Walleye and northern pike continue to hit on many area lakes. Gull, North Long, Round, Pelican, Upper Hay, and Whitefish have all consistently given up fish. The walleyes have moved deep, down to 45 feet during the day. Live bait rigs or jigs tipped with leeches, shiner minnows, rainbow minnows, or green nightcrawlers have worked best. Walleyes and pike also are being caught by anglers fishing from shore. The Gull Lake Dam area, off Highway 371 at Hole in the Day Bay, and off the Fishing Pier at Zorba's have been a few of the better locations. Bass and panfish remain active in shallow water.
Look to lakes Reno and Mary for the area's most consistent walleye action in 8 to 22 feet of water. Leeches and crawlers are working best. The bass are hitting on most area lakes. Look to the cabbage flats with spinnerbaits or rattle baits for bigger fish. You'll find crappies in 8 to 14 feet of water on the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Lobster Lake is giving up a few muskies on top-water baits.
Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on Clearwater Lake, Pleasant and Cedar Lake. Work the 12- to 14-foot weedlines or 18- to 24-foot breaks. Lake John, Lake Sylvia, Clearwater and Sugar Lake have all produced panfish near the weed edges again this week. Northern pike are hitting well on Cedar, Pleasant, and Granite lakes. Look to Sugar for a few muskies near the weeds. Bass are hitting just about everywhere, although Sylvia has given up a few bigger bass.
Crappies are hitting on Stewart Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Expect some good-sized sunfish from Rush, Star, Dead, and East Battle lakes in 8 to 10 feet. Northern pike are biting on Deer Lake in 8 to 10 feet of water. Sucker minnows have turned a few more bigger pike than artificial baits. Walleyes continue to hit on West Battle Lake in 18 to 24 feet of water. Bass have been most active on Long Lake in 6 to 8 feet of water. White spinnerbaits are producing bigger fish.
Walleyes are being caught on several area lakes in 14 to 20 feet of water. Lindy Rigs, spinners or crankbaits have provided the best action. Numbers of small to medium sized northern pike remain active throughout the area as well. Bass and panfish seem to be relating to the deeper weedlines.
Floyd Lake is putting out ''weed'' walleyes. Start shallow and head deep. Try a Lindy Rig or gold spinner rig with leech or crawler. Big Toad, Melissa, Big Detroit, and Big Pelican also are producing fish. Fish are still shallow. Panfish are active on most area lakes. Pike action is hot in the deeper holes of the weed edge.
Northern pike and crappies are keeping anglers busy on Fish Lake and Island Lake. The key has been to work the shallow weedlines and rock pile edges. The St. Louis River is providing consistent smallmouth bass action along the rocky shoreline areas. Action along the north shore has been slow in recent days.
Snowbank Lake is producing walleyes in 15 feet of water. Moose Lake, Birch Lake, Basswood and Big Lake have all provided steady walleye activity as well. Numbers of 2- to 5-pound smallmouth bass are hitting on Fall Lake and Farm Lake in shallow water. Look to Miners Lake for good-sized rainbow trout in 10 feet of water. Small Rapalas have produced the bigger fish. Burntside Lake is a safe bet for lake trout.
There are a few panfish being caught on area lakes in slightly deeper water. Look to lakes such as Roberts and Shields for bigger fish in 10 to 12 feet. Walleyes and northern pike have been tough to find.
Bowstring Lake is kicking out walleyes on the main lake humps in 16 feet of water. Look to Sand Lake and Lake Pokegama for steady walleye action as well. Leeches and nightcrawlers are now producing the majority of fish. Crappie action has picked up on Splithand and Spider lakes in shallow water. There have been a few muskies caught on Moose and Deer lakes.
The shallow reefs and rock piles are producing the majority of walleyes this week. Lindy Rigs or spinners have worked best when worked very slow. Smallmouth bass have been caught in these same areas on crankbaits.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Resorts along the Rainy River report good walleye fishing near the confluence of the Rapid and Rainy rivers. Spinner rigs tipped with shiner minnows are working best here. The Pine Island area is producing walleyes in 6 to 12 feet of water. The Willow Creek area has been productive on this end of the lake. Spinner rigs are producing the bulk of action. The Northwest Angle/Islands area reports good muskie and walleye activity on the flats around Flag Island. Shad Raps are working here in 7 to 10 feet of water. Other consistent spots have been around Garden, Bridges, Little Oak, and Knight Islands.
The walleye bite has been excellent here. Fish the sunken island near Lindberg's Point, the Half Mile Bar, and Bower's Bar for numbers of active walleyes. Crawlers have been the best bait. Bass and northern pike are very active in shallow water.
The edges of the main lake bars are giving up fish chasing nightcrawlers and floating jigs. The shallower water, near Muskie Bay, has produced walleyes hitting nightcrawlers as well. The bigger northern pike have started hitting and a few legal-sized muskies are being caught along the cabbage beds. Perch have been active in 8 to 10 feet of water, although you'll need to sort through some small fish. Look for better numbers of bigger perch on the bars.
In the north, jigs and leeches are producing walleyes in 13 to 15 feet of water during the day. Look shallower at night with Shad Raps. These fish have been scattered so stay on the move. Better areas have been around Ottertail Point and the Hardwoods. Northern pike action has picked up. Troll spinnerbaits or spoons right through the developing weeds. Perch and rock bass are hitting well in 6 to 8 feet of water along the bulrushes. Muskie reports have been limited.
In the south, the shallow flats have provided the best walleye action this week in 8 to 14 feet of water. Look to areas between the Duck Points, Five Mile Point, Sugar Point, and Goose Island. Live bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches have worked best. Largemouth bass have become very active along the shallow vegetation on most area lakes. The muskies caught are hitting topwaters or bucktails.
In the east, the deep gravel and mud have been the most productive spots during the day. Not only are there slot fish being caught, but the number of bigger walleyes hitting has been amazing. Leeches or crawlers on spinners or live bait rigs are turning the majority of fish. The shallow rock is still kicking out fish early and late in the day. The late night hours have been particularly good on the rocks. Slip bobber combinations are the way to go here. Smallmouth bass are hitting over the rocks as well.
In the west, edges and tops of the mud flats continue to produce a lot of walleyes, especially big fish. Silver spinners tipped with rainbow minnows have been the preferred presentation with chartreuse or hammered gold spinners and crawlers also turning a few walleyes. The edges of the flats also have produced fish at night on slip bobber rigs. Perch continue to hit on the deep, off-shore rock flats. Muskies and northern pike have been a bit more active this week anywhere you find vegetation.
Big Stone Lake is producing walleyes on Windmill Reef in 10 to 14 feet of water. The north end is producing a lot of walleyes as well. Spinner rigs and bottom bouncers are turning fish, although slip bobber rigs are working on the rock piles. Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 5 to 8 feet of water on Lake Lac qui Parle. Look to Long Tom Lake and Artichoke Lake for decent-sized crappies.
Fish Hook Lake is producing walleyes in 18 to 20 feet of water. Northern pike and bass have been active in shallower water here as well. Long Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 20 to 22 feet of water. Look to Two Inlets Lake for bigger walleyes. Don't expect a lot of numbers here, but the fish being caught have been big. Third and Sixth Crow Wing lakes are kicking out panfish in shallow water. Big Mantrap Lake is producing nice-sized smallmouth bass along the shallow shorelines. Big Mantrap is the area's best bet for muskies as well.
Upper Whitefish Lake is kicking out walleyes in 18 to 24 feet of water on redtails or leeches on live bait rigs. Look to the smaller lakes in this area for shallow water panfish. The sunny days have been better in shallow water. Look to the 7 to 10 foot weedlines for northern pike on Ada and Pine Mountain lakes.
Sand Bay is kicking out walleyes in 20 feet of water. Crawlers have worked better than anything else. Red Gut Bay and the Kettle Falls area have also produced walleyes in 16 to 20 feet of water. Black Bay is providing enough crappies to keep things interesting, although the consistency has slowed a bit. Look to the north arm for numbers of good sized smallmouth bass.
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