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Redtails or sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 12 to 28 feet at Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows, crawlers, and leeches along the shallow weedlines at night or in 18 to 20 feet during the day at Gull and Whitefish. Bass are an easy catch on most lakes and panfish reports have been limited this week.



A few walleyes are being taken with spinner rigs and crawlers in 16 to 20 feet at Rabbit Lake and in 26 to 35 feet at Serpent Lake. Pitching a jig and minnow in the deep weeds of Bay Lake and East Rabbit Lake has produced northern pike. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics on most lakes and the Mississippi River is providing consistent smallmouth bass action via crankbaits. Look for panfish in eight to 10 feet at Greer Lake, Black Lake, and Nokay Lake. Trout are down about 40 feet on the pit lakes and hitting vertical spoons tipped with waxworms.


The bridge area on Roosevelt Lake is producing largemouth bass via topwater baits. On Ruth Lake, spoons are turning northern pike on the eight- to 12-foot rock piles early and late in the day. The north end of Lawrence Lake is giving up crappies in 10 to 12 feet on plastics. Look for sunfish on Little Emily Lake in six to 10 feet.


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the weedlines at Ten Mile Lake. There's some decent crappie action during the evening hours on Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, and Webb Lake in eight to 12 feet of water. Ten Mile is kicking out walleyes on a jig and minnow in 25 to 27 feet, while smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting throughout the area.


East — Walleye activity remains limited during the day, but often improves at night with slip bobbers and leeches on the deep gravel and rocks. You can throw just about anything in the water and catch a smallmouth bass on the rocks. Muskie action has picked up this week with better numbers of fish being raised on the mid-depth rocks.

West — Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes at night off the mud flats in 30 feet or more. During the day, you have to cover a lot of water with live-bait rigs on the edges of the mud flats for walleyes. Northern pike and muskie reports have improved on the weedlines in most bays. There's also been some decent muskie action on the north-end sand breaks. You'll find smallmouth bass throughout the weedlines and rocks.


Daytime walleye action has been poor, but a few fish are being caught with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches at night in eight to 12 feet near Sand Point and Cedar Point. Bucktails and jerkbaits are providing consistent muskie action in the weeds of Sucker Bay and Portage Bay. Work the weedlines of Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay for bass. A few bluegills can be had in nine to 12 feet in Sucker Bay and Shingobee Bay.


Crappies and bluegills are hitting along the nine-foot weedlines in Allen's Bay on Cass Lake. Muskie action remains consistent with bucktails and topwater baits along the cabbage of Cass. You'll catch walleyes in two areas of Cass - 40 to 60 feet off the bars during the day on leeches or nightcrawlers or on top of the bars at night with crankbaits.


Leeches or nightcrawlers will produce a few walleyes during low-light periods on Long Lake in 28 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 14 feet at Big Mantrap Lake and waxies are producing sunfish throughout the Crow Wing Chain in 12 feet. Look to Big Mantrap with bucktails for muskies and to Big Sand Lake and Potato Lake for smallmouth bass in 18 to 20 feet. Long Lake, north of Park Rapids, continues to produce rainbow trout.


Perch continue to hit minnows in the northwest corner of the lake in six to 13 feet. Northern pike action is improving on the shoreline breaks and weedbeds. Look for walleyes to hit best with some wind or overcast skies on Long Bar in 18 to 20, Horseshoe Bar in 16 to 18 feet, and the north-end humps in 20 to 25 feet. Raven's Point towards Third River gives up walleyes in six to eight feet when the wind blows. Nightcrawlers seem to be working best this week.


Walleyes are hitting nightcrawlers during the day in 18 to 22 feet on the north end of Diamond Bar on Lake Bemidji. Crankbaits are working best in shallower water during low-light periods. The deep break near the river mouth at Wolf Lake is worth noting for walleyes and the weedlines are producing sunfish here. The humps and points on Lake Plantagenet are giving up a few walleyes and muskies, while the cabbage beds on Bemidji are holding muskies and northern pike.


The weedlines and main-lake structure of Sand Lake, Lake Jessie, and Bowstring Lake are producing walleyes. You'll also find walleyes in 19 to 25 feet at lakes Wabana, Shallow, Trout, Sugar, and Pokegama. Look for bluegills on Pokegama and Little Splithand Lake and crappies on Wabana and Trout early and late in the day. The deep rocks of Deer Lake and Pokegama are holding smallmouth bass. Northern pike are suspended over deep water on most lakes, while muskie are doing best at night at Deer, North Star Lake, and Moose Lake.


The Clementson Bay area of the Rainy River is giving up numbers of good-sized pike. Along the south shore of the lake, bottom bouncers, live-bait rigs, and crawlers are turning walleyes on the 10- to 20-foot reefs. Towards the north, downrigging and live-bait rig fishing has been producing walleyes around Garden Island and Little Oak Island.


The deep reefs, 30 to 40 feet, seem to be producing the most walleyes. Minnows continue to trigger fish, but live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are working as well. You'll also find some concentrations of walleyes in 20 to 30 feet around Fox Island and Sand Bay. Walleye and northern pike reports have improved on the Rainy River and the bigger pike continue to cruise the weed edges in Lost Bay.


Walleyes are hitting crankbaits or spinners and nightcrawlers during the evening hours in 12 to 16 feet at Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Panfish are hanging along the weedlines on lakes Darling, Le Homme Dieu, Geneva, and Carlos. Topwater baits and bucktails are turning muskies in 10 feet on Lobster Lake and Miltona. Bass fishing, at least for bigger fish, has been tough on most lakes.


Sunfish continue to be caught in six to 12 feet on Long Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Pearl Lake, and Brown's Lake. The weedlines of Rice Lake and Lake Koronis are giving up northern pike, but walleye reports have been poor. Nightcrawlers and minnows are producing channel catfish throughout the Sauk River.


Sunfish continue to be found on the weedlines of Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, South Lindstrom?Lake, and Little Lake.