The 10- to 15-foot weed edges on the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes are producing crappies during the early morning and evening hours. Walleye reports vary throughout the area. It seems as though one day they bite and the next they won't. Look to Lake Reno, Lake Mary and Lake Ida in 18 to 25 feet of water with crawlers and leeches during the day. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are producing a few walleyes on Lake Miltona in 18 to 22 feet of water. Muskie action continues to be slow, but the bass have been cooperative on the flats and weedlines of most area lakes.
Bass fishing remains good on most area lakes, off the defined weed edges. Mushroom-style jigs and plastics are turning the majority of fish. Walleye anglers are finding fish on North Long Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water during the day. The evening hours are best spent on Gull Lake and Pelican Lake, with redtail minnows or leeches in 15 to 28 feet of water. Panfish are relating to the shallow weed edges on most area lakes.
CASS LAKE AREA
Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes along North Cedar Bar in 20 feet of water on Cass Lake. LeRoy's Bar on Pike Bay Lake also is kicking out walleyes during the day. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet of water in Allen's Bay on Cass, Buck Lake and the Pagota Bar area. Small bucktails are producing a few muskies on the main lake bars of Cass Lake.
Clearwater Lake and Rabbit Lake are providing consistent walleye action during the evening hours in 15 to 20 feet of water. Look to lakes such as Greer, Serpent, Perry, Blind and Clearwater for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. The area mine pits are worth noting for walleyes, bass, and a consistent trout bite. These fish are often suspended over deep water and more than willing to hit crankbaits about 20 feet down.
Live bait rigs tipped with crawlers, redtails or leeches are turning walleyes during low-light periods of the day on Whitefish, Pelican Lake and Cross Lake. The most consistent action is taking place in 14 to 20 feet of water. The bigger crappies and sunfish can be found along the 12- to 16-foot weed edges on most area lakes. The weeds also are holding plenty of largemouth bass and northern pike throughout the area.
There's a pretty consistent walleye bite after dark on Island Lake in 12 to 17 feet of water. The 8- to 10-foot weed edges on Big Pelican Lake, Big Detroit Lake and Little Detroit Lake also are producing walleyes. Northern pike continue to hit at a good pace on lakes Melissa and Sallie, while muskie anglers are working the weed tops on Pelican, Big Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa. The area's best panfish reports are coming from 12 to 15 feet of water on Bass Lake, Cotton Lake and Little Detroit Lake.
Walleye anglers are doing very well in 12 to 15 feet of water on Birch Lake, Fall Lake and Shagawa Lake. Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes in deeper water on Burntside Lake as well. Numbers of northern pike in the 10- to 12-pound class are coming off White Iron Lake and Farm Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. Smallmouth bass continue to hit topwater baits on most area lakes during the early morning and evening hours.
Anglers fishing from shore on Temperance Lake are catching numbers of northern pike while employing bobbers and sucker minnows. There are a few walleyes coming off the shoreline breaks of Hall Lake, and look to Iowa Lake for northern pike and walleyes as well. Lakes such as Sissiton, Budd and Hall continue to kick out crappies. George Lake is the area's best bet for largemouth bass.
The thick weed edges of Hunt Lake are providing the area's best largemouth bass action. Walleye reports have been minimal, although Cannon Lake continues to give up an occasional flurry of evening activity in 16 to 20 feet of water. Lake Mazaska is giving up a few good-sized northern pike and numbers of "keepable" sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Lake Pokegama is producing walleyes during the day in 17 to 20 feet of water. Trout Lake also is worth noting for walleyes in 19 feet of water with slip bobbers and leeches. Spider Lake continues to produce a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water. The Tioga Pit is kicking out numbers of rainbow trout, and the lake trout have started hitting ciscoes on Pit Lake. Northern pike are hitting along the deeper weed edges of most area lakes. Look to the bars of Deer Lake and the weed edges of North Star Lake for muskies. Bass Lake and Little Splithand Lake are the area's best bets for bluegills.
Crappies have become active on Birch Lake in 12 feet of water. Look for sunfish on Lindsey Lake in less than six feet of water during the morning hours. Bass continue to hit just about everywhere, and Pleasant Lake continues to produce a few walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water.
The most consistent walleye catches are coming from 26 to 30 feet of water on spinner rigs and leeches. The sharpest breaks you can find seem to be dominating the action, especially during midday hours. The evening walleye bite often peaks in shallow water on crankbaits. Northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits and stick baits on the outside weed edges, and you'll find numbers of smallmouth bass on the rock and sand areas of the lake. The bigger perch also have started to hit in 30 to 45 feet of water.
Look for a few active walleyes during the day to be roaming the weed edges in 12 to 18 feet of water. The night bite has been a bit more consistent than the day bite. The majority of these fish are coming off the main lake bars, hitting crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches. Northern pike and bass continue to bite aggressively throughout the lake, but panfish reports have been extremely limited again this week.
The walleye bite has slowed over the past week. The few good reports coming in have taken place during the evening hours in 11 to 15 feet of water on the rocks. Crankbaits also are producing a few walleyes along the weed edges. Anglers are seeing muskies on the rocks, but most are reluctant to bite. Look to the weeds for northern pike and bass throughout the day.
Sunfish and largemouth bass continue to be caught throughout the weeded areas of the lake. The established weed edges are producing an occasional walleye and some consistent northern pike action as well. The evening hours are your best bet for a few more walleyes on most of the main lake reefs. Shallow-running crankbaits continue to be most productive for walleyes. Work the weed edges and weed tops during the evening hours for crappies.
The main lake humps and bars are kicking out walleyes on long-lined live bait rigs. and leeches. It seems as though 18 to 20 feet of water has been most productive, especially early and late in the day. There are numbers of northern pike to be had in these same locations. Work the points and weeded areas in eight to 12 feet of water for perch. Jigs tipped with minnows still are the best bet for perch.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The main lake rock reefs are kicking out numbers of walleyes along the south shore. Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are working best. Spinner rigs and minnows or crankbaits are the way to go at the Northwest Angle/Islands area in 12 to 14 feet of water. Numbers of fish in the 18- to 20-inch class have been caught with regularity. Sturgeon action has been good on the Rainy River, and there are a few walleyes and northern pike biting here as well.
Walleye anglers continue to struggle during the day. The evening bite has been better on the main lake reefs and just off the points in 10 to 15 feet of water. Crankbaits or long-snelled live bait rigs are working best. Muskie action still isn't at its best. There seem to be plenty of fish following baits, but few are interested in biting. Bucktails and topwater presentations seem to be getting the most attention. Largemouth bass continue to be weed-related and easy to catch with spinnerbaits and plastics.
Look for suspended crappies on Big Sandy Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water. An ongoing mayfly hatch has slowed the walleye activity on most area lakes. Aitkin Lake is a safe bet for northern pike, look to the weeds of Lake Minnewawa for largemouth bass, and the Sandy River started providing consistent smallmouth bass activity.
EAST -- Deep-diving crankbaits are producing walleyes during the day off the edges of mud flats. The best evening action is taking place on the shallow rocks, with slip bobbers and leeches. Tube jigs, shallow-running crankbaits, and topwater presentations continue to fool numbers of good-sized smallmouth bass on the rock reefs.
WEST -- The daytime bite has been inconsistent, but expect a few fish to hit spinner rigs in 28 to 32 feet of water. The night bite has been better for numbers of fish. Work the deep gravel and mud flat edges with slip bobbers and leeches. The Eight Mile, Seguchie's Flat and Curley's Flat continue to be most productive. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but few seem to be biting. It seems as though the few hooked fish are coming from 12 feet of water or more.
Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 18 to 24 feet of water on Fish Hook Lake and Lake Itasca. Work the 14- to 16-foot weed edges on Big Mantrap Lake with minnows for northern pike. Bass action continues to be consistent on most area lakes, while Big Toad Lake is the area's best bet for panfish in 10 to 14 feet of water.
Work the reefs in 24 to 28 feet of water. The Kettle Falls area, Blueberry Island, Fox Islands and the Olson Reef area are giving up limits of walleyes on leeches and crawlers. On the Canadian side, Red Gut Bay started giving up numbers of walleyes as well. Look to Lost Bay for northern pike, and there are some crappies suspended and active over the deep water of Stoke's Bay.
The wind has really limited the crappie action. It's been tough for most people to get out. The cribs are producing a few crappies, but numbers have been tough to find up to this point. The northern pike action has been much better, and many of these fish have been good-sized. Spoons, spinnerbaits and crankbaits have worked best for pike in seven to nine feet of water.
There are a few walleyes and numbers of smallmouth bass being caught during the evening hours on Little Birch Lake in four to eight feet of water. The established weed edges of Sauk Lake are holding northern pike, and the bigger fish are hitting sucker minnows. Look for crappies on Maple Lake in seven to 12 feet of water. Sunfish action has slowed a bit, but lakes such as Lily and Long continue to provide decent numbers.
Green Lake is kicking out a few walleyes on bottom bouncers and leeches. Look for some steady smallmouth bass action here as well. Lakes such as Andrew, Florida and North Long continue to produce crappies and sunfish. Northern pike and largemouth bass continue to be weed-related and active on most area lakes.
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