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Fishing report

June 27, 2009

Minnesota Fishing Report: Updated June 28



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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

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