LAKE MILLE LACS
East -- A jig and minnow is producing perch in Isle Bay and Wahkon Bay in nine to 14 feet. There's some evening walleye action with shallow- running crankbaits on the three- to five-foot rocks. Muskie and smallmouth bass reports have been limited.
West -- Walleye reports remain limited to a few fish being caught on the mud flats or shoreline breaks at night. There was a better perch bite this week off the rock points in nine to 12 feet with minnows. Northern pike action remains strong in St. Alban's Bay with minnows in 10 to 12 feet. Muskie anglers continue to struggle throughout the lake.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes and northern pike are hitting minnows in 19 to 25 feet in the Lighthouse Gap. As the shiner minnow run continues into the Rainy River, walleye action is improving. The best reports are coming from jig and minnow anglers in 17 to 19 feet. At the Northwest Angle, a gold jig and chub is providing numbers of walleyes, perch, and crappies around Oak Island. Muskie activity also has increased at the Angle.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The "trench" in Steamboat Bay, Bear Island, and Walker Narrows are all kicking out good-sized perch. A jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes in 12 to 14 feet near Star Island, Little Hardwoods, Big Hardwoods, and First Duck Point. There's an evening walleye bite with Shad Raps on the West Goose Flats as well.
During the day, you'll find walleyes on the eight- to 15-foot weedlines and at night crankbaits are working in the channels. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are triggering northern pike on top of the 10- to 12-foot weeds. Pitch big jigs in the weed pockets for bass and sunfish can be had in less than 10 feet.
A vertically presented jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the 32- to 38-foot reefs. Walleyes and crappies can be had in Sand Bay and the American Narrows in 34 to 38 feet. Look to Black Bay for crappies in shallower water.
Walleyes are hitting on the north-end shoreline breaks in six to eight feet. Little Stoney Point also has produced walleyes in seven to nine feet. Work Raven's Point and Mallard Point on the west side for walleyes in six to 10 feet. A jig and minnow is now your best option. Perch and northern pike reports are limited.
The Mississippi River is giving up walleyes and catfish via minnows. Muskie action remains strong with sucker minnows and quick-strike rigs on the weedlines of White Bear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. Northern pike and bass remain active on the remaining weed edges of Lake Jane, Silver Lake, Big Marine Lake, and Demonterville Lake.
You'll find crappies in 10 feet to the left of the access on Hydes Lake. Christmas Lake is giving up three-to-a-pound sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Minnows or spoons are safe bets for northern pike at Pierson Lake and Lake Auburn in six to 10 feet. Walleye action is slow on the Minnesota River, but the small catfish remain active.
Crankbaits or jigs and minnows are producing some walleyes on the north side of the island and Kegg's Reef. The best muskie action is taking place on the northwest corner shoreline with topwater baits. Bass and panfish continue to be found on the mid-depth weed edges.
Look for walleyes on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona in 40 to 60 feet. The weedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain also are producing walleyes via minnows. Crappie and sunfish are hitting in 10 to 12 feet of water on lakes Darling, Geneva, and Carlos. Occasional muskies are taken off Lobster Lake and Miltona with CowGirls. Bass are an easy catch on most lakes along the mid-depth weedlines.
Walleyes are hitting minnows and crawlers in 12 to 20 feet on Granite Lake, Cedar Lake, Sugar Lake, and Clearwater Lake. Northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of Cedar and Clearwater. Panfish and bass reports are limited.
Walleye action is going strong on Rush Lake, Walker Lake, East Battle Lake, Blanche Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and West Battle Lake in 17 to 22 feet during the day and in six to 11 feet at night. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on lakes such as Clitherall, Long, and West Battle. Look for consistent bass action at Stalker Lake, Fish Lake, and West Battle. Suspended crappies are being found over 17 to 23 feet on West Battle and Clitherall, while sunfish can be had at Deer Lake, Clitherall, Blanche, Rush, and Stalker in six to 10 feet. Sucker minnows and bobbers are working best for muskies near the docks on West Battle.
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 17 to 20 feet on Lake Bemidji, Cass Lake, Lake Andrusia, and Lake Plantagenet. A few muskies are hitting bucktails at night on Bemidji and Plantagenet in shallow water.
Redtails or rainbow minnows are working best for walleyes on Gull Lake and North Long Lake in 20 to 35 feet. Crappies are being found suspended on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of most small lakes and northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows on the remaining weed edges. Bass are hitting crankbaits or spinnerbaits on most lakes in 10 to 12 feet.
CROSS LAKE AREA
Walleyes continue to bite, but at a slower pace this week. The best option is a Lindy Rig and redtail in 28 to 34 feet of water on Pelican Lake, Upper Whitefish Lake, and Middle Whitefish Lake. Spinner rigs and small sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 24 to 28 feet of water on the Whitefish Chain. Most area lakes and rivers are producing smallmouth bass on shallow-running crankbaits. Look for crappies and sunfish to be suspended on the 14-foot weedlines.
The Highbanks area of Fish Lake is producing crappies in 10 feet. A jig and chub is turning walleyes at Boulder Lake in eight to 10 feet. Look for northern pike on Rice Lake in four feet and large minnows continue to work best for muskies on the reefs of Island Lake.
Minnows or spinnerbaits are producing northern pike in six to 12 feet on Kego Lake and Blue Lake. There's an evening walleye bite with a jig and minnow on the 12- to 15-foot humps of West Fox Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet on Eagle Lake.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Minnows are producing walleyes on Crescent Lake in 20 to 25 feet, Homer Lake in 35 feet, Lake Saganaga in 35 to 40 feet, and on Devil's Track Lake in 15 feet. Rainbow trout are hitting crawlers at 40 feet on Trout Lake and in 12 feet on Kimball Lake.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappie action is strong on Splithand Lake and Lake Pokegama in 20 feet and on Jay Gould Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish in 18 to 22 feet at Big and Little Cutfoot. Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on Bowstring Lake in nine feet, Trout Lake in 14 to 18 feet, Sugar Lake and Pokegama in 12 to 15 feet, and on Big Cutfoot in 12 feet.
Anglers are hooking walleyes with minnows in 25 to 35 feet along the wind-driven shorelines. Sucker minnows are triggering northern pike over 15 to 25 feet in Daily Bay, Nebraska Bay, and Lost Bay. A few crappies have been caught, but there isn't much consistency in the bite.
Bigger minnows are attracting bigger walleyes from the shallow weed edges out to deep water. Weeds and weed edges are the ticket for muskies with a variety of presentations working throughout the day.
The Highway 75 dam on the Minnesota River is producing walleyes and crappies. On Big Stone Lake, a jig and minnow is turning a few walleyes along the shorelines near Schmidt's Landing.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes continue to hit minnows on Fish Hook Lake, Upper Bottle, and Lower Bottle lakes in 24 feet of water. Northern pike also are hitting minnows in 10 feet of water on the Crow Wing Chain. Look for bluegills in eight feet of water on Fish Hook and the Crow Wing Chain.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Sunfish and crappies are hitting in six to 10 feet on lakes such as Becker, Browns, Eden, Cedar Island, and Koronis. Walleyes are hitting minnows from the shorelines out to 14 feet on Koronis and Rice Lake.
Walleyes are hitting minnows during the day on Lake Minnewaska in 20 to 25 feet. The evening crankbait bite remains slow on Minnewaska, but a few can be had at night on Lake Reno in seven to 10 feet.
Walleyes are hitting minnows and crawlers in 20 to 30 feet on Green Lake. Eagle Lake is producing sunfish and walleyes in 10 to 20 feet, you'll find panfish and walleyes in 15 feet or less on Diamond Lake, and some walleyes in shallow water on Big Kandi Lake. On Willmar Lake, anglers fishing from shore near the culverts are hooking panfish during the day and a few walleyes at night.