State fishing report

  • Updated: July 9, 2013 - 7:57 PM

Big Stone Lake: According to Schmidt’s Landing Resort, the walleye bite has slowed, but anglers are catching a few walleyes along weed lines on the south end of the lake or around Manhattan Island and the reef from Mallard Point to Lookout Point, using spinner baits with nightcrawlers. Perch action has been best using minnows and crawlers along the Grapevine and Windmill reefs.

Detroit Lakes area: Walleye action on area lakes remains good. Most anglers are working the shoreline breaks using leeches, minnows or nightcrawlers in about 13-19 feet during the early morning hours or late evening. Panfish are hitting on jigs and small minnows or leeches or wax worms along weed lines. Northerns are being caught near the deeper weed edges using larger sucker minnows, spoons or crankbaits. Anglers are casting jigs and plastic baits at shallow depths for bass.

Lake of the Woods: According to Border View Lodge, anglers are enjoying good walleye action on the south end of the lake near Garden Island, using a jig and a minnow or pulling spinners with leeches or crawlers at 25-30 feet. On the north end of the lake, areas such as Garden, Little Oak, Bridges and Knight Island have produced good walleye action, trolling or drifting with leeches or nightcrawlers.

Lake Winnibigoshish: Anglers are using leeches or crawlers to catch walleyes near sandbars or humps near the north and west side of the lake such as the Third River Bar and around Big Island. Perch are hitting on jigs and minnows near weed beds while northerns are taking crankbaits or spoons along weed lines.

Lake Waconia: Walleye action appears to be the best on reefs such as Kegs, North and Reds in about 14-20 feet or around the west and east sides of the island. Bass action is strong at shallow depths in the mornings or around weed edges of reefs such as Cemetery, North and Pillsbury using jigs or artificial baits. For muskies, anglers are working weed edges of reefs such as Center, North and Kegs.

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