State fishing report

  • Updated: July 1, 2014 - 11:44 PM

Alexandria area: Lake Reno, Ida, Miltona and the chain of the lakes (Carlos, Darling, Geneva and Lake Le Homme Dieu) are producing good walleye action about 10-20 feet using leeches with Lindy Rigs or night crawlers with spinners. Bass are being caught about 6-14 feet using jigs and worms, Rattle Traps or spinner baits. Le Homme Dieu and Darling appear to the best lakes for northern action using crank or spinner baits.

Bemidji area: Lake Bemidji and Lake Andrusia are the best area lakes for walleye fishing about 4-7 feet near shorelines, using jigs with leeches or crawlers or jigs and minnows. Good northern action can be found on Big Turtle using sucker minnows near weed lines. Bass are hitting on plastic baits or rubber worms on lakes such as Big Turtle or Irving.

Ely area: Anglers are catching nice-sized walleyes using leeches or crawlers on spinner rigs during the evenings. Northerns are taking spinner baits or spoons along weed lines and rocky points. Birch Lake has produced some good crappie action using smaller minnows at shallower depths.

Faribault area: Cannon Lake seems to be a walleye hot spot along the shorelines at 6-8 feet, using jigs with leeches or minnows. Cedar and Mazaska Lakes are producing some sunfish and crappie action near weed lines about 8-10 feet.

Lake Minnetonka: Evening hours have produced the best walleye action about 12-21 feet, using jigs and minnows. Anglers are also catching some walleyes on Independence Bay at 12-13 feet with leeches or fathead minnows. Bass are hitting on plastic baits near weed lines on smaller bays such as Maxwell or North Arm. Crappies are being caught about 20 feet, while sunfish are a bit shallower.

Lake Mille Lacs: Good walleye action has been found on the mud flats for deeper rocks about 20-30 feet, using leeches or crawlers on Lindy Rigs or spinners. Anglers can also try shallow rock and gravel areas about 6-10 feet, using leeches with slip bobbers during the evenings. Northerns are hitting on sucker minnows at 10-12 feet in bays along the weeds. Smallmouth bass are along shorelines in the weeds or rocks, using leeches or plastic grubs.

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