State fishing report

  • Updated: May 27, 2014 - 7:43 PM

Big Stone Lake: The best walleye action on the south end or far north end of the lake early in the mornings or later in the evenings, trolling with crankbaits or using a bottom bouncer, spinner combination with a leech or nightcrawler. Anglers also are catching some nice silver bass, perch, northerns and crappies

Lake Minnetonka: Walleyes are taking leeches with Lindy rigs at about 18 to 24 feet during the evenings. Northern action has been sporadic but those who are catching them are using spinner or rattler baits. Bass are hitting in about 3 to 6 feet using sinko baits on the northern parts of bays where water temps are warmer. Crappies and panfish are at 3 to 6 feet.

Lake Vermilion: On the west side of the lake, crappies and blue gill action is picking up at deeper depths. Lakewide, walleyes are being caught at about 30 to 50 feet, vertical jigging with a minnow and at 10 to 12 feet during the evenings using a slip bobber. Northerns are getting active when anglers use in-line bass spinners or light northern sucker minnows at about 10 feet.

Lake Winnibigoshish: With the warmer water temperatures, the west side of the lake has produced some nice walleye action using jigs and minnows up to 15 feet. Nice-sized northerns are taking jigs and minnows as well. Sugar Point, Raven’s Point, and Stony Point have been good spots for perch action.

Rainy Lake: Anglers are catching walleyes in the warmer bays using jigs and minnows. Northerns are hitting on large minnows in 8 to 15 feet around the mouths of bays. Good crappie action can be found around the mouth of the Rat Root River.

Willmar lakes area: Those trying to catch walleyes are heading to Green, Norway or Solomon lakes and are using crawlers or leeches. The best crappie and panfish action has been on lakes such as Elizabeth, Florida or Andrew. Bass are being found at shallow depths.

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