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.
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.
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.
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.