Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson has been a Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993, before which, for 13 years, he held the same position at the Pioneer Press. He enjoys casting and shooting. Dogs, too, and horses. Also kids and, occasionally, crusading in his column for improved conservation.

Smallmouth turn on near metro; walleyes still hot up north

Posted by: Dennis Anderson under Fishing Updated: June 11, 2013 - 4:42 PM

 

 

Smallmouth bass fishing is improving quickly in the metro area, particularly on the St. Croix
River, despite high water levels.

Meanwhile, excellent walleye fishing continues across much of northern Minnesota, where water temperatures remain cool.

Smallmouth on the St. Croix can be taken on a variety of artificial baits and flies. Mepp's spinners cast close to rocky shorelines and retrieved at moderate speeds have produced hits, as have a variety of crankbaits.

Stick baits also are worth a try, as are surface poppers.

Skirted Jungle Jigs cast to rocks, or Ugly Bugs or similar lures, also will take fish and can be tipped with artificial or live bait.

Up north, walleye fishing has been good on Leech Lake, also Winnibigoshish, Cass and Bemidji, among other waters, as the cool, wet spring seems to have prolonged the season's best bite, keeping fish in fairly shallow water.

Crankbaits trolled "long line'' style at night are producing, as are jig and sliding-sinker style rigs.

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