Shiner minnows and redtail minnows are producing walleyes on Gull Lake and Round Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water. Look to Pelican Lake with minnows for walleyes in 20 to 26 feet of water and in 12 to 20 feet on North Long Lake. Bass and northern pike seem to be hitting just about everywhere in six to 12 feet of water. Small leeches and nightcrawlers are producing sunfish on most area lakes in 16 to 24 feet of water.
The sunfish, bass, northern pike, and crappie bite has been excellent throughout the entire area. Lakes such as Rabbit, Mission, Perry, and Clearwater are all worth noting. The area mine pits have continued to produce panfish, bass, and trout as well. Expect the trout to be suspended over deep water. Look to Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake again this week for the area's best walleye action in 16 to 20 feet of water. Minnows, leeches, and crawlers are providing better activity.
The bigger bluegills have started hitting on Big Elbow Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Northern pike and muskie action has heated up along the weedlines of Lake Melissa, Big Detroit Lake, and Lake Sallie. Big Detroit also has produced walleyes in 12 to 24 feet of water. Spinner rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers are turning the majority of fish.
Walleye action has been slow, but the panfish bite on Ann Lake and Green Lake has been very good. Work the weed edges with waxworms or nightcrawlers. Northern pike and bass are inhaling topwater baits along the weed edges of most area lakes.
Cutfoot Sioux Lake started giving up walleyes along the shallow shorelines on jigs and minnows. Splithand Lake and Lake Pokegama also are worth noting for walleyes in 12 to 15 feet of water. Look to Little Cutfoot for sunfish and crappies, while the grassy humps of Pokegama continue to give up smallmouth bass in 12 to 15 feet of water. Spider Lake and North Star are the area's best bet for muskies.
The best walleye reports are coming from deeper water, 28 to 34 feet, on the reefs. Jigs tipped with minnows or deep-running cranks are working best. An occasional fish can be had in shallow water on crawlers. Look to the weedy bays for pike numbers; the smallmouth bass remain active on the rocks and rocky shoreline areas.
The humps and rock piles in most bigger bays are holding walleyes in 15 to 22 feet of water. There's also a weedline bite taking place during the evening hours. Crawlers or crankbaits have worked best. Muskie remain active and feeding aggressively on jerkbaits and spinnerbaits. Hit the rocky shorelines for smallmouth and the weeded areas of the lake for bigger largemouth bass.
Walleye action has been limited to the evening hours when there's a short window of opportunity on the reefs. Muskie anglers are finding a few fish on bucktails around the island and on the southeast corner of the lake. The hotter days have produced better action. Sunfish and largemouth have continue to hit consistently in and around the thick weedbeds.
Long, live bait rigs are turning walleyes on the main lake bars in 16 to 19 feet of water. Shallow-running crankbaits also are producing fish off the points and shoreline breaks in 10 to 12 feet of water. Jigs tipped with minnows are producing numbers of perch in the weeds and off most points. Northern pike remain an easy catch in and around most weed patches, off the points, and along the shoreline breaks.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
At the Northwest Angle/Islands area, the 25-foot reefs continue to produce walleyes during midday periods. The early morning and evening hours are best spent along the 18- to 20-foot shoreline breaks. The bays of the Rainy River are providing consistent northern pike action and an occasional flurry of walleye activity. Along the south shore, anglers are downrigging near Stoney Point and the Driftwood area with good success. Look to the Gap in 20 feet of water and the shoreline breaks that run from 16 to 20 feet for walleyes as well. Crawlers on live bait or spinner rigs have been the best bet.
The walleyes seem to be most active in 10 to 12 feet of water during low light periods of the day. The key has been to cover a lot of water with a shallow-running crankbait, and pick off a fish here and there. Muskie action is still going strong along the weeds and rocky areas of the lake. Topwaters, crankbaits, and bucktails all have produced fish. Numbers of fish in the 40- to 50-inch class are still being hooked daily.
East -- The deep mud and gravel continue to produce walleyes. The bite isn't as consistent as it was a few weeks ago, but spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are still turning a fair number of fish. The shallow rock bite also is worth checking out under low light or windy conditions. Muskie anglers are putting quite a few fish in the boat. The north end weed patches are your best bet with bucktails and spoons. Crankbaits are producing numbers of nice smallmouth bass on the points, rock reefs, and shoreline breaks.
West -- Anglers fishing during the day have struggled a bit to find consistent walleye action. There are fish being hooked off the deep sides of most flats, but it involves a bit more work. The night bite in these same locations has been more consistent. Slip bobbers and leeches have worked best at night. Smallmouth bass and numbers of northern pike are hitting in the bays, on the rock reefs, and off the points. The muskie bite hasn't really kicked in yet. There are fish being seen, but they aren't real aggressive at this point.
The best walleye reports are coming off Big Sand Lake in 24 to 26 feet of water. Leeches and minnows are the way to go here.
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