Lake Minnetonka: Bass have been the best target for anglers on bigger bays with clearer water, such as Smiths, Brown, Wayzata and Carson's Bay, at about 12-14 feet using either Senko plastic baits or heavy jigs such as a ¾- or one-ounce jig along weedlines. Most anglers are attempting to catch walleyes in the late evenings trolling with leeches or fathead minnows along deeper weed edges at about 22-26 feet.
Lake Vermilion: According to Joe Kruchowski of Northwoods Bait and Tackle, muskie action is the best he's seen in the past 2-3 years. Kruchowski said two groups caught about 40 muskies with the biggest being about 54 inches using smaller spinners along weedlines. Walleye action has been good in the center part of the lake and Frazier Bay using slip bobbers with leeches in the early mornings or late evenings in about 10 feet. Northern action has been picking up also using smaller lures along weedlines. Anglers are catching plenty of large and smallmouth bass using mostly leeches at shallow depths.
Rainy Lake and International Falls: On Rainy Lake, anglers are heading out on the submerged reefs between Grindstone Island and Brule Narrows using minnows. Islands such as Three Sisters, Steamboat and Cranberry are also producing good walleye action in about 25 feet. On the Rainy River, walleyes are hitting on spinner rigs and a shiner minnow in 12-15 feet west of Kuttes landing near Pelland Junction.
Big Stone Lake: According to Schmidt's Landing, the oppressive heat has hampered walleye action but the perch bite is still strong at the traditional perch hot spots. Anglers are working the deepest part of the lake trolling with bottom bouncers.
Mankato area: The Minnesota, Blue Earth and LeSueur Rivers are producing some nice catfish and walleye action. For walleyes, anglers are using a jig and minnows while for catfish, most anglers are using sucker or chub minnows. Sunfish are taking wax or angle worms on Madison Lake. Northerns are hitting on Lake Francis trolling along weedlines.