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MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 7-28-15
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - Update Weekly
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 7-25-15
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 7-27-15
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 7-27-15

Northeast Minnesota
International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

The walleye bite is hot on Rainy Lake, with anglers taking fish by jigging, slowly-trolling and drifting with a spinner rig. Most anglers are using leeches and crawlers at the submerged humps west of the Brule Narrows. Northern pike have also been active. There have been good smallmouth bass reports coming from anglers pre-fishing for the upcoming bass tournaments. On the Rainy River, the main focus is the sturgeon season now underway. With a sturgeon tag, you may keep one sturgeon that measures either 45- to 50-inches or over 75-inches. For the most action, find a deep hole and drop a hook tipped with worms nearly to the bottom. The walleye bite on the Rainy River has been best in 15-20 feet of water from late afternoon to evening hours. Visitors will also want to take advantage of the abundant blueberries this year -- raspberries are also ripe and plentiful in the area. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org


Walleye action was sporadic last week on Lake Kabetogama, with large fish more common than keepers. By the end of the week, the bite was on the upswing. Anglers familiar with using slip sinker rigs with leeches or crawlers had the most success. Trolling walleye lures through 12-18 foot depths has also been productive. Depending on the day, spinners, plain hooks, and colored hooks with leeches or crawlers should produce fish during morning and evening hours. It’s been hard to pinpoint one method that is clearly best. Come prepared with several bait choices, keep the bait fresh, alternate frequently and have several locations in mind. Work the windblown shorelines and vary your boat speed until you find what works. Lots of large walleye and jumbo perch have been reported, along with an increase in sauger action. Northern pike and bass anglers have had the most success when fishing the deep weed edges, trolling lures, and tossing crank baits up to the weedlines and shorelines. 800-524-9085; www.kabetogama.com

Duluth - Lake Superior and inland waters

Water temperatures are now into the high 70s and fish are in their summer patterns. Lake Superior fish are in the deep water under the comfort of the cool thermocline. Walleye have been uncooperative lately, but the bluegill and bass are on fire. Jigs tipped with live bait have been a great way to catch most species, including walleye. For the most bass, top water lures such as buzz baits, hula poppers and jitter bugs are best. Inland Twin Ports waters have given up the most fish, especially at the deeper weed transitions and shade/structure. Another fish that puts up a great fight this time of year are river catfish. The best presentation is just some night crawlers worked from shore. Please remember that these warm water and air temperatures can easily lead to unnecessary fish mortality. Please use great care when handling catch-and-release fish, and return them to the water as quickly as possible! 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Grand Rapids

Fishing for walleye has been good on most area lakes with fish responding to nightcrawlers, leeches, and redtail chubs. Bass fishing on Pokegama, Trout, Loon, and Turtle lakes has been excellent, especially for anglers using deeper presentations such as a drop-shots, jig-worms, and tube-worms on the deep weedlines and rock pile edges. Panfishing has been good, with bluegills and crappies cooperating along the deep weedlines. For the most fish, use small tubes or micro jigs with a small piece of worm. www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota
Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Lake of the Woods walleye are being caught by anglers jigging, drifting with spinners, and trolling crank baits. Nice limits are being reported, with catches consisting of a mix of walleye, sauger, with some jumbo perch. Graceton Beach, Zippel Bay, and Gull Rock are giving up fish in depths of 10-18 feet, and 29-32 feet. Some anglers are doing well to the north at Garden, Knight, and Bridges islands in 15-23 feet of water over the rubble and off the points. The best colors are hammered gold and pink when tipped with minnows or crawlers. On the Rainy River, the “keep one” sturgeon season is on for anglers that have a sturgeon tag. Sturgeon that can be kept must measure either 45- to 50-inches, or more than 75-inches. Anglers are having the most success when anchoring in 20 feet of water and dropping a 5/0 circle hook with a gob of crawlers and a 3- to 4-ounce no-roll sinker in the deep pockets. Walleye anglers are doing best during afternoon and evening hours in 16-19 feet of water. Up at the Northwest Angle, reef fishing has arrived! Walleye anglers using bottom bouncers and gold spinners in 26-30 feet of water are having the most success, especially at Little Oak and the Four Blocks. A florescent colored jig tipped with a frozen shiner should also work well. Muskie anglers are catching and releasing nice fish measuring over 50-inches. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com


Lake Bemidji and many other area lakes have taken on a distinct green tint due to an algae bloom caused by soaring surface water temperatures. This type of algae bloom does not float on the surface. Instead it adds a green tint to the water which reduces light penetration and visibility enough to allow light-sensitive species such as walleye to feed more comfortably during the day. In these lakes, fish often feed on top of the weed flats and on top of humps with the right depth. Walleye in the clearer lakes tend to use deeper waters, and they are less likely to feed extensively during the day. Northern pike, however, will bite throughout the day, in most conditions, and on a variety of presentations. Anglers sometimes forget how good they are to eat -- just take out the “Y-bones” or pickle them like herring. Perch and bass are also active during the day. Perch prefer the shallow flats where they can find crayfish and minnows, while bass often use the shallowest, heaviest cover in the lakes. 800-458-2223; www.visitbemidji.com

Bena -Lake Winnibigoshish

On Lake Winnibigoshish, walleye anglers willing to cover a bit more water are doing well. Spinners and live bait are working best, especially at the flats on top of the main lake bars. To keep some of the small perch off the line, it’s best to troll spinners with crawlers or leeches through 13-15 foot depths at 1.5- to 2.3-mph. Look for scattered weed beds forming on the deeper flats at Center, Long and Horseshoe bars. The main lake shore breaks in 12-14 feet of water also have weed beds that should be holding fish. There are several smaller windows when the bite is good this time of the year. Perch are active, with the larger fish coming from the deeper drops off the humps and main lake bars. The northern pike bite remains good, especially with the strong weed growth. Troll spoons or crank baits just over or just outside of the weeds for these fish. Crappies can be found at the edges of the coon tail beds or scattered cabbage clumps. For the most action, head out just before dark and slowly retrieve a 2-inch twister tail set about 4 feet below a bobber. Lots of sunfish are hitting small pieces of worms or waxworms. The most productive lakes have been Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux, Six Mile, Round, and Ball club. www.lakewinnie.net

Walker - Leech Lake

Leech Lake walleye anglers are finding it difficult to stay on top of hungry fish since a wide variety of food is abundant, including the young-of-the-year hatch. Depending on the weather, fish can be as shallow as eight feet of water on a windy day, and down 30 feet at the Walker Bay humps on a calm day. Trolling or drifting with a spinner rig and extra-long lindy rig is best to cover a lot of water while searching to find scattered walleye. Pulling crank baits along sand flats, rocky structure and on the edges of weed beds early in the morning and late in the evening is very good tactic this time of year. On the east end of Leech Lake, the rocks continue to produce fish for anglers by pulling crank baits or bottom bouncers with a spinner rig. On the west side, trolling or drifting the middle of Sucker Bay, Grand Vu Flats and the Goose Island Flats has been successful. The walleye are scattered so covering a lot of water will help put fish in the boat. 800-833-1118; www.leech-lake.com

Remer Area Lakes

Expect to find the walleye, crappies and sunnies in their normal summer patterns now that the water temperature are in the mid-70s. Use a lindy rig with a leech or crawler in depths of 10-16 feet of water along the weedlines for the most walleye, with fish also coming from depths of 16-25 feet of water. This method enables for slow-moving bait that will help you catch walleye. In the deeper waters, look for structure such as humps, rock piles, etc. Crappies are being pulled from the weed edges on beetle spins worked in 10-15 feet of water; consider fishing for them with a bobber, jig and minnow within the broadleaf weed beds. Sunfish can also be found in the broadleaf weed beds in depths of 8-12 feet of water. For lots of sunnies, use a bobber, jig and worm. 218-566-1680; www.remerchamber.com

Detroit Lakes Area Lakes

Walleye are spread out on Detroit Lakes’ area lakes. Some fish are coming from the shallows where they are foraging on young of the year perch. Shallow-water crank baits, spinners, and jigs are working well for these fish. Some walleye are coming from the deep water transition areas and mid-lake humps. Live bait-rigging leeches, pulling spinners, and jigging rapalas have been best once a pod of fish is located. Bass anglers are having success in the shallows, with some bass anglers doing very well of the docks. Northern pike are very active at the deeper weed edges, hitting large sucker minnows either trolled or cast. Some large crappies are on the flats in 6-9 feet of water where jigs with minnows or plastics are turning fish. Most muskie anglers are casting and trolling on Pelican Lake. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region
Otter Tail Lakes Area

Walleye anglers using live bait have had the most success in 13-20 foot depths. Northern pike are active at the 15-20 foot weeds, hitting sucker minnows and spoons. Sunfish have moved to the weed lines in depths of 15-20 foot depths where they are hitting crawlers, leeches, and wax worms. Anglers have found crappies suspended in the weeds in 15-20 feet of water. Bass are active in the 8-15 foot weeds, with fish responding best to spinner baits, and jigs tipped with minnows. Remember that using fresh bait will enhance your chances of catching fish – use the freshest and liveliest bait possible. 800-423-4571; www.ottertailcountry.com

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

As of late last week, the walleye bite on Lake Mille Lacs remained good, and some days it was very good! While most fish were on the smaller side, the numbers were impressive. Surface water temperatures were in the mid-70s. Depths of 23-33 feet of water have been good for most fish over the past few weeks, especially at the mud flats. Anglers are also taking some fish from the deep gravel and a few of the deep water rock humps, but these areas run a distant second to the mud flats. Leeches are the top bait. For the most fish, run them on a long line rig or under a slip bobber. Crawlers run behind a blue or pink spinner should also produce fish if run at a high enough speed to turn the blade efficiently. Over the last few years, more and more anglers have been using leadcore line and crank baits in these areas, at the "basin" between the gravel bars, and between the mud flats. This is an effective technique on Lake Mille Lacs, and with a minimal investment and a few hours of practice anyone can learn to troll leadcore and crank baits in the deep water. In addition to impressive walleye action, northern pike and bass action has been excellent, and recent surveys show that the number of muskies measuring over 50 inches is greater than expected. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Willmar Lakes Area

The increase in water temperature has left the walleye finicky. For the most action, try fishing in 20-35 feet of water on Green Lake during early morning hours or during the last hour of the day. Use a bottom bouncer with a crawler or a leech to attract fish. Some anglers are starting to use crankbaits, Sunfish, bass and northern pike remain very active on most area lakes. 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan vicinity
White Bear Area Lakes

White Bear Lake is giving up perch, sunnies and crappies throughout the day. The most productive location has been on the edge of the weed beds in roughly 15 feet of water. Work and minnows are turning the majority of fish. Some muskies have been seen. There have been no reports of walleye or muskies catches. On Bald Eagle Lake, perch, sunnies and crappies are also active during daytime hours at the edge of the weed beds in 15 foot depths. While no walleye have been reported, the muskie are fairly active with panfish anglers reporting lots of follows at the edge of the weed beds in 10-15 feet of water after a panfish has been caught! For the most action, however, use bucktails and double spinners. 651/653-5122; www.ExploreWhiteBear.org

Southern Minnesota
Red Wing– Pool 4 of the Mississippi River

The water at Pool 4 of the Mississippi River is dropping slowly and clearing up nicely for this time of year. The channel cat bite is excellent with anglers bringing in 10-fish limits in just a few hours of fishing. The bait of choice for quantity is a dip bait or fiber bait on a tube or treble hook attached to an 8- to 10-inch leader, a swivel and a 3- to 4-ounce sinker. Larger channel cats are being caught using pieces of sucker. The current seams are key to catching channel cats. The flathead bite remains good as we move into the post-spawn timeframe. Live bullheads and 9- to 12-inch suckers are working well on a 8/0 to 10/0 super J hook with 8 to 10 inches of leader, a strong swivel and a 4-ounce no roll or bank sinker. These large fish can be found by placing your bait along rip-rapped shoreline or in front of tree snags just before dark. Most fish are caught between 9:00 pm and midnight. The catch and release lake sturgeon season is well under way with fish being caught using night crawlers, cut suckers or a combination of both on a 3/0 circle hook in the deeper water. Walleye are being taken near the head of Lake Pepin by anglers trolling lead core or dragging one half of a nightcrawler downstream. The bite remains slow but the will bite those who put in the time. 800-498-3444; www.redwing.org

Lanesboro -Southeast Bluff Country Trout Streams

As of Thursday, July 23, area streams and rivers were in good shape with mostly clear water and a normal flow. Tricos were hatching on the South Branch Root at roughly 9:30 a.m. Some larger caddis were observed laying eggs, with some caddis hatching. Numerous midges were out. Hopper, cricket and beetle patterns were best. Anglers are advised to check water temperatures since anything over 68F will most likely not be as productive as streams with water temperatures less than 68F. As updates on stream conditions become available, they are posted on the Southeast Minnesota Stream Conditions web page. You are also welcome to call the office for updates at 507-467-2442. Anglers are encouraged to stop by a DNR Fisheries office in southeast Minnesota to pick up a copy of the new 2015 Trout Angling Opportunities in Southern and Central Minnesota booklet. Check the DNR Fisheries web page for locations. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

Ortonville - Big Stone Lake

Last week and weekend was great for anglers fishing Big Stone Lake. The perch had started to school and anglers that found them were very pleased with their catch. Spikes on a colored hook with a split shot about 12 inches above the hook worked best, especially in roughly 11-12 feet of water. Two boats put together a 60 perch catch during early morning hours just off the GrapeVine. Other traditional perch spots were also kicking out perch, including the points at BayView, the Windmill Reef area, the Penn near Ortonville, and Manhattan Reef. While the walleye are mostly tight-lipped, other species are picking up the slack with anglers taking white bass, a few northern pick, and some fun rough fish that are entertaining young anglers fishing off the docks. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing DNR License Sales.

The information in this report is provided courtesy of Explore Minnesota Tourism.

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