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July 22 state fishing report

Outdoor News


Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and live bait in the thick weeds of Gull Lake, Upper Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Pelican Lake. Walleye action has been best with leeches and nightcrawlers on the shallow weedlines of Gull and North Long, in 16 to 18 feet on Whitefish Lake, and in 28 feet at Pelican. Northern pike are hitting on the deep weedlines of most lakes and sunfish continue to be found in the shallow weeds.


Crankbaits started turning walleyes during low-light periods in 16 to 20 feet on Farm Island Lake and Rabbit Lake. Crappies are being caught along the deep weed edges of Island Lake and Upper Dean Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics in shallow water at Mission Lake and Black Hoof Lake, while smallmouths are taking tube jigs on the rocks at Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake. Northern pike are crushing stickbaits over 17 to 20 feet at East Rabbit Lake or sucker minnows along the milfoil of Bay Lake. Trout action has slowed, but trolling cowbells during the early morning hours has produced rainbows at Huntington and Pennington pits.


The north end of Lake Washburn is producing crappies in 12 to 14 feet and spoons are turning northern pike on Kego Lake in eight to 10 feet. Largemouth bass are being plucked from the lily pads on Lake Esquagamah and you’ll find sunfish in six to eight feet on Mitchell Lake.


Minnows and plastics are turning crappies in 20 to 22 feet during the day and along the shallow weeds during the evening hours at Ten Mile Lake, Webb Lake, Birch Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Plastics are producing smallmouth bass in 10 to 15 feet at Ten Mile and Woman Lake, while largemouth are sitting in the shaded areas of most lakes. Crankbaits are producing walleyes at night, most of which are suspended over deep water on Ten Mile. Spinners and crawlers are producing some walleyes on Woman in 20 to 30 feet. Look for sunfish on the deep weedlines of Birch and bucktails are raising muskies on Baby Lake.


Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines or 12-foot breaks of Big Sandy Lake, Lake Minnewawa, Round Lake, and Rat Lake. Walleye and sunfish reports have been limited, but minnows or spoons will turn numbers of small northern pike on the weedlines of Big Sandy.


Walleyes are hitting crankbaits on Cass Lake during the day in 20 feet and at night in eight to 12 feet of water. Leeches and minnows also are turning walleyes on Cass when the wind blows in eight to 12 feet – Allen’s Bay, Deadman’s Bar, East Cedar Bar, and North Cedar Bar are all producing ‘eyes. Allen’s Bay also is kicking out muskies on bucktails and the 10- to 12-foot cabbage on Cass is a safe bet for pike. Bluegills and crappies are hitting on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Cass, Lake Andrusia, Buck Lake, and Kitchi Lake.


Walleye action is limited with live-bait rigs producing most fish on the humps and west side breaks during low-light periods. A jig and minnow is turning perch on the 10- to 15-foot breaks and you’ll find northern pike on the weedlines near the Bird Houses area.


Crawlers and leeches are triggering walleyes in 25 to 31 feet at Long Lake and Big Sand Lake. Suckers are the ticket for pike on Fish Hook Lake and Big Mantrap Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Bluegills are hitting in 12 to 14 feet on the Crow Wing Chain and Lake Belle Taine, while largemouth and smallmouth bass are taking topwater and spinnerbaits on the shorelines out to 16 feet. Look for rainbow trout suspended over deep water on Bad Medicine Lake and Long. Muskies are chasing bucktails on Big Mantrap.


Crappies are biting during the evening hours in 16 to 25 feet on Lake Pokegama and on the six- to 14-foot weedlines of Big Splithand and Little Splithand lakes. Sunfish action remains consistent in six to 12 feet at Graves Lake, Bass Lake, and Little Splithand. Stream trout action has been best with crawlers or Power Bait at Kramer Lake, Nickel Lake, and Tioga Pit. During the day, you’ll hook walleyes with spinners and crawlers on the six- to 10-foot weedlines or deep structure of Bowstring Lake, Sand Lake, and Jessie Lake. There’s also some evening walleye action with slip bobbers and leeches in six to 20 feet at lakes Wabana, Deer, and Moose. Look for smallmouth bass on the Mississippi River, Pokegama, and Moose.


Six to 10 feet is key for sunfish at Schneider Lake, Lake Koronis, Rice Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Nightcrawlers are producing walleyes during low-light periods in six to 10 feet or 20 to 30 feet on Koronis and in six to 12 feet at Rice. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are active on most lakes.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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