Area fishing report
BRAINERD/NISSWA Whitefish Lake is putting out some walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water. Try a redtail chub on a Lindy Rig. Gull Lake is putting out some pike and bass in the shallows. Anglers should try spinnerbaits or plastic worms. Pelican Lake ...
Whitefish Lake is putting out some walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water. Try a redtail chub on a Lindy Rig. Gull Lake is putting out some pike and bass in the shallows. Anglers should try spinnerbaits or plastic worms. Pelican Lake has been kicking out some sunnies and crappies as has Lake Margaret.
Smallmouth bass have been active on the Mississippi River, hitting spinnerbaits. Upper Dean Lake has been a hotbed for sunnies in 10 to 15 feet of water. They're hitting crawlers. Best bet for crappies is Blackhoof Lake, where minnows are the best bait in 15 to 25 feet of water. Largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits in Clearwater Lake.
Walleye fishing in the area has been fair. Fish are coming from 24 to 30 feet of water on Lindy Rigs with redtails. Nightcrawlers or Rapalas also will work. Crappies and panfish are biting on minnows and worms throughout the area. You'll find them suspended along the weedline in 15 to 18 feet of water.
Pokegama Lake is putting out walleyes at night on live bait or trolled Floating Rapalas in 12 to 15 feet of water. Bass are coming from Deer Lake. Muskies are coming from Deer Lake, as well. Splithand and Cut Foot Souix lakes are producing some crappies in 15 to 18 feet of water.
Some walleyes have been picked up on the bars and humps in about 30 feet of water. Leeches and crawlers are the best baits. Perch fishing is pretty good in 6 to 10 feet of water. Try crawlers or minnows on jigs. Muskie action is slow, but big northerns have been biting well in Tamarack Bay and off the north shore using spinnerbaits.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Muskie fishing is very good at the Northwest Angle and Islands areas. Most of the fish are coming off the rock structures. Walleyes are biting near Garden Island with livebait on down-riggers working best. Anglers are having walleye fishing success on the Rainy River using Rapalas or frozen shiners. Several smallmouth bass are coming from the Clementson Bay area. On the south shore of the lake, anglers are picking up some walleyes near the Lighthouse Gap and by the green buoy in the Four Mile Bay area.
Muskie action has become intense. Most of the action is in the weedy areas, though nice fish are coming off the rocks, as well. Many areas of the lake, including Portage Bay, Sucker Bay, Agency Bay, Kabekona Bay, Walker Bay and Pelican Island, all report muskie activity with best action at 10 to 14 feet of water. Bucktails have proven to be the most successful lures. Walleyes have moved shallower, with fish coming from 8 to 12 feet of water near Goose Island and Sand Point. Rainbow spinners and crankbaits are accounting for the majority of the fish. Deeper humps on the south side of the lake also are putting out some walleyes.
Walleye fishing has improved. The fishing was fair to good on the tops of the mud flats, with spinners and minnows or nightcrawlers working best. Night fishing on the flats was at times excellent if it was not windy, dropping a slip bobber and leech into 31 to 34 feet of water. Muskie and northern fishing continues to be good in the bays. Bucktails, Rapalas and sucker minnows have been top baits.
Walleye fishing is somewhat slow. The best bet is Long Lake with rigs and crawlers in 18 to 25 feet of water. Northern fishing has been good on Big Mantrap in about 15 feet with a jig and a minnow. Fish Hook Lake is producing some bass. Panfish are coming from Second and Third Crow Wing lakes on jigs and waxies.
A few crappies are coming from 15 to 16 feet of water on Ada and Hay lakes. They prefer crappie minnows on little jigs.