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MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 6-27-16
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - Update Weekly
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 6-17-16
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 6-21-16
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 6-24-16

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

Walleye fishing on Rainy Lake has been best in roughly 20 feet of water near the rocky, windward shorelines. Saginaw Bay has been the primary hot spot. Anglers expect most walleye to soon congregate around the submerged humps. Crappies have been active in the west end of Black Bay. Smallmouth bass are post-spawn and should start to feed aggressively. There been a few reports of strong smallmouth action in the swifter waters of the Rainy River below the dam at International Falls. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org


The walleye bite has picked up significantly on Lake Kabetogama, with fish coming from 18-28 feet of water in areas with soft bottom structure. It appears there is a mayfly hatch in the soft bottom areas. To entice the walleye, place your bait and presentation just off the bottom. If you are using a slip sinker rig, use a short, 3-inch snell. A spinner blade may trigger a bite, but sometimes a plain hook is best. Artificial lures are working well for most species including smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, and an occasional sauger. A variety of presentations are producing fish such as casting on shorelines and using deep-runners down to 28 feet deep. Crappies have moved deep and can be found suspended. Water temperatures are roughly 70. 800-524-9085; www.kabetogama.com

Crane Lake

Most of the walleye action on Crane Lake is taking place in depths of 15-20 feet of water. Successful anglers are using a jig tipped with a leech or crawler. Some walleye anglers have had success when using a 6- to 7-inch snell with a red hook, glow bead and a leech, with most fish measuring 20-plus inches. Large walleye have also been caught by anglers trolling shad raps through the shallows. Bass anglers are catching lots of 18- to 20-inch bass on top water baits. 800-362-7405; www.visitcranelake.com


Smallmouth bass anglers are having a blast since most of the bass are at the end of their spawning cycle and they are very hungry. Expect some incredible action when pitching top water lures or using spinner baits or soft plastics on a jig head in the deeper waters. Bass and northern pike are filling the daytime voids experienced by some walleye anglers. Good numbers of northern pike are being reported, especially by anglers tossing large spoons and crank baits, with fish up to 45-inches being taken. Lake trout action has also been good. For the most fish, try trolling spoons and larger rapala-style lures in depths of 25-40 feet on lakes inside and outside the Boundary Waters. 800-777-7281; www.ely.org

Duluth - Lake Superior and inland waters

Water temperatures are pushing the 70-degree mark, and fish are taking on summer patterns. Fishing in the Twin Ports continues to be productive. While trolling, rigging, dragging and jigging are all producing fish, anglers are having the most success when trolling and jigging. The typical morning and evening bite is best for numbers of fish, especially on inland waters. Lake Superior anglers are finding a few fish near the surface when trolling brightly-colored presentations. Some are doing well when using downriggers to target the larger lake trout. Walleye are becoming more active in the Big Lake, with a few cohos and lakers also being taken. The St. Louis River anglers have had to deal with fast current and turbid waters following recent storms. Targeting fish using shad raps or stick baits at the current breaks has been helpful. Trolling worm harnesses has also boated fish. Fast trolling has helped with bait loss, and impulse crawlers are even more helpful. The inland lakes have been best for consistent action. Northern pike and bass are attacking spinner baits at the weed edges. The muskie season is in full swing and anglers are catching fish when chucking large spinner baits. Walleye are coming from the mid-lake structure. The best approach has been to drag leeches or crawlers. Panfish are in post-spawn mode and beginning to take on their summer habits. Overall, if you find weeds, you should find fish. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Grand Rapids

Another windy week graced anglers with good walleye fishing on area lakes. While a jig and minnow combination will still turn fish, anglers are also having success using crawlers and leeches fished on slip sinker rigs. Four- to six-foot leaders on a plain #4 or #6 hook have been best, especially when trolled at .5 mph. Some of the most productive lakes include Big Splithand, Trout, Pokegama, Winnie, and Bowstring. Early and late in the day, also try trolling shad raps along the shorelines. Bass fishing has been excellent, especially since the bass are just coming off their spawning beds and willing to strike nearly anything that crosses their path. These fish will transition to the deeper weeds as weeds continue to grow. On calm days, fish top water baits for great surface strikes. Northern pike and panfish action has also been good at the developing weeds. www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Fishing remains steady on Lake of the Woods. Anglers pulling spinners tipped with a crawler or leech through 8-17 feet of water are doing well on the south shore and at the islands. Jigging with a minnow on the reefs in 15-30 feet of water is also producing walleye. Gold and silver jigs and spinners have been best. During evening hours, try trolling crankbaits through the shallows for nice numbers of walleye and northern pike. On the Rainy River, walleye are being caught by anglers using jig and minnow combinations near the mouth of the river and into Four Mile Bay. Smallmouth bass remain very active. Up at the Northwest Angle, lots of walleye limits along with a few large fish are being reported by anglers using gold spinners with bottom bouncers and crawlers. Productive areas include Four Blocks, Little Oak, and Crowduck Islands. Work the flats, reefs and rock piles in 18-26 feet of water for the most action. Crankbaits should also work well in these areas. Orange, gold and pink colors have been best. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Walker - Leech Lake

Fishing on Leech Lake has been somewhat inconsistent due to large bug hatches and other bait in the system. The most successful anglers are those willing to try different presentations. In the main lake, the edges of the reefs and humps are producing fish to anglers trolling spinners through 15-20 feet of water. On windy days, anglers are having success when using a lindy rig with a crawler or leech at the high spots in 8-10 feet of water. Mokey, Variety, Huddles, Campbell’s, and Clay Banks are great starting spots. As always, use the wind as your guide and work the windswept areas. Also consider trolling shad raps through these areas to first locate schools of fish. On the west end of the lake, the areas around West and East Goose are giving up fish to anglers pulling shad raps, lindy rigs with crawlers and leeches, and spinners through 8-13 feet of water. Work these areas by making long drifts to cover lots of ground. Traders’ Bay has had quite a few bug hatches so fish are holding at the sand to mud transitions. Walker Bay is producing fish in 9-15 feet of water. Anglers having the most success are using jigs with minnows, or lindy rigs with crawlers or leeches at the windblown shoreline breaks. 800-833-1118; www.leech-lake.com

Detroit Lakes

Most walleyes have moved to deeper mid-lake structure on area lakes. Anglers are finding fish at most bars and humps on the windswept sides of the lakes. Depths of 15-22 feet and 19-26 feet are both giving up fish. Rigs with leeches or crawlers, and spinners with crawlers are turning lots of fish. The mayfly hatch is mostly over so fishing should improve. Largemouth bass are in the shallows relating to the docks and shallow shoreline cover. For the most action, cast spinners or crank baits-- finesse flipping also works well. The smallmouth bass have been more of a challenge due to recent high winds. Muskie anglers are pulling fish from the cabbage patches on Pelican and Detroit lakes. Large sunfish are coming from Tamarac, Height of Land, and Shell lakes, along with some of the smaller and hard to access lakes. While lake levels are rising, they remain low for mid-June. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Otter Tail Lakes Area

Fishing is good in Otter Tail Lakes Country now that most fish are done spawning and the Mayfly hatches have mostly ended. Active walleye can be found in a variety of locations. Anglers having the most success are using jigs with minnows, lindy rigs with leeches, crawlers and bottom bouncers, and crank baits. Northern pike are holding near the weeds with schools of panfish so crank baits are turning lots of pike at the weed edges. Crappies are beginning to establish summer patterns, and can be found between the cabbage at the shallow flats and the deep water. Successful crappie anglers are using small crank baits, beetle spins, and 1/32- and 1/16-ounce jigs tipped with gulp. Sunnies are responding best to leeches and worms trolled along the weed lines. 800-423-4571; www.ottertailcountry.com

Brainerd Lakes Area

Anglers are having a blast with all of the northern pike action on the Gull Lake Chain. A variety of presentations are turning fish, including live bait-rigging with spot tails, long-lining 1/16-ounce jigs with suckers, pulling crank baits, and dragging crawler harnesses. Unfortunately, all of this action can cause aggravation for walleye anglers. Crappies are responding to minnows under bobbers without a weight. Walleye can be found using crawler harnesses. Nightcrawlers on a blue, smooth gold or hammered bronze a #5 blade with a 1/16-ounce weight above the swivel of the harness worked best, especially when pulled at 1.1-mph. When fishing a crawler harness at a weed edge, try to barely clip the tops of the weeds with the weight and blade. When you feel a snag, quickly snap the rod and the harness should come free. Many times, this is when a walleye will strike! The nearby Crosby/Ironton mine pit lakes are teaming with trout. The ideal presentation has been a very small crank bait run at 1.2- to 1.6-mph – place a 1/8-ounce weight about 4 feet above the crank bait to help pull the lure deeper. The best colors have been gold/black and fire tiger. The depth doesn't seem to matter, with fish pulled from 25 feet to 210 feet of water. Crappies were found suspended using a red/chartruese tube jig body on a 1/32-ounce jig head. 800-450-2838; www.visitbrainerd.com

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

Fishing has been spectacular on the north end of Lake Mille Lacs, with nice numbers of walleye, smallmouth bass, and northern pike being reported. The water temperature is ranges from 65-70 degrees so fishing has been good in the shallows and on the flats. Late last week, a hot spot for walleye was the mud flats in the northwest quadrant, with fish moving up and down the edges of the flats in 23-32 feet of water during the day. Leeches on a spinner rig turned the most fish, followed closely by nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass were very active at the rock piles and other hiding spots, with fish reacting to tubes, senkos, shadow raps, and leeches. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com


Panfishing has been fantastic in the Willmar Lakes area. Lots of nice-sized northern pike and sunfish are coming from area lakes, along with an 8-pound largemouth bass pulled from Long Lake. Sunfish can be found in the shallows along the weedlines in 2-6 feet of water, while most crappies, bass and northern pike are holding in depths of 2-15 feet. Walleye action has picked up on Green Lake, with anglers catching fish in deeper waters at night. Other good walleye lakes to check out include Eagle, Diamond, Florida and Nest lakes. 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

As of Thursday, June 23, area stream conditions were spotty, but mostly very good. Lots of water poured down Wisel Creek and its tributaries earlier in the week, but conditions were rapidly improving. While there were few reports of hatches, March Browns were expected. Anglers reported seeing some small hoppers on the stream banks. 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

Ortonville - Big Stone Lake

Big Stone Lake is giving up nice numbers of fish. Lots of limits of walleye measuring 14- to 17-inches, along with a few fish over 20-inches in length are being reported. Due to the increase in the weeds on the south end of the lake from the islands on to Ortonville, many anglers have chosen to fish the main body of the lake from Manhattan Island to the Windmill Reef. Successful anglers are pulling crankbaits or bottom bouncers with spinners and crawlers through 10-11 feet of water. Those that “work the weeds” are taking larger walleye, just not as many. A variety of fish are coming in with the walleye, including bluegills, northern pike, sheep head, white bass, and even a few perch. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

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

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