Minnows and leeches are triggering a few walleyes in eight to 14 feet at Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Round Lake. Bass and northern pike are biting at a good pace on most lakes in less than 12 feet of water. Look for bluegills and crappies to start showing up along the reeds and shoreline areas soon.
Lindy Rigs tipped with shiner minnows or leeches are turning walleyes throughout the Whitefish Chain in 12 feet. Large sucker minnows or spinnerbaits are a safe bet for northern pike along the shallow weedlines of most lakes. Bass also remain active in the shallows and crappie activity has moved to the emerging weedlines with small jigs and minnows.
Smallmouth bass are pounding nightcrawlers and small crankbaits on the Mississippi and Rum rivers. Minnows continue to produce some walleyes at Green Lake in 12 to 16 feet of water during low-light periods. Although small, panfish remain active in the shallows of lakes Elk, Blue, and Green.
Stoney Lake and Ten Mile Lake are the areas best walleye options, with minnows, in 13 to 17 feet. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting on most lakes, but Birch and Ten Mile have produced the areas biggest bass. Long Bay on Ten Mile also is worth noting for crappies.
Lake Mille Lacs
East - Lindy Rigs and crankbaits are triggering walleyes on the 20- to 22-foot gravel areas around Hennepin Island during the day. Slip bobbers and leeches are working best during the evening on the shallow rock reefs south of Big Point. Smallmouth action has been excellent around the docks, shorelines, and shallow rocks.
West - Lindy Rigs and leeches or spinner rigs and rainbow minnows started turning walleyes on the mud. Work the tops of Seguchie Flat, Eight Mile Flat, and Shermans Flat in 20 to 22 feet. The breaks in St. Albans Bay and shallow rock points are the best walleye options during low-light periods with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches. Smallmouth bass remain active on the shallow rocks.
A jig and minnow continues to produce the most walleyes in 12 feet of water or less. Work the points and shoreline breaks with areas such as Ravens Point, Highbanks, Bird Houses, and Little Stoney Point standing out. Perch action is best in six feet and small northern pike tend to be mixed with the walleyes. A few walleyes also have been pulled off the bars in 20 to 22 feet.
Walleye action has been best on the windswept shores such as Pine and Stony points. The Hardwoods, Star Island, and Meadows stretch also has been good when the wind is blowing in their direction over six to 14 feet. There's an evening crankbait bite in Walker Bay and the main-lake reefs have started giving up walleyes. Panfish action picked up in the harbors and bays.
Walleye action is picking up on Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake with leeches and minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water. Sunfish have moved shallow on most lakes with Big Sandy, Minnewawa, and Ratt Lake giving up bigger fish. Northern pike are hitting minnows on Big Sandy and bass remain active in shallow water everywhere.
St. Cloud/Eden Valley area
Leeches are providing the best walleye bite on Lake Koronis in 15 to 25 feet, Rice Lake in eight to 15 feet, Pearl Lake in 15 feet, and on Grand Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Rice and Horseshoe Lake are kicking out crappies in shallow water and bass are an easy catch. Work the weedlines of Koronis for pike and sunfish are in the shallows of Pearl, Horseshoe, and Browns Lake.
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