There's a "fantastic" walleye bite with jigs and redtails on Gull Lake in 18 to 28 feet. The south and north ends have been most productive. Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake also have produced walleyes in deep water. Panfish reports have been limited but bass remain active on the bars and weedlines of most lakes.
Cass Lake area
Walleyes are being caught in 10 to 12 feet or in 25 to 35 feet on Cass Lake. Look to Deadmans Bar, East Cedar Bar and West Cedar Bar with redtail minnows. Perch have moved to the bulrushes of Pike Bay Lake and Cass and can be had with a jig and minnow. Northern pike are hitting redtails in 20 feet throughout Cass. Big Wolf Lake is producing crappies over 25 to 30 feet and bluegills are being found in 10 feet on lakes such as Grace and Kitchi. Muskies are chasing bucktails on the rocks.
Pelican Lake, Rabbit Lake and Clearwater Lake are giving up walleyes in six to 12 feet at night and in 18 to 27 feet during the day. A jig and redtail minnow is working best. Spinners and minnows are turning northern pike on the weed tops and edges of most lakes. The Mississippi River remains the best option for big bluegills. Deep-diving Rapalas or plastics are producing trout early and late in the day at Manual Pit and Huntington Pit.
Lake Mille Lacs
The evening crankbait bite is picking up for walleyes off the shallow rock reefs and points. Crankbaits are working best but there is some minnow action reported as well. During the day the deep-rock and occasional mud-flat bite takes place in 22 to 30 feet with live bait. Some perch are being found in the bays over 10 to 15 feet but there is a lot of sorting taking place. Smallmouth bass remain active on the rocks and muskie anglers continue to see fish on the north end during evening hours.
Leech Lake area
The east and west sides of Walker Narrows are producing numbers of good-sized perch in five to seven feet. Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow during the day and crankbaits at night in eight to 12 feet of water off Pine Point Stoney Point and Sand Point. Work the shallow rocks around Pelican Island and Walker Bay for muskies. Big bass continue to be taken in the slop and rice areas around Minnesota Island and in Boy Bay.
The shoreline breaks and points are holding walleyes in five to 12 feet of water. A jig and minnow combination is working best with areas such as Raven's Point, Little Stoney Point and the Highbanks providing some action. Perch action has been limited with a few fish being found on the shallow rocks. Northern pike can be had with minnows on the weed edges but most have been small.
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