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Area fishing report

Fishing report

GULL LAKE: Jigs and minnows or rip jigging soft plastics like Trigger X or Gulp minnows are producing Walleyes on Gull. A strong night bite while long line trolling is also popular in the Grassy Point and Hay Field areas. Panfish are finishing up their shallow spawn. Sunfish are located in the bull rushes on the south end of the lake, while crappie have moved to the cabbage edges. Northern pike can be found on most weed lines in 10-18 feet of water. Look for the bass to be shallow for the opener this weekend.

MILLE LACS: Daytime fishing on the north end sand continues to be good between 20 and up to 26 feet. Most people are using Lindy rigs and leeches but a shiner is just as effective if not more so. There also have been some good reports of deep-water, lead-core trolling and mud-flat fishing. If you want to get away from the crowds, you don’t have to limit yourself to the north end. There has been plenty of good daytime fishing on the breaklines in Garrison Bay. Look for fish in 18-20 feet. The mud flats also are producing fish during the day. The night bite is strong around the rock reefs, in Garrison and Myr Mar. Many anglers are concentrating on 10-12 feet with a leech and a bobber. You can also fish breaklines around Brown’s Point and get good results.

LEECH LAKE: Sucker Bay and Portage Bay have been the most consistent this week for walleye. Jigs and shiners, live-bait rigs with leeches and night crawlers produced many limits this week in 9-12 feet of water. Top colors have been chartreuse and lime green jigs. Jumbo perch have been active this week on many weed flats. The Mounds in the Walker narrows has been a popular starting point with jigs and crappie minnows. Fish up to 14 inches have been reported this week. Pike are very active on the break lines on most weed edges throughout the lake and Walker Bay.

NORTH LONG: The lake continues to kick out good numbers of fish. Main lake weed edges in 12-18 feet of water are good starting points. Play the wind to your advantage; with the southerly breezes this past week, there were fish stacked on the northern edges, but don’t overlook the south. Casting a jig and a spottail shiner out-produced rigs, but redtails, fished on Lindy rigs, did produce numbers as well. Northland Stand-up jigs, Thumper jigs or Fireball jigs all worked well. Good colors include parrot, fire tiger and glow rainbow.

PELICAN: Walleyes have been sporadic this past week on Pelican; best depths have been 18-28 feet of water. Northerns have been going strong with most being caught on a Lindy rig tipped with either a redtail or a shiner. Crappies have been active in shallower water as well, 4-8 feet have been the best. Try a jig with a puddle jumper or a tube jig; best colors have been chartreuse or two-toned colors like red and green or brown and green.

WHITEFISH CHAIN: The walleye bite has been a bit slow to start the season but look for things to pick up shortly. Best bite has been with northern pike. To target northerns, troll weedlines in 10-12 feet; best baits have been brighter-colored Rapalas like fluorescent orange. Sunfish bite has been very good in 4-6 feet along emerging lily pad edges. Bass opener is predicted to be good on the Whitefish Chain; look shallow for opening-day bass.

— Leisure Outdoor Adventures

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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