They're hungry: leeches, shiners, and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes at Gull Lake - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

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They're hungry: leeches, shiners, and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes at Gull Lake

Gull Lake - Photo courtesy Nisswa Guide Service Gull Lake - Photo courtesy Nisswa Guide Service


Look for crappies on the weedlines of lakes Le Homme Dieu, Darling, and Ida. Sunfish are an easy catch on most lakes in less than eight feet, while bass have moved to the weedlines of Lake Carlos and Le Homme Dieu. Leeches and crawlers have been the ticket for walleyes in 12 to 18 feet at Lake Ida and Lake Miltona.


There's an evening walleye bite on Clearwater Lake with leeches, crawlers, and spinners in 16 to 26 feet. Similar presentations have worked at Cedar Lake, French Lake, and Sugar Lake in 18 to 25 feet. Sunfish continue to be plucked off the shorelines of Clearwater, Cedar, and Lake Sylvia. Look for bass on the emerging weedlines of most lakes and sucker minnows are turning pike at John and Pleasant lakes in 10 to 14 feet.


Sunfish action is excellent in 10 feet of water or less at Star Lake, Bass Lake, Clitherall Lake, Dead Lake, and South Turtle Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in 15 to 30 feet at Otter Tail, West Battle, Rush, Stalker, and Clitherall lakes. Trolling sucker minnows has triggered pike on the weedlines of West Battle, Otter Tail, South Turtle, and Clitherall. West Battle also has seen more muskie activity this week.


During the day, Lindy Rigs and shiners are turning walleyes in eight to 16 feet at Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Shad Raps trolled in four to eight feet at night have produced walleyes on both lakes. Muskies are chasing small baits on Bemidji, but few have committed. Throw spinnerbaits or topwaters for bass on area lakes and Grace Lake is kicking out panfish in shallow water.


Lindy Rigs and leeches are turning walleyes on the 10-foot weedlines or 10- to 14-foot humps of Blackduck Lake. Work the 10- to 15-foot humps and bars on Gull Lake and Island Lake during the evening hours for walleyes. Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake continue to produce panfish in shallow water.


Leeches, shiners, and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet at Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Pelican Lake. Spinnerbaits or plastics are triggering bass on all lakes and northern pike are taking sucker minnows on the weed edges of most lakes during the day.


During the day, you'll find walleyes and perch in 12 to 14 feet or 30 to 35 feet on Cass Lake. Rapalas are turning walleyes at night on Cass in four to six feet at O'Neal's Point, Turtle River Bar, and North Cedar Bar. Look to Tom's Bar on Cass with a jig and minnow for pike. Panfish have moved to 12 to 18 feet on area lakes.


Lakes such as Chisago, South Lindstrom, and South Center remain good spots for sunfish. Walleyes are hitting leeches on the 14- to 17-foot sunken islands of Chisago Lake. Slip bobbers and leeches have produced a few walleyes on the weed edges of South Center. The weedlines on the north end of North Center Lake are holding crappies, while Sunrise Lake continues to give up pike, bass, and panfish.


Trout action continues to be very good from the shorelines out to 300 feet of water where fish are being found suspended. Try Huntington, Manuel, and Pennington Chain pits for the best bite. Largemouth bass are hitting artificial baits in six to 12 feet of water at Serpent Lake, Rabbit Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Clearwater Lake. Look for smallmouths on the rocks at Serpent and Clearwater, as well as the Mississippi and Pine rivers. For panfish, give lakes such as Black, Ross, Bass, Little Rabbit, Greer, Adney, Bay, and Cedar a look in eight to 14 feet of water. Slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 14 feet of water at Serpent and Rabbit during the evening hours.


Leeches and crawlers on Lindy Rigs are producing walleyes on the Whitefish Chain in 24 to 35 feet. Bass fishing has been hot with spinnerbaits or plastics on the docks and weedlines. Look for pike on the weedlines and flats to be hitting sucker minnows under bobbers. Crappies are now suspending next to the established weedlines and sunfish remain along the shorelines of most lakes.


Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches on the 11- to 16-foot weedlines of Big Detroit Lake. The 11- to 20-foot weed edges of lakes Sallie, Melissa, Big Cormorant, and Middle Cormorant also have produced eyes. Sunfish have moved to the weedlines at Big Detroit, Melissa, Buck, and Little Cormorant. Look for suspended crappies over 18 feet at Big Cormorant, Little Cormorant, Big Detroit, and Sallie. Bass and pike remain active on most lakes, while Cowgirls have raised muskies at Big Detroit.


Look for bluegills in two feet of water and crappies in eight to 10 feet of water at Fish Lake and Rice Lake. Leeches are triggering walleyes in eight to 10 feet at Fish Lake and on the six- to 10-foot channel edges on the St. Louis River. Muskie anglers are reporting some follows at Island Lake and large chubs are the ticket for pike at Rice Lake. The north shore of Lake Superior is giving up lakers and cohos near the surface.


Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the weed edges of Green Lake and Blue Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 10 to 12 feet at Blue and Green. Look for sunfish along the shorelines of Green as well.


Present a leech in any manner over 10 to 26 feet and you'll catch eating-sized walleyes and plenty of big fish. Lakes such as Basswood, Burntside, Shagawa, or White Iron have all produced fish. Northern pike action is strong on the emerging weedlines of most lakes, but crappie reports remain limited.


The docks of lakes Amber, Hall, Budd, Sissiton, and George continue to hold crappies. Hall Lake is kicking out walleyes via leeches in 12 feet. George Lake is the area's best bass option, while Tuttle Lake and East Chain Lake are giving up northern pike and a few walleyes. On Fox Lake, anglers are catching bluegills, crappies, and catfish during the evening hours.


Leeches and fatheads are turning walleyes at Tom Lake in 10 to 12 feet and at Devils Fish Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Crankbaits have worked best at Devil's Track Lake and Elbow Lake in eight to 10 feet. On Seagull Lake and Lake Saganaga, slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes in 20 feet. Lake trout are being found suspended over 50 feet at Trout Lake, while Kimball Lake and Mink Lake are producing rainbow trout via crawlers. Trolling spoons has provided excellent pike action on Northern Lights Lake.


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers during the day in 18 to 24 feet or minnows and jigs during the evening hours in 10 to 12 feet. Better lakes this week have been Sugar, Wabana, Deer, Pokegama, and Trout. Sunfish and crappies are being found in less than six feet at Bass Lake, Wabana, North Star Lake, and Spider Lake. The weedlines of Shallow Lake are giving up good-sized pike and muskie anglers are reporting follows at Deer Lake and Moose Lake.


Walleyes and perch are coming off Woman Lake in 12 to 17 feet. Minnows are working best for walleyes on Ten Mile Lake in 16 to 20 feet and on Pine Mountain Lake in 14 feet. Lakes such as Ox Yoke, Pleasant, and Birch are worth noting for panfish in shallow water. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting on most lakes.


During the evening hours, walleyes, sauger, pike, and bass can be had in shallow water with slip bobbers and minnows. Midday action has been best in 22 to 28 feet with a jig and minnow or leech and Lindy Rig. Better areas this week have been Center Reef and the wind-driven sides of Harris, Ram, and Sheep islands. Some of the best pike reports are coming out of Mud, Daily, and Nebraska bays.


East -- During the evening hours, slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes on the 20-foot gravel past Hennepin Island. Midday hours have been best on the mud with crankbaits or Lindy Rigs and leeches in 24 to 30 feet look to the Nine Mile and Sliver as safe bets. Smallmouths are hitting tubes or crankbaits on the rocks.

West -- The mud flats are giving up walleyes in 24 to 28 feet during the evening hours and in 26 to 32 feet after dark via slip bobbers and leeches. During the day Lindy Rigs and leeches are producing most fish with the Five Mile, Seven Mile, and Curley's Flat most active. There's also been some night action with Shad Raps on the weedlines of St. Alban's Bay.


Everything seems to be weedline-related with walleyes coming from the 18- to 24-foot weedlines. Look for pike on top of the weed flats in 15 feet of water and crappies on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines. Sunfish action remains strong in shallow water and bass are hitting most anything in less than six feet of water.


Jigs, Lindy Rigs, spinners, minnows, and leeches are producing limits of walleyes in no time. Work the Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island areas in 14 to 32 feet. At the Morris Point area, spinners and leeches are working best in 12 to 14 feet. The Clementson Rapids area of the Rainy River is a safe bet for smallmouth bass and pike. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being caught in eight to 17 feet around Oak Island and Flag Island.



s some evening walleye action with leeches and crawlers in seven feet on the Two Mile Bar, Four Mile Bar, and in Miller's Bay. Sunfish have moved to the reeds and sandy shorelines. Crappie reports are limited, but bass and pike remain an easy catch in the weeds.


Five-foot Lindy Rigs and inflated crawlers are producing walleyes in 14 to 22 feet during low-light periods. Key on the sand, gravel, and mud areas early and late in the day. Some muskies are being seen along the shorelines with topwater or small hair baits raising a few fish.


Walleyes are now hitting leeches and crawlers on the main-lake bars such as Bena, Big Muskie, Sugar, and Snaghole. With a good wind or during low-light periods, Little Stoney Point is worth hitting with a jig and minnow in seven to nine feet. Perch action has slowed and northern pike remain active on top of the bars.


Shiners and leeches are producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on most main-lake structured areas. Crankbaits also have triggered walleyes during the evening hours off the points. Look for panfish to be moving along the weedlines in most bays and muskie action remains spotty.


Bass action remains strong on most lakes with German, Madison, and Washington standing out. Look for walleyes to be hitting Lindy Rigs and leeches in 14 feet at Washington, while Rattle Traps continue to turn walleyes on the weedlines of Madison. The bays on lakes Washington and Madison remain safe bets for panfish during midday hours.


Minnows continue to trigger walleyes in 14 to 20 feet in Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy Lake. The weedlines of all lakes are holding bass and northern pike, both of which have bit on artificial and live bait. The shorelines and shallow weeds of Big Sandy and Lake Minnewawa are producing sunfish.


Trolling crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet near Hartford Beach and Mallard Point on Big Stone Lake has produced walleyes. White bass also have bit well throughout Big Stone. Crankbaits have produced walleyes on Lake Traverse and Artichoke Lake during the evening hours in eight to 10 feet. The south end of Artichoke is worth noting for crappies as well. On Oliver Lake, trolling spinners and crawlers has turned walleyes in 10 to 12 feet.


There's some evening walleye action in 16 to 18 feet with leeches and crawlers at Potato Lake, Lake Belle Taine, Eagle Lake, and Lake George. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Big Mantrap Lake are holding crappies and waxworms are producing bluegills throughout the Crow Wing Chain in six to eight feet. Big Mantrap and Belle Taine are providing consistent smallmouth and largemouth bass action and sucker minnows are turning pike in 10 feet at Fish Hook Lake.


The main-lake reefs are now producing better walleye action during the day in 30 to 35 feet. During low-light periods, you can slide up in shallower water with minnows and find walleyes in Sand Bay and Black Bay. Large minnows are producing pike in the American Narrows and smallmouth bass continue to hit on the Canadian side.


Spinners and leeches are now producing consistent walleye action in five to eight feet. The "Popples" area has been most consistent. The south shore humps and rocks are giving up crappies via small jigs and minnows. The Tamarack River area seems to give up a few big pike every week.


Long-lining crankbaits in 10 to 18 feet on the Maiden Rock Flats and Warrentown areas just outside Lake Pepin has produced walleyes and sauger. The rock piles in Pepin are worth noting for smallmouth bass and an occasional walleye. Work the docks in Baypoint Park for bluegills and crappies.


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on the shallow weed edges of Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Look to Horseshoe Lake for northern pike in 10 to 12 feet. Bass and sunfish remain very active in the shallows of most lakes. The Sauk River Chain is a safe bet for channel catfish.


Sunfish are being found on the shorelines at Lake Villard, Sauk Lake, Little Birch, and Fairy Lake. Look for crappies in the shallow reeds of Sauk and Big Birch Lake. Shiners or leeches are producing walleyes in the weeds of McCormick Lake, in 28 feet on Little Birch, and in 12 to 16 feet of water at Maple Lake. Sucker minnows are the ticket for pike in eight to 15 feet of water at Big Birch and on the 10- to 12- foot weedlines of Sauk.


Walleyes continue to hit live bait in eight to 14 feet on Lake Minnewaska. Look to Reno Lake in 14 feet and Lake Mary in 12 to 14 feet for walleyes during the evening hours. Spinnerbaits are producing numbers of bass throughout Minnewaska. Panfish action also remains consistent on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska in 12 to 15 feet.


NORTHEAST METRO -- The St. Croix River continues to provide the area's best walleye action in 20 to 30 feet. Look for panfish and bass in the shallow weeds of lakes Peltier, Centerville, Jane, White Bear, and Big Carnelian. Muskie anglers are seeing a few fish, but most are reluctant to hit. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Big Marine Lake.

WEST METRO -- Large sucker minnows are triggering flathead catfish in the Carver area of the Minnesota River. Sunfish are biting in two to five feet on Hydes Lake and Lake Minnewashta. Northern pike and bass action is going strong on the weedlines of Steiger Lake and Lake Auburn.

LAKE WACONIA -- Sunfish action remains strong along the shorelines and the weedlines of Waconia Bay are holding good-sized bass. Look for pike to be hitting minnows in the swimming beach area. There's an evening walleye bite on the east side of Kegg's Reef with leeches in 18 to 20 feet.


The shallow weed edges of Lake Francis are holding crappies. DNR Bay on Lake Tetonka and the shallow weedlines of Big Jefferson Lake are safe bets for sunfish. Tetonka also is giving up a few walleyes in 15 to 17 feet and Lake Sakatah is the area's best northern pike option.


Diamond Lake is giving up walleyes in 10 feet via leeches. Leeches also have worked well in 30 to 40 feet at Green Lake and in 15 to 30 feet at Eagle Lake. On Willmar/Foot Lake, pike, panfish, and walleyes are scattered in four to 20 feet. Look to the deep weedlines of Florida Lake for walleyes during the evening hours. Sunfish and bass remain shallow on all lakes.

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