Blackduck area: Largemouth bass and northern pike have been biting on the weedlines of most area lakes. Anglers on Island Lake are catching walleyes in 15 to 18 feet and smallmouth bass on the rocks. Anglers on Blackduck Lake are luring walleyes in 12-16 feet with crawlers. Gilstead Lake and Gull Lake are yielding crappies and sunfish.
Detroit Lakes area: Anglers are finding a few muskies on Big Detroit Lake, Pelican Lake and Many Point Lake by trolling and casting, while walleyes are being caught in both shallow (9-12 feet) and deeper (17-26 feet) water. Northerns are hitting big minnows on the 12-17-foot edges and big crappies are being found on flats close to sharp breaks.
Grand Rapids area: Most of the area lakes and the Mississippi River below Grand Rapids have been seeing great smallmouth bass fishing. The Northern pike bite has been consistent on area lakes and should improve as water temperatures cool. Walleye fishing has been good with rigs and crawlers doing well on offshore structures.
Prior Lake area: Prior Lake and Spring Lake are producing largemouth bass and panfish and northern pike on the weedlines. Anglers also are finding walleyes on Spring Lake with crawlers or minnows in 15 feet. O’Dowd Lake (south of Shakopee) is also producing northerns on the weedlines and a good largemouth bass bite.
Red Wing area: While the walleye action on Lake Pepin has slowed, crappies and bluegills are hitting on the shallow rocks along the Wisconsin side of the lake. In addition to finding sturgeon, anglers on the Mississippi River are also catching bullheads, channel catfish and flatheads.
White Bear Lake: Because of the recent cooler and rainy weather, anglers are having to fish deeper waters to find walleyes. They are having success with a jig and minnow at about 20 feet. Muskies are being seen in 8-12 feet and hitting bucktails while northerns are being found in the weeds around 12 feet. Bass are lurking in the shallows next to cover and anglers are having success using plastic worms.