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- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)
6-27-Walleyes are biting on Ottertail, West Battle Lake, Clitherall. West Battle Lake and Clitherall are mostly early morning or evening using leeches on snell hooks in about 20-30 feet of water. On Ottertail they are biting most of the day in 10-20 feet of water using leeches on plain hook snells (no spinners). Panfish and crappies: 15 foot weedlines are where the bigger ones are coming out of. Lakea to try are West Battle, East Battle, Clitherall, Silver. Use nightcrawlers or wax worms for the panfish and crappie minnows for the crappies. Bass: pitch jigs and minnows in the weeds or through spinner baits, plastic frogs etc.. Lakes to try are Donald Lake, West Battle, Silver Lake, Johnson Lake, Stalker Lake. Northerns: Fish 15 to 20" weedlines with sucker minnows on snells or using spoons. Lakes to try are Donald, Ottertail, West Battle.
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Dave, 117 E Benton St, corner of Hwy 75 and 14 (507-368-4204)
- Timberline Sport & Tackle
Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd. (218-835-4636)
Blackduck Lake has been producing walleyes in 10-14 feet of water. Gull and Island lakes are also good bets for some walleye action. Evening hours have been best. Gilstead, Pimushe and Gull lakes are producing crappies and bluegills in shallow water. Stop in for bait and info!
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Toby Kvalevog and Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)
6-27-Well not a whole lot has changed since last week, but we are starting to see some areas of the lake pick back up when it comes to a walleye bite. Lets start with the Main lake.
Main Lake - Fish are still be caught on the reefs such as Huddles, Variety, North Bar, Fletchers, and Big Rock Reef, but don't be afraid to go off searching for some of the endless amounts of secondary reefs or bars or the ones without names. 14-20ft of water has been the best depth range pulling bottom bouncers and spinners with leeches or crawlers. Trolling crankbaits such as a #7 Shad Rap also has produced fish at times. If the wind is blowing move more towards the tops of the reefs and don't be afraid to fish FAST.
West End of the Lake and Walker Bay - The west end of the lake has seem some good fishing off the of the windblown points such as Pine, Duck, and Little Stoney in the past week in 6-10ft of water. Also the flats around Goose Island in 9-14ft of water has produced. Lindy rigs with crawlers or leeches and a 4-6ft snell has been best going .4-.8mph. In Walker Bay, shoreline breaks either 9-15ft of water or 20-25ft of water has been the best with crawlers or minnows. Some of the humps or points have also produced some fish.
With the large amount bait in the system, the best piece of advice I can give you if you are struggling is get more active, fish fast, and force the reaction bite. The walleyes have short feeding windows right now and you have to provoke them into biting.
Also other lakes in the area such as Cass, Ten Mile and Woman are showing promising bites at times for not only walleyes, but also great smallmouth and largemouth action. The area is full of these great lakes to check out.
If you are looking to get out on Leech or an area lake be sure to give us a call. July and August are booking up fast.
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)
North Lindstrom and the channel on Chisago are producing crappies and sunfish in shallow water. Walleyes are biting on Chisago and Green lakes in 15-17 feet of water. If you are looking for pike and bass, try the shallow weeds of area lakes. Give us a call for more details!
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)
Walleyes have been biting on minnows on Island Lake and on the St Louis River. Fish and Rice lakes have been producing walleyes using leeches. Start at about 10-12 feet of water for the walleyes. Coho salmon and lake trout are on fire on Lake Superior. Try spoons and stickbaits.
- Babe's Bait and Tackle - BabesBaitEly.com
500 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, MN, first business on the left as you are entering town of Ely from the west on Hwy 169 (218-365-6930)
6-27-The walleye fishing has slowed somewhat, and it could possibly be attributed the the dramatic weather swings that we've been experiencing the past couple of weeks. However, there are still anglers out there managing to get their fair share of fish. Although it may be uncomfortable sitting in the rain on a windswept lake, the fish that are biting seem to be drawn to the turbulent waters of the windblown shores. The water there is oxegen rich due to the agitation of the wave action, and there are an abundance of particulate matter and micro organisms present in the water which draws the bait fish in. The bass are also drawn to these same areas to get in on the action. This is one of those scenarios where soft baits such as tubes and swimbaits can really shine. A good many walleyes are falling for these same tactics as reported by the bass fishermen.Using these tools allow you to cover a lot more water quickly, which equates to more fish being hooked. Pike anglers too are discovering the benefits of soft bait tipped spinners and jigs. Manufacturers are now producing copious amounts of soft baits in every imaginable style. Some impressive lake trout have been caught in and around the Ely area. Maybe more anglers are starting to dicover just how much fun these scrappy fish are. When you hook one of these eight to fifteen pound fish on a medium action rod, you really have to hang on as they make some reel smoking runs.
- Fish On Bait & Sport www.habitatnow.com
Kyle, 201 S Franklin St, 2 blocks south of stoplights in Glenwood (320-634-3667)
Call Kyle for a report.
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Jim Tuller, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
Drop everything and get on the lake! The bite has been hot for many species the last week and should continue into the next few weeks!
Walleyes can be had with multiple different techniques - the jig and minnow combo is still producing as well as the lindy rig with a leech or crawler. A great way to find the walleyes is to pull spinner rigs or cranks until you find fish then sit on them with the jig or lindy rig.
Bass fishing has been good as fish are still up shallow in the emerging weeds and on their way out to the weedlines to recooperate from the spawn.
Pike can be found on top of the weedbeds or on the outside. Spinnerbaits, jigs or sucker minnows produce well this time of year.
Panfish can still be found in the shallows in and around the inside weedlines and bullrush edges. They have started the weedbed / deep movement for the year so if shallow fish cannot be located, slowly work your way out in the deeper weed growth.
Most importantly, have fun out there and enjoy the beauty that Minnesota pocesses in the summer months!
- Gateway Store kabfishingreport.com - gatewaygeneral.com
Phil & Ellen Hart, US Hwy 53 & Co Rd 122, 30 miles south of Int'l Falls-Canadian border (218-875-2121)
6-27- Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 6-27-16
Summer blessings have arrived, sun, bugs, storms, but most of all beautiful long summer days with beautiful foliage, abundant wildlife and sunsets to die for.
Fishing has had many ups and downs, but the field is leveling out as I write. The sauger and perch bite has moved from the shallows to deeper waters and finally the walleye bite has turned the corner with many fish being caught between 18’ to 22’ low sun and down to 30’+ on the bright sunny part of the day.
Structure-wise the soft bottom area of the lake is providing the best action now with the advent of mayflies. Walleyes and other species favor the larvae that come off the warm soft lake bottom and await them on the bottom and up the water column 3 or so feet. Folks are using various presentations, mostly leeches and crawlers. A slip sinker(Lindy Rig), bottom bouncers, and ball head jigs or rigs with spinner blades at a slow speed.
Northern pike still quite active and pesky as you try catching other species, so stay alert! Smallmouth less likely to be feeding on mayflies as they feast on crayfish on rocky shorelines and rockpile edges. Spinner baits and crayfish baits working well for them.
Anglers targeting the big pike, bring out the big stick baits, week edges, channels and especially bays with inflow or out flow currents will hold this population.
It’s also a good time of year to troll lures, keep them near the bottom or within a couple feet pulling them along shorelines for plenty of action, again all species hit these.
Lake temperatures near mid 70s on the surface, this means the eyes will start migrating to the reef structures as summer moves along.
BINGO on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the “Town” Hall, many National Park programs offered at the Visitor Centers and at Camp Woodenfrog as well as the Very Best Sightseeing nature has to offer.
Start Making Plans,
Crabby Phil & Ellen Hart
LAKE OF THE WOODS
- Lake of the Woods Area Tourism Bureau - www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com
near Junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 172 in Baudette, (1-800-382-FISH)
6-27- Fishing continues to be strong. Despite some summer weather systems moving through this past week, anglers still catching fish. Pulling spinners working the best. 8-17 feet while pulling spinners tipped with a crawler or leech. Anchoring and jigging with a minnow on reefs in 14-30 feet is also producing walleyes. Report of schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet. Gold and silver jigs and spinners were best.
On the Rainy River, some walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Although the rain hasn't helped clarity some fish are still being caught. Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes. Most anglers fishing the lake. Great smallmouth bass fishing continues.
Up at the NW Angle, resorts and guides are finding walleyes in 18' to 30' targeting areas in the mud near transitional areas. Pulling spinners tipped with a minnow, crawler or leech or 1/4 ounce jigs in pink and gold while tipped with a minnow. Lots of muskies caught and released. Smallmouth bass and pike prevalent. Resorts, guides, and local events at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)
6-27-Leech Lake is going strong, you can put your jig box away for a while and pull out your riggings supplies /and shad raps. Leeches and red/green beads are working great. Night crawlers on a slow death hook with a little air is working great also. some blades are ok also. Shad raps to cover ground and get aggressive fish. Muskie and pike are very active with the warmer water. Small buc tails are working great! Sunfish and crappies are done spawning and should be hanging in the shallows. Overall the bite has been great. Evening time is lots of fun anchoring up and using slip bobbers! Come enjoy Leech Lake with us!
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - (320-630-1761)
6-28-Mille Lacs big walleyes are biting on the mud flats. Work the edges for big walleyes. On windy days, anglers are bobber fishing the rocks with leeches. Seven-mile and eight-mile reporting some big 27-29 inchers being caught and released. Anglers are using spinners with crawlers and minnows. Smallies are on fire, hitting tube jigs, cranks and some spinners, moving deeper now. Look to Garrison Reef and the points. On Indian Point, senkos and tube jigs working best. Platte, Sullivan, Shakopee and Ann lakes are producing panfish, walleyes and nice pike.
Call Chris for an up to the minute report or listen Saturday nights for his weekly podcast report or on iHeart Radio. Small boat guide trips are available with Chris and Dickie's has some launch openings. It's been a great summer so far, and it is only going to get better. Call Chris to talk fishing reports!
MILLE LACS, AITKIN, BRAINERD LAKES
- Jeff Hanson's Guide Service
Mille Lacs is still producing fish! Roach rigs/leeches have been the best presentation on the mud flats. Use your electronics to find schools of fish along the edges of the flats. Some days they will be on the top edge in 25-27', other days they'll be in the 30-34' range. Many fish in the 24-27" range each day and just in the last week lot's of smaller 10-14" fish are also showing up on the mid lake flats.
Pike action has been hot in the bays over the upcoming weed beds in the 11-14' range. You can use sucker minnows and bobbers, troll Husky Jerks, or pitch jigs and Impulse plastics.
Smallmouth action has been good on the rock reefs in the 6-12' range on both Rapala Rattlin' Raps and X-Raps.
The Brainerd lakes like Gull, North Long are producing lots of action for walleyes, bass and pike on the weedlines in 14'17'. Walleye action has been best in the mornings. Roach rigs with minnow and leeches are working. Also pitching jigs into the weeds has been crushing the pike and bass.
As always, call for up to the date reports or to inquire on available days. 4, 6 and 8 hour trips available.
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)
Lake Minnetonka has been producing weedline walleyes. Anglers are using crankbaits and minnows with the best luck. On Minnetonka pike, crappies and sunfish have also been biting in 8-10 feet of water. Minnows are also working well for walleyes on Independence. Most area lakes are producing sunfish. Call us for daily updates!
MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
6-27- Walleyes on the St. Croix are hitting various baits from crankbaits, crawlers, leeches, and minnows in depths from 18 to 28 feet. Some good-sized walleyes are being caught and these fish are in the 21 to 24 inch range. Saugers hit well in July and found deeper than walleyes many of these delicious fish are perfect eating size in the 14 to 17 inch range. Good colors for walleye are white/silver, blues, and chartreuse, as well as firetiger. Spinner blades in silver are productive as well. Smallmouth are hitting lures presented deeper than previous weeks and depths from 8 to 18 feet are holding these hard fighting fish (in fact they fight stronger as the water warms). Smallmouth are caught on jigs, leeches, plastic worms and crankbaits. White bass are not schooling up on the surface, hopefully that changes - but we have not seen the massive schools surface feeding for at least six years. Catfish activity traditionally picks up in July as do the Muskie. River water is clear and the elevation above sea level is 678 feet.
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Nathan, Josh, www.smokeyhills.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
6-25-Walleye- Swimming around the weed lines in 18-22ft of water looking for a plain Gamakatsu “Walleye Snell” or a Northland “Pro Walleye” either paired with a large leech, shiner, or redtail.
Northern- Sitting in the thickest structure build-up like timber, lily pads, and cabbage weeds in about 6-12 feet of water, on the hunt for something big and slow for an easy meal. Tie on a Northland “Bionic Bucktail” in either ¾ or 1 ½ oz or a Northland “Reed Runner” spinnerbait for a fun and easy afternoon.
Bass- Out a little deeper than last week due to the immense amount of warm weather. Still looking for structure to lay in such as deep growing pencil reeds, cabbage, and lily pads. Tie on a VMC “Heavy Duty Wide Gap” hook and pair it with a Big Bite “Trick Stick”. Texas Rig or Wacky Worm will both work.
Crappie/Sunfish- Looking for the Minnesota “Tick-It” in regular or glow. Swimming through the thicker cabbage, lily pads, and deeper docks in about 10-16 feet of water. Fisherman are also having really good luck on the glow ants tipped with either a crappie minnow, waxworm, or small leech for best luck at filling the bucket!
- Wheaton Service & Bait www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400)
Lake Traverse has turned on and all the fish are hungry! Walleye, Pike Monster Catfish, White Bass. You name it, it's eatin! Stop on in to Wheaton Service for all your Lake Traverse bait and tackle needs. Wheaton Service also offers guided fishing packages for Walleye, Catfish, or maybe you just want to go catch fish in general. Or guides WILL put you on the fish! All full day guiding outings come with a shore lunch! Give us a call 320-563-1400 or check out Wheaton Service on facebook. Neighbor Steve, owner Wheaton Service and Service Liquor. Take a Kid Fishing!
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)
|Andrew Bandelin & 6-yr old Shaun Bandelin
with a basket full of Sunfish & Crappies!
Sunfish and crappies continued to bite very well. We saw plenty of filled fish baskets , with many having success fishing in 4 to 10 feet of water by the north side of Coney Island, the south shore below the cemetery, the reeds on the northwest side of the lake (trim up when going there as there are scattered shallow rocks) and by the Rock Dock and Carp Trap, among many other areas.
The bass season opened up this past weekend as well, with much success. Wide varieties of sizes have been reported caught. Anglers have been catching them in some of the same areas as the panfish, as well as off weedlines of reefs while fishing walleye. Live bait like leeches and crawlers are obvious go-to baits, but if you’re into using artificials, lures like Spinnerbaits, Power Worms, Jigs and Topwater are all fun to use right now!
|Daniel Totzke with a 25" Walleye!
As for the walleye, the bite has continued to be good for those fishing early morning or early evening and after dusk. During low-light hours, you can still find them in less than 12 feet of water, jigging or slip bobber fishing. Fishing in 14 to 20 feet of water has worked for those fishing late afternoon or early evening. Fatheads have been the popular bait of choice the past week, as there is a lesser chance to get bothered by the sunfish. Leeches and crawlers are great too, but expect a lot of nibbles by the active sunfish.
Keep in mind, as of last year muskies in Minnesota have to be over 54 inches to keep. If you’re lucky enough hook into one, if it’s under 54, do what you can to get it released back in the water as soon as you can to be caught another time, as muskies are very sensitive fish after a long battle on the line.
Our Summer Hours are now in effect! We are now open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm, and on Saturdays & Sundays from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm. We had plenty of families out renting our pontoons and fishing boats this weekend! Keep in mind, if you’re looking to get on Lake Waconia for an easy, fun time at the lake, give us a call at (952) 442-2096 to reserve your day at the lake on one of our boats! Click the following link to learn our prices and policies… http://intownemarina.com/Pontoon&BoatRental.htm
See you on the lake!
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, email@example.com, (218-327-2312)
The weather has been excellent and the fishing has been good. With the shiners starting to hit the shorelines to spawn on Big Winnie, look for the walleyes to move shallow during the day. A jig and shiner has been producing along Mallard, Sugar, and Raven’s Points. When there is no wind hit the deeper breaks along Highbanks and the north shore. Leeches and rigs have also been good choices and as the water warms it may be time to bring all three (shiners, leeches, and crawlers). Other areas of the lake that have been producing are Little Stony and the Bird houses on the South end. After hours anglers trolling Shad Raps along shoreline as well. See you on the water.