Fishing report - June 11
BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA Look for walleyes to hit minnows or leeches along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Gull Lake, 18 feet on North Long Lake, and in 28 feet at Pelican Lake. Bass fishing is excellent in the shallow weeds of most lakes, while panf...
Look for walleyes to hit minnows or leeches along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Gull Lake, 18 feet on North Long Lake, and in 28 feet at Pelican Lake. Bass fishing is excellent in the shallow weeds of most lakes, while panfish also can be found shallow on Upper Gull Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long.
Rainbows and a few brown trout are being caught with crankbaits near the surface over deep water at Huntington Pit and Portsmouth Pit. Anglers fishing from shore on Section Six Pit and Manuel Pit also are catching trout on wax worms. Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on Clearwater Lake and Rabbit Lake in 14 to 20 feet during low-light periods, while northern pike and bass are being taken along the weedlines on the north end of Bay Lake and the east end of Serpent Lake. Panfish reports have slowed since last week.
The northeast side of Lawrence Lake started giving up crappies in 6 to 8 feet, and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Eagle Lake in 9 to 12 feet. Look to the lily pads on Lake Emily for sunfish, while Lake Washburn is producing walleyes on leeches in 12 to 14 feet.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - Walleyes continue to hit a variety of presentations on the rocks, mud flats, sand, and gravel. There seems to be active fish throughout the lake. Smallmouth bass are pretty much done spawning, with bigger fish now being found on the 12- to 18-foot rocks and smaller fish still shallow. Muskie reports have been favorable along the weedlines in the south-end bays, and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 feet in the bays as well.
West - Walleyes continue to hit in 12 to 14 feet and on top of Garrison Reef during the evening hours. Work the edges of the reefs and mud flats during midday hours and slide on top early and late each day. Numbers of big walleyes are coming off the mud flats, with most live-bait presentations producing fish. Smallmouth bass continue to be found on the 4- to 17-foot rocks.
Walleyes continue to hit minnows and leeches on Woman Lake in 14 to 18 feet, and Ten Mile Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Look for crappies and bluegills in the reeds or along the shorelines of Pleasant Lake, Webb Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are still active in shallow water on area lakes.
Look to Lake Wabedo with minnows or crawlers for walleyes on the 8-foot weeds or 18- to 26-foot structure. Woman Lake is kicking out numbers of smallmouth bass on any rock-covered area, and some walleyes are biting here during the evenings in 12 to 18 feet. You'll find crappies and bluegills in the reeds on Big Boy Lake or in less than 8 feet on Thunder Lake. A few muskies are being raised from the shallow weeds or bulrushes on Wabedo and Little Boy Lake.
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Sunfish are hitting in less than 6 feet on Beauty Lake, Green Prairie Lake, Pierz Lake, Fish Trap Lake, Platte/Sullivan Lake, and Lake Alexander. The Mississippi River is giving up numbers of channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and a few walleyes.
Walleyes are being caught in 15 to 20 feet during the day and up shallower during low-light periods on leeches or shiner minnows. The Bird Houses, Little Stoney Point, Big Stoney Point, and Raven's Point have been most productive. Look for perch in 8 to 10 feet or in 20 to 30 feet on Horseshoe Bar and Bena Bar, while the 8- to 14-foot weeds are producing northern pike.
Walleye action has picked up quite a bit since last week with fish being found in Portage Bay, the Hardwoods, Second Duck Point, the Annex, and Deadhead area. The majority of walleyes are weed-related in 9 to 12 feet and they're hitting a jig and minnow, and spinners and crawlers or leeches under floats. The pencil reeds in most bays are holding jumbo perch. Muskie action has been slow.
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the west side of Lake Andrusia in 12 feet. Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake are giving up walleyes on minnows in 24 to 30 feet. Look for perch in the bulrushes on the east shoreline of Cass, while the reeds on Kitchi Lake and Buck Lake are holding bluegills and crappies. Muskie reports are limited, but northern pike remain active on the weedlines of Andrusia or Allen's Bay on Cass.