Grand Marais area: Devil’s Track Lake has been producing good bass, northern pike and walleye action. Walleye have been active on many area likes, including Mink, Trout, Kimball, Two Island, Elbow, McFarland, Crescent and Sea Gull. Salmon fishing on Lake Superior has been slow because of cold water temps.
International Falls area: Walleye anglers on Rainy Lake are reporting a strong northern pike bite, with reports of some large pike hitting hooked walleye. Walleye are being found at the main lake reef tops in 15 to 20 feet. Bass tournament anglers on the Rainy River last week found smallmouth bass in the tributaries with clean water.
Lake of the Woods: Anglers are catching a lot of 8-pound to 11½-pound walleyes from the lake, especially in the basin in 26 to 34 feet. Some walleye are on the structure, and others are in the mud. Near the Northwest Angle, walleye and northern pike are being taken on crank baits worked along the south side of Oak Island.
Otter Tail area lakes: Walleye remain active on area lakes in both the deep and shallow waters, depending on the lake. Anglers are finding panfish suspended over deep water, at the weedy flats and over the cabbage weeds at the edge of the flats near deep water. Weeds roughly 5 to 8 feet tall have been the most productive.
Marshall area: While no-wake restrictions have been lifted on most lakes in Lyon County, they remain in effect on some Murray County lakes. Anglers are slowly returning as the lake levels recede and water quality improves. Borch’s Sporting Goods in Marshall reports bass and a few northern have been biting on a few area lakes. The walleye bite is slow.
Winona area: The Mississippi River remains high, but anglers have been catching catfish and bass. Crappies and walleye are being found in backwater areas. Panfish anglers are having success at the snags in the river. Lake Winona is producing nice bass, while Lake Pepin is producing limits and near-limits of sauger and walleyes.