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MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 6-21-17
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - Update Weekly
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 6-16-17
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 6-26-17
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 6-23-17

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

Although there have been some hot days, Rainy Lake water temperatures have been slow to rise. As a result, the walleye have not yet headed for deeper structure in cooler water. Anglers are still pulling walleye from roughly 15 feet of water on live bait when jigging or drifting with a spinner rig. Due to recent high winds, many walleye anglers have concentrated on the more protected islands and smaller bays, with some of these bays also holding crappie and smallmouth bass. The Rainy River is getting some fishing pressure below the dam at International Falls, and downstream from the confluence with the Little Fork River. Walleye continue to hold in roughly 12 feet of water for several miles downstream of the dam. Some smallmouth bass can still be found below the dam on west to the golf course. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org


Fishing remained steady despite last weekend’s unpredictable weather. Water temperatures took a dive into the mid-60s, and the mayfly larvae were just starting to appear making the shallow, soft bottom structure the best bet for walleye and sauger. There were a few reports of fish showing up on the reefs, but not in great numbers. While minnows were still turning fish, leeches were rapidly becoming the bait of choice, especially on bottom bouncers with spinners. The northern pike and smallmouth bass were easy targets for anglers casting along the shorelines and into the shallow bays with emerging weeds. 800-524-9085; www.kabetogama.com


Walleye fishing remains good throughout the area, with the vast majority of walleye coming from less than 10 feet of water. Mayflies are beginning to hatch, and insect hatches are likely the reason for the shallow water bite. Leeches or crawlers slowly-pulled near the bottom are best early and late in the day, while a floating jig head can be effective during late morning and early afternoon hours. Some anglers are also having success when trolling shallow-diving crankbaits along the transitions and weed edges. Smallmouth bass are on their beds in many lakes and can be caught using soft baits (crawfish imitations and swim baits) or tubes worked along the shorelines in less than five feet of water. A few anglers have been lucky to catch some aggressive bass with topwater baits such as poppers or frogs. Northern pike are readily hitting spinnerbaits and small shallow-diving crankbaits worked along the breaks and weed edges. Some anglers are just sitting back and relaxing while live suckers do the work for them. A few lake trout have been reported by anglers trolling spoons or crankbaits down roughly 40 feet in the water column. If you don't have downriggers, you can still achieve these depths with diving planers such as dipsy divers, slide divers, and large egg sinkers. 800-777-7281; www.ely.org

Duluth - Lake Superior, St. Louis River, and inland waters

The summer solstice has arrived, and the water temperatures have climbed into the 70s on most waters. New vegetation is rapidly developing, and the fishing has been great! Lake Superior is giving up lots of coho salmon and lake trout. While fish can still be taken near the surface, anglers are starting to fish deeper using snap weights, dipsey divers and/or down-riggers. Salmon seem to be moving up the North Shore a bit further each day. For the most fish, use brightly-colored stick baits (orange and pinks have been good), or the usual flashers. The St. Louis River estuary is offering a great bite lately, with many presentations working well. The best tactic continues to be shallow-running crankbaits. Jigging techniques with soft plastics are also turning fish. The system is full of shiners so once you find the bait fish, you should find the predatory fish. Check the shallow flats in 5-8 feet of water for schools of baitfish. The inland lakes have been excellent for panfish action, with anglers taking lots of fish at the new weed growth areas when using floats and live bait such as worms and leeches. Northern pike and bass have been actively chasing all kinds of lures. Spinners or double-jointed crank baits have been especially good. Walleye anglers are having the most success when trolling mid-lake basins with deep-diving crankbaits. Muskie angling has been on the quiet side. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Grand Rapids

Bass fishing has been off the charts, and Grand Rapids has some of the best bass fishing lakes in Minnesota with anglers across enjoying the bite. Most of the fish are very shallow as they recover from the spawn so shallow-running crankbaits, jerk plastics and spinner baits will produce lots of nice fish. Northern pike fishing has also been very good. Crankbaits trolled at 2.5- to 3-miles per hour have been producing good catches on most area lakes. Panfishing has been a bit slower now that the spawn has ended and these fish have moved to deeper depths. A major bug hatch is expected very soon, and once this occurs, the walleye will respond best to spinners and rigs with a leech, as well as crawlers on a slip sinker rig and spinner. Look for the fishing to heat up for multiple species in the next week or two. www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Overall, it’s been a great week of fishing on Lake of the Woods. Pulling spinners is very effective, but many fish are still being caught on a jig tipped with a shiner or leech. Key depths are 11-18 feet, and 30-31 feet. The shiner spawn is taking place in 5-11 feet of water along the shorelines, and the walleye and sauger are actively feeding on the baitfish. Anglers report that a good number of large northern pike have been mixed in with walleye in the shallows. A good morning walleye bite is being reported in the Rainy River, with multiple species hitting trolled crankbaits. Smallmouth bass are feeding heavily in the bays at the feeder streams, rocks, docks, and weed edges. Up at the Northwest Angle, windblown shorelines gave up plenty of fish in 4-14 feet of water last weekend. Productive presentations included rapalas and spinner rigs. The flats south of Flag Island consistently produce fish, with a 30 inch walleye reported! The muskie season is open in the Northwest Angle. With cool water temperatures, fish location and activity has been sporadic. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com


Walleye fishing remains very good on Bemidji area lakes. Many fish have been coming from the edges and inside of the cabbage weeds on jigs and plastics. The mid-lake humps and sharp shoreline breaks have been giving up fish to anglers using jigs and minnows. Bass fishing continues excellent, with jigs and plastic worms working well at the deep weed edges. The early morning topwater bite has also been very good. Crappies can be found in and along the cabbage in 8-12 feet of water. For the most fish, use small jigs tipped with plastics or minnows. The larger bluegills and sunfish are in and around the deeper cabbage. Northern pike fishing remains great for those using jigs tipped with minnows or plastics, and live bait rigs with minnows along the deeper weed edges. 800-458-2223; www.visitbemidji.com

Park Rapids

Fishing has been fantastic with all of the crappie, walleye, northern pike and monster bass action! Large schools of crappies can be found on the shallow weed flats adjacent to their spawning beds, with other schools of crappies found suspended over deep waters nearby. The best approach has been a 1/16-ounce jig head tipped with a crappie minnow or gulp minnow in depths of 8-20 feet. Walleye are being taken throughout the water column at the shallow water flats in 4- 6 feet of water, the 10-15 foot weed edges, and at the mid-lake structure and sunken island areas in depths of 35 feet. The most productive bait has been a nightcrawler or leech. Northern pike are attacking chartreuse bass spinnerbaits and rattle baits worked at medium speeds around the new weed beds in depths of 6-10 feet of water – keep the lure halfway down while trolling or casting for the most action. For amazing largemouth bass action, fish under the docks, boat lifts and swim rafts using a black 1/8-ounce jig head and a black 7-inch power worm. 800-247-0054; www.parkrapids.com

Detroit Lakes

Water temperatures are hovering around 70-degrees. Some the walleye remain at the cabbage weeds and just off the edges, with others have transitioned to mid-lake structure. Most fish are being pulled from 14-22 feet of water on jigs tipped with minnows, and rigs tipped with minnows, leeches or crawlers. Smallmouth bass have been active in 17-22 feet of water at the hard bottom areas. Largemouth bass can be found under the docks. Northern pike are cruising the outside edges of the weed beds, hitting large minnows, casting baits, and trolled spoons and crankbaits. Crappies are holding in 13-17 feet of water at the edges of the flats near the cabbage. For the most action, aggressively jig plastics or troll beetle spins. Sunfish can be found in 5-12 feet weed pockets, hitting jigs and hooks under bobbers tipped with pieces of crawler, a crappie minnow, small leech, or high action plastic tail. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

As of late last week, Lake Mille Lacs walleye anglers were doing well at the mudflats, but the flats still held the largest concentration of walleye. Leeches, crawlers, minnows, crankbaits and even some plastics were all producing fish. Walleye could be found on numerous structure with varying bottoms, and in depths of 6-35 feet. A few smallmouth bass remained on their beds, but most fish had relocated to 10-14 feet of water on the edges of the rocky shorelines and reefs. Tube baits were best, but fish were also responding jigs tipped with minnows, and other presentations. Northern pike and muskie action was spotty at best, with most of the fish coming from the bays along the south end of Mille Lacs. Live suckers were key in these locations. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Willmar Area Lakes

Anglers expect to take greater numbers and larger sunnies and bass this week now that both species have completed their spawn. The best lakes to try include Diamond, Eagle, Norway, Games, Andrew and Florida. The crappies have moved deeper into the weedlines. Many nice-sized walleye are coming from Long Lake, and Green Lake has started to produce active walleye in 10-35 foot depths. Walleye action has slowed a bit on Big Kandiyohi and Elizabeth lakes. 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

As of Thursday, June 22, conditions on area streams and rivers were mostly clear, with a normal water. Gin clear waters were reported for Crooked Creek, Winnebago Creek, and at the Wildlife Management Area on the South Fork Root River. Camp Creek and the South Branch Root through Preston were in great shape with clear and normal flows. Wisel Creek and Mill Creek were off and somewhat high, but very fishable. Pine Creek and Trout Run were high and muddy. Pick up trout stream maps at the National Trout Center in Preston, or print your own Southern Minnesota trout maps. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

Ortonville - Big Stone Lake

On Big Stone Lake, anglers have been able to put together limits of walleye when weather conditions are stable. The most productive approach has been a spinner, bottom bouncer and crawler combination trolled through 9-12 feet of water. Anglers pre-fishing for the Big Stone Walleye Classic reported a great spinner bite. Some anglers reported nice catches of bluegill and perch, but extra time was needed since these fish were just leaving their beds and dispersing. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing DNR License Sales.

The information in this report is provided courtesy of Explore Minnesota Tourism.

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