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MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 7-13-16
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Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 7-22-16
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 7-17-16
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Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 7-22-16

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

Anglers report that the walleye have moved to submerged structure throughout Rainy Lake. The area east of the Brule Narrows usually offers some of the best walleye fishing when fish relocate to submerged structure. Check depths of 20-30 feet of water while vertically jigging a crawler. Walleye can also be found west of the Brule Narrows. One area to try is the structure near Ranier Rapids. Crappies are being caught around the Rat Root River and at the west end of Black Bay. Large northern pike can be pulled from the warmer, weedier bays such as Jackfish and Cranberry bays. Crappies and northern pike are hitting minnows – use smaller minnows for the crappies, and larger minnows for the pike. Some large sturgeon are being pulled from the Rainy River. Rainy River walleye are coming from 15-20 feet of water on minnow and spinner rigs slowly-trolled through the current. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org


Recent heavy rains and storms missed the area so lakes Kabetogama and Namakan were spared from high water and floods. Water temperatures remain cool. Anglers are finding a few keeper-size walleye. On some days, the typical depths of 18-25 feet work well; on other days, 30-plus foot depths are best. Leeches and crawlers on lindy rigs or bottom bouncers remain best for your presentation. While a slow presentation was best last week, changing speeds throughout the day is still recommended. For the most consistent action, work a shelf or a vertical structure such as drop-off near deep water. Artificial lures are turning all species of fish. Walleye are chasing lures in 14-20 foot depths, and northern pike and smallmouth bass are responding to shoreline casts. Good walleye sites this time of year include the Martin Islands, Nashoda Point, the mouth of Blind Ash Bay, and the shoreline structure at Green and Larkin islands. Smallmouth bass are chasing crayfish so lures in crayfish colors should work well. Northern pike are attacking stick baits, large spinners and buzz baits on the weed edges and at the entrances to Daly, Nebraska and Lost bays. 800-524-9085; www.kabetogama.com

Ely Area Lakes

Anglers are landing some nice-sized walleye while fishing soft tube baits and small crank baits in as little as four feet of water. Some anglers are pulling walleye out of 30 feet of water on bottom bouncer and spinner combinations. Now that temperatures have warmed, many anglers are relying on crawlers since they are easy keep alive by in a cooler and almost every fish species will take a crawler. Large northern pike are eagerly taking spinner baits and spoons worked along the drop-offs down to 15 feet of water. Minnows and deep-diving crank baits are turning some nice lake trout in 50-60 feet of water on area trout lakes. Remember that the best way to connect at this time of year is to remain flexible. 800-777-7281; www.ely.org

Duluth - Lake Superior and inland waters

Fishing remains difficult in Lake Superior and the St. Louis River due to muddy waters. While conditions have improved since last week, more time is needed for water clarity to return to normal. Water temperatures are in the mid-70s in inland lakes and on the St. Louis River. Lake Superior temperatures have risen as well due to the high amount of run-off. Fish are being taken, but anglers are having to spend a bit more time to catch them. The "dog days of summer” are nearly here so the inland waters should remain the best waters to fish. Anglers can generally find fish in deeper waters and in areas with stronger currents this time of year, especially during morning and evening hours. Lake Superior anglers continue to struggle with the mudlines near the entries of Superior and Duluth. Most fish are being caught further up the shore and away from the mud. Down-rigging where the water is clearest, in 150-250 feet of water, has been the most productive. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Grand Rapids

The weather has definitely had an impact on fishing this past week. Anglers were most successful when the storms subsided. Bass and walleye fishing has been good. Area lakes have been giving up nice numbers of walleye to anglers using spinners with half of a crawler or a minnow in the weeds at speeds of 1.5 mph in depths of less than 12 feet. Trolled crankbaits has also been effective since anglers have been able to cover more water – expect some bonus northern pike in the mix. Northern pike are a great eating fish when cleaned properly -- removing the “Y” bone gives clean fillets. Muskie fishing has also been very good, especially on North Star, Deer, Moose and Spider lakes. For the most action, work bucktails quickly over the cabbage weeds and watch for following fish. Be sure to end your return with a “figure eight” before another cast is made. www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

On Lake of the Woods, down-rigging and pulling crankbaits have been the most productive techniques. Jigging and drifting spinners are also turning fish. Anglers are finding schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet of water. The best approach has been jigging or using crank baits. Productive colors are gold, silver and white since the walleye are targeting schools of tulibee. There are times that the south shore heats up as well. On the Rainy River, some walleye are being caught near the mouth of the river and into Four Mile Bay. Water clarity remains an issue due to numerous recent storms. Anglers are having the most success using a jig and minnow combination. Some anglers are doing well using a bottom bouncer paired with a stick bait. A great smallmouth bass bite is being reported in all stretches of the river. The sturgeon "keep one" season remains open through Sept. 30. Up at the Northwest Angle, water temperatures are hovering around 73-degrees. Most fish have moved off the larger islands onto the mid-lake structure. Depths of 25-30 feet of water at the north and west sides of Little Oak Island are producing good numbers of sauger and walleye. For the most fish, work the offshore reefs and humps using spinners and bottom bouncers with crawlers, or try a jig and minnow combination. The southwest side of Oak Island and the areas around Four Blocks are also giving up lots of fish. Anglers report the most success when using gold, pink or orange colors. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com


Surface water temperatures are on the rise, with low to mid-70s reported for most lakes. Despite hot days, fish will still feed; when is the question. Fish have to eat frequently during the warmest part of the summer since the heat causes their metabolism to speed up, requiring them to eat more often. When fish don't get enough to eat, they can be more susceptible to illness and predatory fish. Anglers need to unhook and release unwanted fish quickly and carefully so they can recover and resume normal feeding patterns as soon as possible. Most of the smaller lakes in the Bemidji area are giving up good numbers of sunfish, crappies, bass and northern pike. Some of these lakes may also have decent numbers of walleye. Much of the fishing pressure is directed towards the larger lakes, especially for anglers targeting walleye and muskie. Many of the smaller lakes get overlooked and are worth checking out. 800-458-2223; www.visitbemidji.com

Walker - Leech Lake

Typical summer patterns are beginning to take hold on Leech Lake. Walleye are hitting rigs with crawlers at the Grand Vu Flats, in the Snake Pit area by Goose Island, and at the breaklines in 10-14 feet of water in Traders Bay. Walker Bay's Breezy Point, Templar Point and Sand Point are producing walleye during morning and evening hours. Anglers having the most success are using a lindy rig with a crawler, leech or minnow -- depending on the day, fish will respond to at least one of these baits. For panfish, check the deeper weeds adjacent to the shorelines using a slip bobber rig or small jig tipped with a leech. Muskie action is heating up with fish being reported daily at Portage Bay. Anglers having the most action are using small bucktails trolled or tossed over the shallow water cabbage. 800-833-1118; www.leech-lake.com

Park Rapids

Crappie fishing has been great during the day along the weedlines and on top of the weedy sunken islands. For the most fish, use a small jig tip with a crappie minnow. Walleye are being pulled from the deep structure in deep, clear lakes, with fish taken as far down as 40 feet. Live bait rigs and rainbow chubs have been the most effective. Don't ignore the basic weedlines where walleye can be found in depths of 15 feet when using jigs tipped with a leech. Monster bluegills can be found off the deep weedlines as well – for the most action, use a live bait rig and panfish sized leech in water as deep as 20 feet. 800-247-0054; www.parkrapids.com

Detroit Lakes

Walleye continue to bite in the deeper waters of Detroit Lakes’ area lakes. Live bait rigging with leeches or crawlers, spinners with crawlers, or jigging raps have worked best in 22-28 foot depths. Early morning and late evening hours have been best. Smallmouth bass remain very active in the deeper waters with hard sand bottoms, as well as up shallow at the rock piles. Cormorant, Lida and White Earth lakes are producing lots of nice fish. Largemouth bass are taking jigs and plastics at the tips of the weedy points, especially points that are windswept. Northern pike are active on the outside edge of weeds in the 12-18 feet of water. For the most action, use crank baits, spinners, and large sucker minnows. Muskie anglers are having the most success when casting bait over the tops of the cabbage weeds on Big Detroit, Sallie, Pelican, Many Point and Beers lakes. Sunfish and crappies are active in the weeds. Bobber fishing with small leeches, pieces of crawler or plastic tails has been best for the sunfish. Crappies are preferring more aggressive presentations and are eagerly taking bait. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Alexandria Area Lakes

As of late last week, Alexandria area lakes gave up walleye at a variety of depths, however, the bulk of the fish came from 18-22 feet of water. Leeches or crawlers on a lindy rig, spinner, or under a bobber produced the most fish. Towards evening, small crank baits trolled at 2 mph through depths of 3-10 feet also produced fish. One of the hottest crank baits was a #5 lindy shadling in a perch pattern. 800-245-2539; www.explorealex.com

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

Roughly 8 inches of rain fell from Sunday night through Tuesday morning last week, and the north end of the lake was hammered with even more rain! The water level rose noticeably, and the first one-half mile or so of shoreline water was dirty. The best bite was on the mud flats. Numerous techniques produced fish including leeches on a very plain rig, a crawler/spinner combination, and daytime deep-water bobber fishing. Some anglers pounded the fish using bobbers on the deep water mud, rocks and gravel. The smallmouth bass action was in the deeper waters, as well as in depths of 7-14 feet. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com


Walleye anglers are finding lots of fish on Wagonga, Big Kandiyohi, South Long, Eagle, Diamond and Green lakes. During early morning hours, look for walleye in 30-40 foot depths on Green Lake, and in 15-20 foot depths on Diamond and Eagle lakes. Northern pike, bass and panfish remain very active on a variety of lakes, especially Nest Lake. The key is to remain versatile and be willing to try a variety of bait and tackle until you find the presentation that works best. 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

As of Thursday, July 21, most area streams were either clear or slightly off-colored, with normal water flows. Overall, stream conditions were good. As of last weekend, hatching activity had slowed somewhat but there were Tricos starting to appear on many of the streams. Caddis activity remained slow but steady on the cooler evenings. Pick up trout stream maps at the National Trout Center in Preston, or print your own Southern Minnesota trout maps. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

Rochester -Southeastern Minnesota lakes and rivers

Area rivers remain very high following large amounts of rainfall. The Zumbro River was 3.5 feet above normal on Tuesday, July 18. The Root River was also far above normal. A no-wake zone had been established for Zumbro Lake. 800-634-8277; www.rochestercvb.org

Ortonville - Big Stone Lake

Last week, anglers did well with the perch, with many limits taken. Boats were scattered from Shady Beach down the lake past Bay View, Schmidt's Landing, Grape Vine and even the Goose Isle area. The best bite was during early morning and late afternoon hours. Anglers having the most success used a spike or piece of nightcrawler on a simple hook or small shuck lure. Walleye anglers set the hook on a few fish by trolling down the center of the lake with a bottom bouncer/spinner tipped with a crawler, or by pulling a crank bait. Windy conditions were very helpful. There were reports of some perch and bluegill action off the docks. Last week’s wind caused lots of weeds to break loose and blow up toward shore which should create additional “fishable” waters. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

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

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