Redtail minnows continue to produce walleyes in 18 to 34 feet of water on most area lakes during the day. Look shallower with crankbaits during low-light periods. Bass and northern pike are on the bite in eight to 22 feet of water, and there are a few crappies biting in 18 to 30 feet. Sunfish are active on most area lakes in 18 to 24.
CASS LAKE AREA
Small bucktails and spinnerbaits thrown over the tops of most cabbage beds are producing muskies on Cass Lake. The best bet for seeing numbers of fish is early and late in the day. The breaklines of Cass are giving up enough walleyes to keep anglers interested. North Cedar Bar, Deadman's Bar, East Cedar Bar, and Turtle River Bar are all worth checking out. Bluegills are biting in the shallow weeds of Lake Andrusia, Kitchi Lake, and Cass.
The Whitefish Chain of Lakes is producing a mixed bag of fish this week. Bass and northern pike are hitting at a good pace along the weed edges. Plastics or spinnerbaits both are providing consistent action. The few walleyes coming off the chain are being had in 24 to 30 feet of water. Spinner rigs and crawlers are the way to go here.
Avid muskie anglers are touting this season as the best they've ever seen. From the main lake rocks to the weeds in Portage Bay, to Kabekona Bay, consistent muskie reports are coming in. Numbers of fish in the 40- to 50-inch class are hitting bucktails, topwaters, and small spinnerbaits. Bass fishing has been good on most smaller lakes in the area.
East -- Work the edges of most deep gravel and mud spots with spinner rigs and leeches. The fish seem to be scattered a bit more than they have been in recent weeks. Crankbaits or slip bobber rigs still are producing walleyes at night on the shallow rocks. Look to Hennepin Island, Hawkbill, Three Mile, and the Graveyard. Muskie anglers on the north end are hooking a few fish on crankbaits and bucktails. Smallies are active on the shallow rocks.
West -- During the day, the deep edges of Curley's Flat, Seguchie's Flat, and Sherman's Flat are kicking out a few fish. The daytime consistency has slowed a bit.
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