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Fishing report

June 27, 2009

Minnesota Fishing Report: Updated June 28



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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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