sunfish and the pike bite also remains consistent on the weedlines of Shields.

GRAND MARAIS AREA
Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes in 12 to 20 feet at Northern Lights Lake, Devil’s Track Lake, Poplar Lake, Cascade Lake, and Tom_Lake. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the shorelines of most lakes and Kimball Lake is producing rainbow trout. Lake trout have moved over slightly deeper water but remain active on Gunflint Lake and Clearwater Lake.

GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The deep structure, 20 to 24 feet, on Bowstring Lake is producing walleyes. You’ll also hit walleyes on Sand Lake in 14 to 20 feet, at Trout Lake in seven to 30 feet - depending on time of day, and on Lake Pokegama along the 16- to 24- foot weedlines. Crappies are in the deep weeds on Spider Lake and Pokegama. Pike are hitting a jig and minnow in 16 to 25 feet on Pokegama and Trout lakes. Look for muskies during the evening hours on Deer Lake and Moose Lake. Smallmouth bass action is strong on lakes Wabana, Deer, and Pokegama.

HACKENSACK AREA
The shallow and deep weeds are producing bass on most lakes. You’ll find sunfish in less than six feet and crappies in the 12- to 16-foot cabbage of Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. Walleyes are taking leeches and crawlers during the day in 20 to 30 feet and Rapalas at night in shallow water on area lakes.

LAKE KABETOGAMA
Lindy rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are producing walleyes during the day in 22 to 30 feet. Smallmouths are on the shorelines and hitting anything thrown at them and look for crappies on the weed edges in most soft-bottomed bays. Jerkbaits are triggering northern pike in the bays over 12 to 15 feet. Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

LAKE OSAKIS
Leeches on live-bait rigs or under bobbers are triggering walleyes in 12 to 18 feet on the Half Mile Bar, Two Mile Bar, and Four Mile Bar. There is evening action in shallow water with Rapalas. Miller’s Bay is producing panfish in less than eight feet and largemouths are hitting spinnerbaits in the bulrushes.

LAKE VERMILION
Walleyes are hitting slip bobbers and leeches at night in the shallows. The day bite also is strong on the reefs with live bait. Generally speaking, big fish are coming off the west end and the east end is giving up more small fish. Crappies and bass continue to be found shallow throughout the lake and northern pike are hammering white spinnerbaits and #5 Mepps spinners on the deep weeds. Muskie action is “fair” with fish starting to show up on the rocks and deep weedlines.

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.

PARK RAPIDS AREA
Look for walleyes during low-light periods on Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake in 18 to 24 feet to be hitting leeches and crawlers. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Big Mantrap Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Largemouth bass are very active on Lake Belle Taine in shallow water. Panfish are hitting on Eagle Lake and Island Lake in less than six feet. Muskie reports are sporadic, but Big Mantrap has kicked out a few fish in shallow water. The brown trout are hitting crawlers or flies on the Straight River.

RED LAKE
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow, slip bobber and leech, spinners and crawlers, or crankbaits in six to eight feet. Limits remain very easy along the shorelines and mouth of the Tamarack River. The bigger pike have started hitting more consistently in eight feet and you’ll still find crappies in the shallows on the north shore.

RED WING AREA
Bright-colored crankbaits on three-way rigs or leadcore and planer boards are producing walleyes on Lake Pepin in 20 to 25 feet. The docks in Coville Park and Baypoint Park are holding sunfish. Catfish have started hitting sucker minnows and stinkbaits on the Mississippi River in 10 to 30 feet. Look to the mouth of the Rush River for northern pike. Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Sunfish are active in less than six feet on Cedar Island, Rice, Koronis, Long, Browns, Horseshoe, and Becker lakes. Walleyes are tough to find with Rice and Koronis kicking out a few on leeches along the weedlines. Bass and pike action is strong in the weeds of most lakes, while Watab Lake and Mud Lake started giving up rainbow trout. The catfish bite on the Sauk River has improved with crawlers.

SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish are hitting in three to seven feet on Guernsey Lake, Sauk Lake, Long Bridge Lake, Jurgeons Lake, Maple Lake, and Lady Lake. Look for crappies on the docks of Sauk, Guerney, and Big Swan Lake. Big Birch Lake continues to produce some walleyes in 21 to 24 feet, while sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Little Birch Lake, Lake Villard, and Big Swan.

STARBUCK AREA
Sunfish action is good on Lake Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Lake Ann with spoons for pike and bass are an easy catch on all lakes. Minnewaska is producing walleyes via live bait in 22 to 26 feet in front of the high school. Crawlers and spinners are working on Minnewaska on the 12- to 16-foot flats, too. On Lake Mary, fatheads are the ticket for walleyes in 12 to 15 feet.

METRO AREA AREA
Northeast Metro — Walleyes continue to be caught on the St. Croix and Minnesota rivers. Leeches and crawlers are working best in five to nine feet or 20 to 24 feet. Muskie action is picking up with topwater baits in the Afton area of the St. Croix, Bald Eagle Lake, and White Bear Lake. Big Carnelian Lake and Big Marine Lake are giving up sunfish in shallow water and lakes such as Demonterville, Jane, and Olson are safe bets for bass and pike.

West Metro — Look for sunfish in the shallows of Lake Parley and Lake Bavaria. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weedlines of Pierson Lake and Lake Minnewashta. Look to Steiger Lake and Lake Zumbra for bass in eight to 12 feet and walleye action remains slow.

Lake Waconia —Muskie and northern pike action has picked up in 12 to 15 feet along the reef edges and shoreline breaks with bucktails or crankbaits. Sunfish continue to be found shallow on the north side of the island and bass are active and scattered at a variety of depths. Walleyes are hitting leeches during the evening hours in the 16- to 20-foot hole between the marinas.